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    The Qur an Forbids Terrorism For Any Reason By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director, LoveAllPeople.org HTML page at
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 21, 2005
      The Qur'an Forbids Terrorism For Any Reason
      By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director, LoveAllPeople.org


      HTML page at
      http://www.loveallpeople.org/quranforbidsterrorism.html

      INTRODUCTION

      For their own misguided reasons, some false teachers try to say that Islam
      authorizes terrorism in some cases and that Muslims should support
      terrorism if it is conducted in retaliation for offenses against Allah and
      Islam. They go on to say that Israel and the United States are the main
      offenders against Allah and Islam and therefore any attack against any
      people or interests of Israel or the United States are justified by Islam.
      They teach the false doctrine of "substitutionary retaliation,7" in which
      any Jew or any American is a legitimate target, even if the particular
      individuals attacked are innocent of any fighting against Allah or Islam.

      This paper will show, however, that the Qur'an absolutely forbids
      terrorism for any reason because terrorism always exceeds the limits set
      by Allah, deliberately intending to kill innocent people. It will point
      out that an offense against an Islamic-majority country is not the same
      thing as an attack on Islam itself or an attack on Allah, for there have
      always been many reasons for countries to go to war, without regard to
      religion. So the fight between Israel and Palestine is not a fight between
      Judaism and Islam, but is, instead, a territorial conflict between a
      Jewish-majority country and an Islamic-majority country. Further, it will
      show that the United States does not fight against Allah or Islam, but
      merely against certain murderers who falsely claim to be true Muslims. It
      will also show that the doctrine of "substitutionary retaliation" is a
      man-made idea, essentially unjust, and not supported by the Qur'an.

      Next, this paper will demonstrate that terrorism is a form of rebellion
      against Allah, in which the terrorists refuse to accept the realities of
      the world, as ordained by Allah. Then, this paper will consider the proper
      relationship between Christians and Muslims, based on the highest written
      authority in each religion. Finally, it will call upon Saudi Arabia to
      take action to end terrorism; and it will call upon the United States to
      restrain Israel.

      May the one God, Who created all things, Who has power over all things,
      and Who gives whatever He chooses to whomever He pleases, bless this
      effort to make peace among His human creatures.

      * * *

      AUTHORITY OF THE QUR'AN

      THE QU'RAN is the highest written authority in Islam. The Qur'an is to
      Islam as the Bible is to Christianity. For more about the Qur'an, please
      search here for Qur'an.
      http://www.google.com/search?&q=%22Qur'an%22&btnG=Google+Search



      DEFINITION OF TERRORISM

      TERRORISM is "the systematic use of violence to create a general climate
      of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political
      objective." Source: Britannica.com
      For more about definitions of terrorism, please click HERE!
      http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/bestdefinitionofterrorism.html


      SCRIPTURAL SOURCES

      The Qur'an and Bible I am using here are the ones available online from
      the University Of Michigan by following THIS LINK.


      http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/koranbibleonline.html

      The Revised Standard
      translation of the Bible (RSV) and the M. H. Shakir translation of the
      Qur'an are both widely available and widely accepted. If you want to
      consult other translations, you can easily do so by searching for "Bible
      online" and "Qur'an online" at Google.com.

      RETALIATION MUST NOT EXCEED THE LIMITS SET BY ALLAH

      In Islam (but not in Christianity) retaliation is authorized to avenge an
      injury. However, the retaliation must be directed toward the guilty
      individual(s), must be proportional to the injury, and must not exceed the
      limits set by Allah. The Qur'an does not support substitutionary
      retaliation against individuals who are innocent of any offense.

      [2.178] O you who believe! retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter
      of the slain, the free for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the
      female for the female, but if any remission is made to any one by his
      (aggrieved) brother, then prosecution (for the bloodwit) should be made
      according to usage, and payment should be made to him in a good manner;
      this is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy; so whoever exceeds the
      limit after this he shall have a painful chastisement.

      [2.179] And there is life for you in (the law of) retaliation, O men of
      understanding, that you may guard yourselves.

      [2.194] The Sacred month for the sacred month and all sacred things are
      (under the law of) retaliation; whoever then acts aggressively against
      you, inflict injury on him according to the injury he has inflicted on you
      and be careful (of your duty) to Allah and know that Allah is with those
      who guard (against evil).


