Sarin gas in Syria

A lot of countries are present in Syria. Those that are not keep their eyes open. I bet even the Eskimos have their tellies tuned in to keep up with developments. Still, someone decides to bomb children with chemical weapons.  Possibly sarin gas, says experts. At least 58 people dead. 11 of them are children.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is said to be the one behind the attack. He’s been found guilty of chemicals attacks three times before. He should be brought to justice. War crimes are also crimes!

Report from a Syrian hospital

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What ISIS did to Islam, and without vigilance it will happens again

 

Now don’t scroll down if you fear symbols.

If you ask yourself, how can we create fear to the extent that armies run? Very few could come up with a easy answer. But someone did. The Iraqi army had 30,000 soldiers and another 30,000 federal police stationed in the city of Mosul, facing a 1,500-member attacking force.The army fled and left every little peace of equipment they had.

The flag. The black and white one promoted in propaganda films, shown on every broadcast and visible all over social media. It became the symbol of Daesh, isis, jihad and everything bad that ever existed. One might think the text on the flag is something terrible.  But it’s part of hijacking Islam. The flag was used by Abu Muslim in a shia uprise and have existed since 747 ad. The flag has been used in contemporary islamism and jihadism since the late 1990s

So what does it say? The white banner at the top of the flag reads: “There is no god but Allah [God]. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah.” This phrase is a declaration of faith used across Islam, and is known as the shahada.

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Underneath is a white circle emblazoned with black writing reading “Mohammed is the messenger of God”, which is meant to resemble the Prophet’s seal, similar to that used to close an envelope.

So if you’re not a Muslim this flag probably gives you the chill. It stands for death (as in genocide), tyranny, hatred, and so many ungodly actions that it’s incomprehensible. And if you’re a Muslim (and not were killed by them) you probably think the same.

It is way to easy to steal a flag these days.

 The word Islam means submission, purity and peace. I’ve been asked by Islamophobic people: Isn’t it terrible? Submission? Who does that?Well, I dare to say that if you have a belief, you submit to it, right? So does all religious followers in various ways. Christians call themselves followers. How do you follow a belief without submitting to it?

If there were commandments in Islam the first one would probably be the same as in Christianity – There is only one God. Or La ilaha illallah, (Link: Song in arabic) in arabic. The oneness of God is called Tawheed. The word Allah means God. In a Arabic bible the word for God is Allah.

I welcome your thoughts on my writings. 🙂

 

Short news about: Daesh

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Tabqa Dam in Syria

Daesh tries to survive through forming new groups. “Salman al-Farisi” is one of them aiming for Iran. 200 children have been kidnapped in west of Mosul to pose shield to the Daesh fighters.

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State has killed its judge of the so-called Tigris State for refusing to partake in an attack on security forces, a local source from Nineveh has said.

The traditional black clothing have changed. Either they’ve retrieved civilian fighters or they try to “blend in” but they wear western clothes and sometimes uniforms looking like Iraqi forces.

Muhedi Jayila, Commander of the Syrian Elite Forces, said in an exclusive interview with ARA News that they have joined the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF campaign to liberate Raqqa Governorate from Daesh (ISIS) militants.

Tabqa Dam, south west of Raqqah overtake have been delayed due to propaganda from Daesh that it could collapse. The information wasn’t truth. The Tabqa Dam will be taken over and SDF will continue it’s way to Raqqah.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islamophobia

Apologize

 

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.

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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?