Invitation to Islam, Issue
5, October 1998
A bomb goes off in a marketplace in Jerusalem. A suicide
bomber launches himself into a bus full of women and children in Tel Aviv. Foreign
tourists get massacred at a holiday resort in Luxor, Egypt. Villages upon villages get
annihilated in Algeria. The list of events worldwide which have come to symbolise the
'Islamic terror' are endless. From the times in the 70's and 80's when Pan Am and TWA
aeroplanes would be highjacked, to the mid 80's in war torn Lebanon where Americans and
Europeans would be held as hostages for years; all such incidents have come to be
identified with the religion of Islam. Such incidents from past and present have
undoubtedly affected Muslims worldwide and more so in the West. Any Muslim, who wants to
practice his/her religion and expresses the pious desire to live under the banner of
Islam, is labelled a fundamentalist or extremist. Any Muslim man who walks down a busy
street in London or Paris (and Paris moreso) with a beard and a scarf on his head, is
looked upon as being a terrorist who's probably got an AK47 stashed somewhere on his
person. Muslim women who are veiled can't go anywhere in the Western world without being
taunted as being oppressed or being mad (for covering up). However, are such beliefs and
opinions about Islam really justified?
"The best jihad is (by) the one who strives against his own self for Allah, The Mighty and Majestic" 
In the Qur'an, Allah also says:
"So obey not the
disbelievers, but make a great jihad (effort) against them (by preaching) with it (the
By controlling and fighting against ones desires, the Muslims can then also physically exert themselves in the path of Allah. It is this physical or combative jihad which receives so much criticism. Because of the sheer ignorance of this type of jihad Islam is regarded as terror, and Muslims are regarded as terrorists. However, the very purpose of this physical jihad is to raise the word of Allah uppermost. By doing this, it liberates and emancipates all those who are crying out for freedom all over the world. If the likes of the pacifists of this world had their way, then the world would indeed be full of anarchy and mischief. The combative jihad seeks to correct this as Allah says in the Qur'an:
"And if Allah did
not check one set of people by means of another, the Earth would be full of mischief. But
Allah is full of bounty to the worlds"
Such would be the corruption on this Earth if there had never been a combative jihad that Allah says:
"For had it not
been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another, monasteries, churches,
synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is mentioned much, would surely have
been pulled down. Indeed Allah will help those who help His (cause). Truly Allah is All
strong, All mighty"
This combative jihad being both defensive and offensive, is something which is commanded by Allah upon the Muslims. Through this command the oppressed and weak are rescued from the tyranny of the world:
Anyone who knows the early history of Islam, will know that all those nations and empires which came under the fold of Islam were indeed previously oppressed. When the companions of the Prophet Muhammed (saws) went out for the offensive jihad against the Egyptians, the Persians and the Romans, we find that the people did not resist against them at all. Rather, they accepted Islam on such a scale, that it is inconceivable that the jihad of Islam could be anything other then a liberation for these people; a liberation from centuries of tyranny. In fact, with the Byzantine Egyptians and the people of Spain, the Muslims were even beckoned to come and liberate these lands from the oppression of their kings. This is the glorious track record of the Muslim jihad. Compare this with the brutal track record of warfare in the Western world over the centuries. From the crusades against the Muslims to the days of colonial warfare, the Western world has killed, destroyed and plundered everything which has come in its way. Even today this merciless killing goes on by the Western nations. While claiming to be about world peace and security, Western nations are ready to bomb innocent civilians at the drop of a hat. The classic example of this is the recent bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan. Whilst claiming that Sudan and Afghanistan were havens for Islamic terrorists, the bombings of these two nations could not have come at a better time for the American president Bill Clinton. The destruction of innocent lives which were a result of these bombings clearly seem to have been an attempt by Clinton to avert attention away from his sexual misdemeanours;  something which he so often gets caught up in. Without doubt this was the reason for such terror from the American military upon innocent people. This is the same American military which claims to enter the worlds trouble spots under the guise of being peace keepers. But
is said to them; 'Make not mischief on the Earth', they say; 'We are only peace makers'.
