Islam the religion of peace and not terror
we call on our elites to engage in a productive dialogue with those in the West that are open on Islam and knowledge. We also call on the nation to invigorate the internal rational dialogue among its sects, so that we could solve our problems and draw plans for success in our future having been plagued by sectarianism and partisanship.
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question:
What is the Islamic position regarding the hostility towards others? Does Islam harbor aggression towards all those who differ with it?
The Religious Authority,
Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said
Enmity represents a state of self-suffocation, as a
result of the personal complexes, and the feeling of arrogance towards
others, and a readiness to deny and besiege them, as well as a constant
effort to get rid of them , such enmity is cased by many factors.
Firstly, the envy that represents the negative
feelings and wishes towards the other.
Secondly: Mistrust and suspicions towards the other
since it creates an atmosphere of lack of trust between individuals and
groups, Allah has prohibited this vice in His saying:
Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for
suspicion in some cases is a sin
Thirdly: lack of understanding of the other, and
relying on impressions only, without trying to read him as he really is.
Prophet Muhammad(p.) has highlighted this point in his saying:
If you talk frankly to each other you would not have
fought (each other to death).
Another cause of hatred and enmity is the domination
of personal interests and desires to the extent of becoming blind and
deaf and not to be with the right no matter how clear it may be. God says
:They follow nothing but conjecture and what
their own souls desire.- He
also told us about the Children of Israel who used to kill the prophets
that were sent to them or accuse them of lying :
whenever then a messenger came to you with that
which your souls did not desire, you were insolent so you called some
liars and some you slew.
As for the consequences of enmity, its negative
results affect both the individual and the society. On the individual
level, it complicates the life of man, leads him to live in isolation and
fills his heart with hatred, which in turns affects his life and the
lives of those around him. As for the social level, enmity is one of the
elements of the nation's fragmentation, leading to its weakness, and
affecting its reputation and making it a victim of all who which to
The Quran tells us how Allah's Grace was bestowed on
the Muslims, changing their attitude from one of hatred towards each
other of one of love and good wishing: and
remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united
your hearts so by His favor you became brethren;
Islam wanted the people to eliminate all traces of
enmity from the souls of hearts of all human beings so as to make man
full of good, mercy and love to all fellow humans.
The Prophet(p.) , His purified progeny and his
honorable companions used to love even their enemies, and felt sorry for
those who fought them, for they did not want anybody to go to heaven
because of them, and because they did not hate the unbeliever as a person
but they hated his unbelief and rebellion on God.
Islam has rejected the logic of permanent enmity. It
has left the door open for the enemy to return to the right path, and
thus establishing good relations with him.
Thus, what is been internationally claimed that Islam
is the religion of terror, and that it instituted enmity among people and
that the sword spread it, is unjust whether regarding Islam or to the
actions and teachings of the Prophet(p.) as well as the behavior or the
majority of Muslims.
It also denies the historical fact the Muslims were”
the most merciful conquerors" and that they did not force the members of
the other religions to adopt Islam. This fact is acknowledged by several
contemporary Western historians who asserted in their writings that the
minorities under Islam were living in better conditions than those of
other rulers that claim to be followers of other religions.
We understand quite well that what several Western
administrations and some of their media are trying to do is to promote
Islam as the sole enemy of Western civilization. International Zionism
further spreads this claim to create a bigger rift between Muslims and
the Western nations, to pursue the interests of the Zionist entity and to
broaden the political rift, and transform it into a cultural and
This blind malice against Islam and the Muslims is not
in most of the times, a product of their ignorance of Islam and its
values; it is the result of a grand conspiracy plotted by the arrogant
powers to facilitate their dominance over the Muslim countries and create
a barrier between their people and Islam whom the successive polls have
shown it to be the fastest spreading religion.
As we call on the Western circles to stop targeting
our causes and antagonizing our peoples, we call on our elites to engage
in a productive dialogue with those in the West that are open on Islam
and knowledge. We also call on the nation to invigorate the internal
rational dialogue among its sects, so that we could solve our problems
and draw plans for success in our future having been plagued by
sectarianism and partisanship and having entered into a dialogue among
the deaf that made us enter into dark tunnels, instead of opening up on
the broadness of the horizon of our major cause.