Tim Blair: Dream Come True
Those joining Islamic State are not poor, alienated or marginalised:
Police have observed a recent trend among Malaysians joining the terror group the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq: they are young families willing to give up everything here for a life under a caliphate because they think Malaysia is not Islamic enough, a senior counter-terrorism official said.
“To these families, it was a ‘dream come true’ to have migrated from Malaysia, which they label as ‘taghut’, to a pure Islamic government under a caliph’s rule,” Police Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said.
“Taghut” is an Arabic term referring to idolatry or the act of worshipping other things instead of Allah.
Interestingly, those joining Islamic State are not poor, alienated or marginalised:
One of the three families police have information on include a woman called Aminah, who had been living in Penang with her husband and their six-year-old daughter …
Ayob said information on Aminah’s background showed that she and her family, including her parents and siblings, were “normal Muslims” and had no tendency to sympathise with extremist ideology.
She had a comfortable life, running one of her father’s six mini-markets together with her husband.
We just need to make Australia more accepting of Islam than a hardline Islamic state. Then everyone will be happy.