With all the fighting going on in Syria and Iraq due to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claims to be the leader of a caliphate, it has given me reason to ponder and meditate on the subject of religious wars.
A caliphate is defined as “the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion in the centuries following the death (632 ce) of the Prophet Muhammad” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. A caliph then would be a successor to Muhammad.
The original Abu Bakr was the father-in-law to Muhammad and the first Caliph. This is why the so called leader of ISIS is calling himself Abu Bakr. The leader of ISIS also added to his name “al-Baghdadi” when he split from Al-Qaeda to go fight in Iraq to try and endear himself to the Iraqi people. His real name is Abu Du’a and he has changed his name at least eight times. Who commonly changes their name frequently and why? The answer to that is criminals in order to avoid capture and hide their true identity.
This led me to ponder why he is rarely seen in public. It is because he knows what he is doing is against God’s law and not only does he hide from the true followers of God, he is attempting to hide from God Himself.
That being said, we get to what my meditation has enlightened me with.
1. The God of Abraham known simply to Christians as God, Muslims as Allah and Jews as Yahweh has not once directed his followers to kill each other. Since I am of the Christian tribe of followers of God, I shall refer to him as God in this post but it is interchangeable with Allah or Yahweh.
2. As all three are followers of the same God, any leader who declares war, jihad, or tsaba on other followers in God’s name does not follow God but is nothing more than the hand maiden of Satan himself. As God does not command his followers to kill each other, anyone who does command so does not do the bidding of God but is trying to destroy God’s word.
3. Anyone who follows a leader who commands his followers to murder other followers of God in His name, commits blasphemy and shall pay the penalty by God’s hand as they are not doing the will of God, but the will of Satan while trying to please their caliph.
If a righteous person reads the holy book (Torah, Bible, Quran) with an open heart and mind instead of listening to the false prophets and hate mongers who do the work of Satan by preaching violence between God’s children, Satan would be forced to retreat from this earth for all time.