Do terrorist acts by Muslims come from orders in their religion?I NEED UR RESPONSE AS IT CAN HELP US ALOT TO LEARN WT ISLAM IS.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I at least don't believe that there is anything about Islam that ORDERS terrorists to commit their atrocities, just as there was nothing about Christianity that made the Crusades inevitable.

What I do believe is that many terrorist leaders are able to use Islam as a way to focus the anger of the people they are trying to recruit.

I think people decide to become terrorists based on some sort of dissatisfaction with the world -- maybe with the role of the US, maybe with their own governments.  These grievances are not really religious, but unscrupulous leaders can use religion to make these unhappy people feel like their anger has a higher purpose.

So, in my opinion, Islam does not order people to become terrorists.  But people like the leaders of Al Qaeda can use Islam to justify their bad deeds, just as Christians used religion to justify the Crusades or Hindu extremists used religion to justify attacks on Muslims or Sikhs in India.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Terrorists have always used religion to try to achieve their ends.  It is easy to take religious principles, twist them with hate, and get people to follow you based on their religious principles.  This does not mean that everyone who follows that religion is associated with the extremists.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that terrorists are acting on any direct orders. They are called "terrorists" because they want to inflict terror upon certain groups of people. I cannot imagine a true religion ordering people to cause terror, pain, and suffering to random groups of people.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm certain that many of the terrorists act on their own without direct orders from any Muslim affiliates or church leaders. Most recruits appear to be volunteers, and there seems to be no lack of candidates, so direct orders from above do not appear necessary.

malkaam | Student

I'm going to start with personal experience, I am a Muslim and have been for more than 20 years and never have I done any terrorist act. Next up, facts, recently there was an attack on an Army school in Peshawar, called APS Peshawar tragedy, in which 141 Muslims were murdered in cold blood, with more than a 100 being children, now the people who claimed to have been behind the attack supposedly also claimed to be a Muslim group (TTP). Now my question is why an Islamic group would kill children of the same religion when Islam clearly states that: 

“Whosoever kills a person without any reason (of murder or mischief in the earth), it is as though he has killed all the people. And whosoever saves a single life, it is as though he has saved all the people.”

(Surah al-Maaida, 5:32)

“The believers are but brothers”

 (Al-Hujurat 49:10)

The verse from Surah al-Maaida, not only refers to Muslims but also refers to other humans. Go to the link mentioned below it’ll show you a live example of the verse:

Another example is the shooting of Charlie Hebdo in which two terrorists who claimed to be Muslims shot 11 people and fled the scene and the one who tried to stop them, and was martyred in doing so, was also a Muslim, Ahmed Merabet, I'm pretty sure Ahmed Merabet understands Islam more than those two.

So what I'm trying to say is blaming an entire religion due to the acts of a few is completely illogical, how can a few people's terrorist acts represent 1.7 Billion Muslims of the world, it's like blaming Catholic Church for the Crusades or for what Timothy McVeigh did, and it's also like blaming Jews for what Yaakov Teitel or Baruch Goldstein (Cave of the Patriarchs massacre) did, also no one blamed Serbian Orthodox Church when Muslims were brutally murdered by Serbians in Bosnia.

Islam does not condone or encourage these attacks, and as for the misconception of the word Jihad I thought the below statement can help you understand it:

“The word 'jihad' has nowhere been used in the Qur'an to mean war in the sense of launching an offensive. It is used rather to mean 'struggle'. The action most consistently called for in the Qur'an is the exercise of patience. (p. 7-8)”

― Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, the True Jihad: The Concept of Peace, Tolerance and Non Violence in Islam

Below are a few Quranic verses explaining Jihad,

“Permission is granted to those who are fighting because they have been oppressed…those who have been expelled from their homes without any just cause…”

(Surah al-Hajj, 22:39-40)

“Prepare against them (i.e., the enemy) with whatever force and trained horses you can in order to frighten thereby Allah’s enemy, your enemy, and others besides them who you do not know but Allah knows them. But if they (the enemies) incline to peace, then you (also) incline to it, and put your trust in Allah…” (Surah al-Anfal, 8:60-61)

Also there are a lot of verses of Quran that have been mentioned on various websites and have been taken out of context, so in the end people don't actually know what they mean. I'll give you some examples; here are a few texts from Bible that have been taken out of context:

“Take all the leader of these people, kill them.” (Numbers 25:7) 

“Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” (Numbers 31:17-18)
“Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin.” (Judges 21:11)

Now does this mean Bible promotes violence, I don't think so. This is what I mean by words being taken out of context.

Here's an example from the Quran which is usually taken out of context:

“Kill them wherever you find them.”

(Surah al-Baqara), verse 191

Here's the full version, including verse 190 and 193:

“And fight in the way of God those who are fighting against you, and do not exceed the limits, surely God does not love those who exceed the limits. And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out–persecution is severer than slaughter.

And do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque [in Mecca] until they fight with you in it; but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers. But if they desist, then surely God is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight them until there is no persecution and religion should be only for God; but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.”

Once again here it does not mean start killing any non-believers you find but instead it means fight against those who oppress you, in short, self-defense, and also those who use Islam and Jihad as a shield to support their actions are only trying to support their political agenda.

Here are the rules of war according to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), they show that the religion that these terrorists follow is definitely not Islam:

“Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.”

In the end there's one other thing I would like to add, on 9/11 2,977 people were killed but after that, billions of Muslims paid the ultimate price when innocent men, women and children, (who had nothing to do with the attack and maybe just maybe were guilty by association) were either killed as collateral damage, or were branded terrorists. What I’m trying to say is blaming an entire religion for the acts of few is like forming a theory based on an untested hypothesis and incorrect facts. And by the way the word Islam is associated with the word "Peace."

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superhampster | Student

Often, it's easier for extremists to use religion as a justification for their actions, rather than their actual motives. With the Muslim terrorist example, it's quite clear that the leaders of Al-Qaeda and other extremist 'Muslim' groups are simply intent on ridding theirt country of the US occupation, but to appropriate followers they must go through a more locally acceptable medium, that of the prevalent religion in the area. By making Muslims believe that it IS their religious duty to commit terrorist acts, the leaders are simply getting their way. Basically, the lower-level people in the organisation probably do believe that what they are doing is specified in their religious code, but they've been manipulated into thinking that by the guys higher up in the hierarchy.

summer-song | Student

Yes I agree with all of the above. If they (Muslim terrorists) do justify their actions through their religion and the word of their God.  I think that it's not the words of their God that causes this; it's the man's interpretstions of these words that causes the 'confusion'.

mdernaika | Student
Do terrorist acts by Muslims come from orders in their religion?


Terrorism has nothing to do with any religion.  People from all religions have done horrible things in the name of God, but none of these are from the teachings of their religions.

I have yet to find a violent religion.  The middle east is NOT representative of all Muslims.  Islam is worldwide and growing, as are Christianity, Judaism, and so on. Just because some extremist people who happen to belong to a particular religion do crazy and horrible things does not make the religion one that teaches hate, violence, or terrorism.

Is Christianity full of terrorist because Timothy McVay happened to be from that religion? People make judgements based on how they were raised to act and believe- this is culture, not religion.