In­tel­lec­tual bat­tle

Arab News - - OPINION -

It is very im­por­tant for the GCC coun­tries to de­vise a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy to fight ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism. In­deed, ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism pose a huge threat to the en­tire world but the GCC coun­tries are at a much greater risk. This part of the world needs con­certed ef­forts to counter this threat. This is a war that can­not be won only by us­ing force. There is a need for wag­ing an in­tel­lec­tual war to chal­lenge this de­viant ide­ol­ogy that is spread­ing like can­cer in Mus­lim so­ci­eties.

All Mus­lim coun­tries should form boards of prom­i­nent re­li­gious schol­ars to chalk out a plan to ex­pose the ugly face of this ide­ol­ogy wear­ing the mask of Is­lam and wreak­ing havoc on the Mus­lim world. For­tu­nately, the GCC coun­tries are re­source­ful enough to ear­mark funds in this re­gard. We need a ma­jor of­fen­sive.

In ad­di­tion to that, ef­forts should be made to take ac­tion against all ter­ror­ist and ex­trem­ist groups with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion. It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to help our re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments fight ter­ror­ism ef­fec­tively. Th­ese ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions have noth­ing to do with Is­lam. As a mat­ter of fact, th­ese groups are dis­tort­ing the im­age of our oth­er­wise beau­ti­ful re­li­gion.

Rashid Khan

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