Not all Islams are Equal

There is no such a thing as one Islam. There are hundreds of Islamic sects in the same way that there are hundreds of diseases.

In the same way that there are no good diseases, there are no good Islamic sects. And in order to deal with an illness, correct diagnosis is essential to prescribe the right medication. Hence, dealing with various sects of Islam effectively, demands correct understanding of what they are, what they aim to do and their methods of spreading their psychosocial disease. Some Islamic sects are extremely virulent and deadly. They must be dealt with accordingly. Others are less violent and work their agenda in more subtle ways. Even the latter types are far from harmless. One and all keep to the Quran and pursue the same goal of dominating the world.

Texas Governor Rick Perry and Islam

A recent heated debate has risen regarding Governor Rick Perry’s relationship with the Ismaili sect of Islam. Allegations are made that the governor is influenced by the leader of this sect to incorporate favorable material in the Texas Educational Curriculum. This allegation disturbed me greatly and led me to look into the facts of the matter. It turns out that the Texas governor has about zero authority or power to dictate what is included in the state’s educational curriculumHere are the State of Texas Governor’s “Duties, Requirements & Powers.”

I have no doubt any and all sects of Islam present threats to liberty and our cherished way of life. Only the degree and severity of their threat varies as a function of who they are at any given time. To shed more light on the Ismlaili sect, an offshoot of shi’ism, their beliefs and practices, we need to learn about the genesis of Shia’ Islam itself.

What is Shi’a Islam?

Examination of the vast Islamic literature shows that the present sect of Shi’a Islam has evolved from a mix of cultural, political, economic and religious influences. I shall outline, in a summary form, how the belief in the Mahdi, the revered Imam whose advent is expected by the Shi’a faithful, crystallized over time. Furthermore, I shall outline the evolution of the Ismailis sect throughout the centuries and its new school of thought.

The Twelver or Imami Shi’a Islam or Twelve-imamates (ithna ashariyya) is the largest branch of Shi’a Islam. Adherents of Twelver Shi’ism are commonly referred to as Twelvers, which is derived from their belief in twelve divinely ordained leaders and mediators between Allah and Man, Christ-like figures on earth, also known as the Twelve Imams. Their pivotal belief is that the Mahdi is expected to appear and save the world when it has reached the depth of degradation and despair. Nearly, 85% of Shiites are “Twelvers,” and the term Shi’a Muslimcommonly refers to Twelver Shi‘a Muslims only. Ismailis sometimes called “Seveners” as opposed to “Twelvers.”

Below is a brief chronological account of how Shi’ism and the belief in the Mahdi as its pivotal figure and further elaboration of Ismaili sect.