No, this is not religion

 

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A Iraqi soldier helps a child who was kidnapped by Daesh and strapped with a suicide belt. If you think this have anything to do with religion, think again.

 

 

Islam and terrorism, it’s time to go deeper – come on!

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I start with a excellent quote distinguishing Muslims from terrorism, written by Ehab Shawky:

“The way to distinguish between them is easier than you think, those who try to occupy your mind with their opinions, and create from you a duplicated copy of themselves are false scholars; while those who try to liberate your mind and urge you to learn, think, and criticize according to logical disciplines are the ones from whom you should seek council and knowledge.”

I love that quote. It works with extremism in a broader perspective. But let’s stick to Daesh (calling them anything else would acknowledge a caliphate and a state).

When the wrong person get a too big audience, things get out of hand. It’s not news, and it’s not the first time. Every now and then it happens. David Koresh an American counterpart, Adolf Hitler, European in Europe. They’re known for their actions and ideologies.

The Daesh fighters are brainwashed with what they think is Islam. All it’s fighters gets education on fighting and “Shariah”.  Suggested by a person that claim to have all the answers in the world. The quality of the education seem to have it’s flaws. Both on fighting and Islam. But once on the ground, provided a gun and a “wife” and promised a brotherhood and benefits in the afterlife there ‘s no choice. Numerous fighters with doubts have been killed by Daesh them selves.

Daesh objectives are 1, to convert or eradicate Shia since they’re not considered Muslims. And that it also why they claim not to kill Muslims. 2, Establish the caliphate expanding from Syria and Iraq, with the power to call on every Muslim to come and fight. 3, In times of defeat, call upon followers all over the world to hurt the societies the best they can. (As seen in London)

So what are your friends up to? Withdrawing, hanging in front of the computer, studying something built to appeal first and foremost young men? Daesh targets people that are drawn to the dream of being respected. Being a hero. They provide instructions and guiding, promises of being recognized as a feared warrior all over the world. Just like those computer war games. Don’t underestimate it’s powers.

Now, if that was Islam there would be civil war in every country on earth. If every Muslim were to take this one man for their leader and righteous one – there would be chaos. But read the quote again. We all have a responsibility to be critical. To question things. That is how we learn and can differ right from wrong. It goes for all mankind. All religions. All cultures and ideologies. Leaders must be chosen wisely.

 

(photo: Glenna Barlow) Mihrab (prayer niche), c. 1270, Konya, Turkey, now in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Look what happend in Swe…” sorry, London

Terrorism hijacks the media headlines again. A maniac with a car and a knife. And yes, it has the hallmarks of Daesh. The terror message has gone out over the world, use what you can, do what you can where ever you are. Kill anyone. No big plans, no logistics, no funding. Now it’s about lone distant followers.

The messages from Daesh and it’s followers are everywhere. I’ve come by a couple of blogs here at Word-press.

These acts are meaningless. They will not change any political structures. It makes democracy stronger and people come together.

But it causes major trauma to affected families. My heart goes out to children who lost a parent, to the ones who lost a child or a spouse.

Islamophobia

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There are two types of fear, rational and irrational fear. I have two irrational fears.  I’m not too keen about spiders or heights. For some reason I’m not afraid of Muslims. I don’t have Islamophobia. It’s great. Irrational fears is some kind of a test in itself. Who needs it?

So far I have not come across rational Islamophobia.  (Rational fear, by the way, is what you would feel when facing a bear, realizing your brakes don’t work on the highway and imminent things like that.) Islamophobia is not rational at all. But it is possible to build up irrational fear, and create things to be afraid of. Just like the bonfire stories youth like to tell. It often starts in small groups. Among family, neighbors and friends.

So if you manage to build up Islamophobia, you have achieved two things. You have created something you don’t really want. And if acting out, you have started to hurt people around you.

The words hurt. The posts in social media hurts. The YouTube films hurt. The epithets screamed at schoolyards hurt. Because yes, children are very quick to learn, and they are taught hatred. The more of this that Muslims have to face in their daily life, the more they are likely to turn extreme. To find a way to respond to oppression.That’s how it works.

If you come by a Muslim that you think is not integrated – you got half the responsibility.

It comes to my mind that when I was living in a country where I couldn’t understand the language, I didn’t know people but every time I walked the dirt road to run an errand it took hours. Because all the neighbors invited me, wanted me to eat, share a few moments and that is how a learned their language. It started in gardens. I learned the names of the fruit. There’s riches to be discovered. And I hope you find yours.

