Terrorism is Fasad Fil Ard, Which Is Strictly Forbidden In Islam
1. Terrorism and Islam are two opposing forces, and just as night and day cannot coexist in one location; terrorism and Islam cannot coexist in one place.
2. Attacks on civilians, innocents, and all non-combatants, as well as women and children, are terrorism, not jihad.
3. A well-known English proverb says, “If you want peace, work for justice”
By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam
20 June 2022
Terrorism is an act that promotes panic and instability in society and frightens people, and it is referred to as Fasad fil Ard (mischief on earth) in the Holy Quran. This is due to the fact that terrorism and Islam are two opposing forces, and just as night and day cannot coexist in one location; terrorism and Islam cannot coexist in one place. It is self-evident that where terrorism exists, there will be no Islam, and where Islam exists, there will be no terrorism. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Terrorism and suicide strikes have no place in Islam. Terrorist organisations are just misrepresenting the image of Islam by committing heinous acts.
Suicide bombings, killings of innocent people, and property destruction in any part of the world are despicable. Terrorists acting in the name of Islam are disobeying Allah's commands as well as Quranic injunctions:
Allah Azzawajal says, “whoever takes a life—unless as a punishment for murder or mischief in the land—it will be as if they killed all of humanity; and whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity.” (5:32)
He also says, “And whoever kills a believer intentionally, their reward will be Hell—where they will stay indefinitely. Allah will be displeased with them, condemn them, and will prepare for them a tremendous punishment.” (4:93)
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) reportedly said, “Do not be envious of one another; do not artificially raise prices against one another; do not hate one another; do not turn one’s back on each other and do not undercut one another in business transactions. And be [O] servants of Allah, brethren. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He does not wrong him. He does not fail him [when he needs him]. He does not lie to him. And he does not show contempt for him. Piety is here” – and he pointed to his chest three times. “It is enough evil for a person to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All of a Muslim is inviolable to another Muslim: his blood, his wealth and his honour.” (Sahih Muslim)
But the bad elements are using means of terrorism to misrepresent jihad. These terrorists are always causing havoc on the globe in the name of Islam and the Quran. Attacks on civilians, innocents, and all non-combatants, as well as women and children, are terrorism, not jihad, and those who carry out such attacks are criminals in the eyes of Islam, and their deeds cannot be referred to as jihad.
The Qur'an teaches several strategies for preventing Fasad fil Ard (terrorism) and injustice. Commanding the Muslims to avoid the Fasad Fil Al-Ard’, Allah says in the Quran, “And do not obey the order of the transgressors, Who cause corruption in the land [Yufsiduna Fil Al-Ard’] and do not amend.” (26:151-152)
Another heavenly instruction for the people is to refrain from interfering in unconnected issues as Almighty God says, “Say (O Prophet!) I have believed in what Allah has revealed of the Qur'an, and I have been commanded to do justice among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds and for you your deeds. There is no [need for] argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and to Him is the [final] destination.” (42:15)
Fasad fil Ard can be avoided if Muslims work to promote peace and justice as God Almighty says, “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do”. (5:8)
One of the emirs of Hazrat Umar Farooq (May Allah be pleased with him) made a complaint about the desertion of his city and asked for money from Amir al-Muminin Hazrat Umar in order to re-establish the city. Hazrat ‘Umar Farooq wrote in reply, “After reading my letter, protect your city by establishing justice, fairness and removing oppression from the paths of the city because oppression results in the desertion of the city”
It is true that “the country is not without an army. The army is not without wealth. The wealth is not without cities. The city is not without people. And the people are not without justice”.
In the above-mentioned text, Hazrat Umar commanded his governor to refrain from oppression and injustice in all situations, or the city would be destroyed. Because a lack of justice opens the door to oppression, individuals are driven to become criminals; so, justice must be established at any costs. When injustice is committed in a country or among nations, acts of violence and terrorism are perpetrated, resulting in the slaughter of a significant number of people and the destruction of human families' homes.
A well-known English proverb says, “If you want peace, work for justice”
The preservation of others' lives and property is a requirement of Islam, and it is prohibited in Islam to take the life of another human being unjustly. Terrorism is abhorrent, and no religion can allow it, hence it is our first duty to educate people about Islam and its founder's beliefs.
Kaniz Fatma is a classic Islamic scholar and a regular columnist for New Age Islam
New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism