Islam. Some see it as a benign religion. They point to Islam’s five pillars:
- Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
- Establishment of the daily prayers;
- Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
- Self-purification through fasting; and
- The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able
I wish that Islam was limited to these religious beliefs and practices. It’s not. Guy Rogers points out in his article, What is Radical Islam?, that there is an “ideology enunciated in the Qur’an and Hadith (sayings and traditions of Mohammed), the holy books of Islam, that sets Islam apart from other religions.” Rogers says that radical Islam has two key elements:
- It is a supremacist political ideology that advocates the advance of Islamic sharia law and the imposition of such law on all people. It is totalitarian and imperialistic.
- Jihad, or “striving,” is an obligation upon the Muslim “umma” (Muslim community of believers) as a central means of advancing and imposing Islamic sharia law.
Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi, one of the “fathers” of modern Islamism, said:
Islam is not a normal religion like the other religions in the world…Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man…The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power in this world that tries to get in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order for Islam to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is jihad. (Jihad in Islam)
If you think that Islam is a religion of peace, you won’t after seeing the long list of passages, which I put on a page in this blog called “Jihad.” The list of passages come straight from the authoritative sources of Islam. They were assembled by Craig Winn of Prophet of Doom. I recommend Craig’s site.