Sajjad Amin Bangash shares his perspective on Islamic State. Sajjad Amin Bangash is a Lecturer in International Politics and Economics, Human Rights Activist and Political Activist for PTI (Imran Khan party- Freedom and Justice for All). He blogs at Sajjad Khan Bangash's blog.
DAISH-ISIS is an abbreviated term for Islāmic State for Iraq and Syria is the hot debated issue everywhere around the world.
But what exactly is the real picture of it and who they are?
Its primary aims and what threat it poses for the security of Pakistan or to the World?
These are such concerned questions which spell haunted challenges to every human of the world.
Let’s have a look at it.
As the name indicates that apparently ISIS is created for carrying out extremist activities inside Iraq and Syria but as a common notion that terrorism has no boundaries and no religion linkages. Once the giant gets out of the bottle, then it becomes difficult to catch him and cage him back in the bottle. Moreover, the slaughtering of innocent humans and carrying inhuman acts of bloodshed, in fact has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion.
These ISIS insurgents as well several other groups around the world have ignited a ‘fire’ of hatred all over the world.
Islam gives full right to the convict and criminals to be heard in open court under Qazi (Islamic Judiciary and Juries).
ISLAM AND THE CONCEPT OF PUNISHMENT
The main question is this: before deciding whether or not a criminal should be punished, we must determine the extent of his responsibility for the offence he committed. It is to be noted that Islam takes this into account when it considers the question of crime and punishment.
Islam never prescribes punishments haphazardly nor does it execute these without due consideration. In this respect Islam has a unique theory which combines the best of both worlds: the communist as well as the individualistic theories. Islam holds the balance of justice in the right manner and insists on examining all conditions and circumstances connected with the offence. On studying a crime Islam takes into account two considerations at the same time; the viewpoint of the criminal and that of the community against which aggression took place. In the light of such considerations Islam prescribes the fair punishment which is in accordance with the dictates of sound logic and wise reasoning and which must not be affected by delinquent theories and national or individual whims.
Islam imposes preventive punishments which may appear cruel or coarse if viewed superficially or without proper consideration. But Islam does not execute such punishments unless it ascertains that the crime was not justifiable or that the criminal was not acting under any obligation.
However, what we see is that these ISIS terrorists behead people without any proper investigations and cases to be heard and declare the punishments which is a direct and obvious contradictions to the teachings and principles of Islam.
DAISH declares the punishment immediately and execute the innocent people straight away. Therefore, it gives us a clear indication that this terror group are defaming and malign the name of Islam and carrying a hidden objectives to blame Islam and Muslims all over the world.
The Imam of Kaaba has given ‘Fitwa’ (A religios declaration) against “DAISH” to be terrorists and they have nothing to do with Islam and Muslims.
DAISH is in fact, carrying a secret mission to defame and vilify Islam and Muslims by conducting such inhuman, heinous crime of barbarism, cruelty, murderousness and savagery has nothing to do with Islam.
While Islam, gives the teachings of patience, love, care, forbearance, respect to humanity, women, elders and children.
The Islamic Way of Life
The Islamic way of life encompasses acts of worship, the doing of good deeds to all living things and the opposition to injustice and evil.
Do Muslims Believe in Violence?
One of the most damaging claims against the Islamic religion is that it promotes or actively encourage the use of violence in the promotion of its goals.
This claim is bolstered by those who lift a handful of verses from the Qur’an out of their context and present that as proof. In context, however, those verses talk about specific situations that faced the Muslim community of the time, and involved vastly superior forces that were seeking to vanquish the small monotheistic movement known as Islam.
The Qur’an puts it this way:
“And why shouldn’t you fight in the cause of God and in the cause of those who, being weak, are mistreated: the men, women and children whose only cry is, “Our Lord! Deliver us from this land whose people are oppressors. Send us someone from You who will protect us, and send us someone from You who will help!” [4:75]
Any battles fought under the leadership of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) were defensive in nature and occurred only after hostilities were already declared against the Muslims. The Qur’an and the policies of Muhammad delineated the proper justifications for war, and also imposed rules for its humane conduct. These rules include such things as non-combatants are not to be harmed, wanton destruction is forbidden, quarter must be given to surrendering troops, and peace negotiations when offered must be accepted.
When critics of Islam use the few verses of the Qur’an that talk about war out of context, they are just as dishonest as the few extremists in our midst who also twist the meanings and give them an interpretation that is unknown in traditional Islam.
The truth of the matter is that the turmoil you see emanating from the Muslim world is not based on religion, but rather on serious political grievances and issues of social justice. Sometimes religion is used as a cloak for this or that cause, but the underlying factors that fuel the conflicts are no different than those that cause upheaval and revolution in any other part of the world.
DAISH is using all out force inside Iraq and Syria while Israel lies just on the edge of borders to Syria. So the question conflicts the logics of the minds is that these ‘DAISH’ insurgents still haven’t even thought of marching towards Israel.
The authentic sources claim that the ‘so called Khalifa of DAISH’ has taken proper training in Israel and a large number of ‘DAISH’ terrorists have been trained by Israel and US Army deployed in Mediterranean waters.
Similar, MOSAD and CIA are funding them through hidden curtain’s channel. At one side, ‘DAISH’ are playing the ‘bloodshed’ game of killing innocent people in the middle of Syria and Iraq while on the other hand, they’re knocking the doors of comparatively powerful countries such as Saudia Arabia and Turkey as from time to time they conduct tertiary levels of terrorist activities in Saudia Arabia.
Let’s see who will be the prime beneficiary of this game of destruction, bloodshed and fracturing the regional stature after destabilizing several biggest Islamic states?
Apparently, Israel is sitting calmly watching all this melodrama being played around in its surroundings and giving an opined notion that instead of direct confrontation with its neighboring countries, let these insurgents play their role first to weaken their military might and destabilizing their economies to certain level that they won’t be able to defend the minimum level of skirmishes, onslaughts and later the dream of ‘greater Israel’ in a unified way, will come true.
Similarly, United States is continuously selling the weapons and arms on a massive level to several middle east countries-grabbing bags of dollars.
Besides, DAISH is equally recruiting people from Western countries and now, several European countries, USA and several Asian countries have witnessed that citizens from these countries have migrated to DAISH and became their part.
So, what’s the real picture and intention behind this all ‘bloodshed game'; the story is unfolded and that’s these DAISH insurgents are carrying secret agenda duly assigned by foreign masters and the ultimate victims are innocent people of the world.
On the other hand, Talibans have amassed havoc on the innocent people of Pakistan. In the last 10 years, these terrorist groups have exploded detonating explosives and suicide bombing activities in Mosques, Churches, schools, markets, military personnel and premises which have taken the lives of more than 100,000 innocent civilians of Pakistan.
While I’m writing this article, I’m watching Mr. Obama speech in Washington D.C. on ‘International conference against terrorism’ in which he says that:
these terrorist groups are targeting and killing innocent people of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria don’t represent Islam. They misrepresent and misuse Islam for their own malicious purposes and aims. They don’t belong to Pakistan or any other Muslim country.
Thanks to the brave Pakistan Army which has taken stern measures against terrorist groups in the Western borders of Pakistan. In a recent operation taken by Pakistan Army in which they’ve almost destroyed the sanctuaries and networks of terrorists hidding in northern Waziristan areas. Besides, this operation network has been further enhanced throughout the country in which, Pakistan Army have arrested, hanged several terrorists and destroyed the networks of terrorists.
Terrorism of any kind is a dangerous threat to the peace of the world and together, we the people of the world can destroy it.
Let’s get united against all these perpetrators and make this world a beautiful and peaceful place to live in.