Thursday, July 21, 2005

British Muslim Forum Fatwa on terrorists.

Bismi'llah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim...for the sake of Prophet Muhammad saws and Sheikh Nazim may Allah protect his secret.

Thanks once again to Mahmoud for sending me this;

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(Sorry not to edit in all the paragraphs and so on.There must be some hitch of HTML or something when copying and pasting into Blogger, however you can use the link at the bottom of the page to read the original.)

The following is the full text of a fatwa issued by the British MuslimForum, with the approval of more than 500 UK Muslim clerics, scholarsand imams, on Monday 18 July:We wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of all thevictims of the London attacks. We pray for the swift recovery of allthose who are recovering from injuries.There are many questions emerging from the London bombings. One of themost important questions is what does Islam say about it?To answer this question Muslim scholars, clerics and Imams from allover the UK have been consulted to issue this formal legal opinion(fatwa) so that Muslims and non-Muslims can be clear about Islam'sstance on such acts.Severe condemnationOn behalf of over 500 clerics, scholars and Imams the British MuslimForum issues the following religious decree:Islam strictly, strongly and severely condemns the use of violence andthe destruction of innocent lives.There is neither place nor justification in Islam for extremism,fanaticism or terrorism. Suicide bombings, which killed and injuredinnocent people in London, are haram - vehemently prohibited in Islam,and those who committed these barbaric acts in London are criminalsnot martyrs.Such acts, as perpetrated in London, are crimes against all ofhumanity and contrary to the teachings of Islam.The Holy Koran declares:"Whoever kills a human being, then it is as though he has killed allmankind; and whoever saves a human life, it is as though he had savedall mankind." (Koran, Surah al-Maidah (5), verse 32).Islam teaches us to be caring towards all of Allah's (God's) creation,not just mankind. The Prophet of Islam who was described as "a mercyto the worlds" said: "All creation is the family of Allah and thatperson is most beloved to Allah who is kind and caring towards Hisfamily."Islam's position is clear and unequivocal: murder of one soul is themurder of the whole of humanity; he who shows no respect for humanlife is an enemy of humanity.We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism in the world.We pray for peace, security and harmony to triumph in multiculturalGreat Britain.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4697365.stm

(It's also interesting to read what Ken Livingstone the London Mayor, had to say about possible/probable causes of the terrorist attacks, under "LONDON ATTACKS - Latest News - Mayor Blames Middle Eastern Policy." on the same page, or go here.)

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