By: Yunus A. Cengel*
While technological innovations that are progressing at a head-spinning pace have made life easier and raised the quality of life to levels unimaginable half a century ago, the same technological innovations, when fall into the wrong hands, can turn into dangerous devices that can destroy peace and order, and even threaten the very existence of humanity. The ease of destruction, and the potential of technological wonders being used as weapons of terror have caused people to be concerned and to have a gloomy outlook towards the future. Knowing that the existing amount of nuclear weapons have the power to destroy the entire world a hundred times over is causing us to question the future of humanity, and the ease of production and use of biological and chemical mass destruction weapons that can destroy animals and plants together with innocent people in an area have raised our level of concern. Transportation vehicles that are manufactured for peaceful proposes can turn an area into a war zone, and the military and security measures to prevent such use are proving to be inadequate.
No baby comes to this world as a terrorist, and no child dreams about becoming a terrorist when he or she grows up. Therefore, fighting terror is only possible by identifying and calming the feelings that move and feed the tendencies of destruction and hostility in people, who are at the highest level of creation. This can be made possible by Islam that upholds justice, assistance, and love, and respects the rights of all creatures. The most effective war against terror can be fought by upholding ‘righteousness’ that establishes justice and peace, ‘virtue’ that results in brotherly love and harmony, and ‘mutual assistance’ that establishes unity and solidarity and eliminates fights. This can be made possible by equipping the current civilization that is based on force, benefit, and conflict with high moral values.
When the topic is terror and weapons of mass destruction, somehow Muslims come to mind first. This casts doubts on Islam, which is a religion of peace founded on love and a religion that equates the murder of one innocent to the murdering of the entire humanity, and on its over a billion followers. The involvement of some people and states in terrorist acts with their Islamic identity and their struggle to develop or possess weapons of mass destruction also feed into these misconceptions. It should be declared from the highest positions of the Islamic world to the entire world with the loudest voice that: “We as Muslims condemn the use of terror and weapons of mass destruction under all conditions; we view the murder of an innocent as the greatest cruelty and as a crime committed against humanity; and we consider those who attempt to use terror and weapons of mass destruction as the lowest and the cruelest of all people. We as Muslims are destroying all weapons of mass destruction – including nuclear weapons – under our possession, and we are terminating all research, development, and manufacturing activities of all such weapons. We also declare to the whole world that, even when we are bombarded with such weapons, we will never respond in kind.” Such a call will have the effect of an atomic bomb in the minds of millions, it will shatter the thick walls of fear and prejudice built around Islam, and by removing the baseless fear and anxiety that are the only causes that can legitimize the use of weapons of mass destruction, and it will serve as a virtual protective shield. This call will be echoed in the conscience of humanity, and it will contribute to the establishment of lasting peace and harmony in the world.
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