Essay On World Peace

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Both Islam and Christianity promote the concept of peace within religious communities and throughout the world. The sacred texts of these religious traditions provide the principal teachings on peace and acts as an incentive towards the contribution of each religion to world peace. As a response to the issue of world peace, both Islam and Christianity are contributing to a significant process towards world peace at a number of different levels through initiatives, organisations, public statements by influential figures and interfaith dialogue.
Islam emphasises peace as a fundamental value and views peace as something that can only be found in submission to the will of God. Adherents must consistently strive to live in submission to the will of God by living a ‘rightful and lawful’ life, ‘O you who believe! Come, all of you, into submission and follow not the footsteps of the devil.’ (Quran 2:208). Peace in Islam does not just mean the absence of war, but extends to the absences of oppression and tyranny. The concept of jihad is often a misinterpreted idea of Islam in relation to war. Jihad refers to any challenge that an adherent may face in the course of submitting their life to Allah.
There are many Islamic Initiatives that are motivated by the need to correct the misconception that Islam is a violent religion and promote peace and cooperation between Muslims and non-Muslims. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an institution devoted to the nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad. USIP provided financial support to an initiative, the Alexandria Process, which brings together senior Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders to work together for peace in the Holy Land and to continue interf...

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...ditions for peace, disarmament, moral and cultural values, economic rights, political rights and the call to solidarity. Pope John XXIII had a world-wide influence on the process for world peace and has developed the cooperation and dialogue between nations through the establishment of ‘Pacem in Terris’.
Both Islam and Christianity place great emphasis on the value of peace within religious communities and throughout the world. The sacred texts and principal teachings inform adherents of the concept of peace and have an effect on the ways which these religious traditions contribute to peace. They have responded to the issue of world peace through initiatives, organisations, and public statements with the purpose of achieving the common goal for adherents, particularly those ‘caught up in war’, ‘to live in peace… safe, secure with the prospects of a better future’.
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