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Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Ignorance of the Barbaric Darkness of Ibn Taimiya’s theological system – Part III

Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Ignorance of the Barbaric Darkness of Ibn Taimiya’s theological system – Part III

 

By Prof. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

 

In two earlier articles published under the titles “Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Misperceptions – Part I” (https://megalommatiscomments.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/brussels-terror-attack-due-to-western-misperceptions-part-i/) and “Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Ignorance of Evil Theological Systems – Part II” (https://megalommatiscomments.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/brussels-terror-attack-due-to-western-ignorance-of-evil-theological-systems-part-ii/), I highlighted the Western ignorance of the Muslim World and more specifically of the fact that the extremist way of life, mindset and belief are approved and shared by many hundreds of millions of Muslims in countries other than the evil cradle of Salafism / Wahhabism, i.e. Saudi Arabia; I called that dimension of Western misperception of the Islamic World ‘sociopolitical’. Then, I proceeded through a historical-religious analysis, emphasizing the putrefaction process caused to the Islamic religion by the different Islamic theological systems, and I established a link between the three successive layers of alteration caused by the theological systems of Ahmed ibn Hanbal, Ahmed ibn Taimiyah, and Muhammad ibn Abdulwahhab. In the present article, I will expand further on the nefarious impact that the barbarism of Ibn Taimiyah had on Islam as religion, spirituality, culture, and civilization.

 

As I described in the previous article, “Ahmed ibn Taimiya was the ugly and perverse child of his time“, meaning the period of the Crusades and the Mongol invasions that resulted in the destruction of Baghdad. In fact, his theological system was an introverted reductionism that triggered an overwhelming indifference for, and an abysmal hatred of, the “other”. These characteristics were intensified by ibn Taimiya’s followers who instructed Muslims to limit themselves to basics and to abstain from any contact with, or study of, the “other”.

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WHY TROUBLES GO DEEPER THAN MERE WAHHABISM: THE EVILNESS OF IBN TAIMIYA’S THEOLOGICAL BARBARISM
Of course, after the year 1291 (Fall of Acre), when the last Crusader was out of the Orient, the Islamic World recovered from the Crusades and the Mongol invasions, and continued to expand in terms of imperial power, advance in terms of civilization, and prosper in terms of economic recovery and wealth accumulation. But there were two main negative points that survived for some centuries, gradually spread across the entire Muslim World, and finally prevailed:

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A – The introversion gained momentum among the populations, irrespective of the success of the armies and the caliphs. It was combined with a genuinely un-Islamic reductionism (I mean of course ontological reductionism) as Ibn Taimiya followers – in order to control the masses – diffused the pathetic opinion that Philosophy, Arts, Letters and Sciences are useless, because “only few things are necessary for man to gain the ticket to the Paradise”: by hating and ignoring the “other” (which is a non-Islamic attitude and stance of life) and by preaching and diffusing this mindset, attitude and behavior, the followers of Ibn Taimiya addressed the fears, the sorrow, and the horror generated among the Muslims because of the Crusaders and the Mongols.

B – The bullying exercised by the masses that followed the theologians, who accepted Ibn Taimiya’s heretic theological system, started having an impact in the long run and progressively all the scholars, scientists, artists, architects, mystics, and philosophers came under attack, got dispersed, and disappeared.

For the first time, around the years 1350-1400, within Islam was formed a driving force which was pushing toward ignorance, darkness, hatred and barbarism. 

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It is obvious that such evil force could not exist without targets. Even worse, the targets had to be close. Shia Muslims and Oriental Christians were the first to be targeted. Then, it was the turn of the mystics, the Sufis, the philosophers, the erudite scholars, the astronomers, the chemists, the architects, the poets, the intellectuals, and the artists.

