Are Martyrs guaranteed Paradise?

In Islam martyrs are promised a great reward from God, just as war heroes are honoured in many societies. However, a Muslim who dies commandeering a plane-load of civilians into a building full of civilians, or blowing up innocent people on trains or buses, jeopardizing the safety and security of Muslims throughout the world, and [...]

Does the Qur’an order the subjugation of all non-Muslims?

According to Islamic teachings, the Qur’an is a revelation from God, which served as the basis for the formation of a sophisticated civilization. Like all other civilizations, Islamic civilization has rules, which govern the interaction of the Islamic polity with other nations and identity groups. Within the Muslim state, non-Muslims are free to continue the [...]

Does Islam teach hatred for non-Muslims?

Since Islam considers the diversity of people and nature as God's creation, respect for diversity is commanded. Especially noted in the Qur’an are "People of the Book", namely Jews and Christians, who were always given a special place in Muslim society. Muslims are commanded to safeguard their right to worship and their places of worship, [...]

Do Muslims support ISIS or Al Qaeda?

The vast majority of Muslims do not support ISIS or Al Qaeda.

Who can declare “Jihad”? Can terrorist leaders declare “Jihad”?

Islam places a great emphasis on order in its political philosophy. Anarchy and arbitrary acts are greatly condemned. Basic principles relating to war are buttressed by these twin considerations. Islam teaches in the Quran: "O You who believe, Obey God, and obey the Messenger, and those in authority amongst you," (4:59). Qur’anic commentators mention that [...]

What is Jihad?

"Jihad" is often mistranslated as "holy war", a word that does not exist in Arabic. "Jihad" literally means "striving". The greater jihad is described as the internal struggle to avoid negative actions and cultivate good character. The lesser jihad is described as the external striving for justice, in self defense or against oppression, which is [...]

Where do Muslim extremists get their textual justifications?

Some of the Qur'anic verses which lay out the purpose and nature of war include the following: To stop oppression: "To those against whom war is made, permission is given to fight, because they are oppressed. Verily, God is Capable of aiding them. They are those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance [...]

Is there anything in Islam that leads to suicide bombings or terrorism?

Nothing in Islam leads to terrorism or suicide bombings, nor has it ever part of the ethos of Islam's 1400 years of history and traditions. This is a modern day aberration among a few extremists who have taken terrorism as a means for fighting personal wars. Suicide is strongly prohibited in Islam because no one [...]

Is there anything in the Qur’an, which encourages the terrorists?

Absolutely nothing in the Qur'an encourages terrorism. On the contrary, the Qur’an (Islamic Scripture which Muslims believe is the unchanged word of God) and hadith (Prophet Muhammad's sayings and traditions as recorded by his companions), which are the two primary sources of Islamic law, places supremacy on the sacredness of life, security, and peace.

What is the Islamic stand on terrorist attacks, such as those that took place in Brussels, Paris, Jakarta in recent times?

Terrorism is highly condemned in Islam. Terrorism, defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes directly contradicts Islamic rules which prohibit targeting civilians, even in war. In Islamic law, fighting is to be between armies (combatants), not involving non-combatants, or even infrastructure that affects the lives of [...]