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A Tale of Resurrection

“It is difficult to fight against anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul”

This is a tale of resurrection. Resurrection, not of any human soul or body, but resurrection of ideas. Ideas that still have the potential to petrify every human present on this planet. It has often been observed that terrorist groups often origin in a reaction of death of an infamous idol which the terrorists worship as their master or another terrorist group which was their ally. Even terrorists are humans. They too seek revenge upon the murder of their idol or master. There seems to be only one significant difference between humans and terrorists. Terrorists seek revenge upon the entire human race and humans seek revenge only upon the murderer. The names are different. The motive is same. Revenge. Believe me if I say that humans can go to any extent to seek revenge. It doesn’t give them happiness. It keeps them moving forward. The cycle goes on and surely it never finishes up. I kill you, your loved ones kill me, my loved ones find and kill yours. It never stops and never will. Until we reach the end of humanity.

Take the case of Peshawar School Attacks. The sole reason for the terrorists attacking the school was they wanted vengeance for the murder of their kids by Pakistan Army in the name of tearing away the terrorist settlements. The Army killed their kids; knowingly or unknowingly. The terrorist killed theirs, knowingly. Islam pictures children as the embodiment of Allah, every religion does. It doesn’t matter when it comes to retaliation. Humans are strange.

This is a story of the most powerful terrorist group in this world. This is a story of ISIS. The story dates back to 2006, during the period of De-Ba’athification, when Saddam Hussein was killed by the US Army. According to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group, almost all of ISIS’ leaders—including the members of its military and security committees and the majority of its emirs and princes—are former Iraqi officers, specifically former members of Saddam Hussein’s Bath government who lost their jobs and pensions in the De-Ba’athification process after that regime was overthrown.

It is interesting to note that some of the officials have admitted that there would have been no ISIS if US Army had not invaded Iraq. So you see, the motive was, to seek revenge! The cycle went on; they conquered places, the army fought, they conquered again, the army retaliated again. It went on. Neither of them cared about the innocent people. Both the sides were dissatisfied with what they achieved each time, like every human.

Let us dig deep into the functioning of ISIS and their ideals:

  1. Working structure: The group works exactly like any government. Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi heads the group and every body of their group is answerable to him. They have a wing which handles the health of their members, another wing handles the finances and so on. Each wing has a head for each province conquered who is answer to Baghdadi.
  2. Propaganda: It has established the Al-Furqan Foundation for Media Production, which produces CDs, DVDs, posters, pamphlets, and web-related propaganda products and official statements. FBI Director James Comey has described ISIS’ “propaganda is unusually slick,” noting that, “They are broadcasting… in something like 23 languages”. The fact that they are broadcasting in 23 languages reflects that they have been quite successful in spreading their ideas.
  3. Finances:According to a 2015 study by the Financial Action Task Force, ISIS’ five primary sources of revenue are as followed :
    • proceeds from the occupation of territory (including control of banks, oil and gas reservoirs, taxation, extortion, and robbery of economic assets)
    • kidnapping for ransom
    • donations from Saudi Arabia and Gulf states, often disguised as meant for “humanitarian charity”
    • material support provided by foreign fighters
    • fund raising through modern communication networks.
      Mind me if I say that there might me secret funding from organisations which we have never thought about would it. Trust is a non existent word in business. Everything comes with an agreement which compromises the social condition of people living in this world.
  4. Idealogy: The members of ISIS follow the extremist version of the Quran and Wahhabism. They are destroying everything in the name of Jihad. It regards Muslims who do not follow the interpretations as infidels. The Black Standard variant of the legendary battle flag of Prophet Muhammad that it has adopted: the flag shows the Seal of Muhammad within a white circle, with the phrase above it, “There is no God but Allah”. Such symbolism has been said to point to ISIS’ belief that it represents the restoration of the caliphate (Khalifa!) of early Islam, with all the political, religious and eschatological ramifications that this would imply. We would discuss about eschatology later in this article. According to some observers, ISIS emerged from the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, the first post-Ottoman Islamist group dating back to the late 1920s in Egypt. Again you see, RESURRECTION OF IDEAS!
  5. Eschatology: One difference between ISIS and other Islamist and jihadist movements, including al-Qaeda, is the group’s emphasis on eschatology and apocalypticism – that is, a belief in a final Day of Judgment by God.
  6. Goals: A significant goal of the group has been the foundation of a Sunni Islamic state. Specifically, ISIS has sought to establish itself as a caliphate, an Islamic state led by a group of religious authorities under a supreme leader – the caliph (Khalifa!) – who is believed to be the successor to Prophet Muhammad.

