By Sulaiman Badamasi (Mahir)
Moderation is the act of not going to the extreme or level of excessiveness, and not neglecting the set rules. By doing this, one becomes moderate. This is the state that Allah and His beloved Messenger, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) prescribed for those who want to please them with their acts of worship. Therefore, a Muslim is required to be moderate, not laxit nor extremist. In other words he/she should fulfill all servant-to-God responsibilities in line with the right teachings of the religion without committing any act of terrorism or falling in to extremism. In this part, I decided to preserve my words and allow the reader to drink directly from the three different valid sources of Islamic discipline mentioned above (Qur’an, Prophetic tradition and scholarly consensus): God says in the Qur’an: “…But do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors”. (Al-Baqara, 2:190),”You are not a taskmaster over them”. (Al-Ghashiyah, 88: 22) “There is no compulsion in religion. Rectitude has become clear from error …” (Al-Baqarah, 2: 256),‘And if your Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Would you then compel people until they are believers?’ (Yunus, 10: 99),”The truth [that comes] from your Lord; so whoever will, let him believe, and whoever will, let him disbelieve”.’ (Al-Kahf, 18: 29),‘You have your religion and I have my religion’ (Al-Kafirun, 109: 6).
In 628 C.E. Prophet Muhammad(s) is narrated to have granted a Charter of Privileges to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai. It consisted of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war. An English translation of that document is: This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”
A copy of this letter is available in many libraries and encyclopedias, but this copy has been copied directly from ‘News Rescue’s official facebookpage’on 22nd Oct, 2014. In an open letter to ISIS’s leader, Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, alias ‘Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’,which is reviewed and signed by over 120 Muslim scholars worldwide, disapproving the group’s deadly, ungodly act and cautioning him as well, the group which represents the worlds Muslim community and speaks on its behalf had the following to say in the executive summary of the 23-pages letter:
• It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.
• It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.
• It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.
• Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.
• It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.
• It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.
• It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.
• It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.
• It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.
• It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.
• It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God I just cherry-picked the points above amongst many other ones that were made available in the letter, which we, the Muslims, strongly conquer with and adhere to.
It is forbidden in Islam to commit suicide (killing one’s self), for in it there is self-oppression. An act that we the Muslims are not allowed doing- Thus suicide killing is considered as a major sin, by committing which one will not attain eternal mercy.
Allah says in the Quran: “Nor kill nor destroy yourselves, for surely God has been to you Most Merciful”(An-Nisaa’ 4:29) and “And do not throw yourselves in destruction” (Baqarah 2:195)
It was narrated that The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Among those who came before you there was a man who was wounded and he panicked, so he took a knife and cut his hand with it, and the blood did not stop flowing until he died. Allah said ‘My slave hastened to bring about his demise; I have forbidden Paradise to him’” [Bukari; 3276, Muslim; 113]
The Prophet said, “Whoever throws himself down from a mountain and kills himself will be in fire of hell, throwing himself down therein forever and ever. Whoever takes poison and kills himself, his poison will be in his hand and he will be sipping it in the Fire of Hell forever and ever. Whoever kills himself with an iron, that piece of iron will be in his hand and he will be stabbing himself in the stomach with it in the Fire of Hell, forever and ever.” [Bukhari; 5442, Muslim 109] Therefore, it is a baseless whopper to commit/see an act of terrorism or any affair that is related to extremism and relate it with Islam. Concluded.
Sulaiman Badamasi (Mahir) via email@example.com