I read a news report yesterday about two terrorist bombings in Uganda that killed at least 74 people. The perpetrators of this atrocity apparently belong to a Somali organization named al-Shabab. One of the statements within that news article said this: “Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa, an al-Shabab commander, told The Associated Press early Monday that he was happy with the attacks in Uganda but refused to confirm or deny that al-Shabab was responsible. “Uganda is one of our enemies. Whatever makes them cry, makes us happy. May Allah’s anger be upon those who are against us,” Sheik said.” (The above link seems to lead to an updated version of the original article, and that quote is no longer in the article).
Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa and his al-Shabab organization are greatly deceived if they believe God (Allah) approves their hatred and murder. The Qur’an (Koran) is quite clear about what is and is not allowable when it comes to fighting ‘in God’s cause’: “Fight in God’s cause against those who fight you, BUT DO NOT OVERSTEP THE LIMITS:God does not love those who overstep the limits ” (2:190, Abdel Haleem translation or interpretation). Another translation/interpretation renders “overstep the limits” as “commit aggression” (Muhammad Asad). See “Does Islam Proclaim That All Infidels Should Be Killed” for more Qur’anic verses on “fighting in God’s cause”. While these men may delude themselves that their murderous actions are approved by Allah, they are clearly mistaken. They have plainly overstepped the limits by committing aggression and injuring/killing (deliberately) non-combatants, innocent people who have not attacked them or fought against them at all. It is Allah’s anger, not approval, that faces them. The statement of the Christian apostle Paul is quite apropos here: “You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written, God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you” (Romans 2:23 and 24, NIV). Change the word ‘God’ to ‘Allah’, and remember that ‘Gentiles’ means ‘nations’, and the application is clear.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa, a Muslim man whose blog entitled “God, Faith, and a Pen: Living in the Light of His Love” is delightful, immediately published this response to the bombings, and has given me permission to re-post it here. I can hardly do better than to let a Muslim believer respond to this atrocity:
July 11, 2010
Filed under: Terrorism — Hesham A. Hassaballa @ 11:50 PM
In the Name of God, the Beautiful, the Kind
No more rhetorical games. This time I condemn in the harshest terms the recent bomb attacks in Uganda. It made me sick to my stomach that anyone would think to kill innocent people who were simply watching a soccer game. What barbarism.
Officials immediately pointed the finger at Al Shabab, the Somali terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, or as I like to call them “Al Khawarij,” the Kharijites. Time will hopefully elucidate the killers behind such a cowardly attack.
If it is Al Shabab, I did not take the time to write this because I have a need to distance myself from every act of terror committed by “Muslims.” I am going to give my people the benefit of the doubt that they can understand the difference between real Muslims and the “Muslims” who commit terror in their name.
But, for some reason, the Lord moved me to speak out, as my Prophet told me to.
A leader of Al Shabab said to the AP: “May Allah’s anger be upon those who are against us.” Let me tell you this: I know that Allah is indeed angry, but at the butchers behind this terror attack. May Allah bring comfort to those who have lost their loved ones, and may Allah bring those who were behind the attack to justice. Amen.
And I also say a hearty “amen” to that. Thank you, Dr. Hassaballa, for speaking out; because no doubt many haters of Islam are going to adopt an ‘I told you so’ attitude, claiming once again that these terrorist actions represent the ‘true nature’ of Islam – and asking “where are all the ‘moderate Muslims’ who supposedly repudiate such actions?” (The name of Allah will indeed be ‘blasphemed’ among the nations).