“The Dire Consequences of Rewriting Western-Muslim History.”

Fredy Winkler

A few months ago, an article was published in the Jerusalem Post entitled, “The Dire Consequences of Rewriting Western-Muslim History.” Raymond Ibrahim highlighted how the Western world has forgotten everything about Islam, because they really haven’t had much contact with them in the past two hundred years. In fact, some universities today are teaching that Christians and Muslims more or less lived in peace with each other for the first five hundred years, until the Crusades, when Christians threatened Islam. Post-modern history writers like to portray Muslims as victims, in their opinion, of domineering and intolerant Western Christianity. Even history books that are otherwise objective are contributing to this garbled point of view. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, as this reversal of historical facts.

Ibrahim reminds his readers that Islam was an existential threat to the Christian world for more than 1,000 years, even into central Europe. Nearly three-fourths of the once-Christian nations were swallowed up by Islam forever, including Egypt and all of North Africa, the Middle East, Asia Minor, etc. Large portions of Europe were attacked and in some cases remained under Islamic occupation for centuries, such as Spain, the Balkans, Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia, Albania, Greece and Sicily, to name just a few of the major places.

Between the 15th and 18th centuries, approximately five million Europeans were killed or captured and enslaved in the name of jihad, according to Ibrahim. It’s hard to estimate how many millions more were robbed and plundered, or captured along Europe’s coasts in the poorly documented 8th to 11th centuries.

The most recent Islamic attack on Europe, with some 200,000 jihadis, occurred in 1683, or just 336 years ago. The goal was to capture Vienna, but thank God it was unsuccessful. However, even during the decline of the Turkish Empire, slave traders from North Africa’s Barbary coast spread fear and terror along the European coasts, reaching as far north as Iceland. America’s first war, which occurred before it elected its first president, was against Islamic slave traders. “When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams asked Barbary’s ambassador why his countrymen were enslaving American sailors, the ‘ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that... it was their right and duty to make war upon them [non-Muslims] wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners...’”

Some people might now be inclined to say, “Let’s let bygones be bygones, and focus instead on a better, more tolerant future!”  Another saying, though, goes, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Unfortunately, there are many Muslims who still dream of their once-glorious past and long to renew it.

Forty years ago, numerous articles appeared in Israel that stated there really wasn’t much difference between Islam and Judaism, and that after the Jews were driven out of Spain, the relationship was relatively good. Today, Israelis recognize that Islam, with its jihad-ideology, is their greatest threat, and Bible believing Christians are their greatest ally.

In the knowledge that those who are on the side of God and His Messiah are on the right side.

News from Israel - 03/2019

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