The Regional Darul-Ifta’ of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deeply saddened and strongly condemns the killing and beheading of the German Hostage Jurgen Kantner by the Abu Sayyaf in the Province of Sulu. What crime does this frail, old and harmless man committed that he should be treated like this?!

Islam honors and values the sanctity of human life and made murder a heinous crime against humanity. Let us be mindful, Allah warns us: “Whoever killed a person – not in retaliation of murder, or (and) spread mischief in the land – it is as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone save a life, it is as if he saved the life of all mankind”(Al-Quran 5: 32)

Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said: (Beware of going to extremes in religious matters, for those who came before you were destroyed because of going to extremes in religious matters.) – [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Islam teaches to be merciful to those on earth so that he or she could be shown mercy from the One in heavens. As He the Most High says: “We have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Qur’an 21:107]

Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: (Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to the people.) [Bukhari]. (Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful.) [Tirmidhi].

As your religious sector, help us to face this challenge by not tolerating any form of extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam for the sake of peace and prosperity of our region.

We, the ARMM-Regional Darul Ifta’ express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Jurgen Kantner and to the nation as a whole for we also feel the pain and sadness of this inhumane barbaric act.

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