It’s a waste of time asking for the Islamic world’s help
In principle, it should be up to the Islamic world to solve the problem of the Islamic State.
But that will never happen. That’s because it is incorrect to see the Islamic State as an ‘Islamic’ problem. It is more correctly viewed as an ‘Islamic’ product. The Islamic State is the fruit of Islam and, therefore, Islam does not object to it, but endorses it.
That’s why, on the surface, it is reasonable and logical for the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, to ask Islamic countries to do more to fight the Islamic State. And that is exactly what she has done, as reported in the Australian:
“Julie Bishop will urge Indonesia, Malaysia and other nations in the region to do much more to fight Islamic State, as part of a multinational bid to stem the terror group’s expansion into new countries and crack down on its funding sources.
As the war in Iraq reaches a crisis point following the fall of the city of Ramadi, Ms Bishop said countries throughout southeast Asia and in the Middle East had a responsibility to do more.
“I want all countries who believe they have foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria to do what they can to assist,” the Foreign Minister told The Weekend Australian as she prepared to fly to Paris for a summit of the 22 nations directly involved in the fighting.
There were at least 200 Indonesians and 60 from Malaysia fighting in Iraq and Syria for Islamic State (known in the Middle East by its Arabic acronym of Da’esh), Ms Bishop said.”
However, due to the inherent nature of Islam, these countries will never meet this responsibility. Julie Bishop is fighting a losing battle on this one.
Furthermore, it is very important for us to understand that any help that does arrive will be directed to fighting what really is an intra-Islamic civil war, rather than combating Islamic violence. This can clearly be seen in the rise of attacks on Shia mosques inside Saudi Arabia, as reported in the Guardian:
In the second attack of its kind in a week, four people have died after a suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province, fuelling fears of an organised campaign by Islamic State to foment sectarian tensions inside the conservative Sunni kingdom.
Reports from Dammam described a car bomb explosion at the entrance to the al-Anoud mosque, despite security measures put in place because of last Friday’s incident near Qatif, in which 21 people were killed and 120 injured in the worst attack in Saudi Arabia in a decade.
It’s also important to understand this about mosques: they are not just places of prayer, but are the headquarters of Islamic strength, dominance and influence. It’s for this reason that there are so many mosque applications in Australia. And it’s for this very same reason that mosques are also such frequent targets. Islamic groups understand the importance of mosques and that is why they so frequently and violently attack their rival’s headquarters.