In Islam peace is closely related to developing and improving the world. In fact the words are often used as synonyms for the same action, to make or bring peace. Those that make or bring piece are praised in Islam as bringing peace necessarily means fighting against things that are against God and sinful. An important part of a Muslim’s personal development and improvement as a human being is achieving peace with oneself and with the world around us. Therefore, peacemaking in Islam are a part of devotion to God and are rewarded by Him. Islam considers that the antithesis of peace has its first roots in the minds and ideas of men. Therefore, to bring about peace that is long lasting and effective, one must try to defeat the hatred and violence that are the result of Satan’s influence and temptation.
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Peace is a central part of any form of Islam. In fact, the typical greeting between Muslims means “Peace be upon you”, where the word peace (Salaam) has the exact same root as the word Islam, which means to surrender oneself (to God.) In fact, it is also very similar to the Hebrew word for peace, Shalom. The prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an are quite clear about loving each other and a famous saying of the prophet defines a believer as one that loves his brother and wants for his brother the same as for himself. In this case, most Muslims understand “brother” as any other human being, regardless of religion, race, or social status.
According to the Qur’an, all people on the world are descended from Adam. Strife and violence among people is caused by Satan, as he is the enemy of all human beings. The messengers from God, that is, the long line of prophets, delivered a message from God for humanity. A message that urged all people to return to a state of love and peace all united under the one true God. Therefore it is correct to say that the aim of Islam is for everyone on Earth to live at peace with one another, to promote a happy and harmonious society. This is exemplified best in the central tenet of one of the Prophet’s last sayings: “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” The concept of compassion and mercy are a central part of Islam and are the two most important attributes of God (Rahman and Rahim, both from the same root.) So the Qur’an and the Hadith are replete with proverbs and verses exalting the importance of justice, giving each person what they are entitled to, to show one’s affection to others, to avoid coveting what others have, to place the needs of others above one’s own, to love one’s neighbor, and to treat others as one would treat oneself.
Islam considers that the last prophet, the prophet Muhammad, brought the message of God to the nations of the world. Unlike previous prophets that were charged with bringing the message to specific communities, Muhammad was addressing the world. Because of this, Islam considers national boundaries and identities as constructs of man. For Islam, all of humanity is a single family, a brotherhood united under God. That is why the main goal of Islam is bringing Islamic law to the whole Earth. Not as the sinister thing that many ignorant right-wingers talk about, but as a tool for breaking down the walls between nations, races, and classes. Islam emphasizes that the choice to become a Muslim is the right of each individual person and that it goes beyond nationality or social status. While patriotism and social position tend to be involuntary and decided for each person before their birth, Islam is a voluntary and conscious step each man takes towards the straight path to God and peace.
The Qur’an is quite clear in how Muslims must regard Christians and Jews. The Qur’an states that Muslims, Christians, and Jews believe in the same God. That Christians and Jews can achieve salvation and have received a divine revelation that Muslims also believe in. Most importantly, the Qur’an also criticizes severely those people that believe that their own religion is the only path to salvation. In this regard, it is quite unusual among the main religions of the world. Few other religions can boast this level of tolerance. While, in practice, there are many cases of religious persecution and intolerance in the Muslims community, the same can be said of almost every other religion. However, at its core, Islam is fundamentally tolerant of other faiths – especially Christianity and Judaism.
The Qur’an states that Jews and Christians both worship the one true God. That Abraham worshiped Allah (simply the word in Arabic for God.) That the God that Muslims pray to is the same God that was revealed to Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, and the Children of Israel. That Moses and Jesus were prophets from this same God. That all are the same under the eyes of God, that Muslims, Christians, and Jews bow down in prayer to Allah. That their belief places them on the right path towards God. That there is no need to dispute with Christians and Jews, for all worship the same Lord; that one should simply be tolerant of the beliefs of the other and take responsibility for ones own actions.
Islam is a religion of peace – peace to humanity and one and all. It is a religion to lead mankind from the depths of darkness and ignorance towards the path of light and knowledge. The literal meaning of Islam, derived from the Arabic word Salaam, means peace. The word “Islam” has another root derivation – Slim – which means surrender or submission. In short, Islam means peace acquired by humans by submitting their will to the Will of Allah.
Moreover, Islam not only fosters love between fellow Muslims; rather it is a merciful for all of humankind. The “peace” of Islam has got many dimensions: peace with Allah, peace with society and peace with all of mankind irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Islam guides people to the path of non-violence and tolerance and shows the path of righteousness and piety.
What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?
The term “terrorism” does not exist in the Qur’an or the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. If the terms “terrorist or terrorism” are derived from a verb used in the Qur’an, such as 5:33 describing a “Muslim’s” terrorist acts, it is in condemnation and prescribes most severe punishment. Islam is a religion and a way of life that does not separate politics from religion.
In Islam, denial of human rights is OK because:
- Islam is against pure democracy
- Islam tolerates slavery
The misconception does not follow from the reasons given, and the reasons ignore a great deal of information.
As stated earlier, Islam is a complete way of life. Given this, it is not surprising that the Creator is concerned with the method which we choose to govern ourselves. The preeminent rule which the Islamic state must observe is stated in the Qur’an (translation follows):
[4:59] O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you do believe in Allah and the Last Day; That is best, and most suitable for final determination.
From this verse, it is clear that the state’s obligation of obedience to the Creator is as important as the obedience of the individual. Hence, the Islamic state must derive its law from the Qur’an and Sunnah. This principle excludes certain choices from the Islamic state’s options for political and economic systems, such as a pure democracy, unrestricted capitalism, communism, socialism, etc. For example, a pure democracy places the people above the Qur’an and Sunnah, and this is disobedience to the Creator. However, the best alternative to a pure democracy is a democracy that implements and enforces the Shari’ah (Islamic Law).
Muslims are being labeled as terrorists all around the world, especially those fighting for freedom in Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.
I wonder what you would do if someone were to break into your house to rape your mother, sister, wife and daughter and then kill your entire family? Would you sit like a coward and let them do everything or fight back at least to try to save your family?
I wonder why we don’t see innocent men, women and children dying every single day in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine and if they fight back to protect their land and families, they are simply labeled as terrorists.
THE MESSENGER (SALLALLAHU ALAIYHI WASSALLAM) OF ALLAH’S DREAM:
The Messenger(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) of Allah dreamt that he entered Makkah and did tawaf around the Ka’bah. His Companions in Madinah were delighted when he told them about it. They all revered Makkah and the Ka’bah and they yearned to do tawaf there.
The Muhajirun had even greater affection for Makkah. They had been born there and had grown up in the city. They loved it deeply but had been driven away from it. When the Messenger(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) of Allah told them of his dream, they started to prepare for the journey to Makkah. Hardly anyone wanted to stay behind.
Prophet Muhammad, may God shower him with His praises, is a man loved by all Muslims. He is honoured and respected by countless others and considered influential in both religious and secular matters. Mahatma Ghandi described him as scrupulous about pledges, intense in his devotion to his friends and followers, intrepid, fearless, and with absolute trust in God and in his own mission. Muslims all around the world consider him the example to follow in their worship of God and in their dealings with others.
The religion of Islam, as taught to us by Prophet Muhammad, urges kind and considerate treatment towards our neighbours. They deserve our respect and good treatment regardless of their religion, race or colour. In a saying narrated by Aisha, a wife of Prophet Muhammad, it is reported that the angel Gabriel insisted that Prophet Muhammad understand the importance of the good treatment of neighbours. Prophet Muhammad said that at one stage he thought the angel Gabriel would bestow inheritance rights on neighbours; such was his insistence on their kind and fair treatment.