Islamic culture facing islamic extremism introduction While many people speak of ” Islam and Muslims” in unitary terms
facing islamic extremism
While many people speak of ” Islam and Muslims” in unitary terms, these terms have represented many pictures and perceptions throughout history. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the tale of Islam is one of rapid growth, dramatically increasing population, geographical and cultural diversity and increasing interdependencies. While Islam and Muslims are commonly understood to be geographical and culturally centered in the Arab world. (where less than a quarter of the world’s Muslims live), borders do not restrict Muslims. Islam is becoming an increasingly unrestrained religion that covers many nationalities, ethnic and tribal group, cultures, languages, and traditions. Today, apart from the reality that most Muslims in the world live in Asia and Africa, Islam is a huge and rapidly growing religion in Europe and America. 1.8 billion Muslims in the world live in some 57 countries and substantial population in Europe and North America. Today, major Muslim communities are residing not only in Islamabad, Cairo, Khartoum, Damascus, Dakar, Riyadh, Tehran, and Kuala Lumpur, but also in Washington, D.C London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, New York, Chicago, and Detroit. Geographical multiculturalism is also reflected in linguistic diversity; Muslims speak not only Arabic and Persian but also Turkish, Swahili, Chinese, French, English, Spanish, and Dutch.
Islam… an extreme religion?
“Islamic terrorists!” “Muslim fundamentalists!” “Extremists!” “Radical Islamists!” These are just some labels that have been wrongly applied to Muslims and certain Muslim groups in recent years.
The image of Islam is media often misleads people with limited religious knowledge to make negative assumptions about this very peaceful and tolerant way of life. Peter Manning, a journalist of over 30 years, states in his book, “Us and Them”: “My experience tells me there’s a vast gulf between the realities of the daily lives of Arab and Muslim Australians and how they are represented in our Australian media.
In more than 60 percent of cases from the coverage of 2 major newspapers, the words ‘violent’, ‘death’, ‘attack’, ‘kill’, ‘suicide’ or ‘gunmen’ were in close proximity to the words ‘Arab’, ‘Palestinian’, ‘Muslim’ or ‘Islam’.”
Is it surprising that most people relate to Islam to terrorism? the ignorance problem is illustrated by a survey that reveals that more than one in three Australians admits that they know nothing about Islam and its followers.
The prevalence of media favoritism and ignorance of Islam can be countered by the understanding of Islam through its own teachings. This means referring to the Quran(which Muslims believe is God’s word) and the prophet Muhammad’s authentic words(peace be upon him) Through the proper understanding of these teachings, one will discover Islam to be completely against any form of extremism.
Putting the Links Between Islam and Violent Extremism in Context
Any examination of the examples in fear based oppression faces real difficulties just in view of the absence of solid and similar information, and the propensity to compartmentalize investigation to manage given dangers, countries, and districts. The issue turns out to be considerably more noteworthy when the examination endeavors to manage issues as disputable as the connections between Islam, radicalism, and fear-based oppression.
It is awfully simple for investigators who are not Muslim to center around the little piece of the fanatic risk that Muslim radicals posture to non-Muslims in the West as well as trash one of the world’s incredible religions, and to float into some type of Islamophobia—rebuking a confidence for examples of savagery that are driven by a modest portion of the world’s Muslims and by numerous different variables like populace, fizzled administration, and powerless monetary advancement.
It is similarly simple to abstain from investigating the connections between fanatic brutality and Islam with the end goal to be politically right or to abstain from inciting Muslims and the administrations of generally Muslim states. The final product is to overlook the truth that most radical and fear-based oppressor brutality occurs in generally Muslim states, despite the fact that it overwhelmingly comprises of assaults by Muslim fanatics on individual Muslims, and not some conflict between civic establishments.
According to Anthony.H.Cordesman, ”
First, the overwhelming majority of extremist and violent terrorist incidents do occur in largely Muslim states.
Second, most of these incidents are perpetrated by a small minority of Muslims seeking power primarily in their own areas of operation and whose primary victims are fellow Muslims.
Third, almost all of the governments of the countries involved are actively fighting extremism and terrorism, and most are allies of Western states that work closely with the security, military, and counterterrorism forces of non-Muslim states to fight extremism and terrorism.
