Archive for January, 2020

Islam in American Education

January 28, 2020

EVENT ALERT!

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We are in the process of developing Islamic education for our children, public schools and school systems that span the country.  We want non-Muslims to be signing up for them. Education is just one part of our agenda.  We must be involved at every level, the local level, county, state, national, international level. How? As a distinct Islamic entity. 

Sharifa Alkahteeb, Founder

North American Council for Muslim Women

Muslim Americans Political Awareness Conference, 1989

The Muslim agenda in America cannot be any clearer, yet there are those in politics, education and the Church that bend over backwards to accommodate the Muslim plan for America and America’s children.

Since the latter part of the 20th century, Muslims in America, with the assistance and support of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Education Association, state governments, local school boards, public school teachers and many others, have been indoctrinating America’s children—your children and grandchildren—to the glories of Islam. It starts in kindergarten and continues into colleges and universities—including Christian schools—where Muslims have been hired to teach “religion”, even at Christian schools, and millions of dollars flood in from Muslim countries to fund Islamic departments or train American students in the threat of Islamophobia, etc. On America’s campuses there are an estimated 600-800 Muslim Student Assns. funded by the Muslim Brotherhood. The MSA is not only there to support Muslim Students, but to recruit your children and grandchildren to the cause of militant jihad.

Dr. James F. Gauss, author of Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity

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Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham

January 22, 2020

Excerpted from the author’s, Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianitya treasure trove of biblical truth, theological insight, and practical application (Dr. Ed Hindson, Dean of Divinity, Liberty University).

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The Muslim Claim to Fame. Although Arabic Muslims claim Abraham as their heir, biblically they are descendants of pre-covenant Abram, the one who disobeyed God and disbelieved His promise of an heir through Sarah. God could bless Ishmael, but He could never establish His covenant with a sinful seed of the flesh.

Ishmael became the father of 12 Arabian princes (nations) whom God said that He would “multiply . . . exceedingly” (Genesis 17:20). Ishmael and Hagar were driven into the Wilderness of Paran to dwell (Genesis 21:20-21). This wilderness covers the eastern Sinai and the southern and southeastern borders of present-day Israel.

Ishmael’s sons initially inhabited an area from Egypt and the Sinai Desert, the Arabian peninsula to Assyria (which includes present day Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and the lesser Arab kingdoms). Remember, God said that Ishmael and his descendants would be wild men whose hand would be “against every man.”

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).

According to the Apostle Paul, in the above scripture, other than being an Israelite, the only way one can be an heir of Abraham in through faith in Jesus Christ.

Some Bible translations of Genesis 25:18 state that the descendants of Ishmael “lived in hostility toward” or “in defiance of” all their brethren (New International Version, New Living Translation and North American Standard). Other versions (including the King James, New King James and Amplified Bibles) state only that Ishmael’s descendants lived “close to” or “in the presence of” their relatives.

Over 25 centuries later, Muhammad and his followers have found a simple solution to this dilemma of a negative biblical image and how to expropriate God’s promise and covenant with the Jewish people. Muhammad simply revealed that Allah told him that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, that Allah chose to test Abraham’s faith; and therefore it was Ishmael and all those who are descendants of him that are the true chosen people to fulfill Allah’s covenant. 

Remember, in Genesis 22:2, God called Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on a makeshift altar on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.   However, Muhammad ignored that biblical reality and declared that Allah called Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael on Mount Mina outside Mecca. It was that simple to change historical truth and create an alternate reality that Muslims have believed for 14 centuries.

According to the Qur’an, Abraham prayed to Allah: “‘My Lord! Grant me [a son who shall be] of the doers of good deeds [that is, righteous].’ So We gave [Abraham] the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when [Ishmael] attained to working with him, [Abraham] said: O my son! Surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see.

“He said: O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones. So when they both submitted and [Abraham] threw [Ishmael] down upon his forehead, and We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good: Most surely this is a manifest trial” (surah 37:100- 106). More information on Islam as a non-Abrahamic faith occurs in the following chapter.

God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. The preceding version in the Qur’an of Abraham’s call to sacrifice his son strongly contradicts the biblical story. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about’” (Genesis 22:2; author’s emphasis). Notice that God refers to Isaac as Abraham’s only son. That is because only Isaac was God’s choice to fulfill His covenant with Abraham—not Ishmael, the son of the flesh.

In Genesis 22, God told Abraham three times that he (Abraham) only had one son, Isaac. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you’” (Genesis 22:2).  

Again, after Abraham followed God’s call to sacrifice his only son, God intervened when he saw Abraham’s faithfulness. “And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:12, NKJV, author’s emphasis). Once again, “Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son’” (Genesis 22:15-16, NKJV, author’s emphasis). 

