Just to stir the pot a little –
Firstly, this does provide a more believable picture of Islam and its goals. Always contentious, but those who wish to to use the Quran as a source of justifying violence against the “infidels” are really only justifying their own evil intentions.
Secondly, it is clearly evident, if looking at a range of sources, to see that the so-called IS group is not a legitimate Islamic idealist movement. They did not suddenly blossom, ( a bad choice of word, I admit), from nothing, to a force to be reckoned with, without considerable outside support. Funding, vehicles, armaments, weaponry, organized leadership, incentive to thrust into places that provide justification for Western intrusion. How many times have you seen videos of supposed IS members praying to Allah in different directions? Where did all their funding and equipment come from? (For one of some references, see https://tgrule.com/?s=ISIS )
Thirdly, a little stretch of the imagination would take you into the world of ‘1984’ (George Orwell) or ‘Brave New World’ (Aldous Huxley), to make it easier to understand the techniques of the ‘ungodly’ in their effforts for world domination.
Close to home (Australia) we now have our ‘esteemed’ PM promoting sacrifice of civil liberties in the interests of combating almost non-existent terrorism in Australia. “Terrorism” that may even be of the set up false-flag variety, or perhaps simply isolated incidents being utilized to his advantage.
So when ISIS, or IS is shown up to be illegitimate by genuine Islamists, we should take note.
By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
A consortium of one hundred and twenty Islamic Scholars have placed onto the internet an Open Letter to Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi denouncing the organization’s violent and extremist actions in the Middle East. The letter, in the form of an interactive website, provides the world with an opportunity to read a perspective of the Islamic State’s affront to civilization from an academic analysis by scholars. The letter addresses the fundamental and basis in canon for disputing the claims of Al-Baghdadi that his is the only pure and legitimate form of Islam–refuting his claims of divine assent.
The original, in the Arabic, is presently being translated into other languages. The English is presently available.
There has been unfortunately much misconception in the Western World that there lacks true dissent to the terrorist outrages in the Muslim World. This letter can…
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In following the source post I found a particularly relevant and informative supporting comment which I would like to copy here. A lot of reading in the enclosed links, but facts need to be found, they don’t just appear, particularly in the mainstream press!
Thanks Darren for this.
For those who say “at last”, you sound like those who think something was nonexistent until they became aware of it.
Imams, scholars and laymen have been stating their disapproval of extremism in their faith for decades. Where is the media coverage of it?
10 minutes online would show a hundred links to talks, conferences, discussions where the participants denounced loudly and clearly those who do violence in the name of Islam, and this way even before 9/11.
At least have the decency, friends, to do your homework before shooting your mouth.
And Pogo, before you endorse the Atlantic essay as the gospel of ISIS, here is an answer to it. Let me know what you think.
Then this islamic perspective on ISIS http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/isis-and-academic-veil-islamophobia-87953877
Then here is a history of ISIS that shows that, as usual, we are responsible for creating our own boogeyman. http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/no-piers-morgan-how-destroy-islamic-state-1630388804 ”
Without this sort of information to assess, it is pointless relying on what country leaders and the press are telling us.