Appearance of wrong or extreme image of Islam is due to two factors. Partly it is because of some fundamentalist groups who have somehow conceived the notion that Islam encourages the use of force to make a point without any discrimination of innocent and the corrupt, and partly because of media which airs the fire of Islam-hate by calling such people as ‘Jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’.
The message and teaching of Islam are quite contrary to what those specific people think or what the western media portrays to the world. Islam is a religion of peace, and there is no religion in the world that preaches peace and love for humanity more than Islam. The lines below give the anti-terrorism stand of Islam in light of Quran and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Islam regards killing of people unjustly as a grievous sin and calls the killing of one innocent life as equal to killing the whole of humanity. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“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 anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of 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)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty clearly states that whosoever kills a person for an unjust purpose has killed the whole of humanity, and the one who saves a person saves the whole of humanity. Therefore, it is outwardly wrong to say that Islam propagates terrorism.
Its not only the life that is sacred to Islam, rather all the associations of humans are sacred to Islam and no one is allowed to disrespect or mean any harm to the dignity, family, wealth and property of a person. Rather they are to be protected and respected, and those who don’t do so are transgressors and sow fasad (corruption) according to Islam. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“…. and seek not corruption in the earth; lo! Allah loveth not corrupters.” (28:77)
Thus, Allah Almighty calls those people ‘corrupters’ who violate and do not respect the life, property, dignity, or family of a person. Then how can such Muslims call themselves as the bearer of Islamic message if they commit such hideous acts.
At another instance, Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: For Allah loves those who are just.” (60:8)
In this ayah, it is evident that Allah Almighty forbids the fighting of people that do not fight Muslims on their faith or expel them from their homes. Meaning that no matter whatever the situation is Islam will never back the killing of innocent civilians in the name of Islam. Therefore, those who kill innocent civilians in the name of Islam are not doing it for Islam rather they have some other false agenda.
Rather, Islam preaches the message of fair dealing, piety and observing of justice whenever confronted with such matters. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“O ye who believe! 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 the justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.” (5:8)
In short, Islam preaches it followers to be just. A just Muslim would never kill civilians or damage any of the property or respect of another person whether a Muslim or non-Muslim. Therefore, if anything, Islam can never be called a religion of terrorism or violence, rather the essence of Islam lies in peace, harmony and love for humanity.
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