Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Extremism is Causing us Troubles

In Afghanistan, one of the most dominant issues is extremism. It has given rise to intolerance, militancy and ultimately conflicts and wars. Without dealing with the issue of extremism, it would be very difficult to tackle the problem of terrorism and bring about any lasting solution in this regard. As a matter of fact, extremism has been used in different ways by the authoritative people to strengthen their positions in the society and subjugate others. Unfortunately, women are also among those who are dominated through the prevailing extremism.
Highlighting the same issue, Pernille Dahler Kardel, deputy special representative of ‎the secretary-general of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), on Wednesday said that extremism is one of the main challenges for women in Afghanistan. She also said that although steps had been taken in fighting extremism over the past 15 years, to address the problem completely, more work is required. She also expressed her concerns over the killings and stoning of women by anti-government armed groups. Her statement read, "In Afghanistan, this very important aspect of the agenda tends to disperse, even if all the issues that have been brought up on the complexity of the matter are equally important in the broader picture of women in Afghanistan." Meanwhile, Elzira Sagybeva, head of UN Women in Afghanistan also said that so as to fight extremism in the country, efforts should be done in social, belief, education and economic aspects of the country and peoples' life, in addition of taking security measures.
As a matter of fact extremism has influenced not only the women but many others; and not only in Afghanistan but in different parts of the world. Today the extremists due to their aggressive attitude have foxed the attention of everybody towards them; most of them are merely responsible for every kind of corruption and devastation. Especially the Islamic countries have been castigated for such violence and atrocities. The Islamic militants have been named terrorists; and the reason is because they are involved in the genocide of uncountable people in Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is quite sure that extremism is the root cause of terrorism and in all the countries mentioned above as they have been depending on extremism for their political and social causes. In fact, they have been dodged in the name of religion and they do not use their minds to understand what they are taught. All they do is following blindly the teachings and taking the worst possible actions.  
There are some so-called clergies who want to disguise the fact by claiming that extremism may lead the humanity towards the spiritual glory, but they intentionally regard the spirits of humanity while concealing their notorious characteristics, which they are applying in many parts of the planet earth. We must know their medieval practices and frustrated religious and tribal system with their obsolete and ill-intended teachings that are nothing except molesting the human beings. 
Today we can easily find out the miseries and unsafe conditions which are undoubtedly the ultimate repercussions of extremism. Today the reputation and honor of our religion, and civilization is extremely in immense danger due to extremism. And the approach that is developed in the minds of the most of the people is really a matter of concern; so it is imperative to protest against this ignorance, which has caused us rigid and poignant attitude. We are caught in the worst kind of quagmire of extremism and we do not find any way of getting out of it. The more we try to get out of it, the more we are sinking in it. We really need to know that the way we are making efforts is wrong and we need to do something else in order to get out of it. We really need to understand this clear fact that extremism has rewarded us the humiliating gift of terrorism, which is of course unacceptable for every sensible, literate and human-loving person.  David Cecil had once said, “It is often said that mankind needs a faith if the world is to be improved. In fact, unless the faith is vigilantly and regularly checked by a sense of man's fallibility, it is likely to make the world worse. From Torquemada to Robespierre and Hitler the men who have made mankind suffer the most have been inspired to do so have been inspired to do so by a strong faith; so strong that it led them to think their crimes were acts of virtue necessary to help them achieve their aim, which was to build some sort of an ideal kingdom on earth.” 
Therefore, it is important that we keep extremism of every sort, particularly of religious nature, in check so that we are able to start a true fight against extremism, antagonism and wars.