Islamic Perspectives

Why Blame Christianity For Irish/British Terrorism?

By Mahmood A. Qazi

Individuals, not religions, carry out inhuman acts. Islam is a religion of peace, accepted and practiced by more than 1.25 billion people worldwide. It is the fastest-growing religion in the world today, and if it was what some critics claim, why should people from all walks of life from around the world keep embracing Islam?

Where is the sword now?: In Islam, a person has the right to defend himself, his family, his country or his neighbour(s). This justifies the resistance being offered by the people of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq and Palestine in reaction to the attacks on their soil by the so-called liberators who are actually the occupiers. The Holy Qur’an clearly states that if a person saves one life, it’s as if he saved whole humanity, and if a person kills one innocent human being, it’s as if he killed whole humanity (The Qur’an - 5:32).

What is happening in the enslaved Muslim countries is a natural reaction to occupation, bombings, killings and terrorizing of innocent civilians (children, elderly men and women), rapes, in addition to looting of resources, national antiques and artifacts, and above all destruction of properties by the occupiers.

Terror breeds terror: We would like to tell those who bash Islam that if there was no occupation by foreign invaders, there would be no resistance - the so-called terror.

We would like those who criticise Islam to explain the following acts committed by Christians on Jews, other Christians and Muslims alike, throughout history:

- Hundreds of thousands of Muslim men, women and children killed by the Crusaders who were Christians;

- Inquisition of Jews and Muslims in Spain by the church;

- Millions killed by the European and American Christians during the two world wars;

- Hundreds of thousands of Christians killed by Irish Christians, including the British and the IRA, both Catholics and Protestants, during the past few centuries. Why are they not blamed to be “Christian Terrorists?”

Both of them believe in Jesus Christ, who told them to turn the other cheek, and both of them believe in the same Lord Who commanded that “Thou shall not kill.” Period;

- Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, was a Catholic.  Are all Catholics terrorists?

Last but not least, explain the bombings, killings, rapes and lynchings of both American Indians and black slaves (Afro-Americans) during the past 200 years in the United States. What about them?

Will those filled with hate for Islam blame Christianity for the above inhuman acts by Christians in various parts of the world?

If not, then why are they blaming the religion of Islam for what is a natural reaction to occupation of Muslim countries by foreign invaders?

Most importantly, these folks should know that the three great Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - have one common basis, and that is one God Almighty.

“All men (and women) are created equal, and we all are one community under Almighty God,” is a statement of the Holy Qur’an and is very well elucidated in the U.S. Constitution.

Lastly, yet importantly, as brothers in humanity, we recommend those filled with hate to get education in the history of Islam and Muslims before they venture to write nasty articles and letters full of hate and vendetta.

We would be pleased to provide anyone with free copies of the Holy Qur’an and Islamic literature in English, which would help them to understand the truth about Islam and Muslims and get rid of hate from their systems, God willing.

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