One of the most frequent comments members of the Understanding the Threat team hear when presenting information about sharia (Islamic law) and the life of Islam’s prophet Mohammed is:
“What about the Crusades?”
UTT responds with: “What about the Crusades? What do you know about them? When was the first Crusade? Who ordered it? Why was the Crusade ordered?”
Generally, the response is a blank look.
Islam’s prophet Mohammad died in 632 AD after waging many battles against non-muslims in the Arabian peninsula.
The armies of Mohammed conquered Jerusalem in 638 AD without any provocation from the pilgrims there.
By 732 AD, the armies of Mohammed were in Gaul (France). The European armies led by Charles “The Hammer” Martel defeated the Mohammedans, saving the West from yet another unprovoked attacked.
During this time, the Mohammedans conquered Spain which remained under Islamic rule until the Reconquista in 1492.
And so it continued…
Then, after 450 years of unprovoked Islamic attacks into the West, Pope Urban II ordered a Crusade in 1095, in part because of the request for help by Byzantine Emperor Alexius I.
Historical sidenote: America’s first war after it’s War for Independence was waged against muslims because of their unprovoked attacks on U.S. shipping. U.S. President Thomas Jefferson ordered the assault on Tripoli (1804) where the Marines won the day and gained the famous line in their hymn “to the shores of Tripoli.”
Islamic law comes from the Koran and the Sunnah (the example of Islam’s prophet Mohammed). Mohammed – the perfect example of a man in Islam – slaughtered two Jewish tribes and the remnants of a third at Khaybar, and instructed muslims to wage jihad until the world is under Islamic rule.
The Crusades, on the other hand, were a response to 450 years of Islamic attacks into the West. There is no historical refutation of that fact.
Christian doctrine does not define war as intrinsically evil, but allows for “Just War” as a necessary action to restore just peace.
While there are examples of Crusaders who committed atrocities during the two centuries of the Crusades, they were acting contrary to Christian doctrine and the teachings of Jesus and his Church.
“I have been made victorious through terror.” – Mohammed (Bukhari, Vol 4, Book 52, 220)
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:44)