In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Today is the Eid celebration in which we celebrate the first day of eating after the Ramadan. Many of us buy new clothes, call up old friends we haven’t been in touch with and join our families for celebrations. It is also the day we give Sadaka to the poor who are less affluent then us. Many make new resolutions for the coming year. If we Muslims have a look at our Muslim world we cannot deny that the one thing our world lacks is peace. But how can a religion whose name incorporates the word peace be peaceless ? How can a religion whose followers greet each other with ‘salaam wa alaikoem’ (peace be upon you) lack that same wish ? The answer will remain unanswered, at least for now. Let’s get back to the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, what did he say about peace ? The prophet said:
“Faith is a restraint against all violence, let no Mu’min (believer) commit violence”.
“The proud will not enter paradise, nor a violent speaker.”
Someone said to the Prophet, "Pray to God against the idolators and curse them." The Prophet replied, "I have been sent to show mercy and have not been sent to curse."
But the most important message of the prophet, peace be upon him was inscribed on the hilt of his sword: ‘‘Forgive him who wrongs you; join him who cuts you off; do good to him who does evil to you, and speak the truth although it be against yourself.’’
These are very powerful messages of peace. If we incorporate them into our lives they could make a radical difference for the better. Imagine what would happen if we applied this to the letter. First of all all 'muslim' terrorists would disappear. Imams would preach peace everywhere. They would hasten to call up their followers to do good even to those who wronged them. Imagine how this would effect our personal lives. We would find no reason to not be at peace. We would be peace. We would forgive those who wrong us, join them, do good to them. We would speak the truth even if it was against ourselves. This would effect our surroundings, our work places, the people around us. Person by person Islam would become peace and Muhammad would finally succeed in delivering his message to the world: PEACE.
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Wa Salaamu Alaikoem ( And Peace be with you)
The Healthy Muslimah