by Sarah Mushtaq
“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
– Malcolm X
We’re witnessing a revolution in the Middle East – first Tunisia, then Egypt, now Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain… and possibly many more. As I sit here in Canada, being a mere student, my heart still reaches out to all those overseas.
In Islam, we’re taught to love others as if they’re your brother or sister. I see these people being killed by dictators, massacred and know that my siblings are being killed. On top of that, sometimes I feel helpless so far removed from the situation but I am reminded of the following verse from the Qur’an:
‘O those who believe, Seek My help with patience and prayer. Verily Allah is with those who are patient.’ [2:154]
With all the fighting and massacring coming up, the question, “Is terrorism allowed in Islam?” will most likely come up. One of the best resources I can direct to can be found here, on the website called “Why Islam.” I’d like to share on excerpt here:
“Islam considers all life forms sacred. However, the sanctity of human life is accorded a special place. The first and the foremost basic right of a human being is the right to live. The Glorious Qur’an says:
‘…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – 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.’
Such is the value of a single human life, that the Qur’an equates the taking of even one human life unjustly, with the killing all of humanity. Thus, the Qur’an prohibits homicide in clear terms. The taking of a criminal’s life by the state in order to administer justice is required to uphold the rule of law, and the peace and security of the society. Only a proper and competent court can decide whether an individual has forfeited his right to life by disregarding the right to life and peace of other human beings.”
With all these allegation of being a terrorist religion, one should note that the religion does not endorse it at all. Right now, people are being killed by oppressive rulers who are not acting in accordance to their religion whatsoever. By getting to know a Muslim and researching the religion, one will find the actuality pretty easily.
I’d humbly request to keep these people in your prayers – sign any petitions, attend a rally if you can, lobby your local governmental representative. As per the quote I shared at the beginning, we’re all humans to begin with.