ISIS: The Modern Islamic Scourge

Anestos Canelides returns with a brief survey of the early conquests of Islam, which resemble all too well the modern depredations of the Islamic State.

ISIS: The Modern Islamic Scourge
History Repeats Itself

by Anestos Canelides

In the shallow words of our Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama, the Islamic State (or ISIL, or ISIS) is not Islamic, and Islam does not condone the killing of innocents.

These statements are historically false. Regardless of whether there are peaceful Muslims, today’s ISIS is a repeat of Islamic violence beginning with its early conquests of the infidel world. Either Obama is in denial or he is living in a fantasy land. He is simply placating Muslims and his delusional so-called liberal base, which believes criticism of Islam equals “racism” and “hate speech”. The horrible atrocities ISIS is committing against innocent Christians, Muslims and other religious groups are well-known from news reports. These atrocities include: murder, rape, destruction of churches, forced conversion, and slavery.

Ecclesiastes proclaims there is nothing new under the sun. This is all too apparent with the violent atrocities being committed by these savages today.

In The Legacy of Jihad, Andrew Bostom has complied sources that provide accounts of the barbaric cruelty brought upon the Christians of the Middle East during the Arab Islamic Invasion of that region during the 7th century. About thirty years after Mohammad’s death Islam underwent a tremendous expansion into the former Byzantine Empire (Roman). Islam had rapidly conquered all of what is now Saudi Arabia and territory that had been in Roman-Greco hands since the conquests of Alexander the Great.

The events described in “Greek Christian and other accounts of the Muslim Conquest of the Near East” by Demetrios Constantelos provide examples, through eyewitness accounts, that the 7th-century Islamic invasion of Syria and Egypt was no less savage than the atrocities ISIS commits today. ISIS is indeed acting according to the laws of Islamic war.

The author of Ecclesiastes is correct: nothing is new under the sun.

The conquest of Christian lands was often associated with eschatological or “end of days” events, as indicated in the accounts of Muslim invaders. They were described as “wild and untamed beasts”, “bloodthirsty” “beastly” and “barbaric”. (The Greeks often used the term barbarian for their enemies or non-Christians, and pre-Islamic Arab raids were written about in 5th- and 6th-century manuscripts.)

It is recorded in the narrations of St. Nilos that these Arab tribes were not known for trade or agriculture, but were nomadic, and pursued “robbery and warfare” in a “beastly and bloodthirsty” manner.

The Islamic jihads against Christians lands in the Middle East were not just economic and political, but also a holy war against Christianity itself. The Greek writers condemned the Arabs, who had not only destroyed Greek cities but brought upon them a new form of tyranny known as Islam. The Arabs were especially cruel to Christians who were in communion with Constantinople. “The Greek sources indicate that the Arabs enjoyed a very poor reputation amongst the Greeks.”

A sermon by the patriarch Sophronios delivered in 634 AD clearly describes the barbarity of these Islamic invaders: “the sword of the Saracens” is “beastly and barbarous……filled with every diabolic savagery.”

The Arab conquest of that region between 632 to 637 appears to have been very barbaric, according to the testimony of Sophronios delivered in a sermon in the Church of the Theotokos in Jerusalem in 637 AD, in which he describes the wanton destruction brought by these invaders. They were “villainous and God-hating Saracens,” who run through places and capture cities, who reap and destroy the crops of the field, who burn down towns and set churches on fire.

The pseudo-apocalypse further demonstrates that the fierce barbaric acts by Arabs in the 7th century were no different from what ISIS is doing today:

The barbarians who conquered brutally and governed tyrannically were not human but sons of the desert, corrupted, bringing dissolution, personifying hate. They had no respect for old age, orphans, the poor, pregnant women or priests, whose holy altars they defiled.

“Other such horrors are described in the apocalypse.”

The question the author asks for of their rapacious and barbarous acts: Why has God allowed this calamity to fall on the Christians? He answers himself by saying that not all who call themselves Christians are truly Christian. He implies that God allows such evil in order that the true Christians would be separated from the unbelievers — many of whom would convert to Islam. Another author, Antonios, testifies that the invaders put several monks to death.

St. Maximos the Confessor describes the Arab Muslims as barbarous people who overran the land as if it was their own. He says, “They have the form of men, but they behave like wild and untamed beasts.”

John of Nikiu talks about invasions of Egypt as being merciless and brutal. Some submitted to the Arabs and paid the tribute called the jizyah, or so-called protection tax. Many Coptic Christians beseeched God for deliverance, regarding the yoke of Islam as a tremendous burden. A number of Greeks and Copts refused to surrender and fought the Arabs. They saw the yoke of Islam as being heavier than the yoke the children of Israel had to bear.

The Arabs were particularly brutal towards towns and forts that had resisted them. Caesarea in Palestine was captured after a seven-year siege, and 7,000 Greeks were subsequently slaughtered. It is recorded that after returning from an invasion of the District of Isauria, the Arabs came back to Damascus with 5,000 slaves.

