Are we living Islam’s darkest hour?

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Faisal J. Abbas

How much terrorism can the world take in 24 hours? Friday 26 June, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that pushed the limit.

Just in case the daily dose of evil committed by the likes of ISIS or Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq wasn’t enough, we witnessed three additional horrific attacks done in the name of Islam yesterday.

In Kuwait, a deadly bomb took the lives of 27 innocent people and injured 200 others in an ISIS attack on a Shiite mosque.

In the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, at least 38 innocent people were killed and dozens wounded when at least one ISIS gunman opened fire at a beachside resort. Meanwhile, a headless body and Islamist flags were found at the scene of an attack on a gas factory near France’s second largest city, Lyon.

Here is what will happen next: leaders of affected countries will visit the wounded and vow retaliation, world leaders and concerned parties will condemn, the press will talk about it for a few days.

Then, the story will die and terrorism will be forgotten – until it strikes again.

‘Quiet condoners’
The madness needs to stop. But this will not happen as long as there are Muslims who, while not actively participating in these crimes, still think the likes of ISIS have grounds for what they are doing,

People might say the above argument echoes the rather unpopular (but accurate nevertheless) views of British PM David Cameron who recently accused many British Muslims of quietly condoning the ISIS ideology.

One has to wonder if these “quiet condoners” realize that it is Muslims – and nobody else – who are ultimately being hurt the most in the end?

Faisal J. Abbas
Now, while it remains a puzzle how anyone can agree – privately or publicly – with this group’s evil creed; one has to wonder if these “quiet condoners” realize that it is Muslims – and nobody else – who are ultimately being hurt the most?

Putting aside the innocent Christian, Jewish and/or Muslim lives that these terrorist acts take, let us not forget that after almost each one of these attacks, hate crimes against Muslims increase and Muslim communities end up finding it harder to be accepted, to find jobs and to integrate.

Some might ask: what about Muslim grievances regarding occupied lands, unjust causes and unfair treatment, which these terrorist groups claim to be fighting for?

In response to that question, one can only ask how many of these grievances, while legitimate, have been solved by terrorism? If anything, the likes of ISIS and al-Qaeda has made these causes worse and much more complicated to resolve.

As simple as this truth is, many people refuse to see it and this is probably the reason why I remain extremely pessimistic about our region. Perhaps one positive thought remains. It is said that the night is darkest just before the dawn – I don’t think our night can get any darker!

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Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, he is a renowned blogger and an award-winning journalist. Faisal covered the Middle East extensively working for Future Television of Lebanon and both Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab dailies. He blogs for The Huffington Post since 2008, and is a recipient of many media awards and a member of the British Society of Authors, National Union of Journalists, the John Adams Society as well as an associate member of the Cambridge Union Society. He can be reached on @FaisalJAbbas on Twitter.


Last Update: Saturday, 27 June 2015 KSA 13:05 - GMT 10:05
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Faisal J. Abbas

How much terrorism can the world take in 24 hours? Friday 26 June, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that pushed the limit.

Just in case the daily dose of evil committed by the likes of ISIS or Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq wasn’t enough, we witnessed three additional horrific attacks done in the name of Islam yesterday.

In Kuwait, a deadly bomb took the lives of 27 innocent people and injured 200 others in an ISIS attack on a Shiite mosque.

In the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, at least 38 innocent people were killed and dozens wounded when at least one ISIS gunman opened fire at a beachside resort. Meanwhile, a headless body and Islamist flags were found at the scene of an attack on a gas factory near France’s second largest city, Lyon.

Here is what will happen next: leaders of affected countries will visit the wounded and vow retaliation, world leaders and concerned parties will condemn, the press will talk about it for a few days.

Then, the story will die and terrorism will be forgotten – until it strikes again.

‘Quiet condoners’
The madness needs to stop. But this will not happen as long as there are Muslims who, while not actively participating in these crimes, still think the likes of ISIS have grounds for what they are doing,

People might say the above argument echoes the rather unpopular (but accurate nevertheless) views of British PM David Cameron who recently accused many British Muslims of quietly condoning the ISIS ideology.

One has to wonder if these “quiet condoners” realize that it is Muslims – and nobody else – who are ultimately being hurt the most in the end?

