WHAT IS OUR PROBLEM?
The UN Refugee Agency and UNHCR reported that by the close of 2017, more than 70.8 million men, women and children are forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence, or violations of human rights violations. That was an increase of 2.3 million people from the previous year. Here’s UNHCR’s breakdown:
- There are 25.9 million refugees in the world - the highest ever
- There are 41.3 million internally displaced people
- There are 3.5 million asylum-seekers
While this new reality is global and growing, for the past two years now, the GHR Foundation has been keen to sourcing the new approaches to solve such pressing global issues at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in collaboration with OpenIDEO and the innovators community.
RELIGION AND PEOPLE DISPLACEMENT
For centuries, religion has been a major human divider and a reason for people displacement all over the World. Islam in particular is until now being mistakenly labelled and even used to justify religious violence and injustice.
Now, our biggest problem is attributable to religiously-fueled violence behind which there are 5 big peace problems namely;
- Religious Intolerance
- Religious Extremism, and
- Religious Internal Conflicts
Accordingly, given that people displacement is attributable to religiously-fueled violence, it needs a tailored religious solution.
Thus, our idea humbly welcome all religions to enjoin PEACE to their believers - because, in religion, believers are ready and expect more. As a rule of thumb, our religions should at least be in line with humanity.
While it might seem a good idea to have all people without religion, it is not good to invest in the mission impossible. The best alternative and in fact an ideal idea is to enable people ACCEPT or tolerate challenges from diverse beliefs. ABCD For World Peace is aimed at bringing all people in such basket, starting with Muslims who are adhering to the Islamic religion.
According to Karl Marx, "religion is the opium of the people", a famous philosophical statement which means (in other words) in religion people can not only be addicted to do anything but also solve their toughest problems.
Based on Marx's statement, we should not force other people to embrace our religions, but rather urge them to perfectly adhere to their religions and even leave them to freely cross (change religions) to accomplish their goals - do their best to solve their problems. And this is the simplest way of ending people displacement, as many are even internally displaced by their religions.
Behold! If we don't take informed religious interventions towards ending religiously-fueled displacement, the world refugee camps will need to be expanded now and then, and that no one will enjoy this short life to the fullest because as human beings it hurts even watch and hear that fellow humans inclusive of children and pregnant women are crossing deserts and deep water bodies to find a better place to rescue their lives and hope.
HOW CAN WE SOLVE IT?
A big problem like this can be solved by first breaking it to small pieces. For example, if we were to break the problem into two pieces, I would just say the Muslim World and non-Muslim World. And from there assess the World which is more prone to people displacement.
Perhaps, the Muslim World is more prone to people displacement due to religiously motivated violence fueled by terrorism, Islamophobia, religious intolerance, religious extremism, and religious internal conflicts.
According to the Brookings, throughout the Muslim world, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes and communities for many reasons including civil wars and interstate conflicts, making one in 140 people living in the Muslim world to be a refugee and one in 100 to be internally displaced.
The forced movement of these millions of people is critical to issues of security and development in the regions in question and the Muslim World as a whole
Broadly, the Muslim World here refers not only the Middle East and countries with Muslim majority but also in the countries were Muslim are the minority communities.
Undoubtedly, in countries where Muslims are minority and Islam is regarded as a strange belief there is a great chance of residents and visitors being internally displaced. For example there have been a lot of movements towards Hijab ban for women in some European countries, and of course many non-Muslims may be feeling insecure when interacting with Women in Niqab, burqa, and Hijab. Similarly when interacting with Muslim men with beards and short trousers which are all part of Islam. And the reactions of such non-Muslims feeling insecure have by default been Islamophobia which in turn internally displace Muslims.
A survey by the Pew Research Centre reports Islam to be the World’s fastest growing religion making it even harder to imagine for how long and what extent such non-Muslims and Muslims will still be displaced in the future all over the World.
Now, to make our planet Earth a better place to live for everyone, people displacement particularly fueled by world religious incompatibilities must be instantly repaired as simple as pronouncing ABCD.
WHAT'S OUR SOLUTION?
Our solution to religiously-fueled displacement is generally pinned on three main initiatives:
- Enjoining Muslims on what is right and forbidding what is wrong in Islam
- Informing non-Muslims about Islam
- Equipping people (specifically Muslims) with the courage of accepting challenges from diverse beliefs
WHAT'S OUR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN?
Our solution combine the use of website, mobile application, volunteer peace ambassadors, and local Muslim leaders all over the world with a general global focus and specific focus on all victim countries of religiously-motivated violence.
ABCD is an acronym for “Accepting Beliefs Challenges and Diversities”, or simply a call for “Being Patient” while other people are practicing their religious beliefs.
However, being patient towards others’ beliefs may be the hardest task to believers, particularly Muslims who believe their religion to be the only perfect religious belief from the Almighty for all humanity and of all-time, hence posing a great challenge to Ending Religiously Motivated Violence and people displacement in the World.
Today, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the World. Each religion has its own history and purpose. Islam is one of the major World religions, with about 1.6 billion adherents, yet growing at an increasing rate.
The fact that Muslims believe their religion to be the only perfect religion from the Almighty, for all humanity and of all-time including all Prophets and Messengers inspires the rationale behind equipping Muslims with the courage of Accepting Beliefs Challenges and Diversities (ABCD).
ABCD calls Muslims to be patient towards other beliefs as they should hardly expect to have all the people in the World converted to Islam at any time. Because this neither happened during the life of the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) nor even promised in the Holy Quran.
Besides, it is a hypothetical theory of drawing a zigzag line between beliefs to give each believer freedom to invoke whatever they choose provided they neither go beyond their scriptures nor harm dissimilar believers.
ABCD firmly stands on religious tolerance and patience among adherents of diverse religious beliefs on which Islam is keenly established according to the Quran;
“Say, O disbelievers. I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshipers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshiper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshipers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion." (Quran, 109: 1-6)
The short Quranic chapter above gives a clear command for Muslims to follow their religion and leave others to follow theirs. And that is because according to the Quran, it is very hard for a person to accept Islam except by the will of Allah, given one’s efforts as learned from the following verses;
“So whoever Allah wants to guide - He expands his breast to [contain] Islam; and whoever He wants to misguide - He makes his breast tight and constricted as though he were climbing into the sky. Thus does Allah place defilement upon those who do not believe.” (Quran, 6:125)
“I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them.” (Quran, 7:146)
Furthermore, there is no harm to Muslims if non-Muslims do not accept Islam, provided Muslims informed them with wisdom and good instruction, and yet lived their religion for non-Muslims to practically understand what Islam is.
“O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. Those who have gone astray will not harm you when you have been guided. To Allah is your return all together; then He will inform you of what you used to do.” (Quran, 5:105)
To make the point more clearly, ABCD neither requires Muslims to embrace other religions nor non-Muslims to embrace Islam, but instead equips Muslims with patience towards the challenges posed by non-Muslims due to either not understanding Islam or rejecting it by the will of Allah. It indeed empowers non-Muslims with correct information about Islam and Muslims for clearing their misconceptions about Islam.
ABCD can surely set our planet Earth free from religiously motivated violence without even requiring a needle to harm any person because of religious incompatibilities.
Muslims should understand that some challenges posed by non-Muslims to their religion, for example, Islamophobia are part of trials from Allah which Muslims can simply solve through prayers and patience.
