By a matter of fact, as-Salam, an instinctive attribute of the one and the only true God, Allah, means peace (Ashraf 116). Therefore... ... middle of paper ... ...s and beliefs, Islam appreciates the importance of peace in the society and seeks to promote it through different values. The Holy Qur’an the need for love, compassion, forgiveness, and mercy among other values that enhance social life. Further from these, the religion appreciates the sanctity of life and shuns all activities that may lead to termination of human life. Therefore, war, which leads to many effects like destruction and death, is highly discouraged in Islam.
Sharia is important to Muslims in the sense that it is both universal and egalitarian (Exposito, 1988). Sharia is applicable for all mankind and does not differentiate between ethnicity, as mention earlier. Islamic Sharia concerns with what a Muslim should do and what a Muslim should not to, no matter where that Muslim stand on the social hierarchy.Sharia is also important to Muslims because it stresses the importance of unity. Exposito (1988) Explains it in the following way: “All Muslims, Arab and non-Arab, rich and poor, black and white, caliph or craftsman, male and female, are bound by Islamic law as members of a single, transnational community of brotherhood of believers”. The importance of unity is also an obligation for the Muslims and it prescribed in the Quran (Ali, 2003): “And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah stretches out for you and be not divided among your selves; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace you became brothers and you were on the brink of the Pit of Fire and He saved you from it.
They live in a world full of people with various backgrounds. An umma consciousness ought not to engulf or negate other muslim existential relations in the contemporary world. Islam being the message of “The Lord of the Universe”-allows and urges constructive natural relations between muslims and whomever they come across for whatever legitimate purpose. Through Islam we must make the best of our potential abilities. The identity of the muslim individual, group and umma can be perceived and universally recognized through truthfulness, honesty and helpfulness rather than throu... ... middle of paper ... ...ily, freedom of faith and religion; health , education, political and socio-economic rights.
For Muslims peace is not a single dimensional or specific idea. Peace is to be at rest with one's own wants and desires and to have peace with the world around them. There is a mutual relationship between this inner peace and the peace with the wider world. Muslim’s believe that you cannot be at peace with yourself until you are also at peace with others. It will also not be possible to live at peace with others until there is a sense of peace with yourself.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27) The Islamic perspective is as well about peace and knowledge and true Muslims are peace-loving people. Peace is promoted as Allah (S.W.T) says in the Quran "God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable." (Chapter 60, Verse 8).
Our noble Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa salaam) was indeed a Messenger of Peace and Compassion. The beloved Prophet (SAW) is the perfect creation of Allah and an ideal human for mankind. The religion “Islam” which Holy Prophet (SAW) practiced itself bears the literal meaning ‘PEACE’ and his teachings also established peace at all levels. Prophet (SAW) defined Muslim as the one who offers salaams (blessings of peace) to the other peoples whom they know and also to whom they don’t know. This one statement of the Prophet (SAW) proves that he was the lover of peace and also he carried this message to all mankind of this world.
In the Quran it is said that: "Let there be no compulsion in religion. "(2:256) If someone does not want to believe God and obey his rules, he cannot be forced to do. If even God's rules cannot be imposed by using force, a person can never have the right to impose his own rules by using power. Although all Muslim dictators claim that their state is the most Islamic one, this is evidence that dictatorships are un-Islamic. Dictators know that what they say is not true, but they also know that gaining and staying in power is much easier by hiding their aims under the cover of Islam.
Islam Islam is comprised of three essential beliefs: The belief in God, obeying his moral laws, and believing in the after-life. Submission to God is directly followed by obeying the moral standards of everyday life. The Qur'an makes morality reign supreme and ensures that the affairs of life, instead of dominated by selfish desires, be regulated by norms of morality. These laws are the standard by which God determines the life of the believers, and the disbelievers on the Day of Judgement. The belief in life after death not only guarantees success in the Hereafter but also makes this world full of peace and happiness by making individuals responsible and dutiful in their activities.
From these aspects of faith one can seek justice and morality through God, the one who wills and acts justly. Spiritual morality and justice are filtered from God and should not be questioned. We should take what he gives us and use it responsibly. Doing what is right and just in the eyes of the lord will draw one closer to the almighty. Closeness to the Creator is the ultimate of all Muslims and with understanding and education all will see that this is the goal of all the Abraham faiths.
Promoting goodness is essential for the growth of society and much more essential for the improvement of peace within. This is necessary as it directs humans to diversity and support one another through thick and thin. Peace is the most important aspect of society as it is the cornerstone of just, vibrant, sustainable, and meaningful community around. Laws create a line that cannot be crossed to inhibit infringing or offence amongst people. Peace is an important part because it asks a simple question to everybody, “can peaceful communities prevail without seeking justice and equality all the time?” Government has the responsibility to structure society and encourage virtuous behavior (Lao Tzu).