Shia Muslim Community Imam condemns terrorist attacks in Iran

The National Imam of the Shia Muslim Community in Ghana, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Kamaludeen, has condemned the terrorist attacks in the two provinces of Shiraz and Yasuj of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The attack, which occurred last Wednesday, reportedly claimed 15 lives, including women, children, wounded over forty people and destroyed several properties.

“While we are strongly of the conviction that the Islamic Republic of Iran will emerge victorious in this trying moment, we use this medium to join the international community to condole and console with the Islamic Republic of Iran against the cowardly attacks by the enemies of religion and humanity,” a statement from the Office of Shia National Community-Ghana,” copied the Ghanaian Times said.

The statement expressed the need to adopt measures to prevent suspected terrorists from entering into the country, saying “Laws may be passed to prohibit the raising of funds for suspected extremists groups, prevent citizens from travelling abroad to join terrorist groups, and laws that could also prevent terrorists from returning home to carry violent attacks.”

As the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran bid farewell to the victims of the terrorist attacks on the two worshipping centers, “we express our sincere condolences to the Islamic Republic of Iran and pray for Almighty Allah to grant the souls of the martyrs eternal repose”.

Releasing a statement through its affiliated Amaq news agency, the ISIS criminal gang popularly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (-ISIS-ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the act. 

Both the human soul and the environment have been placed as an important necessity by the Holy Qur`an. It is absolutely a crime of the highest magnitude to take the life of a human being or cause chaos upon the human environment as the Holy Qur`an states:

“….whoever kills a human being for other than murder or chaos upon the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoever saves the life of a single human being, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” 5:32

“….and do not create mischief in the land, for Allah loves not those who create mischief.” Qur`an28:77.

“There is also the need for a strong cooperation between the security services, parliament, the judiciary and other key stakeholders in our quest to preventing the scourge of violent extremism in the country. Our security apparatus must avoid complacency, as terrorists always take advantage of the unvigilant nature of the security system of the state to carry out attacks,” the statement said.

“The religion of Islam, in its over-all logic, is peaceful and non-threatening.To discover the reality, it was the inner core of Muslim scientists such as Ibn Sina, Ibn Yunus, Mulla Sadra, Averos etc. that produced, developed and contributed tremendously to the development of human civilisation,” the statement said.

It, however, added that religion had been interpreted and used as an instrument for intolerance, hate, cruelty, murder and destruction, saying “we have seen many places like Raqqa, Timbuktu, Carbo Delgado, Mosul, Chibok, Kompienga etc. where religion actually destroyed the God-given rational faculty of the human being.”

“In the Ghanaian setting, for instance, we have witnessed promising youth such as Nazir Alema, Abu Dujana etc. who have been brainwashed by the ideology of renegades and suicide bombers like Boko Haram, ISIS, al-Qaeda to think that knowledge and achievement endowed unto them by Allah were rather been established in them by the Devil to distance both the individual and the society from Allah and eternal residence.”

By Times Reporter

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