My previous article (Understanding Islam and Muslims) on this topic talked about why there shouldn’t be any effort to undermine or completely abandon the Qura’n. The West seems to be obsessed with so called ‘secular’ Muslims because they target the basics of authenticity of Quran. They want to bring their own version of Quran which is devoid of verses which they think are ‘offensive’. They don’t realise that such acts will further fire the animosity that Muslims in general have for the West. I am not even getting into Palestine or Afghanistan.
Another important thing to note here is that this crusade against the West is not for personal gains of Mullah Omar or Osama-bin-Laden. This crusade is solely against the policies of West which has crippled the Muslim countries. Its definitely not born out of frustration against the west’s anti-Quranic lifestyle. According to them, may be killing of so many innocent lives is justified on account of them being non-Muslims. Tell me how religious were the hijackers of 9/11 planes when it has been proven that they watched porn before boarding the flights. They must be enjoying the sexual pleasures for the last time in their lives or perhaps they wanted to taste the pleasure at least once before dying.
I hope my justifications have clarified that extremism is definitely not on account of being religious but it has political objectives. Religion has been used as a tool to manipulate these objectives.
Now the big question, what should be done?
Since this blog has a large mixed audience so why not discuss the solutions. Remember we are dealing with the solutions and not reasons.
The solutions for youth who are sucked into terrorism, ways to quench the violence in the Middle east and how to bridge the gap between Muslims and the west. This gap exists more on a country level rather than religion so lets focus on only Indian Muslims. One obvious solution would for an Indian Muslim would be to distant oneself from the Ummah and thus not being a part of the woes. But then this is something which is against Quran and also highly impracticable. We have to discuss a pragmatic approach to this problem.