"Do you think Islam promotes violence more or less than any other religion?” this is directed towards the "lesser jihad"

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suzy555 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Whenever individuals, groups or communities are faced with a problem, one way to solve it is by resorting to violence. The better way is to attempt to solve the problem by peaceful means, avoiding violence and confrontation. Peaceful means may take various forms. In fact, it is the nature of the problem which will determine which of these peaceful methods is applicable to the given situation.

Islam is a religion which teaches non-violence. According to the Qur’an, God does not love fasad, violence. What is meant here by fasad is clearly expressed in verse 205 of the second Surah. Basically, fasad is that action which results in disruption of the social system, causing huge losses in terms of lives and property.

Conversely, we can say with certainty that God loves non-violence. He abhors violent activity being indulged in human society, as a result of which people have to pay the price with their possessions and lives. This is supported by other statements in the Qur’an. For instance, we are told in the Qur’an that peace is one of God’s names (59:23). Those who seek to please God are assured by verse 5 of the sixteenth surah that they will be guided by Him to "the paths of peace." Paradise, which is the final destination of the society of God’s choice, is referred to in the Qur’an as "the home of peace" (89:30), etc.

 

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The question you ask is kind of tricky. It is hard to specify whether one religious group is more violent than others. There are alot of religious groups and cults out there whose violence goes untold. Islam has been publicized for many years now and has opened itself to much needed scrutiny. In my opinion they are not promoting violence any more than any other religious groups, especially those who also kill in the name of their god, as well as those who promote killing the innocent with terrioristic acts. The term "jihad" does however refer to war in the name of islam, but there are rules that muslims must follow when it comes to violence in the name of "jihad".

Apologies ahead of time if I offend someone here. Please correct me if I say something wrong.

I'd have to strongly disagree with you here. Jihad as a word, means nothing near war in the name of Islam. Rather,  Jihad is the struggle that one makes in the way of Allah, or God. This could even include seemingly trivial things such as obeying your parents to please them to please Allah. The highest form of Jihad is the struggle against ones own desires that may cause one to stray away from the path of religion. This can be anything from disciplining oneself to not lie to reading Quran on a daily basis.

There is, however, a lesser form of Jihad, which you somewhat touched upon. This can be termed "war," by some, but it is more defensive than it is offensive. The only rules that Muslims are to follow when it comes to violence in the name of Jihad are restrictive, not promotional. For example, one cannot kill someone who is not fighting in the war. This includes animals and plants in addition to humans.

So in response to the original question, I would say that no, Islam does not promote violence more or less than any other major religion. The perversion of the facts by those who do not know all the details, and the repetition of this, is what spreads the false image of Islam as a violent religion.

 

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kimboknows | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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The question you ask is kind of tricky. It is hard to specify whether one religious group is more violent than others. There are alot of religious groups and cults out there whose violence goes untold. Islam has been publicized for many years now and has opened itself to much needed scrutiny. In my opinion they are not promoting violence any more than any other religious groups, especially those who also kill in the name of their god, as well as those who promote killing the innocent with terrioristic acts. The term "jihad" does however refer to war in the name of islam, but there are rules that muslims must follow when it comes to violence in the name of "jihad".

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