Ramadan, a monthlong period of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
"Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting," says the Wikipedia page on the holy period.
Killing, apparently, is not on the list of no-nos.
The Religion of Peace, a website that says it "a non-partisan, fact-based site which examines the ideological threat that Islam poses to human dignity and freedom, is keeping track of the terror attacks and the deaths they bring."
Ramadan began on Friday, May 26 and runs until Saturday, June 24. In just the first few days, there have been 13 attacks and 120 deaths, Religion of Peace says, and provides a list:
- A Sunni suicide bomber targets an ice cream shop in a Shiite area, killing sixteen mostly women and children.2017.05.28 (Iraq)
- Caliphate members fire to a hospital and execute a dozen young people inside.2017.05.28 (Philippines)
- Eight employees at a rice mill are murdered by Jihadists for 'having betrayed their faith'.2017.05.27 (Philippines)
- Three women and a child are among nineteen civilians found slain by Islamic extremists near a university.2017.05.27 (Afghanistan)
- A Shahid suicide car bomber slaughters eighteen at a public bus station.2017.05.26 (Egypt)
- Christians on their way to a monastery make easy pickings for Islamic gunmen, who massacre twenty-eight - including ten children.
The page has some other interesting numbers. Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 30,910 deadly attacks since Sept. 11, 2001. In April, there were 165 Islamic terror attacks that left 1,336 people dead.
Just before Ramadan began this year, ISIS called on its followers to wage “all-out war” against the West for the holy month. A statement released on YouTube said Muslims should attack “infidels… in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums… double your efforts and intensify your operations."
Ah, a religion of peace, indeed.