“Muslims are the main perpetrators of terrorism!” These are not my words. They are the words of Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the general manager of a leading Arabic television network – Al-Arabia.
In a rare and candid self-criticism, Al-Rashed admitted, “Muslims worldwide are the main perpetrators of terrorism. [This is] a humiliating and painful truth that must be acknowledged.”
This was his response to the tragic carnage caused by some 35 Muslim terrorists. They seized a Russian school and held hundreds of women and children hostage while making demands for Russia to leave Chechnya and release all terrorists held prisoner.
They held the terrified children in a sweltering gymnasium without food or water for three days. They wired the entire building with shrapnel infused explosives at the very beginning of the siege.
The resulting carnage shocked the world. Images of terrified young survivors carried from the scene were aired on Arab TV stations. Pictures of dead and wounded children ran on front pages of Arab newspapers.
Al-Rashed wrote in his daily column for the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper:
“Holy warriors” from the Middle East long have supported fellow Muslims fighting in Chechnya, and Russian officials said nine or 10 Arabs were among militants killed. Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture.
His article ran under the headline, “The Painful Truth: All the World’s Terrorists are Muslims!”
Al-Rashed is to be commended for his forthright acknowledgement of a fact the West seems hard to admit.
Most perpetrators of suicide operations in buses, schools and residential buildings around the world for the past 10 years have been Muslims. Muslims will be unable to cleanse their image unless “we admit the scandalous facts,” rather than offer condemnations or justifications.
Egypt’s top cleric, Grand Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi also spoke out against this latest outrage: “You are taking Islam as a cover and it is a deceptive cover; those who carry out the kidnappings are criminals, not Muslims.”
But herein is the essence of the Muslim dilemma. For hopefully the majority of Muslims, this is not the meaning of Islam. But for a growing minority, it is absolutely the true meaning of Islam. This is a conflict that every generation of Islam has faced. Most of the Quran has moral and peaceful teaching. But part of it that calls for violence and conquest by the sword.
The primary method of Muslim evangelism is and has been the sword from the beginning. Muhammad is the one who set and practiced this foundational principle. So did his immediate followers. Islam spread from Mecca and Medina to the Atlantic in the west; from North Africa to the Pyrenees Mountains in the north; and to the borders of China in the east – all within a little over 100 years. This was not accomplished by friendly persuasion. It was accomplished by violence and the sword.
A core teaching of Islam is that the world is divided into only two regions: Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb – the region of peace and the region of war. All outside Islamic rule is considered the area of war and continuing conquest. The many verses in the Quran that call for the killing of Jews, Christians and other unbelievers provide ample religious justification for every generation to spawn Muslim terrorists. History bears sad witness to this.
Even in this current situation, there are Muslims who justify the carnage in Russia. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the fundamentalist group Muhajiroun said to the Sunday London Telegraph:
Holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule. If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq. As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be OK.
Mr. Mohammed is leading a conference this week to “celebrate” the 9-11 attack on America.
America needs to demand that Muslims who are “peaceful” actively speak out and condemn the Muslim fundamentalists who are waging “jihad” with the West. They need to actively help identify and expose those who would attack America.
The only problem is that the closer they get to a literal following of the Quran and Muhammad, the more they become sympathetic to the terrorists.
The free world needs to unite and attack the terrorists with all force at hand. Otherwise, we are headed for global catastrophe. There is no room for those who think they have the religious obligation to force their brand of religious rule upon those who do not want it.