Violence and Peace from Islamic Perspective: Analytical Study of Textual Evidences

Dr. Ismail Haji Abdullah
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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
Stream: Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Ismail Haji Abdullah

Head of Department/ Assistant Professor, Department of Qur'an and Sunnah Studies, International Islamic University

Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, Matriculation Center, International Islamic University Malaysia. Currently an Assistant Professor and Head Department of Qur'an and Sunnah Studies at the same university. Have published several articles including "The deviant religious teaching of Abu Bakar Bapu", "The deviant religious teaching of al-Khalidiyah", "The deviant religious teaching of Taslim group", and "Monograph on Selected Malay Intellectuals". There are few other articles to be published in a near future. The articles are "Shafi'i Role in Preserving the Sunnah in al-Risalah" to be published by Islamic Quarterly, London, UK, "The Influence of the Exposition of al-Maraghi on Mustafa Abdul Rahman's al-Qur'an al-Hakim exposition" to be published by Journal of Islam in Asia (JIA), International Islamic University Malaysia, "Al-Ta'alim al-Diniyahal-Mu'asarah al-Munharifah fi Maliziya" (in Arabic) to be published by Journal al-Tajdid, International Islamic University Malaysia, and "Al-Juwayni's Influence on al-Ghazali in the Question of the Origin of the World" to be published by Hamdard Islamicus, Pakistan.

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