Does ISIS Represent “True Islam”? Mehdi Hasan Delivers a Powerful Response

Does ISIS Represent “True Islam”? Mehdi Hasan Delivers a Powerful Response November 16, 2015

Tragedy stuck Paris a few days ago. ISIS wreaked havoc, murdering 129 innocent civilians and injuring many more. It is a time of mourning, so I am not particularly satisfied to divert our attention from that. But, to be sure, I write this piece not to win a theological debate. Rather, I write because I fear anti-Muslim bigotry rising in the West after this attack.

This is not the time for knee-jerk reactions. Yes, we have to encounter the threat of Islamofascism without being apologists. However, to say that ISIS represents “true Islam” and ignoring the vast majority of Muslims who do condemn terrorism is to play right into the hands of ISIS. We must not give them the religious legitimacy they so crave.

This is a must-watch discussion between Mehdi Hasan and Graeme Wood (author of the Atlantic piece “What ISIS really wants”)


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  • SuchindranathAiyer

    Anti Terrorism: The
    reason nothing has worked so far is because everybody has been confronting
    euphemisms to avoid the real enemy. It looks like contemporary refugees are a
    lot more sophisticated and motivated than when they were called Taliban or Al
    Qaeda by the White Hice and Western Media. Or when they were called the
    Ottomans, the Mehdi, Tipu Sultan or Mahmud of Ghazni?

    Paris is just another blip. The Islam, of Mahomet’s Quran and the Hadiths, the
    students of which are known as Taliban, has many regiments. One is known as
    Daesh (ISIS). The Taliban were raised in Petro Dollar
    (Saudi-Qatari-Kuwaiti-Brunei-Indonesian-Malaysian etc) funded Mosques and
    Madrassas around the World under the leadership of the Tent of Saud, which made
    a pact with the Tent of Wahab to ascend the throne of Saudi Arabia. The deal
    was that, as the guardians of Mecca and Medina, the Tent of Saud would do all
    in its power to actualize Mahomet’s vision to create a Caliphate and enforce
    the Sharia on the rubble of all civilization. Al Qaeda (the base) was a Staff
    College of Terror that was created by US and Pakistan to train Taliban. The US
    created it to throw Russia out of Afghanistan while Pakistan created and
    sustained it to realize Mohamet’s depraved intentions for the World. Pax Britannica
    of the British Empire had dismantled the Ottomans (despite the vehement
    protests of Khlafat Gandhi and the Indian National Khangress). The Mehdi had
    been put to rest in the Sudan. The various raping, murdering, massacreing,
    pludering Moslems from the Mughals and Tipu Sultan in India to the Sultans of
    South East Asia had been pacified. The Tide of the British receded after the
    Second Word War replaced by the venality, greed and almost Islamic lust of Pax
    Americana which found a natural sponsor in Petro Dollar Islam.

