On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center came crashing down due to Al-Qaeda attacks. Those were the darkest days for the family and friends of the victims and also for Muslims all around the world. Al-Qaeda is a militant Islamist group, also known as extremists or terrorists, who are calling for a global Jihad. Many terrorists may be Muslims but not every Muslim is a terrorist. I am here today to clear the name of Muslims and what Islam’s views are on peace, Jihad and terrorism.
The very meanings of Islam are of peace for mankind and submission to god. “The whole mankind is like one community” is a glorious verse in the Quran exhibiting the truth that we should decide our matter and settle our differences like brothers. We are like a
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All three Abrahamic religions preach on peace. The Arabic word Jihad literally means “Holy Struggle”. It is not holy war. War is war. No war can be holy. The Quran says that unjust killing of a man means the killing of the whole mankind. What is just killing and unjust killing? When someone kills a man without any reason or justification is unjust killing. When the judge gives the capital punishment to this murderer and issues the order of his death is just killing. Similarly, when a war is thrust upon you and you become the victim of persecution and aggression, you are permitted to defend yourself and kill the invaders and perpetrators. There are some Muslims who believe in Jihad in the name of aversion and conversion. They are the ones who have aggressive attitude. Such extremists divide the world into two blocs, the House of Peace and the House of War. In Islam Jihad is of three types: The Struggle by Tongue, the Struggle by Pen and the Struggle by Sword. So far a religion is concerned the Quran again announces peaceful preaching through exhortation, love, logic, mercy, and example. Nowhere in the Quran has said that the people of other faiths should be killed or forcibly converted. In Surah Al-Nahl in the verse 125 the Quran says; “Invite (all) to the way of Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious; for the Lord knows best, who has strayed from his path, and who receive guidance”. The Jihad by