It is no accident that the most vicious terrorism originates from the least evangelized area of the world. The Muslim Middle East represents the most complex challenge and an enormous military threat to the free world. It is also the greatest missionary challenge to the Christian Church. Muslim states are the most severe persecutors of Christians. Radical Muslim extremists are merciless terrorists, hijackers, kidnappers, suicide bombers and assassins.
The most active missionary in this part of the world is Rev. Peter Hammond, the leader of the Christian Frontline Fellowship (seven ministers together), who was born in the USA but migrated with his parents to South Africa and received South African nationality. He is pictured with his wife and children in Cape Town: Lenora, Daniela, Calvin, Andrea, Peter and Christopher.
The Fellowship preaches, spreads Bibles in several languages (translated by themselves into languages like Moru in South Sudan, which has become a Christian nation, constantly under attack by the Muslim government of North Sudan).
Rev. Hammond says, “The failure of the Christian church to fulfil the Great Commission in the Middle East continues to have far-reaching and disastrous consequences. Islam is a challenge that we cannot ignore. The primary suspect for the multiple coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States, Osama Bin Laden, aside from his extensive business and terrorist connections, is also a major sponsor of Islamic missionary activity.”
The Christian Blacks of Southern Sudan are on the very frontline of the battle for faith and freedom. Since 1955 they have been resisting the southward expansion of militant Islam. Rev. Hammond says, “Bin Laden finances the Islamic Propagation Centre International based in Durban, South Africa. He paid for the translation of the Qur’an into Zulu. His hatred is more religiously motivated than political.”
The Christians suffer. One morning when Rev. Hammond was in the pulpit, a bombardment started and everybody went outside. He tells, “I heard the terrible screaming sound of fast approaching bombs. It was so loud that I immediately dived to the ground and flattened myself. Five bombs exploded in quick succession. The ground shook and I saw pillars of fire and smoke erupting one after another, alongside the church. The air was thick with acrid smelling smoke and flying debris. As I lay on the ground I could distinctly hear the thud of shrapnel and pieces of branches and debris hitting the ground.”
From a bomb shelter, Rev. Hammond heard people praying in three different languages. The “Antonov” returned and three bombs hurtled straight down on top of the shelter. Rev. Hammond tells: “Lord protect us, was the prayer of my heart as I tensed for the impact. There didn’t seem to be any way to escape injury or death. The bombs exploded right next to where we were. The noise was deafening. I saw a huge cloud of debris and smoke. We seemed to be getting buried. Later when I stepped out of the hole I was overcome with the exhilaration of knowing that God had protected us. Moving quickly around to check who had been hit, I was amazed that no one had been injured. Of the bombs that had been dropped, the closest landed less than 20 meters from where I had been crouching. Some trees were blackened, the leaves were singed. Truly, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Christian military were among the churchgoers. Their Commander Daniel, said, “We used to think that our power was in our guns, but now we know that our power is in God.” He liberated several villages and brought many people back from slavery under the Muslims.
Rev. Hammond says, “Although many would see America as a secular country with a large number of Christians, to radical Islamists like Bin Laden, America is the largest and strongest Christian nation on earth, and the primary supporter of Christian missions worldwide. By striking at the financial center of America, one of his aims could have been to cause a drop in support for Christian missions, even as he helps finance a massive continent-wide Islamic offensive to turn Africa into a Muslim continent.”
He says, “The multinational Al-Qa’ida organization set up by Bin Laden during the time he was based in Sudan (1991-1996) seeks the “global radicalization of existing Islamic groups and the creation of radical Islamic groups where none existed. Al-Qa’ida supports Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Tajikstan, Somalia, Yemen and Kosovo. It also trains members of terrorist organizations from the Philippines, Algeria and Eritrea. Look at the globe. Al-Qa’ida’s goal is to unite all Muslims and to establish a government which follows the rule of the Caliphas by force to overflow nearly all Muslim governments, which are corrupt, to drive Western influence from those countries, and eventually to abolish state boundaries” (aldus de publicatie Al-Qa’ida, FAS 9/17/01).
