“The terrorism of the minority also continues to create a warped perception and view of what Islam truly is. The Holy Quran is not a handbook of violence but a repository of peace, harmony and reformative knowledge.”
Here’s some of the Qur’an’s peace, harmony and reformative knowledge:
2:191-193: “And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”
4:34: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women, for Allah has made one superior to the another, and because they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for Allah’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them. If they then obey you, look not for any way against them; Allah is All-high, All-great.”
4:89: “They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of Allah; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”
5:33: “This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”
5:38: “And the thief, male and female: cut off the hands of both, as a recompense for what they have earned, and a punishment exemplary from Allah; Allah is All-mighty, All-wise.”
8:12: “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!”
8:39: “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”
8:60: “Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to strike terror thereby into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”
9:5: “Then, when the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”
9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden, and do not practice the religion of truth, even if they are of the People of the Book — until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.”
9:111: “Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their possessions against the gift of Paradise; they fight in the way of Allah; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon Allah in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Koran; and who fulfils his covenant truer than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph.”
9:123: “O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that Allah is with the godfearing.”
47:4: “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if Allah had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will not send their works astray.”
“Islam has been coloured and tainted by minority groups who are bent on harm and creating destruction of their fellow man. We who know better must maintain our resolve and ensure that Islam not become a victim of ignorance, paranoia and fanaticism. Islam is a religion of peace.” But as always, these efforts are directed toward people who report on how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. No one is trying to disabuse the jihadis of their supposedly erroneous views of Islam.
“Carmona: Islam a religion of peace,” Guardian Trinidad and Tobago, July 6, 2016:
The imams in the Masjids have a pivotal role in spreading implementable philosophies of peace, harmony, compassion, kindness and selflessness, ensuring that Allah’s benevolence spreads to everyone in T&T’s diverse society.
This was the message shared by President Anthony Carmona on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.
Carmona said the country needed a road map for all people steeped in understanding, love, tolerance, mercy and forgiveness.
“There is therefore a need during this holy time for more listening and less shouting, to bring about a greater understanding, peace and sensitivity to those suffering the afflictions of man’s inhumanity to man,” Carmona said.
He said society must draw inspiration from the Holy Quran and the Muslim way of life and understand their utility in the establishment of a just and fair society.
“All are one in the eyes of Allah regardless of one’s status quo, socio-economic status, class or race for the fount of Allah’s benevolence is grounded in real genuine inclusivity, compassion, kindness and mercy.”
He said the world was filled with “seemingly skewed perceptions,” adding that men and women of peace are often seen as men and women of war.
“The terrorism of the minority also continues to create a warped perception and view of what Islam truly is. The Holy Quran is not a handbook of violence but a repository of peace, harmony and reformative knowledge.
“Islam has been coloured and tainted by minority groups who are bent on harm and creating destruction of their fellow man. We who know better must maintain our resolve and ensure that Islam not become a victim of ignorance, paranoia and fanaticism. Islam is a religion of peace.”
He said it was beyond doubt that Muslims and the Muslim community had engaged in positive transformational change throughout the world.
“Certainly, in our country our Muslim brothers and sisters are playing a pivotal role in the holistic economic, social and political development of the Republic of T&T as well as its democratic and social well-being and traditions,” Carmona said.
Carmona wished the Muslim Community Eid Mubarak, on behalf of himself and his family….