It has been wearily established that Islam is an effluent source of peace that flaws with abundant magnitude of tolerance, love, recognition and gratitude for all people, Muslims or non-Muslims. Today, no one but has in the depth of his or her heart that Islam has no relation to anthrax, terrorism or occupation of lands.
Responding to the question, Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, states,
First of all, we should know that Islam is subject to attacks of others from its very beginning and that they are doing so either ignorantly, spitefully or out of fear of Islam.
Unlike other religions, Islam has its unique doctrine and principles and therefore it sets up a unique and different character of its followers. On the other hand, followers of other religions integrate in society without having any distinctive features or rules. That is why people fear Islam although Islam commands nothing but peace and recognition of others’ rights.
however, we should know that these anti-Islam campaigns are not new and we should react to these campaigns the same as did our salaf (righteous predecessors). Muslims in the past spread Islam by their knowledge and good manners; they were qualified with enough knowledge to persuade others of Islam which they practiced by their behaviors.
We, Muslims, should not respond to injustice with injustice but we should repel the evil deed with one which is better as we are ordered in the Qur’an.
Moreover, I want to add that the ma’azanah (minaret) is not required in itself. In other words, it is not a religious obligation but it is an architectural work invented by Muslims, then the Christians and the Jews imitated Muslims in that and built similar minarets topped by crosses and stars. This is quite clear in Rome and Switzerland itself. In the same time, it is an Islamic symbol which we do not accept any transgression towards it.
Our discourse should be in light of Allah’s saying, (Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright.)(An-Nahl, 16: 125)
therefore, we should react wisely and in a calm way.
May Allah guide all to what pleases Him!