Muslims, Islam and terrorism

By Ali Bhurgri

paris attacks

I woke up today, with the devastating news of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. Heart wrenched as yet again innocent civilians died. With more than 128 killed in the former and 50 plus, in the later.

The media’s coverage for the Paris attack, superseded that of Beirut. Even in times of emergency, we are guilty of dissimulation. However, that’s a debate for another day. In such times, we have emergence of the Jehovahs of morality. Some blaming religion and some defending it. On the day where innocent lives, are lost its sad that we are discussing something as insensitive as religion.

Terrorism is the most misused and abused word I can think of. The two questions I deal, with in this piece are, Are terrorist created by themselves, and what is Islams connection with it ? I thought today is the day these questions should be answered. The people blowing them selves up, have twisted ideologies. These are fundamentalist with fringe interpretations. Although, without a doubt, Geopolitics has played massive role in rising terrorism, the world faces today.

A stat goes on to show that the deaths from terrorism after 9/11 have increased by 4,500 %. The invasion of Iraq and then Afghanistan have led to dehumanization there. Which has further given the extremist elements a reason to rise and empower their ideologies. Our goals from, making this world the greatest civilization to investing everything in war, against an enemy that we truly don’t have even known.

In Iraq, before 2003, there were no suicide attack, recorded in that country, however after the invasion, there have been 1,892 suicide attack which have killed 20,000 people. One Al Qaeeda, strategist, named Abu Musab, said, “The war in Iraq almost single handled rescued the Jihadi movement” As a matter of fact, ISIL didn’t existed at the time of 9/11. But it does today. We are not really fighting a certain class, we are fighting a mindset. That has fueled to commit more atrocities.

As unjust and unfair it is, to blame terrorism on this one particular factor, it is equally essential for France and the world not to over react the same way as America did after 9/11. Let’s not give the opportunity to these extremist to paint us as the monsters. Let’s fight ISIL’s ideologies not its name. If we fight this war, we fight it out way, not theirs. That’s answering the first question.

Moving on to second one, this does not mean, that everything is to be blamed on geopolitics. There are certain injunctions in Quran which the extremist have been falsely using to support their vision. They may have a fringe interpretation, but our source is the same. And I quote from the Quran, (2:191-193)  “And kill Them, wherever you find them and turn them out from, from where they have turned you out, and Al Fitnah, (disbelief and unrest) is worse than killing” this is what fundamentalist emphasis on. But growing up in a Muslim household I have been taught, this. I quote from the Quran again, (5:32) “Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as if he has killed all of humanity”

So today, Muslims coming on any platform and saying, these terrorist are not part of the 1.6 billion Muslims are as ignorant as those who are blaming all Muslims for it. The time has arrived where we need to come out of denial and accept that these fundamentalist, are part of us. They are within us.

The majority of ordinary Muslims, don’t follow the interpretation that the tiny minority does, however we can’t be dismissive. Because They are like cancer and if we don’t act now, it will be all too late. We need to do this, not because we belong from this community but because this community needs it the most today.

Pakistan from 1987 to 2002, we only had one suicide attack, however since, 2002 we have had more than 486 suicide attacks in which 6,000 have died. . As a Pakistani, Muslim. I want to start by standing against people like Mulana Abdul Aziz, and everyone like him, who sympathizes with extremist.

For the Muslims, around the world. It’s time to act against all kind of fundamentalism. The silence has to be over. The selective condemnation needs to end, either it’s an Israeli life or a Palestinian. All are equally important. It’s not about communities anymore, it’s a war. Between humans and demons. And there is only one side we go to, because it’s now or never.

  • Rex Minor


    We are just humans and can only cry for some and not all the victims of violence in the world. Everyone is asking questsion about the tragedy in Paris but very few have the answer. Those who took part in this carnage were apparently young people; how could they be left alone by the communities where they lived, oblivious of other fellow citizens and their families and their concerns and ambitions.
    There is something very basic missing among the Frankens,the french speaking folks, and perhaps the Presidential system of democracy in the republic. The French President today not only lives in a palace but has more authority today than the French monarchs in ancient times. But this is another subject.

    Rex Minor

  • hellfire

    masadi says:
    November 16, 2015 at 12:21 am
    @dunkirk how is the monkey ass Hanuman doing today, try to copulate with the saanp or the gao? To produce goa with saanp noze, what is he called, Ganeisha? #motherfucker

    this obscene and obscenely disrespectul ( but typical) rant comes from one who claims to be a “PhD”. in SOCIOLOGY!!! Unfukinbeleivable. Laughable. And sad. and when this garbage is deleted, he cries “censorship!!!!” like a little girl. no wonder he is jobless, friendless and wifeless.

    dude. get a hold of yourself and seek treatment.

