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Islam Denounces Terrorism

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posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 05:49 AM
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Just wanted to post this article, because alot of people say that Muslims do not speak out against terrorism, or not enough of them do.

www.harunyahya.com...

Britain's "September 11"

HARUN YAHYA
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Thursday, July 7, 2005, will be remembered all over the world as the date when a series of bomb attacks took place in the British capital, London. These barbaric attacks left behind them dozens of dead and hundreds of injured, and went down in history as causing terrible material and psychological damage.

The events in London were referred to as "Islamic terror," in a manner that deeply wounds the entire Islamic world. However, shedding the blood of innocent people, including women and children, by the use of such ruthless methods, cannot be accounted for in any religious terms. Even the term "Islamic terror" creates severe distress in the hearts of sincere believers, and lays blame on a community numbering more than 1 billion.

The events have absolutely nothing to do with the true Islam commanded by God in the Qur'an. There is no room for the concept of terror in true Islam. Violence is not permitted in any of the divine religions. When we look at the Qur'an, the sole source of Islam, and at the practices of all Muslim rulers throughout the history of the world, beginning with our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace), we can see the truth of this in all clarity.

Terrorism is a terrible plague that has infected the world for hundreds of years. Even though actions may differ from country to country, all terrorist organizations aim at defenseless civilians and send their messages by way of these people.

In the terrorist attack in Oklahoma in the USA 167 people were savagely slaughtered, 19 of them children.

A fanatical Jew who opened a hail of fire on Muslims praying in a mosque in Palestine caused the deaths of 29 people.
Thousands of people have lost their lives in attacks against Muslims in India over the years.

Terrorist attacks both great and small have for years been perpetrated in France, Spain, the Philippines, Japan and Ireland.

One could go on. However, the entire world came face to face with terror in 2001. In the wake of the attacks against two major cities in the USA which led to the deaths and injuries of thousands of people, the concept of "terrorism" began to be debated once again. That was because that attack had been carried out at an unexpected time, against a country regarded as the world's only superpower, and in a totally unforeseen manner. The attack created an air of fear and panic all over the world, especially in America.

Following the attacks, the USA embarked on a major fight against terror. Many countries have lined up alongside America in this struggle, and lent their support to it. The series of bombings in Istanbul, just when it was thought that the forces of terror had been brought under control, again reminded people of terrorism's dark face: first synagogues, then the British Consulate, then the HSBC General Directorate building …

The Saturday prayer, which had been performed for centuries, was interrupted by the bombs exploded on November 15th. Twenty-four people were killed in the explosions at the Neva Shalom synagogue at Beyoglu Kuledibi and the Beth Israel synagogue at Sisli, and 300 were injured. Dozens of more people lost their lives in the explosions at the British Consulate and the HSBC building, and hundreds were injured. Images similar to those which followed the September 11 attacks began appearing on our television screens. Ruined buildings, people fleeing in panic, burned out busses, corpses lying in the streets …

Following the events in Istanbul, terror began to strike at Europe. The first target was Spain, which played host to Muslims for hundreds of years. The bombs that exploded in three large train stations in Madrid caused the deaths of 199 people, and another 1,247 people to be injured. What remained after this terrorist act was dead bodies, the injured, and fear, anger and hatred that left all the Muslims of Europe under an accusation...

And now the bombs that exploded in the London Underground and busses, both means of public transport, a city full of the dead and injured…The point we wish to emphasize in this article is that Islam opposes terror attacks and the killing of the innocent. All forms of terrorist attack are roundly condemned in Islam. According to the Qur'an, it is a great sin to kill an innocent person, and anyone who does so will suffer great torment in the Hereafter:

… If someone kills another person-unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth-it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our messengers came to them with clear signs, but even after that, many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Qur'an, 5:32)

This verse equals the killing of one innocent to slaughtering all of humanity. Another verse expresses the importance of human life:

Those who do not appeal to any other deity besides God [alone]; nor kill any soul whom God has forbidden [them to] except with the right to do so; nor fornicate. Anyone who does so will incur a penalty. (Qur'an, 25:68)

Any Muslim who believes in God with a sincere heart, who scrupulously abides by His verses and fears suffering in the Hereafter, will avoid harming even one other person. He knows that the Lord of Infinite Justice will suitably reward him for all his deeds. In one of the hadith, our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) listed the kinds of people who are not pleasing to God:

"Those who act cruelly and unjustly in the sacred lands, those who yearn for the ways of the ignorant, and those who wrongly shed human blood." (Sahih Bukhari Hadith)

