While Islam presents itself as the
only way of life for people to achieve salvation in the after-life, it
also teaches its followers to live up to high standards in conduct with
other human beings, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, race,
language or culture. The Holy Quran is highly critical of Christian
beliefs in Trinity and regarding Jesus (peace be on him) as a deity. The
Holy Book is also very critical of the Jews for not accepting Jesus and
Muhammad (peace be on them) as messengers of God. At the same time,
however, it asks Muslims to establish a social association special only
to Christians and Jews. Examples of such association are permission of
marrying chaste women among them and giving explicit permission to eat
The verses in the Holy Quran forbid Muslims to insult
anything that is viewed as a deity by any religion, regardless of
whether it is a person, a stone, a stick or a tree. The verse 2:256 of
the Quran says:
Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands
out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has
grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah
hears and knows all things.
Islam wants its adherents to be just to every human being.
- "Do not let your
hatred of a people incite you to aggression." (The Quran 5:2).
- "And do not let
ill-will towards any folk incite you so that you swerve from dealing
justly. Be just; that is nearest to heedfulness" (The Quran 5:8).
Muslims are asked to be truthful, trustworthy, humble, kind and
generous. They are asked to repel evil with goodness, control their
anger, and be forgiving. Some of the sayings of the Prophet are:
remove something harmful from the road, is charity."
erases sins just as water extinguishes fire."
not a perfect believer, who goes to bed full and knows that his
neighbor is hungry."
mercy to people on earth so that All‚h will have mercy on you in