The new Jihadist mentality by ISIS, El Shabab, Bukuharam and Al Gaeda: Does Islam provides Justification? (I)
By Ahmed A. Morgan
Striving to uphold the “cause of God” simply means striving to uphold all God’s commandments and a strive to condemn all God’s prohibitions.
Hence, a jihad in the cause of God is a strive to preach and uphold God’s way and God’s Law.
Since the word jihad has been manipulated to advocate violence and the killing of innocent people, it is necessary to establish, with clear Qur’anic evidence, that the “cause of God” does not allow unlawful killing or violence.
1- First, we must always be aware of the prime declaration in the Quran which states that God does not advocate sin: “God never advocates sin. Are you saying about God what you do not know?” 7:28
2- Following from that, the Quran states categorically that killing any innocent soul is a gross sin:
“…… You shall not kill – God has made life sacred – except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that you may understand.” 6:151
“You shall not kill any person – for God has made life sacred – except in the course of justice. …..” 17:33
The prohibition to kill any innocent soul has always been the law of God, in the Quran and in all previous scripture:
“……, we decreed for the Children of Israel that anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people. ” 5:32
3- God does not allow fighting (war) except in the case of self defence:
” ………. If they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then God gives you no excuse to fight them” 4:90
If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in God. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.” 8:6. “do not aggress; God dislikes the aggressors.” 5:87
4- God commands that there will be no compulsion in religion: “There shall be no compulsion in religion …” 2:256. “You have your religion and I have mine” 109:6. “Had your Lord willed, all the people on earth would have believed. Do you want to force the people to become believers?” 10:99.
The commands in the above verses are very clear. The Quran confirms that belief must be attained voluntarily and not forcibly. If we are forced into becoming Muslims, there would be no credit due.
The choice must be a voluntary one. “Proclaim: “This is the truth from your Lord,” then Whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve” 18:29. “You
shall remind, for your mission is to deliver this reminder.
You have no power over them” 88:21-22. The message of no compulsion in religion is once again emphasized in the above Qur’anic words.
5- Quran advocates pardon, forgiveness and tolerance:
“You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant” 7:199. “Tell those who believe to forgive those who do not long for the days of (meeting) God. He will fully pay everyone for whatever they have earned.” 45:14.
The Quran condemns the killing or even the persecution of people merely because they embrace a different religion. The Quran mandates absolute freedom of religion among all people.
Respect and mutual co-existence must be exercised with those of other religions. The Quran urges Muslims to treat such people kindly and equitably:
“God does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes.
You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. God loves the equitable.” 60:8. As all the above verses indicate, the Quran is clear in prohibiting all violence, unlawful killing and also forcing others into Islam.
Attacks on civilians and on innocent people around the world by these terrorist groups is a violation of all the verses quoted above and have no Islamic backing anywhere, leave alone other religions. THIRD:
Are ‘suicide bombers’ really going to Heaven as they believe? Suicide is a state of disbelief and loss of faith that is condemned by God throughout the Quran.
In the Quran, God commands the believers never to despair or lose hope but instead have faith in God and work for a brighter future:” ………… none despairs of God’s grace except the disbelieving people.” 12:87.
It is true that many of the youth who commit suicide bombing live in dire situations and there is no denying of their suffering and oppression.
But there is no justification for breaking God’s commandment.
Oppression is not a reason to break God’s law.
On the contrary, oppression is a good reason to hold tight to these commandments and to show more faith in God. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Today, even young girls are pouring into the war zones in Syria to support the ISIS.
In Nigeria and elsewhere, these people could use even young girls at ages below ten to explode themselves. Does Islam support these acts?
There is nowhere that God would approve of this, even Satan himself is wondering as to where these people have come from with all this mentality.
Such acts might have by now put both God and Satan on a serious research for their origin because they seem not to belong to either of the two opposite powers.
May God save the world and its people from the new Satanism. Amen.
The writer is a lecturer of economics at the University of Juba and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 0912250567 or +254716147016
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