Six Quran quotes on peace that remind us the true spirit of religion

Here's what the Holy book says!

What are the true teachings of Islam?

In many parts of the world, various awful labels are attached to Islam and Muslims. This unpleasant reputation is why Muslims are blamed, criticized, sidelined, and misunderstood by many.

The hostility for Islam stems from the behavior that it is okay to blame the religion and its teachings and mar Islam’s reputation. However, they don’t realize that many Quran quotes on peace bluntly prove that the religion is based on principles of love and acceptance.

To educate people on the true essence of Islam, here are six Quran quotes on peace

1. Violence, aggression, and war

Islam only allows Muslims to act in defense. They cannot preemptively initiate war but can fight back when expelled from their houses or lands.

[2:190] “You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.”

[2:192] “If they refrain, then GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.”

[2:193] “You may also fight them to eliminate oppression and to worship GOD freely. If they refrain, you shall not aggress; aggression is permitted only against the aggressors.”

2. The path of Divine Justice

Muslims are not allowed to stray away from the path of divine justice. Religion allows fighting for the cause of God, but there are many conditions attached to it. The idea of unrestricted, apocalyptic warfare associated with Islam and Muslims is totally un-Islamic.

[2:190] “Fight for the cause of God, those who fight you, but do not transgress, for God does not love the transgressors.”

3. Prisoners of War

Islam directs Muslims to treat prisoners of war with honor. The gruesome acts of beheading, rape, and enslavement are not allowed in the Holy book.

[76:8-9] ”And feed with food the needy wretch, the orphan, and the prisoner, for love of Him (saying): We feed you, for the sake of Allah only. We wish for no reward nor thanks from you..”

4. Preaching Islam

Followers of Islam are not allowed to force their religious beliefs upon their enemies or anyone for that matter.

[2/ 256] “There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.” 

5. Doing good and bad

Freedom of thought and religion is essential, according to the Quran.

 [Surat al-Ma’ida, 48] “We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with each other in doing good. Every one of you will return to God, and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed.”

6. Importance of Kindness

The Quran preaches the importance of doing good.

[2:195] “And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction, but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.” – Al Baqara

Only if people worldwide come to realize Islam’s actual teachings Muslims might stand a better chance at garnering and spreading love. One can only hope that someday, Islam is saved from dishonor and disgrace.

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