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