Hello - is it Islam?

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The aftermath of elimination of Osama Bin Laden saw the news of his death spread like wildfire. While the world rejoiced in unison, United States and their allies complimented each other for having successfully accomplished an act of retaliation against their arch foe no.1. For a moment it all appeared as if the very plague of extremism afflicting humanity since last couple of decades has been got rid of and man could now breathe a sigh of relief at long last. As hours rolled by, the euphoria surrounding the killing of Laden gradually melted away.

Many posers stare in the face of a recurring question viz. have Al Qaida and their ilk realized the futility of clinging on to their vague notion that the world could be brought around through acrimonious threats and perilous maneuvers? Briefly speaking, no and definitely not!

Submitted: May 05, 2011

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The aftermath of elimination of Osama Bin Laden saw the news of his death spread like wildfire. While the world rejoiced in unison, United States and their allies complimented each other for having successfully accomplished an act of retaliation against their arch foe no.1.  For a moment it all appeared as if the very plague of extremism afflicting humanity since last couple of decades has been got rid of and man could now breathe a sigh of relief at long last. As hours rolled by, the euphoria surrounding the killing of Laden gradually melted away. This was in anticipation of some sort of rebuttal or blurt expected from the opponents, namely the Al Qaida. However, none came that could counter the news blast of May 2, 2011. Under these circumstances, is it appropriate for the world to presume that the enemy has been silenced for good? Hopefully yes but definitely no!
 
The maxim by Karl Max would come in handy here viz. “Religion is the opium of the people”.
 
Many posers stare in the face of a recurring question viz. have Al Qaida and their ilk realized the futility of clinging on to their vague notion that the world could be brought around through acrimonious threats and perilous maneuvers? Briefly speaking, no and definitely not!
 
Elimination of Laden and isolation of Al Qaida made the particular network appear like a rudderless ship. Even though it may only be for a short while yet history will underline the developments of 2nd May 2011 as a cornerstone in a determined effort by world powers to wipe terrorism out in entirety. Moreover, the killing of Laden has definitely stolen the wind out of the sails of an Islamic phobia that gained ground in course of a ‘jihadi’ culture let loose by fanatic elements within the core Islamic group.
 
Whatever the thought process within the extremist network may be, the sudden developments of May 1, 2011 and its aftermath should set the ball rolling within the extremist network for cautioning them from venturing too close to fratricidal missions such as 9/11 or 26/11 as the case may be, since such attempts are only fraught with dire consequences not only for the network but for the entire Islamic fold as well. The existing stand by the world on the topic of extremism must guide the extremists to take heed of the writing on the wall, the result of which may not be any the encouraging.
 
There is no doubt the Islamic countries across the globe are taking cognizance of the change in equations as also the determination shown by most countries on the question of extremism. Further, even the Heads of State of Islamic countries too need to tone down their rhetoric and fall in line with an undiluted concept of cooperation and coexistence. Al Qaida and their sympathizers too need to see reality in a proper perspective if they want Islam to proceed on the lines set down by its founders.
 
Critical inputs, crude facts and mathematical figures related to developments in the last couple of decades stare Islam in the face, the same Islam that from time to time posted arrogant claims of incomparability with other religions but failed miserably to outwit the weaponry and hate campaign that stay poised to wipe their cadres in to extinction.  Besides the lakhs of Muslims that keep bidding adieu to the world under the aegis of their ‘jihad’, as many and more Muslims perished during various wars (the 10 years of Iran-Iraq war being one) or those that have fallen to bullets and bombs at the hands of their own ilk. To cap it all, the present unrest already ripping through many of the Islamic nations on one count or the other, in an attempt to overthrow their rulers, ominously portray Islam as anything but reliable or deserving respect, what to speak of worthy of obeisance to their alleged ‘allah’?
 
Allegations are also rife with insinuations of Islamic heads having amassed huge amounts of unaccountable wealth stashed away abroad in foreign banks, much to the chagrin of the commons who are down to earth Muslims themselves. Have these very devout and faithful Islamists come under a war cloud from among their own country cousins today, which aspersions were safely hidden behind the veil of Islamic vices at the time they were elected or elated to their present status? Did they become rogues overnight or have they gone with the Islamic wind that ‘blows nobody any good’?
 
How many more such self-anointed martyrs of ‘jihadi’ cult would be required to halt decimation in their rank and file, before they succeed in making a crawling attempt to get the symbol of Islam back to a position of flutter atop Mosques and Masjids? Harping on the same old string of ‘blasphemy’ and ‘crusade against injustice’ will only get Islam slighted even by the devil in a huff. When all is said and done, the basic lesson to be carried away from the developments of last few days for those leading Islam from the front ought to be to engage the so called ‘allah’ to get his acts together for the welfare of Muslims rather than igniting hatred in and around the world which could make even hell an uneven place for those reposing faith in the evil one.


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