“...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. And anyone who spares a life, it shall be as if he spared the lives of all the people. ...” [Quran 5:32]
Terrorists, using hijacked planes, have attacked New York City and Washington DC on September 11, 2001 killing thousands of innocent people. This is a deplorable and horrendous act that can never be condoned by any God-fearing people. As in many other attacks in the past, the terrorists are linked to groups that abuse the name of Islam to commit crimes that are abhorred and strongly condemned by God in the Quran, the Muslims’ holy book.
While all the known religions of the world call for LOVE, PEACE, TOLERANCE, FREEDOM OF BELIEF AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, many of the terrorists’ acts are committed in this world by people who call themselves religious, and attribute their horrendous and Satanic acts to the religion. However, God condemns their acts in the scripture.
[Quran 7:28] They commit a gross sin, then say, “We found our parents doing this, and GOD has commanded us to do it.” Say, “GOD never advocates sin. Are you saying about GOD what you do not know?”
Submission to God (Islam) promotes peace, love and harmony among the people. Actually the word “Islam,” in addition to meaning submission (to God), is also derived from the Arabic word Salaam (peace). Muslims (Submitters) greet other people by saying Salaam (Peace be upon you). This is similar to Shalom in Hebrew.
[Quran 49:13] O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of GOD is the most righteous. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant.
Therefore, the religion of Islam (Submission), advocates freedom, peace and mutual agreement and admonishes aggression. The following verses make it very clear.
[Quran 5:87] ...and do not aggress; GOD dislikes the aggressors.
[Quran: 7:199] ...You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant.
The relations of Muslims (Submitters) with others are based primarily on peace, mutual respect and trust. The theme in the Quran is peace, unless there is oppression or injustice that cannot be resolved by all the peaceful means available.
The true religion of Islam forbids the killing of innocent people, irrespective of the cause *religious, political or social beliefs.
[Quran 6:151] “...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.”
[Quran 17:33] “You shall not kill any person * for GOD has made life sacred — except in the course of justice.”
The laws of the scriptures that apply to the Christians and Jews are repeated and emphasized for the Muslims (Submitters) in the Quran. Muslims are commanded to follow such laws (See 5:32 above).
The religion of Islam condemns the killing or even the persecution of people merely because they embrace a different religion. The Quran mandates the absolute freedom of religion in a society. It does not allow Muslims to fight except for self-defense and to enforce peace. It does not allow restrictions on those who disagree on religious matters. It urges the Muslims to treat such people kindly and equitably:
[Quran 2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion...
[Quran 60:8] 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.
[Quran 8:61] If they resort to peace, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
[Quran 4:90]”...Therefore, if they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then GOD gives you no excuse to fight them.”
Regrettably, many terrorists groups have used the name Islam to promote their cause, and this gave many non-Muslims a chance to assail Islam and label the Muslims as terrorists. Deliberately ignored on the other hand, are terrorists who profess to belong to other religions, or non-religious groups.
With all the great laws established on earth by God or man, the evil among the human being will find a way to abuse, distort or misinterpret them. This does not make these laws evil but rather proves the evil nature of these criminals.
Terrorism has been committed by people from all religious and political backgrounds as an act of violence. Terrorists who happened to be Christians (e.g. in Bosnia, England, Ireland, Germany, Spain... etc.) and those who happened to be Jewish (e.g. in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon) used their religious beliefs to claim legitimacy for the violence and terrorism they commit. Thousands of men, women, and children, young and old, have been killed in attempts to achieve or hold on to special interests whether political, social or “religious”.
Those who do not comprehend the True Islam and those who have an interest in distorting the truth about the religion of Islam have been trying to make the words terrorists and terrorism synonymous with the religion. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake portrayed frequently by the news media in the West.
Several groups calling themselves Christians, Jews or Muslims, have used terrorism to force their agenda, issues or beliefs. None of these groups represent the true religion of the Christians or Jews any more than these terrorists represent Islam.
Attacks on the civilians and the innocent people around the world by these groups is something that cannot be justified by any religion or under any cause and is strongly condemned in all religions, including Submission (Islam) as clarified by the words of God in the Quran, the Final Testament.
Some of the terrorist groups who massacre innocent people consider themselves martyrs. Those who kill the innocent people in the name of their religion or the name of God, and think of themselves as martyrs should think twice. Their act is actually strongly condemned by God in the verses of the Quran. These people are disobeying God’s commandments and the TRUTH in the Quran. Instead they blindly follow the opinion of their corrupted leaders (and scholars). It is not a surprise that God has not granted them victory. Quite the contrary they have been the most humiliated, defeated and oppressed people on earth. Worst of all, they are oppressed by their own rulers.
The Quran is very clear that the believers must defend themselves but never aggress. It is true that Islam calls for the followers to be strong. This call however is to use the strength to secure peace, provide freedom for the society and the country but never to aggress unless aggressed upon.
Our Creator is one and the same. The God of the Muslims is the same God of the Jews and of the Christians, for example. God does not permit killing of innocent people.
The blame lies with the terrorists and not the religion they claim to adhere to. Not everyone who calls himself a Muslim is a Muslim just as not every one who thinks of himself as a Jew or a Christian is one.
The religion of Islam should not be confused with what these so-called Muslims have done. They actually, by the definition of the Quran, are not Muslims any more than the Ku Klux Klan are good Christians. We should not let our emotions overcome our logic and understanding. We should spread the true message of Islam (Submission) in all scriptures of God: Peace, freedom and justice for all.
We stand united against all kinds of terrorism, as only through unity will we be able to eradicate them and bring them to justice. We only serve the terrorists’ cause by name-calling and false accusations of everyone who happens to be a TRUE God-fearing Muslim.
International Community of Submitters / Masjid Tucson / United Submitters International (Published in 2001)