Islamic Terrorism in India

Most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims

‘Sir, why are all terrorists Muslims?’

Posted by jagoindia on December 20, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008
‘Sir, why are all terrorists Muslims?’
By Firoz Bakht Ahmed. India,

‘Sir, why is it that all terrorists are Muslims?’ Prajvi Bagga Malhotra, a Class 11 student of Modern School, asked me this question during a discussion about current events. This was a very timely, bold but sensible question and being a Muslim, I was accountable to address the curiosity in the minds of a class of 52 students.

Prajvi isn’t the only one to have alluded to the Western media coined statement that all terrorists are Muslims but all Muslims are not terrorists. With so many voices stating that the religion advocates violence, Islam is today under the scanner. Not all of them can be wrong – people judge by what they see and today these terrorists speak and act violently in the name of Islam.

I told Prajvi that the guiding themes of every religion are the same. Islam too has the same theme and ideology as other religions but a few people misled some of its followers in the name of god.

26/11 (Mumbai), Kafeel in Glasgow, Mumbai blasts by the Memons and others in India, the jehadis in Kashmir, 9/11, 7/7 (London), 13/12 (Delhi), 29/10 (Delhi) and the Al Qaeda at a global level – all these make my head go down in shame.

It’s so embarrassing that each time a Muslim name is found attached with the inhuman and insane acts of terrorism.

Note that jehad is the most misunderstood and misconstrued concept by our non-Muslim brethren and even Muslims. The true concept of jehad in Islam is not to be against other communities, groups or religions but to be against one’s own selfish nature, vices and shortcomings within Muslim society in order to fight evil, injustice, inequity, illiteracy and ignorance. First an individual fights jehad against himself to get cleansed. After that he continues the efforts with his wife, family, locality and the whole community. This is Jehad-e-Akbar, the right meaning of jehad.

Terrorism is a political process and religion or a religious community has nothing to do with it. Neither does any religion teach to kill innocents (that is what the terrorists do) nor are the terrorists the people chosen by that religious community to undertake such ghastly acts on their behalf.

Nevertheless, an average Muslim’s fears are hate crimes, difficulty in finding jobs, admissions and residential accommodation, unwanted repercussions, distrust and other such things that always get exacerbated by such incidents. Muslims also fear a backlash like the 1984 Sikh riots against them. Terrorists should not be helped in creating a rift between communities.

The Mumbai attackers did try to create a cleavage between Hindus and Muslims. However, though a tragic incident, it did have a silver lining in that it cut across religious lines and saw people uniting in their horror and outrage.

But leaders of some parties have even begun to think that any criticism of Pakistan would not be relished by this country’s Muslims.

I still remember that during the last general elections in India, to appease Muslims the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) boasted of the Lahore bus and improving relations with Pakistan as one of its major achievements. It’s so sad that these people still treat Indian Muslims as Pakistan’s stooges.

Though all Indians know that a few terrorists do not tarnish a whole community, the government for fear of losing votes will not take the matter up with the Pakistani government seriously and will just resort to rhetoric.

It is quite clear now that Indian politicians of all shades were somehow living under an illusion that if they were to turn harsh against acts of terror, they would alienate the Muslims of this country.

When will they ever realize that by doing so they are clearly reflecting their perverted psyche of labelling all Indian Muslims as pro-Pakistanis, which is the worst abuse for any Indian Muslim.

Going soft on terror will not make Muslims happy as the perpetrators of such acts do not segregate their targets by religion. If the politicians of this country think that by shying away from taking on terrorists directly and by going soft on terror they will get kudos from Muslims, they are sadly mistaken.

The public in general has now had enough of those who exploit religious sentiment in order to gain electoral and political mileage. The recent poll results in Delhi are an indication of that.

The rider is: let us save Islam from ‘the Muslims’, Hinduism from ‘the Hindus’, Christianity from ‘the Christians’, Judaism from ‘the Jews’ and Sikhism from ‘the Sikhs’ and other zealots as religion is a very personal matter and as humans, we are all same.

(15.12.2008-Firoz Bakht Ahmed is a commentator on social and religious issues and the grandnephew of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the freedom fighter. He can be reached at

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed (Staff Writer, © IANS)

13 Responses to “‘Sir, why are all terrorists Muslims?’”

  1. GOD said

    Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.

    Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.

    Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called ‘religious rights.’

    When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to ‘the reasonable’ Muslim demands for their ‘religious rights,’ they also get the other components under the table. Here’s how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

    As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

    United States — Muslim 1.0%
    Australia — Muslim 1.5%
    Canada — Muslim 1.9%
    China — Muslim 1%-2%
    Italy — Muslim 1.5%
    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%
    Germany — Muslim 3.7%
    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
    Spain — Muslim 4%
    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

    They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. ( United States ).

    France — Muslim 8%
    Philippines — Muslim 5%
    Sweden — Muslim 5%
    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
    Trinidad &Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons).

    Guyana — Muslim 10%
    India — Muslim 13.4%
    Israel — Muslim 16%
    Kenya — Muslim 10%
    Russia — Muslim 10-15%

    After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:
    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%
    Chad — Muslim 53.1%
    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

    Albania — Muslim 70%
    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
    Egypt — Muslim 90%
    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
    Iran — Muslim 98%
    Iraq — Muslim 97%
    Jordan — Muslim 92%
    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
    Pakistan — Muslim 97%
    Palestine — Muslim 99%
    Syria — Muslim 90%
    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
    Somalia — Muslim 100%
    Yemen — Muslim 99.9%

    Of course, that’s not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons.

    ‘Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world and all of us against the infidel. – Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

    It is good to remember that in many, many countries, such as France, the Muslim populations are centered around ghettos based on their ethnicity. Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. Therefore, they exercise more power than their national average would indicate.

  2. Nimmy said

    From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

    Albania — Muslim 70%
    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    ROFL..When you spread propaganda,pls add less garam masala to it :)

    Tell me one country in this small world which grabs ‘jizya’ from non muslim inhabitants …

    For your kind information,this is a ‘global village’ and people ahve lot of resources to verify the ‘information’ provided..So please :)

  3. Nusrat Ali said

    Feroz Bakht is either playing TAQQUIYA or he has not yet read seriously Quran , Hadiths and Muhammad ,on which Islam is based.He is hiding the facts about Islam.
    Islam sir is not a religion but a political ideology.It historically has never been an inner quest for TRUTH but rather outer quest for domination & subjucation of infidels. Islam mandates second class status for non-muslims We are being told big lies about Islam. In a wonderfull book “Stealth Jihad” by Robert Spencer, we have so many parallels that apply to India.
    Muslims should pause and think coolfuly to return to thier roots from which they were brutalized to accept Islam.

  4. Mike said

    Because Most Moslems believe that it’s OK to Kill non-Moslems.

    To answer the question just look at the history over the last 1500 Yaers. AND READ the Satanic Versus which told the truth and its author was almost killed by teh leaders of tHe Moslem faith in Iran, Middle east and Pakistan.

  5. jagoindia said

    In Muslim countries, non-Muslims pay equal amount of taxes, but the Islamic government diverts it for Islamic causes for Mosques, Madarsas, Jihads) and the non Muslims do not get to enjoy full benefits. So this is a modern version of Jizya tax imposed on kafirs.

  6. Nimmy said

    and the non Muslims do not get to enjoy full benefits.

    Please clarify..I live in a muslim country,and i’ld like to make some clarifications on this moredn jizya.What is it that you imply by ‘do not get full benefits’? Except for Saudi Arabia,which is the country in this whole world which doesn’t aloow and respect religious freedom of non muslims?Even is Qatar,UAE and like countries,where there are 77.5% and 96% muslims,you can find many many many temples and churches..Leave that aside, i would like to know what is that you mean by ‘enjoy full benefits’…What have the non muslims living in those countries comp[lained about?Or is it that people NOT living in such countries or not have had any experience in muslim countries are mournng about an imaginary stuff which exists in their delusion alone ??????

  7. jagoindia said

    Eeny mini UAE and gulf countries do not constitute real Muslim countries.

    Flash movie of Islamic Destruction of Hindu Temples in Bangladesh

    Discrimination against non-Muslims in Malaysia
    A revealing summary of how non-Muslims in supposedly moderate Malaysia still are denied equality of rights with Muslims.

