A sin called ISIS
The murderers of ISIS have turned the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan into a season for brutality
The murderers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have turned the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan into a season for brutality. We must link the recent deadly incidents to one another, as we are confronting one crime.
The murderers are the same. An evil mind is managing them all, or receiving applications from the world’s madmen requesting to commit crimes. One of these madmen was Omar Mateen, the US citizen of Afghan descent who opened fire on people in a nightclub in Orlando on the 19th day of Ramadan. He presented the operation as a gift to ISIS.
It turned out that Mateen was a troublemaker his entire life, and had decided to show his criminality in a religious context with the Orlando attack.
A few days later, the ISIS operation at Istanbul airport killed dozens from different nationalities, including a Palestinian woman and three Saudi men. Then Kuwait announced the arrest of an ISIS cell planning to target a Shiite mosque and an Interior Ministry building.
Among the arrested cell members are a mother and son. They were arrested in Syria in ISIS-controlled Raqqah and brought back to Kuwait. Then ISIS committed the horrific crime at the crowded shopping area in the Karada district in Baghdad. The attack killed more than 200 Iraqi civilians and injured more than 300.
The operations in Kuwait, Baghdad, Saudi Arabia and even Orlando come within the context of ISIS concerns about attacks against it in Syria and Iraq, and about the increased international alliances against itMshari al-Thaydi
Targeting Saudi Arabia
The Iraqi interior minister submitted his resignation following the explosions. The Justice Ministry executed five ISIS convicts, according to Iraqi officials. The last of these bad developments was in Saudi Arabia. ISIS first targeted Qatif in the east, then Jeddah in the west, then the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
The mosque explosion was carried out by an ISIS suicide bomber, killing four members of the security forces and injuring others. In Jeddah, Abdullah Qalzar Khan – a 36-year-old Pakistani who worked in the kingdom as a driver – blew himself up near the US consulate and the parking lot of Fakeeh Hospital.
The operations in Kuwait, Baghdad, Saudi Arabia and even Orlando come within the context of ISIS concerns about attacks against it in Syria and Iraq, and about the increased international alliances against it. According to the author of “Management of Savagery,” ISIS’s bible, Saudi Arabia is the most desired target of all “apostates and tyrants.”
Unfortunately, ISIS’s crimes will last for some time, until the reasons behind them and their prosperity end. One of the most significant reasons behind its emergence, as well as that of al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood previously, is educational and ideological corruption. This is the responsibility of all Muslims.
This article was first published by Asharq al-Awsat on July 6, 2016.
Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.