Does Islam Encourage Terrorism?
Islam is derived from the word ‘salam’ which means peace and shows its followers how to preserve and encourage peace all over the world. Unfortunately more and more often, Islam has been associated with terrorism and violence due to the actions of a few extreme individuals who have done the most monstrous crimes in the name of Islam. There is a fallacy that has developed which links Islam and terrorism. The words "Islam" and "terror" cannot stand side by side, since this religion does not permit violence. The medias have been a big contributor to this error in many ways. The western media has made so many people ignorant about Islam, and since they hardly know anything about it, they will accept anything they hear about it as truth. And unfortunately, the media reports misleading, exaggerated information and even lies quite frequently about Muslim and Islam to make it sound like this violent, bloody, intolerant, terrorist religion, when in reality it is totally the opposite. Muslims are being discriminated and Islam is ridiculed and altered. Islam does not support terrorism as it promotes non-violence, respects for human rights and it encourages universal brotherhood.
In the Quran, the main source of Islam, Islam bans terrorism and wants to promote security to the world. Quran keeps that the source of the terror that we condemn is definitely not from the religion, and that there is no room for terrorism in Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Terrorist acts have been committed by many others in the past. Religious wars abounded throughout Europe for centuries; wouldn't you say that those religions were violent? When the Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy Roman Emperor tried to force them back (Reformation), the Inquisition, etc. The crusades who fought against Muslims, pagan Slavs, Russian and Greek Orthodox Christians, Mongols, Cathars and Hussites, were they considered terrorists?...
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