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To all the “Muslim Terrorists” and “Muslim Terrorist Organizations” who commit heinous crimes in the name of Islam.
Denunciation & Condemnation: Terrorists are “Fasiqun,“ “Kuffars” and comrades of “Shaytaan”
Submitted by: “A Concerned Group of Islamic scholars and researchers of the Quran.”
On behalf of: “Morally Conscious” and “God-Fearing” Muslims from all over the world.”
“What went wrong?” a book by Bernard Lewis considered to be a highly eminent authority on Middle Eastern history in which he highlights the striking difference between the western and Middle Eastern cultures. Another two questions raised were, “What did we do wrong?” and “How do we put it right?” To answer the question, “What went wrong?” can be easily given by the miserable failure of the “People of Abrahamic Faiths” for not being able to comprehend the most important commandment of God, “Thou Shall Not Kill.”
“What did we do wrong?” From the death chambers of concentration camps in Auschwitz to the suffocation camps in Gaza, there remain abundant failures of not being sincere in addressing the sufferings of humanity. People from across the world continue to pour their sentiments, “Never Again,” yet the religious and political leaders of the three Abrahamic faiths have always displayed indifference towards resolving the root cause of the problem which encouraged so many to be on the warpath for so long. “Reconciliation is the best” was the commandment given to Prophet of Islam, but the urge to sell the armaments only triggers more bloodshed in the Middle Eastern region. No doubt, evildoers must be punished, but not at the expense of innocent human beings.
“How do we put it right?” This question should only be directed to the Muslims leaders across the globe. Prominent Islamic scholars, political leaders and media pundits in the Islamic world as well as the western world merely gives a grand lip service to idea of defeating the “Terrorist Ideology,” but none dare confront the ground reality that there were three Muslim scholars, who were wholly and solely responsible for the shattering image of Islam. Namely, Sayyid Qutb, a leading theorist of violent Jihad, Ayatollah Rohullah Khomeni, one who lit the fires of hatred in the Islamic world, and Maulana Abul A’la Maududi, the grandfather of Political Islam.
Far too many have constantly raised one single question, “Where are the Moderate Muslims?” Unfortunately, voices of so many are heard less, and in turn, many Muslim leaders would rather stay aloof and not be bold enough to confront the stark reality of the consequences that the worst is yet to come, if the “Muslim Terrorists” continue with their bloody rampage. It is also a proven fact that the spotlight has always remained on those who are busy portraying a false image of Islam. History has proven that it was the Iranian Revolution of 1979 lead by the Mullahs that initiated the downward spiral of Islam to such an extent that many in the western world are now questioning the Qur’an as downright evil book. Not quite so, as Richard Henry Drummond in his book, titled “Islam for the Western Mind,” reminded the readers that “some of the finest theological writing of our generation has come from the pen of Anglican Bishop Kenneth Cragg, who writes of Islam – and of Muhammad – with a depth of sympathetic understanding and affection hardly to be equaled previously.” Having said this, we urge all those Muslim bashers to read two of Kenneth Cragg’s books, “The Mind of the Quran,” and “The Event of the Quran.”
“We The Moderate Muslims” are now compelled to bring to the attention of our fellow Muslims, this pointed reminder in the form of “Denunciation & Condemnation of Muslim Terrorist Organizations and Muslim Terrorists.” It is directed to all converted, fanatic, aggrieved, dispossessed, tyrannized or politically motivated Muslims, who may be targeted for radicalization. We are more so concerned about those “Muslim Youths,” who may be exposed to the radical ideas or any misguiding literature on Islam, thereby lured by the notion of Jihad and martyrdom. With utmost sincerity, we urge such “Muslim Youths,” however small in number, to seriously reflect and ponder over this denunciation, before giving in to the false call of “Holy War” and joining, supporting or having anything to do with any of the so-called “Muslim Terrorist Organizations,” or contemplating to perpetrate a terrorist act either on his own or as part of a sleeping group or cell.
Terrorist activities, barbaric and arbitrary ways, and pan-Islamic political ambitions explicitly or implicitly conflict with the fundamental message of the Qur’an. Accordingly, any individual, splintered or organized groups, or sects, who claim to be the custodians of Islam, cannot take law in their own hands to declare and commit acts of terror under the pretext of the so-called “Holy War” – Jihad. In Islam, war is not holy. Islamic tradition does not have a notion of “Holy War” (al-harb al mugaddash), an expression never to be found in the Qur’an. Thus, all sorts of terror attacks and heinous crimes perpetrated in the name of Islam are tailored to transmute the character of Islam from a religion of peace and enlightenment to a cult of terror and ignorance (jahilliyah) – a grand conspiracy to take Islam back to the “Pre-Islamic” era that is bound to fail as history’s clock cannot be set fourteen centuries backwards.
