The Arab Spring
2013 Vol. 3: May/June
The Arab Spring dates back to Ishmael, Abraham's son, a boy that had a father he loved, then lost that father. Ishmael develops an orphan mentality, a spirit handed down. The Arabs descend from Ishmael, and in A.D. 570 Muhammad was born, who as a young boy lost his father. One missiologist calls Islam an orphan religion, started by an orphan. It has no father figure, physically or spiritually. Muhammad inserts himself as the father figure of Islam and virtually deifies himself. The disavowal towards God as a father figure in Islam stems from this orphan mentality.