What is fueling radical Islamic terrorism, and how can it be stopped? The following paper is based on the lectures of Dr. Tawfik Hamid at Freedom Fest, Las Vegas, on July 15-16, 2016. If these principles are followed, non-Muslims will gain a better understanidng of Islam and we will be better equipped to defeat Islamic terrorism.
In our world today, there are five types of Muslims: cultural, ritual, theological, radical, and jihadists. Cultural Muslims are similar to cultural Christians, they do not know much about their religion and are not very serious about it. They should be helping us defeat ISIS and win the war on terror. Ritual Muslims are dedicated to Islam and practice it consistently, but do not advocate Sharia law (Islamic teachings and laws). Theological Muslims are similar to ritual Muslims, but they believe in Sharia law and implement it. Radical Muslims force Islam on others through oppression and violence, but are not jihadists. They will suppress non-Muslims and may force them to pay the jizzya (taxes on non-Muslims) but do not commit major acts of terror. Many Muslims who have taken over much of London and Europe adhere to a combination of theological Islam or radicalism. The most extreme group, the jihadists or terrorists, implement jihad (holy war) in order to spread Islam by destructive force and prevent pure Islam from extinction.
Radical Islam works through the suppression of critical thinking and a variety of psychological factors. Extremists have been indoctrinated to hate others and not let their conscience get in the way of their violent acts. They see things as black and white and suppress the arts, music, and beauty. This is why there is no beautiful art or creative dancing in radical Islamic cultures. Also, women’s beauty is suppressed through clothing restrictions.
For terrorists, jihad is seen as an individual responsibility. The average suicide bomber is a male between the ages of 18 and 20. A major contributing factor to this is sex deprivation. Many Muslim countries prohibit young men from dating until an older age. This causes them to crave the 72 virgins that await for them in paradise if they die for Allah in jihad.
So how do we stop the spread of jihad and terrorism? It is important to note that simply killing the jihadists is not a viable deterrent to stop the spread of radicalism/terrorism because the extremists believes that if they are killed for their faith, they will have a free pass into paradise. We need to stop the spread of the indoctrination of terrorist ideologies. The belief that jihad is the solution needs to be abolished. U.S. aid needs to be decreased to countries which allow terrorism to run rampant in order to teach these countries a lesson. The countries that put a stop to extremism should receive increased aid. Personally, I believe that the ultimate solution needs to be the Gospel. If the Gospel is spread to Muslims, eventually it will reach the radicals and extremists so that their debased minds may be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.