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Are Muslims Terrorists? What Is Jihad? The Truth About Muslims

Updated on July 15, 2013

Why are Muslims labelled as 'Islamic Terrorists?'.

If anything is mentioned in the news about an attack, people are quick to assume that it was an Islamic terrorist attack. Until there is more proof that it was not an Islamic terrorists attack, people automatically assume that a terrorist group like Al-Qaeda carried out the attack. The whole non-Muslim world is against Islam due to the 911 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Although this was not good for the Muslim Nation and many innocent lives were lost, it was only a small group of extreme, non practising and brainwashed 'Muslims' who carried out the attacks. These so called Muslims were ignorant and not God fearing people, because if they were, they would have known that commiting suicide is haram (forbidden) in Islam, and the punishment is eternal torment in the hell fire.

Do you realise what the media have done? They have implanted a seed in everyone's head that Islam and the people who practice it are 'terrosists'. But if people were able to wake up or the covering on their eyes and hearts were lifted, they'd realise that it is not only Muslims who kill people. It is all people from all religions. Christians, Hindus, Jews etc, you name it, they've killed people, whether it be by bombing, shooting, random shooting, car bombs etc. Just because there is a nation of Muslims that live in the Middle East with an abundance of oil and other riches that the West can't get hold of, they get jealous and make plans to make the Middle East and Muslims looks bad to the world, thus raging war without clear proof of WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) or whatever.

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If people used their own intelligence to decide on an attack that has taken place, instead of agreeing with everything thrown at them and conforming to everything in the media, there would be more people with sense in the world. Saying this, there are many people who don't just jump on the bandwagon and understand that Islam is not a 'violent religion'.

There are websites who pretend to be Islamic websites with translations of the Quran, but the chapters and verses have been translated to mean something totally different. So when blind and heartless people go onto these websites and read 'kill anyone and everyone you see around you', they believe it and think bad of Muslim people, and also think that generally Muslims are hiding things. If you really knew a GENUINE, 100% PRACTISING, NORMAL Muslim who follows the religion according to the Holy Quran, then you will begin to understand that Muslim people are not 'terrorists', and they haven't been told by their God to kill non muslims or hurt them in anyway. In fact, Muslims are told in the Quran to respect, help, support, visit and share things with their neighbours whatever their religion may be! There are many Muslim peopl who have non-Muslim friends from different parts of the world.

The media have intentionally created fear in the general public for some reason. The terrorist attacks in USA and around the world have killed many victims, and it is not right. To take innocent lives is forbidden in Islam, because only Allah has the right to give and take any form of life.

When a Muslim person does kill someone, then it is all over the news with 'Muslim' hilighted, but if someone else kills who is from another religion, then their religion does not get brought up. Does anyone ever wonder why? The whole world is against Islam, because IT IS THE TRUE religion.

Allah has not told any Muslim in any book to kill non Muslims, it is the Almighty God who gives life and takes life. Any Muslim who kills another human being will taste the HELL FIRE, no doubt, and Allah knows best. Only TRUE, HONEST Muslims FEAR ALLAH and are on the straight path. These types of Muslim people pray for everyone in the world. So after all this, how can Muslims be bad people?

If you do not know any Muslims, then try to get to know one who lives nearby and make your own mind up if you think they are 'Islamic terrorists'. You may find that Muslim people are very generous, welcoming, warm hearted and overall honest people. On the other hand, be aware of some Muslims who are or may be brainwashed and only talk about politics, power, who are against other religions and seem unapproachable,

I am a Muslim myself and there are Muslim people i know who are or try to promote the religion which is not according to the teachings of the Quran and not in line to the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

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What Is Jihad?

When people hear the word, 'Jihad', they think 'Holy War'. In some cases this is correct, but in reality every single Muslim person carries out Jihad in their lives until the day they die. How? We will find out, but what we need to understand first is that Jihad is a religious duty of every Muslim person. Jihad means to struggle and strive in the way of Allah. Jihad also means to defend Islam and to improve the Muslim the society. These can be broken down into:

  • To do Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah in Saudi Arabia
  • When a Muslim person saves a plant from dying, this is jihad
  • When a Muslim person strives to struggle and become a better Muslim, this is jihad
  • When a Muslim helps another person, this is jihad
  • When a Muslim increases their knowledge about Islam, this is jihad
  • To promote peace, harmony or cooperation, and assisting others
  • When a Muslim is committed to work hard and reach their goal, in a good way

Jihad also means, which is the 'big one', is to defend Islam. Jihad is warfare when Muslims have to defend their religion, wars against unbelievers, apostates, rebels, highway robbers and dissenters renouncing the authority of Islam. Jihad does not mean to either forcefully or unforcefully convert non-muslims to Islam.

