The video at the end of this piece addresses the claims that we hear from our President and other leaders in the US that Islam does not anything to do with terrorism in the word. According to Barack Obama, 99.9% of the Muslims in the world do not support radical Islam. But is he right? Raheel Raza, a Sunni Muslim herself, gives us the facts and figures.
Raheel Raza says she does not need Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or any celebrity, like Ben Affleck, to defend her and her religion. She says she needs to be defended from the radicals in her own religion. She needs to be defended from radical Islamists who behead people, through battery acid on people and murder people in the name of her God. She says these radicals seek to take over the world in the name of her religion.
A Muslim herself, Raheel Raza has dedicated her life for speaking out against the rising threat of radical Islam, which threatens to swallow up her religion of Islam. She urges that we can not treat an illness without identifying what the problem is. We cannot address the cancer of radical Islam without accurately identifying what it is.
According to Raheel Raza, the fear of being labeled a racist has caused us to take positions that leave us vulnerable. For instance, the fear of being called racist caused neighbors to keep silent when they saw suspicious activity in San Bernardino that could have saved 14 lives. A former Dept. of Homeland Security employee in the video says that the Department had targeted the San Bernardino killer long before the killings, but they were prohibited from pursuing action to stop him because of profiling. They were stopped from pursuing him, specifically, and any Islamic group, generally.
Raheel Raza urges that the paternalistic and naive attitudes of the West toward radical Islam is playing into the hands the growing number of radical Islamists who seek to impose their will on the world. She warns against the adopting such positions.
Today there are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion. She unpacks Islam by using concentric circles. At the middle are the jihadists who wake up in the morning wanting to kill people and die trying (ISIS Al Qaida, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.). There are between 170,000 to 500,000 jihadists in the world, though it is difficult to know for sure. Raza estimates ISIS is 40,000-200,000; Al-Qaeda is 80,000-100,000; IRCG (Iranian Revolutionary Guard) is 10,000-100,000, Hezbollah is 10,000-50,000; Hamas is 26,000-35,000.
The number of jihadists in the world is likely below 1%. Raza reminds us, however, that it only takes a handful of terrorists to do serious damage and change the way society operates. ISIS jihadists are flowing into the west with the refugees. The mastermind of the Paris attacks boasted of trafficking freely between Europe and Syria. Some jihadists, however, are home grown in the west, like the San Bernardino killer.
But we cannot stop there. The next circle are the Islamists who are just as convinced of the virtue of martyrdom, paradise and wanting to foist their religion on the rest of humanity, but they want to work within the system and do not want to blow themselves up. They want to change governments and are using democracy against itself. They want the same things as the jihadists, but their tactics are different. They use the political and cultural systems to further their aims.
In Egypt, they elected the Muslim Brotherhood into power, the progenitor of modern Islam advocating a global caliphate and sharia law. The Muslim Brotherhood is primary political, but it has spawned Al-Qaeda, Hamas and other radical terrorist groups. In Gaza, Hamas was voted into power. In the US, CAIR is tied into the Muslim Brotherhood. The United Arab Emirates recently identified them as a terrorist group. While these Muslims are not blowing themselves up and posing a physical threat to the world, they have the same beliefs as the jihadists and are working to bring about the same change to the world.
The last circle is the largest of all and is equally disturbing and insidious. These Muslims are not terrorists like ISIS and are not working to overthrow governments, but they hold beliefs and practices that we would consider deeply troubling. Who are they?
PEW research released the results of a study of thousands of Muslims in 39 countries. In Afghanistan, Egypt and Jordan, the vast majority (79%-86%) believe that Muslims leaving the Islamic faith should be executed. (Egypt-86%; Jordan-82%; Afghanistan-79%; Palestine-66%; Malaysia-62%; Lebanon-46%; Iraq-42%) The average of all Muslims surveyed around the world who believe Muslims should be executed for leaving their faith is 27%. That is 237,000,000 people! (14% of the world’s Muslim population)
These people are radically out of step with the modern world. They hold to the following principals:
- Honor killings of women who have had pre-marital sex or extra-marital sex are considered justifiable by 39% of all Muslims in Muslim majority countries (345,000,000 people!) (22% of the world Muslim population!)
- The number of western Muslims who believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be justified is astonishing. (French Muslims-42%; British Muslims-35%; and American Muslims-26%)
- Over 53% of Muslims in Muslim majority countries want sharia law implemented as the law of the land.
- Over 52% support whippings and cutting off the hands of thieves (281,000,000 people);
- Over 51% are in favor of stoning spouses if they are unfaithful (279,000,000 people)
These numbers are important to understand because they show a much larger segment of the Muslim population who support what we obviously consider radical beliefs and who are sympathetic to the jihadists, even if they are no jihadists themselves. The more important things is, if we abandon our discussion about these things, we turn our backs on truth, we silence the the fundamental right to freedom of speech; and we abandon human rights in favor of political correctness.
Raheel Raza urges us that we cannot adequately address the threat of radical Islam without understanding it. We cannot assume our definition of what is and what is not Islam is correct. Radical Islam is an entirely religions, Islamic movement. While the majority of Muslims in the world are not radical Islamists, radical Islamists threaten to overrun the Islamic religion and force themselves on moderate Muslims and the world alike.