IT is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims.
The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims.
The kidnappers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims.
Those responsible for the attacks on residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar were Muslims. The two women who crashed two airplanes last week were also Muslims.
Bin Laden is a Muslim. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim.
What a pathetic record. What an abominable “achievement”. Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture?
Let us start with putting an end to a history of denial. Let us acknowledge their reality, instead of denying them and seeking to justify them with sound and fury signifying nothing. We must cure ourselves.
Self-cure starts with self-realisation and confession. We should then run after our terrorist sons, the sour grapes of a deformed culture.
Let us listen to Yusuf al-Qaradawi – the Qatar-based radical Egyptian cleric – and hear him recite his “fatwa” about the religious permissibility of killing civilian Americans in Iraq.
Let us contemplate a Sheikh allowing, even calling for, the murder of civilians.
AN ailing Sheikh, in his last days, with two daughters studying in “infidel” Britain, soliciting children to kill civilians.
How can we believe him when he tells us Islam is a religion of mercy and peace while he is turning it into a religion of blood and slaughter?