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The Religion of Peace (sometimes abbreviated as ROP or RoP) is a political neologism used to describe Islam. After the September 11, 2001 attacks many Muslims along with politicians from the Western world, stated the religion of Islam was a "Religion of Peace" in an effort to differentiate between Islamic terrorists and non-violent Muslims[1][2]. Subsequently, critics of Islam have adopted the phrase, using it in a sarcastic manner. [3][4] A political neologism is a newly coined term (neologism) for political use, to craft the public view of policy or social agenda in language that appeals most to a current political culture. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... Occident redirects here. ... Criticism of Islam has existed since Islams formative stages on philosophical, scientific, ethical, political and theological grounds. ... Sarcasm[1] Mockery, sarcasm is sneering, jesting, or mocking a person, situation or thing. ...

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History of the term

The Arabic term Islam (إسلام) is defined as "submission", rather than "peace", and comes from the term aslama, which means "to surrender" or "resign oneself".[5][6] The word salaam (سلام) ("peace") shares the etymology of the word Islam. [7] [8] This has led to a widespread misinterpretation that "Islam means peace"[9] . Look up Salaam in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Critics of Islam, when speculating about the cause of the September 11, 2001 attacks, have blamed the attack on the doctrines and beliefs of Islam, saying the religion itself was intrinsically violent, and a major factor motivating the attacks.[10][11][12][13]. However, many Muslim scholars, and many Muslim and Western politicians have rejected this, saying that terrorism against civilians was not true to Islam, but a misunderstanding of its doctrines by a small minority of Muslims[2]. President Bush was vocal in supporting this latter view, despite criticism from some quarters.[14]. He described Islam as peaceful several times during his speeches, although he did not use the term "Religion of Peace" as such. Criticism of Islam has existed since Islams formative stages on philosophical, scientific, ethical, political and theological grounds. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...

"The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: "In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule." The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war." [15]

Other politicians throughout the world supported his views. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad referred to Islam specifically as a religion of peace while discussing terrorism. The Prime Minister of Malaysia is the indirectly elected head of government of Malaysia. ... Mahathir bin Mohamad (b. ... Terrorism in Malaysia shifted from militancy promoting Communism to militancy promoting Islamism. ...

Clearly Islam the religion is not the cause of terrorism. Islam, as I said, is a religion of peace. However through the centuries, deviations from the true teachings of Islam take place. And so Muslims kill despite the injunction of their religion against killing especially of innocent people[2]

Muslims who are keen to emphasise their rejection of violence emphasised the term “The Religion of Peace”, [16] using it as a synonym for Islam (although it was in use before then). For example, a web site religionofpeace.com was started that strongly advocated this view. After the 7/7 London bombings many Muslims, especially in the West, increased their efforts to present Islam as a peaceful religion.[17] The 7 July 2005 London bombings (also called the 7/7 bombings) were a series of coordinated terrorist bomb blasts that hit Londons public transport system during the morning rush hour. ...


Controversy

The description of Islam as the "Religion of Peace" has created controversy:

  • Pope Benedict XVI refused to agree that Islam was a religion of peace. However he stated:
It certainly contains elements that can favor peace, it also has other elements: We must always seek the best elements.[24]

Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ... Islamism is a political ideology derived from the conservative religious views of Muslim fundamentalism. ... Sayyid Qutb Sayyid Qutb (IPA pronunciation: []) (also Syed, Seyyid, Sayid, or Sayed; last name also Koteb or Kutb) (Arabic: ; born October 9, 1906[1] – executed August 29, 1966) was an Egyptian author, Islamist, and the leading intellectual of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 60s. ... Hassan Butt (born 1980 in Luton) is the British Pakistani former spokesman of the radical Islamic group al-Muhajiroun who now calls on Muslims to renounce terror.[1] Before renouncing terror, Butt claimed to have sent arms to the Taliban, organised training for 200 British Muslims to fight in the... Sarcasm[1] Mockery, sarcasm is sneering, jesting, or mocking a person, situation or thing. ... Criticism of Islam has existed since Islams formative stages on philosophical, scientific, ethical, political and theological grounds. ... Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961)[1] is an American best-selling author, columnist and political commentator. ... Papal Arms of Pope Benedict XVI. The papal tiara was replaced with a bishops mitre, and pallium of the Pope was added beneath the coat of arms. ...