Below are a few Quranic verses which command the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) and Muslims to be patient upon life trials, belief challenges and conspiracies from non-Muslims;
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient. (Quran, 2:155)
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]” (Quran, 2:45)
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Quran, 2:153)
“And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” (Quran, 11:115)
“And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah. And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress over what they conspire.” (Quran, 16:127)
“So be patient, [O Muhammad], as were those of determination among the messengers and do not be impatient for them. It will be - on the Day they see that which they are promised - as though they had not remained [in the world] except an hour of a day. [This is] notification. And will [any] be destroyed except the defiantly disobedient people?” (Quran, 46:35)
“And be patient, [O Muhammad], for the decision of your Lord, for indeed, you are in Our eyes. And exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord when you arise.” (Quran, 52:48)
That’s how crucial is ABCD or religious patience and tolerance on repairing world religious incompatibilities towards ending religiously motivated violence and hence realizing World Peace with a shared future of stability and promise to all people belonging to diverse religious backgrounds.
In a nut shell, ABCD is key to ending religiously motivated displacement of millions of people particularly from the Muslim World, both in Muslim counties of origin, in their neighbors and countries of destination after being displaced.
Unquestionably, making our planet a better place for everyone to live is an obligation of every human being simply because everyone would love to live in a peaceful World.
Contrary, if you don’t feel obliged to make our planet a better place for everyone to live it means you are ready and wish to be displaced or no longer need to live because if there would be a single person deserving to be displaced why that person shouldn’t be you. All people have equal value of life, and nobody deserves to live at the cost of others.
WHAT'S OUR WAY FORWARD?
Although everyone might be ready to join the World Peace mission by feeling responsible towards ending people displacement caused by religiously motivated violence, the mission still need a few people or even a single person to lead the mission and if possible be held accountable.
Assigning at least a single person or a small group to leave the move is very necessary following the well-known saying that:
“A responsibility all is a responsibility of none”
ABCD is inclined to making Muslims the leaders of the World Peace mission due to numerous general and spiritual reasons. And the most important point here is that while all people are responsible, Muslims are also accountable for World Peace according to their authentic religious teachings.
In other words why have we selected Muslims to lead the World Peace mission? Below are some of the general reasons behind our selection;
Firstly, various studies show that Muslims are the primary victims of religiously motivated violence and hence more prone to displacement caused by and thus can be easily equipped to be the authors of their own destiny.
In addition, that means using around 1.6 Billion primary victims of religiously motivated displacement as the authors of their own destiny, before asking their nearest friends in affection – Christians (According to Quran, 5:82) around 2.2 Billion worldwide to help rescue the situation and then involve all people who are ready to make our planet a better place to live among the remaining 3.8 Billion people throughout the World.
For decades, Muslims have been involved in religiously motivated violence which have forcibly displaced millions of them in the World, on top of claiming millions of lives of both Muslims and non-Muslims – including children.
Muslims have undeniably been the primary target for terrorists, making them unacceptable the friends of peace, non-Muslims who don’t understand Islam and what it really means to be a Muslim.
Having labeled the Muslim World as primary victims of people displacement, it gives a good benchmark for monitoring and evaluation of ABCD outputs in the World.
Secondly, the Muslim population - Islam is reported by various studies including the Pew Research Centre to be the fastest growing. Therefore ensuring growing human resources for the mission even in the future.
Thirdly, Muslims and their religion – Islam are accused (by non-Muslims) to be the root cause of terrorism, Islamophobia, religious intolerance, religious extremism and religious internal conflicts which together form a strong base for religiously motivated violence and people displacement. It is informally recommended to employ a ‘suspect’ to look after thieves of your wealth.
Fourthly and most importantly, Muslims are obliged by their religion to stand for peace and for all humanity. And this is according to all Islamic authentic teachings.
Muslims have been selected and commanded by the Allah to take lead of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. This includes maintaining World Peace as demonstrated in this booklet. Hence proved that Muslims are not only responsible to make our planet a better place for all to live but also accountable for that.
A reference is made to the following Quranic verses;
“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.” (Quran, 3:110)
“The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those - Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Quran, 9:71)
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.” (Quran, 3:104)
Also, Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) insists Muslims on forbidding evils through the Hadith reported by Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree (May Allah be pleased with him):
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; and if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith.” (Narrated by Muslim, 49)
With the evidences above, Muslims are more likely to be better placed in the World Peace equation compared other people giving Muslims the motto:
“As Muslims, World Peace is primarily our responsibility, and for that we will be accountable”
Although Islam is one of the world's major religions, it is still unknown to more than 90 percent of the world's population today including millions of Muslims. This gap in knowledge has for decades served as a bush and cover for people with bad intentions towards humanity and hence our struggles towards realizing world's shared and sustainable prosperity.
Today, more than 70.8 million men, women and children are forcibly displaced worldwide due to either the reasons attributable to our religions or which could be solved by our religions. Unfortunately, displaced Muslims for example may be further displaced by non-Muslims just because of not understanding Islam or even fearing their names and appearances.
On the other hand, for those people who do not believe in religion, we urge them to have mercy to all people as they also deserve mercy from people belonging to diverse religions, which is in fact the main reason for why Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to all humanity - "And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds (Quran, 21: 107), and "So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah . Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]." (Quran, 3:159).
Muslims are urged by Allah to take Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as their role model - "There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often" (Quran, 33:21). How did Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived? - "There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the believers is kind and merciful." (Quran, 9:128).
Some Muslims who do not know Islam, have been the main reason for non-Muslims to hate Muslims and Islam because of their reactions when they are being wronged. Let's take an ABCD lesson from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on his worse day ever:
After a decade of preaching in Makkah, the Prophet (may peace be upon him) had lost his uncle and his wife and was still rejected by tribesmen. In an attempt to find a more receptive audience, the Prophet (peace be upon him) traveled to Taif, hoping that his message would find a home in the oasis city. Instead, he was rudely insulted by the city leaders and then pelted with stones by the tribe members. Bruised and rejected, with his blood clotting as it leaked onto his sandals, he made the following du’a:
"To You, my Lord,
I complain of my weakness,
Lack of support and the humiliation I am made to receive.
Most Compassionate and Merciful!
You are the Lord of the weak,
and you are my Lord.
To whom do You leave me?
To a distant person who receives me with hostility?
Or to an enemy You have given power over me?
As long as you are not displeased with me,
I do not care what I face.
I would, however,
be much happier with Your mercy.
I seek refuge in the light of Your face by which
all darkness is dispelled and both this life and the life to come
are put in their right course against incurring your wrath
or being the subject of your anger.
To You I submit,
until I earn Your pleasure.
Everything is powerless without your support."
The moment Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made this dua, his dua was responded by Allah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said ‘I saw a cloud hovering above me, and behold, I saw Jibreel (Arc Angel Gabriel - peace be upon him) coming down from that cloud, and besides him was an angel that I had never seen before.’ And Jibreel said to me, ‘O Muhammad, your Lord has seen how your people have responded to you, your Lord has seen what they have said to you, so he has sent me with the angel of the mountains to place at your disposal.’
The angel said, ‘O Muhammad, if you want, command me and I will cause the two mountains of Taif to collapse upon them.’ (For those of you who don’t know, Taif is situated on some type of plateau, and the city is in between these two mountains, and the angel asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) if he should just squash the people between the same mountains whose pebbles they used to stone the Prophet (peace be upon him) with
The Prophet (S.A.W), still bleeding and his shoes still wet with blood said, ‘NO! Rather, I pray that Allah blesses their children to be Muslims and worship Allah alone. Even if they have rejected Islam, I pray that Allah blesses their progeny to be Muslim.’ And YES, Taif city which is about 50km from Mecca is now fully dwelled by Muslims and well known as the "city of roses" full of grapes, pomegranate, figs, roses and honey.
