What is happening to Islam

India
January 21, 2007 7:04am CST
I have seen many discussions about the relevence of Islam in this new era of terrorism. I think it will be better if I add my opinion as a separate discussion. Islamic religion is undergoing some dramatic changes, especially over the last 10 years. If you notice the terror attacks all around the world, you can see that more than 90% of it is conducted by the so called "Islamic terrorists". There is no doubt that the majority of young generation of Muslims are not going in the right direction (with reagard to violence). This is primarily due to the guidance they get from religious scholars. I am not saying that all scholars are bad. But there are a large number of them who preach violence in religous classes and spread hatred against the West. These classes are suppossed to teach the children, the peaceful way of life, and the meaning of living according to the god. The result is saddening. Ordinary muslim people consider Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein as their heroes these days. Considering these people as Martyrs is the worst thing that a god loving person can do. Their names are synonyms with God in the mind of ordinary muslims. I think that is the biggest problem in Islamic religion today.
7 responses
• Philippines
24 Jan 07
I have seen Christiane Amanpour's report on CNN and had seen the significance of taking part to the challenge faced by moderate Muslims. I don't have enough knowledge on how young Muslims and religious leaders interact but I do see the significance of teaching young minds of what Islam is all about,peace. I am a Christian and I believe that the rest of us non-Muslims share common destiny with the Muslim community. The challenge within Muslim communities is for the moderate ones to stand up against the atrocities committed by extremists. We,too outside the Muslim community must share the burden. I have seen in the report that local police officers, religious leader both Muslim and Christian worked hand in hand in resolving the issue. My simplest contribution is to respect the differences between Islam and Christianity and heed their similarities, that is, the promotion of peace.
• Malaysia
25 Jan 07
i agree. everyone must respect each other.
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• Philippines
26 Jan 07
yes, there is. they are the majority. i haven't known that until I watched the special report. the problem is, we are all focused on muslim extremism.
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• India
29 Jan 07
Moderate muslims are there, but even they also like it when western interests are attacked. Then how can they come forward and condemn such attacks?
@palina77 (1178)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I am christian and living in a country where 90% people are Islam and I do not see any terrorist here, no violence with other religion people.
• India
29 Jan 07
Please tell me in which country you are leaving. I didn't say that all muslims are bad. But if you look at the total number of terrorists, you can see that more than 90% of them are from this religion. I was trying explore why.
@rkmkbk (63)
• India
27 Jan 07
What you wrote is correct. However you should also think who is selling the weapons and who is manufacturing those weapons. Certainly they are not from a Islamic country
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• India
29 Jan 07
You cannot blame the shop owner for your cancer from smoking, can you? If you have cancer thats because you smoke. The same can be applied here. Its because these fighting factions among Muslims are illiterate and have a violent mentality, that the weapon producing countries are able to sell their products.
@hariharbhat (1314)
• India
27 Jan 07
I don't believe anything wrong with the religion Islam as such but certainly the religion is in wrong hands these days.The neutral people of Islam should come forward to take control in the society. Islam also preaches peace.When the path of peace is broken and new branches in Islam started to flourish the clashes between the groups in Islam led to the growth of violent attitudes.One day the revolutionaries who are after the methods of violence are shown as the followers of Islam.
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• India
29 Jan 07
Well Said. Thats my attitude as well. But if moderate muslims must take control of the religion, then all who love this wonderful religion must come forward and condemn all attacks against the west. They must also isolate the terrorists from the mainstream religious people. I dont think thats happening right now, and that is indeed a problem.
@BlueDream (151)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 07
may be the politic blind u from the truth. did you know the fact that the "11 november" made the architech and engineer in u.s. little bit confusing. the twin towers could not be damaged on that way. the structure of twin tower suppost to strong enough and not crashed easy. but not less 5 minutes, the tower already collapse. it's seem to be some one already put the bom on the base of the building. the second fact, on the day of 11 november, there is no jews on that building. third, there is no pilot on the jet airlines but controlled by remote. it seems to be the history of 11 november, already planned earlier. there is no reason for u.s. to crashed islam, unless by doing something like "pearl habour". fourth, there is no secret weapon founded on iraq.
@rocky777 (353)
• India
23 Jan 07
I do not know where you got the statistics from, but I believe you have been lied to. An airplane carries a lot of aviation fuel. When that burns, a very high temperature is created. That can dissolve steel. And any high rise made of steel beams like the twin towers will crash, from up to down when that happens. No jews, really, there probably were mostly jews in that building as it had financial offices, which every one in NY knows are controlled by the jews. No pilot, then whom did they mourn? Your fourth and fifth reasons, I cannot understand.
• India
23 Jan 07
Your comment was what I was trying to highlight by that discussion. Islam is now mixing itself with the world politics, which is not worthy for a good religion. Indeed if we look back, the religions were always connected to politics. But is that what the religion is suppossed to do. By saying that what happened in US on September 11, was bogus and was a setup drama, you are also sharing the view of the ordinary Muslims, who always hate the US and Western Countries. I think that is basically the problem. Remember the religion always tells one to live peacefully and love everyone. Not to hate others.
• India
24 Jan 07
Hatred makes a person blind. U r Blind.
@Naseem00 (1998)
• Pakistan
24 Jan 07
"Islamic religion is undergoing some dramatic changes, especially over the last 10 years. If you notice the terror attacks all around the world, you can see that more than 90% of it is conducted by the so called "Islamic terrorists". " I do not think that islam as a religion is undergoing any major changes. Its the prespective of the world that has been altered in past 10 years specially. It all began mainly with the 9/11 gimmik. But was being planned much earlier then that. After the fall of the Soviet Republic, there was no real challange to the Capitalist world but only Islam was a threat. So First a media campaign was launched to portray islam as an intolerant religion. This idea was fuled by some muslim fractions in pelastine, kashmir, afghanistan, chechaniya and elsewhere where muslims were fighting either for freedom or for hold of power. The role of some muslims like Osama has been a question in many muslim minds many of us honestly think him to be an agent. Then the 9/11 drama was staged. It turned the whole non-baised worled to believe that muslims are the real threat. If Taliban or Alquaeda were such a big threat, then how could afghanistan be defeated so easily. If Saddam had the weapons that the US said is had, WHY DIDNT HE USE THEM TO DEFENCE HIMSELF? There are 100s of unanswered questions. But if we start lookingat who is getting the benefit of this situation, we will definately understand what is actually going on. Islam as a religion is the most beautiful pattorn of life mankind has ever seen. If you doubt my claim, I suggest you listen to some people who chose this religion and convert to it rather than you listen to somebody like me who is a born muslim. Please visit here http://johnw.host.sk/articles/converts/index.htm I hope this clarsthingsup for you. Have a nice time
• Malaysia
25 Jan 07
i see, now i understand a little bit on what was really happen. now you see jayarajgr and rocky777. be intelligent. now tell me "who kill who?"
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
i have a question for naseem00. are these "Islamic terrorists" comprising a minority of the Islamic community? you said that Islam as a religion has not undergone any major changes, does the threat of "Islamic terrorists" then do not pose real danger on Islam as a religion?
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• India
26 Jan 07
So you believe that 9/11 attack was bogus and was created by America. I am not an American, I am from India, but I feel pity for you, simply because you are also fallen prey to the speeches of those clerics and politicians who always adore anti american sentiments. I think most of the asians are just jealous of what America is. And since they can't achieve their economic growth and prosperity, they are trying to do harm. Just like a jelous school kid trying to destroy the property of another kid.
@Bhutto (742)
• India
22 Jan 07
I do agree with you that muslims are being wrongly guided by some scholors.But why dont you look from this angle that muslims are always at the receiving end.we have been projected as jihadis and terrorists.We go any where we questioned and put under ruthless atrocities.Look what the US is doing in the Middle east they are choosing one country after another is this fair ,for how long can one take all this.In india you know the problem the muslim are treated as 3rd class citizens.So some where the system should be blamed.
• India
22 Jan 07
The main reason for that lies with the violent way in which the young generation reacts to issues. You may think in another way.. Why the Muslims are looked like this, why not Hindus, Sikhs, Budhists and the thousands of other religions all over the world. It is quite clear that the way in which Muslim young generation react to the problems, most often violently, is the main culprit here. Islamic clerics need to start condemning strongly terrorist attacks by Muslim people first, before blaming the West for all the problems. The problem is within the religion, and the solution is also withing the religion.
• India
24 Jan 07
Are u speaking of the same india which has a muslim President?
@Naseem00 (1998)
• Pakistan
24 Jan 07
YES the same India, where 200,000+ hindus geathered in the light of day and demolished a 700 years old mosque, just because some fanatics believed there was a tample there before that mosque was built. All this took place in the presence of police and law enforcing agencies. Some of the, then ruling party's top figures were also present there and reportedly encouraged the fanatics. The same India where several thousand muslims are killed every year in massacres and anti-muslim riots.