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A priest with nearly 50 years of experience teaching from the Roman Catholic Church’s largest religious order wrote that Islam’s objective “is to extend its rule, in the name of Allah, to all the world,” and submits “ecumenism and liberalism both… make it difficult to deal with what is happening Islamic states.”
Retired political science professor Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., member of the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, wrote an essay last month for Mercatornet, which also appeared in Crisis Magazine, explaining what Islam is seeking to accomplish–worldwide conversion.
“The purpose of Islam, with the often violent means it can and does use to accomplish it, is to extend its rule, in the name of Allah, to all the world.
“The world cannot be at ‘peace’ until it is all Muslim. The ‘terror’ we see does not primarily arise from modern totalitarian theories, nationalism, or from anywhere else but what is considered, on objective evidence, to be a faithful reading of a mission assigned by Allah to the Islamic world, which has been itself largely procrastinating about fulfilling its assigned mission.”
Schall, who taught for several years at various locations before retiring in December 2012, including Gregorian University in Rome and Georgetown University, condemns “Western thinkers” for their “narrow views” when it comes to writing off ISIS and other like groups as just extremists and not of Islam.
“To look elsewhere for an explanation is simply not to see what the Islamic State and its friends are telling us about why they act as they do. The tendency among pragmatic Western thinkers, locked into their own narrow views, is to exclude any such motivation as an excuse of raw power. This view shows the intellectual shortcomings of Western leaders and the narrowness of much Western thought.
“Jihadism, as it were, is a religious movement before it is anything else. Allah does grant violence a significant place. It is over the truth of this position, or better the inability to disprove it, that the real controversy lies.”
Rev. Schall also writes that when Islam was founded, it was intended to be the “world religion.”
“It is to bring the whole world to worship Allah according to the canons of the Qur’an. It is a belief, based on a supposed revelation to Mohammed, of which there is little evidence.
“Sufficient justification to expand this religion, once founded, to all the world by use of arms is found in the Qur’an and in its interpreters to explain the violent means used, often successfully, to establish, pacify, and rule tribes, states, territories, and empires.
“In Muslim doctrine, everyone born into the world is a Muslim. No one has any right or reason not to be. Hence, everyone who is not a Muslim is to be converted or eliminated. This is also true of the literary, monumental, and other signs of civilizations or states that are not Muslim. They are destroyed as not authorized by the Qur’an.
“It is the religious responsibility of Islam to carry out its assigned mission of subduing the world to Allah. When we try to explain this religion in economic, political, psychological, or other terms, we simply fail to see what is going on.”
Schall notes that whenever violence occurs in the Islamic world, or anything is done in the name of Allah, almost no Muslim voices speak out condemning the action.
“When the original 9/11 happened, there was not condemnation coming from within Islam, but widespread celebration. Islam was seen as winning. But all Muslim scholars know that they cannot, on the basis of the Qur’an, condemn the use of violence to expand their religion. There is simply too much evidence that this usage is permitted. To deny it would be to undermine the integrity of the Qur’an.”
H/T Allen West
Photo Credit: Hannes Heinsar (Flickr)
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