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The Moderate Voice of Islam?

The Moderate Voice of Islam?

A self-proclaimed 'moderate' Islamic website condones Palestinian suicide bombings against civilians.

by Staff

All decent human beings recoiled at the headline of January 5, 2003:

Double-Suicide Bombing Kill 22, Wound 120 in Tel Aviv

We all know how radical Islamists support these terrorist murderers. But what do the voices of "moderate" Islam have to say?

Are we hearing an outcry from Islamic religious leaders in the Western world?

The following Fatwa (Islamic legal religious opinion) is from the "Ask the Scholar" feature of
The question was asked and answered on January 5, 2003, the day of the double-suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. (paragraph bolded for emphasis)

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Question: Some people say that the operations carried out by Palestinians are considered suicidal acts and not a kind of Jihad, is that true? Please tell me whether these acts are martyr operations and a kind of striving in Allah's Cause or not?

Answer: Dear brother in Islam, we appreciate your forwarding the question to us, with aim of getting acquainted with the teachings of your religion. This is what is required of all Muslims, to strive hard in seeking knowledge with which he will benefit Muslim Ummah.

As regards your question, the following is the fatwa issued by Sheikh Faysal Mawlawi, deputy chairman of European Council for Fatwa and Research:

"Martyr operations are not suicide and should not be deemed as unjustifiable means of endangering one's life. Allah says in the Glorious Qura'n: "And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good." (Al-Baqara:195).

The verse obviously indicates that failing to spend in Allah's Cause is like casting oneself into ruin. That is the reason behind the revelation of the noble verse. Reviewing the Islamic rule: "Words should be construed as imparting general meanings regardless of their specific occasions", the meaning of the afore-mentioned verse is bound to extend to include any negligence of a religious duty; i.e. forsaking a religious duty entails casting oneself into ruin. The same applies to committing sins.

Therefore, it's quite an abysmal analysis for someone to focus on the afore-mentioned verse through a narrow a perspective, without taking into consideration all relevant points.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, strictly forbade suicide and made it clear that anyone who commits suicide would be cast into hell. But in such case suicide means Muslim's killing himself without any lawfully accepted reason or killing himself to escape pain or social problems.

Whoever is killed in such missions is a martyr, may Allah bless him.

On the other hand, in martyr operations, the Muslim sacrifices his own life for the Sake of performing a religious duty, which is Jihad against the enemy as scholars say. Accordingly, a Muslim's intention when committing suicide is certainly different from his intention when performing a military operation and dying in the Cause of Almighty Allah. So it is natural that the religious legal status would differ in each case, as Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him says in a Hadith: "Actions are but by intention, and every man shall have but that which he intended."

This means that martyr operations are totally different from the forbidden suicide. Concerning the Palestinians, they carry out the operations in showing resistance to the aggression launched by the enemy who has occupied their land, destroyed their houses, desecrated their sacred places and driven about four million of them out of their houses, replacing them with even larger numbers of Jewish settlements.

The enemy relies on sophisticated military equipments while, at the same time, denying the Palestinians their basic human rights, killing their women, children and men mercilessly, and rendering the Palestinians powerless and incapable of defending themselves – even all the Arab countries face the same fate, lacking necessary weapons.

I call on every Palestinian not to hesitate in carrying out such operations.

So the Palestinians have nothing in their disposal but stones which they throw at their enemy in order to defend their country. This, despite its indication of a high morale, cannot deter the enemy this way. So the Palestinians resort to martyr operations, in which the martyr blows himself/herself up, sacrificing his life for the sake of his country and inflicting serious but reciprocal harms on the enemy.

In the light of the above-mentioned facts, I believe that those missions are a sacred duty carried out in form of self-defence and resisting aggression and injustice. So whoever is killed in such missions is a martyr, may Allah bless him with high esteem. I call on every Palestinian not to hesitate in carrying out such operations as long as they are the only way of making Jihad and are made with an intention of sacrificing one's life for the Sake of one's religion and nation. I wish that other scholars who hesitate concerning such a matter to reconsider their views according to what I have said and what other scholars have said. May Allah guide us all to what is right."

Also, it'll be beneficial to read Justice... for Peace and Security.

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And lest this is dismissed as a radical Islamist opinion, describes themselves as: "adopting the middle ground of Islam, avoiding extremism or negligence, rejecting deviant or strange opinions."

Here's more from the "About Us" section: (

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This site aims to present a unified and lively Islam that keeps up with modern times in all areas. Our motto is: credibility and distinction...

Its role is to ensure that nothing on this site violates the fixed principles of Islamic law (Shar'ia). The committee includes experts in politics, economics, the media, sociology, technology, the arts, and other fields, all of whom are committed to participate in the Islamic Renaissance in all fields and at all levels...

Our Goals: To support the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, and human rights.

