The Quran and Terrorism

Essay by michael92aHigh School, 11th gradeA-, September 2008

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Hypothesis:The Quran and the teachings of Islam do not support the terrorist ideologies.

In the past 20 years the issue of Muslims and terrorism has become extremely prevalent. In September 2001 when members of al-Qaeda hijacked and crashed two commercial airliners into the world trade centre buildings, this issue reached its peak. There was a huge upsurge in anti-Muslim feelings and many people were of the opinion that all Muslims were terrorists. But this is simply not true.

Many people argue that the Quran supports the idea of terrorism and that the attacks on the world trade centre and other civilian targets can be justified. If we look at the Quran and some verses from it we find that this is not the case.

[2.178] O you who believe! retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the slain, the free for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female, but if any remission is made to any one by his brother, then prosecution should be madeaccording to usage, and payment should be made to him in a good manner;this is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy; so whoever exceeds thelimit after this he shall have a painful chastisement.

(The Qur'an Forbids Terrorism, 2007)[2.179] And there is life for you in retaliation, O men ofunderstanding, that you may guard yourselves.

(The Qur'an Forbids Terrorism, 2007)[2.194] The Sacred month for the sacred month and all sacred things areretaliation; whoever then acts aggressively againstyou, inflict injury on him according to the injury he has inflicted on youand be careful to Allah and know that Allah is with thosewho guard.

(The Qur'an Forbids Terrorism, 2007)[2.190] And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, anddo not exceed the limits, surely...