Islamic terrorism is Islamic
By Ali Sina
we drop the 'Islamic terror' tag and call it only terrorism? Lord Carey,
the former Archbishop of Canterbury thinks so.
'Islamic terror' tag”
in BBC Radio 4 on
29 September 2004. “The term
Islamic should be dropped when referring to terrorists in a bid to deprive
a terrorist of his religious legitimacy and to foster better relations
between the West and Islam,” Lord Carey stated. “It
would also send a clear message” added Carey, “to the average Muslim that they were not being blamed for terrorist
attacks.” "He wants
religious justification for his evil deeds, and we shouldn't give it to
him," Lord Carey said.
also talked about building bridges by helping “the average Muslim to understand that we are not blaming Islam for
this. We're blaming that tiny, tiny minority of people who are using Islam
as a weapon to get their own back against the West and to undermine all
we're trying to do." He also reiterated his call for
Muslims to denounce terrorism more often."Terrorists
are very evil people and I want to hear Muslims say that more and
terrorism is not a common crime. It is a crime motivated by an ideology.
Islamic terrorism is a crime of faith. The Muslim terrorists are Islamic
to the core. To them this is a religious war. They read the Qur’an, get
excited and kill people while shouting, “Allah
is great.”The Muslim terrorist is a devout Muslim who has hearkened
to the call of his Prophet and has risen to do Jihad. Jihad is obligatory
on all able-bodied Muslims. It is a pillar of Islam and its importance is second
only to prayers.
The Muslim terrorist does not seek legitimacy from his victims. He gets
his legitimacy from his holy book the Qur’an. Talks like Carey’s only
show how little westerners
know about Islam. The problem is that they continue to judge Islam
according to their own perspective and value systems, which is very much
different from those of Islam.
is this lack of understanding, this ignorance of Islam that allows Islam
to proliferate in the West and provide a fertile ground for the expansion
of Islamic terrorism right under the nose of the westerners.
next mistake of Lord Carey is in his desire to “build
bridges” between Islam and the West. This concept is so naïve that
I can only compare it with the foolish hope of a sheep in fostering
friendship with the wolf.
What does the “average Muslim” mean? Is Carey talking about the
Muslims who are not too Islamic and do not practice Islam? We have either
Muslims or non-Muslims. If one is a Muslim one believes
in everything Muhammad said including Jihad. The “average Muslim”
can’t denounce Jihad because that would be going against the teachings
of Muhammad. Why are there no marches in Islamic countries denouncing
terrorism? Muslims are after all very excitable people and all it takes to
bring them out into the streets shouting hysterically at the “enemies of
Islam” is a fatwa. The reason there are no such demonstrations and
fatwas is because they would be un-Islamic. No Mullah could issue a decree
that would go against the explicit teachings of the Qur’an.
only one Islamic country people
poured into the streets shouting, “Death
to the terrorists,” that
after 9/11. The reason is that the majority of Iranians, after a quarter
of century of "close encounter" with Islam, are no longer
“true believer” Muslims.
truth is that Islamic terrorism is as much Islamic as are Hajj, fasting or
prayer. In fact Jihad is even more important than Hajj. Unfortunately, you
won’t have Muslims
denouncing terrorism unless you take Islam away from them.
final lesson in this story is
that the westerners know nothing about Islam. Lord Carey is still
reluctant to blame Islam and blames only a "tiny, tiny minority"
for Islamic terrorism. This ignorance (said
descriptively not pejoratively) is what will bring them to their doom. The
only way they can confront the threat of terrorism is to confront the
ideology behind it and destroy the belief system that regards terror as a
means of achieving God's pleasure. We can't praise a religion that
prescribes terror and then expect its followers not to practice it. Islam
must be abolished. The later we come to accept this fact, the more lives
will be lost.
not sugarcoat your speeches. Do not tell Muslims that their religion is
peaceful but is hijacked by terrorists. This is a blatant lie. Tell them
in their face that their religion is evil and they must leave it or leave
is an avowed enemy of democracy of freedom of human rights of your
constitution of our country and of you. You will not have peace until you
fight it and eliminate it.