Terror Will Disappear When People Come to Live by the Moral Values of Islam

In the Qur'an (32:9), God reveals that He has breathed His Spirit into man, His creation, and that man is His representative on Earth (Qur'an, 6:165). One of the most important differences between man and the animals is that man was created with both earthly desires and with a conscience. Every person possesses desires that incite him to evil, along with a conscience that inspires him to avoid it. Alongside such pleasing moral attributes inspired by that conscience-love, sacrifice, compassion, humility, affection, honesty, loyalty and kindness-he also possesses destructive and undesirable tendencies, stemming from his earthly desires. Thanks to his conscience, however, the believer can distinguish between right and wrong and opt for what is morally right. Strong belief in and fear of God, faith in the Hereafter, powerful fear of the endless torments of Hell and a yearning for Paradise all keep the temptations of his earthly desires at bay. Therefore, he always behaves well towards people, is forgiving, responds to wickedness with good, assists those in need, and shows compassion, love, affection and tolerance.

Terrorists, on the other hand, listen to their earthly desire for violence instead of their consciences, and can easily turn to all forms of wickedness. They become loveless, aggressive people who easily hurt others without the slightest pang of conscience. Having no fear of God, they do not practice the morality of religion. Nothing can stop them from committing crimes.

In restraining its citizens, society's prevailing rules can go only so far. Thanks to its law enforcement units, the state may be able to partially protect streets and public spaces, and-thanks to a powerful system of justice-may be able to take necessary means to ensure public order and ensure that the crime rate drops. But since it's impossible to keep watch on every individual, 24 hours a day, it's essential that people act by their conscience. Someone who doesn't heed the voice of his conscience can easily turn to crime when on his own, or surrounded by people of like mind. That being the case, a model of society emerges which is composed of individuals who lie when necessary, have no hesitation about making unjust profits, and feel no unease about oppressing the weak. It is clear that physical precautions and measures will bear no fruit in a society which has no fear of God and which has lost its spiritual values. Religious moral values, on the other hand, command a person to refrain from evil, even if he is all alone, even if nobody will punish him for his evil deeds. It is evident that a person who knows that he will be called to account in the presence of God for his every deed, his every decision and his every word, and that he will be suitably rewarded for these in the eternal life of the Hereafter, will scrupulously avoid committing evil.

Terrorist organizations can't possibly have any place in a society whose people avoid evil of their own free will. Where religion's morality prevails, problems that give rise to organizations supporting the use of violence will disappear naturally. If the whole society possesses superior virtues like honesty, sacrifice, love and justice, there can be no place for such things as poverty, unequal distribution of income, injustice, the oppression of the weak, or limitations on freedoms. On the contrary, a social order will emerge that meets the wants of the needy; where the wealthy protect the poor and the strong, the weak; where everyone can enjoy the very best health care, education, and transport systems. There, tolerance and understanding will dominate the relationships between different ethnic groups, religions and cultures.

For these reasons, proper morality is the key to solving so many social problems. The source of that key, in turn, is the Qur'an, which God has revealed as a guide for mankind.

It must not be forgotten that unless necessary measures are taken, unless deep-rooted solutions are brought in, the 21st century will continue to be a time of terror and violence, just as the 20th was before it. The homes of innocent people will be bombed, and women and children will be slaughtered. The intellectual fight against terrorism, therefore, must be started with great urgency, to include very great numbers of people. This fight will be fought on the level of ideas-between people who believe in God, who are loving, forgiving, compassionate and in full possession of their conscience; and those terrorists who draw their strength from ignorance and violence. In one verse, our Lord reveals, "Why were there not people with good sense among the generations of those who came before you, who forbade corruption in the earth…" (Qur'an, 11:116). Believers should possess the good sense that God describes in the verses. While terrorists hope to achieve their aims by violence, believers know that true success can be achieved only by clinging tightly to the religion of God, and acting accordingly. Jews, Christians, and Muslims will join together in that struggle, in a spirit of respect for all beliefs and ideas and, by the will of God, enjoy definitive success. This is God's promise to all His believing servants, which will definitely come true.

At this point, a great responsibility falls on all true believers, no matter what their religion. Jews must not ignore Old Testament statements calling mankind to peace and tolerance, and they must call on all other Jews to oppose terrorism. So should Christians call on all other Christians, taking as their guide the morality most pleasing to God. One should not forget that terrorism stems from wrong ideas and the basic struggle against terrorism should be on the level of ideas. Believers must explain that these ideas are wrong, and that no idea can prevail by means of violence, oppression and cruelty; and despotism can never bring about beauty.

