UI – Part 240 – Innocents
The term ‘innocent’ needs clarification. Most think of the application of this word in terms of ‘guilt.’ If not guilty, then innocent. Pluralized the word refers to a group of people. ‘Innocents’ are those free of liability, guilt, or blame. If harmed in any way they are the ‘Innocents’ caught in the cross-fire. From a military point of view the ‘Innocents’ may be collateral damage.
In the Muslim world the Innocent are Muslims. Jews and Christians, Infidels, to include pagans, are not among the INNOCENTS. If those factions, the non-INNOCENTS, are caught in the cross-fire, the damage is Okay. That is Allah’s Will. If one not an Innocent is killed, that is the Will of Allah; just one less infidel.
When you apply a dictionary definition and view the explanation from a Muslim perspective you may see more clearly:
1. Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless
2. a. Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless
b. Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful.
3. a. Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous
b. Candid; straightforward
4. a. Not experienced or worldly; naive.
b. Betraying or suggesting no deception or guile; artless.
5. a. Not exposed to or familiar with something specified; ignorant
6. Lacking, deprived, or devoid of something
7. A person, especially a child, who is free of evil or sin.
The ‘evil’ the Muslim sees is learned from the Quran and the scholars of Islam. Evil is inherent in anything that is not Islamic. Muslims do not accept the Biblical reference to Original Sin, the corruption of man in the Garden of Evil. Nor do the Jews. Muslims claim they are born without sin; Christians are then evil since they accept their sinful nature. Jews are evil because they do not accept Muhammad as a Prophet. The evil ones are the infidels, by Islamic definition standards, and are thus not among the Innocents.
From this there is a cautionary appreciation one must have for the use by a Muslim of the word. If you are not Muslim you can never be Innocent or among the Innocents.
Grace and Peace