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Tunisia and Kuwait were targets last week),it is disingenuous to pretend that this violence is unrelated to the faith Commonsense tells us that when an act is committed in the name of a religion – and additionally justified by quotes from scripture – it has to be called by the right name But this is what everybody is in denial about Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron criticised the BBC for even using the term “Islamic State” He said: "I wish the BBC would stop calling it ‘Islamic State’ because it is not an Islamic state What it is is an appalling barbarous regime that is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words” Islamic State fighters in a recent video AFP Certainly most Muslims would be horrified to hear about the crimes being committed by ISIS in Islam’s name But how can Cameron deny the basics: ISIS is motivated by Islamic texts and since it controls territory it is also a ‘state’ President Obama when he vowed to destroy ISIS last year after it started beheading some of its captives also claimed that the organisation was not ‘Islamic’ “No religion condones the killing of innocents and the vast majority of ISIL’s (another abbreviation for Islamic State] victims have been Muslim” Sure it is right to avoid tarring all believers in Islam for the acts of a few but to go to the other extreme and claim that acts perpetrated by ISIS based on its own interpretation of the Koran are not Islamic is foolish In fact this is a copout that prevents ordinary Muslims from separating their religion from temporal action – a condition vital for the secularisation of Islam Christianity learnt it the hard way after pointless crusades perennial violence involving church and state the rise of scientific temper the reformation and the enlightenment Islam unfortunately is yet to go through this process The mindless atrocities unleashed not just by ISIS but al-Qaeda Boko Haram Al-Shabab LeT Jaish-e-Mohammed and even Indian Mujahideen stands testimony to this reality Ordinary Muslims are still conflicted about the centrality of religion in their lives As long as they remain so an Islamic State will find traction Jihadists are created not merely by brainwashing those who are inclined towards violence but by the silent majority’s unwillingness to stop using the Koran and the Prophet’s life to justify everyday actions This is why the recent “open letter” sent by 126 Muslim scholars and clerics to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the so-called Caliph of the so-called Islamic State that his version of Islam is wrong will fail(Read about this open letter here) If Islamic State uses the Koran to justify its violence it stands to reason that the same Koran cannot be used to counter them Who can decide which interpretation is right Once you use a religious book to justify temporal action good or bad you cannot defeat jihadism Jihadism can be defeated only by common sense and the use of reason especially when religious texts are often confusing and possibly relevant only to particular contexts The Bhagavad Gita which is Lord Krishna’s sermon on the eve of the Kurukshetra war to a confused Arjuna cannot be used as justification for war-mongering in general It contains high truths but it is not applicable to all human situations in all times For that we have to use our heads not our faith The same applies to Islam and the Koran The Somali Muslim apostate Ayaan Hirsi Ali recently wrote a book (Heretic) which calls for an Islamic reformation She urges Muslims to avoid considering the Prophet’s words and acts as unquestionable or that the Koran is the final word on what is right or wrong Of course this ain’t going to happen The leap is too great for ordinary Muslims brought up from birth on the simple belief that “There is no god but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger” This faith can lead the silent majority to keep quiet while Islamic State claims divine sanction for its brutality including the recent murderous attacks on infidels of various kinds The lack of tolerance for people who question faith sent Syrian poet Ali Ahmad Sai’d (or Adonis) into exile from his homeland The Indian Express recently interviewed him on the cycle of violence in West Asia that never seems to end This is what he had to say: “At the base of this violence is the monotheistic vision of the human and the world Each monotheistic religion considers it holds the key to the truth and believes it is the only truth and if you are against this truth you are against the religion The human being becomes almost a slave working only for the religion whereas the larger vision is that religion exists for the human being not the other way” This is really the crux – for Islam or any religion for that matter It does not matter what you want to believe but if you forget that religion exists for humans and not the other way around you are likely to be manipulated by forces whose only goal is violence and power We have a tendency to see alleged insults to our religion as something that demands a reaction possibly with violence The rogue elements know this but it is upto ordinary people to realise that they are being used Hindus are not insulted if someone criticises their gods or their religion; as many others have pointed out surely god can take care of himself/herself The same applies to Islam Islamic State will vanish the minute ordinary Muslims realise that their faith is something personal – not a call to violence against imaginary enemies There is also no such thing as true Islam – for religious books can often be contradictory Anyone claiming one version as true Islam is likely to be wrong The idea of Pakistan as an Islamic state floundered when it came to defining true Islam Today only Wahabi/Salafist Islam seems true to some Islamists – and they are killing other varieties of Islam The fact is anyone can read holy books and derive different meanings from them to justify peace or violence to extol slavery or defend debauchery There is no true Islam or true Hinduism or true Christianity But there is something called true compassion and true human values It doesn’t require the killing or intimidation of those who don’t agree with you The key is to stop using holy books to counter terrorism and violence If you do the terrorist can quote chapter and verse to prove the opposite Holy books are not the route to eliminating unholy terror | Published: March 31 2016 12:55 am Donald Trump (AP Photo) Related News By now it ought not to shock or surprise no matter how far the Donald Trump campaign pushes the boundaries of the absurd and no matter how high the limits of the permissible and polite are stretched Trump’s defence of his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski against police charges of battery for grabbing a woman reporter by the arm and pulling her away from the candidate on March 8 is being seen as a new low even for the street-fighting tycoon Trump was terse: “They’ve really hurt a very good person” before adding that he doesn’t “discard people” Campaign managers have been dismissed for less But in Lewandowski — not unknown to law enforcement earlier chiefly because of his abrasiveness — Trump has perhaps found something that speaks to him only too eloquently In fact it could even be argued that it was Lewandowski who found Trump and built a band of loyalists around the mascot When they began they were called a joke Two months into the primaries some generous observers may opine that Lewandowski’s team can’t be faulted too much for letting a wild delight in their unforeseen success go to their head and hands America’s problem of course isn’t Lewandowski or the pistol he had once “mistakenly” brought into a congressional building (The security services have after all banned guns at the Republican Convention) The rest of the world may be discomfited by the tenor of the campaign of the man who could arguably be leading the most powerful state on Earth by this time next year but as far as Republicans on the Hill are concerned their problem is democracy They have seen Trump snowball they have done the needful — pen letters sound warnings endorse one of Trump’s remaining rivals But GOP voters haven’t heeded Perhaps it’s time for travellers to the US unless proscribed in future to practise moving about with padded limbs For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 17 2017 10:52 am Related News The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is preparing a bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games after receiving the green signal from the government the body’s president N Ramachandran has claimed Ramachandran said the government has ‘agreed to consider the possibility of India bidding for the 2032 Olympics’ “It (the process) is at a very preliminary stage We need to get all the approvals” Ramachandran was quoted as saying by the PTI on Friday Last month sports minister Vijay Goel met Ramachandran in Delhi where they discussed the prospect of India hosting major sporting events It was decided that India would bid for the 2030 Asian Games a decision that was welcomed by the Olympic Council of Asia as well The possibility of hosting the 2032 Olympics was discussed during the same meeting India were also considering a bid for the 2024 Olympics However IOC president Thomas Bach dismissed it as mere ‘speculation’ and said it was ‘too early for India to successfully host the Games’ Paris and Los Angeles are set to be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games which means the earliest edition for which India can bid is 2032 Both Goel and Ramachandran did not speculate about the host city although it is believed Delhi is being considered for the 2030 Asian Games The bidding process for the 2032 Games will be opened only after two or three years with a final decision not before 2025 as per standard International Olympic Committee procedures Goel said bidding for the Games is the IOA’s prerogative but the government will ‘look into the proposal’ after they submit it “The IOA has to submit a concrete proposal Once they do that we will look into it” Goel told The Indian Express “It has to be a detailed proposal explaining the legacy programme and various other aspects” Ramachandran claimed budget will not be a hindrance for them to bid for the Games Tokyo is expected to spend approximately $17 billion to host the 2020 Olympics Los Angeles and Paris have quoted a budget that’s half of that “The bid process will take at least anywhere between six to eight years It can be done easily If you look at today’s cost it roughly comes to about $12 billion out of which roughly 50 per cent you get by way of revenue and funding from the IOC” Ramachandran said “The balance for a country of India’s size it is not great money (Roughly) six billion over eight years shouldn’t be difficult” Ramachandran said bidding for the mega-event would involve an elaborate process “IOA has to make a proposal and give it to the government That has to be agreed to by the government Then the government has to give a sovereign guarantee Not only from the incumbent government but also from the Leader of the Opposition” he explained “And the Chief Minister of the State in which the chosen city is located apart from the leader of the opposition have to say yes” he said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related News” the DCP said. “Sajid (Sajid Khan, With rents frozen in South Mumbai owing to the Rent Control law,66, this move shrunk the spending capacity of the people,Oliver has come up with a funky take on the expensive SATC 2 wardrobe. 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