And that's what it really means to be a Muslim - peace, patience, and mercy.
IS THERE PEACE IN ISLAM?
For centuries, many people have been brainwashed that, Islam is a religion of violence. While in fact, it is a religion of peace, justice, mercy, and patience. How does Islam promote peace?
- The Meaning of Islam
The word Islam literally means "submission or surrender" to the will of Almighty, and originates from the same root as the Arabic word salaam, which means peace. Therefore, when people are invited to Islam, are invited to the House of Peace.
“And Allah invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path” (Quran, 10:25)
- The Names of Allah
Muslims worship Allah, whose best names include ‘Assalaam’ – meaning The Source of Peace, ‘Arrahman’ – meaning the Most Compassionate, Beneficent or Gracious, and ‘Arrahim’ – meaning the Most Merciful. Allah urges Muslims to invoke Him with His best names, to grant them accordingly.
“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. They will be recompensed for what they have been doing.” (Quran, 7:180)
Accordingly, Muslims can simply invoke Allah by His name of ‘Assalaam’ to be blessed with Peace.
- The Angels of Allah
In Islam, when the Angels of Allah are mentioned, Muslims are required to wish them with Peace. The four greatest known Angels of Allah in Islam are; Gabriel (Jibril) or the Holy Spirit – entrusted with carrying revelations to Prophets, Michael( Mikail) - entrusted with the sustenance of creatures, the Angel of Death - entrusted with taking the souls of all creatures, Israfel – entrusted to blow the trumpet on the last hour, (May Peace be Upon them).
We also learn from the Quran that, Angels greet the Prophets of Allah and the righteous people with the greeting of Peace. For example, the Quran tells us about the Angels who visited Abraham and the way they greeted each other.
“Has there reached you the story of the honored guests of Abraham? When they entered upon him and said, "[We greet you with] peace." He answered, "[And upon you] peace, [you are] a people unknown. Then he went to his family and came with a fat [roasted] calf. And placed it near them; he said, "Will you not eat?" And he felt from them apprehension. They said, "Fear not," and gave him good tidings of a learned boy.” (Quran, 51:24-28)
Similarly, the Angels will greet righteous people who will be admitted to Paradise with that same greeting of Peace;
“And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying]."Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home." (Quran, 13:23-24)
“And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups. When they reach it, the gates will be opened and the keepers will say, ‘Salaam Alaikum’, you have done well, so enter here to abide therein.'” (Quran, 39:73)
In Hadith, Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (May Peace be Upon Him) said, "When Allah created Adam (Peace be Upon Him), He said to him: 'Go and greet that company of angels who are sitting there - and then listen to what they are going to say in reply to your greetings because that will be your greeting and your off-spring's.' Adam (Peace be Upon Him) said to the angels: 'Assalamu Alaikum (May Peace be upon you).' They replied: 'Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah (May Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon you).' Thus adding in reply to him: 'wa Rahmatullah (and Mercy of Allah)' to his greeting." [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].
- The Prophets of Allah
Islam is believed to have been founded by Allah and revealed to all His Prophets and Messengers from Adam to Muhammad (May Peace be upon them). In Islam, the number of Prophets and Messengers of Allah are believed to be more than 124,000, though only a few have been mentioned in the Quran.
The Prophets and Messengers who are well known and mentioned in the Quran include; Adam, Enock (Idris), Noah (Nuh), Heber (Hud), Methewsaleh (Saleh), Ibraham (Ibrahim), Lot (Lut), Ishmael (Ismail), Isaac (Is-haq), Jacob (Yaaqub), Joseph (Yusuf), Jethro (Shu’aib), Job (Ayyub), Moses (Musa), Aaron (Harun), Ezekiel (Dhul Kifl), David (Daud), Solomon (Sulayman), Elias (Ilyaas), Elisha (Al-Yassa’), Jonah (Yunus), Zechariah (Zakariya), John the Baptist (Yahya), Jesus (Isa), and Muhammad - May Peace be Upon them.
Muslims are obliged to wish them Peace whenever their names are mentioned. This means that all these Prophets who are indeed believed to be Muslims preached nothing but Peace.
For the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) in particular, the Quran insists Muslims to wish Him peace and blessings as already Allah and the Angels do. What’s not to love?
"Allah and His Angels send blessings upon the Prophet. O you who believe! Send blessings upon him, and salute him with all respect" (Quran, 33:56).
Again, we are informed by the Quran that, the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon Him) was sent to bring mercy in the World.
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (Quran, 21:107)
- The Islamic Greeting
The official Islamic greeting is ‘Assalaam Alaikum’ – meaning Peace be upon you. And the response to this greeting is ‘Waalaikum Ssalaam’ – meaning and unto you be Peace. The longer version of this greeting is ‘Asslaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh’ – meaning Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you, while its full response is ‘Waalaikum Ssalaam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh – meaning And unto you be Peace, Mercy, and Blessings of Allah.
This is the greeting from Allah, and which Muslims use upon meeting and leaving each other, and when asking permission to enter Muslim houses. The same greeting is believed to have been used by Angels and all Prophets of Allah.
The following are some of the Hadith recorded from the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) about the necessity of spreading that greeting of peace;
Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al-'as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
A man asked the Messenger of Allah (Peace be Upon Him): "Which act in Islam is the best?" He (Peace be upon Him) replied, "To give food, and to greet everyone, whether you know or you do not." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) said, "By Him in Whose Hand is my life! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I inform you of something which, if you do, you will love one another? Promote greeting of Peace amongst yourselves." [Muslim].
Abdullah bin Salam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) saying, "O people, exchange greetings of peace (i.e., say: Assalam Alaikum to one another), feed people, strengthen the ties of kinship, and be in prayer when others are asleep, you will enter Jannah in peace." [At- Tirmidhi].
Al-Bara' bin 'Azib (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) commanded us to do seven things: to visit the sick, to follow the funeral (of a dead believer), to invoke the Mercy of Allah upon one who sneezes (i.e., by saying to him: Yarhamuk- Allah, meaning May Allah have mercy on you), to support the weak, to help the oppressed, to promote the greeting of 'Assalam Alaikum', and to help those who swear to do something to keep their oaths. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Accordingly, Muslims believe to earn from Allah 10 rewards (good deeds) every time they greet each other with a short version of the greeting of peace, while earning 30 rewards every time they great each other with the complete version of the greeting.
'Imran bin Husain (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
A man came to the Prophet (May Peace be upon Him) and said: "Assalam Alaikum (May Peace be upon you). Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. The Prophet (May Peace be upon Him) said, "Ten (meaning the man had earned the merit of ten good acts)." Another one came and said: "Assalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah (May Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon you)." Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) said, "Twenty." A third one came and said: "Assalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh (May Peace and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings be upon you)." Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) responded to his greeting and the man sat down. Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon Him) said, "Thirty." [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi].
Therefore, Muslims are not just encouraged to spread the greeting of peace among each other but also get rewarded in doing so. Now, how can Muslims be encouraged to spread Peace and violence at the same time? Peace and Violence are far different.
- The Islamic Prayer
Muslim prayers are always concluded by turning one’s face to the right while still sitting by saying ‘Assalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah’ – meaning Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon you, and then turning one’s face to the left by saying the same ‘Assalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah’ – meaning Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon you.
