Praise be to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and May Peace and Blessing be upon all the Messengers and Prophets of Allah Azza Wa Jalla.
I refer to the current situation in Pakistan's Red Mosque and also the latest railway tracks sabotage in Narathiwat, Southern Thailand where certain acts by Muslims there are bringing disrepute to the faith of Islam as a result of the irresponsible ways by which the perpetrators are causing more harm than good to the Ummah!
I felt immense disgust seeing the so called cleric cowardly don a burqa and try to escape from the authorities by fleeing amongst the female students from the Red Mosque where he had been instigating the students into open revolt against the government of Pervez Musharraf.
This is clearly an extreme act of cowardice and hypocrisy on his part after being responsible for the situation there which has seen the loss of life of 19 Muslims to date as a result of the gun battle between the holed up students in the mosque and the government's armed forces.
It is criminal acts like these that causes the world to have negative views and opinions about Islam and the general Muslim Ummah who are unnecessarily being scapegoated and ostracized due to the acts of people like this cleric and others like him who hide under the title of scholars and imams but drive others to harm and mortal danger by their inciting towards sabotage and acts of terror against society in the name of 'Islam'.
These spineless felons hijack our faith, use selective misinterpretation of certain Quranic verses or Hadith's of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, to instigate their followers into committing acts of terror and kill those who have done nothing to them in the first place.
It would be acceptable if let's say such acts were carried out against the enemies of Islam in direct confrontation as in a field of open declared war or as what is taking place in Iraq where the American Army and their allies have invaded and occupied the Muslim nation of Iraq but these acts of inciting dedicated students of religion into unnecessary fighting against their fellow Muslims is not only uncalled for but suicidal which is haram in Islam.
There is still other legitimate avenues to bring about Syaria rule in their country through the general elections but not this way.
This act of cowardice on the part of the cleric who disguised himself as a female in trying to save his skin ought to be condemned and the spineless man be brought to trial and punished for treason and held accountable for the deaths of those students!
The acts of sabotage in Southern Thailand where the railway tracks have been damaged and the tracks made unsafe for the public trains to travel is also haram in Islam for a true Muslim must not harm innocent people who use the trains as a means of transport in their daily life's.
They are committing sin when they put to danger the life's of ordinary civilians who have done no harm to them.
If the attacks were against the Thai Army or the Police, then, it would be understandable because the Thai security forces have killed many innocent Muslims in Tak Bai and other areas in Southern Thailand but these acts of sabotage against the public transportation system is stupid and uncalled for!
All Muslims ought to be united against all those who terrorize the innocents, and those who permit the killing of non-combatants without a justifiable reason.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala (glory be to He) said: " Because of that We ordained unto the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a human being - unless it be in punishment for murder or for spreading mischief on earth- it would be as though he killed all of humanity; whereas, if anyone saved a life, it would be as though he saved the life of all humanity. And indeed, there came to them Our messengers with clear signs (proofs and evidences), even then after that, many of them continued to commit mischief on earth." Al Qur'an Surah Al-Ma'ida Chapter 5 Verse :32
Hence, whoever violates these pointed Islamic texts is an offender deserving of the appropriate punishment according to their offense and according to its consequences for causing destruction and mischief to those who are innocent in their society.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala (Glory be to He) said:
"The recompense of those who wage war against God and His Messenger and do mischief on earth is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land.
That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter. Except for those who (having fled away and then) came back with repentance before they fall into your power; (in that case) know that God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." Al-Qur'an Surah Al-Ma'ida Chapter 5 Verse : 33
Therefore, it is necessary to apprehend the true perpetrators of these crimes, as well as those who aid and abet them through incitement, financing or other support.
They must be brought to justice in an impartial court of law and punish them appropriately, so that it could act as deterrent to them and to others like them who easily slay the lives of innocents, destroy properties and terrorize people.
Hence, it's a duty on Muslims to participate in this effort with all possible means, in accordance with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's saying:
"And help one another in virtue and righteousness, but do not help one another in sin and transgression." Al-Qur'an Chapter 5 Verse : 2
Terrorism has no legitimacy in Islam. Muslims need to fight their enemies directly in battle.
These acts of terror only jeopardizes the cause of the Ummah in upholding the faith of Islam, which is the true religion from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and causes the whole Ummah to bear the sins of these dastardly cowardly fellows who hide under the banner of misconstrued 'Jihad'.
True Jihad is fighting against our enemies directly , face to face, in the gentlemanly manner by which our Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam and his Companions did.
There are many interpretations of how to carry out Jihad.
Educating oneself as to what is right and wrong in Islam is also a form of Jihad. Speaking out against injustice and stopping them in a legitimate manner is also a kind of Jihad. Striving to improve oneself and one's fellow Muslims and the general society is also a type of Jihad. Doing rightful Dakwah is also a Jihad.
There are just so many other ways that we can help ourselves, our faith and our Ummah, our society and our country in good, useful manners instead of resorting to such baseless and harmful acts that will only further alienate the Muslims and the rightful faith from being understood and accepted by the general human race.
Instead of resorting to such uncalled for acts of terror and sabotage against society in general, it would be much more better to engage against the true enemies of Islam and the munafiqs and fasiqs from within by facing them directly and take them to task.
As it is, the way certain folks amongst the Muslim world are going about it with such illegitimate manners of fighting against the enemies of Islam, only gives credence to those Kaffirs to say that they have probable cause to invade and occupy the Muslim lands as a preemptive action to safeguard themselves from the 'terrorists'.
To those who carry out these acts of terror and sabotage against society and not directly against the enemies that you want to strike at, I say this:
"See the terrible damage that your actions have inflicted and are causing to Islam as a whole.
By your stupid and cowardly acts, you now bring yourself and your causes to be seen as the ones who are wrong and the whole world's opinions about Islam and the Muslims thus becomes absolutely negative and they gang up against us because of criminals like you!
Fear Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and stop causing further harm to us Muslims in general.
You are right if you fight against the enemies of Islam directly and your cause will be considered as rightful and legitimate Jihad if you engage in battle against the Kaffir soldiers and armies.
You will however be regarded as enemies to the ummah itself if you go about your objectives in these harmful manners and cause hurt and kill those who are innocent of crimes against yourselves and the Ummah by these cowardly acts of inciting students against the army or cause the trains to be derailed and murder innocent life's of ordinary civilians who have done nothing to you.
It will be alright if the particular train is carrying the enemy soldiers who are coming to kill you but if it is not, then you are no better than them when you take the life's of innocents, no matter that they be Kaffirs or Muslims like yourselves".