Fourth, the vast majority of Muslims oppose violent extremism and terrorism, and,
Fifth, religion is only one of many factors that lead to instability and violence in largely Muslim states. It is a critical ideological force in shaping the current patterns of extremism, but it does not represent the core values of Islam and many other far more material factors help lead to the rise of extremism.”
The examination draws on an extensive variety of sources to represent these patterns and how the worldwide examples in fear based oppression and viciousness communicate with Islam. It can’t beat the absence of steady and dependable information in many key zones or the way that many key variables don’t loan themselves to synopsis evaluation and pattern investigation. It is likewise difficult to go into profundity in investigating the individual the patterns in Islam and fanaticism in an expansive diagram of worldwide patterns or to feature the majority of the points of confinement in the quality and dependability of the information accessible.
The examination does be that as it may, make utilization of a similar START database that the U.S. State Department utilizes in drafting its yearly nation writes about psychological warfare. While there is no understanding between open source databases regarding numbers, there seems to be expansive assertion with regards to the heading and force of generally slants. Dubious as the numbers might be, the vectors in these numbers do appear to reflect numerous territories of the agreement. (See Global Terrorism Database – START.umd.edu, https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/.)
It likewise draws on an extensive variety of different materials to reflect late surveying of Muslim supposition, information on the more extensive divisions that prompt savagery and radicalism in a significant part of the Muslim world, and different authority sources to demonstrate the patterns in the current “wars” on psychological oppression, how much associations among Muslim and non-Muslim states frame the centre of the push to vanquish fanaticism, and the degree to which the ascent of radicalism guarantees that it might take a very long while of dynamic security organizations to end the risk. (Cordesman, 2017)
Islam Denounces Terrorism
According to Islam and Muslims, the act of inciting terror in the heart of defenseless civilians, the destruction of public buildings and property, the bombing and massacring of innocent men, women, and children are all prohibited and detestable. This is regardless of any type of terrorism, including western state-sponsored terrorism which has killed, injured and displaced infinitely more people than all other types of terrorism. if a Muslim committed an act of terrorism, he would be guilty of breaking the laws of the very religion he claims to follow-Islam. Would it be fair to condemn all Muslims, if religion itself is opposed to these acts? The vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some – notably the media – have associated with Muslims. Islam is not a religion of extremism.
“Allah does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. Allah loves those who are just.”
Islam is a religion that teaches about peace, brotherhood, care, purity, and pureness.it was originated in Arabic. The language associated with Islamic culture is Arabic and many important Islamic scripts and teachings are in Arabic. Islam is one of the very important and largely followed religion. Islamic civilization was very famous and strong. Islam was originated in Arab but reached Spain, Turkey, Asia, Iran, Iraq and around the world due to trade. The of these countries can be seen in Islamic culture.The language in Islamic culture is mostly Arabic and Persian. Arabic is the base language and is very much important for every Muslim as the holy book is in Arabic. But after Arabic, Persian is a very important part of its culture.Muslims enjoy festivals like Eid-UL-Zoha, Eid-UL-Azha, Ashura and holy month of Ramzan. These are the core occasions that are enjoyed by all types of Muslims, no matter from which sector and area they belong. It is their common religious culture.Islamic art and calligraphy are well known worldwide. Nobody from the world can ignore the beauty of Islamic calligraphy. Also, the Islamic art of construction and decoration cannot be ignored at any cost. Many concepts of construction and systems are introduced by the Muslims.
Not only the lives of Arabs shaped the Islamic culture indeed the areas where Islam flourishes and gain strength, but also helped to make a culture of its own kind which is different from the other ones. The teaching of Islam is exhibited by Islamic culture. Basic culture is the same but a little bit difference comes in style when you move from one country to the other. The marriage contract and procedure is the same everywhere. Salaht’s compulsion, five times, is for every Muslim. Islamic culture is, therefore, the source of the wisdom of the current Islamic religion.
our opinion is very simple but t0o complex to be one.
While attending this project we learned in order to prevent extremism or radicalism, one must be well educated and educate his or her younger so that they never drawn into extremist views. And one must try accepting and reassuring his or her self that you are accepted, and one must even accept other’s presence in the society. And one must stay unprejudiced and be ready to be surprised. There are many awesome projects one can get involved in to educate youth, for example when students of “college of Europe” got to know that around 71000 young people were ready to radicalize, THEY decided to start raising awareness and educating young people about the issue through YouTube videos, named “swipe left”
We conclude that the best weapon to fight extremism is having a good moral value and belong to well-balanced culture.