“And do not take any human being’s life – [the life] which God has willed to be sacred – otherwise than in [the pursuit of] justice. Hence, if anyone has been slain wrongfully, We have empowered the defender of his rights [to exact a just retribution]; but even so, let him not exceed the bounds of equity in [retributive] killing. [And as for him who has been slain wrongfully -] behold, he is indeed succoured [by God]!”
– Holy Qur’an 17:33 (M. Asad)
We pray the injured victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks make a complete recovery to good health. May those who lost their lives rest in peace. At present, police investigations are still taking place, no one can say with 100% certainty who is behind these attacks. However, whatever the situation in Kashmir or elsewhere, the killing of civilians is never in any way an appropriate means of addressing grievances. The victims of yesterday’s attacks are not responsible for anything which is happening in Kashmir, they were just ordinary people going about their daily lives.
The Association of British Muslims stands in solidarity with all those who are suffering from this scourge of violence and terrorism affecting many peoples and countries around the world. The real jihad is not surrendering to violence, fear and injustice, but rather establishing instead, peace, integrity and real justice.