ISLAMOPHOBIA AND ISLAMIC TERRORISM
Dr. Ishanand Vempeny
(Published in Jeevadhara, Vol.XLVI, No.273, May 2016, pp.66-85)
A few weeks after the terrorist attack in Paris on 13 November 2015, there appeared an interesting scene in the TV channels and in the newspapers. A Muslim young man stands in a crowded Paris suburb with his face covered and with the caption on his body: “I am a Muslim. Please kiss me.” Quite a few French non-Muslims, both men and women approached him sympathetically and kissed him. Soon there gathered a crowd of white French men/women around him.
This shows that even after the Paris terrorist attack many of the French still remain liberal. Besides, there was a feeling of tolerance among the French. Indeed, the atmosphere a little farther from the crowd proclaimed loudly that many French Muslims who have nothing to do with terrorism, want France be free from Islamophobia. Today can we say that only a few French are affected by this ethnic disease and only a few French Muslims have the ‘jihadistic’ inclinations?
The truth of the matter is that the ethnic disease of Islamophobia is spreading all over the West and Islamic terrorism, even with greater brutality and fury, is causing the spread of this phobia far and wide. The American Presidential candidate declared publicly, if he would become the President, no more Muslims would be allowed to come to USA. Even Germany which welcomed more than a million Muslim Refugees is having second thoughts in this matter. After the attack by the refugees on the German women and sexual harassment of many of them in Cologne by more than a thousand refugees, anti-refugee and anti-Islamic attitudes are growing there. Captions calling the refugees ‘Rape-Fugees’ are appearing in different parts of Germany. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a butt of negative criticism in Germany and beyond.
The Rightist and anti-immigration parties of France, Netherlands, Belgium and the like are creating anti-Islamic atmosphere all over Europe. The finding of terrorists among the refugees is making the Islamophobia more intense and intolerable. The cruel shooting of Mother Teresa Sisters in Yemen, tying them to posts, has added fuel to Islamophobia in Europe and beyond. After shooting them their skulls were broken with heavy weapons. They have kidnapped their chaplain, an Indian priest and were planning to crucify him on Good Friday2016. Mother Teresa is a revered icon all over the West and her sisters share this Western reverence. Such cruel and shocking deeds of terrorism does make Islamophobia spread far and wide.
I. THE FACT OF ISLAMOPHOBIA
The NATO powers and the Russians have been opposing ISIS with their Air Forces. One of the reasons why their land forces are not sent is that these forces are well aware of the cruel torture and sadistic murder by the ISIS of the defeated victims. The Americans and the Russians do not want even a single soldier from their armed forces fall into the hands of these brutish terrorists.
For instance, a Jordanian pilot fell into the hands of the ISIS. A few lines from the description of this horrific deed taken from the Google:
The Jordanian pilot from the U.S. led-Coalition Muath Al-Kassasbeh was not given food for 5 days and then is arrayed in front of armed terrorists as if this was part of a Roman arena, to be caged like an animal… But this is Muslim reality TV at its best, a plunge into the dark history of Islam. The POW pilot is then soaked with petrol and set on fire while professionally filming his slow suffering as a sacrificial offering to Allah and with no remorse to the screaming and melting of a human being. This is not something we suggest you watch, but ask: how can the world stand idly by while we see this and still think that Islam is a peace loving religion?
Meghnad Desai writes about this cruel Islamic movement:
“The war in the Middle East that Assad and Baghdadi are waging is of Muslims against fellow Muslims… Thousands more Muslims – Shia and Sunni – are being massacred by the murderous regimes in the region. The Middle East is almost 100 per cent Muslim but the majority of the world’s Muslims live outside. Why have the majority living in India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria not protested against this massacre?”
The Wahhabistic fundamentalism of Saudi Arabia, with its fanatic propaganda and money power is increasing Islamophobia both in the West and in the East. There are rumors that the Wahhabi Mullahs and Maulanas are secretly encouraging the Muslims with terrorist inclinations, especially the Muslim prisoners to continue fighting for the ISIS or Caliphate.