Terrorist ideology is built on sand. Its foundations can easily be swept away by mobilizing a proper education campaign. Sincere believers in all parts of the world can help end the ignorance that breeds terrorism by searching for solutions, writing books and articles, promoting educational activities and disseminating their own cultural heritage. The prevalence of tolerance, peace and security on the Earth, as commanded by God, will make terrorism disappear into the pages of history forever. Adopting a defeatist, pessimistic attitude in the face of terror is unacceptable. Our hope is that this suffering will not be repeated, and that all measures will be adopted to that end.

May God have mercy on those who died in those hateful attacks, and may He heal the injured. Our sincere condolences to all mankind. (For detailed information, please see Islam Denounces Terrorism and Only Love Can Defeat Terrorism by Harun Yahya)




posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 07:38 AM
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Unless i overlooked it i didnt say where this guys from, il just assume britain, (if he is) This artical is nice and all, but tbh it realy means nothing, along with any other western muslim speaking out, its good but even if a million muslim americans speak out against terrorism, it still will not matter, What matters are muslims living in the middle east who are being raised to hate the west, and everything we hold dear, what matters is that these middle eastern born and raised muslims speak out against the problems from within, the extremists in iraq and the moderates probly dont give a hoot about what some western raised muslim has to say as hes been raised amung the infidels, and he is misguided.

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posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 08:10 AM
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I think it’s great that SOME have denounced terrorism, and that’s very important. But the problem is others are not only NOT denouncing terrorism, they all but support it, even if indirectly.

Take a look at these comments from Egyptian professor Abd Al-Sabour Shahin from an interview which aired on Saudi Channel 1 on August 8, 2005.


"Our enemies weave many lies about us, which we are not necessarily aware of. For example: One day, we awoke to the crime of 9/11, which hit the tallest buildings in New York, the Empire State Building (sic). There is no doubt that not a single Arab or Muslim had anything to do with these events. The incident was fabricated as a pretext to attack Islam and Muslims. The plan was to take over the world's energy sources, and to achieve this control by force and not by agreement or negotiations, by interests, free trade, or anything like that. This is what they wanted.

So this incident was fabricated - and Allah knows that the Arabs and Muslims are innocent of it - in order to serve as a pretext to attack Islam and the Muslims....

I believe a dirty Zionist hand carried out this act. Zionism has taken the opportunity to escalate the war in Palestine, killing hundreds of thousands so far, while we watch from the sidelines in astonishment and ask: What's going on?"


This guy denies terrorism from extreme Muslims even exists, let alone denounces Islamic born terrorism.

This is a fight that only can be won by Muslims. All of Islam needs to get on the same page, and then they need to stomp out the terror from within. I have said this before, and I will continue to say it: The West is not responsible for the extremism that causes terrorism; it’s existed long before the USA has, but we are certainly the target of it. And the only way the West can defend itself is to kill the terrorists as there is no negotiating with an enemy that will kill themselves in the hopes of killing you. Only Islam can police the extremists within their religion without violence.

How do moderate Muslims do this? Teach their kids tolerance and understanding (read: Play nice with others). Islamic extremism is like racism, it’s taught. Nobody is born an extremist.

The real problem here is that the Qur'an has some extreme teachings and contradicts itself in many places. Even Muslims admit this. So when you have a book that is the foundation of a belief that has interpretive passages, some of them very aggressive, there will always be people (extremists) who will take the malicious interpretation. Unfortunately extremists are rarely lazy and act on their convictions. (I.e. terrorist attacks).


Bottom line? It’s great that some BRAVE figures within Islam are speaking out against fellow Muslims that are terrorists, but it’s only a start. Until mainstream Islam admits as a group that they have a problem from within their religion and starts to act on it, Islamic terrorism will never go away. And the West can only defend itself one way, and that’s to eliminate the threat. Only Islam can end this peacefully.

Here is an analogy for you:

If you are being charged by a rabid pit-bull, how do you stop it? Reason with it? Or shoot it? You shoot it. The only way to stop a rabid pit-bull without killing it, is to stop it from becoming rabid in the first place. And only the owner can stop it from becoming rabid.


[edit on 9-8-2005 by skippytjc]



posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 08:50 AM
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Excellent point skippy as always



posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 09:16 AM
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Thanks, colin_hal, for the info. It's just never going to be enough for some, as you can see.

