TERRORISM AND RELIGION

Imagine a world free from proselytization where Muslims, Christians, traditionalists and others live together, respecting the beliefs of others. After all, we preach good sermons with our lives than with our lips.

All Muslims are terrorists. Islam is a very radical religion which has succeeded to preach terrorism. They even employ women and children to do their bidding on suicide bombing on their behalf. They want the whole world to become Islamic and they are using violence to take it by force.Terrorism-672x372

Sadly, the above is how today’s media report on people who belong to the Islamic religion. They have succeeded in drumming into the ears of the unsuspecting public that every violent action carried out by an individual who happens to be a Muslim is a terrorist act. Yet the same media when reporting on incidents of people, other than Muslims, who commit such atrocities tag it as ‘unexpected shooting’, ‘cold murder’, etc.

However, I am sure many of us with Muslim friends believe this not the case. Many Muslims are charitable, especially during Eid-el-Adhar (Salah) when they feed many homeless and starving people on earth. Even some people from other religion join them to enjoy their meat during this period.

For us achieve a peaceful world where everyone can coexist, tolerance is what we must promote. We should not also hide behind the veil of political benefits to promote terrorism. No one man is the custodian of all knowledge that is why we need the views of everyone to transform the world into a better place.

Yes, it is truth that there have been other atrocities committed by people who belong to other religions other than Islam. But there is no need to draw comparison. None of those actions was right. What we need now is the willingness to put aside our religious differences to achieve world freedom and peace. Martin Luther King Jnr. was a Christian yet he sought for equal rights for all blacks in America not just for blacks who were Christians. Mahatma Gandhi practiced Hinduism yet he fought for independence for all of India through nonviolence.

Imagine a world free from proselytization where Muslims, Christians, traditionalists and others live together, respecting the beliefs of others. After all, we preach good sermons with our lives than with our lips.

I do not support terrorism, but I believe terrorism can be fought against without promoting religious wars. Terrorism is based on ideologies and ideologies cannot be fought against with bombs and guns. We need to fight ideologies with ideologies in order for us to have a safe and free world. Violence only begets more violence.

I will like to end this piece with what one of my facebook friends shared in his post. Paraphrasing, he said: I will sit with Muslims, Buddhists, traditionalists and others to think and find out ways of making this world a better place rather than ignoring them because they are not part of my faith.

My name is KOTEY and I believe a safe world is possible if we work towards it as one people.

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