In October 1995 Muammar Gaddafi (Libya) hosted a two-week conference in Tripoli, which was attended by Muslim leaders from 80 countries. At this Muslim Leaders Conference, strategies to transform Africa into an Islamic continent were discussed. Participants openly admitted that their goals were to make Arabic the official language of the continent and Islam the official religion. One South African member of Parliament, Farouk Cassin declared, “It will probably be the biggest revolution to sweep Africa.”
The head of the Islamic Propagation Centre International at that time, Yousuf Deedat, announced afterwards that South Africa was high on the agenda of the Islamic offensive, “We are going to turn South Africa into a Muslim state. We have the money to do it,” he said (from the Sunday Times 10/22/95). At present, less than 2% of South Africans are Muslims. About 40% of the whole population of Africa are Muslims. About 17 of the 55 countries in Africa are officially Islamic states.
The best weapon to stop them is the Bible, says Rev. Peter Hammond. On the next page, Rev. Hammond is near another church in South Sudan, founded by the Frontline Fellowship, bringing 20 big parcels with Bibles in the Moru language. He is welcomed by the elders. (Notice, all the churches in this area have thatched roofs.) The name of this town is Lui. The building was three times destroyed and rebuilt. Rev. Hammond says, “What few Westerners understand is that Muslim leaders who call for the overthrow of all governments and the establishment of an Islamic superstate controlling all aspects of life for every person on earth, are not necessarily the extremists on the fringe of Islam. Jihad, the subjugation and forcible conversion of all people to Islam and world domination are, in fact, central tenants of Islam. Jihad is the sixth pillar of Islam. It was so important to Muhammad that he declared it to be the second most important deed in Islam. He said in “The Hadith, Al Bukhari” Vol. 1, No. 25, “Allah’s apostle was asked, ‘What is the best deed?’ He replied, ‘To believe in Allah and his apostle.’ The questioner then asked, ‘What is the next in goodness?’ He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s cause.’”
Now, most Muslims are neither terrorists nor terrorist sympathizers. While many Muslims publicly rejoiced over the news of the horrific terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. (9/11/01), most did not. We need to be careful not to blame all Muslims, for what certain individuals do in the name of Islam.
But, in fact, Muslims are often allies of Christians in campaigns against gambling, pornography, homosexuality, abortion, evolutionism and atheism. Muslims as well as Christians, know that there is one God who is both the Creator and the eternal Judge of the whole world and everyone in it. However, it is very important for us to recognize the Quranic roots, which are quoted by the Muslim terrorists to support their atrocities. If this violent position does not represent mainstream Islam, Muslim leaders must clearly denounce the literal application of these Jihad verses and declare apostate all Muslims who resort to terrorism as murderers destined to an eternity in hell.
The Quran teaches that Muslims are superior to all others. “Ye (Muslims) are the best of peoples evolved for mankind” (Surah 3:110). Muslims are forbidden to befriend Jews or Christians. “Oh ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is one of them” (Surah 5:54). Islam instructs its adherents to fight until all their opponents submit. Christians and Jews may be spared if they pay “Jizya,” a penalty tax, with willing submission. “Fight those who believe not in God nor the last day. Nor acknowledge the religion of truth (even if they are) of the people of the Book, until they pay Jizya (tribute taxes) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Surah 9:29). “Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait (ambush) for them in every stratagem (of war)” (Surah 9:5 and 2:193). “Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them); thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: until the war lays down its burdens, thus (are ye commanded)” (Surah 47:4).
For those who resist Islam, execution or mutilation is decreed. “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution or crucifixion, or the cutting of the hands and feet from opposite sides or exile from the land” (Surah 5:36).
Now, all of these texts appear to be contradicted by Surah 2:256, which states, “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” Yes, but there is a clear break between the early Muhammad, and the later Muhammad. The early one was married to only one wife, Khadeja, courageously spoke out against idolatry and polytheism in Mecca and encouraged friendship with the Christians. The later one, after the death of his first wife and flight to Medina, accumulated at least 14 more wives, including nine-year-old Aisha, started raiding caravans, massacred 600 Jews for failing to acknowledge him as the prophet, and propagated the doctrine of Jihad. In a sense, you see, there are two Muhammads and two Qurans! The early pre-Medina Surahs demonstrate tolerance and respect for Christians, whereas the later Surahs unleashed Jihad.
