“Does Islam encourage terrorism?”

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.



  1. alkomx said,

    June 13, 2008 at 7:43 am

    i sent u some good links of islamic sites,…

  2. June 16, 2008 at 2:00 am

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  3. Anya said,

    June 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I find it “funny” how if one who is Muslim (for example: a terrorist) condones violence on others they consider to be infidels and enemies Americans misconsture all of Islam as being a violent religion. But when, in America, a Christian condones war, torture, and the death sentence no one they don’t consider all of Christianity a violent religion.

    It goes to show how much people don’t really think for themselves and examine the issues as a whole. Instead they buy into the ideas they are being spoonfed by the government and media.

  4. Anya said,

    June 24, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I should also mention that I know Christianity is NOT a violent religion and neither is Islam. It is people who have hate and violence in their hearts who give the religions a bad name.

  5. dajjal said,

    June 25, 2008 at 7:23 am

    America and Christianity are not congruent entities. Our system separates religion from state whereas Islam conflates them.

    Unlike Muhammad, Jesus Christ neither sanctified, mandated nor exemplified Jihad, genocide & terrorism. Anya, I suggest that you read Surahs Al-Anfal, Al Taubah, Al-Azhab, Al-Fath & As-Saff. Follow up with Bukhari’s books of Jihad, Khumus & Expedition, all of which are available on line at USC-MSA’s Compendium of Islamic Texts. Further confirmation is to be found in Book 11, Ch. 234 of Riyad-us-Saliheen and Book O.9 of Reliance of the Traveler.

  6. thepureislam said,

    June 25, 2008 at 9:33 am

    and anya, i suggest you to read Quran with the tafsir(interpretation) of this. you can compare it with such action that America and Israel do against muslim. which one is real terrorist? muslims or anti-muslims?
    and i emphasize Islam respect all heavenly religions and all followers including muslims, Christians and Jews. you can refer to Quran, Surah Baqara(2), verse 285:

    The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allâh, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” – and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).”

    and i should say when a person doesn’t understand Quran as well as he should, he will say such as dajjal said about terrorism in Islam. Islam encourage people to achieve peace in evry situation, even when kuffar (unbelievers) attacked to muslims, mostly the holy prophet (P.B.U.H) invited them to Islam and releasing the war. you can refer to Quran, Surah 5/32 that says:
    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, Surah 5, Verse 32)

    “Good Luck”

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  8. nubiennes said,

    December 19, 2008 at 9:15 am

    i think it is true that Islam is encourage terrorism or violance. eventhough i am a moeslem too but i also realized that Al-Quran has so many grey area which can make moeslem itself missunderstanding each other. and this happens to Injil, Taurat and so on. what is going on? should we blame the people that missunderstandin the Quran or the Quran itself? ;))

  9. RenX said,

    April 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I think nubiennes should compare a few translation and use ur logic and u will see that everything are stated in Al-Quran .Islam are not spread through the world by sword but by words, but for me im more worried bout the people who “claimed” that they are doing it for Islam though

  10. learnquranonline1 said,

    September 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    learn quran online, learn quran, learning quran online
    Islam is the religion of peace and The word “Islam” itself means “Submission to Allah.” The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of “Christianity” which was named after Jesus Christ, “Buddhism” after Gutama Buddha , “Marxism” after Karl Marx, and “Confucianism” after Confucius.
    Similarly, Islam is not named after a tribe like “Judaism” after the tribe of Judah and “Hinduism” after the Hindus. The Arabic word “Islam” means the submission or surrender of one’s will to the will of the only true god worthy of worship, “Allah” (known as God “the Father” in Christianity).
    And Mosks are the place where we do our prayers
    “Whoever builds a Masjid, seeking Allah’s pleasure; Allah will build for him a similar place in Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)
    “Do you know who will go first on the Day of Resurrection to the shade of Allah? Those who when given what is right accept it, when asked for something give freely and who judge in favour of others as they do for themselves.” (Tirmidhi)

    All this can be spread through the learning of Quran so learn Quran online and join http://www.learningquranonline.com learn quran online, learn quran, learning quran online

  11. bahram said,

    October 10, 2009 at 1:35 am

    just read your own words and you will notice how stiuped and childish and backword and nonsence it is. i feel sorry for you.

  12. bahram said,

    October 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    did allah talk to you directly or- he gave message to imamh omah?

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