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Worldwide Hostage Crisis

The act of hostage taking represents an act of forcing an individual against their will to be sequestered in a place until his/her destiny is decided.  The individual is used as a ransom to obtain a stated objective.  Thus, any individual may be a target and those who have some type of association with the group who the hostage taker has some grievance with, become fair game.  These acts become a matter of random selection depending on the ease of capture of the hostage, and the killing of the hostage is based on whether the targeted group fulfills the requested objective.

Thus, this represents random acts of aggression against individuals who have no control over their own destiny but must rely on the cooperation of their affiliated group.  Their killing is a punishment for the groupís failure to comply.  Thus, an innocent individualís life is taken for  revenge.  There is no justification for killing innocent people. God reveals in the Quran, "Nor take life - which God has made sacred except for just cause.." (Surah 17, verse 33)

As believers we must explore peaceful means to express our dissent and work towards making society a better place. The end does not justify the means, and it is just as important to act in a way where we are conscious of God at all times.

God encourages us towards the path of peace even in scenarios where one is dealing with their enemy. God states in the Quran, "But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in God..." (Surah 8, verse 61)

As believers, we cherish life, which God has granted us and we act in the spirit of peace to work deeds of righteousness to benefit humanity as a whole. We do not commit acts of aggression randomly.   There is no justification for random kidnapping and murder of individuals because of association. This is not an act of believers submitting themselves to the One God, All Knowing, All Merciful; rather it is the act of individuals who chose not to follow the commands of God and spirit of the Quran as practiced by the Prophet Mohammed.

June 29, 2004

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