Islam's Holy Book says a lot of things about peace. I think if the believers of Islam makes their duties %100 according to Quran. Muslim World would be the most peaceful place in earth. You should consider THE BOOK if you want to have a perspective on the religions. Not the people who says 'I'm Muslim' . I think Arabic customs are bad and they are making the Islam known as a terrible religion.
Islam is definitely a religion of peace. No religion of God is evil. We must learn to separate the actions of the imperfect Muslim from the perfect teachings and ethical principles of Islam. Mankind will never be perfect, after all, to err is human. We must not allow the barbarians that terrorise and commit acts inhumane acts of murder and hatred to become an example of Islam. These people use the name of Islam in order to justify their own egotistic and evil goals. The truth is that Islam implores violence and only allows it as an absolute last resort , in self-defence. Islam states that when all other options have been exhausted and the only option is war; one must follow these laws:
in a disciplined way
Do not harm non-combatants
Use minimum necessary force
Fight without anger
Show humane treatment towards prisoners of war
Do not kill prisoners of war
Do not kill women or children
Do not harm crops or trees
Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path.
You must not mutilate dead bodies.
Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy's flock, save for your food.
You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.
If any of the parties propose peace, you most cease fighting immediately.
There are many more laws that must be followed. Also, here is a quranic verse on justice:
"O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do." [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 135]
Islam states that there is no compulsion in religion and promises absolute freedom. God has given us free will. Therefore, this negates the argument that 'Islam commands to kill disbelievers.' Misquoted and interpreted verses are taken out of context to serve the so-called 'extremist's' immoral aims.
Here are some of the aforementioned verses with context:
[4:101] "... For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies."
Original verse in context
[4:101] When you travel, during war, you commit no error by shortening your Contact Prayers (Salat), if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. Surely, the disbelievers are your ardent enemies.
If peace means that you must not fight the oppressors and evil people then certainly Islam is NOT the religion of peace. However if peace that your neighbors have a right over you, that you should feed and cloth your servants what you eat and wear, that you should forgive those who oppressed you (individually), That you love and obey and respect your parents and so much more as ordered by our beloved Phophet (peace be upon him) then YES Islam is the religion of peace. Our Prophet has given us an acid test of character to measure who has the best character, he said that the best in character are those who are best to their family (i.E. Wife).
If one would like to judge Islam. One must not look at the turmoil in the middle-east that is totally political and nothing to do with religion. To know Islam read its scriptures i.E. Quran and Hadith. And to know the perfect Muslim read about the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). Rest of the current world situation regarding Islamic countries (cannot call them Islamic as they are following democracy), Muslims.... Everything is political!
It gives each and every person each and every right and no other religion gives rights equally to others. It doesn't permit violence against unbelievers or believers. In Arabic, the word Islam derives from the root word 'salama' which means to be at peace. A Muslim is a person who surrenders, submits and obeys the laws of God. In a Muslim kingdom, citizens are allowed to enjoy both private and public rights. Among the private rights, the most important is the right to safety which according to Islamic law is guaranteed to all inhabitants irrespective of race and religion.
you can find answer in The Holy Quran.... And the treaty of the Jewish, Christians, non-Muslims Arabs with the Prophet Muhammad ( May peace and blessing be upon him.) not more than 600 years back when the othman empire of turkey took İstanbul, the leave all the people o leave peace with changing there religion.... those are showing us that İslam is a religion of peace.....
Muhammad has been ordered by Allah to fight men until they testify that there is no Gd but Allah and he is His messenger. But, Islam also teaches about tolerance, "There is no compulsion in religion."(2:256). So, Islam let everybody choose to enter Islam or not.
If the kafirs fight Moslems, Moslems will fight back.
read Quran majeed and get your answers.
and there is no religion the world which teach you lesson violence. all religions are good but the followers ave different characteristics i.e, some are good and some are bad, there are also some great people who are Muslims but i dont know why people are observing Islam in negative sense.
Lots of people think that Islam is all about terrorism, but the real fact that Islam's first enemies are terrorists. But why do Muslims do "Jihad"(go to war)? That's not peaceful! Actually that's what makes the world peaceful. Like the German Foreign Minister said; no peace without war.
This holds true for EVERY religion, but some are more politicized than others. Christianity is nowadays a largely beneficent religion, but in medieval ages, for example, it was just mayhem and horribleness, crusaders violently slaughtering innocent civilians that were *on their side* and other such atrocities. And have you ever even just *skimmed* through the Old Testament?
Islam has always had a more military history compared to other religions because it began with a culture that believed in using jihad as violence and/or war for the greater good. Many governments, especially modern ones, have taken on this interpretation to create havoc. Really they're just using a negative perspective on the teachings of Islam to excuse cruel, anti-peace, exploitative and inhumane political actions, same as many Christian nations did long ago.
However, what does jihad really mean? To most who do not take the religious texts literally word for word, jihad is actually the struggle against sin and unbelievers, but it is largely spiritual and it is the same struggle that everyone with debatable views who seeks to persuade others of their values has and takes pride in. Expressing this struggle violently is a politicized choice by people who abuse religion, in any religion, and Islam is no exception, nor is Judaism or Christianity.
2:19: ‘Kill them wherever you encounter them.‘
4:95: ‘Allah has granted a grade higher to those who tight with their possessions and bodies compared to those who sit at home.‘
5:33: ... Punished by death, crucifixion or the amputation of an alternate hand and toot‘
8:12; Strike terror into the hearts of the disbelievers. Cut off their heads and
cut off all their fingers.'
