Suicide bombers are inhibiting the spread of Islam by “turning people against us,” so according to Mr.Al-Mazruhi, they must be infidels. Once again, this denunciation does not stem from the essential immorality of the bombings. From the Arab News, with thanks to Skeet Street.
ABU DHABI “” A prominent UAE scholar denounced yesterday as infidels Muslims who carry out attacks against innocent civilians around the world, including the perpetrators of the London blasts.
“Do these people not see the results of their actions? They have turned people against us … and made them link the name of Islam with terrorism,” Sheikh Hamdan Musallam Al-Mazruhi said in his Friday sermon.
“Therefore we should say it out loud that whoever kills innocent people … is not a Muslim and Islam is innocent of him … We are astonished at those people who justify these acts and see them as jihad in the name of God and declare themselves an authority for Muslims,” he said. “Those who do that are infidels,” he said.
The scholar said “Islam is a religion of mercy and peace.” “How does it help Islam, when the blood of civilians is shed around the world, like in Iraq, Afghanistan, New York, Madrid, Bali, Casablanca, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and lately in London at the hands of those killers and criminals … who are falsely linked to Islam,” he said.
“How does it help Islam when a Muslim man representing his country”s embassy is executed like what happened to Egypt’s ambassador in Iraq,” he said. “How does it help Islam, when journalists, workers, truck drivers and medics are kidnapped and then shown in the media while being slaughtered like sheep,” he said.