Extremist Muslims Like Family Values Too – Muslims are joining ISIS / ISIL (extremist Islamic group) because they believe it supports “Family Values” – When Christianity and Islam sound alike
By BERZA SIMSEK and RAPHAEL SATTER
Published: Sept 2014
ISTANBUL (AP) – The Islamic State group is run by religious zealots and marked by war, mass killings, crucifixions and beheadings.But for a growing number of fundamentalist Muslim families, the group’s territory is home.”Who says children here are unhappy?” said Asiya Ummi Abdullah, a 24-year-old Muslim convert who traveled to the group’s realm with her infant son last month. She said that living under Shariah, the Islamic legal code, means the boy’s spiritual life is secure.
“He will know God and live under his rules,” she said.
My thoughts on this article (with excerpts of it farther below):
I have noted before on this blog that several practices or views of American Christians – particularly the Reformed, Baptists, fundamentalists and evangelicals – sometimes sound very similar to Mormonism or Islam, which is ever so strange, since one apologetic method of Christians is to point out that Christianity is so unlike the world religions and cults.
Is it, though? Is Christianity all that different from Islam, Mormonism, and other groups?
Because as facets of it are interpreted and being taught by many Americans, Christianity at times looks no different from Islam or Mormonism, in particular concerning the obsession with “family,” marriage, natalism, and gender roles.
Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, actually came to abolish the emphasis on family and strict gender roles, but some American Christians are fighting tooth and nail to hold on to these very things and to promote them ((Link): one example).
The Bible does not teach “family values,” by the way.
Oh yes, the Bible contains teachings about morality – such as declaring that stealing is a sin, and so forth, but no where does God uphold “the family” as a barometer by which to base moral decisions (see this link at my blog for more on that).
By JOHN HALL FOR MAILONLINE
Asiya Ummi Abdullah, 24, admitted taking son to live among ISIS terrorists
Muslim convert fled Turkey with three-year-old son after divorcing husband
Ummi Abdullah denied children are unhappy living under oppressive fanatics
Claimed her three-year-old’s spiritual well-being is better served under ISIS
A 24-year-old Muslim convert has admitted taking her infant son to live among Islamic State terrorists in the Syrian city of Raqqa because she believes he will lead a ‘better life’ under their brutal regime.
Asiya Ummi Abdullah denied that children are unhappy living under the oppressive rule of ISIS’ religious fanatics and explained that she felt her three-year-old son’s spiritual well-being was better served in the group’s de facto capital, where public crucifixions and beheadings are commonplace.
Ummi Abduallah – who had lived in Turkey since her teens but was born in Kyrgyzstan – said moving to the militant stronghold in Syria was in part to shield the young boy from the sex, crime, drugs and alcohol she sees as rampant in her home town Istanbul.
‘Who says children here are unhappy?… He will know God and live under his rules,’ she said.
…. Her story, told to The Associated Press in a series of Facebook messages, illustrates how the vast swaths of territory under the control of ISIS in Syria and Iraq have become home to thousands of devout Muslim families, despite the extreme violence so often found there.
Many of these highly religious families are Turkish and have made their way to ISIS’ de facto capital Raqqa with young children in tow in order to live among murderers and terrorists.
‘The children of that country see all this and become either murderers or delinquents or homosexuals or thieves,’ Ummi Abduallah wrote, attempting to justify moving her young son into ISIS’ brutal realm.
…ISIS, the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria, appears eager to attract families.
…It may promote itself as a family-friendly place, but ISIS’ bloody campaign for control of Syria and Iraq has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in a wave of destruction involving brutal punishments and acts of cultural vandalism.
None of that matters to Ummi Abdullah.
‘The blood and goods of infidels are halal,’ she said – meaning she believes that Islam sanctions the killing of non-Muslims.
…’It’s about fundamentalism,’ said Han, a professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. The Islamic State group’s uncompromising interpretation of Islam promises parents the opportunity to raise their children free from any secular influence.
‘It’s a confined and trustable environment for living out your religion,’ Han said. ‘It kind of becomes a false heaven.’
… Meanwhile Aktan’s wife was finding the companionship she yearned for online, chatting with jihadists and filling her Facebook page with religious exhortations and attacks on gays.
In June, she and Aktan divorced. The next month, a day before her ex-husband was due to pick up their son for vacation, she left with the boy for Gaziantep, a Turkish town near the Syrian border.
(Link): Why Christians Need To Stress Spiritual Family Over the Nuclear Family – People with no flesh and blood relations including Muslims who Convert to Christianity – Also: First World, White, Rich People Problems
(Link): “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” – one of the most excellent Christian rebuttals I have seen against the Christian idolatry of marriage and natalism, and in support of adult singleness and celibacy – from CBE’s site
(Link): Good Grief! Five Million Dollar Family Idoltary on Display: Focus on the Family Launches $5 Million Project Targeting Family Breakdown, Social Ills – Please, when you say you support marriage, be honest about what you REALLY mean