Does the Quran Promote violence ?

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No. Islam promotes peace, justice and unity of strength. In fact the Quran doesn’t only address tolerating non-Muslim minorities under an ideal Islamic State but it also talks about having cordial and friendly relationships with them. Islam encourages the tolerance attitude towards non-Muslims and their due rights to be given. Islam considers human rights in supreme level and laws aim to bring social reforms, its a complete of life. Islam guarantee peace when you implement its laws no matter if it’s against your relatives. The teaching of Islam is based upon sheer justice. The life of Al-Farooq ‘Umar ibn al-Khattâb (RA ) is a shinning page of Islamic history, The Prophet pbuh called him, Al-Farooq, the one who clearly distinguishes the truth from falsehood. He was Known with his upholding of truth, fairness and justice at all costs. when Islamic laws are established justice would prevail. Each will be treated equally before the laws. Truth manifest itself from the false propoganda.

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)

We look the term Violence from different angle, perspective and meaning. Violence and abuse are used to establish and maintain power and control over another person, and often reflect an imbalance of power between the victim and the abuser. We see modern societies are conducting campaign, programmes to prevent violence and support victims. It aims to build public awareness about violence and against injustice. To better understand this issue, one needs to recognize that Islam does not teach that if someone is slapped, he or she should turn the other cheek. As Islam is based on Fitrah, the innate human nature that’s why Quran gives the order of Qisas law (you can take justice through qisas) Allah says “There is a life for you in Qisa. Islam permits fight in self defense but does not support to harm others (Muslim/non-Muslim).

Furthermore we come to know how to handle violence in the light of the Quran rather than crossing our limits. For instance, Gun is a killer instrument. It makes the big difference if it is in the hand of a policeman or criminal.. isn’t it ? He is allowed to kill and open fire to the dangerous criminal in self defence and protect himself to maintain peace in society. However, it would be a big crime if the same gun is in the hands of a criminal. Islam is not simply a religion, but a way of life and a system which covers all aspects of human life. Islam allows the use of gun or allows to fight, it does not mean Islam gives a free hand to its faithfuls to go on the rampage and kill non-Muslims whosoever comes in their way. Even Islam has given the freedom in all walk of life. Quran says “There is no compulsion in religion…” (2:256) Not only does Islam demand their freedom to practice religion, but also that they be treated justly as any other fellow human. Warning against any abuse of non-Muslims in an Islamic society, the Prophet stated:

“Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)

So Quran instruct wherever injustice prevails people have to stand for justice. Such criticism against Islam is biased. We need to understand Islam through the eyes of Prophets’s teachings. Just randomly cherry-pick some quranic verses and allege that it incites Muslim to Violence. But when verses are properly analysed one will find that they aim at universal peace. In practical point of view the alleged verses in support of violence after logical study reveal that they actually spread peace through justice. Islam being the religion which has goodness and concerns with regards to non Muslims. In today’s scenario, the situations that Muslims are in put in under non Islamic rules needs to be thought upon.

“Seek the life to come by means of what God granted you, but do not neglect your rightful share in this world. Do good to others as God has done good to you. Do not seek to spread corruption in the land, for God does not love those who do this” (Quran, 28:77).

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