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” (Hebrews 11:17-18). 

In the Genesis account, Isaac had no prior knowledge of his role in the sacrifice.    “But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My Father!’

“And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’

“Then he said, ‘Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’

“And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering’” (Genesis 22:7-8a).

Because of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son and not withhold him from God, God promised Abraham that “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18).

From the present day and historical perspective of the daily violence against mankind by the followers of Islam, it is hard to see that this was God’s plan for blessing the nations of the earth through the descendants of Ishmael. Among the descendants of Isaac, however, was Jesus, the sacrificial lamb who brought salvation to the world by the shedding of His blood and not that of another human being—truly a blessing to all who will receive Him. 

The Apostle Paul affirmed that descendants of Isaac are the true heirs of God. “It is not as though God’s word had failed,” he asserted. “For not all who are descended from Israel are [of] Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned’ [Genesis 21:12]. In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring” (Romans 9:6-8, NIV).

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul reasserted the striking difference between the seed of the pre-covenant Ishmael and the covenant-fulfilling seed of Isaac. He made both historical and spiritual comparisons.

For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman [or slave], the other by a freewoman [Genesis 16:15].  

But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic.                        

For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar – for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children – but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. . . .

But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 

Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman” (Galatians 4:22-26, 29, 30).

Paul makes it clear that Ishmael was the pre-covenant seed of a slave and therefore could not represent God’s covenant with His people. Isaac, on the other hand, was a freeman, born of a freewoman as the fulfillment of God’s promise to His people. Those who are heirs to the bondswoman of the flesh (viz., Ishmael), will remain in bondage until set free by the salvation of Christ, who is heir to the covenant of the freeman, Isaac.

In the preceding letter to the Galatians, Paul also pointed out that the descendants of Ishmael will always be persecuting the descendants of Isaac, the freeman, and that the heirs of the two can never share in the inheritance of the freeman. The only hope of sharing this inheritance that the descendants of Ishmael have is to be grafted in through the salvation of Christ. 

Despite the clarity from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and testimony from God’s own mouth, Muslims, some Christian leaders and other ignorant or uninformed individuals continue to claim that Muslims—or at least Arabic Muslims—are descendants of Abraham, therefore, Islam can lay claim to being an “Abrahamic faith.” Muslims also claim that the Old Testament prophets, the Apostles and Jesus Himself were Muslims.

It is important to recognize, from an Islamic viewpoint, it was necessary for the god of Islam to supplant Isaac with Ishmael as the one God called Abraham to sacrifice. Why? Because it was through Isaac’s lineage that Jesus the Messiah would be born (Hadian, Shahram. The Trojan Horse of Interfaith Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims, Speech, November 27, 2018).

Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity is available from the author’s website, https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com/ or on Amazon.com.

 

Do Judeo-Christian Faiths Have Any Common Ground With Islam?

January 18, 2020

James F. Gauss

There is not, nor can there ever be, any “common ground” between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faiths.

For Christian leaders and Christians to accept common ground or a common word with Muslims,

• they must accept that Muhammad was a prophet of God Almighty;
• that Muhammad was superior to Christ;
• that Jesus did not have a divine nature;
• that Miriam, Moses’ and Aaron’s sister gave birth to Jesus, because that is what Allah revealed;
• that Jesus was not part of God’s plan for mankind;
• that there is no salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that Allah is just another name for the One and Only True God of the Bible;
• that God, through Muhammad, reversed His plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that Jesus is not Lord and Savior, or the Son of God;
• that God’s love is conditional (because Allah’s love is);
• that God hates the sinner, but loves the sin;
• that it is God that causes one to sin;
• that God desires to send all people to hell, because Allah does;
• believe the lie that Muslims are commanded to “love their neighbors” (it does not exist in the Qur’an or teachings of Muhammad);
• that Jesus was not crucified or raised from the dead in the resurrection;
• that we achieve God’s favor through our works and not by faith;
• that there is no assurance of salvation;
• that heaven is a place of personal gratification and perversion;
• that the Holy Spirit does not exist or play a role in the life of a Christian;
• and many other Biblical truths would have to be rejected.

Jesus said that in the End Times “. . . false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Apparently, we are in those times, because more and more Christian leaders and their followers are being deceived by the wiles of the devil.

The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the church of the Thessalonians, wrote, “and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Many leaders in the Christian church as well as in Christian colleges, universities and seminaries are being deceived by the evil one. In their desire to see harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims, they are casting aside foundational principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus called His followers to love all people, He did not call them to cast aside wisdom, understanding and discernment of the devil’s tactics, nor to make an alliance with evil. By making alliances with Muslims, Christians are choosing to embrace an anti-Christ ideology that seeks to lead people away from the truth of the Gospel of Christ and His saving work on the cross. Instead of preaching the truth to Muslims, they seek to find non-existent “common ground” that perverts the true word of God and condone the devil’s alternate and false gospel.

