Blame the politicians for allowing them into Finland in the first place.
Regardless of the fact that only a tiny percentage of Muslims leave for the jihad, many more who support their activities stay on, as well as yet another even larger percentage that comprise wide margins of the Islamic world, who agree with the end result, a global caliphate, and at the least, support all the 7th century codes of sharia, such as the killing of apostates, those who commit adultery, etc etc. ISIS followers and mainstream Islam have far more in common with each other than what divides them.
Also, what this article tells me is, the basic Islam 101’ers are winning the day with their argumentation on fulfilling the full tenets of their ideology/faith. Many of these young people are sitting in mosques in Finland which may (for sake of argument lets say) are not teaching intolerant Islam (the violent portion of Islam after Mohamed left Mecca for Medina/the former Jewish town of Yathrib) but via the internet they are hearing another message that challenges the messages they’ve been hearing domestically, and the outside influences are winning the day.
NOTE: And I’m being nice here, I actually believe that basic Islam 101 (fundamentalist) is more of the norm here, as it is everywhere else, Finland isn’t any different. Also, as a side note, Hussein is Ali’s cousin, and whose father Faisal Ali Farah is/was involved with the Social Democrat party before he returned to Somalia to engage in politics there.
H/T: Sanna Haikala-Reyes:
The best part of this article was this sentence: “I was not marginalized, but just an ordinary guy. Such are the mujahideen as well. “-Canadian ISIS fighter. Also the young people in article who left Finland state the same thing. No one is leaving here from despair and exclusion, but inspired by Islam. But our beloved left-wing politicians do not want to believe any of it.
A Tundra Tabloids translation
From Espoo to holy war – young Islamists tell all
Three young people raised in Finland became religious, and went secretly to the holy war. in Syria, they joined the extremist Islamist Isis organization.
MONTHLY NOTES 4/10/2014 5:00 Updated 10/04/2014 11:27
Anu Nousiainen HS
When Ali left his home in Espoo Leppävaara, he packed according to the amount the small sports bag could accommodate. To his mother he had said he was travelling to Turkey for two weeks of study. Mother had given the money for the journey.
It was in December 2012. The civil war in Syria was in its second year, and tens of thousands of people had died.
Ali was 21 years old. He had lived in Finland since the age of two. His Finnish Somali family was not the usual religious, going to mosque was rare. They had ten children, and when they grew up, they made very different choices in life.
At secondary school age, Ali had been like any other ethnic Somali boy in Espoo of the same age. Then religion had begun to be of interest. In the autumn of 2011, he had begun to sleep in the mosque, which was located in Leppävaara, in the club room of an apartment building. Other Muslim boys in the area sometimes spent the night there. When Ali’s father had heard of this, he became concerned that someone is manipulating Alia and it might lead to an interest in terrorism, but the parents were divorced and his father lived elsewhere.
Ali had begun to change. He had studied in adult high school but quit it and did not want to visit old friends any more. He wanted to focus on religion.
He spent more and more time online, especially on Islam-related pages. They were not any pages that ordinary Muslims are following, but more radical.
There was a quarrel in the mosque, Ali accused the teachers of the mosque that they taught wrong. The keys to the mosque were taken from him for a short time.
A friend believes that Ali did not understand anything about Islam, but believed everything that Islamic extremists on line were teaching:
Come to Syria, they said. Give your life to God.
So just like that. the young man from Espoo decided to do it. Starting on the morning of 12 December 2012, the mother woke him up, so he would have time to get to the airport. He updated his facebook pages in English-Good-bye, Finland!
When he called home, he was not in Turkey but in Syria.
Then Aisha met Hussein through some friends in common. She noticed that Hussein responded to religion as seriously as she did.
Three days after they had met, Hussein came to see Aisha’s parents and asked their permission to go marry Aisha. Both parents were against the marriage, as Aisha and Hussein belonged to different clans.
They were married in spite of it, and then they ran away Somaliland. This happened around the same time as Hussein’s cousin, Ali traveled to Syria.
In Somaliland Aisha suffered from allergies all the time. She did not like to stay in Hargeisa. In less than four months they returned to Finland. Aisha old friend saw them in Leppävaara at the Sello shopping center. Hussein’s beard had grown up, ‘Aishah was in a black burka.
Soon after, in Espoo, spread a rumor that they had left for Syria. It was the beginning of May in 2013, Hussein and Aisha were in their twenties.
In August 2014 Aisha corresponds to a message received on Facebook:
“Hey. Yeah I’m in Syria, it is no longer a secret,” the message begins.
Thank you for responding. I’m trying to write an article for the Helsingin Sanomat’s Monthly Note, stories that reflect on what makes young Finns to leave for Syria / Islamic State.
“I want to tell you that I am not a cold-blooded murderer, I have never killed anyone,” Aisha starts the reply to the questions received.
She quickly taps in the message by phone, when he has reached a network.
Aisha is most likely in northern Syria, but she does not tell you where exactly. She and Hussein are now living in the founding of the Islamic jihadist state. She is polite and promises to answer the questions the best she can. Correspondence will continue for several weeks.
She says she was previously an ordinary Muslim who was not particularly engaged in religion. Then she became interested in Islam and began to study it. After that, she is no longer able to concentrate on school and on anything else. She spent a lot of time alone, and began to study on her own the Qur’an and Hadith, or Islamic tradition.
Aisha that she had a “crisis of identity”. He had lived since childhood in Finland, but now she wanted to know more about her roots and religion.
“I thought that I want to be someone, to be somewhere good. Wanted to make a new [Aisha]. I raised myself from the beginning.”
She began to keep a black robe, the burkhaa – or niqab, as it is called in Syria.
Her mother and father were opposed to this. They said they understood that Aisha wants to be pious, but one will not succeed in Finland wearing a burka.
Father had hoped that she would become a doctor, and so Aisha had thought so as well.
But now she began to feel that it would take too much time. She wanted to do something for the afterlife for their lives. She wanted to live “in the world” and “in the next”.
She decided to leave Finland. She felt that she could not exercise her religion properly within a non-Islamic country. But as an unmarried woman, she would not be able to travel, for example, to Somalia alone, and nor the father or brother had agreed to take her there.
Then he met Hussein.
“I was really happy, you’re not now married and soon after we move out of Finland.” (TT: written in poor Finnish slang)
They went first to Somaliland.
Aisha’s parents were shocked. She had been the smallest child of the family and parent’s pet for seven years before the birth of her little brother, and now she left them.
“I did it because of my goodness,” Aisha says. “I hope that I can get this for a reward in this life or the next.”
After a few months, and Aisha Hussein returned from Somaliland back to Finland – but soon left again.
They tend to go to Syria through Turkey. How it came to pass, Aisha did not want to tell you exactly. But , in any case, they arrived in Syria.