In the last few decades, the world has witnessed extreme violence, mostly associated with adherents of the Islamic faith. Especially after the 9//11 attacks and the subsequent invasion of the U.S. in Iraq and other places in the Middle East on the pretext of fighting terror, violence associated with Islam has rose to an unprecedented level.
Currently, there are numerous so-called jihadist groups using Islam as a cloak to perpetuate all kinds of crimes around the world. The Western mainstream media has deliberately tagged these extremist groups with Islam, making it look as though these groups are acting in accordance with the teachings of their religion.
But of course, many observers maintain that these groups have nothing to do with Islam. They fight for power, control and money. Their real goal is political authority so that they can control people based on their whims and caprices. We also know that these groups receive covert support from Western intelligence agencies, helping them to carry out their heinous crimes.
Extremist and terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Shabab, Taliban and others aligning themselves with Islam, are doing it under false pretense. Islam is one of the four Abrahamic religions that represent peace and tranquility on Earth. In fact, one needs not go beyond the first chapter of the Holy Quran (Sūrat al-Fātiḥah) to understand the teachings of Islam. The chapter specifically requests adherents to constantly ask for direction from God in order to be counted among the righteous people in the afterlife.
In order to set the record straight regarding violence in the popular Abrahamic religions, a software engineer named Tom Anderson compared the number of violent scenarios in the Islamic Quran to that of the Judeo-Christian Bible.
Although Tom stressed that his goal is not to prove or disprove that Islam is more violent than other religions, he admitted the study was inspired by the ongoing public debate on whether or not terrorism connected with Islamic fundamentalism reflects something inherently and distinctly violent about Islam, compared to other major religions.
According to Tom, he used a text analytics software he had developed, the Odin Text, to analyze both the New International Version of both the Old and New Testaments of the Judeo-Christian Bible, as well as an English-language version of the Quran, translated in 1957.
Tom explained it took just two minutes for his software to read and analyze the three books. By categorizing words into eight emotions – Joy, Anticipation, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, Surprise, Fear/Anxiety and Trust – the analysis found the Bible scored higher for anger and much lower for trust than the Quran.
Also, the analysis found that the Old Testament was more violent than the New Testament, and more than twice as violent as the Quran. The analysis further found killing and destruction occurred more frequently in the Judeo- Christian texts than the Islamic Quran.
“Of the three texts, the content in the Old Testament appears to be the most violent. Killing and destruction are referenced slightly more often in the New Testament (2.8%) than in the Quran (2.1%), but the Old Testament clearly leads—more than twice that of the Quran—in mentions of destruction and killing (5.3%),” Tom explained.