Muslim Silence Amid ISIS Atrocities


While President Obama finger-points at President Bush and downplays his own lack of accountability in the mounting chaos and genocide occurring in northern Iraq, atrocities continue to be carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The latest horrifying act of ISIS brutality was the recently publicized beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley. For many Americans, the savage murder of Foley brings back memories of the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl, and media footage depicting so called peaceful Muslims dancing in the streets as Arabs around the world celebrated the attacks carried out by Al Qaeda on 9/11. Amid the atrocity of the ISIS slaughter of innocents by the self-proclaimed caliphate is the usual deafening silence from the rest of the Muslim world.

Since 1997, there have been countless terrorist attacks carried out by radical Islamic terrorist groups such as the Abu Nidal Organization, Abu Sayaf Group, Al Qaeda, Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Hamas, Hezbollah and others. Currently, ISIS, the group that President Obama dismissed in January as the “Junior Varsity,” is now taking center stage and is said to be gaining strength and overshadowing Al Qaeda. Members of these Islamic terrorist groups are virtually 100 percent Muslims.

This week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave classified testimony on Capitol Hill and declared that ISIS is a clear and imminent threat to the security of the United States. He noted they are very well funded, are militarized and now hiding in plain sight as a self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Hagel further warned that ISIS also poses a threat to U.S. partners in the Iraqi region.

While ISIS members are largely recruited from within Iraq and Syria, the organization is also recruiting Muslims from all over the world to join their jihad. According to CNN, U.S. officials and intelligence analysts estimate that the group now has more than 10,000 fighters in the region.

According to demographic statistics, in 2010 there were approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. A study by PEW Research projects that by 2030, the world’s Muslim population will increase by 35 percent to 2.2 billion. That number represents approximately 26.4 percent, or more than a quarter of the Earth’s population. That study also disclosed that the Muslim population in the United States at the last census was approximately 2.6 million. The PEW study projected the number would more than double to 6.2 million by 2030. Examination of the study revealed that in virtually no corner of the world is the Muslim population declining.

To many non-Muslim observers of the hundreds of Islamist terrorist attacks that have occurred globally, the silence coming from the Muslim community is alarmingly troublesome. Outsiders to the Muslim faith who give any thought whatsoever to the extreme violence perpetrated by Islamist terrorists must question if there is an implicit connection between the silence of 1.6 billion Muslims and terrorism. The concept of a connection between Islamist terrorism and Muslims is very simple to understand. It is widely accepted that not all Muslims are terrorists. It should be just as widely accepted that all Islamist terrorists are Muslims. It is what it is.

On one side there are radical Muslims carrying out terrorist attacks against non-believers, i.e., the infidel as well as the slaughter of other Muslims, the moderates, who do not subscribe to radical Islamist extremist views. On the other side are peace-loving non-violent Muslims.

One Canadian Muslim Imam, Syed Soharwardy, recently reported to the Calgary Sun that he has undertaken a personal hunger strike in protest of the ISIS extremist group’s atrocities in an effort to raise the consciousness of the city’s local youth to reject ISIS recruitment efforts. This week, Soharwardy had a Facebook chat with another Canadian Muslim who traveled to join the ISIS jihad. The Imam said he was condemned by the ISIS fighter as a “bad Muslim” and was admonished for speaking out against ISIS. Soharwardy described the phenomenon of Muslim youth joining ISIS as “epidemic,” and called the city an ISIS recruitment ground.

There are of course Muslims who are non-violent; who will not take up arms against the West or other moderate Muslims, but who will openly or silently support the death and destruction brought about by Islamist terrorists. However, it is grossly unfair and indeed unjust to categorize all Muslims, as some do, as bad people and potential terrorists. There are those Muslims, much like Imam Soharwardy, who genuinely possess the love of Allah in their heart. As no good deed goes unpunished, the Imam’s attempts to speak out and reason with one who sides with the extremist’s interpretation of the Koran, were met with condemnation.

When those like Soharwardy speak out, their voices are rarely heard and are not much more than token whispers in comparison to the terrorist explosions and the wailing of the victims of the ISIS genocide. What is left amid all who follow Islam are the overwhelming majority of peaceful Muslims in the world who simply remain silent allowing their religion to be twisted and contorted to justify daily atrocious acts of savagery at the hands of terrorist groups like ISIS. The difficulty in defining the silence of the Muslim majority is staggering; or perhaps it is an example of Ockham’s Razor, that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

If the global image of Islam is to be viewed as its followers preach, that it is the one true religion of peace and love, the message would likely be better received if not preached with the detonation of a suicide vest in a crowded square or with the removal of a journalist’s head by the edge of a sword. What also complicates the matter is that it is not entirely understood by the West and non-Muslims whether or not Islam has been hijacked by a minority of Muslim Islamic terrorists engaged in Jihad, or if there is a larger scenario involving the millions of peaceful Muslims whose history has yet to be written.

