As part of that declaration, an ISIS spokesman said the group would now be known as the Islamic State, and al-Baghdadi as its leader would be known as Al-Khalifah Ibrahim — a reference to the leading religious figure considered a successor to the Prophet Mohammed…
In the video, the man purported to be al-Baghdadi urges people to follow his call to create an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria and wage jihad, or holy war, during Ramadan — the holy month of fasting for Muslims that began at the end of June.
“It is a month from Allah when we are protected from hell, and this is every night — nights during which the marketplace of jihad is open,” he said, according to a translation of the video posted by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terror groups.
I am not sure everyone realizes how powerful this message is. Basically this is the equivalent of an “Arch-Bishop or even the Pope” saying “this month you can kill all Muslims. You will not go to hell for it.” For those of us of faith, regardless what religion that may be, this is a very powerful statement if you believe it. It is actually the same basis the crusades were fought on, in regards to the ideologies of the “common man.” Sure wars are fought for money, power, and resources and we all know this, but when you add “divine guidance” to the message it becomes a different thing entirely.
I have made many comparisons to what I consider to be the differences in “Christian” beliefs. Many of those comparisons ARE the backbone as to why I don’t believe the “average man’ should interpret religion for themselves. Because man isn’t nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is. What we see here is a basic example of how differing translations can directly affect a religion in its entirety. The basis of what jihad is and whether or not you feel “as a Muslim state” that your way of life is being threatened daily are the current issues for many Muslims in many different countries. Understand Christians that many Muslims do feel this way, that Western society and their values and entertainment are intruding on the morals of their culture. This is regardless of whether or not that country actually supports those medians of interaction because social media is everywhere and the influence of the internet is a serious issue to some faiths.
So I wonder how many feel the power of this message. “Go, kill, revenge… all is forgiven this month.” Does it bother anyone else that we so easily associate such comments with a “person” rather than a possible ideology shared by a larger group of people that we refuse to recognize?