September 11th still brings me to tears. I’ll never forget watching our fearless adults scared like children and hearing the sad silence of 300 million hearts breaking all at once. I know that acts of terror still happen all over the world every day, and I can only hope that our world takes a step closer to global cooperation and peace for the next generation. The most effective weapon in the war on terror is an open mind: learning about other cultures and building bridges of understanding, compassion, and respect.
With that being said, here are some verses from the Qur’an I gathered together that hopefully show how the Qur’an discusses differing opinions on religion and how to deal with the “other.” I personally find it ridiculous that any Muslim could be as close minded as to think they are the only “righteous” people out there, when our holy book so clearly challenges those who historically thought this way.
“O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous.” Chapter 49, Verse 13
“Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and thee was hatred, become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint.” Chapter 41, Verse 34 and 35
“Surely those who believe and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.”2:62
And they say, “None shall enter heaven except he who is a Jew or Christian. These are their van desires. “Say, Bring your proof if you are truthful. Yes! Whoever submits himself entirely to Allah and he is the doer of good to others, he has his reward from his Lord, and there is no fear upon him nor shall he grieve.
“For each of you We have prescribed a law and a way. Had God willed He could have made you one community, but that he may try you by that which He hath given you. So vie ye one with another in good works.” [Maidah (5): 48]
“And insult not those whom they (the Non-Muslims) worship besides Allah, lest they insult Allah wrongfully without knowledge. Thus We have made fair seeming to each people its own doings; then to their Lord is their return and He shall inform them of all that they used to do.”
“Allah does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the deen or driven you from your homes,or from being just towards them. Allah loves those who are just. Allah merely forbids you from taking as friends those who have fought you in the religion and driven you from your homes and who supported your expulsion. Any who take them as friends are wrongdoers. (Surat al-Mumtahana, 8-9)
“Invite to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better.”
“Your Lord knows you best; he will have mercy on you if he pleases and he will chastise you if he pleases; and We have not sent you as being in charge of them.”
To continue my tangent, this fascinating article from the Huffington Post suggests that the Prophet warned us of ISIS all these years ago.