Sunday, April 21, 2013

Terrorism, like Hate, Love, Jealousy or Ambition has No Religion

An excellent explanation of terrorism vis-a-vis religion.


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Terrorism, like Hate, Love, Jealousy or Ambition has No Religion

And We (Allah) have sent thee (Muhammad) not but as a mercy for all peoples. (Al Quran 21:108)

Terrorism is the systematic use of  terror, often violent, especially as a means of  coercion. In the international community , however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law  definition.[1][2]Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror); are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of  non-combatants (civilians). Some definitions now include acts of  unlawfulviolence and war. The use of similar tactics by criminal organizations for  protection rackets  or to enforce a  code of silence  is usually not labeled terrorism, though these same actions may be labeled terrorism when done by a politically motivated group. The writer Heinrich Böll and scholars Raj Desai and Harry Eckstein have suggested that attempts to protect against terrorism may lead to a kind of social oppression.[3][4]
The word "terrorism" is politically and emotionally charged,[5] and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. Studies have found over 100 definitions of "terrorism".[6][7] The concept of terrorism may be controversial as it is often used by state authorities (and individuals with access to state support) to delegitimize political or other opponents,[8] and potentially legitimize the state's own use of armed force against opponents (such use of force may be described as "terror" by opponents of the state).[8][9]
Terrorism has been practiced by a broad array of political organizations to further their objectives. It has been practiced by both right-wing and left-wing political parties,  nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries, and ruling governments.[10] An abiding characteristic is the indiscriminate use of violence against  noncombatants for the purpose of gaining publicity for a group, cause, or individual. The  symbolism of terrorism  can leverage human fear to help achieve these goals.[11]
Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication of North America, tackled terrorism, in its Winter 2010 volume.
A religion should not be judged by the acts of a minority of outlaws regardless of their claimed religious affiliations  Christians should not be judged by the acts of their brothers in Serbia or Ireland, from decades past or the more recent terrorist from Norway.
Christianity should be judged by the teachings and practice of Jesus and his disciples.
Similarly, Islam should not be judged by the terrorists in or from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Middle East or a province of Russia. It should be judged by the teachings and practice of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, and his companions.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes in Love for All and Hatred for None.
Read Winter 2010 volume of the Muslim Sunrise.
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