Islam and the Quran

Paris Attacks

Paris Attacks


Deadly attack on satirical magazine in Paris: 12 dead

At least 12 people were killed by three gunmen at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack.


Two world-famous cartoonists died in the attack to Charlie Hebdo.


Three attackers with Kalashnikovs have fled by car, one other wounded.


Charlie Hebdo magazine had published caricatures of Prophet Muhammed (p.b.u.h.), and  caused reactions.



Irresponsible murders/Problematic  advisories

Tragic news of the recent days is the armed attack to satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo building. 12 were killed and 4 were heavily wounded. What is more traumatic is the stiffened view that Muslims performed this attack.

Islamic advisories (fatwas) given upon the caricatures, that humiliate Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), are claimed to be the reason of this attack.

Those who disguise the religion of Allah keep making excuses after every offending event they cause, and can only say “This is not Islam…”.

If “this is not Islam”, why are the faults in tradition still not ceased?

The commanded attitude against non-Muslims in Qur’an is as the following:

“… And you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse. But if you keep patient and protect yourselves… Indeed, that is of the matters that require determination.” (The Qur’an 3:186)

We learn from the following verses how to behave in such cases:

“Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with good, and the person who was your enemy becomes like an intimate friend.

But none will attain it except those who persevere, and none will attain it except one having a great portion of good.

And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. ” (The Qur’an 41:34-36)

In spite of certain rulings in the verses, all of the sects agree on execution as being the punishment of blaspheming the Prophet (p.b.u.h.). Advisories of death are given based on this TRADITION.

Verses that clearly express Muslim-nonMuslim relations are below:

 “Allah does not forbid you from being kind and equitable to those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes. Indeed, Allah likes those who are equitable.

Allah only forbids you from making friends of those who fight you because of religion or expel you from your homes or aid in your expulsion. The ones that make friends of them are the wrongdoers.” (The Qur’an 60:8–9)

According to verses, there are three critical lines that forbid the friendly relations with non-Muslims:

1. Battling against Muslims due to their religion.
2. Driving Muslims out of their homes.
3. Supporting the ones driving Muslims out.

We cannot make friends with or exhibit sympathy to the ones that cross these lines.

As long as these three lines are not crossed, we must be patient with wrong attitudes of non-Muslims and announce to them that they are doing wrong.

Aforementioned magazine and its employees have not crossed any of the aforementioned three lines. Therefore what we must do is striving against them in a peaceful manner.

If they cross the red lines, friendly relations end. However, that is still not an act of war. The verse that commands to battle is the following:

 “Fight for God’s cause against those who start a fight against you, but do not attack unjustly. God does not like those who attack unjustly.”  (The Qur’an 2:190)

Below is the verse that exposes the rule of war:

“Whoever attacks you, retaliate for that attack with its equivalent. Be mindful of God and protect yourselves, and do know that God is with the mindful.” (The Qur’an 2:194)

This view of religion without Qur’an and Wisdom must be left away, and Islam must be presented as the source of solutions for humanity. Allah the Almighty decrees:

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good advice, and debate with them in the most dignified manner. Your Lord is aware of those who stray from His path, and He is aware of those who are guided.

If you were to retaliate, retaliate to the same degree as what is done to you. But if you resort to patience—it is better for the patient.

So be patient. Your patience is solely by the help of Allah. And do not grieve over them, and do not be stressed over what they conspire.

Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good.” (The Qur’an 26:125-128)

We hope that Muslims learn the necessary lessons from this event.


Abdulaziz BAYINDIR

Founder, Suleymaniye Foundation


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