Randall Terry: The Voice of Resistance Presents a 7-Part Series on Violent Islam and Muhammad
Randall Terry: The Voice of Resistance presents a 7-part series that will address the following question: How do the words and deeds of Islamic terrorists, or Muslims who call for acts of terror and violence, emulate the words and deeds of Muhammad?
Mr. Randall Terry is two-thirds of the way through a Master's Program in Diplomacy and International Terrorism.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- From Monday Aug 30 through September 7, 2010, Randall Terry: The Voice of Resistance will present a new series on the Words and Deeds of Muhammad.
Mr. Randall Terry is two-thirds of the way through a Master's Program in Diplomacy and International Terrorism. The material for this 7-part series is from research Mr. Terry did for a recent paper in his program. Mr. Terry's paper answers the question: How do the words and deeds of Islamic terrorists, or Muslims who call for acts of terror and violence, emulate the words and deeds of Muhammad?
What follows is the opening of Mr. Terry's 30-page paper:
"When the apostle [Muhammad] rejoined his family he handed his sword to his daughter Fatima, saying, 'Wash the blood from this, daughter, for by God it has served me well today.'" (Ishaq, 389)
Terrorist acts, and criminal acts of violence or calls to violence -- which may or may not fit some scholars or policy makers definition of terrorism (Hoffman, 30, 33) -- have plagued the modern era of international terrorism since 1968 (Hoffman, 62). Three main wellsprings have been the source of this epidemic of violence: ethno-Nationalist movements (including secessionist movements), Marxist-Leninist organizations, and religious terrorist groups (Hoffman, 84, 85).
The death toll from religious terrorism has far surpassed those of Nationalist and Marxist terrorism (Hoffman, 88). And while religious purveyors of violence clearly include Jewish, Christian, and Hindu militants, the overwhelming percentage of attacks -- as well as the related deaths and injuries -- has come from Islamists (Hoffman, 88).
While scholars readily make the connection between certain elements of Islam and terrorism, they often fail to make any connection to Muhammad. For example, in his in depth study, Deadly Connections, Daniel Byman frequently shows that certain Islamic groups foment violence, and use theology to ignite it (Byman, 179, 182, 201, 225). Nevertheless, he does not mention Muhammad's name, nor quote him one time in his work. Likewise Bruce Hoffman, in his seminal treatise, Inside Terrorism, spends page after page on Islamic terrorism, Al Qaeda, Osama bin Ladin, et. al (Hoffman, 81-130), yet like Byman, does not mention Muhammad's name nor quote him in his entire book.
Only slightly better, The 9/11 Commission Report says of Osama bin Ladin -- arguably the most infamous terrorist alive -- that he "...saw himself as called 'to follow in the footsteps of the Messenger and to communicate his message to all nations...'" (9/11 Report, 48). As the 9/11 Report unfolds -- while obtusely acknowledging that bin Ladin was using "cultural and religious allusions" from the Quran and Islamic history, even mentioning the "golden days" of "the prophet Muhammad" (9/11 Report, 50) -- the authors never made the direct connection between "The Messenger's" words and deeds and the words and deeds of Osama bin Ladin, even though bin Ladin has left a deliberate, extensive record, quoting the Quran and Muhammad, stating that he [Osama] strives to "follow in the footsteps of the messenger [Muhammad]" (9/11 Report, 48).
This work seeks to fill this important gap, and will therefore focus on the words and deeds of Islamic terrorists and Muslims who call for violence, and the words and deeds of Muhammad -- "the Messenger" -- the self-professed apostle, prophet, and slave of Allah.
Who: Randall Terry
What: 7-Part TV Series on the Words and Deeds of Muhammad
Where: On the seven affiliates who carry Mr. Terry's show -- St. Augustine, FL; Branson, MO; Clarksville, TN; Beaumont, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Dallas, TX; and Atlanta, GA -- and on www.TerryCast.com
When: Weekdays from August 30 through Sept 7, 2010 at 4:30 and 6:00 PM