“ISIS is an Islamic problem,” says Muslim man in viral post

ISIS is an Islamic problem that Muslims must confront, according to a post by a Singaporean Muslim that is going viral on Facebook.

“ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and it is an Islamic problem. Let me say it again to be perfectly clear,” Sulaiman Daud wrote in the post that has been shared over 30,000 times since yesterday. “ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and they are a cancer at the heart of Islam. And the problem will not go away until Muslims confront that.”

“ISIS attackers scream ‘Allah hu’akbar’ during their attacks,” Daud adds in a post written a day after the terror attack in Paris that killed 129 people. “ISIS recruits cite Qur’anic verses as justification for the rape and enslavement of women.”

“There are no Christians in ISIS,” Daud pointed out. “There are no Buddhists, Jews, Pagans, Taoists, Houngans, Catholics, Wiccans, Hindus or even Scientologists in ISIS. ISIS is a Muslim organisation and they kill in the name of Islam.”

“So if you feel that Muslims are being oppressed or killed in Muslim countries, I expect you to also be just as outraged by ISIS,” Daud wrote. “Because they have killed more Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Jordan than the entire US army. They have done more damage to the name and reputation of Islam than any Western nation. ISIS is Islam’s biggest enemy, not the US, not Israel or France or Germany or the Russians.”

“ISIS is not America’s problem, nor the British, nor the French,” Daud concludes. “ISIS is not Syria or Iraq’s problem. ISIS is a problem for Muslims. And if you can’t admit that, you’re not really a good Muslim either.”

While thousands of people expressed their agreement with Daud, many others felt that the author was just scratching the surface without looking deep at the root causes of the problem.

“On the surface it would seem like its a Islamic problem. but if you look at the root of it, ISIS is a political problem,” an artist who goes by the name RAZ commented. “Politicians and war mongers are using our emotions to justify using our money to fund their wars in the Middle East. Look at what happened the day after the attacks, bombing Syria in revenge. Does anyone honestly think that solves anything?”

“Why bring religion into the picture of these attacks?” Daud’s compatriot Andrew Kock asked. “All religion is[sic] peaceful, terrorism don’t[sic] see religion, they use it as a tools[sic] to manipulate people of different beliefs. Now we are here to stop terrorism, not to talk about religion. Please don’t get all your simple minded beliefs and point fingers on a religion just because the media reports on it.”

Others felt that Muslims weren’t getting credit for addressing the problem due to lack of media coverage.
“Muslims are addressing the problem,” Martini Tahir of Santa Barbara, California responded. “Just that the media is not reporting about it, so majority of people who have very few Muslim friends may not have heard about it.”

Here’s Sulaiman Daud’s post in full:

I want to thank well-meaning non-Muslims who, in the wake of these attacks, have emphasised that they have been carried out by a small, twisted minority. A terrorist’s goal is to sow hatred and discord, and by not giving in, you are defeating their plans.

But I want to say that as a Muslim, I wish that we weren’t so quick to emphasise that this has nothing to do with us. While I personally have never killed anyone and none of my friends and family have ever resorted to violence, radicalism has everything to do with Islam. And the failure to address that out of a well-intentioned commitment to tolerance is making the problem worse.

ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and it is an Islamic problem. Let me say it again to be perfectly clear. ISIS is a Muslim organisation, and they are a cancer at the heart of Islam. And the problem will not go away until Muslims confront that.
ISIS attackers scream ‘Allah hu’akbar’ during their attacks.

ISIS recruits cite Qur’anic verses as justification for the rape and enslavement of women.

ISIS soldiers kill archaeologists, gay men and women, and people who refuse to convert to Islam because they are blasphemers.

There are no Christians in ISIS. There are no Buddhists, Jews, Pagans, Taoists, Houngans, Catholics, Wiccans, Hindus or even Scientologists in ISIS. ISIS is a Muslim organisation and they kill in the name of Islam.

So don’t say that ISIS aren’t ‘true Muslims’ or that they are ‘not really Muslims’. Like any large organisation, ISIS exists in a spectrum. You have the aimless, restless teenager who never amounted to anything in his life and traveled to Syria because he can’t find a job and doesn’t know if the Qur’an is to be read from left to right or right to left. But you also have pious professionals, businessmen, and academics who read their Qur’an cover to cover, pray every day, were seduced into radicalism, and truly believe that the Islamic State’s goal of conquest is a noble one. The so-called ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has a doctorate in Islamic studies.

So if you feel that Muslims are being oppressed or killed in Muslim countries, I expect you to also be just as outraged by ISIS. Because they have killed more Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Jordan than the entire US army. They have done more damage to the name and reputation of Islam than any Western nation. ISIS is Islam’s biggest enemy, not the US, not Israel or France or Germany or the Russians.

