Islam(The Religion), Muslim (The Follower) and Terrorism

Islam(The Religion), Muslim (The Follower) and Terrorism

According to Raymond Ibrahim, the writer of “BUT ISIS KILLS MORE MUSLIMS THAN NON-MUSLIMS!” ,many countries had been suffering from what we called “terror attack” and  the people behind the attack are those who called themselves Muslims.

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh), an argument  has arisen, the violence committed by ISIS in killing other Muslims cannot be based on Islam, which bans Muslims from killing fellow Muslims in its name.

Speaking soon after the  December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack that left 14 dead, U.S. president Obama, who earlier insisted that the Islamic State “is not Islamic,” elaborated:

ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death…Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim(emphasis added).

Similarly, after last November’s Paris terrorist attack, which left 129 people dead, the UK’sIndependent published an article titled, “Paris attacks: Isis responsible for more Muslim deaths than western victims.”  And the Daily Beast argued that, “Before the Paris horror, ISIS was killing Muslims on a daily basis. Muslims despise these crazy people more than anyone else does….  But the number one victim of this barbaric terror group is Muslims. That’s undisputed.”

Along with distancing Islam from violence—real Muslims are not supposed to kill other Muslims in the name of jihad—this argument further clouds the issue of who is the true victim of Islamic terrorism:  Why talk about the Muslim slaughter of non-Muslims—whether Western people in Paris or California, or Christian minorities under Islam—when it is Muslims who are the primary victims most deserving of sympathy?

Yet this argument is flawed on several levels.  First, the Islamic State does not view its victims as Muslims.  Indeed, mainstream Sunni Islam—the world’s dominant strand of Islam which ISIS adheres to—views all non-Sunnis as false Muslims; at best, they are heretics who need to submit to the “true Islam.”

This is largely how Sunnis view Shias, and vice versa—hence their perennial war.  While Western talking heads tend to lump them together as “Muslims”—thus reaching the erroneous conclusion that ISIS is un-Islamic because it kills “fellow Muslims”—each group views the other as enemies.  (It’s only in recent times, as both groups plot against the West and Israel, that they occasionally cooperate.)

~ http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/261156/isis-kills-more-muslims-non-muslims-raymond-ibrahim

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“But do Muslim people really practice Islam? Are these people religious at all?

Often, there is confusion between the teachings of a religion and its followers.

Because of a few black sheep, or people who deliberately exploit a religion and abuse its teachings, an entire religion is dragged through the mud.

Why must Islam be blamed for a gruesome act of terror? Must Muslims, answer for acts of murder?

No. These acts were committed by men without morals, and possibly, with psychological issues.

Their only goal is to spread terror. It doesn’t even matter to them what the Quraan says or doesn’t say, because these people are not Muslims.

Why, then, must other peace loving Muslims blamed for the actions of a Muslim who does not follow the teachings of  Islam? Just because this man calls himself a Muslim, and probably has a beard, doesn’t mean that he is practicing Islam. Just because he cries “Allah is great” before committing a bloody attack, doesn’t mean he represents Islam.

By committing these acts, he forgets the other attributes of this great God: grace and mercy.

God has said in his holy scripture, the Quraan: “Whoever kills one person, kills all mankind, whoever saves one person, saves all of mankind,” (5:32).

The Prophet Mohammad (S.W.) of Islam religion endured pain and suffering. He was insulted, stoned, and beaten bloody, but he never committed violence. He had a lot of respect for other religions. He cried all night long, mourning humanity. When God allowed him to defend himself, that’s when he started to fight in defense of his religion.

And it is on this particular case that his famous verse: “Kill the infidels…” is based. The verse applies to this particular defensive situation.

Not a single verse in the Quraan calls for his followers to spread hatred. On the contrary, Islam is a means to restore peace to the world.

The so-called Islamic State kills innocent people on the grounds that they are unbelievers. They do so because they are sick, and have brutal and perverse intentions. But they do not do so because they are Muslims.

The Koran states, “Your faith is for you, my faith is for me,” (109:6; 18:29; 10:41; 2:256). There must be no compulsion in religion, because the matter of faith is an affair between man and his God.

Every practicing Muslim feels pain at the thought of Paris, Belgium and now, Pakistan.

Even if someone doesn’t believe in any God, God himself says: “And do not insult those whom they worship instead of Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge,” (6:108).

Allah forbids insults, and yet these “Muslims” go so much further: they kill.

Does the Quraan command the murder of little children? No! Do you see how these people take advantage of our religion? They spread terror regardless of the “who and “how.” They do not care who dies and what these people believe. Their only goal is to spread terror. It doesn’t even matter to them what the Quraan says or doesn’t say, because these people are not Muslims.

