Archive for December, 2017

DISCUSSING THE VIEW THAT ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE: AN ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE INTERFAITH RELATIONS

Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. President, Pacific Institute for Islamic Studies and the All Believers Network (both are Hawaii-based organizations) INTRODUCTION: All religions provide their followers with a “prescription” for living a peaceful life and preparing for the Hereafter. In this process, it is but natural that often followers think of their own religion as the “best”, with views of other religions ranging from neutral to outright contempt. The latter, unfortunately, often turns out to be an exercise in futility because followers of the “other” religion, not being moved by such emotional rhetoric, simply label such views as “phobic” and possibly get even more firmly entrenched in their views about their religion and actions prescribed....

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