Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cross-Destruction in Islam

Link to article is above:

While people got murdered and US bases were basically under siege over the necessary destruction of Korans that had been used to deliver extremist messages, the Christian East and West not only did not hurt anyone over the destruction of Christian symbols by Muslims, they didn't even say much about it.

The following is a segment from the link at top on the destruction of crosses at Libyan cemeteries of WWII Allied soldiers:

"An Australian government minister, Craig Emerson, whose father served in Libya in World War II, commented, "There is nothing in Islam that would warrant this sort of behavior."

But is this true? Or just wishful thinking? Certainly many Libyans and Muslims of other nationalities have expressed their abhorrence of these acts. It would be completely wrong to attribute sympathy for such an attack to Muslims as whole. But all the same, was this attack on war graves truly senseless and without foundation or precedent in Islam? Regrettably, the answer is "No."

The phenomenon of cross-destruction goes back to the life and example of Muhammad. A tradition reported by al-Waqidi said that if ever Muhammad found an object in his house with the mark of a cross on it, he would destroy it. (W. Muir, The life of Muhammad. Volume 3, p.61, note 47.)

In the YouTube video, when one of the men says, "Break the cross that belongs to those dogs," he uses the same classical Arabic phrase – "break the cross' (the Arabic root is k.s.r 'break') -- which is found in a famous hadith (tradition) about Jesus — understood in Islam to be a Muslim prophet — who will return to the earth as a cross-destroying enforcer of Islamic Sharia law:

Narrated Abu Huraira: "Allah's Apostle said, 'By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely [Jesus,] the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly [as a Just Ruler]; he will break the cross and kill the pigs and there will be no jizya [i.e. no taxation taken from non Muslims: because they will all be forced to convert to Islam]. …'"
(Sahih al-Bukhari: The Book of the Stories of the Prophets. 4:60:3448.)

This phrase 'break the cross' is religious and ritualistic in its overtones, invoking the canon of Islam. It is like a Christian saying 'forgive us our trespasses' in reference to the Lord's Prayer. This is a clear reference to the words of Muhammad, and invokes his authority for the deed being performed."
For those who are confused about the lack of respect that Islam has for Christian beliefs and symbols, the following would help:

Islam holds that Jesus (Isa) was not crucified. The Koran maintains that Jesus got away and that someone else (Various interpretations range from an already-dead guy to Judas Iscariot) was put on the cross in his place. Of course no one noticed this changeling, including St. John  the Apostle, the Women of Jerusalem,  and his Mom.

Proponents of Islam like to make claims  that Jesus is the greatest of the Prophets in Islamic tradition, (After Mohammed of course) but a reading of the Koran will reveal that, out of all the teachings and quotes attributed to Jesus in the New Testament, Islam reduces Jesus' words to an incredibly brief speech followed by his Apostles answering that they "believe in Allah" I assume that they would have said Elohim (Hebrew) or Eloi  (Aramaic) instead of the Arabic "Allah". Yes, Jesus was sent to make sure that Jewish people believed in the one God. I had thought that this had been worked out around the time of the Babylonian Captivity, but what do I know?

Note also that Jesus is not the Son of God according the the Koran. Allah has no son. Indeed, Islam holds that God is never a Father but a Master, such as one who rules slaves. This fact  is cited with pride by Muslims. He also never indicated that he had any other connection with God. In annotations in the English "Commentary" On the Koran (Only Arabic Korans are actually Korans), the translator beats up on Christians for Jesus' divinity and the trinity, saying 'Jesus would never had said 'Worship me' ". I am still trying to find out who claims that Jesus did say "worship me".    

Anyway, if you are now wondering how the redemption was worked out since Jesus was never crucified, well there was no need. You see, Islam teaches that, after the Fall from Grace in Eden, God forced Adam and Eve to leave but forgave them and all humanity. Thus, Islam has no concept of man's fall and his consequent need for God's grace. He just did not get to live in Eden any longer.

Muslims who destroy crosses have no reason to think that they are  doing anything wrong since crosses are an aberration and falsely depict Jesus' death.  In fact, they are doing the Christians a favor since they are helping them get rid of those stupid symbols of superstition.
Note in the segment (Please read the article) it is Jesus himself who will return and promptly get to work breaking the crosses of the pigs. He will then ensure than Islam is fully established, since that is what all the Jewish/Hebrew and Zoroastrian prophets and Patriarchs were trying to do the whole time.

On another note, although the Koran admits that Jesus was born of a virgin birth, it implies that this event was not as unique as one would believe. It also holds that John the Baptist was born in the same manner since Elizabeth and Zachariah were too old to have children. Of course the whole story of Zachariah prior to this event is not used, since it was probably made up by Christians anyway and Allah, while able to do virgin births, apparently found helping an older couple conceive to be too tall an order.

The Koran and Islamic teachings hold that the Jews and the Christians changed their scriptures many times over and mistranslated, so they really can't be held to accurately depict anything. When one reads the account of, for example, Joseph in Egypt, he should really read the Koranic version, which is more accurate, full of juicy details, and gives you a better idea if why Muslim men won't let their wives ever leave the house without a male relative for an escort.

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