ISIS Formulation Orientation and Destination

ISIS Formulation Orientation and Destination


ISIS Formulation, Beliefs, Beliefs Refutation, and Destination

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ISIS Formulation
– Disclaimer
– Abstract
– Summary
ISIS Founders
– Al-Zarqawi (1966-2006)
– Jund al-Sham, Soldiers of the Levant
– Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad Group
– Igniting the Iraqi Civil War
– No Slaying on Suspicion
– Abu Ayyub al-Masri (1968-2010)

– More Insight into the Nature of ISIS’s Two Leaders
– ISIS Attacks Iraqi Election Personal and Buildings
– Al-Masri’s Wives
– The Account of the First Wife
– The Account of the Second Wife
– Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (1959-2010)
– Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (1971- present)
– Expansion into Syria and the Break with al-Qaeda
– Official Declaration of a Caliphate
– Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Threatens the Saudi Monarch
ISIS Beliefs
– The Three Rules of al-Dawlah, the [Islamic] State
– Apostasy (Riddah)
– Quotations on Apostate and Governments: Ayman Zawahry, al-Qaeda Leader, and Qutb a Prominent Leader of Muslim Brotherhood
Apostates in the Dictionary of the Salafi/Wahhabi Doctrine
Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab’s Ten Nullifiers of Islam
Al-Wallaa and Al-Barra (Loyalty and Friendship vs. Disavowal and Enmity)
ISIS Belief Refutation
Islam Calls for Reconciliation and Negotiation
– The Apostate Refutation
Defining War
Isolation and Stifling Intellect
Salafi/Wahhabis Decline Joining American Muslims
Islam Commands Innovation
ISIS Apostate Belief at Work
ISIS Carnage and Destruction
ISIS Destination
A Change of Direction in the Saudi Monarchy
Seventy Percent of the Suicide Bombers were Saudis
Bandar bin Sultan Ousted as the Chief Director of Intelligence
The Ex-Kuwaiti Minister Saad al-Ajami’s Brave Admission
Extremism Enveloped the Saudi Academia and Society


By: Staff
Published: 2015

ISIS Formulation


Although this article discusses the Salafi/Wahhabi creed’s principles of bigotry and violence, those who follow this doctrine, but practice the true form of Islam (moderation) and promote peace and security and are also truthful to Islam and Allah, are excluded.


The letters ISIS stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Other names used when referring to ISIS are The Islamic State Iraq, ISI; the Islamic State of the Iraq and Levant, ISIL; and the Islamic State, IS.

This article discusses the formation of ISIS, the nature of its creed, the background of its founders, and its future. The write up also examines the epidemic of extremism and violence, and what fuels them.

It will show that the creed of Salafi/Wahhabism is responsible for the bigotry, violence, and destruction, yet, seemingly, in the name of Islam. The Salafi/Wahhabi name used in this article refers to the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab (1703- 1792) based on the Salafi concept of Ibn Taymiyyah (1262- 1328). The reader is advised to see the article “The Distortion of Islamic Doctrine” on the nature of the creed.


A quick scan of ISIS’s principles and actions reveals that ISIS’s theatre is about re-establishing a centuries-old state based on the principle of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab. ISIS is extremely outdated, and every item in its dictionary is a repeat of the 18th century Wahhabi experience taking place in modern day life. All approaches of ISIS are based on “Menhaj as-Salaf as-Saleh,” a dominant phrase among ISIS’s leaders, meaning, in accordance with the way of the Salafi/Wahhabi creed. (Ibrahim, pg 125)

While most nations today do their utmost to deploy their intellect and resources for life improvement, some in the name of Islam, deploy all their resources for destroying life.

ISIS conducts no studies dealing with contemporary issues that the mainstream Islamic scholars are addressing. Topics such as solutions to the Muslim crisis, the ways, and means for improving the inner-self spiritual and intellectual faculties of a Muslim, freedom of belief, rights of people within the law, the economy, the environment, and modern women in the society. These and many other relevant issues are absent from ISIS agenda.

Today’s global village is bankrupt of spirituality, yet, ISIS executes penalty laws prematurely, before building the faith and spiritual infrastructure, much like building the Pyramid of Giza topside first and expecting it to work.

The carnage ISIS is committing, in the name of Islam, violates the core principles and spirit of Islam. ISIS must realize that its negative approach and allegation principles and philosophies are short-lived in the modern day world, and while trying to implement it, is disastrous.


ISIS Founders

Al-Zarqawi (1966-2006)

ISIS was founded in 2004, but its predecessor, al-Tawhid, and the al-Jihad group was formed in northeastern Iraq in 2001 and is considered the mother of ISIS. Its founder was Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, a core al-Qaida, Salafi/Wahhabi and fighting expert. His actual name is Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh. Born in al-Zarqa, Jordan on October 20, 1966.

Al-Zarqawi did not have formal education and was reportedly a high school dropout. He had attended a mosque which was led by a radical Imam. Chehab, Zaki 2006, Iraq Ablaze: Inside the Insurgency, IB Tauris & Co, Cornwall, p. 8

According to a report by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, “al-Zarqawi’s criminal past and excessive views on takfir (accusing other Muslims of heresy and thereby justifying their killing), a Salafi/Wahabi doctrine, created major friction and distrust with bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1999.” As we will learn later, takfir is the first of three principles of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab’s doctrine in the foundation of Dawlah, the [Islamic] state.

The second principle is immigration from the land of Kufr (disbelief) to the land of faith (where the Salafi/Wahhabi adherents are), and the third policy is Jihad. See “Three Rules of al-Dawlah, the [Islamic] State” below for elaboration on these rules.

In the late 1980s, al-Zarqawi went to Afghanistan to join the Mujahideen who were fighting the invasion of Soviet troops. In 1989, the Soviets were already beginning to leave. Instead of fighting, he became a reporter for an Islamist newsletter and then returned home to Jordan.

In Jordan, he was arrested for guns and explosives found in his home. He was sent to prison in 1992, and after four years in jail, he was out on a national amnesty given to the prisoners by the late king of Jordan. According to Jordanian officials and his acquaintances, al-Zarqawi developed a reputation for his ‘radical beliefs.’ He considered all Arab governments apostates and spoke out about ousting the king of Jordan.


Jund al-Sham, Soldiers of the Levant

Between 1989 and 1992, al-Zarqawi helped start the local militant group Jund al-Sham in Jordan. The group perpetrated bomb attacks since the beginning of 2004 in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. The Syrian army fought this organization from 2005 until 2014. See ( for details.

