The message of Muhammad (PBUH) is sometimes misunderstood and often misrepresented by observers outside of the Islamic world. This can be attributed to two main agencies, specifically, the mass media and the actions of the minority that commit acts of violence in the noble name of Muhammad (PBUH). It seems that We have reached a point in history where both these parties enjoy a symbiotic existence in perpetuating an archaic ideology, which is light years away from the peaceful and harmonising message of Islam. In this section we seek to highlight why Muslims believe their faith to be a beacon of peace and hope in world today.
Freedom of Conscience
The words “Freedom of anything” and “Islam” are not often heard in the same sentence, this is a real shame, because the messenger of Islam promoted freedom of conscience, he came to liberate people from self-made superstitious beliefs and vile acts of female sacrifice in the name of social status and religious honour. The divine call to the Holy prophet (PBUH) set forth a clear charter enshrined in holy law that proclaimed complete freedom of conscience. The Qur’an is unique among all the scriptures in affirming truth and righteousness of all the Prophets and the truth of all Divine revelations, and in establishing and proclaiming the right of every human being to complete freedom of conscience:
There should be no compulsion in Religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong.. (Ch.2: V.257)
And say, ‘It is the truth from your Lord; wherefore, let him who will, believe, and him who will, disbelieve.’ (Ch. l 8: V.30)
The presentation of Islam to mankind must involve no pressure or coercion. Indeed no pressure or coercion was possible, as the Holy Prophet (PBUH) stood alone and unprotected against a hostile combination of tribes and he and his handful of early followers were subjected to the most bitter, cruel and persistent persecution all through the thirteen years of his ministry at Mecca. The manner propagation of the, faith is, however, laid down clearly the Qur’an:
Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He knows those who are rightly guided. (Ch. 16: V 126)
A way of accord between all those who believe God and in Divine revelation has been proclaimed in the Qur’an. The time seems to have come; it cannot be far when the invitation extended by Islam may be availed by the followers of other revealed faiths, for the purpose of achieving a practical brotherhood of man through common spiritual values.
Say, `O people of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with Him, and that some us take not others. for Lords beside Allah.’ But if they turn away, then say, `Bear witness that we have submitted to God’ (Ch.3: V65)
As a corollary of belief in the existence and unity of God and in a divine purpose behind all creation, Islam emphasises the accountability of man in all spheres of life, and sets up a balance between this life and the hereafter. This constitutes the essence of Islam. Whoso, therefore, affirms faith in the existence and unity of God in the life hereafter and strives constantly after righteous action, becomes heir to the grace and mercy of God:
Surely, those who have believed, and the Jews and the Sabians and the Christians-whoso believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Ch.5: V70).
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