God forbid!

The act which is only destructive and inflicts suffering both on oneself and others is terrorism. In such an act, human values are lost in the process of achieving a goal. Some of the factors that lead to terrorism are: Frustration and desperation to achieve a goal, and confused emotion


Belief in a non-verifiable concept of heaven and merit; a childish concept of God favouring some and getting angry at others, thereby undermining the omniscience and omnipotence of the Divine.


How can an omnipresent God exclude some people and favour some others? How can an omnipotent God be angry? Anger and frustration arise when someone is unable to do something or control something. With this limited understanding of God, one becomes the saviour of God rather than the servant of God!


Terrorism induces fear psychosis in all, increases poverty, suffering and loss of life with no apparent gains. Instead of solutions, the terrorist looks for destruction as an answer. If you simply criticise without giving a solution, know that this criticism comes from the same seed as terrorism!


Although there are certain qualities you can appreciate in a terrorist such as: l Fearlessness; l Commitment to a goal; and, l Sacrifice.


You will have to learn from them things that you should never do:


Valuing some ideas and concepts more than life; l Having a narrow perspective of life and dishonouring its diversity.




Inculcate a broader perspective of life — value life more than race, religion and nationality; l Educate people in human values – friendliness, compassion, cooperation and upliftment; l Teach methods to release stress and tension; l Cultivate confidence in achieving noble aims by peaceful and non-violent means; and, l Create spiritual upliftment which can weed out destructive tendencies.


Terrorism fails to recognise that God loves variety and diversity and many different schools of thought exist in this world. It arises when someone identifies himself first and foremost as a member of any particular religion, and then is ready to give up his life for that limited identity. We need first to identify ourselves are part of the divine and second to that, as human beings.


As long as there is limited understanding, limited wisdom, there is no way we can get rid of this world of terrorism. We have to broaden our vision and educate people in all the different religious and cultural traditions of the world. Religious and spiritual leaders, in particular, should have a broad understanding of cultures and religions. Every mullah, every priest and Rabbi should know something about all other religions so that people don’t fall into a narrow idea of the will of God.


Faith and prayer can help people to cope with the aftermath of terrorism. When disaster happens, anger is inevitable. To take precautions that one does not react, wisdom is needed, not emotional outbursts. One mistake cannot be corrected by another mistake. Strive more multicultural and multi-religious education and spiritual upliftment to each and every part of the globe. For, the world will not be safe even if a small group of people are left ignorant.


Terrorism need not be only physical violence, but also cultural or economical. Solution for economic violence: Think globally and buy locally! Solution for cultural violence: Broaden your vision and deepen your roots.