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Is it fair to blame Islam as a reason for the terrorist attacks that has happened before?

Many of the westerners today see Islam as a religion of hate and violence.This is due to events of terrorist attacks that's been happening around the world.But then again, that is why they call these terrorists as EXTREMISTS. It's because they are extreme in behaviour and thought.Most of these terrorists seem to profess the religion of Islam.So, can we really blame Islam for all of this mess that's been happening because Islam is undoubtedly a religion of peace.It is not fair to judge Islam blindly based on the actions of the terrorists.

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    May 18 2011: I think what would be helpful is to see more Muslims in public denouncing the terrorists. Just as I'd like to see more christians speaking out for separation of church and state. If one believes I am wrong in this opinion, please tell me.
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      May 18 2011: Lynn, I am a muslim and I am against terrorism!!!!!
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      May 18 2011: That seems a reasonable argument to me.

      If Muslims clearly and overtly distance themselves of those extremists... for example by excommunication, or by clearly stating that such interpretations of jihad are not correct... would be a good thing.

      Separation (or not) of mosque and state is a decision they need to make too... I would be voting for separation, but I'm not a Muslim voice of course...

      @ Muhammad:
      Of course not everybody is responsible for every act another person does... that would be a logical fallacy like: "We are all human, one human does evil, We are ale evil"

      Would you say those extremists are true Muslim to you?
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        May 18 2011: Well, for starters, I can't judge them because I don't know them.But from what I heard in the news, what they are doing is clearly wrong and against Islam itself.They have used this religion to suit their needs.Their form of jihad is wrong and violent.Here in my country, we are taught to love God and to love the people all around you(not romantically, but you know what I mean).I hope this clears the air Christophe.
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    May 18 2011: no, but we must admit that islam is a factor. not the religion itself, but what some zealots make out of it. just like no deaths can be addressed to "true" christianity, but we can't say that about the catholic church for example.

    two aspects of "practical" (twisted) islam that promotes terrorism:

    1. jihad. it is easy to interpret the quran as killing godless people is not a sin, but a virtue. and if you are killed fighting for islam, you go to heaven automatically.

    2. due to polygamy and related marriage laws, poor young men find zero chance to get married. so getting to heaven is their only way to fulfill their most precious desires.

    it is debatable whether one can blame islam for its misuse. but we must see that you can twist islam much more easily than, say, buddhism. i challenge you to train a group of radical buddhist terrorists. i bet a grand on your failure.
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    May 18 2011: Is it fair to blame religion for conflicts between peoples? Yes.
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      May 18 2011: @Tim Colgan.....................I blame the interpretation some people have of religion. As far as I know no religion teaches violence but people use their religious beliefs to justify their violence. The Crusades for example and you know how many more. I think Lynn is right.
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        May 18 2011: I am agreeing with Helen.Wrong interpretation of religion is the main source of terrorism.No religion teaches violence.If it does, it would not be one.
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          May 18 2011: Do you mean the coward extrimist killing innocent people interpreted religion wrongly ?
          If so who should take the responsibility of correcting wrong interpretation ?
          Do you feel we are really free from repitition of similar cowardly act?
          Who should be at forefront to fight them back?
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          May 18 2011: @Salim.................It would be great if the peaceful people in their particular religion would stand up and point out and oppose the terrorists or either people who try to force their religious views on everyone. What is a good reason for forcing your religion at the threat of death on everyone ?
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      May 18 2011: Dear Tim, lets not point fingers bluntly now.Your comment is full with hatred.Religion is something positive.Now why do you think its causing conflicts between people?Put your emotions aside.We are here in TED to discuss issues in a very polite and respectful manner.I beg you to respect people who belief in the importance of religion.Peace please,Tim.
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        May 18 2011: Religion divides people because it is based on scripture and not reason. Reason can adapt to new realities. Religion cannot. This expresses hatred to no person. To an archaic institution, perhaps, but to no people.
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        May 18 2011: Correct, I think religion is no good for today's citizen of the world.

        Muhhamad. Reading your comments and seeing how caring you are, I know you are a good person. But you don't need a holy book to be a good person.
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          May 19 2011: I understand what your saying Tim.I want you to know that I respect that.Now lets get back to the question like Corvida said.Do elaborate more on your answer Tim.Have a nice day ,Tim.
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    Jul 22 2011: I just wondering, if we go to a low class restaurant and order some food, it is likely to get food with low presentation quality. But the taste cannot be judge by its presentation only. So to identify its quality, we have to taste it. It the same with expensive and decorated dish, we cannot determine the dish quality before tasting it. My point is, if we want to know about something or someone, we should really learn and understand it deeply. If we want to judge those who embrace Islam, befriend with a number of Muslim and study their life closely.

    You see, if we translate the Quran directly, it will sound like what Krisztián Pintér had said. What we learned and teach by the scholar and our Prophet is, Jihad can be divided into 2. Jihad in defense of our country, family, our right as human and jihad against ourselves. Jihad against ourselves mean a fight against our lust, greed and any bad behavior. There is no such thing as Jihad to kill or conquer.

    For the polygamy and marriage laws, there is no such thing as poor guy don't have his chance to get married. What happened is, some people intended to put a large ceremony for their daughter marriages, thus they need a lot of money to do that. So they asked the husband to be to pay for the gift and sometimes the ceremony. However, Islam never ask its believer to pay a lot of money in order to marry someone. It was the society or the culture of its people which determine such thing.

    For a valid marriage, the following conditions must be satisfied: There must be a clear proposal, There must be a clear acceptance, There must be at least two competent witnesses. This is necessary to exclude illicit sex and to safeguard legitimacy of progeny, It is recommended that marriage should be widely publicized, There must be a marriage gift, little or more, by the bridegroom to the bride. In details, we can find a good elaboration of wedding in Islam from this site http://www.ezsoftech.com/omm/handbook.asp

    Just to share
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      Jul 22 2011: I truly understand your point here Mohd Fareed, to understand something,one must never judge the appearance only.But back to my question here, what is your stand on this? I understand that you're a Muslim but let's put that aside and judge this issue as a third party.Let's not be biased to any group.Almost every terrorist attacks that has happened are done by the Muslim fanatics.But is it fair and just to blame Islam for all of this? what can be done to counteract such negative judgements? and, how can we stop Islamophobia? I thank you for your time.Have a nice day!