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Lesson 10 The Seven Sons of Satan

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Lesson 10 The Seven Sons of Satan

  1. 1. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan 1 A Special Topic Course Presented by: www.IslamicStateOfAmerica.com Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This Lesson 10: The “Seven Sons of Satan”
  2. 2. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Review: The Rise of Terror • Salaf doctrine expressed by ibn Taymiya (1263 – 1328 AD) – Father of modern terror. Strong belief that Islam had lost its way. • Muhammad ibn Al’ Wahhab (1703 – 1792 AD) – Islam had “become soft” and he called for a return to 3rd century (Islamic calendar) ideals – Established pact with King Saud to bring ideals to his kingdom • Muslim Brotherhood (Founded 1928) – Assassinated President Sadat. Started first civil war in Syria 1982. Started second Syrian civil war 2011. – Took over Egypt (Muhammad Morsi) after “Arab Spring”, then pulled from power by military. Manifesto for penetration of United States. • Hamas, Hezbollah: Shi’a-based, grew out of Muslim Brotherhood • Fatah, Al’ Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS, Boko Haram, al Shabbab, others 2
  3. 3. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Review: Muslim Brotherhood • Literally “The Society of Muslim Brothers” – Creed: “Allah is our objective; the Qu’ran is our law, the Prophet is our leaders; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.” • Now one of the most influential and largest Islamic movements. – Goal is to “instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the ‘sole reference point… for ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community and state,” and Islamic nations must be reunited into the Caliphate. • Supported Egyptian revolution of 1952. – Assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat after Peace Accords, then banned in Egypt. – Created Hamas in 1987 (government in Gaza). – Legalized after fall of President Hozni Mubarak during the Arab Spring and rose again to power in Egypt in 2012 under new President Mohamed Morsi, with 52% of the popular vote. Overthrown in military coup after severe unrest due to poor management of Egypt • Seek the overthrow of US government in favor of sharia law – 1982 manifesto for global caliphate and subjugation of all nations – 1991 plan for insidious infiltration of US society and government through “gradualism” 3
  4. 4. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan 4 Islamism Overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LGzrYUGXdI Video: Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology
  5. 5. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Jihad and Jihadists • “The struggle” “Effort” “A call for action” – Mujihadeen = a jihadist • Declared by early Muslim leaders as a 6th pillar of faith – A call to mobilize the resources, energies, capabilities of individuals in service of a higher cause • Portrayed by modern apologists as internal struggle – “Spiritual experience on the inside” • Triggered by an order given by a legitimate authority – Theological force. Can’t be canceled, except by legitimate authority – Condition #1: Umma (community) in physical danger of attack – Condition #2: Promote, propagate and conquer for Islam • Expand the Muslim world. The Umma is not static 5
  6. 6. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah • Hamas = Sunni, funded by Iran – Holds Gaza Strip • Fatah = Sunni, various funding – Holds West Bank • Hezbollah = Shi’a, funded by Iran – Based in Lebanon • Muslim Brotherhood – Active in Egypt – Started war in Syria • Syrian Ba’athists = Alawite Shi’a – Party of Bashar al Assad. Funded by Iran 6
  7. 7. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Hezbollah • “The Party of God” – Shi’a political and paramilitary organization based in Lebanon. Founded 1985. Surge of support after 2006 Lebanese civil war. Manifesto 1985: – “... We are an umma linked to the Muslims of the whole world by the solid doctrinal and religious connection of Islam, whose message God wanted to be fulfilled by the Seal of the Prophets, i.e., Prophet Muhammad. Our behavior is dictated to us by legal principles laid down by the light of an overall political conception defined by the leading jurist....As for our culture, it is based on the Holy Quran, the Sunna and the legal rulings of the faqih who is our source of imitation.” – Significant political force for Lebanese Shi’ites providing education, hospital, agricultural services – Leading resistance movement. Responsible for multiple suicide attacks and bombings – Aligned with Syrian government (Alawites) against rebels (Muslim Brotherhood). Receiving “game changing weapons” from Syrian government. Attacked occasionally by Israel to stop weapons flow. 7
