What is a terrorist?
One of the perplexing things about a terrorist is that many people would agree with many of their aims in principle. Most people want religious freedom, honesty in politics,environmental accountability, and ethical treatment for animals. All are laudable goals -- until innocent people are terrorized in the process of promoting the agenda.
To Americans, the terroristattack of 11 September 2001 is the most visible definition of terrorism and what a terrorist is. However, in Northern Ireland, the scars from years of terrorism by the IRA and the Protestantparamilitary branches are still visible. What of the 2005 attack on the London Underground? Or decades of terrorist actions on both sides of the conflict in Israel and Palestine? Regardless of the cause, whenthat cause becomes violent, it is terrorism and its participants are terrorists. They strongly feel the ends justify their means.
What is a Muslim?
A Muslim is someone who follows consciouslyIslam. The name of the religion is Islam, which comes from an Arabic root word meaning "peace" and "submission." Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one's life by submitting to Almighty God(Allah) in heart, soul and deed. The same Arabic root word gives us "Salaam alaykum," ("Peace be with you"), the universal Muslim greeting.
Islam is a major world religion, with over 1 billionfollowers worldwide (1/5 of the world population). It is considered one of the Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths, along with Judaism and Christianity. Although usually associated with the Arabs of the MiddleEast, less than 10% of Muslims are in fact Arab. Muslims are found all over the world, of every nation, color and race.
There are two different Muslims: the Sunni and Shia. The difference betweenthose two date from the death of the Prophete Muhammad; the question was who will take the leadership of the religion. The Sunni thought that the best was to elect someone capable and suitable for the...
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