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August 2002
Volume 15-08 No:188

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Peace and Submission


Peace and Submission

By Shakir Ahmed

In the recent past anything re-lated to ISLAM has been equated with TERRORISM. Any Muslim who has a beard is looked upon as being a terrorist who’s probably got an AK47 stashed somewhere on his person. Muslim women who are veiled can’t go anywhere without being taunted as being oppressed or being mad (for covering up). However, are such beliefs and opinions about Islam really justified? The sincere seeker of the truth is not blinded by prejudice and narrow mindedness. Let us with an open mind find the truth about ISLAM.

What really is ISLAM? The Arabic word ISLAM is derived from two root words “SALM” and “SILM” The word SALM means PEACE and SILM means SUBMISSION. So ISLAM means the attainment of PEACE by the SUBMISSION of one’s will to the CREATOR. Thus a Muslim is the one who is at peace by submitting his/her will to the CREATOR. A Muslim is not only at PEACE with the CREATOR but also with the CREATION. ISLAM is not a new religion founded by the Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh) 1400 years ago, but it is the same message preached by all Prophets from Adam to Jesus (Peace be upon them all). And the message was to call mankind towards the worship of the CREATOR and forbid mankind from the worship of the CREATION. Then how is that ISLAM promotes TERROR which is exactly opposite to PEACE? In order to judge ISLAM one has to go to the source of ISLAM and not to the people who claim to be MUSLIMS. There may be good Muslims and also bad Muslims. Just because any Christian or Hindu is bad one cannot declare Christianity or Hinduism to be bad. So also with ISLAM. The sources of ISLAM are the QURAN and the teachings of the PROPHET. The QURAN declares in Chapter 4 verse 1 (4:1) that the whole mankind is a single brotherhood.

O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul... [Quran 4:1] Does ISLAM preach the killing of innocent people? Let us see what the Qur’an says about this.

“Whoever kills a person, except as a punishment for murder or mischief in the land, it will be written in his book of deeds as if he had killed all the human beings on the surface of the Earth and whoever will save a life shall be regarded as if he gave life to all the human beings on the surface of the Earth”. [Qur’an 5:32]

The Prophet(pbuh) has said : “(Among the three most hated persons with Allah) is the one who seeks to shed somebody’s blood without any right” [Sahih Bukhari]

Is ISLAM intolerant towards the other Religions? It is mentioned in the Qur’an....Revile not (Insult not) those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance.[Quran 6:108]

One of the most misunderstood terms regarding ISLAM is JIHAD? What is JIHAD? The arabic word JIHAD means to STRIVE or STRUGGLE.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “The best jihad is (by) the one who strives against his own self for Allah, The Mighty and Majestic”. Thus a Muslim is required to to do Jihad (control and fight against one’s desires).

And the Qur’an tells to do Jihad ... Let us see How? So obey not the disbelievers, but make a great jihad (effort) against them (by preaching) with it (the Qur’an). [Qur’an 25:52]

One of the close companions of the Prophet(pbuh) Abu Bakr says: “See that you avoid treachery. Depart not in any wise from the right. Do not mutilate any one. You should not kill children, women or old men. Do not injure the date palm; do not burn it. Do not cut down any tree wherein there is food for men and beasts. Do not slay the flocks of herds of camels save for needful sustenance. Do not molest the monks in the churches, and leave them to themselves.” These are the teachings of ISLAM. Anyone who claims to be a Muslim, no matter who he is , should adhere to these teachings: If not, then he does not have anything to do with ISLAM.

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