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Islam vs. Terrorism


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Terrorists have created an image far from the reality of Islam. Killing the innocent is strictly forbidden in Islam. Almighty Allah has stated in the Holy Quran,

“And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for the requirements of justice; this He has enjoined you with that you may understand…” [6:151]

“… whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.” [5:32]

Islam is a religion of peace. Unfortunately, this peaceful religion is being portrayed as a source of evil and immorality. The bombings, terrorist attacks, and killing that are happening around are a great crime against humanity, Islam, and the teachings of its prophet (s).

Acts such as these have no justification. Islam has nothing to do with the actions of ruthless, cruel individuals, who kill others for personal, political motives.

There needs to be more stress on dialogue between different civilizations. In addition, there must be more emphasis on the promoting of non-violence, peace, equality and world harmony. In particular the promotion of respect for others, for no race is superior to another. When the Prophet Muhammed (P) was asked: “What is religion?” he famously replied: “Religion is but love.” In addition, Imam Ali (p) said: “People are of two kinds; either your brother in faith, or your equal in creation.” I also think it is necessary for us to academically research the roots and causes of terrorism in order to tackle the problem, because one can not solve a problem unless he understands the causes of it.

Addressing his son Ali in Karbala, Imam Husayn (AS) said,

“O’ my son be afraid of oppressing the one who has no defender except God”

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