Combating the disease of hatred and extremism with love: Armstrong
Feb 08 2011
Prominent scholar in religious matters and writer Karen Armstrong Sunday said that Islam preaches and promotes compassion, peace and love.
Armstrong, the internationally known scholar on religious matters, delivered a lecture with reference to her newly published book ‘Islam and Compassion’ which was attended by a large number of students, members of civil society and literary figures.
Speaking in the light of Quranic verses, Islamic incidents and history, Karen Armstrong said Islam promotes love, harmony, brotherhood and compassion.
Qura’an tells you how to inculcate a virtue of being able to listen to others and that even foes could be overcome with the power of your compassionate conduct.
On the occasion, well known businessman Amin Hashwani, presented a charter of passion.
Later, talking to Geo News, Karen Armstrong said the violent incidents taking place in Pakistan are blotting its name in the outside world. However, she added that during her visit to Pakistan she found the people as peace loving and friendly.
Many find it ironic that a non-Muslim scholar must remind Muslims what their faith is about, such is that state of the Muslim nation at large. The qualities of love and compassion are quite central to Islam yet they seem to have been forgotten by so called Muslim extremists in this day and age. The ignorance of a few has resulted in a disease that has struck at the core of Muslims and the only cure is through education and spreading love. Love of Allah, love of the Prophet Muhammad and love of Allah’s creation.
With the birth of Prophet Muhammad around the corner this is an excellent opportunity to showcase the love that Islam has to offer.