Islamic compassion – the way to
overcome the “Islamic State” and to make peace with Israel
Theologian, Psychotherapist, Author of this Peace Initiative, Founder and
Chairman of the Temple-Project Association
“In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful”! With these words Muslims
introduce everything they do. Whatever hypocritical or merciless acts may have
followed on this formula throughout history, understood rightly, „bismillâhirrahmânirrahîm“ is authentic Islam!
Rightly, Professor Mouhanad Khorchide of Muenster,
Germany, named one of his recent books “Islam is Compassion”.
Recently, too, Rania, the courageous
Queen of Jordan, said in Abu Dhabi that, the so-called "Islamic
state" cannot be defeated by military might, it can only be defeated
Compassion is the philosophy that
will defeat the IS. Compassion will accomplish peace throughout the Middle
East: peace among Muslims (including IS and Iran) and peace with Israel.
My highly esteemed Islamic teacher,
Sheikh Mohammed Osman Abdu El Burhani from Khartoum
in Sudan once said: "There is only one true religion and it is not the
religion called ‘Islam'; it is ‘Islam’, surrender to God". And I would
like to add today, "It is compassion". Compassion overcomes all
divisions. And thus compassion is the final religion, the ‘Islam’ foretold by
the Prophet Mohammed in the Qur’an.
Of that Sura 5,48 (5,51) is speaking: “If God had so willed, He would have
made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given
you: so strive as in a race in all virtues.” God wanted diversity. This is
stated here clearly. Virtue and compassion are possible and meaningful only in
diversity. Thus, the IS’ philosophy is un-Islamic. The IS wants to eliminate
diversity and squeeze all into uniformity. The Qur’an makes it plain that God
did not want that. Thus, all that is needed in order to prevail over the IS
philosophically is to return to the Qur’an and to prescribe diversity and
competition in virtue.
"In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the
Most Merciful", the Caliph Omar (in the year 16 of the Islamic era, 638
AD) might have handed the Temple Mount in Jerusalem over to the Jews so that
they could build a new Temple there. – Of course, under the conditions demanded
by compassion, namely, that “the Night Journey” of the Prophet be properly
commemorated in the New Temple.
But if we are to look back in the name of God, the
Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, we cannot blame anyone. At that time,
what we now see would not have been conceivable. Today, however, it is
Today, history can be rewritten in the name of
In the name of Islamic compassion and diversity it is
now possible to change the reality of the entire Middle East by welcoming the
people who fled to Palestine long ago, because they were persecuted nearly all
over the world and thought they would be safe in their ancient homeland. Back
then Palestine was like a huge Jewish refugee camp, and the winners of WW I
decreed that Palestine was to become the new Jewish homeland, just as they
ordered other huge displacements of peoples after WW I and WW II. Palestinians
were not asked, just as other peoples were not asked. There was much injustice
then – and it is not possible to return to the status quo ante.
Of course, the Muslim Umma felt threatened. They didn’t want the Jews to come. They wanted to
drive them back out, but instead these refugees drove many Palestinians off
their land. Must the fighting continue forever? If this is not to happen, there
has to be a compassionate approach to peace, true Peace – on all sides. And
now, amidst utter turmoil, the Muslim Umma is on the point
of readying itself for peace.
It has never lost touch with the essence of Islam. But the presence of the IS is bringing that essence back into sharp focus, extending
compassion even to these former Jewish refugees – despite all the horrors
thrust upon the Palestinians with their coming. And once compassion has been
allowed to set in, the entire Umma will welcome the Jews in Palestine. Compassion will
even enable them to welcome the State of Israel in their midst as a Jewish
state. – And the same acceptance of union in diversity will make for peace
among the different strands of Islam, and thus for peace all over the Middle
East – and beyond.
(Update, April 2, 2015)
All of this may sound like a fairy tale. Theodor Herzl
faced exactly the same skeptical response. He replied: It is up to you, if you
want, it will not be a fairy tale. Obviously, they wanted.
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