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.
Noam Chomsky argues in the article ““Looking Back on 9/11: Was there an Alternative” that by rushing into this war, the U.S just fell into bin-Laden’s trap of forcing them to engage in many expensive wars that would drive them to bankruptcy (Chomsky). Whereas as the in the article titled ““A Counterterrorism Strategy for the "Next Wave"”, the Heritage Society disputes that the war and the negative effects of it are justifiable because it is for the greater good, it is to prevent terrorism. They insist on spe... ... middle of paper ... ...r’ Became Everyone’s Islamophobia and the Impact of September 11 on the Political Terrain of South and Southeast Asia.” HUMAN ARCHITECTURE: JOURNAL OF THE SOCIOLOGY OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE 1 (2006): 20-50. Piazza, James and James Igoe Walsh. “Physical Integrity Rights and Terrorism.” Terrorism and Human Rights (2010).
America like in many cases likes to make sure it weakens any forces they feel could be a threat to their country, and Hamas as a terrorist organization in their point of view is a big threat. The US media continues to reinforce a mindset in the American people that dehumanizes Palestinians unfortunately. The depiction of Hamas as merely a terrorist group yet failing to apply the same approach when it comes to describing the Israeli actions is typical for the Western media.
Iran, Iraq, Syria even when it was America who installed the dictatorships in the first place for fear of single Islamic entity forming, and they support Israel who are in the process of genocide against Palestinians. The media scares people into thinking that they could be attacked at any moment – even people in rural areas with no landmarks of significance are quaking in their boots for fear of the bearded turban wearing Islamist blowing up their Wal-mart or something! The average American is so scared and ill-informed that they even voted George W. Bush into power for a second term even though there is sufficient evidence to prove that his first victory was fixed. Disenfranchised African Americans, people without criminal records, honest, hard working people were denied their vote. Is this racism??
Therefore, the idea that Americans have this freedom of speech might insult or make people living in these countries jealous, and who better to target than Americans for having this freedom. As stated in an address given by George Bush, “America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining” (Bush). People living in countries involved with the Taliban are not able to speak out about the government in any way. These people hate the United States of America because they are jealous of w... ... middle of paper ... ...n the world.
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. But then why Islam? Is it because terrorism has been related to Islam just like peace is to war. The terrorist that claim they are Muslim with pride are oblivious, ignorant and it shows their lack of knowledge. The Holy Quran clearly states that: It does not behove a Prophet that he should have captives until he engages in regular fighting in the land.
These extremist would see any other religions wiped off the face of the planet because they do not believe in the Islamic faith. Not all Muslims think like this, but because people have taken in the idea that all Muslims think like this people think that they all have bad intentions in their minds. The solution to this problem is that the people of the United States need to stop blaming the average Muslim person for what happened. It is not the everyday Muslim who bombed the twin towers. It was the Muslim Extremist group of Al-Qaeda.
Unfortunately the media promoted this distortion of the Islamic values by spreading false perceptions about the religion, also the false stereotyping about all Muslims as people. However most of the terrorist attacks take place in Islamic countries, targeting Muslims themselves. Those conflicting facts motivated me to make a comprehensive research regarding this matter. In order to achieve that aim, I should start answering the questions below: • What is terror? • What is the Islamic Jihad?
ISIS’s pursuit of its own goals has caused infighting in Iraq and Syria, and has led to a major rift amongst the organizations. To understand their ruthless nature, even when compared to al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, one must understand the role religion plays within their organization, and how religion is the driving force behind their goals. The members of ISIS are motivated by extreme religious ideology and a draconian interpretatio... ... middle of paper ... ...terror tactics to further their ideological goal of creating a Sunni Islamic state in Iraq, and now in Syria. Their violence toward Shia Muslims and merciless attacks on civilians, as well as other rebel brigades, has caused clashes with the other al-Qaeda factions in Iraq and Syria. This, along with ISIS’s public disrespect toward the organization, has resulted in Al-Qaeda announcing their split from the group earlier this year.
Osama Bin Laden became the leader of an Islamic movement called Al-Qaeda. There are some common factors that can be detected behind the many changing faces of terrorism. First, it usually has a unofficial character, claiming to be the result of an uproar of public feeling. Second, terrorism is based on an naive belief that a few acts of violence will transform the political landscape in an beneficial way. Third, terrorism has become increasingly involved in attacking innocent civilians, mostly with the purpose of presenting that the state is incapable