Journalist’s killing contradicts Islamic teaching

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Journalist James Foley was brutally executed and showcased by the so-called Islamic State only because of his nationality. Otherwise, he had nothing to do with the conflict taking place. The Holy Quran states, “And let not a people’s enmity incite you to act other than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness” (9:5). What twisted sense of justice involves the inhuman execution of a noncombatant civilian?

The actions of this terrorist organization are explicitly against the teachings of the Quran, Islam and the practice of the prophet Muhammad. As mentioned in the verse, Islam wholly rejects the killing of noncombatants in the course of armed conflict and demands justice be shown even to one’s worst enemy. In no way can the Islamic State justify its action from the Quran or Islam.

The writer is a member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America.

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