Skip to comments.‘Terrorism Is Alien to Islam’
Posted on 05/10/2003 1:34:32 AM PDT by kattracks
JEDDAH, 10 May 2003 The Shariah considers terrorism one of the most heinous crimes, says Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League. Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and the two do not meet at any point, he said.
We are saying this not to please anybody but out of our conviction that showing mercy and compassion to our fellow human beings is the hallmark of Islam, he added. He said it was the duty of the Muslims to provide full support for the government in its fight against terror.
Sheikh Saleh ibn Muhammad Al-Taleb, imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, also called upon Muslims to mind the noble qualities of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The life of the Prophet is full of examples of noble qualities and strong morality, the imam said while delivering his Friday sermon.
Taleb noted that the Prophet prayed for mercy for the non-believers who had hurt him and his companions, expelled them from their homes, tried to kill them and waged wars against them. O God, forgive my people for they do not know, he quoted the Prophet as saying during the battle of Uhed.
The Haram imam emphasized the significance of showing mercy to ones fellow beings, citing it as one of the outstanding qualities of the Prophet. The Shariah is benevolence in its totality, in its objectives, applications and means. Islam is the religion of mercy not only in times of peace but also during war, he said.
Turkis statement and the imams sermon follow the announcement by the Interior Ministry on Wednesday that its security officers foiled major terror attacks in the Kingdom by a 19-member group linked to the Al-Qaeda network.
Meanwhile, Dr. Muhammad ibn Saad Al-Salim, rector of the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, rejected suggestions that his institution was one of the breeding grounds of terrorists. Our university has no relationship with these people (the terrorists), he told Okaz newspaper.
We advise our students to follow the noble teachings of Islam, which calls for tolerance and cooperation for the welfare of all, the rector said. He added that the university was revising its curriculum regularly to accommodate modern developments. More than 80,000 students have graduated from the university over the past 50 years.
Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, reported yesterday that Khaled Muhammad Al-Johani, one of the 19 Al-Qaeda suspects was believed to be the gangs leader.
The Arabic daily said Johanis picture had appeared on the website of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) among 17 others more than a year ago.
The FBI listed Johani among Al-Qaeda suspects after its agents saw his picture in a video seized from the house of a former Al-Qaeda military commander, Muhammad Atef (Abu Hafs Al-Masri), who was killed in US bombings in Afghanistan in October 2001, the paper said.
Johani, who settled in Afghanistan in 1993 along with a number of Arab Afghans, had visited the Kingdom several times using forged travel documents but did not meet his father. Informed sources told the Arabic daily that Johani might have sneaked into the Kingdom a few months ago.
In a related development, Kuwait denied that Abdul Rahman Jabara, one of the 19 suspects, was a Kuwaiti national. Jabara is of Iraqi origin and holds Canadian nationality. He was born in Kuwait and lived here for a long time before settling in Afghanistan four years ago, a Kuwaiti source told the paper.
There certainly are a lot of Muslims who never got this message, Abdullah.
Those people were all Christian. They couldn't make it through a full decade without war or totalitarian (terroristic) regimes somewhere in the area in that whole period. In the end one group decided to dispose of the entirity of the Jews, and almost did so!
It's only now after 50+ years of a benign American Occupation that they've been able to tone it down.
Then there were the Mongol Invasions (roughly 600s to 1400s), and whether they were Buddhist, Moslem or Christian, they were equally brutal and rapacious!
Islamic civilization has been, on the whole, at least as peaceful as that of Western and Central Europe.
Sandmaggot propaganda never changes.
One thing for sure, in the 7th and 8th centuries, the Moslems knew where to go to find guys who knew how to chop heads, eh?!
I ain't buying any of it.
Comparing today with Christianity of the 11th century is so.... muslim and childish.
But I repeat myself...
No it was not.
Unless you mean like today in the Philipines and Indonesia.
Depends on your definition of "peaceful"?
"I did not have sex with that woman..."
I mean, they NEED veils! But not Meg...
After running this through the "truth in advertizing" filter, we are left with:
"Islamics are Alien Terrorists"
Hmm?? Maybe with a little tweaking, these could be adapted??? . . .So, Muslims are aliens? I wonder if we could design some special glasses, so that we could see them in crowds of humans?
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