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Muslim Recruits: What is inspiring them to join ISIS/ISIL?

Updated on October 27, 2014
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Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. His most recent book is HAIKU AMERICAN STYLE.

The purpose of this Hub is not to define a solution for the aggression of ISIS/ISIL, but rather to define the tactics and attractions they use to draw some individuals to their cause, and to provide for a better understanding of today's political violence.

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The allure of doctrine....

What is attracting the Muslim recruits to join ISIS/ISIL in its offensive in Iraq and Syria? A quick look at the "End Times" beliefs of Islam will show how real the attraction is for some Muslim believers.

Like many Christians, many Muslims (both Sunni and Shia) are convinced that the world is nearing its predicted cleansing end. Buddhists also have a name for the savior who will come and cleanse the Earth with fire. For Muslims that individual is called Al Mahdi or Mehdi.

A condition that precedes the "End Times" and Al Mahdi is the establishment of a Caliphate led by a recognized Caliph, and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has proclaimed himself to be the Caliph of ISIS/ISIL.

In declaring that the offensive by ISIS/ISIL has as its objective the establishment of such a Caliphate, the aggressors are exciting the hopes of some Muslims that this is the first step toward the "End Times" when all survivors will be equal, wealthy, contented, and living in a world blessed with universal peace.

Many Christians watch for the prophesied signs of Christ's return and see them in such phenomenon as earthquakes, the spread of such diseases as HIV/AIDS and now ebola, wars and rumors of wars, great signs from heaven, false prophets, and deceivers masquerading as Christian, while evil runs rampant and men hate and betray each other, [There are 12 to 26 such "signs" some urge Christian believers to watch for.]

Similarly, faithful Muslims watch for their prophesied signs of such "End Times."

That is what ISIS/ISIL recruiters are counting on to draw more Muslims to join their forces, or at least cause them to fail to oppose and even welcome them.

That they claim for themselves the right to give their "correct" interpretation to Islam's future, is in keeping with similar claims made by Osama bin Laden and the Al Queda movement, or Shoko Asahara's new religion in Japan with the conceited name of "Supreme Truth." Both claimed their "correct" interpretation of the world's future entitled their followers to do unspeakable attacks on innocents "for the greater good of society as a whole."

By claiming that religious prophesy by revered ancestors validates their claims to orthodoxy, they proceed to assert that they are riding the crest of the wave which will ultimately cleanse the world of all evil for the ultimate good of suffering society, and that suffering society must be willing to be sacrificed now for the greater good to come from today's unrestricted violence.

The fact that they offer rewards to those who support them and the alternative of conversion, enslavement, or disfiguring deaths to those who oppose them is as ancient a tactic as it was when used by the Assyrians in Old Testament times. It worked for awhile then, and it will work for awhile now.

Perhaps it will be ended in the same way as it was ended in those ancient times.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Mountainlife - Thanks for a comment that comes from someone who's actually been there!

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      Mountainlife 3 years ago

      That was very informative and un-biased.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I think we are on the same page. I understand what you are saying, Pers, but I thought that was understood. I still think it takes an evil streak to exhibit this kind of religious fervor. I had actually written an answer more along those lines but deleted it because I wanted to get to the meat of the problem, so I will state it now. I do believe this is part of the End Times Prophecy. My Baptist church when I was a child taught that this very thing would happen except that they thought it would occur in this country. If we are not careful, it could. They taught it from a "false god, religious fervor" standpoint. They taught that someday we would be taken over by the followers of a false god and that they would make us bow down in the streets to this false god, and that they would kill anyone who refused to bow down. Doesn't this sound familiar? Except that they are killing people anyway without the chance of converting, and we were too naive to consider that there might be ethnic cleansing involved despite the fact that it went on in Germany in WWII. Anyway, I still think it takes an evil streak in a person for them to be attracted to this type of religious fervor. A true follower of a loving god would be repelled by such actions, and I am thankful that the world is still full of enough love to reject these perverted religious idiots.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - This Hub should have tried to explain a sense of "religious fervor" over the possibility that Muslim recruits might be swayed by the assertion that what is happening is the prophesied "End Times." As such, the responders to such an assertion are not being drawn by a blood lust, but by that "religious fervor" and that is far more dangerous, though misled, than any potential recruits that might (hard to beleve) be enticed drawn from non-Muslim street gangs. I add that, if there are Muslim street gangs, I have never heard of them. I hope this might add to the understanding of what draws some recruits to the fray. Religious and ethnic discrimination, and high unemployment are some of the other factors, but hardly a full explanation given the social and educational levels of many recruits.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Yes, thank you for this. We've asked ourselves this question many times. By we, I mean my family and friends. Our country isn't perfect, but why would anyone want to give up our freedoms and opportunities for ritualistic murder of thousands of innocent human beings? The only answer we can come up with is that ISIS/ISIL conducts a relentless propaganda campaign toward our impressionable young. I hate to say it, but many of our young people have an evil streak (street gangs, drugs, burglary) and this horror on steroids appeals to them. I can almost understand the appeal to some of the misogynist males, but the attraction to the young women is beyond my imagination.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - As I have said before, knowledge is power, but only if it is acted upon. Thanks for being a steady following Hubber. I'll try to keep making my Hubs worth reading.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for this, it was very clarifying indeed. We all need a more accurate picture of something so filled with impact on our society.