Are Muslims Terrorists?

When any kind of massive destruction or terror occurs at any part of the world fingers directly point to the Middle East, to Muslims and Islam.

In a large number of western countries, people think that Islam is a religion of terror and that Muslims are ordered to kill any non-muslim human being! This being obviously wrong and silly, there's nothing more unfair than attributing such actions to a religion, to a whole nation, to millions of humans around the world.

Making things worse, some people use the name of Islam for their own purposes and false beliefs. This, with the awful image that American and Western media introduce about Islam produces a huge misconception.

On the other hand, when a christian guy commits a crime/massacre like in Oklahoma bombings (April 1995) his action is not stereotyped/attributed to his faith/religion.

Do you Remember Timothy McVeigh? The Oklahoma bombings?



image from news.bbc.co.uk
image from news.bbc.co.uk

In 19 April, 1995. A massive bomb was detenated in a underground car park beneath the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It killed 168 people. and injured more than 500 others. He's christian and former military soldier. But this has no importance to the media and doesn't mean anything, the guy is christian so what? Now imagine that he was an Arab!

McVeigh was sentenced to death as we all know.

 

As well as in christianity, Islam allows fighting for self-defense of religion or homes. And also lays down strict laws of combat/war which include prohibitions against harminf civilians, crops and churchs. As Prophet Muhamed said : “Fight in the cause of Allah. Fight those who deny Allah; Do not be embittered. Do not be treacherous. Do not mutilate. Do not kill children or those (people) in convents.”

And Abu-Bakr's (follower of prophet Muhamed) instructions for the Islamic army: “Do not betray or be treacherous or vindictive. Do not mutilate. Do not kill the children, the aged or the women. Do not cut or bum palm trees or fruitful trees. Don’t slay a sheep, a cow or camel except for your food. And you will come across people who confined themselves to worship in hermitages, leave them alone to what they devoted themselves for.”

How come a religion that prohibits cutting trees will order killing non-muslim civilians?

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In some minds, there is the image of an Arab horseman carrying a sword in one hand and the Quran in the other conquering and forcibly converting people to Islam.

Freedom of religion is laid down in the Quran itself: "There is no compulsion (or coercion) in the religion (Islam). The right direction is distinctly clear from error." (Qur'an 2:256)

I know that Americans will never forget/forgive what happened in September 11. I imagine myself as an American watching the scene of that plane hitting the tower and pictures of victims played on TV for days and days and linking ALL that to one word : ISLAM.

Of course AL Qaeda/ AL Qaida has taken credit for the attacks. As I said, alot of actions were committed in the name of Islam but this is just not what God ordered Muslims to do. Islam is a religion of peace and mercy.

"If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things." (Quran 8:61)

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The word "Jihad" at its root means "Struggle,". Jihad has been around since the writing of the Koran, which occurred over a thousand years before America was even found.There are two kinds of jihad. The other 'jihad' is the inner struggle of the soul which everyone wages against egotistic desires for the sake of attaining inner peace. The root of the word "Islam" is "Salam" in Arabic which means Peace, and the meaning of the word is Submission to Allah (God).

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Sources :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1298798.stm

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503545840

Related hubs:

-Does Islam promote terrorism?

-Islam is peace.

-Here's the truth. 

-What is Islam?

 

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Comments 25 comments

Kellys Writing 7 years ago

Good hub. I don't believe that it is fair to judge a whole religion based on the wrongs of a few. My husband is from Egypt and he is muslim. I am christian. After 9/11, I looked to him to answer a lot of questions about Islam and how he felt about what had happened. He cried with the rest of us when the images appeared on t.v. He also got the hateful comments from people because of his religion and where he was from.


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Mezo 7 years ago from Egypt Author

thnx alot for your comment, Kelly

your husband is just like the rest and the majority of all muslims in the world, we refuse all kinds of terror and harming civilians, but on CNN you only watch some muslims with long beards killing some innocent western guy and they try to convince you that this is islam, they show you young palestinian kids carrying stones and tell you they are predators, but they don'tshow you the hundreds of palestinians killed weekly by the "peaceful" israeli troops

thnx


Rizwan Khan 7 years ago

Islam is religion of peace

definition of Islam the word islam is drive from Arabic word that means "peace""to submit the wheel to almighty Allah Subhanwataalah.and


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quiet tracer 7 years ago from South-Asia

I will call it a quality hub. As I mentioned in your another hub, Al-qaida is doing that is not allowed by Islam in any way. A suicide attack - which is nowadays a trend among talibanz - is HRAAM (an evil act) near Islam. Personally, I don't call Talibanz as muslims. Infact, they belong to no religion as they don't know the values of humanity. And to call the whole muslim world bad because of talibanz' activities is not fair. I have had many talks with some westerners and most of them were in favour of muslims but not of talibanz which is I think absolutly right thing. No muslim in the world likes terrorism, and who likes- he belongs to Al-qaida.


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Another insightful Hub, Mezo.

Must agree - Any religious or political extremism leads to problems. The extremist Christian movement is causing just as much damage as Islamist terrorists. The Christian Right movement promoting abstinence, rather than condoms, kills far more people than terrorists.

As for Creationism......


