Ashraf’s Column

Friday, June 16, 2006

Murder of Paul Johnson

The murder of Paul Johnson and other non-Muslim workers in Saudi Arabia is very much against the Islamic principles of values of life and honoring the guest. A non-Muslim may not know it. But we Muslims know it that under no circumstances Islam allows killing of the innocent. It is only on the battle field that a Muslim is allowed to kill the enemy, and the other ground on which a person can be killed is the judicial killing, that is, when a person is sentenced to death by a court of law. The holy Qur’an which is the only source of Islam and the holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) prohibit the Muslims to kill human beings. The tiny number of misguided Muslims who are indiscriminately killing men, women and children are only acting against the orders of Allah and against the interest of Islam. The great majority of Muslims all over the world are not with them. They condemn such terrorist acts. We sympathise with the family and the friends of Paul Johnson and others who fell victim to senseless terrorism.

Syed Ashrafuzzaman


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