 

An inherent element of the evilness of Ibn Taimiya’s system is uniformity; the hatred of the other – in and by itself – eliminates every chance for diversity. At the social level, this situation means that you cannot differ, because you then become the “other”, and you get subsequently targeted. This means that you cannot carry out experiments in Chemistry, you cannot make sidereal observations in the Observatory, you cannot meditate, and you cannot explore or study anything, because “only few things are necessary for man to gain the ticket to the Paradise” and because the quasi-totality of the population, who are ignorant and uneducated, are not involved in these activities. This means that, by being a genuine scholar, polymath, mystic, explorer, erudite intellectual, philosopher, scientist, architect, artist or author, you differ, you automatically become the “other”, and consequently you are immediately taken as target.

 

During those centuries many Muslim scholars, polymaths, mystics, explorers, erudite intellectuals, philosophers, scientists, architects, artists or authors were persecuted – not by the power of the Sultan and Caliph but – by the average people at the very local, social level; they were forced to stop their scientific, philosophical, artistic or spiritual activities, they were obliged to move to other countries, and they were killed. And a systematic disregard for the Islamic Spiritual, Intellectual, Academic and Scientific Heritage was imposed, so that average Muslims forget the Golden Era of Islam, i.e. the greatness that the filthy and evil minds of ibn Hanbal and ibn Taimiya were virtually unable to ever reach.

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Last, in cases of illustrious names of the foremost Islamic scholars of the Golden Era of Islam, the likes of al Farabi (Alpharabius), Muhyiddin ibn Arabi, ibn Sina (Avicenna), Nasir al Din al Tusi, ibn Rushd (Averroes), Al Ghazali, and others, they were all systematically, uninterruptedly and viciously denigrated, defamed and execrated by the uneducated, uncultured and sullen followers of the tenebrous theology of ibn Taimiya. This continues down to our times.

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As regards ibn Taimiya, he gave the evil example; speaking against al Ghazali, he said: “This Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, despite his brilliance, his devotion to Allah, his knowledge of kalam and philosophy, his asceticism and spiritual practices and his Sufism, ended up in a state of confusion and resorted to the path of those who claim to find out things through dreams and spiritual methods” (Majmu’ al-Fatawa, vol. 4, p.71).

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It goes without saying that this force destroyed the Islamic Civilization, driving the Muslim World to a bestial level of total insignificance around the years 1600-1700. For reasons which rather pertain to foreign affairs, not one caliph / sultan decided to oppose openly and drastically the force of darkness. We refer mainly to the Ottoman times now, because Sunni Islam in Europe, Asia, and Africa was multi-divided in the period 1300-1500, until Selim I (Yavuz Sultan Selim, the ‘stern’ one) reinstated the Caliphate in its magnitude. When the expanded Ottoman Empire was engaged in ferocious battles against Spain in Western Mediterranean, against Austria-Hungary in Central Europe, against Abyssinia in the Horn of Africa, and occasionally against Iran (and later Russia) in the East, it would be impossible for a Caliph (the Sultan) to trigger a deep social chasm by arresting the followers of the vicious, Satanic theological system of Ahmed ibn Taimiya and by declaring an open war against them. Sultans, in their majority, tried to basically rule against the dark ideas of these ignorant people, without turning openly against them.

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Through the above, one can conclude that a great number of populations that traditionally belonged to and followed the Shaffi’i, Hanafi and Maliki schools of jurisprudence started being gravely affected and genuinely altered because of the socially forced diffusion of the villainous system of Ahmed ibn Taimiya, a Hanbali.

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In a way, viewed through a historical perspective, the diffusion of that system across 96-98% of all the Muslims’ territories (the rest 2-4% representing the Arabian Desert) represents a late and indirect form of Hanbalization of the Shaffi’i, Hanafi and Maliki schools of jurisprudence.

In fact, this process never stopped; it was only spread over and over.

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However, in the whole process, there is particularly critical moment, a date that can be taken as the turning point in the down spiral, from Civilization to Barbarism within Islam. This can be safely and accurately determined; it is 1580. Why this date is so important and what happened then in Istanbul are essential for the entire world to know, because today’s tragic events and terror attacks are only a mere reproduction of that ominous day.

