Compare And Contrast Isis And Sunni

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To understand ISIS, one must first learn their values and motives that is behind their organization. ISIS or The Islamic State is completely rooted in Islamic beliefs. This does not mean all muslims are in support of ISIS. There are two main Islamic groups. The Shi’a and the Sunni. “Though the comparison is imperfect for a number of reasons, it can be helpful to think of Shi’a Islam as being analogous to Roman Catholicism, and Sunni Islam as being analogous to Protestantism.”(Stern, Berger p.260) The emphasis on Islam of the Shi’a is on formalization and institutionalized religious authority. To become a religious scholar of the Shi’a you must be proficient in many subject such as law, theology, and philosophy. Once the student completes …show more content…
He actually was thought of as a poor quality recruit for any jihad group. In the early nineties he began training with jihadist and fought in some of the most violent battles to emerge from the post-Soviet chaos in Afghanistan, when the factions of Afghanistan started fighting amongst each other for control of the country. It was not just the battle experience Zarqawi gained from his time with the jihadist groups, but also made many valuable connections. Sheikh Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi was one of those connections that helped form Zarqawi 's opinion on how he would run his organization in the future. Al Maqdisi was one of the architects of the ideology of of jihad Salafism. This ideology is based on the principle of any government that does not rule through a strict interpretation of Sharia is an infidel regime that must be violently be opposed. Maqdisi became Zarqawi 's spiritual father and close friend. The two had very different background but both agreed on my issues and topics of the Islamic religion. In 1993 both men return to Jordan. There they were involved in a series of botched terrorist operations. Both were arrested for possessing illegal weapons and belonging to a jihad organization. Jordanian prison severed as another transformative point in his life. Nir Rosen, who interviewed many of the jihadists Jordanian …show more content…
The difference between bin Laden and Zarqawi were, bin Laden was focused on attacking the west and Zarqawi was focused mainly on terror attacks on Muslim countries like Jordan. On September 11, 2001, two planes strike the World Trade Center and the United States declare the war on terror. Led by president George W. Bush the U.S. invade Afghanistan. Zarqawi was injured in battle fighting for al Qaeda and the Taliban. He then fled to Iran in 2002, and then to Iraqi Kurdistan. Once there he joined Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish jihadist group. His involvement with this group later made his name famous when the United States linked him to connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda which was completely false. They were assuming Saddam Hussein was giving terrorist a safe haven within the borders of Iraq. With this in mind, the United States turned to Iraq and toppling the dictatorship of Saddam

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