For their own misguided reasons, some "teachers" try to say that Islam authorizes terrorism in some cases and that Muslims should support terrorism if it is conducted in retaliation for offenses against Allah and Islam. They go on to say that Israel and the United States are the main offenders against Allah and Islam and therefore any attack against any people or interests of Israel or the United States are justified by Islam.
They teach the false doctrine of "substitutionary retaliation," in which any Israeli or any American is a legitimate target, even if the particular individuals attacked are innocent of any fighting against Allah or Islam.
This article will show, however, that the Qur'an absolutely forbids terrorism for any reason because terrorism always exceeds the limits set by Allah, deliberately intending to kill innocent people.
Therefore, terrorists are false Muslims, not entitled to enter Paradise or share in any of its benefits.
This article will also point out that an offense against an Islamic-majority country is not the same thing as an attack on Islam itself or an attack on Allah, for there have always been many reasons for countries to go to war, without regard to religion. So the fight between Israel and Palestine is not a fight between Judaism and Islam, but is, instead, a territorial conflict between a Judaism-majority country and an Islamic-majority country. Further, it will show that the United States does not fight against Allah or Islam, but only against certain murderers who falsely claim to be true Muslims. It will also show that the doctrine of "substitutionary retaliation" is a man-made idea, essentially unjust, and not supported by the Qur'an.
Next, this article will demonstrate that terrorism is a form of rebellion against Allah, in which the terrorists refuse to accept the realities of the world, as ordained by Allah. Then, this article will consider the proper relationship between Christians and Muslims, based on the highest written authority in each religion. Finally, it will call upon Saudi Arabia to take action to end terrorism; and it will call upon the United States to restrain Israel.
May the one God, Who created all things, Who has power over all things, and Who gives whatever He chooses to whomever He pleases, bless this effort to make peace among His human creatures.
AUTHORITY OF THE QUR'AN
THE Qur'an is the highest written authority in Islam. The Qur'an is to Islam as the Bible is to Christianity. For more about the Qur'an, please search http://google.com for "Qur'an" and for "Koran." (Different spellings.)
DEFINITION OF TERRORISM
TERRORISM is "the systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective."
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The Qur'an and Bible I am using here are the ones available online from the University Of Michigan by following THIS LINK =>
The Revised Standard translation of the Bible (RSV) and the M. H. Shakir translation of the Qur'an are both widely available and widely accepted. If you want to consult other translations, you can easily do so by searching for "Bible online" and "Qur'an online" at Google.com.
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