The Islamic State have declared themselves to be such since June and readers of this blog don’t need to have read my past posts to be fully aware of the barbarity of this Puritanical Sunni group. To date the Islamic state controls a large swathe of seized territory in the North and East of Syria as well as occupying almost all mainly-Sunni parts of Iraq. An estimated 5-6 million people are reported to be under IS rule. As this militant group advances in its take-over of land and its daily shedding of blood, politicians in the West – namely Cameron and Obama have felt it necessary to quickly assure its citizens that the very nature of the Islamic State is by no means linked to Islam at all.
The purporting of distorted truth has not emerged out of altruism I would expect, but out of the usual appeasement of Muslim civilians that has long become the norm in Western countries. The beheadings of the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff did not produce a genuine damning condemnation from the Obama administration nor did the recent killing of British aid-worker David Haines from UK Prime Minister David Cameron . Sure enough, tongues rolled, fingers wagged -all complete with stern, mutinous expressions but neither leader would admit nor acknowledge the actual correlation between the Islamic State and Islam. Instead both were quick to point out the ‘peaceful nature of Islam’ and claimed the motive behind all three beheadings lay in extremism pertaining to this particular group alone.
Since June no politician has dared to confirm the legitimacy behind the Islamic State’s claim of implementing Islam. Whilst they are right to speak out on behalf of those peaceful Muslims worldwide, they prefer to go to extreme lengths to maintain this one-sided and skewed view. The other side of this story is not being told and it is this side that is responsible for not only decimating the lives and livelihood of those Kurds, Shias, Yazidis and Christians that we hear about daily in Iraq and Syria, but every non-Muslim minority and community in every country where enough Muslims outnumber their disbelieving counter-parts. Our politicians are swift to stick Imams and Muslim clerics in front of the world media to conventionally condemn the violent actions of ‘a few Muslims as un-Islamic’ – but what they don’t tell us is that there is at least 109 Qur’anic verses which strictly order its adherents to partake in violence and this includes Jihad (Holy War) against the Infidel.
Unlike the Old Testament, the verses of violence in the Qur’an are mostly open-ended and unrestrained by its historical context. Therefore such verses are part of the unchanging and undying word of Allah – just as relevant and applicable today as at the time of writing. In addition, there are very few peaceful and tolerant verses in the Qur’an abrogating the call for non-believers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam or face death. Enclosed below are just a few examples of the call for Islamic violence and a mere glimpse of the rationale forming the basis for the actions of the Islamic State:
Qur’an 2:191-193 ‘Kill them wherever ye find them and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [unbelief] is worse than killing. But if they desist then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [unbelief and worshiping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone’.
Qur’an 4:95 ‘Not equal are those believers who sit and receive no hurt and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and persons. Allah has granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than those who sit’.
Qur’an 5:33 ‘The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this: that they should be murdered or crucified, or their hands and feet should be cut off on opposite sides’.
Qur’an 8:12 ‘I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve…strike off their heads and strike off every finger-tip of them’.
Qur’an 8:39 ‘And fight with them until there is no more Fitna [unbelief, disorder] and religion should only be for Allah’.
From these few verses of Qur’anic violence against the non-believer out of 109, the mind boggles at how politicians such as Obama and Cameron have managed to overtly decide that the murderous Islamic State has no affiliation with Islamic ideology whatsoever. I highly doubt that Cameron especially has ever read the Qur’an in his life. Instead, a clear reluctance to anger the Muslims of the West has led to this perverse twist of the truth. Yet meanwhile hundreds of thousands are being butchered to death in the name of Islam. How is the cry of Allahu Akbhar shrieked from the mouths of IS members as they hack off the heads of non-Muslims un-Islamic? Muhammad’s own militant legacy and that of his followers triggered the continuous cycle of bloodshed that has not changed 1400 years later. Nor will it, for the very nature of pure militant Islam emerges out of the Islamic holy book: its very principles, its very doctrine.
Perhaps I was not the only one who sat in utter despair, listening to Cameron’s rhetoric of ‘the Islamic State are not Muslims, they are monsters’ when speaking out about the death of David Haines. Whilst we all know the sheer monstrosity of the actions of IS, one cannot deny after considering every Qur’anic verse calling for this very violence, that it is possible for the Islamic State to be monstrous Muslims. Militant Muslims which from the time of its birth has robbed, pillaged, plundered and executed its way to instil fear and submissiveness to all those refusing to worship Allah and regard Muhammad as His Prophet. A framework and system of utter carnage and barbarity that thrusts the Middle East back into 7th Century Arabia daily, due to the belief in a Divine book believed to have been gifted by Allah Himself and therefore cannot be altered nor disobeyed.
Too many allow themselves to become disillusioned to this violent nature of Islam, even when given every opportunity and excuse to see with their own eyes otherwise. Yesterday’s interview with Mark Haines (brother of murdered David Haines) led him to conclude that ‘ISIL is not about religion, it’s about terror’, giving an idea of just how unaware those outside the umbrella of Islamic culturalism really are. He proceeded to say: ‘to my limited knowledge, Islam is about peace, love, about welcoming strangers. Islam is only mentioned because it is the main religion in that country‘. With respect to his loss, the man is deeply disillusioned. As is every person that would find themselves agreeing with that statement. This perspective of Islam is not confined to lay-people, as the former Arch-bishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was quoted as saying: ‘Islam is reviving British values’ last month. Such a statement is regressive and blinds too many people to the murderous ideology that is Islam. People convinced by this distorted information must ask themselves this: why has there always been and why is there always so much violence, chaos and intolerance throughout the Muslim world? Why is there so much persecution and mistreatment of non-Muslims throughout the Middle East and beyond? Doesn’t Islam govern these nations? Do Western civilisations governed or founded upon Christian perspectives behave in this way in the 21st century?
The difference between Muslim and Islam must be noted: there is such a thing as a moderate Muslim, one who does not adhere to every single verse of the Qur’an – particularly the violent aspects against those who disbelieve. Islam can never be moderate nor peaceful in its entirety as its severely insecure, suspicious and mistrustful nature needs mass submission to the will of Allah alone. As this is an impossible and unrealistic task, given the belief in other religions or no religion, as well as the billions existing on the globe, resorting to the spread of Islam via the sword, in an effort to conquer and dominate is an absolute necessity.
Moderate Muslims have every right to be angry if they feel they are being misrepresented. But it is interesting to note the overwhelming silence towards the actions of the Islamic State, in comparison to the rapid and vehement outrage in support of Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims protested and demonstrated in solidarity with the Palestinians. If the reaction against IS was similar many Muslims would be justified in this so-called misrepresentation of their religion. But their blatant silence only serves to tacitly condone the Islamic State, only murmuring and squirming at the bloodshed in order to avoid questions, debates and back-lash against those already victimised, which in their eyes are the Muslims. Entire cities have been evacuated and are flowing with the blood of non-Muslims but if Islam itself can be cleverly distanced from these overtly Islamic actions, there will be no need to express outrage at such a devastating deprivation of life.
For too long now have the Muslims of the West been afforded hyper-sensitivity in every Islamic-driven crime, for too long have they been molly-coddled by politicians defending them and denying the truth. Manipulation and distortion can only go so far but one only has to read the very Qur’an to reach a certain conclusion.
The conclusion that the Islamic State is not un-Islamic.Not at all. Instead it pumps renewed blood into the very heart of Islam itself. In essence the Islamic State is ingeniously named, for it is as synonymous with Islam as you could possibly get.