Islam’s Odd, Yet Useful Purpose in Life

The mainstream media exposes their own bigotry when they say “don’t do anything to provoke Muslims”.

When a self-proclaimed “artist” painted the Virgin Mary covered in excrement, the media didn’t say a word.

When Egyptian newspapers and newspapers elsewhere in Middle East draw anti-semitic cartoons, which are reminiscent of the days of Protocols of the Elders of Zion as well as Joseph Goebbels propaganda machine, no one says a word…no one bats an eye.

This is what happens when the world loses its moral compass and the Western world ends up standing for absolutely nothing. When every single Western country except for maybe the US (and Eastern European Catholic countries) adopts a culture of what can best be categorized as “non-life”, where there is an average of 1.5 children per couple, mainly because of self-absorbed and egotistical pseudo-intellectual types.

It’s not even atheism, because atheism is a belief (most atheists believe in the inherent goodness of human beings…ie secular humanism, which is a whole other discussion.)

It’s not agnosticism, because agnosticism is the doctrine of “I don’t know and I don’t claim to know, but I do believe that there is some force that formed this world…I just don’t call it G-d..and i don’t think it runs it anymore. It left a long time ago.”

What plagues the West is nihilism. It’s the belief in absolutely nothing. Complete apathy. Nothingness. Emptiness. Soulessness.

You can see it in the mainstream films. You can hear it in the mainstream music. It’s the worship of “stuff”…money…the self. It’s systemic narcissism. And in order to keep all that, one must adopt the doctrine of the status quo. “Containment”. “Keeping the volatility at bay”. “Non-provocation”. “Conflict management” instead of actual resolution. When a woman like Pamela Geller posts placards on subways against Jihad, she is branded a “provocateur” and a “flame-baiter”.

Well speaking of flames:

“The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.” – Dante Alighieri

The reason I say this is because, when America is finally overrun by the caliphate…and by G-d…it nearly will be, what side will you be on? Because this time, the Dhimmis will not live. The Dhimmis will become de facto apostates, and the punishment for apostasy is imprisonment at best and death at worst.

Islam doesn’t hate the West because the West believes in a different version of G-d than it does. Islam hates the West because Islam once ruled the world and it doesn’t anymore, and it was the West that stopped it in its tracks…and that’s a tough pill for it to swallow and it has been since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The worst thing you can do to a Muslim, even worse than killing him, is embarrass him. And their demise as a global power was extremely embarrassing. Since that time, their goal in life has been to save face. Nothing more.

Abraham Casting Out Hagar and Ishmael…Guercino, 1657

Islam doesn’t hate the Jews because the Jews believe in a different version of G-d than it does. It hates the Jews because 90% of Jews stopped living according to Torah and thus in the eyes of Muslims, the Jews have ceased to be Abraham’s favorite son. They see us as a ‘has-been’ nation.

Isaac is dead. Long live Ishmael.

They even have a holiday called Eid al-Adha, which celebrates not the binding of Isaac, but of Ishmael, when conversely, the actual text of the Torah, which was written some 2000 years before the Koran, states “Please take your son, your only one, whom you love, Yitzchak”. Abraham had more than one son at the time. I’ll let you finish that thought.

Thus, the message of Islam is simple. To the West it says: “We once ruled the world and you stopped us at the gates of Vienna. And now look at what it’s become at your hand. Decadent. G-dless. Empty.”

To the Jews, it says: “You have lost your place as ‘The People of the Book’ because you worshiped and continue to worship the Golden Calf…just in a different forms. Money. Power. Prestige.”

If you have to ask why someone like Ahmadinejad hates Israel or to be more specific “the Zionist regime” (with a capital Z), it’s because in his eyes, today’s Israeli government is the same government that cut the side-locks of Yemenite-Jewish children in the 1950s and snatched them from out of the arms of their religious parents. And it’s the same “Zionists” (again, with capital Z) who are now throwing Jews out of their own homes in Migron, Ulpana, and previously Gush Katif.

I almost bring myself to saying that I don’t blame Ahmadinejad and others like him (but I stop myself, if for no other reason than respect for the 6 million who perished in the Holocaust). He says to himself: “this ‘Zionist’ government is a godless government. Their media is a godless media. Then the people who elect this government and read these newspapers must be a godless people and must thus be obliterated in a sea of fire.”

Maybe he’s right. Why do we in fact deserve this Holy Land? The majority of world Jewry has stopped living a Torah life ages ago. They see it as a bunch of antiquated laws, “made up by Rabbis” thousands of years ago to keep the population in check.

That isn’t to say that global Jewry is a bad lot because of this. Yet even with all the chessed (kindness) they do for others, most of the time, it comes in the form of self-aggrandizement. It’s where they feign philanthropy and benevolence, so as to rid themselves of the subconscious guilt and subsequently get their names in the paper, on some plaque in a museum or Broadway playbill.

And then we ask why a mosque still occupies that very spot where Isaac was brought as an offering and subsequently spared, and where our Holy Temple should be standing.

The answer lies in what Ishmael’s odd purpose in life is and has always been. It’s to keep Isaac awake…and for the sake of all mankind, I hope Isaac is awake or at the very least, hears the alarm clock.

About the Author
Born in Ukraine and grew up in the NYC metro area. After working as a trader on Wall St. for 8 years, made aliyah in 2010. After living in Jerusalem, Tzvi returned to NYC and started a company to import boutique wines from Judea & Samaria. He uses his business and my website as a vehicle educate young Jews about Israel, the Middle East and Judaism. His ultimate goal is to return to Israel and inspire young Russian-speaking Jews in the US to make aliyah.