“Terrorism is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of the morally bankrupt and mentally depraved. As Muslims, we should join all civilized human beings in condemning it in Boston, Baghdad or Burma. We condemn it if it is state-sponsored or orchestrated by rabid, depraved individuals. We condemn it whether the victim is Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu or professes no religion. We condemn it with no hesitation or equivocation, for God tells us in no uncertain terms in the Qur’an, “Do not kill the life which has been sanctified by God…” He mentions elsewhere in the Scripture, “Whoever kills an innocent life it is as if he has killed all of humanity…” We affirm the sanctity of innocent life and condemn all acts of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. A strong, unqualified, universal rejection of any act of terrorism is the first step in contributing to its eradication.” via Imam Zaid Shakir

To learn more about the 95% of the Muslim world who loves and cherishes Islam, rather than the political machinations and manipulations of people who would use this Faith as one for violence, you may start by getting to know one of my favourite Imams, Zaid Shakir on Facebook and on his web site New Islamic Directions.

Furthermore, you should familiarize yourselves with Zaytuna (the Arabic word for ‘olive’).

This is Islam. Nothing else.

My heart is heavy for Boston, and my prayers are for everyone in that amazing city; equally, it is heavy for every individual who will be hurt by the reverberations of this act of terrorism.

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