What Islam Says About Peace

The terms Islamist, terrorist, Muslim Extremist are synonymous with violence, murder, kidnapping, bombings etc. Basically everything associated with Islamic or Muslim movements worldwide is negatively labelled. If Islam is such a violent and inhumane  religion so should the teachings be, inhumane and violent.

Violence and Terrorism are most often related to Muslims, when the rebels in East Ukraine shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane MH 17 they were not referred to as terrorists. Basically they are called rebels and not terrorists, it seems like there is an understanding an unwritten law in English literature that when a Muslim does bad “relate everything to Islam and call him a terrorist”.

let us look into Islam and see where does it tell its believers, or followers worshipper etc. to kill, maim, kidnap, bomb etc. The Quran which Muslims believe is from God says:

and fight in the way of God those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. truly, God likes not the transgressors.”

Quran 2:190

and fight them until there is no more persecution and worship is for God(alone). but if they cease, let there be no hostility except against the wrongdoers”

Quran 2:193

A companion of Muhammad said:

“Mustafa as-siba’i,  said: (the history of the prophet – peace be upon him – in the wars is the most clear-cut proof for the noble aim behind the wars and battles of the prophet who did not announce the war except after the torture and persecution faced by them, and after exiling them from their homelands; therefore, the battle of Badr and the following ones came for the purpose of achieving the religious liberty and attaining the security & stability in the Arabian peninsula. this sought peace was violated by the Arab pagans who changed the lands of Mecca into fields for slaughtering the believers, torturing them, exiling them from their land and confiscating their properties)”

It can be clearly seen here, fighting is for opression and persecution. And God says “do not transgress (commit offence)”. These verses and narration are about the reasons for fighting, not the ethics or rules of engagement involved.

Let us see what Islam has to say about the ethics involved:

Muhammad Said:”You will pass by people who dedicated their time for hermitages, don’t bother them.

1. dedication and neutrality concerning the actual objectives of the war and leave any thing related to the hatred, treachery, revenge or retaliation.

2- keep the environment and avoid spoiling the land such as burning trees and killing the animals except when necessary.

3- not confronting the non-warriors such as the women, children and the old people.

4- religious forgiveness, respecting the sacred places of the others, not killing the priests or ministers unless they fight muslims or support fighting the muslims and avoid their churches and worship places.

In another narration:

“He who kills a promiser (a non-muslim living among muslims where he is promised to have protection, and he promises not to help enemies against muslims, hence, he is called ‘a promiser’), will not smell the fragrance of paradise, though its fragrance is recognisable from a distance of forty years.” narrated by al bukhari

No killing is allowed of non-combatants, and it seems that killing a non-Mulims that have been promised protection is a big sin. If indeed a part or organization follows the rules of engagement from the Quran and Muhammad they will not be kidnapping bombing and doing anything against the teachings of Islam.

If they go against Muhammad or the Quran then they are rejecting either one or both at sources at once, would a true Muslim go against God Himself? Would a true Muslim kill civilians, and kidnap girls from schools?

And We have certainly revealed to you verses [which are] clear proofs, and no one would deny them except the defiantly disobedient.

Quran 2:99

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[2]Shots of the Prophet’s Mercy-1, 22 April 2012,Retrieved from http://rasoulallah.net/index.php/en/articles/article/14679, 22 July 2014