By Afis A. Oladosu
26 April 2019
them is he whose speech pleases you in worldly life even as he calls the
Almighty to witness as to what is in his heart… but whenever he goes away, he
strives throughout the land to cause corruption therein and destroy crops and
animals. And the Almighty does not like corruption. (Quran 2: 204)
Brethren, I did this essay at that highly
auspicious hour when celestial beatitude makes itself available for the lowly
and the mighty.
I could not sleep as I was wont to do. My
heart was burdened by those incidents. I was awake in the dead of the night out
of the realization that humanity is sitting on a crag, on a precipice. I soon
reached the conclusion that I needed to dedicate today’s essay not and never to
their memory (the Sri Lankan murderers and bombers) but to the memory of those
innocent Sri Lankans who were atrociously caught down and violently murdered by
individuals whose soul had been sold to the ghoul; individuals whose minds had
been led to the latrine and permanently locked in.
I thought there could be no other way to
deplore and deprecate, as we have unfortunately had to do several times, the
cold-blooded murder, the most perfidious, most impious, most blasphemous acts
of brigandage that culminated in the death of over three hundred and fifty Sri
Lankans on Monday this week.
As had happened before either in Nigeria,
New Zealand, Egypt or in London, the purveyors of evil had perfected their
plans to visit evil and malfeasance on Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka
incognito. They had ensured that those plans were undetected by the Sri Lankan
security services. They had sought and obtained patronage of the most
flagitious deviant group in the contemporary period- a group that sees
commission of violence and unwarranted despoliation and destruction of lives and
properties as the means and end of their ungodly and highly unIslamic agenda.
Yes. The Prophet of Islam had foretold
their emergence and had offered ample insights into the styles, methods and
methodologies. He is reported to have once said-
emerge a (deviant) and dissentious group and faction; a people with excellent
words and vile deeds. They will read the Qur’an, but their faith does not go
past their throats. They will pass through religion the way an arrow passes
through its quarry. They will no more come back to the religion than the arrow
will come back to its original course…They summon to the book of the Almighty
but they have nothing to do with it…”.
In other words, this deviant group would
claim affiliation to Islam but does not in reality have anything to do with the
religion. Their actions do not have anything to do with Islam simply because
Islam does not approve of the group’s atrocious agenda nor its antediluvian
No. Islam does not and cannot approve of
unwarranted murder of innocent lives no matter its creed or race-
kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as
if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had
saved mankind entirely (Quran 5: 32).
No! Islam does not and cannot approve of
unwarranted murder of believing men and women, be they Christians or Muslims:
“…whoever kills a believer intentionally – his
recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and the Almighty has
become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great
punishment” Quran 4: 93.
Islam does not and cannot approve of unconscionable destruction of places of
worship be they Churches or mosques simply because such actions go against the
Islamic creed and theology.
In the instruction and code of conduct he
gave the Muslim army, Abu Bakar Siddiq, the first Khalifah (successor)of
Prophet, said as follows:
“Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules
for guidance on the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the
right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies; do not kill a woman, a child, or
an aged man; do not cut down fruitful trees; do not destroy inhabited areas; do
not slaughter any of the enemies’ sheep, cow or camel except for food; do not
burn date palms, nor inundate them; do not embezzle (e.g. no misappropriation
of booty or spoils of war) nor be guilty of cowardliness…You are likely to pass
by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.”
If indeed an army that was involved in
active battle with the enemies of Islam could not engage in wanton destructions
of lives and properties of non-Muslims, one cannot but continue to wonder where
these fiendish elements derive inspirations for these horrendous carnage and
In other words, the celebration of murder
in such perverse ways as has become common among violent extremists has no
justifications in Islam. It could equally not be valid, from the dual
perspectives of Islamic history and theology that the Sri Lanka attacks were
carried out for and on behalf of victims of the New Zealand incident.
The day Hamza, the Uncle of Prophet
Muhammad (SAW) was killed by Wahshi, the grief became so much on the
Prophet’s heart that he said: “I would kill thirty people in vengeance”. But
the Almighty soon sent revelations which forbid the Prophet from carrying out
his threat. It reads: “If you have to retaliate, let your retaliation be
commensurate with the wrong which was done to you; but if you endure with patience,
the best reward indeed is for those who endure with patience”. Our Prophet
eventually pardoned Wahshi; the latter eventually accepted Islam.
Brethren, it has thus become a duty for us
all, Muslims, Christians and others to find ways through which these anomies
could cease in our world. This is because whenever acts of violence such as the
one in Sri Lanka or other parts of the world occur, we all become victims.
We are all victims of the disconnect
between our faith (religion) and our reality. We are victims of our failure to
rein in forces of ignorance and poverty that feed descent into brigandage and
violence in our societies. We must all seek cure for these sicknesses: that of
extremism and that of acute greed and materialism.