Why more Islamic violence during the sacred fasting month?
The Islamic sacred fasting month of Ramadan ended on 23rd October ushering in the celebration of Eid on 24th October, which is a day of great feast and fun. In the midst of Eid celebration, a heart-breaking estimate of Ramadan month violence in a website caught my attention: “The holy month of Ramadan saw 291 deadly terror attacks in 17 countries across the globe racking up over 1600 dead bodies”. A few recent news-headlines also drew a grim picture of Islamist violence during the Ramadan month around the world. An Associated Press news headline on violence in Iraq read:
"Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found... During the same month is also projected to experience heaviest-ever coalition casualties surpassing 107 U.S. and 10 British soldiers died in January 2005."
A few days ago, an Los Angeles Times report (Violence Up During Ramadan) read: "Insurgent and sectarian attacks in the Iraqi capital have shot up during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and atonement, according to U.S. military statistics released Thursday." In the US military press-briefing on 19th October, spokesman said that violence was 22% higher in the period of Ramadan and this spike in violence was consistent with the previous increases.Over in Thailand South, Islamist terrorist groups launched a wave of shootings resulting in 9 deaths on 16th October. Also Al-Qaeda, the dreadest Islamist terrorist group in the world, urged America Muslims to leave the US, for second time during this holy month, showing their intent to launch an attack before the end of Ramadan.
Against this holy-month upsurge in violence by the Islamist groups, there is a general notion amongst Muslims that violence and blood-bath is forbidden in Islam during the holy months. Recently, newspapers in Bangladesh were awash with news and commentaries about Government's dilemma over carrying out the execution during Ramadan of a number of deadly Islamic terrorists, who were sentenced to death for launching a decade-long campaign of terror resulting in nearly 200 deaths.
Another case requires mentioning here. Before the arrival of the first Ramadan after US coalition's misadventure in Iraq in 2003, the insurgency was taking an increasingly violent turn. As the Ramadan was approaching, the foreign troops and the interim Government pinned high hope for a respite in violence during the holy month of fasting and atonement. Yet, the leaders of the terrorists group had disputed the alleged prohibition of violence during Ramadan in Islam and vowed to continue their violent acts. And surprising all expectations and speculations of the pundits, the media and all others, the campaign of terror took an upward surge during Ramadan overtaking that of any previous period. During every subsequent Ramadan, violence in Iraq has shown consistent upsurge. This is true in case of other hot-spots of Islamic violence around the world.
Why is this upsurge in Islamist violence during the Ramadan defying the alleged prohibition? It is said that the Islamist terrorists follow the rituals and edicts of their religion seriously. An investigation of the Koran and events during the days of Prophet Muhammad, which determines the body of divinely-inspired Islamic ideals and laws for eternal times of Muslims, is essential to reach a conclusion regarding this riddle. My recent research into how Ramadan became a divine ritual in Islam gave me clue as to why there is increased violence by militant Muslim groups at various hot-spots across the world.
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