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A Muslim is the one who submits his will to God; hence a follower of Islam is

a Muslim. A Muslim is a human being just like everyone else, hence just like all humans,

a Muslim is not perfect, and just like everyone else has his/her flaws and mistakes. Islam

is not judged by Muslims, but rather Muslims are judged by Islam. Unfortunately, in today’s world there are many Muslims who violate and deviate from the true teachings of Islam; they are in no way representatives of Islam. If a Muslim is doing

something wrong, it is because that Muslim has strayed off the correct path, and it is actually through Islam that the Muslim perfects his character and behavior. If you are interested in chatting with Muslims, to learn more about Muslims, who we are etc, then feel free to sit and chat with us at info@jamiat.org.za

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told the Muslims of his time that Islam would be regarded as a “strange” religion in the future, and indeed in today’s day and age, Islam is viewed as something very strange. There are several misconceptions surrounding Islam, mainly in thanks to a number of anti-Islamic websites, anti-Islamic speakers, and a biased media who are constantly attacking and trying to demonize Islam. It’s no surprise, then, that Islam is a greatly misunderstood religion.

The truth, however, is that Islam came for the benefit and good of mankind. In fact, Islam came to teach people to be good and kind to one another, to uphold family relationships, to give charity and help the poor, to look after the sick and vulnerable in society, to be trustworthy, and to regard the sanctity of human life, regardless of people’s religious beliefs. And most importantly, Islam came to remind people that there is only One true God or Creator, worthy of worship. It called on people to put away all other false deities and to sincerely submit to God, alone.

Many people are often surprised when they hear about these teachings; after being bombarded with a distorted version of Islam for so long, they cannot believe that Islam shares many of the same values they hold. This makes it all the more important for Non Muslims to have a platform where they can talk to Muslims, themselves, to learn more about Islam.

Because at the end of the day, if you really want to learn about Islam, to learn more about Islamic beliefs and practices, then it only makes sense to talk to a Muslim. And that’s why we’re here to answer any questions you may have about Islam.

What does Islam say about terrorism?

Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism. In the Quran, God has said:

“God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers.” (Quran 60:8)

The Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, used to prohibit soldiers from killing women and children, and he would advise them: “…Do not betray, do not be excessive, do not kill a newborn child.” And he also said: “Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.”

Also, the Prophet Muhammad has forbidden punishment with fire.

He once listed murder as the second of the major sins, and he even warned that on the Day of Judgment, “The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed.

Muslims are even encouraged to be kind to animals and are forbidden to hurt them. Once the Prophet Muhammad said: “A woman was punished because she imprisoned a cat until it died. On account of this, she was doomed to Hell. While she imprisoned it, she did not give the cat food or drink, nor did she free it to eat the insects of the earth.”

He also said that a man gave a very thirsty dog a drink, so God forgave his sins for this action. The Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was asked, “Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?” He said: “There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.”

Additionally, while taking the life of an animal for food, Muslims are commanded to do so in a manner that causes the least amount of fright and suffering possible. The Prophet Muhammad said: “When you slaughter an animal, do so in the best way. One should sharpen his knife to reduce the suffering of the animal.”

In light of these and other Islamic texts, the act of inciting terror in the hearts of defenseless civilians, the wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the laws of Islam.

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