By Harun Yahya
February 5, 2005
Forward courtesy of Derin Kutlu <email@example.com>
Radical tendencies, irrespective of their origin, are one
of the most dangerous threats to world peace and security. Radicalism means
to advocate fundamental and sudden changes by means of uncompromising and
hard-line policies. In an environment where mutual acceptance and understanding
have ceased to exist, people begin to feel animosity toward different ideologies
or races without knowing what the other party really represents or believes.
In our own time, radicalism has emerged among Muslims, Christians,
and Jews. This situation is abused and taken advantage of by proponents
of Samuel Huntington's proposed clash of civilizations theory. The scale
of radicalism's threat to world peace has become apparent in the 9/11 attacks
on the United States and its consequences. The fact that these attacks are
widely believed to have been carried out in the name of Islam resulted in
a great deal of prejudice against Muslims and misunderstanding of Islam.
Given the fact that Islam prohibits all acts of violence and aggression,
most of the Islamic world condemned these terrorist attacks. Muslims prayed
alongside Christians for the innocent lives lost, and American Muslims rushed
to the aid of the victims. Despite this, prejudice against Muslims in the
United States and some European countries has vastly increased, and incidences
of violence have been reported. In order to eradicate radicalism and its
damaging consequences, cultural and educational campaigns designed to reach
all sections of society must be organized. We can list the topics and the
responsibilities of various sections of society to be covered by this program,
An awareness that radicalism, an extremist tendency that is
incompatible with true religious morality, must be defeated ideologically
so that its claim to be acting in the name of religion can be exposed as
false. People of all three divinely revealed religions must be told that
they have a responsibility to be compassionate, patient, gentle, friendly,
polite, and respectful. They have to be made aware that God forbids violence,
aggression, and anything that harms innocent people. They must understand
that it is wrong to go down that path. These efforts will ensure that all
radicals will be recognized as misguided liars and thereby prevented from
finding new recruits.
A program must be designed to give full and accurate information
about all parties involved in the conflict, so that international dialogue
becomes possible. An important step toward mutually friendly relations is
the creation of an environment in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims can
begin to know each other's beliefs, traditions, and rituals better. This
can be done through cultural and educational programs. As people come to
know each other better, they will realize that they have many things in
common. This, in turn, will make reconciliation possible. Muslims, Christians,
and Jews should tell one another about their respective worldviews in line
with God's divine books of revelation, thereby preventing the mutual misunderstanding
and radicalism caused by a lack of accurate knowledge.
The media must support the cultural activities necessary to
create an environment conducive to international dialogue. They should refrain
from sensationalism, which incites violence and segregation, and focus on
broadcasts that encourage moderation and acceptance. Carefully prepared
broadcasts by the western media will play an important role in eradicating
the currently widespread anti-Muslim prejudice. Muslim media organizations,
for their part, must refrain from broadcasts and opinions that incite hatred
toward non-Muslims and concentrate instead on cultural and spiritual education
in the Islamic world.
Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders and opinion
makers must identify people who are bent on portraying myths and false beliefs
as part of the religious code. They must teach people that God commands
believers to be balanced and gentle, and that all extremism is contrary
to religious morality. Political leaders must support this awareness
campaign in order to prevent extremism in society and to prepare the ground
These and similar joint efforts will eradicate the conditions
conducive to radicalism. In Qur'an 2:113, God reveals that the Jews claimed
that the Christians "have nothing to stand on" and vice versa.
In reality, God knows best who is right, which is why genuine believers
must seek to draw closer to God instead of accusing one another. The following
verse reveals that people who act otherwise are wrong:
The Jews say: "The Christians have nothing to stand on,"
and the Christians say: "The Jews have nothing to stand on," yet
they both recite the Book. Those who do not know say the same as they say.
God will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection regarding the things
about which they differ. (Qur'an, 2:113)
Eradicating the harm caused by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim
radicals is possible only if all moderate, peace-loving, civilized, and
genuinely religious people cooperate and form an alliance. Such an alliance
will defeat those who present war and conflict as the only option, and disprove
the assertions of those who advocate a show of force as the only way to
achieve security and prevent further bloodshed, tears, and material damage.
Qur'anic Morality Forbids Extremism
Islamic societies have been centers of mutual acceptance and
goodwill toward non-Muslims throughout history, particularly in our Prophet's
(may God bless him and grant him peace) time.
Radicalism is an ideological movement and political approach
that is foreign to Islam. When radical groups are examined, it gradually
becomes clear that they are, in reality, using a compilation of communist
slogans and methods or that they have adopted the "fanatical rage of
the Time of Ignorance" (Qur'an, 48:26). One of the common characteristics
of such ideologies is their emotional force, an underlying cause of radicalism
that is totally incompatible with God's commands. The Qur'an describes Muslims
as people who control their anger and who are reasonable, moderate, and
tolerant. Muslims must be polite and respectful when interacting with people
of different beliefs and ideologies.
All Muslims must refrain from a harsh, angry, and challenging
approach, for these are contrary to the Qur'an's method and essence. Instead,
Muslims must adopt the accepting, moderate, calm, and rational approach
described in the Qur'an. In other words, they must be role models for humanity
and earn people's admiration for the morality of Islam and themselves. Muslims
should also make great progress and produce superb works of science, culture,
art, and aesthetics, as well as live Islam in the best way, and thus represent
it to the world.
Profile on Harun Yahya:
leading Muslim intellectual from Turkey, Harun Yahya is the author of many
books concerning the world of Islam such as the relationship of science
and Islam, interfaith dialogue, and the importance of unity among believers
of all faiths. He had penned important works disclosing the imposture of
evolutionists, their invalid claims, and the dark liaisons between Darwinism
and such bloody ideologies as fascism and communism. Harun Yahya enjoys
a wide readership from all nations, languages and religions, and many of
his books have been translated into more than 40 languages. His works have
also been received with interest by Western scientific circles, and some
of his scientific texts have been reviewed in various scientific journals
as the most important expositions of Islamic creationism. These journals
include The New Scientist, Science, NCSE (National Center for Science Education)
Reports, and The Cladistics.
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