    As the people of southern Sudan (many of them Christian) strive for their freedom, their villages have been bombed, their women raped, their men-folk tortured and murdered. Tens of thousands have been forced to abandon their villages.

    Human rights in Pakistan

    Hindu factory worker tortured and killed in Karachi blasphemy dispute
    Religious freedom in Muslim majority countries

    Jihad on Egypt’s Christians

    Human rights in muslim countries

  8. Rama said

    Your article is typical of someone who does not want to examine Islam and it’s Holy book, the Koran. Typical of someone who wants offer excuses rather than face the real facts.There are lot more verses in Koran on punishments to Kaffirs than about peace and harmony. The Jihad you describe is only a small part. The main theme in Isamic jihad is to kill/convert non believers to Islam. Do you think that your forfathers got converted to Islam without any force? Do you think that all our temples in India just crumbled by themselves when the Moguls invaded our country? Your article does not help anyone, it just misleads.

  9. faizan said

    ‘The main theme in Isamic jihad is to kill/convert non believers to Islam’

    this is wrong. The Holy Quran clearly states that there is to be no compulsion in religion. no one is to be forced to convert to islam. those who enforce islam on non-muslims do not follow the teachings of islam. non-muslims are free to remain ignorant. we can invite others to accept islam but not force it. similarly, killing of innocent non-muslims is prohibited.

  10. jagoindia said

    This is a blatant lie to mislead ignorant non muslims.

    Such peace verses were found at the early stages of islam when the muslims where in minority and were sorrounded by non-Muslims.

    These verses became abrogated and nullified by the later sword verses when Muslims became powerful and in majority.
    when Islam became powerful, Allah’s eternal message changed. Islam could now “call people by the sword” — that is, compel conversion — and accordingly “verses of the sword” were conveniently revealed to the Prophet, verses that sanction and indeed command conversion of the Infidel by armed violence, which historically would be Islam’s preferred method.

    when Islam became powerful, Allah’s eternal message changed. Islam could now “call people by the sword” — that is, compel conversion — and accordingly “verses of the sword” were conveniently revealed to the Prophet, verses that sanction and indeed command conversion of the Infidel by armed violence, which historically would be Islam’s preferred method. Sura 2.256 was thus abrogated by a later verse, composed after Mohammed had begun to prepare his new Muslim empire for Jihad against the non-Muslim world: “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush” (Sura 9.5). This “verse of the sword” not only abrogates 2.256, but also abrogates well over a hundred earlier verses that formerly taught peace and tolerance toward non-believers.

    Only the later, abrogating verse now represents authentic Muslim teaching.

  11. Nusrat Ali said

    Dear Faizan,
    I think you may kindly read Quran and Hadiths once again. Better if you surf , , and for some time. We should search for truth in every aspect. Dont beleive because your friend,parents,or ustad said it until unless you yourself verify it. You will find many more and new facts in Islam which Islamists have hidden from muslims like you. May God expose the real face of islam to you as soon as possible. Ameen.

  12. Jule said

    “non-muslims are free to remain ignorant” – I am sorry that the Qoran thinks that non muslims are ignorant, ignorant becuase we do not believe in killing and destroying.

  13. Sourav Roy said

    It is true that behind every mass movement or idea, an ‘ism’ is attached. This ‘ism’ is often coherent with the ideology of the followers or a name quoted by media. It is the media, who have reserved the word ‘terrorism’ exclusively for Jihadis! All others who are involved in such activities are given different ‘isms’ that either glorify their work or softens their acts of terror!

    So terrorists in Jharkhand are called ‘maoists’ or ‘naxals’. Terrorists in the north-eastern states are called ‘militants’. Tamil terrorists in Sri Lanka are dubbed as ‘tigers’ while the Irish terrorists were ‘separatists’. Terrorists in Africa are ‘insurgents’, The Cuban terrorists were ‘rebels’, the Hungarian ones were ‘extremists’, the Chinese terrorists are ‘radicals’ and the American terrorists are ‘counter-insurgents’. The Israeli terrorists are ‘commandos’ and the communist terrorists are ‘revolutionaries’


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