Several days ago in New York, an American journalist, who is also a friend, asked me about extremism in Islam and about some extremist fighters who became famed as terrorists. He specifically wanted to know what makes a group of people in the Muslim world raise arms against another Muslim group.
We were talking about Afghanistan, Pakistan and the unsettled Iraq, where around 2,500 people lost their lives during the past four months in a wave of sectarian and religious violence and the struggle over power. We were talking about the young girls who were brutally killed in Pakistan on their way to school and about the mother and her children who were killed in an explosion on a side road.
All I want to do is stir a discussion over the reasons that make places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria more attractive to jihadistsCamelia Entekhabi-Fard
When a suicide bomber in the region blows himself up at a mall, he kills many innocents who are mostly Muslims. Random explosions aim to reap the biggest number of victims who have nothing to do with any party or with any armed confrontations. Many of these victims don't work with the government either. They are civilians, with most of them leaving nothing behind to support their families which end up suffering after losing their only source of financial support.
As a Muslim woman myself, I am left heartbroken by what Muslims do to one another. I cried when I saw the photos of the girls in a school bus that came under Taliban fire in Pakistan. I threw up when I saw a fighter from the Syrian opposition eating the organs of another human in Syria. I felt sick when I saw scenes of amputated heads and slaughtering in Iraq and scenes of massive murders in Afghanistan's Bamyan.