The horrific attacks all over the world are complete violation of Islamic and Christianity laws and norms, and the perpetrators are in no way representing Muslims or the religion of Islam nor Christians doing so in the name of Christianity.
God upholds the sanctity of life as a universal principle. “And do not kill one another, for God is indeed merciful unto you,” says the Quran (4:29). Islam views murder as both a crime by law in this world and as major sin punishable in the afterlife as well. The prophet Muhammad (SWA) said: “The first cases to be decided among the people on the day of judgment will be those of bloodshed.”
This is in keeping with the best of Muslim tradition, which abhors terror and violence. This lesson is best contained in the example of the prophet Muhammad (SWA) himself, whose honourable birth was celebrated by 1.6 billion Muslims last month.
For Muslims, the prophet Muhammad is the beacon of mercy, the sparkle of compassion, the spring of wisdom and the perfect guide in their journey towards God.
Ironically, the fanatics and extremists right now have reduced the prophetic example to a set of rituals, crooked projections and warped logic that runs counter to the true essence and mission of the prophet.
They have reduced Islam to slitting throats, burning schools and oppressing women, and killing religious minorities, terrorising and violating the human rights of people in the most blatant manner possible.
They ignore the prophet’s example, which is extremely well documented and indisputable. They fail to comprehend that faith is ultimately geared towards inculcating a relationship with God, and that cannot be complete unless humans inculcate the divine attributes of mercy, compassion and kindness and treat their fellow human beings accordingly.
The prophet Muhammad (SWA)was repeatedly subjected to the worst treatment by his enemies, only to consistently disregard those insults and instead take the path of forgiveness, mercy and compassion.
This is why he is known to Muslims as “the mercy to all worlds”. Indeed, this example is most succinctly summarised in the Quran itself, which instructs believers as follows: “The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with the one which is better.”
The world is sorely in need of such lessons, which represent the authentic teachings of the Quran and the prophet of Islam. It is important to separate these noble messages from those that are bandied about by those who have no competencies in religious interpretation, Quranic hermeneutics or the history of Islamic thought.
Unfortunately, the current state of the Muslim world is such that institutions and structures of legitimate authority have been challenged to such an extent that inflammatory rhetoric has taken the place of thoughtful analysis as a motivator of action and a guide for religious sentiment.
Let us be clear by reiterating that Islam is utterly against extremism and terrorism, but unless we understand the factors that provide a rationalisation for terrorism and extremism, we will never be able to eradicate this scourge. This must be understood in order to build a better future, which can bring an end to this grave situation that is destroying the world.
However, it was unfortunate to see hasty responses and reactions that immediately jumped on the Islamic faith within minutes of the first news reports of the incident. Blaming an entire religion because of the acts of a few men is patently unfair and serves no purpose.
It is important for us at this time of great sadness to stand together and process this horrific incident in a way that is fair and reasonable. It is important that we do not demonise Muslims without cause, not because it is good for Muslims but because our future ability to co-exist in peace depends on it.
We are today in desperate need of serious religious leaders who engage with the reality of the modern world, complete with its challenges and difficulties, in order to create an environment in which people can co-exist. This must be a joint effort from members of all faith groups and cultures.
AND IN CHRISTIANITY…
Here are some Bible verses that address murder or killing.
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”
There is a vast deal of difference between murder and killing. For one thing, we can’t allow criminals to run loose without the police protection and police have a right to defend themselves and shoot in order to kill, if necessary, so that they might not be killed. If a police officer is defending himself or herself, then they can certainly shoot back. If they have to, they may have to kill the person so that the criminal doesn’t kill them or someone else. That is not murder; that is self-defense and protecting society.
Leviticus 24:17 “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.”
This is clear evidence that God teaches the death penalty. Life is sacred, therefore God gave warning to us via the Ten Commandments) about killing someone and that they could expect their lives to be taken if they take the life of another. God, as the Author of Life (Acts 3:15) gives life and no one has the right to take it unless they are murdering others in society.
Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
God can see into the heart and knows that this is where all evils of mankind begin. They are conceived in the mind through temptation, or desires (or lusts), and then “desire when it has been conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:15). This is why Jesus says that hating someone is the same thing as murder. No, hating as to desire to murder someone is not as evil as the actual act itself but that’s where hatred enough to kill begins. God sees hatred against another as murdering that person in their heart because if they could get away with it at the moment, they quite possibly would.
First John 3:12 “We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous.”
There are millions of “Cain’s” out there today but there is one more specific in the case of abortion where there is murder of an innocent human life. We pass legislation to protect endangered species, and that’s good, but we have customarily murdered nearly 60 million babies since Roe v Wade. God doesn’t see life beginning at birth but at conception. He told Jeremiah,“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5). He could have said “After you were born I knew you” but God places personhood at conception and not at birth.
First John 3:15 “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
The Apostle John is saying exactly what Jesus told him several years before and that is whoever hates another person “is a murderer.” John obviously wasn’t talking about the physical act because hate is an inward attitude to do someone great harm outwardly. A person that is hateful obviously doesn’t have the Spirit of God and without the Spirit of God, they are not God’s child and all unrepentant murderers have no “eternal life abiding in” them (Rev 21:8).
Romans 12:19 “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Romans 13:2 says “whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” and “God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Rom 13:4). This is why Paul had written earlier to “leave it to the wrath of God” and don’t the law into your own hands. We must “leave it to God” as He “will repay.”Everyone will have to give an account in this life for what they’ve done while here on earth.
Culled from various sources.