How ISIS-terrorists can commit their atrocities during the holy month of Ramadan?

isis syriaA lot of people, including myself, recently posted their frustration about attacks by ISIS. One of the questions that is asked a lot is how ISIS can commit their atrocities during the holy month of Ramadan, while this month is usually associated with abstention from sin, not seeking a fight, be peaceful, let alone commit violence. They say ISIS terrorists can’t be Muslims if this is how they treat this holy month.

Let me start that since the arrival of Islam, warfare during Ramadan has been quite normal. The first battle that Muslims had to fight against their will was the battle of Badr, and that took place during Ramadan. The same is the case for the opening of Mecca (Fath Mecca). After the prophet PBUH passed away, Muslims were involved in several wars during Ramadan. Think for instance about the battle of Hattin (حطين) in which Saladin reclaimed Al Quds from the crusaders. Or the battle that Sayf Addine Qutuz fought against the Mongols during the battle of Ain Jalut. Plenty of examples…

The problem is not in whether to use violence during Ramadan or not. If an enemy wants to fight a war with you, you can’t wait until after Ramadan. If it’s necessary, then it has to be. The main problem is whether the war is justified or not.

The jihadists that commit these attacks during Ramadan, think their actions are justified. They refer to Islam according to their method of interpretation that Salafism commonly uses, based on how Islam was in the middle ages. Therefore when you use Ramadan as an argument that the terrorists aren’t Islamic you make a mistake, and the Islamphobics will laugh at you and prove that Islam doesn’t mean you can’t fight war during Ramadan.

Many Muslims lack the knowledge of these subjects. There are non-Muslims/Christians, who see the growth of Islam as a threat for their own religion and for society. They then study Islam more than many Muslims with the intention to proof that Islam is a dangerous religion. Many Christians nowadays study Islam more than Muslims themselves. Muslims study the spiritual subjects. How to act in everyday life, the pillars of Islam and of faith (al-iemaan), charity, goodness, behaviour, etcetera. The enemies of Islam study the history, the basics of Islam, the trends, the Hadith as science, and concentrate on the subjects that focus on finding differences between the Quran and Hadith.

Many Muslims don’t know how to react to that with argumentation. Mostly they  disassociate from the crimes and deny that terrorists can be Muslims. Intellectual poverty regarding Islam is common amongst Muslims, but I don’t blame them. The cause is with the Muslim authorities. The imams and religious leaders who should occupy themselves with this. Therefore I am angry with Sunni imams that ignore these subjects. Even criticizing salafists barely happens and is often indirect. When they are teaching you often don’t know who they are referring to. You won’t hear them use the terms Salafists or Wahabis. They rather uses words like “some”. They remain very vague. There are 2 primary reasons for this:

1. Sucking up: They don’t want to be direct and focus more on the populist Islam to avoid insulting people, Rather to appease and keep them satisfied so they don’t lose their parish. All under the pretext ‘we don’t want to create division amongst Muslims’ (like the unity was ever there)

2. Lack of knowledge. A preaching imam in the mosque or one who teaches, doesn’t always mean he knows what he talks about. Some have simply not studied the material that explains where salafism/wahhabism/jihadism originate from. Sadly enough many western Islamologist know more about this than many so-called imams.

It’s sad when you think about it. The muslim community failed as a whole in this. The way it is going now, that we have no control over our own desperate youth who moce to salafism rather than Sunnism, is strong proof of this.
Many will not appreciate what I wrote here, but it is my habit to be confronting and painfully honests. Velen zullen het gene wat ik hier boven schrijf niet waarderen. Het is mijn gewoonte om de vinger op de zere plek te leggen en dat is te confronterend en pijnlijk. A common response is often to stick your head in the sand. and ignore the sad truth.

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