Islam is a religion of peace, love, harmony and mercy. It doesn’t permit terrorism. Unfortunately, more and more often, Islam has been associated with terrorism and violence due to the action of a few extreme individualss who have taken it upon themselves to do the most terrible crimes in the name of Islam. Tragic events such as the attack on the twin towers in New York, the bombings of Bali, Madrid and London, and most recently in holy artisan hotel in Dhaka are assumed to be justified by Islam in the minds of some people. This idea has been fueled further by many media channels which insult Islam by portraying these bombers as ‘Islamists’ or ‘Jihadists’, as though they were sanctioned by Islam, or had any legitimate spokemenship on behalf of Muslims. The action of few fanatical individuals who happen to have Muslim names or ascribe themselves to Muslim faith should not be a standard by which Islam is judged. To understand Osman’s stance on terrorism, one must refer to its original sources, the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, which are explicit in their prohibition of any form of injustice including that of needless violence which seeks to instill fear, injury or death to civilian. Mercy is at the heart of the Islamic call, وما أرسلناك إلا رحمة للعلمين
“And we have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy for the world” (21:107); a totally different message to what the terrorists are sadly imparting to humanity.
In the holly Quran Allah subhanahu wa taala said:
لا ينهاكم الله عن الذين لا يقاتلوكم في الدين و لم يخرجوكم من دياركم أن تبروهم و تقسطوا إليهم إن الله يحب المقسطين
Allah does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. Allah loves just dealers. (Quran, 60:8)
Not only is human life sacred in Islam but the property, wealth, family and dignity of all individuals in society are to be respected and protected. Those who transgress these rights and sow fasad (corruption) as the Quran describes it, incur the wrath of Allah. ——–Verse——-
And do good as Allah has done good to you. And seek not corruption in the earth; Indeed Allah does not love corrupters . (28:77)
Likewise in another verse ——————–verse————-
“The cause is only against those who oppress men and wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a painful punishment” (42:42)
Islam goes further than just prohibiting oppression and safeguarding rights, it commands it’s faithful to deal kindly and compassionately to all those who seek to live in peace and harmony. In times of war and conflict, where enmity can obstruct be upheld even towards one’s enemies.
O you who have believed! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do. (5:8))
Allah rejects transgression as The Quran says:
Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you do not transgress. Indeed Allah does not like transgressors. (2:190)
The Quran turns our attention to the high value of human life, whether it is Muslim or Non-Muslim and make it absolutely forbidden to take an innocent life unjustly. The gravity of such a crime is equated, in the Quran, with the killing of all humanity.
“On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.” (5:32)
The Prophet Muhammad fdfa used to prohibit soldiers from killing women and children, and he would advise them: (Do not betray, do not be excessive, and do not kill a newborn child.) And he also said: ——————verse—–
(Where has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of seventy years;) [Sunan Nasayee: 4668]
Also, the Prophet Muhammad fdfa has forbidden punishment with fire. He once listed murder as the second of the major sins and he even warned: ———-verse——-
( The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment to hurt them. Once the Prophet Muhammad fdfa said:—————arabic—-
( A woman was punished because she imprisoned a cat until it died. On account of this, she was doomed to Hell. While she imprisoned it, she did not give the cat any food or drink, nor did she free it to eat the insects of the earth.) [Sahih Bukhari: 2192]
He also said that a man gave a very thirsty dog a drink, so Allah forgave his sins for this action. The Prophet fdfa was asked, “O Allah’s Prophet, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?” He said: “There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.”
Additionally, while taking the life of an animal for food, Muslims are commanded to do so in a manner that causes the least amount of panic and suffering possible. The Prophet Muhammad fdfa said: ————arabic—-
Surely Allah decreed kindness in everything even when you slaughter an animal, do so in the best way. One should sharpen his knife to reduce the suffering of the animal. [Sunan Ibn Mazah: 3170]
In light of these and other Islamic texts, the act of inciting terror in the hearts of defenseless civilians, the wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims . Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the laws of Islam.
Centuries before the Geneva Convention was drawn up, Muslims were bound by a code of conduct which the Prophet Muhammad fdfa , peace be upon him, set. He forbade the killing of women, children and elderly in war. In an authentic narration the Prophet fdfa warned that he who kills anyone who has a covenant of peace with the Muslims will not smell the scent of Paradise. In fact, he taught that justice is not only to humans but must be shown to animals and all living things. In a narration the Prophet fdfa informed us about how a lady was sent to hell because of a cat she had locked up until it starved and died. If such is the sanctity which Islam places on the soul of an animal, how much graver is the killing of hundreds of innocent humans?!
Abu Bakar, the first Chalipha of the Muslims reflected these prophetic teachings when he advised his general Yazid, who was confronting Roman armies, ————arabic————–
“I advise you ten things; do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearings trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place. Do not slaughter steal from the booty, and do not be cowardly.” [Sunan Baiqahi: 18616]
As a matter of fact, Islam and terrorism fare precise opposites; the very name, Islam, denotes peace and submission. The fundamentals of Islam direct its followers to maintain and promote peace throughout the world. Islam is a faith of moderation; thus a righteous and God-fearing Muslim can neither be a fanatic not an extremist. There is no connection whatsoever between Islam and the violence practiced by terrorist groups in different parts of the world. In no way does it condone hijackings, hostage taking, and the torture and killing of innocent people in order to achieve particular goals. The Islamic basis for national and International relations is peace rather than war. Prominent Muslims, Islamic Organizations and Islamic Scholars have repeatedly denounced terrorists attacks and violent acts that have been carried out by some of its members in the name of religion.