ISIS and ISAM: Between A Myth and Reality

ISIS and ISAM: Between A Myth and Reality



Any attack on innocent people is unlawful and contrary to shari’a (Islamic law). … Muslims must safeguard the lives, honor and property of Christians and Jews. Attacking them contradicts shari’a.”

Shaikh Muhammad bin ‘Abdallah al-Sabil

I know that, the more we talk about this so-called ISIS and ISAM, we only make them more famous, and we put them where they are not supposed to be. These terror organizations have been spreading fear in the hearts of many across the globe. They are widely spreading like fire and there are no signs that they will stop anytime soon!

ISIS is a terror group built on an extreme strategy and focuses on destroying what millions hold dear to their hearts by implementing new laws, not divine rituals as they claim, but what their ideology and their self-proclaimed caliph has set to establish his reign. One can only have a quick glance at the laws this terror group is imposing on the territories they have ceased to understand the core of their vision on ruling the world.

For an ordinary person, ISIS is nothing but a myth, a ghost, a group of desperate men seeking attention and spotlights. There is no sane person under the sun who would buy and understand this group’s message. No God would agree with ISIS’ agenda. Yet, many join them and become militants! But why? What makes this terror group a rising star in the Middle East and soon in North Africa and other parts of the world?

I strongly believe that any terror group is the making of some entity, more specifically an intelligence service of some country. How would this be possible? Simple. What those groups possess is beyond the reach of any amateur criminals. They are well equipped, well trained, and logistically capable of planning long-term strategies and put them in place. These groups own top-notch arsenal and weaponry, they can even reach sensitive targets if they wish to. This is way beyond an ordinary organization. This is just like Al-Qaeda, which was the making of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and officially funded by the U.S. taxpayers’ money before it went rogue (officially)… What Al-Qaeda did was, by no means, a work of a simple Bedouin. Behind the man, there were many ghosts planning for him and provide him with accurate targets and instructions. Those ghosts are well-known and have years of experience on shaking the world’ politics and strategies.

The same applies on ISIS and its affiliate groups (ISAM and recently Bako Haram). Any debutant in politics and strategy will quickly realize this bitter truth. The moment the militants of the ISIS launched a deadly and fearsome campaign against their fellow Muslims, instead of pointing their rifles towards those who slaughter Muslim and Arab children, women and elderly, it was so clear that there is a hidden agenda, which is not made available to the public.

Strategically speaking, the major global forces need a new group to absorb all micro terror groups. The political conflict in Syria encouraged all fanatics from around the globe to join the battlefield. Some in search for martyrdom, some to support either side or act as mercenaries.
Many observers thought the conflict in Syria would be as swift as it was in Libya or Egypt, they thought wrong! Syria is the most complicated player in the political game in the Middle East; it is situated in the heart of the region and its political role is pivotal to all major players.

Now, let us have a look at what they want to implement and why they are doing so. ISIS just published new sets of rules with an immediate effect to take place in all territories they have ceased. They began reshuffling the education system by ditching many science courses and substituted them with religious courses, as if Islam is just about praying and fasting. I think these people skipped a very important Surah in the Holy Koran called “AR Rahman” in which God encourages exploring the universe and the world we live in, and to do so, science is so important. They banned hairdressers and enforced long beard and men are forbidden to cut their hair. Smoking is punishable by death! Women have lost, pretty much, every Godly right granted to them by the Deity and instead, they have to obey the new laws of the land enacted by this imposter called Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi. These sets of rules what make ISIS a myth! A bunch of highly intoxicated vagabonds and nobodies memorized couple of verses of the Koran and then began to believe that they have a divine mandate to represent God on Planet Earth!

The damage ISIS is doing to Islam and Muslims is greater than what Crusaders have done and what the “enemies of Islam” combined have ever tried. The worse destruction is the one from within, as it targets the core of the matter. This is precisely what is happening and what this imposter is trying to achieve and for whatever reason. The latter is clear. He is serving some entities’ agenda, he is raging a war against Muslims by proxy, and it is clear to the whole world.

The recent dramatic events in Gaza proved this theory. The militants of ISIS publicly declared that the Deity did NOT order raging a war against “infidels” and Zionists; instead, He ordered them to behead and slaughter Muslims and civilians, and those who recite the infamous Islamic “Shahada”! Where is logic in this? Which Divine rituals these bunch of ignorant vagabonds are trying to implement? This is hijacking Islam by excellence!

It is amazing how this terror group attracted the attention of others terrorist cells around the world. Now we are facing Islamic State in Arab Maghreb (ISAM), Bako Haram recently pledged allegiance to ISIS established in the Levant, many other terrorists have decided to join forces with them. The main question is how they could unite with all the sophisticated intelligence services watching closely and monitoring every move they make, every transaction established, every communication connecting members, or do they for real?!

Every strategist reckons that the main purpose of founding ISIS is to attract all Jihadi groups and unite them under one single network, that way it will be easy to control them and ultimately destroy them. The world is fully aware that the strength of Muslims lies in their spiritual belief; therefore, the only way to control them and destroy them is to strike them from within. And giving the fact that Muslims, generally speaking, tend to believe any bearded man who claims to be a cleric or a scholar, it makes it a lot easier to create a persona playing that role perfectly, and tries to persuade them to obey what God had “inspired” him to deliver. People will soon believe that this imposter is the Messiah, the Mahdi, thee one!

Why ISIS has become a myth? Simply because the media makes sound so. It makes of the imposter Al-Baghdadi a myth and built tales around what he does, just like what we were taught in schools about Genghis Khan, Hulako and Dracul the Impaler! These historic personas were bloodthirsty and spread terror and fear in the hearts of people back in days. This self-proclaimed caliph is the new myth. However, reality shows that what this man is spreading is far from mythology. Every day we hear about beheadings and mass executions in many parts of the Levant… This is the Islam the West wants to be broadcast, the type of Islam, which will allow Western countries to invade the region again under different excuses this time. ISIS is acting as a field operative for some entity. It is doing a great job thus far, but it will never succeed. Ordinary Muslims and Arabs are much smarter than what the West thinks. The vast majority of Muslims know very well that Islamic rituals never encourage war and bloodsheds. People begin to realize that certain mercenaries have hijacked their faith so it can serve their agendas.

Islam was and will forever be a religion that tolerates the other, the different. The concept of Jihad or holy war has been taken out of concept by those mercenaries and vagabonds. Sadly enough, the West tends to believe what these terror groups are spreading, and it is our duty, as intellectuals, to correct this concept and explain what is the difference between Islam and those who claim to represent it.

ISIS or any other terror organization cannot win, and they will never win. It is not because I said so, but because God will never allow them to carry on damaging His image and neither shall we!

Mourad Beni-ich
Mr.Mourad Beni-ich is a Political, Intelligence & Strategic Analyst based in Washington, DC.

[symple_box color=”blue” text_align=”left” width=”100%” float=”none”]Mr. Beni-ich holds a BA in Law, a BA in Political Sciences, a MA in Security and Intelligence Analyses, a MA in Global Terrorism and a PhD in International Politics. His studies were pursued in England and the U.S.

Mr. Beni-ich began his career as a lawyer working for the British Home Office (The Ministry of Interior) as well as The British Foreign Office. Mr.Beni-ich gave many lectures in the United States regarding the current affairs in the MENA region, both in universities and organizations. Mr. Beni-ich is currently based in Washington, DC where he lobbies for the Moroccan affairs and coordinates with many U.S. officials and Think-Tanks to promote Morocco’s interests, both in the United States and Morocco.