This morning I attended a public, community meeting in the complex where I live. I was pleased that after the reciting of the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our “…one nation, under God,…” we were asked to remain standing for one minute of silence, in remembrance of the tragic events and lives lost sixteen years ago, on September 11.
Observing a few moments of silence on such occasions may have become, for many, a perfunctory patriotic ritual. Others will remember vividly the Twin Towers falling and the burning Pentagon. For some, the inspiring heroism of regular Americans in bringing down United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA before it reached its deadly destination of the U.S. Capital has been overtaken by the current cares and concerns of our daily lives.
However, we should use this calendar reminder to cause us to seriously consider today’s global threats. Radical Islamic hatred for our freedoms and liberties has not lessened, in these sixteen years. Just last week, ISIS called for individual jihadists to poison food in our grocery stores!
While, after seemingly weekly jihadi attacks somewhere in the West, politically correct leftists and liberal religious and political leaders presume to tell us again (and again) that these threats and attacks from Islamic purists are not shared by the majority of “the religion of peace.” More accurate and honest souls see this kind of societal barbarism to be consistent with specific scriptures in the Qur’an*and the supremacist teachings of Islam’s founder and leaders, for nearly 1400 years.
In an evening address to the nation, on that fateful, modern “day of infamy,” President George W. Bush led the nation to rest in the arms of “a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’.”
Now, 16 years later, on this solemn anniversary of 9/11, may we resolve that those we lost will be honored–not just for a minute of silence in meetings or at memorials, but—in the ultimate victory in the ever-present struggles for faith, family, and freedom. May God continue to protect and bless America!
* So that we might better understand what the Qur’an says in its own words that inspire not only ISIS but where other terrorists/jihadists get their calling and inspiration, here are 10 top Quranic verses which may motivate Muslim fundamentalists to violence toward “infidels” or “apostates.”
Qur’an 3:32 – Hate (Allah only loves believers in Allah. That’s only Muslims!)
“Say: Obey Allah and His Messenger; But if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.”
- Qur’an 48:29 – Terrorize (Muslims are to be severe to unbelievers!)
“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves.”
- Qur’an 4:24 – Rape (Approved for your women captives, even if married as to avoid adultery!)
“And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.”
- Qur’an 5:33 – Murder (Punished, crucified for objecting to Sharia!)
“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
- Qur’an 9:5 – Idolators – (Convert, die or pay jizyah tax!)
“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”
- Qur’an 9:29 – Dominate The World (Dhimmi/death / subdued!)
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
- Qur’an 9:73 – Apostates & Hypocrites (Non-Muslims are to be hunted like animals!)
“O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them, and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.”
- Qur’an 9:111 – Jihad = Holy War (Believers are those who slay and are slain!)
“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”
- Qur’an 47:35 – Power & Victory (Peace is the cry of those being slaughtered!)
“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,”
- Qur’an 2:106 – Abrogation (The later verse erases the former!)
“Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?“