Terrorism or peace

Today there is no universal definition of terrorism. Countries define the term according to their own beliefs and to support their own national interests. International bodies, when they craft a definition, do so in the interests of their member states. Academics striving to define terrorism are also subject to their own political point of view. Thus, the question arises what does terrorism actually mean. Is it a violent action targeting civilians exclusively or a threatened use of violence for the purpose of creating fear in order to achieve a political, economic, religious, or ideological goal?

“Every gun that is forged, every battleship that is launched, every missile fired, is an inhuman theft from those who are hungry and starving, from those who are cold and are shivering”.

Vedas condemn violence and believe in ahinsa, or non-injury. It is the first and foremost ethical principle of Vedas. It is gentleness and nonviolence, whether physical, mental or emotional. It is abstaining from causing hurt or harm to all beings. While nonviolence speaks only to the most extreme forms of wrongdoing, ahinsa, which includes not killing, goes much deeper to prohibit the subtle abuse and the simple hurt. Rishi Patanjali described peace as the great vow and foremost spiritual discipline, which Truth-seekers must follow strictly and without fail. This extends to harm of all kinds caused by one's thoughts, words and deeds--including injury to the natural environment. Even the intent to injure, even violence committed in a dream, is a violation of ahinsa.

“God commands justice and doing good and giving to relatives. And he forbids indecency and doing wrong to tyranny. He warns you so that hopefully you will pay heed.” (Quran 16:90)

True Islam forbids violence and encourages peace between people and between the nations. The western circles that have come to a full gasp of the religion of Islam and are well informed about Islam as commanded by God in Quran noted clearly that the words “Islam” and “Terror” cannot stand side by side and that no divine religion permits violence.

On August 17, 2005 a series of 459 bombs exploded throughout Bangladesh within forty minutes, killing two people and injuring more than 120. The blasts hit sixty-three of the nation’s sixty-four districts, targeting government buildings and Railway stations and sending waves of alarm across south Asia. The bombs were calibrated to create a sense of terror, rather than the loss of lives. Although no one has formally claimed responsibility for the attacks, leaflets left at many of the sites promoted the Islamic extremist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which officials believe was behind the attacks. In its August 22 web posting, JMB called for Islamic rule in Bangladesh. “We only want to see the rule of Allah,” the posting said, and warned of direct action should the Bangladeshi government “try to repress the clerics and intellectuals of Islam.”

In a similar attack on the Muslim Community in Muttur, Sri Lanka, the Muslims were forced to flee leaving their houses. Their houses were destroyed and even the schools were hit. The conflict in Sri Lanka has been largely confined to the northeast so far, but has left a 2002 ceasefire agreement in tatters. Other countries affected by terrorism include Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey, Iran, Yugoslavia etc.

Here comes the necessity of understanding Islam and what does it has to say about terrorism.

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Islam is a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness and it has nothing to do with the extremely grave events, which have come to be associated with this faith.

“God calls to the Abode of Peace and He guides who He wills to a straight path.”(Quran, 10: 25)"

Besides the Western Organization, there are also other terror organizations of Middle East origin. These groups in all corners of the world are carrying out terrorist attacks. Sadly, the fact that the perpetrators of various terrorist acts carrying, Christian, Muslim or Jewish identities cause some people to put forward claims which do not concur with divine religions. The truth is that even if terrorists have Muslim identities, the terror they perpetrate can not be called “Islamic Terror”, just as it could not be called “Jewish Terror” if the perpetrators are Jews or “Christian Terror” if the perpetrators are Christian. This is because murdering innocents in the name of divine religion is unacceptable. We need to keep in mind that among those who were killed in New York, there were people who loved the Prophet Jesus (Christian), Prophet Moses (Jews) and the Prophet Muhammad (Muslims). Similarly, the innocent people who lost their lives in the Indian Parliament attackor more recently, the terrorist attacks in Srinagar, were also the followers of their own respective religions. Unless forgiven by God, murdering innocent people is a great sin that leads to torment in hell. No one who is religious and fears from God would do such a thing.

The aggressors can commit such violence only with the intention of attacking religion itself. It may well be that those who carried out this violence did so to present religion as evil in the eyes of people, to divorce people from religion and to generate hatred towards those who are religiously inclined. Consequently, every attack on innocent people having a religious facade is actually an attack made against religion.

Religion commands love, mercy and peace. Terror, on the other hand, is the opposite of religion; it is cruel, merciless and demands bloodshed and misery. This being the case, the origins of a terrorist act should be sought in disbelief rather than in religion.

Now the first thing that should be understood is that what has happened and no one can do anything to amend it. However, understanding this grave problem of terrorism and trying to find a solution to tackle it may result in aiding not only a religion, country but the entire world. Realizing the power of being together and finding our strength in each other will bring the aspiration of a crime-free, peaceful world true. People with a fascist, communist, racist or materialistic outlook in life should be suspected as potential perpetrators. The name and identity of the trigger man is not important. What is important is to prevent these acts and bring peace and justice not only to India but to the whole world at large by fighting off terrorism.


Short History of Jama Masjid Delhi
and its Imams

The internationally acclaimed, magnificent, Jama Masjid Delhi originally named Masjid Jahan Numa, was built by Shahjahan (Mercy be upon him), the Fifth Mughal Emperor of India. Shahjahan himself laid its foundation stone on the strong basements of a hillock on Friday the 6th of October 1650 AD corresponding to 10th of Shawwal 1060 AH.

Top experts in the field of construction, best chiselers, sculptors, engineers, best calligraphers and eminent artisans of the world assisted by six thousand laborers took part in the construction of the magnificent Jama Masjid. They dedicatedly worked for six continuous years. The Jama Masjid got ready in the year 1656 AD (1066 AH).

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