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, 16:90)
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
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
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 murder.
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.