factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is
a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic,
intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant
misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims
believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.
But there has to be a reason why jihadi
ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed
moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100
percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent
people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead
them to heaven?
Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic
features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its
core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of
all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to
misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as
Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal
applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas,
says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so,
divine like God Himself.....