Recently, an 84-year-old priest, Father Hamel, was brutally murdered by two armed men in a church in northern France.
The attackers were declared to be members of IS and this vicious event once again turned the spotlight on Islam. Media analysts, news channels, terrorism experts, experts on Islam all aired their views but I did not hear on even a single channel this crucial question?
What does the Holy Quran and the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ say about attacking and killing innocent non Muslims?
The Quran and the hadith are the two most authentic sources of law for every Muslim on this planet and yet none of these Quranic verses or ahadith were mentioned:
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) stated:
“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)
This hadith alone is enough to show how Muslims are commanded to treat non Muslims by Islam….Only with justice, compassion and respect, for which Muslim would want his Prophet to complain to Allah about him.
Another extremely important hadith is:
“Do not kill the monks in monasteries, and do not kill those sitting in places of worship. (Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal)
The world media will never tell you this but any Muslim who reads the Quran and tries to implement the teaching of Prophet Muhammad in their daily life, will tell you that Islam is a religion that upholds the sanctity of human life and the sanctity of all places of worship whether it is a church, a Hindu temple, a synagogue or any place where people gather to worship God.
When Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to send troops into battle, he would instruct them:
“Go forward in the name of Allah. Do not kill an elderly person, nor a small child, nor a woman, and do not exceed bounds.” [Sunan Abī Dāwūd]
What happened in France and what other atrocities are perpetrated by so called ISIS have got nothing to do with Islam. No Islamic teaching can be interpreted or twisted enough to justify such horrendous acts because they go completely against the very essence of Islam and teaching of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
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