CAIRO The majority of Muslims worldwide consider suicide bombings against civilians unjustified under Islam, expressing serious concerns about religious extremism and violence in the name of Islam, a new global survey has revealed.
Across 11 Muslim publics surveyed by the Pew Research Center, a median of 67% say they are somewhat or very concerned about Islamic extremism, the poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center, was published on the center's website.
Against this backdrop, extremist groups, including al Qaeda, garner little popular support.
Titled, "Muslim Publics Share Concerns about Extremist Groups," the survey examined samples of the population from eleven majority Muslim countries Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Senegal, Tunisia, and Turkey.
Asking Muslims about their views on Islamic extremism and the violence carried out in its name, the results show that a median of 67 percent of those reached out to are either somewhat or very concerned about extremism in their countries.
Turkey stands out as the only country polled where more than half of those surveyed say they are not concerned about extremism.
The survey, first released last Tuesday, September 10, marked twelve years on 9/11 attacks.
It was also intended to measure Al-Qaeda support among Muslims worldwide, two years after the death of Osama bin Laden.
Today, al Qaeda is widely reviled, with a median of 57% across the 11 Muslims publics surveyed saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the terrorist organization that launched the twin attacks on New York City and Washington, DC more than a decade ago, the poll said.
Not only Qaeda.
The poll also showed that Taliban in Afghanistan, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon were all also given unfavorable ratings from the median of respondents.
The survey has also revealed that Muslim concern about Islamic extremism is generally coupled with rejection of suicide bombing and other forms of violence in the name of Islam.
For the most part, support for suicide bombing is not correlated with devoutness, Pew wrote in its results.
Generally, Muslims who say they pray five times per day are no more likely to support targeting civilians to protect Islam than those who pray less often.
However, in some countries, including occupied Palestinian territories, Muslims say these attacks are at least sometimes justified to defend Islam from its enemies.
Half or more of Muslims in most countries surveyed say that suicide bombing and other acts of violence that target civilians can never be justified in the name of Islam.
This opinion is most prevalent in Pakistan (89%), Indonesia (81%), Nigeria (78%), and Tunisia (77%).
Last May, a survey by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that few US Muslims support suicide bombing or other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam.
Nearly 81% of Muslim respondents in the US say such acts are never justified, while fewer than one-in-ten say violence against civilians either is often justified (1%) or is sometimes justified (7%) to defend Islam.
Around the world, most Muslims also reject suicide bombing and other attacks against civilians.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net