Islamic State for the very first time appeared with exclusively use of violence in Iraq. Most political commentator were first taken by idiotism and had no exact comment about its overnight spring up. By surprise Western mainstream media also prattled about it at beginning. How IS was formed still remains undetailed yet it claims to be a regional organization with influence in the West. It so far has recruited fighters from most privileged western schools and colleges. What is obvious about Islamic State is that it is armed with most sophisticated weapons and is the most cash-rich network in Middle East. Even with the pretentious counterattack of Western-backed target operations IS still remains the most dangerous group in the region and most recently it has turned into precarious threat for Afghanistan as well.
Ever since IS has upheaved in parts of Afghanistan the horror has widely been shadowing every single day in insecure parts of the country. Islamic State is identifiably recognized by the acts of terror imposing on anyone defined as foe. To terrorize the people, it either burns its enemy alive or beheads him in public. Series of videos released by them, circulating on social media, indicate that barbarian brutality is the defining trait of Islamic State. Worst of all, IS treats the women savagely as sex slaves. A manifesto released by them on early days of its foundation reads that “a girl in age nine to be married to jihadists”. Though there has not been any official reports showing direct link between the Islam State groups fighting in Afghanistan and the ISIS yet of their apparent looks one can guess that they have much in common with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They share one flag and same tactics to militate.
Islamic State, nonetheless, is notorious for its obscurity, which is partly due to the impossibility of comprehensive approaching to the nature of proxy war going in the region. It has taken many people by shock as they review the acts violence imposed by them on innocent minorities. Whatsoever their task politically is however shall be unfolded as time passes but what raises more fright is the vicious violence carried out by them for gaining their purpose.
The relationship between Islamic State and violence
The question is how violence and IS relate to one another? I argue that the intimate relationship of violence and Islamic State is twofold: Firstly, the Islamic State is founded base on violence. Secondly, violence is the instrument through which it wants to acquire its goal and then rule its territory as it wishes. Thus one can confidently say that violence is the immediate weapon that forms the essence of Islamic State and it is the means, which preserves it as an organization.
Yet what permits IS to impose violence so boldly is the Islamic theology. Koran in chapter 47:4 states: “so when you meet those who disbelieve in battleground, strike their necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either confer favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds.”
Arguably the fear is that if violence as a means directed towards a religiously sacred goal — as exemplified in above mentioned quote, which obliges the believers to kill in service of religion as an institute — the violence will be goal-preserving of power struggle in manifesto of religion. Hence the goal-reaching violence is however the goal-preserving violence also. Consequently to kill innocent citizens is the path that leads IS to establishment of its state and it affirms itself in an immediate manifestation of violence or force suspending all human rights values and laws.
“Having now expounded the relationship between IS and violence, the relation between violence and Islamic State can be understand the pure struggle of violence for power. It is pure because it not restricted by reason and as result it acts as divine violence, which is as an absolute goal is means toward an absolute end.”