 

 

 

 

 

Last days in Middle East – a recap

Lets start with Turkey, the prime minister Erdogan stalls the re-take of Raqqah in Syria. Why? He’s grumpy about US cooperation with YPG, the Kurds. US on the other hand cooperate with forces who have the same objective – to get rid of Daesh. Turkey is angry and frustrated over being powerless in the matter. To them Kurds are terrorists. However, Erdogan can possibly call himself President after the election in the matter April 16. It would increase Mr Erdogans power. He also seem to hold some grudges against Europe (since Turkey not yet been accepter into EU due to human right issues.) and have encouraged all Turks in EU to have at least five children in every family. That would, according to Erdogan, make Europe a continent with Turkish values in the future. The advancing in Syria seem a bit slow. Possibly because of Turkeys ultimatum.

In Iraq civilians are fleeing Mosul in large numbers. The people lack food, water, shoes and everything essential. Iraqi forces is said to be about 600 meters from the  Great Mosque of al-Nuri. A important milestone for the Iraqi army as the mosque is the one from where al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate.

Grand Mosque of al-Nuri
Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul Iraq

4 Israeli military aircraft have been sighted close to Palmyra in Syria. For some reason they’re targeting Hezbollah – not Daesh. And it’s clearly a violation of a sovereign country.

Russia was invited by al-Assad in Syria and are considered the only nation not invading Syria, according to al-Assad.

But there are Canadians on the ground, educating coalition members. And Iranians. I’ve tried to figure out where they are and what they are doing in terms of military aid but no one seems to know. Iranian PressTV interview religious leaders who seem angry at everyone involved in this mess and most of all at Saudi Arabia.

A mosque was hit in al-Jinah and 49 people lost their lives. Al-Quaida according to USA and civilians according to Syria.

It’s so easy for national leaders to interfere and have opinions on things. Blaming each other instead of coming together. There are people that need to be saved. Countries that needs to be rebuild. How hard is that to understand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated the Sunshine Blogger Award by the fantastic blogger  Safiyah! I very much appreciate her writing and sometimes struggle, for a fair world. Thank you very much! 🙂

Sunshine blogger award

The Rules:

 • Thank the person/persons who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

 • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

 • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

 • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

I was also received 11 questions from Safiya and here are my answers:

1, What was the last book you read? I read “Dinglarens väg – Vorsnos Drom” a book about Roma people in Sweden. A minority living all over the world.

2, What is your favourite film? Well, American History X, Hotel Rwanda, Schindlers List are three. Couldn’t really choose one.

3, What is your guilty pleasure? Documentaries!

4, Is there something you love which everyone else hates? Greek music. Undoubtedly.

5, When was the last time you changed your mind about something? I change my mind quite often. Or adjust myself as I learn every day.

6, What do you love about your best friend? The ability to share good and bad.

7, What is your favorite word? Freedom is my favorite word. The opposite of chains, oppression, prejudices and a lot of more bad stuff.

8, What was the last thing you learned? Yesterday I learned the difference between Wahhabi and Salafism. 

9, If you could live in any country where would you live? Here’s my weirdest answer so far – Syria. Or a similar country. If there were peace and freedom for the people I would go there. I would like to meet the people, see the cultural heritage, enjoy the food, music and learn the language.

10, If you had to live in a period of history, which would it be? I would like to live with the vikings for a short period of time. To learn their survival skills. Cooking, hunting, trading. No, not the raiding.

11, Who was the last person you said ‘I love you’ to? My sister.

I nominate:

(Don’t feel you have to take part but if nominated – know that I spend time at your blog and appreciate what you write. Educational, funny or mind triggering. You’re all great!) Click them and check them out. 🙂

Vicki Andrada

June salutes you

A lot from Lydia

Idealisticrebel

claytoonz

smileyfacexox

Five minuits

3CHICSPOLITICO

The Muslim Times

Kassandra

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My questions are:

  1. What is your favorite film?
  2. What country would you like to get to know, visit?
  3. What three things would you bring to a deserted island?
  4. What adds meaning to your life?
  5. When was the last time you changed your mind about something?
  6. What was the last thing you learned?
  7. If it was possible, what historical person would you like to have lunch with?
  8. What is the most beautiful place you have visited?
  9. What is the best piece of music? Feel free to add a link.
  10. Your calendar surprises you with a free day – how do you spend it?
  11. Describe yourself in a color.