In The Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord
Let us leave aside the fact that the barbarians – “extremists” is too kind a word – of ISIS, the Taliban, Boko Haram, and others are murderous psychopaths. Let us leave aside the fact that these monsters are sick, depraved animals – “human beings” is too inaccurate a word. Let us leave aside the fact that these criminals are the very antithesis of civilization.
The actions of these so-called “holy warriors” are truly heinous: killing innocent people without any regard; enslaving women and girls – in complete contravention to basic human decency – to fulfill deviant sexual desires; destroying religious shrines and houses of worship. These actions are enough to fill any decent human being with outrage, and they do fill me with outrage.
Yet, what makes these despicable acts even more horrific in my eyes is the fact that they try to justify their actions using Islam. They claim that Islam gives them sanction for all the ugly crimes they commit. They claim that they are following the “true teachings” of Islam, and all those who oppose their sick and twisted views are “infidels” and “apostates.”
I swear by the Holy Face of God that their claims are false…utterly false to the core.
What these people are doing is resurrecting the barbarism of old – the barbarism that Islam came to eliminate – and cloaking it with the sacred garb of Islam. All that they do: their murder, their rape, their destruction, has nothing to do with Islam, even if they claim the opposite. No. It is the Ignorance of Old, Jahiliyah in Arabic, and no matter how hard they try, the effort to cover this ugliness with beauty of Islam falls flat on its face.
Our religion is too precious to be used by these barbarian criminals as cover for their crimes. Our religion is too pure to be hijacked by this tiny fringe of the global Muslim community. Our religion is too sacred to be even touched by the blood-soaked hands of these satanic deviants.
The fact that they even dare extend their hands and try to touch our religion fills me with outrage. And it has also filled the overwhelming majority of Muslims the world over with outrage. That’s why the barbarians and their filth has been roundly condemned and rejected.
Now, let me say this: I can almost hear detractors yelling out to me: “Where is your outrage at the crimes committed by America? Where is your outrage at the innocents killed by your drones; or the torture by your CIA?”
Of course, these things are wrong, and they must stop. And I perpetually condemn all violence against the innocent: I always have, and I always will.
Yet, I also cannot stay silent with there are people who use the Holy Name of our God in vain with their violence; I cannot stay silent when they defile the fabric of our beautiful faith with the stains of their filth; I cannot stay silent when they spit in the face of our Prophet by attributing their crimes to his shining Tradition.
Our religion is too precious for that.