ISLAM IS NOT THE SOURCE OF TERRORISM, BUT ITS SOLUTION
As Muslims, we strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the two big cities of
the United States of America on September 11, 2001 that caused the death and
of thousands of innocent people, and offer our condolences to the American
people. These attacks carried a very important issue related to the true source
of terrorism to the top of the world agenda. By this occasion, it was announced
to the entire world that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and that it
summons people to compassion and justice.
Many world leaders, leading media organizations, television and radio stations
told their own people that true Islam forbids violence, and commands peace
between people and nations. The Western circles that have come to a full grasp
of the religion of Islam and are well-informed about the true Islam commanded by
God in the Koran noted clearly that the words of Islam and terror cannot stand
side by side, and divine religions by no means permit violence.
This essay maintains that the source of the terror that we condemn is definitely
not a divine religion, and that there is no room for terrorism in Islam. This is
made clear in the Koran, the main source of Islam, and in the practices of all
Muslim rulers, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, being the foremost of
As you know, for centuries, various acts of terrorism are being carried out in
different parts of the world by different groups for different purposes.
Sometimes a communist organization, sometimes a fascist group, and sometimes
radical and separatist factions assume responsibility for these acts. While
countries like America often become the target of the attacks of racist and
marginal terrorist groups, the European countries become the center stage for
violent acts carried out by terrorist groups. 17 November in Greece, RAF and
Neo-Nazis in Germany, ETA in Spain, Red Brigades in Italy and many other
organizations seek to make their voices heard through terror and violence by
killing innocent and defenseless people heinously. Terrorism changes with the
developing and changing world conditions and steps up its impact and power with
the new means made possible by the developing technology. In particular, mass
communication tools such as the Internet extends the
scope and influence of the terrorist activities considerably.
Besides USA and Europe originated Western organizations, there are also other
terror organizations of Middle East origin. Some terrorist attacks are carried
out by these groups in all corners of the world. Yet there is an important point
to be remembered here. The fact that the perpetrators of various terrorist acts
carry Christian, Muslim or Jewish identities cause some people to develop some
erroneous ideas and put forward some claims which do not concur with divine
religions. The fact remains however, that even if the terrorists have Muslim
identities, the terror they perpetrated cannot be labeled "Islamic terror".
In the same way, it would not be called "Jewish terror" if the perpetrators were
Jews or "Christian terror" if they were Christians. That is because, murdering
innocent people in the name of religion is unacceptable. We need to keep in mind
that, among those who were killed in Washington or New York, there were people
who loved Jesus (Christians), Prophet Moses (Jews) and Muslims. Unless forgiven
by God, murdering innocent people is a great sin that brings torment in Hell.
Thus, a religious person who has fear of God can never commit such an act.
The aggressors can commit such violence only with the intention of attacking
religion itself. It may well be that they carried out this violence to present
religion as evil in the eyes of people, to divorce people from religion and to
generate hatred and reaction against pious people. Consequently, every attack
made in the name of "religion" on innocent people is actually an attack made
Religion commands love, mercy and peace. Terror, on the other hand, is the
opposite of religion; it is cruel, merciless and it demands bloodshed and
misery. This being the case, while looking for the perpetrators of a terrorist
act, its origins should be sought in disbelief rather than in religion. People
with a fascist, communist, racist or materialist outlook on life should be
suspected as potential perpetrators. The name or the identity of the terrorists
is not important. If he can kill innocent people without blinking an eye, then
he is a disbeliever, not a believer. He is a murderer with no fear of God, whose
main ambition is to shed blood and to give harm. For this reason, "Islamic
terror", "Jewish terror", "Christian terror" are quite erroneous concepts. That
is because, neither the religion of Islam, nor other religions can by no means
concur with terror. On the contrary, "terror" (i.e. murders committed against
innocent people) in Islam is a great sin and Muslims are responsible for
preventing these acts and bringing peace and justice to the world.