As I’ve watched the riots on the streets of Egypt, and listened to many “experts”, on the subject, and our Washington counterparts tell us this is all about “democracy”, I then listened to Glenn Beck this week, when he used the word “CALIPHATE”, and believe he speaks the truth. For we are not being told the whole truth. What happens now when other countries take to rioting in the streets as in Egypt? I pondered, this and emailed a Christian friend of mine, who is a teacher in Morocco, with an adopted Moroccan son. She seemed to think that Glenn was right.
We need to be vigilant. Hypothetically, what happens when countries besides Egypt; Somalia, Tunisia, Iran, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon (already run by Hezbollah),Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Libya, Turkey, Nigeria, So Africa, and Morocco all took to the streets. If Morocco flips, it cuts off Portugal and Spain (22% Muslim) then look at Belgium (Brussels 90% Muslim) and France. It is about power, not democracy.. and the Marxists, are in bed with these radical extreme Muslims. This was the goal of many in the Mid East and Iraq, going back to the Ottoman Empire. When we went into Iraq with George W., the one thing that our soldiers never bombed was the ancient ruins of Babylon, in the south near Kuwait. In 1989, the late Peter Jennings was over there long, before the Iraqi war, and in a UPI article he wrote how Saddam Hussein thought he was the re-incarnation of the Ancient Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, and started re-building Babylon with its hanging gardens. The word Caliphate means “all Islamic states banning together, including Hamas and the Islamic Brotherhood. It is intended to take over all of Western Civilization with Sharia Law. Please see:
History from wikipedia site above:
The caliph was often known as Amir al-Mu’minin (أمير المؤمنين) “Commander of the Believers”. Muhammad established his capital in Medina, and after he died it remained the capital for the Rashidun period. At times in Muslim history there have been rival claimant caliphs in different parts of the Islamic world, and divisions between the Shi’a and Sunni communities.
According to Sunni Muslims, the first caliph to be called Amir al-Mu’minin was Abu Bakr Siddique, followed by Umar ibn al-Khattāb, the second of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs. Uthman ibn Affan and Ali ibn Abi Talib also were called by the same title, while the Shi’a consider Ali to have been the first truly legitimate caliph, although they concede that Ali accepted his predecessors, because he eventually sanctioned Abu-Bakr.
The rulers preceding these first four did not receive this title by consensus, and as it was turned into a monarchy thereafter.
After the first four caliphs, the Caliphate was claimed by dynasties such as the Umayyads, the Abbasids, and the Ottomans, and for relatively short periods by other, competing dynasties in al-Andalus, North Africa, and Egypt. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk officially abolished the last Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, and founded the Republic of Turkey, in 1924. The Kings of Morocco still label themselves with the title Amir al-Mu’minin for the Moroccans, but lay no claim to the Caliphate.
Some Muslim countries, like Indonesia and Malaysia were never subject to the authority of a Caliphate, with the exception of Aceh, which briefly acknowledged Ottoman suzerainty. Consequently these countries had their own, local, sultans or rulers who did not fully accept the authority of the Caliph. The rest you can read on the above site, as well as numerous other sites.
I have a Christian friend of mine, who lives in Morocco, who I asked her opinion on all of this. Since she is a teacher there, and is in close proximity with it’s people, this was the response she sent me.
“I did see part of the Glen Beck show and will watch the rest tonight. I do however think it is pretty accurate. I went Sunday to the grocery store and stocked up on food and supplies, for what I think is a very real possibility that Morocco can also have these riots. People were laughing at me BUT I will have the last laugh when I can stay for over one month in my house and not need or want for anything. When I ask local people here thay all say, “No”, but I am not stupid nor ignorant. The poor males here are very dissatisfied. The food prices are rising and the salaries are not, the rich get richer and the poor are getting poorer. I posted last night an article on FB about the possibility of a the same here in Morocco. I hope and pray the King will be proactive and take preemptive measures to avoid the same things that are happening in other countries form happening here.