Indeed they are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive it not"
The hypocrisy of the West is indeed
Not transgressing the limits means not to kill women and children, for the Messenger of Allah (saws) "forbade the killing of women and children" . Not transgressing the limits means that the elderly, the sick, monks, worshippers and hired labourers are not attacked. Not transgressing the limits means not killing animals wantonly, burning crops and vegetation, polluting waters and destroying homes, monasteries, churches and synagogues:
"Allah does not
forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of
religion, nor drove you out of your homes. Indeed, Allah loves those who deal with
After reading such passages from the Qur'an
and knowing about what Islam commands and prohibits in jihad, the rules of warfare are
given a new meaning; a meaning of justice. How sad it is then, that whilst Islam is
condemned for striking terror into the hearts of the people, the likes of the Serbs, the
Indian army in Kashmir and the Israeli soldiers in Palestine are left untarnished for the
atrocities they have committed in the name of warfare.
"Do not be delighted by the action of anyone, until you see how he ends up" 
So, for example what is the end of a suicide bomber in Palestine?, a leg here, an arm there. Massive retaliation by the Israeli's in the West Bank and Gaza. More Muslims killed and persecuted. How can we be delighted with such an end? What really hammers the final nail in the coffin of this act, is that it is suicide; something which is clearly forbidden in Islam. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said:
"He who kills himself with anything, Allah will torment him with that in the fire of Hell" 
Some are under the misconception that by killing oneself for an Islamic cause, one commits an act which deserves Paradise. Once when a man killed himself, the Prophet (saws) said: "He is a dweller of the Fire". When the people were surprised at this, the Prophet (saws) said:
"A person performs the deeds which to the people appears to be the deeds befitting the dweller of Paradise, but he is in fact one of the dwellers of the Fire" 
The taking of ones life which Allah has given as a trust to the human, is a great sin. Likewise the taking of other lives (which is so often the case with suicide bombing) is also forbidden, as human life is indeed precious:
killed a person not in retaliation for murder or to spread mischief in the land, it would
be as if he killed the whole of mankind. And (likewise) if anyone saved a life, it would
be as if he saved the whole of mankind"
Thus, all other types of extremities such as
hostage taking, hijacking and planting bombs in public places, are clearly forbidden in
"They intend to
put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will complete His light even
though the disbelievers hate (it)"
Whilst trying to destroy Islam through this
instrument of the media, the Jews clearly try to portray an image of themselves as being
the oppressed people. Every year, we are reminded as to how many Jews perished under the
Nazis in World War II. We are made to feel sorry for these same people who have gone on to
commit so many crimes upon the Palestinian people. Some may say that this is a racist and
biased viewpoint. But we say; If this media was not run and orchestrated by the Jews and
was truly neutral, then why are Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, two former Israeli
prime ministers, not held aloft as being terrorists? Anyone who knows about the history of
the Palestinian occupation will tell you that these two men were members of the Stern Gang
and Irgun, two notorious Jewish terror groups who killed many innocent people . If this media was truly impartial, then why does it not tell
about the extent of the Israeli bombardment and illegal occupation of Southern Lebanon and
its people?  And if this media really had nothing against the
religion of Allah, then why does it not inform the people that every day hundreds are
entering the religion of Islam? Such things will never be highlighted in the Western
media, simply because to do so would be against their very interests.
"It is He who has
sent His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, so that He may make it
victorious over all other religions, even though the disbelievers detest it"
It is a must that humanity comes towards the religion of Islam. Without it, we will continue to slip down the road of inequity and darkness. With it we can establish a society of justice and peace. Religion of terror? ... no. The way forward? ... yes.
"There is no
compulsion in religion. The right path has indeed become distinct from the wrong. So
whoever rejects false worship and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most
trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All Hearing, All Knowing"
1 By using the many cases of child abuse and homosexuality
by priests, Such a generalisation about Christianity could be made