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Does Islam Promote Terrorism or Peace?

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1 Does Islam Promote Terrorism or Peace? on Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:29 pm


Islam is based on three basic concepts:
1. Iman – an act of faith, heart and mind to believe in certain realities
2. Islam – denotes the practical aspect of the Islamic teachings
3. Ihsan – it is to achieve the excellence, to achieve the state of perfection. It is the completion of the journey of iman and islam, it is the highest beauty and lies in spiritual feelings, conditions and states.
Iman is derived from the root word amn, which means peace, so iman literally means peace, to be in peace and provide others with peace. The basic philosophy of iman according to islam is based on amn, which is peace and security and those who are against this do not posses iman.

Islam is derived from the root words silm, salm and salamah, which also means: peace, safety, security, tranquility. So the practical aspect of Islam is also based on peace and security.

Ihsan is derived from the root word husn, which means beauty, excellence, benevolence, to be compassionate, merciful, generous and kind with others. This state of mind is known as ihsan. To Muslims, any kind of hatred let alone terrorism, any jealousy, negative propensities and thoughts, negative attitude, extremism, etc: all these do not find any place anywhere in Islam.

So why is it said that there are some terrorists in the ummah?

Terrorism and terrorist have no religion, they are neither Muslim, Jew nor Christian, they do not believe in any religion; extremism, fanaticism does not have a religion, it itself has become a religion and culture, independent behavior and it doesn’t believe in Divinely revealed religions. The Holy Qur’an does not declare them to be Muslim, the enemy of mankind, irrespective of their way, religion, society, language is not regarded Muslim. Their punishment is the capital punishment, we believe in killing killers of mankind.

Why are these acts taking place?

Legislation on its own is not the solution to the problem. If we are serious and honest with the situation the only solution is to know and address the root causes. Why is it emerging, what are the root causes? If we are honest we know it is the issues surrounding the UN resolutions, the agenda of Palestine is still pending and has not been resolved. In 1947 the UN partition resolution where 53% of land was to be given to Palestine and 47% to the Israel state, but more than half a century has passed and that has not been implemented. Their land was snatched so they spread all over the world, if you snatch a persons right of living, his legal rights, his home and he has no one to listen to him and to address his problem, no one to provide justice, so what can we expect after this? Would he become a terrorist or not?

His being a terrorist is not justified; I am not talking about the legal position but the root cause of the problem.

We have to think about the powers handling the international matters, the main decision makers, are they dealing equally? One community is given billions of dollars to vacate, they are given weapons, technology, economic energy etc and on the other side the Palestinians don’t posses anything accept their bodies. They have no job, no protection, no family, no house, no rights, the only thing they have is their own body. So they would use that for revenge, they kill themselves and others, before calling these people criminals, we have to become honest and think about these issues.

Britain has in the passed had a role in human rights, human development and democracy, it should again play a vital role in this situation.

The same applies in Pakistan and India, in 1947, the resolution was passed by the security council, that the fate of Kashmir was to be decided by the People of Kashmir i.e. enable them to decide their fate. More than half a century has passed and this has also not been implemented. 70, 000 Kashmiri people have given their lives for this and still have not been able to get their independence.

Human Rights in Islam – 6 basic values
1. Human dignity
2. Equality
3. Liberty in freedom
4. Brotherhood
5. Justice
6. Tolerance & Benevolence.

In Surah An-Nisa, verse 36, ten rights have been mentioned; one of which is religious and nine of which are civil & social. The religious right is the Right of Almighty Allah, that He should be worshipped alone and not associated with any partners, this is His exclusive right. The other rights are related to human beings, to be compassionate, kind, benevolent, merciful, generous firstly to parents, then relatives, orphans, to the poor and deprived community and your society, close neighbours, unknown neighbours, companions, travelers, your servants/workers/labourers.

“And worship Allah, and do not associate anyone with Him and do good to parents, relatives, orphans, the needy, both close and distant neighbours, the companions of your side and the wayfarer and to your male and female servants. Undoubtedly, Allah loves not the proud, boastful.”

This is a categorical commandment of Almighty Allah, the first right which is incumbent on all Muslims is to worship Almighty Allah exclusively then there are nine rights which are to be followed in order to become one of the blessed. So among these ten rights, one is religious and nine are human rights, look at the balance, the weight which is given to human rights. It means 90% of Islamic teaching is human rights and 10% is of the right of Almighty Allah.

Right of honour and dignity, irrespective of religion. In surah Bani Israel, children of Yaqoub it states that ‘We have honoured the mankind’ this is relating to all mankind and not just Muslims, it primarily talks about the honour and dignity of mankind.

In surah At-Tin it states ‘we have created man as best of creation’ this is inclusive of religion, it includes everyone and is not exclusive to Muslims.

In the Last Sermon, the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa salim was addressing the whole of mankind, he sallallahu alaihi wa salim repealed the unjust order of the world, based on injustice, based on economic exploitation, discrimination of the poor and tribal jealousy. Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa salim cancelled the unjust order and propagated a just global order of world peace and security.

For further elaboration on this please read the book entitled ‘Human Rights in Islam’: written by Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.

Although Islam promotes peace, tolerance and security the western media is only interested in promoting extreme views, media shows the extremists shouting slogans against the west etc but they are never interested in showing the real moderate view.

During the days of the afghan war, Minhaj-ul-Qur’an has been recorded as being the most vocal advocates against terror. Nobody supported the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf more than Shaykh-ul-Islam on this, there are 2 volumes of a book called: ‘Popular Muslim Reaction’ in which there is a chapter about Pakistan. Within three lines it relates how the president of Pakistan supported the war on terror and what his role was, after mentioning him; it relates the role of Shaykh-ul-Islam giving it a weight of sixteen lines!

