The Sound of Forgetfulness

By: Steve Huston

September 11, 2001: The sound of jihadist hijacked planes overhead crashing into the Twin Towers; the sound of chaos, turmoil, buildings crashing, people weeping, emergency vehicles and their occupants bravely and self-sacrificingly doing their duty. All this followed by a united cry of “We will NEVER forget” amidst prayers sent heavenward.

The one thing Americans did forget during that fateful day was our differences. In an opinion piece entitled “Sept. 12, 2001: The Last Great Day in America,” Randy Tatano reminds us:

“The next day, it was like we were living in a different country. The outpouring of patriotism was off the charts, with more flags than you’d see on the Fourth of July, while people wore red, white, and blue ribbons. Emotions were still running high, but there was a sense of unity that had been missing for years. By the end of the week, a joint session of Congress made it look like we were living up to the ‘united’ part of the United States of America, with politicians working across the aisle.”

 In the following years, we’ve little by little forgotten our unity. In recent years the divisions have become so great one wonders if we aren’t in the midst of, or at least the beginnings of, another “Civil War.” The chasm grows and is perpetuated by America’s enemies both at home and abroad.

As for America’s enemies specifically linked to 9/11, “NEVER forget” seems to have a life-span of 22 years. Now, according to a PJ Media article written by Robert Spencer, a different sound will flood over the streets of New York City. Just in time for the 9/11 anniversary, New York City, “the site of the largest-ever jihad attack on American soil,” will freely allow the Islamic call to prayer.

Before continuing, it’s important that we remember:

1. Most Muslims residing in America do not follow strict observance of Shariah practices like FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), husbands beating their wives, “honor killings,” and jihad. Some have come to America so that they might escape the horrors of Shariah while worshipping their religion’s god.

2. We are a nation that welcomes all people who are willing to embrace our laws and assimilate into our society. Those of us who are Christians must love God above all and share that love with our neighbors. Those of the Muslim faith are also created in God’s image and Christ died for them as well. Our job is to present God’s love which includes His divine wrath, His grace in sending “His only begotten Son” – Jesus – to atone for the sins of all who believe, and give them the invitation to eternal life through our Lord and Savior.

In addition, we must also remember:

3. Islam is not about peace but submission, by force if necessary. It’s holy book calls for violence in the name of Allah. As one article reminds us:

Attacks in the name of Islam come in all forms. We read of Muslim jihadis donning explosive belts that are detonated on buses, in restaurants, in nightclubs, and outdoor events. Add mass shootings at venues, lone-wolf knife and acid attacks on the streets, and intentional ramming of vehicles into crowded sidewalks, parades and other crowd gatherings. Muslim Jihadis are trained to mentally prepare for and seek any opportunity to kill and strike terror into the hearts of the ‘unbelievers.’ Each perpetrator does so with the understanding that they will be killed in the process, and they accept that. The evidence points to the fact that it is the fundamental Islamic ideology and religious obligation for Muslims to secure this world for global domination at all costs including martyrdom. The incentive is that martyrs will be guaranteed immediate entry into an Islamic paradise where sensual pleasures abound.

In considering this call to prayer that will sound out above the buildings of NYC, have we so soon forgotten of what Robert Spencer reminds us?

Back in 2003, Osama bin Laden wrote a letter to the American people in which he explained, ‘The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.’ Twenty years later, that very call will resound from loudspeakers all over the city that was his chief target on Sept. 11, 2001. … New York Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday announced what Gothamist described as ‘new NYPD rules’ that ‘will allow mosques in New York City to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer without a permit.’

It’s not Islamophobia to recognize the inherent dangers brought to a nation of “infidels” by Islamic Shariah Law. Neither is it Islamophobia to not want such noise, indoctrination, and reminders to strict adherents of Islam being broadcast throughout one’s city. However, the most disturbing thing about this call to prayer is that we seem to have forgotten that we are a nation built upon Christian principles and that we are called to Biblical ethics. We are a nation that should never forget that…The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deut. 6:4-9)

This short call to prayer includes, in part, the jihadi cry, “Allahu Akbar,” six times, and the Arabic phrase “there is no God but Allah,” three times. Here is the English translation of the Islamic call to prayer:

Allah is greater (Allahu akbar) (four times).
I testify that there is no God but Allah (twice).
I testify that Mohammed is the prophet of Allah (twice).
Come to prayer (twice).
Come to success (twice).
Allah is greater (Allahu akbar) (twice).
There is no God but Allah (once).

It would seem that we have forgotten too much.

Hear our cry, O Lord. Through mercy bring remembrance. Whatever it takes, bring us back to You; for you are our true treasure. We plead this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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