Furthermore, al-Zarqawi is thought to be responsible for the 2005 bombing of three hotels in Amman, Jordan ( One of the victims of these bombings was Moustapha al-Akkad, a filmmaker, and director of the feature film, “The Messenger.” (

Since its production in 1977, “The Messenger” has made a significant global change for a better understanding of Islam and its Messenger Prophet Muhammad. At the time of his death, he was in the process of producing an $80 million movie featuring Sean Connery about Saladin and the Crusades, for which he already had the script and would be filmed in Jordan. The feature film on Saladin would further serve the promotion of Islam and Muslims, especially in the west.

See our article, Saladin: A Benevolent Man, Respected by both Muslims and Christian.


Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad Group

After his conflict with Osama bin Laden in 1999 in Afghanistan, al-Zarqawi entered Iraq and formed the militant al-Tawhid wal-Jihad group in 2001 in northeastern Iraq. Al-Tawhid wal-Jihad organization, the root of ISIS, was a mother organization of several al-Qaida jihadi groups. Ansar al-Islam and Kurdistan Islamic Movement were among them.

Note: The group’s name al-Tawhid (Oneness of Allah) wa al-Jihad echoes the all-out cry of the Wahhabi/Salafi adherents against most other Muslims. To them, all other Muslims Mushriks, heretics–graves and saints worshippers; deviant Sufis and innovators, and the refused Shia; also, all Muslim governmental systems and public leaders, apostates. These are but few of a host of disbelief allegations.

These accusations against ‘heretic Muslims’ filtrate into congregational and ceremonial speech attendances, as nourishment, mainly among the Salafi/Wahhabis; negativism, dreadful accusations, bigotry, hate and even verbal attacks and cursing; in contrast, most of mainstream Muslim religious leaders speeches are warm and encouraging. They promote character, faith, taqwa (piety), the closeness to Allah, humbleness, the love of Prophet Muhammad, the love, and care for all fellow human beings. Also addressed are the gracious and humane traits in Islam and in Prophet Muhammad, the wisdom, improving the quality of life, and so many other constructive and amiable Islamic principles.

The name, al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, efficiently drew so many Salafi/Wahhabi adherents to it from many other countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. As we will learn later, immigration to the ‘land of faith’ is a requirement of the Wahhabi principle of the Islamic state.

After the fall of Baghdad to the American forces in April 2003, al-Zarqawi drew many high-ranking officers from the defeated Iraqi Army and extensively educated them in the creed of Wahhabism. (Ibrahim, pg 184)

In 2004 al-Zarqawi joined al-Qaeda and pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden. After this, al-Tawhid wal-Jihad became known as Tanzim Qaidat wal-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn (Al Qaeda in the Country of the Two Rivers), also known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and alternatively Islamic State of Iraq, ISI. Al-Zarqawi was given the title, “Emir (Prince) of Al Qaeda in the Country of the Two Rivers.”


Igniting the Iraqi Civil War

By 2004, al-Zarqawi directed several suicidal operations against the American forces and the Shia civilians in Baghdad, Karbala, and Khathimiah. (Ibrahim, pg 186)

Realizing his group’s inability to face the far more advanced American forces and attain victory, al-Zarqawi turned the war against his people. On the 12th of February 2004, he wrote a letter to Osama bin Laden explaining his new plans and hoping for his consent to it.

In this letter, he revealed a proposal to inflame a vicious civil war that will make the region explode. The civil war shall return the Wahhabi/Salafis, whose deteriorating condition “is worse than the orphans,” into control, and “rouse up the Sunnis against the Shia, the offspring of Saba’.” Referring to Abdullah Ibn Saba’, who some believe started the Shia movement.

In the letter, al-Zarqawi admitted that his previous attacks on the Shia were provocations to “wake up the Sunnis from their deep sleep.”

Realizing that his differences with bin Laden and the refusal of his orders, could turn against him, al-Zarqawi started a campaign for gaining supporters and was able to build a strong base and operate independently.

Being away in Afghanistan, Bin Laden’s control of al-Zarqawi diminished, and his place in this theater grew dimmer, while al-Zarqawi’s leadership continued to dominate. In the end, al-Zarqawi refused his leader’s order for not igniting the civil war in Iraq. (Ibrahim)

It is important to state here that al-Zarqawi’s provocations and carnage are considered a high offense in Islam. His act is classified as ’corruption on earth.’ The Qur’an states:

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment, Qur’an 5:33

Road ambush and murder, explosions in crowded marketplaces, in planes and trains and other places crowded with people, attacking and slaying communities at peace, and other similar acts of bloodshed and destruction, are all considered ‘corruption on earth’ acts.

Sad and painful to see a person with no Islamic education, not even a High School diploma falsify the vast majority of world Muslims and indict them for being apostate. Then turn against them in a mass slaying of actions, and on the wide-scale destruction of community property and infrastructure, while such peaceful are at peace? How holistic these adherents consider their religious leaders and their verdicts, even if these decisions violate so many of the verses of the Qur’an and the principle of Islam.

The reader is invited to read these articles to get the jest of Islam’s peaceful message, and the extent of violations ISIS are committing:

Islam and Christianity: Two Faiths, One God,
The Abrahamic Religions: Common Roots and Shared Responsibilities,
Qur’anic Verses Misinterpreted as Teaching Violence, The Peaceful Fabric of Islam,
The Basic Policy of Islam Regarding Non-Muslims: Peace or War?

To legitimize the slaying of Muslim Shia and Kurds, in the letter’s last statement, al-Zarqawi named his Shia and Kurds targets as “Tawa’if al-Riddah,” the tribes of apostasy. See the discussion on “The Apostate Refutation,” below to better understand it, and its misusage.

No Slaying on Suspicion

Prophet Muhammad prevented his companions from killing anyone during a battle who abstained from fighting, claiming Islam, even if their claim was a lie. When a companion of Prophet Muhammad (Usamah ibn Zayd) told the Prophet about killing someone in the battlefield, whom he thought was not a believer, despite the making of the Islamic proclamation,  the Prophet was angry.  He responded with the question: Did you open his heart [to discover that what he said was a lie?]” The companion said: How could I read his heart, oh messenger of God? The Prophet replied: “You did not believe what he said, and you do not know how to read his heart, then why did you kill him?

How could one, like al-Zarqawi, claiming to be a Muslim, judge an entire community, a crowded marketplace, a funeral procession or the passengers on a plane to be disbelievers, and slay all with explosives or suicide bombings, and then attribute such evil mass-murdering acts to Islam?

