It is a common conviction that ideologies play an important role in individual pathways into terrorism and political violence. They are not only exploited by terrorist groups but also adopted by individuals, unwittingly or through their own volition. It is the imbrications of these processes, i.e., exploitation of ideologies by groups and adoption of them by individuals that manifest itself as every terrorist group's dream, which are in search of new recruits. Among myriad ideologies, those that are based on religion of Islam seem to have been the most effective in recent years, as demonstrated by the inundation of thousands of individuals to the ranks of Religion Abusing Terrorist Groups, which we call RATs (like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham – ISIS), in different parts of the world. The purpose of this article is to explore the role of Islamic narratives that such groups construct via twisting the true meanings of relevant verses in the Quran and the hadiths of the Prophet Mohammed in order to counter the RATs effectively!
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