Introduction

INTRODUCTION

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD along with several dozen other organizations (i.e., Hizbullah, Hamas, ISIS, AQAP, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, and others) known collectively as ‘radical Islamists” have a stated goal of establishing a “GLOBAL CALIPHATE.”  They do not see the world in terms of boundaries and/or governments.  They do not bring Islam to compete with other religions.  They bring Islam to be the sole religion with Shari’a (Islamic law) the standard by which to live.

The word “God” is not used when referring to the deity worshiped by Muslims.   Muslims worship a deity named Allah, and Allah is the name used to refer to their deity.

Islam has been an important part of American life going back at least to the 1940’s, although history indicates Muslims have actually been a part of our country’s founding from the eighteenth century.  However, since what is now called “radical Islam” has made its debut on the world stage, it has become even more important, but in a way all of us wish did not exist . . . terrorism – domestic and international.  One doesn’t have to look very far to see its impact; just take a trip, starting with the arrival at your local airport.  The impact can be seen from the time one arrives at the drop-off point where security urges us all to speed things up and move along, information required at check in – picture ID and boarding pass – going through the security lines – take off your shoes, remove your belt, take off your jacket, empty your pockets, oh, and take off your hat – right up to the time of boarding . . . show your ID and boarding pass again.  Then, when one arrives at their destination, it continues right up to the time one gets in a vehicle under the departure signs at curbside – close the gap, no standing, and hurry along again.

“Radical” Muslims are very much in the minority, though, representing less than 0.0000555 percent of all Muslims.  In the last couple of decades, there has been a mass migration of people coming out of North Africa and the Middle East, many going through and coming from Turkey and into Greece, which has the largest coastline in the Mediterranean of about 16,000 kilometers, and very difficult to patrol.  These Muslim migrants are not just radicals — many of them are trying to escape the oppression of the countries they have left.  They are lost, wandering in the wilderness, so-to-speak.  Many are in need of Christ.  Surprisingly, there are numerous small Christian groups working in Greece.  Some have come together, sharing their expertise and experiences with others.  These groups range from one person who may be sharing Christ, to two, three, and even more — again, working on their own and/or working together, with one focus, that of sharing Christ’s love.

But, what is Islam?  Is it a religion?  Is it a political movement?  Is it an economic system?  Is it  all three or more . . . or less?

DISCERNING ISLAM (DI) hopes to help answer these questions and others as well.  This will be done in several ways: first, start with a visit to the ABOUT page – here you will find a Mission Statement and Bio.

Next, under the drop-down menu labeled WHAT IS ISLAM?you will find course-like text similar to the headings you would find for college or university courses, as outlined below: 

    SECTION 100:  Introduction To Islam;
     SECTION 200:  Biographies Of Famous, Non-Famous & Infamous Muslims Throughout History;
     SECTION 300:  Commentaries On Islam (notes, thoughts, and random postings);
     SECTION 400:  The Five Pillars, Other Rituals, And Shari’a (Islamic Law);
     SECTION 500:  Religions Of The Middle East;
     SECTION 600:  Theology & Eschatology;
     SECTION 700:  Miscellaneous Topics;
     SECTION 800:  The Crusades;
     SECTION 900:  Of Empires And Caliphates, Country Reports And City States;                                       SECTION 1000: People & Organizations Of Radical Islam:                                                               SECTION 1100: Legal Documents Of Radical Islam:                                                                       SECTION 1200: Other Documents Of Radical Islam:                                                                       SECTION 1300: Propaganda Of Radical Islam:                                                                             SECTION 1400: What’s Next?

Please don’t overlook the “rating section” located within each topic selection of the above.  Here, you may rate each topic reviewed by *star*, leave comments, and your contact information.  We look forward to your input as it will help improve our content for all.

DOWNLOADS is where you will find presentations available in MS PowerPoint.  New topics will be added from time to time, and you should feel free to suggest topics.  These presentations will only be available for download to registered users; this is for safety and security.  To register, please see the login sections, found above and in the last drop-down-menu selection.

The drop-down menu labeled MAPS, COUNTRY PROFILES & INTELLIGENCE  is where you will locate profiles on various Islamic countries and countries where Muslims represent a significant portion of the population, either in number or sphere of influence.  These profiles will be linked to the CIA’s World Factbook and/or the State Department’s List Of Countries along with Maps of the world, regions, countries and what is known as the 10/40 window.  The Intelligence section includes links to many of the best intelligence agencies in the world . . . CIA, MI-6. Interpol, MOSSAD and others.

Also, there is a QUESTIONS?  box where you may ask any questions you have on Islam, the website, etc.  I’ll do my best to provide the answers in a timely manner.

The section labeled VIDEOS & MOVIES & BOOKS includes VIDEOS with links to mostly YouTube pieces on various topics of Islam or in some way representative of Islam.  The MOVIES section will provide a list of movies which take place in the Middle-East or have an Islamic theme.  The list will include a synopsis of the movie, a rating according to Amazon.com or the International Movie Database (IMDB.com), parental guidance rating, and other relevant information.  BOOKS will list relevant book topics and will be a growing document as will the other two sections.  Please feel free to offer your own selections to be added to these topics.

Next is ISLAMIC NEWS.  In this section links will take you to over twenty different news organizations, government agencies, and non-profits all providing updates on a daily basis from sources around the world on the activities, agressions, and atrocities committed by the jihadists of Radical Islam.

It is hoped that the ISLAMIC NEWS section along with the MAPS, COUNTRY PROFILES & INTELLIGENCE section will be a basis for providing you, your families, church parishioners, and others a jumping off place, either for news gathering or furtherance of studies you may be involved with.  If you have other links you believe would be helpful to this section, please see our SUPPORT & CONTACT page.

The SUPPORT & CONTACT button will be where you can submit any difficulties you may be having with downloads, ask questions, request topics, or make comments.

Don’t forget, added are boxes where you can make comments and rate the posts/content.  While this is available for all to see, only those with logon credentials will be able to provide comments and rate material.  There is no charge to access materials and log-on’s are free.  You must apply for a log-on, though.  It’s simple, just create an account and submit your request.  Thank you to everyone for your patience as this task is now complete.

Last is the REGISTRATION drop-down-menu.  Why register?  This is for safety and security reasons.  All registrants are reviewed before given approval.  It is simply a means of knowing where our material is being used and by whom.

Please be patient with our website growth.  There is a world of information to post and man-hours are limited.  Populating each site with content will take time.

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