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Islam’s War on Terror – Adnan Rashid

This work will present a case for the argument that Islam is one of the best things that happened to mankind. This task will be accomplished by highlighting the evidence of  effective Islamic justice and tolerance the world enjoyed for centuries. It will be seen in what follows that the Muslims, when in power, offered fair terms to the Other (Jews and Christians) and that the purpose of these terms/treaties was to uphold justice and protection of the weak. Some of the contemporary non-Muslim testimonies will also be discussed to show that these treaties were successfully implemented. Evidence from later periods will also be presented to underline the consistency of tolerant Muslim behaviour towards the Other. The paper will argue that the good fruits of Islamic justice and peace are a product of the teachings of the Qur’an and the prophetic tradition (the Hadith). One will see that the peace and justice emanating from the Islamic system produced some of the most civilised societies in the history of mankind. Even the Europeans benefited from the knowledge and experience of the Muslim civilisation. The evidence will show that the advent the Prophet of Islam ﷺ was indeed one of the best occurrences in history.

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Shariah Law – Terrorising or Modernising – Adnan Rashid

‘The Saracens [i.e. The Muslims] show us great goodwill. They allow us to build our churches and to observe our own customs without hindrance.’
These are the sentiments of Patriarch Theodosius of Jerusalem regarding Muslim tolerance, expressed in a letter written to the Patriarch of Constantinople in 869 CE. Theodosius was certainly the equivalent of Archbishop of Canterbury in Jerusalem at the time. We may wonder whether his acknowledgement was deemed controversial, or whether he was asked to resign for daring to speak well of Muslims. Such sentiments did not of course provoke the kind of outrage that is witnessed today; probably due to the factual accuracy of the patriarch’s statement. What Theodosius stated is also corroborated by other Christian figures such as Bernard the Wise (a French pilgrim who visited Jerusalem in the reign of Caliph al-Mu’tazz [866-9 CE]), who stated that if any property was left unattended for some time, it would be found unmolested upon return, ‘such is the peace there’.