Peace; a word manipulated and misused too commonly when conversing. The term peace, referring to a happy and harmonious nature, whether within ones self or extending to the greater world, recognises a sense of contentment. Islam, in its entirety, is a peaceful and harmless religion. A Muslims aim is to firstly achieve inner piece, resulting in true ‘Islam’ or total submission to Allah (Sura 5:15-16). Finding and creating this inner piece effects the relationships the individuals has with not only family, but beyond that community and eventually society. The ricocheting effect this will have upon a society leads to world peace, along with breaking down racial barriers; there should be no room for war. However, Ulysses S. Grant’s statement is unfortunately reflective of the Islam. The words of Prophet Muhammad, as clearly stated In the Qur’an say that war should be a last resort. As stated “Permission (to fight)…to those who are being persecuted”. In saying that though, Muhammad never wished disharmony on any Muslim: “Whoever harms a non- Muslim, I am his foe. Whoever is my foe, I shall deal with him on the Day of Judgment.” The frequent reiteration of the phrase ‘Peace be upon you’ is in actual fact an external manifestation of the desire for peace within Islam.
The only time it is ok for a Muslim to use any sort of violence or aggression is in self-defense. Justice is also of high importance when considering a Muslim’s faith. Allowing aggressors and unjust people to be punished accordingly, unless they repent before they are brought to justice. In saying that, Islam encourages forgiveness, “But if they cease (fighting you), Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” “To ensure that we always apply justice…” this is reflecting the need for inner sanctuary. If something is unjust, it will be fixed, and if by means of violence or war as a solution, so be it. The Qur’an also mentions that a Muslim should “respond to punishment with the same punishment” yet then...
...Christianity and Islam have similar teachings on peace and it is evident that there is a strong relationship between these fundamental teachings and the ways in which the religious traditions and their organizations actively strive towards world peace. World peace is understood in both faiths, not just as an absence of violence and conflict, but also as an overall sense of wellbeing and social cohesion. Inner peace is essential in achieving world peace, and must be attained in order to work towards peace at a higher level.
Christianity teaches that peace is Christ’s parting gift and a concept that begins with Him, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you” (John 14:27). The Catholic peace movement “Pax Christi” stands for the ‘peace of Christ’ and has launched a policy for a culture of peace and non-violence. “Pax Christi” uses the teaching of the peace of Christ to guide them, calling adherents to state that they are recognizing their responsibility to “respect life…practice active non-violence [and] defend freedom” (Pax Christi International Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Non Violence 1999) in order to contribute to the achievement of world peace.
Islam teaches that peace can only be attained through the submission to Allah’s will....
...PART 1: EXTENDED RESPONSE ISLAM
Islam is the last of the major monotheistic traditions to emerge in history. Today, it is the second largest religion on Earth, numbering over a billion adherents. Islam being a highly popular religion in the world; beliefs, ethics, sacred texts & writings, rituals and ceremonies and its contribution to individuals need to be discussed to comprehend and understand the religion. Like all religions, Islam is based on belief with the purpose of requiring faith and trust, which Muslims, the adherents of Islam, have in their almighty God, Allah. The term Islam, frequently translated as ‘submission’ reflects the decision of a Muslim to abide in mind and body by the spirit of God. In this sense, beliefs and practice are impossible to separate; faith and practice are intertwined as one.
The belief system of a religion is the most important characteristic it shall uphold. The base of Islamic beliefs is the revelations the prophet Muhammad received from God, these revelations collectively, are known as the Qur’an. The Islamic Aqida, the creed, contains six key articles of beliefs as revealed by Allah: the belief in Allah as the one and only God, the belief in the holy books, belief in the Prophets, belief in angels, belief in the Day of Judgement; The day when the life of every human being will be assessed to decide whether they go to heaven or hell, and lastly the belief in...
ReligionPeace and Islam
Islam as a Religion of Peace
Islam has taken a lot of flak in recent years, though not, that is to say, without any sort of reason. It is an unavoidable fact that the organization that attacked the United States on September 11th, 2001 was indeed an Islamic organization. As most Americans are not prepared to go to their local library to learn about their enemies, it is logical that many people may have been led to believe some untrue assertions about the Muslim religion as a whole. The extreme polarization of religion in America has done nothing to help the issue, either. While such fear and ignorance may be understandable from a purely objective point of view, every stride should be taken to properly educate mainstream Americans as to the true nature of Islam.
To the mainstream American, Islam is a frightening concept. The religion has a much smaller following in the United States, and there is a high chance that an average person may not know any Muslims. As such, the religion becomes a far-off, foreign concept to them, more frightening than it is inviting. They are shown pictures of the World Trade Center collapsing, read news about massive protests over simple cartoon drawings, and told stories of the horrific treatment of women in these distant “middle eastern” lands. The massive cluster of these...
...RELIGION AND PEACE: Islam
-The sacred texts of Islam, the Qur’an and the way of the Prophet Muhammad (sunna) as found in the hadith, are fundamental to Islam.
-Qur'an is the fundamental text for all Muslims
-It contains the revelation of Allah, complete and unaltered as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad
-Qur'an is organised into 114 Surahs or chapters
-Hadith refers to the collection of traditions of the words and deeds of Muhammad
-The Qur'an sets out clear paths for Muslims to follow in their desire to submit to Allah
-The Qur'an refers to Islam as 'the path of peace' → importance of reconciliation; Allah is disturbed by violence.
-Sharah Law: 'path to the watering hole' -guidance. Refers to the 5 basic human rights: freedom of mind, speech and thought; freedom to own property; freedom to reproduce; right to life; right to lead a physically and emotionally healthy life
-The mission of the Prophet Muhammad is one of peace and mercy to humankind. (21:107)
-The tradition of the Prophet Muhammad affirms "Allah grants to ifq (gentleness) what he does not grant to unf (violence)” (Hadith4/255) referring to the idea that 'reconciliation is the best' (4:128) and those who are gentle will be rewarded.
-"As-Salamu-Alaykum" -Peace be with you.
-"Dar a' Salaam" -house of peace → Society
Principal teachings about peace in Islam
...has been known that all religions have their differences and this can often lead to some conflict. However, throughout my speech three religion’s views on peace will be investigated and then eventually a solution will be found to living peacefully together. Christians, Buddhists and Muslims all have different ways to achieving peace both internally and externally and it is interesting to see many of the similarities and compare them. However, we have already reached our first differentiation between the religions; their view on what peace is and the source of it. Peace is a fundamental aspect of all the religions and firstly Christians would not be able to follow the 10 Commandments if peace was not portrayed through their actions. To love your neighbor as you love yourself requires you to love everyone and through respect and dignity this can be done. The source of peace in Christianity is Jesus himself as he bought peace to the world as he walked it. Jesus is the peacemaker. Buddhism refers to peace as enlightenment, and the Buddha (a human prince) is the first man to reach enlightenment. Because Buddhism is about this occurrence it is often referred to as the religion of peace. Buddhists believe the source of peace is within everyone and that the Buddha’s teachings and ways...
...ISLAM: A RELIGION OF PEACE AND TOLERANCE
The thesis of my article is based on Iqbal’s statement that “Islam is essentially a religion of peace’’ He categorically rejected the objection forwarded by Western critics that Islam is a militant religion, and that it was spread on the point of sword. Iqbal said, “Defensive war is certainly permitted by the Quran; but the doctrine of aggressive war against unbelievers is wholly unauthorized by the Holy Book of Islam.
I have in my article endeavoured to elucidate that Islam is intrinsically a religion of peace, tolerance and universal brotherhood.
Given the inevitable heterogeneity of beliefs, and man’s intense experience of them, the message of the Holy Quran to accept the differences of religion, community and culture is one of toleration of differences: “And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed.” (Chap. 1. 120 The Cow). “And even if thou broughtest into those who have received the Scripture all kinds of portents, they would no follow the qiblah, nor canst thou be a follower of their qiblab.” (Chap. 2. 145 the Cow).
Mutual agreement on theological issues may not be possible, it is not even the desired goal, but mutual understanding and respect for other religions is desirable. If God wished, He the Omnipotent, could surely have made every one a...
...Today I will talk about the three main focuses of Islam; I will be addressing Sayyid Qutb, Sexual Ethics and The Hajj
Person – Sayyid Qutb
Sayyid Qutb also known as (Father of Modern Islamic Extremism) is an academic and writer who is said to be one of the most significant thinkers in modern and contemporary Arab Islamic resurgence, born on the 8th of October 1960 and living his life until being executed by hanging on the 29th of August 1966. His main impact on Islam is through his expression of the religion as a universal philosophy, a political and social force with the potential to provide solutions to all societal problems. Qutb believed that returning to a true Islamic state would provide social justice and cure societal malaise as “Islam stands against corruption, oppression and capitalism.” His main beliefs, including the concept of jahiliyyah (a non-Muslim) and his understanding of jihad are expressed through his two main books “The Shade of the Qur’an” and “Milestones”. These books were heavily criticised by many Orthodox Muslims and Salafi scholars, they are widely read. Directly opposing Jahilliyah perceived authorities had been placed in the minds of a new generation of Muslim youth. In this sense it is clear to see that he has had a dramatic effect on the development and expression of Islam. Although many conservative Muslims and Islamic scholars believe he lacked respect for Islamic traditions and wrongly interpreted the Qur’an, many other...
...Task 5 – Religion and Peace
a) Describe the teachings and beliefs of Christianity and Islam about peace for individuals and society
b) Explain the ways in which organisations and individuals within Christianity and Islam make important contributions to peace
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The notion of peace is complex and multi-faceted. Peace is not merely the absence of hostility, violence or war but encompasses a larger concept wherein there are various contributing factors such as healthy interpersonal or international relationships, security in matters of social or economic welfare and equality and fairness in political relationships. The nature of peace is also tied to concerns of the causes for its absence or loss of which may be social injustice, economic inequality, political and religious radicalism. With so many existing issues, peace is, in reality, more a perpetual goal rather than a prevailing truth. In this sense, religion and peace are fundamentally united.
The role of religious expressions is largely guiding the individual adherent and community to a state of peace. In more ways than one, religion is simply a discipline, an ideology, of peace. Christianity and Islam, two Abrahamic religions, actively promote peace supported by sacred texts....