Misconceptions about Islam – Terrorism
In this hub I will be sharing my views about a general and most common misconception about Islam. Before that lets briefly know about its origin first.
Islam is one of the major religions in the world other than Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jews, etc. Islam was founded over 1400 years ago by Prophet Mohammad – May peace be upon him at Mecca. Just like the bible for the Christians, the holy book of Islam is Quraan with 114 chapters. Quraan is considered the holy book of Islam containing the words of Allah (God) for the whole humanity. The people who follow and practice Islam are called Muslims.
Muslims from some decades have been surrounded with many controversies and misconceptions. The main reason for this being the social evil terrorism.
Islam is a religion of terrorists. Is it?
Before we discuss on this topic lets know some general facts. Every coin has two sides therefore every act has two reactions. I will elaborate with some examples.
Long back in the 18th century at the time of the American Revolution, Sir George Washington was considered a criminal (terrorist) by the British government. He later on became the first president of USA and was a role model for the rest of the presidents who came after him. Similarly in the revolution led by Sir Nelson Mandela in Africa made him imprisoned as a criminal (terrorist) and after 25 years was awarded the noble peace prize award for the same act. There are several more examples like the ones above. What do we see here is that one person is treated in two different ways by two different perceptions for the same act at the same place. Sir George Washington was a patriot for his country but a criminal and terrorist for the opposition (British) at that time. Similar is the case with sir nelson Mandela.
Who is a terrorist?
According to the English dictionary a terrorist is the one who terrorizes someone and terrorism is the act. If we say the criminal is terrorized when they spot the policemen are the policemen terrorists? When a student goes to school without doing his homework he is terrorized from his teacher, Is the teacher a terrorist? When a child does something wrong and gets caught by his parents He is terrorized, Are the parents terrorists? Of Corse not! I am just trying to state here the importance of context and perception. Everyone has their own perceptions and understandings. Everyone has a different way of looking at the same thing. That’s good. BUT, when your perception and understandings gets influenced and overruled by outside factors, that is where it goes wrong.
Who influences them? Any guesses…. That’s right it’s the Media. The media is an essential component of every society. They play a vital role in exposing crimes and criminals in front of the public. Apart from that it also plays a major influential role in setting people's perception for something or for someone. People tend to blindly believe on whatever the Media says. No one has time to explore the actual story behind the said. They just believe it blindly. How many times have you come across the media accusing an actor, a politician, or any other celebrity relating them with criminals or illegal activities and then apologized for the same on the very next day? I won’t waste much of your time by criticizing the Media. They are useful and needed by our society. At the same time whatever they say is not true is also equally fact. The bottom line is whenever any piece of information comes to you, either from the Media or from the word of mouth, do not believe it blindly and pass it on to others.
Are muslim terrorists ?
Now, after the starter let us come over to the main topic. Are Muslims terrorists? Well if we take the general context according to the English dictionary which says, a terrorist is the one who terrorizes someone and terrorism is the act. then every Muslim should be a terrorist. Every criminal should be terrorized when they see a true Muslim, Every alcoholic should be terrorized when they see a Muslim pray, every corrupt person should be terrorized when they see an honest Muslim, and every anti-social element should be terrorized when they see a good Muslim. Do you get my context here? By terrorized I don't mean to be terrorized at the gun point, never. The terror should come from ones own consciousness, a realization that what they are doing is wrong.
Islam is a religion of peace. Islam teaches their followers to live with harmony with the non-Muslim communities. People who kill innocent lives in the name of Jihad (the act of fighting against the evils of society and injustice in Islam) are not accepted by Islam. In the recent 26 / 11 Mumbai terrorist attack where about 11 brutal anti-social terrorists were shot down for killing innocent lives at the famous Taj hotel and two other venues. These 11 social terrorists were refused to be buried in the Muslim graveyards at Mumbai by the Islamic priests (shaikhs) at Mumbai. People who kill innocent Lives are considered to have no religion because Islam strictly prohibits innocent killings.
In the 9 / 11 terrorist attack on the America's world trade center in which over 4,000 innocent people were killed. In suspicion that the main culprit of this attack is hiding in Afghanistan, the furious American army headed towards the latter and destroyed hundreds of villages there killing over 6,000 innocent lives. There has been Hindu - Muslim riots in many countries for sake of vote banks. Many innocent lost their lives there too. Be honest, how will you justify these acts?
The global society on a whole is polluted with many evils of which the social terrorism is just a small portion. Is it justified to blame our own Muslim fellow mates and Islam for it?
I have simply shared my understandings and views on this particular misconception about Islam. I may be wrong at some places but please consider the central idea on a whole. I cordially invite you to comment on this topic and share your views on this. Please do consider to comment!