Today, world is literally a flame, fueled by injustices and prejudices being inflicted upon the weaker ones. As a result, those who feel oppressed retort back and the situation becomes even graver, leading world to more plight and misery. The most unfortunate thing is that all the violence and misery of the world is wrongly associated with Islam, a religion that speaks of equality, justice, brotherhood, and respect.
Mainstream world media, however, is being played by forces of evil that thrive on this unrest and injustice, to label Muslims as oppressors and terrorist, while doing all the dirty work themselves for their monetary and other vested interests. The fact of the matter is that Islam is a religion that speaks of equality, justice, tolerance, brotherhood, and peace. With such high moral grounds to its foundations, it cannot be simply held accountable for worldwide atrocities.
To get acquainted with Islamic teachings, nothing serves as a better source other than Quran, the most exalted of Scriptures, descended to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for leading humanity out of the darkness and ignorance. Given below are some basic Islamic teachings from Qur’an that constitute the social structure and fabric of an Islamic society, and one thing is for sure, i.e. world can turn into a place of peace, harmony and tranquility following those teachings.
Islam tells us that all human beings are to be respected and honored, for the fact that all of them are created equal. The division we see in them based on families, tribes, and nations serves only to differentiate them rather than to turn it into a matter of fake pride and ego to suppress the weaker ones. There are clear instructions in Qur’an about that, as mentioned in the following verse as well:
“O mankind, we have created you from a male and a female, and made you into races and tribes, so that you may identify one another. Surely the noblest of you, in Allah‘s sight, is the one who is most pious of you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (49:13)
Freedom of Expression
One of the biggest allegations Islam has to face ever since its inception is that it forces people from other religions to turn towards it. This is totally baseless an allegation as it could be, meant only to label Muslims as oppressors unfairly. Quran teaching in this regard shall clear any doubts that Islam favors or resorts to the use of force. In fact, Islam believes in complete freedom of expression and will, as evident from many verses in Quran, for example:
“There is no compulsion in religion.” Qur’an 2:256
Everyone is allowed whether to believe or to deny: “Now, whoever so wills may believe and whoever so wills may deny.” (18:29)
Justice and Fair Treatment
In fact, the principles of justice and fairness led many early non-believers to convert to Islam, and this continues even today, though with much lesser frequency and strength. Islam knows that it becomes suffocating and unacceptable for people to live in societies which are devoid of justice and fairness without any prejudice. The following verse should dawn it to people how strict Islam is about prevalence of justice and fairness:
“O you who believe, be upholders of justice – witnesses for Allah, even though against (the interest of) your selves or the parents, and the kinsmen. (4:135)
These are just a few examples of the kind of teachings Islam bestows upon humanity. If people were to follow such morally high principles, world would definitely turn into a better place to live for all of us. Instead of believing in media led blunt lies about Islam, exploring Holy Quran is a much better way to differentiate reality from fabrication.