What does Islam Say about Terrorism? In recent years, a great deal of attention in the media have been given to the threat of "Islamic Fundamentalism", “Extremism” and “AlQaeda”. Infact, anyone remotely resembling a Muslim is treated with the utmost of suspicion. Muslims are sidelined and made to feel like guilty outcasts even though most are born and bought up in these countries. The real causes behind the terrorism are either forgotten or are deliberately hidden. Unfortunately, due to a twisted mixture of biased reporting in the Western media and the actions of some very ignorant “Muslims”, the word "Islam" has become almost synonymous with "terrorism". However, when one analyses the situation, the question that should come to mind is: Do the teachings of islam encourage terrorism? The answer: Absolutely Not! Islam totally forbids the terrorist acts that are carried out by some misguided people. It should be remembered that all religions have cults and misguided followers, so it is their teachings that should be looked at, not the actions of a few individuals. Unfortunately, in the media, whenever a Muslim commits a heinous act, he is labeled a "Muslim terrorist". However, when Serbs murder and rape innocent women in Bosnia, they are not called "Christian terrorists", nor are the activities in Northern Ireland labeled "Christian terrorism". Also, when right-wing Christians in the U. S. bomb abortion clinics, they are not called "Christian terrorists". Reflecting on these facts, one could certainly conclude that there is a double-standard in the media! Although religious feelings play a significant role in the previously mentioned "Christian" conflicts, the media does not apply religious labels because they assume that such barbarous acts have nothing to do with the teachings of Christianity. However, when something happens involving a Muslim, they often try to put the blame on Islam itself -- and not the misguided individual. Those who are opposed to Islam, seize upon these twisted and one-sided media reports to promote their own hatred against Islam and Muslim people, and so the hateful venom and slurs against God’s beautiful religion carry on. Certainly, islamic Law allows war --- any religion or civilization that did not would never survive --- but it certainly does not condone attacks against innocent people, women or children. The Arabic word "jihad", which is often translated as "Holy War", simply means "to struggle". The word for "war" in Arabic is "harb", not "jihad". "Struggling", i.e. "making jihad", to defend islam, Muslims or to liberate a land where Muslims are oppressed is certainly allowed (and even encouraged) in islam. However, any such activities must be done according to the teachings of Islam. Islam also clearly forbids "taking the law into your own hands", which means that individual Muslims cannot go around deciding who they want to punish. Trial and punishment must be carried out by a lawful authority and a knowledgeable judge. Also, when looking at events in the Muslim World, it should be kept in mind that a long period of colonialism ended fairly recently in most Muslim countries. During this time, the peoples in this countries were culturally, materially and religiously exploited - mostly by the so-called "Christian" nations of the West. This painful period has not really come to an end in many Muslim countries, where people are still under the control of foreign powers or puppet regimes supported by foreign powers. One must also not fail to realise the unreported tyranny and persecution of Muslims throughout the world, carried out by the West and its allies. For example, almost 25% of Chechen people have been ethnically cleansed by Russia. Tens of thousands of Muslims in Bosnia and Albania have also been systematically killed. The UN has reported that Serbian war criminals were sheltered by the Serbian Orthodox Church. There are constant human rights abuses in Chechnya, Palestine, Kashmir and of course Iraq. The use of violence in way which targets and kills civilians can never be justified no matter who does the action. However, like any crime there is a definite cause. The correlation between human rights abuses and suffering with the rise of extremism and militancy is quite apparent to those who take the time to analyse various situations before passing judgement. The various unjust wars carried out against Muslims throughout the world should be seen as State Terrorism and as such, there should be progress made to eradicate it. The supplying of weapons, for example cluster bombs, to regimes such as Israel who use these against civilians is a crime. Yet, ironically, it is allowed to happen. Infact, terrorism is often supported when it suits their needs. Various dictators and regimes have been backed and continue to be backed by the US, UK and other countries. Due to their foreign policy 100,000s of innocent people are dying. These are the injustices in the world, which must be addressed. It is indeed these oppressions against innocent people which create severe torment, desperation, poverty and push people towards extremism. These state activities are not seen as “terroristic”. Waging wars under false pretenses and lying to the electorate. How can the death of 200,000 Iraqis be any different to any who may have died in London, New York or Madrid? Does the constant foreign invasion and past colonial involvement not anger people or cause extremism? Also, through the media, people in the West are made to believe that tyrants like Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moamar Qaddafi in Libya are "islamic" leaders -- when just the opposite is true. Neither of these rulers even profess islam as an ideology, but only use islamic slogans to manipulate their powerless populations. They have about as much to do with islam as Hitler had to do with Christianity!(Hitler professed to be a devout Christian) In reality, many regimes which people think of as being "islamic" oppress the practice of islam in their countries. So suffice it to say that "terrorism" and killing innocent people directly contradicts the teachings of islam. RELATED LINKS: Islam Forbids the Killing of any innocents, furthermore it promotes peace and reconciliation. Islam does not forbid interaction and cooperation with other Races, creeds, ethnicities, religions etc.