The focus of this paper is to examine religious threats in relation to terrorism and jihadist tendencies. Islam as one of the prevailing religions in the world prohibits the killing of civilians and religious pundits in the process of ‘holy jihad or holy war’, through misinterpreted verses of the holy Qur’an by radical leaders (jihadists or Imams). These verses are usually cited by critics to justify the inherently violent nature of Islam and ‘theology of hate’ as a focus to legitimize unconditional warfare (jihadist tendencies). However, some religious scholar’s link jihadists’ tendencies to Islam, in spite its transnational order. This paper also deconstructs traditional narratives of jihad and youthful doctrine of hate.
Saron Messembe Obia is an Africa-based security expert & consultant and specialist in cyber security, counter terrorism, & jihadist tendencies. He holds M.Sc. in Security Studies from Pan African Institute for Development West Africa (PAID-WA). He has also served as Assistant Editor and IACSP Representative for Cameroon Publication Division for International Association for Counter-Terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP SEA). He has served as a security consultant with the Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA).