Respected Historian and Author, William Federer says that “Islam has three parts; religious, political and military. It is the political and military parts that are at odds with the Judeo- Christian values of the West and the ideals of freedom and liberty that Democracy upholds.”
The power of belief can motivate a person to do just about anything. If a person believes strong enough, they will do whatever is demanded of them in the name of that belief. The political and military factions of Islam know this; and use it to their own socio-political agendas’ goal.
Excerpt from “About the Qur’an” by: William Federer
“Moderate Muslims think the world will submit to Allah figuratively or in the distant future, maybe at the Hour of Judgment. Therefore, since it is so far off, it is acceptable to get along with non-Muslims in the present.
Fundamental violent Muslims think the world is submitting to Allah now and feel they are fulfilling Islam’s “manifest destiny” by making it happen.They are willing to fight moderate Muslims, considering them backslidden from obeying the commands of Mohammed. Moderate Muslims hesitate to speak out against fundamental violent Muslims, as occasionally one does and they are threatened, intimidated, change their names for protection, have fatwas put on them and even killed.
So, there could, in a sense, be three groups of Muslims: a minority of fundamental violent ones, a majority of moderate ones who are afraid of the fundamental violent ones, and the courageous dead ones who were not afraid of the fundamental violent ones…”
Muslims must practice five fundamental religious obligations. These are mandatory in the Islamic faith.
In the Muslim faith, a person must prove themselves to Allah; thusly shaving time from how long they must spend in Hell. Yes, everyone goes to hell in the Muslim faith. Unless you die in a “Holy War” or “Jihad”.
That is a one-way ticket to paradise, Heaven, or Jannah (paradise) as it is called in the Muslim faith.
In the Muslim faith, the five pillars shape the core beliefs of what a Muslim must do to atone for their sins and reach Jannah. Here is a brief run down on the pillars of Islam:
1- Shahada: This is the Islamic proclamation that “There is no true God except Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet”
2- Salat (Prayer): This involves confession of sins and is performed 5 times a day. A Muslim gets “brownie points” for this. Even more points are earned if the prayer is done in a mosque.
3- Saum (fasting): usually done during the month of Ramadan, it is an act of worship where the follower denies his body and seeks Allah. This involves no eating, sex, or drinking from sun up to sun down.
4- Zakat (giving to the poor/charity): Giving to the poor is supposed to score you big points with Allah when it comes time for judgement.
5- Hajj (Pilgrimage): The Pilgrimage to Mecca is a must for all Muslims if they are able.
Unlike Christianity, where your relationship with God is between you and him, Muslims make a point to show how devout they are. They make sure they are seen praying, doing charity and being faithful to Allah.
Killing in Allah’s name is way up there on the list of earning Jannah points, as it were. Anything they can do to shave time off their sentence in hell. If they die while killing in the name of Allah, then they don’t have to serve time in Hell according to their beliefs.