In the west, the possibility of a successful democracy in the Islamic world is still in question. This is due in part to the significant revolutions that have and are still taking place in many Muslim lead countries. These concerns stem from the possibility that a true democracy in Islamic lands may lead to Islamic democrats seeking reconciliation of human rights and civil liberties under strict Islamic ruling. Needless to say, an Islamic democracy is perceived as a threat; with good reason. Decades of anti-Islam aggravation succeeded in corrupting the image of Islam in many western countries, depicting Islam as authoritarian and anti-democratic.
Due to violent acts by radical Islamic terrorist groups, the Western world has grappled with defining the Quranic term Jihad. The World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 have only exacerbated their confusion. It is important to understand what the word “Jihad” means before one can analyze how it being interpreted or misrepresented by the west. In Islam, Jihad refers to a duty that muslims must fulfill, or a religious duty. It could also mean the fight against someone’s negative emotions as referred to in the Oxford Islamic Studies or it could mean the struggle against nonbelievers.
But they also have the same potential for violence as others, and Islam as a religion and an ideology seeks to exploit that potential. Thoug... ... middle of paper ... ...volutionary movements. The conflict with militant Islam may last a long time—centuries, potentially—since even if curing Muslim society of its violent tendencies is possible, it would involve ripping out or otherwise neutralizing a tendency that has dominated Muslim culture since the days of its founder. This is not an easy task, for Muslims willing to make the change would be portrayed as traitors to their religion, amid renewed calls to practice Islam in its original, pure, and more violent form in order to regain the favor of God. The signs of the times suggest that we are, indeed, in for a "clash of civilizations" that will be neither brief nor bloodless.
· The new Islamic order does not reject science and technology. However, modernization is subordinated to Islam to guard against ... ... middle of paper ... ...s and non-Muslims alike, are enemies of God. Similarly, the da'wa(h) phenomenon in many Islamic communities is seen as an integral component of Islamic political revival that threatens the existing order that is more associated with the West. What is or should be clear is that simplistic accounts based on that legacy of anachronistic preconceptions will not do. As a matter of fact, da'wa(h) has become the subject of much concern inasmuch as "foreign" observers see in it shadows of the turmoil in Iran.
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It is hypothesized that if the extremist factions of our society will keep misinterpreting Jihad in the name of terrorism then the aim and image of our religion Islam that promotes religious tolerance will be distorted. The following sources of the literature review support this hypothesis. It is being widely believed that terrorist actions are mostly done by the Muslim jihadist. People misinterpret jihad and terrorism. According to Islam In any case strict conditions prescribed for jihad are supposed to be observed and not transgressed.
Some extremists, such as the Hizballah, view the United States as “the Great Satan.” Although unannounced violent actions against civilians is called terrorism by the West, Muslims view such behavior as religious duty. Most terrorists are viewed within their individual countries as radicals, although some have benefited from gaining wide-spread approval in their region. With popular support behind them, these extremists have declared a holy war, a jihad, against the West, Israel, and all sympathizers of the two. In the jihad, terrorism has been the most used weapon against the enemies of Islam. Although terrorism has been magnified throughout the world recently, jihad is nothing new to Islam.
Fundamentalists have changed the meaning of Jihad to stand for a holy war. The prophet of Islam. Mohamed, and his followers had a Holy war with the people of Mecca which was only for defense. Groups such Al Qaeda, Hamas, Muslim brotherhood and other extremists have used the meaning Jihad to manipulate Muslim people to attack the people they call “non-believers”. Furthermore, the radical Muslim groups manipulate versus such as, “Jihad is ordained for you (Muslims), though you dislike it.
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