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Blaming Islam for Violent Reactions: Justified?

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Roger
2012/09/20
ِِAs-salam `alaykum. I see your faith in action across North Africa. How strange that faith in Islam is so weak that any criticism is met with violent protest. Am I wrong or does the truth about your cult/religion ring true?
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear brother, thank you very much for contacting us and for your question.

Indeed, violence of any form is condemned, but we have to be fair by condemning all those who practice violence whoever and whenever they are.

Also, it is completely wrong to judge a certain religion or ideology by some wrong practices of its followers.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

Thank you very much for your question.

You are justified in condemning the violent protests some Muslims are guilty of committing. Muslim scholars and leaders all over the world condemned them. However, you are wrong in judging Islam and Muslims by the actions of a few among them.

If we are allowed to do so, then, by the same measure, we need to condemn every religion for the violence committed by some among them. George Bush and Blair claimed to be faithful Christians, while they have been responsible for some of the worst violence this century has witnessed; some of the most devout Christians have said that they ought to be hauled to the World Tribunal for crimes against humanity.

Also, Israel is a Jewish state and as documented even by some of the scholars of Jewish origin, it has been guilty of genocide and acts of blatant terrorism against the Palestinians; just think of the horrors of Sabra and Shatila!

Neither Hinduism nor Buddhism is an exception; think of the Gujarat genocide and the latest Muslim genocide in Burma.

So why not condemn all of these religions? And why not condemn also all other ideologies for most of the wars of the century were waged in the name of secularism, godless communism, liberal democracy, etc.

Therefore, it is wholly unfair to blame Islam for the actions of a few Muslims.

I think you would agree with me that even as we condemn these violent protests, we ought to condemn what one writer has called 'the Islamophobia industry'- funded, fueled, and supported by a number of public and private agencies in North America. It is possible that the recent movie may be part of the same systematic campaign to justify wars and invasion of Muslim countries, and targeting Muslims.

Have you seen a Muslim ever making fun of Jesus or Moses or any of the other prominent religious figures? To my knowledge, no Muslim has burned a Bible or any other sacred scripture as far as I know.

So let us learn to respect each other and wish for others what we would wish for ourselves. After all, that is the golden rule in every religion including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

By following this principle, we would certainly be paving for a world free of all forms of violence, and we would go a long way to bring about peace and fairness for all.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Excerpted with slight editorial modification from, askthescholar.com


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