In Friday sermon, Muslims told to speak up against terrorism

French CRS and judicial police work near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing at least 80 people in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. — Reuters pic
French CRS and judicial police work near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing at least 80 people in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Muslims should speak up against terrorism as it has no place in Islam, the Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI) said in its weekly Friday sermon today.

The sermon pointed out that Muslims had a duty to refute accusations that Islam supported acts of terrorism.

Citing a series of attacks in France, Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh and the most recent bombing at the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah, it said Muslims should rise up and speak the truth that violence was not part of the teachings of Islam.

“Any form of violence is rejected by all religions, especially Islam. In fact, the life and teachings of Rasulullah SAW did not promote Islam through violence,” it said.

In a separate sermon, the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) called on Muslims not to be influenced by deviant teachings by certain quarters to inflict harm on others.

Citing the Islamic State (IS) militant group and its newspaper, al-Fatihin, Jakim said it was clear the group will not stop spreading its propaganda to spread deviant ideologies to the people.

“Apart from strengthening laws as a preventative measure, which is the doings of the government, Muslims must rise up and return strongly to the fundamentals of the al-Quran and As-Sunnah,” it said.

Islam, Jakim said, condemned any act that was based on extremism and violence, explaining that the religion instead championed peace and harmony.