GLOBALO analysed the official ISIS letter meant to justify the killing of 132 and wounding 350 in the terror-attack in Paris, November 13, 2015.
Is this the true teaching of Islam or haram?
We compare the wording of the ISIS justification- letter with the truth in Islam, we can find in the words (Surah) of the Holy Qur’an, the life of the Prophet, the Sunna and Hadith, and come to several interesting conclusions.
Read what we found out:
1. ISIS Justification-Letter:
The title of the ISIS- declaration is “Statement about the Blessed Paris Invasion of the French Crusaders“
Truth in Islam:
French people in the streets of Paris cannot be called „crusaders“, as they are not in Syria or Iraq. Foreigners from other nations were killed as well.
To fight any ‘crusaders’ you have to follow the rule given in the Holy Qur’an. The rules of jihad are violated systematically. This includes the clear restriction of the use of violence for self-defence in the Qur’an, and only as long as the aggressor displays an imminent threat, and never against uninvolved civilians according to 2,190-192.
Also, “If any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people”, urges Surah 5,32.
As soon as an aggression against a Muslim has ended, the defence needs to stop.
Uninvolved civilians must not be attacked or killed by any Muslim. (see Al-Isra’, 17:33, Al-Anʽam 6:151).
Other religious convictions do not legitimise aggression. According to 4,90 and 8,61, there is a duty of peace for Muslims. The killings of innocents are haram, meaning that it is prohibited by Islamic law.
Illegitimate targeting and killing of in total 482 civilians. ISIS violated these provisions of Allah many times.
„In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful“
Truth in Islam:
The introductory Surah and the introduction of all Surahs of the Qur’an (with exception of the 9th Surah) describe God as the “Most Gracious, Most Merciful”.
Every Muslim needs to emulate this characteristic of Allah. Only the ones who are gracious, are Muslims.
The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, stresses again and again that “Mohammad was sent onto the earth by Allah with a sword as a symbol of mercy”.
Rightfully it emphasises that Allah sent the Prophet unto the earth as mercy (Al-Anbiya̕,21:107) and that the mercy of Allah extends to all things (Al-Aʽraf, 7:156).
Hence, the mercy of Allah clearly precedes the sword, and not vice versa.
ISIS always acts without any mercy. The offences and killings of ISIS in Paris violate this main duty of a Muslim. They are informed by extreme remorselessness and thus have become an insult to God.
2. ISIS Justification-letter:
„The Almighty said: “and they thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah ; but [the decree of] Allah came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts [so] they destroyed their houses by their [own] hands and the hands of the believers. So take warning, O people of vision.” [Surah 59. Al-Hashr, Ayah 2]
In a blessed attack the success of which was aided by Allah, a faithful group of warriors of the Caliphate, may Allah dignify their actions and grant them victory, set out, targeting the capital of prostitution and debauchery, Paris, the carrier of the banner of Christianity in Europe.
Young Men who divorced the world and sought out their enemy looking for death in the name of Allah, for the sake of His religion and His Prophet. May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them, and their endeavours, when they put the noses of Allah’s enemies into the ground.
They were true to Allah, we acknowledge them. Allah conquered through them and cast fear in the hearts of the Crusaders in the centre of their lands, where eight brothers armed with explosive belts and machine guns, accurately chose targets in the heart of the capital of France, including the Stade de France while the German and French Crusader’s teams were playing. Francois Hollande, the fool of France, was also present. Other strategic targets were the Bataclan Conference Center, where hundreds of apostates had gathered in a perverse party of prostitution, and other areas in the 10th and 11th and 18th district.
Paris trembled under their feet, and its streets were becoming narrow, and the success of the attacks was the death of at least 100 Crusaders and the wounding of even more. Praise and Gratitude be to Allah.
