Much Islam is Responsible for Making Muslims Terrorists
my previous article “Fighting Against a Phantom” I wrote:
who has a brush with Islam is at risk. Any Muslim can become a terrorist
overnight. As long as people believe Muhammad was a messenger of God, they
are at risk of contracting Islamic terrorist fever.”
everyone agreed. Mr. Hugh Fitzgerald of jihadwatch.org in a private email
wrote: "'any Muslim' and 'overnight'? I think too much is claimed”.
me respond to this concern and clarify my position. Of course not everyone
who reads the Quran becomes a terrorist overnight. I said "can"
not "will". In the same article
people are infected by HIV but only a few get AIDS. Many people are
Muslims, but only a few become terrorists.”
are several factors that have to be present and the Quran is one of them.
factor is xenophobia or the
distrust of the non-Muslims. Many Islamic countries actively and
systematically promote the hatred of the Jews, the
and the West in general. You must see yourself as the victim and the
non-Muslims as the oppressors in order to hate them enough to kill them. A
great number of Muslims, perhaps the majority, are at this stage. Not all
these Muslims are going to become terrorists, but a great majority of them
are convinced that
and particularly the Jews are responsible for everything that is wrong in
their lives. Just read what they write on the Internet and you’ll see
their favorite line of “defense of Islam” is to blame the Jews and
other factor that makes them vulnerable to become terrorists is being hit
by a crisis. Personal problems,
especially if they are experienced at youth, seem greater than they
actually are and tend to make life look meaningless. During these crises
people often seek spiritual guidance in their religions and some youngsters,
out of desperation, may even commit suicide. Here is where the danger
lies. When young Muslims in crisis seek spiritual guidance from their holy
book, they expose themselves to the negative influnce of the Quran and the
seed of becoming a jihadi aka terrorist is sown in their minds. Life is
already meaningless; suicide does not seem like a bad idea. In Islam you
can have your cake and eat it too. You can become a martyr – end your
miserable life and gain the rewards of the afterlife too. This is like
killing two birds with one stone.
are led to believe that
and especially the Jews who “run the world by proxy” (as the Malaysian
PM, Dr. Mahathir said) are responsible for all their miseries. They see
themselves as victims. Once they identify their alleged victimizers, they
are ready to take their revenge – a revenge that is glorified by all the
Muslims and is encouraged by God himself. Here is where the Quran provides
them with “guidance” and confirmation. You take your revenge, you end
our useless, worthless life, you will be hailed as a hero and you will go
to paradise where a bevy of voluptuous celestial "virgin whores" in their see through lingerie
for you to fulfill all your frustrated
fantasies. Suddenly you can kiss goodbye all your failures and succeed. What a bargain! How can anyone refuse that?
that is not all. You also need the support
and encouragement of others. You may get cold feet. You need to be
egged on, cheered and reconfirmed. This is readily available through
mosques that incite hate and encourage martyrdom and the underground
network of terrorism that rouse young Muslims to join their campaign of
terror and become the next martyr. The whole Islamic ethos encourages you
to become a martyr. You have the support of everyone. Jihad and martyrdom
are the essence of Islam. Who is that Muslim who can oppose it?
to say that just by reading the Quran, loving Muslims become terrorists is
not entirely true. A whole gamut of conditions must be present for that to
the example of becoming infected by viruses. Two persons are exposed to
the same virus; one become infected and the other doesn't. Can we conclude
that virus has nothing to do with the disease? Immunities vary from person
to person. The person with less immunity will get infected while the one
with stronger immunity will not. But ultimately it is the virus that makes
not all those who read the Quran become terrorists. But when all the
conditions are met, Muslims become vulnerable. It is like being soaked in
gasoline. All it takes is a spark to be ignited and that is what the Quran
provides. Others read the Quran and may not be affected. They are like wet
wood. They hardly get ignited and worked out by
the hate laden verses of the Quran. But if all the conditions are met,
every Muslim becomes vulnerable and can become a terrorist.
problem is that all those conditions that prepare a Muslim to become a
terrorist are also caused by the Quran. These conditions are not cultural,
ethnic, political or economical. They are religious. The
hatred of the Jews and the non-Muslims has its roots in the Quran. Most of
the crises that Muslim youth face, like lack of opportunity and loss of
hope are also the result of the failure of Islam in solving the real
problems of Muslims and particularly the youth.
more factor that I did not mention but is very important is the lack of self-esteem
and the prevalent feeling of worthlessness among Muslims, and Islam’s pedagogic fiasco in rearing confident, positive and successful
humans. Terrorists are losers who seek their glory in martyrdom. That too
is the direct consequence of the failure of Islamic paradigm.
Islam does not only provide the ultimate spark, it also prepares Muslims
throughout their lives to become failures, haters and terrorists. It gives
them distorted values and trains them slowly to accept stupidity as a
praiseworthy sacrifice and murder as a divine act.
is entirely responsible for Islamic terrorism. If we fail to see that, we
have failed in our diagnosis.