Within the Qur’an every single ayat is related to an event during the rise of a nascent Islamic state. If you are a Sufi, like Qutb (or like the Mufti under which I mentored) the Qur’an has seven layers of meaning. If you read with a Western mind, you will walk away thinking, “Well, that was interesting but a bit boring and contrived.”
As a small example as to how the Qur’an is a geopolitical hinge: Qur’an 74:18-25 was written about an arch enemy of Muhammad. Do you know the name of this enemy? Other passages come to mind, including within the first Surah revelation which are personal attacks on this man who opposed Islam.
The Qur’an is also flanked by eight additional genre and I refer to them as the Qur’anic Sciences. All are familiar with Qur’an and Sunnah. Not many Westerners are aware of the complete famous eight. This compendium of thought drills down deeply into what it means to be a Muslim.
There are differences, of course, in how commands are disseminated.
Within Sunni doctrine we find the “Sound Six” which relates to Hadith.
For the Shi’a there exists a more living, breathing structure which moves from the Grand Ayatollah chain of Command down to the Ahl al-Bayt. They prefer a Hadith package which confirms the right to rule for the Shi’a.
We do not understand Islam because we view it through the prism of Western thought.
During his lifetime, Muhammad dispatched approximately five dozen raiding parties. Asymmetrical warfare was the manner in which booty was obtained, C2 maintained, and subservience to Islam enforced.
The concept of an ambush followed by a rout is the cement of the military confederacy which is erroneously called a “religion”. Call it a religion at your own peril.
There is a final outcome for non-believers.
This exuberant boast was given as a rallying cry for Islam:
And verily, our word has gone forth of old for our Slaves, the Messengers, and they verily would be made triumphant. And that our hosts, they verily would be the victors…. Do they seek to hasten on our torment? Then, when it descends into their courtyard, evil will be the morning for those who have been warned. (Qur’an 37:171-177)
They will be a defeated host like the confederates of the old time (38:11)
Their multitude will be put to flight and they will show their backs.(54:45)
Pull back to what happened in Colombus, Ohio on February 11th.
Mohamed Barry entered a “courtyard” with his machete. Evil was the morning. A mini-multitude was “put to flight” including parents running toward the exit with children. The patrons of Nazareth Grill were defeated by a member of the confederacy.
They are in our courtyard now.
Policy, not philosophical psychobabble, is the order of the day.
Wish list? For Muslims to live in the West in assimilated manner, embracing the secular concepts which bring joy and cohesion.
Mohamed Barry? How many more are now in the courtyard?
Evil is the morning.