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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What Ethiopian Christians need to know

Islam Wants to take the World by every possible means
The Muslim feels certain that one day the entire world will be in submission to Mohammed. The Muslim has a long view of history and many are patient to see this submission develop over time, generation after generation. Islam continues its long march through history, bringing the world into submission.
The places that are not yet considered to be within the House of Submission are called the House of War (dar al-harb, دار الحرب). Ethiopia belongs to this House of War.

Islam requires that Muslims spread Islam to the extent that the entire world is under the submission of Muslim rule. This injunction to spread Islam is linked with the concept of jihad (جهاد), which is often translated "holy war" but which actually means "struggle".

Jihad is a Responsibility of every Muslim
The community obligations to Jihad are clear in Islamic theology. If some in the community are waging jihad effectively (such as organizations like al-qaida) then everyone in the community does not bear an individual responsibility for personally waging violent jihad. In other words, they are off the hook and can go about their lives using non-violent jihad.

However, if a jihad war needs to be waged and no one in the community is doing it, then every Muslim individually bears the responsibility and will be held accountable.
For this reason Muslims often seem complacent in the face of the minority who are advancing the jihad war. When in fact, non-violent forms of jihad among the seemingly complacent is actually a method of supporting the overall jihad effort to transform the House of War into the House of Submission.

Are Ethiopian Muslims in a State of Jihad?
From the perspective of the violent jihadists, Ethiopian Muslims are in a constant state of jihad. But do Ethiopian Muslims honestly view themselves as living in a state of constant jihad until Ethiopia comes into the House of Submission? Surely there must be various viewpoints on this question among Muslims in Ethiopia.

The critical issue for Muslims in Ethiopia is to evaluate the concept of dividing the world between the House of Submission and the House of War, which they nowadays they tend to share with the Wahabi movement from across the Red sea. Nowadays, it has become important for them to clearly state and actively teach a new ideology that is extremely incompatible with the divine mission of the Ethiopian nation and the principles of Ethiopianism.

From the Islamic perspective, the problem is a political problem between the House of Submission and the House of War. But, in fact, the problem is a spiritual problem which has people trapped by the powers of darkness. As such, this ideology will not be eliminated by a small group of friendly, soft-spoken Muslims and their politically correct apologetics who make simplistic statements about Islam and tolerance. Only Jesus Christ can deliver from the House of Submission and the House of War.

As the influence of Islam grows throughout the world, the role of the mosque in society should be understood by all non-Muslims. The latest decision of the Swiss people to prohibit the construction of minarets in their country demonstrates the fear and anxiety that Islam is entertaining among the indigeneous populations of Europe.

Every non-Muslim, Christians in particular, should learn more about the importance of the mosque and its central role in the growth and promotion of Islam.
Much of the folloqinf information presented in this article is taken from the book, The Mosque Exposed by S. Solomon and E. Alamaqdisi

Many people, as in most, assume the mosque is simply a place where Muslims go to worship, almost like a “Muslim church,” but this is not really the full story. You see, Islam is predominately a works-based system and unlike Christianity, which is a faith-based system. And how does the average Muslim know how he or she should act? Allah has given them the perfect example in Mohammed. Muslims should imitate him.

The Way of Mohammed
While the Quran is believed by Muslims to be the revelation of Allah’s word, the “perfect example” of Mohammed’s life, teachings and character are recorded in another body of writings called the Hadith. These writings, called the Sunnah, record the way Mohammaed lived and taught, and are used to interpret the Quran and develop Islamic ideology.

Because Muslims view the mosque through Mohammed’s life, the role of the mosque can only be understood as it was used by Mohammed. It would be a fatal error for Christians to assume that the mosque functions like a church. We must see the mosque in the context of Mohammed’s life.

Mohammed did indeed go to the mosque to worship. Therefore it is a house of worship. He performed his prayers in the mosque and taught all Muslims that it is an important place to say prayers. Every Friday, Muslims around the world go to their local mosque and face toward the city of Mecca to perform their ritual prayers.

