Straight from a Muslim: Who is to blame for ISIS?

by steve2 7 Replies latest social current

  • steve2

    The message below was posted from a friend in Singapore to me on Friday 14th November 2015. My friend is not the author - but is an acquaintance of the author.

    The post was subsequently "deleted" due to acute religious and political sensitvities in that city-state - but I can vouch for its authenticity. My friend made a hard copy of the post - hence when the post was removed, a copy remained.

    I have removed the author's name for obvious reasons.

    The post offers a courageously unsettling point of view seldom articulated either in the Western world or by Muslims, either in the West or Middle East.

    I want to thank well-meaning non-Muslims who, in the wake of these attacks, have emphasised that they have been carried out by a small, twisted minority. A terrorist's goal is to sow hatred and discord, and by not giving in, you are defeating their plans.

    But I want to say that as a Muslim, I wish that we weren't so quick to emphasise that this has nothing to do with us. While I personally have never killed anyone and none of my friends and family have ever resorted to violence, radicalism has everything to do with Islam. And the failure to address that out of a well-intentioned commitment to tolerance is making the problem worse.

    ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and it is an Islamic problem. Let me say it again to be perfectly clear. ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and they are a cancer at the heart of Islam. And the problem will not go away until Muslims confront that.

    ISIS attackers scream 'Allah hu'akbar' during their attacks.
    ISIS recruits cite Qur'anic verses as justification for the rape and enslavement of women.
    ISIS soldiers kill archaeologists, gay men and women, and people who refuse to convert to Islam because they are blasphemers.

    There are no Christians in ISIS. There are no Buddhists, Jews, Pagans, Taoists, Houngans, Catholics, Wiccans, Hindus or even Scientologists in ISIS. ISIS is a Muslim organisation and they kill in the name of Islam.

    So don't say that ISIS aren't 'true Muslims' or that they are 'not really Muslims'. Like any large organisation, ISIS exists in a spectrum. You have the aimless, restless teenager who never amounted to anything in his life and traveled to Syria because he can't find a job and doesn't know if the Qur'an is to be read from left to right or right to left. But you also have pious professionals, businessmen, and academics who read their Qur'an cover to cover, pray every day, were seduced into radicalism, and truly believe that the Islamic State's goal of conquest is a noble one. The so-called 'Caliph' Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a doctorate in Islamic studies.

    So if you feel that Muslims are being oppressed or killed in Muslim countries, I expect you to also be just as outraged by ISIS. Because they have killed more Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Jordan than the entire US army. They have done more damage to the name and reputation of Islam than any Western nation. ISIS is Islam's biggest enemy, not the US, not Israel or France or Germany or the Russians.

    We have to own the problem. We have to admit that this is a religious problem, and we need to renew our commitment to a secular country which treats all religions equally. I have believed in the importance of secularism all my life, and with every day that passes that belief grows stronger. Religion is no way to govern a nation. Not any religion, and not any nation.

    ISIS is not America's problem, nor the British, nor the French. ISIS is not Syria or Iraq's problem. ISIS is a problem for Muslims. And if you can't admit that, you're not really a good Muslim either.

  • PaintedToeNail
    Very insightful. This poster strikes at the heart of the matter, ISIS is made up by Muslims. ISIS kills fellow Muslims for not being Muslim enough to suit them.
  • DesirousOfChange

    'bout time for the "good" Muslims to "rat out" the bad guys.


  • Village Idiot
  • TheWonderofYou

    Obvioulsy a very dangeours secret alliance of terrorists and extremists. It was one year ago, when I watched a youtube video with a talk of an secret service official about the dangers of muslim terrorist. I cant find it yet now but I found something else.

    • Given the long history of Muslim Brotherhood activity in this country, its declared objective to "destroy the Western civilization from within," and the extensive evidence of successful influence operations at the highest levels of the U.S. government, it is urgent that we recognize this clear and present danger that threatens not only our Republic but the values of Western civilization.
  • fulltimestudent

    And this is the Russian President's opinion, answering a question ( about ISIS) from a US journalist at the Valdai International Discussion Club in late 2014.

  • Chris Hannover
    Chris Hannover

    Thanks, steve2.

    I have wondered about this for awhile.

    It does seem that if the majority of Muslims didn't want terrorism associated with their religion, they could end the problem quickly & efficiently. They're in a better situation than anyone to stop terrorism, but they don't.

    If someone from my house was harming others, I would hold some responsibility to stop them or warn possible victims. If I could stop their harmful actions, but didn't, I would be willfully supporting the abuse.

    If Islam is a peaceful religion & opposes terrorism as claimed, then it should be shouldering the responsibility of stopping the terrorist.

    It does seem that Muslims could end terrorism, if they wanted.

  • Vidiot

    I think it would require the majority of Muslims to acknowledge - both privately and publicly - that the Quran isn't infallible, and that there are passages in it that - like the Bible - are no longer relevant and/or simply cannot be taken literally, anymore.

    Mainstream Christianity and Judaism have done it, but I don't think the majority of Islam has gotten there, yet.

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