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Terrorism is reality of Islam

Reader comment on item: How Terrorism Obstructs Radical Islam

Submitted by Amitabh Tripathi (India), Aug 24, 2005 at 02:25

To which we say terrorism Islam terms it as a mean to achieve its goal. In his earlier article one year ago, Dr Daniel Pipes had some apprehensions (Is Turkey going to be Islamist) about Erdogan's intention. He was very much right at that time and he is right today also.
Radical Islam has two distinct ways to act but they are complimentary to each other. Lawful way is lawful only till time is not ripe for terrorism. In India we have seen how Islamists exploited the lacuna of constitution in their favour by applying method to create political pressure groups and getting more privilege for them.When they got their influence in state institutions started supporting violent Jihad. Ultimately Radical Islam wants to create its utopian world of Khilafat.
Every time muslims worldwide say Quran does not teach violence. If it is true then it mean those who are indulged in terrorist activities are violating Islam. But not one muslim cleric has stood up to condemn Osama bin laden as violator of Islam because they know Laden is fullfiling their dreams only. Political Islam or Radical Islam with lawful way is contrary phrase. You cannot expect Islam to leave its theological base of violent Jihad, it is its core.
Present scenario of terrorism has stimulated thought process in muslims worldwide. It is true in some sense, but they are in a dilemma. On the one hand they want to reject terrorism as a mean of propagation of ideology, on the other side they do not have courage to talk about the reformation of Quranic verses. Until the way will come out, the whole humanity will suffer this uncivilised way of propagation of ideology.
It is the need of the hour to promote those elements within Islam who have courage to talk about reformation in Quran and about establishing some contemporary system which have some universal principles of co-existence.
Today what Islam is doing is same what it has done in seventh century but world did not prepare itself to counter it. To every democracy it appears as a sudden threat. Democracies are trying to curb debate on this subject. In America,Britain,India, those who tried to speak frankly about this matter were forced to be silent. This approach will not end this problem but it will boost the morale of Islamists to work freely within our democratic system.This war cannot be fought with law &order only. It needs some courage from intellectuals and states also. Until muslims will not feel pressure from every side to reform them they will not initiate, because reformation for them is to move away from core of their religion in some way.
In this period of war intellectuals and states should change some of their standards.

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