If Islam's peaceful image was tarnished by 9/11, a continuing barrage of worldwide terror attacks has caused further dents. Two years ago an Imam told me he was embarrassed at seeing Muslims killing fellow Muslims in Syria in the name of Allah. The death toll now exceeds 150,000. As if this is not bad enough, there has recently been an outcry over gross human rights violations in Nigeria, Sudan and Iraq, i.e. 300 school girls abducted, the sentencing of a woman to death for apostasy and the violent take over of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, causing 500,000 Iraquis to flee and plunging Iraq into all out civil war. While many Muslims view such evil as a distortion of Islam, others feel deeply disillusioned. Some have found true peace in Jesus Christ. The mounting violence perpetrated by Jihadists has prompted Muhammad Fahad al-Harthi, an expert on the Middle East, to say,“This extremism transcends borders and language barriers; and affects people across all sectors of society, regardless of religion, class or gender.” It also calls to mind a Bible prophecy of Ishmael, “His hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
Journalism in the West has grown weaker when covering issues or topics related to Islam. Ignorance, bias, self-imposed or organizationally-imposed censorship has caused journalists to omit or miss the fundamental relationship between Islamic doctrine and the actions of Muslims. While Islamic violence grows worldwide and is ever before our eyes, self-righteous Western journalists bury their head in the sand and pretend that relationship does not exist. This self-binding and self-blinding trend continues through the efforts of Lawrence Pintak’s handbook “Islam for Journalists.” His booklet is critiqued in "Islam for Journalists: Errors and Omissions."
When we see pictures of the Haram ash-Sharif and the golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, we should think of the hundreds of thousands of sacrifices which were offered there in two thousand years from the time of Abraham, and specifically in the Temple God commanded King Solomon to build. ... Some people say that Jesus, the Messiah could not have been a sacrifice for our sins because no one can take the place of another to die for his sins. In the Law which God commanded for the Sons of Israel, it states: “Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.”
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