All religions are about peace and morals
That's a baseless assumption, unfortunately.
Do you acknowledge the existence of Islamism? You mentioned it earlier so it appears that you do. If yes, then America didn't need to stage 911, but
simply take advantage and even enable the Islamists to carry out a terrorist attack.
If you observe the metaphysics and theology of Islam, and of Ash'arite, Salafiya, Wahhabi, doctrine, along with the writings of Sayyed Qutb and his
disciple, Hassan Al-Banna, founder of the Muslim brotherhood, there is a direct continuity of a certain metaphysical and theological doctrine from 700
CE to the modern era; the same ideas and mentality which Islam grew from, animates current Islamic mentality. Thus, there was bound to be conflict in
our modern era between the west and Islam; a recurrence of the battles in the religious middle ages.
Therefore, understanding the radical doctrines of the Islamists explains first: the ideological authenticity of the enemies beliefs. They aren't made
up, and only an ignoramus or deceiver would claim they are. Secondly, it provides the elite you refer to - anglo-american establishment - the perfect
pretext for creating the situation that currently exists. Islamism - instead of being created by the west, is being used by the west. Maybe western
leaders stand to make a sumptuous profit in starting wars; or maybe some longer term globalist agenda somehow fits in, and making a profit in the
process is just a perk of secondary interest.
This to me explains the presence of 2 problems. In the west, we have our corrupt leaders. And in the orient, we have the emergent threat of Islamism,
both in the form of Iran's theocratic government - which avidly awaits the occulation of their 12th Imam - and Egypt's newly elected Islamist
government, headed by a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, the Free Syrian Army is Islamist, meaning, the party which could lead to the
ousting of the Assad regime is the same types of people who took over Egypt, and also vying for power in Libya. Then you have Hezbollah in Southern
Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
The Islamist movement is stronger today than 6 years ago when Bush was in power; Since Obama entered, the Muslim world has been helped by the US state
department; Brotherhood came to power in Egypt, the Assad government is being threatened by an Islamist opposition - and both frankly - Mubarak in
Egypt and Assad in Syria - even if an agent of the west and a lackey of socialist dogma - are preferable to helping build a united Islamist front in
Egypt, Gaza, Syria, Iran against western interests, values and civilization. Self interest should never devolve into suicide. It's either us or them.
It doesn't matter what is stated in the scriptural texts, but in hows it's interpreted by the theologians. Do Jews see God in the way Islam see's God?
No. The Jewish God is interactive; he is also bound by his reason and justice i.e. the episode where Abraham questions Gods justice to kill innocents
with the wicked in Sodom. Allah is the Absolute - the Godhead who cannot be made contingent; to bound him by reason is to take away from his
omnipotence, therefore, God is either the All, or man reduces him to the boundaries of reason - which is total blasphemy in Sunni Islam, which, as
mentioned before, is based on the writings of Ibn Hanbal, Al Ashari and Al Ghazali - considered the second most eminent figure in Islam behind the
Islamic scholars see everything in terms of transcendence: literally everything. People do not exist, we are mere shadows of Gods action. Cause and
Effect do not exist, they are illusions facilitated by Gods pure willing; and willing - willing transcends thought - and Allah is identified with
Will. And the Quran; the Quran transcends reason - being a revelation i.e. an intuitive discovery of Mohammad. Because the Quran is one with God i.e.
bound with him through it's transcendence, than all actions in order to be in tune with transcendence cannot be predicated on reason i.e. reason means
to be bound to the reason within creation, and thus, with human beings, and God if he is to remain omnipotent must not be bound at all; because God is
pure Will - and his will is reflected in the commands of the Quran - man can only live according to Gods will in the Quran. Thus, when a Muslim has a
moral problem, what do he or she do? Do they use their 'reason' i.e. conscience? No, as said, God in Islam - unlike in Christianity and Judaism - is
not bound by reason; he is not logos (reason) and man cannot use logos - reason - as a means to connect with him. Man can only connect with God by
fulfilling the transcendent will of Allah in the Quran. The implications of this doctrine are remarkable. This means Muslims are taught to not to use
their reason, or conscience, but rather, to memorize the jurisprudential principles and precedents in Islamic shari'a; and if they have a problem that
needs a solution, they call a fiqh (law) hotline - as exists in many Islamic societies, to get in touched with someone formally trained in revelation
i.e. Quran and Hadith - to instruct them how to act.
Islam is a religion that stresses memorization, not moral insight into right and wrong. So your assumption that "all religions teach morality" or
conscience, is predicated on that religions metaphysical and theological conception of God; if it is a religion like Islam, which stresses the
transcendence of Allah's activity and the inability of human reason to know right from wrong, you get a religion that gives primacy to power instead
If you have never read the Quran, there are many contradictory statements, many of which call for intolerance towards non muslims; later quranic
statements take precedence to earlier statements; all the especially xenophobic or bellicose verses occur later, which, according to a popular
hermeneutic rule in Islamic interpretation, nullifies the first verse. Just as in normal action, what comes after, annihilates the former; and taking
in mind that according to Al Ghazali, there is no past or present, no cause and effect, but only a continuous 'now' forever being created and
annihilated every moment, you can understand how this hermeneutic principle coheres with the general gist of Islamic metaphysics.
Of course, I speak only of the mainstream Islamic school of thought. There is also Avicenna, Averroes and proponents of a more rational Islam, but thy
quickly lost steam in the early Islamic period (700 CE - 1200 CE), and since then Al Ghazali, Ibn Arabi etc have dominated thinking in Sunni
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