  • Chote Miyan

    Acche din !!!
    “New Delhi: Eating out, telephony and travel will become expensive from Sunday with the government imposing a 0.5 per cent ‘Swachh Bharat’ cess on taxable services which is expected to yield about Rs. 3,800 crore to the exchequer in the remaining months of the fiscal year.

    With the imposition of the cess, service tax rate will go up from 14 per cent to 14.5 per cent on all taxable services. (Also read: PAN card gets costlier | Upper class rail travel dearer)

    According to Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, the government expects to collect around Rs. 10,000 crore from Swachh Barat cess for full year.

    Therefore, in the remaining months of this fiscal till March 31, 2016, the cess would yield about Rs. 3,800 crore to the kitty.

    The Swachh Bharat cess would be levied only on the portion of taxable services (after abatement) and will go towards funding of the cleanliness drive, a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    This means that service tax on restaurant bills will go up from 5.6 per cent to 5.8 per cent following the levy of 0.5 per cent Swachh Bharat cess.

    The Finance Ministry has also clarified that the Swachh Bharat cess will not apply on those services for which payments have been received prior to November 15 and invoices raised before November 29.

    The decision to impose 0.5 per cent cess will translate into a tax of 50 paise only on every Rs. 100 worth of taxable services.”

  • Fingolfin

    i am not talking about a blackmail situation in which violence is threatened but that instability will be the outcome of a state that is not secular for various reasons and especially for states with a large demographic. It will engender a narrative of state sponsored discrimination as has and is happening in Pakistan. I had written about it earlier here.
    It is not about minority impositions on the majority but of no religious impositions whatsoever on anyone for a country as heterogeneous as ours.
    I am not making a point about democracy or curbing the Kings power and nor is HP from what I can gather. But a curb on a King’s power is not by default a more egalitarian outcome when the discrimination between “free landed men” and the overwhelming number of bonded people is so stark and nothing is done to change that. In terms of heralding equality and in terms of a compassionate administration, Basavanna did more to herald both. A comparison of the Kalachuri administration and the post magna carta Britain’s administration will only result in the Kalachuri administration being more just and humane. Of course, the difference is that in terms of long term influence, Basavanna did not have the kind of long lasting influence on Indian administration (in general given how diverse India was/is) that the Magna Carta had on a much smaller Britain. This influence on Britain spread across the world as Britain’s power spread. I am not contesting that.

  • HP

    It would be stupid to compare Magna Carta’s long term implications with that of Basava’s actions. Modi did not do that either. Magna Carta did lead to curbs in powers of the Monarch and establishment of an oligarchy. But it missed the other critical ingredient of democracy, a conception of equality of mankind. Now, of course, the concept of equality of mankind by itself is not democracy but a certain kind of liberalism, not the state form but a certain kind of individualistic humanitarian form. In particular it does not provide any specific structure for the establishment of political institutions. However, modern mass democracy rests on both concepts, curbs on powers of the high office, provided by Magna Carta, and a principle of equality of all persons as persons, not provided by MC but found in Basava’s actions. Thus Modi is at least partially right (or at least as wrong as Cameran if the British PM ascribed democracy to MC) in saying “When I was with PM David Cameron he was showing me the Magna Carta. But long before him Basaveshwara gave the principles of democracy.” Modi further said, and of course he must have been told about all these by aides, “Basaveshwara showed us the way to reform our society and the first Parliament-like platform”. This statement is also not too far off, as Basava did indeed reform the society, and under his Premiership in Kalchuri dynasty scholars were invited to sit together for interaction on different matters and gave consents for essential teachings of society. The latter may be considered a rudimentary form of parliament making essential laws for society.

  • rex minor

    Why must you play around basava and magna carts simply because your pm has put his foot in mouth so to say. We have come a long way since whereas India is still struggling to undo the yoke of colonialism.

