Monday, March 16, 2015
Warning: This article contains very disturbing photographs. We decided to print them as we feel the truth about ISIS is more important that individual's comfort levels with graphic representations of evil and what evil is capable of doing.
The one-finger display is the distinctive Muslim gang sign (most notably the sign of ISIS): The index finger points straight up while the thumb wraps underneath and presses against the digital phalange of the middle finger. The remaining fingers are squeezed against the palm in order to highlight the extended forefinger.
The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolic shahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger. Thus when believers stick their index finger in the air, they demonstrate they are partisans of Muhammad's God concept. And they also affirm their belief in Muhammad's claim he was the interface between God and man. They also demonstrate they are part of the umma, the exclusive trans-tribal supertribe of believers that Muhammad started 1,400 years ago.
ISIS scum posing with severed heads. The methodology of each was a tactic from old-school radicalism: stir up domestic trouble that triggers a crackdown, then use the reaction to discredit the government and as a pretext for stirring up greater cycles of trouble until the targeted regime is replaced.
The thread of all of these efforts was the reestablishment of the Islamic caliphate, the line of successors of Muhammad that ended nearly a century ago with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. This has always been a Muslim Brotherhood objective. In their grandiose plans, the reestablished caliphate would stretch across the Middle East with Jerusalem as its capital.
The glory of Islam resurrected! These people aspire to world domination, and the caliphate would serve as the base for an ever-expanding war on the world until domination is achieved. That was always the goal of their role model. Muhammad ordered his followers to make Islam the only religion - to create a universal umma.