Faisal J. Abbas
Now, while it remains a puzzle how anyone can agree – privately or publicly – with this group’s evil creed; one has to wonder if these “quiet condoners” realize that it is Muslims – and nobody else – who are ultimately being hurt the most?

Putting aside the innocent Christian, Jewish and/or Muslim lives that these terrorist acts take, let us not forget that after almost each one of these attacks, hate crimes against Muslims increase and Muslim communities end up finding it harder to be accepted, to find jobs and to integrate.

Some might ask: what about Muslim grievances regarding occupied lands, unjust causes and unfair treatment, which these terrorist groups claim to be fighting for?

In response to that question, one can only ask how many of these grievances, while legitimate, have been solved by terrorism? If anything, the likes of ISIS and al-Qaeda has made these causes worse and much more complicated to resolve.

As simple as this truth is, many people refuse to see it and this is probably the reason why I remain extremely pessimistic about our region. Perhaps one positive thought remains. It is said that the night is darkest just before the dawn – I don’t think our night can get any darker!

____________
Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, he is a renowned blogger and an award-winning journalist. Faisal covered the Middle East extensively working for Future Television of Lebanon and both Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab dailies. He blogs for The Huffington Post since 2008, and is a recipient of many media awards and a member of the British Society of Authors, National Union of Journalists, the John Adams Society as well as an associate member of the Cambridge Union Society. He can be reached on @FaisalJAbbas on Twitter.


Last Update: Saturday, 27 June 2015 KSA 13:05 - GMT 10:05
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/06/27/Are-we-living-Islam-s-darkest-hour-.html


Are we living Islam’s darkest hour ?

In 2015 ? Totally ridiculous. No, it is here : Granada War - 1492, here : Christopher Columbus - 1492 and finally here : Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire ( Sykes–Picot Agreement ) - 1918. For our greatest drama at all.



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I agree that it's not Islam's darkest hour, but it simply makes me sad that all the countries in the world sit still while ISIS simply continues to spread terror. Isn't it anything more that can be done?
 
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Now, while it remains a puzzle how anyone can agree – privately or publicly – with this group’s evil creed; one has to wonder if these “quiet condoners” realize that it is Muslims – and nobody else – who are ultimately being hurt the most?
That's exactly right. This is something that irritates me a lot. I don't know why the so-called moderate groups don't immediately jump and and down and insistently denounce these terrorist acts. There is a surprising amount of reluctance to do so, and a remarkable level of skill shown in question-dodging and blame-shifting.
 
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Are we living Islam’s darkest hour ?

In 2015 ? Totally ridiculous. No, it is here : Granada War - 1492, here : Christopher Columbus - 1492 and finally here : Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire ( Sykes–Picot Agreement ) - 1918. For our greatest drama at all.



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Sykes picot and Iran are biggest threats to us today. It honestly is pretty bad, Iran now destroyed Yemen with their allies attempted takeover. Iran won't stop it's conspiracy against Arabs until Arabs put at an end to it.
 
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It's not Islam at all, I mean the chaos that are happening around the world. I just find that ISIS is getting media's full attention so whatever it does is reported in the news. Those extremists are doing Islam a great disservice since their acts of violence are being connected to terrorism.
 
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Sykes picot and Iran are biggest threats to us today. It honestly is pretty bad, Iran now destroyed Yemen with their allies attempted takeover. Iran won't stop it's conspiracy against Arabs until Arabs put at an end to it.

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The Shiites, it is since their creation. Only naive and fools acted as if he was going to do nothing ignoring the millennium threat.

In 2006, entire Sunni Arab Pleb was ecstatic to Hizbullah - worshiping such idols - not wanting to see what their real long-term plan (Iran) for us Sunnis. Saying they were dangerous and they were working to our own destruction and then you were insulted you all the names and traitor to Islam (As if they - Shiites - were Muslim one day).

Only now, they all begin to cry, like childrens, seeing what they do to civilians - women, children, old - sunnis in Syria, Iraq, and their ploy in Yemen. This is pathetic. :mad:



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I think just a brief look into history shows that 2015 is not even close to Islam's darkest hour, but it's certainly not a shining beacon of hope or anything, either. I get where you're coming from.
 
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