Peaceful Coexistence in Islam
By Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
18 July, 2014
In the non-Muslim world there is this question as to whether Muslims and non-Muslims can coexist peacefully together? They base this question from the fact that they get to see and know that in the Muslim world, non-Muslims are treated very badly. The answer to the above question from the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet is that they can, they should and they must. But this is not a rhetorical statement. I need to back up this claim, on what basis I say this.
To emphatically say ‘yes’ to the above question is based on the Islamic values. I will list some of them that can be fully documented from the primary sources of Islam. The first value is the value of Peace. It is not just rhetoric, that Islam means peace...it is much deeper than that. Islam itself means and demands to have peace with Allah, the Creator, resulting in inner peace within oneself; with all the creations of Allah- whether it is humans (Muslims or non Muslims) or animals or plants and even ecology, through submitting oneself to the Will of Allah and following His guidance sincerely and as fully as one can.
The second value is the firm belief in Allah (God) who is the creator of everything in the Heavens and Earth. This is not a mere dogma; because when we say that God is one then the whole humanity is also one, coming from the same source. The Prophet of Islam put it so beautifully: People (not just Muslims) are the dependence of Allah and the most beloved among them in the sight of Allah are those who are more beneficent to these dependence of Allah