By Lamin Saddam Sanyang – The Netherlands
Islam never tolerates unprovoked aggression from its own side; Muslims are commanded in the Glorious Qur’an not to begin hostilities, embark on any act of aggression, violate the rights of others, or harm the innocent. Even hurting or destroying animals or trees is forbidden. War is waged only to defend the religious community against oppression and persecution, because the Qur’an says that “persecution is worse than slaughter” and “let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression” (Qur’an 2:190-193). Therefore, if non-Muslims are peaceful or indifferent to Islam, there is no justified reason to declare war on them.
Some people misconstrue or misunderstood what The Glorious Quran is saying: “slay them wherever you catch them” (Quran 2:191). But who is this referring to? Who are “they” that this verse discusses? The preceding and following verses give the correct context:
“Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter… But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, most Merciful… If they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression” (2:190-193).
It is clear from the context that these verses are discussing a defensive war, when a Muslim community is attacked without reason, oppressed and prevented from practicing their faith. In these circumstances, permission is given to fight back — but even then Muslims are instructed not to transgress limits, and to cease fighting as soon as the attacker gives up. Even in these circumstances, Muslim are only to fight directly against those who are attacking them, not innocent bystanders or non-combatants.
Brothers and sisters, let’s ask ourselves, If Islam allows terrorism, then why is stated in The Glorious Quran 5:32 that, If anyone slays one person, it would be as if he slew all people. And if anyone saves one life, it would be as if he saved the life of all people?
Suicide is forbidden according to Islam. “O ye who believe!… [do not] kill yourselves, for truly Allah has been to you Most Merciful. If any do that in rancour and injustice, soon shall we cast him into the Fire…” (Qur’an 4:29-30).
The taking of life is allowed only by way of justice (i.e. the death penalty for murder), but even then, forgiveness is better. “Nor take life – which Allah has made sacred – except for just cause…” (Qur’an 17:33).
“O ye who believe! Remain steadfast for Allah, bearing witness to justice. Do not allow your hatred for others make you swerve to wrongdoing and turn you away from justice. Be just; that is closer to true piety.” (Qur’an, 5:8)
This is grounded in the Noble Laws of Islam which forbid all forms of attacks on innocents. God Almighty says in The Glorious Qur’an: ‘No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another’ (Qur’an 17:15).”
If we believe in and follow our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), then why can’t we follow the commandment that was given to him in The Glorious Quran 21:107. It stated: And we have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy to the world. And that is totally different message to what the terrorists are sadly imparting to humanity.