patheos.com: To whom it may concern,
“The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of Bad people, but because of the silence of good people.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
In the Quran, Allah the Most Gracious and Merciful says:
1. “For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.” (109:6).
2. “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)
3. “There is no compulsion in religion. (02:256)
These verses and the above quote may not appear to be related at first, but after further review, their relationship will be made clear. One may be indifferent to the opinion in this letter, but as a moral and conscientious person, I will at least clear myself as one who was not silent and made concerted efforts to condemn violent and brutal acts against innocents.
On December 12, 2016, a mob of 1000 men, armed with sticks and other weapons, besieged an Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in the small town of Dhulmiyal, Pakistan. They set the property on fire and desecrated the place of worship. Two Ahmadis lost their lives. The worst part is the mob was led by an extremist cleric who traveled from Canada to incite the violence. All of this transpired on the birthday of a man sent to be a mercy for all mankind. These Muslims believed themselves to be celebrating the birthday of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him). Holy Prophet SAW did not only champion peace but if he were to be alive today,he would surely not recognize such people who commit violence in his name. In fact, he would disown them. Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “to take any man’s life or his property, or attack his honor, is as unjust and wrong as to violate the sacredness of this day, this month and this territory.” The Prophet also is reported to have ordered his followers and companions not to cut down trees, burn agricultural fields, or to destroy the worshipping place of any religion even though they may be in the middle of battle. The Prophet also executed the command of Allah requiring the Muslims to provide protection to people who occupy any place of worship.