LOOKING IN: An Islamic state, anyone? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:46

BY ROD BALBON

 

After having been lost for almost a year in circulation, the spectacle and drama of the recent World Cup in Brazil has rekindled my interest in the sport of soccer as well as my journalistic thirst for news and information of the games and other related developments from start to finish.

My picks were Brazil, Netherlands, Argentina and Spain to win the championship but Germany, with no marquee players but fully loaded with young players full of defensive skills, speed, superb passing and scoring talents, proved the pundits wrong.

The curtains of the largest soccer tournament of the globe have been lowered and host Brazil deserves the world’s utmost commendation for hosting a very impressive, majestic, and peaceful tournament. It spent billions of dollars to host the tournament which almost drained the country’s national coffer that eventually resulted to continuous violent protests and demonstrations from its citizenry many months before the games. But with the very successful staging of the event, plus the profits and goodwillearned, Brazilians were eventually satisfied and appeased. Four years from now the world will be marching onward to Moscow for the staging of the 2018 World Cup.

But even before the winner of the Brazil World Cup has been decided, I was shocked to read in the social media that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist organization currently wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, resulting in masses of dead bodies they leave in their path, issued a bizarre threat to FIFA, warning them not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The group claimed that by that stage, Qatar will be part of its declared Islamic Caliphate under the rule of Caliph Ibrahim Bin AwadAlqarshi (the full name of ISIS leader Al Baghdady) and stated that football games will be considered “a diversion from Islam.” What will football-loving Islamic countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Jordan, and Palestine say on this?

Take note that the warning was issued eight years before the staging of the games in Qatar and it is clearly indicative of their grand plan and widest extent of their ambition. I just hope that a situation similar as this will not happen in our proposed Bangsamoro State which is now being fed us by our government and the MILF?

This terror group suggested to FIFA President SeppBlatter to find a replacement venue for the Qatar event and nonchalantly mentioned the long-ranged Scud missiles that have acquired which put Qatar well within their strike range. The full message was reprinted in Egypt’s Al Wattan newspaper, which quote hereunder:

“From the soldiers of the Caliphate State to the President of the international football association Joseph S. Blatter:

“Dear Joseph:

We had sent a message to you back in 2010, when you decided or were bribed by the Amir of Qatar to have the 2022 world cup in Qatar. Now after the establishment of of the Caliphate state, we declare that there will be no world cup in Qatar since Qatar will be part of the Caliphate under the rule of the Caliph Ibrahim bin AwadAlqarshi (Al Baghdady’s full name) who doesn’t allow corruption and diversion from Islam in the land of Muslims. This is why we suggest that you will decide upon a replacement country instead of Qatar. The Islamic state has long-range missiles that can easily reach Qatar, as the Americans already know.

Thanks.”

The late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran once said: “Allah did not create man so he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”

Anyone for an Islamic state like this?