What is Islam's attitude toward terror?
Although it is useless to discuss whether Islam allows terror, since our
consciousness and minds are manipulated for years to make us believe that
Islamic belief causes terror, we should say a few words on this topic. But
before Islam’s stand against terror, we should remind that this topic is a
new one introduced after 1991 in order to create a new enemy front against
the Western hegemony in the world. It is Muslims in the world who have been
terrorized for centuries, not who have terrorized others. Those who employ
some figures from the Muslim world whom they have trained as terrorists are
the same powers that accuse Islam of allowing terror.
Any terrorist activity, no matter who does it and for what purpose, is
the greatest blow to all religious and humanistic values. For this reason, no
one—and certainly no Muslims—can approve of any terrorist activity. Terror
has no place in one’s quest to achieve independence or salvation. It costs
the lives of innocent people.
If a ship is carrying nine criminals and one innocent
person, Islam does not allow the ship to be sunk to punish the nine
Even though at first sight such acts seem to harm the target, all
terrorist activities eventually do more harm to the terrorists and their
supporters. Although there may always be some who exploit any religion for
their interests, Islam does not approve of terrorism in any form. Terrorism
cannot be used to achieve any Islamic goal. No terrorist can be a Muslim,
and no true Muslim can be a terrorist. Islam orders peace, and the Qur’an
demands from each true Muslim that he or she be a symbol of peace and
support the maintenance of basic human rights. If a ship is carrying nine
criminals and one innocent person, Islam does not allow the ship to be sunk
to punish the nine criminals, for doing so would violate the innocent
Islam respects all individual rights and states clearly that none of them
can be violated, even if doing so would be in the community’s interest. The
Qur’an declares that one who takes a life unjustly has, in effect, taken the
lives of humanity as a whole, and that one who saves a life has, in effect,
saved the lives of humanity as a whole. Also, our Prophet Muhammad says that
a Muslim is one who does no harm to others with either his or her hand or tongue.