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Draping Green and White Flags over the Red Mosque

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jul 17, 2007 at 17:23

The revolt of the Red Mosque brings to the forefront again the compelling question, what should the response be in the face of a life and death challenge to one way of life for another, essentially for the sake of differing ideologies, or differences within a conflicted ideology?

We hear from so many quarters of world society that Islam is supposed to be a religion of peace. It has yet to be shown, though, where peace prevails in an environment of conflict such as it exists in several Islamic societies. The conflict expands as the proponents of Islam expand their influences, and examination of the intent of these expansions reveals the underlying premise, that all should submit to Islam to be at peace with Islam. There is fallacy in this premise, which will be looked at later.

Written history shows that Islam expanded its influences hundreds of years ago by conquest, as was demanded by their Prophet, and later by enforcement of his writings and their interpretations. This occurred during a time of philosophical malaise from other religious influences, especially in the wake of corrupted Christian practices prior to revival in the Spirit. After the crusades, Islam held sway over several different societies for the successive changes in history, but the internal conflicts persisted, and are now here with us today.

The cataclysmic nature of such religious fervor as shown at the Red Mosque may be seen as problematic at minimum to those who which to espouse a more tolerant form of Islam for all to see, and catastrophic to the maximum if what was seen at the Red Mosque portends future Islamic activities in general. But the greater conflict is yet to be demonstrated as one may suppose, since Islam has yet to work out its greatest dilemma, its conflict with its opposition to Biblical Christianity and the presence of Israel in their promised land. The challenge to that might be found difficult if the proponents of Islam cannot work out their own internal issues, presumably the first being unity between the Sunni and Shiites as to who's descendent will be the successor to their Prophet, the twelfth Imam.

In the mean time, Islam still looks to be the world's greatest challenge for those who are not prepared to submit to its domination. The Red Mosque incident is merely another stepping stone to that objective in Pakistan. The other wars now being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, the battles in Lebanon to the borders of Israel and Gaza, are similarly minor altercations that are precursors to the final global conflict that is soon to be engaged. Since Islam conquers for its faith, then by appearances the previously mentioned peace so obtained is merely a truce, and it can be demonstrated historically how truces work in Islam.

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