Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam

Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam

Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam. It is a religious moral duty. Islam teaches tolerance on all levels: individual, groups and states. Tolerance is the mechanism that upholds human rights and the rule of law. The Qur’an says very clearly:

(To every People have We appointed rites and ceremonies which they must follow, let them not then dispute with you on the matter, but do invite (them) to your Lord: for you are assuredly on the Right Way. If they do wrangle with you, say, ‘God knows best what it is you are doing.’ ‘God will judge between you on the Day of Judgment concerning the matters in which you differ’) (Al-Hajj 21:76-69).

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The Qur’an and Tolerance of Christianity and Judaism

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.
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Islam And Tolerance And Non-Violence

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.
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