In the essay "What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?" by Abdullah Momin, he describes the characteristics of Islam religion, which is one of the most misunderstood religions of the world. Every time we hear a bomb go off in a market place, someone blowing oneself up, or the hijacking of an aircraft, we usually assume that the suspects are a group of people whose religion is Islam. Is Islam really a cruel, rigid, and oppressive religion? The explanation of the author may clear up some of the misunderstandings that may exist.
The first truth of Islam religion that the author wants to state is that Islam is very clear concerning the value of human life. In a part of the Qur'an, God commands Muslims to "Ã¢ÂÂ¦take not life, which God hath made scared, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom."
[Al-Qur'an 6:15]. Islam disapproves of barbaric killing of any human being. Every one has the right to live; it is a gift from God. No one can take one's life except the bad people who commit serious crimes such as murder. Those people will be punished only by the way of justice.
The second truth of Islam religion is that Islam considers the protection of the weak and innocent people during war. Even in times of war, Islam forbids killing innocent civilians, provided they do not attack or provoke directly. The enemy even at a war must be treated justly as the Prophet dictated "do not kill any old person, any child or woman". "Do not kill the monks in monasteries" or "Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship." (233)Third, the author stated clearly the meaning of the word "jihad" which was misunderstood...