The Distortion of Islam`s Good Image by Enemies and Extremists

Author : The Board of Iftaa`, Research and Islamic Studies

Date Added : 08-10-2014


A Statement by the Board of Iftaa`, Research and Islamic Studies on:

The Distortion of Islam`s Good Image by Enemies and Extremists


Islam is a comprehensive, global, divine  religion with which Allah The Almighty sent our Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) as a mercy to the Worlds and as a savior to humanity from temptation and straying from the right path through propagating what is rightful and justful as well as calling people to follow the way of Allah with wisdom and beautiful preaching; therefore, the Prophet delivered the message of Allah and fulfilled His Trust. As a result, the bright image of Islam was reflected on the whole universe  and Muslims started propagating the values of tolerance, justice, and human dignity in adherence to Allah`s injunction: “God commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.’{An-Nahil/90}.

Islam has done its part in establishing noble human values that propagate justice, tolerance, and mercy. Similarly, Muslims have done their part in founding human civilization throughout the different stages of history. However, nowadays, we can clearly notice the barbaric campaign, against this religion, which aims at degrading it and distorting its true image. This campaign is orchestrated by enemies and by some Muslims as well.

Enemies have manipulated extremist groups and so, they depicted Islam as their enemy, overdistorted its image, and done wrong to its Prophet(PBUH). Consequently, , The Message of Amman-the message of the true Islam- was released in 2004 as a warning against this distortion, and as a denouncement to terrorism regardless of its form, or source, which is embodied in transgressing against human life through killing the innocent and terrorizing the peaceful.

Non-adherence to the righteous path by some doesn`t legitimize stigmatizing Islam and Muslims with extremism and terrorism. It is imperative that scholars, intellectuals, and people of bright minds clarify the true image of Islam as well as its great principles. They must also refute the suspicious matters of the extremists and reflect the true nature of extremism and methods of addressing it since a true Muslim is one who calls to the way of Allah with wisdom and beautiful preaching: “Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.”{An-Nahil/125}.

We, The Board of Iftaa`, Research and Islamic Studies, stress a number of principles that can`t be manipulated under any circumstance. The most important of these is that any transgression against life, wealth and honor is forbidden since protecting them is among the aims of Islamic Law. Another principle is confirming the maintenance of social peace and security for the Prophet says in this regard: “ He who sleeps safely among his people, enjoys good health, owns his daily food is as if he owns the whole world.”A third principle is to bring forward the bright image of the moderate Islam which is free from all aspects of extremism, terrorism and transgression.

Accordingly, we call on all Jordanians to unite steadfastly against calls of violence, extremism, bloodshed, and to be aware of biased rumors, and not to circulate them without considering the consequences and evils which could lead to the destruction of society and undermining its pillars.

We also call on the various means of mass media to carry out their role in portraying the true image of Islam, not to trust rumors, and to solidify the true Islamic values. This is because media shoulders a great responsibility as it represents the conscience of the nation and society. Thus, it is incumbent on those working in this field to do their job responsibly without distortion, counterfeiting, or exaggeration since a word is a dangerous weapon which can be double-edged since once it is true, reliable, and good it leads to goodness and construction, but once it is untrue, unreliable, and corrupt it leads to evil and destruction.

We beseech Allah The Almighty to keep our country safe and secure through the united efforts of its loyal citizens, Amen. And all perfect praise be to Allah The Lord of The Worlds.

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