Islam and Peace

The truth is that terrorism is the result of intellectual unawareness. This is what makes terrorists resort to violence. They are fired by the mistaken belief that in this way they can realize their false hopes. Terrorism can be brought to an end solely through intellectual awareness, based on religion and spirituality. The ideology of peace based on secularism has already been tried and it has failed. It is from religion that we should draw our ideology of peace. Jesus Christ says in this regard:

Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. (LUKE 20: 25)

This is not simply a Christian formula of peace. Rather, it is a common formula, recognized by almost all the religions in one form or another. The Prophet of Islam has expressed the same principle in these words.

Render what is due to the rulers and ask for your dues from God. (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Similar is the case with other religions. Hinduism preaches nishkam karma or selfless service. Jewish scriptures say: “Blame thyself.” According to Jainism and Buddhism, ahimsa or non-violence is the greatest virtue. The essence of all these teachings is the nonconfrontational or non-political approach.

Non-political activism is only another name for non-violent activism. Political activism generates hate and violence while non-political activism brings about peace and brotherhood.

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