God commands justice and
doing good and giving to relatives. And He forbids
indecency and doing wrong and tyranny. He warns
you so that hopefully you will pay heed. (Qur'an,
God commands justice
and doing good and giving to relatives.
And He forbids indecency and doing wrong
and tyranny. He warns you so that hopefully
you will pay heed.
As Muslims, we strongly
condemn the terrorist attacks on two major cities
of the United States of America on September 11,
2001, which caused the death and injury of thousands
of innocent people, and we offer our condolences
to the American nation. These attacks propelled
the important issue of the true source of terrorism
to the top of the world agenda. Thus, it has been
announced to the entire world that Islam is a
religion of peace and tolerance that summons individuals
to compassion and justice. Many world leaders,
leading media organisations, television and radio
stations said that true Islam forbids violence,
and encourages peace between people and between
nations. The Western circles that have come to
a full grasp of the religion of Islam and are
well-informed about Islam as commanded by God
in the Qur'an noted clearly that the words "Islam"
and "terror" cannot stand side by side, and that
no divine religion permits violence.
This book maintains that the source of the terror
that we condemn is definitely not from a divine
religion, and that there is no room for terrorism
in Islam. This is made clear in the Qur'an, the
main source of Islam, and in the practices of
all true Muslim rulers, the Prophet Muhammad being
the foremost of them. This book reveals, in the
light of the verses of the Qur'an and with examples
from history, that Islam forbids terrorism and
aims to bring peace and security to the world.
As is known, for centuries, various acts of terrorism
have been carried out in different parts of the
world by different groups for a variety of purposes.
Sometimes a communist organisation, sometimes
a fascist group, and sometimes radical and separatist
factions assume responsibility for these acts.
While countries like America often became the
target of attacks by racist and marginal terrorist
groups, the European countries have been centre
stage for violent acts carried out by terrorist
groups. 17 November in Greece, RAF (Red Army Faction)
and Neo-Nazis in Germany, ETA in Spain, Red Brigades
in Italy and many other organisations seek to
make their voices heard through terror and violence
by killing innocent and defenceless people. The
nature of terrorism changes with changing world
conditions and increases its impact and power
with the new means made possible by developing
technology. In particular, mass communication
tools such as the Internet extend the scope and
influence of the terrorist activities considerably.
If one is looking
for the cause of an act of terrorism, one
must look for its source in anti-religious
ideologies. Religion enjoins love, compassion,
forgiveness, peace and living according
to high moral standards. Terrorism, on the
other hand, is on the side of cruelty and
violence, causing pain, bloodshed and committing
Besides the Western organisations, there are
also other terror organisations of Middle East
origin. Terrorist attacks are carried out by these
groups in all corners of the world. Sadly, the
fact that the perpetrators of various terrorist
acts carry Christian, Muslim or Jewish identities
cause some people to put forward claims which
do not concur with divine religions. The truth
is that even if terrorists have Muslim identities,
the terror they perpetrate cannot be labelled
"Islamic terror", just as it could not be called
"Jewish terror" if the perpetrators were Jews
or "Christian terror" if they were Christians.
That is because, as will be examined in the following
pages, murdering innocent people in the name of
a divine religion is unacceptable. We need to
keep in mind that, among those who were killed
in New York and Washington, there were people
who loved the Prophet Jesus (Christians), the
Prophet Moses (Jews) and the Prophet Muhammad
(Muslims). Unless forgiven by God, murdering innocent
people is a great sin that leads to torment in
Hell. No one who is religious and fears God would
do such a thing.
aggressors can commit such violence only with
the intention of attacking religion itself. It
may well be that those who carried out this violence
did so to present religion as evil in the eyes
of people, to divorce people from religion and
to generate hatred towards those who are religiously
inclined. Consequently, every attack on American
citizens or other innocent people having a religious
facade is actually an attack made against religion.
Religion commands love, mercy and peace. Terror,
on the other hand, is the opposite of religion;
it is cruel, merciless and demands bloodshed and
misery. This being the case, the origins of a
terrorist act should be sought in disbelief rather
than in religion. People with a fascist, communist,
racist or materialist outlook on life should be
suspected as potential perpetrators. The name
or the identity of the triggerman is not important.
If he can kill innocent people without blinking
an eye, then he is a nonbeliever, not a believer.
He is a murderer with no fear of God, whose main
ambition is to shed blood and to cause harm. For
this reason, "Islamic terror" is an erroneous
concept which contradicts the message of Islam.
The religion of Islam can by no means countenance
terrorism. On the contrary, terror (i.e. murder
of innocent people) in Islam is a great sin, and
Muslims are responsible for preventing these acts
and bringing peace and justice to the world.