Taking a Firm Stand against Terrorism and Extremism

  • 3 August 2014

In his address to the Islamic and Arab nations and the international community on Friday, His Majesty, Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, emphasized that those who fail in their responsibilities to tackle terrorism for narrow interests or nefarious designs will be its first victims tomorrow as they wouldn’t have learnt from the experiences of the past. The statement comes at a time when terrorists and extremists are wreaking havoc in different parts of the world. They shed blood and mutilate their dead bodies in the name of Islam.

These terrorists and hardliners relish their brutal acts against innocent and unarmed civilians. They not only kill people but also mutilate their bodies and then proudly spread the images in media and social media. They have forced hundreds and thousands of families to flee their homes through threat of terror and blackmail, using illegitimate means and justifying them in the name of religion. This is happening in many Arab countries and a need for firm deterrence has arrived in order to end such acts of terrorism and heinous crimes against humanity.

Unfortunately, extremist and rogue mindset supports such destructive thoughts and leads to the most heinous crimes against humanity in the name of religion. This has badly damaged the virtues of compassion, which is Islam’s message, and its principles of tolerance for all human being. This is why we stand firmly behind the warning issued by custodian of the two holy mosques. Terrorism can destroy everything if we do not confront it with courage and confidence as this menace has spread across Arab and Muslim worlds by those who hate the unity of our faith and our nation, and disguise it as movements of political Islam.

Terrorists usually overestimate their strength and do not realize that nations – with their scholars, intellectuals of moderate Islam and media vigilance – can neutralize these rogue elements. Together we can expose the terror upon which these elements depend in furthering their personal and suspicious agendas and end up projecting Islam as a religion of violence, hatred, murder and terrorism. They must realize that very soon the fragility and brutality of their thought will be exposed. Also their bid to disrupt the unity of the nation in the pure name of Islam will be foiled.

Terrorism of any kind, whether unleashed by rogue groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS, other armed militia working outside the law or government, states or Islamist political parties, have to be confronted by all means more so because our nations are passing through a critical phase. One of the options is to implement what Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz proposed 10 years ago: establishing the International Centre for Combating Terrorism with a view to achieve optimal coordination among countries in terms of information, tools and strategies to tackle this threat and rid our nations of the oppressors and the obscurantist. The wrongdoers will surely know what will be their fate.