I’m just another mourner grieving the loss of those innocent little people with infinite potential. You think to yourself how on earth anyone can just massacre masses of children in classrooms?! The fact they solely targeted children has now made it pretty clear to us that anyone involved with the Taliban lacks morals, soul, sanity and love. They had no shame about it this time. Nor did they use the favourite punch lines about how “The West will be punished” or how we should just “Hand over everything to Taliban, and bring back Islamic Law.” They’re completely and utterly insane. Hungry for power and thirsty for control. How dare they manipulate the teachings of my beautiful religion for their own benefit?
But let’s put religion aside just for a minute and let’s just discuss humanity first. Before the idea of a God existing there was just humans. Most of them following the moon and stars for spiritual guidance. Before the scriptures were revealed were humans as bad before? Or are we more immoral now? Being a Muslim, and from studying the scriptures I follow, I believe the Jahiliyyah (ignorance/pre Islamic) times was when people were at their worst. There weren’t many guidelines in what was wrong or right. For instance, women in the Jahiliyyah times were given extremely poor treatment. The birth of a baby girl was portrayed to be a curse and ultimately she was buried by misled and blinded fathers. It was truly a mad world, a very capitalist one too. Trading goods was the important factor in those dark days. The concept of love and faith was hazy. Sexual relationships were also at their peak in these dark days. Brothels indicated by flags as signs, where a man would go and commit ‘zinah’ (fornication) with a woman of his choosing, a woman would invite a group of men (up to 10) to commit zinah with her and if she became pregnant and gave birth, she could claim any of them as the father and a husband would allow a noble man to sleep with his wife, so that some of his “noble lineage” would be passed down to the baby. Yup it was truly a mad world.
So long story cut short. The scriptures were revealed along with a few amazing characters who bought light and purity to this mad world. Soon, many stopped following the moon, stars and idols and began to follow the scriptures and one God. Bad habits were left behind and a new era was formed. The Qur’an set strict guidelines stating what is moral and immoral. But you see when discussing about groups like the Taliban or ISIS, when the media labels them as “Islamic Extremists” it bothers me because these individuals have got nothing to do with Islam after the Jahiliyyah days. Their philosophy is very much similar to the mind sets back in the dark days. These individuals are bringing back the dark days not radicalising Islam as Islam cannot be radicalised. People fail to understand this concept. You see, these groups are not even Muslims; they are part of the Jahiliyyah, people who Prophet Muḥammad PBUH despised.
What’s written in the Qur’an is written; the extent how serious the context should be taken is also noted. The problem with these groups is not extremism, it’s in fact illiterateness. You see, the Qur’an is a big book that has big words in it. Its deep philosophy which leaves one pondering for hours. My theory is groups like the Taliban who are mostly illiterate struggle to make sense of the Qur’an. They either take every context very literally or fail to understand it at all and practice their own distorted version. Even learning to speak, read and understand the language it’s written in a real mind bender too. There was class where a family member of mine was attending. The lesson objective was to understand what each phrase in the Qur’an means, breaking meanings down and looking deeper and deeper into the context. They say no one can fully understand the Qur’an. I agree, it’s an intelligent book, I believe it takes hours of studying, devotion and some sort of intelligence to understand the literature used. So when I think of people like the Taliban I don’t think for one second these people understand the context in the holy book. If intelligent scholars who are also university professors admit to not understanding some contexts or getting confused how on earth can the Taliban make sense of it when most of them can’t spell their own birth names?
Therefore, the idea of one radicalising Islam when seen from my perspective has never really made sense. You can’t radicalise Islam, what’s written is written. You can’t change how much you want to practice this or that as that is also written. For instance, a man is allowed to marry up to four wives for the right reasons that have the exceptions of, not just to run away from his first wife because she is giving him a constant migraine from all her nagging and then seek refuge for a younger one and to be able provide for all four wives equally. Obviously there are many more but I want to get back to my point. So if a man went over this limit he would be committing adultery. Now would you call a man marrying more than four wives radicalising Islam or not understanding the contents? The same theory I am trying to attach to the groups like the Taliban. They have no idea what the scriptures really mean due to their illiteracy. This massive confusion has given them a completely blurred, distorted, disgusting and false reality to what Islam is about. I believe it’s down to lack of education about the religion. Education is a powerful tool. To understand the Qur’an and practice what’s written you have to be educated about it first. The Taliban members are not educated, hence the shootings in Peshawar.