Daily Archives: June 4, 2011

A Note on Terrorism

Salaam alaikum (peace be with you) all our brothers and sisters in humanity,

whatever your race, religion, or other distinguishing characteristics.

We as Muslims consider the 9/11 Attacks as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Bali Bombings as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Istanbul Bombings 2003 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Madrid Train Bombings 2004 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Sinai Bombings 2004 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the 7/7 London Bombings 2005 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Kusadasi Bus Bombings 2005 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the 21st July London Bombings 2005 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Glasgow Airport attack 2007 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Sufi shrine bombings in Pakistan 2010-11 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider the Egyptian church bombing 2011 as Terrorism

We as Muslims consider any bombings of any place of worship of any religious faith, any shopping centres, and any other civilian buildings, infrastructure and people as Terrorism.In the time of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), any time a Muslim Army had to go to war, Prophet Mohammed used to order them:

“Go into battle in the name of God and in the way of God.

Do not steal and do not act treacherously.

Do not mutilate and do not kill children.  “- Al-Muwatta, Volume 21, Hadith 11.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once saw the corpse of a woman who had been killed in a military action, and he disapproved of it and forbade the killing of women and children.

Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad and his successor as head of the Muslim community, advised one of his military commanders:

“Do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person.

Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees.

Do not destroy an inhabited place.

Do not slaughter sheep or camels except for food.

Do not burn bees and do not scatter them.

Do not steal and do not be cowardly.” – Al-Muwatta, Volume 21, Hadith 9 and 10.

Dear brothers and sisters in humanity, if you wish to have a truly civilised, decent, meaningful conversation about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him),. “O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another.

Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him.

Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware.” – Holy Qur’an 49:13 (M. Asad) If however, you define the “Freedom of Speech” as a license to insult and disrespectfully speak of God, his prophets, people of various religious beliefs, ethnic origins etc. then your idea of “civility” is very different from that of Prophet Muhammad and his followers… We respectfully ask that you refrain from simply being a source of agitation to us.