Fundamentalism, terrorism and Islam
Religion seeks to serve mankind by establishing justice among the people, regardless of their nationality, religion, race or creed.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question : How does Islam view justice?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam views religion as a universal movement of justice that aims
at preparing mankind psychologically and scientifically to confront
the wrong and establish justice on earth.
The Glorious Quran
emphasizes this point when it says: Certainly We sent Our messengers with
clear arguments, and sent down with them the Book and the balance
that men may conduct themselves with equity…
Thus, the rulings and
regulations of religion seek to serve mankind by establishing
justice among the people, regardless of their nationality, religion,
race or creed.
Islam is concerned of
protecting all people. It views injustice as a threatening deviation
whoever the wronged and the wrongdoers are. We read in our Islamic
literature that God told one of his prophets to go a tyrannical
ruler and tell him that He has appointed him to address the grief's
of the wronged even if they were not believers… Thus, the Muslims
should strive to establish justice whether in the realms of an
Islamic state or outside it.
The notion of the
return of the absent Imam is also based on the establishment of
universal justice that should govern the earth.
Therefore, Muslims in
all times and places, especially those living abroad, should be just
with others. They should reject injustice, even if their own people
Denouncing injustice is
a part of our religious commitment. It means that the Muslims are
the ones who fly the flag of justice and reject injustice, in
accordance with the will of Imam Al-Sadiq(a.s.) who said: "Be
just for you blame those who are not. Imam Zein Al-Abideen urged
Muslims to be just with the enemy even if Muslims wronged them,
because the issue does not tolerate any reservation or stalling. He
says in one of his supplications : “…until my enemy would rest
assure that I will not wrong him, while my friend will lose hope
from the inclinations or my passions".
Therefore, we reject
injustice regardless of who commit it, and welcome justice even when
practiced by the unbelievers. We stand with the wronged even if they
were form a different nation, for our Message instructs us to defend
the wronged and the oppressed.
In this respect, when
we stood with the Palestinians, it was because they were wronged
more than any other people in the contemporary era. We ask all free
men in the world and the Arab and Islamic peoples to stand firmly
with the Palestinians especially in this stage, where the Americans
and the Israelis want to finish off the Palestinian cause and
resettle the Palestinians, whether legally or practically.
In this respect, we
fear that the latest international, especially American
innervations, have created a cloudy state that opened the way for a
political, economic and perhaps even security chaos, that would lead
the Lebanese to end up asking for help to end it, even it they have
to relinquish their objectives of liberation and their Arab and
Islamic commitments, especially towards the Palestinian cause.
That is why we would
like to draw the attention of all those who hold responsibility in
Lebanon to this plot, that aims at igniting some fires to turn the
Lebanese summer to a fiery hot one both economically and
politically, which means that there is a dire need for a counter
reconciliatory movement based on a reforming agenda that all parties
agree on. Any arbitrary one that is initiated by one party will only
make things worse.