With Barack Obama tip-toeing around the meaning of jihad Sunday, on Monday, the Muslim cleric behind the attempts to blow up U. S. bound planes and the underwear bomber, set the record straight on the meaning of jihad when he once again issued a call for jihad to kill Americans.
In his video sermon, popular with jihadists on the internet, Yemini-American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, gives jihadists the go-ahead, telling them that they do not need permission from clerics to kill Americans and others who are enemies of Muslims.
It’s a well-known fact; Muslims have long considered Christians and Jews to be their enemies.
And they still do.
One need not look farther than the massacre of over 50 Christians, and wounding of dozens, by al-Qaida at a Catholic Church in Iraq on October 31, to find an example of their hatred toward Christians.
After the suicide bombers infiltrated the church, the heavily armed mute assailants began murdering people. Survivor Bassam Sami, said, “They didn’t say anything. It was like someone had cut out their tongues.”
The carnage lasted several hours.
In several cities across America, groups gathered Nov. 8th to protest the killing of Christians in Iraq.
In Phoenix, over 400 people protested the execution style murders, many of them family members of those killed by al-Qaida. Sixteen-year-old Jandar Baba’s father was killed in the attack.
“We want protection for our people, we want al-Qaida to stop killing Christians,” said Baba.
Islam’s holiest shrine, the elaborate, glimmering tile covered Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, built by a spiritual successor of Muhammad, Abd al-Malik from 688 to 691 AD, bears Arabic inscriptions against Christians.
The writings in mosaics from the Quran are on the inner side of the octagonal arcade. The Quran demands Christians stop believing in the Trinity and, instead, believe in the truth of Islam.
Islamic Awareness translated these Quran verses inside the Dome: “O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and say not ‘Three’ - Cease! (it is) better for you! — God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son. ... Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of God (will find that) lo! God is swift at reckoning! “
From the website, Sacred-Destinations, “According to the Oxford Archaeological Guide to the Holy Land, ‘Abd al-Malik’s purpose was more complex and subtle. ‘ He wished to erect a beautiful Muslim building that could compete with the majestic churches of Christendom and would be a symbolic statement to both Jews and Christians of the superiority of the new faith of Islam. ‘His building spoke to Jews by its location, to Christians by its interior decoration.’”
“In addition”, the website writes, “This Muslim shrine, built over the spot Jews believe to be the temples of the Dome of the Rock (or the adjacent Dome of the Chain) is believed by many to stand directly over the site of the Holy of Holies of both Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple.
Other religions’ places of worship or shrines are for that, to worship their God(s), not attack another religion.
While Barack Obama sings the praises of Islam, calling it a “great religion,” the next thing you know, he’s out there telling Israel that their plans to build apartments in East Jerusalem will spoil the peace plans.
Obama said, “…this kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations. I’m concerned that we’re not seeing each side making the extra effort involved to get a breakthrough.”
OK — Try and tell us that Barack Hussein Obama, who, as a child went to a school teaching (memorizing) the Quran, isn’t partial and playing favorites with Muslims.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview on Fox Business Network, called Obama’s criticism of the housing plans “overblown.”
“You are talking about a handful of apartments that really don’t affect the [peace] map at all, contrary to impressions that might be perceived from certain news reports.”
So, of course, Muslim leaders around the world are pleased with Obama’s remark about jihad and Islam: “Well, the phrase jihad has a lot of meanings within Islam. It is subject to lot of different interpretations. But I will say that first Islam is one of the world’s great religions and over a billion people practice Islam.”
When push comes to shove, you can guarantee who Barack Obama will show his bias towards, and he’ll side with Muslims.
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