Over time the persecution of Christians would vary according to which Sultan was in power. The slaughter of Christians, Jews, and others spread as the Muslims conquered more lands.

History shows all too clearly that Islam has not changed, and that ISIS has acted in accordance with the same ideology that their Arab forbears adhered to. The fruit does not fall far from the tree.

Conclusion: Islam is not a “religion of peace”.

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Other related topics:

Legacy of Jihad, related chapters:

Jihad in the cause of God by Sayyid Qutb
The Law of War by Clement Huart
Jihad: An Introduction by Rudolph Peters

For previous essays by Anestos Canelides, see the Anestos Canelides Archives.

4 thoughts on “ISIS: The Modern Islamic Scourge

  1. It is not what a civilisation fights against, it is what a civilisation fights for that is the dynamo of a steadfast civilisation, that steadfastness is Christianity the dynamo of continuity in defence.

  2. The Death Cult of “Submission” (Islam) shall either de-fang itself (renounce The Sword) or die.

    Since nearly no one would convert to or stay within Islam if The Sword were ever renounced, this is a practical impossibility.


    Or the free world will end.

    All of the long, erudite, academic arguments against Islam, its history, depredations, et al, are informative and entertaining, but ultimately an un-necessary expenditure of energy.

    If you know it is a Death Cult, no other arguments against it are needed.

    We have wasted decades splitting exegetical hairs when all that is needed is an admission of its core malignancy.

    The Sword.

    As the previous Pope Benedict noted, but could not follow through on by condemning this desert Death Cult as an heresy, a monstrosity, and a world-historical deceit.

    It’s not a debate club we’re in, but a battle for the survival of Civilization.

    Until we “cut to the chase” about Islam’s central horror all of the sub-arguments only delay the inevitable needlessly.

    It’s a Death Cult ~as demonically mad a Jim Jones’ Kool-Aid lunacy.

    Just because a billion idiots believe in it doesn’t change anything, except to make it that much more dangerous to the rest of us.

  3. The examples I gave are only the tip of the iceberg and there are many others sources that report the evil they brought upon their enemies. In the book Medieval historography Spero Vyronis provides even Arab sources that reveals the Arab Muslims own barbaric acts. The later Turkic tribes and Arabs were known for their barbarism prior to Islam but I believe that Islam gave them an idealogical beliefs that united them in a holy war against the Infidels. Jihad was a holy cause that went beyond looting. pillaging, enslaving and rape.

  4. [Spotted the following on the exciting web. Any comments about it?]


    (Each human is part of this “River.” Are you an “oxbow lake”?)

    Islam, part of the Living River of History, has been affecting even US elections!
    The “headwaters” of this River was Adam, according to Judaism, Christianity, Islam etc.
    In the OT (Deut. 28), “tributaries” wanting to join the River are blessed while “distributaries” wanting to flow away from it are cursed. Those wishing to totally separate from the fresh Living River become polluted, dying “oxbow lakes.”
    In the OT we see Israelites repeatedly flowing away from God, then repenting and returning to Him; we also see heathen “oxbow lakes” creating their own little “gods” and being allowed by God to plunder and kill the erring Israelites.
    Then, at the right time, the Living River took on new life with the arrival of the Promised One who offers “living water.”
    In the 7th century Islam, drawing from both OT and NT, chose to be a distributary away from this River. Many scholars have viewed it as the final Antichrist: note “scourge” (Isa. 28), “Assyrian” (Mic. 5), “Euphrates” (Rev. 9) etc. (Google “Prof. F. N. Lee’s ISLAM IN THE BIBLE [PDF].” Dr. Lee, BTW, has nine (!) earned doctorates in various fields.)
    God will allow this “scourge” to temporarily persecute and kill apostate Jews (JINOs) and Christians (CINOs). Jews, especially in “entertainment,” seem more expert in apostasy than Christians since Jews have been at it 2000 years longer than Christians have (Google “”) – but Christians apparently want to catch up to the Jews!
    It’s apparent that others will join Islam in its end-time inquisition; its great oil wealth can captivate many leaders and already we’re seeing apostate American leaders being bribed into turning against true American patriots.
    Those who ignore (or try to dilute or destroy) the God-ordained Living River of History will be swept down it to an ocean made by their own never-ending tears of agony and despair.
    The good news is that American JINOs & CINOs can overcome the “scourge” discussed above. The secret is found by checking out “II Chronicles 7:14” & “John 3:16” on the web.
    There’s still time – and freedom – to Google or MSN “Obama Promotes Public Sex,” “Obama a Black-Slavery Avenger?,” “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right,” “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Mikey Weinstein, Jesus-Basher,” “Christ’s return is NOT imminent,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” “Pretrib Rapture Stealth,” “Evangelicals Use Occult Deception” and “Famous Rapture Watchers.”
    In light of Matthew 7:2, if we tolerate Christian leaders who lie to us and steal from us, we shouldn’t be surprised if God allows us to have political leaders who lie to us and steal from us!

    A Kansas Patriot (who won FIRST PLACE over 2200 entrants in a nationwide Americanism essay contest)

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