Besides, labeling someone or a group as being disbelievers does not give a Muslim the right to kill. Permission to fight is only given, at the state level, in return for aggressions or injustices. What aggressions or injustices did innocent people commit, to be murdered in public places and towns? What had they done against Islam to be slain and have their properties destroyed? For more information on this topic, please see our article, Foreign Policy of Islam Toward non-Muslims: Peace or War. Also, see the “Apostasy” discussion below for more on this topic.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri (1968-2010)

After al-Zarqawi’s death in April 2006, Abu Ayyub al-Masri (real name: Abdul Munim Izi-edin Ali al-Badawi) was appointed as the next leader of ISIS, then al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) on the 12th of June 2006. See

Abu Ayyub al-Masri was born in Egypt in 1968. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood and was a personal assistant to Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad in 1982. Al-Masri went to bin Laden’s al-Farouk camp in Afghanistan in 1999, where he became an expert in explosives. Al-Masri’s Islamic education exposure is not just Salafi/Wahhabi but includes Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt’s political doctrine. Al-Masri along with Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (ISIS third leader) were killed during a raid on al-Masri’s house on 18 April 2010.


More Insight into the Nature of ISIS’s Two Leaders

Al-Masri’s Encounter with al-Zarqawi Al-Mansour**, in his work, “The Islamic State Between Reality and Illusion,” spoke of the excessiveness of the leaders of al-Qaeda, including al-Masri and al-Zarqawi. He stated that al-Masri told him a story that he had encountered with al-Zarqawi over the killing of Iraqi police officers. Al-Mansour says: Al-Masri reports: ‘Al-Zarqawi conferred that the sign of apostate, kufr, on a person [police] is the blue dress [the Iraqi police uniform]. This statement was his answer down to the letter, al-Masri maintained.’ I (al-Masri) said to him, just for the sake of argument, and in the science of Fiqh, it is permissible to make an assumption, even if it never happens. Suppose that a policeman is guarding a female school, in a Sunni area, where abductions occur frequently. The policeman does nothing else other than this guard function.

Suppose a layman took such a fatwa, verdict [as yours] from someone known to be ‘trusted by the common people as a learned one’, what do you say to that? He replied, may God bless his soul: ‘He is an apostate, just because of the blue dress, and because if he were to be asked to fight the Mujahidin, and aid the Crusaders, he would do it.’ I sad: But it is not permissible to accuse a person of kufr based on a gesture. I was speaking to him about an accusation in a specific case, not about blaming a whole community in kufr.”

In Islam, making decisions based on conjecture are rejected, even for an unimportant matter. Nevertheless, a choice for a serious issue, such as taking the souls of people. Is al-Zarqawi’s education or those who gave him the fatwa Islamic or Salafi/Wahhabi creed education?

Al-Mansour, reports other forms of takfir (accusing others of heresy) that ISIS practices include:
Groups of their own, Salafi jihadists, students and disseminators of faith, those who describe ISIS as excessive and violent, those who participate in elections, the candidates in the election, government positions and those who participate in the justice systems.

**Al-Mansour, (Abu Abdillah al-Mansour al-Eassawi), head of the Mujahideen Army, was an Iraqi Salafi. He was the teacher of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before his detainment in 2005. He wrote a book called: “The Islamic State Between Reality and Illusion, 2014.” He also wrote another book called: Mad al-Ayadi li-Bay’at al-Baghdadi, “Extending the Hands for Allegiance to the Baghdadi” Al-Mansour, in his writings, approves of the ISIS Salafi/Wahhabi application of Sharia Law, but he criticized ISIS in five points:

1. Wrong thinking.
2. Murdering of people, but without a due process.
3. Lying.
4. Ignorance.
5. No giving consideration of the Islamic rules of jihad.


ISIS Attacks Iraqi Election Personnel and Buildings

ISIS gunned down election officials including 50 women in Iraq. The 300 people killed worked for the Iraqi Electoral Commission in Mosul. It has called on UN to help ‘stop the slaughter, crimes against Iraqi people. At least 50 of them were women, spokesman for rival rebel group claimed. ISIS has executed 2,070 in and around Mosul since seizing it in June 2014.



Al-Masri’s Wives

Al-Masri could have been married to two wives at the same time. An Egyptian and a Yamani.


The Account of the First Wife

When al-Masri was appointed as the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) after the death of al-Zarqawi, in 2006, his picture was shown on televisions and the broadcast media networks. The first to recognize his image was his Egyptian wife, Huda Ahmad El-Sayyd. The “Voice of the Ummah” magazine of Egypt, on 17, July 2006 reported that Huda Ahmad El-Sayyd was shocked when she saw a picture of her husband on the television screen, as al-Qaeda In Iraq’s new leader. She said, “He has been detained for seven years in Egypt for what they call terrorism. How could he be in Iraq?” She maintained: ”Why my husband in particular and how did America get his picture?”


The Account of the Second Wife

When the Iraqi forces stormed and entered the house of al-Masri on April 19, 2010, they found four dead male bodies and two women alive. One of the women, Hasna, a native of Yemen, claimed to be al-Masri’s wife. After she was arrested, she testified that her husband (Al-Masri), “entered Yemen using a fake passport under the name Yussef Haddad Labib and taught in village schools. He and I gotten married in Sanaa in 1998 and had three children. He was very strict and secretive. I found out that he was ‘Abu Ayyub al-Masri’ only after the death of Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi.”

Hasna further detailed “I used to have a small radio to listen to the news, and I asked my husband about the reasoning for killing people and children, but I get no answer.” She noted, “He had accused me of being an enemy of the Islamic State of Iraq, because I asked him, where is the Islamic State of Iraq you speak of, and we live in the desert?”
Although al-Masri was less takfiri than al-Zarqawi, he does believe that all governments and their systems are apostates, the Muslim Brotherhoods Party’s dominant political principle. See the “Apostate” Section below.

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (1959-2010)

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (Hamid Dawood al-Zawi) was a security officer in the Iraqi army before the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 1985 he embraced the Salafi/Wahhabi creed and became one of its propagators. He was the Imam of Assaf Mosque, where he conducted lectures on “Salafism Doctrine.” He attracted many youths and founded the Manssurah (Victorious) Army. Some of the youth became prominent leaders of the al-Qaeda in Iraq group.

In 2004 he joined al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in Iraq group. He became the leader of the Mujahideen Shura Council (translated as “Consultative Council of Mujahedeen,” an umbrella organization composed of eight groups that oppose the United States‘ military presence in Iraq. He drafted the “Aqeedatu al-Dawlah,” the “Belief and Constitutionality Base for the State [of Islam], ISI.”

His condition of “Aqeedatu al-Dawlah,” the belief of the State, is to be based on “Menhaj as-Salaf as-Saleh,”by the way and doctrine of the Salafi/Wahhabi creed. He also demanded that no member of the Education Committee, be admitted to it unless he is adherent of “as-Salaf as-Saleh,” a dominant phrase used implying the following of the Salafi/Wahhabi creed.

