Muslims Worldwide Fear The Rise Of Islamic Extremism: Survey

MOST people living in Muslim majority countries are very concerned about the threat of Islamic extremism in their nations, a Pew survey has found.

The poll investigated specific attitudes towards groups such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban, Hezbollah and Hamas, in fourteen countries with significant Muslim populations, and found that almost universally negative opinions were held about them.

The data for the survey was collected between April 10 to May 25, 2014, which was prior to the ISIS takeover of Mosul and other areas of Iraq and Syria. Syria, Iraq, and Iran were not polled.

In the Middle East, fears about Islamic extremism have been on the rise since 2013, with Lebanon reporting that a staggering 92 percent of the country’s residents are very or somewhat concerned about Islamic extremism in the nation. Its long border with conflict-stricken Syria is a likely factor in the high degree of concern.

The Middle East isn’t alone. The majority of the population in 11 out of the 14 countries said that they were “concerned about Islamic extremism in our country.” Only 50 percent of Turkey, 46 percent of Senegal, and 39 percent of Indonesia reported feeling concerned.

Suicide bombing has been a tactic for Islamic militants operating all over the world for years now, though support for the practice has drastically declined in the last decade. No majorities in any of the countries polled expressed the opinion that “suicide bombings can often or sometimes be justified against civilian targets in order to defend Islam from its enemies.” However, 62 percent of respondents from Palestine’s volatile Gaza Strip did say that suicide bombing could sometimes or often be justifiable.

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4 thoughts on “Muslims Worldwide Fear The Rise Of Islamic Extremism: Survey

  1. The fact is that Islam strongly promotes the ill-treatment and killing of infidels (which apparently includes other Muslim sects).
    All they have to do is read the Koran. It’s all there, and while it’s there it can always be pointed to by the zealots who invariably manage to push their way into influence.

    Unless there is a successful push by Muslims to reform Islam and try to turn it into a religion that is compatible with multiculturalism and democracy, by removing jihad altogether, then the whole sorry, sad and sadistic saga of suffering will continue.

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  2. The Koran was written for a certain people at certain times, and so was the Old Testament. Do Christians follow it today?

    “The Old Testament God is *Jealous* — boasts that he “created evil” (in the King James translation), is vengeful, petty, incites war, genocide, savagely requires blood sacrifices (& dementedly so, in Paul’s theological construct). He consistently manifests the very *opposite* of the “fruit of the Spirit” — &, indeed, *more* manifests the fruits of evil that are *condemned* in Galatians 5:19-21. Among the OT God’s *real* fruits are enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissention, party spirit & envy. God is also cruel, vindictive, unjust, sadistic & capricious — just like the demons!”

    Jesus brought a new message, and most Muslims too seem to recognise the Torah as not being relevant in some fields today. Yes, some are still stuck in ancient scripture, just as some Christians are. The Muslims I know are decent, compassionate people.

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    • You are not even Christian, or Jewish. How can you even presume to know what the Old Testament teaches? Or the New Testament for that matter?

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      • I doubt if the most knowledgeable and experienced person in the dairy industry or in cattle husbandry, or bovine veterinary, is, or ever was, a cow.

        Some people have ears and eyes, so that they may see and hear. Others have ears like corn and eyes like potatoes, that neither see nor hear.

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