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Published:September 17th, 2011 19:30 EST
What Islam Says About Social Relations?

What Islam Says About Social Relations?

By Syed Talal Hassan Bukhari

21th century is the century of globalization. The interaction among civilizations and different beliefs is being increased day by day. After the incident of 9/11, misunderstandings were created among believers of different religions, especially, the religion Islam faced heavy criticisms, because the terrorists were labeled as Muslims.

After this, different terms like radical Islam, moderate Islam, and political Islam etc came into being. The dilemma is that, the inventors of such terms and concepts are totally unaware of the teachings of Islam, and they are creating a negative image of Islam in front of the world, because when they talk about a radical Islam or a political Islam, the general public supposes Islam to be an ideology of racism, radicalism etc. On the other hand, the terrorists who associate themselves to Islam are causing a huge destruction of not only the world but also the image of this peaceful religion.

At this stage, where inter-cultural and inter-faith relations` state is not satisfactory, it is extremely essential to bring in front of the world the true commands of Islam about social relations, so that people may become able to decide for themselves about what is rightly and what is wrongly said about Islam.

I have tried to put some of the sayings of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), which are the commands for Muslims and a guidance for the whole world. These sayings are about forgiveness mercy and for reconciliation of hearts. And these characteristics are opposite to terror and hatred. One must know the true values of Islam so that he can make a true and fair opinion on this sensitive issue.

Following are some of the worthy Sayings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him):

A. Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, "Whoever has three things, Allah (God) will take his account with ease and will enter him in Paradise} (with His mercy):

1. Mend relations with those who try to break off ties with you.

2. Endow those who deprive you; and

3. Forgive those who are unjust towards you.

B. Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, "charity does not lessen the wealth and if a person forgives someone`s mistake, then Allah (God) increases his honor and respect." Whoever adopts humbleness for Allah, Allah elevates his ranks. "

C. Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, Whoever is not merciful to others, will not receive mercy; whoever does not forgive, will not be forgiven. "

D. Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, "The best manners of the world and the Hereafter are that you associate with those who disassociate with you, and forgive those who do injustices to you and whoever wishes for an extended life and abundance of sustenance should treat his relatives with kindness. "

E. Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, have mercy on others and you will be showered with mercy and adopt forgiveness and Allah (God) will forgive you. "

Islam does not teach terrorism or radicalism, rather it negates hatred and conflicts. Islam came here in this world not to kill but it prevents to kill. It reveals to create a strong harmony, to teach mercy, to promote forgiveness. I appeal to the opinion makers, please first study and then make an opinion. Discussion, debate and research are the only ways through which we can join each others` hands to move forward towards a peaceful society in which a gun is not a solution.