Notes for AFR show 03-26-2016
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Why Muslims Are Militant? I am sure that you are all aware of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium by now. Today we want to address the why. Why do Muslims do these things? What is their motivation, and why are these things happening in spite of the fact that we have professional security people working to stop them? Why are they unable to connect the dots? Let's start by looking at what we know so far. There were more than 30 people killed and close to 300 injured. On Tuesday morning our time there were two coordinated attacks carried out in Brussels, one at the metro station and one at the airport. I have flown through this airport 4 times, and when you have stood in the locations where something like this happens it becomes personal. Four days prior to the attack Salah Abdeslam was arrested. He is believed to be the mastermind behind the attack in Paris last November. The Paris attack was carried out by Muslim terrorists based out of
Belgium. We have been talking about the growth of militant Muslim jihadists in Belgium for the last couple of years. Most people have been denying this, and this is one of the major problems. Salah Abdeslam was arrested in a neighborhood which is basically a Muslim enclave. It is one of those Islamic enclaves that we are very concerned about. There are actually two of these enclaves side by side. Once Salah Abdeslam was arrested, it is suggested that the terrorists moved up the time frame of their attack because they were concerned that he was cooperating with the authorities. There are three suspects that we know of, two brothers, Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, who were killed in the attack. You may have seen the picture on the news with two men in black sweaters pushing luggage carts. There was also another man with a light colored coat and a hat. The man in the center of this picture was Ibrahim El Bakraoui. The man on the left is Najim Laachraoui, who we believe was the bomb maker. The third man with the hat has not been identified, but it is believed that he dropped off a bag with explosives and then fled. At the same time, Ibrahim's brother, Khalid, was at the metro station, and in a coordinated attack set off a bomb there killing about 20 people and injuring many more. There are still a lot of questions. A major question is, did the Belgium authorities know these individuals? The answer is YES! These men were all suspected jihadists, but the real question is why is this happening and why are they not dealing with it effectively? For some reason we have denial, deception, and maybe even complicity. We have governments who are not even willing to name what is happening. After the Paris attack people started honing in on Belgium and it adversely affected the tourism. Just 2 months ago they came up with an ad campaign called “Call Brussels” in which people from all over the world were calling pay phones and saying I am from (various countries) and we heard that Belgium is not safe, and the people on the phone were saying, it is safe here, everything is fine, come to Belgium. As a result of this attack, the government has taken down the ad and shut down these phones. This is the denial we are talking about. We have the same kind of denial here in America where our President is at a baseball game in Cuba and spent just 51 seconds talking about the attack, and then goes back to enjoying the game with his new communist buddy. We need to understand how important this attack is to America. Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union. This alone makes it significant, but it is also significant because it is the headquarters of NATO. This is an attack on our ally and according to the NATO rules, an attack on an ally is an attack on us. I think our President has shamed us again in his handling of this issue.
Our President's incessant denial that this is Islamic terrorism increases the danger here. It seems that he can't say Islam and terrorism in the same breath. When you can't even name the enemy, when the enemy tells us what and who they are, and we still can't name them, we are in deep trouble.
