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Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism

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In the Qur’an, God has said: “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers.” (Qur’an 60:8).

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The Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, used to prohibit soldiers from killing women and children, and he would advise them: “…Do not betray, do not be excessive, do not kill a newborn child.”

And he also said: “Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.” Also, the Prophet Muhammad has forbidden punishment with fire.

He once listed murder as the second of the major sins, and he even warned that on the Day of Judgment, “The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed”. 

Muslims are even encouraged to be kind to animals and are forbidden to hurt them. Once the Prophet Muhammad said: “A woman was punished because she imprisoned a cat until it died. On account of this, she was doomed to Hell. While she imprisoned it, she did not give the cat food or drink, nor did she free it to eat the insects of the earth.” He also said that a man gave a very thirsty dog a drink, so God forgave his sins for this action. The Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was asked, ”Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?”  He said: “There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.’’

Additionally, while taking the life of an animal for food, Muslims are commanded to do so in a manner that causes the least amount of fright and suffering possible. The Prophet Muhammad said: “When you slaughter an animal, do so in the best way. One should sharpen his knife to reduce the suffering of the animal.”

In light of these and other Islamic texts, the act of inciting terror in the hearts of defenseless civilians, the wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims.

Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the laws of Islam.

Boko Haram of Nigeria is opposite of Islam. The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance.

These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-hardheartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it….Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity. Boko Haram is the opposite and most determine enemy of Islam, no matter how they claim shar’ia they are not even Muslims to practice shari’a.

 

Muhammed Lamin Juwara

Latri Kunda Sabiji

 

 

An association is born 

 

Dear editor,

 

Last week end, on the 24th and 25th of May, the executive board of a French association called AKILIMA held a meeting in Juffureh, Niumi, with the development committe and Alkalo Tako Taal. The agenda was the finalisation of the “Lemon Grass Project’.

The conclusion of the meeting were very positives, and the choice of Juffureh as a village pilot has been confirmed. The acronym AKILIMA means Association to Kill Illness And Malaria, and the objective of the project is the promotion and the dissemination of the lemon grass as a very ecological and easy way to start this long term action in the fight against the malaria.

Indeed, the unknown virtues of the lemon grass are numerous and various, but the main one is its capacity to be used as a mosquito repellent: More lemon grass in your environment means less mosquitoes, so less malaria. For more informations, if you are interested by a partnership, you can contact the local coordinator of AKILIMA in The Gambia at this email: [email protected] or join the AKILIMA open group on Facebook.

Malaria is still killing millions of people every year through the world, but particularly in Africa, and there is no small action in term of saving life.

 

Babucarr Kah

Bakau New Town

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