A perhaps monumental moment occurred just a few short days ago. Perhaps I say, because it will only become a monument if others build on this. The moment was when a Fatwa, a directive to Muslims, was issued in condemnation of terrorism, suicide bombings and other attacks targeting civilians. This momentous event occurred at a Nov. 3oth meeting of the National Press Club in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by Bridges to Common Ground who also published the Fatwa which I refer to here:
The following Fatwa was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, Islam’s highest religious authority in North America.
In the spirit of this Season of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, the Fiqh Council of North America states its unequivocal and unqualified condemnation of the destruction and violence committed against innocent men and women.
This condemnation of violence is deeply rooted in true Islamic values based on the Qur’anic instructions which consider the unjust killing of a single person equivalent to the killing of al humanity (Qur’an 5:32). There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism.
Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is prohibited in Islam ? haram ? and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not “martyrs.”
In giving thanks for America and for American people and in the light of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, we, the Fiqh Council of North America, clearly, without hesitation, strongly issue this Fatwa:
- All acts of terrorism are forbidden in Islam.
- It is forbidden for a Muslim to cooperate or associate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
- It is the duty of Muslims to report to enforcement authorities any threat which is designed to place a human being in harm’s way, bringing them before a competent court of law and in accordance with due process.
We pray for the defeat of extremism, terrorism and injustice. We pray for the safety and security of our country United States and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of this globe. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in United States and every where in the world.
On behalf of the Fiqh Council of North America.
I think this is an important event for all of us because Islam will continue to be a problem for the world until either they are stopped through annihilation or they go through some sort of religious reformation. A reformed or reinterpreted Islamic doctrine is needed so that Muslims can feel they are upholding the tenants of their religion, without killing non-believers. Others in the world think this also, as I have mentioned in a previous post How to end ‘Islamophobia.’
Many, myself included, will have some suspicions regarding the sincerity of this fatwa. I’ve also read enough Muslim proclamations to know that innocents, civilians, and non-Muslims are words that are carefully chosen. (i.e. you are not innocent if you know of Islam and do not submit to its authority, so a proclamation against harming innocents isn’t really what it seams on the surface)
But this could be a start. I hope to see it plastered all over the media, so Muslims everywhere can see that there is another way to be Muslim. A truly peaceful way. Not the violence being exercised by several Muslim leaders which is supported by many and openly denounced by precious few Muslims.