Would you consider supporting this ministry on a monthly basis? You can do so by going to our donation page. What Is The Motivation For Muslim Jihadists? People are denying that all of this bloodshed is tied to Islam. The motivation for the jihadist is tied to the Scriptures of Islam and its Prophet. It is important that we understand that these Muslims are doing what they are doing because of their faith. They believe that God has commanded them to do what they do. We must understand that the underlying reason for Muslims practicing jihad against all who are not Muslims it their religion. Before we actually give the evidence for this I want to deal with the moderate Muslims who say Islam is a religion of peace. Reformers like Zuhdi Jasser that we constantly see on TV are telling us that this isn't true Islam and that the jihadists are radicals and extremists. The say they are not the true face of Islam. Jasser says he is the true face of Islam. Zuhdi Jasser is a reformer. He is like the liberal Christian who says things like, “my god won't judge homosexuals.” They are right because their god won't because it is a god of their own imagination. The God of the Bible does judge homosexuals. The Allah of Zuhdi Jasser is a figment of his imagination. He is reinventing Islam the way he wants it to be. His version is not that Allah nor is it the Islam of Muhammad. The militant Muslim who is performing jihad is the true face of the Islam according to Muhammad. We must go to the source of Islam if we want to understand what it really is. The source of Islam is the Prophet Muhammad. He is the only one who received the “revelations” from Allah, and how he carried out the precepts tells us how they should be understood. When people like Zuhdi Jasser tell us that we can reform Islam and reject the violent passages, they must reject the Islam of their Prophet and the Prophet himself. Back to the comparison with liberal Christians. Many of them say that God would not send anyone to Hell. The truth is that those who go to Hell, go their by their own choice. God's love provided for the salvation of all of mankind. Those who go to Hell, go their because they reject the Saviour that God sent to pay for our sins. The Bible is very clear about Heaven and Hell, but these people are in denial. Zuhdi Jasser and the reformed Muslims claim that there is, somewhere in the ethereal universe, a peaceful version of Islam. We have always said that there are peaceful Muslims, but there is no peaceful Islam. Many of the Muslims in the world are like Shahram's parents, who were cultural Muslims. Shahram never once heard his parents talk about wanting to kill someone because they were not a Muslim. They were not fundamental, scriptural Muslims because the only way you can be a
scriptural Muslim is to follow the example of the Prophet. He is referred to as the perfect man in Islam, the man whose example is to be followed. When a Muslims says he is carrying out jihad, he is following the example of Muhammad. This is what Muhammad did. The main source of Islam is the Qur'an which was revealed by an angel to Muhammad. There are other sources that are called the Sunna, which means the practice. They tell us what Muhammad did and said. The Sunna is made up of the Hadith and the Sirah, and these are accepted by Muslims and Muslim scholars as equal to the Qur'an. When there is a question on how to live out Islam, they look to these sources to see how Muhammad practiced Islam. When we ask if Muhammad carried out jihad, we find the answer is emphatically YES! Here is the definition of jihad from the Sharia law book, the Reliance of the Traveller, which is certified by the premier university and top scholars in the Islamic world. (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion. Muslims call this the lesser jihad because they believe that the war against nonMuslims will eventually end because Islam will take over the whole world and there will be no more nonMuslims. The Reliance of the Traveller quotes the following from the Qur'an to support this definition of jihad: Sura 2:216 “Fighting is prescribed for you.” Sura 4:89 “Slay them wherever you find them.” Sura 9:36 “Fight the idolaters utterly.” This is not our opinion, this comes from the Sharia law book. Here is a passage from one of the Hadith where Muhammad said: I have been commanded by Allah fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they perform the prayer and pay the Zakat. If they say it they have saved there blood and property from me (Muhammad) except for the rights of Islam over them. If they repent, we won't kill them. Their blood is safe. If they don't repent and submit to Islam, their blood and possessions will be taken by Muhammad. The example of Muhammad is to attack non-Muslims, and if they don't convert to Islam, they are killed. When we see Muslims carrying out jihad, war against non-Muslims, they are practicing Islam as Muhammad did. Muslims cannot say we are taking these verses out of context, or that we are twisting them, because the Sharia Law Book quotes them to support jihad. This is what the top scholars of Islam say they mean. They use them to teach that jihad against non-Muslims is a command, not an option.