Western society is not the only victim of terror: Muslims are too. We suffer together, and what binds us is not religion or nationality. We are united by humanity, love and loyalty.

They are a disgrace to the name of Islam! They are cold-hearted killers who only seek to divide humanity. Each act of hatred and hostility brings them one step closer to that goal. These are people who are proud to kill others. They are proud when they succeed in suppressing any voice that fights for freedom and equality.

To profess it is Islamic to kill people in the name of Islam is barbaric. Every practicing Muslim feels pain at the thought of Paris, Belgium, Pakistan and other countries victim of terror attacks.

What these people represent is not, and will never be, Islam! “, stated  Rameza BhattiStudent of political science and sociology , in her article ” Terror Does Not Represent Islam”. ~  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rameza-bhatti/terror-does-not-represent_b_9577060.html

 

In Rameza Bhatti’s declaration, frustrations, compassion, pain and heartaches could be felt. Though truth is more powerful than faith, it is undeniable that faith is unshakeable. Mainstream Islam must show it will not tolerate violence done in Islam name and must counter all the efforts being made by the radicals in Islam  Muslims must rise together against terrorism and will spread the peace until, finally, it trumps hatred. Love for all, hate for none.

 

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Grand Mufti of Egypt,  Sheikh Ali Gomaa who is the Egypt’s superior authority in charge of issuing official fatwas (Islamic religious rulings),  a wide range of opinions on critical issues of Islam such as Jihad, women’s status and the right of Muslims to change religions. News agencies around the world published them in multiple languages. In regard to a Muslim’s right to renounce Islam and to join another religion that is called apostasy, his initial rulings sounded lenient. The Washington Post-Newsweek forum in English was one of the forums that published his decisions.

Here are excerpts from what he said on the issue of apostasy : “The essential question before us is : Can a person who is a Muslim choose a religion other than Islam ? The answer is yes, they can, because the Quran says, ‘Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion,’ (Quran 109:6) and, ‘Whosoever will, let him believe, and whosever will, let him disbelieve,’ (Quran18:29) and, ‘There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is distinct from error’ (Quran 2:256).” He added, “These verses from the Quran discuss a freedom that God affords all people. But from a religious prospective, the act of abandoning one’s religion is a sin punishable by God on the Day of Judgment. If the case in Question is one of merely rejecting faith, then there is no worldly punishment.” He went on to state, “If, however, the crime of undermining the foundations of the society is added to the sin of apostasy, then the case must be referred to a judicial system whose role is to protect the integrity of the society…..According to Islam, it is not permitted for Muslims to reject their faith, so if a Muslim were to leave Islam and adopt another religion, they would thereby be committing a sin in the eyes of Islam. Religious belief and practice is a personal matter, and society only intervenes when that personal matter becomes public and threatens the well-being of its members.”

The Grand Mufti was emphasizing that Muslims do have the freedom to change religions. He emphatically implied that such matters are personal, between man and his Creator. He also asserted that although such conversions are sinful, that God, rather than man, would enact the punishments in the Day of Judgment. He only cited one exception. It would be in instances wherein a person’s conversion to another faith had the potential to undermine the foundations of a society. In such cases he suggested that the courts should get involved to settle the issue.

Islam has two forms of apostasy ; the ordinary and the extreme. The ordinary pertains to situations in which the perpetrators did not intend to bring harm and insults to Islam. Under such circumstances most schools of Muslim jurisprudence would give the guilty person three days to express repentance. Those who fail to do so can incur severe punishments including imprisonment, torture and execution. Those who are charged with extreme apostasy aren’t given opportunities to express repentance. There is no waiting period for anyone who is indicted for purposely attempting to bring harm or insults to Islam, the Quran, and Mohammad.

Sura 40 says that those who reject the scriptures will have iron collars and chains placed around their necks, be dragged into scalding water and burnt in the fire. Elsewhere the Quran seems to indicate a degree of tolerance. Verse 2.256 states: “There is no compulsion in religion.” Two further suras, 10 and 18, include passages indicating that people who do not wish to believe should not be forced to.

http://sheikyermami.com/apostasy-whoever-changes-his-islamic-religion-kill-him/

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“Rev. Lorenz is then quoted in a local television station report saying that if a Muslim leaves his religion and does not return to Islam in a couple of days, then he must be killed. He claims that someone showed him the verse. There is no such verse, Rev. Lorenz. In every faith, apostasy is shunned but ultimate judgment is left to God, not people.” — Salam al-Marayati

“A Muslim’s conversion to Christianity is not a crime punishable by death under Islamic law.” — M. Cherif Bassiouni

“Sura 2:273 – Yermami writes that – Muslims are encouraged to be wholly occupied (Sura 2:273) with fighting for Allah’s cause.

This is the original and correct verse in surah 2:273

[Charity is] for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah , unable to move about in the land. An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all]. And whatever you spend of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.

You write that in Sura 2:193 that – “Fight them until Islam reigns supreme”. ( The question is why do we fight them ????)

the answer is in the previous verse
Sura 2:190 – Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.

Islam fights them because those who fights islam first. Plus this is in Sura 2:192 -And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.  (*Fitnah means lying or spread rumors about something that is not true that will cause harm to others) ~ Brother

 

      1. My answer to this whole post is very simple do not sweep the doorstep of your neighbour with put first having swept YOURSELF!

        Why not take a look at your own religious teachings before trying to disrepute other beliefs… from the bible old testament you know the one jesus ordered you to follow !!! And yes this can be proven too! but you abandoned for Paul! Who gave you the New Testament so what did jesus accept in asking you to follow the old testament. ……let’s see

        Kill Nonbelievers
        They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
        Kill People Who Don’t Listen to Priests
        Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

        Kill Witches
        You should not let a sorceress live. (Exodus 22:17 NAB)

        Kill Homosexuals
        “If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.” (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

        Kill Fortunetellers
        A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

        Death for Hitting Dad
        Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

        Death for Cursing Parents
        1) If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness. (Proverbs 20:20 NAB)
        2) All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)

        Death for Adultery
        If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

        Death for Fornication
        A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

        Death to Followers of Other Religions
        Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)

  1. Deception? Well then since we’re shinning the light of truth into the dark corners of religion why not mention the Talmud ansd all it’s niceities or he fact the Old Testiment promotes usery by Jews to all non Jews but not to other Jews.

    So you don’t like what Islamists’ believe? I don’t either nor do I like the way they treat women but that doesn’t give me or you the right to undermine their beliefs and system.

Ok..read the lengthy description about the laws of apostasy in Islam and explanations and interpretations about it which all end up in “Kill whoever changes his or her religion from Islam to any other”. Yeah..indeed a great article.
The writer of the article, and those people who had put comments over here – please watch this Youtube video –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH-9eSw4IhA&feature=related
I agree that there are several laws in Islam which say “Muslims must make war on the infidels (unbelievers) who live around them” and several more..As person who understands Islam and Quran can easily say that its quoted out of the context. You should understand the context in Quran upon which this verse has been revealed.
See its really easy to start commending on Quranic verses by just reading its word meanings..but trust if you understand the context of those verses you will be satisfied for sure..but please..do not try to understand Islam by reading “e-articles” from internet..this is mainly because I had found 99% of the “e-articles” providing confusing as well as fake messages..instead read Quran translation of Abul Aala Moudoodi or Yusuf Ali.
To understand the beauty of Islamic rules and teachings we should start from the very first Islamic rule instated by Prophet Muhammed. Do you know there were numerous non-muslims co-existed happily with the muslims during those time?

Do you know there was a written constitution (in fact one of the earliest written constitutions of the world) which gave equal rights to muslims and non-muslims in place during those time itself?

In order to avoid any unwanted attacks to non-muslims houses Islamic governemt appointed soldiers to guard non-muslim houses and territories. Do you know that?

If we read the Islamic administration that happened during the reign of Prophet Muhammed, Abu Backer Sidheeq, Umar bin Khatab and their descentends, I bet you cant complete those without feeling goosebumbs while we read their sincerity, dedication to the public, utmost simplicity, commanding power and you name it..thats why during the formation of 1st independent Indian government Jawahar Lal Nehru stated “I am dreaming of bringing Umar bin Khatab’s administration here in India to make India a peaceful place”

This is a true story..during the regn of second khalifa of Islamic empire, the immense growth and power of Islamic empire attracted attention all over the world. At one point after the Prophet’s death, the Islamic Empire stretched from Jerusalem to as far as the borders of China, the shores of the Iberian Peninsula and down to Egypt. So to meet the Khalifa and study the Islamic rule one team from Rome visited mecca. During their way to meet the Khalifa, in order to find out the palace of him, they stopped by a man who was taking a nap under a date palm tree infront of his house (which was built of palm leaves) to show them the way to emperor’s palace. They introduced them as the team from Rome and asked him the way to the palace. He answered “I am the person whom you are looking for”. Could you believe it?? Its true..
Frankly speaking I was not in to religious matters at all till recently. It is when I started reading Quran,Islamic history and life of Prophet and his companions I got attracted to it..

