Peace in Islam

Islam and Politics

In making an assessment of Islam in relation to politics, one crucial point must be taken into consideration, which is that, politics is only a relative and not the real part of Islam. This difference between a real and a relative feature is that what is essential is relevant in all circumstances and at all times, whereas the relative is required only in relation to particular sets of circumstances. Wherever such circumstances do not exist, relative features lose their relevance and therefore their desirability.

Terrorism in the Name of Islam

In the present time, Muslim fundamentalists are responsible for actions resulting from hatred and marked by violence taking place in the name of Islam. A justification of what they are engaged in is presented in the following couplet by the famous poet Iqbal: To every vein of falsehood every Muslim is like a surgical knife. (Shikwa Jawab-e-Shikwah).

On Islam and Jihad

At the very beginning of the Qur’an, the first invocation reads: “In the name of God, the most Merciful, the most Beneficent.” Throughout the Qur’an, this verse is repeated for no less than 114 times. Even one of God’s names is As-Salam (Peace). Moreover, the Qur’an states that the Prophet Muhammad ‘may peace be upon him’ was sent to the world as a mercy to mankind (21:107).