It seems to me that many facts are being disregarded in favor of Muslim hatred and bigotry. Facts like:

- There are loads of middle-eastern-dwelling Muslims that denounce terrorism. Pages and pages on a google search.

- The people who 'are being raised to hate the West'? The West is doing a lot of the teaching! Whether or not their society and religion teaches them to hate us, WE act in a way toward them that inspires hatred. It's not all our fault, but we cannot put all the blame on them as long as we're playing our part in the scheme of things.

- The very people who are biggoted toward Islam preach about racism! Teaching tolerance and *laugh* understanding! That's so funny! Good one!
In other words, our own society is full of hypocrites! Preaching Muslim-hatred, while demanding tolerance and understanding!

- Every holy book is full of contradictions, not just the Qu'ran.

- If every Muslim is to be held accountable for the extremist acts, then every Christian would have to be held accountable for the abortion clinic bombers, the military funeral picketers and the gay-hate crimes. Every soldier would be accountable for the torture. Every man would have to be held accountable for the men who rape, who beat their wives and kill their own children!

- The whole of Pit Bulls are NOT responsible for the acts of a few.


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posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 09:59 AM
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Again, you are lost and could not be further from the truth.

Your whole reply Benevolent Heretic, assumes an attack on all of Islam. But its not. To say extremist Muslims are the responsibility of all Muslims is not racist or bigotry, and you are too shortsighted to see that and you will never understand.

And who cares about other religions and what they may or may not preach? This discussion is about Islamic Radicals. Its a sign of defeat to change the subject and point out others faults when challenged.

Islam needs to police Islam, and until Muslims unite and decide to act on the extremists within they have no right to comment on how non Muslims react to the threats agaisnt them.

My pitbull analogy is dead on.



posted on Aug, 9 2005 @ 05:48 PM
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C0le,

You yourself are very misguided in your generalization of the Middle East as one giant breeding ground of Anti-American rehtoric. Can you give us a reason to believe that majority of Muslims in the Middle East are raised in such an ideology and as to why this has possibly occured. The complexities of this issue are very detailed in generations of western imperialism and misguided leadership in the Middle East; the resources so valuable to this region are horribly allocated as to provide profit and economic success to a minute bracket of society whose endevours with such capitalism has been directed towards personal finances and very little socialistic ventures.

There are a plethora of regions in the Middle East who laud western aspects of life, and many denounce; as you and I, living in the West, may abhor many of the East, African, and Middle Eastern. These are usualy cultural variences, and not nessecarily directed to the totality of society; an din the case of the Middle East, it's been the dubious and outright self-interests of American politics, and not it's peoples which in no way have affected Middle Easterns.



Take a look at these comments from Egyptian professor Abd Al-Sabour Shahin from an interview which aired on Saudi Channel 1 on August 8, 2005.


Touting this quote was a very big mistake upon your part; not only did you disregard the fact that it was from an Egyptian proffesor, from a country which is still considered a significant part in Middle East and American diplomacy, you also disregarded the very fact that it was broadcasted on a Suadi channel, America's beloved ally, and whose leaders are seen hand in hand with President Bush. Bandar Bush ring a bell?

I would also like to ask why you are defending yourself by stating that you are not generalizing all Muslims into one category, yet refute the dissent subscribed by Muslims on part of the world by touting extremism by another Muslims on another part of the world? Don't dichotomize this situation, it's fallacious.

Terrorirm is begotten from socio-political and economics unrest, not from religious ethos, and if this had been the case, Islamic terrorism would be much more universal and rampant in society than we see today, or since it's advent.




And who cares about other religions and what they may or may not preach? This discussion is about Islamic Radicals. Its a sign of defeat to change the subject and point out others faults when challenged.


No, it is not; it's matter of virtue and principle: Why you adovocate accountability by Muslims towards praticularities in thier religion that are alien to a high degree is irrational. It's not a sign of defeat as it is a sign of good argumentation.




If you are being charged by a rabid pit-bull, how do you stop it? Reason with it? Or shoot it? You shoot it. The only way to stop a rabid pit-bull without killing it, is to stop it from becoming rabid in the first place. And only the owner can stop it from becoming rabid.


How does the owner stop the dog from become rabid? Shall he isolate the dog to a cage and somehow from this virus that can be contraced in a myriad of ways without the owners knowhow? This is a stupid anology and makes no sense. Islam is not the owner of these acts of terrorism; Western aggressive diplomacy and dubious agenda's are.

Luxifero.



posted on Aug, 25 2005 @ 08:58 AM
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I find it hard to talk to neo cons who see Muslims as the enemy and will always hold that view, as I find it hard to talk to Extremist Muslims who see the West as the enemy no matter what.

