Muslim Recruits: What is inspiring them to join ISIS/ISIL?
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.
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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