Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Qur'an's Prescription for Preventing Terrorism and Violence

By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam
04 December 2019
The Qur'an has taught us several ways to prevent terrorism and injustice. Three of these are of the utmost importance: (1) abstaining from the Fasad Fil Al-Ard’ (mischief or moral corruption against God and disturbance of the public peace in the land) (2) avoiding irrelevant issues and interference into the affairs of others, and (3) establishing justice and peace.
Commanding the Muslims to avoid the Fasad Fil Al-Ard’, Allah says in the Quran, “And do not obey the order of the transgressors, Who cause corruption in the land [Yufsiduna Fil Al-Ard’] and do not amend.” (26:151-152)
Another divine education for the people is that they should refrain from interfering in unrelated matters, as Almighty God says, “Say (O Prophet!) I have believed in what Allah has revealed of the Qur'an, and I have been commanded to do justice among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds, and for you your deeds. There is no [need for] argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and to Him is the [final] destination.” (42:15)
Third, Muslims must keep struggling for promoting peace and justice, as God Almighty says, “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do”. (5:8)
In the time of Hazrat Umar Farooq (may Allah be pleased with him), one of his Emirs sent a complaint regarding the desertion of his city and demanded some money from Amir al-Muminin Hazrat Umar so as to resettle this deserted place. Hazrat ‘Umar Farooq wrote in reply, “After reading my letter, protect your city by establishing justice, fairness and removing oppression from the paths of the city because oppression results into desertion of the city”
It is true that “the country is not without army. The army is not without wealth. The wealth is not without cities. The city is not without people. And the people are not without justice”.
In the above mentioned passage, Hazrat ‘Umar commanded his governor to abstain from oppression and injustice in every situation otherwise the city would be destroyed. Due to lack of injustice the door of oppression opens up, people are forced to become criminals; therefore, justice ought to be established at all cost.  The history witnesses that whenever injustice was committed in the country and among nations, there appeared acts of violence and terrorism which caused massacre of a large number of human beings and destroyed houses of human families.
A proverb in English is very famous that “if you want peace, work for justice”

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