There is no religion on earth that promotes rape, murder, torture, infanticide, oppression, tumult or war. But there is certainly a long history of politically motivated evil leaders who have abused faiths to that purpose, and today the Middle East has become that abomination's "Ground Zero."
However, since religion's abuse is the problem, religion remains the best answer, because Muhammad himself predicted ISIS, and said their leaders would be demons from hell.
I'm quite sure pretty much everybody out there not well-versed in end-time prophecy will be surprised just how much Muslims are looking forward to Jesus coming back.
Most Muslims think Palestine's suffering and oppression are the tribulations predicted in the Bible's book of Revelation -- because the Trinity, which is the only major doctrinal difference between Islam and Christianity didn't become Christian dogma until 200 years AFTER John of Patmos had his visions -- and we don't honestly think it's going to end until he comes back to lead us all, righteous Muslims, Christians and Jews finally together the way we're supposed to be.
In fact, there is even a website that's declared he'll be rejoining us all in 2022, although they're not making any claims about the end of time or Judgment Day.
I don't agree with a lot of what that site says, because I think they're contaminated by the "First Fitnah" Muhammad predicted, a return of the pre-Islamic ignorant obsession with male honor, that promoted misogyny and racism, that were foremost among the cultural faults Muhammad corrected while he was alive. That taint affects many of their conclusions, particularly an anti-Jewish sort of anti-Semitism based on confusing modern-day Zionism -- which is an abuse of Judaism -- with Judaism and the Children of Israel.
However, the prophetic predictions they base those conclusions on are actually quite clear regarding what's currently happening to Muslims -- particularly Arab Muslims -- and they form the basis of my own claims about what Muhammad had to say about ISIS.
If anybody's interested in what I think about Israel, please read "When Israel Remembers Their Covenant, They Will Change The World."
But here's the thing. Those prophecies all make it clear that the tribulations and trials of the Muslim world were predicted and therefore inevitable. They also make it clear that it's all pretty much self-inflicted, and that the answer for Muslims is to stop doing what those demons say: pretty simple, actually.
But it begs the question, "How can Muslims tell if they are being led by demons from hell?"
Thankfully, it turns out that it's really quite simple too, because those evil leaders sole purpose is to make Muslims commit atrocities by abusing Islam.
Which is exactly what ISIS is doing.
So in response, a world-wide coalition of true Islamic scholars have penned a "letter to ISIS", making it clear that Muhammad's Islam is all about diversity and human rights, which is pretty much the opposite of the way Islam is looking right now to anyone, whether you are Muslim or not.
The crazy thing is, did you know what the thing that distinguished the first Muslims from those around them and united them together under Muhammad was? Far from rage, a thirst for retribution, or justice, political power or influence over the lives of others, it was love.
O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Submission. And hold fast all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves; remember with gratitude Allah's favor upon you: For ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace ye became brethren, and ye were on the brink of the Pit of Fire and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. Aal-E-Imran 3:102-103
So how can Muslims protect themselves from ISIS? Love one another.
How should Muslims respond to ISIS' evil "callers from Hell"? By breaking our bows, and putting our swords away.
Our faith is the faith of Abraham, who's sole recorded observance was hospitality for others.
And true righteousness for Muslims --according to those who truly know Islam-- is the same as righteousness was for him and all those who came after him: To want for your neighbor what you want for yourself.
So in the name of Muhammad's Islam (peace be upon him) may peace be upon you all Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
And may Allah rekindle the love of each other that lived in the hearts of the first Muslims --even when they disagreed with each-other-- in our hearts as well.