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Interpreting Muslim words and deeds around the world and demonstrating doctrinal and historical continuity.

Islamic State Stones to Death Second ‘Adulteress’

Less than 24 hours after the Islamic State stoned a woman to death on the charge of adultery in the town of Tabaqa, in Raqa province, news comes out again that the new “caliphate” has stoned to death yet another woman on the same charge in Raqa. A source said that the Islamic State announced [...]

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New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly “ISIS”—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.” This came out in the [...]

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Why Islam Permits Exactly Four Wives

Jihad Watch During a recent Arabic program devoted to how religions view marriage, Islamic clerics endeavored to answer the host’s question, “Why does Islam permit exactly four wives, as opposed to only one or more than four? One of these clerics responded by saying that, before Islam, there was no limit to how many wives an Arab man [...]

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The Watchman: Jihadists On The March

Recently I appeared on Erick Stakelbeck’s program, The Watchman. The description and video follow: On this week’s edition of The Watchman, we sit down with Middle East experts Raymond Ibrahim and Tawfik Hamid to discuss the latest developments with the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Iran and what can be done to counter the [...]

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Islamic Law Exonerates a Murderous Rapist Father

Editor’s note: The following was written for RaymondIbrahim.com by an anonymous American teacher living in the Muslim world I first heard of Little Lama’s tragedy in February 2013 while teaching in Saudi Arabia.  Her story still fills me with sadness because of the evil some men can inflict on others, and anger due to the [...]

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Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome but Deadly

I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new “caliphate” in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State (formerly “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”). I did so in the vain hopes of learning something “new.” But it was absolute déjà vu—taking me back to [...]

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Egyptian Salafi Sheikh: All Educated Women Are “Unoriginal and Common”

Coptic Solidarity In order to expose the Islamist and Salafi mindset, Egyptian journalists continue posting and commenting on the assertions and observations made by the various clerics during former President Morsi’s one year reign and earlier, when the “radicals” felt especially free to speak their mind. One of these, Sheikh Yusuf al-Huwaini—who earlier justified buying and [...]

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What an Islamic Caliphate Would Mean for the West

I was recently interviewed by CBN News’ George Thomas on the rise of the Islamic State, its aspirations for caliphate, and what all that means for free peoples around the world:

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Are Muslims Idolaters?

Editor’s note: The following was written for RaymondIbrahim.com by an anonymous American teacher living in the Muslim world While living as a Christian in the Islamic world, one should expect the occasional conversation with  a local Muslim regarding Christianity being a religion of idolaters, and as a result of our idolatry, Jesus would be more [...]

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Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

French A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive [...]

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