By Syed S. Haidar
The question very directly pointing a finger on the religion of Islam as a whole, (as oppose to this specific sect, who believe in terrorism) and implying that there is something inherently wrong in it.
I would question the very mind who raises such an absurd question. It shows a profound lack of knowledge about Islam. One can not even juxtapose the word terrorism next to Islam, both are contradictory terms. In true Islam, terror does not exist”. In Islam killing a human is an act that is equal in gravity to unbelief. No person can kill a human being. No one can touch an innocent person, even in times of war. There is no such thing as Muslim Terrorist; a terrorist can not be a Muslim; a Muslim can not be a terrorist. Islam, always, in all circumstances approbates peace. The Qur’an regards human life as being exalted and inviolate. Islam consider murder as one the gravest sins and as a capital crime. In Islam even in war fare there are rules to be observed; even trees and vegetation, crops have rights, and non – combatant innocent people can not be killed. Women and children are protected.
The Qur’an says that killing one innocent person is the same as killing all people:
If someone kills another person – unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth – it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. The instructions came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Quran, Sura 5, Verse 32)
In this Quranic verse, Muslim morality is explained:
To be one of those who believe and urge each other to steadfastness and urge each other to compassion. Those are the Companions of the Right. (Q: 17-18)
As we see in this verse, one of the most important moral precepts that God has sent down to mankind so they may receive salvation and mercy and attain Paradise, is to “urge each other to compassion“.
Islam as described in the Qur’an is a modern, enlightened, progressive religion. A Muslim is above all a person of peace; he is tolerant with a democratic spirit, cultured, enlightened, honest, and knowledgeable about art and science and civilizations.
A Muslim educated in the fine moral teaching of the Qur’an, approaches everyone with the love that Islam expects. He shows respect for every idea and he values art and aesthetics. He is conciliatory in the face of every event, diminishing tension and restoring amity. In societies composed of individuals such as this, there has to be refined higher civilization, a higher social morality, more joy, happiness, justice, security, abundance and blessings than in the most modern nations of the world today.