It was only over a week ago that there was that tragic shooting in the U.S Navy base by Aaron Alexis, in which he shot dead 12 people in Washington. As more information unfolded it became apparent that Alexis was not a Muslim and in fact was a recent convert to Buddhism. Although the act was never deemed a terror attack by the media, despite a very similar occurrence years ago by Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan, who quiet quickly was labelled a terrorist, this recent attack in the U.S navy base was in my opinion an act of terror and despite the sad circumstances and needless death indeed i took a breath of relief that indeed this terrorist was not a Muslim.
Until lo and behold just as if on cue and only over a week later we have a multitude of terror attacks conducted by supposed Muslims. One terror attack occurring in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya where the death toll is rising and may reach 100 people (including Muslims) . Not to mention another attack that occurred at a historic church in Pakistan that killed over 80 worshipers. This news was simply a deafening, saddening and challenging dilemma that i had to face, it appears that “Muslims” are trying to outdo each other in the realm of terrorism.
Yet before anyone accuses the Muslims of being quite, already Pakistan’s religious leaders have said killing innocent minority members was un-Islamic. “Islam does not allow killing of innocent non-Muslims,” Sunni Muslim group – Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) spokesman Nawaz Kharal said. He said a decree was issued by 30 religious leaders, which termed the attack not only un-Islamic but a criminal act and a major sin. “Islam does not allow attacks on innocent minorities and makes it mandatory to protect their lives and property.”
Now of course, i always have held the opinion that western imperial powers that attack Muslim nations at a whim and have destroyed countless lives and communities are indeed terrorists too, yet at the same token killing people at locations where they should feel safe like a shopping centre or a building of worship is simply crossing the line because those drones in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq attack people who are in the cross-fire of warfare, and who constantly live in fear for their lives, whilst these attacks tend to occur in places where people wouldn’t expect, even for a minute, to be blown up by grenades or pelted with bullets.
The sad thing is it is getting difficult to tell people that my religion is a religion of peace when we are even told now that women converts in hijabs could orchestrate and dictate terror attacks, this leaves the playing field open to the public eye. (Although the latest news suggests the “White Widow, Samantha Lewthwaite” may have nothing to do with it) . At least previously it was seen that Muslim women were innocent, but now since this supposed connection to a white Muslim convert and the Nairobi mall shooting we are being shown a whole new face of terror, Muslim, White ,Female. To me this is the nail in the coffin for every day Muslim citizens who at least felt they had members of their community who had little to fear in terms of abuse, retaliation and accusations, yet thanks to the media coverage of such attacks and the sheer reality that terror comes in all sexes, sizes and regions we are unfortunately feeding the fear of the already frightened, paranoia is at its boiling point.
As Muslims we are left with very little options. Apparently us moderate Muslims are not loud enough in condemnation. Apparently we do not do enough. Apparently we secretly support terror and apparently we cannot be trusted. It is coming to the point where whether we decide to talk or not, we won’t be taken seriously and the frightening prospect of being labelled one and the same with the terrorists is getting nearer and nearer, which is why i would like to explain to you why these supposed Muslims are not following Islam, and as cliche and repetitive as it may sound they are truthfully hijacking the religion before they hijack a mall or church or a navy base.
The killing of random innocent civilians is wrong, plain and simple. The Qur’an, which is the holy book for Muslims makes it loud and clear.
“Do not kill any soul, which God has made forbidden, except in just cause.” (Qur’an 17:33)
“Do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right.” (Qur’an 6:151)
In fact the Qur’an goes as far to say that you are encouraged to befriend people who do not fight you for your religion, or evict you from your homes or cause aggression upon you. So if we know non combatants who do not fight us for our religion nor oppress us, we are encouraged to be their friends and treat them kindly, NOT BLOW THEM UP! There is no evidence that a single person inside the Nairobi mall or Pakistani church were actively fighting Muslims because of their religion.
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.” (Qur’an 60:8)
Do these terrorists have a right to kill random people going about their business who are in no conflict with others? Most certainly not! Even if it is to provide a religious or political motive, it is an outright abomination according to the Qur’an to take a soul, without any right.
“And whoever should do that [Kill without right] will meet a penalty.” (Qur’an 25:68)
Also one of the verses of the Qur’an was revealed in response to senseless killings. The Prophet Mohammed sent some of his men on an expedition, they passed by a man tending sheep who offered them a greeting of peace (Salam). They conspired that he only said that to protect himself from them, so they killed him and took his belongings. Then this verse of the Qur’an was revealed.
“O you who have believed, when you go forth in the cause of Allah , investigate; and do not say to one who gives you a greeting of peace “You are not a believer“ (Qur’an 4:94)
Now as for attacking churches it is also abundantly clear in the Qur’an that churches and such structures should be preserved because essentially they still bare the name of Allah in them.
“And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him.” (Qur’an 22:40)
Not to mention the Prophet Mohammed himself dictated a charter upon the Christians of Saint Catherines Monastery, Mount Sinai in 626 AD. This is called the “Achtiname Of Muhammad” where he states:
“No compulsion is to be on them[Christians] . Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.” – Prophet Muhammads Charter, St. Catherines Monastery, 626AD.
Even in the fiercest, most intense of battliefields (unlike these random terror attacks in public places, killing innocent civilians), the Muslim army are given strict protocol in warfare. Under the advice of Prophet Muhammad the first Caliph Abu Bakr said.
“O people! I charge you with ten rules; learn them well! Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.“
The bottom line is, i am not going to apologize for terrorist attacks that people who call themselves Muslims commit to. These people that tend to call themselves Muslims are acting contrary and obviously enough one who does not adhere to Islam, cannot possibly be a Muslim. To me it is about going way beyond that, it is about letting the public know that the things these criminals do, are in fact criminal in the eyes of the religion itself. Education is very important in times like these where Muslims do not get stressed and frustrated about losing this battle with terrorism, we have to make it clear that there is a difference between Muslims and Islam.
If we can let the people know these terrorists are not following Islam, then eventually their facade of being a “Muslim” will eventually disappear into thin air. These people are dangerous murderers who are clasping at any straw to dignify and excuse their evil behaviour. I am sick and tired of it, but i wont submit and let the terrorists win. I am a Muslim and i know what my religion teaches me, if people want to believe that these actions are indeed the works of Islam then that is their prerogative and ill sighted right, my job is to simply be a good example to the world out there and let them come to differentiate between Islam and Muslims, Muslims and Terrorists.
Peace, Salam 🙂