Islam and World Peace

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A peace imposed by an imperialist power controlling the masses for its own benefit is no peace. "'Divide and Rule" generates no peace. Conferences, agencies and idealist slogans beget no peace. The U.N. Security Council debates limitations of armaments and gets nowhere. The Eastern bloc and the Capitalist camp both say they want a worldsystem: but they cannot agree on its shape. Class differences rage in both their camps. Both err in thinking that economics is the sole cause of divisions, and in believing that economic measures will by themselves suffice to eradicate conflicts and substitute peace. For Islam, peace is only one among many ingredients in the effective recipe for human happiness. People must be free to think what they will as they will, to weigh all possibilities, and. having thought them through in the light of reason, to decide on the best way to live together. This is the Qur'anic prescription as laid down, for instance, in verse 256 of the Sura II (Baqara- "The Heifer") "In religion is no compulsion. Truth stands out clear from error " etc. or Sura VI: Ana'am -"The cattle" (verse 104): "Proofs from your Lord come to you. He that hath eyes to see, let him see. Whose will see will do so for his soul: Whose refuses, does so against himself. I am not your guard or warder." Or again in verse 22 of Sura LXXXVIII: Al-Ghashiyya -"The Overwhelming Events". "Admonish! Thou art for admonition, not for surveillance, of them!" Conviction and faith are matters of heart. No compulsion can force the heart to conform. Education, training, instruction, logic, demonstration, can help. But whatever the lips say, the heart remains unmoved. Even Galileo murmured. "Eppure si muove" after his recantation! or so we are told. Only his lips and his pen recanted, in effect. Christian propagandists sedulously spread lying reports that Muhammad forced his religion on people by the sword. They cite the Prophet's proclamation of the Jehad, and his raids from Medina. We have...
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