[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]
King Abdullah II has come out and denounced the terrorists of Al-Qaida.
This was nothing to do with the West. This targeted Jordanian citizens — innocent men, women and children.
Abdullah said that “all Jordanians are unified, in that they want the people who are responsible for these crimes to be brought to justice.”
“If we know where they are, even if it’s beyond the borders of Jordan, we will give it the best shot possible to bring these people to justice,” he said.
“The majority of the country poured out to denounce what Zarqawi and al-Qaida did, calling for Zarqawi to be brought to justice, for him to burn in hell,” Abdullah said.
“Iraq needs to succeed … if the Middle East will succeed.”
In further news;
I also had a read of the King of Jordans website and found a message posted in November last year. Here are some very useful quotes from the text.
Others, who claim to belong to Islam, have done gruesome and criminal acts in its name.
The message that is under attack is the message of tolerance, revealed by the Almighty to His prophet Muhammad, God’s prayers and salutations be upon him, and carried after him by his orthodox successors and household members: a message of brotherhood and humanity; forming a righteous religion that embraces the entire sphere of human life, upholding what is good and forbidding what is wrong, accepting of others, and honouring all human beings.
Islam honours every human being, without distinction of colour, race or religion:
We have honoured the sons of Adam, provided them transport on land and sea, sustained them with good things, and conferred on them special favours above a great part of our creation (Al Isra’a: 70)
Islam also affirms that Muslims, when spreading the call of God, are called to act gently on earth.
Invite to the way of the Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious (Al Nahl: 125)
Because the Islamic mission is based on reason, Muslims are to shun violence and cruelty, and speak with kindness and respect:
It is part of the Mercy of God that thou dost deal gently with them, wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult with them upon the conduct of affairs. (Aal Imran: 159)
Islam clarified that its message is to bring mercy to all peoples:
We sent thee not save as a Mercy for all creatures (Al Anbiya’a: 107)
Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Unto Him, emphasized the concepts of compassion and tenderness in Islam when he said, “Mercy from the Most Merciful is bestowed on those who have mercy on others, and those who have mercy on creations of God on earth, The Almighty in the Heavens will have mercy on you.”
Islam calls for treating others as one desires to be treated. It urges tolerance and forgiveness, qualities that elevate human life:
The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto in degree, but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God (Shura: 40)
Nor can Goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: Then will be between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate (Fussilat: 34)
Islam calls for treating others justly, safeguarding their rights and possessions:
And let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety (Al Maida: 8)
God commands you to return trusts to their owners, and if you judge between people, you shall judge with justice (Al Nisa’: 58)
“So give full measure and full weight and wrong not mankind in their goods, and work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering thereof” (Al A’raf: 85)
Islam dictates respect for conventions and pledges, and condemns treachery and treason:
Fulfill the Covenant of God when ye have entered into it, and break not your oaths after you have confirmed them, indeed you made God your surety (Al Nahl: 91)
Islam upholds human life. There is to be no fighting against non-fighters; no assault on civilians and their properties, on children in their mothers’ laps, on students in the schools, on older men and women. To assault the life of a human being is equivalent to assaulting the right to life of all – and this is one of the gravest sins, for life is the basis for the continuation of humanity.
If any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people. And if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people (Al Ma’ida: 32)
Islam respects balance, moderation, and equanimity:
Thus have we made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Apostle a witness over yourselves (Al Baqara: 143)
On religious grounds, on moral grounds, we denounce the contemporary concept of terrorism which is associated with wrongful practices wherever they come from – including assaults on peaceful civilians, killing prisoners and the wounded, unethical practices such as the destruction of buildings, and ransacking cities. These despotic attacks on human life transgress the law of God, and we denounce them. As the Qur’an says:
Take not life which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law (Al Anaam: 51)