"Thou shalt not kill"

Terrorists are fighting against democracy in our schools, our work places and our places of worship.

They use our money, channelled through our systems, even as we sleep. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter enables terrorists to promote their cause making it easier than ever to recruit new members.

This brings me to my next point. The outrage resulting from Piers Morgan's article is exactly what is wrong with today’s society. Take a moment, step back and think...

Do you have a neighbour?

Do you have an employer?

Do you have work colleagues?

Do you have a friend?

Do you have a child?

Do you have a sibling?

Do you have any relatives?

You, as citizens and residents of the UK all have a duty to protect your nation. That means being extra vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour. Be it your teacher, doctor, local religious leader, neighbour or even your relatives.

As a Muslim I know only too well from first-hand experiences how many communities don't want to integrate. They prefer isolation, detaching themselves from our society in order to remain close-knit within 'their own'.

I urge Muslims to question their religious influencers when a fellow 'Muslim' asks them to commit murder or any other act of violence. Murder is murder - there is no justification, religion or no religion. You know it is wrong.

Furthermore, suicide in Islam is a sin and will never be forgiven in the life hereafter. As the Prophet Mohammad said "Whoever kills himself with something in this world will be punished with it on the Day of Resurrection".

We have sadly suffered at the hands of another suicide bomber in the UK this week. For those who are not aware, this action is against the teachings of Islam, which promises severe punishment in hell for those who commit it. God tells us that only God gives and takes life. Islam views suicide as one of the greatest sins and the Quran makes it clear that human life is sacred.

Despite Islam strongly condemning suicide, there are individuals who 'in the name of Islam’ continue in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries to carry out atrocities as we have seen in Manchester this week.

According to the theology of the Roman Catholic Church, suicide is a sin which violates the commandment "Thou shalt not kill".

Suicide is frowned upon in Judaism, and suicides are buried in a separate part of a Jewish cemetery.

The Quran states

Book 23, Number 445: Narrated Jundab the Prophet said, “A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide, and so Allah said: My slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him.”

Book 73, Number 73: Narrated Thabit bin Ad-Dahhak: ”And if somebody commits suicide with anything in this world, he will be tortured with that very thing on the Day of Resurrection"

God tells us not to despair and that we have not been abandoned. By continuing on the just, right path after hardship we will find ease: "And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." (4:29). Sadly, those who are brainwashed associate Islam with suicide bombings, even being led to believe the false claim they will be rewarded with the gift of 72 virgins when they reach paradise.

As in the Bible, there are verses that are open to interpretation in the Quran. There are verses in both which contain violence. But these writings are of their time, and are not compatible with peace. This is 2017 and there is no place for extremism in the UK, or any country for that matter. ISIS should 'man up', remove the mask of religion they hide behind, and admit what they do is to further their own agenda - to destroy democracy, freedom and to encourage the oppression of women. They are not Muslims. They have no God. There is no heaven waiting for them after this life.

We all know another human being. Just as it can take ONE person to commit terror, it can also take ONE person to stop that terror. That person could be you.

#Speakout

© 2019 Fozia Rashid