November 10, 2012

Voices Against Terrorism..

As-Salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Peace be upon you all and welcome to the my blog .We begin in the name of God, the most merciful, the most kind. Peace and blessings on the Prophet's Muhammad s.a.w , Ahlul bait, the companions, Tabi’ tabien and the next the rectifier to the Prophet's struggle until Judgment.

Muslim voices against terrorism have not been silent, but it is the trend, perhaps even the policy of major media, to downplay the voice of reason, the voice of faith, and the voice of principle, in favor of the shouts of the extreme, the wails of the grief-stricken, and the threats of the treacherous. The voices of peace, justice, mercy, and tolerance are not difficult to find among Muslims and Islamic media, who consistently denounce acts of terrorism and reject them as illegitimate and unacceptable Islamic strategies or methods
I feel like I am stating the obvious but it needs to be said. There is no place for 'extremism' and terrorism in Islam. Islam does not encourage violence especially against innocent people. It prohibits suicide be it for any reason and it is not allowed for Muslims to fund and contribute to terrorist activities.

"By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy."
[ Surah Al-Asr ]
In Islam we are taught that we have nothing to lose by encouraging people - both Muslims and non-Muslims -  to be patient and constant in their good deeds. How can it be that Islam promotes violence against innocent people then?
"The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practise regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise."
{Surah At-Tauba: 71}
Muslims are to guide, not mislead, one another. A good Muslim would never encourage others to do sinful acts and would instead remind them about the rewards of carrying out good deeds and being kind.

"Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.

And if ye do catch them out, catch them out no worse than they catch you out:
But if ye show patience, that is indeed the best (course) for those who are patient.
And do thou be patient, for thy patience is but from Allah; nor grieve over them: and distress not thyself because of their plots.

For Allah is with those who restrain themselves, and those who do good."
{Surah An-Nahl: 125-128}
These verses sum it all. Yes, as Muslims we are supposed to invite non-Muslims to Islam with the best of intentions. We mustn't be forceful or get upset when people argue with us about our faith and most of all, we mustn't fight or be harsh with those who haven't caused us any harm. Only God knows what is best for everyone.