The Culture of Islam

 

The biblical account of Abraham and his covenant with God is important for an understanding of Islam

 

Abraham is seen by Muslims as neither Christian nor Jew, but the common ancestor of both, and of Muslims, too—as Muhammad is of Ishmael’s line

 

Then he died…and therein lies the source of Islamic discord to this day

 

By the tenth century the world was divided

 

As time went on the problem that emerged first and most urgently was that of authority

 

Gradually two attitudes developed in this regard

 

The Qur’an

 

Islam, since the early days, has undergone geographical division into different parts at various times based on tribal allegiances and local/regional dynasty building

 

Ways of Islam

Last two obligations fulfilled less frequently

 

Sense of belonging to the community expressed itself in the idea that it was the duty of Muslims to look out after each other’s conscience and protect the community

 

To justify the current jihad that took the form of airplanes smashing into inhabited buildings…one would seem to have to reach…to build a logical construct that allows one to attach to modern behaviors evil, anti-Islam intentions

 

Hence, the original point about descendency converging on Abraham

 

Add in the long history of tension between Muslim and Christian (expelling the Saracens from Spain; the “Crusades”) and you might be able to see how current Islamic terrorists have built that logical construct they require through the activities of “modern” oppression where it exists.

 

Even though, modern Islamic scholars prevail that claim “to kill not only yourself, but also innocent people going about the normal business of their lives, cannot be justified from any theological viewpoint.  No scholar from any Islamic tradition could cite any text to claim such actions are permissible”

 

The outline of Islam that precedes the final quote is meant only as an explanation, certainly not a justification of terroristic events.