 

(to be continued)

 

 

 

Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Ignorance of Evil Theological Systems – Part II

Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Ignorance of Evil Theological Systems – Part II

By Prof. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

 

In an earlier article published under the title “Brussels Terror Attack: Due to Western Misperceptions – Part I” (https://megalommatiscomments.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/brussels-terror-attack-due-to-western-misperceptions-part-i/), I highlighted the Western ignorance of the Muslim World and more specifically of the fact that the extremist way of life, mindset and belief are approved and shared by many hundreds of millions of Muslims in countries other than the evil cradle of Salafism / Wahhabism, i.e. Saudi Arabia; I called that dimension of Western misperception of the Islamic World ‘sociopolitical’. In the present article, I will expand on the historical – theological dimension of the problem.

 

WESTERN MISPERCEPTION OF ISLAM – HISTORICAL / THEOLOGICAL DIMENSION

 

In fact, there is an even worse, overwhelming, and terrible deception imposed on all those in West who have no background in Islamic History, Islamic Philosophy, and Islamic Theology. It pertains to the use of the terms ‘Wahhabi’ and ‘Salafist’.

 

Several investigative analysts have already questioned a few important points, such the inextricable relationship between the Islamic terrorists’ ideology, i.e. Wahhabism, and Saudi Arabia’s official and totalitarian dogma, which is again Wahhabism.

 

It would look as if Saudi Arabia cultivated and exported the evilness of Wahhabism, and this is true indeed, but unfortunately, this conclusion covers only a tiny part of the problem. To understand the extent of the problem and why it does involve the greatest part of the Islamic World, one has to go back to History.

 

THEOLOGY vs. RELIGION

 

Meanwhile, one must manage to avoid traps that only help the terrorists continue their evildoing, because precisely these traps mislead the Western statesmen, military headquarters, academia, mass media, and public opinion in their evaluation of the present situation. The trap is that of accusing Islam itself as a religion of terror. Extensive historical research would easily and plainly prove the opposite, namely that the peak of the Islamic Civilization (and all the thousands of historically known Muslim polymaths, philosophers, erudite scholars, scientists, poets, artists, historians, authors, etc.) was totally devoid of any inclination toward violence, let alone terrorism.

 

Where does this trap hinge on?

 

The answer is simple; there is a subtle and yet enormous difference between two words that play here a determinant role: ‘Religion’ and ‘Theology’. All the religions – when systematized as dogma, doctrine and cult – are, usually, essentially transformed into theological systems that can be at times identified as very distant from the original religion.

 

Christianity offers many examples in this regard; the word ‘Trinity’ does not exist in the New Testament. Early Christians practiced Christianity without conceptualizing what later became the Trinity dogma of Christianity. It is only after St. Basil, Bishop of Caesarea of Cappadocia, wrote his lengthy theological treatise On the Holy Spirit (374 CE), which was accepted as doctrinal pillar of Christianity, that 4th century Christians were able at last to contextualize the third person of their religion.

 

Similar situations occurred in Islam, a religion that is based on one holy book, the Quran, and prophetic explanations and narratives usually called ‘traditions’ (Hadith in Arabic) that determine not only the aspects of spiritual life and human morality but also the details of socioeconomic life. In this regard, theological systematization and recorded application of the Islamic Jurisprudence ended up to an interminable typolatry (“the worship of the types of the religion”) very similar to what Jesus accused the Pharisees of (“Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”; Matthew 23:24). This attitude was proven unable to hinder the free development of Philosophy, Letters, Arts, Sciences, and Spirituality in the first six – seven centuries of the Islamic Era, but when the Islamic Civilization collapsed, typolatry prevailed overwhelmingly bringing forth putrefaction.

 

THREE THEOLOGICAL LAYERS THAT COMPOSE TODAY’S ISLAM

 

If you go to the Wikipedia, you will read that the terms Salafi and Wahhabi are almost synonymous and that Wahhabi means the follower of Muhammad Ibn Abdulwahhab (18th c.); they are categorized as Sunni, even by people like Karen Armstrong, but this is very, very false.

