The State Episode 3 review

Broadcaster- Channel 4 2017 (UK)

Here we are again people, with episode 3 of the 4. Your weekend is over but no need to snooze, as boy what a review we have for you. As always please like, share and follow the blog and comment with your feedback, thanks!

The episode begins with the Lioness; Ushna, who (can you actually believe?) has an App to translate her Husband’s Arabic into English. Although, I bet she wishes she never had it when he not only disses her cooking, but he gets a maid to do it for her, which leaves Ushna especially jealous.

“Have you learnt to cook” (Ushna’s lion on his meal)

Meanwhile Shakira is sent a proposal of marriage by the hospital chief; Abu Akram, who in the last episode shouted at her for not covering her face. Shakira’s son, Isaaq is not pleased and asks why she cannot marry Dr Rabir (does blind date come to mind with all this match making). Anyhow, she asks Dr Rabir, who (surprise surprise) is homosexual, but Shakira only wants to work at the hospital so happy days, he agrees but Shakira is making serious enemies..

One of them is the humiliated Abu Akram who she refused for marriage, he takes her to the side and shows her barely alive bodies of Alawite fighters (Army of President Assad who is from the Shia* sect). She is then told to take out their organs* but Shakira objects as she is a doctor and wants to preserve life. As a result of this, she is lashed in public.

Over at Jalal and Ziyad’s camp they are taken to women who are prisoners of war, some have their children with them. They are then sold to soldiers for sexual intercourse, this is too much for some recruited Jihadis, “so we are going to convert them to Islam by F***ing them”.. Jalal agrees to pay for a mother and child as slaves for protection.. In Islam the rights of a slave women is consensual intercourse, you cannot rape or abuse*. ISIS believes you can have sexual intercourse with them even without their permission.

Jalal as I have mentioned only paid for the slaves’ protection and again is showing himself to be a very conflicted individual, he has a lot of good character traits, it is sad that he followed a warped version of Sunni Islam, he believes it is the true way and it appears he is scared to question his belief.

Ushna receives the most heart-breaking news of her husband’s death from fighting. She is supposed to take it well and be happy that he is martyred and in supposed Heaven (ISIS believe in this) but she is upset and crying emotionally which is deemed as not right by the other sisters.

Back at the camp Jalal and Ziyad prepare to fight against the Alawites, Ziyad is the one that fully loves his ISIS life, he has embraced the doctrine in full and when the chance comes to die for the cause he literally does it in Suicide* style. He wrote Jalal a note knowing he would not be happy with this choice. When Jalal tries to find him to stop him, he is too late. Now for the finale, it will be interesting on how this will affect him, will he still follow this way or not?

*Shia –  Islamic sect that believe the Prophet Muhammad’s nephew should have led them as the first Caliph after his death but Sunnis say the Prophets close friend Abu Bakr rightly took the mantle.

*Islamic Slaves – The majority of the Muslim world do not believe ISIS view on slaves, the general view is firstly the war absolutely has to be lawful, and if any slaves are required then not only must you ask permission for sexual intercourse but you must treat them the best like you treat your own family. There are numerous ways a woman slave is able to become free.

*Suicide – is not allowed in Islam but groups like ISIS and others use this as fighting for God even though the Prophet said such a person can never enter Heaven..

Organs* – ISIS is known to take organs and sell them on the black market to fund their terror regime.

The State Episode 2 review

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Broadcaster- Channel 4 2017 (UK)

You might be sitting there wondering what to do on the internet, you are currently scrolling and trawling through numerous feeds but have no fear as we have another review for you right here!!!

The State is a hard-hitting drama on 4 recruits who travel from the UK to join Islamic State in Syria. Please like, share and comment your thoughts on my review after reading, cheers..
The second episode dives deeper into the stiffness of ISIS, let’s face it, you would not want these goons running a council estate let alone an area the same size as Britain (the USA actually reported this in 2014)..

In the early moments of the episode we see Ushna scolding a woman for not having a Mahram* (Male Relative, for more see below) but then regret what she has said as she witnesses a public lashing for the…

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The State Episode 2 review

Broadcaster- Channel 4 2017 (UK)

You might be sitting there wondering what to do on the internet, you are currently scrolling and trawling through numerous feeds but have no fear as we have another review for you right here!!!

The State is a hard-hitting drama on 4 recruits who travel from the UK to join Islamic State in Syria. Please like, share and comment your thoughts on my review after reading, cheers..
The second episode dives deeper into the stiffness of ISIS, let’s face it, you would not want these goons running a council estate let alone an area the same size as Britain (the USA actually reported this in 2014)..

In the early moments of the episode we see Ushna scolding a woman for not having a Mahram* (Male Relative, for more see below) but then regret what she has said as she witnesses a public lashing for the woman. Ushna, in 2 episodes has shown a lack of gravity for her situation, take for instance her arranged marriage to a man who cannot speak English, she confides to one of the sisters about the matter by saying, “I’m going to get an app”. The language is not an issue, the issue is that this is not a game on a PlayStation, this is real life and the sad reality is that no matter how quick Ushna realises, her game will still be over.

