That who explodes himself killing innocent people looses this life& the hereafter
Two weeks ago I wrote an article in which I pleaded to Almighty God that the terrorist attack at Al Azher University be the last terrorist act ever in our country least Egypt becomes a thriving field for suicide bombers because Mubarak insists on remaining in power for the rest of his life. Alas, God did not hear my prayer and other attacks took place harvesting the lives of the suicide bombers and many innocent victims that bear no responsibility towards what is happening in Egypt or any other country.
Those tourists have come to Egypt at their own expense and their coming means the support of thousands of Egyptian families whose livelihood depends on tourism. More important still, is the fact that these tourists/ strangers are considered in Islam- as per Quranic terminology- 'Traveling Aliens" which means that a true Islamic state should provide for them and look after them for their entire stay. They are even entitled to alms and donations and all aspects of goodwill related to the concept of “Traveling Alien" in the Quran that was mentioned several times in the contexts of Goodwill, Generosity, Compassion and Benevolence.
Radical Salafi Ideology, however, opposes every noble, gracious and magnanimous teaching in Islam, and coe and their coming means the support of thousands of Egyptian families whose livelihood depends on tourism. More important still, is the fact that these tourists/ strangers are considered in Islam- as per Quranic terminology- 'Traveling Aliens" which means that a true Islamic state should provide for them and look after them for their entire stay. They are even entitled to alms and donations and all aspects of goodwill related to the concept of “Traveling Alien" in the Quran that was mentioned several times in the contexts of Goodwill, Generosity, Compassion and Benevolence.
Radical Salafi Ideology, however, opposes every noble, gracious and magnanimous teaching in Islam, and considers these peaceful visiting tourists unbelievers who deserve to die whilst in our country. This is what young desperate men have been taught in education, media, mosques, Al Azher and all different types of institutions in the era of Mubarak who has managed to redirect peoples' anger towards the West, America and Israel instead of himself. In Mubarak's era, people are taught that the cause of their problems is not corruption, dishonesty, totalitarianism, torture and the astonishing helplessness and failure of Mubarak's government; instead it is America, Israel and the West. Thus, as long as we cannot confront those powers, we could at least kill the tourists that come to us from their countries.
Others have a different theory to justify their killing of those innocent people. They understand that Mubarak is responsible for all the problems and as he is an ally to the West and a subordinate to America and Israel, find in the terrorist attacks a way of avenging from Mubarak and his allies. They forget that these tourists have obtained an Egyptian Visa in their passports through which they enter a form of treaty with Egypt and are entitled to protection and to be treated with respect in a country of which God said: "Welcome to Egypt. GOD willing, you will be safe here." (Chapter 12-Joseph 99)
Those young men were mislead by the radical Salafis who managed to convince them that it is martyrdom in the cause of God to explode oneself and kill innocent people that have come to visit our country.
To them all, I address the following Quranic truths:
1. We can only fight those who fight us and by the same means (Chapter 2-The Heifer 190-194)
2. Even an enemy's soldier who enters our country with a treaty should be granted protection and goodwill because he is a visitor – even Salafi laws acknowledge this rule under the Rules of Treaties- let alone if the victim is a tourist who admires our country and is willing to spend his money knowing how many people benefit from his visiting. Is his reward us killing him deceitfully?
In whose law can this be justified except in the extremist, Salafi law that is free from any human gallantry or moral valor?
Is killing peaceful visitors permittable in any human ruling? It is not except in the ruling of the Najd Desert, the birthplace of Wahhabite extremism and previously to it the Kormoti extremism and in other practices of the peasants of Najd in the Middle Ages who used to raid the caravans of pilgrims, killing them and stealing their goods.
3. A person who commits suicide is doomed to hell for eternity because he takes his own life. God says: "You shall not kill yourselves. GOD is Merciful towards you. Anyone who commits these transgressions, maliciously and deliberately, we will condemn him to Hell. This is easy for GOD to do."(Chapter 4-Women 29-30). Let alone if he kills other innocent people along with himself! In fact he only means to take the lives of these other innocent people by killing himself.
Somebody might wonder: But he is sacrificing himself and others for a noble political cause? To this I say noble causes have noble means. This is Quranic basis.
I remember the Buddhist monks who used to protest against the Vietnam War by setting themselves on flames in public in order to attract the attention of the world to the horrors that were happening. It did not occur to any of them to harm any peaceful American citizen.
I also remember the fasting of political and religious leaders like Gandhi, The Dali Lama and the Spanish American who defended the rights of plantation workers in California. I remember those noble men and feel sorry for those Muslims, the victims of Salafi Wahhabite Ideology that has made of them a debased and dishonored nation and caused them to lose their lives here and in the hereafter. They only kill peaceful guests, women and children, whilst in real war they flee from the confrontation of other men.
Islam is free of their doings.