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Thousands of innocent lives were lost on September 11 2001 and our hearts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones Islam for the West is commonly regarded as a perpetual Other - so very familiar but also so very strange and different A lot of misunderstandings are created by prejudice and ignorance people tend to rely more on stereotypes than on reality The faith of Islam unequivocally and forcefully rejects the harming of innocent civilians If anyone slays a person unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land it would be as if he slew all people And if anyone saves a life it would be as if he saved the life of all people - Quran 532 Islam only allows military action only in the cases of self-defence or to repel those who interfere in its affairs Over the centuries a vast body of literature on the proper conduct of war was developed Today such guidelines are known as laws of war Many Quranic verses deal with the concepts of justice and peace both of which are the current essence of the modern legal system developed to protect life capital and reproduction For example Deal fairly and do not let the hatred of others for you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice Be just for that is next to piety and fear Allah 58 If someone kills another person unless it be for murder for murder or for spreading mischief in the land it would be as if he had killed all people 532 If the enemy inclines toward peace you also incline toward peace and trust in Allah for He is the All-Hearing All-Knowing 861 and O believers enter into peace Islam wholeheartedly and do not follow Satans footsteps for he is your avowed enemy 2208 In the Hadith literature Prophet Muhammad describes Muslims as those people from whom others are secure
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