Indeed, after concluding the prayer by spreading peace, the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon Him) used to invoke Allah by saying; ‘Allahumma Antas-salam wa minkas-salam. Tabarakta ya Dhal-jalali wal-ikram’ – meaning O Allah, You are Source of Peace, From You is all peace, blessed are You O Possessor of majesty and honor, as reported in the Hadith narrated by Aisha, the mother of believers (May Allah be pleased with her) and collected by Imam Muslim.
This invocation is always adhered by Muslims every time they conclude their five daily prayers.
- The Quran
Many people have never read the Quran. So, it’s worth knowing that, the very first verse of it extends the spirit of peace, as it reads ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahiim’ – meaning “In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate." This verse is repeated in the Quran not less than 114 times, 113 at the beginning of the Chapters.
Indeed, there are many other verses of the Quran which promote the spirit of spreading the greeting of Peace as witnessed at least in the following verses;
“O you who have faith, do not enter houses other than your own houses until you ascertain welcome and greet their inhabitants with peace. That is best for you, that perhaps you will be reminded.” (Quran, 24:27)
“When you enter houses, offer greetings of peace upon each other, a greeting from Allah, blessed and good. Thus does Allah make clear to you the verses [of ordinance] that you may understand.” (Quran, 24:61)
“…And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]…” (Quran, 4:86)
“And when those come to you who believe in Our verses, say, "Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy: that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself - indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful." (Quran, 6:54)
Last but not least, the Quran affirms that the ‘Greeting of Peace" will be the only greeting of the Paradise dwellers;
“Their greeting therein will be, 'Salaam!'” (Quran, 14:23)
ON THE OTHER HAND, there are at least five misconceptions propagated about Islam, as the main triggers for violence. However, these are a few among many common misconceptions about Islam, which are briefly cleared below:
- Killing Innocent People in Islam
In Islam, killing one innocent person is regarded as killing all humanity, and saving the life of one person is regarded as saving the lives of all humanity. Below are the two Quranic verses among others which prohibit killing innocent people in Islam.
“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” (Quran, 5:32)
“And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly - We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].” (Quran, 17:33)
- Jihad in Islam
The Quran has a lot of verses promoting peace, justice, mercy, and patience, among people belonging to diverse backgrounds. And there are no contradictions in its verses.
Jihad, which means struggles in the cause of Allah are only permissible for self-defense, and yet with strict conditions. In Islam, Jihad is the last option, after patience and tolerance.
Modern calls for holy wars against the infidels, articulated by terrorists, are at odds with the Islamic tradition and highly denounced by leading Muslim scholars all over the World.
So, it is very important to note that the misconception of Jihad in Islam, has been purposely used by terrorists to pursue their deadly interests in the name of Islam, while in fact they are neither serving for Allah nor Islam, but maybe for the sake of their ‘sponsors’ and their interests. Some Muslims particularly the new converts who have less knowledge about Islam should be seriously warned to join such missions, as in so doing they will be heading to the everlasting Hellfire according to the Quran.
Below are some of the Quranic verses in which Jihad is permitted, with strict conditions, starting with the first revealed verse about Jihad.
“Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.” (Quran, 22:39)
“Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors. And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. And if they cease, then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran, 2:190-192)
Form the above verses, Muslims are not permitted to begin hostilities with non-Muslims who are not fighting them because of religion.
- Retribution in Islam
Although, Allah permits Muslims to do retribution, still prohibits any transgression in doing so, and indeed insists forgiveness, and reconciliation as the best reactions, as revealed in the following verses;
“O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution for those murdered - the free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But whoever overlooks from his brother anything, then there should be a suitable follow-up and payment to him with good conduct. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. But whoever transgresses after that will have a painful punishment. And there is for you in legal retribution [saving of] life, O you [people] of understanding, that you may become righteous.” (Quran, 2:178-179)
“And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation - his reward is [due] from Allah. Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers. And whoever avenges himself after having been wronged - those have not upon them any cause [for blame]. The cause is only against the ones who wrong the people and tyrannize upon the earth without right. Those will have a painful punishment. And whoever is patient and forgives - indeed, that is of the matters [requiring] determination.” (Quran, 42:40-43)
Similarly, we learn from the verses above that, even when retribution is necessary, Muslims are only permitted to avenge equally without transgression. Yet, patience, forgiveness and reconciliation are always given priority in Islam.
- Forced Converts in Islam
Allah forbids coercion in religious affairs. Muslims are never permitted by Allah to force people to embrace Islam through Jihad, neither killing people simply because they are non-Muslims like what is said to be taking place in Nigeria by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in different parts of the World, and this is evident from the following verse of the Quran:
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” (Quran, 2:256)
Some people spread propaganda to others that, Muslims bribes non-Muslims to embrace Islam, and even trick women for marriage. But all these are not true in Islam, as Islam does not need or negotiate with people (including Muslims) instead people need Islam, though many people are not even aware that Islam is all that they are looking for.
Imagine, Muslims who want to leave their religion are also given the freedom to do so by the following verse;
“O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion - Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Quran, 5:54)
- Injustice towards non-Muslims
Our planet Earth is the home of both Muslims and non-Muslims, Allah Knows and Muslims understand that. There is no record of any time when all people were Muslims in the World, neither will be, even during the life of the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him).
Unjustly dealing with diverse people in any community may trigger violence. Now, are Muslims forbidden to be fair and just to non-Muslims? The Quran answers this question;
“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. Allah only forbids you from those who fight you because of religion and expel you from your homes and aid in your expulsion - [forbids] that you make allies of them. And whoever makes allies of them, then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (Quran, 60:8-9)
There are many verses, in which Allah commands the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon Him) as well as Muslims to justly deal with all people, and even those who belong to other religions to the extent of giving them protection:
“And if anyone of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah. Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are people who do not know. (Quran, 9:6)
“So to that [religion of Allah] invite, [O Muhammad], and remain on a right course as you are commanded and do not follow their inclinations but say, "I have believed in what Allah has revealed of the Qur'an, and I have been commanded to do justice among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds, and for you your deeds. There is no [need for] argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and to Him is the [final] destination." (Quran, 42:15)
“[They are] avid listeners to falsehood, devourers of [what is] unlawful. So if they come to you, [O Muhammad], judge between them or turn away from them. And if you turn away from them - never will they harm you at all. And if you judge, judge between them with justice. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (Quran, 5:42)
Allah commands Muslim believers to deal with all people including non-Muslims with justice, even if against their interests.
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. (Quran, 4:135)
“Say, [O Muhammad], "My Lord has ordered justice and that you maintain yourselves [in the worship of Him] at every place [or time] of prostration, and invoke Him, sincere to Him in religion." Just as He originated you, you will return [to life]” (Quran, 7:29)
All in all, all people are equal in Islam, and most noble of them (in the sight of Allah) are righteous among people. Unquestionably, being righteous in Islam include maintaining peace without transgression, which is the central message of Islam, and indeed not causing destructions on existing life infrastructures on the World and consequently displacing people.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Quran, 49:13)
“Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors. And cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation. And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good.” (Quran, 7:55-56)
Can that be a religion of violence? Confidently, No.
Now, having justified Peace in Islam to the World. We only need Muslims to behave accordingly, and non-Muslims to understand what it really means to be a Muslim, to immediately stop religiously motivated violence fueled by; terrorism, Islamophobia, religious extremism, religious intolerance, and religious internal conflicts, and hence realizing the Peaceful World with no people displacement.
