Christianity began to spread across the Middle East until the whole region was Christian. Even the Roman Empire that crucified Jesus and fed Christians to lions as sport, adopted Christianity and eventually became the Holy Roman Empire. There was no real challenge to Christianity in the region until the rise of Islamic Jihad beginning at Mecca in 620 AD under Muhammed.
Before Muhammed, Arabs worshipped innumerable gods and goddesses in addition to Allah who was one of the many gods. Among them were Allat, Alluza, Mannat who were goddesses and were looked upon as daughters of Allah along with male gods like Hubal or Baal. After the death of Muhammed on June 8, 632 at age 62 or 63, the Islamic Religion began to be formed. According to Islamic teaching, the Quran came down as a series of revelations from Allah through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad who then dictated it to his followers. Muhammad’s companions memorized fragments of the Quran and wrote them down on whatever was at hand, which were later compiled into book form under the rule of the third Caliph, Uthman, some years after Muhammad’s death.
Muhammad was orphaned as a young child and raised by other family members. He became a merchant and began to preach Islam publicly in Mecca in 613 in his 40’s. His preaching is met with skepticism, and he is accused of plagiarizing the “tales of the ancients.” One of his harshest critics was his own uncle, Abu Lahab, who is cursed by name in the Quran. Due to growing animosity between the pagans and Muslims in Mecca, Muhammad and his followers flee to Medina where Muhammad turns into a political and military leader.
In 624 the first armed conflicts began with a series of raids against caravans of pagans from Mecca. The raid marking the beginning of violence in the name of Islam took place in one of the four holy months in which fighting was forbidden. The Battle of Badr followed the caravan raids when the Meccans retaliated against Muhammad. Although they were vastly outnumbered, the Muslims defeated the pagan Meccans; killing at least seventy and capturing another seventy for ransom. Al Nadir, a storyteller and poet who had mocked Muhammad was among the prisoners of war. Muhammad ordered that Al Nadir be beheaded and another twenty-four to be thrown into the well of Badr. That same year, the Jewish Qayniqa tribe was besieged by the Muslims. Muhammad initially intended to execute all the males, but decides to confiscate their property and exile them from Medina. So began the 1,400 years of Jihad by Islam.
Captured people who were infidels, Kafirs or non believers in Allah, were given three choices: Convert to Islam, be killed or pay a tax called Jaziya. Other Arabs were not given the choice of paying Jaziya and remaining non-Muslim, their choice was only Islam or Death. Hence there are no surviving nature and idol-worshipping non-Muslim Arabs today. A point missed by many Arab and Western historians.
By 1096 Muslims controlled most of modern day Turkey, the very capital of Constantine and the location of Antioch where Christians were first called Christians. Where Paul was born and where he departed for his Missionary Journeys. Turkey is the birthplace of Abraham at Ur. Ur became Urfa and then Edessa. Today it is called Şanlıurfa. Sorry, your Bible Maps of Abraham’s travels show the wrong Ur.
From the beginning the Muslims waged economic warfare by targeting caravans and merchant ships. Still, for centuries Christian pilgrims traveled freely from Europe to Jerusalem. All that changed when the Seljuk Turks, who were Muslim, began to interfere with these pilgrimages. In 1071, the Seljuk Turks fought against the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of Manzikert. The Byzantines, who were Christian, lost. The Byzantine emperor asked the Christians in Europe to help protect his empire from the Muslims. In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a crusade against the Muslims to regain control of Jerusalem. The Crusades were holy wars fought between European Christians and Muslims between 1095 and 1291. The main goal of the Crusades was to take control of Jerusalem away from the Muslims and permit safe passage of Christians to the Holy Land.
After the First Crusade achieved its goal with the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, the invading Christians set up several Latin Christian states, even as Muslims in the region vowed to wage jihad to regain control over the region. Christian states were established in Jerusalem, Edessa, Antioch and Tripoli and were guarded by formidable castles. I mentioned that Abraham was from Edessa, but Edessa was also where the Shroud of Turin resided for several years before being moved to Constantinople in the tenth century. News of Edessa’s fall to the Muslims stunned Europe, and led Christian authorities in the West to call for another Crusade. The Second Crusade began in 1147 but was crushed by the ever strengthening Muslims. Through the end of the 13th century, groups of Crusaders sought to gain ground in the Holy Land through short-lived raids that proved little more than an annoyance to Muslim rulers in the region. My guess is that wild eyed professors gave you a completely false narrative about the Crusades?
