These stereotypes of violence and backwards thinking have been further perpetuated by even more recent examples of extremism by Muslim terrorists. Although most Muslims are peaceful and do not endorse the violence of their Muslim brethren, there are some who believe it is their responsibility to punish those who do not adhere to Islam. This religion is no stranger to divinely motivated warfare. Islam was founded on the belief that it is excusable to harm others in the name of Allah. The terrorist group, Al-Qaeda, holds many of these beliefs.
Islam, the religion of peace and harmony has unfortunately been corrupted by the deadly terrorist acts which have taken place around the world during these past couple of years. Today the people in this world view Islam as a threatening and terrorist religion. Often, the killing of innocent people, suicidal bombings and terrorist attacks are carried out people who tend to claim themselves as Muslims, though in reality, the dissident actions of these so called named Muslims have nothing to do with Islam. Among all the attributes of God, the Holy Book (Quran) mentions that: he is the source of peace and bestower of security (59:23) people must establish peace in their life. Terrorism what a complete disgrace, however people forget one thing that terrorism is not only found in Islam yet also continued in other religions and countries.
Western Muslims didn't ask for this battle, but if they continue to shrug and say, "Don't look at us, look at Israel," they will lose it anyway. "Islam was hijacked on that September 11, 2001," a Muslim cleric named Hamza Yusuf said at a White House prayer meeting last month. The metaphor may have been more apt than he realized. Islam has indeed been hijacked, and not just by the terrorists of September 11, but also by Hamas and Hezbollah and all the others who commit or condone murder in God's name. If respectable Muslim leaders continue to shrink from confronting and resisting the hijackers, we now know what will happen-to the hijackers, to the passengers, and to the people on the ground.
The West tends to think of jihad as a call to outward or external activity, but in the Islamic mind, jihad is a call to all individuals to prepare their hearts and s... ... middle of paper ... ...t it perceives that the terrorism it wages against the West is an integral part of its religion. The West in general and the United States in particular cannot ignore it and should therefore unite their efforts in an attempt to find different means of countering this kind of Islamic terrorism. But, the main success or failure of these terrorist groups does not depend on their religious commentary or authority. It lies in their ability to gain legitimacy from the general public or from the greater part of it in each Muslim country, as well as in the Arab world in a whole. The need for public sympathy and support is a crucial element of every terrorist group without regard to its ideology or political affiliation.
Religion is looked down upon in societies today because it is considered troublesome and opposing to the way people view the world today. Muslims get the media’s attention because they strictly follow the religion; however, it’s not what many focus on, that’s just scratching the surface. Over the years we saw the events of 9/11 and the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, which led up to the war of Afghanistan, even worse, the war of Iraq and Sadam Hussein’s rebellion; which led to the rebellion of many Muslims going into many separate groups, radical and some that are indeed real Jihadists in the sense that they are fighting in the sake of Allah. The west in general dominated in media and news coverage. That dominance has been taken over to manipulate and put unethical and negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.
Thus, by this very simple linguistic definition, one can ascertain as to what the ... ... middle of paper ... ...of Islam. Yet a media that seeks to cover the truth of this religion never portrays such facts. A number of years ago, when the Oklahoma City bomb went off, the media portrayed that it was done by the Muslim Terrorist. A headline in one of the newspapers, with a picture of a fire fighter holding a dead child in his arms, the headline read: "In The Name of Islam" Time has of course proven that this bigoted assumption was incorrect, as Timothy McVeigh, a right wing radical faced the death penalty for the crime. Likewise the bombs that went off in the Paris metro in 1995 were also blamed on Muslim fanatics.
(Personal Example) On the morning of September 11th 2011 a normal U.S c... ... middle of paper ... ...o turn to these terrorists groups and even volunteer to strike out against the west to teach them a lesson for their biased opinions. Many reasons provoke people into doing misdeeds, the ones listed above are but of few of many that cause Islamists to snap. From 9/11 to Benghazi, from Islamic Fundamentalism to even everyday stereotypes; all of these have logical reasoning for the attack, and the damage it brings with. Islamists currently feel misplaced in the world, under attack from the west wanting more and more of their resources. America is doing nothing to help these people and instead make them feel oppressed in their own countries and even their own homes.
This militant group does not view the suicide bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut as an insane act,(5) but as martyrdom against the evil ways of the West. With this underlying holy war against the world, they are forced to use these extreme measures. With the motives of rational, psychology, and cultural reasoning, the different terrorist groups make a stand for what is believed to be right. The calculation for the next move that a terrorist will make is hard to decipher, but all terrorist do have motives. Although some motives are difficult for the majority of the World to comprehend; given a motive, a terrorist group has a purpose for violence.
As supporters of not going to war say in the article ISIS, “[I]s America cause a backlash among the very people it needs to win over?” (ISIS) They make a very valid argument. By stating this they are saying if we do engage in military action against ISIS we could be validating extremists views that “America is a threat to all Muslims” (ISIS) and by doing this the Muslim population that are only moderates might turn extremists and join ISIS’s cause. This kind of action would only strengthen ISIS’s power and influence and make their reach that much more vast ... ... middle of paper ... ...efore they can create the operational wherewithal to conduct a Sept. 11-like tragedy” (ISIS). The problem with this argument is again by looking at history. Al-Qaeda was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
I came to this opinion by looking at the history of Islam, the spread of Islam, Qur’anic texts, the life of Muhammad, and current day practices and occurrences. Right after the devastating September 11 attacks of 2001, President George W. Bush made a declaration of war on terrorism. In his speech he called “The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics--a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.” It is something I would truly 0like to believe. I would like to believe that Islam is peaceful religion, not fundamentally a violent one. But I don’t think that view would be fully accurate.