1. Muhammad Ibn Abduwahhab adhered to the evil theological system of Ahmed ibn Taimiya (13-14th c.). Today’s Salafists or Wahhabis adhere to that system too.

2. Ahmed ibn Taimiya adhered to the evil theological-jurisprudential system of Ahmed ibn Hanbal (8-9th c.).

3. Now, Ahmed ibn Hanbal is – today – considered as the founder of one of the so-called four (4) schools of Islamic Sunni Jurisprudence (Fiqh – you have to pronounce both, -q and -h).

All the sheikhs and all the muftis of Islam will tell you today that the four schools of Sunni Jurisprudence are: Hanafi, Maliki, Shaffi’i, and Hanbali – all terms are established after the names of several theologians (in chronological order: Abu Hanifa, Malik ibn Anas, Al-Shafi‘i, ibn Hanbal) who lived in the 8th and the 9th c. Indicatively: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiqh

This is a shameful lie.

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Certainly, in terms of present sociopolitical conditions, one can find followers of each of the above systems. If one consults existing maps closely, one will soon notice that Hanbalis are to be found – only – in Saudi Arabia!

The critical point, which is today concealed by both, the Muslim sheikhs or muftis and the politically correct Western academia, is that the Hanbalis were never truly accepted as genuine Muslims, civilized humans, and people of good faith by any Muslim in the 8-12th c., which was the peak of Islamic Civilization.

At those days, not one Islamic philosopher, erudite scholar, spiritual mystic, scientist, theologian, polymath, architect, artist or poet ever accepted Ahmed ibn Hanbal as an educated person, let alone as an accredited scholar and theologian. The true fact is that he was imprisoned as a barbaric and dangerous heretic and as an ignorant person, who would spread evilness and darkness among Muslims.

His followers were very few, vulgar, miserable, marginal, and disorderly elements. Across the (already then) vast Islamic World, the only location where they were accepted was the most uneducated, most uncivil, and most worthless part of the Islamic territories, namely the Arabian desert (they were not accepted then even in the Hedjaz, the Cordillera that spans from the South of today’s Jordan to the North of Yemen, i.e. where Mecca and Medina are located). One has to bear also in mind the fact that the Hedjaz, although important from a religious viewpoint (as a holy place where the Prophet of Islam lived), has never been in the Islamic Ages a recommended place for Letters, Sciences, Arts, Philosophy, and Imperial Prestige.

Ahmed ibn Taimiya lived outside Arabia and was a Hanbali, and as such he was imprisoned for felony, heresy, and barbarism. When he was free, in his speeches, he used to admonish his followers to attack personally all the Islamic philosophers, scientists, artists, architects, authors, poets and erudite scholars, because they all had absolute contempt and disdain for him, and his ignorance. Ibn Battuta, the illustrious traveler and author of Islamic Ages, describes that the villainous ibn Taimiya exhorted his followers to attack physically the followers of important Islamic philosophical systems who verbally disagreed with the nonsensical and immoral words that he used to utter. This behaviour prevailed among his followers after he died.

Taking into consideration that Ahmed ibn Taimiya was a Hanbali and that Hanbalis were an illegal group (and not an established and accepted school of Islamic Jurisprudence) at the time, one may ask how Ahmed ibn Taimiya managed to influence people in areas like Damascus where there were no Hanbali at all.

Ahmed ibn Taimiya was the ugly and perverse child of his time. During his life, the last Crusaders were kicked out of the Orient. However, the shock they had created was extremely negative and uniquely tremendous among Muslims, Christians, and Jews of the Orient. It was also the time when the epicenter of the Islamic Civilization, Baghdad, was destroyed by the Mongols. This generated a very negative attitude and aggravated introversion, which was at the antipodes of what the Islamic World had been for six centuries before the Crusades.

 

(to be continued) 

The Ottoman Caliphate, the fake Caliphate ISIS, and Raja Casablanca Soccer Team Fans

Many in the West are taken by surprise when similar events take place. But they should not.

On September 29, 2014, numerous fans of the Moroccan soccer team Raja Casablanca were caught chanting in favor of Da’esh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), the fake Caliphate, and calling others for Jihad.