As the ISI organization grew more substantial, so that of the previous Abu Omar al-Baghdadi’s position.  He now appoints future ISI leaders to various branches, and regions. No one person designated to a post, without his approval.

By April 19, 2007, al-Qaeda in Iraq group, with all its consolidated teams, became the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was appointed as its new leader. ISI previous leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri’s position was reduced to be the head (emir) of the Consultative Council of Mujahedeen. (Ibrahim, pg 118)

On 18 April 2010, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was killed along with Abu Ayyub al-Masri, as the Iraqi forces rocketed al-Masri’s home near Tikrit, Iraq.


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (1971- present)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri) of Samarra, Iraq is the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS today. He claims to be a decedent of the Hashimi tribe (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Hashimi al-Qurashi). The Hashimi clan is the clan of Prophet Muhammad. His father was one of the Salafi doctrine promoters. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a graduate of Sadam University of Islamic Studies in Baghdad. Both of his research papers were in the science of the reading of the Qur’an. For a long time, he was the Imam of the Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal in Samerra. Ahmad Ibn Hanbal is the founder of the Fiqh School of Hanbali to which the Salafi/Wahhabi adherents claim to belong to.

Al-Eassawi, a Salafi Iraqi who was the teacher of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the leader of the Mujahidin Army, in his work, “The Islamic State Between Reality and Illusion, 2014,” describes some of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s characters as:

He is a common Muslim, not very smart and slow in learning. He has had no jihad experience; he was a common soldier, not at all one of those prominent striking ones; his Islamic knowledge was shallow in the matters of Sharia, and not a specialist of any of the various Islamic sciences. (Ibrahim, pg 12)

After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi helped found the militant group Jamaat Jaysh Ahl al-Sunnah wa-l-Jamaah (JJASJ), in which he served as head of the Sharia Committee. Al-Baghdadi and his group joined the Mujahideen Shura Council in 2006, in which he served as a member of its Sharia Committee and a senior member of its consultative council.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was arrested by US Forces-Iraq on 2 February 2004 near Fallujah and detained at Camp Bucca as a “civilian internee,” until December 2004. He was considered “low-level prisoner.”
Al-Baghdadi was announced as leader of the ISI on 16 May 2010, following the death of his predecessor Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

As a leader of the ISI, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was responsible for masterminding the large-scaled destructive operations such as the 28 August 2011 suicide bombing at the Umm al-Qura Mosque in Baghdad, which killed 32 Muslims. Between March and April 2011, the ISI claimed 23 attacks south of Baghdad, all allegedly carried out under his command. Contrary to the entire Muslim worlds understanding and salutation of Islam as a religion of peace, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi states:

Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting,” he said. “No one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi further argues that the Islamic State’s jihad is one for all Muslims, urging them to migrate to Islamic State-held territories or “fight in his land wherever that may be.” See more at


Expansion into Syria and the Break with al-Qaeda

Al-Baghdadi remained the leader of the ISI until its formal development into Syria in 2013, when, in a statement on 8 April 2013, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the formation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The break between al-Qaeda and ISIS is one of ideological, as well as of control and power. As stated earlier, bin Laden did not approve of al-Zarqawi’s extreme takfiri belief. This radical takfiri view is the first indication of a split. The split grew more when al-Zarqawi declined bin Laden’s advice not to target, civilians and the Shia population, during the 2003 bombing campaign.

The more significant split came about in April 2013, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced the joining of the Nusra group, operating in Syria into ISI, and the change of the name organization into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The then Nusra group leader, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, rejected al-Baghdadi’s move and kept his allegiance to al-Zawahiri, who was and still is the leader of al-Qaeda. (Ibrahim, pg 123)

On June 9, 2013, when al-Zawahiri ordered Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to limit his role to Iraq and to keep the Nusra operation separately, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, accused al-Zawahiri of violating specific religious rulings, and openly refused his leader’s order. Thus, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi pulled the rug out from underneath al-Zawahiri, in the same manner, al-Zarqawi pulled the rug out from underneath bin Laden.


Official Declaration of a Caliphate

On 29 June 2014, ISIS announced the establishment of a worldwide caliphate. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was named its caliph, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria renamed, the Islamic State (IS).

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Threatens the Saudi Monarch

In his November 13, 2014th speech, the self-appointed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, threatened the Saudi Kingdom. He effectively used particular words and statements for arousing the emotions of the Salafi/Wahhabi population of the Saudi Kingdom, ensuring their collaboration:

Oh sons of al-Haramayn, the two sacred mosques, Oh people of al-Tawheed, the people of the oneness of God, O people of al-walaa and al-baraa (loyalty and friendship vs. disavowal and enmity), the head of the snake (Saudi Arabia) is at your end. It is the core of the epidemic [of kufr]. So draw your swords and divorce life ….There shall be no peace for the people of Saloul (the Shia), there shall be no place for the disbelievers in Saudi Arabia after today.
We announce to you the expansion of the Islamic State to new countries, to the land of the Haramayn, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, and Algeria. Oh, soldiers of the Islamic State…erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere. Light the earth with fire against all dictators…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also said that the Islamic caliphate established in Iraq and Syria, June 2014 is expanding to Saudi territories.” (Ibrahim, pg 236)

Until Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, threatened the Saudi Kingdom for “being his next target,” the silence regarding the wild transgressions of ISIS became alive, and a new direction in the Saudi policy toward ISIS has begun. See “A Change of Direction in the Saudi Monarchy” below.



ISIS Beliefs


The Three Rules of Al-Ddawlah, the [Islamic] State

ISIS policies and behavior reflect Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s three-rule doctrine of the Islamic state, al-Dawlah***. These rules are:

1- Al-Takfeer. Al-Takfeer (to associate people with disbelief in God and Islam, including Muslims). The Wahhabi doctrine of takfeer is a broad Salafi/Wahhabi teaching. As for ISIS, it considers all governments, and people who do not think like them, in whole or individuals, apostates. This apostate view was Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s justification for igniting the war against the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century and claiming the Arabia Peninsula. To him, apostate legitimizes jihad.

2- Immigration from the Land of Disbelief (kufr) to the Land of faith (iman). This rule of immigration, being a required one, ensures that Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s followers emigrate to Ad Diriyah, where he and Muhammad ibn Saud made the union. Rule number two, also implies other lands are the lands of kufr and are legitimate targets for jihad. The origin of this immigration rule comes from the early history of Islam. Prophet Muhammad obligated his followers to migrate from Mecca to Medina for a short time until the crisis was over. When the crisis was over, so did the obligation. Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, however, obligated a historic event on his adherents and imposed it as a continual one. In today’s world, 1.7 billion Muslims from all over the world, must migrate to the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria to accommodate this rule.

