The current global resurgence of Islamic militancy in many parts of the world today is hinged on several reasons.
From the Islamic standpoint, the whole world is divided into two- the house of Islam (Darl-ur-Islam) and the house of Unbelief (Darl-ur-Harb).
It doesn’t matter what religion you adhere to or whether you have no religion at all, so long as you are outside the fold of Islam, you are in the fold of kafirdom, the house of unbelief – you are an infidel. Therefore, Islam is basically at war with the whole world.
Professor Bernard Lewis points out that:
“The greater part of the world is still outside Islam, and even inside the Islamic lands, according to the view of the Muslim radicals, the faith of Islam has been undermined and the law of Islam has been abrogated. The obligation of holy war therefore begins at home and continues abroad, against the same infidel enemy” (The Atlantic Monthly, 266.3: 49).
This is what motivates Islamic militant groups to arise with the agenda of imposing a pure Islam – free from all Western influences – on others.
Many of the Western teens who join these Islamic terrorist groups didn’t suddenly become bloodthirsty jihadists. Their indoctrination had lasted over a period of time until they were “ripe” for the task.
Interestingly, the so-called “moderate Muslims” are often at the forefront of justifying jihad. One of them said “Muslims kill a lot because they are killed a lot.”
This statement alone highlights the mindset of a typical Muslim: blame shifting. Finger-pointing is a nature of Islam. It’s a mentality Muslims got from Muhammad. He was always accusing his opponents of plotting against him, of persecuting him, or speaking against him till he killed everyone of them.
Muslim think-tanks argue that jihad is for the liberation of the Arab world from the oppression and injustices of their enemies. Of course, this is a more safer excuse than admitting that Islam is a religion of hate that divides and conquers.
It’s these perceived “injustices” Muslims think they are suffering from that serve as the ingredients and tools that recruiters of Muslim terrorists utilize to train, manipulate and motivate new jihadists for the cause of Allah.
These are tactics the Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabbab and the Hamas use to brainwash and pollute the minds of Muslim youths to make them join the jihad train.
Muhammad too used this tactic to incite hostilities against the Meccans. The Meccans didn’t drive out the Muslims or kill them, rather, it was Muhammad who insisted they must migrate with him even resorting to death threats:
“…And those who believed but did not leave their homes, ye have no duty to protect them till they leave their homes” (Sura 8:72)
“They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them and choose no friend nor helper from among them.” (Sura 4:89)
Muhammad’s goal was to make his followers be willing to fight the Meccans. He forced them to go on exile to make them feel persecuted.
He used the hardship, isolation and “oppression” they experienced to instill in them hate and rage so they will be ready to fight and kill their fellow Arabs. He kept inciting their emotions to commit murder by telling them: “Oppression is worse than slaughter” (Sura 2:217).
To rule over ignorant people and make them side with you, you have to give them an enemy. The same is applied on today’s jihadists.
They are lectured about the imaginary and often exaggerated “oppression” and “injustices” Muslims suffer from the West and Israel. This is sometimes done through Islamic media outlets (like Aljazeera).
They are first programmed to see themselves as the victims and the Jews or West as the “oppressors.” They are then called upon to “play their part” in the Islamic struggle.
When these recruits go to the Quran with this new worldview, and they realize from many of its verses that murder of non-Muslims is a binding decree on the Muslim faithful, their hate and hostility against Jews, Christians and pagans is increased.
These evil verses of the Quran have inspired Islamic militancy for 14 centuries now.
There are some Muslims that go to the Quran, but do not become terrorists, because there are still some other conditions.
For instance, personal frustration or crises in the lives of Muslim youths (since Islam fails to address vital questions of life) makes suicide a viable option.
Combine this with the hate that the Quran has already instilled into them, they reach a point where they see suicide as a means of both killing the infidels and at the same time as a route of escape from their squalid lives. This is why most suicide bombers are losers. They seek glory through martyrdom.
Muhammad also appealed to his followers’ carnal desires by promising them sex with many beautiful virgins in paradise and rivers of wine. These same promises used to gear up young jihadists today. To them, to leave this bad world is to be comforted with sex in paradise.
Muhammad made obedience to Allah and himself the ultimate priority: “…and whosoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then verily for him is the Fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever.” (Sura 72:23)
“If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that ye have gained; the commerce in which ye fear a decline or the dwellings in which ye delight- are dearer to you than Allah or his messenger or the striving in his cause; then wait until Allah brings about his decision; and Allah guides not the rebellious.” (Sura 9:24)
Total obedience to Muhammad and his deity and striving in their cause are the main priorities of Islam. All its other rites – pilgrimage, fasting, salat or alms giving are just mere window dressing to give Islam a look of “piety.”
When it comes to jihad, Muslims are to lay aside all morality, ethic, family or societal bonds and sanctity of human life in order to obey Allah’s dogmas. This is what emboldens jihadists to kill and rape with such impunity.
Jihadists-to-be also have people who encourage them and embolden them, and this often comes from various underground terrorist networks, Islamic leaders, mosques and even Muslim relatives.
This is what motivates so much rejoicing in the Islamic world each time many of their enemies (Jews or westerners) are killed.
Like that mother who received the news of her daughter who had died as a suicide bomber. When she learnt some Jews were also killed, she jumped up with joy and began to sing to her daughter’s picture, saying “Today is your wedding day.” Poor demon-possessed woman.
I saw a documentary about a Palestinian suicide bomber who bombed up a place in Israel. When his wife was interviewed, she was smiling with joy. She said:
“He had long told me how he was going to be a shahid [martyr] and he finally did it. I hope our children too emulate his example. Alhamdulillah!”
These ones have lost their humanity and are filled with pure evil. By means of lies, threats of Hell or fury from a sadistic Allah, Islamic leaders raise these mindless killing zombies for Allah.
Maya Gebelly, a journalist, conducted an online interview with some ISIS recruits to know what inspired them to become jihadists. One of them said:
“We are friendly! Unless you are an enemy. Just because people are in ISIS doesn’t mean that they go around on a killing rampage. They are humans, they laugh, they joke, they goof with each other. The beheading, execution in public are messages to ISIS enemies, but are also part of Sharia law and shows they implement it fully.”
This man’s mind has been so warped by Muhammad’s evil teachings that he doesn’t even see anything wrong with people being killed, so long as they are “enemies” or “infidels.”
All jihadists have their minds held by an evil grip. Until a Muslim’s heart is changed by Christ, anger, hate and violence are his trademarks.
There is no amount of peace talk or presidential appeal that can quench the fire of hate that rages in the heart of a real Muslim. This is why the war against radical Islam can’t succeed until the evil mindset sustaining and motivating Islamic terrorism is totally demolished through the Truth.
However, God has promised those who leave Islam: “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19).