By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam
1 September 2021
Terrorists Ideological Misunderstanding Has Taken Them Away From the Real Religion to a Distorted Religious Ideology
1. Terrorism is rooted not in religion or sectarianism but is the by-product of the race of supremacism between religious ideologies.
2. Being on a killing spree, taking self as supreme power and authority are symptoms of a disease – a psychological disorder.
3. Terrorism has spread like a wildfire or a kind of tsunami threatening to engulf the whole human world.
4. ‘Humanity’ on the whole has successfully kept itself immune to this psycho mentality of terrorism and militancy.
Being on a killing spree, taking self as supreme power and authority are symptoms of a disease – a psychological disorder. This creates a psycho mentality that spreads like a pandemic. Whoever comes in these psychos contact falls prey to the disease. This disease- terrorism – has spread like a wildfire or a kind of tsunami threatening to engulf the whole human world. Much of the human world is in the grip of this tsunami called ' terrorism’. The good news is that ‘humanity’ on the whole has successfully kept itself immune to this psycho mentality of terrorism and militancy.
Medical science has to research every new disease as and when it surfaces, to prepare a medicine for the cure of the patients. But the disease called ‘terrorism’ and ‘militancy’ has its cure in spiritualism. Spiritualism has a cure for every kind of evil disease that threatens to tear apart the fabric of social ethics and humane values. The spiritualism of Buddha transformed the dreaded dacoit and killer 'Angulimal' into a saint. If such a person, who used to wear a ‘necklace of fingers’ can be transformed the terrorists can also be tried to teach the niceties of life.
Martyrdom and Suicide Terrorism
Terrorist’s ideological misunderstanding has taken them away from the real religion to a distorted religious ideology that has been taught to them. The basic thing of every religion is that ‘life is a gift of God and that all the human beings are supposed and commanded to respect not only their lives but the lives of the fellow human beings too. The distorted religious ideology taught to them is that the suicide bombers achieve the class of martyrdom. The terrorists killed fighting with the people of other ideologies in a war of superiority are bestowed heaven by Allah. Quranic teaching mentions, ‘Whosoever killed a person ... it shall be as if he had killed all mankind" - (Al-Ma'idah - 32) and it is a common sense that religions, that are embedded with love, compassion and inclusivity for the betterment of all the living beings, cannot teach to kill others or to sacrifice one’s life.
Young kids are ideologically groomed from their childhood for acts of terrorism by glorifying the killing of innocent brothers and sisters in the name of martyrdom as Imam Husain and other martyrs of the Karbala did. Young immature minds, during their madrasa days, are taught the ideology of terrorism in the name of religion that is the most revered thing of everyone’s life. The early education of terror ideology matures them into a terror ideologue who engages in the acts of terrorism, not knowing what irreligious and anti-Islam acts they are performing. They are taught terror ideology as a religious duty for martyrdom.
Terrorists Negative Social Outlook
Being a part of human life, science and spiritualism, both are interrelated in various aspects. Science as a knowledge found itself being used more as a weapon of destruction than a source of social empowerment for the humane society. Science could not become a source of a better life for human society rather it brought people in front of each other as a competitor in worldly achievements. Science created a psychology of animal instinct rather than humane instinct in the race for world gains. The competition of worldly gains became the root of all evils, terrorism being one of them.
What is terrorism? Terrorism is rooted not in religion or sectarianism but is the by-product of the race of supremacism between the religious ideologies. The most powerful and the richest of them all, Wahhabism made religion a shield and divided the already divided Muslim communities through the power of terror.
Terrorism cannot be identified with any particular religion, race, aim or nation. Terrorism has all the negative colours of life on the earth, human and animal included. Terrorists do not believe in any particular religion, faith or ideology. There are innumerable faces of terrorism. Identifying it with any particular religion or nation is a wrong concept of terror. There are different kinds of terrorists who belong to different religions, regions and communities. A common element found in all of them is their negative outlook of the social fabric, the world is interwoven into. Their commonality makes it easy to understand their mental upheaval and the obsession they live with. The commonality in the mental pattern of the patient makes the prescription of the medicine easier.
Terrorists are mechanical dolls being run by their masters who have caught them in the web of ideology. The master terrorists are well educated and the common terrorists are well groomed in the wrong interpretation of ideologies. Their cure is not in killing them as history shows they have come in larger numbers than they are killed. As their killing makes others more radicalised their spiritual upbringing will make others more spiritualised.
The meaning of Spiritualism Word Cloud - male hand gesturing towards the word SPIRITUALISM surrounded by a word cloud on a blue gaseous ethereal background — Photo by Healing63
Spiritualism and the Holy Quran
The Holy Quran is the torchbearer of the codes of conduct of spiritual life. The life of the earth is not known. So, life on the earth is not known to anybody except that it has been and has to be full of complexities born out of the changing parameters of the religious, social and political ethos of one’s life. Allah the Creator of the universe is All-Knower so He knew all that is hidden in the future. Islam has been since the inception of the world and will remain till the resurrection of the world on the planet earth. Allah the Almighty during the revelation of the verses on His Apostle Prophet Muhammad Pbuh revealed the codes of life and the solutions of the problems humankind had to face from time to time.
Thus, Science for the social betterment of the society and spiritualism for the social and cultural betterment of the society found mention in the revelations of the Holy Quran. Spiritualism and the ethics of divinity are needed for a blissful life. Following verses from the Holy Quran are bound to be taken as an example of an inclusive, peaceful and rich life, to diminish terrorism.
Quranic Verses with the Lesson of Spirituality
By the ˹passage of˺ time! Surely humanity is i ˹grave˺ loss, except for those who have faith, do good, and urge each other to the truth, and urge each other to perseverance. - (Al-'Asr - 1-3) — Dr. Mustafa Khattab
The above-mentioned verse is a lesson in the management of time. This verse commands human beings to act with wisdom to make this world liveable. The above-mentioned verse also commands to be compassionate and loving for others.
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, (al-Baqarah 155) - Sahih International
The Holy Quran asks believers to have patience during times of hardship and difficulties. It also asks the believers to transform the difficult days into an opportunity as hardships make one strong and patient. If the difficult times and hardships of life are taken positively, the experience of life gained from them will act as a reward for the coming days.
Respect and Honour All Human Beings: (Al-Isra: 70)
If You Commit an Error, Then Correct Yourself Immediately: Surah An-Nisa [4:134]
Do Not Be Contemptuous or Arrogant with People - (Luqman: 18)
Be Nice to People (An-Nisa: 36)
To fight the terror menace, Quranic wisdom and spirituality will have to be taught to the people who have followed the wrong path. The spiritual aspect of the Holy Quran and the lessons of brotherhood and inclusivity from the life of Prophet Muhammad Pbuh will have to be included in the madrasa curriculum. Spiritual and educational jihad will win hearts. War only begets war.
The following quote by Stanley Lane-Poole says it all about the Islamic way of teaching even the most brutal enemy.
‘The day of Mohammad's greatest triumph over his enemies was also the day of his grandest victory over himself. He freely forgave the Quraish all the years of sorrow and cruel scorn in which they had afflicted him and gave an amnesty to the whole population of Mecca.” - Stanley Lane-Poole
And Allah Knows the Best.
Arman Neyazi is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com.
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