I wish Westerners who misunderstand Muslims could have seen Syed Abbas in action that day. They would see that most people who practice the true teachings of Islam…believe in peace and justice, not in terror… the Koran instructs all Muslims to make caring for widows, orphans, and refugees a priority."
Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time, Chapter 17, pg. 219
The Quran and Sunna truly embody the values of the Islamic faith. The following is a sample of the beautiful Islamic teachings enshrined in the sacred texts:
Indeed, I am Allah . There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance.
Purpose of Life
"I only created mankind and the jinn that they might worship Me.I demand no livelihood of them, nor do I ask that they should feed Me"
And We enjoined man (to show kindness) to his parents, For with much pain his mother bears him
Kind Treatment of Wives
And live with them in kindness
Treatment of Fellow Human Beings
And speak kindly to people
And do good (to everyone).
Indeed, God loves those who do good
Repel evil with what is better
Acts of Compassion
And what will explain to you what the steep path is?
It is the freeing of a (slave) from bondage; Or the giving of food in a day of famine to an orphan relative, or to a needy in distress.
Then will he be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude and encourage kindness and compassion
Forgiveness and Justice‘Show forgiveness,
Speak for justice And avoid the ignorant
Corruption & Attaining God’s Mercy
Do not corrupt the earth after it has been purged of evil. Pray to Him with fear and hope.His mercy is within reach of the righteous
He whose heart God has opened to Islam, shall receive light from his Lord. But woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of God! Truly, they are in the grossest error
Teachings of Prophet Muhammad
They are among the treasures of mankind, not merely Muslims.
Gandhi in his foreword to ‘The Sayings of Muhammad,’ by Sir Abdullah Suhrawardy,John Murray Publishers Ltd, London, 1941.
Show mercy to those on earth and God will show mercy to you.
The powerful one is not one who can wrestle others, but the one who controls himself.
Be mindful of God, and you will find God in front of you. Acknowledge God in ease, and God will acknowledge you in distress. And know that what misleads you will never enable you to do right, and what enables you to do right will never mislead you. And know that help comes with patience, and that relief comes with distress; and with difficulty comes ease
Musnad Abd bin Humaid
Whoever has no compassion for people, God has no compassion for him
Being in the World
Be in the world as if you were a stranger, or a wayfarer
Humility in Practice
God has inspired me that you should be humble so that so no one despises anyone, and no one oppresses anyone
‘The just will be on platforms of light in the presence of God; those who are just in their decisions, with their families, and with what they are in charge of
Injustice will be layers of darkness on the Day of Resurrection
‘God is Kind, and loves kindness in all things
Arguing, Lying, and Good Character
I guarantee an abode on the edge of Paradise for whoever gives up disputation, even when in the right; and an abode in the middle of Paradise for whoever gives up telling lies even in jest; and an abode on the heights of Paradise for whoever is of good character
if anyone kills a person - unless in retribution for murder or spreading corruption in the land - it is as if he kills all mankind, while if any saves a life it is as if he saves the lives of all mankind
If two Muslims meet with their swords drawn, both the killer and the killed are in for the Fire.’ Someone asked, ‘O Messenger of God, this befits the killer, but what about the one killed?’ The Prophet said, ‘He was in fact trying to kill his companion
Jesus and Muhammad (peace be on them)
I am the closest of all people to Jesus, son of Mary, in this world and in the Hereafter; for all prophets are brothers, with different mothers but one religion
- A creation of God separate and parallel to human beings.