New battle, codename: "Radical Islam"

New battle, codename: "Radical Islam"

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.8

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

An armed attack was committed to the office of the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France on Jan.7. The explosion that occurred in a police station in Turkey's Istanbul city a day before this attack once again gives ground to say that both religiously and politically motivated terrorism is one of the problems that should be solved fundamentally.

In general, the chronology of the terrorist attacks committed in Europe and in many Muslim states in recent years shows that terrorists do not belong to one particular religion, which gives ground to say that terrorism has neither religion, nor nationality.

Following yesterday's events, an explosion occurred near a mosque in France's Villefranche-sur-Saone city on Jan.8. This in turn, explains how dangerous and wrong it is to associate terrorism with a particular religion.

For some reason, before the official address and arrest of the criminals who committed the terrorist attack in Paris, there were spread speculations that the criminals are Muslims.

If in a globalizing world someone is named Ahmed or Mohammed, does that mean he's a believer?

No matter how many attempts there are in France to blame Muslims and the Islamic world of the attack, the incident has some overlooked points.

Yes, there is a fact that the professionally trained criminals, who were screaming Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest), identified themselves as members of the Al-Qaeda.

However, it is obvious that from an ideological point of view, they don't belong to this organization.

Because, no matter how primitive it can seem, those who propagate the ideology of the Al-Qaeda and brought up in the spirit of "jihad" will never bring oath, holding their left hands up, as in Islam the left hand is considered "unclean".

This suggests that, no matter how well thought-out was the incident, the circles which prepared the act of terror are unaware of the seemingly small points that have significant value.

Another interesting point is that the terrorists, oddly enough, left their IDs in the car, which they used to flee the scene.

Committing the attack on the editors of the satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" right now, which insulted not only Islamic, but also Christian values under the guise of freedom of speech, is not accidental at all.

If Islamophobia, which grows in the West today, and all that happens in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria, are taken into account, one can state that these events are message to the West and the Islamic world, to put it more precisely, to the youth which becomes radical on many issues.

As for the message, addressed to the West in connection with the incident, it is clear as noonday that Islam poses a threat to the Western values, and one need to get rid of this threat as soon as possible.

If we talk about the message to radicals of the Islamic world, then one may add that certain forces try to make individuals, which are inclined to radicalism, win the favor of terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic state" using the event that happened. That's because it was namely them who "retaliated" for insulting the Islamic prophet.

And this, first of all, is a serious threat to the Islamic world. Despite the fact that religions have the potential to prevent many problems, some forces are sowing the seeds of hatred in the West and in some Muslim countries on religious grounds, and trying to create a new battle, codenamed "radical Islam."

Edited by SI


Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

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