Sadly, suicide bombing, radicalization and Islamophobia are eating the moral fabric of our society like a termite.

Collective effort is required to discourage this fanatic mentality and to foster the feelings of sympathy, compassion and loyalty among each other. Unfortunately, words like “Islamic terrorism or radical Islamic terrorism” circulate in media and are causing Islamophobia. Sadly, journalists, politicians and interest groups are molding public opinion and attitude through art, books, magazines and media outlets, and are disseminating uncertainty regarding Islam, which is merely an ideology like Christianity or Judaism.

Regrettably, this very act is disturbing the peace of our world. How could one criticize and label the doctrine of 24 percent of the world’s population as an extreme ideology due to wild activities of extremist groups? Instead of publicizing wrong ideology and spreading fear, why don’t we make objective effort to find the truth? Why don’t we spread the true ideology so that, before a person detonates himself, he knows that this would not help him earn heaven? In fact, serving humanity would.

As a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim community, founded by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah, I would like to share with my fellow members of the society that Islam means peace and Prophet Muhammad said, “A believer is someone from whom property and lives of others are safe.” Indeed, extremists use the same Quran to spread chaos, but Quran claims that none of its verses contradicts with each other and it clearly says, “… whosoever killed a person—unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land—it shall be as if he killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind,” (5:33).

People with extreme ideologies exist among all belief systems, but what sense does it make to attach an individual’s act of crime with religion? We need to address the root cause of radicalization and Islamophobia that is ignorance, as only light can dispel darkness.

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