One does not need to be a Rhodes Scholar to simply view world events on the Internet or television to attempt to determine the rationale for why things happen. One’s next logical thought process after observing the repeated lack of sustained, appropriate or serious condemnation of terrorism from the entire Muslim community, is the reasonable assumption that millions of Muslims quietly condone and support the actions of terrorists. To some observers, Muslims appear to believe that the end somehow justifies the means regardless of how heinous. Logic would seem to dictate that those in the majority of the Muslim population, if indeed are of the moderate variety rejecting extremism and terrorist tactics, would also be at risk and they should also have grave concerns.

Experts note that Islamist terrorism is problematic for all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. If, as Imam Soharwardy pointed out, the recruiting and volunteerism of Muslim youth is epidemic, then Secretary Hagel’s warning is justified that these legal passport holders will eventually return to their homelands as seasoned jihadist fighters who are ready, willing, and able to carry out terrorist attacks. One can only shudder to imagine what radical Islam, if unchecked, will look like in 16 years when it is projected statistically that more than one in four human beings on Earth will be Muslim.

Radical Islam continues to gain ground in its efforts toward world conversion and the movement is running virtually unimpeded across the globe. Amid the combination of continued atrocities by ISIS and the resulting silence coming from the rest of the Muslim world, there is a justified cause for concern.

Opinion by Mark Politi

Washington Times
Muslim Population
PEW Research
U.S.State Department
Defense One
Calgary Sun
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bashar Al-Ba’noon

17 Responses to "Muslim Silence Amid ISIS Atrocities"

  1. Grandessa   September 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I consistently hear ISIS ” using social media” to organize”. I call upon all Muslim groups to use all forms of social media to expose and attack ISIS. Organize all Muslim groups to expose this fraud. Use the social media to spread your message to all. It can be done; do it for your peace and safety.

  2. mdowney   September 1, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Where have you gone Joe D’Magio our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

  3. philzblog   September 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Silence = complicity. whether atrocities and crushing of human freedom is Muslim, Nazi, Hutu or Communist.

    End of story.

  4. AverageInfidel   August 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm


    Ahmadiyya’s are considered heretics!..

  5. Tim   August 25, 2014 at 1:42 am

    It’s kind of annoying to see these claims without any research being done… I wondered the same thing and googled and apart from this blog, this is what I came up with:

    I mean, I can go on like this for a while, and these are all “leaders” that muslims listen to, in fact, i’m pretty sure I summed up the people with influence over a very large majority of muslims around the world….

    While i’m well aware of the dangers of IS and some of the implications of islam or religion in general, I believe this spreading of unfounded claims only adds fuel to the fire and makes it worse to make rational decisions in a time when that’s so much needed.

    • Newspaniard   August 25, 2014 at 3:58 am

      I read a couple of articles which you used to illustrate that muslims are condemning ISIS but generally they smack of taqiyya in that they all say “Not us, nothing to see here” and other nonsense. Why they are saying this is to try and protect their mates who are vulnerable to the backlash which is surely on its way. These two faced apologists speak loudly and dramatically to the cameras while,in the background, they are shoveling money into isis coffers and sending new recruits through Turkey as fast as they can. islamists learn to lie to infidels before they can walk, what on earth makes you think that they are sincere now?

  6. Newspaniard   August 25, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Northern Iraq has shown us that “peaceful” muslims are only terrorists in waiting. On the arrival of isis, tens of thousands of those from the “religion of peace”, flocked to the isis banner and immediately joined the slaughter of those that weren’t “with them”. As the taliban have said many times, “There are no moderate muslims; there are no radical muslims; there are only muslims”. Time for action against this taqiyya spouting death cult.

  7. charlesmartel17   August 24, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Muslims who came to the West and escaped the burden of shariah started to adapt to the new countries, safe under their laws and constitutions. But once Western governments started to bow to the all powerful oil and submit to OPEC countries demands, the peace of Muslims in the West was shattered. When shariah is implemented as a parallel legal system in Great Britain and other European countries, and when the US courts began accepting to hear family cases under shariah, Muslims were left with very limited options. The constitution was no longer a given in the defense of their rights, and with the new multiculturalism, wife beatings were looked at by American feminists as “cultural” peculiarities. Muslim women and their families were the victims.

    When the US lost its way and its belief that all people on this land were protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, Muslims in the US also got lost. And that´s why they are silent. They know they will not be protected from the thugs trying to radicalize them.

  8. kaz   August 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

    due to Islamic doctrine that it is not only permitted, but virtuous, to lie to infidels about their intentions, the tactic called taqiyya, there is no reason to believe a muslim when he mouths peaceful platitudes while he is living as a small minority at the permission of the infidel majority. I will believe a muslim’s peace talk when that muslim has thrown off islam, and accepted some other belief (or nonbelief) system. a muslim who declares to be against jihad but claims to still be a muslim is lying. jihad is integral to islam. some muslims support jihad more than others, but they are all jihadis to some degree. therefore, they are all enemies of every infidel, or they aren’t muslims. let them show us whether or not they are peaceful, not tell us. they can show us by leaving islam, shutting down the armories aka mosques, stopping the teaching of violent crime to their children, and joining the human race. anything less is just taqiyya, but americans do love to believe lies told by their enemies.

