ISLAM IS PEACE AND MERCY
Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuh, (may the peace, mercy and blessings of Allaah be upon you) is the first statement of Muslims whenever they meet.
The Qur’an is the last divine revelation and the universal message to all mankind. The noble Qur’an has a dominant role in the daily lives of Muslims. Social relations, being an important part of life, have naturally received their due place in the Islamic code of guidance which is based on the noble Qur’an, the Hadith and the prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) illustrious role model. In today’s pluralistic, multi-faith society, these Islamic teachings have assumed greater meaning and relevance.
Islamic teachings emphasize kind treatment towards one’s neighbours, be they Muslim or non-Muslim. It is known that good neighbourliness is the key to firm social bonding. The prophet [peace be upon him] repeatedly asked Muslims to behave as model neighbours. His observation is as follows:“One who believes in Allaah and the next life should not hurt his neighbour.”
A Muslim’s life is governed and characterized by his love for and obedience to Allaah and to His Messengers.
The teachings of Islam severely prohibit all forms of terrorism; they rather call for peace, mercy, and forgiveness.
Islam saves lives and prohibits all types of suicide. Allaah says in the Qur’an:“Do not kill (or destroy) yourselves, verily Allaah has been to you the most merciful”(Qur’an 4:29)
Allaah has praised the believers for their sympathy towards the needy:“and they give food, in spite of love for it, to the needy, the orphan and the captive, saying (in their hearts)” we feed you only for the sake of Allaah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude”Qur’an 76:8-9)
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a mercy to all the worlds. Allaah says in the Qur’an:“And We have not sent you (O Muhammad), except as a mercy to the worlds.”(Qur’an 21:107)
As a part of a Muslim’s religious obligations, he is duty-bound to be just, kind and sympathetic to all living beings. Throughout history, Muslims have adhered to these teachings of Islam. Religious minorities have flourished in Muslimlands.
Non-Muslims have enjoyed equal opportunities in Islamic states and professed and practiced their respective faiths. Today, while the public scene in the world is emotionally surcharged and malicious propaganda is strong, projecting Islam as intolerant and exclusivist, there is a greater need for publicizing and observing the noble teachings of Islam concerning the maintenance of cordial social relations with
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