Shaykh-ul-Islam was interviewed by British media for his views but they did not broadcast those interviews, which raises the question, what is media really interested in? Spreading terror?

The USA agency are also not ignorant, they are aware of the terrorists, the extremists and their organisations but instead of eliminating them they just create embarrassment for the Muslim Ummah by allowing them to walk free. These are the issues which we must think over and address.

By Sister from Glasgow

source www.minhaj.org

2 My fatwa against the terrorists' creed on Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:31 pm


I have been compelled to issue a fatwa - a comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism - because of what has been happening in Pakistan over the past year. Terrorists are bombing mosques during Friday prayers, they are burning schools, killing women. They are digging bodies out of graves, cutting off their heads and hanging the bodies from trees.

My 600-page fatwa is based on all four schools of jurisprudence: Hanafi, Shafii, Hanbali and Maliki, and the Shia school of Jafari. I have consulted hundreds of classical Islamic texts, the scholars, fiqh and the Hadith. The main theme is this: any act of terrorism such as suicide bombing cannot be justified in any way. There are no conditions, no pretexts or exemptions. It is condemned by the Quran and the Sunna.

Killing Muslims and non-Muslims through terrorist activities and using violent aggression to impose their mistaken and misplaced ideology is a fundamental rejection of faith. Such acts make the people carrying out the attacks unbelievers, or kufr.

Some scholars have said to me that we know suicide bombing is forbidden but to say that this is an act of an unbeliever is going far. I am not saying anyone who kills is an unbeliever. I say one who is committing acts of terrorism on the basis that it is sanctioned and lawful by Islam is an unbeliever.

The Quran says those who kill in mosques, burn people, blow them up, they will suffer the torments of hellfire. This is one aspect.

A second aspect I have examined is the justification that Muslim rulers in Arab countries or non-Muslims are not enforcing Islamic law so there is an obligation to fight against them. This is absolutely wrong. In no context is any organisation allowed to take up arms on their own and say we are defending Muslim land or we are avenging the aggression of non-Muslim powers. This is a matter for a state and its government.

The holy Prophet Mohammed told his companions that bad rulers would come and the people would curse them and the rulers would curse their people. The companions asked should they not fight them with swords if this time comes? And the holy Prophet said that no, they were not allowed as far as they were Muslims.

As for adopting the defence that the attacks are against foreign aggression, this is the privilege and responsibility of the state to stand up and to fight according to international law. If groups and individuals start taking revenge it will create global anarchy and there will be no rule of law, there will be just killing of mankind.

There is a prophecy of the Prophet Mohammed. He mentioned that the Kharijites would emerge continuously in Islamic history. The Kharijites believed that whoever did not agree with their philosophy was an unbeliever and should be killed. They wanted to resolve everything through the sword and through power. They rose up in the time of the rightly guided Caliphs, Usman and Ali, and fought against them.

This hadith, which appears in dozens of books, says the holy Prophet Mohammed said they would emerge again and again in different centuries until the final time of the anti-Christ. They would arrive more than 20 times. They would keep changing names and appear for the last time as part of the anti-Christ's army. They would slaughter people.

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Al Qa'eda is an old evil with a new name. They are the Kharijites with a new name. They are misguided today like the Khawarij youth were misguided at that time. They were brainwashed although they were religious people who prayed and fasted.

Those who have already decided to become suicide bombers are totally brainwashed. I exclude them from this discussion because they are blind. I am trying to reach the majority who have not reached that stage but have extremist tendencies and are proceeding in that direction.

There are thousands of extremists running websites and applying misguided ideas. The radicals who have no access to classical authorities are misguided and give the wrong concept of jihad. This religious ruling is particularly important for Britain and the western world, where the majority of Muslims are of south Asian origin.

We have seen examples of extremist groups targeting vulnerable young people from these communities to carry out their acts of violence - from training them as suicide bombers to brainwashing students across British universities. I am sure that the hundreds of authorities I have quoted will allow them to rethink, to see that whatever they were taught was wrong.

The fatwa has appeared in Urdu, and English and Arabic translations have been started. It will be translated into many other languages and distributed through the internet accompanied by videos, summaries and talks. We will do whatever is possible to reach the youth with the Almighty Allah's help and grace.

Already it is happening. We have been contacted by the Afghan president Hamid Karzai's office and they want a copy to translate into Persian and Pashto. And so it will go.

There have been many other fatwas that condemn suicide bombings and there have been verbal resolutions against it. They were very brief, maybe one or two pages signed by hundreds of scholars and they did not contain many references. These brief declarations were not able to answer the questions or address all the concerns. I thought there was a need to address every major concern, every major and minor aspect which has already been planted in people's minds.

In Pakistan, some religious scholars have condemned the military action in the Swat valley and North-West Frontier Province, or they have said they already have condemned suicide bombings and acts of terrorism. Some have felt they have fulfilled their duty. But by simply condemning the Pakistani military action or staying silent they are creating doubt in the minds of the common people and youth.

While Muslims resist and fight terrorism and are not ready to accept its remotest possible link with Islam, there are some who are also seen supporting it. Instead of opposing and condemning it openly they confuse the issue.

After this fatwa more scholars will become courageous and stand up.

A few are scared. A friend of mine who recently condemned suicide bombing in Pakistan was assassinated.

This grand fatwa, when it is in the hands of everybody, will give people courage, clarity and motivation.


Dr Tahir ul Qadri is the founding leader of Minhaj ul Quran, established in 1981 with headquarters in Lahore. www.minhaj.org

source www.islamicity.com

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