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|Texas Massacre: Islamic View|
|We often hear about the tolerance of Islam and its concern for the rights of others, but what happened in Texas was so odd. What is your viewpoint in this regard?|
AnswerIn the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
(He will enjoin on them that which is right and forbid them that which is wrong. He will make lawful for them all good things and prohibit for them only the foul) (At-Tawbah 9: 157)
Moreover, people's life is highly valued in Islam. This is confirmed by Allah's saying,
(Nor take life, which Allah has made sacred, except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, We have given his heir authority (to demand Qisas or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life; for he is helped (by the law))(Al-Isra’ 17: 33)
In fact, we Muslims condemn what that officer did and are totally against his act. At the same time, we are thoroughly astonished by those who utilize these rare events and ascribe them to Islam to speak evil of it, when Islam has no relation to these acts. There are more than 5 million Muslims in America, who have proved to be active and beneficent to society and none of them has done similar acts. So, why do they say it is Islamic? This is totally unacceptable.
Our religion does not allow killing any innocent person regardless of his or her religion. The life of all human beings is sacred according to the teachings of the Qur’an and the guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and upon all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah). Throughout history, the wars of Muslims against non-Muslims assert these facts.
In response to the question, Sheikh Hussein Halawah, the Secretary General of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) and Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland (ICCI) answers,
May Allah guide all to what pleases Him!