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ISIS militants buy “Islam for Dummies” from online giant Amazon to learn about the religion

Documents showed that the ignorant newcomers are often informed with ISIS propaganda once they join and then trained to be terrorists

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  • Many Islamic State recruits have poor or no knowledge of Islam
  • These ISIS amateurs are buying books online to educate themselves about the same religion for which they stake their lives
  • ISIS uses this ignorance to their advantage by manipulating such recruit’s faith and beliefs

August 16,2016: It is true that terrorism has no religion, but it has numerous names for sure. An investigation done by AP (Associated Press, a US press agency) has revealed that IS recruits know little or nothing about Islam or they hardly bother to know about it at all. Apart from that, in another study, it was found that few with the most religious knowledge among the ranks of the terrorist group do not rush to become martyrs, mentioned a leading news portal.

The surprising part is the IS employment form requires new recruits to test their knowledge of Islam and then rate it on a scale of one to three and the applicants fail or have failed miserably. Moreover, two 22-year-old, British recruits, Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, even purchased books “The Koran for Dummies” and “Islam for Dummies” from Amazon before leaving to brush up on the same belief they planned to kill and die for.

Koran for Dummies. Image source: Amazon.com
Koran for Dummies. Image source: Amazon.com

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The AP analysis report of some thousand leaked Islamic State documents has revealed that most of the recruits from its earliest days knew little or nothing about Islam. More than 70% of the new recruits said they had “basic” knowledge of Islam and Shariah, the lowest level listed on the form. 24% said they had an “intermediate” knowledge. Only 5% listed themselves as advanced Islam students, and another 5% said they had memorized the Koran, mentioned Daily Mail.

The documents also showed some recruits admitting that they were not quite sure as to what they were getting into when they joined the group, which claims to be strictly enforcing the inflexible Islamic rule.

“It only required one prayer and no prior understanding of Islam..there was no hierarchy and it was all about living a good life…People like me were tricked into something that they didn’t understand. I never meant to end up with IS”, – a gay European recruit told AP

The documents showed that the ignorant newcomers are often informed with ISIS propaganda once they join and then trained to be terrorists. In fact, a study released by the US Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center found that ISIS members “with the most religious knowledge within the organization itself are the least likely to volunteer to be suicide bombers.”

In the past year, in 2015, ISIS started taking credit for single terrorist attacks by amateur militants who had no connection to the terror network whatsoever. Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in Orlando, pledged connection with ISIS, but authorities found no evidence he had any ties to the group.

ISIS later claimed a truck rampage in Nice, France that took 85 lives. But the driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, reportedly ate pork, take drugs, consumed alcohol and ignored Islamic prayers.

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Karim Mohammad-Aggad traveled with his younger brother and friends to Syria in late 2013. Seven of them returned to France within a few months and were arrested. Two died in Syria, while his 23-year-old brother, Foued, was one of the men who stormed the Bataclan on November 13, 2015, that killed 130 people in Paris, reported Daily Mail.

“My religious beliefs had nothing to do with my departure..Islam was used to trap me like a wolf,” Karim Mohammad-Aggad told the court before he was sentenced to nine years in prison.

When pressed by the judge on his knowledge of the Islamic law, and its implementation, Mohammad-Aggad appeared to be short of words, saying, “I don’t have the knowledge to answer the question“, the terror group preys on this ignorance, because it manipulates extremists to interpret Islam in such a way that it suits its goal of terrorism”.

-prepared by Yajush Gupta, twitter :@yajush_gupta

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Will prohibiting Burqa result in freedom from under house arrest or religious bias?

According to Islam, it is not necessary to cover the face.

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Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election. Wikimedia Commons
Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election. Wikimedia Commons

In recent years there have been several incidents involving the Burqa. In 2009, a state college in Karnataka told a student she was not allowed to attend classes wearing a Burqa. It was later reported that the young girl reached a “compromise arrangement” with the college but did not continue in the same college. Days later, violent protests sparked in Hyderabad after a college principal allegedly told students not to wear a Burqa.

But opposite episodes have also occurred. In July 2010, a teacher at Kolkata’s Aliah University, which has a focus on Islamic studies, was not allowed to teach without a Burqa. The report followed an official notice released in April 2010, in which the university dismissed suggestions it enforced a dress code, mentioning specifically the use of the Burqa within its campus.

There is steep rise in the cases related to crime against burqa clad women. Wikimedia Commons
There is a steep rise in the cases related to crime against Burqa-clad women. Wikimedia Commons

At some point imposing a ban on Burqa will be beneficial…
Point 1:
According to Islam, it is not necessary to cover the face. Hands and face can be uncovered. So banning won’t conflict freedom of practicing religion. And it will not be against any religion.
Point 2:
There are security issues. Imagine man/women under burqa leaves a bag in a public place which later blasts. Now, what do police have? CCTV cameras, forget face they cannot determine if is it male or female due to Burqa. It is the biggest security Loophole.
Point 3:
Many Muslim women do not have a bank account because they are not allowed to cover their face in bank premises. If you didn’t know then yes you cannot cover your face with bank premises and ATM.
Point 4:
It’s easy to have multiple voters ID. Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election.
Point 5:
Crimes under Burqa are on the rise. Murder, kidnapping, robbery are been carried out using Burqa. It’s the biggest advantage for criminals.

What Noorjehan Safia says…
Noorjehan Safia Niaz, a founding member of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, a movement which works to improve the status of Muslim women in India, said security concerns have not been a major issue when it comes to dressing. “Muslim women in India comply with all the laws. They are active participants when it comes to elections and has their photos on their passports. So identification and security have never been an issue as such,” she said.
Discrimination, however, has sometimes caused problems, said Ms. Niaz. “There are cases when women are not considered for a particular job because they wear a Burqa. In such cases, women have negotiated. They do not wear Burqa while at work but before and after it they put it on.” Overall, Ms. Niaz said that women themselves – not the law – should decide what to wear. “Let each woman decide what she wants to wear. Neither can you enforce a ban on Burqa nor can you force women to wear it.”