I don't think this hatred came from nowhere, but as long as we keep planting these seeds of hate nothing will change.
We need to rectify ourselves first, otherwise nothing is going to change around us.

Benevolent Heretic, Thank you for your comments, I think they are very well thought out, and balanced.
Because its too easy for someone from a completely different background to hold the other side at fault.

skippytjc, I don't understand why you hate Islam so much, didn't you once submit an article from militantmonitor? I remember an article on the site which told visitors to desecrate Quran's.

C0le, the person who wrote that article is Turkish, a country thats dominantly Muslim.
The problem with Muslim countries at the moment are the rulers.
We have alot of rulers and mostly dictators.
Lack of education is another problem.

The only reason why I submitted that article is because people keep saying that we don't denounce terrorism, and want to believe that we're their enemies.
I'm just trying to show that it doesn't have to be that way, we can get along.

The only reason why Muslims are not speaking out as a whole is because alot of injustice is being carried out against Muslims around the world on a daily basis. And the world is not that interested.



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 01:00 AM
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Hi All, I'm new here and as my name suggests, I believe in the restoration of a Global Islamic Caliphate that once existed prior to 1924 for centuries, where knowledge that we are benefitting from today was a direct result of its civilization and progress.

Alot of you "westerners" are myopic in your views of Muslims, Islam and the conflicts in the middle east. Until you analyze the history of the region prior to 1924, understand WHY people prefer the ruling of Islam over them, you will always have this view that the US government wants you to have: that there are evil people who are called muslims (read: terrorists) who hate everything you stand for.

So I'd like to help with your understanding of the region, the followers of Islam which number about 2 billion today, and the Systems of Islam which all muslims would like to see implemented just as it was for centuries prior to 1924.

I'll stop here for now and let others respond...



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 05:14 AM
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Hello Islamicworldorder.
I don't see anything wrong in what you wrote, I think we can all learn from each other.
The people running the US government are extremists who are telling American people that Muslims hate them because of their freedom.

I find it hard to believe that someone can hate freedom.
That's what Muslims want in their countries.
But bombing them isn't exactly a sign of friendship.
This is something extremists use to convince Muslims that the West is the enemy, and we should be taking arms against them.

Likewise, the US government is doing exactly the same. But because its backed by a government, and not exactly a vigilante group, which is why its acceptable.



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 05:54 AM
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Wow, a 'some muslims are nice' thread.

Makes a change from the 'some muslims are evil, look at this act of nastiness' i suppose. Still predictable response from all really. There should be a sticky regarding Islam and its threats and good deeds and such.



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 06:11 AM
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Originally posted by IslamicWorldOrder2015

I believe in the restoration of a Global Islamic Caliphate



Interesting goal.

Sounds like Al-Qaida and Sunni Extremist Groups ..



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 06:49 AM
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Originally posted by colin_hal
The people running the US government are extremists who are telling American people that Muslims hate them because of their freedom.

I find it hard to believe that someone can hate freedom.
That's what Muslims want in their countries.
But bombing them isn't exactly a sign of friendship.
This is something extremists use to convince Muslims that the West is the enemy, and we should be taking arms against them.

Likewise, the US government is doing exactly the same. But because its backed by a government, and not exactly a vigilante group, which is why its acceptable.


Once this is acknowledged, and only then, will there be any attempt at peace. Great response colin_hal



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 06:52 AM
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no big shakes in that a few Muslim leaders
are against 'Terrorism'...but still will embrace 'Jihad'

thats in line with the westerners' schism in thought...i.e.
being against 'Murder'.....but still will embrace 'abortion'


imo, both have thought processes to a rationalization, that are faulty



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 07:14 AM
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Yes, I believe the moderate muslims are indeed speaking out against the terrorist who called themselves the "real" muslims(which is, of course, BS). Though by just speaking out and denying those doing act of terrorism in the name of Islam wouldn't cut it. The muslim in the middle east are, in fact, uneducated.

Uneducated about the world, science, probably their native language and their own religion--ISLAM. So assume not that whatever these terrorist do, be it they're from middle east or anywhere, are justified in Islam.

Education makes the world go round. Radicalism is the result of assumption, hatred and pure stupidity.

St Udio, please go and research on the term "Jihad". Jihad does not only apply to war as in soldiers and bombs but it also applies to inner battle to fight greed, sloth, hunger or what have you.

You either agree with me or you have your own opinion(s). So do share with us! Enjoy~!