      Qur'an 2.178-179, 2.194
      (Shakir Translation)




      The doctrine of "substitutionary retaliation" is completely unjust,
      similar to the injustice of cutting off the hand of a random person in a
      village as punishment for a theft, when the actual villager who committed
      the crime could not be captured.
      TERRORISM ALWAYS EXCEEDS THE LIMITS SET BY ALLAH
      No matter what justification for it may exist, terrorism always exceeds
      the limits set by Allah, because terrorism deliberately intends to kill
      innocent people.

      [2.190] And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and
      do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the
      limits.

      [18.74] So they went on until, when they met a boy, he slew him. (Musa)
      said: Have you slain an innocent person otherwise than for manslaughter?
      Certainly you have done an evil thing.

      Qur'an 2.190, 18.74
      (Shakir Translation)



      Their feet run to evil,
      and they make haste to shed innocent blood;
      their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
      desolation and destruction are in their highways


      Bible: Isaiah 59:7
      (Revised Standard Version)


      THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT FIGHT AGAINST ALLAH OR AGAINST ISLAM, BUT ONLY
      AGAINST TERRORIST MURDERERS WHO FALSELY CLAIM THAT ISLAM AUTHORIZES THEIR
      ATTACKS.

      The United States does not fight against Allah or against Islam or
      Hinduism or Judaism or Shinto or Buddhism or Christianity or Paganism or
      any other religion whatsoever. By its Constitution and all its laws, the
      United States must remain neutral regarding religion.

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
      or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom
      of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
      to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
      grievances.

      U. S. Constitution, First Amendment


      An offense against against an Islamic-majority country is not the same
      thing as an attack on Islam itself or an attack on Allah, for there have
      always been many reasons for countries to go to war, without regard to
      religion. In the war between Iraq and Iran, both countries were
      Islamic-majority countries. Neither country was fighting against Islam,
      but they had their own reasons to fight, apart from religion. Similarly,
      the fight between Israel and Palestine is not a fight between Judaism and
      Islam, but is, instead, a territorial conflict between a Jewish-majority
      country and an Islamic-majority country.

      TERRORISTS REBEL AGAINST ALLAH BY REFUSING TO ACCEPT HIS WILL.

      Two of the most basic truths in Islam are that Allah has power over all
      things and that He gives whatever He chooses to whomever He pleases. These
      two ideas are found throughout the Qur'an in dozens of places. The entire
      concept of submission to the will of Allah is founded on these two ideas.
      This one verse from the Qur'an encompasses both ideas as clearly as any,
      and there are dozens more.


      [2.284] Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is
      Allah's; and whether you manifest what is in your minds or hide it, Allah
      will call you to account according to it; then He will forgive whom He
      pleases and chastise whom He pleases, and Allah has power over all things.

      Qur'an 2.284
      (Shakir translation)


      Search Qur'an to see that Allah has power over all things.

      http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/k/koran/koran-idx?type=boolean&q1=allah&operator1=And&q2=power&operator2=And&q3=&rgn=verse&size=First+100


      Search Qur'an to see that He gives whatever He chooses to whomever He
      pleases.

      http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/k/koran/koran-idx?type=boolean&q1=allah&operator1=And&q2=pleases&operator2=And&q3=&rgn=verse&size=First+100


      Therefore, Muslims should not fight against Allah by trying to change the
      things He has ordained. For instance, Saudi Arabia has huge reserves of
      oil, according to the will of Allah. Saudi Arabia also has responsibility
      to maintain the most sacred sites of Islam, according to the will of
      Allah. The United States has overwhelming military power and the
      responsibility to use it to maintain world peace, according to the will of
      Allah. Some countries have almost nothing but land and people, according
      to the will of Allah. Some people and countries are rich, and some are
      poor, according to the will of Allah. Some are weak, and some are strong,
      according to the will of Allah. Each person should accept what he has
      received and use it for good to the best of his ability. Do not try to
      change what Allah has set in place. Do not exceed the limits of acceptable
      behavior which He has set for you. Terrorists rebel against Allah by
      refusing to accept the world as He has made it to be.


