The World Organization for al-Azhar Graduates condemned the terrorist attack, carried out by Boko Haram, on the village of Pemi, in Borno state, Nigeria. The heinous attack left over 7 victims, besides kidnapping another 7 including a Christian priest as well as burning a church, a clinic and several houses.
The Organization stressed in its statement that targeting places of worship and killing the innocents are heinous crimes that violate the teachings of, not only Islam, but also all religions that call for protecting and defending them, as Allah Almighty says: "Were it not for God's causing some people to drive back others, destruction would have befallen the monasteries, and churches, and synagogues, and mosques in which God's Name is mentioned greatly" [Q:22:40]. In the same vein, Abdullah bin `Amr narrated: The Prophet (PBUH) said: "Whoever killed a person having a treaty with Muslims shall not smell the smell of Paradise though its smell is perceived from a distance of forty years." [Narrated by al-Bukhari]. Again, Abu Bakr narrated: "The Prophet (PBUH) said: If anyone kills a man whom he grants protection prematurely, Allah will forbid him to enter Paradise." [Narrated by al-Darimi]
The Organization concluded its statement by warning the Muslim youth from getting deluded by the evil terrorist currents that violate the teachings of Islam and the Prophetic Sunnah.