November 28, 2023

A plea for Islamic voices against using human shields

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by Farhad Rezaei, Senior Research Fellow

Hamas and Hezbollah’s use of civilians as human shields is not only a serious violation of international laws of war, but it also stands in stark contradiction to the teachings of the Quran.

The conflict in Gaza has raised a deeply troubling issue: Reports suggest that Hamas is deliberately using civilians as shields, a tactic that echoes similar strategies attributed to Hezbollah.

This approach not only blatantly violates international warfare laws; it is also a subversion of the Quranic tradition for political and military gains. It is incumbent upon renowned Islamic institutions, scholars, and prominent religious leaders to denounce such un-Islamic actions.

Their silence risks being misinterpreted as tacit approval, casting a black stain on their moral standing and the ethical foundations they represent.