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 01:45 PM
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Originally posted by colin_hal
Just wanted to post this article, because alot of people say that Muslims do not speak out against terrorism, or not enough of them do.

www.harunyahya.com...

Harun Yahya is actually a fundamentalist islamic group. The clain is that Harun Yahya is a single, actualy person. But the suspicions are that its a pen name for a group so writers. Its an Islamist Apologist group, providing 'proofs' that man is created by god, etc etc, much like Christian Apologist groups. Its interesting to see that its staying out of politics in this manner and condemming terrorism tho. Of course, it might just be that this is one of the people that actually make up the group.


Terrorist ideology is built on sand. Its foundations can easily be swept away by mobilizing a proper education campaign. [...]man and the animals is that man was created with both earthly desires and with a conscience

This is tying in the whole article to their main purpose, the advocation of islamic creationism.



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by C0le
Unless i overlooked it i didnt say where this guys from, i

Haruhn Yahya is Turkish.
I really don't see why muslims, btw, should have to constantly denounce terrorism done by other muslims. I never denoucned the Oklahoma city bombing, its just a given. Besides, dozens of islamic groups have strongly denounced terrorism, many times. They shouldn't have to constantly prove their loyalty to other, equal, citizens.



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 02:05 PM
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Originally posted by Nygdan
I really don't see why muslims, btw, should have to constantly denounce terrorism done by other muslims. I never denoucned the Oklahoma city bombing, its just a given.


- Very nicely put Nygdan.


Besides, dozens of islamic groups have strongly denounced terrorism, many times. They shouldn't have to constantly prove their loyalty to other, equal, citizens.


- Indeed.

It is interesting that even when they do come forward to jump through these hoops it is quickly forgotten and/or ignored.

Witness the 500 British Muslim clerics who stood up to condemn these acts.


The following is the full text of a fatwa issued by the British Muslim Forum, with the approval of more than 500 UK Muslim clerics, scholars and imams, on Monday 18 July:
We wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of all the victims of the London attacks. We pray for the swift recovery of all those who are recovering from injuries.

There are many questions emerging from the London bombings. One of the most important questions is what does Islam say about it?

To answer this question Muslim scholars, clerics and Imams from all over the UK have been consulted to issue this formal legal opinion (fatwa) so that Muslims and non-Muslims can be clear about Islam's stance on such acts.

Severe condemnation

On behalf of over 500 clerics, scholars and Imams the British Muslim Forum issues the following religious decree:

Islam strictly, strongly and severely condemns the use of violence and the destruction of innocent lives.

There is neither place nor justification in Islam for extremism, fanaticism or terrorism. Suicide bombings, which killed and injured innocent people in London, are haram - vehemently prohibited in Islam, and those who committed these barbaric acts in London are criminals not martyrs.

Such acts, as perpetrated in London, are crimes against all of humanity and contrary to the teachings of Islam.

The Holy Koran declares:

"Whoever kills a human being, then it is as though he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a human life, it is as though he had saved all 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 mercy to the worlds" said: "All creation is the family of Allah and that person is most beloved to Allah who is kind and caring towards His family."

Islam's position is clear and unequivocal: murder of one soul is the murder of the whole of humanity; he who shows no respect for human life 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 multicultural Great Britain.

news.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 02:25 PM
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First up, I commend them for speaking out. Its ABSOLUTELY the first step.

The issue I have is, "Islam" hasnt denounced terrorism, just some within Islam have. What we need is all the top Islamic figures in the world to get together in some sort of summit and unanumously denounce terrorism with absolution and without conditions, and then act on that mandate.

Only Islam can control extreme Islamics. The west cannot do it, they can only deffend themselves.

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posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 02:41 PM
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Originally posted by skippytjc
The issue I have is, "Islam" hasnt denounced terrorism, just some within Islam have. What we need is all the top Islamic figures in the world to get together in some sort of summit and unanumously denounce terrorism with absolution and without conditions, and then act on that mandate.

Ok, thats not going to happen. You can't get the top leaders of anything to agree on anything, let alone any religion. Pat Robertson advocated the murder of a foreign leader, merely for being unfriendly. The pope didn't issue a statement condemming that.


Only Islam can control extreme Islamics. The west cannot do it, they can only deffend themselves.

How can other muslims 'control' these other muslims? They have magical powers or something? If the topic clerics in teh world condemmed terrorism, what woudl that accomplish? It would just make the violent masses that support it make someone else into a top cleric. Your requirement is ridiculous and absurd.

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