Islam: Religion of Peace
November 12, 2010 2 Comments
For some time now, Islam has been a question mark for some people especially in the west. It seems to them as if peace and Islam are opposites of each other. There are many other religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. but Islam is placed in a different category, why should Islam be the odd one out?
One reason for this is that a few years after the beginning of Islam, anti-Islamic powers began a propaganda that Islam is a religion of extremism and violence and wants to compel others into belief by means of the sword. This, of course, is
incorrect. Muslims, since the beginning have suffered persecution but they remained silent. Early accounts both in Mecca and then post migration in Medina hold the horrific stories of aggression upon Muslims. The proof against those opponents who allege that Islam was spread by the sword is that although the disbelievers of Makkah raised all sorts of objections, yet history stands witness to the fact that the people of Makkah themselves never complained that the Muslims had used the sword against the disbelievers to compel them to change their faith.
Secondly, what has given Islam a bad name is an ugly and awful image of extremism presented, whether knowingly or unwittingly, by some Muslim groups and organisations, and these groups unfortunately had personal vested interests. To find out the true teachings of Islam, we would have to study the Holy Qur’an and see what it says and not base it on the actions of some Muslims who have forgotten the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.
The Holy Qur’an commands us what to do in order to establish peace. God Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an :
Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind.
(Al Maidah, Ch.5: v. 33)
Explaining these verses a scholar said
He who abandons kindness abandons religion. The Holy Qur’an teaches that whosoever kills a person without justifiable cause will be as if he has killed the whole world. In the same way, I say that if someone is not kind unto his brother, it is like he has been unkind to the whole world.
Now on this verse, this scholar has drawn an interesting conclusion that people think that Islam is an extremist religion but this is a misunderstanding on their part. Islam is saying that even if you are unkind in your treatment with your fellow human being, you are a cause of destroying the peace and harmony of the world. Forget killing anyone, you should always be kind in your dealings with every person in the world and spread the peaceful message of Islam.