"Whoseover killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in earth, it shall be as if he had killed all humanity, and whoso saveth the life of one human being, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all humanity." (The Qur'an 5:32)
Muslim organizations in the United States are stressing again that killing and terrorism are not part of their faith. As worldwide television audiences watch the beheadings of Americans and other partners of the coalition in Iraq, there is justifiable fear among Muslims here and abroad that perceptions of Islam as a whole are growing more bleak.
Even before this past week's killing of a South Korean by extremists in Iraq, The Friends of Charities Association, a Saudi organization based in the United States and devoted to "transparency in faith-based charitable giving" to fund worldwide relief efforts, was condemning the beheading of American hostage Paul Johnson.
In a statement accompanying the text of a letter to Johnson's family, the organization denounced and condemned the killing of Johnson. "We are disgusted by this wicked act and extend a hand of compassion and understanding to the family of Paul Johnson and all families of victims of terrorism."
The letter to the family expresses disgust and notes, "We, FOCA, as Saudis, Muslims - indeed human beings - denounce and condemn his murder." The Qur'an verse with which we began is cited...