“God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable.”

Qur’an 60:8

The truth. Clearly very different from the statements and commands that the extremists choose to quote when they try to justify their attacks on civilian targets, unarmed women and children, etc. The beauty of Islam is often hidden under the beguiling filth of the selfish political motives of groups pursuing an ideology alien to Islamic beliefs but carried out under the banner of Islam. 

I’ve always believed that reprisal attacks must be focused on those segments of the society of the enemy that have been directly involved or directly supporting the acts of aggression against an oppressed group. Random bombings and similar attacks against soft targets to make a statement and incur an equal amount of terror in a like-for-like spat does not uphold the Islamic principles of engaging in warfare against a legitimate enemy. 

And on this matter, the Islamic traditions are very specific about the rules of engagement, which definitely exclude unarmed women and children, the elderly or infirm, scorched earth, destruction of buildings, uprooting of trees, contamination of drinking water, etc. But in desperation, extremists resort to the foul tactics of their enemies but forget that in doing so, they give in to the same tyranny that they’re actually trying to erase.

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