Does Islam Promote Terrorism?
By Fatima Noori
Islam does not promote terrorism, Islam is derived from the word ‘salaam’ which means peace which fundamentals teach its followers to maintain and promote peace throughout the world. Unfortunately more and more often, Islam has been associated with terrorism and violence due to the actions of a few extreme individuals who have taken it upon themselves to do the most heinous crimes in the name of Islam. In addition, there is a misconception that has developed which links Islam and terrorism. The word "Islam" and "terror" cannot stand side by side, since this divine religion does not permit violence. The media has been a big contributor to this misconception in many ways. The western media has made so many people ignorant about Islam, and since they hardly know anything about it, they will accept anything they hear about it as truth. And unfortunately, the media reports misleading, exaggerated information and even lies quite frequently about Muslim and Islam to make it sound like this violent, bloody, intolerant, terrorist religion, when in reality it is totally the opposite. Muslims are being discriminated against due to all of this and Islam is ridiculed and misrepresented. Islam does not support terrorism as it promotes non-violence, respects for human rights and it encourages universal brotherhood.
This is made clear in the Quran, the main source of Islam, that Islam forbids terrorism and aims to bring peace and security to the world. Quran maintains that the source of the terror that we condemn is definitely not from a divine religion, and that there is no room for terrorism in Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and submission and stresses the sanctity of human life. Terrorist acts have been committed by many others in the past. Religious wars abounded throughout Europe for centuries; wouldn't you say that those religions were violent? When the Protestants broke away from the...