There are instances of individuals who are like nations in their impact on the world. On April 25, 2016, I was fortunate enough to come in contact with such an individual, Dr Tareq Al-Swaidan, the Superman of the 21st century. Swaidan is a Kuwaiti citizen who progressively defeats the ideology of the Islamic State (IS) group by planting seeds of peace in the brains of the youth through generative projects, social dynamism and vibrant productivity based on critical and analytical self-study. The only way to defeat IS, Al-Qaeda, Taleban and other terrorist organizations is by using Swaidan’s method and approach, which is: “spread a different ideology about Islam.”
The US air force has fired more than 20,000 missiles and bombs since the US bombing campaign against IS began 15 months ago, according to the air force, leading to depleted munitions stockpiles and calls to ramp up funding and weapons production. Recently, the US is ramping up another campaign against Islamist terror in Iraq and Syria.
War, launching military troops to Syria and dropping missiles above the heads of brainwashed teenagers will only cause more bloodshed, loss of lives and bring undesirable outcomes. Studies have stated that the majority of IS members are teenagers – my age. According to Swaidan, the best strategy to defeat this particular extremist and poisonous ideology from spreading like cancer in the Arab region is by spreading another instructive ideology with flair and logic.
For instance, the new Islamic ideology that Swaidan introduces to the youth revolves around two major aspects:
1. Save humanity.
2. Make humanity happy.
Islam is a religion that does not correspond with terrorism with justifications and reasoning provided in following articles. Studies have shown that less than 1 percent of terrorist attacks were by Muslims in the United States. Swaidan is one of the first who came up with a solution against IS. In interviews, Swaidan labels himself as a thinker, but in my perspective, he is not. He is far more than a thinker or an Islamic preacher. Swaidan has preached to large audiences in the UK, Canada and Australia; and spoken to Western audiences at venues such as Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and frequently supported Western and American Muslim organizations. But still, I do not perceive him as a preacher or imam.
Some people label him as a petroleum engineer, a businessman, founder of the American Creativity Academy in Kuwait, CEO of several companies or an author of dozens of self-motivational books. However my perception is distinct. I perceive him as the Superman of the 21st century with honor and sincerity. Because of founding fathers with revolutionary ideologies like these, I am hopeful for the future. I am hopeful for all the instructive ideas he has launched in the Arab world, making our institutions, constitutions and art houses a better place. Thank you Dr Tareq! Such individuals are like nations in their impact on the world.
Thank you Superman.
By Khaled Al-Mutawa