  9. Mark Politi   August 24, 2014 at 6:27 am

    @ Rayna: I am so glad you asked, “What silence?” I do not doubt for a second that there are “many” Muslims, just like Imam Soharwardy in Calgary Canada, speaking out against ISIS and Islamic terrorism. The issue is – how many is “many?” There are 1.6 BILLION Muslims in the world. How many of them are terrorists or condone acts of terror? Certainly, for the sake of humanity, the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists or future terrorists, or people who condone the atrocious slaughter of innocents.

    Relatively speaking, when more than a billion righteous Muslims who are appalled by the actions of groups like ISIS / ISIL, rise up and are unified against those who pervert the holy Koran, only then will the world see Muslims in a different light.

    Until then, because Islamist terrorism is a global problem of monumental proportions, to say that there are “many” Muslims speaking out is obviously not enough.

    Peace loving Muslim communities across the world are sitting back, waiting and watching how non-Muslims, aka the Infidel, attempts to eradicate terrorism at the hands of Islamic extremists. This is totally unacceptable and woefully inadequate. Muslims must do more than write letters to the editor or put out a few YouTube videos. There is certainly no concerted Public Relations campaign against terror coming from the Muslim community.

    If peace loving Muslims are to be taken seriously that they disavow the actions of Islamist terrorists, one billion plus of them are doing nothing substantial to convince the rest of the world of their sincerity. Hence, it is perfectly logical for the rest of the world to doubt that sincerity.

    I whole-heartedly applaud with all my might any Muslim who speaks out against terror. Muslims are the only chance humanity has to stop the insanity of Islamist extremists. It’s up to them to figure it out. Otherwise, this is going to end very, very badly.

  10. Rayna   August 24, 2014 at 5:39 am

    What ‘silence’?

    All you have to do is google ‘muslims against ISIS’ to see that recently, many have spoken out against it. Do some searching and you will see many reports of Muslims condemning ISIS

  11. Ariely Shein   August 24, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Muslims narrative is total submission to Allah and his messenger.
    Without total submissions they are not Muslims anymore.
    They will be legitimate targets of Islamists.
    Muslims can stop the Islamist ideology using the terror tool if they will modernized the Islam narrative and declare that all the people have the freedom to chose and follow any religion- not only Islam- and that Islam goal is not to impose by the power of the sword and endless war the Islam religion worldwide.

    Unfortunately Muslims in the west demonstrate, riot, only to get rights that are not provided to anyone in the 58 Muslim countries>

    1:NO-Political parties in all the 58 Muslim countries don’t have anti Islamist and anti terror agenda.
    2: NO-Muslims don’t demonstrate against Islamism and terror either in the west or Muslim countries.
    3: NO-Muslims don’t stop the Islamism hate preaching and teaching in mosques, schools and Islamic centers.
    4:NO- Muslim don’t demand to change the ideology of :
    Extremely short examples of teachings:
    1: “”I have been instructed by Allah to declare WAR AND FIGHT ALL MANKIND.””
    Obligatory Arabic schools book; Al-Schaichan and of the 2 important Hadith- Sahih Al-Buchary and Sahih Muslim
    2:”An Apostate will be suppressed in prison in order to repent otherwise, HE SHOULD BE KILLED,as Mohammed said:”Whoever changes his religion, kill him”.
    The “Online Saudi-arabian”taught at schools in Arabic

  12. John David Bourgeois   August 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    There are 109 verses in the Quran that command violence, such as beheadings, against “infidels” (meaning anyone who won’t submit to Islam).
    Islam means “submission”. Here’s the link to the verses which promote violence.

  13. Dip   August 23, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Islam is not a religion but a system to govern people. Vast majority of the Muslims are dream of muslim world and are driven to fanaticism by the vested interest. Islam itself does not preach peace but forced conversions, abduction of non-muslim women. There is nothing like radical and non-radical muslims. 1600-year History speaks for itself.

  14. Mark Politi   August 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

    @ Umar – Thank you very much for sharing. Muslims are going to have to do so much more to take back Islam from the extremists. I commend the few who are standing up, but until there is an exponential uprising by all Muslims who are not represented by groups like ISIS, then world perception that the vast majority of Muslims, while not blowing themselves up, at least condone the actions of those who do.

    Is it simply a matter of misinterpretation of the Koran by well-meaning Muslims, or are all extremists just murderous vermin using the Koran as an excuse to satisfy a sick lust to kill innocents? I realize the answer is too complicated to arrive at in this forum, but it does give one food for thought.

    The sad reality is there is a faction of Islam that has long been waging a violent ongoing war against the West and non-believers. My personal opinion is I do not believe there will be any end to it without a concerted effort to destroy those who are hell bent on destroying. That effort MUST MUST MUST be spearheaded by the Muslim community with more than token YouTube videos or letters to the editor. If you can not get the message out en masse, then I’m afraid the existing perception will not change.

    I am encouraged by your comment and hope others with an aptitude for organizing, fund raising etc. will do more to prevent the further recruitment of righteous Muslims into the ranks of Satan’s army.

  15. Umar   August 23, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Muslims not being silent:

    ISIS are totally illegitimate and don’t speak for Islam. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is leading the charge against extremism and has been doing so for well over a century (yes, you read that correctly).


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