‘ All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain ? ‘
‘ Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding ‘
There has been a raging debate about Islam being a religion of peace or not. I have been listening to and reading about this debate. With the quotes above in mind i would like to offer some incites of mine for your consideration.
I have seen quotes posted that have quoted passages from the Quran to show that Islam is not a religion of peace. I am sure you have seen these quotes . I will attempt to offer some quotes on the opposite side. Anyone can pick any quote to prove their view of the Quran or the Bible, but you have to consider the whole text to understand what those Books are schooling.
for example ; ……Quran… 6: 151 ‘ and do not kill a soul that God has sacrosanct, save lawfully. ‘ * (i.e. murder is forbidden, death penalty imposed by the state for crimes is permitted. ) Quran… 5:53 ‘whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. ‘ these are not calls to violence.
Islamic law teaches against warfare. Quran 8:61 ‘ but if enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God ! for He is the one who hears and knows all things. ‘……Quran 2: 190 ‘fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo ! God loveth not aggressors. ‘
The Prophet Muhammad….. ‘ do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat them well you will treat them well, and if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do and not to do wrong even if they do evil. ‘
Quran 5:8 ‘ and do not let the hatred of people prevent you from being just. be just; that is nearer to righteousness. ‘ …… Quran 5:69 ‘ surely they that believe, and those of Jewry, and the Christians, and those Sabeaans, whoso believes in God and the Last Day, and works righteousness-their wage waits them with their Lord, and no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow. ‘ The Quran promises Christians and Jews along with Muslims they if they have faith they need have no fear in the afterlife.
These, i believe, are not evil teachings or a call to kill all non-Muslims, or a call to a great -war. You must read and research BOTH sides of an issue. Know the subject, never accept a point of view without research.
The Bible also teaches peace. But it also has violent quotes. ….Deuteronomy 17:12 ‘ anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the Holy man who represents God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged. ‘… Ezekiel 35:7-9 I will fill your mountains with the dead. Your hills, your valleys, and your streams will be filled with people slaughtered by the sword. I will make you desolate forever. Your cities will never be rebuilt. Then you will know i am God. ‘ These are not preaching’s of peace. But we know that the bible, overall, teaches love and peace.
My conclusion is that you can pick and choose words to back up your view but unless you weight the whole… you will not be able to understand the truth in these writings. You should always be compassionate, see the heart, soul of the other. Buddha …’ what we think, we become. ‘ If you think EVIL, you will become EVIL.
i think about John Lennon’s IMAGINE …’imagine there’s no religion …….’ But we humans need religion to sort us out. But our different views should not lead us into violence and wars !
WHO IS THE ENEMY ?