When one thinks about this blank â€œFu-â€, there are many things which can come to ones mind, but according to the present developing scenario, it will not take a second for one to go for the word â€œFundamentalistâ€ to induce a full depth in a not so very positive sentence like this. Frequently substituted by the words, â€œExtremistâ€ or â€œTerroristâ€, the Muslims, throughout the world, have been attached with this word since 9/11. This word is not only used by the Americans or the British but the Muslims have also reported that they get the creeps when this word is used. The question is, how can a fundamentalist, especially when he is a Muslim, be a terrorist?
Now letâ€™s first analyze what the word ‘Fundamentalist’ literally means. Itâ€™s very simple. According to the Oxford dictionary, fundamentalism is the strict following of the basic teachings of any religion. I think we are playing with words. A single word when interpreted negatively can make a very bad impact. The Muslims are already facing the music.
Lets think this over logically. For a mathematician to be good at what he does, he needs to follow all the fundamentals of maths religiously, otherwise he/she cannot succeed. For a doctor, to be a good one, he/she needs to follow the fundamentals of medicine religiously. Similarly for a Muslim to be a good one, it is important that he/she follow all the fundamentals of Islam. You just cannot say no no!
“I am not a fundamentalist!”; maybe this would relax the other person, but in fact, when one says that a Muslim fundamentalist is actually a terrorist, it would mean that by following Islam properly, one becomes a terrorist; or in other words, that Islam preaches violence. I am not a scholar but I can confidently challenge anyone that there is not a single fundamental teaching in Islam that promotes terrorism or is against humanity. You are not even allowed to cut down trees, or even touch innocent people during a war. How can then a person who blows himself with a bomb and kills innocent people be a Muslim fundamentalist. When you say that a fundamentalist is a terrorist, every person who has a beard, who goes to the mosque and lives a life of a true Muslim becomes terrorist in front of people from other faiths. Sometimes even in front of so-called Muslims like us. They end up getting persecuted or the lucky ones go to an 8/8 cell in the beautiful sunny resort at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
I think perhaps we are calloused. We read, we watch, we hear about the atrocities. We know what a manâ€™s inhumanity towards another consists of, we know all that, but we donâ€™t sufficiently register it. We donâ€™t have the capacity to take in and react in the way we should, as human beings.