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab explains emigration as to emigrate from the country of shirk to the nation of Islam. Migration he noted, is obligatory until the Day of Judgment.” (Ibrahim, pg 166)

3- Jihad is the third of the Dawlah principles. The Wahhabi creed declares Jihad on all people who do not think like them. People have three alternatives: either accept “Islam,” pay Jizyah or else be faced with war, jihad. (Ibrahim)

The three rules played a significant role in Muhammad ibn Saud’s political maneuvers invading Arabia in the 18th century, but with shameful scars of his brutality against Muslims. For 132 years, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and Saud’s, predecessors launched a long jihad war against the ‘infidel’ Muslims of the Arabian Peninsula, until they finally ruled it, and, in the process, destroyed the Islamic Ottoman Empire.

ISIS brutality and savagery is a copy of the Wahhabi’s experience of the 18th century, but with a far more advanced gear of devastating weaponry. Their expansion is reflected, at a minimum, in the geographical expansion in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and is weaved in their names: al-Tawhid and Jihad group, the Islamic State of Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the Islamic State period. ISIS recognizes no geographical borders.

***Al-Wahhab, Abd, Muhammad, The Three Basics and their Roots, 10th edition, page 21, Ministry of Awqaf and Da’wah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Apostasy (Riddah)

Wikipedia and analyzing links organizations reported that the total Iraqi body count casualties from 2003 until 2014 are 140,772. 4,895 of those were combatants during the American invasion, March-May 2003. ISIS murdered the rest. The Wahhabi/Salafi’s “apostate” belief is the base of their offensive drive. The Salafi/Wahhabi rationale of manslaughter, abduction, rape, destruction, and seizure of property founded on their belief. Such beliefe states: ‘the apostate cannot be negotiated with, reconciled with, or make peace with; the apostate will not be left alone, and jihad is the only alternative to deal with.’ Following are two quotations from the al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda and Sayyd Qutb, a prominent leader of Muslim Brotherhood party of Egypt.


Quotations on Apostate and Governments by Extreme Leaders

Quotes on apostate and extremism from Dr. Ayman Zawahry, the Head of al-Qaeda and Sayyid Qutb, a Prominent Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.


“Any relationship with the apostate (murtad) government is prohibited by Sharia law. Sharia law states ‘no negotiation, no reconciliation or peace can be made with the apostate, neither will he/she be left free’; the [apostate] president and the government, therefore has to perish (no other choice is given, regardless).” He continued to state, “It is mandatory for all Muslims to oust an apostate governor, [indeed,] and jihad is obligatory on each able Muslim. Conducting peace with disbelievers is permitted, but not with apostates. Therefore, a military campaign and all other forms of crusades, such as missionaries, intellectuals and media institutions, (all) must not stop their offense until the day the apostate regime gives up the government to the Muslims.” French Media Interview Report with al-Zawahiri

Zawahiri’s teaching conflicts with the teachings of the Allah SWT over the freedom of belief. Moreover, Allah made His forgiveness unlimited and eternal for all people, but yet al-Zawahiri’s education seems to overrule Allah’s code of forgiveness. In Islam, negotiation, reconciliation, and peace accords are the keys to al-Fat-h, ‘the opening of the gates of goodness.’ See the Hudaybiyah Peace Treaty that the Prophet made with the Pagan Quraysh.

Qutb’s statement is not just false like that of Al-Zahrawy’s, but also contradictory and confusing. Qutb’s original Arabic statement follows.

“It was not the intent of Islam to force people to embrace its belief since Islam is not just a belief. Islam as we stated, is an order made to liberate man from being subservient to man, therefore, Islam’s first goal is to oust all governing systems and regimes that are based on people ruling people, and man ruling man. Then, all peoples shall be set free to choose the religion they like, but only after they remove the political pressure, and after allowing their soul and minds to see the clear knowledge.” Qutub continued to state, “However, this experience should not mean that they are free to choose their whims as a god or choose to be slaves or subservient [to other men], or take each other as lords, other than God. Any governing system on Earth must be based on “slavery to God only,” and be receiving instructions only from Him, only under such governing system people can choose their religions freely.” (Sayyid Qutb, Milestones on the Road, pg 71)


First, Qutb infers that Islam forces people to embrace it. His statement is in direct conflict with the undisputable Qur’anic injunctions of freedom of belief.

Second, Qutb dangerously directed generations of young Muslims’ minds into a wrong “first-priority of eradicating all governments of the world.” This false principle has made much of the world, especially the West fear Islam. Muslims’ mission in life is to draw people to Islam, not rebuff them from it. Allah SWT reveal:

(O Glorious Messenger!) Invite towards the path of your Lord with wisdom and refined exhortation and (also)
argue with them in a most decent manner. Surely, your Lord knows well the one who strayed away from His path,
and He also knows well the rightly guided. Qur’an, 16:125

Thirdly, in his last statement, Sayyid Qutb seems to allow people to ‘freely choose the religion of their choice, but only after a new Islamic state has been established.’ But even after they have chosen the religion of their choice, ‘they cannot make their desires their lord or be subservient to other men.’ His statement sounds contradictory and confusing. Moreover, what gives Sayyid Qutb the right to dictate on the people of the world how to run their lives, when Allah created them free?

Apostates in the Dictionary of the Salafi/Wahhabi Doctrine

The Salafi/Wahhabi theatre of takfir comes in many colors and shades, all of which, more or less, are due to the apostate (riddah) belief. The apostate shades and color turns most of the Salafi/Wahhabi congregational prayers, social and ceremonial speeches into a maze of negativism. Cautions against innovations, warning against shirk.  Accusations of worshipping saints and graves, allegation of innovations, attacks on modern political and social systems and cultures, and a host of other disgust and negations. (Ibrahim, pg 211)

Following are nine apostate examples:
1. Anyone who does not adhere to Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s teachings.
2. Anyone or group praying around graves or tombs are Mushrk.
3. Shia, Sufis, other groups such as Alawis, Zaydis, Kurds, Baathis.
4. Anyone who states ISIS is brutal.
5. Modern state tools of governance, such as democracy: elections, election candidates, workers, volunteers, and institutions are doomed.
6. Anyone who agrees with disbelievers for their belief, whether the disbelievers are Christians, Jews, Buddhists, etc.
Note: The Salafi/Wahhabi adherents consider any Muslim who deals with Christians and Jews or meets with them for interfaith activities are an apostate. Shaikh Al-Jabiree of Salafi Talk Website states:

“This interfaith dialogue is a sickness, an affliction, trying to bring about the unification of religions and it is not from the methodology of the Salaf.”

