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Relations Between Islam, Violence and Muslim communities
“To be a Muslim all the people should be safe from your tongue and your hand." These words from the prophet Mohammed, summarize the positive teachings set forth in the Quran and Hadith which together comprise the tenets of Islam as a faith. The word Muslim in the Arabic language means peace and the aforementioned quotation clearly states that one should not hurt another by either words or actions. Many people, particularly those in the West, have adverse views of the Muslim religion. These people see Muslims as a populace that practices violence as part of the Islamic fundamental teachings. This essay will show the relationship between Islam rules as represented be the Quran and Hadith, the Muslim community, and violence.
1-Islam rules (Quran and Hadith)
A-Does Islam preach violence?
B-Is violence part of the Arabic culture?
C-Are outside influences the cause of violence? A-Does Islam, through the Quran and Hadith, preach violence? The Quran is considered to be the sacred constitution of Islam. All Muslim countries and all their legal entities are expected to follow the dictates of this holy book Unfortunately, this is not as uncomplicated as it appears because the Quran was written in the highest level of Arabic grammar. This is one of the reasons for the variety of interpretations for these sacred writings, some of which are contradictory. Even Arabic language specialists can draw different conclusions from the same sura (chapter) in the Quran. For example, one Islamic website (Altifsir.com) has collected 150 explanations for the Quran. Interpretations are further complicated by Nesek (update). According to religious leaders, God knew that the 7th century Arabic community could not accept all of His declarations at once but rather they needed to be phased in gradually. Some suras contain difficult instructions from God, and therefore, the people asked the prophet to beg God to lessen the responsibilities on Muslims. As a result, some suras were updated at later dates with a new context. Some of these contexts are the opposite of the original proclamations. For example, one sura states that God will punish the people if they do not do all that He asks even if they are incapable of doing this because it’s physically or emotionally difficult. Then God said that He would accept any amount of His directions according to their capabilities. These explanation issues are not limited to the Quran but exist in Hadith .There for they are many sects for Muslim community. The Quran preaches violence according to many sura. God said "Mohamed Jahed (fight) the people who don’t believe in me, do not show them any mercy for all of them will be in my fire after their death. At the same time, the Quran and Hadith preach peace, compassion, respect, and love. God said, "My mercy includes everything and we should forgive the people who did bad things to Islam." Mohammed said No one should be forced to be a Muslim; everyone has the right to choose his own belief.” This conflict is not unique to the Quran. Both the Jewish Old Testament and the Christian New Testament have references to violence. God says in the Jewish holy book, "Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey." In the New Testament, Jesus angrily attacks the money changers in the temple for turning it into a den of thieves for commercial purposes. In Informed Comment, Professor Juan Cole estimates that Christians have accounted for 50 times more violent deaths than Muslims during the last century. This, like most statistics on the subject of religion, is highly debatable and resulted in an uproar in the media. When the two brothers planted bombs at the Boston Marathon, the culprits were immediately identified by their Muslim religion. According to some of the media and much of the general the population, the primary motive was due to their religious beliefs…