9:29: ‘Fight Christians and Jews who do not believe in Allah until they submit..'
9:123: ‘Fight the disbelievers near you and let them find hardness in you.’
9:5; '...Then kill them wherever you find them. And take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait
to them in every ambush‘
41:35: ‘So do not lose heart and cry out for peace.'
47:4; 'When you meet the disbelievers. Strike them in the neck
48:29: ‘Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Those who follow him are harsh towards the disbelievers and compassionate towards each other’
Does it sound peaceful to anyone?
10. "Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great."
7. "Such of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the prescribed period, if ye have any doubts, is three months, and for those who have no courses (it is the same): for those who carry (life within their wombs), their period is until they deliver their burdens: and for those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy."
2. "Allah enjoins you concerning your children: The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females; then if they are more than two females, they shall have two-thirds of what the deceased has left, and if there is one, she shall have the half; and as for his parents, each of them shall have the sixth of what he has left if he has a child, but if he has no child and (only) his two parents inherit him, then his mother shall have the third; but if he has brothers, then his mother shall have the sixth after (the payment of) a bequest he may have bequeathed or a debt; your parents and your children, you know not which of them is the nearer to you in usefulness; this is an ordinance from Allah: Surely Allah is Knowing, Wise."
Qur'an (24:31) Women are to lower their gaze around men, so they do not look them in the eye. (To be fair, men are told to do the same thing in the prior verse).
Qur'an (4:24) and Qur'an (33:50) -A man is permitted to take women as sex slaves outside of marriage. Note that the verse distinguishes wives from captives (those whom they right hand possesses).
Islam does not mean peace as some Muslims would want us to believe. It actually means submission.
The problem with this religion is that the Quran has many surahs (verses) ordering intolerance and even persecution to the unbelievers. There are some surahs it is true which are more tolerant than others, but these were practised in times where Muhammad was hoping to rally all unbelievers to his cause. However, after the attack on his new religion or movement, he changed, I meant, Allah changed his mind and ordered the muslims to convert these infidels by force if necessary or their executions.
"And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. " Quran Al Baqarah verse 191.
""Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. ... lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way ..." (9:5)"
"Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. ... lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way ..." (9:5)"
"Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme" (8:39)
"Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given ... and do not embrace the true Faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (9:29)
However to answer those who tend to generalize Islam to all other religions, nowadays, they are surely are more peaceful than Islam. After all Jesus himself said "Forgive your enemies, love them, bless them pray for them"
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What other religious texts directly and specifically promotes such hatred towards all of today's other religions and those who turn fron Islam? Islam is the only one. Islamic texts state that Jews and Christians "are the worst of creatures" for goodness sake! No suprise when jewschristainshindus are slaughtered by Muslims.
One side of the argument only uses verses that show that it is violent, while the other side only uses verses that mention peace. Not all muslims are violent people, but the religion itself contradicts itself, therefore making it invalid in my opinion. I would provide evidence to back myself up here, but just look above and you will see. Also im too lazy to post my reasearch here
ISIS uses learned interpretations of the Koran, and thus is not a distorted, but literal view of the Koranic text. After all, Muhammad was a warrior that killed many people and raped a 9 year old girl. They are simply following the life of the prophet, and thus they are Islamic.
We always hear from Muslims that, A true Muslim wouldn't do this or that. If that is true, I haven't seen a true Muslim in my life. Among the followers of all the religions in the world, only Muslims have a majority who don't understand that all religions are man-made, they have nothing to do with God. Why would God need a messenger if he wants to communicate with us. He/She may write the message in the sky or directly send the message to everyone's brain in their own language. Sending messages through the prophets never worked as we know. If God punished the sinners instantly instead of sending them to heaven or hell after death there wouldn't be any sinners in the world. The truth is God is something different from as depicted in any religion and ---- He/She never communicated with us and never will.
In order to understand the teachings inside the Quran, one must understand how the Quran operates. Divded into 118 Surras, or chapters, the Quran does in fact have some peaceful verses that might support some Western values such as freedom of religion. However, those handful of peaceful verses are only written in the earliest Surras and, as most muslim scholars agree, be abrogated, or overridden, by the later verses, which are usually filled with violence towards those who do not follow the Islamic faith. So the way the Quran works is that if a Surra have a verse or teaching that contradicts, the teaching of an earlier Surra, then the teaching of the later one will override that of the Earlier Surra, thus, making it invalid. So when a Muslim points out a peaceful verse inside the Quran, it is unfortunately over ridden by verse in later Surras, such as Surra 9-the last Surra (so it's teachings CANNOT be over ridden) in which it has such verses such as "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued ( Surra 9, Verse 29)." To interpret, this verse supports the violent subjugation of non-believers during one of Mohammed's military campaigns, of which he organized 65, lead personally 27.
Islam is not a peaceful religion. Neither are Christianity and Judaism, if you read the Old Testament. Everything is about death and smiting and fire and brimstone and so on. I believe there are many peaceful Muslims out there, just as there are many peaceful Christians and Jews out there, but that is the result of living in a civilized society. The foundations of these religions are not peaceful at all.
I hope that having said it is indeed a religion of peace will be enough to persuade any of the more radical adherents of Islam from threatening to decapitate me for placing a vote expressing an opinion contrary to their religion. There is a reason many cower in fear of publishing even cartoons that may offend the sensibilities of Muslims, and I would like to avoid that fate.