(Original post by Professional G)
A worrying trend I see is how terrorists are striking the west more frequently however a more worrying trend is emerging. The denial of their ideology. Yes these terrorists are Muslim and yes they are following a (warped) version of Islam.
I’m not saying they represent all Muslims or even most but by denying their very religion and the main reason why they are committing these atrocities, you are shifting the blame away from the culprits.
True change only will happen if the community, not the government, accepts that Islam being warped and acts. This could mean Imams speaking out against terror groups and focus on bringing all the community together and promoting unity across all religions.
Their ideology is not being denied,all of the muslim community know of the disgusting acts they commit in the name of "Islam",when if they were questioned regarding the fundamental acts of faith they would not know.Frankly they have no ideology to follow,the people they have horrifically murdered cowardly is not what Islam had taught,no innocent should have been killed in these gruesome acts and yet they are which immediately takes them out of the fold of Islam as killing a person unjustly is major sin.if anyone should be blamed it should be these people who give a bad name to Islam because of their sickening mentality who think its OK to go around ramming into people who go about their normal lives.There is simply no reason to commit any action like this.
The community does not need to accept that Islam is a "warped" religion because it is not.It is the people who are "warped" who have not been taught any better regarding their religion.I work in an Islamic school,I sit in on their Islamic lessons,and coming form a non-islamic background the things these boys are taught are simply amazing:they are taught to follow the path of their Prophet Muhammad who is the best of examples an honest,peaceful man who would have condemned these acts had he been alive today simply because what these people do is simply not from the character of a true Muslim.Sure you may call them a "Muslim" but only doing what is obligatory does not make a person a true believer and thus it can be safely assumed that these people are not true muslims.
I have been to many open days to different mosques,and during the weekends I regularly attend talks at the local mosque designed to improve the character of adults.I have been to a talk held specifically around terrorism and how the Islamic schools,mosques are all trying to steer people back to the correct way,they teach the teens that this is not what Islam teaches,at all the talks I have attended at different mosques all the preachers have strongly condemned these attacks .
The two schools that I have worked with in the past have held open inter-faith days,fundraisers open to all the community,donate extensively to "Save the Children","Samaritans",hold coffee mornings,so in my opinion the muslim community does do enough it is people like us who are scared of them and have an "us and you" attitude.
From my experience I have found them to be genuine and good people who feel their image has been ruined ever since the recent attacks,in fact I have seen a group of Imams crying because they feel shunned by the non-muslim community who feel they are the source of all evil in the world.