Muslims in Mecca denounce bloodshed in name of Islam

Violence is un-Islamic and extremists twist the meaning of jihad, residents say.

By Altaf Ahmad for Khabar Southeast Asia in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

May 30, 2014
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Muslims living in Islam's holiest city say they cannot comprehend how some of their fellow Muslims justify terrorist acts or violence on religious grounds.

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    Muslim pilgrims head to the "Jamarat" ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, where they throw pebbles at pillars, in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, in October 2013. [Fayez Nureldine/AFP]

During a visit to Mecca, home of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, residents from different walks of life expressed to Khabar Southeast Asia anger and dismay at how a handful of people twist the meaning of the tenet of jihad and take it to such extremes.

Hotel manager Zaki ud-din said said he asked himself this very question: since Islam is a religion of peace that endorses no violence whatsoever, why is there confusion about the interpretation of jihad?

"Hajis (pilgrims), with whom I interact day in and day out, come here and pray for peace," he told Khabar. "I wonder why some Muslim groups are adamant on carrying out violence? If they believe they are right, then they have misunderstood Islam."

Sheikh al Tayab al Madni, a fellow with the Higher Institute for Promotion of Virtues and Prevention of Vice housed at Umm al-Qura University in Mecca, offered an academic's perspective.

"Reputed scholars from every part of world and from all schools of thoughts categorically issued a decree against extremists and the people who carry out violence in the name of Islam," he told Khabar. "It is shocking that they still don't refrain from killing innocents and doing all un-Islamic work."

"We are against all forms of violence manifested in the name of jihad. These people have done no good to Islam, except they have tarnished the image of Muslims across the globe and the mission of Dawah (the propagation of Islam) has [been dealt] a serious setback" he added.

Abdul Jabbar Qasmi, a local Hajj and Umrah instructor, commented that people from all over the globe converge on Mecca to pray for world peace and human prosperity. That is what the circumambulation of the Kaaba and the Hajj teaches practitioners of the Muslim faith, he told Khabar.

"I think peace is the definition of Islam, and those who want to destroy peace can never be Muslims," he said. "It is only God who has authority to take a life.

"According to the Qur'an, all human beings are Mukarram (honoured) and our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that sanctity of a life and property of a human being was far greater than the sanctity of the Kaaba. Therefore, it is crystal clear that violence cannot be justified in Islam. Those who do it are not Muslims, and those who call it jihad are enemies of Islam."

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    • Jajue Br
      July 12, 2014 @ 11:07:46AM
    • Islam is the path to peace and peace is beautiful.
    • muhammad ibnalwy bafagih
      July 9, 2014 @ 01:07:10PM
    • Ordinary citizens are probably confused and disappointed but the reality is that Libya is accused of going against the Sunnah, attacked and destroyed and Syria is accused of being Shia and attacked relentlessly. Evidently the plan to attack Syria was finalized in Kuwait and Qatar and they were attacked by jihadists in the name of Islam. The reality is they are Salafists, heretics!
    • sams
      June 30, 2014 @ 10:06:42AM
    • This means that terrorists acting in the name of jihad are actually enemies of Islam, they do not have a comprehensive understanding of Islam.
    • zozo
      June 29, 2014 @ 05:06:32PM
    • Before waging jihad on others, fight the desires within ourselves.
    • yant
      June 18, 2014 @ 11:06:31AM
    • Allah created living things, and only He has the power over their deaths.
      July 2, 2014 @ 09:07:28PM
    • And if Allah truly wanted the death of someone, why would He need the help of humans? What God would need to be defended and helped by humans?
    • sumitro Dolot
      June 15, 2014 @ 01:06:53AM
    • Islam is a blessing for all creation.
    • hellos
      June 12, 2014 @ 11:06:24PM
    • Islam should be soothing, not the source of destruction.
      June 10, 2014 @ 09:06:15PM
    • That is very correct. If they contemplate the meaning and content of the Qur'an and prophets' Sunnah, violence is not justified.
    • anjar
      July 5, 2014 @ 03:07:57AM
    • So unfortunate.
    • Jacko
      June 10, 2014 @ 12:06:53PM
    • Believe me, only in the Lord Jesus Christ will there be true peace and prosperity. The others are all lies.
    • ibrahim
      June 15, 2014 @ 08:06:19AM
    • Jesus is not God. There is only one God and that is Allah. There is no God other than Allah.
    • Fannia
      June 18, 2014 @ 05:06:21AM
    • Only in Jesus Christ can there be peace for Jesus is God.
    • sams
      June 30, 2014 @ 10:06:31AM
    • What we call God are different and they are not equal to creatures. Jesus is a creature, not God. There is only one God. If Jesus were God, what are His creatures/creations? Can you prove it?
    • Pasukan berani mati
      July 3, 2014 @ 02:07:01AM
    • What is the proof that Jesus is God? Have you not fully studied your book? If you are a blogger you must be looking for the origins of your book right now. God is a substance without form, we should support each other in religion, not dividing people.
    • wilson
      June 9, 2014 @ 06:06:13AM
    • In this day and age waging war to demand something by jihad is no longer appropriate. This jihad virus has even spread to many places. Never mind the people they consider infidels, they even wage war on their own people through jihad. It is incredible, this will prove to be a difficult job for religious leaders so that people will not misinterpret the word jihad. Hopefully with time, people, especially Indonesians, will understand the true meaning of jihad.
      June 7, 2014 @ 10:06:07PM
    • Humans were created to be faithful to Allah. The promise made upon descending to the Earth has been forgotten by time and fettered by the emotional turmoil of those who wish to live alone in a country. Pity on them.
    • andi
      June 5, 2014 @ 10:06:17PM
    • Glorious is Allah, it is natural that the ones on jihad are those who are oppressed, as Israel slaughters Muslims in Palestine, jihad is a must for Palestinians. It expresses their will to defend their dignity and it is an absolute.
    • riel's chancher
      June 3, 2014 @ 10:06:27PM
    • Islam is a teaching that soothes without having to legitimize violence, let alone bloodshed.
    • lia lestari rangkuti
      June 1, 2014 @ 11:06:43AM
    • Good news,, :)
    • alexleo
      June 1, 2014 @ 08:06:00AM
    • Very true. Islam spreads friendship and peace, all Muslims are brothers. The Prophet SAW gave the example for peace to the Christians and Jews but they ended up fighting and even going to war among themselves. By Allah, is this a sign of the end times?
    • charles
      June 1, 2014 @ 04:06:19AM
    • This article deserves to be presented to the PPI figures.
    • nooruddin
      May 29, 2014 @ 10:05:55PM
    • so much abuse in the name of religion. incomprehensible ....bok haram taking school girls .. woman stoned to deth

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