    ISIS truly sees the
    maturation of Mahomet’s commandments and examples seen in the Quran and the
    Hadiths. A plan that was put to bed first by the Slavs the Teurons and the
    Castilians who drove thme back from Europe and then again by the British Empire
    that vanquished the Ottomans, the Mehdi and held the Caliphate at Bay in India,
    Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere. After the Tent of Saud did a deal with the
    Tent of Wahab to ascend the throne of Arabia whereby they swore, as the
    Guardians of Mecca and Medina, to impose Mahomet’s depravities on the World.
    Came the Oil Boom with Sheikh Yamani re negotiating the value of oil. The flood
    of Petro Dollars was used to purchase journalists, spin doctors, fellow Moslems
    Dictators, successive White Houses and foment Islam by training students
    (Taliban) in custom built and manned Mosques and Madrassas every where.
    Afghanistan became a turning point where the US in order, ostensibly, to throw
    out the Soviets went to bed with Pakistan and created The Base (Al Qaeda) with
    instructors from Baader Meinhof, Irish Republican Army, Basques, and other
    terrorist organizations as well as former French Foreign Legion and British
    Special Forces apart from CIA operatives. Talibn from around the World streamed
    in to the project. Their objective was the same as Mahomet’s which was to
    create their Caliphate and impose their will upon the rubble of all
    Civilization. So, Afghanistan done, they proceeded to the next phase with help
    from every Sunni dominated Islamic State and the US. Clinton and Albright
    bombed Belgrade for 84 days to throw Bosnia and Kosovo into the maws of Islam.
    Tweedle Bush and Tweedle Blair spent a fortune and massacred US and British
    soldiers to deflect anger over 9/11 from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan that perpetrated
    the attack and threw Iraq into the maws of Islam. This was a double victory for
    Islam as Iraq was an apostate state where discos, bars and unveiled women moved
    around in state of the art medical and educational facilities and communities
    of Shias, Jews, Christians Kurds and others detested by the Tents of Saud,
    Qatar, Kuwait and the Ottoman Mantle thrived in affront. Then came Obama and
    Clinton to cast Syria and Libya into the void together with the Yazidis, Kurds,
    Jews and Christians. Now Europe is grist to the mills of the US-Islamic axis.

    US is a Polyphemes being ridden by Sunni (Petro Dollar) Islam as Sindbad was by
    the “Old Man of the Sea” I have been saying this for years. But it is
    not really a joke, Not for the Yazidis, the Syrians, the Iraqis, the Kurds and
    others (including Jews and Christians, by the way) whom the US and its allies
    are continuing to massacre. Islamic attacks within Syria and Iraq, presumably,
    do not concern US officials. Because Iraq and Syria are part of the “Axis
    of Evil” and right now, US allies Turkey and ISIS/ISIL are massacring the
    Kurds in tandem? In any case, assume for a moment, that US officials are
    concerned. What can they do about it? Right now, without air power, the Kurds
    who were holding up ISIS’advance are at the mercy of a US pincer comprising two
    US allies: ISIS and Turkey: This is not a war on ISIS that will be waged. This
    is the appearance of war to deceive Americans that the White Hice is doing
    something about Islam. ISIS is a White Hice proxy. Turkey is ISIS ally. Turkey,
    Saudi, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, The White Hice and the rest of the
    Sunni(Petro-Dollar) Caliphate dislike the Kurds (including Yazidis) with the
    same intensity as they disliked the Liberal Socialist, Secular non Islamic
    Baathist States of Sadam Hussein’s Iraq and Al Assad’s Syria where there were
    free modern Universities and Hospitals, discos, bars unveiled women, thriving
    communities of Kuffars such as Jews, Christians, Yazidis and other such
    affronts to Islam. Face it, the White Hice are not the US. The White Hice, the
    State Department and the CIA are not accountable to the US people as much as
    internal US governance. From Nixon’s China and Pakistan to “contain
    India” (a suicidal India that is its own worst enemy with “reservations”
    and “corruption”), Bush (the Father’s) ‘s CIA to Reagans’s
    Iran-Contra and Taliban, to Clinton (the husband’s) bombing of Belgrade to cede
    Islam its first ethnically cleansed enclaves in Europe since 1489, to Bush (the
    Son’s) Iraq and Obama (The Holy Ghost’s) ISIS, the White Hice have been acting
    just as any mercenary on the pay roll of Sunni (Petro Dollar) Islam might.
    Pakistan is the US’s consistent cat’s paw to contain India since Nixon as it
    has been China’s since inception. Islamic Terror is Pakistan’s favoured and
    consistent weapon in dealing with India with full White Hice blessings.

  • Roger Lambert

    What makes you think your interpretation of Islam is any more valid than a literalist reading? Guess what – ISIS is Islamic. Own it. The fact is, world-wide, there is a huge amount of extremism in Islam compared to the other major religions.

    And nobody can change that except for Muslim moderates and liberals. It is up to YOU. And passing the buck by saying ISIS is not true Islam is the exactly wrong thing to do.