By Amitabh Pal
Islam capacity Peace: knowing the Muslim precept of Nonviolence this present day offers a rebuttal to basic misperceptions in regards to the faith via documenting its wealthy culture of nonviolence. as a result, the e-book examines the resources of Islam—the Qur'an, the most spiritual textual content of Islam, and the Hadith, the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It contests the wide-spread suggestion that Islam is outfitted on violence partly via illuminating the function of the tolerant, mystical culture of Sufism in Islam, whereas even as analyzing the misunderstood position of jihad within the faith. The ebook isn't really, even if, a ancient or theological treatise. really, it specializes in the culture of nonviolence in glossy Muslim societies. by way of spotlighting fresh peaceable protest hobbies in Muslim groups, the publication underscores the really worldwide and multicultural nature of the Islamic culture of nonviolence. The findings the following might be precious for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, revealing another culture either can embody.
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Extra resources for Islam Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today
This is alleviation from your Lord and a mercy” (2:278). The Qur’an exhorts Muhammad not to exert pressure in the realm of religion: “Therefore do remind, for you are only a reminder. You are not a watcher over them” (88:22). Another verse exhorts him to be gentle in his dealings with others: “That it is due to mercy from God that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard-hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you” (3:159): O you who believe! Be upright for God, bearers of witness with justice, and let not hatred of a people incite you to act unjustly; act justly, which is nearer to piety, and be careful of (your duty to God); surely God is aware of what you do.
If God had not warded off some people by means of others, then monasteries and churches and synagogues and mosques in which the name of God is often cited would have been destroyed. God most certainly helps those who help him. God is strong, mighty. (22:39–40) The most interesting thing about this verse is the length to which it goes to justify fighting, which clearly reflects deeply mixed feelings about the violent path. “It certainly does not support the classic view that Islam has been an extremely aggressive and militant religious expression almost from the outset,” writes Firestone.
Here he relied on his spiritual inspiration in the Qur’an to deal with the aggression and confrontation. And when Muhammad finally did take action in response to the oppression, it was with the nonviolent act of emigration (hijrah), an act held in reverence by Muslims. Although there was a change in emphasis after the emigration to Medina because of the exigencies of circumstances, it can still be said that Muhammad was an essentially nonviolent person who most often applied skillful diplomacy rather than force to win over enemies.
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