Thursday, January 05, 2017

Raymond Ibrahim, Frontpage Magazine: The Specifics of Sharia`s Savageries

A bit about foremost expert Raymond Ibrahim:


RAYMOND IBRAHIM is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist.  His books include Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings, translations, and observations have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, CNN, LA Times, Fox News, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, New York Times Syndicate, United Press International, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Weekly Standard; scholarly journals, including the Almanac of Islamism, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hoover Institution’s Strategika, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, and Middle East Review of International Affairs; and popular websites, such as American Thinker, the Blaze, Bloomberg, Breitbart, Christian Post, Daily Caller, FrontPage Magazine, Gatestone Institute, the Inquisitr, Jihad Watch, NewsMax, National Review Online, PJ Media, the UK’s Commentator, and World Magazine. He has contributed chapters to several anthologies and been translated into dozens of languages.
Ibrahim guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, Blaze TV, CBN, and NPR; he has done hundreds of radio interviews and instructed two courses for Prager University.
Ibrahim’s dual-background—born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East—has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former. His interest in Islamic civilization was first piqued when he began visiting the Middle East as a child in the 1970s. Interacting and conversing with the locals throughout the decades has provided him with an intimate appreciation for that part of the world, complementing his academic training.
Raymond received his B.A. and M.A. (both in History, focusing on the ancient and medieval Near East, with dual-minors in Philosophy and Literature) from California State University, Fresno. There he studied closely with noted military-historian Victor Davis Hanson. He also took graduate courses at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies—including classes on the history, politics, and economics of the Arab world—and studied Medieval Islam and Semitic languages at Catholic University of America. His M.A. thesis examined an early military encounter between Islam and Byzantium based on arcane Arabic and Greek texts.
Ibrahim’s resume includes: serving as an Arabic language and regional specialist at the Near East Section of the Library of Congress, where he was often contacted by, and provided information to, defense and intelligence personnel involved in the fields of counterterrorism and area studies, as well as the Congressional Research Service; serving as associate director of the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia think tank; and serving as a CBN News analyst and contributor.
He resigned from all positions in order to focus exclusively on researching and writing, and is currently a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum, and a Hoover Institution Media Fellow (2013), among other titles and affiliations.
A bit abour FrontPage Magazine, a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center
FrontPage Magazine, the Center’s online journal of news and political commentary has 1.5 million visitors and over 870,000 unique visitors a month (65 million hits) and is linked to over 2000 other websites.  The magazine’s coverage of and commentary about events has been greatly augmented over the last two years by the presence of four  Shillman Fellows in Journalism underwritten by board member Dr. Robert Shillman. FrontPage has recently added a blog called “The Point,” run by Shillman Fellow Daniel Greenfield, which has tripled web traffic.


Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center
Although Western media regularly find no “motive” for many of the Islamic attacks on non-Muslims, many are by now at least vaguely aware that the Muslim perpetrators rely on generic Islamic teachings that foster hostility for “infidels.” 
Yet often overlooked are the very stringent and detailed Islamic rulings behind many terror attacks.
Take the recent attack on St. Peter’s Cathedral in Egypt, which left at least 25 Christian worshippers—the majority of whom were women and children—dead and which ISIS claimed.  While many might write it off as just a generic attack targeting Coptic Christian “infidels,” the reality is that ISIS and other Islamic groups and individuals regularly find arcane and little known Islamic rulings to justify their violence.
For instance, why was St. Peter’s specifically targeted?  The obvious answer is that it holds a prestigious place among the Coptic Orthodox community, as it stands within the St. Mark complex, the seat of the Coptic Pope in Cairo, Egypt’s capital. Yet there is another reason.   In November 2014, ISIS called on its Muslim followers and sympathizers to attack all churches in Cairo. 
Then, one Abu Mus‘ab al-Maqdisi, an ISIS leader, said in a statement titled “Advice to Egypt’s Mujahidin [jihadis]” and published on websites linked to the “caliphate,” that “It is necessary to take the battle to Cairo,” and for jihadis to target the Copts: “For targeting them, following them, and killing them is one of the main ways to serve the cause of our virtuous male and female hostages of the tyrants.”
A few months later, one Hussein bin Mahmoud, a jurist of Sharia law for the Islamic State, said in an article published on February 17, 2015, and appearing in various jihadi websites, that all Christian churches in Cairo must be demolished.  Titled the “Ruling on Egypt’s Christians,” the article, written like a fatwa, asserts that:
The ruling concerning the churches that are in Cairo is that they be destroyed, according to the consensus of the righteous forefathers, because they are new under Islam, and Cairo is a new city whose original inhabitants were Muslim; there were no churches in it previously.
As for churches in Upper Egypt, which may have been in existence before the Islamic conquest of Egypt, these may remain but may never be renovated or fixed.
All this is related to the mainstream Islamic view concerning non-Muslim places of worship: if they existed when Islam’s historic jihadis invaded the land, and if the native people surrendered peacefully, they may continue to exist (though never repaired); if, on the other hand, the native people resisted the invading Muslims, then all existing churches must also be destroyed as well.  In neither case can new churches be built.
As it happens, modern Cairo was founded in the 10th century, nearly 400 hundred years after Islam first conquered Egypt.  Thus, according to the Islamic worldview, under no circumstances should there be any churches in Cairo, since, according to this notion, it was Islamic from its inception. 
Hence one of the reasons why St. Peter’s in Cairo was chosen for bombing.
Such are the minute details and rulings that regularly inform the hostile worldview of ISIS and its millions of Muslim sympathizers. 
But of course Western analysts may be excused for not knowing this arcane ruling.  After all, if Sunni militants such as ISIS are zealous over the welfare of Sunni cities, most of them are forgetful of the ironic fact that Cairo—even Al Azhar, the world’s most famous Sunni school—were founded by and served the interests of one of Sunni Islam’s greatest historic enemy, the Shias of the Fatimid dynasty.