Islam Versus Terrorism

Terrorism is when innocent people are specifically targeted to instill fear in a population. It is categorically prohibited in Islam.

The present era of our history has been blemished by indiscriminate violence in almost every society. The loss of innocent life has become extremely commonplace. Unfortunately, due to the actions of some ignorant Muslims as well as biased reporting in the media, Muslims have come to be associated with terrorism. However, the appropriate question to be asked is: “Do Islamic teachings promote terrorism?”

As a matter of fact, Islam and terrorism are precise opposites; the very name, Islam, denotes peace and submission. The fundamentals of Islam direct its followers to maintain and promote peace throughout the world. Islam is a faith of moderation; thus a righteous and God-fearing Muslim can neither be a fanatic nor an extremist. There is no connection whatsoever between Islam and the violence practiced by terrorist groups in different parts of the world. In no way does it condone hijackings, hostage taking, and the torture and killing of innocent people in order to achieve particular goals.


The Islamic basis for national and international relations is peace rather than war. Prominent Muslims, Islamic organizations, and Islamic scholars have repeatedly denounced terrorist attacks and terrorism in general. Islam emphatically prohibits and disassociates itself from the violent acts that have been carried out by some of its members in the name of religion.
All religions and ideologies have some misguided followers, and it is surely unfair to judge any one of them by the behavior of such people. Accordingly, Islam should not be judged by the acts of misguided Muslims or even by the obvious corruption that permeates many Muslim countries. For in fact, what Islam teaches is one thing and what these so-called Muslims practice is something else. The only way to know the truth about Islam is to study its teachings, for they are the standard by which the actions of Muslims can be assessed as being right or wrong.
Islam emphasizes the sanctity of life in general, and particularly, human life. And the Qur’an prohibits murder in clear terms:
“And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right.”[5:32]

“Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul[i.e., in legal retribution for murder] or for corruption [done] in the land[ i.e., that requiring the death penalty] – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely.  And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”[6:151]

Such is the value of a single human life that God equates the unjust taking of one life with killing all of humanity. Only a proper and competent court can decide whether an individual has forfeited his right to life by commission of a major crime. Individual Muslims can never take decisions about who should be killed or punished. Conviction and punishment may not be implemented except by a qualified judge under lawful authority.

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  • look, that is a good campaign motto – you should develop the topic of Islam against Terrorism, that is a good topic to dig

  • A good article but I do not understand why 99.9% terrorism acts are committed by people who profess Islamic faith. I have never gotten an answer

    • Dear Peter,
      This is exactly what we wanted to express when posting this article.
      There are many terror acts done by non-Muslims, but only those done by Muslims are exposed and exaggerated. Maybe that’s because Islam is supposed to be the religion of peace.

      • Funny how Jews always make thmveeless the victims & everyone else is evil. Arabs and Jews lived peacefully for many years until the Zionist moved in from Europe. My mother is a Palestinian Jew and my father is a Palestinian Christin they lived in peace and harmoney for many years before Zionists took over the land..All of you that is looking at the conflict in one side to kind of open up your mind and stop watching Fox news and try to visit Aljazeera.com and watch the masaccares Israelis attemp towards Palestinians.

  • This post is very useful for me, much appreciated! 🙂

    • I thank you humbly for sharing your wisdom

  • can anyone let me know where can god be found

    • Hi Ravi,
      I am sorry if my reply is late for you , i hope it is still be of use to you. God can be found everywhere and in everything in you or around you if only you look with open mind and clear heart. God can be found in everything good happened to you. even the things that look bad in your eyes it carry inside so many good for you but you may need to contemplate little bit to find it. God can be found by meditating and contemplating in this universe and in all creations.

      Try ask him sincerely in your own language to guide you and show you his signs and if you ask sincerely you will surely be shown how to find him.

      Good luck.

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