Whenever one wishes to speak about Islam as a religion of peace, the question naturally springs to mind that whereas there are so many religions in the world such as Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc., when it comes to finding out whether Islam is a religion of peace, why should Islam be the odd one out? One reason for this is that a few years after the beginning of Islam, anti-Islamic powers began a propaganda that Islam is a religion of extremism and violence and wants to compel others into belief by means of the sword. This, of course, is incorrect. In the beginning, the Muslims of Makkah suffered persecution but they remained silent. Finally, they migrated to Madinah but there too the disbelievers hounded the Muslims and forced upon them a battle to which I will revert later. The proof against those opponents who allege that Islam was spread by the sword is that although the disbelievers of Makkah raised all sorts of objections, yet history stands witness to the fact that the people of Makkah themselves never complained that theMuslims had used the sword against the disbelievers to compel them to change their faith.
Secondly, what has given Islam a bad name is an ugly and awful image of extremism presented, whether knowingly or unwittingly, by some Muslim groups and organizations , and these groupsunfortunately had personal vested interests. In order to see a religion’s beauties or its defects, justice requires that you should make its teachings or its holy scriptur the anvil by which to judge it, otherwise everyone would accuse every other faith willy-nilly.
A n y h o w, let us first see what the Holy Qur’an commands to do in order to establish peace. God Almighty says in the Holy Qur’ a n :
Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind.(Al Maidah, Ch.5: v. 33)
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