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Islam the Religion of Peace

Islam the Religion of Peace

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Preface
Muslim world is passing through criticaljunctions. It has witnessedunprecedented waves of violence, sabotage andterrorism. As a consequence, it hasattracted world attention on the need tograpple the problem of terrorism. Anti-Islamicelements, however, havemanipulated the situation to exploit. They have given derogatory projection tothe magnanimity of Islam. They have advanced open accusation that Islam isareligion of terrorism. This is indeed unfortunate and tragic. For, theaccusation reflectssheer ignorance of Islamic teachings. Also, it is tantamountto the refutation of Islamictenets. Islam, on the other hand, is the pioneerchampion of humanism and benevolence.An illegitimate murder of any human soulis forbidden in unequivocal and categoricalterms.Inaddition, Islam had enshrined superb and supreme values, affection,cooperation,justice and moderation in words and actions.The presentbook represents a modest endeavor to project Islamic values and teachings.Inparticular, it demonstrates that Islam is identifiable with peace. Terrorism isa conceptalien to Islam. To understand Islam in terroristic context is, infact, an absolutemisunderstanding of Islam.This bookincorporates impelling evidences based on the most important two sourcesofIslamic teachings, the Glorious Quran and Sunnah of Allah's Messenger (peaceandblessings of Allah be upon him) and the precedents of the rightfully-guidedCaliphs.Islam is the champion of peace. It advocates noterrorism in any form or manifestation.To provide illuminations to themultifarious ideas expressed in this work, the author 
 
 provided neededinformation with scholastic skills. Brevity and comprehensiveness are blended.Their presentation attracts the interests of the common reader.Jihad or waging war for the sake of Allah I and to raise thebanner of Islam is a doctrineof crucial importance. In no event, however, it isexplicable in terms of terrorism. Theauthor has made fine analysis on thevariance of the two concepts, Jihad and terrorism. Hehas highlighted the superbexcellence of Jihad. Likewise, he has castigated the viciousnessof terrorism.The work is indeed penetrating. The objective-mindedWesterners will find it useful.They will find in it an inspiration towardsIslam.May Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) bless the author andaccept his endeavor to spread thecause of Islam.
Dr. Mohammed SaidDabasRiyadh, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaDabas47@islamtoday.netIntroduction
All Praise is due to Allah Almighty. Peaceand blessings be upon our Prophet andMessenger; Mohammed (peace and blessingsof Allah be upon him), his beloved family,and his rightly-guided Companions.Terrorism is one of the harshest terms, and an unpleasantexpression used in worlddictionaries. Islam and Muslims, who are completelyinnocent of such accusations, have been allegedly accused with terrorism. Infact, the term terrorism became a parallelCompanion for Islam. This is veryunfortunate and highly unfair. We believe that personswith ignorance with thereality of Islam would dare to label Islam and Muslims with suchinaccurateaccusations.There is a group of people, however, who areactive in launching such allegedaccusations against Islam and Muslims.Terrorism has appeared with certain reasons.Terrorism did not come from vacuumor from nowhere. Terrorism is the product of accumulated strong pressures thatcould no longer be borne or controlled. Terrorism isvery much like a balloon,which has been filled up with hot air, to the point that made the balloon readyto explode. We all are aware of the fact that, 'too much pressure would,surely,produce an explosion'.A terrorist is the one who terrorizespeople, causing injustices to them, forces them to dothing against their will,confiscates their territories, wealth or bans their freedom. Aterrorist is theone who exploits other people's national wealth, land, natural resourcesandefforts, and employ all of that for his purposes and to serve his objectives. Assuch, an
 
exploiter is a Pharaoh, with a new style or name. Allah, the Almighty,states in theGlorious Quran, Sura Ghafir [The Forgiver] 40:29, which reads asfollows:
“ O my People! Yours is the dominion this day: ye have the upperhand in the land: but whowill help us from the Punishment of Allah, should itbefall us? Pharaoh said: I but  point out to you that which I see (myself); nordo I guide you but to the Path of Right!” 
.Man-madelaws, all over the world, are following the same pattern. The real objectiveofthe governments, in most countries of the world, is not to bring peace andtranquility totheir people. The actual objective is to ensure happiness andprosperity to a selected groupof people at the cost of the rest of the people.The national applicable laws are notcomprehensive and do not serve theinternational community. National laws andregulations would serve a specificcountry, nations, people, race, region, specific era or regime. The underlyingreasons are the shortcomings in the national system itself, as it isnot gearedfor the international community in the first place, or for the humanity atlarge.Islam, on the other hand, is a comprehensivereligion. It is meant to serve all types of international communities. Islam ismeant for all races and classes of people. Mohammed,the Messenger of Allah(subhanahu wa ta'ala), received the Divine message to address theneeds of theentire humanity, and not Arabs in the Arabian Peninsula only.Therefore,Mohammed's relationships with all types of peoples and systems thatsurroundedhim was amicable. His faith had a great result in absorbing their hatredandanimosity at the time. All parties appreciated the truthfulness, the frankness,thedecency and the honesty in the method of treatment of Mohammed (peace andblessingsof Allah be upon him). Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allahbe upon him) wasremote from any type of hypocrisy, falsehood and two-facedness.Mohammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was truthful in establishingjustice, even against hisclosest kin or closest friend. Mohammed (peace andblessings of Allah be upon him),wholeheartedly, hated all types of oppressionand injustices. In fact, Mohammed (peaceand blessings of Allah be upon him) wasextremely successful in obtaining the respect andreverence even from his justand impartial enemies, masses and intellectuals. Mohammed(peace and blessingsof Allah be upon him) aimed to serve the entire human race with hismoral,social, spiritual and economic systems. His mission was not oriented to serveaspecific category or group of people. Mohammed (peace and blessings of Allah beuponhim) founded the ideal human society, which maintained best of fraternalties, friendlyrelationships and peace with their enemies. Allah, the Almighty,states in the GloriousQuran, Sura al-Momtahina [The Tried One] 60:9, whichreads as follows:
“ Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fightyou for (your) Faith, and drive you out, of  your homes, and support (others) indriving you out, from turning to them (for  friendship and protection). It issuch as turn to them (in these circumstances) that dowrong” 
.As such, Islam is a universal, comprehensive, Divine, humanand natural faith and way of life. Islam is meant for every soul. Allah(subhanahu wa ta'ala) degraded such blindfollowers, as Allah, the Almighty,states in the Glorious Quran, Sura al-Zukhruf 43:22,which reads asfollows:
“ Nay! They say: We found our fathers following acertainreligion, and we do guide ourselves by their footsteps” 
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