Some Muslims are troubled by the fact that Muslim ulema are vociferously disassociating themselves and their religion Islam from Terrorism while the religious leaders of other religions are not doing so. They are demanding, as is Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani in the following communication, that other religious leaders also do so:
“Following the footsteps of our so-called Ulema, who are crying hoarse in every corner of the country that ''terrorists have no relation with Islam', I would like to request Hindu religious leaders to come out with specific declaration that the members of World Hindu Federation are individual terrorists and have no concern with Hinduism. Similarly, the Christian Church world over must also proclaim in unambiguous words that the American and other European forces committing all sorts of barbarities in Iraq and Afghanistan are the worst terrorists of their time and have not the remotest relation with the tenets of universal brotherhood of Christianity. '
“ Dr.Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, LL.D.
“President , All India Muslim Forum
“Lucknow, UP, India”
The question before us is: Is this the right attitude? Is this conducive to peace? Should we allow our egos to get the better of us? Can we not understand that other religious leaders do not need to do so because the terrorists belonging to their religion do not use their religion as a shield as Muslim terrorists do? Did Maulana Abul Ala Maudoodi, the chief ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami and the chief instigator of terrorism in the world today, along with Syed Qutub, himself not say that Islam spread with the splendour of the sword that the Prophet took in his hands? Do the so-called Islamic terrorists not proclaim the award of the keys of Heavenly bliss to terrorists who are taking innocent lives in total contravention of Islamic tenets and the explicit instructions of the Holy Quran?
Do Hindu or Christian terrorists do that? Have you heard LITTE telling its cadre that if they take innocent lives they would go to Heaven because the Bhagwad Geeta says so or any other such absurdity? Do the Christians do that? Do the Basque terrorists, for instance, or did the IRA tell its cadre that they are going to Heaven if they kill people?
In my humble opinion, our Islamic egos should be hurt more by the fact that terrorists are misusing the name of Islam to pursue their nefarious goals and that we should do our utmost to disassociate ourselves and, more importantly, our religion from this madness. I think this is a subject worth debating at length.