Is this the Solution?
Not long after the Boston Marathon bombings, a soldier in the UK was brutally murdered. The culprit Adebolajo admitted to doing what he did in the name of Islam. Once again, the world is forced to confront the basic idea of the West vs. Islam. Was he justified in doing what he did though? Or was he just a delusional extremist Muslim?
“The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers”
This is what Abdelajo is reported to have said shortly after the killing. A number of Muslims might feel that he acted correctly. To them, I put forth the following questions: Has he changed the political situation then? Has he made matters better or worse for the Muslims? How does Islam look right about now?
I understand that Abdelajo was psychologically and emotionally affected by the present political situation. I too, as a Muslim am deeply affected and I am certain I and him are not the only ones. However, as much as one is affected by current events, it is our duty as Muslims to maintain the peacefulness of our religion and faith.
Extremism is not the answer and killing a UK soldier certainly isn’t either. The victim was a member of the army. He was a soldier and in his mind, his duty was his country. The fault is not his. He is only one minor individual in the bigger scheme of things. Killing him and taking him away from his family would not and certainly did not end the conflict.
The fact of the matter is Islamic extremism serves not to put an end to the troubles the Muslims are facing but rather to escalate them, especially in making Islam as a religion look bad. It is because of extremism and fundamentalism that non Muslims look at Islam as a religion of ‘Terrorism’. Both they and the extremists have forgotten that Islam itself means ‘Peace’ and if it is mentioned to a non Muslim, he then mocks it because all he thinks about when he thinks of Islam is terrorism.
Because of this, the job of Western governments and anti Islamists has become easier. Islam can easily be portrayed as evil and the concept of Islamophobia can serve to gather support for the present global conflict.
Quotations from: Stevens, R. (2013). UK soldier killed in London in reprisal for Afghanistan and Iraq wars. World Socialist Website.
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