In the United States we enjoy religious and political freedoms that are not always practiced in other countries of the world. In fact in Egypt there is no tolerance for opposing viewpoints and diverse religious beliefs. These polarized views have often times led to violent behavior. In 2004, members of the Islamic extremists bombed the Hilton Taba hotel in Egypt which killed 34 tourists in hopes of destabilizing Egypt (Omer…). For years the Islamic extremists have been terrorizing and violating the rights of the Egyptian people, as well as innocent bystanders that have come to visit Egypt.
Someone that is a Muslim only has an Islamic belief. This word originated in Arabia where this whole culture developed (BBC “Islam”). Islam followers, or Muslims, were introduced to their culture from the Prophet Muhammad (BBC “Islam”). The word Islam comes up very often, but who knows what it means? It is said to be the “submission to the will of God (BBC “Islam”).” Majority of the U.S. population today see Muslims as bad people only because a certain group attacked the United States.
“Is Islam a religion of terror?” It is a question that many people ask. When people who claim to be doing the will of Allah by being the cause of terrible events such as the attacks of 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombings, it is a question that is a fair question to ask. It was a question that I did not have a clear answer on before I started to research. When I asked some people, they adamantly replied that it was indeed a violent religion. Then when I asked other people such as a British Pakistani girl named Meezaab, they replied that it is a religion of peace.
The religion of Islam garners large amounts attention. Many believe it is a violent and backwards religion. Since 9/11, "Islamic reform" has become an all-purpose phrase: equally a western impulse to protect itself from Muslim violence and a humanist notion aimed at assisting voiceless Muslims (Eteraz1). Extreme displays of Islamic faith such as the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 have generated negative stereotypes about Islam as a religion. These stereotypes of violence and backwards thinking have been further perpetuated by even more recent examples of extremism by Muslim terrorists.
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The concept of Jihad was not widely known in the western world before the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Since then, the word has been woven into what our media and government feed us along with notions of Terrorism, Suicide Bombings, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and now, Jihad. Our society hears exhortations resounding from the Middle East calling the people to rise up in Jihad and beat back the imperialist Americans. Yet, if we try to peel back all of these complex layers of information we can we attempt to find out what Jihad really means. Webster’s Dictionary defines Jihad as “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty or a crusade for a principle or belief” (1).
The Sunni and Shiites have been divided by who they believe is deserving of the caliph position (Muslim). Inter-religious conflict is not restricted to just the Sunni-Shiite conflict but to other religious groups as well. Christians and Jews face discrimination as minorities in the Muslim countries (Arab). Today the Sunnis and Shiites continue to have different views in Islamic theology which has led to sectarian violence. Due to Syria’s war, this serious fighting continued from 2003 to 2008 including killings and kidnappings among the two sects.
Jihads group is international organization and believe that Jihadi is historically legitimate pursuing the orders of Allah where all community must be governed by Islamic laws. Moreover, Jihadists believe that they represent true religion but they have developed their own interpretation and realm of world politics. Twentieth century Jihadists tried to resume the wars unleashed by Islamic empires nearly fourteen centuries ago. Jihadi interpret Quran in most rigid interpretations so, they are considered as fundamentalists and very religious and devoted practitioners. Jihad organization considered early events of Muha... ... middle of paper ... .... Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go To War In The Name Of Islam.