Islam gallery 09

Islam gallery 09

9. Imam Zaid Shakir

Shakir is an imam on the West coast, a lecturer at the Zaytuna Institute in California, and the author of “Scattered Pictures: Reflections of American Muslims.”

The Qur'an urges us to protect the sanctity of human life. Killing innocent humans, the essence of terrorism, is equated with murdering all of humanity. This is powerful incentive to fight against terrorism in all of its manifestations. This Qur’anic quote says it all: "For that reason we ordained for the Children of Israel that whoever takes a human life for other than retribution for murder or spreading murderous sedition on earth, it is as if he has killed all of humanity; and whoever saves an innocent life, it is as if he has saved all of humanity. (5:32)"

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