If you are going to be a good and faithful Muslim, you will be involved in jihad in some way. Those who say otherwise are contradicting the top scholars of Islam, as well as the founder of Islam, Muhammad. This is law and it must be followed Be informed. Purchase our special package on Understanding Islam for the special price of $15.00 plus shipping and handling. You can order it from our webstore. A Special Interview With Tom Wallace The following is an interview by Stew Marks with Tom Wallace. Stew – Brother Tom, with all the ways to conduct a fundraising campaign, how in the world did you came up with the target of $30.000, and what will that go for? Tom – Thank you Stew, that is a very good question. The $30,000 figure that we have is a six month budget. We try to limit the times that we come to our listeners and make the appeals for their financial support, and so we are trying to break that down to two major times in the year. This $30,000 budget will help us with our airtime fees over then next six months. We are on 300 stations with our Saturday program, and our daily program is on over a dozen stations. Airtime is expensive, it just is. It costs the stations a lot of money to maintain the towers and their equipment, not to mention the staff and the license fees and all that type of stuff. This $30,000 figure is a six month budget for our radio ministry. Stew – Brother Tom, is it too early to get a status report for our listeners? How are we doing for our 2016 Spring Fundraiser? Tom – Well yes, Stew, we are into the first week of our 30 days of our fundraiser, and it is, I am going to estimate roughly because there are some details coming out from our doners up in Canada, we are about at the $5,000 range here, which is kind of slow to start off with. But I am praying that maybe after today we will have a good response from our people and we can report a better success in the next week. Stew – Honestly, there are hundreds of radio ministries out there that Christians could support, so what makes Fortress of Faith unique? Tom – Well yes, Stew, there are hundreds of different radio ministries that are appealing to listeners for there support. I think there are 4 things that make our ministry unique, make our radio broadcast unique. Well, one, we deal with refuting Islam. There are not many people out there that have the background that Shahram and myself have. I have many years as a missionary living overseas, growing up around Muslims as a kid in Europe, Of course my experience is with the westernized Muslim that has come from the East. Shahram, being a former Muslim from Iran, and I just don't know of another program on the air every day, always breaking down the issues of Islam, and that have our background. Another side, too, is that we are not just about resisting and refuting Islam, but we also deal with the political issues, and we bring commentary to those things, I mean there are many radio broadcast out there on Christian radio that are great Bible preachers, great Bible teachers and they have their niche. That is not our niche. If you want great Bible preaching
or teaching there are other radio programs for that. We bring the Bible into it, and give you a biblical world view, position, dealing with the political issues that are going on, especially that deal with Islam. The other side, Stew, is that we are also here to evangelize Muslims. We are not just about resisting, refuting Islam, and discussing the political current events of our day. We are also about seeing Muslims come to Christ and training Christians and educating them on how to bring Christ to Muslims, who've been darkened, their eyes have been darkened and blinded, by Islam, We say it often, don't blame Muslims for Islam, Muslims are the victims as well of Islam. Islam victimizes those outside of Islam, and those inside of Islam. They need to be rescued, they need Christ, and the thing that will rescue them is when we get them into God's Word. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. They need saving faith, and that is through the Word of God. The fourth thing I would say, Stew, that is unique about our program is that we also deal with the real solution. We've got to address our real big problem. Our real big problem is not Islam. Our real big problem is not the political mess in the White House and Washington DC. Our real big problem isn't the economy. It isn't the education system. All of those things are problems, but they're symptomatic of the real problem. The real problem, Stew, is that we have rebellion in this nation against God. We have a problem with God. And, as long as we are rebelling against Him, and going against His ways, we're going to have trouble the White House, we're going to have trouble in DC, the economy is not going to to be blessed, and I think God is going to continue to judge our nation with these calamities, and He is going to continue to raise up an enemy, which is Islam, to destroy us from within. And unless we repent I believe we are going to see more and more of God's judgment upon us, just like we're seeing in Europe today. You know, our program is unique that we cut into all these various issues that are very important to us today. And, let's face it, Islam, it headlines most of the news programs, most of our newspapers, it is the burning issue of the day. Where else are you going to get the clarity and the background on these issues, other than at Fortress of Faith. So I believe that's what makes us unique, and I believe that's why our people support us and want to see us succeed, and want see us grow and to get on other stations across the country. We're only 5 years old, that's how old this ministry is, and within three years we reached national syndication, and it is because our doners are making it happen. It's not my talents, that's for sure. It is the doners that are our heroes, that's what's making it happen. And you can help us today to help us continue to grow. Stew – Well, Brother Tom, as you know I've been in this industry of TV and radio broadcasting for several decades, and truly, from an industry perspective, there is no source out there that not only has the ability and critical connections to get the important answers and behind the scenes facts of what's going on all across the globe regarding these Islam terror attacks, but actually delivers and informs all who care to learn, and does it from an accurate and biblical perspective so that we know we're getting the truth and not some media whitewashed version or spin. Tom – Thank you Stew, I appreciate that, and again, thank you for your help, your service to our ministry. God bless you for all the work you do in producing our programs, and what a blessing it is to have you on board with us. Thank you.
