My answer to Why does Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi command popularity in the Islamic Ummah?
Answer by Desmond Last:
Al-Baghdad is an intelligent man and committed man, with a cause. This makes him very dangerous. He has re-engineered the Word of God. His time at University of Iraq studying Islam is very apparent in the way the ISIS magazine Dabiq is compiled.
It will be very difficult to defeat him even if he is killed. His martyrdom will serve to inspire others who see the West as a corruption of the Word of God, and its defeat as a victory against the Pagans and Crusaders.
He has developed a new weapon that the West does not have. It is an ‘Ideological Philosophy’. A foundation of his development of the word of God. It is for a region that has had its own cultural and political development arrested by Western interference, and Saudi Arabia’s attempt to force a ‘Westernized’ adoption of Islam upon the Middle East.
Islam as a movement for social Justice has not been given the same freedom to develop as Christianity has. Which is key to why the Middle East is unable to develop a cohesive regional society. It has not developed side by side with the same original values as those given to the Prophet Muhammad by God for his people. We the West have interfered for our own selfish reasons.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a Caliph. This has allowed him to command his popularity. He is able to direct the Word of God to be able to be used to kill innocent People. His justification is the West’s interference in the Middle East, and its killing of it’s people. We are not only his enemy. We are also the enemies of God. We are the Pagans who have no place with God. He transposes by clever use of ‘out of context’ reference to verses of the Quran, his and other radicals message that Islam is the only way to realise your belief in God.The death of all those who do not seek Islam is the pathway to your own salvation.
But you cannot answer ISIS’s Philosophy with a simple criticism that it is wrong, Evil etc. It is founded on the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims killed directly or indirectly by the Western Governments whom Western Islam support.
In the June 2016 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing onno mention is made of the Muslims killed by the US.A lead Coalition, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Western backed rebels, Assad and our Intelligence Services buying loyalty.
We need to focus not just on his defeat of ISIS with a ‘New’ Military strategy, but also on providing those who support him with the freedom to choose a new developed Philosophy. One that will not support an understanding of God that has stolen that which God has given us – imagination, dreams and hope.
We must stop allowing and being part of the killing of civilians.
Al-Baghdad is clever. But God is smarter. The ‘Word of God’ as given to the Prophet Muhammad is quite clear on the worship of false Gods’. This is how Al-Baghad can be defeated. By summoning those who follow him to the true ‘world of God’.
Dying for Al-Baghdad’s evolved radical ‘Ideological Philosophy’ may not seem quite so attractive when you are able to interpret his words through a new Philosophy. One which reveals to you through your own understanding that it is instead ‘ The Flaming Road To Hell’.
Unfortunately the West and its Leaders only see the use of a Military solution which will continue to kill Innocent civilians and give more weight to Al-Baghdad’s (ISIS) words. Using Western Islam to counter the angry emotive words bound in ISIS and Al-Qaeda magazines, has no credibility when they are an alliance to the deaths of so many Muslims.
Al-Baghdad has proven to his followers the worth of his words. We have to act intelligently and with the Human Rights we so espouse, to stop him gaining support in the West.
The West is his new terror ground, his battleground, our new horror. That is where his support will continue to grow. We must follow our own teachings of God by providing a new and legal unified Military solution. With an evolved Philosophy that has a voice that provides, not just promises, the rights of human dignity and respect given to us by God and by International Law. If we do not we will continue to see more and worsening Terror attacks.
For a brief outline of my new Philosophy of the ‘Understanding of the Word of God’ go to