Extreme Religion vs Enlightened Moderation
Islam is one of the three major world religions, which, along with Judaism and Christianity, confess monotheism, or the belief in a single God. Islam is both a “religion” and a complete “way of life”. The word Islam comes from the Arabic word “Salam”, which means “peace”, “give in” or “submission”. The full meaning of Islam is “peace through give in to the will of Allah. Islam is a religion of peace and calmness. It lays stress on sympathy, tolerance and patience. Islam teaches a collective sense of loyalty to Allah and equality of all human beings before Him. These loyalties surpass class, race, nationality and even differences in religious practices. A Muslim is one who avoids harming others with his tongue and hands. The spirit of these teachings exemplify in Islam has been summarized from the Quran: “You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an utter enemy to you”. Although Islam is a universal message of peace and brotherhood and its logical and scientific contributions, channel of fearful agreement and a body increasing intolerance and extremism. Western opinions of Islam are often based on some misunderstandings, due to a lack of knowledge about Islam. A difficulty in the West in understanding Islam is possibly because religion does not rule everyday life in the West, whereas Muslims consider Islam a “way of life.” Still there are more similarities between Christianity and Islam than differences, because of vested interests many people from both faiths use differences, reveal a clash of faiths, and describe a repetition of battle rather than promoting peaceful co-existence. These actions further enlarge the sound of misunderstanding and provide ideal opportunities to extremists in both camps to take the advantage. Islam does not allow killing of any innocent person regardless of his or her religion. The...
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