http://www.islamfortoday.com/terrorism.htm Muslims against Terrorism "By God, he is not a true believer, he from whose mischief his neighbors do not feel secure." Prophet Mohammed (Bukhari, Muslim) How the Quran Looks at War Insights from Imam Tamman Adi of the Islamic Cultural Center of Eugene, Oregon Al-Azhar condemns suicide attacks Grand Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi of the Al-Azhar mosque of Cairo - which is seen as the highest authority in Sunni Islam - said groups which carried out suicide bombings were the enemies of Islam. Speaking at the conference in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Sheikh Tantawi said extremist Islamic groups had appropriated Islam and its notion of jihad, or holy struggle, for their own ends. BBC News, 11 July, 2003 Memo to Osama bin Laden: "I would rather live in America under Ashcroft and Bush at their worst, than in any âIslamic stateâ established by ignorant, intolerant and murderous punks like you and Mullah Omar at their best." A thought-provoking, controversial, pre-war article by Muqtedar Khan, Ph.D., February 12, 2003 Qaradawi Rejects Al-Qaedaâs Killing of Innocents Prominent Muslim scholar Dr. Youssef Al-Qaradawi has condemned Al-Qaeda for their fuel tanker suicide bombing of a centuries-old Jewish synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba in April 2002. CAIR: Video shows Bin Laden's complicity in 9-11 attacks (Washington, DC, 12/13/2001) "Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds." From the last sermon of Prophet Mohammed Whoever does good equal to the weight of an atom shall see it... ...and whoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom shall see it. (Quran 99:7-8) Prohibitions on Terrorism, and Exhortations to Living with Mercy, Compassion and Patience in the Qur'an Murdering innocent people in the name of religion is unacceptable "Islam is not the source of terrorism, but its solution", says author Harun Yahya. "It is time that we Muslims acknowledge that the freedoms we enjoy in the US are more desirable to us than superficial solidarity with the Muslim World. If you disagree, then prove it by packing your bags and going to whichever Muslim country you identify with." Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan Ed Bradley: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the responsibility... Does not Islam, does not Allah require that Muslims police their own religion and rid themselves of extremists? Hamza Yusuf: Yes, absolutely. It's an obligation for Muslims to root them out. And I think it is a jihad now for the Muslims in the Muslim country to rid themselves of this element. CBS's 60 Minutes, September 30, 2001 "Who has the greatest duty to stop violence committed by Muslims against innocent non-Muslims in the name of Islam? The answer, obviously, is Muslims." Ingrid Mattson, Vice President, Islamic Society of North America "Our nation must be mindful that there are thousands of Arab-Americans who live in New York City, who love their flag just as much as [we] do. And we must be mindful that as we seek to win the war, that we treat Arab-Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve. I know that is your attitudes as well. Certainly the attitude of this government, that we should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror. We will hold those who are responsible for the terrorist acts accountable and those who harbor them." President George W. Bush, September 13, 2001 "Hijacking Planes, terrorizing innocent people and shedding blood constitute a form of injustice that can not be tolerated by Islam, which views them as gross crimes and sinful acts." Shaykh Abdul Aziz al-Ashaikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Senior Ulama, on September 15th, 2001 "The terrorists acts, from the perspective of Islamic law, constitute the crime of hirabah (waging war against society)." September 27, 2001 - Fatwa, signed by: Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Grand Islamic Scholar and Chairman of the Sunna and Sira Countil, Qatar Judge Tariq al-Bishri, First Deputy President of the Council d'etat, Egypt Dr. Muhammad s. al-Awa, Professor of Islamic Law and Shari'a, Egypt Dr. Haytham al-Khayyat, Islamic scholar, Syria Fahmi Houaydi, Islamic scholar, Syria Shaykh Taha Jabir al-Alwani, Chairman, North America High Council "Neither the law of Islam nor its ethical system justify such a crime." Zaki Badawi, Principal of the Muslim College in London. Cited in Arab News, September 28, 2001. "It is wrong to kill innocent people. It is also wrong to praise those who kill innocent people." Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, Pakistan. Cited in the New York Times, September 28, 2001. "What these people stand for is completely against all the principles that Arab Muslims believe in." King Abdullah II, of Jordan; cited in the Middle East Times, September 28, 2001. The above statements by high ranking international Muslim scholars and leaders appeared in an advertisement placed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in the New York Times, October 17th, 2001 (p. A 17) "I'm a Muslim. I've been a Muslim for 20 years. I want the world to know the truth about Islam. I wouldn't be here to represent Islam if it were the way the terrorists make it look...Islam is for peace." Former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, at the telethon benefit concert, September 21, 2001. "Those terrorists must be reading a completely different Quran than the rest of us. This isn't about Islam. It's about terrorism." US Marine Corps Captain Aisha Bakkar-Poe. "Terrorists claiming to act in the name of Islam is like a knife through my heart - that people would practice Islam, but do deeds like what they've done. It's not true faith. Some people twist religion to the way they think." US Army Captain Arneshuia Balial, a convert to Islam since 1987. Islam and the Theology of Power "Supremacist puritanism in contemporary Islam is dismissive of all moral norms or ethical values." By Khaled Abou El Fadl, UCLA School of Law. Terrorism and Islamism - Politics in the name of the Prophet The West, in ignorance and suspicion, has confused and simplified the many kinds of political Islam, and presumed a false link between terrorism and the religion of Islam. By Ãric Rouleau The threat of Islam or the threat to Islam "Violent, extremist Islamists invoke on their own head the true jihad. Challenging all the peoples of the Earth, and first of all traditional Islam, professed by the overwhelming majority of the Islamic world, these forces put themselves in opposition to Islam. And reacting against them is a religious, moral, social and political duty of each Muslim." A speech by Sheikh-ul-Islam, Talghat Tajuddin, Supreme Mufti, Representative of the Central Spiritual Board of Muslims for Russia and the East-European countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States Moscow, June 28, 2001 Religion of the Jahiliya - Jihadism is Kufr, not Islam A completely new religion seems to be catching the imagination of many people in Pakistan. Its followers don't, of course, consider it a new religion. Indeed this religion insists that it is Islam, in fact it calls itself true Islam or real Islam. But it can at best be described as Jihadism as its central belief system is based on a wilful misinterpretation of the Islamic concept of Jihad. By Sultan Shaheen.