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Present day Islamic extremism and human civilization

After Hitler’s terrorism which caused untold sufferings to the jews, the next worst form of terrorism in human history in the world is caused by the present-day Islamic. extremists.

by N. S. Venkataraman

Ever since human civilization  has been  on record, several  religions have sprung up  in different parts of the world. Some of these religions still remain localized and  not much known to  the outside world and some other religions are well known with millions of people belonging to the religion  spread all over the world.

While religions have come up from time to time, the fact is that every religion  has spread at the cost of another religion. Such spread has taken place by members of one religion being converted to another by coercion  and force or  by brainwashing claiming the superiority of one religion over the other or by enticement.  This trend has naturally  resulted in conflicts    between different religions,  which  started hundreds of years back and persist till today. It appears that such conflicts will not go away any time in future, since conversion of people from one religion to another  continues  to take place by fair or foul means.

Such conflicts exist not only between different religions but also between sects and groups in the same religion. Such a situation  has caused  intra religious war   and intra caste war many times in the past all over the world. 

One has to view  the present day Islamic extremism,  keeping in view the past history as indicated above.

While extremism exiss in some form or the other in all religions, the extremism in Islamic religion has now reached such grave level that the world can ignore it only at great cost.

While several conflicts have taken place in the past, one of the worst was  Hitler’s terrorism,  when he massacred and killed in the most cruel way  millions of jews , solely  with the evil intention of exterminating jews from the soil.

After Hitler’s terrorism which caused untold sufferings to the jews, the next worst form of terrorism in human history in the world is caused by the present-day Islamic. extremists.

Subtle difference between Hitler’s terrorism and Islamic extremism  is that Hitler’s terrorism was aimed at one religious group (namely jews) and the  Islamic extremism is targeting everyone who do  not belong to Islam religion. Further, Hitler’s terrorism was largely confined to Europe , whereas Islamic extremism  covers regions all over the world.

One should be careful not to blame any religion for such situation, since no religion  including Islam advocates hate and violence but preaches  charity and love for all , though every religion recommends certain discipline for the followers .

The unfortunate fact is that over the course of time, number of interpreters have emerged in every religion, distorting the basic concept advocated by the founders of religion and this has happened in Islam too.  One can clearly appreciate this view , if it can be seen that a religion which advocates charity and love cannot at the same time preach violence and death to those belonging to other religions.

In this situation, Islamic extremism has become the talk of the day, as a small section of people have taken upon themselves the “task”  of spreading Islam by unleashing violence and targeting to eliminate people belonging to other religions. 

It is certainly necessary to recognize that most  muslims do not subscribe to the methods of violence indulged in by the Islamic  extremists but the majority of these muslims are certainly guilty of remaining silent without protesting against the bad name being brought to the Islamic religion by the extremists.

Now,  all said and done,  most people in the world are slowly realizing that Islamic extremism  has to be opposed tooth and nail  for the sake of preserving world peace  and ensuring  safety of innocent people.

Just as the world once thought that Hitler’s terrorism must be suppressed and defeated and world succeeded in that , many people now think that Islamic extremism  should be suppressed and defeated. Today , unfortunately defeating Islamic  extremism  has become difficult as some Islamic countries are giving free hand to the  extremist groups,  though in discreet manner,  which amount to encouraging Islamic extremism.

Course of developments relating to human civilization is now at a decisive stage , as one hears about acts of Islamic extremism  in  one part of the world or the other almost every day.

The task of defeating Islamic extremism  will become easy , if the muslims across the world who value peace and amity, raise their voice against Islamic extremism  with courage and  conviction. This is particularly necessary to ensure that the entire Islam  religion do not get a bad name simply due to the extremist acts of a small fraction of people. 

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