Believe me or NOT..its that illeterate person from Arabia (prophet Muhammed) converted a huge community of thugs and hooligans in to world famous administrators and after all then much respected community as a whole.
If you are judging the rule that are happening in the so-call Islamic countries around the world at present..I am sincerely sorry to say that there is not even a single country in the world which is being governed in Islamic way to the fullest..all are just namesake Islamic countries.

  1. Sam I really appreciated the way u tried to tell the truth , this article is not true actually I would say it’s completely far away from teachings of Islam and I’m very disappointed the way these People try to write down something that’s full of lie,
    1. the holy Qurran is the most beautiful book or revolution from Allah you guys will ever see,it’s miracle that after 1500 years has passed , but there’s no difference in the Quran no matter where ever it is in this world
    2. Qurran s language is Arabic , but the language Allah has spoken to us is amazing because those words have so many meaning even in Arabic , the translations here r not correct. Or have other meanings to them as well that change their meaning completely , In Qurran you can not pick 1 thing up ,everything is said in context and different back ground and different situation , I have read Qurran translation that’s why I can assure u. If u don’t believe me read the translation of Qurran YOURSELF AND DONT BELIEVE IN THESE PEOPLE WHOSE AGANDA IS STOPPING ISLAM FROM GROWING AS NOW ITS GETTING THE MOST POPULAR RELIGION IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF ITS PEACE PREACHING
    3. IN ISLAM IF WE SAVE ONE LIFE, IS LIKE SAVING THE ALL HUMANITY. EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND NO SHOULD BE KILLED UNLESS THE PERSON HAS KILLED OTHER HUMAN BEINGS
    4. ISLAM HAS NOT BEEN SPREAD WITH SWORD BUT WITH BEST CHARACTERISTICS OF PROPHET MOHAMMED (PBUH) AND HIS FOLLOWERS , AND IT GROWN V FAST IN THATS ERA AND TILL NOW. PLEACE I WILL REQUEST ALL OF U TO READ OR LISTEN ISLAMIC SCHOLARS As
    MUFTI ISMAEL MENK
    DR ZAKER NAIK
    I HAVE LISTEN BOTH SO THATS Y IM TELLING YOU
    5 . In Islam JESUS AND MOSES , IBRAHIM , NOOH,YOUSAF AND MANY OTHER PROPHETS BEEN MENTIONED AND THE NATIONS THEY WERE SENT TOWARDS, ALL THEIR STORIES AND WHY THESE NATIONS WERE BEEN DESTROYED AND BEYOND THAT, and it’s clearly known that our PROPHET MOHAMMED PBUH WAS ILLITERATE , couldn’t read or write so how he’s gonna know all these things which had happened from Adam and even well B4 that.
    PLAESE DONT BELIEVE WHAT MEDIA SAY ABOUT ISLAM, try TO READ IT AND LEARN IT URSELF TO KNOW THE REAL TRUTH AS WE ALL KNOW HALF TRUTH IS MORE DANGEROUS WHEN ITS MIXED WITH A LIE , in this way MEDIA IS HIDING FROM YOU OR MANIPULATING SO U NEVER KNOW.

 

Now i have no idea for peoples personal hatred towards islam on this site and neither do i want to know. However, providing information on islamic principles that are either false, out of context (thereby making them misleading), or lacking important additional information for further clarity is an example of the ‘deceptive tactics’ that are allegedly being used by muslims. Talk about hipocrysy! As far as the apoatasy issue is concerned i would have you all know that apostasy is mentioned atleast twenty times in the quran and not once has there been a worldly punishment for it mentioned. The fact that it has been mentioned so many times and not once including a legal sanction is a clear Indication of it being a personal matter between Man and God. As far as islamic law is concerned, it is based on the quran and hadith (with quran being the ultimate source). As such, islamic law has room for error due to two important factors, a) our own interpretation and b) aunthenticity of hadith. As i have stated the situation in the Quran i will now refer to the hadith. There is a hadith that recounts a story of the prophet in which he allows a person to leave medina upon renouncing islam despite saying that he is denied a place in heaven, thereby implying no worldly punishment. There are also others that state that renegades (meaning rebellious people that serve to harm islam) are to be punished! Apart from validating their authenticity there remains the issue of SUCH hadith that do NOT provide any sanction for innocent apostates. Also, i am not sure whethor any hadiths mention a legal sanction for people who simply wish to leave islam without intent of harming it. In the end, it is all a matter of interpretation.

http://sheikyermami.com/apostasy-whoever-changes-his-islamic-religion-kill-him/

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