by Samir Yousif (April 2015)
Few days ago, I was listening to a program on the BBC. The program purported to discuss the serious issues that lead to the murder and killings of innocent people and yet, the program was considering nothing but a TV show, the content of which was an interview with a “British” Sunni Muslim father who has sent two of his sons to travel to Syria in order to join Al-Nusra Terrorist Organization.1 more>>>
Samir is absolutely right that the From the legal point of view, the family should be held responsible. In this specific case, the father should be arrested and charged with aiding terrorism. The act of terrorism is the product or the outcome of family-indoctrination; the children are pushed persistently by their families towards such ends. Soon this “pushing” becomes self-motivation. This is the real explanation of such behavior and not the euphemism of "self-radicalization" There is one error of geography - a common one confusing the Baltic (North Sea-Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and the Balkans where Yugoslavia is located.
I should add the following example to the 2nd paragraph under ISIL (Da’ish) and Islam: The incidence of «Al-Faja'a Al-Silmi » is a striking example in this context. Abu Bakr, the first Rashidun Calipha, ordered the burning alive of Al-Faja'a Al-Silmi publically. On the same basis we find that Dai’sh burnt the Jordanian Pilot (Mua’ath Al-Kassasba) in the same way and uploaded it on the internet.
To Norman Berdichevsky , Yes this is a common mistake. Thanks for your comment. I hope the editor can make the change.
Under ISIL (Da’ish) and Islam, I shoud add the following to the 4rt paragraph: This religious tolerance is a continuation of the same culture that existed in Mecca and Medina before Islam. This explains how Mohammed managed to introduce his new religion. In addition, Mecca was the center of a large number of different religions that co-existed for centuries. Numerous references are available. I have noticed that most, if not all, of the Historians have deliberately neglected this fact. The circumstances existing in Mecca and Medina were very religiously tolerant as part of the very nature of the way of living that generates income to the region. People especially in Mecca derived their income from providing service and hospitality to the pilgrimages that visits the city continuously to warship their different Gods. Without such tolerance Mecca would have lost its place and vanished in the unhospitable Arabian Desert. Therefore one should not be surprised to find large Jewish and Christian communities living side by side with Pagans in that region.
A number of western commentators contacted me and saw that my assumption about the influence of the family is somewhat over- exaggerated. Actually I would not disagree with them as the influence of the family upon the outlook of their children in Western-type societies is actually very modest. In contrast to that one can notice that the significant influence of the family in Middle East societies upon their children. The two societies are completely different and a scientific research that does not take such differences into account will be based on the wrong assumptions leading to the wrong conclusion.
The Two Theories: In this work I have tried to present two new draft theories, call them explanations, or understandings, of the history of Islam and the rise of modern Islamism. The first theory tries to indicate how the history of Islam was not a history of real Islam- as required by Muhammad and Rashidun, but rather a continuation of pre-Islamic culture. This culture stems from a multi-cultural society very known to be religiously tolerant As for the second phenomenon, the rise of Modern Islamism (Political Islam), the theory assumes that the Iranian Shi’a Revolution of 1979 provided the inauguration of this new phenomenon and it was not the work of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement. What this theory entails is that, a collapse of the Iranian Shia experience will lead to corresponding decline (diffuse) of the Sunni counter-movement. There are two sides in Islam, and these sides mirror each other, and this has been witnessed throughout history. An end to the Iranian regime will lead, according to this explanation, to an end of Sunni terrorism.