Killing In The Name Of…

People promote different belief systems all over the world.  In fact, not any two people on the earth have an identical belief system.  Many people may agree on a lot of issues and they may agree on very few, but everyone is different.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – “Mr Roy’s family said he had received threats after publishing articles promoting secular views, science and social issues on his Bengali-language blog, Mukto-mona (Free Mind).

He had defended atheism in a Facebook post, calling it a “rational concept to oppose any unscientific and irrational belief”.” ~BBC

In my view, Mr Avijit Roy may not completely understand the rational of my faith.  His experiences may lead him to conclude him that my faith is irrational and unscientific.  I strongly disagree.

That does not mean he deserves to be killed!

There are many cases of “vigilantism” among Muslims who take it upon themselves to harm or kill people thinking that they somehow are defending Islam or the Prophet’s honor.  The simple fact is that in Islam this act is criminal.  The Prophet Muhammad himself never took vengeance in his own honor and when others of his companions took revenge he spoke against them.

The Prophet always debated with people who not only disagreed with him but were hostile towards Islam in their arguments.

“Allah’s Apostle never took revenge over anybody for his own sake but (he did) only when Allah’s legal bindings were outraged, in which case he would take revenge for Allah’s sake.”  ~Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 147

“The Messenger of Allah replied: An angel came down from Heaven and he was rejecting what he had said to you. When you took revenge, a devil came down. I was not going to sit when the devil came down.”  ~Abu-Dawud, General Behavior, Book 41, Number 4878

“Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.”  ~Qur’an 16:125

Regardless of what religion you are, what ideologies you hold, we can agree with the words of Allah mentioned here Qur’an 16:125, “argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious”.  It is even more important for us Muslims who believe in Allah’s words of guidance to heed them and respect others who do not agree with us.

Nevertheless, there will be some among us, as there is in every group of people allbeit Muslims, Christians, Jews, Atheists, and so on, that do not believe in mutual respect.  There may be even some who resort to violence.

No one deserves to die for their beliefs.  If there is no tolerance, let us at least respect each other.