I LOVE this picture. Happy, heavily armed young men joining their brethren from across the globe in a noble battle to conquer evil and create a better world!
The copy ain’t half bad either…
“The Khalīfah (hafidhahullāh) said, “O Muslims everywhere, glad tidings to you and expect good. Raise your heads high, for today – by Allah’s grace – you have a state and khilāfah, which will return your dignity, might, rights, and leadership. It is a state where the Arab and non-Arab, the white man and black man, the easterner and westerner are all brothers. It is a khilāfah that gathered the Caucasian, Indian, Chinese, Shāmī, Iraqi, Yemeni, Egyptian, Maghribī (North African), American, French, German, and Australian. Allah brought their hearts together, and thus, they became brothers by His grace, loving each other for the sake of Allah, standing in a single trench, defending and guarding each other, and sacrificing themselves for one another. ”
Don’t get me wrong. I oppose this movement and think it should be stopped. But I respect their excellent marketing skills. This is from edition #8 which you can get here. You can read them all at Jihadology.net
Dr. Pape has done more research about suicide terrorism than anyone I’ve ever read. “A Sunni militant group, ISIL primarily seeks to establish de facto sovereignty for Sunnis in territories in Iraq and Syria. To achieve this, the group is trying to rout the Shia-led Iraqi and Syrian governments who claim sovereignty over Sunni territories, and end what they believe to be an illegitimate occupation of Sunni territory.”
On a cold Thanksgiving Day in 1994 I was about to interview Karen Armstrong about her new book, “A History of God’. All I wanted was for her to be as wonderful in person as she seemed as a writer. She was as they say, “all that and a bag of chips.” In this interview with Salon.com she, as usual, lucidly articulates views I find inarguable. The whole interview is absolutely worth reading but here are a few gems:
“Every fundamentalist movement that I’ve studied, in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is rooted in a profound fear of annihilation.”
“We came to modernity under our own steam. It was our creation. It had two characteristics. One of these was independence — your Declaration of Independence is a typical modernizing document. And you have thinkers and scientists demanding free thought and independent thinking. This was essential to our modernity. But in the Middle East, in the colonized countries, modernity was a colonial subjection, not independence.”
“If you wrong somebody there’s a huge sense of resentment and distress. That is there, and that is part of it, too.”
Do you think the role of religion in modern global conflicts is overhyped?