Islam: Religion of Peace (Part 7: Islamic Terrorism?)

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Many intellectuals today relate Islam closely to terrorism. Sadly, one cannot deny that on many occasions some Muslims are found involved in terrorist activities either on behalf of a group or on behalf of a country with a predominately Muslim population.

Are there not equally, other groups involved in terrorism and subversion throughout the world? Would it be fitting to label all brands of terrorism by using the same principle which gave birth to the term ‘Islamic terrorism’ creating a list of Sikh terrorism, Hindu terrorism, Christian terrorism, Jewish terrorism, atheist terrorism, Buddhist terrorism, Animist terrorism and pagan terrorism?

It is not easy to close one’s eyes to various brands of terrorism which unfortunately flourish all over the world; in fact, it is impossible for an observer not to be aware of the persecution, bloodshed and murder, often in the name of some purported ideal or noble cause. Terrorism is a global problem and needs to be studied in its larger perspective. Unless we understand the forces behind the violence, we shall not be able to understand why some Muslim groups and states are turning to terrorism to achieve certain objectives.

I am fully convinced that almost every form of communal violence witnessed in the world today, wherever that is and whatever cloak it wears, is essentially political in nature. Religion is not the exploiter; it is itself exploited by internal or external political interests.

For instance, we find terrorism generated by racism—but that, in the final analysis, is essentially political in nature. There are other small expressions of terrorism born out of rebellion and hatred against prevailing social systems and cultures. These are generally regarded as acts of madmen and anarchists. There is a special kind of terrorism which is related to the Mafia’s struggle for supremacy; this terrorism is directed by certain factions against other factions within the Mafia. Obviously, this terrorism is really a power struggle and therefore political.When we examine so-called ‘Islamic terrorism’, we discover political forces working behind an Islamic facade.  More often than not, the real manipulators and exploiters are not even Muslims themselves.

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About Hasan
A Muslim with a slightly different perspective. A student of history, theology and science.

7 Responses to Islam: Religion of Peace (Part 7: Islamic Terrorism?)

  1. What is extremism.? what is the actual definition of extremism ?

    • Hasan says:

      Any political theory which does not offer any moderate or compromising policies is extremist. In Muslim world, the politics is jumbled up with religion (sadly) which gives a bad name to Islam.

  2. oneway2day says:

    Khomeini became just as despotic as the Shah. In fact Khomeini took a page from Communist Revolution of Russia and began to purge the intellectual base and the military in the thousands by execution to make sure there was no counter Iranian Revolution. I am sure the same thing is happening to this day after a few thousand Iranians protested the bogus reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The despotism keeps rolling in Iran and this time it is Shiite Islamic Extremism from the Twelver heritage.

    • Hasan says:

      It is extremism alright, but none of that is Islamic, only political interests of an individual who is trying to give it a Islamic cover, the people are dumb enough to follow him

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  4. Al-Qaeda huh

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