The Real Message Behind the Billboard on I-40
September 11th was not the first time Islamic terrorists attacked our Nation. As a matter of fact the first War fought against the United States of America after gaining our independence from Great Britain was a concerted series of attacks from Islamic Terrorists. That was long before George W. Bush or Donald Trump were ever even thought of. The Barbary Wars are established historical fact and much of their circumstances have been preserved for all to investigate. The one most important fact is the reason these Muslim Nations fought against the United States of America, a Nation that had just come into existence and had not offended or attacked anyone in its infancy as a Nation. That is one fact we have, straight from the official diplomatic voice of the Barbary powers of that day, thankfully before the advent of political correctness. Here is the question and official response of the Muslim Dignitary:
In March 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to London to negotiate with Tripoli’s envoy, ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman (or Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). When they enquired “concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury”, the ambassador replied:
“It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.“
The Ambassador’s response comes straight form the Quran 47.4 and is a composite of many other passages. The Muslim Ambassador did not even try to suggest that Islam is a peaceful Religion. On the contrary, he quoted the Quran itself to prove that Islam is the motivation for War, Terrorism and Killing of non-Muslims.
The Billboard has a very simple message and it is in perfect agreement with Sidi Haji Abdrahaman’s explanation, Islam is the motivation for 9-11 and for Manchester, UK, and St. Petersburg, and Paris, and Nice and Orlando and San Bernardino, and Garland Texas, and Chattanooga, and Ft. Hood and so forth and so on. The list could go on and on but the Truth is that the People committing these terrorist acts all claimed to be Muslim and claimed to be acting out of a zeal and dedication for their Religion and their prophet Muhammad. The West must come to grips with the absolute fact that untold millions of Muslims around the World really believe that their religion instructs them to fight armed jihad against all non-Muslims. We can argue for years whether or not that view represents true Islam, but in the meantime the millions of Muslims Worldwide who hold this view continue to fight and kill non-Muslims on a daily basis because they believe it is the highest calling of their Faith and the only assurance of Paradise after death (See Quran 9.111, 2.207, 4.74, 61:10-12; Sahih Al-Bukhari 52:54 etc).
I was born in NC to my Father, an Iraqi immigrant and naturalized Citizen of the United States of America. I love my Country and also my Iraqi heritage. I have traveled 10 times to Iraq and visited some of my 300,000 relatives, stayed in their homes, ate at their dinner tables, played with their Children, been to their weddings and funerals, shared in their joys and their mourning. I love my Muslim Family. And the Truth is, that most of them, I would consider “good people” form a worldly point of view.
I am now not only the physical Son of an Iraqi immigrant but the spiritual Son of the most high God and a younger brother of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been born again by God’s grace and am a Pastor of a local Christian Church in NC. I still love my Muslim Family and now that I have experienced the ultimate love found in God’s love for me in dying on the Cross for my sins, I want to share that love with my Family who has never experienced it, and for that matter the whole World.
The Billboard on I-40 is a message of Truth. The problem of Islamic terrorism is a problem with the Religion of Islam. The argument here is not primarily a political one. The arguments based on which Countries were included in the ban and which Countries the 9-11 hijackers came from is irrelevant. The real point is that all 19 hijackers were Muslim, and all the Countries named in the proposed ban are Islamic, and the real problem is not those Nations, nor is it those 19 individuals, but it is very simply the Religion of Islam. The Answer is also very simple, His name is Jesus Christ.
Americans today are so ignorant of our history and I suppose less than 1/10th of 1% of Americans can tell you that the first war after the Revolution was with the Muslim Barbary Pirate Nations who were attacking us in the name of Islam and enslaving our merchant men according to the teaching of Muhammad and the Quran. But there is one thing that even fewer Americans really know anything worth knowing about, and that is the Religion of Islam. The primary reason is the misinformation and politically correct narratives, and lobbyists in Government, Education and the Media which are often financially tied to large donors from oil rich Muslim Nations like Saudi Arabia. But, there is also a great language barrier in the translation of the Arabic Scriptures into foreign languages which are often done in a way to smooth over passages that translators feel would present Islam in a bad light.
