[Believers] do not revile those they call on beside God in case they, in their hostility and ignorance, revile God. To each community We make their own actions seem alluring, but in the end they will return to their Lord and He will inform them of all they did (Qur’an, Sura 6:108, Abdel Haleem English version).
This past weekend there was another series of bombings of Christian churches, this time in Nigeria. An “Islamist” group called “Boko Haram” is being blamed (reportedly, they have claimed responsibility).
The question is, how is it possible that muslims – those who submit to and obey God and His prophets – could be involved in such an atrocity? If you’ve been reading my blogs, or muslim sites like The American Muslim, you will know that muslims consider such things to be completely contrary to Islamic teaching from the Qur’an. As the above quoted verse says, even abusive speech aimed at the ‘false gods’ of unbelievers (and by implication at the unbelievers themselves) is prohibited by God. No matter how clear it is to a muslim that things or beings which people worship other than God are being worshiped wrongfully, and no matter how much we might despise such worship, we must be careful to remain polite and inoffensive in our speech to ‘unbelievers’.
How much more so, then, is violence against ‘unbelievers’ and their places of worship prohibited! If we are not to even speak abusively, how in the world can we justify physical harm and murder of those we consider ‘unbelievers’ – and destruction of their buildings?
Although this is a clear implication from the above verse, fortunately we are not left to draw conclusions simply from seemingly clear implications. As I have previously shown there are explicit verses in the Qur’an not only prohibiting violent attacks against places of worship, but calling on muslims to fight to protect such buildings.
(2:114, Yusuf Ali English version) And who is more unjust than he who forbids that in places for the worship of God, God’s name should be celebrated?-whose zeal is (in fact) to ruin them? It was not fitting that such should themselves enter them except in fear. For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to come, an exceeding torment.
(22:39 and 40) To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged;- and verily, God is most powerful for their aid;- (they are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, “our Lord is God”. Did not God check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of God is commemorated in abundant measure. God will certainly aid those who aid his (cause);- for verily God is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will).
And if those verses aren’t explicit enough, consider this charter Muhammad (peace be with him and his family) gave to representatives from St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mt. Sinai:
This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them.
Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.
No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.
The Muslims are to fight for them.
If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.
Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).
That charter can be found easily with an online search; but I have copied it from an article by Sheila Musaji at “The American Muslim”.
The prohibitions against aggressive warfare, murder, and harming places of worship, are so clear and explicit, that it becomes plain that whoever does these things are not ‘devout muslims’ simply following the commands they believes God has given them in the Qur’an. They are in fact the enemies of Islam, and of all mankind.
I feel sure that I’m not the only one who is deeply suspicious whenever I read of such atrocities attributed to “Islamist terrorists”. Such anti-Islamic actions stink to high heaven not of “Islamists” but of “false flag” operations of “Intelligence” Agencies (Israeli, British, or USA for instance). The public has been so brainwashed with propaganda about the inherent violence of Islam – which supposedly teaches that all ‘infidels’ must be killed – that those “Intelligence” Agencies know that hardly anyone will even raise an eyebrow when false evidence is placed to implicate “muslim terrorists”. One of their chief aims is to keep piling up ‘evidence’ of how evil Islam is in order to keep up support for continuing invasions and warfare against those barbaric muslim countries.
In this case, the news reports inform us that “Boko Haram” has claimed responsibility. But any thinking person will understand how easy it is to fake such a claim.
However, admittedly, all I have is my suspicion. I have no access to real evidence that this is a ‘false flag’ operation – other than the fact that the actions are so plainly contrary to Islam that it’s very difficult to imagine muslims doing such a thing. So assuming that these bombings of Christian churches in Nigeria were in fact actually done by an “Islamist” organization known as “Boko Haram”, I’ll just repeat that they are in reality the enemies of Islam, not its devout adherents. All those who are in truth devoted and submitted to God and His prophets (especially the “final prophet” Muhammad – peace to him and his family) wholeheartedly denounce those terroristic acts of violence and those who did them, and say with the Qur’an (2:114): For them there is nothing but disgrace in this world, and in the world to come, an exceeding torment.