    Rex minor

  • tajender
  • tajender

    mohan kaal,

    An unfinished legacy
    S Irfan Habib, Hindustan Times
    March 22, 2012
    First Published: 23:33 IST(22/3/2012)
    Last Updated: 23:35 IST(22/3/2012)
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    On this day in 1931, Bhagat Singh was hanged to death along with two of his comrades for waging war against the colonial State. Singh had been valorised for his martyrdom, and rightly so, but in the ensuing enthusiasm most of us forget, or consciously ignore his contributions as an intellectual
    and a thinker. He not only sacrificed his life, like many did before him and also after him, but he also had a vision of independent India. During the past few years, it has almost become a routine to appropriate Singh as a nationalist icon, while not much is talked about his nationalist vision. Even Dinesh Trivedi invoked Bhagat Singh while talking about his commitment to the nation over his political party. It sounds good but Singh was not just a patriot, with a passionate commitment to his nation, he was a visionary, with a clear perception of independent India.
    Singh institutionalised his thinking, when he founded the Naujawan Bharat Sabha in 1926 in Lahore, which was also a public platform for the otherwise secret group of revolutionaries. He saw to it that the Sabha remained above religious politics of the times. It is all the more important because the 1920s saw the emergence of the RSS and the Tableeghi Jamaat, leading to intense communal polarisation. But here was a group of young men who were thinking differently. They asked the member before enrolment “to sign a pledge that he would place the interests of his country above those of his community”. Even Lala Lajpat Rai, the pillar of extremist nationalism in India, could not escape from the scathing criticism of the Sabha when he joined hands with the Hindu Mahasabha leaders. Rai was dubbed as a traitor by Kedar Nath Sehgal in a pamphlet – ‘An Appeal to Young Punjab’ – while Lajpat Rai responded by calling Singh a Russian agent who wanted to turn him into a Lenin.
    Singh and his Sabha regarded communal amity as central to their political agenda but like the Congress, it did not believe either in the appeasement of all religions or in raising such slogans as ‘Allah o Akbar’, ‘Sat Sri Akal’ and ‘Bande Mataram’ to prove their secularism. On the contrary, they raised just two slogans, ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ and ‘Hindustan Zindabad’. Singh questioned the policy of encouraging competing communalisms, which led to the partition of the country in 1947. He stands out in bold relief as a modern national leader and thinker emphasising the separation of religion from politics and State as true secularism.
    Before I share with you some of his journalistic writings about the India of his dreams, let me point out that Singh was a voracious reader, who read on poverty, religion, society and the global struggle against imperialism. He debated and discussed what he read and also wrote extensively on issues of caste, communalism and conditions of the working class and peasantry.
    The profundity of his ideas on these issues is visible in his columns in Kirti, Pratap and other papers. In an article on ‘Religion and our freedom struggle’ in Kirti in May 1928, Singh grappled with the role of religion in politics, an issue that haunts us even today. He talked of Leo Tolstoy’s division of religion into three parts: essentials of religion, philosophy of religion and rituals of religion. He concluded that if religion means blind faith by mixing rituals with philosophy then it should be blown away, but if we can combine essentials with some philosophy then religion may be a meaningful idea. He felt that ritualism of religions had divided us into touchables and untouchables and these narrow and divisive religions can’t bring about actual unity among people. For us freedom should not mean a mere end to British colonialism, our freedom implies living together happily without caste and religious barriers. Singh needs to be invoked even today to bring about the changes he yearned for.
    In the June 1928 issue of the Kirti, Singh wrote two articles – ‘Achoot ka Sawaal’ (on untouchability) and ‘Sampradayik Dange aur unka Ilaj’ (communal riots and their solutions). What Singh wrote in 1928 looks relevant even today, which proves how precious little has been done to resolve these questions. In the first piece, Singh starts by saying that “our country is unique where six crore citizens are called untouchables and their mere touch defiles the upper castes. Gods get enraged if they enter the temples. It is shameful that such things are being practised in the twentieth century. We claim to be a spiritual country but hesitate to accept equality of all human beings while materialist Europe is talking of revolution since centuries. They had proclaimed equality during the American and French revolutions. However, we are still debating whether the untouchable is entitled for the sacred thread or can he read the Vedas or not. We are chagrined about discrimination against Indians in foreign lands, and whine that the English do not give us equal rights in India.” Given our conduct, Singh wondered, do we really have any right to complain about such matters?
    He also engaged with the solutions to this malaise. The first decision for all of us should be “that we start believing that we all are born equal and our vocation, as well, need not divide us. If someone is born in a sweeper’s family that does not mean that he/she has to continue in the family profession cleaning shit all his life, with no right to participate in any developmental work”.
    For him, this discrimination was responsible for conversions, a burning issue of the 1920s. Despite his anti-colonialist fervour, he did not condemn the missionaries nor did he instigate Hindus to kill and burn all those who had accepted the new faith. He wrote self-critically: “If you treat them worse than animals then they will surely join other religions where they will get more rights and will be treated like human beings. In this situation it will be futile to accuse Christianity and Islam of harming Hinduism”. Singh was convinced that “no one would be forced or tempted to change faith if the age-old inequalities are removed and we sincerely start believing that we are all equal and none is different either due to birth or vocation”
    Thus, Singh and his comrades have not left behind an easy legacy, which can be ceremoniously commemorated by anyone. They have bequeathed us an unfinished task of nation-building, where no caste, class or religious barriers will ever exist

  • tajender
  • Rex Minor

    he Canadian national, identified as Surinder Singh, was reportedly drunk when he drove past a check post before ramming his vehicle into the Indian gate which was heavily damaged compared to the the Pakistani gate.
    The 50-year-old man, who is said to be undergoing psychiatric treatment, was arrested by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at Zero Line, the border area between India and Pakistan.

    Are the Indians going to hang this sikh as well?

    Rex Minor

  • mohan

    Are the Indians going to hang this sikh as well


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