  8. 8. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Hamas • The Islamic Resistance Movement – Founded 1987 by Palestinian wing of Muslim Brotherhood – Funded by Iran – Charter calls for destruction of Israel and creation of Islamic state in what is now Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip – Notorious for suicide bombings and attacks on Israel – Runs extensive social programs, including hospitals and schools • Won many elections in Gaza after death of Arafat – Gained majority of seats defeating Fatah in January 2006 • June 2007 Palestinian gov’t dissolved – Civil war between Hamas and Fatah – Hamas seized Gaza Strip – Fatah took the West Bank – Regarded by Palestinians for efficiency, and lack of Fatah corruption 8
  9. 9. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Fatah • Reverse acronym from the Arabic name Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini – Palestine National Liberation Movement – Founded 1954, dominant political force 1967 – Joined PLO in 1967, Arafat Chairman 1969 • Key sponsor of terror – 2,432 guerilla attacks on Israel in 1969 alone – Trained militant insurgents around world – Funded by Russia, China. Involved in numerous wars, including Lebanese civil war, Jordan, attacks on Israel, attacks in Europe • Renounced terror 1993 – Arafat won Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 – Died 2004, party split 2005 – Major opposition is Hamas 9 Yassar Arafat, Chairman PLO
  10. 10. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Al Qaeda, Taliban, Offshoots 10 • Al Qaeda = Sunni – Funded by Saudi Arabian donors and multiple other sources • Taliban = Sunni – Particularly hard-line fundamentalists – Funded by sale of opium grown in Afghanistan – Outside funding from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran
  11. 11. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Al Qaeda • “The Base” • International Sunni Islamist movement – Founded 1988 after invasion of Afghanistan – Alleged inspiration for terror groups worldwide – Headed by Osama bin Laden • After Soviets retreat from Afghanistan… – Osama bin Laden returns to Saudi Arabia, offers his Mujihadeen army to help protect Saudis from Iraq. King Fahd refuses offer – bin Laden speaks out against Saudis, forced into exile in Sudan. Loses passport 1993, loses Saudi financial backing. Citizenship revoked April 1994. Expelled from Sudan 1996. Killed 2011. • Taliban takes over Afghanistan – bin Laden returns to Afghan roots. – Teams up with al Zawahiri on Second Fatwa • Second and last emir of Egyptian Islamic Jihad • Expanding aggressively into northern Africa 11
  12. 12. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Taliban • Sunni Islamist movement – Founded 1994. Most members are Afghan refugees and Pashtuns educated at Islamic schools in Pakistan – Arose from anger over murder of civilians by Mujihadeen warlords in Afghanistan. – Departure from Sufi Islam of Mujihadeen anti- Soviet rulers. Strongly oppose Shi’a Islam. • “The Shar’ia does not allow politics or political parties. That is why we give no salaries to officials or soldiers, just food, clothes, shoes and weapons. We want to live a life like the Prophet lived 1400 years ago and jihad is our right. We want to recreate the time of the Prophet and we are only carrying out what the Afghan people have wanted for the past 14 years.” 12
  13. 13. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iij38tUZOIg Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Video: Afghanistan’s Helmand province may fall to Taliban
  14. 14. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Al Shabbab • "Muhahideen Youth Movement” – Offshoot of Islamic Courts Union • Wahhabist roots in Sunni Islam. Hostile to Sufi – Aligned with al Qaeda and ISIS – Holy war against Somalia government and its Ethiopian allies – Foreign jihadists from multiple countries • Reduction in effectiveness after Kenyan forces engaged terrorists in southern Somalia – Suffering heavy military losses – US airstrike killed 150 fighters this week 14 Mukhtar Robow 2nd Deputy
