Human Relations in Islam
Aug 15, 2004
Based on a Speech at a Church
I seek refuge in God from the rejected Satan.
In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
Greetings of peace.
This is the English equivalent of Muslim salutation: Assalamu alaikum, which we offer
when we meet and shake hands. (I will let go shaking of hands with you right now, since
I only have 30 minutes to talk and besides I don’t want to look like a today’s politician.)
I want to thank every one for giving me this honor to speak to you at your church.
It will be an understatement to say that we are going through some very difficult times.
Relations with Muslims have become highly polarized. Continuously devastating
condition of Palestinians, tyrant and unjust Muslim rulers, US. Control over oil-rich
Muslim countries, the Sept 11 tragedy, the invasion, destruction and killings of several
hundred thousand people of Iraq, evil treatment of prisoners are some of the major factors
which have turned our world into a lawless and unjust global village.
Politics, lust, greed, self-conceitedness and vengeance have led to a continuous onslaught
of false propaganda against Islam and Muslims dating back to the crusades era.
I hope that my presence here, as an American Muslim, will be a step, a very small step,
but a step to undo the stereotypes and help inspire a constructive and sincere dialogue.
Islam has laid down a set of principles on Muslim, non-Muslim relations with special
emphasis on relations with the People of the Book, i.e., Jews and Christians.
But before I give you some examples from the life of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) and
quotations from the Holy Quran, I want you to know that the Holy Quran and Sunnah or
Hadith are the two primary sources of knowledge in Islam.
In the next few minutes, I will give you a brief on the Messenger, the Holy Quran and the
Sunnah or Hadith.
Prophet Muhammad is a direct descendant of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham. (peace
be on all prophets.) Muhammad was born in Makkah in 570 C.E. Kaaba is a small
cubical house in Makkah, first built by prophets Abraham and Ishmael. It is the place
where Abraham had left baby Ishmael and his mother Hager by the command of God. It
is the house towards which all Muslims face in prayers. It is also the house visited by
Millions of Muslims during Hajj (yearly pilgrimage) and other times.