In the current era, the words Muslim and Islam are being considered synonymous to the terms ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ respectively. Why? The answer goes back to the time when the terrible incident of 9/11 took place. It was indeed an act of terrorism, there’s no denying that. But those who were behind this mass murder were they really Muslims? If we study Islam in its true sense, we’d know that they were not true Muslims. They were just spoiling the name of this great religion that preaches kindness and harmony. Islam clearly condemns murdering of innocent lives. Those who indulge in such sins are not Muslims.
The word Islam is derived from the Arabic word ‘Salama’, which means peace and/or submission – Submission to Allah (S.W.T.) and peace to all humanity.
O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you.
(Surah Al-Baqarah – Verse 208)
This verse clearly states that Islam is about peace, and those who sabotage peace, are followers of Satan.
Another verse from Quran that clearly forbids the followers from wrongdoing says,
And cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation. And invoke Him in fear and aspiration. Indeed, the mercy of Allah is near to the doers of good.
(Surah Al-Araf – Verse 56)
Unlike other religions, Islam asks the followers not to damage the property or crops of people even in times of war. How can Muslims be terrorists if their religion clearly forbids them to harm innocent lives even in a state of hostility?
And when he turns his back then wanders spreading mischief in the land and destroys the crops and lives and Allah agrees not with the mischief.
(Surah Al-Baqarah – Verse 205)
According to Sahih Bukhari, whenever the great messenger of ALLAH S.W.T, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) had to choose between two options, he always chose the easier (non-confrontational) option. All true Muslims follow in the footsteps of their Prophet who was an epitome of peace and tolerance.
Muslims are not terrorists but peaceful people. Quran teaches them to be tolerant and kind. Those who spread terror and force people into Islam are not Muslims because the Quran states,
“There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.” (Surah Al-Baqarah – Verse 256)
Jihad – A Misunderstood Idea:
The word Jihad is misunderstood all over the world because of the entities like IS, Al Qaeda, Daesh etc, who are exploiting the banner of Islam to justify their atrocities. They call their massacres an act of Jihad, which is nothing but a sham. Jihad is not against innocents and unarmed people. ALLAH S.W.T asks Muslims to take part in Jihad only when the enemy tries to oppress or fight them.
“Fight in the cause of GOD those who start fighting you, but do not transgress limits (or start the attack) for GOD loveth not transgressors.” (Surah An-Nahl – Verse 190)
Peace with Other Nations:
The Holy Prophet promoted peace and harmony between different nations. Hazrat ‘Awf bin Malik narrates that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W.) said, “There will be a peace treaty between you and Bani Al-Asfar (the Byzantines).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Holy Prophet’s (S.A.W.W.) Treaty of Hudaybiyyah is another example of Muslims living in peace with non-believers. Can you imagine the followers of a man to be terrorists who Himself made peace with other nations?
True Muslims are peaceful people. They are the servants of the all Merciful, the most Compassionate. They are the followers of Mohammad (S.A.W.W.) who was famous for his kindheartedness and compassionate nature, not only among his companions, but also among his greatest enemies. Islam teaches peace and harmony and denounces those who cause terrorism and violence on earth. A true Muslim can never be a terrorist and a terrorist can never be a true Muslim.