Al-Qaradawi: Bali Blasts Heinous Crime, Total Barbarism


By IOL Staff



http://www.islam-online.net/english/news/2002-10/15/article33.shtml



DOHA, October 15 (IslamOnline) - Prominent Muslim

scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on Tuesday, October

15, branded the Bali blast as a heinous crime ?which

is no more than a total barbarism that is void of

morality and human feeling as well.?



Interviewed by IslamOnline, Al-Qaradawi stressed that

?Islam not only prohibits attacking non-Muslims who do

not launch attacks against Muslims, but it also urges

Muslims to treat those non-Muslims with due respect

and kindness, especially non-Muslims who live along

with Muslims within the Islamic territories.?



?It goes without saying that the tragedy that occurred

in Bali, in which a bomb blast claimed the lives of

more than hundred tourists, is actually a heinous

crime.



?It is even an act of spreading mischief in the land

or Hirabah in juristic term; a crime in Islam for

which a severe punishment is specified, without

discrimination as to race, color, nationality or

religion of the culprit,? he asserted.



?In fact, there are two things that made this tragic

incident a terrible shock to me: first, it targeted

innocent civilians and, secondly, it occurred in a

country that has the largest Muslim population,?

Al-Qaradawi elaborated.



?Such countries should offer the best example of

peaceful co-existence, maintaining security with due

regard to the preservation of lives, honor and

property,? he said.



?Islam is based on maintaining the sanctity of five

things that are regarded as prime objectives of

Shari`ah: religion, life, property, lineage and

intellect,? Sheikh Al-Qaradawi said, adding that Islam

?places a deterring punishment for any person who

dares to violate the sanctity of such faculties.?



?All Muslims are thus required to stand hand in hand

to wage war on oppression and transgression low and

high, regardless of who happens to be the target of

such oppression; regardless of nationality of victims,

be they innocent Australian tourists or wronged

Palestinian citizens or any other person in the

world,? he said.



Making it clear that assessing people?s conduct should

not be at the expense of their religion, Sheikh

Al-Qaradawi said: ?Even if it is proved that the Bali

attacks were masterminded by Muslims, still logically

Islam is not to blame for these attacks.?



?A clear separating line is to be drawn here between

the teachings of Islam, which prohibit such attacks,

and the acts of some Muslims who possess a

narrow-minded view of Islam,? he stressed.



Recalling that along the history of Islam some Muslims

used to act in a way that violate Islamic teachings

and put them at stake, Al-Qaradawi asserted ?those

people hurt Islam and Muslims with the wrong behavior

they do; as the threat they pose to Islam is much more

than that of the enemies of Islam who fight it tooth

and nail, both in darkness and broad daylight.?



He cited in this respect the saying ?a wise enemy is

better than a fool friend? and two lines of poetry by

an Arab poet saying: For every disease there is a

cure,/ But foolishness has no cure.



?It is also known that the rights stated for those

non-Muslims living under the protection of the Islamic

State are not just a mere ink on paper,? said Sheikh

Al-Qardawi, describing them as ?inalienable rights?.



?Every committed Muslim, who worships Allah

faithfully, acts in accordance with Allah?s

Ordinances, should never violate those rights. The

whole Muslim society should respect these rights,? he

stressed.



?Islam does not permit aggression against innocent

people, whether the aggression is against life,

property, or honor, and this ruling applies to

everyone, regardless of his post, status and

prestige,? said the prominent Muslim scholar.



?In the Farewell Pilgrimage, the Prophet, peace and

blessings be upon him, declared the principle that

people?s lives, property, and honor are inviolable

until the Day of Judgment,? he recalled.



?This ruling is not restricted to Muslims; rather, it

includes non-Muslims as well, as long as they don?t

wage aggression against Muslims,? he added.



?Even in case of war, Islam does not permit killing

those who are not involved in fighting, such as women,

children, the aged, and the monks who confine

themselves to worship only,? stressed Al-Qaradawi.



?In Islam, the notion ?End justifies the means? has no

place at all. For us Muslims, it is not allowed to

attain good aims through evil means,? he said.



?Thus, it can never be deemed permissible for a Muslim

to use religiously prohibited means to attain a

certain goal he himself deems noble while in fact it

may be void of nobility,? according to Al-Qaradawi.



?Again, in realizing his self- assumed noble goals a

Muslim is not permitted to use prohibited means that

is based on humiliating people, terrorizing them and

shedding their blood unlawfully,? he added.



?Islam considers attacks against non-Muslims, who do

not launch war against Muslims, as a form of injustice

that is both prohibited and abhorred by the Qur?an,

the Prophetic Sunnah and the noble teachings of the

Prophet?s Companions, may Allah be pleased with them

all,? Al-Qaradawi said.



?Not only that, but the pure understanding of Muslim

jurist, the true spirit of the Muslim civilization,

and the main moderate stream of this Muslim Ummah all

categorically deny such heinous crimes against

humanity, which is no more than a total barbarism that

is void of morality

and human feeling as well,? stressed the prominent

Muslim scholar.





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