When people complain about America and how they try to control stuff, how they prop up dictators and evil men like Saddam and Mubarak, they forget that our government also has the bigger picture. They knew what the ramifications were when Saddam was out, chaos in the Middle East. And without Mubarak in Egypt, eventual war with Israel. I don’t always condone what out nation does BUT I don’t have all the intelligence information. However, I also know that people in other countries who have been raised with different cultural and ethnic and religious backgrounds do NOT think nor act like us. Here in Morocco, and I am sure in many similar nations, when the police tell someone to do something they usually argue and don’t obey. NOT until the police come and beat them will the submit. That is why the government has to have a heavy hand otherwise it would be total anarchy and animals in the street. Whenever there is a soccer match, the people have to get off the street, the busses and taxis often stop operating in certain areas and the police and army come out in droves just to control the crowds of angry or jubilant youth. If that is what it is like after a soccer match what will it be like if they riot for freedom and rights. BUT if you act like animals then perhaps you shouldn’t have rights. On the other hand, Christians are being persecuted for not turning Muslim in all of these Arab nations. Look at poor Saeed in Iranian jail, an American pastor leaving a beautiful wife and two children here. He was there building a secular school.
I hope this helps and I hope you will please pray for me and my safety. I have at least till June to be here in this country, after that will depend on the direction I have form the Lord, to stay or go. I need to hear clearly from Him about that. I want to go home BUT I also don’t know how I would live or earn a living while I was there. I can stay here and earn a very good living IF things don’t go nuts, and be used by the Father doing it.”
This is another perspective from someone who lives among these people. So we, in America want to democratize so many of these countries, without knowing the full truths. How do you deal with youth that acts like animals in the streets? Is this all a call to Democracy or are they too being pushed by extremists, fractions, that want Sharia law and control, as well as Marxists? My friend is right, as we do not have all the information. But, Washington does and they are not telling us. We have Americans in many many of these countries.
This writer does not have the answers. I do know however, what the ramifications are if all the countries above get on Egypt’s bandwagon and start rioting in the same manner. Are these rioters college student’s and the educated or those that do act as my friend says, only like animals. How do you change thousands of years of a backward way of life without education, jobs, food, etc. Remember Jakarta in the 60’s when Sukarno was overthrown in 1965….people lived like animals there too. What is the answer? This has always happened when a dictator ruled and gets overthrown. I’d like to think that Iraq was a success story. I’d like to be this Pollyanna that thinks democracy is the answer and jobs, etc. I’d like to believe my own US Government. But, I don’t trust my own President. And remember too, in 1965 in Jakarta, Obama’s mother married again and he was dragged in that poor country, then, 3 years old? Think of what he came out of with a Kenyan father, and a mother that was a fruit cake in my estimation. He didn’t have a father to look up to, so no wonder he gravitated to Socialism, seeing what he did at a very young age. So, I don’t have any answers. All I can post here is an awareness. We are in a very dangerous time in the world, and food and gas are going to go bonkers. Think about the Suez Canal being blocked?? We need a lot of wisdom, with this next elections in the US in 2014 & 16….a lot!
Christian Persecutions, Open Doors:
Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
For almost 60 years Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ’s light in these places. These believers stand strong, despite the many obstacles that they face. What are some of the things that we can we learn from their faith?
There is something about hardship that allows us to know God deeply. When times get really tough, we discover more about who God is and how He works. Christians who have endured persecution for their faith, know this well.
There are no easy answers for why God allows his followers to face suffering. However, the lives of persecuted Christians reveal that even when things look out of control believers can rest secure, knowing that God is still in control. He is able to give courage, peace and even joy to stand strong through the storm. It is through these storms that believers discover God’s love in new and powerful ways.
Standing Strong Through The Storm is the curriculum that Open Doors uses to help Christians stand strong in the face of persecution. There are six theological and biblical lessons from this curriculum:
- 1. Sometimes you need to build yourself a cell
Be still, and know that I am God—Psalms 46:10
One Chinese church leader, who spent 23 years in prison, once said this to Christians who did not face persecution:
“I was pushed into a cell, but you have to push yourself into one. You have no time to know God. You need to build yourself a cell, so you can do for yourself what persecution did for me—simplify your life and know God.”
It is vital that we spend time with God, to grow in Him, so we are prepared to stand strong in the face of persecution.