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Expert Outlines ‘Islamic Prophecies of the End Times’ and How They’re Influencing Islamic State Chaos in Middle East Today
Sep. 23, 2015 8:50am
Author and scholar Will McCants appeared on “Morning Joe” on Wednesday to outline certain Islamic prophecies about the end times that he said are helping create chaos in the Middle East.
“In Islamic prophecies of the end times Iraq and Syria figure very large. That’s where the final battles with the infidels are supposed to take place,” explained Will McCants, author of the new book “The ISIS Apocalypse.” “The Islamic State his using this material to recruit foreign fighters and they’re using it to great effect.”
McCants said that tens of thousands of foreigners have flocked to join the Islamic State for one key reason: “They believe they are rebuilding God’s kingdom on Earth, and they’re building up for a final confrontation with the infidels.”
Watch the scholar’s comments about the Islamic State’s end times theology below:
In discussing the dire situation in Syria, McCants said that the best idea would be to arm local Sunni Arab tribes in an effort to help them stave off Islamic State militants and protect their own people.
As TheBlaze reported earlier this month, author Joel C. Rosenberg has issued similar warnings about the Islamic State’s end times theology, positing that the greatest threat to America’s security is now coming from “apocalyptic Islam,” a dangerous, end times philosophy that he said many world leaders simply fail to understand.
Differentiating between “radical Islam” and “apocalyptic Islam,” Rosenberg said that the latter has replaced the former as the key and primary security concern, as he believes that eschatology is now motivating extremists to do the unthinkable.
“The forces of radical Islam want to attack us, while the forces of apocalyptic Islam want to annihilate us,” Rosenberg told TheBlaze earlier this month. “Radical Islam is like Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and various terror groups [that are] trying to drive us out of the holy lands and holy places that they consider sacred to Islam.”
But he said that apocalyptic Islam is an entirely different animal, as it is comprised of individuals and groups who believe that their messiah is coming at any moment — and that they must abide by his will at any cost.
“If they are not faithful, they [believe they] will burn in the fires of hell with no escape,” he said, explaining that the Islamic Mahdi, or messiah, is at the heart of the theology. “The way to serve Mahdi is to annihilate Judeo-Christian civilization and, in so doing, establish God’s kingdom on Earth, known as the caliphate.”
Read more about Rosenberg’s views here.
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How can so many viewers stomach the five seasons of weekly gore of “The Walking Dead” while cringing at the notion of watching the online videos of ISIS executing real people through the beheadings [scroll down for photos] and the burning alive [burning starts at 17:00 minutes into video] of caged souls? Is it because one is harmless, graphic comic-book fiction and the other is the sickening taboo of realism? Really?
What is the difference between the zombies of “The Walking Dead,” who are united by their “disease,” and the beings of ISIS (or ISIL, as the Obama administration chooses to officially label them) who are united by their belief in Sharia law? Be honest.
The characters of Dale and Herschel in the first and second seasons of “The Walking Dead” represented the clear voices of civilized reason. They wanted to protect the humanity of human beings by showing mercy toward those who would potentially, realistically and enjoyably kill them. In a sense, they wanted to sit at a table with them over tea and reason with them. What was their fate in response to their voices?
In “The Walking Dead,” the notion comes to light that we’re all infected and subject to becoming zombies upon “death.” Can this also be true that we are all subject to the “infection” of ISIS and Sharia law? How many “normal” youth have you heard about in the news recently, who suddenly succumb to the beckoning call of ISIS and fly to Europe, then Turkey, finally crossing over into Syria to join their “ranks.” Where is the realistic line in a person’s mind between saying no to the infection or saying yes? Is there no line, as “The Walking Dead” fictionally supposes?
If the idea of a zombie apocalypse were truth, would you willingly kill zombies or let them kill you? Would your answer be the same for those in ISIS, who are united by the infection of Sharia law? Be honest.
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New York Post
WASHINGTON — They’re burning and beheading victims in the name of Islam, but President Obama delivered a major speech Wednesday on combating violent extremism — while refusing to use the words “Muslim terrorists.”
“No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama told a crowd that included Muslim community leaders at the White House.
