Sunday, September 07, 2014

Islamic State not Islamist?

Seal of Islamic State

In video Clip No. 4471 (August 31, 2014), "Jordanian-Palestinian Politician: There Is No ISIS Ideology – It's Islam," Memri reports on a "Palestinian-Jordanian politician Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi[, who] recently defended ISIS . . . . [on a] show . . . [that] was posted on the Internet by ANB TV on August 31, 2014." Let's see what Mr. Al-Tamimi says about analysts and TV commentators who criticize the Islamic State:
The problem with the analysts and the TV commentators who talk about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is that what they say is completely off-track. They have accused ISIS of being an Iranian product, an American product, the product of the Syrian regime, the product of all the world's devils . . . But it has become evident that ISIS is waging an all-out war against each and every one of these players. It is waging war in Iraq against Iran. Yesterday, it made incursions into Iranian territory in the province of Azerbaijan, where it took over seven towns. Now it is crushing the Nusayri Alawite regime in Syria, shattering the backbone of its military forces: the 17th Division, the 93rd Brigade, and the Tabqa military airbase. ISIS is on the march against the Nusayri Alawite regime in Syria, and against Iranian influence in Iraq. The ISIS doctrine stems from the Quran and the Sunna. The Quran and the Sunna constitute their ideology, doctrine, and conduct. If we want to tell the truth, we must cross the t's and dot the i's, and analyze this phenomenon . . . it is no longer just a phenomenon, but a fact on the ground . . . Today, the whole world is divided into two camps – one led by America and its satellites and the other led by the Islamic State. The war is raging between these two camps and everybody leans towards one camp or the other. This is true especially of the Muslims of the world. They support the U.S. and its collaborators and Iran and its Safavid agenda, or else they support (ISIS) . . . There is no such thing as "ISIS ideology" – it's Islam.
Mr. Al-Tamimi doesn't sound like an entirely rational 'expert' to me, given his paranoid, conspiracy-theory division of the world into two camps, but I suppose he's echoing the traditional Islamic concept of the world as divided between the realm of Islam and the realm of war.

I wonder how many Muslims agree with him that the Islamic State truly is Islamic because its "doctrine stems from the Quran and the Sunna." I don't know the precise answer, of course, but I see that many Muslims appear to agree on this point, namely, that the Islamic State does follow the Quran and the Sunna . . .

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