Our Goals: To work for the good of humanity, as Islam teaches us. To work to uplift the Islamic nation specifically and humanity in general. To support the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, and human rights. To reinforce values and morals on the individual, family, and community levels. To expand the circle of introducing Islam; present its wholeness and the way its system and laws complement each other; to affirm its balance, fairness and applicability in all places and times; and present tolerance and the humanity of its laws...

Balanced approach: Adopting the middle ground of Islam, avoiding extremism or negligence, rejecting deviant or strange opinions. Objective treatment: Striving for scientific accuracy, adopting neutrality and avoiding pre-judgments. Moral approach: Avoiding slander or praise of individuals, groups or states, avoiding propagandist and sensational methods, or provocation and incitement. Pleasant presentation: Ensuring that all contents are displayed professionally and enjoyably.

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January 11, 2003

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Visitor Comments: 28

(23) nasser, May 3, 2012 9:37 AM

the misunderstanding goes bothways.

Koran does not say to kill Jews. It is in some dubious hadiths perpetuated long after Muhammed died. Koran criticises those Jews who do not obey Torah. Koran also criticised muslims who did not follow God's commandment. Not all Muslims are full of hatred against the Jews. Hopefully when the Palestinians get a state from Israel the largescale enmities will cease to exist. The rabid mullah's spread hatred. But there are a billion of common muslims who do not share this hatred. But I have found that many non muslims also preach widespread hatred against all muslims and Islam. That is also bad. One day when the politics gets normalised, hopefully both the communities will be able to live peacefully and be benefited by each other. The hatred will disappear gradually.

(22) IS, January 3, 2012 11:45 PM

Talmud Quote

Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world. - Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Babylonian Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 37a

(21) Marny, March 6, 2011 9:38 PM

Islam does not support suicide

Contrary to the above article, Islam does not support suicide. It is clearly stated in the Quran that killing one person is like killing all of humanity, and saving the life one person is like saving all of humanity. There is much more that unites us, rather than divides. Why not look for our similarities? In a world filled with violence, we should work harder to make peace and follow the commandments bestowed upon us. As a Jew, I felt the need to take classes at the local mosque to gain a better understanding of Islam. What I learned was a beautiful religion, and how similar it is to Judaism. The people were respectful and welcoming, and never attempted to convert me. I am thankful for this type of kindess and new found knowledge.

Toni, July 9, 2011 11:46 AM

You were deceived

Marny, read that article again... it does not say that Islam says suicide is okay, only that muslims claim that suicide in the cause of martyrdom is ok. Sadly, when you went to the mosque you were shown what you wanted to see. You were deceived in that they did not show you the verses of the Quran where it says the very trees and rocks would call out to muslims that there was a "Jew hiding behind me" with an exortation to come and kill said Jew. Nor were you shown the texts were it is said to be okay to lie to further the aims of Islamic conquest. Sad, really that you should let yourself be deceived. No doubt that they ritually scrubbed the spots you stood at or sat in when you left. Little is known of this act of re-sanctification of a mosque visited by we infidel kafirs.

Anonymous, August 12, 2011 2:39 PM

You've been conned!You're not the first.

If you knew anything about the life of Muhammed and the spread of Islam through out the East(and very nearly the West) you would blush for your inability to recognise whitewash when you come across it.The early sayings of Muhammad were full of sweet guile,because he hoped to get the support of the Jews and Christians.Their response to his imparting his prophet hood was amused incredulity,especially as he knew so little about the scriptures,that was when the nature of the verses changed to threats and promises of retribution.Later when Muhammad had become powerful enough to flex his muscles,he repaid the Jews with wholesale slaughter,depredation and banishment.Approx.800 Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe were beheaded in one night to satisfy Muhammads sense of revenge.The Jewish tribe,Banu Qaynuga were besieged by Muhammed for 15 days.When they surrendered Muhammad ordered the instant execution of all the adult males.luckily an Arab,Abdulla Ibn Obayi,intervened, grabbing Muhammed by the collar and refusing to release him until he let the 700 or so men go;they were banished and all their goods .taken by Muhammed as booty.Do modern Muslims repect Abdullah Inbn Obayi?No;he is one f the "Hypocrites"in the quran.Muhammad even slaughtered and harrassed his own people,the Quraysh,and forced them finally to convert or die.He had critics assassinated and ,of course,a new revelation was revealed every time to justify this.The majority christian populations of the Middle east were subjected to the same treatment;Jews and christians suffered dhimmitude for centuries until the European powers forbade it.This might not matter if it was all history but Moslems regard Muhammed as the perfect man and what ever he did was good and fit for them to copy.Religion of peace? Don't make me laugh!.You've been conned.Remember,pious Muslims follow what is in the quran and the sunna.what is good in it was plagiarised from the Jewish and Christian bibles.The rest is the ramblings of a psycopath.

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