“We will take that which we agree on, and we will leave that which we disagree with. Their principles are the likes of which open ways to bid’ah (innovation), and enable the people of bid’ah to climb into the lives of the Muslims taking any opportunity they can to get to the misguided Muslim groups such as the Raafidah and other than them as well as the non-Muslims [such as] the Jews and Christians. I have discussed this in detail previously and explained how these people leave al-Walaa` wal-Baraa` (the allegiance to the Muslims and not associating oneself to the Kuffar), although it is a principle of Islaam.”

7.- Innovation (Bid’ah). Doing anything religiously that the Prophet Muhammad did not do is considered bid’ah.

8. Praying near graves, temples, or statues.

9. Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab’s Ten Nullifiers of Islam. Ibn Abdul Wahhab created ten rules that nullify a person from Islam. No one else before him ever did any work of this negating nature.


Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab’s Ten Nullifiers of Islam

Instead of being creative and attracting people to Islam with ten points of beauty, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab puts out the Ten Nullifiers of Islam. He introduces you to a sea of negations and warnings that makes one runs away from Islam, rather than be attached to it. In this work, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, classifies apostate as a significant shirk, as opposed to minor shirk, and he further lists classes of the types of the apostate. Check the following link for the ten nullifiers.


Al-Wallaa and Al-Barra (Loyalty and Friendship vs. Disavowal and Enmity)

Even though al-Walaa wa al-Barra is an old Salafi/Wahhabi concept, with recent intensive drives, it has become “the most important of principles of Islam.” Nevertheless, al-Walla and al-Barra, in its entirety, is based on the distorted meaning of the verses of the Qur’an discussed in “Distorting the Islamic Principles” article. Al-Wallaa and Al-Barra are no more than a fueling tool of hatred against people of other faiths and of Muslims, who they accuse of ascribing gods with God. See the Salafi/Wahhabi definition of Al-Walaa & Barraa image below.

For more on al-Walaa-wal-baraa in PDF, click on the next link.


ISIS Belief Refutation

Islam Calls for Reconciliation and Negotiation

The creed of Wahhabi/Salafi allows for no chance of reconciliation, negotiation or peace with what they ascribe as apostates. The only way to deal with apostates is jihad. This barren approach has no place in Islam and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. This same false apostate understanding has kept the “Islamic” or “Rubbles” groups from entering negotiations with the governments of Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Egypt.

Prophet Muhammad negotiated a significant peace treaty known as al-Hudaybiya treaty with his enemy. He accepted conditions he, otherwise, would not have, including the cancellation of the minor pilgrimage for which he and the 4000 people with him had come to perform. Soon after the treaty was signed, a heavenly divine revelation endorsing the Prophet’s steps of reconciliation was revealed, confirming the Prophet’s action, and comforting the hearts of the believers. The disclosure entitled al-Fateh translated as “the opening of the gates of goodness and victory.”

The barren belief of ISIS and the so-called “Islamic Rebels” is responsible for draining and depleting the resources and the livelihood establishments of the Syrian people. The depletion is bringing about a near collapse of the entire Syrian population. The Syrian war has been ongoing for almost five years now. One wonders, who it is before God, will be the responsible party for the sufferings and pains inflicted on the Syrians? Is it those with a sterile approach or those who seek peace, negotiation, and reconciliation? I think it would be those who claim to be Muslims but rebuffed the way of Prophet Muhammad and the teachings of the Qur’an. See our topic, “Relationships and Forgiveness” to appreciate the faith of Islam.


The Apostate Refutation

Many scholars of Islam refute the ruling of an apostate, as understood by the Wahhabi/Salafi doctrine. The Salafi/Wahhabi creed draws its apostate ‘all-out war holistic drive’ ruling against Muslims, not from the Qur’an, but rather from the historical Riddah battles. The Riddah battles took place during the term of the first Caliph Abu Bakr. Abu Bakr launched the Riddah wars against certain tribes who refused to pay zakah (a form of tax) and constituted a dangerous trend that could grow and overcome the new and young Islamic State.

Most modern scholars maintain that the Riddah war against the tribal revolt was not an act of apostasy, but rather a political decision to stop a possible move to depose the new Muslim nation at its cradle. If Abu Bakr did not carry the successful Riddah wars, Islam would have ceased to exist altogether. Moreover, Muslim scholars maintained that the penalty of apostasy holds valid only if the apostate party attacks or harms Islam or Muslims. Otherwise, if there was no damage or aggressions against Islam or Muslims, no penalty should be imposed on the apostate. Scholars further maintained that throughout the Islamic history, there had not been a single execution case of an apostate.

Today, there are 1.7 billion Muslims on this earth with millions of scriptural books and text, as well as other informational media. Is there a chance or possibility for Islam to die anymore?

Defining War

Additionally, Muslim scholars maintained that the war in Islam has to have two opposing armed forces. In the case of a one-armed force attacking an un-combatant party or community, this action no longer fits the definition of war; it is murder and acts of aggression. Such acts of corruption are severely punishable in the code of Islam.

“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a significant punishment. Qur’an 5:33

Among the many modern scholars who support the above apostate understanding and war definitions are, Dr. Adnan Ibrahim, Dr. al-Butti, al-Habeeb al-Ja’fari and the ex-Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Juma’ah.


Isolation and Stifling Intellect

One of the most futile Wahhabi/Salafi teachings is incapacitating the intellects in their adherents. Wahhabi/Salafi followers are taught to strictly follow the direction of their creed’s scholars in the interpretation of the scriptural text. No one can add, remove, modify or even question the understanding of their former or present-day scholars. To ensure their followers do not challenge or use their intellect, the few Salafi/Wahhabi scholars produce hundreds of thousands of fatwas in all folds of life; thereby every one finds his or her (pre-determined) answer. ISIS leaders are clear examples of being faithful to their creed and leaders’ teachings, while in the meantime closing their minds.

Mainstream Muslims and scholars hold no weight, respect or consideration from the Wahhabi/Salafi population. 5,4 Furthermore, Wahhabi/Salafi adherents have no choice in accepting any other Muslim text interpretation. The Salafi/Wahhabi claim that “all other Muslims are heretics or apostates,” automatically disqualify their interpretation. The inherent danger of this Wahhabi/Salafi teaching is that the adherents are subjected to the instructions of less than a handful of Wahhabi/Salafi scholars, with the same point of view, as opposed to thousands upon thousands of Muslim scholars of mainstream Islam, with different points of view.

The downsides of the trend of following fatwas without thinking are many. The first is that these fatwas can and have become holy to the adherent. Uneducated people such as ISIS leaders can easily be misled and wage all-out war against the innocent. Second, fatwas made in the 9th century that were driven by the political and social conditions of that century are being forced on people of all times, including our modern times, and of different social and political environments. This understanding is a pitfall, derogatory and dangerous. A clear example of the Wahhabi/Salafi self-centered culture of isolation and in consideration of other Muslims is the complete silence of the Saudi scholars regarding ISIS and its atrocities. ISIS only follow their holistic Salafi/Wahhabi scholars. The open advisory letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from all over the Muslim world, signed by 126 Muslim scholars and Muftis which was sent to him on September 19, 2014, did not contain a single signature from Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi/Salafi scholars in it (Ibrahim).

This arrogant Saudi stand is dreadful, and a deviation from the Islamic unity. Moreover, disabling rationality, and innovative thinking is stagnation, backwardness, and will ultimately lead to self-destruction. In fact, the separation from the mainstream Muslims, is in itself, an act of grave sins.


Salafi/Wahhabis Decline Joining American Muslims

Another clear example of the Wahhabi/Salafi adherents that strictly follow their holistic leader’s instructions is that the American Salafi/Wahhabis are declining to join the unification resolution of the American Muslim communities of North America with regards to the Muslims feasts and holiday dates. The Islamic Shura and Fiqh Councils of North America (, established a resolution, which unites all Islamic centers and entities in North America to celebrate their holidays and develop fasting routines nationally and collectively.

Typically, in a sovereign Islamic country, the country’s proper religious authority establishes such dates and events for all. The Islamic Shura and Fiqh Councils of North America’s resolution resolved many of the problems the various Muslim communities in North America were facing. See “The Profound Wisdom of Prophet Muhammad Regarding the Lunar Dates

Even though Saudi Arabia’s ministry of Ifta and D’awa, a core Salafi/Wahhabi creed responsible for determining the event’s dates, was in continuous communication with the American Islamic Shura and Fiqh councils, during the entire development of the resolution, the Salafi/Wahhabi mosques in America declined to follow the resolution.  The Salafi/Wahhabi creed’s teachings failed the unification with the body of the American Muslim community in the United States of America and Canada, insisting on following their “holistic” leaders.

The Muslim faith teaches consideration of all acts of separatism deviations, offensive, and failure. Ibn Taymiyah, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, ibn Baz, ibn Uthaimeen and al-Albany are the icons of the Salafi/Wahhabi teachings.


Islam Commands Innovation

The Holy Qur’an contains expressions and inspirations appropriate for every time, place and circumstance, not just the time of Prophet Muhammad, his companions, and the tabi’een. Allah SWT described the believers as:

They believe in God, and the last day; and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong; and zealously
strive to excel (compete) in good works: These are the righteous (the ones who augment the human potential. Qur’an 3:114

To be zealously striving to compete with someone and augment the human potential, the competitors would have to have science, a product, a project or actions they are competing against each other with. How can one come up to the level that Allah SWT set out for him or her if they intend to shut off their minds and hearts from producing actions or answers to their life issues and failures?

Allah SWT widely opened the ways for all Muslims to learn and establish ways and means towards prosperity. He described the believers saying:

(It is) a Book We have revealed to you, abounding in good that they may ponder over its verses [deeply think through its principles,
discover its predictions, expressions, concepts and matters] and that those endowed with understanding may be
mindful [of the solutions, answers advances, and improvements. Qur’an 38, 28

This verse was revealed and related to all people, irrespective of the place, time, technology, and the social and political environments. People’s solution and resolutions must be based on their present circumstances and culture, not those of the old centuries, much like Prophet Muhammad and his companions did for their time.

See Recognizing Where Lies the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

ISIS Apostate Belief at Work


ISIS Carnage and Destruction

ISIS has been demonstrating the wildest means of brutality, torture, and destruction in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. According to ISIS dictionary, all populations are targets of jihad, unless they repent; for Muslims, accept Islam, for non-Muslims or pay jiziya, or else suffer a war. On the contrary, Islam not only calls for freedom of faith but also establishes no enforcement or compulsion in religion.

Indiscriminate killing, raping, burning and abusing innocent Muslims, Christians, Shia, Kurds, even the extremists of al-Qaida, who are like them, but with a different approach, and such are not pure Wahhabis. The worst of their abuse is the abuse of the faith of Allah, Islam, to which they named themselves after.

Were it not that God repels some people by means of others” all monasteries and churches and synagogues and mosques – in [all of] which Gods name is abundantly extoled – would surely have been destroyed. [The implication is that the defense of religious freedom is the foremost cause for which arms may and indeed, must be taken up (see 2:193) or else, corruption would surely overwhelm the earth”.] And God will most certainly succor him who succors His cause: for verily, God is most powerful, almighty. Qur’an 22:40

Below are two letters were written by ISIS leader on the tribe of Shaitat in Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, ordering lower ISIS authority (Abu al-Farooq al-Tunisi) to kill all civilians and militants, and to bomb the city of Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, per the fatwa (verdict) of Abu Abdullah al-Kuwaiti.

Sheik Abu Abdullah al-Kuwaity fatwa resulted in the slaying of over 700 people from the tribe of Shaitat in Deir-ez-Zor, Syria. The fatwa reflects the Salafi/Wahhabi doctrine regarding apostasy.

Following is the Moroccan World News Report on this massacre in English.

Rabat- Amid their ongoing massacres in Syria, the Islamic State’s militants have reportedly “massacred” at least 700 members of the Shaitat tribe in the last two weeks in the province of Deir ez-Zor, according to an NGO.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 600 of the dead were civilians, and the rest were fighters. AFP quoted the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Abdel Rahman Rami, as saying that “the fate of 1,800 other members of the tribe was unknown.” The massacres of the rebel tribe by the Islamic State’s militants took place in several villages in the province of Deir-ez-Zor, mainly the Ghranij, Abu Hamam, and Kashkiyeh villages.

Per, Abu Abdullah al-Kuwaiti fatwa states:

“Consider Shaitat tribe an apostate; you must consider it kafir (infidel); fight it in the same way you fight kufar (disbelievers), and in according to all scholars; even if they admit to the killing verdict or do not; it is impermissible to make a deal with them for protection, a peace treaty or security agreement; none of their prisoners of war should be released, or exchanged with money; their slaughtered meet shall not be eaten; their women prisoners of war can be wives or owned-servants; it is permissible to kill them as prisoners of war, escapees and the wounded; they must be attacked, even if they do not start the fight first.”

The Arabic text below contains the Arabic version of this fatwa. Every point of this fatwa and belief violates the core principles of Islam. How could people with such belief described above attribute their belief to Islam, worse, name themselves after it? See our article, The Distortion of Islamic Doctrine. The third ISIS example displaying their un-Islamic beliefs is of sex slaves. See the image below.

