Our nation’s peace was challenged by the event of arson attacks on churches few days ago.
Sensitivity is one thing, stupidity is another different thing. And hatred, is another thing.
Is it true that these people who dare to burn churches were doing it for the sake of the religion, or they have their heart so dark and they have pure hatred towards the others?
We should know that even in the event of war, a believer should be respectful enough and not to harm any places of worship. ( I leave you to read some excerpts I got from the internet, at the bottom of this post ).
It is very ironic to defend the dignity of one’s religion by doing an action which is forbade by the religion. To my own experience, such irony happens only when the underlying intention is only to satisfy one’s anger, and ego.
If a person’s stand is true and sincere, he could consider what is the cost of a harmful action before deciding to do it. There are so many other better ways to continue being on your stand rather than doing something so stupid like this.
The religion’s image has been tarnished in so many ways.
It is very sad that the burning of the churches means that the criminals failed to prove that Islam is a religion of truth and peace.
My findings from the internet as below:
The Prophet Muhammad gave the following instructions during all wars; they were echoed by Caliph Abubakar to the commander who led the campaign to Syria:
"Do not betray, be treacherous or vindictive. Do not mutilate. Do not kill children, the aged or women. Do not cut or burn palm trees or fruit trees or any green tree. Do not slay a sheep, a cow, or camel except for your food. And you will come across people who take refuge in places of worship (synagogues and churches); leave them alone to what they devote themselves to."
"Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits: For Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for persecution is worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they first fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who reject faith. " 2:190-191.
"Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities.Lo! Allah loves not, aggressors." (Al-Baqarah 2:190)
"But if they cease [attacking you], Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful." 2:192