Peace, or harmony in human relations, is a basic value of Islam. The following Quranic verses and hadiths illustrate the importance of peace in Islam.

  • Making peace between people is better than (nafl) charity, fasting, and prayer.

Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind. 

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), as recorded in Muslim & Bukhari)

  • Allah (swt) and His Prophet (pbuh) encourage peace-making.

Whoever pardons and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God.

(Holy Quran 42:40)

Once the Prophet heard that the people of Qubaa (town neighboring Medina) were disputing with each other about a matter. The Prophet said, “Let us go to resolve the situation and make peace between them.”

(Recorded in Bukhari)

  • The Islamic greeting is “As-salaamualaikum” or “Peace be upon you.”

Once a man asked the Prophet about which aspect of Islam was best. The Prophet (pbuh) replied: “Feeding the hungry, and saying the greeting of peace (salaam) to those you know and those you don’t know.”

(Recorded in Bukhari and Muslim)

You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you about something which, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread the greeting of peace (salaam) among you.

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as recorded in Muslim)

  • Quarrelling should be avoided.

Obey Allah and His messenger, and do not quarrel with one another, for you will despair and your strength will go…

(Holy Quran 8:46)

It is sin enough for you not to cease quarrelling.

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as recorded Tirmidthi)

The most hateful of men in the sight of God is the most contentious, quarrelsome fellow.

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as recorded in Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidthi)

  • Even when people speak rudely to us, we should respond with peace.

The servants of The Compassionate are those who walk upon the earth in humility. When the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace”. 

(Holy Quran 25:63)

  • Making peace is the primary goal in times of conflict.

But if the enemy inclines towards peace, do you (also) incline towards peace…

(Holy Quran 8:61)

O you who believe! When you go in the Cause of Allah, say not to anyone who greets you with peace: “You are not a believer”; seeking the perishable goods of worldly life. There is much more profit with Allah. Even as he is now, so were you yourselves before Allah conferred on you His Favors. Therefore, be cautious in discrimination. Allah is Ever Well-Aware of what you do.

(Holy Quran 4:94)

And if two parties of the believers fall to mutual fighting, make peace between them. If either of them commits aggression against the other, fight against the aggressors till they submit to the judgment of Allah. When they submit, make peace between them in equity and justice; surely Allah loves those who do justice. 

(Holy Quran 49:9)

  • As long as people do not fight us, we should treat them in a peaceful manner.

Allah forbids you not with regards to those who fought not against you because of religion, and drove you not out from your homes, that you should show them kindness and deal justly with them, for Allah loves those who are just. (Holy Quran 60:8)

Do not spread disorder on the earth after it has been set in order…(Holy Quran 7:56)

  • A Muslim may lie in order to make peace between people. That is how important peace is.

The person who (lies) in order to make peace between people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as recorded in Bukhari and Muslim)

A companion said, “I never heard him (i.e. The Prophet Muhammad) giving people permission to tell a lie in anything except in (three) matters: concerning war, making peace between people, and in the conversation of a man with his wife or the conversation of a woman with her husband, for the benefit and protection of their marriage.”

(Recorded in Muslim)

  • Breaking a peace treaty or agreement is a huge sin in Islam.

He who unfairly treats a non-Muslim who keeps a peace treaty with Muslims, or undermines his

rights, or burdens him beyond his capacity, or takes something from him without his consent; then I am his opponent on the Day of Judgment.

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as recorded in Abu Dawud and Al-Bayhaqi)

He who kills a non-Muslim who keeps a peace treaty with the Muslims will not smell the scent of Heaven, though its scent can be traced to as far as a march of 40 years.

(The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as recorded in Ahmad and Bukhari)

  • Allah (swt) calls to the home of peace.

Allah calls to the home of peace and guides whom He wills to a straight path. 

(Holy Quran 10:25)

  • After every prayer we say the following dua, reminding us that Allah (swt) is the Source of Peace:

Astaghfirullaaha Allaahumma ‘Antas-Salaamu wa minkas-salaamu, tabaarakta yaa Thal-Jalaali wal-‘Ikraam.

I seek the forgiveness of Allah (three times) . O Allah, You are Peace and from You comes peace . Blessed are You , O Owner of majesty and honor. (Sahih Muslim)

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