Following months of unrelenting atrocities by ISIS killers who released videos of themselves beheading US journalists and, most recently, 21 Coptic Christians, and burning a man alive, the president kowtowed to the audience by proclaiming that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”
“Generations of Muslim immigrants came here and went to work as farmers and merchants and factory workers, helped to lay railroads and build up America,” he said.
“The first Islamic center in New York City was founded in the 1890s. America’s first mosque — this was an interesting fact — was in North Dakota.”
And just days after Pope Francis condemned ISIS’s barbaric murders of 21 Egyptians “simply for the fact that they were Christians,” Obama insisted al Qaeda and their ilk “are not religious leaders. They’re terrorists.”
“And we are not at war with Islam,” the president said. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”
In his much-anticipated remarks at a summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” the president also:
- Called on the international community to “eradicate this scourge of violent extremism,” repeating the White House terminology that eschews mentioning religion.
- Declared that “we all know there is no one profile of a violent extremist or terrorist . . . Around the world, and in the United States, inexcusable acts of violence have been committed against people of different faiths, by people of different faiths, which is, of course, betrayal of all of our faiths.”
- Mourned the “brutal murders” of “three young Muslim Americans” in Chapel Hill, NC, pointing to the religion of the victims even though the crime may have been over a parking dispute.
- Pointed to “grievances” of young Muslims living in poverty under corrupt governments, saying that when there are no outlets, “resentments fester.”
- Was protective of Muslims in the US. “Muslim Americans feel they have been unfairly targeted,” he said. “We have to be sure that abuses stop, are not repeated, that we do not stigmatize entire communities.”
Obama even acknowledged pundits who have parsed “the words we use to describe and frame this challenge” — a reference to growing criticism about the language deployed by his administration.
Obama’s speech included repeated references to Islam and Muslims as he laid out his argument — but he didn’t budge on how he would refer to the self-styled Islamic State.
Instead, he simply referred to ISIS and al Qaeda as “groups” and talked about the need to “vanquish these organizations.”
The summit itself didn’t have Islam in the name.
Although the White House didn’t make the guest list public, attendees at Tuesday’s session with Vice President Joe Biden were mainly from Muslim groups.
Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly somehow hits cable home run with ‘mercenary army’ proposal
*The fighters in the O’Reilly Mercenary Army would be recruited by the United States;
*They’d be trained by Special Forces under “strict discipline”;
*They’d number 25,000;
*They’d be English speakers;
*They’d be well compensated.
By any cable-news standard, the idea is a smash hit. O’Reilly yesterday appeared on the excellent “CBS This Morning” and, in an insane departure from that show’s standard, the three hosts — Norah O’Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King — appeared to take the mercenary force somewhat seriously. Check it out right here. Not only did the show listen for minutes to O’Reilly preach his insane idea, they actually posted a graphic of its key points. Here is that graphic:
The Fox News host, a marvelous media entrepreneur, managed to elide his proposal for a mercenary force with his latest book, “Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General.” He said, “If Patton were the head of the joint chiefs of staff, believe me — this war would be fought in a different way.”
Last night, Fox News’s Charles Krauthammer came on O’Reilly’s show and blasted the proposal. The guest was at his blunt best, ripping the notion of a mercenary force as a bunch of “desperados.” He said O’Reilly’s idea would cost an unwieldy $2.5 billion; he said the force would attract the “marginalized” from all corners of the world; he tilted at the motivations of the two would-be opponents: “On the one hand, you can have ISIS people who believe in something. On the other hand, you have people who are there just for the money. Who do you think wins?”
Yet Krauthammer hit hardest with his point about the fact that a mercenary force would still be staffed by people, quite often Americans. When they died in battle, Krauthammer suggested, it wouldn’t matter whether they were mercenaries or soldiers or Marines: “This doesn’t solve the problem because there are still going to be Americans who are going to die,” said Krauthammer, who went on to make a point that should resonate with the audience on any Fox News program. “Even if it’s a contractor, not a member of the U.S. Army, it still hurts as much. And it still demoralizes us. I’ll give you an example. In Benghazi, two of the four who died were contractors…. Did we mourn them any less than we did the two who weren’t?”
O’Reilly: “I think it’s more palpable, though, to the American people. The losses are terrible, but the losses are inevitable.”
