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Terrorism As Weighed By Islam.

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Terrorism as weighed by Islam


Islam utterly rejects the kind of terrorism planned ,in reality, against innocent people, women and children. Islam stands against the kind of terrorism that is designed to threaten a recourse to certain methods that might annoy people, disturb their rest, and deprive them of their security and peace of mind. Islam adjudicates any participation in acts of terror of this nature unlawful. Islam does not encourage any terrorist plan or a clandestine act of that nature, irrespective whether it is carried out by a government, an individual, an institution, or groups of people, that is irrespective of their title or official positions. Terrorism, in the view of Islam, endangers properties and exposes them to destruction. It impedes progress and development needed to provide people with food, and to secure the interests of individuals and society. Terrorism is an ugly crime that directly affects society and Islam. The effects of any act of terrorism are scrutinized and proper punishments , accordingly, are prescribed to fit the effect of panic and fear inflicted on people.


A number of calumnies and slanders have been utilized by Western mass media against Islam. Examples of such a propaganda are: Islam promulgates violence, terrorism, and resists any call for peace. In fact, Islam is a religion of peace, as I shall elaborate on this point in the chapter on "Peace in Islam".


Islam as a tolerant and indulgent religion, reject violence and terrorism, for they are founded on sin and transgression. Islam has encouraged believers to shun all that brings them close to violence, terrorism, and use of force. Islam, in fact, has made any aggression against fellow man unlawful, and made suicide unlawful, as well. This belief is attested in the Qur’an, Surat Al Baqara (The Heifer), verse, 195:


"And make not your hands contribute to your destruction ; But do good; for God loves those who do good."


If Islam prohibits the killing of one's own life, how would Islam encourage the killing of others and the use of violence and a recourse to terrorism ! Islam has disparaged terrorism and cautioned Muslims of its bad and dangerous consequences. Terrorism is condemned by Islam even if it is done in a jest. This approach is also attested in the Tradition of Prophet Muhammad. It happened that Amr Ibn Rabe'a , may God be pleased with him, heard that a man hid the shoes of another man just to tease and annoy him. The Prophet (PBUH) being told of this incident said to Muslims:


"Never scare or frighten a Muslim, for frightening a Muslim is a grave oppression."


The other version of the same incident is narrated as follows:

"It is unlawful for a Muslim to scare a fellow Muslim".

Abu Dawood, Bazar, and Tabarani.


The same incident Tabarani as follows:

"The Prophet said: "He who gives a frightening look to a Muslim, without a lawful reason, God shall scare him on the Day of Judgment.".


Another version of the same incident is narrated as follows:

"The Prophet said: "He who points at his fellow Muslim with a piece of Iron, the Angels curse him as long as he holds that Iron"- even if he does it to his immediate brother."


From the above proceeds that Islam is very keen to establish sound social relations between people founded on principles of cooperation, dutifulness, fear of God, and a refrain from committing sins and transgression. Islam prohibits the bloodshed of any human being with an exception of doing it for lawful cause. Again this approach is attested in Qur’an in Surat Al An'aam {The Cattle), verse 151:


"Take no life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law..."


Islam does not differentiate between one person and another. In other words, people are equal in Islam. Islam has dignified the human soul and cautioned against any burden incurred due to an aggression committed against it. A person who transgresses a human soul would be committing a transgress against all humanity, for he would be transgressing the right of life, and he who initiates an act of benevolence for a human being, he would be doing so to all humanity. This belief is confirmed in the Qur’an in Surat Al Ma'ida {The Table), verse 32:


"...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: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people."

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