Why are people flocking to IS (Islamic State)?

 

IS—(Islmic State) has become a monster in the western capitals. 60 plus countries are involved in its eradication which speaks of its monstrosity and megalomaniacal stature. What is of concern to most of us in the west is it’s so called Islamic Character and style—Caliphate. Strategist and Opinion makers are, however most aghast of its magnetic character for foreign individuals who are flocking to its folds. On the other hand the analysts and commentators; on the opposite side of the mainstream; who could possibly be closer to reality/truth, are scared of expressing their dissenting point of view for fear of falling on the wrong side of the Law.

Regardless of the right or wrong position of the stakeholders chaos is chaos. Killing is killing; whether it is in the name of religion, democracy or national security. Now let us try to find out the reason for inexplicable phenomenon of finding the primal goal of life in an absolutely unknown and uncharted world. Given to human nature, its inner self is always searching through, consciously or unconsciously, various avenues a black hole to sink-in to attain meaningful annihilation—which is ultimate culmination of life. The main reason, inter alia, why people becomes religious is that event horizon of life vortex can’t sustain it beyond a short span of time. In the present set of religions; especially the main stream religions, there is hardly any which provides required basis for logical and rational bonding. Human being due to its psychological fragility and corporal vulnerability is always searching for something all powerful and indestructible to compensate his sense of vulnerability-This ingredient is missing in most religions. Most religions, including Islam, have been distorted for the sake of compatibility, commensurability, commercialism, vested interests or zealotry. Commanding authority-the hall mark of Devine religions- what the human by its very nature is desirous of has been compromised.

There is however a subtle difference in the case of Islam that despite inexhaustible efforts; from within and without, to give it a blend of liberalism, the gist of its message remained protected and preserved. This resiliency however is purely due to Divine ordination. That is what is attracting these (apparently) skewed minded people towards such organizations. The legitimacy of such organizations, across the board, is Questionable and hard to be addressed satisfactorily even by religious scholars. The legitimacy or illegitimacy of such organizations depends mainly on who is being talked to and where. Each one would have convincing arguments for his understanding.

Majority of Muslims are skeptical of IS’s coming into existence and then gaining tactical and financial strength. On the other hand there are many who would love to join its hands blindly and sacrifice their lives for its cause—which, in their eyes, is an utmost-sacred cause. Ahadith (sayings) of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) regarding Jihad and establishment of Caliphate usually obviate any counter/critical-narrative for those in favor. The establishment of Caliphate is also deduced from a verse of Qura’an (Surah Al Hajj V-41) where it is said “Those who, when we give them power in the Land…” The first Caliphate of the rightly guided Caliphs started after this surah. Few of such endeavors carried out in the past by certain groups however, met strong opposition and, basing on another Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) declare them as “Khawarij”. (expelled/rejected ones). The use of Black flag with the words which reportedly were used at the time of Prophet (PBUH), black head covering by the fighters and the names such as Khurasan and Caliphate are being used to solidify the notion that this struggle is fulfillment of the Qura’anic Prophecies and  Ahadith (sayings).

Western elites/decision makers generally, are oblivious of the changes in the psyche of their masses; people do not get swayed by the propaganda or illogical narratives furthered; such as WMD in Iraq, military incursions of Iraq and Afghanistan, steering of Arab spring–resulting in Gen C.C being at the helm of affairs in Egypt. Meddling in the affairs of Libya, Algeria, Yemen Syria and Iran for the Implementation of the doctrine—Greater Middle East. Internet has equipped them with a counter checking tool. For anyone with rational mind it would be impossible to ignore this blinding-disconnect of the decision/opinion makers.

IS monster would, most likely, be around for a long time to come since the entrenched ideologies are hard to defeat. West’s Jingoistic approach to the world issues and leisurely use of double standards due to its economic leverage provide legitimacy and reason for sprouting of such organizations. Now we in the west, victim of our own skewed wisdom, are incapable of furthering even any legitimate counter narrative. IS seems to be gaining strength and currency as, reportedly many organizations from all across the world are declaring their allegiance to it or emulating it. I suspect many more Sheikhdoms will be devoured by this monster.

Lone Wolf Vengeance”  It is mostly local phenomenon of despair and can be sufficiently addressed by stopping the Muslim Counsels from converting prison inmates to Islam. Criminals or addicts turned Muslims not only hurt the society, also give bad name to Islam. This may eradicate a significant portion of the problem.

Now after all this expounding obvious question would be as to what is the solution? Most befitting answer is the example of Canada and Australia, peaceful and prosperous countries simply because most often they keep their hands to themselves. Their Banker is neither China nor Saudi Arabia. Can’t we do the same?

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