Still, the greatest reason for America’s abysmal ignorance of the Religion of Islam, is the same reason for its ignorance of the Bible, we really don’t care do we? Whatever political narrative we choose to swallow whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican or whatever news station we choose to listen to will tell us what to believe. In the meantime we need another beer and make sure to get to the Panthers Stadium early enough Sunday Morning to get drunk before the game starts. Who really cares?
America, it is time we begin to care. I care deeply and that is why I support the billboard on I-40. Islam is the challenge but the answer is Jesus Christ. Muhammad said kill your enemy (Quran 9.5. 9.29) and cut off his head and finger tips (8.12) and crucify them (5.33). Jesus says: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5.44). There is no comparable verse in the Quran.
America, how many more of our Sons and Daughters must be offered up on the altar of political correctness before we have courage to speak the Truth to this issue? The message of the Billboard is not one of hate but of love. Who will tell the Muslim terrorist that he doesn’t have to die in the process of trying to murder the infidel to go to Heaven, because someone has already died in his place and that is the true God Jesus Christ that Muslims desperately need to know. Jesus Christ and true biblical Christianity alone can solve the problem of Islamic terrorism.
If the 19 Muslim hijackers of 9-11 had gone to Church two weeks earlier and become Christians, being born again, and dedicating themselves to becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, there would have never been a “9-11”.
Many Westerners who convert to Islam suddenly have a desire to go to Syria or Afghanistan and fight against the infidel. Where do they get this idea? They get it from their new Religion, Islam. On the other hand many Muslims come to Christ and some of them used to be what we would call terrorists. Can you believe it? When they become Christians they no longer want to kill and be killed but they want to love, and preach and serve. Amazing Grace!!!
Finally I would like to suggest to you that our Government really does understand a significant part of the problem of Islamic terrorism and they have been spending millions (probably billions) of our taxpayer dollars trying to fight this phenomenon by specifically supporting a Religion. But instead of supporting biblical Christianity that alone has proven successful in permanently changing the Violent bend of Islamic jihadists, our Government since 9-11 has been pumping tremendous amounts of money in to “moderate Islam” with hopes that it will overcome “fundamental” or “radical” Islam. This has been a colossal mistake and one that I am convinced has led to the support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Al Qaeda in Libya and the creation of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
It is time for our Government to begin pumping millions and billions into the great Christian missionary effort that is already proving without Government help, to be producing more converts that leave Islam and swear off radicalism than any other philosophy, program or religion today.
Wake up America, Christianity is the Answer, Jesus is the answer. Even if you are not a Christian, wouldn’t you much rather have an Arab share a gospel tract with you than shout Allah Akbar and rush at you with a Knife?
I am half Arab and half American. I have been watching this conflict brew for a long time. I have witnessed both Republican and Democrat leadership remove moderate Muslim, Arab Nationalist dictators like Saddam, Mubarak, Kaddafi and Assad one after another only to allow them to be replaced with something far worse, Radical Islamic fundamentalist leadership.
I visited Iraq 10 times in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s and was never the least bit afraid of terrorism because there was none to be found. Why? Because Saddam like his Arab Nationalist Leader Contemporaries knew that they must be ruthless against their radical Islamist foes by killing, imprisoning or exiling them before they have any opportunity to attack. This radical view worked well from a pragmatic viewpoint and goes far to explain why Islamic terrorism was not the phenomenon in the Second half of the 20th Century that it is today. But we need to realize that even that Solution was only temporary.
Again, the only permanent Solution is to Change the ideology of fighting and killing the infidel into loving and blessing those with whom you disagree. This is not what liberal secularism can do as witnessed by the profane vitriol that it has spewed against the billboard and those who put it up.
The fact of the matter is that Jesus died not only for Muslims but for hateful liberals too and in actuality all who would believe on Him. And we all must recognize that evil is not prejudiced. It can come from Conservative or Liberal corners, but it can never come from true Biblical Christianity. And that is why Christ alone is the answer.
I invite all Muslims to come and taste the love of Jesus Christ, the joy and peace that passes all understanding. I invite the liberal minded one who thinks me hateful to pray for me instead of curse me. And I invite all to recognize that human life is the most precious thing on Earth because each and every one is made in the image of God. And finally, that God Himself came down in Jesus Christ to die so that we may live and love Him and one another for all Eternity. May it be so, Amen and Amen
JESUS CHRIST ALONE IS THE ANSWER
Rev. Joseph Alghrary
Lakeside Fellowship Church