“On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Navy, and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved ones honorable and faithful service.”
Often, religions are called to be marginalized because it is assumed that religions are the causes for wars. Wars are not a religious phenomenon, they are a human one.
Part 2: The Dozen
The urgency of establishing the caliphate is portrayed by some through the following prophetic text:
“The caliphate in my ummah will be for thirty years.”
The inference that they make here is that after thirty years the caliphate would be lost and it would then be the responsibility of the Muslims to reestablish it. Attached to that claim is the romantic utopian vision- that if the caliphate were to be reestablished all of the problems of the Muslim world would magically disappear.
Professor Hawkins, a tenured political science professor at Wheaton College, was suspended due to a Facebook post.
The professor’s post stated, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
It happened in 1924 they say; the Caliphate ended and the Muslim world was broken up into nation-states. This is one of the opening lines used by some movement-oriented groups in their proposal to bring back the Golden Age of Muslims.
But, the idea that the Muslim world was ruled by one ruler in a contiguous caliphate until 1924 is actually a myth. Multiple rulers governed different regions at the same time very early on in Islamic history, as early as the 8th century CE.
Here are some questions you may encounter when there is a terrorist related incident perpetrated by one claiming the Islamic faith:
Cheers and applauses fill the hall as the speaker mentions fighting “Islamic terrorism”. It’s election season and we can expect to hear the term “Islamic terrorism” repeated many times, especially after the recent events in Lebanon and Paris.