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*'''Islam only allows for violence in self-defense.''' In Islam, the follower is only allowed to engage in violence ONLY if they were in danger caused by other parties. If that so, then they allowed to fight anyone to try to exterminate them like in Palestine. *'''Islam only allows for violence in self-defense.''' In Islam, the follower is only allowed to engage in violence ONLY if they were in danger caused by other parties. If that so, then they allowed to fight anyone to try to exterminate them like in Palestine.
-*'''[[Argument: The Quran does not encourage killing innocent civilians| The Quran does not encourage killing innocent civilians]]''' Nowhere in Quran it is mentioned that to attain JANNAT or heaven one needs to kill in the name of allah. However it is mentioned that if someone enters your territory driven by undue intentions then you must fight for your religion and your people. This may be true for any other religion as well i.e.to fight for the right cause for your people. This is in no way related to violence. Misinterpretation of this logic has led to misguiding and misleading of various young muslims to the path of terrorism and violence. +*'''The Quran does not encourage killing innocent civilians''' Nowhere in Quran it is mentioned that to attain JANNAT or heaven one needs to kill in the name of allah. However it is mentioned that if someone enters your territory driven by undue intentions then you must fight for your religion and your people. This may be true for any other religion as well i.e.to fight for the right cause for your people. This is in no way related to violence. Misinterpretation of this logic has led to misguiding and misleading of various young muslims to the path of terrorism and violence.
*'''Muslim world has had no more violence than other religions.''' [http://www.al-islam.org/al-serat/IslamAndViolence.htm Seyyed Hossein Nasr. "Islam and the Question of Violence". Al-Serat, Vol. XIII, No. 2] - "the history of Islam has certainly not been witness to any more violence than one finds in other civilizations, particularly that of the West." *'''Muslim world has had no more violence than other religions.''' [http://www.al-islam.org/al-serat/IslamAndViolence.htm Seyyed Hossein Nasr. "Islam and the Question of Violence". Al-Serat, Vol. XIII, No. 2] - "the history of Islam has certainly not been witness to any more violence than one finds in other civilizations, particularly that of the West."

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Does Islam promote violence, or is it entirely a peaceful religion?

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  • Islam is a religion that is very concerned with peace. Back to the first period of Islam in Medina, Prophet Mohammad taught the follower to live in harmony with other people no matter they were jews or christian. This pact, known as medina charter, had made the relationship between the jews, moslem and christian in Medina had gone with very well. Even the Prophet Himself had declared that ANYONE who kill people with other religion beside Islam then that person will be against the Prophet.
  • Islam only allows for violence in self-defense. In Islam, the follower is only allowed to engage in violence ONLY if they were in danger caused by other parties. If that so, then they allowed to fight anyone to try to exterminate them like in Palestine.
  • The Quran does not encourage killing innocent civilians Nowhere in Quran it is mentioned that to attain JANNAT or heaven one needs to kill in the name of allah. However it is mentioned that if someone enters your territory driven by undue intentions then you must fight for your religion and your people. This may be true for any other religion as well i.e.to fight for the right cause for your people. This is in no way related to violence. Misinterpretation of this logic has led to misguiding and misleading of various young muslims to the path of terrorism and violence.


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