“Islam is a religion of beheading,” according to Sheikh Hussein bin Mahmoud, a frequent contributor to Islamic internet forums, where he presents theological justifications for various atrocities committed by groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. “My mind is perplexed by words I have read and heard from people whom I do not know how to describe!!” bin Mahmoud wrote in an article translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “Millions of Muslims have been killed, tortured and driven from their homes; tens of thousands of Muslim women have had their honor violated and have been sexually abused by the Americans — yet people are weeping over a Christian American ‘harbi’ infidel who entered the Islamic State, knowing full well what the Islamic State is, and without a pact.”
“Harbi” is a term referring to non-Muslims who live outside of Muslim-run territories.
Bin Mahmoud went on to say that a harbi who enters into a Islamic-ruled territory without a formal pact of protection from the ruling Muslims is fair game for robbery, kidnapping, and murder. The Islamic cleric condemns the “West’s false views” that have attempted to create a generation of young Muslims that “does not know fighting or the cutting of necks.” Chopping off heads is a sacred act, according to bin Mahmoud, who wrote, “Beheading a harbi infidel is a blessed act for which a Muslim is rewarded.”
In fact, bin Mahmoud continues, beheading other human beings is a Muslim tradition extending back to the religion’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad himself. “The Prophet did not condemn the striking of necks,” he wrote in the forum article. “Striking necks was a well-known matter that did not elicit any condemnation in the eras of the Prophet, the rightly-guided caliphs and their successors, right until the time of the Christian occupation of the Muslims’ lands in the 20th century.”
“What distorts the image of Islam is not the beheading and terrorizing of infidels, but rather those who want Mandela or Ghandi, with no killing, fighting, brutality, bloodshed or the striking of heads or necks. That is not the religion of Muhammad,” wrote bin Mahmoud. “Islam is a religion of power, fighting, jihad, beheading and bloodshed, not a religion of turning the left cheek to whoever slapped you on the right cheek. On the contrary, it is a religion of breaking the hand that is stretched out to humiliate the Muslim.”
Muslim conquests are marked by crucifixions, beheadings and other mass murders of men, women and children. After a single battle in Spain, the heads of knights were cut off and stacked into a pile so high that a man on horseback could not see over them. Over a thousand years later Mosul Christians were annihilated almost overnight.
The Tomb of Jonah before and after ISIS bombing
Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province in northern Iraq. Mosul exists on both sides of the Tigris River along with the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The city is the historic center of the Church of the East. Christianity spread from Mosul as the church became the world’s largest Christian church in terms of geographical extent, with dioceses stretching from the Mediterranean to China and India. The tombs of several Old Testament prophets including Jonah are located in Mosul. For the first time in 2,000 years, not ONE Christian remains alive in Mosul. A Christian rancher with 600 head of cattle and 200 sheep fled to Jordan with nothing but the shirt on his back. At the rate things are going, Jordan will soon fall into Muslim hands.
The bread and butter of Islamic terrorists is economic terrorism and has been since the first caravan raids. The first struggle America had with Islamic Terrorism came when George Washington was President. Muslim Pirate ships and crews from the Barbary Coast states of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers were the scourge of the Mediterranean capturing merchant ships and holding their crews for ransom. As early as 1784 Congress followed the tradition of the European shipping powers and appropriated $80,000 as tribute to the Barbary States, directing its ministers in Europe, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, to begin negotiations with them. Trouble began the next year, in July 1785, when Algerians captured two American ships and held their crews of twenty-one people for a ransom of nearly $60,000.
Merchant Ship under attack by Barbary Pirates
Thomas Jefferson, United States minister to France, opposed the payment and wrote this in his autobiography, “endeavored to form an association of the powers subject to habitual depredation from them. I accordingly prepared, and proposed to their ministers at Paris, for consultation with their governments, articles of a special confederation.” Jefferson’s efforts fell through because then as now the major powers could not agree on how to combat the aggression.
