Islam propagates peace as the main principle in international relations (Part Eight)

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The need to seek the peace

  1. The necessity to search for peace

One of the principles of human equality, i.e., religious tolerance and universal brotherhood will lead to the point that Islam has accepted, approved and propagated peace as the foundation of international relations. There are various Ayahs in the holy Quran which stress this point and order searching for peace.

For example, Ayah 208 of Surah Al-Baqarah: “O’ those who believe, all of you enter in peace.” or Ayah 61of Surah Al-Anfal: “If they be inclined to peace, then incline to it too and rely on God.” or Ayah 90 of Surah Al-Nesa: “Whenever they stopped fighting you and they propose peace to you, God does not grant you any way against them.” Also it is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Do not wish confronting the enemies and when you are victorious, be patient [13].

Therefore, peace and reconciliation are on top of the Islamic teachings and specifically in the international relations. So trying for establishing peace is one of the religious duties of every Muslim; particularly at the time when the enemy stops fighting and offers for peace and reconciliation. Without doubt, the phenomenon of war is an issue that Muslims may be suffering from it in which case; they must choose to be patient.

[13] Soyouti, Aljame Alsaqeer, 9737.

Translated from Farsi text written by Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Mustafa Mohaqeq Damaad

To be continued

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