Allah has granted our brothers their wishes, and he gave them what they desired. They detonated their belts within the crowds of unbelievers when they ran out of ammunition. Therefore we ask Allah to accept them among the martyrs. May HE make us follow them.……
Allah is Great. “But honor belongs to Allah and His Apostle and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not.” [Surah 63. Al-Munafiqun, Ayah 8] ”
Truth in Islam:
First, in their propaganda the radicals only choose and talk about very few of the 6236 verses in the Qur’an, predominantly six strongly-worded sentences. Hence, they ignore 99.99% of the Holy Scripture. Due to that they spin Islam on its head from a rather peaceful to an aggressive message of fighting and murder.
The selection of a very few verses is prohibited in regards to fatwas as Islamic legal opinions. Instead, it is necessary to examine the whole Qur’an and the Hadiths.
The reduction of the Holy Scripture to 00.01 percent is complete nonsense and displays great ignorance as well as an offence to the wise words and the key messages of God.
Secondly, the Qur’an and its message as well as the exemplary life of the Prophet Muhammad are full of compassion, the virtue of tranquillity and harmony (hilm) and peace (salam). This truth has been forgotten by the members of ISIS.
The Muslim greeting “Peace be upon you”, and the practiced aim of harmony of the Prophet to establish a new society of hilm out of respect for Allah and humanity are also extensively disregarded by the ISIS.
The Qur’an condemns people who cause mischief on earth instead of creating peace (see 26, 152; 2,27; 5,33).
Every Muslim needs to strive towards a tolerant society of hilm and end the contentiousness of djahiliyyah – like the Prophet in Mecca.
Thirdly, the Christians are the friends of the Muslims:
The numerous references to the validity of the old holy scriptures of the Jews and Christians and the other 14 prophets in the Qur’an which are also followed by Muslims (see 10,37; 2,62; 6,92; 40,53; 42,13) are simply ignored by the ISIS. Those are binding provisions for every Muslim.
There are at least 27 verses in the Qur’an which call upon Muslims to be tolerant, among them the six core proclamations of tolerance: That there is no coercion in religion (2,256), each confrontation should occur “with means better” (29,46), the God of Muslims, Jews and Christians “is one” (29,46; 42,15) and Allah desired religious pluralism (5,48) with the tolerant acknowledgement “To you be your Religion, and to me mine” (109,6).
The Qur’an focuses on faith in Allah, and that the conversion of others can only occur through the word of Allah rather than and not with the sword and forceful islamification. “So strife as in a race in all virtues” urges 5,48 for example.
ISIS ignores these important demands in the Qur’an and therefore opposes God.
The eternal validity of no less than 14 contracts with Christians, including the protection of religious freedom, are an example from the times of the Prophet and the first two Caliphs.
Four contracts with the Saint Catherine Monastery (Sinai) in 623 A.D., Dumat al-Djandal, Ayla and Nadjran in 631 A.D. were negotiated by the Prophet in person. Afterwards, ten more treaties followed by the first Caliphs in Hira, Raqqa (the capital of ISIS!) and Edessa in 633 A.D., Damascus in 635 A.D., Baalbek, Hums and Jerusalem in 638 A.D., then Adharbaydjan and Dabil and finally Cairo in 641 A.D. The ISIS severely violated these 14 protective treaties of the Prophet and his Caliphs by expulsing or even killing Christians, and enslaving their girls if they did not agree to convert to Islam.
In 615 A.D. the Prophet himself sent 100 of his first followers from Mecca into exile to the Christian kingdom of Negus Abyssinian to Negus so they could survive there. The Christians rejected the expulsion from Mecca by the powerful rulers of Mecca and began a long-lasting friendship. They persuaded and could even persuade the enemies to lift the ban against Muslims.
The open interfaith exchange between Christians and Jews in the golden heyday of Islam in the 9th century in Bagdad, Cordoba and the entire Islamic empire, demonstrates that Islam only unfolds its inner strength, dynamic and global recognition through a fair dialogue and respect towards other religions. Intolerance and the preaching of hatred make it despiteful, small and eventually powerless. Islamic tolerance was practiced by the great empires of Moguls and Ottomans for centuries.