Paul also wrote to his protégé, Timothy, warning him about deceiving spirits in the End Times. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Unfortunately, too many Christian leaders, in an effort to be more in line with the world and to be politically correct, are abandoning the teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith and are succumbing to deceiving spirits and the doctrines of demons.

In an attempt to bring peace between Muslims and the Judeo-Christian world, there is a desperate move to acquiesce to the satanic faith of Islam. This will not bear forth good fruit, but only more deception and weakening of the Christian faith.

“Do not be deceived,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Excerpted, in part, from the author’s book, “Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity.”

The Somali: What to Expect

January 7, 2020

 

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James F. Gauss

January 7, 2020

Just by the title I can see the heads of the leftists and the interfaithers exploding. But I press on.

Many years ago I had the opportunity to spend several years working closely with a large population of Somali in America on a daily basis. It was a complete immersion experience where I was in their homes almost every day. I became familiar with the culture and customs. Many shared their stories of hardship and personal tragedy back home in Somalia, and/or during their arduous trip to a safer, freer environment. In addition to visiting with families and individuals (young and aged), I also spoke with imams, community leaders and their Qur’an scholar. In addition, I delved into personal research on Somalia, the culture and Islamic beliefs; studied the Qur’an and hadiths. Since I had never met a Somali or a Muslim in my life, I had no preconceived opinion or impression to guide or prejudice me. I grew up in a mixed race, ethnically diverse East Coast neighborhood, and as an adult, on at least two occasions, I chose to live in a neighborhood of color. I share all this only to set the stage for what was to follow.

Initially, our relationships were friendly and pleasant. I found most Somali to be genuinely likeable. However, I also discovered that their thinking and mindset was significantly different from my Westernized, Christian upbringing and lifestyle. As I studied the Qur’an I began to understand a little more on why that might be so. It also raised some inward concerns. I thought, if the Somali (or other Muslims) really believe in what the Qur’an says and Allah commands and what the imams teach, America is in big trouble and the Church in America has a big challenge on its hands.

There was definitely a “honeymoon” period in our relationship. In my desire to build relationships I made certain concessions in order for them to feel more welcome in our community. However, I sadly discovered, that as long as I kept meeting their needs, desires and eventually demands, we remained “friends.” Conversely, when one or more expected me to overlook an injustice or wrong doing and I would not make an exception for them, the friendship quickly dissolved. Along the way, I was disheartened to discover that far too many of the friendly Somali were guilty of acts of fraud, deception and outright lying—sometimes about the most inconsequential of occurrences, where a simple admittance of guilt and apology would have sufficed to rectify the situation.

A side note. One day a young Somali boy came to me and asked if he could help me do something after school the next day. I was pleased at his offer and told him I would have a treat for him afterwards. The next day, after school, he came to see me and he had a sad face. I asked him what was wrong. He said his mother would not let him help me. “Why?” I asked. His reply: “My mom said we don’t work for white people, they work for us.” I was shocked and saddened and wondered what other things Somali children were being taught at home.

My relationship with the majority my Somali “friends” rapidly deteriorated over one incident with one individual. The person was guilty of a very serious wrong doing and I had to confront him with the truth. Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence of his wrong doing he wanted me to treat him differently and overlook his guilt. I could not. It would have been unfair, unjust, illegal and plain wrong. When I refused to back down, four or five Somali community leaders confronted me to get me to change my mind. I would not. Despite the obvious right vs. wrong, I also discovered, that what was important was for the Somali clan/family to stick together and defend one of their own, no matter how wrong or guilty he appeared to be. Understandable, but still not right under American culture.

Realizing their pressure for me to change would not work, they appealed to the city mayor. That did not work either because the mayor knew me well enough to know that I would not mistreat anyone or treat them unfairly. Then they reported me to local law enforcement. When that failed, members of their community proclaimed me a “racist” and a hater of black people and reported me to the local and regional Human Rights Commission. When a representative of the HRC visited me and heard my side and I produced the evidence to back my story, she closed the case. However, certain Somali were not done with me yet. They sicced a civil rights attorney on me, but that too failed.
To say the least, the wrong doing of one person, who could not admit that wrong doing, destroyed the relationship with the majority. Along the way, I discovered that among this group of Somali “friends” it was more important to lie and save face, then admit wrong and simply resolve the matter.

Years later I discovered the Islamic concept of taqiyya, the Islamic permission to lie and deceive another—especially a non-Muslim—when in a foreign land. Taqiyya can, and often does, affect much of the communication and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the West where Muslims are in the minority. It also makes it very difficult to trust the word or action of some Muslims in their relationships with non-Muslims.

