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This is Not the Path
to Paradise!

Response to Daesh (not: ”IS/ ISIS”)

by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

Part 8 Oppression And Aggression Against Religious Minorities HARAM

6. All forms of oppression and aggression against religious minorities are in direct contradiction to the values of our religion. In fact, Islam calls us to do well by religious minorities, to place them under our protection, and threatens those who harm them with punishment in the afterlife.

This is evidenced by the track record of the Muslim world, which has no peer in history when it pertains to people living harmoniously with religious minorities, beyond what basic humanity demands of equal rights and responsibilities.

Hence, any aggression of any kind or coercion to convert is unacceptable. Coerced conversion is invalid in Islamic law. Islam has nothing to do with this, as the Qur’an states,

{There is no compulsion in religion} Qur’an, 2:256.

7. Fighting and conflict for reasons other than self-defense and repelling aggression are not Islamic values despite the attempts of some to dress it up as righteousness. These are values foreign to the Islamic ethos; in the Islamic tradition, destruction has never been seen as a foundation for advancement; rather, it is seen as a result of ignorance and fanaticism, the effect of suppression and feelings of frustration and vengeance.

Our values are intended to instill confidence and love in the hearts, to repel falsehood with truth without any enmity, and to respond to wrongs with patience, pardon, and forgiveness:

{Fight in God’s cause against those who who overstep the limits} Qur’an, 2:190.

{Repel evil with good.} Qur’an, 23:96.

{They repel evil with good} Qur’an, 28:54.

This is Not the Path to Paradise - Response to ISIS

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah
President, Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies September 14, 2014
Abu Dhabi

Document written by 250 muslim scholars and thinkers.

other links:

Open Letter To Al-Baghdādī

Suspected Secret Service Links

Go to part 9 Peace As Goal And Priority

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latest update: 2021-09-27 -- (2016-07-08

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