Christian (Dr James White) Questions Muslims About the Killings of Catholics in Iraq
With the recent unislamic acts in Iraq, which have led to the deaths of a number of Catholic Christians, Dr James White has asked to see fatwas from recognised Islamic authorities condemning such unislamic acts.
Firstly, we should spare a thought for the families of the Christians who have been murdered by misguided Muslims in Iraq. We hope their families are looked after both financially and emotionally by the surrounding Muslim community. Prophet Muhammad (p) was sent by God as a mercy, thus the followers of the final Revelation should implement mercy in their lives; God-Willing the families of the victims of this terrorist act will be afforded support by the Muslims.
Secondly, Dr White asks for a fatwa specific to this latest act of terrorism we should remind him fatwas are religious edicts thus it is unlikely a fatwa will be found with regards to this specific instance of terrorism as there are copious fatwas which have denounced the type of evil action which took in Iraq, namely terrorism and suicide bombing. Specific condemnations will be found but not fatwas.
Before we showcase a famous fatwa unreservedly announcing terrorism to be unislamic we should point our Christian brothers and sisters to specific condemnations vis-à-vis the murdering of Catholic church-goers in Iraq. A blog commenter (maratsafin) did find two recognised organisations which have condemned the barbaric acts perpetrated against the Iraqi Catholics.
ISNA President Defends Iraqi Christians and Denounces the Terrorists
ISNA condemns in the strongest terms and is outraged by the recent barbaric attack which claimed the lives of fifty-eight innocent worshipers and wounded seventy-five others at the Sayidat al-Nejat Catholic Church in Iraq this past Sunday. ISNA urges the world-wide community to pray for the lives of those lost, injured, and affected by these attacks and urges the Iraqi authorities to diligently protect places of worship and ensure that people of all faiths are safe to pray in Iraq.
“ISNA believes in the rights of all people to worship freely without fear of intimidation or violence” said Imam Mohamed Magid, ISNA president. “The level of violence in this incident only heightens our responsibility to speak out against religious intolerance and hatred.”
CAIR Condemn the Attack on Iraqi Christians as “Heinous” and as a “Crime”
In a statement, CAIR said:
"We condemn this attack on a house of worship in the strongest possible terms and repudiate the groups that perpetrate such heinous crimes. The Christian community has a long and honored tradition in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The lives and religious rights of members of that community must be protected...'
Famous Fatwa Denounces these Killings of Iraqi Christians (by Condemning Terrorism in toto)
The most famous fatwa in the Western world is that by Sheikh Tahir ul Qadri. Sheikh Tahir ul Qadri is a well-known cleric amongst British people and is a giant in Pakistan and the Urdu speaking world. He has issued a fatwa unreservedly denouncing terrorism and the killing of innocent people, thus the Sheikh through his fatwa is condemning ALL acts of terrorism including the current actions in Iraq. Here is the eminent Sheikh announcing his fatwa in front of eager representatives of the media (March 2010)
Dr Tahir ul Qadri's Fatwa Condemns Killings of Christians in Iraq
Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad Denounces Terrorism
Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad (aka Tim Winter) was in the audience listening to Sheikh Tahir ul Qadri, I’m sure Dr White knows of this brilliant intellectual. Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad denounced the incident of 9/11 and the general killing of civilians as unislamic:
…norms of their religion, they would have had to acknowledge that no school of traditional Islam allows the targeting of civilians. An insurrectionist who kills non-combatants is guilty of baghy, "armed transgression", a capital offence in Islamic law.
Fighting the Anti-Muslim Brigade - A Shed Load of Links!
There are a number of extremist Christians who do work day and night in their attempts to portray Islam as a religion which allows the actions of Bin Laden and the perpetrators of the current atrocity in Iraq so it is vital for us to keep the more erudite and influential Christians away from such a crowd by furnishing them with scholarly condemnation of acts of terrorism. Dr White, there is a list of Islamic individuals/groups which have denounced acts of terrorism. The list comes with links (though some are defective) and there will be names which you are familiar with. Please do view:
Imam Shabir Ally Condemns the Killings
I am unaware of imam Shabir Ally speaking on the current issues (in Iraq) but rest assured he does not support such acts. I will point Dr James White to his friend, imam Shabir Ally, who speaks on the issue of terrorism and suicide bombing. See here:
The imam also states “Our faith does not tolerate the killing of non-combatants” in his zero-tolerance policy on terrorism
I trust this is sufficient condemnation and fatwa-purveying to help Brother James and sincere folk in their quest for condemnation and personal reinforcement.
***King Abdullah of Jordan Condemns the Killing of Iraqi Christians***
King Abdullah instructed that the wounded be provided with appropriate medical care in the Kingdom's hospitals.
He also sent a cable of condolences to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Monday condemning the attack against the Christian community and stressing the Kingdom's full support for Iraq in combating all forms of terrorism.
Muslims Should be Ready to Answer
As Muslims, we should be ready to present copious material condemning evil acts which are being carried out by people who misappropriate and/or misunderstand Islamic teachings because it is important to keep moderate non-Muslims away from the Islamopohobic crowd as well safeguarding young Muslims from the divisive terrorist fraternity
Christians: Please help us FIGHT Islamophobia and BEAT Misconceptions
Whenever you hear individuals (especially your fellow Christians) claiming terrorism is a Muslim/Islamic thing, please be ready to answer by furnishing them with the fatwa by Sheikh Tahir ul Qadri or any of the other condemnations/fatwas which have been provided in this post. The Bible does state:
...Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have… (NIV, 1 Peter 3:15)
Invitation to Islam
If you are looking for religion and God please look into Islam as it has everything a mind, body and soul requires. Please see:
Dr Bilal Philips Educates us on this Contemporary Issue - Islam and Terrorism.
He teaches us Islam is opposed to the killing of innocent people