With the news media trembling at the actions and violence of so-called “Muslims,” one must have to ask: does Islamic law condone actions of violence as means of response to hate speech?
According to the Qur’an, “…if any one slew a person … 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” (5:32).
Within the 5th chapter of the text, remains the discussion of hatred, revenge, and injustice as an abomination to be punished by God, and God alone, with which wrong and indecency done by any person would be answerable for his own deeds.
In link to this, the Qur’an also delves into the discussion of compulsion in religion, stating that,
“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all things” (2:56).
According to the words depicted by the Qur’an, the concrete understanding of ‘truth’ and ‘error’ are therefore inner legalities that are to be pre-selected and given only by God which in itself is a direct contrast to the claims of “killing the kufar (disbelievers)” as stated by ISIS leader Abu Bakr.
It is interesting to note that, according to the principles of Islam as discussed by Imam al Kawthari (AH Murad, Understanding the Four Mathhabs, 2004), the concept of ‘tawheed,’ doctrine of a single deity as described by the first pillar of Islam, is an element that only be accepted by the individual declaring his own faith, rendering ISIS forced conversion as not only a violation of free-willed acceptance but, considered a large “sin”, a violation of the belief in one God