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Islamism Stems from a Medieval Belief System

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Jun 26, 2016 at 08:42

Dr. Pipes, you wrote: "Not everything is the same as it was. Islamism is a modern phenomenon and cannot be defeated if it's seen as something medieval"

Thank you for your response, Dr. Pipes. As you know the Islamic ideology is not only a social/political system but also a religious faith ideology based on the teachings of the Qur'an and sayings of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. These three form the strength of how Muhammad, as well as the four Caliphates after, were able to invade, subjugate and spread Islam as the dominant force throughout the Middle East and parts of Europe and Africa. The Caliphate system came to an end in 1919 with the end of the Ottoman Empire, however, the belief system was not defeated. This 7th century "medieval" movement that maintains a fervent faith in the Islamic deity, "Allah", has boldly revived once again assisted by access to modern technology, weapons and global communication.

The Islamic goal to conquer the world is now back on course to finish what Muhammad began. The only way to defeat Islamism is for Muslims to accept that the teachings of Allah and Muhammad have erred in the message of how to spread Islam and control societies and no longer apply in the 21st century. However, that is like asking the Jewish people not to accept the teachings of the Tanakh and that Yahweh and Moses are no longer relevant in how to worship and establish rules for governing society. In the Qur'an, Muslims are instructed on how to deal with the unbelievers (non-Muslims) and have been directly commanded by their prophet, Muhammad, to dominate the world by striking terror in the hearts of the enemy and to fight non-Muslims until the end of the world. That's what is going on today. The foundation of Islam is: Allah, Muhammad, Quran and Sharia Law. Medieval as that may be, it still comprises the driving force behind Islamism and it's highly unlikely that the majority of 1.6 Billion Muslims will be able to convert to another social/political/theological mindset.

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