Understanding Islam VI
Coercion and armed conflict or the threat of it, played a pivotal role
in the rapid rise and expansion of Islam in Arabia, Syria, North
Africa, Persia and Central Asia after the death of Muhammad Islam,
This is the sixth in a series of eight articles by Fr Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD
Islam, Conquest and Expansion
IN APRI L 637 AD, less than ten years after Heraclius the Byzantine emperor
restored the relic of the true cross to the newly rebuilt Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Muslim Arab forces sent by Caliph ‘Umar from remote provinces in Arabia, had captured the Holy City. Read on…Understand Islam VI
Islam I – Christians in pre-Islamic Arabia: islam-1
Islam II – Setting the stage for Muhammad and Islam: islam-2
Islam III -Islam, the sword or the tax: islam-3
Islam IV – Political Islam: The beginnings: Understand Islam IV
Islam V – The Apostasy Wars: Understand Islam V
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President Trump has consistently defended Western Society and its Christian foundations. His Christmas speech is one more welcome incident.
Today’s the day that I’ve been looking very much forward to all year long. It’s one that we have heard and we speak about and we dream about and now as the President of the United States, it’s my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas.
I want to thank everyone who has come together here right in front of the White House, that beautiful, beautiful White House, and everyone watching from home to see the lighting of this incredible national Christmas tree.
For nearly a century, through good times and bad, every president has taken part in this wonderful tradition, first started by President Coolidge. But I was informed tonight that the weather we have is the best it’s been in 25 years. In fact, I said, ‘Is it always like this?’ And the secretary said, ‘Hasn’t been like this for a long time.’ So, we are very lucky.
Finally, in 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation making Christmas a Federal holiday. And I sort of feel we are doing that again. That’s what’s happening.
From the earliest days of our nations, Americans have known Christmas as a time for prayer and worship, for gratitude and good will, for peace and renewal.
Melania and I are full of joy at the start of this very blessed season. We’re thrilled to think of the people across the nation and all across the continent whose spirits are lifted by the miracle of Christmas. Read on…