With these two simple assets; Muslims living Islam, and non-Muslims understanding Islam, a religiously-motivated violence-free World is possible by enabling mutual voices from both Muslims and non-Muslims towards World Peace.
Why pivoting the World Peace mission with the Holy Quran when primarily targeting Muslims to play a vital role?
Muslims believe the Quran to be the finest, intellect-friendly, last and protected revelation from Allah to Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon Him) after whom nothing has been added or reduced and no any editions expected until the last hour.
Furthermore, Muslims believe to earn 10 rewards (good deeds) from Allah for each letter they read from the Quran every time.
However, there are many Muslims who still have a little understanding of the Quran while millions of non-Muslims either know nothing about the Quran or have a lot of misconceptions about it to be clarified.
This article offers all people an equal chance to understand what the Quran says about itself as it presents 110 Reasons for why it is best placed for the World Peace:
1. This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah (Quran, 2:2)
2. We have not sent down to you the Qur'an that you be distressed. But only as a reminder for those who fear [Allah]. A revelation from He who created the earth and highest heavens. The Most Merciful [who is] above the Throne established. (Quran, 20:2-5)
3. [This is] the revelation of the Book about which there is no doubt from the Lord of the worlds. Or do they say, "He invented it"? Rather, it is the truth from your Lord, [O Muhammad], that you may warn a people to whom no warner has come before you [so] perhaps they will be guided. (Quran, 32:2-3)
4. Indeed, it is a noble Qur'an. In a Register well-protected. None touch it except the purified. [It is] a revelation from the Lord of the worlds. Then is it to this statement that you are indifferent (Quran, 56:77-81)
5. [All] praise is [due] to Allah, who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance. [He has made it] straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward. In which they will remain forever. (Quran, 18:1-3)
6. Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darkness into the light by permission of their Lord - to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy (Quran, 14:1)
7. Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur'an and indeed, We will be its guardian. (Quran, 15:9)
8. And We have not revealed to you the Book, [O Muhammad], except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe. And [mention] the Day when We will resurrect among every nation a witness over them from themselves. And We will bring you, [O Muhammad], as a witness over your nation. And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good tidings for the Muslims. (Quran, 16:64, 89)
9. And this [Qur'an] is a Book We have revealed [which is] blessed, so follow it and fear Allah that you may receive mercy. [We revealed it] lest you say, "The Scripture was only sent down to two groups before us, but we were of their study unaware.” Or lest you say, "If only the Scripture had been revealed to us, we would have been better guided than they." So there has [now] come to you a clear evidence from your Lord and a guidance and mercy. Then who is more unjust than one who denies the verses of Allah and turns away from them? We will recompense those who turn away from Our verses with the worst of punishment for their having turned away. Do they [then] wait for anything except that the angels should come to them or your Lord should come or that there come some of the signs of your Lord? The Day that some of the signs of your Lord will come no soul will benefit from its faith as long as it had not believed before or had earned through its faith some good. Say, "Wait. Indeed, we [also] are waiting. (Quran, 6:155-158)
10. And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ. (Quran, 5:48)
11. Indeed, We sent down to you the Book for the people in truth. So whoever is guided - it is for [the benefit of] his soul; and whoever goes astray only goes astray to its detriment. And you are not a manager over them. (Quran, 39:41)
12. Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth so you may judge between the people by that which Allah has shown you. And do not be for the deceitful an advocate. (Quran, 4:105)
13. And We had certainly brought them a Book which We detailed by knowledge - as guidance and mercy to a people who believe. (Quran, 7:52)
14. Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent Book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills. And one whom Allah leaves astray - for him there is no guide. And We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur'an from every [kind of] example - that they might remember. [It is] an Arabic Qur'an, without any deviance that they might become righteous. (Quran, 39: 23, 37-38)
15. The revelation of the Book is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Knowing. The forgiver of sin, acceptor of repentance, severe in punishment, owner of abundance. There is no deity except Him; to Him is the destination. No one disputes concerning the signs of Allah except those who disbelieve, so be not deceived by their [uninhibited] movement throughout the land. (Quran, 40: 2-4)
16. [This is] a revelation from the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. A Book whose verses have been detailed, an Arabic Qur'an for a people who know. As a giver of good tidings and a warner; but most of them turn away, so they do not hear. (Quran, 41:2-4)
17. The revelation of the Book is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. These are the verses of Allah which We recite to you in truth. Then in what statement after Allah and His verses will they believe? (Quran, 45:2, 6)
18. The revelation of the Book is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. We did not create the heavens and earth and what is between them except in truth and [for] a specified term. But those who disbelieve, from that of which they are warned, are turning away. Say, [O Muhammad], "Have you considered that which you invoke besides Allah? Show me what they have created of the earth; or did they have partnership in [creation of] the heavens? Bring me a scripture [revealed] before this or a [remaining] trace of knowledge, if you should be truthful.". And before it was the scripture of Moses to lead and as a mercy. And this is a confirming Book in an Arabic tongue to warn those who have wronged and as good tidings to the doers of good. (Quran, 46: 2-4, 12)
19. And thus have We sent the Qur'an down as verses of clear evidence and because Allah guides whom He intends. (Quran, 22:16)
20. And We have certainly diversified in this Qur'an for the people from every [kind of] example; but man has ever been, most of anything, [prone to] dispute. (Quran, 18: 54)
21. And it was not [possible] for this Qur'an to be produced by other than Allah, but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds. Or do they say [about the Prophet], "He invented it?" Say, "Then bring forth a surah like it and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful." (Quran, 10:37-38)
22. Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction. (Quran, 4:82)
23. Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts? (Quran, 47:24)
24. We have certainly sent down to you a Book in which is your mention. Then will you not reason? (Quran, 21:10)
25. So what is [the matter] with them [that] they do not believe. And when the Qur'an is recited to them, they do not prostrate [to Allah]? (Quran, 84: 20-21)
26. Indeed, this Qur'an guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward. Say, "If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants." And We have certainly diversified for the people in this Qur'an from every [kind] of example, but most of the people refused [anything] except disbelief. (Quran, 17: 9, 88-89)
27. Qaf. By the honored Qur'an. We are most knowing of what they say, and you are not over them a tyrant. But remind by the Qur'an whoever fears My threat. (Quran, 50: 1, 45)
28. If We had sent down this Qur'an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah. And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought. (Quran, 59:21)
29. [We sent them] with clear proofs and written ordinances. And We revealed to you the message that you may make clear to the people what was sent down to them and that they might give thought. (Quran: 16:44)
30. Sad. By the Qur'an containing reminder. [This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. (Quran: 38:1, 29)
31. And We send down of the Qur'an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss. (Quran, 17:82)
32. Say, "Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel - it is [none but] he who has brought the Qur'an down upon your heart, [O Muhammad], by permission of Allah, confirming that which was before it and as guidance and good tidings for the believers." (Quran, 2:97)
33. O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray. (Quran, 4:136)
34. Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. (Quran, 3:2-3)
35. Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book whose verses are perfected and then presented in detail from [one who is] Wise and Acquainted. [Through a messenger, saying], "Do not worship except Allah. Indeed, I am to you from Him a warner and a bringer of good tidings," And [saying], "Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor. But if you turn away, then indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a great Day. (Quran, 11: 1-3)
36. And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], "Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing. Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise." And who would be averse to the religion of Abraham except one who makes a fool of himself. And We had chosen him in this world, and indeed he, in the Hereafter, will be among the righteous. (Quran, 2:127-130)
37. Certainly did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error. (Quran, 3:164)
