The word Islam means peace in Arabic. Islam is a religion sent down to offer humanity a life filled with tranquilly and peace, where the endless mercy and compassion of Allah are evident. Allah invites all people to embrace Islamic ethics as a model for practicing mercy, compassion, tolerance, and peace. As mentioned in verse 208 of the chapter of al-Baqara:
“O ye who believe! Enter into Islam wholeheartedly, and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an avowed enemy.”
Regrettably, some followers have strayed from the teachings of this great religion. Individuals who were meant to be ambassadors of peace and mercy to the world are causing disturbances within their communities. A recent incident in Faisalabad Jaranwala serves as a glaring example, where individuals claiming to be part of the Muslim community set fire to Christian places of worship and violated their religious beliefs based on allegations of blasphemy without any evidence.
The entire Muslim ummah must reflect on such incidents, which recur far too frequently, to create a more peaceful society. Authorities must take the necessary measures to eradicate extremist mindsets, and religious fanatics must be dealt with firmly to prevent such actions from recurring.
Respect for everyone is the core message of Islam.