The truth of the matter is that terrorism is as antithetic to Islam as godlessness to the devout, treason to the patriot, arrogance to the humble and barbarism to the civilized. In short, the terrorists are: “Savages,” “Heathens,” “Brutes,” “Thugs,” “Kidnappers,” “Hoodlums,” “Murderers,” and above all, “Merciless Killers and Ruthless Barbarians.”
Hence, we warn the ideologues and leaders of all terror outfit that in our view, the campaign of terror viciously launched by the “Muslim Terrorist Organizations,” which is unfolding in different forms from sectarian killing, suicide bombing at mosques and churches, blowing up girls schools, kidnapping school girls to killing the Christians and Yazidis, all dissident fellow Muslims, beheading of journalists and posting of this barbaric act on the Internet and storming airports, civil courts and Parliament houses for example constitute a “war against God and the Prophet,” the perpetrators of which were historically ‘slain or crucified or had their hands and feet amputated from opposite sides, or expelled from the land” (5:33-34).
“(It is but) a just recompense (jaza’) for those who wage war against God and
His Prophet, and storm about the earth causing corruption (fasad) that they are
slain, or crucified, or have their hands and feet amputated from opposite sides,
or expelled from the land. This has been their disgrace in this world, and a severe
punishment (awaits) them in the hereafter [5:33], except (for) those who repent
before you overpower them. (If so,) know that God is Most Forgiving and Merciful.”
Surah: Al-Ma’idah (The Table) – Chapter: 5 – Verse: 33-34
We will therefore like to say to the heads and ideologues of all the “Muslim Terrorist Organizations” that:
You and cohorts are indulging in “manifestly immoral act” (fahasha mubaiyanah) as obvious as murder before the eyes of the next of kin or public, a daylight robbery, deliberate ramming of car on little children waiting for school bus, pushing a guy from the roof of a high-rise building for fun – to give some simple examples. You and your cohorts are also sinning against your own souls – committing “Zulm al-Nafs,” that distorts your notion of right and wrong, piety and perversity, justice and injustice, compassion and tyranny. In fact, the most tragic thing is that all of you “Ruthless Terrorists,” take liberty in committing crimes against humanity with impunity in the name of Islam. What a shame and outrage.
Your blind and convoluted literalism in reading the Qur’an has turned you from a Muslim to a Monster, from a protector and venerator of women to predators and inveterate oppressors of women. No wonder your rage against women whom your “Pre-Islamic” ancestors buried alive at birth, drives you to kidnap, rape and traffic them in the name of God as sex slaves, though God has commanded you to heed them after heeding Him (4:1).
“O people! Heed your Lord, who created you from a single soul, and created from
it, its mate, and propagated from them many men and women. And revere God
whom you ask about (your mutual rights), and the wombs (that give you birth).
Surely, God is Watchful over you.”
Surah: Al-Nisa’ (Women) – Chapter: 4 – Verse: 1
We, the Morally-Conscious and God-Fearing Muslims from all over the world, unanimously declare you as inveterate criminal and most despicable like the “Kharijites” of early Islam – the first breakaway sect in Islam that justified killing of all non-Muslims as well as the Muslims who opposed them, including their own parents and caused “rivers of blood to flow in the first three centuries of Islam.” We strongly and unreservedly condemn you and warn you that unless you give up terror and seek peace, you are set to be destroyed as you have crossed the limits set by God and His Prophet (58:20) and have waged a war against God by perpetrating heinous crimes against humanity (5:32).
“That was why We laid it down for the Children of Israel that whoever killed a
human being – except as a punishment for murder or for spreading corruption
in the land – shall be regarded as having killed all mankind, and that whoever
saved a human life shall be regarded as having saved all mankind. Our
messengers came to them with clear signs, but many of them continued to
commit excesses in the land.”
Surah: Al-Ma’idah (The Table) – Chapter: 5 – Verse: 32
The appropriation of terrorism in Islam by the terror outfits reflects a gross perversion of Islamic faith and has a host of other pernicious fallouts. It is therefore necessary to elaborate on it to get to the roots of so called Islamic terrorism – an expression which is an oxymoron as the Qur’anic message is vehemently opposed to terrorism that the Muslim terror outfits are perpetrating in the name of Islam.