ISNA Denounces Attempted Murder of Malala Yousufzai

ISNA Denounces Attempted Murder of Malala Yousufzai

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) condemns the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old activist for girls’ education in Pakistan.  Reports indicate that the perpetrators were Taliban militants, and calls on the Pakistani government to swiftly bring these perpetrators to justice.  The Fiqh Council of North America stated this week that it was “especially distressed to hear that such a brutal crime was committed, falsely, in the name of Islam. The text of the Qur’an is clear on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, young or old, male or female, irrespective of religious or non-religious affiliation.”
ISNA encourages all Americans to join us in praying for Malala’s recovery and for patience for her family during this difficult time.  Malala has been a symbol of courage and hope for girls’ rights to education.  As an 11 year old, Malala started an anonymous blog documenting her experiences under Taliban threats for the British Broadcasting Corp., and later became the focus of documentaries by the New York Times and other media outlets.  Last year, Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by the Dutch organization Kid’s Rights and was honored by Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. The Fiqh Council of North America’s statement also included a reminder about the hadith narrated by Ibn Majah which states: “Seeking knowledge is a mandatory duty of every Muslim.”  We are grateful for individuals like Malala who seek to help all Muslims be able to follow this religious obligation.

 A full copy of the statement by the Fiqh Council of North America can be viewed below.

Statement of the Fiqh Council of North America on the report of the attempted murder of a young Pakistani girl

The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) strongly condemns the reported attempted murder of a 14 year old Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, who is known as an advocate for female education. The FCNA is especially distressed to hear that such a brutal crime was committed, falsely, in the name of Islam. The text of the Qur’an is clear on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, young or old, male or female, irrespective of religious or non-religious affiliation. God states in the Qur’an:

“… Whosoever killed a person –unless in retribution for murder or spreading corruption in the land- it is as if he killed all humankind; and whoso saves a life, it is as if he saved all humankind…” (Al-Ma’idah, 5:32)

“And do not take life which God has forbidden save by right…”

(Al-Isra’, 17:33)

Likewise, seeking knowledge is a mandatory duty of every Muslim, male or female, as is clearly stated by Prophet Muhammad –peace be upon him:

“Seeking knowledge is a mandatory duty of every Muslim.” (Narrated by Ibn Majah, Hadith #224)

We call on the Pakistani authorities to earnestly pursue the perpetrator and anyone who participated in this crime in any way, and to bring him/them to justice. All extra judicial killings are wrong and must not be done by anyone, whether individuals, groups or governments under any name or pretext, whether religious or secular.

The FCNA joins millions of Muslims, people of other faith communities and all decent human beings in praying for the recovery of the young victim.

(The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) is a body of Islamic jurists. It aims to interpret and explain the Islamic law. For further information see www.Fiqhcouncil.net )

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