We have to own the problem. We have to admit that this is a religious problem, and we need to renew our commitment to a secular country which treats all religions equally. I have believed in the importance of secularism all my life, and with every day that passes that belief grows stronger. Religion is no way to govern a nation. Not any religion, and not any nation.

ISIS is not America’s problem, nor the British, nor the French. ISIS is not Syria or Iraq’s problem. ISIS is a problem for Muslims. And if you can’t admit that, you’re not really a good Muslim either.

[Photo Credit: Shaeekh Shuvro]

19 Responses to “ISIS is an Islamic problem,” says Muslim man in viral post

  1. Reza says:

    Why are you printing such blatant Islamophobia?

    Islam is a religion of peace. ISIS is a terrorist organization, not an Islamic one.

    • Kevin says:

      because you say so. Thanks for your input!

    • PV says:

      Ah yes, “Islamophobia”. An accusation invented by Islamists to shut down any debate or criticism of Islamic dogma. It’s not clear whether you’re ignorant or a troll.
      Anyway, to support the fact of the article, I present you with this. Read and deny it at your leisure. http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/int/long.html

      The Christian and Jewish bibles are similar, although slightly shorter on the encouragement to murder. http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/int/long.html

    • One says:

      Because its easier to blame Islam for the violence and instability in that region instead of owning up to the responsibilities our governments have in facilitating that instability.

      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129131992 (NPR, July 15 2011: In ‘A World Without Islam,’ Not Much Would Change)

      “Muslims can, do, and will condemn ISIS actions and its vision of Islam. They do it every day. It will probably require more time for them move into decisive action—which involves military but also bold social and intellectual resistance, which today can be dangerous, especially in closed societies. But the Middle East belongs to the Middle East. Islam is their own religion—that is being used to ends that most Muslims abhor. Let’s not dilute their message by piling on with our own simple, self-serving interpretations of Islam. Such a course only compromises Muslims’ own religious, social, political and ideological efforts to gain control of their own societies, sovereignties and destinies. For us this is an ugly, but not existential issue. For Muslims it is existential.”
      – Graham Fuller, former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. This quote can be found on his blog here: http://grahamefuller.com/interpreting-islam-to-muslims/

    • Anonymous says:

      Go fuck your ancestors and take your comment elsewhere.

    • Outta says:

      Wrong, Muslims behave differently when they are 1% of the population vs Muslim behavior at 100% of population in any given country. One should NOT fall for good muslim attitude since that will quickly change as population rises and shifting demographics. Qatar is FINE EXAMPLE of a muslim country with BRUTAL mistreatment of Nepalis and non-muslims in the Middle East. Even inferior muslims from pakistan and bangladesh are treated like shit. Christians are treated like shit in Middle-East. Muslims and Islamic believes are a growing cancer to any society. Muslims are also the LAST social group to abolish ‘Arab Slave Trade’. See the movie ‘I AM SLAVE (2009)’, it is happening everyday in Africa.

    • Mr Big says:

      Muslims are the ones letting their religion be hijacked and have been doing it since Osama. They don’t mind letting somebody do the fighting for them while they sit like a bump on a toads butt.Pretending they don’t know whats going on is really helping both ISIS and the Taliban.Somebody can paint a picture of the Prophet and of course the entire Muslim world wants to kill the artist, murder innocent people in the name of Islam and noting to say.

  2. Dutch Delight says:

    Phobia is an irrational fear, this article is just summing up facts. Trying to prevent people being informed will lead to much bigger problems, and is unethical.

    Isis bases itself on islamic scriptures, at best you can argue that you don’t like their interpretation. Arguing they are not Islamic is both depressing and absurd.

  3. mittie goon says:

    Couldn’t agree more with Sulaiman Daud if ISIS/ISIL or whatever its called this week is not an islamic group then why have areas like Moleenbek become safe havens for terrorists and hot beds of muslims recruiting muslims for groups like ISIS. Bleeding heart Poltical Correct Liberals trying to pretend that its not an islamic problem is not doing anyone any favors especially peace loving muslims.

    • One says:

      Is the Klu Klux Klan a Christian problem? Or a fringe group that likes to use the Bible to justify it’s behaviour, no matter how irrational or wrong it is?

      • Outta says:

        Yes, I have used this as a good analogy against all racist white bastards. But KKK is not bombing and killing people around the world anymore. Yes, that was old news in the Southern USA at some point. In fact, KKK minded folks are still around us who believe in ‘RACIAL PURITY’ and ANTI-MISCEGENATION peacefully.
        Now, let’s talk about ISLAM:
        Wrong, Muslims behave differently when they are 1% of the population vs Muslim behavior at 100% of population in any given country. One should NOT fall for ‘good muslim’ attitude since that will quickly change as population rises and shifting demographics. Qatar is FINE EXAMPLE of a muslim country with BRUTAL mistreatment of Nepalis and non-muslims in the Middle East. Even inferior muslims from pakistan and bangladesh are treated like shit. Christians are treated like shit in Middle-East. Muslims and Islamic believes are a growing cancer to any society. Muslims are also the LAST social group to abolish ‘Arab Slave Trade’. See the movie ‘I AM SLAVE (2009)’, it is happening everyday in Africa.

