Islam is terror
Book review by Tom Ryerson
February 21, 2011
Islam and Terrorism: What the Quran really teaches about Christianity, violence and the goals of the Islamic jihad by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D. Front Line / A Strang Company, 2002. 235 pp.
In the aftermath of the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001, many Americans were asking new questions and expressing much confusion as to the true nature of the religion of Islam. At the time we heard President George W. Bush publicly say that Islam is a religion of peace, and Oprah Winfrey hosted Muslim guests who informed the American people of the nice and tolerant Islamic religion.
At just that time, God had prepared a former Muslim university lecturer who had given his life to Jesus Christ, and was ready to write a book detailing the truth about Islam and terrorism for the benefit of wondering Americans. Mark A. Gabriel, which is not his original Arabic name, earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Al-Azhar University of Cairo, one of the preeminent places of scholarship for Islam in the world today. He was thoroughly versed in Islamic history, and taught Islamic history there. He even took classes from Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing of 1993.
In Islam and Terrorism, Mr. Gabriel explains to readers the culture and fundamentals of the fear, violence, and bloodshed that has always been the hallmark of Islam. He covers the basics of Quranic teaching and the life of the prophet Mohammed, as well as essential history through the centuries as it relates to fundamentalist groups who have repeatedly worked hard to bring back a pure Islam. The former Islamic history professor explains the contradictions found in the Quran concerning treatment of Christians. In simple, straightforward terms, Mr. Gabriel cites relevant portions of the Quran, relates stories and teachings of the leaders modern jihad, and shows their stated intent to bring the entire world under submission to Allah.
After reading Islam and Terrorism, the reader will better understand Islam as a religion of fear, violence, and deceit, as Mr. Gabriel elucidates the various methods by which Islam seeks to gain victory. Despite any “moderate” Muslims speaking to the contrary, it is explicitly the goal of true Islam to establish Islamic law, which is seen as the law of God, in total control over every area of the earth. Under such law, there is no freedom of religion or freedom of speech, and there are no governments, even Muslim governments, with any form of law other than Islamic religious law.
Mr. Gabriel was able to recite the entire Quran by the age of twelve, but now speaks to others about the gospel of Jesus Christ. In both the opening and closing sections of Islam and Terrorism, he gives his personal testimony which includes several violent physical attacks that God miraculously preserved him through. For example, shortly after his conversion to Christ, his father discovered it and actually shot at him with a gun. But Mr. Gabriel now has a heart for reaching the Muslim people for Christ and says he is saddened every day to think about the fear and deception under which the Muslims live. Islam and Terrorism is strongly recommended for all Americans needing a dose of truth about the true nature of Islam.