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March 1, 2022

Importance of Maintaining Peace in Islam

Aine Moorad

Peace is undeniably one of the greatest human needs. Peace is also a fundamental aspect of Islam. In fact, the word Islam means peace and submission. As we enter the month of Rajab, one of the four sacred Islamic months, let’s explore this important Islamic virtue. 
Below are references from the Quran and hadith which emphasize the importance of maintaining peace.  

  • “Do good to others as God has done good to you, and do not seek corruption, and mischief in the land, for God does not love those who cause corruption and make mischief.” (Quran, Surah Al-Qasas, 28:77) 


  • “Peace is better” (Quran, 4:128) 


  • “And if they incline toward peace, then you too incline toward it, and put your trust in Allah. Indeed, He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.” (Surah Al-Anfal, 8: 61) 
  •  "...And settlement is best..." (Quran: 4:128).  


  • The Quran calls its way "... The ways of peace ..." (Quran: 5:16).  


  •  It describes reconciliation as the best policy (4:128), and states that God hates any disturbance of peace (2:205).  


  • Similarly, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has observed: "God grants to gentleness (Rifq) what He does not grant to violence ('Unf)." (Sunan Abu Dawud 4/255) 
  •  Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak goodness or remain silent. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his neighbor. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his guest.” (Sahiḥ al-Bukhārī 6136, Sahiḥ Muslim 47) 


  • One of the ninety-nine names of Allah is salam which means peace.  


It’s clear our actions towards our fellow human beings can help maintain peace. It is critical we practice kindness, treat others with respect, speak gently, avoiding anger and violence – traits displayed by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 

May Allah guide us in maintaining peace in our lives, blossom peace and kindness in the hearts of the troubled and help us live this life according to the virtues of our religion InshAllah.  

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