By Faisal J. Abbas
27 June 2015
How much terrorism can the world take in 24
hours? Friday 26 June, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that
pushed the limit.
Just in case the daily dose of evil
committed by the likes of ISIS or Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq
wasn’t enough, we witnessed three additional horrific attacks done in the name
of Islam yesterday (and during the holy month of Ramadan, I might add!).
In Kuwait, a deadly bomb took the lives of
27 innocent people and injured 200 others in an ISIS attack on a Shiite mosque.
In the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, at
least 39 innocent people were killed and dozens wounded when at least one ISIS
gunman opened fire at a beachside resort. Meanwhile, a headless body and
Islamist flags were found at the scene of an attack on a gas factory near
France’s second largest city, Lyon.
Here is what will happen next: leaders of
affected countries will visit the wounded and vow retaliation, world leaders
and concerned parties will condemn, the press will talk about it for a few
Then, the story will die and terrorism will
be forgotten – until it strikes again.
The madness needs to stop. But this will
not happen as long as there are Muslims who may not actively participate in
these crimes but still think the likes of ISIS have grounds for what they are
People might say the above argument echoes
the rather unpopular (but accurate nevertheless) views of British PM David
Cameron who recently accused many British Muslims of quietly condoning the ISIS
Now, while it remains a puzzle how anyone
can agree – privately or publicly – with this group’s evil creed; one has to
wonder if these “quiet condoners” realize that it is Muslims – and nobody else
– who are ultimately being hurt the most?
Let us not forget that after almost each
one of these attacks, hate crimes against Muslims increase and Muslim
communities end up finding it harder to be accepted, to find jobs and to
Some might ask: what about Muslim
grievances regarding occupied lands, unjust causes and unfair treatment, which
these terrorist groups claim to be fighting for?
In response to that question, one can only
ask how many of these grievances, while legitimate, have been solved by
terrorism? If anything, the likes of ISIS and al-Qaeda has made these causes
worse and much more complicated to resolve.
As simple as this truth is, many people
refuse to see it and this is probably the reason why I remain extremely
pessimistic about our region. Perhaps one positive thought remains. It is said
that the night is darkest just before the dawn – I don’t think our night can
get any darker!
Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, he is a
renowned blogger and an award-winning journalist. Faisal covered the Middle
East extensively working for Future Television of Lebanon and both Al-Hayat and
Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab dailies. He blogs for The Huffington Post since 2008,
and is a recipient of many media awards and a member of the British Society of
Authors, National Union of Journalists, the John Adams Society as well as an
associate member of the Cambridge Union Society.
الله تعالى في القرآن الكريم:
(إِنَّمَا جَزَاءُ الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللَّهَ
وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا أَن يُقَتَّلُوا أَوْ
يُصَلَّبُوا أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُم مِّنْ خِلَافٍ أَوْ
يُنفَوْا مِنَ الْأَرْضِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِي
الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ) (5:33) (إِلَّا
الَّذِينَ تَابُوا مِن قَبْلِ أَن تَقْدِرُوا عَلَيْهِمْ ۖ فَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ
اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ) (5:34)
The verse, the Qur’an
does not elaborate on the expression “war against God and His Prophet” but
since the whole history of Islam does not furnish any example of any group of
people killing praying Muslims and Christians in their places of worship and
burning people alive thus challenging the authority of God whose name is
proclaimed in mosques and churches (22:40) and who has chosen for Himself the right to
burn humans alive (4:56) if He wills, the perpetrators of these crimes are
virtually denying God and committing a sin more grave than shirk – they are
acting like God – they have virtually turned apostates despite their outward
religiosity. In historical perspective, they have surpassed the early self-proclaimed
‘Muhakkim’ sect of Islam in their brutal killing of fellow believers. Caliph
Ali compared them with mad dogs who had become too poisonous for Islam and
claimed that they had lost their right to belong to the pale of Islam and
accordingly outlawed them as Kharijites – those who exited from Islam. This is what must be done with the terror outfits of the day as this writer has repeatedly advising ref just posted comment.
- Declare The ISIS As The Kharijites (Those Who Seceded From Islam) As This Article Demonstrates And Declares: Global SOS To The Ulama, Muftis, Intellectuals And Scholars Of Islam
- The Heinous Crimes That ISIS Is Perpetrating Totally Opposed To Islam And Those Killed Fighting For ISIS May Earn Divine Wrath Instead Of Paradise And ‘Hurs’ – An SOS To All Mosque Imams
- The ISIS and its likes – the Muslim Violent Extremists of this era must be outlawed on historical precedent to save the Middle East from a tsunami of bloodshed and the world from a clash of civilizations.
- Countering Violent Terrorism – Muslim Community leaders must warn youngsters against the dangers of Radicalization
Countering Violent Extremism – Muslim Community leaders must warn
youngsters against the dangers of Radicalization
Extremism – Muslim Ulama and Custodians of Faith must avert a potential