Prophet’s core teachings of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and love for the humanity

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, WordForPeace.com

 

Islam is based on the three major foundations: knowledge, love and

peace and all other precepts and practices of Islam are just

manifestations of any of these three basic Islamic tenets.

 

The greatest favour God bestowed upon the entire Ummah (including both

Muslims and non-Muslims) is that “He raised amongst them His Beloved

Prophet (PBUH) who took them out of ignorance, purified their souls

and hearts, and provided them with spiritual guidance”, as the Qur’an

says.

 

Prophets’ bond with one another is quoted in one of the beautiful and,

yet, most forgotten Hadiths (Prophetic sayings) in which the Prophet

is reported to have said: “The prophets are paternal brothers, their

mothers are different but their religion is one. Both in this world

and in the hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the

son of Marry.” (Narrated by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, the two most

authentic compilations of Hadiths).

 

This hadith reminds us of the eternal divine fact that all the

messengers of Allah, the Almighty are sent to mankind to disseminate

the same sacred message; “God is only one” and thus, they all share a

strong bond of fraternity and brotherhood in faith. The difference, if

any, he expounded, was not in the core essence of their confession,

but in its offshoots which are termed as Shari`ah in Islamic

terminology.

 

Islam honours all prophets and messengers of God and gives them equal

amount of importance in terms of their basic message. We should retain

this basic Islamic teaching to develop broader understanding of the

pressing need for tolerance and mutual esteem among followers of

different faiths.

 

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