Monthly Archives: August 2015

Memorization

Many in the Muslim world have completely memorized the Qur’an. They have obtained the ability to recite (Tajwid) from memory, in Arabic, every Chapter (Surah) of the Qur’an. One chapter at a time. In Islam these people are given the honorific title of Hafiz  (حافظ).

Terrorism

5 Ways the Qur’an forbids 


 

  1. Terrorism i.e.  hirabah (حِرابة‎), is above all murder and murder is strictly prohibited in Islam. “and do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully.” [6:151]
  2. Having religious motives and/or justifications for terrorism is impermissible.  “There is no compulsion in religion. The right way has become distinct from error.” [2:256]
  3. Muslims are required to always exercise justice, even when they have a hatred for someone. “And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.” [5:8]
  4. Violence can only be used against an agressor or combatant and it can never be used in a way which transgresses limits. “Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.” [2:190]
  5. Intiating agression is not allowed when the enemy seeks or wants peace. “But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things.” [8:61]