November 28, 2023
A plea for Islamic voices against using human shieldsBack to All
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.