Islam: the Religion of Peace

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Aydın H.

The Journal of Rotterdam Islamic and Social Sciences, vol.2, no.1, pp.74-92, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The word islam as a verb is derived from the infinitive Arabic trilateral root of silm, salamet (peace and security). So, if Islam is characterized by·peace and salvation, how can we interpret jihad verses? This article focuses on this point. I will discuss the subject and the impact of this apparent paradox with reference to Islam according to Qur'anic texts. The interpretation of jihad that I will explore best fits the religion that is characterized by peace and salvation. The intention of this article is to show evidence from religious sources that assert that Islam is not a religion that endorses terrorism but one that emphasizes peace and salvation.