This reflects a multilevel reality that was unreported in the West, as governments and mass media have long done their ingenious best to conceal what really happened across Dar al Islam, the Islamic World, and leave their audience in mysteries.

The trouble is that they don’t reveal this reality now for good! They want only to use it for reasons of belligerency and clash. This will generate further problems to all nations, groups, countries and governments involved because when a reality is presented to audiences as an unexpected development (whereas it was expected and anticipated by many), this very reality is automatically deformed and subsequently misperceived.

What is the multilevel reality that was concealed from the average Westerner?

To avoid compiling volumes, I will have to be quite schematic. I will therefore enumerate herewith major issues that should have become known to the average Westerner over the past 200 years.

1. Internal reasons and developments led the Islamic World to decay at the end of the 16th c. Islamic Science, Philosophy, Art, Knowledge and Spirituality became the target of ignorant and uneducated, barbaric and heretic theologians, and in three successive layers (9th c Ahmed ibn Hanbal / 13th-14th c Ahmed ibn Taimiyah / 18th c Muhammad Abdel Wahhab), the expended heretic theological system was diffused widely, prevailing among Sunni and Shia, and corrupting the minds, the attitudes and the behaviors every time more and worse. To these three theologians is due the entire collapse of the Islamic Civilization, the progressive disintegration of the Islamic societies, and the full incapacitation of the Islamic states.

2. The Western explorers, researchers, scientists, linguists and historians, e.g. the Orientalists, who encountered the above mentioned situation first in the late 18th and the early 19th c., and the businessmen, military, diplomats and agents, who first dealt with it, did not draw the correct conclusions as regards what the Western countries should do about this troublesome issue.

3. As the main target of the English and the French was colonial of nature, the truly problematic situation in which they found all these lands rather suited well their interests, as it was heralding the forthcoming demise of the world’s three largest Islamic empires, namely the Ottoman Empire, Safavid / Qadjar Iran, and Mughal India.

4. The English, entering into contact with the Wahabbis, deliberately used the barbaric and inhuman heresy as a tool to bring the Islamic Caliphate down. This was an immoral act of enormous dimensions. This is the main reason of most of today’s troubles between the Islamic World and the West; however, it is not the only.

5. The French and the English were the first colonial powers that controlled parts of the aforementioned three Islamic empires. Acting on the aforementioned background, they triggered a vicious divide within the Islamic societies – something that was not reflected at the level of colonial and post-colonial administrations. What we see now is the mere consequence of this divide.

6. In fact, the Islamic society either in Egypt, Algeria, Aden, Morocco, India or elsewhere rejected in its overwhelming majority the local stooges of the colonial administrations – all the sheikhs, the imams, the administrators, the businessmen, the military, the academics, and the journalists who accepted to collaborate with the colonials, change their attitudes, behaviors and mentalities, and pretend that Islam was not in opposition with the West, and that the Islamic societies could cope with westernization.

7. The collapse of the Caliphate generated a terrible shock within the Islamic societies and a defensive attitude was shared by the largest part of the Islamic societies; this attitude made of the Islamic religion (not the true one, but the form of the fallen Islam that was formed following the diffusion of the aforementioned three theological systems) the last subterfuge of all the Muslims, particularly those who had lost their rightful state, i.e. the Ottoman Empire. This only increased the importance of the religious authorities in the eyes of the people; having been left without a state, all they had to preserve was their religion. Of course, they could not imagine that their religion was not the true Islam as it believed and practiced before 12-13-14 centuries but a decayed form of nominal, de-spiritualized religion.

8. When the colonial presence was replaced with post-colonial interference, Western ideological schemes, like nationalism and socialism, attracted parts of the society, and an artificial enthusiasm was created, but the phenomenon was alien to the Islamic societies and could not therefore last long. It was quite ephemeral indeed.