For O’Reilly, the great thing about this idea is that Krauthammer is right on every last point, and this force won’t ever get any consideration, meaning that O’Reilly can attribute all the evil that spills out of Syria and Iraq in the coming months to the unwillingness of folks to take his idea seriously.
Is it IS, ISIS, ISIL or maybe Daesh?
While Israel and Arab states use Arab acronym Daesh, most world knows radical Islamist force as either ISIS or ISIL, but PR-savvy terror group prefer you drop the specifics and just stick with Islamic State.
Published: 09.12.14, 23:20 / Israel News
Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State – and its name is very much a part of that.
In July, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced its rebranding. He declared that the territory under his control would be part of a caliphate, or an Islamic state, shortening its name from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL – the acronym used by the Obama administration and the British Foreign Office to this day. The Levant can refer to all countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean, from Greece to Egypt.
ISIS or ‘Daesh’ supporters in Syria (Photo: AP)
Different translations for the name of the al-Qaeda splinter group have emerged since the early days of its existence.
Some have chosen to call it the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The final word in Arabic – al-Sham – can be translated as Levant, Syria, or as Damascus.
Arab governments have long refrained from using Islamic State, instead referring to it by the Arabic acronym for its full original name, Daesh – short for Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham – Israel and its leaders also use the Arabic acronym.
Several residents in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city which fell to the extremist group in June, told The Associated Press that the militants threatened to cut the tongue of anyone who publicly used the acronym Daesh, instead of referring to the group by its full name, saying it shows defiance and disrespect. The residents spoke anonymously out of fear for their safety.
The inconsistency, while confusing for some, has not deterred the group’s growing exposure on social media, with so many hashtags, posts and tweets ultimately directing readers and viewers to their news. Despite being associated to about a half-dozen names and acronyms, the group’s brutal objectives are becoming increasingly clear.
Prior to the group’s self-declared rebranding in July, The Associated Press opted to refer to it as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, believing it was the most accurate translation.
The AP now uses phrases like “the Islamic State group,” or “fighters from the Islamic State group,” to avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state.
“The word ‘state’ implies a system of administration and governance,” said David L. Phillips, the director of Peace-Building and Rights Program at Columbia University. “It’s not a term that would be used to characterize a terrorist group or militia that is merely rolling up territory.”
“Part of their strategy is to establish administration over lands that they control so that they demonstrate that they are more than just a fighting force,” Phillips added. Equally problematic is the use of the word “Islamic” in its name, with some calling it blasphemous.
On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius referred to the group as Daesh, calling them “butchers” who do not represent Islam or a state. He urged others to do the same.
Egypt’s top Islamic authority, Grand Mufti Ibrahim Negm, last month called on the international community to refer to the group as “al-Qaida separatists” and not the Islamic State.
“Their savage acts don’t coincide with the name of Islam,” said Sunni cleric Hameed Marouf Hameed, an official with Iraq’s Sunni religious endowment. “They incite hatred, violence and killing and these acts have no place in any real Islamic state.”
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IS, ISIS, or ISIL? Hmm! (15 September 2014)
1. What does IS translate into?
2. What does ISIS translate into?
3. What does ISIL translate into?
4. What is the Levant?
5. What does the Islamic terrorist group refer to itself as?
6. What does Barack Obama and his administration officially refer to the Islamic terrorist group as?
7. Does ISIS include Israel?
8. Does IS and ISIL include Israel?
1. IS = Islamic State, which can also be referred to as a caliphate: “Conceptually, a caliphate represents a sovereign state of the entire Muslim faithful, (the Ummah), ruled by a caliph under Islamic law (sharia).” [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliphate ] . “In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world” [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant ] .
2. ISIS = Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant ] .
3. ISIL = Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant ] .
3. Levant = “. . . a geographic and cultural region consisting of the ‘eastern Mediterranean littoral between Anatolia and Egypt’. The Levant today consists of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and part of southern Turkey (the former Aleppo Vilayet). [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levant ] and [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant .]
4. The Islamic terrorist group refers to itself as IS.
5. Barack Obama and his administration refer to the Islamic terrorist group as ISIL.
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