  4. mittie goon says:

    The KKK are a spent force, they were more of a racist group that killed in the name of race not religion. As far as i know they did not blow planes out of the sky, did not kill tourists on the beaches did not plant bombs, or kill anyone because of a cartoon. If they had done then i would hope that there would of been christians taking to the streets in protest at such action being commited in the name of their god. I would of thought it would be in the best interests of the peace loving muslims to take to the streets in protest at actions by ISIS after all ISIS have proven beyond reasonable doubt that they dont care about the muslims in the west. Is it because ISIS is following the words of the quran to the letter the reason why these peace loving muslims refuse to accept it is an islamic problem?

    • One says:

      Except that they do, overwhelmingly in fact: “According to newly released data that the Pew Research Center collected in 11 countries with significant Muslim populations, people from Nigeria to Jordan to Indonesia overwhelmingly expressed negative views of ISIS.” – Nov 17, 2015. Pew Research Center. Google it if you like.

      I don’t know where the peace loving Christians were when George Bush, in 2003, in an effort to convince French President Jacques Chirac to join the “coalition of the willing” in the Iraq war of aggression, quoted: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”

      Or the fact that Donald Rumsfeld felt he had to preface each memo about Iraq to George Bush quoting Bible scripture. I don’t know where all the peace-loving Christians were then?

      But you know what? All of this is a muddle, putting people’s irrational fears of Muslims ahead of the actual facts, and not holding people accountable for the instability of the region. It’s much easier in fact to blame religion, because then it allows you to ignore all of the other more valid reasons for why there is a non-state actor attempting to coax a reaction from other countries.

    • yati says:

      Hi there peace to you…to you and to others of your breed….easy.solution is tell your ‘white superior skin’ people to stop bothering muslim countries.whatever crimes or problems intheir countries those are their internal affairs.if we peace loving muslims i mean us…not the isis…ok dont get me wrong, we r totally entirely different from isis.we accept other religions differences and we respect other races too.we dont create cartoon about your god whatsoever.so stop blaming us.look at yourselves.r u that perfect?if you think you can change the world and stop isis then why dont you and your group go to isis hideout and fight with them like in your brainy and always win in the end movies.dont just sit and type nonsense…..u r no difference from isis.u spread hatred thru social media.peace brother sister.no offence

  5. Outta says:

    Wrong, Muslims behave differently when they are 1% of the population vs Muslim behavior at 100% of population in any given country. One should NOT fall for good muslim attitude since that will quickly change as population rises and shifting demographics. Qatar is FINE EXAMPLE of a muslim country with BRUTAL mistreatment of Nepalis and non-muslims in the Middle East. Even inferior muslims from pakistan and bangladesh are treated like shit. Christians are treated like shit in Middle-East. Muslims and Islamic believes are a growing cancer to any society. Muslims are also the LAST social group to abolish ‘Arab Slave Trade’. See the movie ‘I AM SLAVE (2009)’, it is happening everyday in Africa.

    • One says:

      I don’t get your argument. There are about 3% of self-identified followers of Islam in Canada. Roughly about a million people, out of a country of about 35 million people. Percentage of Syrian refugees taken in (including women and children) would make up 0.07 percent, and not even all of them are muslim! There are about 60 million displaced people in the world.

      If you were really concerned about extremist Muslims, you’d be against this and the previous government’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a predominantly Muslim dictatorship whose brand of Wahhabi-style reading of Islam is the ideological driver of ISIS’ extreme views.

      You should call your MP right now and tell them to stop being allies with the Saudis.

  6. yati says:

    well dear man…secular way of life is your own opinion.might work for some countries might not work in others. if you insist secularism you r same lime isis..enforcing only one belief. well i myself disagree witb isis violence as much as i disagree with the killings of muslims in palestines by zionist. but if you say u r a muslim man, then you must know that there are a lot of division in islam but only one way is correct. not every muslim goes to heaven maybe not you too. isis problem probably can be tackled by ensuring peace in the middle east. make sure that integrity and harmony is practised by everybody there. and man you cannot blame your religion man.you cannot judge whether a person is good muslim or not. and how do we know you are muslim.you can just be using a muslim name.this is social media.anything is possible.so my dear brother….i know you are well to do and well educated. its great to be peace here in spore.so just enjoy life here. you dont have to think or crack your brain abt isis. well if you insist to be involved then act do something.not just your fingers dancing on the keyboard. sorry brother..peace to you and to the world.

  7. Offring says:

    Publication number US20090285865 A1

    Let’s start with this idea.

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