This is where brainwashed Muslims misunderstand the message in the Quran and Traditions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They take it upon themselves to improve the world without considering the innocent people.

I hope this information has been helpful and you can understand Islam from an Islamic point of view.


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      Madan 2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      You have tried to gloss over a lot of things. The fact is at one time Islam was a progressive religion, but there was no evolution and old archaic ideas have continued. There is no debate and fatwas are passed for beheading. There are so many examples and not worth quoting here.

      Also you are unable to explain that though you profess that Islam is a peaceful religion, yet 99% of terror groups all over world are Muslim. The moderate musl is silent.

      Islam can rise again if Musloms themselves condemn people like Baghdadi and his ilk. Its not happening

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      perrya 2 years ago

      I agree but the only war against Islam is against the radical Islamic elements and groups. To say ISIS or al Qaeda is funded by USA is insanity and you know it. They are only funded in the sense that the Iraqi soldiers have fled leaving millions of dollars to ISIS in military equipment. The funding is coming from some rich Arabs who hate the USA

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      Gous Ahmed 2 years ago from Muslim Nation

      For once i agree with you Perrya. I know of many people trying to highlight the fact that Islam is a peaceful religion but they do not get any media attention. Only the negativity gets attention. People are trying but the negativity has already been etched in the publics heads that Islam is a negative, violent and backward religion.

      The terrorist groups get ample attention as priority in every media outlet. It sells papers and subscriptions.

      The fact is that ISIS and AL Qaeda get unprecedented attention because they are funded directly by USA. Obama and Hillary Clinton has admitted that in their speeches, so obviously they will get a lot of airtime for all of the negative actions they take. They are not even Muslims because the ISIS fighters don't even pray facing Makkah. They pray facing different directions and they don't even do it properly. The true Muslims of the world knows and prays facing towards the Makkah, which is the right way.

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      perrya 2 years ago

      Sadly, in this world of today, Islam is receiving a very bad name in the West because of terrorist groups claiming their fight is approved by the Quran and by God. ISIS warriors make rape and murder valid under the Quran citing passages. The only way to correct this is for REAL muslims to stand up in masses and tell the world what the truth is, if they do not, their religion will never be accepted or trusted. Many will think it is a false religion made by some Arab man, Mohammed.

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      m subandi 2 years ago

      Please, go on informing the true Islam.

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      Gous Ahmed 3 years ago from Muslim Nation

      It's alright for you to say that. How many practising Muslims do you know Perrya?

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      perrya 3 years ago

      It is okay for non-Muslims and Muslims to dislike many fatwas and related Islamic teachings because many do not belong in the 21st Century. The religion is one that evolved among Arabs as the Arab empire rose into the vacuum of a defeated Rome from the 6-7th Century. Many of the fatwas were written by Aisha, Mohammed's wife. The hadiths and Quran often contradictory in real life interpretation.No wonder, even Muslims are confused and Muslim countries often oppose one another. Islam is just a messy religion with tribal instincts even today.

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      Gous Ahmed 3 years ago from Muslim Nation

      That shows how much non Muslims know about Muslims. The people who attacked France are not Muslim. Let me clear that one. Islam is being tarnished by being labelled as a violent religion, when in FACT it is not. Islam forbids killing innocent people. These terrorists are using Islam as a scapegoat. A true Muslim who follows the Quran would not even contemplate attacking or killing people for something such as drawing an image of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

      One question i would like to ask is that has a Muslim Imam ever been accused of carrying out terrorist attacks? No, except for those who are extreme in their beliefs but they live on government funding and slate the government at the same time. I don't think it's a religion thing. I think it may be that these people have mental health issues.

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      Gous Ahmed 3 years ago from Muslim Nation

      How am i supposed to know? The terrorists know. By the way who are the terrosists because i've seen many articles about this attack being a FALSE FLAG.

