The Questions Terror Raises

Blasts in two different cities have rocked the entire nation in the past few days. The terrorist organisation, Indian Mujahideen has warned of more attacks in the coming week. The investigating agencies claim that Indian Mujahideen is the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in a new guise.

Indian Mujahideen claimed the responsibility of the Ahmedabad bomb blasts and in an email they said, “In the name of Allah the Indian Mujahideen strikes again! Do whatever you can, within five minutes from now, feel the terror of death.” The email also emphasised the involvement of local gangs and further stated “We the terrorists of India – the Indian Mujahideen – the militia of Islam whose each and every Mujahid belongs to this very soil of India, have returned to execute the compulsion of Allah.”

These terrorist organisations have used “Allah” so many times that it feels that God justifies their stand and action. Whatever they are doing is permitted to them by God. This very concept of this organisation rattles me and I have few questions to ask these terror outfits.

Does Allah allow the killing of innocent people?

What arguments do the militants have to justify their acts of terrorism and violence?

Why are these outfits against the prosperity and development of their own nation? Is Allah greater than one’s nation? (Indian Mujahideen claims to be an All Indian organisation)

If Allah supports their deeds, then why did the plot to bomb Surat fail?

These questions came into my mind after I read about terror organisations claiming that their actions are vindicated by Allah. “Mazhab ke naam pe khoon” or murder in the name of Allah is the most cowardly act.

Given below is the excerpt from Quran.
The Qur’an says:…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom. (Al-An`am 6: 151).

Islam considers all life forms as sacred. However, the sanctity of human life is accorded a special place. The first and the foremost basic right of a human being is the right to live. The Qur’an states: ‘… if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.’ (Al-Ma’idah 5: 32) Such is the value of a single human life, that the Qur’an equates the unjust destruction of even one human life with the killing of all of humanity. If this is what is written in the Quran, then I wonder how come there has been so much misinterpretation of the teachings of Islam.

I most strongly condemn all acts and forms of terrorism because it is my deep rooted belief that not only Islam – but no true religion, whatever be its name, can sanction violence and bloodshed of innocent men, women and children. Unless god himself from his holy throne, splits the heavens open and speaks to me. I find no justification in justifying murder in the name of god.

The fact is that these terrorists have no religion and they are trying to create fear and tension in the world for some unclear reasons. They are trying to shield their crime and guilt in the name of Allah. If they feel that fellow Indians are their enemy, then, Islam enjoins that one deals with the enemy nobly in the battlefield.

Rishabh Srivastava


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