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Islam for terrorists

"Islam for terrorists" Continued...

Issue: "Islam and teroris," Oct. 27, 2001

The instructions some of the Sept. 11 terrorists carried with them clearly reflect Wahhabi emphases and interpretations: "Read al-Tawba and Anfal [traditional war chapters from the Quran] and reflect on their meanings and remember all of the things that God has promised for the martyrs.... Know that the gardens of paradise are waiting for you in all their beauty, and the women of paradise are waiting, calling out, 'Come hither, friend of God.' They have dressed in their most beautiful clothing."

The Wahhabi wing of Islam and the "national liberation" wing of Marxism are able to make common cause by attacking a free enterprise system in which people prosper by fulfilling the needs and desires of others. That some of those desires lack virtue is all the excuse Wahhabis need to join the neo-Marxist assault on capitalism. Islam has a respect for private property but it also pushes for unicity, and when the latter overcomes the former, Wahhabi Marxists (such as bin Laden's crew) and dictatorships (such as that of Saddam Hussein) emerge.

Among the terrorist spawn of these two movements, is Islam or Marxism more influential? Here's one thing to watch for: Those who have any respect whatsoever for Islamic laws are less likely to threaten our water supply, because poisoning of wells in a desert culture is the most heinous crime imaginable.

Why don't mainstream Muslims speak out forcefully against the terrorists who claim Quranic warrant? Part of the answer is theological, as clerical apologists for terrorism are able to point to particular verses that they say have been ignored or misinterpreted by traditional Islam. But a large part is simple momentum. Islam has been on an international losing streak during the past several centuries. Many mainstream Muslims, while opposing the terrorists theologically, have been unwilling to stand up to those who seem to be on a winning streak.

As William & Mary professor Tamara Sonn put it, "If you are a young man and you've been involved in the Palestinian or Afghanistan situation, your emotions are high and you'll want action." In some instances older clerics and academics have abdicated before the young, much as many U.S. professors in the late 1960s began following their students instead of leading them. The head of Egypt's Al-Azhar University, the Harvard of the Muslim world, pleased his students when he agreed (contrary to the Islamic tradition) that self-martyrdom was acceptable; he still opposed suicidal attacks on civilians, but the pressure on mainstream Islam to "go with the winners" is growing.

That's why scholar David Forte says, "If we have respect for ourselves, if we have respect for Islam, we can no longer tolerate the evil they [the terrorists] represent. Two civilizations hang in the balance." Islam needs reformation, and it needs America to show that Wahhabi Marxism is not the vanguard of the future.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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