Getting My Head Around the Middle East
Of the total Muslim population, 10-13% are Shia Muslims and 87-90% are Sunni Muslims. Most Shias (between 68% and 80%) live in just four countries: Iran, Pakistan, India, and Iraq. – Pew Research, 2009: Mapping the Global Muslim Population
My objective is to pray with understanding.
The alignment of Russia with Shi’a Muslims of Iran and Syria runs contrary to the Sunni Muslim interests in Russia. 25 million Muslims live in Russia, a population greater than the combined Muslim populations of Jordan and Lybia. Sunni is the dominant sect of Islam in Russia.
“Since their forced annexation to the Russian empire, the Chechens have never willingly accepted Russian rule. During the Russian Civil War (1917-20), the Chechens declared their sovereignty until the Red Army suppressed them in 1920.” – GlobalSecurity.org
You may recall Chechnya twice rebelled against Russian rule. The First Chechen War (1994-1996) left tens of thousands of Chechens dead, over a half-million displaced refugees. The Second Chechen War (1999-2006) was marked by kidnappings, criminal gangs, terroristic bombings in public places, and the deaths of thousands of Russian soldiers.
You may also recall the Beslan school attack on September 1, 2004, that claimed the lives of 334 children and adults.
Coming to the point
Russia sides with Shi’a Iran and Syria while in between Moscow and the Middle East lies the Russian state of Chechnya, a population with a Sunni Muslim majority.
Neither Sunni nor Shi’a Islam is our friend. I hasten to remind you of the devastating Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013. The perpetrators, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were/are (one is dead) Chechen Sunni Muslims.
Let’s also be mindful how the majority of the 911 terrorist hijackers were from Sunni Saudi Arabia, as was Osama bin Laden, the head of Al Qaeda.
Judeo-Christian America is not now and probably never will be kissing cousins with the Sunni Muslims. The situation at the moment is one of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Why? Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion dedicated to the eradication of all things Christian and Jewish.
I reference the Quran for your enlightenment.
9:1 – [This is a declaration of] disassociation, from Allah and His Messenger, to those with whom you had made a treaty among the polytheists.
9:2 – So travel freely, [O disbelievers], throughout the land [during] four months but know that you cannot cause failure to Allah and that Allah will disgrace the disbelievers.
9:3 – And [it is] an announcement from Allah and His Messenger to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah is disassociated from the disbelievers, and [so is] His Messenger. So if you repent, that is best for you; but if you turn away – then know that you will not cause failure to Allah. And give tidings to those who disbelieve of a painful punishment.
9:4 – Excepted are those with whom you made a treaty among the polytheists and then they have not been deficient toward you in anything or supported anyone against you; so complete for them their treaty until their term [has ended]. Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him].
9:5 – And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
FYI-The term ‘polytheist’ refers to the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ the Son of God.
The most effective way Muslims become believers in Jesus Christ is through dreams and visions when Jesus appears to them for a little one-on-one encounter.
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My Prayer Focus
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6)
- Pray for the divine revelation of Jesus to all Muslims, regardless the sect of Islam
- Pray for all in authority, especially for President Trump and Governor Greg Abbott
- Pray for the 2018 elections that God will open the eyes of our fellow Americans to make wise choices
Contrarians malign our President as a war hawk. Actually, he is the most effective peacemaker in history and the authority behind all he does is God himself.