We read in Islamic heritage books that many jurists classify lands into the land of peace (dar as-salam) and the land of war (dar al-harb), and that it is war that protects Muslims. Thus war is a necessity; besides, Islam cannot stand except by sword. Does this apply to our present time or was it an ijtihad limited to their era?
It is circulated that Islam is a religion of terrorism and it opposes peace. Is this right?
As-salamu `alaykum. We are asked to repeat “Allahumma Salli `Ala Sayyidina Muhammad” many times throughout the day. Could you please explain why? Are we asking Allah to bless the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) or are we asking Allah to literally pray for him? We pray for Allah our Creator and Master, but why would Allah pray for His Messenger and Servant? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh. Islam is a religion of peace. We greet our brothers and sisters by wishing peace for them. Must Muslims accept violence? Can Muslims be strictly non-violent? Too often the media in the West presents the image of Muslims as violent, but I know this is not correct. I’m a Muslim, but insha'Allah, I will never kill anyone, or even hurt them intentionally. When I watch the genocide in Chechnya or Bosnia, or the tragedy which unfolds in Palestine, it makes me very angry and very sad. I pray that Allah will allow peace to prevail among humanity, between the Muslims and the non-Muslims alike. I like to think that I and other Muslims can be a force for peace rather than for violence. Am I wrong? Thank you for your help. This is really troubling me, and any advice you can provide would be much appreciated. Jazakum Allah khayran. Wa Salamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh.