The Religion of Peace "Islam"

Philosophy of Peace in the Light of Islam

Every religion in the world teaches peace and harmony. No faith believes in spreading hate among fellow human beings. The concept of ‘peace’ in Islam draws its origins from the Arabic word “Salaam” which means "secured, pacified, or submitted." Islam believes in spreading the message of peace and harmony by personally greeting every fellow Muslim they meet. The word “Assalam Alaikum” which literally means “Peace be upon you”.

The roots of Islam are explained beautifully by the first verses of Holy Quran which says: It reads: “In the name of God, the Most Merciful, and the Most Compassionate”. This is self explanatory that Allah Almighty is most merciful and showers HIS blessings on everyone irrespective of their belief.

Concept of Peace in the Light of Holy Quran
Islam is definitely a peace loving nation. It endorses love, respect, and harmony among all human beings.

Muslims are strictly instructed to follow Allah Almighty’s book of law. The regard for peace, righteousness and justice is to be maintained by the Muslims above all else.

“O believers! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses for the sake of God, even (if this may go) against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin.” (Holy Quran 4:135)

“O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you.” (Holy Quran: 2, 208)

In the verse above, Islam essentially calls for peace and fosters a life in absolute genuineness and honesty before Allah Almighty. Therefore, it is crucially important for an individual to believe in Allah with his own will and aspiration, and observe HIS commands through personal meticulous gratification.

“You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.” [2:190]

According to these Holy verses, Muslims cannot preemptively initiate a war. Even during the war times, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) has commanded Muslims not to cut a tree, not to kill or harm child, sick person, old people, monk or priest. Instructions are also clear about not destroying a temple/ church, a building, not to disfigure dead body, and not to kill who surrender or run away from battlefield. Enforcing Islam on non followers is also not allowed.

The revelation of the Holy Quran brought with it the angels of peace and therefore, that particular night is declared as the “Night of Peace”.

Holy Quran mentions in Surat-al-Qadr (97:1-5):

“Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of decree is. The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Ruh (Jibreel) by Allah’s Permission with all Decree, Peace! Until the appearance of dawn.”

In a Nutshell
Islam teaches peace and harmony above all. Violence and brutal killings has no place in Islam. It is either the misconception about Islam that is prevailing in today’s world that Islam sponsors terrorism or the vested interest of evil forces who wishes to malign the image of Islam. Peace is the primary duty of Islam and its adherents must come to show to the world that we are for peace and settlement not for violence and destruction. World has witnessed a lot of bloodshed in the name of God since the past two decades. Time has arrived when practical and positive initiatives can portray the true message of Islam.

Note: This Article originally written on 26 October 2009 by Ata Rehman Zaki
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