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      Ardot 3 years ago from Canada

      Sadly, since the "charlie hebdo" incident, most non-Muslims now hate Muslims. It is a very sad situation. Non-Muslims have taken recent events as a declaration of war. This will not end well.

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      be 3 years ago

      Should we be afraid for mire attacks

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      Gous Ahmed 3 years ago from Muslim Nation

      JeremyLBrown thank you very much for you input. I would agree with you on some of the points you have mentioned but the one thing about Muslims (true, faithful Muslims) would not partake in any one of those groups that you have mentioned. Those groups are carrying out actions which are totally against Islam, the Quran and Muhammad's teaching.

      The odd few may be trying to defend their families, homes and lands which is permitted. Even non-Muslims would try to defend their families, land and their livelihood. You cannot disagree with that.

      The sermons you've heard, may i please ask who you listened to? I would like to make it clear that the majority of the scholars who are on the straight path would not agree with the way some of these groups behave. and what they believe in. It is wrong.

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      Jeremy Brown 3 years ago from Maine

      With all due respect, this article seems either misinformed or disingenuous. I've studied Islam; the Qur'an and Hadiths; and I've spoken and interacted with many Muslims and some sheiks as have many friends of mine. I've also watched Muslim scholars in debates; and listened to some of your sheiks give sermons.

      I say this to make the point that I am in no way ignorant of the religion of Islam. In more than one place in the Qur'an, it clearly, in both English and the Arabic, teaches the killing of infidels. There is context to that, but the Qur'an and Hadiths clearly teach that when Muslims are in a position of power and authority in terms of government and military, that they are to subdue all non-Muslims who refuse to converts or kill them. Their subjection is explicitly intended to be humiliating and/or degrading to make the infidel feel that they have been subdued. This is from your prophet.

      Further, the history if Islam, especially it's primary period of expansion and growth during the time of Muhammad and the Caliphs that followed him, is a history of bloodshed and conversion at the point of the sword. This is an undeniable historical fact. And in the case of Muhammad, it is clearly recorded in the Hadith such as Bukhari - which I know is considered authoritative in Islam, essentially on par with the Qur'an.

      I have some Muslim friends. I like these young men and women whom I have interacted with. They are nice people.

      However, they are inconsistent with many of the teachings of the Qur'an, would be considered nominal Muslims by those who follow the teachings of the Qur'an and Hadith seriously; and some will readily admit that they do not take their religion as seriously as others.

      My point in making this comment is that many Muslims who want people to consider their religion one of peace (it's not, though there are many peaceful Muslims thankfully) will misrepresent their religion and their history. I'm not saying that every tenet is violence. But the Rule of Abrogation and the difference between the Mecca and Medina writings, combined with the Hadith, clearly show military victory as the way of spreading Islam and defeating the infidels; political control and then Islamic law as the goals of Islam.

      I have the same issue with certain people who identify as Christians, though they are not truly Christians, who do not follow the Bible or who attempt to misconstrue or misrepresent what the Bible says. Conversely I have a similar issue with Bahai who make the false claim that all religions are the same - they are not. All religions have superficial similarities and fundamental differences.

      I prefer honesty and openness about all, and a willingness to look at what others would consider to be our dirty laundry. I'll gladly and thankfully concede to you that less than 5% of all Muslims have been radicalized. I'll gladly concede that there are many peaceful Muslims and many who want to live their lives as productive members of their society and contributors to their families. There's a huge percentage of Muslims that I appreciate and in some cases there's those that I know and love.

      When you make a statement about terrorists, you have to be honest. They are following teachings in the Qur'an and Hadiths often; not always; but most of the time. There are non-Muslim terrorists, but the primary threats in the past 15-20 years have all been Muslim and have all been clearly motivated by their theology and declaring "Allahu Akbar" when they kill or defeat an enemy of Islam.

      Look at the primary culprits. You have ISIS recently (Islamic State, and despite President Obama's statement they are definitely Islamic); Al Qaeda (Islamic); Hezbollah (Islamic); Hamas (Islamic); Boko Haram (Islamic); Al Shabbab (Islamic); Muslim Brotherhood (need I say it); the Taliban (Islamic); and many more. There is a commonality amongst these groups that is irresponsible and insincere to ignore. And there is a consistency (ususally) in their theology with the actual texts of the Muslim faith.