Going forward, what can non-Somali Americans expect from the immigrants from the Horn of Africa? Are they here to assimilate, adapt, embrace the American culture, our laws and experience the relative freedom and safety not available to them in their native land? Undoubtedly, some desire that and may be able to achieve it, and are certainly welcome to do so. However, I do know from personal experience and further study and observation, that the “clan” culture and Islamic teaching is so oppressive and imprisoning, that it takes an exceptional Somali/Muslim to break away from the norm and seek their own reality and truth.

So, where can we look to perhaps get a peek into America’s future with an ever growing Somali population? In addition to a thorough understanding of Islamic thought and law (shari’a), with the Somali, one might look at the Constitution of The Federal Republic of Somalia adopted August 1, 2012. The 56-page document has 143 articles.

One does not have to read very far into the constitution to understand the mindset behind it.

Article 1.
(1) Somalia is a federal, sovereign, and democratic republic founded on inclusive representation of the people, a multiparty system and social justice.
(2) After Allah the Almighty, all power is vested in the people and can only be exercised in accordance with the Constitution and the law . . .
Article 2.
(1) Islam is the religion of the State.
(2) No religion other than Islam can be propagated in the country.
(3) No law can be enacted that is not compliant with the general principles and objectives of Shari’ah.
Article 3.
(1) The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia is based on the foundations of the Holy Quran and the Sunna of our prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and protects the higher objectives of Shari’ah and social justice.
(2) The Federal Republic of Somalia is a Muslim country . . .
(3) The Federal Republic of Somalia is founded upon the fundamental principles of power sharing . . .
(4) The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia promotes human rights . . .
(5) Women must be included . . .
Article 4.
(1) After the Shari’ah, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia is the supreme law of the country. . . .

The concept of a fair and just law under shari’ah is ludicrous, of course.  Islamic law does not permit freedom of choice, freedom of religion; nor does it promote human rights nor equality for women.

So, how committed are the Somali to a constitutionally free government of a democratic republic? According to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List, seven years after the validation of their new constitution, Somalia ranked #3 among the top ten countries where Christians were persecuted the most. Only North Korea and Afghanistan preceded Somalia. For 2018, FreedomHouse.org published their list of Freedom in the World list of countries with the greatest degree of freedom. Of 195 countries, Somalia ranked among the top eight worst countries for personal, religious and other freedoms.

In 2013, another survey organization, Transparency International (www.transparency.org) tallied the data on 177 countries on the level of corporate and political corruption. This time Somalia was ranked #1 ahead of such well known corrupt countries as Afghanistan, North Korea and Venezuela. Five years later, for 2018, Transparency International published another Corruption Perceptions Index. Of 180 countries surveyed, Somalia was still firmly in the number one spot, with Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and North Korea nipping at its heels.

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Darkest red countries are the most corrupt. Credit: https://www.transparency.org/cpi2018.

So, with so little positive going for it, it is no wonder hundreds of thousands of Somali have fled their homeland over the last two-plus decades. The question is: How much of the country’s ills and terroristic baggage that is represented in their life-long indoctrination to Islam and Shari’a (which is the inherent source of their problems) do Somali refugees leave behind?

Referring back to the Somalia constitution, remember, it is Islam that is the state ideology and it is the barbaric law of shari’a that is the primary law of the land.
In Article 8 of the Somalia constitution it states: A person who is a Somali citizen cannot be deprived of Somali citizenship, even if they become a citizen of another country.  How many Somali living outside Somalia have given up their Somalia citizenship in favor of allegiance to their new country of residence? I do not know. Does anyone? Is it a fair question? Maybe, maybe not, but I bet very few if any have renounced their allegiance to their homeland.

In June, 2012, Voice of America (VOA) published a survey of over 3000 Somali living in Somalia, but also those living in Kenyan refugee camps. Perhaps, surprisingly, despite the horrors of life in their homeland, an overwhelming 93 percent (87 strongly agreed; 6 agreed) supported shari’a as being the law of the land. Only 5 percent of Somalis surveyed were against shari’a.

Somali favoring sharia

On June 23, 2015, The Center for Security Policy released the results of a poll of 600 American Muslims taken two weeks prior. A slim majority (51%) believed that, “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah.” In a different survey, when American citizens were asked the same question, only 2 percent agreed that shari’a should be an option to the U.S. Constitution.

It, of course, does not help America’s perception of Somali when the first elected person to the U.S. Congress to represent their community/district, Ilhan Omar, has clearly positioned herself as anti-American, anti-Jew and anti-Christian. But that’s a story for another post (maybe).

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