Muslims Against Terrorism
Over the past several decades, some persons of Arabian descent who
claimed to be Muslims have committed terrorist acts against the
United States. Those events, plus conflicts in the Middle East,
media labeling terrorists as Muslims, the Taliban's treatment of
women, and a history of conflict between Christians and Muslims,
have created a number of myths.
The most dangerous myth is that Islam condones terrorism. Another
myth is that Muslims are mostly Arabians. A third myth is that in
Islamic teachings, men are allowed to terrorize women. A fourth
myth is that Islamic teachings allow a government to force everyone
to be Muslims.
Islam and Terrorism
Islam prohibits terrorism. Islam prohibits a Muslim from
attacking innocent civilians. (Al-Islam)
"Islam does not support terrorism under any circumstances.
Terrorism goes against every principle in Islam. If a Muslim
engages in terrorism, he is not following Islam. He may be wrongly
using the name of Islam for political or financial gain." (USA
"Muslims throughout their history never allowed the killing of
civilians, even in the midst of wars such as the Crusades. There is
no respected Islamic scholar here in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else
in the Muslim world who would support such a fatwa."
(The Guardian - Khashoggi)
Hamza Yusuf, an Islamic scholar, has made several comments about
Islam and terrorism. "The Prophet Muhammad said, 'Do not kill women
or children or non-combatants and do not kill old people or
"Suicide is haram in Islam. It's prohibited, like a mortal sin.
And murder is haram. And to kill civilians is murder."
"The Prophet also said that there are people who kill in the name
of Islam and go to hell. And when he was asked why, he said,
'Because they weren't fighting truly for the sake of God.'
Muslims Against Terrorism requests media not use phrases such as
"Islamic Fundamentalists" or "Muslim Terrorists" regarding
terrorist attacks "Because such things do not exist. Islam is the
religion of peace, love and mutual respect. Islam is the religion
of moderation. Islam is the religion of human value and dignity."
They ask that religious affiliation not be mentioned in terrorist
Editor's Note - Terrorists associated with the September 11th
disaster could be called "al Qaeda Terrorists" since their
involvement has been proven according to US, British, and Pakistani
officials. When the Ku Klux Klan claimed credit for terrorist
attacks in the 1960's, they were not identified by religion as
"Christian Fundamentalists" or "Christian Terrorists." Although
they identified themselves as a Christian movement, media never
labeled them as Christians because their terrorism was regarded as
a basic violation of Christian principles. We owe the same respect
to the Muslim religion. (Pronounce al Qaeda as "Al Ka-e-dah.") (Muslims
Islam and Jet Fuel as a Weapon
According to Hamza Yusuf, an Islamic scholar, the Hadith states
that "It's prohibited to burn anyone in Islam as a punishment. No
one can grant these attackers any legitimacy. It was evil." (Islamic
Server of MSA-USC)
Islam and Biological or Chemical Warfare
According to Hamza Yusuf, an Islamic scholar, the Prophet Muhammad
said, "Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees and do not poison the
wells of your enemies." (Islamic
Server of MSA-USC)
Islam and Arabians
Most Muslims are not Arabians. About 12 percent of Muslims
are Arabian. (Detroit Free
Islam and Women
In Islamic teachings, men and women are to be respected
equally. "Under Islamic law, women have always had the right to
own property, receive an education and otherwise take part in
community life. Men and women are to be respected equally. The
Islamic rules for modest dress apply to women and men equally." (USA
"In the Islamic world, at the beginning of Islam, there were no
restrictions or prohibitions toward women to seek knowledge and
education. There were many women scholars in the fields of
religion, literature, music, education, and medicine." "Islam has
given women the rights to work, to own property and to have wealth.
Women can seek employment and work in professions such as medical
care, teaching, civil and justice professions. These rights remain
the same before and after marriage." (Afghanistan
Online - Shorish-Shamley)
"The advent of Islam fundamentally altered the status of women in
several ways. First, and most importantly, it overturned tradition
by according women equal status before Allah. No longer were women
denied a human face. Their souls like the souls of men were
precious to Allah. They, like men, were worthy of dignity and
respect. As a result of this new status and the revolution it
worked on Arab society—women became pillars of early Muslim
society and were counted among its strongest supporters." (The Social System
and Morality of Islam - Bassiouni)
Beyond teachings in the Qur'an, Muslims encourage equality for
woman in many countries. For example, the country with the most
Muslims is Indonesia and it has a female president,
Megawati Sukarnoputri. Another country with a very large
Muslim population is Pakistan and their former prime minister, Benazir
Bhutto, was the first female to be elected head of a Muslim
state. Queen Noor of
Jordan is a major force for world peace, regional peace,
women's rights, community development, and protection of the
environment. Oppression of women is a violation of the teachings of
Islam. Most Muslim women live in countries where equality of
opportunity is encouraged.
