Violence and Peace from Islamic Perspective: Analytical Study of Textual Evidences
Religion commands love, mercy and peace in human life at both individual and social level. The 'Qur'an' and 'hadith' literature are both full of such statements as to promote and maintain peace in society. Yet, there are certain groups of Muslims who do not only believe in the efficacy of violence for the propagation of their thoughts and actions but also justify their approach towards their actions. Due to their negative activities among the groups of Muslims that the world in general and the west in particular refer to Muslim individuals and organizations associated with Islamic movement as fundamentalists. Organizations subscribing to the theory of violence as the best tool to achieve their goals lure generally the unsuspecting Muslim youths with little or superficial understanding of the contexts of statements available in the Islamic sources. These youths zealously carry out the task of their superiors in the name of religion with a craving for the guaranteed entry into the paradise. This paper aimed to highlighting Islamic approach towards violence and peace with the purpose of correcting the misconception that Islam encourages violence by analyzing textual evidences rationally and critically.
Keywords: The Qur'an, Hadith, Violence, Fundamentalism
Dr. Ismail Haji Abdullah
Head of Department/ Assistant Professor, Department of Qur'an and Sunnah Studies, International Islamic University