Southland Muslims' Declaration Denouncing All Kinds of Terrorism

WE, concerned Muslims of Southland, being Islamic in faith, feel that it is our duty to announce our viewpoint regarding terrorism. We believe that Islam promotes peace and security to all mankind and salvation from fear and terror. It does not allow any lawless action against innocent people, no matter when, where, or under what pretext such action might be taken.

Islam denounces all kinds of terrorism at all levels, whether perpetrated by governments, organisations or individuals. This spirit has been clearly shown in the Quran, the holy book of Islam, stating that to kill one innocent person is akin to killing the whole of mankind and calling upon all nations to live in peace and harmony together in this world, being the creation of the one and only one God.


Actions by some misguided groups of people, acting in the name of Islam, have led many people around the world to consider Islam as a doctrine of terror. The true spirit of Islam is so far from this and it explicitly states to the contrary. The Holy Quran calls upon the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to:    

             "Call the people to the way of your Lord by wisdom and fair preaching".  

Islam advocates for peace and invites us to pursue happiness in this world and the hereafter; to resist whimsical desires and encourages dialogue between nations:

             "O Mankind, We created you, from male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another". 

Within the context of New Zealand society, we feel that we are an integral part of the nation and consider all citizens as partners in the cause of peace and prosperity, irrespective of race, faith, or ethnicity. We are determined to honour our obligations to defend this nation and its fabric, well inspired by the spirit of our National Anthem which we aspire to see made true: God of Nations at thy Feet In the bonds of Love we Meet.