Islam and Converting Others
In Islamic teachings, a Muslim is not allowed to force others to
convert. "Let there be no compulsion in religion...." (Al-Islam - Al-Baqarah:
"Jihad is not a war to force the faith on others, as many people
think of it. It should never be interpreted as a way of compulsion
of the belief on others, since there is an explicit verse in the
Qur'an that says: 'There is no compulsion in religion' Al-Qur'an:
Al-Baqarah (2:256)." (
Islamic Server of MSA-USC)
Instead, a Muslim must be respectful of other religions. By
extension, an Islamic government is not allowed to compel anyone to
be a Muslim.
Islam and Christianity
Islam teaches respect for Christianity. Muslims believe in
the Old Testament of the Bible and the same God as Christians.
Muslims believe that Jesus was a Prophet of God but not the Son of
Islam and Judaism
Islam teaches respect for Judaism. Muslims support the basic
beliefs expressed in the Torah and the Koran. Muslims also accept
all of the prophets of Judaism. "The main difference between Jews
and Muslims is that Jews do not believe in the prophets after the
Jewish prophets, including Muhammad and his teachings." (USA
Islam and Actual Practice
Just as in other religions, some who practice Islam have
incorporated historical traditions into their faith, traditions
that are not part of the teachings of Muhammad.
Muslims and the United States
Practicing Muslims throughout the world condemn the terrorist
attacks against the USA. They also oppose any response by the USA
that will result in civilian casualties while pursuing the
A meeting of the most influential Muslim clerics in the world,
called the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), was held
in October. The 56-nation OIC represents 1.2 billion Muslims. The
OIC president stated, "We assert our utter rejection of these
attacks and assert that confronting them must not touch innocent
civilians and must not extend beyond those who carried out those
The Qur'an is clear that innocent civilians must be protected.
Islam does not recognize "collateral damage," civilian casualties,
as legitimate even during war.
News media have covered demonstrations against the USA in Muslim
countries. Demonstrators who support the use of terrorism represent
a very small percent of the Muslim population. However,
demonstrators are using the American response to the tragic events
of September 11th to remind Muslims that they find American foreign
policies toward Muslims unfair.
Islam and Tyrants
Approximately 100 percent of Muslims are Sunni. "The equality of all
Muslims is emphasized repeatedly throughout the Qur'an. It is
because of that concept that Islam under the Sunni tradition does
not have an ordained clergy. There is a direct relationship between
every man and his Creator, and there can be no intermediary." (CBS
Muslims Against Terrorism
Makiya makes the case that, essential to stopping terrorism, is for
Muslims of the world to stop violent criminals from hiding under
the cloak of religion.
"But it is now up to Arabs and Muslims to draw the line that
separates them from the Osama bin Ladens of this world, just as it
was up to Americans to excoriate, isolate, outlaw, imprison and
eventually root out the members of the Klan from their midst."
"Worse than being wrong...it is morally bankrupt...[for Muslims] to
'rationalize' or 'explain' the new anti-Americanism rampant in so
much of the Muslim and Arab worlds...."
"This [terrorism] is not Islam any more than the Ku Klux Klan is
Christianity. No concessions can be made to either mindset, which
have more in common with one another than they do with the
religions they claim to represent." (
The Age - Makiya)
The Muslim organization Muslims
Against Terrorism has the goal of working with Muslims and
non-Muslims to help stop terrorism.
Goal of Terrorism
Editorial - One purpose of the attack against the USA was to
help unify Muslims throughout the world. The terrorists were trying
to get the USA to bomb and invade Muslim nations. The terrorists
believed that the Muslims of the world would unite against the USA
if the USA kills innocent Muslims while seeking revenge from the
"If anyone slew a person...it would be as if he slew the whole
people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the
life of the whole people." (Al-Islam - Al-Maidah:
May we, in our efforts to eliminate terrorism, completely avoid
any further casualties.
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