a reply to: spookysully
I have been reading the various magazines put out by the various jihadi groups in the middle east. ISIS is real.
At current moment, al-qaeda is conceding iraq to them, but fighting against them in syria. He went against the orders of zawahiri when he started
killing shia... which I keep finding weird... zawahiri hates the shia so why is zawahiri willing to fight against someone who is killing them? But
zawahiri said the shia are misguided and that killing them like al-baghdadi and his group are doing will only create a stronger enemy.
There is more than just that, because zawahiri and his people feel like zawahiri is the Amir of all the jihadi groups, and see themselves in charge,
and are really really angry that anyone would dare to challenge that authority - and so on that basis, more than any other basis, al-qaeda is fighting
them and trying to contain them to Iraq alone.
al-baghdadi and his group are following in the footsteps of Saladin in practice, by killing anyone who they believe may be a problem or may team up
with their enemies in order to defeat them. They are killing, but in a planned and methodical way, so that they end up unopposed and with a unified
populous in the end.
He's actually pretty smart... he would be in a better position (have more backers) if he had not thumbed his nose at zawahiri, but his way and
zawahiri's way are opposing views and to see his vision through, he had no choice but to go against zawahiri because zawahiri was not planning on
allowing it. Still isn't, but now he is completely peeved.
He is enacting shari'a as he goes. This is also very methodical as islamically he should not be opposed. He is holding to this, and holding others up
to this standard, the standard of ijma or consensus in this regard. According to past scholars, so long as he is upholding shari'a in his territories
then people should stand with him, and not against him - unless he commits blatant kufar. although there is some measure of difference of opinion here
and where concerns his actions.
As of right now, he is being contained within reason, although he did get his hands on a bank in iraq which gave him control over more than a billion
dollars. But in Iraq he is being fought by the shia, and have not been able to gain any further territory the past few days.. and have lost a little
territory to boot.
In Syria, he is also being contained by the al-qaeda groups who are opposing him on a different principle, and that principle is, quite frankly, who
is going to be Amir.
So, it is real, but more contained than I had thought it was going to be, and contained by the Muslims themselves. What we hope for at this point, is
that he begins to loose the ground he has gained at this point.
He is putting out communiques in English and Arabic, utilizing media to gain more attention of the Muslims around the world. He is using every
resource at his disposal to get more Muslims on his side, no matter what language they speak or where they live. As far as a battle for hearts and
minds, he is gaining some measure of ground here among Muslims.... and that is why he is doing it.
While it seems off to you, its not that off considering not all Muslims speak the same language, and many Muslims are living in the west, even born
here. When in a battle for hearts and minds, you speak to all the people, and don't exclude any. He does seem to be gaining a bit of ground on this
front, because of his address to english speakers as well as arabic speakers.
If you want to read what average english speaking sunni muslims are saying, this is a decent thread to read. (since the shia are solidly against him
without question, there is no need of hearing further on their views) but the sunnis, and what they are saying and thinking, makes for an interesting
In that thread they discuss all the pros and cons of the actions of isis from a Sunni Islamic viewpoint, and what they are thinking where concerns the
situation. This thread is 20 pages long, but worth reading is you want to know what some english speaking muslims are thinking.
5-7-2014 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)