11 February 2010
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It is undoubtedly wrong to say that all Muslims are affiliated with barbaric gangs. Despite the hard facts of Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s criminal actions in Islamic countries and elsewhere, some people are ignoring that these are terrorist organizations— corruptions of Islam— and should not be seen as representative of the Muslim faith. All Muslims are witness to the crimes committed in the name of Islam against both Muslims and non-Muslims. If someone considers him or herself Muslim, it is by his or her own choice. The actions of fundamentalist terrorist groups have reflected negatively upon standard practicing Muslims.
Terrorist actions in the name of any religion have falsely been associated with Islamic extremism—it doesn’t matter if these crimes have been committed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Israelis, or by the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. People all over the world condemn the situation in Israel and the atrocities committed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban against Muslims.
If we consider the actions of both the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and the factors that caused their genesis, we can conclude that the objectives of these groups have the same root. Some people contend that no one can define terrorism, but why can we not?
According to the holy Qur’an, everything is clear if we refer to the Qur’an and apply it to our daily lives. Who can disprove that Al Qaeda and the Taliban are terrorist groups? Who can deny that they are extremist successors of the Khawarege sect, which existed during the 1st century of Islam? What is the difference between modern-day Islamic terrorist groups and Khawarege? If we look at the history of Islam, the only difference between these extremists and the Khawarege is time—they have the same intentions and objectives. These groups want to divert Islam from a straight track by imposing their own tainted ideas.
We must not link the barbaric actions and profanity of Al Qaeda and the Taliban to Islam. Those who commit crimes in the name of Islam are in fact separated and excluded from the framework of Islam and seen by Muslims as extremists. It is the responsibility of all Islamic societies to get rid of this evil. Islam is a moderate religion for the spiritual guidance of humans; no extremist groups are within the normal Muslim practice.