leader that Islam completely condemns the terror attack in Lahore on
Easter Sunday, where at least 72 people were killed, with Islamic
leaders “outraged” at the “inhumanity” of the slaughter.
the Easter fun fair in Lahore, which targeted Christians and civilians,
“is not only against Islamic teachings, but it is also an attack
against all humanity.”
Lahore and express our deepest condolences to the families of all the
victims. We must join together to tell our clear horror of such acts of
inhumanity,” read the letter shared by Fides News Agency.
mufti added, “it is unjustifiable to attack another human being just
because they have a different faith,” and described an attack as “an act
of inhumanity and an affront to the people who believe in the values of
compassion and peaceful coexistence.”
The Islamic Religious
Council of Singapore also said that it is “outraged by such cruelty,”
referring to the numerous attacks carried out by Islamic radicals across
the world in the past few weeks, sending condolences to victims in
Istanbul, Jakarta, Syria, Ankara, Brussels, as well as in Lahore.
with all Muslims and all the inhabitants of Singapore, we express
closeness and solidarity to the families of all the victims of these
senseless tragedies” the Council stated.
Others, such as American
Pastor Saeed Abedini, have argued, however, that terror attacks such as
the Easter Sunday bombing in Pakistan show that it is a “lie” to believe
that Islam is peaceful.
“If Muslims say: we are peaceful, ‘it’s a
lie.’ The Qur’an teaches that Muslims must fight and kill (Jihad)
unbelievers. ‘Wherever you overtake them’ until ‘religion is Allah’s,’
i.e. Islamic law rules all societies (2.Sura Al _Baqarah(Cow)
2:190-193). Regarding to the Qur’an’s verse, Christians and Jews are
included to make them Muslim or kill them in entire the world,” Abedini said in a Facebook statement.
also suggested that Muslims who believe in peace and respect are
“making up a new religion,” and that “ISIS, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic
Republic of Iran are practicing the real Islam by destroying churches
and killing Christian every day.”
Other representative Islamic
bodies have also condemned the violence, however, including Muslim
Judicial Council of South Africa President Maulana Ihsaan Hendricks.
Islamic teaching in the Quran states that, ‘Whoever kills a person, it
is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is
as though he had saved all mankind,'” Hendricks said, but noted that
terror groups refuse to respect such teachings.