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What Is Wrong With Pro-Islamophobic Media And Elements Declaring Islam To Be A Terrorist Religion?

Without A Doubt, Islam Is A Very Humanitarian And Tolerant Religion

Main Points:

1.    Violence and Islam are like fire and water.

2.    The right of human life to be treated with respect and dignity, as well as to live in peace and contentment, has been prioritised in all of the world's religions and faiths.

3.    Islam and Muslims are accused of attempting to propagate Islam throughout the universe by terrorism and coercion, despite the fact that the Qur'an explicitly prohibits this.

4.    Certain radicals are committing acts of terrorism in the name of Islam and it is our job to continue spreading the Islamic message, which emphasises the significance of promoting peace.

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By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam

27 November 2021

 

(Photo courtesy: Media Diversity Institute)

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Today, some pro-Islamophobia media and elements make a ruthless endeavour to prove that Islam teaches hatred, promotes human disdain, and is tied to terrorism. Violence and Islam, on the other hand, are like fire and water. Islam cannot exist where there is bloodshed. Similarly, there can be no shadow of violence when Islam exists. Islam is a source of peace and harmony, as well as a faith that fosters human love and goodwill, as Allah states:

“O you who have believed, enter into peace [Silm/Islam] completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (2:208)

“And cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation. And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good.” (7:56)

The right of human life to be treated with respect and dignity, as well as to live in peace and contentment, has been prioritised in all of the world's religions and faiths. Allah be praised! In this regard, Islam holds the highest position. Allah Almighty says, “And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.” (6:151)

Thanks to these clear Islamic teachings, the world witnessed an extraordinary scene of human life protection. The awful episodes of horrific human life, terror, and bloodshed throughout the great empires of the world disappeared after the arrival of Islam. Because of Islamic teachings, humanity was saved in a relatively short period of time. Human respect, peace, and security spread throughout the world and a murderous nation like Arabia was shaped into the mould of civilization and nobility. This reality is spelled forth in the Holy Qur'an as follows:

“And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.” (3:103)

Sadly Today, there are attempts on all sides to disparage Islamic ideals. Islam has always rejected violence and terrorism and advocated for peace and security. Terrorism and persecution are prohibited in Islam. According to Islamic teachings, persecution can be retaliated against, but if the oppressed commits a transgression, he will join the oppressor's ranks. The divine command is as follows: “...Allah does not like transgressors” (2:190)

The position of Islam on terrorism and violence is unequivocal: Islam opposes unjust killing, as stated in the Holy Qur'an:

“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” (5:32)

“Associating partners with Allah or killing someone [unjustly] and disrespecting one's parents are among the worst sins in Allah's sight,” the Holy Prophet is purported to have remarked. (Bukhari)

Today, Islam and Muslims are accused of attempting to propagate Islam throughout the universe by terrorism and coercion, despite the fact that the Qur'an explicitly prohibits this.

“There is no compulsion in the religion; the straight path has been diverted from the wrong path” (2:256)

Similarly, Allah Almighty forbids believers from insulting people of other faiths, saying, “And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.”

In terms of religious beliefs and dissemination, Islam is exceedingly humanitarian and tolerant. It forbids anyone from imposing or forcing something on someone else. If someone conducts terrorism or violence in the name of Islam, he is not a Muslim, but a man who has departed from the path of Islam, and this act would be the most heinous exploitation of Islamic Shariah.

 

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Torture and violence are not tolerated in Islam. Islam not only necessitates the abolition of violence to handle any internal issues within the Muslim community, but it also teaches good morals to individuals of all religions living in a region or territory on a global or greater scale, as Allah says:

“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (60:8)

Speaking out against injustice and telling the truth in front of oppressors is emphasised in the Islamic religion, and it is regarded a vital trait of a sincere believer. While Islam has affirmed the sanctity of human life, it has also stated that those who sow dissension and corruption, as well as those who shed human blood, will not be pardoned.

Tensions in society are unsuitable for Islam, which seeks to stop all types of confrontations and squabbles and to foster chances for friendship and collaboration among individuals in a peaceful atmosphere, as Allah Almighty states.

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.” (3:103)

All of these magnificent teachings were revealed so that God's servants may never cease working to fulfil their mission and the goal of the universe's creation, by doing good acts in this world with sincerity and piety, and thus be deserving of Allah Almighty's pleasant tidings.

“And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance - there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (2:38)

The bottom line is that Islamic history, traditions, and temperament all testify to the fact that it has never tolerated terrorism or violence, and that the vast change it has wrought in the globe has been based on its high values, which may be described as a just and peaceful revolution. It is acknowledged that certain radicals are committing acts of terrorism in the name of Islam. As a result, it is our job to continue spreading the Islamic message, which emphasises the significance of promoting peace.

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