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Bombing in Turkey

November 2003

The Muslim Women’s League expresses our condolences for the loss of the innocent civilians in the recent bombings of a bank and British consulate as well as the synagogues in Turkey. 

Islam is a religion of peace and does not promote acts which harm others including acts of violence resulting in the loss of human life.  God reveals the following Quranic verse:

"… Whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if be had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind." (S.V:32)

The recent bombings of the synagogues in Turkey on the Jewish Sabbath signifies that those that commit treacherous acts of violence know no boundaries and have no regard for the sanctity of a house of worship.  The bombs exploded outside the Neve Shalom synagogue and the Beth Israel synagogue where several worshippers were injured and approximately 23 were killed. 

It is those places of worship that we hold sacred where believers, Jews, Christians and Muslims seek to worship their Lord, Creator and Sustainer.  It is in peace and submission to His will that we offer our prayers (standing, sitting or kneeling) in mosques, churches and synagogues.  These are places to be held to the highest degree: sacred and protected from any type of violence or treachery.  It is up to each of us as believers in the One True God, to protect each other’s right to worship as well as the places of worship, in a manner that is consistent with God’s commands.  God reveals in the Quran:

(They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, (For no cause) except that they say, “Our Lord is God” Did not God check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, in which the name of God is commemorated in abundant measure.  God will certainly aid those who aid His (cause): for verily God is Full of strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will) (S.XXII 40)

Our Lord the Cherisher and Sustainer, we pray He may guide us to the right path and strengthen our conviction that we as a nation of people may live together in peace and harmony and join the rest of brethren around the world in solidarity against all that is evil and runs counter to reason.  Religion was meant to guide us all to endorsing and establishing values that work toward enhancing our relations and strengthening our character to embody the true meaning of righteousness.  The Quranic verse reveals………

It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards East or West: But it is righteousness to believe in God and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book and the Messengers. …………And to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity…..  Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing.  (S. II 177)

Let us be firm in joining together and work to end this violence and establish peace in all corners of the globe…

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