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Today’s question is, what is the Taliban’s connection to Islamic theology?
Excellent question. Today we have seen a terrifying attack on innocent people in Kabul. More than 90 Afghans and 13 US service members were killed in two terrorist attacks. Some of the victims are children and even infants. If this is not evil, what is?
Afghanistan was once part of Hindu kingdom. It was once part of India. Buddhists, Christians and Hindus were living peacefully in that nation. Then Islamic armies invaded it and converted it into a Muslim nation. Maybe its time that India should take back this country and merge it into the Republic of India. The Government of India is very efficient in controlling Islamic terrorists.
The Taliban destroyed statues of Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley of central Afghanistan. Those statues were built around 570 AD. They were built by Buddhist kings in this area. During those years, Buddhist monks were roaming where Taliban were moving around in our time. Had Afghanistan stayed Buddhist, it would have been a very different place today, something like Vietnam or China or Thailand or even Singapore. But thanks to Islamic invasions, Afghanistan lost its peaceful heritage. In March 2001, the Taliban destroyed the statues of Buddha. They implemented a very strict sharia law.
Taliban is returning to power these days and they vowed to govern under Islamic sharia. Now many of our scholars say that Islam has nothing to do with the Taliban. That is not true. Everything the Taliban does has roots in Islamic theology.
The Taliban declared war on non-Christians, as did the Quran. Read Quran 9:123, “O ye who believe! Fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you; and know that Allah is with those who fear Him”
The Taliban wants non-Muslims pay a special tax, so does the Quran. Read Quran 9:29 who commands that non-Christians must willingly submit and pay jizya.
Taliban demands killing of Christians, so does the Quran. Read Quran 9:5, “slay the unbelievers wherever you find them”
Taliban prohibits any friendship with Christians and Jews, so does the Quran. Read Quran 5;51, ‘O ye who believe take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; they are but friends and protectors to each other”
Taliban instructs to beat women, so does the Quran. Read Quran 4:34, ‘Good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them’
Taliban offers only three choices to non-Muslims: conversion, subjugation or death. Either you convert to Islam or get killed or live in subjugation. Those are the same three choices given to non-Muslims in the Quran.
So, Taliban is following Islamic theology very devoutly. There is nothing anti-Islamic in their beliefs and behavior. That is why Zakir Naik loves them. That is why many conservative Muslim scholars love them because they follow the Islamic sharia in a fundamentalist way.
On the contrary, many in the western world created the myth that Taliban has nothing to do with Islam. If they got rid of the Taliban, they would be able to establish a secular democratic republic In Afghanistan. They tried in vain for over 20 years in that struggle and finally gave up. The government they propped up did not last a few hours once the Taliban started their journey towards Kabul.
We should remember the words of Lord Jesus Christ,
“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and unto God the things that are God’s”
Certain things belong to Cesar and certain things belong to God. Those words became the basis of the separation of church and state. Islam does not believe in the separation of church and state. If you mock Muhammad, it is government’s responsibility to execute you. So, Islam leaves no space for a secular government.
Jesus Christ our Lord taught love and peace. Tonight thousands of Muslims from Afghanistan are moving into Christian neighborhoods in America. They don’t have to worry about their safety around Christians. That is not true for Christians living in Muslim nations. If anyone is found with Bible apps on their phones, Taliban is killing them. That is the difference between Islam and Christianity. Only Jesus can give hope to our world including the people of Afghanistan. Let us pray for the families who lost their loved ones today.