38. And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east. And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. And mention in the Book [the story of] Abraham. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet. And mention in the Book, Moses. Indeed, he was chosen, and he was a messenger and a prophet. And mention in the Book, Ishmael. Indeed, he was true to his promise, and he was a messenger and a prophet. And mention in the Book, Idrees (Enock). Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet. (Quran, 19: 16-17, 41, 51, 54, 56)
39. The revelation of the Qur'an is from Allah, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. Indeed, We have sent down to you the Book, [O Muhammad], in truth. So worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion. (Quran, 39:1-2)
40. And We have certainly presented to the people in this Qur'an from every [kind of] example. But, [O Muhammad], if you should bring them a sign, the disbelievers will surely say, "You [believers] are but falsifiers." Thus does Allah seal the hearts of those who do not know. So be patient. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And let them not disquiet you who are not certain [in faith]. (Quran, 30:58-60)
41. And thus We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an and have diversified therein the warnings that perhaps they will avoid [sin] or it would cause them remembrance. (Quran, 20:113)
42. It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise - they are the foundation of the Book - and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah. But those firm in knowledge say, "We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord." And no one will be reminded except those of understanding. (Quran, 3:7)
43. And they request from you, [O Muhammad], a [legal] ruling concerning women. Say, " Allah gives you a ruling about them and [about] what has been recited to you in the Book concerning the orphan girls to whom you do not give what is decreed for them - and [yet] you desire to marry them - and concerning the oppressed among children and that you maintain for orphans [their rights] in justice." And whatever you do of good - indeed, Allah is ever Knowing of it. (Quran, 4:127)
44. O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book. (Quran, 5:15)
45. O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you. But if you ask about them while the Qur'an is being revealed, they will be shown to you. Allah has pardoned that which is past; and Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing. (Quran, 5:101)
46. Say, "What thing is greatest in testimony?" Say, "Allah is witness between me and you. And this Qur'an was revealed to me that I may warn you thereby and whomever it reaches. Do you [truly] testify that with Allah there are other deities?" Say, "I will not testify [with you]." Say, "Indeed, He is but one God, and indeed, I am free of what you associate [with Him]." (Quran, 6:19)
47. And they did not appraise Allah with true appraisal when they said, "Allah did not reveal to a human being anything." Say, "Who revealed the Scripture that Moses brought as light and guidance to the people? You [Jews] make it into pages, disclosing [some of] it and concealing much. And you were taught that which you knew not - neither you nor your fathers." Say, "Allah [revealed it]." Then leave them in their [empty] discourse, amusing themselves. And this is a Book which We have sent down, blessed and confirming what was before it, that you may warn the Mother of Cities and those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in it, and they are maintaining their prayers. (Quran, 6:91-92)
48. [This is] a Book revealed to you, [O Muhammad] - so let there not be in your breast distress therefrom - that you may warn thereby and as a reminder to the believers. (Quran, 7:2)
49. Indeed, my protector is Allah, who has sent down the Book; and He is an ally to the righteous. (Quran, 7:196)
50. And when you, [O Muhammad], do not bring them a sign, they say, "Why have you not contrived it?" Say, "I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord. This [Qur'an] is enlightenment from your Lord and guidance and mercy for a people who believe. So when the Qur'an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy. "(Quran, 7:203-204)
51. Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment. (Quran, 9:111)
52. And, [O Muhammad], you are not [engaged] in any matter or recite any of the Qur'an and you [people] do not do any deed except that We are witness over you when you are involved in it. And not absent from your Lord is any [part] of an atom's weight within the earth or within the heaven or [anything] smaller than that or greater but that it is in a clear register. (Quran, 10:61)
53. So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters. And never be of those who deny the signs of Allah and [thus] be among the losers. (Quran, 10:94-95)
54. So is one who [stands] upon a clear evidence from his Lord [like the aforementioned]? And a witness from Him follows it, and before it was the Scripture of Moses to lead and as mercy. Those [believers in the former revelations] believe in the Qur'an. But whoever disbelieves in it from the [various] factions - the Fire is his promised destination. So be not in doubt about it. Indeed, it is the truth from your Lord, but most of the people do not believe. (Quran, 11:17)
55. Alif, Lam, Meem, Ra. These are the verses of the Book; and what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, but most of the people do not believe. And if there was any qur'an by which the mountains would be removed or the earth would be broken apart or the dead would be made to speak, [it would be this Qur'an], but to Allah belongs the affair entirely. Then have those who believed not accepted that had Allah willed, He would have guided the people, all of them? And those who disbelieve do not cease to be struck, for what they have done, by calamity - or it will descend near their home - until there comes the promise of Allah. Indeed, Allah does not fail in [His] promise. (Quran, 13:1, 31)
56. And We have certainly given you, [O Muhammad], seven of the often repeated [verses] and the great Qur'an. (Quran, 15:87)
57. And We have certainly diversified [the contents] in this Qur'an that mankind may be reminded, but it does not increase the disbelievers except in aversion. (Quran, 17:41)
58. Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur'an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (Quran, 17:78)
59. Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the verses of the wise Book. And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, those who do not expect the meeting with Us say, "Bring us a Qur'an other than this or change it." Say, [O Muhammad], "It is not for me to change it on my own accord. I only follow what is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I should disobey my Lord, the punishment of a tremendous Day." (Quran, 10:1, 15)
60. And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge. (Quran, 18:27)
61. And if it was not for the favor of Allah upon you, [O Muhammad], and His mercy, a group of them would have determined to mislead you. But they do not mislead except themselves, and they will not harm you at all. And Allah has revealed to you the Book and wisdom and has taught you that which you did not know. And ever has the favor of Allah upon you been great. (Quran, 4:113)
62. [Say], "Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge while it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail?" And those to whom We [previously] gave the Scripture know that it is sent down from your Lord in truth, so never be among the doubters. (Quran, 6:114)
63. So, [O Muhammad], We have only made Qur'an easy in the Arabic language that you may give good tidings thereby to the righteous and warn thereby a hostile people. (Quran, 19:97)
64. So high [above all] is Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur'an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge." (Quran, 20:114)
65. And of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening book [from Him]. (Quran, 22:8)
66. Blessed is He who sent down the Criterion upon His Servant that he may be to the worlds a warner. (Quran, 25:1)
67. And the Messenger has said, "O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur'an as [a thing] abandoned." (Quran, 25: 30)
68. These are the verses of the clear Book. (Quran, 26:2)
69. Ta, Seen. These are the verses of the Qur'an and a clear Book. As guidance and good tidings for the believers. (Quran, 27:1-2)
70. And indeed, [O Muhammad], you receive the Qur'an from one Wise and Knowing. Indeed, this Qur'an relates to the Children of Israel most of that over which they disagree. (Quran, 27: 6, 26)
71. And to recite the Qur'an." And whoever is guided is only guided for [the benefit of] himself; and whoever strays - say, "I am only [one] of the warners." (Quran, 27:92)
72. These are the verses of the clear Book. We recite to you from the news of Moses and Pharaoh in truth for a people who believe. (Quran, 28:2-3)
73. But if they do not respond to you - then know that they only follow their [own] desires. And who is more astray than one who follows his desire without guidance from Allah? Indeed, Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people. And We have [repeatedly] conveyed to them the Qur'an that they might be reminded. Those to whom We gave the Scripture before it - they are believers in it. And when it is recited to them, they say, "We have believed in it; indeed, it is the truth from our Lord. Indeed we were, [even] before it, Muslims [submitting to Allah]." (Quran, 28: 50-53)
74. Indeed, [O Muhammad], He who imposed upon you the Qur'an will take you back to a place of return. Say, "My Lord is most knowing of who brings guidance and who is in clear error." And you were not expecting that the Book would be conveyed to you, but [it is] a mercy from your Lord. So do not be an assistant to the disbelievers. And never let them avert you from the verses of Allah after they have been revealed to you. And invite [people] to your Lord. And never be of those who associate others with Allah. (Quran, 28:85-87)
75. Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do. And thus We have sent down to you the Qur'an. And those to whom We [previously] gave the Scripture believe in it. And among these [people of Makkah] are those who believe in it. And none reject Our verses except the disbelievers. Rather, the Qur'an is distinct verses [preserved] within the breasts of those who have been given knowledge. And none reject Our verses except the wrongdoers. And is it not sufficient for them that We revealed to you the Book which is recited to them? Indeed in that is a mercy and reminder for a people who believe. (Quran, 29: 45, 47, 49, 51)
76. These are verses of the wise Book. As guidance and mercy for the doers of good. Who establish prayer and give zakah, and they, of the Hereafter, are certain [in faith]. Those are on [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful. (Quran, 31:2-5)
77. And We did not give Prophet Muhammad, knowledge of poetry, nor is it befitting for him. It is not but a message and a clear Qur'an. (Quran, 36:69)
78. And thus We have revealed to you an Arabic Qur'an that you may warn the Mother of Cities [Makkah] and those around it and warn of the Day of Assembly, about which there is no doubt. A party will be in Paradise and a party in the Blaze. It is Allah who has sent down the Book in truth and [also] the balance. And what will make you perceive? Perhaps the Hour is near. And thus We have revealed to you an inspiration of Our command. You did not know what is the Book or [what is] faith, but We have made it a light by which We guide whom We will of Our servants. And indeed, [O Muhammad], you guide to a straight path. (Quran, 42:7, 17, 52)
79. By the clear Book. Indeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur'an that you might understand. And indeed it is, in the Mother of the Book with Us, exalted and full of wisdom. Then should We turn the message away, disregarding you, because you are a transgressing people? And how many a prophet We sent among the former peoples. But there would not come to them a prophet except that they used to ridicule him. And We destroyed greater than them in [striking] power, and the example of the former peoples has preceded. (Quran, 43:2-8)
80. Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the verses of the clear Book. Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an that you might understand. We relate to you, [O Muhammad], the best of stories in what We have revealed to you of this Qur'an although you were, before it, among the unaware. (Quran, 12:1-3)
81. And thus We have revealed it as an Arabic legislation. And if you should follow their inclinations after what has come to you of knowledge, you would not have against Allah any ally or any protector. (Quran, 13:37)
82. And if We had made it a non-Arabic Qur'an, they would have said, "Why are its verses not explained in detail [in our language]? Is it a foreign [recitation] and an Arab [messenger]?" Say, "It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure." And those who do not believe - in their ears is deafness, and it is upon them blindness. Those are being called from a distant place. And We had already given Moses the Scripture, but it came under disagreement. And if not for a word that preceded from your Lord, it would have been concluded between them. And indeed they are, concerning the Qur'an, in disquieting doubt. (Quran, 41: 44-45)
83. But this is an honored Qur'an. [Inscribed] in a Preserved Slate. (Quran, 85:21-22)
84. And they said, "Why was this Qur'an not sent down upon a great man from [one of] the two cities?" Do they distribute the mercy of your Lord? It is We who have apportioned among them their livelihood in the life of this world and have raised some of them above others in degrees [of rank] that they may make use of one another for service. But the mercy of your Lord is better than whatever they accumulate. (Quran, 43:31-32)
85. The Most Merciful. Taught the Qur'an. (Quran, 55:1-2)
86. And those who disbelieve say, "Why was the Qur'an not revealed to him all at once?" Thus [it is] that We may strengthen thereby your heart. And We have spaced it distinctly. (Quran, 25:32)
87. And even if We had sent down to you, [O Muhammad], a written scripture on a page and they touched it with their hands, the disbelievers would say, "This is not but obvious magic." (Quran, 6:7)
88. And [it is] a Qur'an which We have separated [by intervals] that you might recite it to the people over a prolonged period. And We have sent it down progressively. (Quran, 17:106)
89. Indeed, it is We who have sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Qur'an progressively. (Quran, 76:23)
90. Or add to it, and recite the Qur'an with measured recitation. Indeed, We will cast upon you a heavy word. (Quran, 73:4-5)
91. Indeed, your Lord knows, [O Muhammad], that you stand [in prayer] almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and [so do] a group of those with you. And Allah determines [the extent of] the night and the day. He has known that you [Muslims] will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur'an. He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking [something] of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah. So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves - you will find it with Allah. It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Quran, 73:20)
92. Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish. And that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of the Book is the truth, confirming what was before it. Indeed, Allah, of His servants, is Acquainted and Seeing. (Quran, 35:29, 31)
93. And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad - and it is the truth from their Lord - He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition. (Quran, 47:2)
94. And if they do not respond to you - then know that the Qur'an was revealed with the knowledge of Allah and that there is no deity except Him. Then, would you [not] be Muslims? (Quran, 11:14)
95. And it has already come down to you in the Book that when you hear the verses of Allah [recited], they are denied [by them] and ridiculed; so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Indeed, you would then be like them. Indeed Allah will gather the hypocrites and disbelievers in Hell all together (Quran, 4:140)
96. And those who disbelieve say, "Do not listen to this Qur'an and speak noisily during [the recitation of] it that perhaps you will overcome." But We will surely cause those who disbelieve to taste a severe punishment, and We will surely recompense them for the worst of what they had been doing. That is the recompense of the enemies of Allah - the Fire. For them therein is the home of eternity as recompense for what they, of Our verses, were rejecting. (Quran, 41:26-28)
97. And those who disbelieve say, "We will never believe in this Qur'an nor in that before it." But if you could see when the wrongdoers are made to stand before their Lord, refuting each other's words... Those who were oppressed will say to those who were arrogant, "If not for you, we would have been believers." (Quran, 34:31)
98. And [remember, O Muhammad], when We told you, "Indeed, your Lord has encompassed the people." And We did not make the sight which We showed you except as a trial for the people, as was the accursed tree [mentioned] in the Qur'an. And We threaten them, but it increases them not except in great transgression. (Quran, 17:60)
99. And when you recite the Qur'an, We put between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter a concealed partition. And We have placed over their hearts coverings, lest they understand it, and in their ears deafness. And when you mention your Lord alone in the Qur'an, they turn back in aversion. (Quran, 17:45-46)
100. So woe to those who write the "scripture" with their own hands, then say, "This is from Allah," in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn. (Quran, 2:79)
101. The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. (Quran, 2:185)
102. It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom - although they were before in clear error. The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah and then did not take it on is like that of a donkey who carries volumes [of books]. Wretched is the example of the people who deny the signs of Allah. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people. (Quran, 62:2, 5)
103. Say, [O Muhammad], "It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, 'Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur'an. It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone. And [it teaches] that exalted is the nobleness of our Lord; He has not taken a wife or a son. (Quran, 72:1-3)
104. And [mention, O Muhammad], when We directed to you a few of the jinn, listening to the Qur'an. And when they attended it, they said, "Listen quietly." And when it was concluded, they went back to their people as warners. They said, "O our people, indeed we have heard a [recited] Book revealed after Moses confirming what was before it which guides to the truth and to a straight path. O our people, respond to the Messenger of Allah and believe in him; Allah will forgive for you your sins and protect you from a painful punishment. (Quran, 46:29-31)
105. Indeed, those who disbelieve in the message after it has come to them... And indeed, it is a mighty Book. Falsehood cannot approach it from before it or from behind it; [it is] a revelation from a [Lord who is] Wise and Praiseworthy. Nothing is said to you, [O Muhammad], except what was already said to the messengers before you. Indeed, your Lord is a possessor of forgiveness and a possessor of painful penalty. (Quran, 41:41-43)
106. And indeed, We have eased the Qur'an in your tongue that they might be reminded. (Quran, 44:58)
107. And We have certainly made the Qur'an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember? (Quran, 54: 17, 22, 32, 40)
108. By the clear Book. Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. On that night is made distinct every precise matter. [Every] matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send [a messenger]. As mercy from your Lord. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (Quran, 44:2-6)
109. Indeed, We sent the Qur'an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn. (Quran, 97: 1-5)
110. So when you recite the Qur'an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy]. (Quran, 16:98)
The Holy Quran is the only scripture which all Muslims should not doubt, and hence the best tool to guide them about what is right and what is wrong.