It is high time that we look at both sides of the coin. Pay attention. BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has stated that ISIS:

“seeks to subjugate civilians under its control and dominate every aspect of their lives through terror, indoctrination, and the provision of services to those who obey”

Now the other side. What the army is doing is terrorism too; it is retaliation. When we look just at one side of the coin, what we become is called blind. Blind in trusting what the government is doing. Now read the quote again, assuming you belong to a family of terrorists of ISIS. So the army:

“seeks to subjugate civilians under its control and dominate every aspect of their lives through terror, indoctrination, and the provision of services to those who obey”

It is all a matter of perspective. For the family of terrorists, they are civilians and for the army men fighting, their families are. Both have the right to live. But peacefully. It could hurt when I say that peace might be a state of mind. Maybe we can never achieve peace in this state of war, of mankind. Maybe the ultimate peace we get is DEATH. Think about it.

What is the definition of terror? Ask yourself this question again and again. If it is about someone killing your loved ones then what the government is doing to the terrorists is terrorism too, in the name of justice. If it is about bomb blasts then think about it again. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

The question which arises now is: Who is going to stop this? I am sure that neither the army is going to put down its arms nor the group is going to. Something will vanish. Most things won’t. Ideas are one among them. Is this what life is all about? Do you all want to leave behind a legacy? Think about it. Do we have to wait till what ISIS believes as eschatology or some apocalypse to decide who among us is wrong. I guess everybody is wrong here. Because nobody is going to step down.

The ideas will never vanish. NEVER. Maybe the army is going to take down all the members of ISIS and the group no longer would exist. But, MARK MY WORDS, there will be a new group emerging from somewhere out there and we will have to fight against it, again. They will fight in the name of Jihad. We will fight in the name of Justice. It will never stop. I will never stop. Neither will you. Nor will they. There will be no peace. Maybe peace is just a state of mind. Maybe we cannot get it. Somebody has to stop. Who will? You, me, they? Who? Ask yourself. Over and Over again.

“Seek and you shall find the repulsive things you hope to find”

 

 

Resources: ISIS (Only factual data is collected from this site)

 

 

 

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Meeting beyond Borders

In the beginning it felt like every other day: repeated hours of technical classes and then coming back to the hostel again. But, it turned out to be completely different. That day, our last period was SaH(Serve an Hour). An hour before SaH, I was tired because the topics taught that day were too complex to be fed into my brain. As I was walking across the floor, it felt my legs were ready for a rebellion to resist my flow but I had the strength to resist the pain. I kept deceiving my mind, it would just be a matter of one hour and then I could finally take some rest(Although we had our FOSS club too, I was fooling I said!). We were told that our main project was to create various presentations on a social topic, visit a school nearby and teach them about it in detail.

As I entered the SaH hall, I saw various foreigners sitting on the seats which looked unusual. Various thoughts were hitting my mind: “What have they come for? Who are they? Where have they come from?” et cetera. As I settled myself on a chair, I saw a long haired, tall, blonde guy who had a professional camera suspended on his neck which amazed me(Conceptual Photography is my hobby and so, it amazed me!). The guy introduced himself, he told his name was Maximilian Teufel and he lived near The Alps, in Germany. Europe has been a paradise for Photography since ages and it has produced quite famous photographers. So it was obvious that I started talking to him. We had a brief talk on how he felt coming to India and the answer was a mixed expression which was exactly I felt about my country.

I asked him questions, he answered them accurately, just the way I want people to answer my questions. We share common interest and common answering method. Like most of the professional photographers, he had a completely different way of looking at things which I could make it out when he was clicking the activities we were doing. Foreigners are usually astonished at the way Indians have the attitude towards the social issues that exist in this world, and so was he.

He had come with his team of Ayudh Europe . All of them came from different places: Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy but there was one motive which bound them all; making the society a better place to live and inspiring people to care for the Mother Nature.

I couldn’t cease myself going to him after the class. I was very excited to watch his clicks after arriving here and I was surprised to see that the way he clicked some of his photos was similar to that of mine. I took his contact number, his Facebook id, Instagram id literally everything! I contacted him the same night, sharing him my blogs and how we shared common interests. The most observable characteristic of that guy I remember is his long hair! 🙂 I met the next day itself in the Indian Canteen coincidentally, when I was passing by. This time we talked about Indian Cuisine- Chhole, Puri and what not!

I shared my blog with him that night and we talked like we were a part of the same family!

What urged me to write this blog is how people can have same perspective, even when they are living “Beyond the Borders!”. Day before Yesterday, he posted a photo on his Instagram account and to my surprise it was the same photo I had clicked a month before! It is not a sunset, its a portrait of a person who is meditating on the seashore.

Have a look at this!

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You maybe from one country and your friend maybe from another but we all humans emerged from the same origin, it is we who created the boundaries in our Mother Earth.

We all are the same, change the perspective and the differences will disappear!

Long Live Humanity!