Redefining Islam and Old World Empires Toward the Latter End

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 0:15 AM
June 12, 2013

Turkey-2        Few people understand that there are three, not just two, sects within the Muslim religion:  Sunni, Shiite and Alawite. The latter is the smallest Muslim group in the world by far.  Surviving persecution for centuries, Alawites rule Syria.

While the Alawite sect is least well-known Muslim group, its members comprise Syria’s military leadership.  The family of President Bashar al-Assad, which has ruled Syria for 40 years, has been Alawite for generations.

As Primoz Manfreda of About.com explains:  “Alawites are a Muslim minority group that accounts for around 12% of Syria’s population, with a few small pockets in Lebanon and Turkey.

“Around 70% of Syrians belongs to Sunni Islam, as does almost 90% of all Muslims in the world.” More liberal than their counterparts, Alawites permit alcohol, celebrate Christmas and Zoroastrian New Year.  They worship Imam Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, believing in his divine reincarnation.

BBC News explains:  “Alawites are seen by other Muslims in the Middle East as very liberal or even secular. In Syria women are not encouraged to wear hejab and many choose not to fast or pray.”  Thus more ‘orthodox’ Muslims consider the Alawites to be a heretic sect.

In his New York Times article, ‘Syrian Unrest Stirs New Fear of Deeper Sectarian Divide,’ Anthony Shadid explains the war in Syria “. . . is sharpening sectarian tensions along one of the country’s most explosive fault lines: relations CONTENT_ARTICLE_IMAGEbetween the Sunni Muslim majority and the minority Alawite sect.”

This same struggle between liberal-minded Muslims and more orthodox Islamists is also being played out in Turkey, where protesters take to the streets to defy Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who they claim wants to impose strict Muslim law, eradicating their secular form of government and culture.

As AFP News Service reports in ‘Striking Workers Join Turkey Protest,” “But opponents accuse him [Erdogan] of . . . pushing conservative Islamic policies such as religious education reforms and a law curbing the sale of alcohol.”

While 99% of Turkey is Muslim––80% Sunni and 20% Shia––Turkey is still considered a secular country.  But protesters believe Erdogan is changing that culture.  According to William J. Dobson’s piece, ‘Istanbully’ for Slate.com, the Prime Minister “ . . . tells women they should bear at least three children,” and his government bans even advertisements for alcohol.

Both countries mirror other current Middle East wars over culture, religion, and what brand of Islam populations ‘must’ follow.  As historical Bible books attest, unrest within this region of the world will continue until the whole is brought under one dictatorial ruler, the antiChrist.

Then, in the middle of his seven year reign, the anti-Christ will discard all other forms of religion––including Islam––and declare himself to be the god who alone must be worshipped: “Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, . . nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all (Daniel 11: 37).”

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