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Islam and Peace

Islam and Peace

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By: Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
By: Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

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Islam and PeaceShaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
 Islam is a religion, the edifice of which has been raised upon the foundation stone of peace. Itis like a thick shady tree, stems from peace and provides peace to the weary and pooped bands of travellers. It is also a safe and peaceful highway leading towards the house of serenity and tranquillity (Dar-us-Salam).The word Islam is of Arabic origin, stems from Salama means peace and therefore Islam iswhat, based upon peace or that produces and breeds peace. It means that the flesh and bloodof Islam is peace, tranquillity and harmony. So a person embracing Islam is called "Muslim"or "Momin"(faithful) ie one who comes into the fold of Islam, enjoys peace and developinghimself into the source and fountainhead of peace, provides the same to those around himregardless of their colour, race and creed. One who refutes this basic and central theme hasnothing to do with Islam. Following tradition of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) throws light onthe same concept:"The faithful is he, in whom people repose their confidence about their property and life."(Tirmzi V.2, P.90) Allah Almighty has also been named in the Holy Qur`an as "Salam" (TheGiver of peace and the Keeper of faith. 59:24) .The etymology of the word Islam reveals that Islam is the synonym of peace and denies everyform of terror and oppression. It enjoins upon believers to sink their aspirations into theDivine Will and enter completely and wholeheartedly into the fold of Islam (peace). (2:208).Islam stresses the propagation of peace and the Muslims all over the world, conclude their  prayers, five times a day, asking Allah Almighty for peace:"O Allah! The Giver and Keeper of peace, keep us alive in peace and admit us into the houseof peace (in the life hereafter)." (Muslim V.1, P:218)Islamic history bears the testimony to the fact that Islam is the only religion across the globethat can claim to be the most peaceful religion, which abhors the spillage of blood of innocent people. From Asia to Africa to Europe wherever the Muslims established their authority, thefirst priority was to maintain order and peace. There is no denying the fact that it was the verycharacteristic of Islam that dwelt into the hearts of the non-believers and enveloped them intoits benevolent fold.The Holy Prophet (PBUH) himself set an unsurpassed example of mercy by declaringamnesty to those who depleted all of their human and financial resources andexhausted all of their energies to annihilate the Muslims from the face of earth. A non-Muslim historian Stanley Lane Poole pays homage to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on his abovementioned act of mercy in the following words:"The day of Muhammad`s (PBUH) greatest triumph over his enemies was also the day of hisgrandest victory over himself. He forgave the Qoraish all the years of sorrow and cruel scornin which they had afflicted him and gave an amnesty to the whole population of Makkah." He

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