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Are You Supporting ISIS?

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Posted March 2, 2017 by jim young in Lifestyle

Some of my family and friends are supporting ISIS. This may come as a shocking revelation but it’s true.

So let me clarify that statement somewhat by changing it to “Some of my family and friends are unwittingly supporting ISIS.”

Ay – there’s the rub.

I think much of it comes from the confusion and misuse of words such as Islam, Muslim and ISIS.

Too many people think they all mean pretty much the same thing.

Islam

Think of Islam in the same terms as you would Christianity. Like Christianity, the Islamic religion professes there is only one god. The most common name for their god is “Allah” whereas the most common name for the Christian god is simply “God”.

Muhammed was the last of a string of prophets according to the Islam faith. The virgin birth of Jesus, whom Muslims believe was a prophet and not the son of god, is also an integral part of the Islam faith.

There are many similarities between Islam and Christianity and it is no stretch to consider that Islam and Muhammad are no further apart from Christianity than is Mormonism and Joseph Smith.

Muslims

These are the followers of Islam, just as Christians are the followers of Christianity.

Persecution of Muslims today on Social media and throughout the internet can be easily compared to the persecution of early Christians by the Romans or the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.

You may be surprised to know that, according to the Pew Research Center, most people in countries with significant Muslim populations are strongly opposed to ISIS.

ISIS

ISIS is a terrorist organization claiming to be Muslims in the same way that the terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan claim to be Christians. By definition members of ISIS can be no more Muslim than the KKK can be Christian. ISIS is nothing more than a terrorist organization that is much bigger and much smarter than the KKK, so they are seen as more of a threat worldwide, than their almost comical so-called Christian counterparts.

(Individually, however a member of the KKK is every bit as misguided and dangerous as a member of ISIS.)

Who are the targets of ISIS?

Simply stated, anyone who does not believe and practice ISIS’s bastardized interpretation of Islam is a target.

ISIS is as big a threat to the Muslim population as it is to westerners.

In 2014 the United Nations released a report outlining some of the heinous acts in attacks against fellow Muslims.

ISIS justifies their attacks with verses from the Qur’an (Koran) such as “wherever you encounter the idolaters, kill them”, which is taken out of context at best. At the same time, however they seem to gloss over their prophet’s instructions to avoid killing innocents and women and children.

But even THIS aside, killing fellow Muslims is such a violation of Islamic law that even Al Qaeda has publicly criticized ISIS. And isn’t that just a little like the pot calling the kettle black?

ISIS is pretty quick to release gruesome videos of the execution of American journalists and other westerners to the media but you’re not likely to see them releasing too many videos of the grisly slaughtering of Muslim women and children. They know it will only hurt their cause and further alienate them from true Muslims.

By continuing to persecute Muslims and lump them in with ISIS terrorists, whether it’s by spreading derogatory statements through Social Media or supporting things like Trump’s Nazi-like campaigns to rid the west of Muslims, we are playing into the hands of ISIS.

ISIS wants you to believe they are Muslims and they want you to believe that ALL Muslims support ISIS. They welcome these Facebook posts that continue to drive a wedge between Muslims and westerners.

This was a very effective ploy used by the Black Panthers in the 1960s as they tried to convince black people that ALL white people hated ALL black people. The more violent acts the Panthers committed, the more white people turned against black people in general and it became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts, leading to increased membership and support for the Black Panther Party.

So I urge everyone to carefully consider who their target really is and who they are hurting or perhaps more importantly who they may unwittingly be supporting, before clicking “Share” on social media or forwarding hateful email to everyone in their contact list.

“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” – quoted from the Qur’an – Surat al-Mumtahana, 8

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