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Islam Is Not the Source of Terrorism, 
But Its Solution



 

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INTRODUCTION

During the last two decades in particular, the concept of "Islamic terror" has been often discussed. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on targets in New York and Washington which caused the death of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, this concept has once again returned to the top of the international agenda.

As Muslims, we completely condemn these attacks and offer our condolences to the American people.

In this article, we will explain that Islam is by no means the source of this violence and that violence has no place in Islam.


We strongly condemn the cruel terrorist acts which targeted the innocent people of the United States.

One point that should be stressed at the outset is that the identities of the perpetrators of the acts of terrorism which targeted the United States are not yet determined. There is a chance that these horrible attackers are linked to quite different centres. It may well be a communist organization harboring rage and hatred against American values, a fascist organization opposing federal administration or a secret faction in another state. Even though the hijackers have Muslim identities, the questions regarding by whom and for what purposes these people were used will probably remain to be a mystery.

The fact remains however, that even if the terrorists have Muslim identities, the terror they perpetrated cannot be labelled "Islamic terror", just as it would not be called "Jewish terror" if the perpetrators were Jews or "Christian terror" if they were Christians.

That is because, as we will examine in the following pages, murdering innocent people in the name of religion is unacceptable. We need to keep in mind that, among those who were killed in Washington or New York, there were people who loved Jesus (Christians), Prophet Moses (Jews) and Muslims. According to Islam, murdering innocent people is a great sin that, unless forgiven by God, brings torment in Hell.

Thus, a religious person who has fear of God can never commit such an act.

In fact, the aggressors can commit such violence only with the intention of attacking religion itself. It may well be that they carried out this violence to present religion as evil in the eyes of people, to divorce people from religion and to generate hatred and reaction against pious people. Consequently, every attack having a "religious" facade on American citizens or other innocent people is actually an attack made against religion.

All the three Theistic religions command love, mercy and peace. Terror, on the other hand, is the opposite of religion; it is cruel, merciless and it demands bloodshed and misery. This being the case, while looking for the perpetrators of a terrorist act, its origins should be sought in disbelief rather than in religion. People with a fascist, communist, racist or materialist outlook on life should be suspected as potential perpetrators. The name or the identity of the triggerman is not important. If he can kill innocent people without blinking an eye, whatever his label is, then he is a disbeliever, not a believer. He is a murderer with no fear of God, whose main ambition is to shed blood and to give harm.

For this reason, "Islamic terror" is quite a erroneous concept which contradicts Islam's message. That is because, the religion of Islam can by no means concur with terror. On the contrary, Muslims are responsible for preventing terrorist acts and bringing peace and justice to the world.

 

THE VALUES OF THE QUR'AN DEMANDS GOODNESS, JUSTICE AND PEACE

Terror, in its broadest sense, is violence committed against non-military targets for political purposes. To put it in another way, the targets of terror are entirely innocent civilians whose only crime is, in the eyes of terrorists, to represent "the other".

This is an act bereft of any moral justification. This, as in the case of murders committed by Hitler or Stalin, is a crime committed against "mankind".

The Qur'an is a Book revealed to people as a guide to the true path and in this Book, God commands man to adopt good morals. This morality is based upon concepts such as love, compassion, tolerance and mercy. God calls all people to Islamic morals through which compassion, mercy, peace and tolerance can be experienced all over the world:

You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you. (Surat al-Baqara :208)

The values of the Qur'an hold a Muslim responsible for treating all people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, kindly and justly, protecting the needy and the innocent and preventing the "dissemination of mischief". Mischief comprises all forms of anarchy and terror that remove security, comfort and peace. As God says in a verse, "God does not love mischief makers". (Surat al-Qasas: 77)

Murdering a person for no reason is one of the most obvious examples of mischief. God repeats in the Qur'an a command He formerly revealed to Jews in the Old Testament thus:

So We decreed for the tribe of Israel that if someone kills another person - unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth - it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 32)

As the verse suggests, a person who kills even a single man, "unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth", commits a crime as if he had murdered all mankind on earth.

This being the case, it is obvious what great sins are the murders, massacres and, attacks, popularly known as "suicide attacks", committed by terrorists are. God informs us how this cruel face of terrorism will be punished in the hereafter in the following verse:

There are only grounds against those who wrong people and act as tyrants in the earth without any right to do so. Such people will have a painful punishment. (Surat ash-Shura: 42)

All these reveal that organizing acts of terror against innocent people is utterly against Islam and it is unlikely that any Muslim could ever commit such crime. On the contrary, Muslims are responsible for stopping these people, removing "mischief on earth" and bringing peace and security to all people all over the world. Being a Muslim cannot be reconciled with terror. Just the contrary, it is the solution and prevention of terror.

This being the case, how did the popular term "Islamic terror" emerge?

What has been examined so far reveals that it is not possible to talk about an "Islamic" terror. Indeed, a closer look at the characteristics of the perpetrators explicitly reveals that this terror is not a religious but a social phenomenon.

 

 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

 

ASAD Foundation Srilanka

ASAD

This organisation uses a wide variety of means - from community centres to NGO coalitions - to bring together different ethnic groups, and to educate and develop communities in Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Central, and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka.


Overview

The organisation’s objectives are:
  • To mobilise and strengthen communities through holistic development;
  • To promote coexistence; and
  • To develop peace in Sri Lanka.
ASAD works in the war and tsunami affected areas of Trincomalee and Ampara, encouraging the war-affected people and communities to rebuild their lives and facilitating conflict transformation by providing vocational training. We organise and provide training in education, health, human rights, environmental issues, peace building, income generation, and community development to achieve these objectives. Through our work, we have been able to establish peace, vocational training, and community development centres in the Trincomalee, Ampara and Kegalla districts. Our organisational work has taught us that creating a peaceful environment takes a lot of hard work and commitment. For us to have maximum impact, we have found it important to live in the community with which we work. In that way both the community and the organisation learn from the work they do together and the changing and learning process goes both ways.

What Services Are Provided?

  • Education programs;
  • awareness raising on health, human rights, environmental issues, peace building;
  • launching income generation and community development projects.

Geographical Area of Operation

Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Central, and Uva Provinces

Funding Resources

Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation (FLICT); “Trickle Up Program” (USA); Japan international Cooperation Agency (JICA) (NFPO –Partnership )

What Further Information Would You Like?

Information on funding sources, on more peace and development related education.

What New Contacts Would You Like To Make?

Contact with resource persons and organisations who work on peace and development.

Associated Organisations

  • Community, Environment and Humanitarian Development Society– Kinniya;
  • Peace and community development front– Muthur;
  • Peace, Community, Social Welfare Development Society– Potuvil;
  • Women’s, Children’s and Rural Development Society– Addalachenai;
  • Community Network Training Agency for Conflict Transformation (CONTACT) – Hatton;
  • Wasana Social Development Foundation (Wasana Foundation) –Galle

Initiatives

Contact Details

  • President: M.S. M Sadique
    Address: 84/A-1, Moragammana, Aranayake. Sri Lanka.
    Tel/Fax: +94 35 2258606
    Mobile: +94 77 2290819
    E-Mail: asadfoundation.lk@gmail.com

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