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Church bombings have no place in Islam

On the 22nd of September 2013, two-suicide bombers detonated their explosives belt at a church in Pakistan, killing over 75 Christians who were attending Sunday mass.

Obviously as Muslims we should be outraged at such an atrocity, after all when right wing minded extremists attack mosques in the west, we are outraged and condemn such incidents, so that such an attack against a church takes place in the Muslim world, should also cause outrage and condemnation from the Muslim community.

Though the perpetrators of the church bombing may claim to have a mandate from Islam to carry out such actions, the fact of the matter is that such actions have no place in Islam. To put it bluntly, Islam does not sanction the attacking, or in this case, the bombing of another place of worship, such a church, or even a synagogue.

Other places of worship belonging to other religious groups are to be respected, and left alone from an Islamic perspective. If one for example were to look at the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) dealing with the Christian community, one would see that he specifically guaranteed the protection of their belongings, and places of worship. This conduct done by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was carried on by his successors and companions, who ensured that the Christian and Jewish communities would have their places of worship safeguarded and protected.

One great example is that of Umar al-Khattab, the 2nd caliph of Islam. After the Muslims had captured Jerusalem from Christian control, the Christian leader of the city told Umar that he could pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but Umar refused arguing that future Muslims might use this as an excuse to turn the church, and one of Christianity’s most holiest places into a mosque, and Umar didn’t want to deprive Christians of this.

So if this is the example of the early Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions, then what should the example be of other Muslims? Exploding bombs at a church killing dozens of Christians attending mass? Off course not!

The perpetrators of the church bombing will attempt to justify their attack, they have already tried to explain their actions citing America’s drone strikes, and their attack is in response to America’s drone strikes. Without a doubt it is wrong when America carries out drone strikes in Pakistan that kill innocent Pakistanis, but Islamically, two wrongs do not make a right. In no circumstances is one allowed to kill innocent people just because the other side may do so, Islam puts clear stipulations and guidelines on how Muslims are to conduct themselves in a conflict, telling Muslims not to kill women and children, and to not cross the limits.

Secondly, it makes no sense to attack a church killing innocent Pakistanis who have nothing to do with drone strikes. The drone strikes are ordered by the American government, and carried out by the CIA, this has nothing to do with Pakistani Christians. In fact if we want to use such faulty logic, then one could apply it against Muslims too, and start attacking innocent Americans Muslims in America for what some extremist Muslims have done in Pakistan, yet as we all know that’s absurd! We as Muslims often complain that the entire Muslim community is tarnished and targeted because of the actions of a few, so how sensible is it for some Muslims to now employ the same tactic, blaming Pakistani Christians for what the American government is doing.

Just because some members of the American government responsible for drone strikes may be Christian, does not automatically condemn all Christians, including Pakistani Christians, who have no say or control in the drone strikes carried out by the American government. Furthermore if the perpetrators of the attack think that America will cease drone strikes because of bombing churches, then they are deluding themselves, if anything such attacks will only give the American government a further pretext and justification to carry out their drone strikes, and many will even sympathize with their case.

In conclusion, we as Muslims must and do condemn such heinous crimes, they have no place in Islam, and the people who carry out such attacks in the name of Islam, certainly do not have a mandate from Islam, and certainly don’t represent the Muslims, no Muslim elected or selected these attackers as their representatives, these extremists only represent themselves.

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  1. This is a refreshingly straightforward and logical article. There is nothing here to disagree with, no obfuscation or deflection or false comparisons, and the issue of bombing a church is, rightly, kept strictly separate from other issues such as drone strikes, or who should govern Pakistan and how.

    I think the tendency to group people into “collectives” or categories, to identify with one group and perceive another as, well, ‘Other’, effects our emotional responses, sometimes in ways which, on reflection, are unpleasant. So if I were being picky, I would say that there is still too much of an ‘us and them’ attitude here, and still too little anger, in comparison to the heated articles that some other writers have produced on less obviously transgressive forms of violence, where Muslims were the victims. But that’s me being difficult; as I say, this article is refreshing.

  2. Peace,

    Not only did the so called Muslim killed Christians, they also killed their own Muslim brothers and it happened in the mosque! There were so many cases – sunni killing Shiite, so on and so forth!

    Why do you thing such things happened in the Islamic world?

    The problem arises when the so called muslims threw the Book Of ALLAH behind them 1300 years ago, 200 years after the demise of the Last Prophet Ahmad

    AQ 03:103 – And hold firmly to the rope of ALLAH all together and DO NOT BE DIVIDED. And remember the FAVOUR of ALLAH upon you – when you were enemies and HE brought your hearts together and you became, by HIS FAVOUR, BROTHERS. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and HE saved you from it. Thus does ALLAH make clear to you HIS verses that you may be guided.

    The above verses tell us

    1. Hold firmly to the rope of ALLAH – that is, HIS Book!
    2. Not to be divided
    3. HIS Book is the one who made men come together as brothers.

    Further AQ 02:02 – 05

    02 This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous persons who fear ALLAH much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which HE has forbidden) and love ALLAH much (perform all kinds of good deeds which HE has ordained)].

    03 Who believe in the unseen and perform As-Salat, and spend out of what We have provided for them.

    04 And who believe in what has been send down to you, [to the Prophet Ahmad], and what was sent down before [Torah and Injeel) you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].

    05 Those are upon [right] guidance from their LORD, and it is those who are the successful.

    From the verses above, did ALLAH gives us instruction to believe whatever was sent down after the Prophet? Nothing from the verses stated that there will be or shall be verses sent down after the last Prophet.

    This is the second problem with the so called Muslims. They did not believe what was sent down to the Prophet but something else which was collected by muhadithin, 200 years after the demise of the last Prophet. Instead of believing what was sent to the Prophet, they believe in the saying of their imams attributing to the Prophet and that’s where the corruption and contradiction begins. History repeats itself, before the last Prophet, if we look into Christianity, instead of believing in the true Injeel, the Christians created, very much like the hadith, the NT, which comprises of the 4 gospels, 300 years after the demise of Prophet Esa!

    The words of men have overshadowed the Books of ALLAH

    ALLAH says in HIS 2nd Book – Chapter 6

    112 And thus We have made for every prophet an enemy – devils from mankind and jinn, inspiring to one another DECORATIVE SPEECH IN DELUSION. But if your Lord had willed, they would not have done it, so leave them and that which they invent.

    113 And [it is] so the hearts of those who disbelieve in the Hereafter will incline toward it and that they will be satisfied with it and that they will commit that which they are committing.

    114 Believing in other than ALLAH as JUDGE while it is HE who has revealed to you the Book explained in DETAIL? And those to whom We gave the (1st) Book know that it (2nd Book) is sent down from your LORD in truth, so never be among the doubters.

    115 And the word of your LORD has been fulfilled in TRUTH and in JUSTICE. None can alter HIS words, and HE is the Hearing, the Knowing.

    116 – And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of ALLAH. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.

    The verses above explicitly explain to us, the danger of taking judgement other than the judgement of ALLAH!

    All those who believe, whether you are Jewish, Christians, Sunni or Shiite, who believe in ALLAH and follow the judgement of ALLAH, that is, The Holy Quran (2nd Book), we would not have to fear of violence from those transgressors who created mischief in the earth. We can bring them down. If we follow the ways of the transgressors, we are no better than them.

    ALLAH ask us

    AQ 45:06 These are the verses of ALLAH which We recite to you in truth. Then in what statement after ALLAH and HIS verses will they believe?

    • you go try to perform salaah without rakaats. Where is it written in the quran how to pray? how many rakaat? is it an innovation?

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