Saturday, July 30, 2011

Non-Violence

I believe in the ideal of non-violence. I also believe in moderation and I think part of that is that force (violence) can be an acceptable way in certain situations, even if I believe that the ideal would be non-violence in any situation.


I know that the Qur'an talks A LOT about wars, but that it is out of defense that there should be fighting. Is there anything in the Qur'an or the religion of Islam that might indicate that the IDEAL is non-violence, even if fighting in self-defense is acceptable?

7 Comentários:

ellen557 said...

i think an important thing to study here is the life of the prophet, saws, as he built a life around islam that, for the most part, didn't include warfare. that shows us that while warfare is a fact of life, we should be focusing on our iman/religion over this. the ideal, then, would be that - religion over worldly needs, which includes unnecessary warfare. i could be wrong though :)

SS said...

You rightly said :...... I also believe in moderation and I think part of that is that force (violence) can be an acceptable way in certain situations, even if I believe t......

Islam upholds the sanctity of human life, as the Holy Quran declares that :
killing one innocent human being is akin to killing the entire human race (Quran5:32, 6:151, 17:33).
"Whoever saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind" Qur'an 5:32
Like all other faith traditions, Islam considers all forms of life as sacred. There is certainly no justification for such a practice of suicide bombing and Honour Killing in Islam. .
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I think the following video is relevant to define or explain what is violence and non violence,also JUSTIFIES your belief as well :

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1209138480560823039#docid=222543040954663499

Nikki said...

When I read about the Prophet Muhammad I see many examples where instead of taking revenge (which would have been customary culturally at the time/location) when able, he forgave/pardoned, etc. Examples from his life and actions in combat do lead me to believe that non-violence is the ideal. However, if a people are trying to wipe you off of the map, and you have a very important message to deliver (and even if you don't...) you wouldn't, you COULDN'T just sit and knowingly be murdered.

The Odd Muslimah said...

The ideal was non-violence which was why the Muslims were not allowed to fight back during persecution.

I found the following paper is an interesting read regarding this subject:

http://saif_w.tripod.com/questions/violence/non_violence_and_islam.htm

truth said...

Ramadan Kareem.

QURAN ABOUT ABRAHAM,MOSES ,JESUS AND OTHER PROPHETS :
(2:136) Say ye, `We believe in GOD and what has been revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac and Jacob and his children and what was given to Moses and Jesus, and what was given to all other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them; and to HIM we submit ourselves.'

khany said...

Hello Candice,

this article by eric stoner may be of interest. besides the references in the article linked above i also find the nonviolent example of muslims in the midst of the rwandan genocide to be an inspiration.

peace

Candice said...

khany, you're back! Thanks, I will definitely check that out! I'm really glad you still read my blog. :)

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