Causes of Terrorism in the UK

// October 26th, 2006 // Blog

Comment made on Women of Faith. Date unknown.

I doubt that there is a link between racial background and terrorist activity. It is simply a fact that most of the muslims in the UK are from migrant families from these areas of the world.

The reason why young men are targeted more (both by police & supposed “terrorist recruitment agents”) are that they are more likely to release their frustations via violent means. I was going to also suggest that the widening education gap between the sexes in this country may contribute, but then i remembered that many of the alleged and actual terrorists have been university-educated brothers from middle-class backgrounds!

I have heard people say that extremist forms of Islam are more likely to be accepted by brothers in this country due to the lack of ties with the historical seats of Islamic knowledge. But i don't think that can be an excuse, as anyone can pick up a copy of the Sahih hadiths (authentic narrations of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon Him) and read very clearly prohibitions about the killing of innocents.

I do feel very sorry for my brothers in this country though. We are constantly being narrated wonderful stories about the noble and heroic feats of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) and His companions during their battles against injustice and intolerance. We are also constantly reminded about the virtues of Jihad – yes, i do mean the military kind – and the great rewards of dying as Shaheed. (By the way, as a side, i think it extremely hypocritical of certain people to criticize Islam's “glorification” of martyrdom when all the countries of the world, especially the US, pay such great homage to their “fallen soldiers”, even when they “fell” fighting unjust wars. Does “Support the Troops” sound familiar to anyone?) Add to that the constant bombardment of horror stories from every corner of the globe about various people, muslim and non, being abused, tortured & generally oppressed – and how we as Muslims should be fighting against this and how we will be questioned by Allāh Az-Wajal on the Day of Judgement on our role in it all. It is not hard to see how any even mildly God-fearing muslim would go insane wondering how can we fight oppression when there is no just, islamically-viable means to do so? No leader (Caliph or otherwise), no army, not even a decent muslim country who has the guts to stand up on behalf of the Ummah. And by fight, i don't mean “blow oneself up”. I mean to do what every decent human being would do in the same situation and literally take up arms against oppression. That was the moral reason given by Bush for the US to go to war on Iraq – to topple an oppressive dictator. And if that motive had an element of truth in it, the Muslims should have been at the front line risking life and limb for an end to injustice – although indiscriminatory war tactics such as carpet-bombing of civilian areas would have to be scrapped.

Obviously i cannot condone terrorism, which i think most define as the targeting of innocent civilians for political or vengeful purpose. But i do think the Ulema (international collection of Muslim scholars) should be more considerate of the difficult position the UK muslims are in before simply saying: Jihad = good. I've only ever heard of one detailed seminar being held on the ins and outs of Jihad. It was run by Abu Aaliyah in London a few months ago. Unfortunately i couldn't attend. I think many more of these workshops should be held around the country on a regular basis so no one can argue ignorance at the end of the day for using Islam as a justification for murderous acts.

And Allāh definitely knows best.

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