| Austere Religious Scholar or Muslim Master of Mayhem? Or Both?
| Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Jihad Watch : The Washington Post has unwittingly demonstrated the truth that Islam is not a religion of peace, a message it has been loath to acknowledge.
On Sunday, it carried the obituary of
self-styled ISIS Caliph Ibrahim, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
under this original headline: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dies at 48. Inexplicably, a few hours later, it revised the headline to read, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.
After unremitting sarcasm on Twitter and other social media sites, the Post editors reconsidered again and ran the obituary under a third headline: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.
So, which was he? An austere religious
scholar or the terrorist-in-chief extremist leader of the most vicious
and diabolical terror organization in modern history? The answer is,
This does not sit well with most
Westerners, who think of austere religious scholars as those locked away
harmlessly in monasteries or ivory towers minding their own business
among ancient, dusty tomes, having nothing to do with beheadings, rapes,
torture, slavery and the leading of totalitarian conquests on bloody
battlefields. In none of the major world faiths are religious scholars
linked with the vile behaviors associated with terrorism — except Islam.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took this to heart,
and became a scholar-terrorist in the mould of his hero. There is no
question that in the eyes of the Islamic world he was a true religious
scholar — he obtained his B.A., Masters degree and Ph.D. in Islamic
studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad.
Few Muslims have studied their religion
with the rigor and verve evidenced by al-Baghdadi.
One might say he was
the paragon of Islamic scholar-terrorists.
Read the rest here.
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:31 PM