Editor’s Note: Islam-The Relgion of Love and Peace

Islam is a religion that teaches Muslims to live their lives by compassion, faith, mercy, and love: love for Allah, love for our Rasul صلي الله عليه واله وسلم and his family, love for our Sahaba, love for our faith, our deen, our parents, our elders, our families, our teachers, our communities, our brothers, our sisters, and all of mankind.

It is a religion of the heart. In fact, it is a way of life that transforms people into more caring and loving individuals. Any way of thinking that is contrary to this message of love and peace is not Islam. When love is the foundation of Islam, how can actions possessed by anger, hate, and ignorance represent the virtues of the religion? Unfortunately, misunderstanding clouds peoples’ understanding of Islam; it also clouds their hearts. We will not be able to see the light that Islam represents wearing blinders of hate and anger. Only through the light of Prophet Muhammadصلي الله عليه واله وسلم does everything become clear.

By looking at the life and the actions of Rasulullahصلي الله عليه واله وسلم we can learn how to manifest virtues of peace, respect, and love. All three go hand in hand as peace comes from respect, and respect comes from love. And from love branches all character and virtue.

From the hadith of the month, we know that Rasulullahصلي الله عليه واله وسلم was sent to perfect good character. Nowhere in good character is their insulting, getting angry, or hurting others. Even before Allah ordered Rasulullahصلي الله عليه واله وسلم to start spreading the message of Islam, he was loved by many of the Quraish for his perfect character.

Rasulullahصلي الله عليه واله وسلم would never respond to hate with violence. He would instead respond with love and care. He would actually sincerely pray to Allah to help guide those who hurt him!
We need to be doing our part as Muslims by walking the walk instead of only talking the talk. We say we are followers of the Prophet Muhammadصلي الله عليه واله وسلم , but we have to live up to the expectations our Prophetصلي الله عليه واله وسلم has for us.

– Br. Thymur Dogar & TMN Team