Dear Boko Haram: You’re Spitting in the Face of Muhammad

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Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed. (Al Quran 16:91)

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Source: On Faith

A letter of warning from an American Muslim to violent Islamists.

By Harris Zafar, he serves as National Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, which is among the oldest Muslim organizations in the United States

I begin with the Islamic greeting of peace – Asalaamo Alaikum (may peace be on you). I have watched for nearly a month as your group (most commonly known as Boko Haram) has been gaining more international attention. Of course, this is not the first I have heard about you — while watching you perpetrate reprehensible crimes for many years (kidnappings, suicide attacks, murders, bombings and prison breaks), I felt powerless to do anything that would resolve the chaos you create thousands of miles away. I thus have focused my energy on prayers. But your latest crime of kidnapping more than 200 girls from the boarding school in Chibok and promising to sell them as child brides and slaves compels me to write this letter to you in the name of Islam.

I write not only as a father of a young daughter but — more importantly — as a devout Muslim deeply grounded in the teachings of Islam. And to say I find your actions troubling is a gross understatement. You spit in the face of Islam and its noble Prophet Muhammad by claiming that your barbaric actions have any connection with Islamic beliefs. I am proud that my brothers in Nigeria have already loudly voiced our condemnation of your actions. If you have any conscience, pick up and read the Quran, turn to Allah in humility, and stop the ruthless transgressions you have spread across Nigeria.

You commonly invoke the name of Allah and Prophet Muhammad to justify violence, death and crime. But Allah has repeatedly instructed in the Quran “Create not disorder on the earth,” “commit not iniquity in the earth, creating disorder,” “Allah loves not disorder,” and “Allah loves not those who create disorder.” I cannot imagine the kind of punishment you will receive not only for destroying the innocent lives of these girls but then falsely claiming to do so under the commandment of Allah.

The only thing more disgusting than your treatment of girls is your repulsive threat to sell these girls and treat them as slaves.

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Categories: Africa, Americas, Nigeria, Terrorism

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6 replies

  1. Boko Haram does not represent Islam

    The group responsible for the kidnapping rampage in Nigeria has hijacked a whole faith, steering the public discourse on Islam.

    Source: The Star, Canada

    By: Ahmed Sahi Published on Tue May 06 2014
    How should I condemn thee? Let me count the ways.
    Boko Haram’s rampage of indiscriminate violence and tyranny has been going on for over three years now in Nigeria, but the organization has never grabbed international headlines quite like this before. They’ve bombed churches, killed innocents and done just about everything else in their mad pursuit to establish “Sharia Law,” but the recent kidnapping and potential sale and enslavement of around 200 to 300 schoolgirls has really reverberated across the world.
    Naturally, as a common observer, I am saddened. It’s heart-rending to think of those families whose innocent daughters are caught in this sick web of fanaticism, let alone the girls themselves.
    But as a devout Ahmadi Muslim, I’m more than sad. I’m shocked. I’m upset. I’m frustrated.
    It’s frustrating because here you have this massive group of about 1.8 billion Muslims on earth today, and a handful of twisted extremists have hijacked the whole faith, steering the public discourse on Islam. Every inhumane and ghastly crime they perpetrate leaves a mark on the face of Islam, spread across the international stage in global headlines for all to see. “Boko Haram — Islamic Militants.” That’s how they’re described and viewed. The “militant” part is true. The “Islamic” part? Not so much.
    It reminds me of an interesting conversation I had with an RCMP officer last year, just before the prime minister officially announced the highly controversial Office of Religious Freedom, a ceremony I attended in person.
    Waiting for the PM, I started talking to one of the RCMP officers assigned to the PM’s security detail. Around that time last year, the RCMP had come under fire for corruption, so I asked him flat out: “What’s going on with the RCMP? Whatever happened to the noble ideal of the legendary Sam Steele? All we hear about now is corruption and scandal. What’s that all about?”

    http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/05/06/boko_haram_does_not_represent_islam.html

  2. Namelee or Nameless nothing is Islamic about it. Militants yes but Islamic NO.
    Islam means peace, these misguided and ignorant people (sorry to call them people, they are the scums of the Earth) have nothing in common with Islam in any sense of the word. Prophet of Islam was the first person to abolish slavery among other evils.

  3. BOKO HARAM !! Who told BOKO HARAM LOT to do such an evil act in the name of Islaam ? Can BOKO HARAM show me anywhere in THE QURR-AAN, what they are doing is allowed in Islam ? No way, they are , even near to ISLAMM . BOKO HARAM lot must be dealt with according to the law of the land for abduction by force !!! very very very SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD .

    Read more: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2014/05/americas/boko-haram-does-not-represent-islam#ixzz318bTEHD3

  4. BOKO HAS NO RECOGNITION IN THE RELIGION OF ALLAH AND IN THE FACE OF MUSLIMS,ISLAM DOES NOT PREACHES SUCH A BRUTAL ACTIVITY BUT FIGHT AGAINST IT.AND NO MUSLIM WHETHER BLACK OR WHITE IS A TERRORIST.ISLAM IS PEACE AND WILL REMAIN PEACEFUL UNTIL NO DATE.BISSALAAM.

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