Saturday, November 8, 2008

Bali murderers

"If anyone murders an (innocent) person, it will be as if he has murdered the whole of humanity. And if anyone saves a person it will be as if he has saved the whole of humanity."

(Al Qur'an, Chapter 5:32)

It is indeed saddening that the mother of the Bali bombers had defended the crime that her sons had committed. It shows how unremorseful these people are.

The reason given to defend the killing because these were non-believers whom were engaged in lewd acts and other "vices" is truly unacceptable!

Simply since based on the syariah and especially if one were to consider the shallow view of a syariah that is unchangeable from the last a thousand years which seems to be the case for these people hence even in applying that version of syariah: committing of murder requires the harshest sentence irregardless of whom was killed and especially after one had admitted to the crime hence the hudud and not the qisas (read Abdul Rahman Doi) requires to be carried out.

So thus from the viewpoint of the Islamic judiciary system based on that orientation - the act of this murderer requires the most heaviest treatment (not gonna elaborate the technicalities here but you may research on in under Fiqh or Islamic Jurisprudence).

A disclaimer here is necessary that the syariah according to contemporary and even traditional thinkers and scholars is in fact changeable in nature thus requires an anchoring of legislation to context hence the principles of istihsan, urf, istihsab, qiyas, amongst others highlights that.

Unfortunately it is only those few puristic orientations or even those uneducated bunch whom yet have to understand Islam but due to nafs (as according to Tariq Ramadan) and rash emotions or simply the inability to exercise the intellectual and rational faculty that have caused plenty of collusion to the rest of the bigger pool of Islamically uneducated masses hence manifestations of that in the Bali bombing.

Hence, what these murderers carried out are acts that are absolutely unIslamic and one fail to see how dying for such a cause could be constituted for martyrdom that had led the supporters of the perpetrator to believe. If any, the fear of what awaits the bombers after death is truly worrisome in view of the accountability that is looming when standing in front of the Almighty.

If one were truly motivated to see change and better social conditions then one should engage in da'wah activities or other initiatives - for a start, getting an education!

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