Useless Advice of the Day: ‘Jihadist narrative of Islam must be discredited among Muslims’

The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Islamic State fighters — including gruesome executions, rapes and sexual enslavement as documented by the UN, not to mention the looting and destruction of ancient artefacts and World Heritage sites — are acts most people could imagine being perpetrated only by a pre-modern, uncivilised horde.

Imagine then how most Muslims feel, given that these acts are committed in the name and under the banner of Islam.

The Islam that we view on our television screens or read about in our newspapers, and that pops up in our news feeds, hardly corresponds with the way Islam is understood and practised by most Muslims, their lived experiences and the diversity of people, cultures and societies that comprise the Muslim world.

When Muslims say Islam is a religion of peace, they are sincere and genuinely conveying their lived experience.

Unfortunately, the well-documented atrocities, mass executions and heritage destruction are carried out by Islamic State in accordance with an interpretation of sharia based on precedents recorded in narrations attributed to Prophet Mohammed and his ­companions…

Why is it useless? Because it won’t happen. First, there is almost no interest in it among the Muslim nations of the world.

Second, even if an effort was made, past experience shows that some people simply won’t accept any changes to the ancient scriptures.

An example: Mormons were forced to give up polygamy in order for Utah to join the United States. And most of them did. But there was a group that refused, and as you know, they’re still with us today.

You can easily find books on the subject. We even have a colony of them here in BC. They don’t get the same publicity as ISIS because polygamy rarely generates violence.

The same thing would apply to Islam: the attraction of violence for a small percentage of the population (not all of them born Muslim) is simply too strong to resist.

  • Dana Garcia

    I wouldn’t be surprised if many muslims weren’t quietly proud of young jihadists showing the suits how it’s done in the old-style way, by the sword.

    • Zaba

      We sure don’t hear ’em complaining!

    • Frau Katze

      I suspect that’s the case.

  • oldguy

    Once America accepted out-of-wedlock relationships, polygamy was no longer necessary to have multiple partners. You can’t charge these people with polygamy if they are not married.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Muslims in space.
    That’s the funniest thing I am going to read today.

    “Giant steps are what you take.”
    “Muslims on the moon.”
    “I hope my legs don’t break.”
    “Muslims on the moon.”

    • tom_billesley

      Reminds me of that old question “why are there no muslims on Star Trek?”

      • tom_billesley

        “…because it’s the future”

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          There are.
          They are called The Borg.
          And they say resistance is futile.
          But, it’s not.

          • FactsWillOut

            I’d say Muslims are more like the Klingons or Romulans of TOS.

            The west is now more like the Borg.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’d leave the Romulans out of that one.
            While they were particularly nefarious in their own way it always seemed to me that they did not act out of a certain misguided religiosity.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The attraction of violence within Islam is being glamorized and promoted by a media that are obsessed with and deranged by it. News outlets all proclaim being awestruck by the alleged genius of the ISIS people in their use of social media, when their own portrayal is of unstoppable invincibility. It also helps ISIS that those they fight, except for the Kurds, are losers.

  • FactsWillOut

    “…are acts most people could imagine being perpetrated only by a pre-modern, uncivilised horde.”

    Yes. That hoard has a name for it’s fighters: Muslims.

    Much as every German was not necessarily a soldier, but still part of the enemy, every Muslim, while not necessarily a beheader, is part of the enemy.

  • Tokenn

    I don’t think you can extract the ‘bad bits’ from Islam and have anything left. A serious critical look at the religion as a whole would reveal it all as a vicious fraud, and who would accept that their entire civilization was based on a lie?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’d rather be a Bomber than a fuckin’ Eskimo.
      (Old football chant.)

    • Frau Katze

      Very few. You get atheists like Ayaan Hirsi Ali talking about it. But no one else.

  • Petey

    Like the picture. There’s our future.

    • Frau Katze

      Just Google “jihad art -cartoon”…there’s lots out there. The “-cartoon” stops things related to cartoon contests.

  • Utter horse pucky.

    I can believe that there are good Muslims. I won’t believe that Islam is a religion of peace or that it is practised in a peaceful manner.