References

  1. ^ . The President's Quotes on Islam : The White House
  2. ^ a b c Islam, Terrorism, and Malaysia's Response Asia Society
  3. ^ e.g Craig Winn when writing about a debate with Jalal Abualrub said For, how could a "religion of peace" have such an open-ended and encompassing edict to destroy anyone who chooses not to submit to it?
  4. ^ a b Ann... continues to ridicule Islam sarcastically as the "religion of peace" whenever a negative story arises within the Muslim world. Counterpunch June 5, 2003
  5. ^ L. Gardet; J. Jomier "Islam". Encyclopaedia of Islam Online. Retrieved on 2007-05-02. 
  6. ^ Lane's lexicon.
  7. ^ "Islam" at the Online etymology dictionary
  8. ^ "Islam". Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. (accessed: September 12, 2007).
  9. ^ "The Contexts of Religion and Violence" Journal of Religion and Society", Supplement Series 2 (2007)
  10. ^ "..it was a religious belief that what they were doing would bring them special rewards in paradise that had motivated the terrorists to volunteer for those missions. Without that religious belief, there would probably have been no suicide missions" The Real Culprit by Farrell Till: Skeptical review Nov/Dec 2001
  11. ^ "Suicide bombing, in the Muslim world at least, is an explicitly religious phenomenon that is inextricable from notions of martyrdom and jihad, predictable on their basis, and sanctified by their logic. It is no more secular an activity than prayer is." Sam Harris: The End of Faith p251 (ISBN 0743268091)
  12. ^ Sperry, Paul. "The Pentagon Breaks the Islam Taboo", FrontPage Magazine, FrontPageMagazine.com, December 14, 2005. 
  13. ^ "Suicide bombers follow Quran, concludes Pentagon briefing", World Net Daily News, worldnetdaily.com, September 27, 2006. 
  14. ^ The Real Culprit by Farrell Till: Skeptical review Nov/Dec 2001
  15. ^ White House press release 17 Sept 2001
  16. ^ For example Dalil Boubakeur head of the Paris Mosque said "The prophet did not found a terrorist religion, but a religion of peace." (reported inthe International Herald Tribune Feb 2, 2006)
  17. ^ Islam: A religion of peace? by Gordon Nickel, National Post Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2006
  18. ^ "Jihad and the Modern World", by Dr. Sherman Jackson, Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, Spring / Summer, 2002
  19. ^ "The defeatists should fear Allaah lest they distort this religion and cause it to become weak on the basis of the claim that it is a religion of peace. Yes, it is the religion of peace but in the sense of saving all of mankind from worshipping anything other than Allaah and submitting all of mankind to the rule of Allaah" Fiqh al-Da’wah by Sayyid Qutb, 217-222 retrieved from Islamqa.com
  20. ^ "Only when Muslims admit that 9/11 and 7/7 were the work of Muslim terrorists can we move forward to the next juncture: which is recognising the hard truth that Islam does permit the use of violence. Muslims who deny this, preferring instead to mouth easy platitudes about how Islam is nothing but a religion of peace, make the job easier for the radicals who can point to passages in the Koran, set down in black and white, that instruct on the killing of unbelievers." Hassan Butt writing in The Times July 14,2007.
  21. ^ Study by John C. Green of the University of Akron reported at beliefnet.com
  22. ^ Secure Computing SmartFilter
  23. ^ Mitchell, W. J. T. (2007), "Picturing Terror: Derrida's Autoimmunity", Critical Inquiry 33: 277–290, <http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/resolve?id=doi:10.1086/511494>
  24. ^ Pope won't call Islam religion of peace in World Net Daily. Published: July 26, 2005

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External links

List of sites using the term "Religion of Peace"

  • ReligionOfPeace.com the first web site to use the term.
  • IslamIsPeace.org.uk a web site for British Muslims putting forward the view that Islam is peaceful.

List of sites using the term "Religion of Peace" but in a sarcastic manner

  • TheReligionOfPeace.com A site highly critical of Islam containing a database of Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11.
  • religion-of-peace.com A site containing articles highly critical of Islam.

List of web pages discussing if Islam is a "Religion of Peace"

  • Islam: A religion of peace? by Gordon Nickel, National Post Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2006
  • Islam ‘A Religion of Peace’? at the UK humanist site.
  • al-islami web page on "Islam: The Religion of Peace" argues Islam to be a peaceful religion.

The National Post is a Canadian English-language national newspaper based in Don Mills, Ontario, a district of Toronto. ...

Books

  • Religion of Peace?: Islam's War Against the World by Gregory M. Davis ( ISBN 097789844X )
  • Islam: Religion of Peace and Justice by Muhammad Nawaz ( ISBN 1410767868 )
  • Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't by Robert Spencer ( ISBN 1596985151 )

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The Christian formula for peace is based on the concept of unilateral adjustment, while the sufi formula for peace is love for all.
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