Command and Control
But worship for Mohammed was not limited to religious ritual. Worship is an entire way of life. For Mohammed, worship is about implementing Allah’s law. This is called Shariah law, and it encompasses every area of life. Shariah means “path.” In the desert context from which it comes, it means “a path leading to water.” While for the Christian, the words of Christ are “living water,” for the Muslim, it is this law which is a life-preserving force, and water in the desert.

Since worship is not merely religious ritual, Mohammed acted in his role as the supreme leader of the community and the mosque was his base of operation. Here are some examples of how Mohammed used the mosque to implement his all-encompassing Shariah law:

· He made legislative decrees from the mosque. It is the seat of legislative government.
· He taught his followers his ideology in the mosque. It is the educational seminary.
· He sent and received official delegations at the mosque.
· He conducted the affairs of the Islamic state, entertained heads of state, and appointed judges there. It is the seat of executive power.
· He issued legal decrees and developed Sharia law there. It is the supreme court.
· He issued social decrees. It is the social center of the community.
· He proclaimed the superiority of Muslims over non-Muslims, issued death sentences against those who opposed him, and dispatched the executioners to carry out their duties. It is the place and symbol of Islamic rule.
·He proclaimed the superiority of men over women at the mosque. It is place of inequality.
· It is where he issued marching orders, proclaimed jihad, and recognized his warriors. It is a military base.


Hijra and Taqiyah

The number of mosques in Ethiopia has increased dramatically in recent years. Based on Mohammed’s example, everyone should walk to the mosque as he did. Therefore, there needs to be a mosque in every neighborhood. In larger communities, there would need to be many mosques, one in each neighborhood. Additionally, since Muslims who are living in a non-Muslim nation are in a perpetual state of jihad,2 the role of the mosque should be understood in this context, along with two other concepts: migration (hijra هجرة) and concealment or disguise (taqiyah تقية).

The Islamic calendar begins in the year A.D. 610, when Mohammed migrated with his followers from the city of Mecca to the city of Medina on the Arabian Peninsula. The Quran speaks highly of those who migrated to Medina for the cause of Islam in passages such as Surah 2:218, 3:195, and 4:100.

Hijra is used by Muslims to spread Islam. There is a method to the process. As Solomon and Alamaqdisi state in their book,
Migration is legally obligatory on a Muslim as preparatory to other forms of jihad for the victory of Islam and Muslims in other countries . . . . Migration precedes jihad and both are inextricably linked . . . . It is not possible to consolidate the Islamic religion without migration. There is no way to raise the profile of Islam in the abode of apostasy without the help of Muslims and the increase of their numbers.

Since the role of the mosque is so critical in securing victory over non-Muslims, mosques are sometimes built for the purpose of raising awareness of Islam among non-Muslims rather than serving the needs of the Muslim community as a place of worship. This is why a small group of Muslims in a non-Muslim community sometimes build a large mosque which far exceeds the needs of their group.

Migration and the building of mosques serve the purpose of bringing a witness to non-Muslims that Islam is superior.

Solomon and Alamaqdisi state,
Despite the overtly cruel, harsh, and intolerant Quranic views toward others, namely Jews and Christians, there are injunctions in the Quran that enable the Islamic community to disguise, play down, and when necessary, deny both the intensity and the validity of these anti-Semitic and anti-Christian teachings of its religious system.
This particular injunction is taqiya, which permeates almost all the activities and dealings of Muslims within non-Muslim societies, be they religiously sacred or religiously temporal, secular or civic, since . . . Islam does not distinguish between sacred and secular.

For this reason, the so-called moderate Muslim leaders worldwide should not be trusted to support and uphold the principles of freedom, peace and tolerance. Their leadership position within the Muslim community makes them guardians and promoters of Islamic ideology, even if they must conceal and disguise their true intentions.

The Mosque in Ethiopia

As it's stated above, in recent years, authorities in Ethiopia, not only encouraged the building of mosques, they actually help facilitate their construction in the name of equality, tolerance and freedom of religion. It should be said and realized that, non-Muslims, in effect, are helping build the enemy’s command and control centers within their own Christian country.

Political leaders don’t seem to understand the problem Ethiopians are facing in this regard—or they are simply unwilling to intervene.

This is why it is critical for Ethiopians to learn about the true nature of Islam. We need to tell the truth, to educate ourselves and pass on the knowledge, it's our obligation and utmost mission.

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