Muslim jihadists who kill in the name of Allah are heretics who are destined to dwell in hell for eternity, said the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, on August 20.
In a televised speech translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Muslim king slammed Muslim terrorists, saying they are “led by ignorance” and in violation of the laws of jihad and shari’a.
“The terrorists who operate in the name of Islam are not Muslims. They have nothing to do with Islam, and jump on the bandwagon in order to justify their crimes and stupid acts. They are people who have been led astray, and they are destined to dwell in hell for all eternity,” he charged.
The monarch, who has ruled the Muslim country of Morocco for 17 years, continued on to say that terrorists fundamentally misunderstand the concept of jihad. “When was jihad ever about the killing of innocent people?” he asked.
“Allah said: ‘…do not transgress. Allah does not love the transgressors.’ Is it conceivable that Allah, the Forgiver, the Compassionate, would order a person to blow himself up or to kill innocent people?”
He added that suicide is prohibited in Islam, regardless of the reasons, and again quoted the commandments of Allah (Arabic for the name of God): “Allah said: ‘…Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption upon the land – it is as if he had killed all of mankind.’”
The idea is very similar to the Jewish precept which teaches that if a man saves a life, it as if he has saved the whole world.
Calling Islam “a religion of peace,” King Mohammed blasted extremists’ deliberate misinterpretation of jihad. “Jihad in Islam is subject to specific conditions, including the condition that it must not be waged unless for the purpose of defense, and may never be waged for the purpose of killing or aggression,” he expounded.
Any Muslim who calls for such killing and aggression, accuses people of heresy unjustly, or interprets the Quran and other holy writings as a means to justify their own ends are “attributing lies to Allah and his messenger,” he declared, calling this “the true heresy.”
He touched on the growing crisis of Muslim extremism in Europe, accusing radicalists of “exploiting Muslim youth” by recruiting them for jihad under false understandings of the true meaning of Islam.
“Can anyone of sound mind believe that the reward for jihad could be some virgins in paradise?” he asked incredulously.
“The terrorists and extremists are using all possible means to persuade the youth to join them, and to strike at societies that bask in the values of liberty, openness, and tolerance.”
He referred specifically to a terror attack in which a French priest was killed in his own church during a service, saying that it directly violated shari’a (Islamic) law.
“We believe that the killing of a monk is prohibited by the shari’a, and that killing him in a church is an unforgivable act of stupidity, because he is a human being and a cleric, even if he is not a Muslim,” stated the king.
He added a message of tolerance towards Christianity and Judaism, the religions of the Book, again supported by the Quran. “Islam has instructed us to be good to the People of the Book. Allah said: ‘We make no distinction between any of His messengers’,” he pointed out.
The monarch called on people of all faiths to join together against the extremist phenomenon.
“Everybody – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – must stand together in the fight against all types of extremism, against hatred, and against close-mindedness,” he urged.
Morocco, whose official state religion is Sunni Islam, is ruled by a constitutional monarchy, meaning the king holds wide executive and legislative powers but is regulated by an elected parliament.