YOUTH, TERRORISM AND SUFISM

Abstract

Author(s): Musa KAVAL

Its youth and spiritual values are among the most important visions and synergies of a society. It has been observed that the youth, who are the actors of change, have deeply affected the whole world in the course globalization because of their perception of religion with its constants. Young people have a great influence on the mention of Islam, which has established civilization, together with terrorism in recent years. Because their dynamism can be used as the ready energy of violence and war as in the past. Although Islam, the religion of peace and tranquility, is fundamentally opposed to the methods used by terrorist organizations today, it should be questioned that how they can attract young people to their side. Despite many opportunities, especially education, it has been observed that there are serious problems in personality and happiness perceptions of young people. With the religion that matures in adolescence, the young person is expected to first recognize himself, his environment materially and spiritually, and then realize himself. However, with the life philosophy encouraged by the egoist and hedonist motives of secular life, young people experience individual and social victimization contrary to expectations. Young people's victimization; it is seen that the desire for change, which they carry dynamically, has evolved into violence and terror by combining it with a strong and legitimizing element such as religion. Sufism, which is the basic interpretation of Anatolian Islam, made significant contributions to individual and social life by sacrificing sincerity and tolerance with divine love. It is possible to manage the causes and consequences of terrorism, in which young people are actively used, by using the past practices of the Sufi tradition. In this study, it is mentioned how young people can benefit from Sufism tradition in order to prevent violence and terrorism fed by false or defective perceptions of religion.

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