      There are no groups that are terrorists that are consistent with biblical teachings. Depending on your point of view on the nation of Israel you could accuse them of terrorism, and make a claim against the Talmud perhaps, but their government is highly secular and not consistent with true Judaism (Old Testament Mosaic Law, the Torah).

      So, I appreciate what you have written, however I disagree with many of the tenets you claim based on study of Islam and also awareness of world events.

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      Gous Ahmed 4 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you cfin, and i totally agree with the excellent points you have made above.

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      cfin 5 years ago from The World we live in

      I am scared of where this media created racism is heading :( Everytime I try to tell people not all Muslims are bad, they argue with me. This means they obviously disagree, yet, they then say they are not racist. There are extreme christians and jews too. Need I remind people of the holocaut where christains slaughtered millions of Jews because they were jews. Are all Christians evil? (and yes its the same. They were Nazi's, but were also Christians. Just like Al Qaeda are terrorists but also Muslims). I am worried about where the US is going, especially when good people think it should be in the hands of the innocent Muslims, to show they are innocent. Is this equitable?

      Great article. Voted up and shared.

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Mr. Frankie, this is exactly what i mean. There is no TRUTH other than the Quran, and people like Ali Sina are misguided along with millions of other people.

      These are signs of things to come.

      There are thousands of articles from ex Muslims who are now doing the devil's work on Earth. These people are so misguided that the devil does not have to influence them! They are left alone.

      This is a big problem for Muslims because they are misinformed by people like Ali Sina who write lies on the internet to misguide more people.

      What Ali Sina has written can be found in other religions like Chrisitanity and Jews, if you scratch the surface a little bit more.

      I understand that all rleigions think they are right, but maybe they are not. They should be left alone without anyone inciting hatred towards another religion like Islam. This is the biggest problem and the time of the anti Christ is coming very close. This is eminent from the evidence that is seen in the news every day.

      Anyway, we will see each other in the hereafter, whether in a good or bad situation... then we will see who is right.

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      frankie 6 years ago

      Thanks Mr. G Miah for reading my comment. Mr. Ali Sina is an ex-muslim from Iran. Can you open his website " and read his challenge to the whole muslim world. You will understand the Truth. And also read Mohammed Asghar's Page. Thanks and God bless you.

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Mr Frankie, i am guessing you have read it more than me? How many times have you read it? And what version have you read? The falsely interpreted one sold in America by a gay pastor who incites people to burn the sacred books of other religions? That's peace is it? Peace of s**t more like.

      This what i am trying to make people who read this article understand. People like you think you know more than true Muslims who are practising and who follow the Quran as it should be followed. You have fallen into the trap Mr. Frankie who thinks: 'i know the Quran more than you'!!!

      Keep wandering your lost world of religion...

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      frankie 6 years ago

      Mr. Don't Know......Read your Koran again and again in your own language. You will know the truth that why muslims like to kill infidels.

      Islam teaches hatred against non-muslims.

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      If you were watching the news you would know that the meduia is very quick to assume that any attack in any part of the country was carried out by 'Islamic terrorists'. This is because the Islamic group, Al-Qaeda, have given Islam a very bad name, and it is them who are confused with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him).

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      dumindu89 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Who told that "Muslims labelled as Islamic Terrorists"?

      Any of religion do not force to terrorism. Isn't it?

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you all for your opinions and comments, i'm glad we all understand and are on the same wavelength.

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      Bbudoyono 6 years ago

      The best jihad is hajj (pilgrimage to holyland) said the prohet Muhammad pbuh.

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      Jason Marovich 6 years ago from United States

      It's radicals in any religion that give their religion a bad name. Islam has unfortunately received poor media portrayal because of the few radicals who despise liberty and freedom. Your average American is probably starting to see that Islam is a far-ranging religion and to condemn it because of a few bad teachers (other religions have their share) is silly. I think you'll find that America would rather do business with you then make war on you, anyway. I'm hopeful we can all move on soon.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Its the radical muslims that give islam a very bad name in the West. Before all this happened, there was none of this.

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you!

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      drdspervez 6 years ago from Pakistan

      I agree with you that all Muslims are not bad or terrorist and Islam is a peaceful religion . I rated you up for your efforts. :)



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