By Ijaz Chaudry

Today’s Islam and Terrorism

This article goes behind the ethos of today’s Islam and Terrorism. Should the Muslim’s today who are not involved in terrorist attacks, could be blamed for the terrorism caused by Muslims who do carry out the terrorist attacks? If they do, then how can they be blamed and how much or how little can they be blamed for? This matter will be discussed using pure Islamic point of view.

Commonality between today’s Islam and Terrorism

Briefly speaking today’s Islam and Terrorism has the following in common; however later in this article we will put forward the true Islamic view regarding this matter;

a)       Both follow Hadith

b)      Both follow the same proclamation of Islam (the first pillar)

c)       Both read Salat from Hadith

d)      Both revere Muhammad sometimes more than God

e)      Both follow Sharia law

f)       Both celebrate Eid

g)      Both grave worship at Muhammad’s tomb during Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage)

h)      Both believe that Muhammad can hear and help them even though he is dead

Muhammad’s Islam as preached in the Quran

We know from Quran (5:48) that Muhammad told his followers to follow the Quran;

[5:48] Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny - all of you - then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

So Islam and Terrorism will be discussed in the light of the Quran following Muhammad’s footsteps as mentioned in (5:48);

Both Follow Hadith

So what does Quran say about Hadith, please read the following verses from the Quran to make your mind up;

[7:185]  Have they not looked at the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all the things GOD has created? Does it ever occur to them that the end of their life may be near? Which Hadith, beside this, do they believe in?

[12:111] In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not fabricated Hadith; this (Quran) confirms all previous scriptures, provides the details of everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe.

[31:6]  Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless Hadith, and thus divert others from the path of GOD without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution.

     The Best Hadith

[39:23]  GOD has revealed herein the best Hadith; a book that is consistent, and points out both ways (to Heaven and Hell). The skins of those who reverence their Lord cringe therefrom, then their skins and their hearts soften up for GOD's message. Such is GOD's guidance; He bestows it upon whoever wills (to be guided). As for those sent astray by GOD, nothing can guide them.

     Which Hadith?

[45:6]  These are GOD's revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In which Hadith other than GOD and His revelations do they believe?

[52:34]  Let them produce a Hadith like this, if they are truthful.

[68:44]  Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this Hadith; we will lead them on whence they never perceive.

[77:50]  Which Hadith, other than this, do they uphold?

In Arabic Hadith means narration, while there are other words to describe narration, Kitaab or book, or Rasaala or narration, Quran specifically talks about Hadith and it is not a coincidence that after 1400 years since the revelation of the Quran, there is this so called Islamic book called Hadith. This shows the Omniscience of God; He knew what will happen in the future, that there will be books called Hadith, and that the true Muslims should avoid these books!

Indeed the message is clear follow the Quran and Not Hadith, else trouble lies ahead of you; this trouble is already taking place in Muslim countries. Look at most of the Muslim countries the poverty, injustice, bribery, disobedience of human rights are in strive and will continue until people of each country abide by the Quran.

Quran encourages human rights, it promotes gentle and kind religion, while Hadith on the other hand promote viscous laws against women and children, blaspheme against God and Muhammad by associating horrible incitements based on so called the attributes of Muhammad and what he said, using Hadith.

Both follow the same proclamation of Islam (the first pillar)

According to the Quran the proclamation is as follows;

     The First Commandment

[37:35]  When they were told, "Laa Elaaha Ella Allah [There is no other god beside GOD]," they turned arrogant.

According to today’s Muslims it is;

“There is no god besides God and Muhammad is His messenger”

There is no mention of the proclamation recited by today’s Muslims or the Terrorists in the Quran.

There are two accounts why mentioning Muhammad’s name in the proclamation is wrong;

First we are told in the Quran that all prophets including Muhammad should be equally respected;

     No Distinction Among God's Messengers

[2:136]  Say, "We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters."

By adding his name in the proclamation today’s Muslims are giving Muhammad more respect than the other prophets.

Second today’s Muslims say that Muhammad was the final messenger hence they put his name in the proclamation. Therefore according to them,  it makes sense that his name should be mentioned in the proclamation;

However, the Quran tells us that Muhammad was not the final messenger;

     Not The Final Messenger

[33:40] Muhammad was not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of GOD and the final prophet. GOD is fully aware of all things.