Eventually in 1786, Jefferson wrote this to John Adams, “I very early thought it would be best to effect a peace thro’ the medium of war. Paying tribute will merely invite more demands, and even if a coalition proves workable, the only solution is a strong navy that can reach the pirates.” Jefferson argued in an August 18, 1786, letter to James Monroe: “The states must see the rod; perhaps it must be felt by some one of them. . . . Every national citizen must wish to see an effective instrument of coercion, and should fear to see it on any other element than the water. A naval force can never endanger our liberties, nor occasion bloodshed; a land force would do both.” “From what I learn from the temper of my countrymen and their tenaciousness of their money,” Jefferson added in a December 26, 1786, letter to the president of Yale College, Ezra Stiles, “it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them.” Still, indifference prevailed and in 1795 alone the United States was forced to pay nearly a million dollars in cash, naval stores, and a frigate to ransom 115 sailors from Algiers.
President Jefferson dispatched a squadron of naval vessels to the Mediterranean. As he declared in his first annual message to Congress: “To this state of general peace with which we have been blessed, one only exception exists. Tripoli, the least considerable of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to denounce war, on our failure to comply before a given day. The style of the demand admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean. . . .”
The American show of force quickly awed Tunis and Algiers into breaking their alliance with Tripoli. The humiliating loss of the frigate Philadelphia and the capture of her captain and crew in Tripoli in 1803, criticism from his political opponents, and even opposition within his own cabinet did not deter Jefferson from his chosen course during four years of war. The aggressive action of Commodore Edward Preble (1803-4) forced Morocco out of the fight and his five bombardments of Tripoli restored some order to the Mediterranean. The U.S. continued to pay tributes until 1815 when naval victories led to treaties ending all tribute payments by the United States. European nations continued annual payments until the 1830s. However, international piracy in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters declined during this time under pressure from the Euro-American nations, who no longer viewed pirate states as mere annoyances during peacetime and potential allies during war.
On September 11, 2001, the Islamic economic war was brought to the United States when the World Trade Center was the primary target.
Each day the Islamic State grows more powerful and more and more Muslims inhabit Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and secular countries. The Muslims have a plan and strategy; the West has no plan, no consensus, no strategy and no clue. If you were an odds maker, you would have to give the Muslims odds of at least 60% to dominate the world. Iran most likely already has everything necessary to construct an atomic bomb with the help from Russian and North Korean Nuclear Scientists. About 50 countries have Muslim majorities. What if the United States dominated 50 countries? Even Russia never gobbled up 50 countries.
Many secular countries will eagerly assist In the Muslim goal of an Islamic World as long as Big Satan and Little Satan are annihilated in the process. Do you believe President Barack Obama is a serious participant in fighting the Global War on Terrorism? How about England, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain? Ferdinand and Isabella expelled Muslims from Spain 500 years ago but they are dead. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are gone. There are no Winston Churchill’s anymore. John Kerry, the Vietnam War protestor is Secretary of State! There is really no leader out there who understands how serious the threat really is or the global scope of its power.
After years of indoctrination by unionized teachers in public schools and wild eyed atheist professors, a surprising number of college students believe the United States is a greater threat to world peace than Islam. Young men and women are rushing to join the Islamic State for service abroad or domestically. It would not surprise me to see President Obama invite them to the Rose Garden for a Beer Summit and photo op. You won’t find any official estimates of the numbers of terrorists already in America; my estimate is between 100,000 and two million.
The police in Paris do not carry guns, maybe that’s why it took 90,000 police to pursue four terrorists and only three were caught? Liberal leaders across America can’t imagine why any law abiding citizen needs to own a gun. Even after 911, nothing was done to strengthen national security. Civil liberties were stripped and law abiding citizens became targets of the NSA but our borders became much less secure and terrorist acts continue to occur. The Obama Administration marginalizes attacks by calling them WORKPLACE VIOLENCE.
Most Americans think they can watch the Today Show and know everything that’s going on. Too many cannot tell when they are being indoctrinated. I just watched Liberals saying that Hillary is worried about Jeb Bush. If they thought Jeb Bush was a threat, they would be saying he can see Russia from Coral Gables. The subtle message is for Conservatives to nominate the man who scares Hillary. Some will actually fall for these tricks. Many will never see the terror threat until their heads are on the chopping block.