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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Is their any place for terror in Islam?

Islam is the second largest religion in the world, the religion which
was born to propogate love and compassion.But since the end of
last century,terror is being associated with Islam.In Islam killing
oneself or suicide is prohibitive.As per the Islamic laws a person ,
who kills himself will never go to heaven.But a large number of
muslim populace is involved in activities,which are unislamic and
do not have any place in the religion.

Islam Is A Religion Of Peace And Well-Being
The word Islam has the same meaning as "peace" in Arabic. Islam
is a religion that came down to offer humanity a life filled with the
peace and well-being in which God's eternal mercy and compassion
is manifested in the world. God invites all people to accept the moral
teachings of the Qur'an as a model whereby mercy, compassion,
tolerance and peace may be experienced in the world.
In Surat al-Baqara verse 208, this command is given:
You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam).
Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan.
He is an outright enemy to you.
As we see in this verse, people will experience well-being
and happiness by living according to the
moral teaching of the Qur'an.

God Condemns Mischief
God has commanded humanity to avoid evil; he has forbidden
immorality, rebellion, cruelty, aggressiveness, murder and
bloodshed. Those who do not obey this command of God are
walking in the steps of Satan, as it says in the verse above, and
have adopted an attitude that God has clearly declared unlawful.
Of the many verses that bear on this subject, here are only two:
But as for those who break God's contract after it has been agreed
and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and cause
corruption in the earth, the curse will be upon them. They will
have the Evil Abode. (Surat ar-Ra'd: 25)
Seek the abode of the hereafter with what God has given you,
without forgetting your portion of the world. And do good as
God has been good to you. And do not seek to cause mischief
on earth. God does not love mischief makers.' (Surat al-Qasas: 77)
As we can see, God has forbidden every kind of mischievous acts
in the religion of Islam including terrorism and violence, and
condemned those who commit such deeds.
A Muslim lends beauty to the world and improves it.

Islam Defends Tolerance And Freedom Of Speech
Islam is a religion which fosters freedom of life, ideas and thought.
It has forbidden tension and conflict among people, calumny,
suspicion and even having negative thoughts about another individual.
Islam has not only forbidden terror and violence, but also even the
slightest imposition of any idea on another human being.
There is no compulsion in religion. Right guidance has become
clearly distinct from error. Anyone who rejects false gods and believes
in God has grasped the Firmest Handhold, which will never give way.
God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqara: 256)
So remind, you need only to remind. You cannot compel them to
believe. (Surat al-Ghashiyah: 22)
To force anyone to believe in a religion or to practice it, is against the
spirit and essence of Islam. Because it is necessary that faith be
accepted with free will and conscience. Of course, Muslims may
urge one another to keep the moral precepts taught in the Qur'an,
but they never use compulsion. In any case, an individual cannot be
induced to the practice of religion by either threat or offering him a
worldly privilege.
Let us imagine a completely opposite model of society. For example,
a world in which people are forced by law to practice religion.
Such a model of society is completely contrary to Islam because faith
and worship have value only when they are directed toward God.
If there were a system that forced people to believe and worship,
people would be religious only out of fear of the system. What is
acceptable from the point of view of religion is that religion be
practiced in an environment where freedom of conscience is permitted,
and that it be practiced only for the approval of God.

God Has Made The Killing Of Innocent People Unlawful
According to the Qur'an, one of the greatest sins is to kill a human
being who has committed no fault:
...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)
Those who do not call on any other deity together with God and
do not kill anyone God has made inviolate, except with the right to
do so, and do not fornicate; anyone who does that will receive an evil
punishment. (Surat al-Furqan: 68)
As we can see in the verses above, those who kill innocent human
beings without a cause are threatened with evil punishment. God has
revealed that killing one person is as great a sin as killing all mankind.
Anyone who respected the prerogatives of God would not do harm
to even one individual, let alone murdering thousands
of innocent people.
Those who think that they will escape justice and punishment in
this world will never escape the account they must give in the Presence
of God on the Last Day. So, those believers who know they will give
an account to God after their death, will be very careful about
respecting the limits God has established.

God Commands Believers To Be Compassionate And Merciful
In this verse, Muslim morality is explained:
...To be one of those who believe and urge each other to steadfastness
and urge each other to compassion. Those are the Companions of the
Right. (Surat al-Balad: 17-18)
As we see in this verse, one of the most important moral precepts that
God has sent down to His servants so that they may receive salvation
and mercy and attain Paradise, is to "urge each other to compassion".
Islam as described in the Qur'an is a modern, enlightened, progressive
religion. A Muslim is above all a person of peace; he is tolerant with a
democratic spirit, cultured, enlightened, honest, knowledgable about
art and science and civilized.
A Muslim educated in the fine moral teaching of the Qur'an,
approaches everyone with the love that Islam expects. He shows
respect for every idea and he values art and aesthetics. He is
conciliatory in the face of every event, diminishing tension and restoring
amity. In societies composed of individuals such as this, there will be a
higher civilization, a higher social morality, more joy, happiness,
justice, security, abundance and blessings than in the most modern
nations of the world today.

God Has Commanded Tolerance And Forgiveness
Surat al-A'raf, verse 199, which says "practice forgiveness", expresses
the concept of forgiveness and tolerance which is one of the basic
principles of the religion of Islam.
When we look at Islamic history, we can see clearly how Muslims
established this important precept of the moral teaching of the
Qur'an in their social life. At every point in their advance,
Muslims destroyed unlawful practices and created a free and
tolerant environment. In the areas of religion, language and
culture, they made it possible for people totally opposite to
each other to live under the same roof in freedom and peace,
thereby giving to those subject to them the advantages of knowledge,
wealth and position. Likewise, one of the most important reasons
that the large and widespread Ottoman Empire was able to sustain
its existence for so many centuries was that its way of life was
directed by the tolerance and understanding brought by Islam.
For centuries Muslims have been characterized by their tolerance
and compassion. In every period of time they have been the most
just and merciful of people. All ethnic groups within this multi-national
community freely practiced the religions they have followed for years
and enjoyed every opportunity to live in their own cultures and
worship in their own way.
Indeed, the particular tolerance of Muslims, when practiced as
commanded in the Qur'an, can alone bring peace and well-being to
the whole world. The Qur'an refers to this particular kind of tolerance:
A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with
something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else,
he will be like a bosom friend. (Surat al-Fussilat: 34)

All this shows that the moral teaching offered to humanity by Islam is
one that will bring peace, happiness and justice to the world.
The barbarism that is happening in the world today under the name
of "Islamic Terrorism" is completely removed from the moral teachings
of the Qur'an; it is the work of ignorant, bigoted people, criminals who
have nothing to do with religion. The solution which will applied against
these individuals and groups who are trying to commit their deeds of
savagery under the guise of Islam, will be the instruction of people in the
true moral teaching of Islam.
In other words, the religion of Islam and the moral teaching of the Qur'an
are not the supporters of terrorism and the terrorists, but the remedy by
which the world can be saved from the scourge of terrorism.

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