      THE PROPER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS
      ACCORDING TO EACH RELIGION'S HIGHEST WRITTEN AUTHORITY

      The world is well aware that a fundamental tension has long existed
      between Islam and Christianity. The underlying theological reason for this
      tension is best understood by comparing two verses from Scripture: Sura
      112 from the Qur'an (Islam's highest written authority) and John 3:16 from
      the Bible (Christianity's highest written authority.) Sura 112 is
      considered by many Muslims to be the most important single statement in
      Islam, and John 3:16 is considered by many Christians to be the most
      important single statement in Christianity.
      The fundamental conflict is that the Qur'an says Allah (God) did not
      father any children in any way, and that no one is like Him; but the Bible
      says that Jesus is God's Son and that anyone who believes in Jesus will
      have eternal life.


      [112.1] Say: He, Allah, is One.
      [112.2] Allah is He on Whom all depend.
      [112.3] He begets not, nor is He begotten.
      [112.4] And none is like Him.

      Qur'an 112:1-4
      (Shakir Translation)


      For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
      that whoever believes in him should not perish but
      have eternal life.

      Bible: John 3:16
      (Revised Standard Version)



      To a Muslim, it is blasphemy to say that Jesus is the Son of God. To a
      Christian, it is blasphemy to say that Jesus is not the Son of God. This
      is the fundamental conflict between Islam and Christianity, and it cannot
      be papered over with smiles and pleasant words.

      Nevertheless, it is quite possible for both religions to live side-by-side
      in peaceful co-existence. In fact, the Qur'an specifically instructs
      Muslims to accept and tolerate Christians, and the Bible instructs
      Christians to live at peace with all people, as we will show below.

      THE WAY CHRISTIANS SHOULD ACT TOWARD MUSLIMS
      The Bible instructs Christians to live at peace with all people, as much
      as it is possible to do so. Further, Christians are instructed not to
      retaliate for offenses, but to leave vengeance to God.

      If possible, so far as it depends upon you,
      live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge
      yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God;
      for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay,
      says the Lord."

      Bible: Romans 12:18-19
      (Revised Standard Version)



      THE WAY MUSLIMS SHOULD ACT TOWARD CHRISTIANS
      The Qur'an instructs Muslims to give Christians nothing to fear and not to
      cause Christians to grieve. Further, the Qur'an instructs Muslims that
      there should be no compulsion in religion. Therefore Christians, all of
      whom believe in Allah (God), believe in the Last day (Judgment Day) and
      try to do good, should be allowed to live in peace, even if they do not
      convert to Islam.


      [2.62] Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the
      Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day
      and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is
      no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

      [2.256] There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become
      clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan
      and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which
      shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.

      Qur'an 2.62 and 2.256
      (Shakir Translation)


      A CALL FOR SAUDI ARABIAN ACTION TO STOP TERRORIST MURDERERS
      . . . as published in ArabNews.com.



      Shaming Islam

      Neither Israeli offenses nor U. S. arrogance can ever justify
      terrorist murderers, who bring shame to Islam. And when they claim
      that their actions are to win Allah's pleasure, they insult Him.

      Allah is merciful; but where is the mercy in terrorist murder? Allah
      is just; but where is the justice in deliberately blowing up women and
      school children?

      In Islam, there is supposed to be "no compulsion in religion;" but the
      concept of jihad has now been twisted to mean nothing less than war
      against all non-Muslims. In Islam, "good Jews and good Christians" are
      supposed to have nothing to fear; but merely being Jewish or Christian
      now has become a reason to be killed.

      The cowardly silence of rational Muslims is deafening. The screaming
      fanatics have claimed Islam for themselves. Does anyone really think
      Allah would be pleased by these events?

      As the leading promoter and supporter of Islam worldwide, Saudi Arabia
      must directly intervene to stop terrorist murderers in the name of
      Islam by all means possible.

      Bill McGinnis, Alexandria, Virginia, US published 4 December 2002




      A CALL FOR UNITED STATES ACTION TO RESTRAIN ISRAEL

      Tormented by the crazed attackers,
      Israel now has also lost its mind.
      Barking, biting, lunging through the fence,
      The frantic dog endangers everyone.
      It threatens now to bite its master's hand,
      The hand without which it would surely die.



      May the many blessings of Peace flow to you and to all who read these
      words.

      Sincerely,

      Bill McGinnis, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

      Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director
      LoveAllPeople.org



      You can contact me, Rev. Bill McGinnis, at bmcgin@....


      Rev. Bill McGinnis is a Christian minister on the Internet. He is
      working to promote peace in the Middle East by developing and
      disseminating ideas which will contribute to peacemaking.



      http://LoveAllPeople.org
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