Murdering Christians A Major Sin

2013-08-26 10:43

The killing of innocent Christians and the burning of Churches in Egypt is an extremely terrible and a major sin.

Unfortunately Christian minorities in Egypt are taking the brunt of some uneducated and misguided Egyptians.

Regardless of who the perpetrators are, the circumstances are always that someone lights the fire, and the mobs follow blindly. The attacks on Christians and their churches need to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

The Egyptian regime should take the necessary precaution to defend and guard churches and religious institutions against aggression and attacks. Authorities should also investigate why the emergency services failed to protect Christian institutions.

Islam makes it clear that Muslims are not allowed under any circumstances to burn or destroy religious places or books of non-Muslims or to abuse them. Islam demands that its followers respect the places of worship of other religions.

There is nothing in the Quran or Islamic teachings that can condone attacks on places of worship, innocent human beings or property.

Almighty says in the Quran that whoever takes an innocent life, it is as if he has killed the entire human kind. And whoever saves a life, it is like as though he has saved the entire human kind.

It is important for Muslim scholars to warn people against the dangers of sectarian violence, extremism, tribalism and troublemaking. They should also show them the straight path by empowering the masses with correct knowledge derived from the Qur’an and traditions of the Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him).

Protesting against oppression and supporting the truth as well as confronting and condemning injustice and corruption is lawful in Islam.

However, these protests and demonstrations do not permit riots or destructive acts against public or private property. This is because such acts fall under the category of transgression and cannot be justified by the wrongs of governments, individuals or communities.

Although the Prophet (PBUH) was in a position of strength and power when he returned to Makah after years of abuse, torture and exile, he did not take revenge, but instead he forgave his tormentors and offered a wide –ranging amnesty.

Furthermore, the Prophet (PBUH) never provoked or initiated any kind of derogation or physical attack on non-fellow religionists. His style was that of conciliatory epistles, albeit unlettered himself. This he did through the most literate among his companions. He always propagated peace, respect, and tolerance as the first course of action.

Once the Prophet (PBUH) had a neighbour who used to throw garbage on his path, but when the Prophet (PBUH) heard one day that the neighbour was sick he went to visit that neighbour.

When Umar (May Almighty be pleased with him), a companion of the Prophet (PBUH) entered Jerusalem as a conqueror, he came humbly and guaranteed safety to all and their places of worship. He said: “Umar grants safety to all and their churches. Their churches will not be shut down or destroyed and they will not be compelled to abandon their faith”.

He then visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Sophronius invited him to pray inside the Church, but Umar refused the offer so as not to set a precedent and thereby endanger the Church’s status as a Christian site.

I call upon my fellow Egyptian brothers and sisters in faith to exercise restraint in these trying circumstances and register their protest with integrity and in constructive and meaningful ways. Islam orders Muslims to have good ties and to be on friendly terms with everyone. Good neighbourliness is a basic Islamic quality. It makes no difference whether the neighbour is a Muslim or not. The teaching of Islam dictates kindness to all of humanity, including animals, birds and the fish in the oceans.

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