The core values of Islam are ignored, and the wordings of God put upside down by ISIS. This is not Islam.
3. ISIS Justification-letter:
„France and those who follow the same path must know that they will remain priority targets of the Islamic State. The smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the charge of the Crusader’ war, and dare to insult our Prophet.
Allah’s peace and blessings be upon those, who proudly fight for Islam in France against those who attack the Muslims in their lands of the Caliphate with airplanes. It will not help them in the streets of Paris and its rotten streets. This attack is only the first of the storm and a warning to those who wish to listen.”
Truth in Islam:
The actions of the ISIS in Paris also contradict the example of the Prophet during his conquer of Mecca in 630 A.D. and his vision of a harmonic state from 630-632 A.D.
In Mecca, Muhammad did not establish a totalitarian theocracy but he maintained the old political structures and even pardoned all his enemies. The inhabitants of Mecca – infidels from a Muslim perspective – were neither killed nor forced to convert or expulsed. Muhammad did not kill his enemies who expulsed him from his home in 622 A.D., placed a bounty on his head, injured him during battle and raged war against him for eight years. He pardoned all of them, practiced generous forgiveness and preached a new harmony. He maintained the political structures and let the officials remain in their posts. The IS violated this example from the Sunna several times.
Muhammad despised tyrants, fanatics and oppressors who associate themselves with God and therefore breach the prohibition of association with God in Surah 4,48. “One who walks with a tyrant, in the full knowledge that he is a tyrant, in order to strengthen him, is such as has already left the hold of Islam“ (Hadith of Al-Bayhaqi on the Authority of Aus Ibn Shurahabil). “A man who acquired a stretch of land by tyranny will be made to wear a yoke made of seven earths around his neck on the Day of Judgement” (Hadith of Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the Authority of Saʽid Ibn Zayd in: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, p. 34). “On the Day of Judgement, the tyrant’s own tyranny will descent upon him in the form of darkness” (Narrated Ibn Umar, Bukhari vol. 3, book 43, number 627).
It is the duty of Muslims to comply with the UN Charter and Human Rights Charter as transformed and valid laws in Islamic countries based on verse 5,1 and 17,34. Because every Muslim is obliged to abide by existing agreements according to these rules.
The ISIS and their leaders act like tyrants against who the Prophet clearly spoke out. ISIS has left the land of rightful Islam. It is an oppresive and tyrannical group. It violate several rules of the Holy Qur’an.
Is the killing of 132 and wounding 350 in the terror-attack in Paris, November 13, 2015 based on the true teaching of Islam nor haram?
When we compare the wording of the ISIS justification-letter with the truth in Islam, we can find in the words (Surah) of the Holy Qur’an, the life of the Prophet, the Sunna and Hadith, we come to several interesting conclusions:
The actions and the teaching of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS/ISIS or Daesh) are neither Islamic nor do they implement the commandments of God, the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad.
In contrast, they are not true Islam, un-Islamic and a continuous insult to God’s words in the Holy Qur’an, the Prophet and his wisdoms and consequentially to all truly faithful 1.5 billion Muslims in the world.
The ISIS terrorists from Paris have severely insulted the words of God in the Holy Book and the teaching of the Prophet several times and therefore placed themselves outside the rightful Islam. They violated the proclamation of Islam numerous times.
Because of the systematic anti-Islamic mischiefs, which are even justified in the name of Islam, the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet, the Paris terrorists and its supporters have become infidel perpetrators of great sins (mubiqat).
ISIS itself is an organisation of heretics and religiously prohibited any support (haram).
What to do now?
The silent majority of 1.5 billion Muslims must stand up against this small radical minority and actively defend God, the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad against this abuse and defamation of Islam by ISIS.
We need an active containment strategy with hard and soft factors of peacemaking to protect true Islam and the dignity of the people.
The true Muslims with the support of allies have to conquer back the land of ISIS and give it back to the true teaching of a peaceful Islam with tolerance and respect to people of other religions and minorities, promoting peace inside and outside of Syria and Iraq.