Stew – Again, the three ways to send donations to this ministry are by telephone at 1800 6160082, on line at fotressoffaith.com, and via our postal address, PO box 30485, Bellingham, WA, 98226. For Fortress of Faith Radio, I'm Stew Marks. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Tom you can call him at 1-800-616-0082. No church is too big or too small. Why Would Muslims Want To Kill Themselves To Kill Others? We often hear people say it is radicalism that is perverting Islam, but we know that it is Islam that is perverting Muslims. Islam is the root of the militant behavior. What is there in Islam that makes Muslims willing to kill themselves in order to kill others? In a previous newsletter we covered “Islam, A Culture Of Death.” We need to be aware of the fact that, as a Muslim, there is no guarantee of salvation apart from death as a martyr for Allah and his cause. In all of Islam there is no sure way of salvation apart from becoming a martyr (shaheed). Here is a passage from one of the Hadith that covers the seven blessing of the shaheed. The shaheed has seven blessings from Allah: He is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; he will be secure on the day of the greatest terror; there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to 72 of alhouraline (virgins); he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives. Number seven really is the crux of why they do what they do. Not only is the one who kills himself for Allah as a shaheed given forgiveness for himself, but he gets to intercede for 70 of his relatives. This is collective salvation. This is why we see the rejoicing in Muslim communities when someone blows himself up in jihad. In Muslim places like Palestine they actually throw a party. This is because the family believes that they are now all going to Paradise, because the martyr will surly intercede for them. Do you see what we mean when we say the Islam is a culture of death. They glorify death, and until we understand this motivation, we cannot combat it. Law enforcement, Homeland Security, etc. have been told that they cannot consider Islamic texts as motivation for terrorism and carrying out jihad. Doesn't Islam and its scriptures give a perfect motive for carrying this out? One of the Hadith says: Standing for an hour in the ranks of battle is better than standing in prayer for 60 years. One of the 5 pillars of Islam is their prayers. You won't find jihad as one of the pillars, but many refer to jihad being the 6th pillar because it is so important to Islam, to the struggle against evil, and the ridding the world of evil. Muhammad, himself said that standing in battle was more important than the
5th pillar, their prayers. It is things like this that explain why those who are truly following Islam do what they do. As a Christian, I take the Bible as God's Word. I live by it, I obey it. If it tells me to do things that make the world think I am nuts, I still do them because God said to do them, even if the world doesn't understand. If I were a Muslim, and I had the same approach to the Qur'an and the teachings of the Prophet, Muhammad, I would be involved in groups like ISIS because they are following the mandates of their religion. Why Are They Getting Away With It? Why does this jihad continue and we are not able to defeat it? The reason is that our government doesn't get it. It keeps following the lie, the rhetoric, coming from those who say that this is not Islam, it is the radicals, the extremists. The media is also complicit because it propagates the lie that Islam is a religion of peace. Something doesn't smell right and it seems there is something fishy about it all, but the media and our political leaders are telling us the lie, and many believe it. The reason it doesn't smell right is because it isn't right. The Islamic groups in our nation have gained access into various parts of our government. This was happening even before Obama became President. They infiltrated our security apparatus and are able to screen our security training materials. They have been able to purge much of the information about Islam from them. Of course this has increased with the Obama administration. This limits what law enforcement can do. For example, in Belgium, the perpetrators of the attack were on the radar of the law enforcement community in Belgium. Their hands were tied because of political correctness. It isn't like these people suddenly appeared from nowhere, they were known to law enforcement. Add this to the open border policies in the European Union and you have a recipe for disaster. There are no borders to inhibit these people from going where they want. Remember, Belgium is linked to Turkey, and through Turkey, to Syria. How The Hands Of Law Enforcement are tied. In Europe there are Muslim enclaves where even law enforcement is afraid to go. One of the reasons they could not get to these attackers is because they were in these enclaves and they were being protected by the people in them. When the police went to arrest Salah Abdeslam they had rocks and bottles thrown at them from windows of other buildings. We have seen this all over Europe, particularly in France, for years. We are starting to see enclaves forming here in America also. There was a Homeland Security memo that came out in 2009 saying that law enforcement cannot consider Sharia law, Islamic ideology, or any aspect of it, as a motive. When you are dealing with a
