Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil


In the name of God, the all Compassionate, the all Merciful

“Whoever killed a human being, except as a punishment for murder or other wicked crimes, should be looked upon as though he killed all mankind; and that whoever saved a human life should be regarded as though he has saved all mankind.” (Qur’an 5:32)

Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN) unequivocally condemns all acts of terror and violence against innocent civilians, committed by anyone, anywhere. Our condemnation and denouncement of the horrific mass killings in many parts of the world, including Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and most recently here in our country, USA cannot possibly express the pain and anguish of all upstanding citizens of the world.

It is especially painful and shocking for our community when perpetrators of such heinous crimes claim to be Muslims. As we stand united with our fellow American citizens in these tragic times, we pray that power of faith in common humanity and compassion prevail over fear and suspicion that has given rise to Islamophobia in parts of our country.

As we share our grief at this tragic moment, it becomes all the more important to distinguish between a people who are guided by a faith, in common with all the other great faiths, which exhort mankind to perform righteous acts and respect the sanctity of human life, and those who are misguided by a deviant dogma of death and destruction. This face of terror is neither the face nor the faith of Islam.

As we mourn loss of innocent life around the world we call upon religious and political leaders of the world to stand in solidarity with all innocent victims and collaborate to develop a positive vision of the future based on peace, social justice, human rights and inclusive government. In particular, we urge the religious leaders of the Muslim world to denounce and refrain from all teachings of extremism and divisiveness, and instead promote the message of tolerance and peace that the Holy Qur’an so beautifully teaches.

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other [not that ye may despise (each other)]. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most God-conscious and socially responsible. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” (Qur’an 49:13)

“Good and evil cannot be equal. [Prophet], repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend!” (Qur’an 41:34)

 

IMAN Center of Kirkland

12/8/2015