Monday, October 28, 2013

Reconciliation: A Qur'anic Message to Extremist Muslim Ideologues to Stop Provoking Wars and A Way to Restore Peace and Harmony

 By Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
October 28, 2013
Today the Muslim world is in the clutches of disastrous war, mutual conflict and bloodshed over trifles. Muslim individuals are prone to quarrels. Shia-Sunni unrest is at its peak particularly in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan. The death toll only in Syria has mounted to more than 110,000 including children, women and elderly people. Every other day we listen to the news of fatal suicide attacks perpetrated or purported by extremist Wahhabi-Salafi ideologues in Muslim countries. Innocent people are being charred to death under undue pressure of schism between Shias and Sunnis.  At such a turbulent time, we badly need to foster reconciliation to restore peace. We should not only restore peace and harmony but also get the reward from God the Almighty. The holy Quran says to the Muslim Ummah:
"So have Taqwa (fear and obedience) of Allah and reconcile the differences between yourselves."[Al-Qur'an 8:1]
"Indeed the Believers are but brothers. Therefore reconcile the differences between your brothers, and fear Allah so that you may receive mercy." [Al-Qur'an 49:10]
"When two parties of the Believers fight each other, then make reconciliation between them." [Al-Qur'an 49:9]
“Most of their discussions do not contain any good, except of the one who enjoins charity or goodness or peace-making among people; whoever does that to seek the pleasure of Allah – We shall soon give him a great reward” (Surah Nisa: 114)


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