Well, in the Mishkat the rewards for participation in Jihad are spelled out. “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘To, whichever village you go, its one fifth is for Allah and his Messenger and the remainder is for you” (Mishkat II, page 412). “The soldiers of Islam fought tooth and nail. They would get Paradise in case of death in a holy war, and booties in case of conquest, Jihad is therefore the best source of all acquisitions” (Mishkat II, page 440).
“Jihad is one of the chief meritorious acts in the eye of Islam and it is the best source of earnings” (Mishkat II, page 340). “This is the best method of earning both spiritual and temporal. If victory is won, there is enormous booty and conquest of a country, which cannot be equalled to any other source of earning. If there is a defeat or death, there is everlasting Paradise and a great spiritual benefit. This sort of Jihad is conditional upon pure motive, i.e., for establishing the kingdom of Allah on earth” (Mishkat II, page 253). In the Hadith, Muhammad is quoted as decreeing that Muslims may not be punished for killing a non-Muslim. “No Muslims should be killed for killing a kafir (infidel)” (Vol. 9:50).
Many assume that the concept of Jihad, or holy war, is aberration not truly representative of Islam. Some leaders have stated that “Islam teaches a God of love just like Christianity and Judaism” and “no religion condones violence or terrorism.” Unfortunately that is not true. Islam is no ordinary religion.”
Islam divides the world into two sectors: Dar-al-Islam (the House of Islam) and Dar-al-Harb (The House of War). The only countries considered to be at peace are those where Islamic law (the Sharia) is enforced. All other countries, as part of Dar-al-Harb, are considered legitimate targets. It is significant that the calendar of Islam does not begin with the birth of Muhammad, nor the onset of his “revelations,” nor the assembling of the first Muslim community, nor the flight of Muslim refugees to Abyssinia. The twelve years of persecution in Mecca were not considered the start of their new religion. The Muslim calendar only begins when Islam became a political state, under Sharim Law, in Medina.
Medina was a city in Saoudië with 50,000 inhabitants. Almost as important for the Muslims as Mecca. Since 622 the prophet lived here, till he died, and his body was buried in the mosque of El Haram. Next to Medina still stands the oldest mosque, founded by Muhammed himself, in Kubo.
The word Islam in Arabic means submission, surrender or subjugation. A Muslim is one who submits. The Arabic word for peace is Salam. Islam is the active form of Salam. Muslims see themselves as a “peace-making force” using argument, intrigue, commerce, threats, terrorism, warfare and every other means possible to secure Islam as the only religion worldwide. “And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevails justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere!” (Surah 8:39).
In the light of these teachings, it should be no surprise to learn that since 1948, the 21 Arab countries have suffered 30 wars, 63 successful revolutions, at least 75 unsuccessful revolutions, and 36 heads of state were murdered. In the Arab world, revolutions and assassinations have been the most prevalent means of political expression and attaining power. One out of every three barrels of oil sold by the Middle East has gone to pay for weapons.
How dangerous! One needs to remember the rapid expansion of Islam, by the sword, across North Africa, into Spain, throughout Asia Minor and into the Balkans. The Islamic Jihad of the seventh to the tenth centuries wiped out more than half of the church worldwide. Prior to this, Christianity was the predominant religion of North Africa and the Middle East.
The Crusades of the Middle Ages were a reaction to the Islamic invasion of the Holy Lands (those places where our Lord was born, lived and ministered, was crucified and raised from the dead) and centuries of Islamic Jihad. The Saracens (as the Muslim invaders were called) had desecrated Christian places of worship and severely persecuted Christians. Pilgrims were being prevented from visiting those sites sacred to their faith. To this day many Muslims continue their “holy war” against Christians—for example in Sudan.
Millions of Christians have been slaughtered through the centuries by Islamic militants—such as the over 1,500,000 Armenians murdered in Turkey in 1915. In Sudan, Osama Bin Laden built the framework for his Al-Qa’ida terrorists