9. Westernization was not discredited in itself among the Islamic societies. It was above all stigmatized by the immorality and the perversity of the small segment of the local society that accepted it. Even worse, Westernization was invalidated by the ridiculous, shameless, and disrespectful rulers who were installed in the fake post-colonial states. They were viewed as disgraceful, local stooges and as the unworthiest trash in the world. Closer was the cooperation of a president, king, emir, etc. with the West, more despised he was. The rejection was extended to his family, social class, clan, and followers.

10. For many long decades, the West supported therefore what was for the outright majority of the Muslims the unworthiest element of their society. This created an explosive situation, particularly because it was laced with shamefully anti-Islamic policies that automatically made of those rulers the patented kufar (plural of kafir, i.e. unbeliever) for rejection.

11. The fact that most of today’s Muslims, their religious authorities, and their educational / academic elite have partly accepted the Western world (technology, academic doctrines and disciplines, lifestyle, etc.) only worsens the problem because it brings more contradictory elements into an explosive situation.

12. The reality that most of today’s Muslims are very far from real Islam, ignore almost everything of the Islamic Civilization, and are truly lost within the swamp of decadent Islam does not represent a positive but a negative element. Certainly a true Muslim (by the standards of Islam’s Golden Era) would have fully rejected the fake Caliphate of Raqqa and Mosul in Syria – Iraq; but he would have also rejected today’s Western world – pretty much like all the Fathers of the Christian Church would have refuted it.

13. On the other hand, the official tenants of today’s Islamic religious authorities, who all reject the fake Caliphate, offer only a lip service to today’s Muslims. No one trusts themm as they are viewed as ‘the puppets of the puppets’, i.e. the worthless servants of the ignorant, uneducated, and uncultured Mubaraks who rule and defame their own countries.

14. In fact, it is quite interesting that all those silly and fake Islamic religious authorities in Madinah, Mecca, Cairo, Tunis, Karachi, Rabat, etc. did not bother to duly expand on a key subject, namely ‘why’ they accuse the fake Caliphate for being false and fake. If they fail to produce even one analytical text on this subject, it is easy for a knowledgeable person to understand the reason. They would reject the fake Caliphate only for mere political reasons – simply because it does not suit the interests of their ignominious and parasitic masters who are not Muslims either, but occupy leadership positions only to allow the West fully implement the Freemasonic – Zionist plan of total extinction of Islam.

15. Caught between false rulers and fake Islamists, the uneducated masses of Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, etc. easily opt for those who look more intransigent, e.g. the diabolical authorities of the fake Caliphate; to the eyes of the people they seem to have at least some integrity, dignity and commitment. Not because they have any, but because the long ruling pro-Western puppets proved to have none.

Had the average Muslim been properly educated as per the prescriptions of the Islamic Education of the Golden Era, the average Muslim would not have been so superficial to be attracted by the ignorant Islamists of the fake Caliphate.

But the villainous Freemasonic gangsters, who fully control the evil governments of France, Holland, Belgium, Canada, Australia, England and America, took a particular joy in deliberately blocking for more than two centuries the way of all the Muslims toward the Islamic Knowledge of the Golden Era of Islam. It is therefore high time now for the evil colonial powers and their disreputable local puppets to pay for their deeds. And they will pay very dearly.

 

Fans Of Morocco’s Raja Casablanca Soccer Team Chant: ‘ISIS! ISIS! Let’s Go On Jihad’
Raja Casablanca is one of Morocco’s most popular soccer clubs. It was established in 1949 and has won 11 league titles, seven national cups, and three CAF (Confederation of African Football) Champions League titles. It was also the first Arab team to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup in Brazil in 2000. One week after Algerian militants kidnapped and slaughtered a French tourist, a video surfaced on the Internet in which Moroccan soccer fans chant pro-ISIS slogans. In the video, posted on September 29, 2014, the fans can be heard chanting: “ISIS! ISIS!” and “Let’s go on Jihad!”Following is an excerpt:

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Soccer fans: “ISIS! ISIS!

“ISIS! ISIS!

“ISIS! ISIS!

“ISIS! ISIS!

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“Allah Akbar! Let’s go on Jihad!”

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