ISIS Destination
ISIS Destination

When can violence be stopped? How far can extremism go before rationality prevails? Arabia’s writers, thinkers, and rational community leaders have begun to give the ISIS irresponsible equation a viable response and solutions.


A Change of Direction in the Saudi Monarchy

After the declaration of a new Caliphate, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s direct threat specific to Saudi Arabia, the house of Saud felt the serious weight of ISIS.
The London, al-Hayat magazine of 10 August 2014, reported that the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Da’wah and Guidance of Saudi Arabia, Saleh bin Abdl Aziz Al-al-Shaykh, ordered all Friday congregational prayer leaders in the Kingdom “to warn people of the danger of ISIS’ ideological extremes. He further emphasized not to indict all others to be disbelievers, stop the criminal behavior in slaughtering innocent lives, and to prevent the insecurity they infest in the country.” (Ibrahim pg 239)


Seventy Percent of the Suicide Bombers were Saudis

Another wake-up call for all Saudis was the United Nation’s report stating: “Seventy percent of the suicide bombers were Saudi.”

 “Summary: This report is published jointly by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It covers the period from 6 July to 10 September 2014 (“the reporting period”) and follows on from UNAMI/OHCHR’s first published report on the protection of civilians in the ongoing non-international armed conflict in Iraq covering the period from 5 June to 5 July 2014, released on 18 August 2014.

The conflict between the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and affiliated forces, on the one hand, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) and associated armed groups, on the other, continues to take a heavy toll on civilians. Gross human rights abuses and acts of violence of an increasingly sectarian nature, committed by armed groups, have exacerbated the effect on civilians and contributed to the deterioration in the human rights situation and the rule of law, in many parts of the country.

Overall, at least 24,015 civilians have been killed or injured in Iraq during the first eight months of 2014. Of these, at least 8,493 civilians were killed and 15,782 were wounded. From the spread of the conflict from Anbar to other areas of Iraq, UNAMI/OHCHR recorded at least 11,159 civilian casualties between 1 June and 31 August. This number includes at least 4,692 civilians killed, and 6,467 wounded. The actual numbers could be much higher. Additionally, the number of civilians who have died from the secondary effects of violence, such as lack of access to basic food, water or medicine, after fleeing their homes or who remained trapped in areas under ISIL control or in areas of conflict are unknown. Children, pregnant women, persons with disabilities, and elderly people have been particularly vulnerable.

As of August 2014, an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis had been displaced due to the ongoing violence. Some 1,000,000 are displaced in areas under the control of ISIL and associated armed groups or in areas under government control, while 800,000 were displaced in the Kurdistan Region. Ensuring the protection and basic humanitarian needs of all civilians remain of critical importance.

UNAMI/OHCHR has received reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross abuses of human rights that have been perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups, with an apparent systematic and widespread character. These include attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, executions and other targeted killings of civilians, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence perpetrated against women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction or desecration of places of religious or cultural significance, wanton destruction and looting of property, and denial of fundamental freedoms.”


Bandar bin Sultan Ousted as the Chief Director of Intelligence

Bandar ben Sultanate, the head of the Saudi secret service, was handling the Syrian folder himself. He was unable to topple the government of Syria, despite using all his contacts, including al-Qaeda. He could have trafficked 12,000 Saudi into Syria along with financing and weaponry supplying networks. Many of the trafficked were criminals in the Saudi jails. The Saudi move cannot be considered anything less than an actual Wahhabi/Salafi invasion of Syria. Bander bin Sultan established a world-wide support for terrorists to operate in Syria and elsewhere in the world. For more details on his  conspicuous activities see, the London Huffington Post, “How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism.”

It should be remembered that Bandar was absent from major political decisions on more than four occasions since he was appointed General Secretary of the National Security Council in 2006. His absence each time was due to the failure of a mission warranting the suspension of his political activity.

According to al-Akhbar news, the vast majority of the Saudis that entered Syria was during the period, Bandar bin Sultan was the Chief Director of Intelligence on Syria, July 2012 to December 2013. Unable to pin Bandar bin Sultan down to disclose his suspicious activities, and possible illegal operations, the Royal Order of King Abdullah came to criminalize “all Saudi fighters, civilians, and military,” and to terminate Bandar’s career.


The Ex-Kuwaiti Minister Saad al-Ajami’s Brave Admission

The Ex-Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Culture, Saad al-Ajami, in the Qatar’s Gate of the East News Paper, dated August 3, 2014, under the heading: Kuluna Daish, We All Are ISIS, states, “ISIS did not come from another planet, neither are they the graduates of the disbelieving western schools, nor the eastern [block] of the past. In fact, they are the grown members of our own culture. ISIS received their education in our schools, prayed in our Mosques, listened to our media, entertained by our satellite programs, attentively heeded our pulpits (congregational and ceremonial speeches), quenched their thirst from our books and references; they submitted to their [religious] leaders, and followed their fatwa.”

He concluded: “We Are All ISIS, we are the ones who created them, we are the ones who educated them, we are the ones who recruited them, we are the ones who charged them, and we are the ones who set them up for the inevitable; and then we stood mystified about the horror that we made in our own hands.”

Minister Saad al-Ajami’s brave admission, indeed, deserves all the recognition and praise for “knowing the problem is, indeed, half the solution.” Minister Saad al-Ajami’s precise description of the origins of the problem is indeed the beginning of the ending of this epidemic of bigotry and violence. If the educational systems do not walk away from the old Salafi/Wahhabi doctrine, there will always be ISIS, and the teachings will continue as long as we have people like ISIS. The elimination of the Salafi/Wahhabi doctrine and the like in nature, and the return to the genuine mainstream Islamic teachings, makes the best of the solutions.


Extremism Enveloped the Saudi Academia and Society

Another courageous and rational call from the Saudi educational systems calls for critiquing the system. Dr. Baina al-Mulhim, who is the Politics and Thought advisor of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Naïf Al-Saud, and a member of the Board of Education at King Saud University, made the following thoughtful statement in al-Riyadh Newspaper of November 3, 2014.

The doctrine of extremism has enveloped the academia for decades, and as a result, the society establishments are infused with such dogma, and as such a radicalized political and theological mindset throughout have been shaped.

A statement by Dr. Iman al-Bugha, a professor at the Dammam University, in giving her allegiance to ISIS infuriate a reaction from the community. Regarding this, Dr. al-Mulhim spoke to al-Riyadh News Paper about the danger befalling the Saudi society, if Saudi women became involved in extremism and in the ISIS experience.

This recognition by the Saudi leaders, along with other ceremonial, public and social media, and proper Islamic educations, mark the beginning of the end of ISIS.

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