Islam and terrorism. Why do people repeat the myth that Muslims don't condemn terrorism?

I am saying this as a Christian. The idea that Muslims don't condemn terrorism is just nonsense. Every major Islamic organization I see whenever a terrorist attack happens condemns terrorist attacks. And not only do they condemn terrorist attacks there are Muslims on the ground fighting the terrorists.

The Kurds in the Middle East for instance are one of the biggest forces fighting against ISIS(with Western support) and they are Muslims. Shia groups are fighting against ISIS. In fact the Grand Ayatollah of Iraq Ali Al Sistani issued a fatwa in 2014 saying it is duty of Muslims to fight against terrorist groups like ISIS.

In 2010 the Pakistani Islamic scholar Muhammad Al Qadri published a 512 page fatwa condemning terrorism and saying it's unislamic. It's ironic cause the people who says Muslims don't "speak up against terrorism" hardly give any air time to the Muslims speaking up against terrorism in the first place.



@Accepting Reality I defending your religious beliefs from smears so I hope one day you don't mispresent other religions and not take an attitude of superiority to other faiths that aren't yours. In terms of what you said I think you have a couple of misunderstandings of Christianity.

(i)Not all branches of Christianity believe in priests

(ii)Confessing our sins means just that. Confessing our sins. Surely in Islam you ask God for forgiveness for your sins?

Update 2:

(iii)When it comes to the Trinity you are literalizing the language that we are using. St Augustine and the other saints in the Christian tradition state that the Father symbolizes the Mind of God, the Son the Wisdom of God and the Holy Spirit the Will of God manifested in Love. So when we speak of the Trinity we are speaking of God's Divine Mind, Divine Wisdom and Divine Love as a manifestation of his will. That's not a violation of monotheism anymore than the 99 attributes of Allah are.

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Also why do you believe that anyone who doesn't subscribe to your religious beliefs automatically burns? Doesn't that turn God into someone who's very petty, very tribalistic and lacking in the quality that Muslims describe for him as being beneficent and merciful? Also it seems to me that you aren't representing the attitudes of all the Islamic tradition. The sufis for instance have a more inclusivist stances and Al Ghazali was hopefully that the vast majority of people wont be in hell.

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  • 4 years ago
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    Salam Because those people do not believe in Muslims

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  • 4 years ago

    Muslims are cool.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    First of all the Muslims that are condemning terrorism right now are doing so against Muslims that don't agree with their own Islamic beliefs. When the major players are defeated then they will go back to Shia against Sunni. If one of those groups wins then the remaining Islamic group will fight against those the do not accept Islam. Because the Quran is clear, that that don't accept Allah are enemies of Allah.

    Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing...

    but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)" (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to "fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you" leading some to believe that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allah's rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word "persecution" by some Muslim translators is disingenuous (the actual Arabic words for persecution - "idtihad" - and oppression - a variation of "z-l-m" - do not appear in the verse). The word used instead, "fitna", can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned "until religion is for Allah" - ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

    Quran (2:244) - "Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things."

    Quran (2:216) - "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not." Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

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  • 4 years ago

    "Every major Islamic organization"? Like ISIS, Al Quaida, Hisbollah, and their ilk?

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