Islam against terror
Which is more violent (bible or Koran)? A teacher at Penn State University and author of "The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia -- and How It Died." Philip Jenkins said about comparing violent content of the bible vs the Koran "The Bible contains far more verses praising or urging bloodshed than does the Koran, and biblical violence is often far more extreme, and marked by more indiscriminate savagery."(1 ).
The Christian bible has scriptures that denounce terrorism and violence, so does the Quran. Muslims are encouraged to speak mildly with people they disagree with (Taha 44). The chapter titled "Alma'eada" doesn't allow "hatred of others" make Muslims "swerve to wrong and depart from justice," because Justice is "next to Piety". The Quran has many verses on Justice and tolerance" (2).
Muslims are often portrayed with having a virulent hate for America. It should be noted anti American sentiment isn't just for Muslims, in fact there is a similar sentiment across Europe. But how do the Muslims across the globe feel? Research showed that Muslims in general admired freedom of Americans, social justice and technology, they disliked Americans because they perceived them as arrogant, ruthless and are religious extremists (3 ).
In 625 AD the Prophet Muhammad wrote Constitution of Medinah at a time in history when it was normal behavior for an army to rape, pillage, and plunder the people it defeated. Muhammad decided to put an end to this practice. The constitution forbid soldiers from attacking civilians it also protected the animals and crops of the defeated. This is was before the first Geneva Convention of 1864 (4 ).
The Prophet Muhammad signed an agreement called the "Pact of Medina" non-Muslims. The reason for this pact was an agreement for these communities to live together. The pact provided that others had security rights, political rights, cultural rights, complete religious freedom was guaranteed for all groups. It also said that Muslims and others (Jews, Christians, etc) should be friend and have honorable dealings and no treachery between them(5 ).
Author on Islamic subjects Ziauddin Sardar said "I have four things to say to those who, however reluctantly, support suicide bombings in Palestine. One, if suicide killing was a viable weapon of a just war, however conceived, then the Prophet Muhammad himself would have used it. He had ample opportunity to do so. Two, a Muslim community cannot really be in a state of despair--however bad its situation. Indeed, despair in Islam is a cardinal sin. As classical Muslim scholars have repeatedly pointed out, despair signifies rejection of God's mercy and abandonment of hope. The very raison d'etre of Islam is to provide hope. Three, suicide is also a cardinal sin in Islam. Life is the ultimate gift of God: nothing signifies ingratitude more than taking your own life--whatever the cause. According to Islam, suicide is one thing that God may never forgive. Four, taking one innocent life is, according to the Koran, like murdering all humanity. Indeed, even in a fully fledged state of war, killing innocent women and children is forbidden. You can fight only against those who fight against you on a battlefield." (6 ).