The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) strongly condemns the reported attempted murder of a 14 year old Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, who is known as an advocate for female education. The FCNA is especially distressed to hear that such a brutal crime was committed, falsely, in the name of Islam. The text of the Qur’an is clear on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, young or old, male or female, irrespective of religious or non-religious affiliation. God states in the Qur’an:
“… Whosoever killed a person –unless in retribution for murder or spreading corruption in the land- it is as if he killed all humankind; and whoso saves a life, it is as if he saved all humankind…” (Al-Ma’idah, 5:32)
“And do not take life which God has forbidden save by right…”
Likewise, seeking knowledge is a mandatory duty of every Muslim, male or female, as is clearly stated by Prophet Muhammad –peace be upon him:
“Seeking knowledge is a mandatory duty of every Muslim.” (Narrated by Ibn Majah, Hadith #224)
We call on the Pakistani authorities to earnestly pursue the perpetrator and anyone who participated in this crime in any way, and to bring him/them to justice. All extra judicial killings are wrong and must not be done by anyone, whether individuals, groups or governments under any name or pretext, whether religious or secular.
The FCNA joins millions of Muslims, people of other faith communities and all decent human beings in praying for the recovery of the young victim.
(The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) is a body of Islamic jurists. It aims to interpret and explain the Islamic law.