Wednesday 26 December 2012
Terrorism has no religious boundary – Gumi
Renown Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that terrorism “knows no religion, ethnic or other racial affiliations of humankind.”
He also noted that the lingering terrorism and insurgency challenges in Nigeria were due to corruption and mismanagement of security challenges with biases and prejudices on religious and ethnic grounds.
Gumi said in a lecture he gave at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna at the weekend: “Any entity that employs unauthorised killing as a principle in achieving whatever goal it aspires is evil.
“Henceforth, it is evident that the evil of terror is not confined to a small group of fanatical Muslim youth that employ the tools of terror to achieve their goals or avenge any perceived injustice against them or against Muslims as they claim.
“The evil of terror is bigger and greater than that. The evil of terror knows no boundary, religious, ethnic or racial affiliations. Evil killers are found everywhere.
“For the Muslims, we are very fortunate that only a small fraction of misguided youth have recently adopted this evil ideology.”
He said that Islam seriously condemns the unauthorised killing of people. “The authority in Islam only belongs to a government duly elected by the consensus of the Ummah,” he said.
The scion of the world-acclaimed preacher, the late Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, added: “We therefore see that except for very few instances, Muslims do not commit murder. The rampant murder committed in the West is as a result of the irreligious life the West has adopted and bears little with the clamour for gun control.
“In Yemen, the populace is armed, yet such murders are not an occurrence because Islam instills in the individual the discipline of self-restrain and control and forbids taking of one’s life and that of the others too. This cannot be said about the other religions.”