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The Nation of Peace

The Nation of Peace “He has ordained for you as a religion that which He commanded unto Noah, and that which we had inspired in you (Muhammad) and that which we commanded unto Abraham and Moses and Jesus, saying: Establish the religion and be not divided therein.[1]” Mujahid (may mercy of Allah be upon him, tabi’i [second generation] commentator on the Qur’an) explained this as, “We entrusted you, O Muhammad, and them, with one religion.”

by Motiur Rahman

Bismillahi-ar-Rahman-ar-Rahim, wa salamun ala sayyidi-al-mursalin, wa-alhadu-lil-Allahi-rabbil ‘alamin.

“This community of yours is one community, and I am your Lord, so be pious; but they have divided their affair among themselves into sects, and each faction is happy with its tenets.[2]” That is, the religion of Islam is “your religion,” and “they were divided” i.e. polytheists,

Jews and Christians. “For each of you We have appointed a divine law and a code (minhaj).[3]” Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that this refers to “a way” (sabil) and a “practice” (Sunnah). “To each community We have given a devout ritual which they to follow devoutly,”[4] that is, a divine law according to which they must act. You should know the basis of religion (din) is one, upon which the prophets, may peace be upon them, agree, and that any variations are in the divine laws and codes (manahij). This is to be elaborated as follows.

The prophets… – The quotes above taken from Shah Waliullah Dehlawi, The Conclusive Argument From God, p.257, trans. by M K Hermansen, Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad 2003. According to the Bible, Jesus, peace be upon him, said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”[5] “The Arabic letters: Siin–Lam–Miim (see above: س ل م and remember Arabic words go from right to left, unlike English) are the root for the following words: salaam (peace), islam (submission/compliance/conformance/surrender), muslim (one who submits/complies/conforms/surrenders). In all these words, you will see the root (component letters) are the same, and in the same order, i.e. Siin-Lam-Miim. peace.”[6] The Arabic language of the Qur’an is one of the group of Semitic languages, and Jesus, may peace be upon him, came from present day Palestine where the Semitic languages are spoken.

After Jesus, may peace be upon him, the major religion to be revealed is Islam, spreading from the Arabian Peninsula to the rest of the world. Exactly as predicted by the penultimate prophet, the Muslims, when they meet each other, say salaamu alaikum i.e. peace be upon you. This is the sunnah, or custom of the final prophet, Muhammad, peace be upon him.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil,”[7] according to the Bible. The Qur’an also confirms this, “And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “this is evident sorcery!”[8] This, too, is confirmed in the Bible,

“And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Periqlytos, that he may stay with you for ever.”[9] The word Periqlytos is explained, “Periqlytos etymologically and literally means “the most illustrious, renowned, and praiseworthy.”

I take for my authority Alexandre’s Dictionnaire Grec-Francais=Periqlytos, “Qu’on peut entendre de tous les cotes; qu’il est facile a entendre. Tres celebre,” etc. “= Periqleitos, tres celebre, illustre, glorieux; = Periqleys, tres celebre, illustre, glorieux,” from = Kleos, glorire, renommee, celebrite.” This compound noun is composed of the prefix “peri,” and “kleotis,” the latter derived from “to glorify, praise.” The noun, which I write in English characters Periqleitos or Periqlytos, means precisely what AHMAD means in Arabic, namely the most illustrious, glorious, and renowned. The only difficulty to be solved and overcome is to discover the original Semitic name used by Jesus Christ either in Hebrew or Aramaic.”[10] Furthermore,

“The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. ‘We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.’”[11] So then, what is the underlying message in this? Surely it is the one of peace and unity! Or in the Semitic tongues, Islam.

Allah says, “The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account. So if they dispute with thee, say: “I have submitted My whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me.” And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: “Do ye (also) submit yourselves?” If they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message; and in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants.”[12] Indeed, all forms of religions and spirituality implies the quest for and the acquisition of peace, love and harmony. According to the Qur’an,

We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.”[13] In the Bible it is reported that Jesus, peace be upon him, said,

“You have heard that it was said of them of old time, You shall not kill; and whoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”[14]

God Almighty says in the Qur’an, “The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail. But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart”[15] The Qur’anic words used in this expression is qalbin saliim, literally a peaceful heart. Again, the roots are Siin-Lam-Miim, the roots for the words such as peace, Islam and Muslim! This, then, had been the message and the religion that have commanded upon Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, may peace be upon them all; the majority of mankind have agreed upon it through their innate nature (fitrah)[16] on this message, regardless of time in human history. To have a better understanding of a concept, sometimes it is important to look into its opposites. The opposites of peace are war, strife, rebellion, discord etc. and this is far away from the religion of God Almighty.

The good news in the Qur’an is that, “Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”[17] And let us conclude by mentioning,

“Those who believe (in the Qur’an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians, Christians, Magians, and Polytheists,- Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgment: for Allah is witness of all things.”[18]

[1] Qur’an 42:13

[2] Qur’an 23: 52-53

[3] Qur’an 5:48

[4] Qur’an 22:67

[5] Mathew, chapter 5: 9

[6] See http://www.studyquran.co.uk/PRLonline.htm

[7] Mathew, chapter 5: 17

[8] Qur’an 61: 6

[9] Bible, John 14: 16

[10] See http://muhammad.net/biblelp/biblelp18.html for a detailed discussion.

[11] Qur’an 2: 285

[12] Qur’an 3: 19-20

[13] Qur’an 5: 31

[14] Mathew, chapter 5: 22-23

[15] Qur’an 26: 88-89

[16] See Sahih Muslim, , the hadith states: “Each child is born in a state of “Fitrah”, then his parents make him a Jew, Christian or a Zoroastrian, the way an animal gives birth to a normal offspring. Have you noticed any that were born mutilated?”

[17] Qur’an 2: 62 [18] Qur’an 22: 17

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