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Monday, March 23, 2009


An Expose' Of The Nature of Islam

A Review of Peter Hammond Slavery, Terrorism, & Islam: The Historical Roots
and Contemporary Threat (Cape Town, South Africa: Christian
Liberty Books, 2008)

ISBN: 978-0-9802639-1-6 182 pp Price R58

Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz

The book under review here is one of the latest in a series of recently published books which have been bringing to light many hitherto unknown and horrifying facts about Islam. The author, Dr. Peter Hammond, bases his portrayal of Islam on history, on his own experiences in Africa, and on the Islamic authoritative writings, the Quran and the Hadith.

This book should be recommended not only to those who know little about Islam but also for those who have become fairly well acquainted with it, for two reasons. First, the book not only includes the fact that the African slave trade was started by the Arabs, but it also details the horrific mistreatment of these poor souls by the Arab slave traders, who were far crueler than the European slave traders, which I had never heard before. And the book recounts the author's own first hand experiences as a missionary in Africa, including a death threat fatwa against him by Sudanese Islam. So Dr. Hammond speaks as someone who is on the frontline in the battle against Islam, and, indeed, his organization is called Frontline Fellowship.

I want to especially commend Dr. Hammond for the very informative Appendix (pp. 158-159) which contains the astounding fact that Winston Churchill was well-acquainted with the nature of Islam!! This is nothing short of amazing! Now everyone knows that Churchill was among the first to recognize the danger of Nazism, and there are some who also know that Churchill warned about the danger of Communism and coined the term "Iron Curtain", but I never before heard anybody before say that he warned of the danger of Islam. This is almost incredible -- the same man warned of all three of the main dangers of the 20th and 21st centuries: Nazism, Communism, and Islam!! And in a Google search I just did, I discovered that Churchill's grandson is going around now giving speeches warning of Islam based on what his grandfather said!!

Hammond's book also is different in that he strongly advocates missions to Muslims, which is not suprising considering he is a missionary to them.. One thing I did find suprising, though, is that he did not mention what used to be a widely held myth, namely that Muslims could not be converted to Christ or that conversions were extremely rare. Maybe no one believes in that myth anymore -- it is certainly disproven by the facts today -- but I well remember hearing it when I first learned about missions back in the early 1960s.

There also is some information in Hammond's book dispelling fallacious ideas about the Crusades, including those portrayed in the recent motion picture The Kingdom Of Heaven.

The book is an easy read in one sense: it is well written; but it is a tough read in another sense: it is so disgusting learning about the horrifying stuff the Muslims have done. But we do need to know this if we are to face the threat they pose to civilization.


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