the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
(FCNA) July 25, 2005.
Fiqh, Jurisprudence, Council of North America (FCNA)
wishes to address the issue of terrorism and how it is
viewed in the Islamic legal and ethical system
law has consistently condemned terrorism and extremism in
all forms and under all circumstances, and we reiterate this
unequivocal position. Islam strictly condemns religious extremism
and the use of violence against innocent lives.
Islam stands clear on issues of Violence
against women: No beating of wives and no abuse of women
This statement is declares that domestic violence
has no room in Islam what so ever. First of all, it should
be clear that the institution of the family in Islam is based
on mutual respect, affection, mercy and love. Any form of
physical or emotional abuse is prohibited. A husband is not
allowed to physically or emotionally harm his wife, and the
wife is not allowed to abuse her husband.
call for dialogue
Published on September 3, 2006, fredericknewspost.com,
Imam Yahya Hendi
If one were to believe morning news and the
pictures of the recent events in the Middle East, one
would have to conclude that we are at the dawn of a
clash of religions and civilizations....
Jews, Muslims and Peace, Yehezkel Landau and
Yahya Hendi, WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES: CURRENT DIALOGUE
Issue 41, July 2003
With ongoing violence sapping the spirits of Israelis
and Palestinians, and with the Iraq war generating shock
waves throughout the Middle East, we call on our fellow
Jews and Muslims to join forces with concerned
Christians to transcend this cycle of death and
destruction. Jews and Muslims should be spiritual
allies, not adversaries...
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|Together, Marching for PEACE in the Middle East.
Imam Yahya Hendi
Almost every day, we wake up with sad news coming to us
from the Middle East. We hear of homes being destroyed
in or around Jerusalem and women and children being
killed. The Land once inhabited or witnessed by Abraham,
Moses, Jesus and Muhammad has turned into a sea of
blood. The city of Jerusalem, for whose peace all the
prophets of God prayed, has become a place were bombs go
off killing civilians and spreading fear. The Land made
Holy for all the people by the Divine has become a
center for militarism, racism and wars. Most of this
happens in the name of the One believed by all three
Abrahamic traditions to be The All-Peaceful God. It is
about time that God’s name gets disassociated from all
that which undermines His Compassionate Glory and
violates His Loving Majesty. Jews, Christians and
Muslims are called upon to reintroduce their faiths to
the Middle East in a way that does not condone violence
and in a way that promotes peace.
In Judaism, the word shalom is derived from the word
shalem, which means complete, fullness and perfection;
therefore peace in Judaism means perfection and
completion. There are three levels of perfect
relationships to which one aspires: between man and
himself, between man and his fellowman and between the
nation of Israel and all other nations. Numerous
halakhic regulations and laws have been enacted to
promote peace between Jews and non-Jews. The well known
verse, Isaiah 11:6, about the lion lying in peace with
the lamb is the hope that all nations, strong and weak,
will be able to live together in peace.
Jews must aspire to bring peace to the lives of
Palestinian Christians and Muslims as much as they do
for themselves. Rabbi Yose said: “Let the property of
your fellow man be as precious to you as your own.” A
man came before Rabbi Rava once and said to him, “the
ruler of my city ordered me, ‘Go and slay so an so. If
you do not, I will slay you.’ ” Rava replied, “Let
yourself be slain rather than slay. What makes you think
your blood is redder than his? Perhaps that man’s blood
is redder.” Rabbi Levitas of Yavneh said: “Be very, very
humble, for the end of man’s hope is the worm.”
In Christianity, one reads how Jesus manifested
unconditional love for all people. He gave himself to
save sinners. He called his disciples to love their
enemies, to rely only on faith. Above all, Jesus called
on one to judge himself before judging others and to
criticize oneself before criticizing others.
Love and peace do not go hand in hand with hatred and
murder. In 1 John 3:15 one finds “We know that we have
passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.
Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who
hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no
murderer has eternal life in him.” Christians are called
upon to be proactive in the work of justice and not to
remain passive. To be respected and honored, Christians
must manifest total justice for all parties involved in
the Arab-Israeli conflict. “For Harold respected John,
knowing that he was a just man and a holy… and he heard
him gladly” Mark 6:20
Muslims have a big role to play, as well, in the peace
building efforts in the Holy Land. Inspired by their
faith, Muslims can share the responsibility on the path
to peace and reconciliation. The Qur’an makes it clear
to Muslims that the struggle against injustice and
oppression is a universal struggle in which Muslims are
called to join others among whom are Christians and
Jews. Prior to Islam, God’s prophets taught the
principles of morality and law that have served
humankind for centuries as a basis of judgment between
right and wrong.
The very word Islam from the Arabic Silm connotes peace
according to the tradition of prophet Muhammad. Peace is
one of the prerequisites of Islam. Islam states that a
Muslim is one from whose tongue and hand all people are
safe. One of the attributes of God described in the
Qur’an is As-salaam, which means peace and security.
Paradise is the abode of peace granted to those who work
for peace. When war breaks out, the Qur’an teaches that
peace and reconciliation are the best of all actions.
God has decreed that success will be achieved though a
reconciliatory path, and not on a confrontational or a
violent course of action. Whenever Muhammad had an
option between two courses of action, he always chose
the non- confrontational one. Non-confrontational work
for justice is the best of all deeds as the Qur’an puts
it: “Stand out firmly for justice even if it were
against yourselves” 4:127
Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergymen and woman must
start marching together for peace in the Middle East.
They must work together to ensure that the three faiths
peacefully co-exist in an environment that respects the
religious sites of all three faiths. The three
communities can share the land with full respect for
shared perspectives and the inalienable right of all
sides to self-determination, both politically and as
Jews, Muslims, and Christians agree that the Almighty
God is One. They have more in common than one would
think. Abraham, the father of all, is spiritually the
shared ancestor of half the people alive today. We all
pray that God will bless the nations of the world
through all the descendants of Abraham on their quest
If we were Abraham’s children we would do the work of
Abraham. Each community has a direction to which it
turns. However, we can so compete with one another in
doing peace building around the world.
Is it possible for the children of Abraham to coexist
In his most recent visit to Jerusalem, Pope John Paul II
”God of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his
descendants to bring your name to the nations. We are
deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the
course of history have caused these children of yours to
suffer. And asking your forgiveness, we wish to commit
ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the
That we all might march together for peace in the Middle
East for all God’s people. The one family with different
brothers and sisters and the common grounds we will over
come all barriers and march together.
ANNE WILSON SCHAEF: Differences challenge assumptions
JEROME NATHANSON: The price of the democratic way
of life is a growing appreciation of people's differences,
not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and
rewarding human experience.
JIMMY CARTER: We have become not a melting pot but
a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different
yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
JOHN F. KENNEDY: If we cannot end now our differences,
at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
JOHN F. KENNEDY: The wave of the future is not the
conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation
of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.
BLAISE PASCAL: Do you wish people to think well of
you? Don't speak well of yourself.
CONFUCIUS: Humility is the solid foundation of all