It is with sadness that we read about another mosque bombing in Afghanistan after Friday prayers on October 15, 2021. The Muslim Coalition of CT expresses its condemnation of these acts of terrorism and our heartfelt condolences to all the victims of these sectarian attacks on worshippers. Islam does not under any circumstance allow for the destruction of any places of worship and the verse below from the Qur’an makes that abundantly clear:
“If Allah (The One God) had not driven some people back by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, where God’s name is mentioned much, would have been pulled down and destroyed,” Qur’an 22:40
Likewise, the prophet, even in wartime, expressly forbade the destruction of places of worship and ordered that people seeking shelter in places of worship be given protection. Most importantly, Islam does not allow any life to be taken in vain:
“… if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” – Quran 5:32
This is the verse that has inspired many Muslim physicians to go into a career of saving lives.Ten per cent of America’s physicians are Muslim and many more are involved in the healthcare field, yet we are only one per cent of the population in America. Islam is clear in giving no excuse for the destruction or loss of life wrought by extremists. The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut condemns all violence against innocent people and calls on all parties without exception to find peaceful resolution to differences and grievances.