Shafaqna (International Shia News Association)
“Prefer to be one who is defeated while being just, rather than one who triumphs while being unjust.” Imam Ali (AS)
Born into the ideology of terror and bloodshed, ISIS, this radical group which has declared war on Syria and Iraq aims now to strike fear at the heart of all. Whether Muslims, Christians or Jews, men and women of all faith and ethnicity stand equal before the black plague which is ISIS.
But it is in time such as this, when sorrow and injustice have spread far and wide that we need to hold on to the truth which was set before us and trust that in God our salvation we will find.
Born from a darkness and wickedness which knows no bound, the ideology of terror has stroke once more, leaving an entire people in deep mourning.
Following months of what can only be described as a brutal and murderous rampage across Syria and Iraq, the black army has managed still to shock and disgust beyond anything anyone could ever thought possible.
On this cold February, 4th, 2015, Islam lost another son to ISIS barbarians.
Today, ISIS devils claimed another life, that of Moaz Al Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot whose life carried many promises and hopes.
Today we all cry the loss of a loved-one. Today we all cry the loss of a son.
For those whose hands are sullied with the blood of our martyrs we say this:
“You are not of us and we will never be of you.
We tell you as we told you yesterday that your heinous crimes can never be and will never be justified under Islam.
Your faith and your beliefs we know nothing of as evil is what you are and where you dwell.
You claim to bring Islam and fight for God’s glory when your deeds reflect but pain, bloodshed and ignominy.
Islam is light and you are darkness.
Islam is love and you are death.
Islam is mercy and you are revenge.
Islam is true and you are a lie.”
Our faith we will hold true and in our faith we shall not falter.”
Captured by ISIS when his plane crashed into terror militants’ held-territories, Moaz Al Kasasbeh was burned alive while confined to a metal cage. His death was recorded and published for the world to see.
Such display of incommensurable cruelty was staged to achieve two purposes — one, portray Islam as a religion of violence, two, strike fear at the heart of all men and women of faith around the world.
But ISIS will fail.
ISIS will fail for Islam’s foundations can never be shaken nor its people broken.
ISIS militants have asserted they seek to cleanse Islam and slay the infidels, but they know not of the Quran and they do not live by the teachings of our prophets and Imams. They seek to divide and weaken the Ummah, sowing discord in between brothers to better destroy the bond which unites us.
“And hold on to the rope of Allah altogether and do not be divided.” Quran 3:103
In the words of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani,“The Muslim Ummah is going through difficult circumstances, and facing great tribulations and serious challenges that affect its present and endanger its future. Under such situations, all realize an urgent need for closing the ranks, eliminating the disunity, distancing ourselves from sectarian slogans and refraining from inciting religious differences—the differences which have lasted for centuries and there seems to be no way of solving them in a way that would be liked and accepted by all.
Therefore, there is no need to stir up the debate on them outside the respectable scholarly discussion,especially when it does not involve the matters of the principals of faith and fundamental beliefs.
All believe in the only One God, in the messengership of the chosen Prophet (s.a.w.), in the hereafter, and in the noble Qur’an –which Almighty Allãh has protected from interpolation– and the noble Prophetic sunnah as sources for the religious laws, and in the love for the Ahlul Bayt (AS); and many similar matters which are generally common among Muslims such as the pillars of Islam in the form of prayers, fasting, hajj, etc.”
And if disharmony has plagued the Islamic world, driving a wedge in between communities, before the evil which is ISIS, we will rise and we will defeat.
And in the word of God we will find solace. In the word of God and in His mercy we will find our courage. In His light we will draw strength and reclaim what terror has stolen from us.
This evil we see spread across the Middle East, this aberration which claims to leave by the verses of the Holy Quran, is nothing but an elaborated lie, a disease of the mind and the heart, divorced from any religious thought or concept.
As Muslim scholars have emphasized this past days, “Burning is an abominable crime rejected by Islamic law regardless of its causes.”
Before the crimes of ISIS, the Muslim world stand in complete and utter agreement – ISIS is the greatest enemy of Islam.
As we mourn our martyr and as we pray for his soul to find eternal peace, we attest that the monstrosity which is ISIS belongs not to Islam.
We, Shafaqna, condemn in the strongest terms possible the ideology of terror.
There can never be justification for the killing of innocent men, women and children. There can never be a time when inequity is justified or evil rationalized.
Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, a prominent Muslim scholar made clear in his writings and condemnation of terror that Islam teaches us to value the sanctity of life above all. He said, “The holy Qur’an relates the story of the first murder in human history, that of the two sons of Adam in which Cain (Qabīl) murdered his brother Abel (Habīl). This is in Chapter 5 of the Quran, verses 27 to 31.
At the conclusion of this story, Almighty God says:
“Whosoever kills a person without any reason (of murder or mischief in the earth), it is as though he has killed all the people. And whosoever saves a single life, it is as though he has saved all the people.” (Surah al-Maaida, )
It is clear from this verse that unless a person is put on trial and proven to have murdered someone, he or she cannot be killed — and that killing an innocent person is tantamount to killing all humans.”
Islam is primarily a religion of peace. Its name “Islam” comes from “silm” which means two things: one is “submitting to God” and the second is “peace”. Both meanings are inter-twinned. ISIS stands for neither.
Islam teaches that Muslims should be strong in order to defend themselves, but that does not mean they have to become aggressive and unjust. In Chapter 8, Surah al-Anfal, verses 60-61 of the Quran, God has provided this general guidance very clearly when He addresses Muslims in the following way:
“Prepare against them (i.e., the enemy) with whatever force and trained horses you can in order to frighten thereby Allah’s enemy, your enemy, and others besides them who you do not know but Allah knows them.” Quran – Surah al-Anfal, 8:60
After giving this general guidance of being strong and prepared to defend ourselves, the verse goes on:
“But if they (the enemies) incline to peace, then you (also) incline to it, and put your trust in Allah…”(Surah al-Anfal, 8:61)
In short, Islam wants Muslims to be strong so that others would not bully them; but then they have to extend the hand of peace even towards their enemies if there is an inclination of peace on the enemy’s part.
ISIS ideology stands in opposition of such concepts. ISIS speaks only of war and blood, violence and pain.
SHAFAQNA Middle East Department