crime, one of the first things you try to figure out is motive. It really helps the investigation when you know why the crime was committed. It is very rare that someone does something for no reason. According to Shria law, jihad is both a personal obligation and a community obligation. If you can't consider that Muslims are motivated to attack nonMuslims because they are commanded to by Islamic scriptures, your hands are tied and you can't do your job. The FBI has said that their hands are tied concerning the refugees and they can't properly vet them. We know that there are many of the Somali refugees that have gone to fight for ISIS. We see the fundamentalist militancy here in America. It is not radicalism, it is something that is consistent with the upper goal of Islam. Martyrdom is the highest goal in Islam. What Should We Be Doing? These people in Brussels had been to Syria and fought there. They came back to their homeland and carried out terrorist attacks in France. There is a close connection between Belgium and France since they both speak French. The first thing we must do is demand that our country put in place the measures of security to protect us from any Muslims coming into our country until they are properly screened. If they are Americans who left our country to fight in Syria or Iraq, we should not allow them back in unless they are charged with a crime and thrown in jail for their participation in terrorist activities. We must demand that our government kick political correctness out of all of their policies. Political Correctness is supposed to keep people from being offended, but it often leads to other being hurt, and killed. If the politicians, no matter which party, want to continue with this political correctness we should vote them out of office and replace them with people who are knowledgeable and who will stand up for what is right. The first thing we must do as Christians is start voting. And if we vote, we must vote according to biblical precepts. There are many churches who just don't get it. Those who attack us for our stand the most, are socalled Christians and socalled pastors who have bought the nonsense that Islam is a religion of peace. They are often the ecumenical people who want to bring all faiths together into one religion. In my opinion these are also our enemies, and the danger from them may be greater than the direct danger from Islam because they are holding the door wide open to let the Islamists into our country. What we are seeing in Europe is a direct result of their open borders policy. They have actually invited the enemy into their countries. The foolishness of European leaders is seen in the statement by the German Chancellor when she said the attacks in Belgium are not going to change their programs to bring all these refugees in. At some point they should realize that they should stop this nonsense. Some are saying we should stop the refugee program and refuse to let Muslims in until we can assure they are not coming to do us harm. I think this is reasonable, but many politicians and others are
condemning those who say this. They claim that stopping Muslims from coming here until they are properly screened is racist. What race are we discriminating against? It is surly not the Arabs since only 15% of Muslims are Arab. Islam cuts across all races. Those who say we should stop Muslim immigration are people like Franklin Graham. Some of the politicians, like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have also joined the cry. It is not like we haven't had a warning. All we have to do is look at what is happening in Europe to see what is coming here if we don't wise up and do the basic things that make sense. Blood is being spilled on our streets, and those Christians who refuse to look at the evidence and stand against this foolishness, will have some of this blood on their hands. Islam is not a religion of peace. Although it does have a religious element, Islam is not a religion, and it is not, and never has been, peaceful. Islam is a supremest ideology, it is demonic, it is evil, it corrupts Muslims, it corrupts the world, it has destroyed and devastated nations throughout its 1,400 year history. Some are deceived like those who believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is a peaceful group in America, but there are others who are complicit. There are those in our government, in the White House, in the media, and maybe in our churches who are complicit, they know what is going on and they are partaking in it, often for financial gain. Both those who are carrying out these things, and those who are silent in the face of it, are evil. We must take a stand. This is why we invite you to join us at the corner of truth and courage. It is one thing to know the truth. It is another to have the courage to stand for it. Let's have the courage to stand up against the nonsense that is going on and demand of our leaders, both political and religious, to do what is right and not what is expedient or politically correct.