Dalia Mogahed, a research director for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, said that ISIS could exist without Islam because extremist groups simply use “the local social currency” to carry out their terror and that could just as easily be Christianity or Judaism. This means that she believes that social currency is the driving force behind the mayhem ISIS has caused in Iraq and Syria, and not the elimination of everyone who stands in the way of worldwide Islamic rule.
The question about the existence of ISIS outside of Islam is actually a pretty decent critical thinking exercise. However, if you have never heard of Ms. Mogahed, you might fall into the trap of buying into her mucky reasoning. Dalia Mogahed has consistently defended Islamist organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); both of which have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been busy waging their “soft Jihad” right under our noses for years—Hamas was created back in 1987 as a way to obliterate Israel—so the first question we must ask ourselves is how much stock should we put into a “deep” thinker who has ties to a terrorist organization seeking to establish Sharia Law in place of our Constitution?
Mogahed was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. If the President ever took her serious, he would have been exposed to Mogahed’s beacon of knowledge on Sharia Law, which she has stated is “misunderstood.”
While it sounds absurd that a woman would actually be an advocate for a system of law that doesn’t allow for joint property, Mogahed remains a crusader for a system of oppression where women need their husbands permission to leave the house, take up employment, or to engage in fasting or forms of worship other than what is obligatory.
It would be interesting to see a debate between an American feminist and the defender of women’s “rights” under Sharia.
At the recently held Aspen Ideas Festival, Mogahed defended ISIS stating: “It’s not ISIS’s interpretation of Islamic texts that drives its brutality—it’s the group’s desired brutality driving its interpretation of the texts.” There are 164 Jihad verses in the Quran, and if we want to talk about the violence and brutality in the Quran, just take a gander at the 109 verses that call Muslims to war with non believers for the sake of Islamic rule.
It’s not just the Quran that specifically justifies the savagery of ISIS, look at he who shall not be insulted, Muhammad.
Many try to defend Islam by claiming that not every Muslim is a terrorist, which is true. But I have yet to hear an answer to this question: how can you profess to be a true follower of Islam if you don’t ascribe to all that Muhammad did and taught? Muhammad permitted husbands to beat their wives and he also wrote in the Quran:
“Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and who go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land.”
Who else have we seen crucify their “enemies” recently? ISIS is constantly making headlines with their evil tactics. Everything ISIS is doing follows verbatim what Muhammad sought to poison the world with. If you listen to what they are saying and compare it to the vision of their prophet, you begin to understand their scary mission.
Graeme Wood wrote back in March about the reality of what ISIS seeks:
“Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, ‘the Prophetic methodology,’ which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail.”
One of the big problems with Dalia Mogahed’s comments is that there is no moral equivalence with evil. Trying to bring other evil acts from other religions and their history to justify what ISIS is doing today does nothing to prove her point. It’s nothing more than an attempt to have people ignore the genocide being committed in the Middle East. We can’t judge because, you know, other people have done the same in the past. As such, Mogahed can’t help but bring Christianity and Judaism into the mix.
“That is sometimes Christianity. That is sometimes Judaism. That is sometimes Buddhism. And it is sometimes secular ideologies. So a world without Islam would still have a group like ISIS—they would just be called something else that may be less catchy.”
Evil is evil and it needs to be combated regardless of where it originates. ISIS is evil. They want to rule the world with Sharia Law, and bring on the Islamic apocalypse. If we accept the ideas of Dalia Mogahed, we will allow the Islamic State to grow. And in the end, we will be responsible for helping them with their goal of raising the ISIS flag on top of the White House.
ISIS is a threat, and needs be dealt with. Now.