In a recent TV interview, former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din called for the establishment of a civil state in Iraq based on man-made law and equality, rather than on Islamic jurisprudence, as the only way to combat ISIS. He further said that there were thousands of mosques in the U.S. and worldwide that incited and prepared people to join ISIS. “Islam has been politicized and is used as a sword,” he said in the Al-Iraqiya TV interview, which aired on October 17, 2014.
ISIS is just the tip of the iceberg. ISIS has support. It is one of many groups. ISIS is based on a certain ideology, upon a certain interpretation of religion, and upon a certain Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence).
Unfortunately, what happened to the Yezidis and other in the Northern Iraq is to be found in the Fiqh of Shiites and Sunnis alike. Unless, we are careful in the use of the Fiqh…In my opinion, the Fiqh is more dangerous than nuclear technology.
Therefore, we in Iraq are facing two choices: Either, we establish a civil state which relies on man-made law, based on equality between citizens, or else we establish a state based on Fiqh and religious law. If we establish a state based on Fiqh, partitioning into a Shiite state, a Sunni state and a Kurdish state in inevitable. Alternatively, we could establish a civil state in which all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law.
As I have said, ISIS is a phenomenon with extensions all over the world, not only in Muslim countries. Even here in the US, there are many ISIS mosques. There are thousands of mosques that are preparing people to join ISIS. Imagine, young people from Florida join the ranks of ISIS to fight, and so do young people from Britain, Australian, Russia, China and elsewhere.
How could a young university student leave Florida to fight for ISIS, if not for a mosque that incited him to do so. I am not talking about a handful of mosques or about just a few people. No! We are talking about thousands of such mosques, or even more in all countries of the world, from Latin America to North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. These mosques are calling, day in and day out fro the revival of the Khaliphate.
There are school curricula that glorify the Khaliphate , saying that the past of the Muslims is better than their present. I believe that the opposite is true. Who says that our past is better than our present? We live in the era of electricity, of the internet, of satellite TV, of modern medicine, telecommunications, awareness. Even our understanding of religion is much better.
You cannot defeat ISIS through sectarianism, only through patriotism.