Why was Trump touching an orb? Here’s the reason 

The trio placed their hands on the orb to formally open the center, and set a welcome film in motion. 

In reality, Trump had touched the globe as part of an inauguration ceremony for the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Ridyah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Together, the three leaders placed their hands on the globe to start a film about the center.

The newly-opened center has a large TV wall displaying ongoing extremist activity and aims to come together to stop the spread of violent extremism, the Saudi Gazette reports. It will be used to monitor potential threats of terrorism and, through the help of experts, reveal and confront extremist speech.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said his country wants the US to know that they are “not an enemy” and are committed in the fights against extremist groups like Daesh, also known as the Islamic State.
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The unusual relationship between the Saudis and ISIS 

The reach of the Saudis propagation of their religious ideology has been remarkable , reaching nearly every country with a Muslim population, from the Gothenburg Mosque in Sweden to the King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles to Asia’s Seoul Central Mosque in South Korea. Saudi teachings have shifted the religious culture in a considerably conservative direction. 
The US State Department has estimated that over the past 40 years Saudi Arabia has invested more than $10bn into charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of its Wahhabism. 

The Saudi religious influence varies considerably on the local conditions. As an example, in certain parts of Southeast Asia the effect has been of a cultural shift such an increase women wearing hijab and more growing beards, while in Pakistan the ideology has increased the us vs. them mentality to a lethal level. And in Europe, the Saudi influence is a contributing factor for radicalization.

Furthermore, the biographies of Al-Baghdadi and others in ISIS leadership positions show how they’ve absorbed the Wahhabi doctrine and promote its many ideals such Tawhid (monotheism), rejection of intercessors (saints), and the destruction of monuments and shrines. 

Coincidentally , in 2014, a leading Saudi Cleric proposed the destruction of the Prophet’s tomb. 

The relationship between ISIS and Wahhabism and Saudi is eerily close. To the chagrin of Saudi Arabia, ISIS has adopted the official Saudi textbooks for its schools until the extremist group could publish its own books in 2015. Researchers have found that 7 out of 12 publications that ISIS implements are by the founder of Saudi’s Wahhabism, Abd al-Wahhab.

The extreme version of Wahhabi teachings are destroying the concepts of pluralism, tolerance and openness to science and learning in today’s Islam. 

The educational propaganda of this ideology contains dehumanizing, derogatory and intolerant references to various groups, especially the Shia and Jews.

Dehumanization is one of the central processes in the transformation of ordinary, normal people into indifferent or even perpetrators of evil.

There is a saturation level concerning the amount of exposure a person can have to dehumanizing propaganda ,especially if it’s under the auspices of it being the word of God, without an individual becoming susceptible to recruitment.

In a remarkable 2014 poll public opinion of ISIS taken in Saudi Arabia says that the public is empathetic towards ISIS. The poll showed that 92% believed, “ISIS conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic Law,” and families of sons who have died fighting with ISIS have expressed “joy,” regarding the martyrdom of their child

However, looking at Wahhabism as the single factor in radicalization distracts from the complex political, economic, and psychological reasons people become terrorists. Saudi Arabia has been proactive in the past few years by aggressively curtailing preachers who call for violence, catching terrorist financing and since 2004 over 3,500 imams were fired for refusing to renounce extremist views

A look at who ISIS’ dajjal or anti-Christ is and who follows him

The anti Christ in Muslim apocalyptic literature is known as the Dajjal, he will come from the Khorasan region of eastern Iran and kill a vast number of the caliphate’s fighters, until just 5,000 remain, cornered in Jerusalem. The Dajjal will come with 70,000 men, who ISIS claims are Jews mind you the overwhelming majority Islamic scholars do not believe that the 70,000 are the Jews.
Just before Dajjal wipes off the caliphate’s fighters, the second Messiah comes, its Jesus—the second most revered prophet in Islam—will return to Earth, spear Dajjal, and lead the Muslims to victory.

This epitomizes ISIS’ binary perspective of the world- us vs. them or good vs. evil. They believe anyone who doesn’t believe in their distorted ideology is automatically in the them, ourgroup, or evil category, whatever you want to call it. This creates a very narrow world filled with a host of psychological implications that I will discuss in future post

Is there only one version of Salafism?

Many times you might read that terrorists follow salafism but did you know there are three major factions?  The purists, the politicos, and the jihadis. The purists emphasize a focus on nonviolent methods of propagation, purification, and education. They view politics as a diversion that encourages deviancy.

Politicos, in contrast, emphasize application of the Salafi creed to the political arena, which they view as particularly important because it dramatically impacts social justice and the right of God alone to legislate. 

Jihadis take a more militant position and argue that the current context calls for violence and revolu- tion. All three factions share a common creed but offer different explanations of the contemporary world and its problems and thus propose different solutions. The splits are about contextual analysis, not belief. 
By Quinton Wicktorwicz

How’s the weather ISIS?

How’s the weather ISIS?

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The self-proclaimed Islamic State group started airing a weather forecast and created a cartoon for children, Alsumaria News reported on Tuesday.
According to SITE Intelligence Group, “The Islamic State produced a weather forecast video for its “provinces” in Iraq, Libya, Sinai, and Syria, to help serve the group’s self-proclaimed Caliphate.”
The Islamic State also released a video showing a child while executing a Kurdish prisoner in Dier ez-Zour.
Moreover, the extremist group created new kids’ cartoons, in order to promote its ideology among children.