Almighty God says in the Qur'an in chapter no 21 verse number 107 referring to Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him)
“And We have not sent you (Prophet Muhammad [may peace be upon him]) but as a mercy for the whole Universe.”
From this verse we come to know that Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) is not only a mercy for the Muslims but for all that which exists in the universe.
How is it possible that those who call themselves Muslims after having the knowledge of the above verses kill innocent people?
The reason is that Muslims who commit such crimes are unaware about the teachings of Islam. They may be ‘educated’ as far as academics are concerned; they may be doctors, engineers or pilots but if they are ignorant about the teachings of Islam it is very easy to misguide such ‘illiterate’ Muslims.
Such ‘illiterate’ Muslims are programmed by cunning and heartless brutes who misquote and misinterpret the Qur'an and their sole aim is to seize power and wealth for their personal gains. They are able to sell the rubbish to their followers that for their ‘sacrifice’ they will be rewarded after death with even greater pleasures than the ones they were deprived of in this life. They are anointed with the titles of holy warriors and martyrs to give it a gloss of righteousness.
All Scriptures preach righteousness and piety but history is evident that invariably at some time or the other, religion has been used as a tool of oppression for temporal gains of individuals. Although, the authors and perpetrators of the ‘INQUISITION’, (over half a million were tortured to death) were high priests of the church, they could not be the followers of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was undoubtedly the epitome of love and compassion. Similarly, it is inconceivable that the perpetrators of 9/11 and 7/7, or for that matter any other heinous acts of violence could be the followers of - 'Mercy for the whole Universe, Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him)
Almighty God says in the Qur'an in chapter 16 verse number 90
“Almighty GOD commands justice (and to be impartial), and behave kindly, and generously towards fellow-human beings, and He forbids all that is shameful and all that runs counter to reason, as well as envy. He warns you repeatedly so that you may bear all this in mind.”
The verse quoted above invariably forms the concluding part of the Friday sermon in most mosques of the world. How could the adherents of this commandment be even remotely connected to terrorism?
How should we deal with this situation?
Meeting this menace of terrorism with force may work temporarily or to some extent. But when force is used, it also creates conditions for further recruitment of terrorists. The cycle could be endless. The only effective way is to deprive the motivator of the use of his most successful tool - religion.
Imparting religious education to Muslim children in school will help them to become good human beings who will contribute to the society at large.
They will no longer remain ‘illiterate’ about the teachings of Islam and will therefore not be misguided by the misquotations and misinterpretations provided by vested interests. Confronting the terrorist with religion – his most effective tool – will prove decisive in the war against terrorism.
A few examples of the teachings of Islam, which, if followed by all the Muslims (who comprise 1/5th of the world population) will make this earth a better place to live for all of us.
Almighty God says in the Qur'an in chapter no 6 verse number 165
"And He is the One Who has made you trustees in the earth and raised some of you above others in ranks so that He may test you in what He has given you."
If Muslims take this command of God seriously they will take care of the environment, adopt a lifestyle, which will reduce pollution and help in decreasing global warming.
Almighty God says in the Qur'an in chapter no 49 verse number 13
“O humankind! We have created you from a pair of male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you in the sight of God is the one who is the most righteous.”
This verse of the Qur'an makes it very clear that the whole humanity is one single brotherhood.
Almighty God orders in the Qur'an in chapter no 41 verse number 34
“The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil deed) with what is better. Then verily! He, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.”
Almighty God says in the Qur'an in chapter 13 verse number 22
“And those who remain patient, seeking the pleasure of their Lord, perform prayers and spend out of that which We have bestowed on them, secretly and openly, and repel evil with good, for such there is a good end (in the Hereafter).”
Almighty God says in the Qur'an in chapter 3 verse number 134
“Those who spend in prosperity and in adversity, who control their anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves the good-doers.”
Almighty God orders in the Qur'an in chapter 6 verse number 108
“And do not insult those whom they worship besides Allah.”
Muslims are ordered by God not to insult anything or anybody that others worship.
Almighty God orders in the Qur'an in chapter 5 verse number 8
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just; that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.”
Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said, “Cleanliness is half of Faith.”
Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said, “One who cheats is not one of us.”
Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say something good or keep quiet.”
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