Terrorism, defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes, directly contradicts Islamic teachings, which prohibit targeting civilians, even in war. In Islamic law, fighting should only be between armies (combatants), and should not involve non-combatants. In fact, Islam prohibits targeting infrastructure that affects the lives of non-combatants, such as food sources, water, hospitals, roads, bridges, and other necessities of a civilian population. Terrorism is close to the Qur’anic term “hiraba” which is defined as “sowing corruption and chaos on earth,” and considered one of the most grievous crimes.

Based on the above, MAB has always been quick to condemn all terrorism, to include that which is state-sponsored.