The Real Muslim Cannot Be A Terrorist

Mustafa Erdil

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract


There are no known solutions for the social problems caused by terrorist attacks, and history lacks exemplary solutions that could be used as guidance today. However, it is known that terrorist attacks are condemned in all religious sources. It is also forbidden by God in the Quran and Sunnah. The sunnah defines these borders with the following truths; “A servant of God is not a true believer in the instant of adultery … and is not a believer when he is taking the life of another.” Hence, it has been accepted as strictly forbidden by Islamic scholars since the period of the Prophet. Fethullah Gülen, as one of the contemporary Islamic scholars, believes that a person with deep-seated faith can neither commit suicide nor become a suicide bomber. In this case, one who takes his own or another’s life will have a thin line between disbelief and himself, and will be face to face with a high risk of losing his faith. His characteristics will no longer allow an attribution to his Islamic beliefs. Thereby, a person who dies as a suicide bomber and causes the death of others cannot be a true Muslim. This article will focus on terrorist attacks carried out under the name of Islamic values. The article will analyse how the Quran and Sunnah explain or approach terrorism in Islamic sources.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSeventh International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society - Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Apr 201718 Apr 2017


ConferenceSeventh International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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