[WARNING: a little long and not proof-read. So apologies for typos and sloppiness]
First of all, I have to start by saying that the whole idea of ISIS is blown out of proportion by the US and its allies to facilitate yet another ugly and evil intervention in the area. As a matter of fact, the crimes done by other groups and regimes are way more sever in nature and in the number of victims than those committed by a group like ISIS. A quick look at Hoothies in Yemen, and Bashar in Syria, and Shii’s in Iraq would give you a clear idea that ISIS case is just being used to legitimize US military intervention.
However, I follow the writings of many people and I see that ISIS and similar groups have only gained more popularity, support, and power; not just the fake popularity our media shows but real popularity among people whom I never though they may support such a group. In this relatively long post, I will share some of my thoughts on why a group like ISIS would gain such popularity. It is important to say that despite this popularity they are gaining, they are still representing a very tiny minority in the Muslim world. But mark my word, if the world continues to move in the same direction it has been moving in, this minority is only going to get more popular and more powerful. Take a quick look at the world in 1990 when Bush the Father launched his first war against Iraq and the world right now!
Listing those few reasons (or causes) does not mean I find it legitimate or reasonable to do what ISIS do. These are not excuses. This is just a humble attempt to put our hands on the cause of the problem AND try to solve it in case there exist amongst us some wise people, who think outside the box of ‘launch military attacks against them. We are the most powerful country in the world’ :(
REASON 1: Oppression
I grew up in Egypt. I did not personally face oppression. My parents worked very hard to provide me and my brothers with care and education. But having a look at people around me in my own country, I see a huge amount of injustice: the majority of the population is suffering from the lack of food, lack of health care, lack of education, and even lack of living as dignified human beings. I saw people eating from the garbage, people dying because they are not accepted in hospitals, a whole generation that lacks quality education, and many die while migrating in their pursuit of escaping poverty. Morality is only going down and corruption has become the norm in the society. Read more…
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Disobeying Allah is like “texting while driving.” In the beginning–despite the warnings and signs and ads–you try it. You are very cautious and scared to death; you know, this is the first time you take your eyes off the road. You keep looking at the road every 50 milliseconds. You then feel unsafe and put the phone down.
Next time you drive, a text arrives–and they really arrive always while you are driving, or so you feel. “Nothing happened last time I checked the text message. I am just going to check quickly.” You tell yourself. You are deceived by your first survival. Every time you use the phone while driving, you get used to it more until you become an expert. In your mind, it is no longer unsafe to text while driving. You almost do it naturally.
But … do you remember that moment when the message was really long and interesting? Remember how much time you spent reading it? You were kind of unconscious until you realized that you have to put your eyes back on the road. Thanks God, the road was clear and straight!
You know, people die in one of these moments: a tempting message beep, followed by an intention to ‘quickly’ check the message ‘for the last time in your life,’ supported by your experience of “doing that a 100 times before and nothing happened,” followed by a deep reflection on the content of the message, followed by distraction from the road, followed by heedlessness of what is going around, and then boom!!!! :( May Allah protect you!
It is the same tempting moment we experience when disobeying Allah. You know it is wrong but you want to try it. You try it once (while feeling very guilty). You try it again, and again … and again. You become so used to doing it. It does not hurt you any more to sin. But be careful, it is just as dangerous as checking your text message. It can take you so long to wake up and pay attention. Be careful! Dying in a state of disobedience is ===> the worst thing that can happen to you.
May Allah protect us from disobeying Him and take our soul while He is pleased with us. May He grant us a pure sincere repentance from all our sins and mistakes.
Don’t text while driving, and, more importantly, do not sin while living.