Yesterday, a horrific terror attack took place in the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in my home city Cairo leaving twenty five people dead and thirty five injured, first of all, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences and prayers for the families of the deceased and my prayers for the injured to get well.
Second, I am not the kind of person who every time an unstable man with the word Muslim in his ID does something horrible apologizes for the whole faith, we live in a time when you can easily find the relationship between violence and a certain faith, or the absence of one, with a bush of button as well as where people stand from violence and terrorism with accurate statistics.
Third whether this horrific attack has been committed by ISIL or the terrorists in nice suits in high places or maybe both it doesn’t change the fact that the person who did it is a coward and murderer, and also doesn’t change the unnerving fact that ISIL’s recruitment rate among young people who had no prior interest in either faith or politics a must read piece on the topic has reached its peak in the last couple of years, so here are how this recruitment process usually goes in four steps:-
Step One: Who Am I
Imagine that your a healthy Egyptian young man who never had to work for a living and doesn’t know where Baghdad is on the map let alone what happens there, or that you’re a nice young woman from an American suburb whose knowledge in politics is limited to the two the major parties whose members are always trying to out-Christine and out-American each other, and as expected you came to that phase in your life when you have to ask: who am I? and what am I adding to the world, or what is commonly known as identity crisis, it happens to all of us and you have to answer those questions.
Step Tow: Do I Look Crazy To You
There is a common and mistaken believe in the west that a psychologist is not a real doctor, because in the highly materialistic western civilization emotional health comes at second place, in my part of the world the problem is bigger and deeper and I spoke about it in my Arabic blog in details, in the end the person in question, ISIL’s potential recruit never goes to the person who can really help with their identity crisis and never have the proper counseling they need.
Step Three: Breaking News
And to deal with the crisis the potential recruit starts picking new hobbies and interests: book clubs, non-profits and even occult but worse than all is politics, it’s that time when he turns os Al Jazzera and she turns on the CNN for the first time and see a journalist being beheaded or a gay man getting thrown off a roof top or a Daesh official statement claiming responsibility for a bombing, I would really recommend asking someone you know to be knowledgeable and reasonable about what’s going on in the world before getting it from the unsubjective and inconsistent giants of the news industry.
Step Four: Wrong Question, Wrong Person, Wrong Way
After our potential recruit see the heinous act he/she goes to the first place people of my generation go to for answers, the social media and the question they have will be: is there anyone out there who agrees with this? and why? and in addition to the fact that those question are insensitive to the feeling of the victims and their families there is a very good chance that they will find more than one person to answer their questions, Daesh has a large, dangerous and organized online operation that is far more sophisticated than anything any government has ever established before, they don’t look for those who disagree with them to troll and harass them like the others, they seek those who are innocently ignorant and curious to twist the facts in their eyes and eventually lead them to pledge their allegiance to Abo Bakr El Baghdady, the worst calamity that has befallen the Muslim nation sense Ziyad ibn Abih.
The Bottom Line
Know that going through an identity crisis is normal, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last, ask for help, psychologists are actually helpful, if you take an interest in politics or religion, any religion, find a mentor, someone knowledgeable, honest and more importantly understands that he/she can do wrong and make mistakes, and while this phase is still going on, know that it will be over and that you need to make sure that you’re mind will still be yours by the end of it.