Shakira is also witnessing Mahram problems as she decides to take her son to the hospital so that she can help, she is told to not use her hands on the patients. ISIS like I said in Episode 1, only care for death and no matter how noble Shakira’s efforts are, she will always be told Sharia (Islamic law) is first and saving lives is not an option (even though it is part of the Sharia to save lives).

A bomb goes off at the hospital and all the ISIS soldiers can say is, “sister cover your face”. To make matters worse Shakira is then confronted by dead babies and this makes her cry a passionate appeal while still believing in this so called Islamic State.

Speaking about the bomb, a close brother to Jalal and Ziyad is killed. Jalal feels guilty as he was using  his phone to speak to his mother and he was not guarding his post (more on him later).

Ziyad on the other hand feels it’s cool to actually post beheadings and holding AK’s (ISIS version of the Ghetto). It’s like a fashion statement gone wrong, you begin to feel that these guys are just kids seeking for fame in the pretence of religion.

Moving again to Jalal who is the most conflicted from the four, he has a brother who is a hero amongst UK Jihadis* which we will come to later, but he is not comfortable with the beheadings and videos. A case in point is how when asking the residence how they feel about ISIS on camera, a pharmacist replies that they are happy but Jalal knows something is up, sure enough the Pharmacist confides in Jalal as he sees he has some morals unlike the others and tells him about his Christian wife who has escaped to a Turkish camp. Jalal feels sorry for the Pharmacist while still reflecting on his own purpose.

The real bomb is delivered at the end of the episode. He is told by a comrade that his brother in fact was not a hero but a deserter and he was beheaded for it. This might leave Jalal to prove to himself that he can do what his brother could not, I guess time will tell..

The State demonstrated its amazing story telling ability and almost accurate depiction of ISIS, it showed a weakness and a strange strength within the 4 characters. They have developed immensely in just 2 episodes. Oh and in case you’re wondering, the show was filmed in Southern Spain (strange silence)..

I hope you enjoyed this review and if not then please let me know where you think I am wrong. Until next time take care!

*Mahram- A male relative who the woman cannot marry for e.g. Brother who is an allowable escort on her travels.

*Jihadi- ISIS view this as a man participating for physical war only but the mainstream Muslim world view this as a struggle with one’s desires more than actual fighting.


The State Episode 1 Review

The State Episode 1 Review (4 Parts)

Broadcaster- Channel 4 2017 (UK)

Is this a mind-blowing action sequence waiting to go wrong or an overtone of romantic feelings waiting for you to puke? Thankfully, it is none of those. The State is a hard-hitting drama about four recruits who travel from the UK to join so called Islamic State in Syria.

Never before has a show attempted to give you a glimpse into the world of Islamic state. It sounds disturbing but yet a story that needs to be told. The writer, Peter Kosminsky insisted he did not want to demonise the Muslim community and cause a rise in Islamophobia. Has he given rise to Islamaphobes or has he portrayed a drama that Muslims for themselves need to see? I am a Muslim and I will attempt to answer these fundamental questions…

SPOILER ALERT

The episode begins with four potential Jihadis looking to travel and join Islamic State in Syria. There are two women: Shakira and Ushna, and two men: Jalal and Ziyad.

They all illegally cross into Syria. Ushna and Shakira are assigned to the care of Islamic State sisters where they are told that they will potentially need to get married and serve the cause. Jalal and Ziyad are also welcomed with the same criteria, it is interesting how they emphasise marriage, however only for the purpose of war, but not for the true essence of an islamic marriage.

It appears Jihad is all Islamic State care about and it is evident when Jalal who has learnt the whole Quran by heart is asked, “well, what else can you do.” The brutality of ISIS is shown through videos of beheadings to Jalal and Ziyad, they are told that this is prophesied in the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad where he said that a group will be martyred fighting for Islam. This dangerous rhetoric is why this episode hits the highest note by actually showing why Islamic State gather so many followers. They think it is a divine right for them to go to Heaven by doing acts of horror.

Another striking part of the episode is when Ushna who is still a teen is missing her lifestyle in the west. It is candidly put to her on why she chose to come, the reply is worrying potentially for mothers that have teenage daughters when Ushna responds with, “I want to be a Lioness for Lions”.

The episode ends with the four pledging allegiance with Islamic State.
I was very impressed by the location they used for this series. I was also pleased to read that the writer Peter Kosminsky received information on Islamic State directly from people who had previously been a part of the group. I hope it is explained on how these four were recruited and what made them want to join Islamic State.

I know some peaceful Muslims will be watching this show disturbed and thinking how the vast majority of others view them. This series is for sure not the answer to how a peaceful religion can stop being further hijacked, it is at least food for thought to understand how me and many other Muslims should convey the peacefulness to our friends and neighbours.

Please feel free to comment and write your feelings on the episode or even my review. Until next time take care!

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Ateeq Parvaz:

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