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Why are most terrorists Sunni Muslims?

1. Sunni Islam
Sunni Muslims believe that the people of Muhammad´s fellowship are the example for all Muslims, because the Qur´an is telling us:
“The vanguard (of Islam)- the first of those who forsook (their homes) and of those who gave them aid, and (also) those who follow them in (all) good deeds,- well-pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him” (Qur´an 9:100).
The problem of the lifestyle of 7th century people of Muhammad´s generation is that it doesn´t fit in modern society. Therefore Sunni Muslims cannot deal with a modern society.

2. Sunni Muslim terrorism
By following the Qur´an and the companions of Muhammad, it is hard for Sunni Muslims to change in mentality [1] they feel powerless and a stranger in modern society. The way out are the Qur’an verses that support the fight against non-Muslims. Therefore Sunni Muslim terrorists committed 70% of the terrorist murders in the world [2].

3. Some Sunni Muslim terrorists are gay
The Sunni Muslim ISIS attract many people with behavior not accepted by mainstream Islam. The murder of the journalist James Foley, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary [3] is a homosexual child of the Egyptian militant Adel Abdul Bary, who is accused of terrorism in connection with Al Qaeda’s twin 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Some ISIS jihadists are open about their homosexual life and have homosexual activity exclusively with other ISIS jihadists.

4. Conclusion
Sunni Muslim terrorism is a real threat to the open society and civilization. The terrorists have found their motivation in the Qur’an and 7th century people of Muhammad´s generation. They are trying to put seventh century values from Arabia into modern civilization. It can be seen as one of the last attempts of Sunni Islam to stop secularization or conversion to Christianity. However more and more terrorists convert to faith in Jesus Christ and become a Christian.


Notes:

1. Hans Küng, Islam, Past, Present & Future, Oneworld Publications, 2009, 607-608.
2. The National Counterterrorism Center ( NCTC), March 12, 2012.
3. Mark Hookham, Richard Kerbaj and Marie Woolf, Beheader Jihadi John identified, in: Sunday Times, 24 August 2014, http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/article1450765.ece.