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Mezo 7 years ago from Egypt Author

Rizwan Khan thnx alot, gazak allah khairan

quiet tracer: totally agree :) thnx for the compliment

Sufidreamer:thnx for your comments


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Mezo- Nice hub to bring tolerance and peace in the world. Btw what a coincidence I have written a hub which is titled exactly the same Are muslims terrorists? Probably I can link your hub to mine for those who want more details to believe.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Mezo- Their will always be some people whom we can't convince but as you can see in my hub comments that the majority of the people don't subscribe to the belief that all muslims support terrorist activities. Especially SweetiePie(she) is a very open and broad minded person (even commented about Egypt positively). Reach out to those people who are curious and willing to listen. Just a personal suggestion my friend.

http://hubpages.com/politics/MuslimsAgainstTerrori


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topstuff 7 years ago

Thanks for writing such a nice article.Allah O Akbar


Rizwan Beg 7 years ago

my dear freind. I admire your efforts..but you know chirstians knew all the facts about Islam.. what is Islam and what are the concepts and principles ...Americans used to research in every field of life..are'nt they reseearch about Islam. so rather always clearing and jusifing our position to the world we should follow and obey Islam and our Holy Prophet(PBUH), the code of life which he gave us...Muslims only become stronger and respectable if they obey Amlighty Allah and holy prophet(PBUH).No other ways except this


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jennyblog 7 years ago from alabama

Nice blog mate, check out my similar blog about how to free the world of terrorists.


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Leah Wingert 7 years ago from Texas

Yes, I am an American with access to the internet who has never studied, researched, or investigated Islam. It is a very overwhelming and daunting idea, because Islam has such negative connotations. Just because we're American doesn't mean we know everything about anything really. I'm still not sure that the difference between Anglicans and Methodists and they're all Christians.

I appreciate the insight. Thank you.


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Mezo 7 years ago from Egypt Author

Thanks for your comment, Leah..There are so many misconcepts about Islam and the western media is playing a big rule in this as well as the acts of some so called Muslims.

I'm glad that this was informative to you :)

thanks


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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

I agree with you Mezo that the international media is playing a major role in creating this havoc for Muslims around the world, anything happens and people point fingers at our religion Islam, If people understand the true meaning of its teachings then they will surely know what we stand for.

I wrote a hub about the same topi, check it out whenever you have the time :)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Pakistanies--Terroris...


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Mezo 7 years ago from Egypt Author

thnx for stopping by :)


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Sutrisno 7 years ago

By reading this article, I hope many people especially western understand a lot about islam.


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syuryadi helpi 7 years ago

I totally agree with you.neither the Qur'an nor the example of the Prophet say that.


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Tasnim Nazeer 6 years ago

It is true that Islam is a religion of peace and we cannot judge by the actions of wrong doers. When people judge the religion it should purely be from the Quran and Hadiths which will show the real meaning and purity of Islam.


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Mezo 6 years ago from Egypt Author

Tasnim, thanks alot for your comment and visit :)


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Wonderful job you did here. I hope it can give insight to many people who still not willing to open their eyes. JazzakAllah khairan.


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Mezo 6 years ago from Egypt Author

thnx alot Freya,

w jazakom methloh :)


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nightwork4 6 years ago from ontario. canada

i think one difference between mcviegh and the 9/11 bombings is that oklahoma wasn't don't in the name of religion . he didn't claim a holly war . my biggest problem with islam is though it is getting blamed for most terror acts we never hear about muslims turning in the people that are commiting these acts. the churchs use by the terrorists are the same ones used by regular muslims and if a muslim cares about people they should be trying to stop the religious nuts. if they would tell the police when they suspect a group is getting to the point where crimes are going to be commited then i think the world would look more positively at the religion itself.


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Mezo 6 years ago from Egypt Author

thnx for your comment nightwork4...The problem is that when any act of terrorism occur, (even before 9/11) fingers point to Islam even BEFORE terrorists declare holly war or whatever they thing they are doing this for! Just after the Oklahoma bombings they suggested that Muslims are the terrorists, before anything, before any investigations or anything..

about terrorism in Arab countries, Arabian governments have gone a long way fighting them, specially here in Egypt we have suffered alot in the 70s from terrorist groups and our administrations have used all their powers, legal and illegal ways to hunt them down and eradicate them...The same happens in Saudi Arabia, and I'm not saying Arab governments are doing this for the sake of us! These terrorists think that Arab governments are all infidels and should be killed, thus fought them badly and fiercly

The problem is that not only there are terrorists to give a bad picture of Islam, but there is also a huge western media conveying this ugly picture everyday...

and the other problem about terrorists is what is happenning now in Iraq for example...God only knows how this is going to end because things are just beyond control now....I think that U.S policies towards others are producing more terrorists already, together with extremists in the arab world..


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sasta10 5 years ago from Manchester, UK

A true Muslim can never be a terrorist. No religion is a terrorist religion specially Islam as it is a religion of Peace. The word Islam means Peace so how can one add terrorist to the word Peace,If one uses a bit of common sense they should know that these 2 words just don't go together (i.e. Peace Terrorist). Thanks.


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SerLeon 5 years ago from Pakistan

Nice hub dude . . . !! Very wel writn . . . . . C um frm Pakistan . . . . N wel . .u . .c . . .ppl say lots of stuf abt us . . . . . I wud realy appreciate dat if u wud read my 2nd articl . . . . . Thnk u

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