Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, October 11, 2002

Here is the full statement that was signed by Islamic groups in Singapore yesterday.

The fact that there are terrorist groups using the name of Islam has made it necessary for us to come forward and explain the true position of Islam with regard to terrorism and reiterate our rejection of such groups and terrorism - both as a matter of conscience and national concern.

Firstly, Islam does not permit the use of fear tactics and violence against innocent men, women, and children. The overriding value of human life, be it Muslim or non-Muslim, is clearly stated in the Quran. For example, the Quran says: 'If anyone killed a person ... it would be as if he killed all mankind.' (al-Maidah 5:32)

Secondly, devoted Muslims are expected to be loyal citizens of the country of their birth and residence. As a well-known saying in Islam states that the 'the love of the homeland is a part of the faith.' Those who claim to be acting at the behest of God and in the name of Islam when carrying out terrorist acts are, without a doubt, in reality carrying out grave transgressions of the teachings of Islam.

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