We have confirmed two accounts, where mentioning Muhammad’s name in the proclamation is blasphemous. It is up to the reader if he/she wants to continue with the wrong proclamation, indeed idol worship is a great sin, and this act is of idol worship!!

Both read Salat from Hadith

Salat should only mention God, not prophets as Hadith proclaim;

[72:18] The places of worship belong to GOD; do not call on anyone else besides GOD.

Both revere Muhammad sometimes more than God

On Friday prayers the whole sermon is attributed to Muhammad, this is idol worship to nth degree and should be stopped.

Both follow Sharia law

Sharia law brings sectarianism and fundamentally it is harsh law, particularly against women and children. Indeed Quran is kind to women; there is a whole chapter in the Quran, chapter 4 called Al-Nesaa’ Women. This chapter is addressing women rights which are gentle and kind in favour of women and orphans. Today’s Muslims would say that the Sharia law of Terrorists is not what they believe in, because they have their own Sharia laws. This is precisely what is wrong, as soon as humans take responsibility beside the Word of God the Quran to make their own decisions regarding what is right and what is wrong in Islam, this happens. There are contradictions between two or more Sharia laws, but none of them preach exactly what the Quran says. Indeed one source of information is much better than many sources of information which brings conflicts and miss-understandings among Muslims. And that source should be the Quran the Word of God.

Both celebrate Eid

Indeed any religious activity which is not mentioned in the Quran is addition to the Word of God the Quran. Since Eid celebration is not mentioned in the Quran, those who celebrate Eid are adding words to the words of the Quran and very subtly idolising Muhammad by following the man made ideology of Muhammad and disregarding what Muhammad wanted i.e. follow the Quran.

Both grave worship at Muhammad’s tomb during Hajj (Muslim pilgrimage)

I have heard today’s Muslims saying if you don’t visit Muhammad’s tomb during Hajj your pilgrimage will not be accepted. May I remind those people that Hajj and all the religious rites were introduced by Abraham and at that time there was no mention of Muhammad, let alone the presence of his grave!  The only place where the Hajj took place was Mecca and the surrounding areas;

     Abraham Delivered All the Practices of Submission (Islam)

[2:127]  As Abraham raised the foundations of the shrine, together with Ismail (they prayed): "Our Lord, accept this from us. You are the Hearer, the Omniscient.

[2:128]  "Our Lord, make us submitters to You, and from our descendants let there be a community of submitters to You. Teach us the rites of our religion, and redeem us. You are the Redeemer, Most Merciful.

Both believe that Muhammad can hear and help them even though he is dead

Muhammad is dead and he cannot help or hear us;

[3:144]  Muhammad was no more than a messenger like the messengers before him. Should he die or get killed, would you turn back on your heels? Anyone who turns back on his heels, does not hurt GOD in the least. GOD rewards those who are appreciative.

[39:30]  You (Muhammad) will surely die, just like they will die.

It is a myth what today’s Muslims say that prophets and in particular Muhammad are spiritually alive and can help us on earth. This is no different from Christians who believe Jesus spirit is alive and can help them. So Muslims be aware of what you do or say!!!!

Conclusion

We have seen similarities between the beliefs of today’s Muslims and the terrorists. Later we discussed these similarities in the light of the Quran pertinent to what Muhammad preached when he was alive.

We find out from our discussion that what both today’s Muslims and Terrorists believe are not relevant beliefs according to what Muhammad preached when he was alive which is to follow the Quran.

So now we come to the crunch question, how come today’s Muslims can be blamed for the terrorist’s attacks?

At work if one of your colleagues does something wrong and he or she is working within your team, would you not feel responsible for that person. Similarly todays Muslims and the Terrorists follow the same so called Islamic system, which makes them one of the team!!! And in some ways todays Muslims who have not participated in terrorist attacks are responsible to certain degree for the actions of those terrorists.

If today’s Muslims do not want to be associated with the Terrorists they should denounce their beliefs and follow the Quran based on the facts mentioned above!!!!