The birth of Islamic terrorism (ISIS)

It is commonly thought that terrorism carried out in the name of Islam does not come from the true teachings of Islam.

In Canada, the petition against Islamophobia sponsored by liberal MP Frank Baylis, E-411, which produced the resultant motion introduced by liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103, states that “These violent individuals do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. In fact, they misrepresent the religion. We categorically reject all their activities. They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world.”

History of Islamic violence and conquest is well documented. Many argue that this was defensive warfare, and had nothing to do with the doctrine of Islam. The Quran, Hadith and Sunnah are all very clear in their proclamation of the dominance of Islam, and the fight to attain or retain that dominance.

This dominance is not just Muslim against non Muslim, but one Islamic sect against another.

We see this in the battle of Karbala.  This battle took place in October of 680 AD after the death of Mohammad. A small group of supporters and relatives of Mohammad’s grandson Husayn (Hussain) ibn Ali fought against a larger military detachment from the forces of  Yazid (Yazeed) I, the Umayyad caliph. One group of Muslims (Sunni) believe that all the companions of Prophet were rightly guided, so they are equal in leadership of Muslims after the Prophet. The other group (Shia) has the belief that only the household of the Prophet  including Imam Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī should be followed in explanation of Islam and leadership. The result of this battle (jihad) was the death of Mohammads grandson Husayn ibn Ali at the hands of Yazid I and his followers. Shia Muslims all over the world remember the death of Husayn with the Islamic holy day called Ashura or ‘Day of Remembrance’. Some Shiite communities promote hemic flagellation rituals as a way of preserving the memory of the revolution of Imam al-Husayn. Read full battle details here.

Ashura (1)
Ashura ceremony in Toronto


Many apologists will argue that this was a violent time in history, and not just in the Islamic world. This is true indeed, but what is concerning to us is the perpetuation of this violence in the Islamic world, and not just by ‘violent individuals’.

A senior Ontario Shiite activist posted on his facebook page the following:

“You think ISIS terrorism is recent, it’s because you are unaware about Hussain. Almost 1400 years ago Hussain was fighting ISIS ideology against Yazeed’s terrorism.”

The lie that we are being fed by politicians that ISIS terror has nothing to do with Islam is just that, a lie.  As we see above, Muslim scholars and activists acknowledge that it has everything to do with Islam. It is admitted that terrorism is deeply rooted in early Islam. This refutes the E-411 and M-103 premise that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.


Credit: Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, ACD

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