The American Media and Islam

The American media cannot be trusted to report accurately on Islam or Middle Eastern issues. Americans always say, “Muslims never condemn terrorism. I’ve never heard it. So they don’t.” The problem is they watch MSNBC and CBS and CNN and FOX — and none of these media tell you the truth about the Middle East. None of them, left or right. Here’s an example of a major event that took place recently. This story is from an Arab news source (Al-Jazeera reported on it, too), but you will find nothing about this in the American news: Suicide attacks declared un-Islamic.

Speakers at an international Islamic conference in Afghanistan September 24th declared suicide attacks as un-Islamic and stressed the need for a peaceful Afghanistan.

The conference, organised by the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) and Ulema Council, drew more than 200 Islamic scholars from around the world. It was reportedly the largest such conference ever in Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, Kuwait, Sudan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and other countries sent participants.

“Suicide attacks should be stopped,” Dr. Ahmed Azhar, president of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, told the conference.

Most of the scholars condemned the killing of innocents and civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere and called suicide bombings un-Islamic.

“Suicide attackers are guaranteed to go to hell,” Mohammad Salar, one of the attendees, said, referring to what the Qur’an says about such things.

Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, an Afghan MP and a guerrilla leader during the anti-Soviet war (1979-1989), agreed.

“The perpetrators are unaware of the punishment waiting in the hereafter,” he said.

This is not the first time that Islamic scholars have denounced suicide bombing.

Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani Islamic scholar and former member of the Pakistani National Assembly, in 2010 issued a 600-page fatwa condemning terrorists and suicide bombers.