HEALING THE DISPLACED AND HOST COMMUNITIES
Anyone at any part of the World can be displaced anytime, including children who can do nothing. Behold! The host communities of today can be the displaced of tomorrow, and the displaced of today can be the host communities of tomorrow.
The easiest way to end people displacement in the World is by everyone paying hospitality and solidarity forward to make everyone feel at home all the time, even while away from home. If this were to take place now, more than 70.8 million displaced people in the World would be better off.
Today, many people have been forcibly displaced by two factors;
- Human Actions, and
- Natural Disasters
A few examples of the major natural disasters behind displacement include; earthquakes, tornadoes, famine, floods, tsunamis, droughts, bushfires, sinkholes, windstorms, pestilences, etc. while the causal human actions include wars and hatred. Likewise, Islamophobia is a result of hatred.
According to the Quran, all the natural disasters encountered by people are also the outcomes of human actions, particularly due to not enjoining people on what is good and forbidding what is wrong. Therefore, human beings are the authors of their own destiny through their actions.
“And when We let the people taste mercy, they rejoice therein, but if evil afflicts them for what their hands have put forth, immediately they despair.” (Quran, 30:36)
“Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” (Quran, 30:41)
Accordingly, natural disasters act as serious reminders from Allah to all people inkling the righteous who don’t enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong in their communities and neighbors.
“And fear a trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty.” (Quran, 8:25)
Furthermore, Allah does not change the condition of people until they change their intentions and practices.
“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (Quran, 13:11)
Similarly, neighbors and receiving communities should not expect to be blessed with peace and mercy from Allah if they don’t respond mercifully to the displaced.
Historically, people displacement has happened throughout the human life account. And most importantly the same even happened to the Prophets of Allah. Some of the Prophets of Allah who were displaced at a point of time include; Abraham (Ibrahim), Joseph (Yusuf), Moses (Musa), Jesus (Isa), and Muhammad (May peace be upon them).
Thus, it should be noted that not every migrant or refugee is looking for economic advantages in the host community as others may just be after saving their lives, looking for the conducive place to worship, and even for aiding the host communities.
Now, among the displaced people are Muslims who have been forced by religiously motivated violence to leave their homes and now looking for a better place to live and worship Allah, although many are being rejected or feared in some host communities following the misconceptions about Islam.
However, such refugees and emigrants have already been promised good news from Allah that we wish all host communities in the World could know;
“O My servants who have believed, indeed My earth is spacious, so worship only Me.” (Quran, 29:56)
“Say, "O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allah is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account." (Quran, 39:10)
“And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many [alternative] locations and abundance. And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him - his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran, 4:100)
The above Quranic verses do not only speak about the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon Him) and his Companions who were forcibly displaced in Mecca hence migrating to Medina but also Muslims who are being displaced in their home and foreign countries due to religiously motivated violence fueled by terrorism, Islamophobia, religious intolerance, extremism, and internal conflicts.
Host communities should be proud of; being considered as better places to live, saving lives, aiding freedom of worship, and hosting future hosts. And never ban the displaced Muslims and the needy because “what goes around comes around.”
“And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran, 24:22)
For Muslims refugees and migrants who are being rejected in host communities, should not blame the attitude of hosts towards their religion but their own actions. However, the Earth of Allah is spacious.
ABCD GIFT FOR YOU
Thank you very much for stopping by, and for your consideration for the World Peace!
We would like to share with you our 10 takes from the following ten Quranic verses, for World Peace:
- Killing one innocent soul is equal to killing all humanity
“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” (Quran, 5:32)
- Allah commands us to respect all places where God is worshiped
“[They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right - only because they say, "Our Lord is Allah." And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” (Quran, 22:40)
- Christians (about 2.2 Billion in the World today?) are nearest to Muslims in affection
“You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, "We are Christians." That is because among them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant.” (Quran, 5: 82)
- Muslims are not permitted to act unjustly to non-Muslims who do not fight them
"Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” (Quran, 60:8)
- Muslims are only permitted to invite people to Allah with wisdom and good instruction
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” (Quran, 6:125)
- Muslims are not permitted to insult whatever non-Muslims invoke (for example idols, etc.)
“And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.” (Quran, 6:108)
- Muslims are not permitted to force non-Muslims to accept Islam
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” (Quran,2:256)
8. Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon him) was sent to ensure mercy to all humanity
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (Quran, 21:107)
- Allah invites people to the home of peace, so does Islam
“And Allah invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path.” (Quran, 10:25)
- A good Muslim is the one guided (by Allah) to the ways of peace.
“By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path. (Quran, 5:16)
ILLITERACY AND PEOPLE DISPLACEMENT
ILLITERACY can also be a reason for people displacement because illiterate people can hardly hope for the prosperous future. People with no hope can do anything including harming themselves and mistreating others because they think they have nothing to lose.
Similarly, to the Muslim world, our idea specific target beneficiaries, Allah commands Muslims to find knowledge before anything else. The very FIRST verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the Quran was all about seeking knowledge – “Recite in the name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous. Who taught by the pen. Taught man that which he knew not.” (Quran, 96:1-5)
Again, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said seeking knowledge is mandatory to both Muslim men and women, and that useful knowledge should be taken from anyone including non-Muslims. In other words, Islam is a religion of knowledge.
To demonstrate the importance of literacy in Islam, after the battle of Badr, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) gave non-Muslim captives an option that they could just teach 10 Muslims to read and write to win their freedom. There are a lot of verses in the Quran which instructs Muslims to seek knowledge while clearly explaining that the knowledgeable cannot be equal to illiterate people, and that for anything unknown to people should be presented to the knowledgeable ones.
Thus, our idea together with other already mentioned initiatives will highly encourage the Muslim world to prioritize seeking knowledge and embracing other knowledgeable people regardless of their backgrounds as justified above. Many Muslim communities have abandoned education hence becoming poor, internally displaced, and even being displaced by the modern world.
Illiteracy among few has recently resulted into Xenophobia in South Africa making a lot of people to be displaced because of illiterate people thinking that they could have taken the jobs of professional foreigners.