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Synonym of Terror = Abject Fear

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Submitted by DrRJP, Mar 27, 2017 at 13:58

"Strike terror into the hearts of the unbelievers."

This is a central tenet of Islam that is mentioned in the Koran and Haditha multiple times. There is no disagreement as to the inhuman atrocities committed by ISIS being intended to create abject fear.

Fear of what?

Well, since the most common synonym for "abject fear" is "phobia," then we would be correct in saying that Islamophobia" is an abject fear of Islam that militant Muslim instill in others.

On the other hand, Muslims are commanded to kill unbelievers who won't submit to Islam (either by converting to it or paying the jizza tax, aka protection money).

To me, the bottom line is that "Islamic terrorism" is redundant given what Islam commands its followers to do. Therefore, we should employ a separate terminology to describe the acts of terror and murder that Muslims commit versus what others commit because of the specific, Islamic edicts to carry them out.

In support of this contention is the fact that there are no 21st Century parallels to be found in comparing Islam to any other religion. There are, however, ideological elements to be found in Islam that are comparable to other political systems

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Daniel Pipes replies:

This is Koran 8:12. The word commonly translated as "terror" is ru'b. It is used five times in the Koran: http://corpus.quran.com/qurandictionary.jsp?q=rEb#(8:12:16)

However, the word ru'b in this context means fright and is not analogous to the modern word terrorism. For many dictionary translations of the word, see https://discover-the-truth.com/2016/04/29/arabic-meaning-for-rub-fear-terror/.

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