The Muslim Reactions to ISIS atrocities seem too late and too mild while under-hand support by various Islamic nations and associations are becoming too obvious. This leads to an intensification of Islamophobia. The Wahhabism-centered Saudi Arabia seems to many people including the USA the biggest villain. A typical example is the help promised by Saudi Arabia for building a thousand mosques in Europe for the refugees instead of helping them with food, shelter and other material necessities of life. Many Europeans know that Wahhabism is spread through mosque-centered propaganda. An American Robert Baer had published a book soon after the 9/11 attack on World Trade Centre in New York with the title “Sleeping with the Devil”.
About this book Laura Rozen writes:
“But Robert Baer's tale is not only an indictment of the Saudi royal family and its excesses. The real target of Baer's criticism is the U.S. government itself. According to Baer, successive presidential administrations have stubbornly ignored the facts about Riyadh and other oil-rich Persian Gulf allies. In the wake of 9-11, of course, the evidence that the Saudis played a significant if not dominant role in those attacks, and in the ranks and leadership of al-Qaeda, was overwhelming.”
This is how Wikipedia describes Wahhabism: “Wahhabism or Wahhabi mission is a religious movement or branch of Sunni Islam. It has been variously described as ‘ultraconservative’, ‘austere’,‘fundamentalist’, ‘puritanical’ (or ‘puritan’) and as an Islamic ‘reform movement’ to restore ‘pure monotheistic worship’ (tawhid) by scholars and advocates, and as an ‘extremist pseudo-Sunni movement’ by opponents.” Saudi Arabia used to send enormous amount of Petro-dollars to Muslims in the non-Muslim countries for propaganda. Recently it was reported that the Muslim Religious leaders were secretly instigating the prisoners in Iraq to carry on with terrorist attacks on the non-Muslims and moderate Muslims. These reports make the Western nations suspect that Islam as a whole is for terrorism.
The unpleasant thing is that even the cruelest terrorist activities are not strongly opposed by most Muslims.
“The West has long known about the key and destructive role that Saudi Arabia plays in the financing and support of terrorist groups worldwide. In a 2009 leaked diplomatic cable, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote that Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups including al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Another cable reveals how the Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for 26/11, used a Saudi-based front company to fund its activities.”
Varadarajan expresses the following view on the Saudi hand in the terrorist activities of the ISIS, in theIndian Express:
“There are Saudi-funded mosques and madrasas and deceptively benign evangelical institutions, as well as Saudi-moneyed apologists, all over Europe and North America (not to mention Asia and Islamic Africa); but there’s not a single Christian church, or Hindu temple, or Sikh Gurudwara, or Buddhist temple or synagogue on the soil of Saudi Arabia.”
The Indian Express contains an article “Looking Within” taken from The Economist Newspaper gives some valuable suggestions for reform in Islam:
“Western leaders have long urged Muslims to do more to counter jihadist ideology. This month Barrack Obama said moderate Muslims, including scholars and clerics, had a responsibility to reject ‘twisted interpretations of Islam’ and the lie ‘that America and the West are somehow at war with Islam’. On February 23rd Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, urged Muslim leaders to say that Islam is a religion of peace – ‘and mean it’… On February 22ndAhmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar mosque, part of a university that is the Sunni world’s oldest seat of learning, declared that extremism was caused by ‘bad interpretations of the Koran and the Sunna (the doings of the Prophet Muhammad)’, and that what was taught in Islamic schools and universities needed to change.”
We have seen some brief descriptions by different authors about the explosive spread of the contagious disease of Islamophobia in the Western nations. Every terrorist attack adds fuel to the fire of this disease. Let us have a key-hole peep into the dark world of Islamic terrorism.
 Link: http://shoebat.com/2015/02/03/watch-horrific-video-isis-burning-pow-jordanian-pilot
 Indian Express, “The big Muslim tragedy”, November 22, 2015, p.13
 Robert Baer, Publisher: Three Rivers Press, 2004
 Indian Express, Hayder Al-Khoei, “A War against Itself”, January 7, 2016, p.10
 Indian Express, Tunku Varadarajan, Reverse Swing, “Christmas in the Ummah”, December 27, 2015, p.12
 Indian Express, “Looking within”, March 2, 2015, p.12