  15. 15. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Boko Haram • "Western education is forbidden” – Founded 2002, radicalized 2009, aligned with ISIS, al Qaeda – Seek to rid Nigeria of western influences • Attacks began 2011 – 2.3M people displaced, 250,000 refugees – Captured French tourists, 276 schoolgirls, Chinese workers – 2015 massacre in Baga killed over 2,000. Raided Cameroon – 2015, 400 women/children. 145 killed in multiple mosque attacks • Governor of Borno, July 2014 – “Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram.” • President of Nigeria, December 2015 – Declared Boko Haram ”technically defeated” 15
  16. 16. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan The War In Syria • Five years of war (Mar 2011) • 250 – 470K dead • 6M+ refugees • Proxy war between Syria, Iran and Russia against the US, Saudi Arabia and jihadists • Dangerous intersection of political and religious agenda 16 (Note the salute to President al-Assad)
  17. 17. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Assad’s repressive Socialist Ba’ath one-party regime Poor Sunni ethnic groups aligned w/ Muslim Brotherhood Shi’a (Alawite) regime, Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah Sunni Islamist terror groups, Arab Gulf states, and the US Which War Are They Fighting? 17
  18. 18. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Sectarianism Led to Formation of Syria • Under French mandate, Alawites were granted autonomy in territory along coast from Lebanon to Turkey. This lasted until 1937, then incorporated as state of Syria • 1963 coup brought Ba’ath Party to power under Alawites led by al-Assad. 1982 revolt by Sunnis against al-Assad. Put down in massive massacre at Hama (25,000 dead) • Latest uprising against al-Assad (the son) began in March 2011, as an outlet for long- suppressed grievances, led mostly by poor Sunnis from marginalized areas. • Many of rebel forces are backed by Muslim Brotherhood, who want al- Assad gov’t replaced with Islamic state (Shari’a law) Ethnic cleansing… leading to a culture of revenge Hama 18
  19. 19. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan Which Side Do You Pick? • Syria? – They will exterminate as many Sunnis as possible in the wrap-up of the war – They will continue to rule their Sunni poor with an iron fist, empowered even more by the win over the majority Sunnis – Iran gains an even more firm foothold on the doorstep of Israel and in Lebanon – Russia gains a firm foothold in the Middle East as an ally of Iran and Shi’a Islam, and the enemy of Islamic Sharia states • Free Syrian Army? – They will exterminate or drive out every Alawite. Ethnic cleansing. – They will institute Sharia law and will establish an Islamic state, run by the Muslim Brotherhood – Islamic states will ring 2/3 of Israel’s borders and pinch Jordan – Shi’a and Alawites will pour into Lebanon and southern Turkey, waging a gory guerilla war to retake their lands – The guerilla action, funded by Iran, will spill over into Hezbollah’s action against Israel 19
  20. 20. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan An Intractable Problem • Chemical weapons • Tactical and ballistic missiles (Scud) • Anti-aircraft weapons • Anti-ship missiles • Thermobaric weapons • Anti-tank missiles • Syrian Armed Forces • Shabiha • Hezbollah • Iran Revolutionary Guard Rebels Saudi Arabia Qatar Turkey USA • Free Syrian Army (FSA). Muslim Brotherhood. Syrian Islamic Liberation Front. al-Nusra Front (al- Qaeda affiliate)  Destroy Assad’s regime, then set up an Islamic state. • Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Levant (ISIS).  Establish the caliphate now, then destroy Assad’s regime Syrian Gov’t Russia Iran Hezbollah 20
  21. 21. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan 21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKb9GVU8bHE Video: Syria's war: Who is fighting and why
  22. 22. Understanding Islam: For Such A Time As This The Seven Sons of Satan 22 • Lesson 11 • ISIS – Islamic State – Caliphate emerging – Apocalyptic goal – Nations gathering – Fighters from around the globe – No easy answers… • Pray! – For wisdom, for God’s grace, and for His hand in our lives In Our Next Lesson

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