Islam and Terrorism

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Sadiq Khan
Mc. Cook
English 1302
20 November 2006
Does Islam Promote Terrorism? There may be some Muslims who are terrorists, but not all Muslims are terrorist and Islam as a religion does not promote terrorism and defines as a religion of peace. Islam means submission to god. Islam is a religion of peace and does not talk of doing violence at all. As many westerners have the misconception that all Muslims are terrorists, and are involved in the killing of innocent people. I will prove that all Muslims are not terrorists and if at all the culprits are Muslim; they have twisted the teachings of Islam. The dictionary meaning of terrorism is the unlawful or threatened use of violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies, governments, often for ideological or political reasons. On the other hand, the name Islam is derived from the word ‘salaam’ which means peace. It is a religion of peace whose fundamentals teaches its followers to maintain and promote peace throughout the world. So does Islam promote terrorism? I will prove that Islam does not promote terrorism with the knowledge and writings of Dr. Zakir Naik from his book Islam and Terrorism.A medical doctor by professional training, Dr. Zakir Naik is renowned as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. Dr. Zakir Naik clarifies Islamic view points and clears misconceptions about Islam using the Koran (Qur'an), authentic Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s sayings) and other religious Scriptures as a basis, in conjunction with reason, logic and scientific facts. He is 37 years old. Dr. Zakir is popular for his critical analysis and convincing answers to challenging questions posed by audiences after his public talks. In the last 6 years (by the year 2002), Dr. Zakir Naik has delivered more than 600 public talks in the U.S.A., Canada, U.K., Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, South Africa, Mauritius, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Guyana (South America) and many other countries, in addition to numerous public talks in India. He has successfully participated in several symposia and dialogues with prominent personalities of other faiths. His public dialogue with Dr. William Campbell (of USA), on the topic, “The Koran (Qur’an) and the Bible in the light of Science” held in city of Chicago, U.S.A., on April 1, 2000 was a resounding success.Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, the world famous orator on Islam and Comparative Religion, who had called Dr. Zakir, "Deedat plus" in 1994, presented a plaque in May 2000 awarded to Dr. Zakir Abdul-Karim Naik for his achievement in the field of Da’wah and the study of Comparative Religion with the engraving "Son what you have done in 4 years had taken me 40 years to accomplish, Alhamdullilah.” (Said by Ahmed deedat)Dr. Zakir Naik appears regularly on many international T.V. Channels in more than 100 countries of the world. He is regularly invited for T.V. and Radio interviews. More than a hundred of his talks, dialogues, debates and symposia are available on video cassettes, video CDs and audio cassettes. He has authored books on Islam and Comparative Religion.Till now one of the deadliest terrorist attacks which shocked America was on September 11, 2001. On that day four planes were hijacked, two of them targeted and hit world trade center and the third hit the Pentagon building near Washington, D.C.; the fourth plane crashed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The crashes destroyed the World Trade Center complex and a large portion of the Pentagon and killed more than 3,000 people. Among all the attacks till now, 9/11 was the most deadly apart from the Oklahoma bombing in 1995 and London bombings in 2005. It has been told that Al- Qaeda is the main group which planned the attack on September 11, but do Americans have the proof? "International terrorism” first...
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