youThe murder of daipur is another incident that casts doubt on the progress that mankind has made since the dark ages. Great minds throughout history have reiterated the role of peace in the development of society. But the incident is an example of the chaos that unleashes when intolerance reigns over reason and brotherhood. This condemnable act has reignited the discussion of how violent extremist actions contradict the fundamental tenets that Islam professes.
The root of the Arabic word for Islam is ‘sm‘, meaning peace. Islam has no place for bloodshed and killing other human beings. The Koran declared that ‘killing one human being is like killing all mankind’ (Qur’an, 5:32).
To kill someone is haraam (forbidden) in Islam. It is illegal for civilians to physically or even verbally attack others. According to Islam, punishment is the prerogative of established courts, not of individuals or non-governmental organizations. If someone commits a crime, their case will be referred to a tribunal created by the laws of a country, and the judge will render his decision after completing the necessary legal steps. Then the competent judicial authorities will execute the order. Civilians cannot do this. Not only the performance of rites, but part of religious duty also makes it necessary for a Muslim to respect and observe the laws of the country in which he resides. Throughout history, Islamic scholars have uniformly agreed that respecting and obeying the law of the land is an essential aspect of faith.
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Islam, a faith of reason
Those who use aggressive methods or words instead of reasoned answers slander their faith. To inflict physical punishment or incite others to do the same on anyone who makes a disparaging remark about the Prophet Muhammad is tantamount to implying that Islam is incapable of providing a reasoned answer, which in itself discredits Islam. .
Islam is an ideology based on reason. All Islamic teachings are based on reason and argument, and they favor logical debate rather than corporal punishment. There can be many reasons why a person may choose negative words against the Prophet and one of them is provocation. The provocation often leads to an exchange of harsh words and the Quran’s golden rule of mutual respect and tolerance (6:108), where he asks his followers not to insult someone else’s faith. , seeks to solve this problem.
According to Quranic teachings, no individual has the power to limit the freedom of others – it is available to everyone. It is not for individuals to decide whether someone has used or abused their freedom. In all aspects of life, the Islamic way is to seek peace and reason. A popular anecdote illustrates this. Once in Medina a man came to the Prophet and said, ‘Teach me something that is not too much for me so that I can comply with it.’ The Prophet replied: ‘Do not be angry.’ The man repeated his request several times, but each time the answer was the same: “Don’t be angry. It is deeply distressing that, rather than heeding this advice, some Muslims continue to resort to violence, passive or aggressive, due to self-inflicted paranoia.
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The responsibility lies with the followers
History shows that any success on the part of an individual or a community has been achieved by adopting a peaceful and conciliatory approach. It gives people the ability to make full use of available options, whereas confrontation only leads to planning the destruction of others. This latter approach is inherently programmed to achieve a destructive result. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Peace cannot be achieved by violence; it can only be attained through understanding.
Despite the fact that no religion encourages violence, some of the most horrific acts of violence in history have occurred in the name of faith. So, whose responsibility is it to be at the forefront of the faith, preventing it from being misinterpreted and distorted? Followers. It is up to them to do whatever is necessary to build a society where peace, freedom of expression and constructive dialogue reign.
Extremist ideology and violent behavior have no place in any society. A heavy burden rests on the shoulders of the scholars and intellectuals of the communities. Leaders must clearly and openly condemn any act of violence and effectively escalate these views to build a peaceful world for generations to come.
The author is an Islamic thinker and author of ‘The true face of Islam‘. Views are personal.
(Edited by Srinjoy Dey)