Sunday, July 12, 2015

Islamic Miseducation is the Cause of Islamic Terrorism

 Islamic Miseducation is the Cause of Islamic Terrorism

We cannot separate Islamic fundamentalism from Islamic terrorism.
From al-Qaeda to Al-Shabaab to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to Boko Haram, which real name is Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad or the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad"wink, each is a fringe element of Islamic fundamentalism.

Many have tried in political ignorance and naivety to denounce Boko Haram as not being an Islamic terrorist group, because they have also targeted fellow Muslims and mosques. But that is nothing new or strange in the history of Islam, because Boko Haram was founded as a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist sect advocating a strict form of Wahhabi law and developed into a Salafist-jihadi group in 2009. Case closed.
Sunni Muslims constitute 87-90% of the world's Muslim population according to latest reports and over 1.6 billion or about 23.4% of the world population are Muslims.

The problem with Islam is that there have been many opposing groups since after the death of the founder Prophet Muhammad and the first fundamental disagreement caused one of the bloodiest internecine wars among Muslims, the Battle of Jamal on 7 November 656., when A'isha wanted to avenge the assassination of Uthman, (644-656), the third Caliph and she opposed Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, as the fourth Caliph. The war was between the Rashidun Caliphate and Aisha's forces of the Umayyad Caliphate. More than 10, 000 Muslims died in the war now called First Fitna. And the disagreement that caused that war has not been resolved till date.

Majority of Islamic clerics who have been indoctrinating thousands of impressionable young Muslims at the various mosques in the Middle East and Africa are not Islamic scholars, but half educated teachers of the Qur'an who have been miseducating and misleading their pupils with erroneous interpretations of the Qur'an.

There is a difference between the Jihads of Prophet Muhammad and the Jihads of Shaihu Usman dan Fodio.
The misinterpretations have caused the emergence of Islamic terrorism.
    If military jihad is required to protect the faith against others, it can be performed using anything from legal, diplomatic and economic to political means. If there is no peaceful alternative, Islam also allows the use of force, but there are strict rules of engagement. Innocents - such as women, children, or invalids - must never be harmed, and any peaceful overtures from the enemy must be accepted.


    Jihad is not a violent concept.
    Jihad is not a declaration of war against other religions. It is worth noting that the Koran specifically refers to Jews and Christians as "people of the book" who should be protected and respected. All three faiths worship the same God. Allah is just the Arabic word for God, and is used by Christian Arabs as well as Muslims.
    Military action in the name of Islam has not been common in the history of Islam. Scholars says most calls for violent jihad are not sanctioned by Islam.
    Warfare in the name of God is not unique to Islam. Other faiths throughout the world have waged wars with religious justifications
Only Muslims themselves can stop the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of Islam by miseducated fringe elements on rampage in the world. But lack of Islamic unity has made Muslims to lack any united leadership like the Roman Catholics have the Pope and Pentecostals, Methodists, Anglicans and Lutherans and other denominations have united leaders who all recognize Jesus Christ and his apostles in unison and therefore can control and prevent misguided fringe elements. Moreover, there is a clear evidence of the leadership of the Holy Spirit in all the denominations of Christianity which Muslims Ummah does not have. Muslims become Muslims by rote and controlled by herd mentality. And so simple indoctrination can misguide and mislead a herd by an eccentric shepherd who suddenly thinks he can be the new Caliph and nobody among Muslim leaders can call him to order.
Imagine someone suddenly claiming to be the new Pope without being a cardinal, archbishop, bishop and priest? Of course, all Roman Catholics will call him a mad man. But in Islam, anyone can wake up tomorrow and claim to be the new Caliph and rebel against the old one.
That is why Muslims are fighting and killing themselves in the Middle East and Africa and there are no Muslim leaders to stop them.
What a tragedy.

If the Nigerian government succeeds in crushing the Boko Haram, the survivors will only escape and hibernate to resurface again like the case of Mohammed Marwa, popularly called Maitatsine who claimed to be a mujaddid in the image of Sheikh Usman dan Fodio and declared his own Jihad and Muslim leaders failed to declare him a mad man until the Nigerian government defeated him and many years later another miseducated Muslim started his own Jihad.

Muslim leaders can only stop this madness by having a formalization of Islamic education by qualification before you can become a cleric or Imam; like in the Roman Catholic Church, you cannot become a priest without going to the seminary and having formal education in theology.
Muslims must do this before the implosion of the Islamic religion will lead to their apocalyptic destruction.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

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