108 – Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. The Quran is a prophetic book of peace

If someone who is asleep is in perfect physical and mental health, he enjoys a tranquility which is the result of the order that prevails in his interior. On the other hand, a person who has fainted may seem tranquil but his lethargy is the consequence of an organic or psychic disorder, and consequently, it may not be considered peace. In a similar way, the silence of a tomb may not be considered peace, for there, the decomposition of a body is in process.

The Muslims say that Islam is a religion of peace, however, its peace is the tranquility of those who are subject to the laws of Allah and there is no peace for those who do not submit to them. They wish to impose this so-called peace on everyone… ‘by the sword’!! As Tacitus had expressed: ‘Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant’ ‘to robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace’ (Tacitus. Agricola, Ch. 30).
This is what predominates in the Koran, with its Hadith, both filled with precepts inculcating violence, as for example book 52 of al-Bukhari that contains no less than 285 incentives to jihad, the ‘holy war’, in order to implant the false religion of the prophet everywhere.

Now, peace is built upon order, and is the fruit of charity and justice, which has its roots in human nature itself, being founded on the fulfilling of the natural law. And it is only the religion of Christ that entirely satisfies these criteria, thus being the only religion that can effectively establish peace among men. On the contrary, the Islamic belief is nothing other than the systematic violation of justice and, consequently, of peace. Only in the Sacred Scriptures can we find the way of righteousness and of peace — the Church teaches: ‘If anyone either believes that other scriptures, apart from the ones that the Catholic Church has received, should be regarded as authoritative or has venerated them, let him be anathema’ (Denzinger-Hünermann 32. Symbolum Toletanum I) — whereby only in the practice of the evangelical precepts will peace be brought to humanity: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Mt 5:9). Given the timeliness of this topic, with its tremendous significance and its multiple dimensions, it is vital to know what peace really is, and also to be acquainted with the falsified notion of peace that the Islamic visualization offers. Therefore, this study is divided into various parts with the objective of presenting the matter progressively and profoundly – above all, since we are convinced that this is one of the fundamental points of the spiritual battles of the Church within the next decades. In the first part, we shall enter into a doctrinal explanation regarding authentic peace; in the second part, we shall see where true peace may be found on earth; and in the third and final part, we will expose the supposed peace of Islam.

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Enter in the various parts of our study

ContentsI – Introductory doctrinal note: what is peace?II – Christ is the Prince of PeaceIII – Islam and peaceAnnex 1: The peace in Islam is only for those who are under the dominion of AllahAnnex 2: The Koran incites violence against all unbelievers, that is, non-MuslimsAnnex 3: There is no one better than the Muslims themselves to interpret their own book, the Koran. Some news items demonstrate how they interpret it…
I – Introductory doctrinal note: what is peace?
1 – What is peace?
2 – Peace is the work of justice and fruit of charity, for it is stimulated by the Holy Spirit
3 – Peace comes from the practice of fulfilling the natural law, which is the Decalogue that God engraved in man’s heart
4 – After original sin, it is impossible to practice the divine law in a stable manner without the help of grace
5 – Sin expels grace and destroys peace
II – Christ is the Prince of Peace
1 – Peace came to the earth from Christ
2 True and stable peace is only found in Christ and the Religion He founded
3 The Catholic Religion, dispenser of grace through the Sacraments, is the only one who guarantees peace
III – Islam and peace
1 – Islam systematically violates the Natural Law in diverse manners
2 –
Islam may not be compared with the Catholic Church, for just as other religions, Islamism does not possess infused grace
3 –
Documents of the Church testify the non-pacific state of Islam
Annex 1: The peace in Islam is only for those who are under the dominion of Allah
Annex 2: The Koran incites violence against all unbelievers, that is, non-Muslims
Annex 3:
There is no one better than the Muslims themselves to interpret their own book, the Koran. Some news items demonstrate how they interpret it…

I – Introductory doctrinal note: what is peace?

1 – What is peace?
2 – Peace is the work of justice and fruit of charity, for it is stimulated by the Holy Spirit
3 – Peace comes from the practice of fulfilling the natural law, which is the Decalogue that God engraved in man’s heart
4 – After original sin, it is impossible to practice the divine law in a stable manner without the help of grace
5 – Sin expels grace and destroys peace


1 – What is peace?


Saint Augustine of Hippo

Nothing is so greatly desired as peace
Every man seeks peace, even those who wage war…
The peace of all things is the tranquility of order, which is the distribution that allots to each being its own place

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Concord is the union of appetites among various persons; while, in addition to this, peace is the union of the appetites even each man
To peace is opposed dissension - between a man and himself, or with others

John Paul II

There is no peace without a true change of heart

2. Peace is the work of justice and fruit of charity for it is stimulated by the Holy Spirit


Saint Thomas Aquinas

True peace is only in the perfect enjoyment of the sovereign good, which unites and puts to rest all one’s desires
Peace is an important element of friendship
Peace is the work of charity and justice
To cause peace is proper to the virtue of charity
Peace: an act of charity, and its fruit

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Joy, peace, and mercy: the fruits of charity
Charity and peace: fruits of the Holy Spirit

Benedict XVI

There is no peace without justice

3 – Peace comes from the practice of fulfilling the natural law, which is the Decalogue that God engraved in man’s heart


Sacred Scripture

Great peace have those who love thy Law

Saint Augustine of Hippo

God administers the peace of the universe and His laws are strictly observed

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The divine and natural law shows man the way to practice the good and attain his end
The natural law expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties
The natural law cannot be removed from the heart of man, and it is permanent throughout history
No one is ignorant of the principles of the moral law, written in the conscience of every man

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

The Decalogue is a privileged expression of the natural law, and expresses the indispensable rules of all social life

Benedict XVI

Peace is a heavenly gift and a divine grace that demands conforming human history to the divine order
Peace also demands of everyone a personal response consistent with God’s plan – according to the ‘grammar’ written on human hearts
Recognition and respect for natural law: fundamental presupposition for authentic peace
Peace on earth cannot be found without reconciliation with God

John XXIII

Peace can never be established except by the diligent observance of the divinely established order
The world will never have peace till peace has found a home in the heart of each and every man

John Paul II

Those who do not live in peace with God will not easily live in peace with their neighbor

Pius XII

Peace is the happy inheritance of those who observe the law of God

4 – After original sin, it is impossible to practice the divine law in a stable manner without the help of grace


Catechism of the Catholic Church

Original sin weakened human nature

Saint Thomas Aquinas

To love God, the natural qualities alone are insufficient
Man needs the Divine help, that he may be moved to act well
In the state of corrupt nature, man must be cured by God’s grace

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Only with the help of God’s grace can humans achieve their own integrity
Damaged by sin, the human relationship with God may flower only by the aid of grace

John Paul II

The rich young man of the Gospel is incapable of moral growth by himself alone - he requires God’s gift of grace

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Grace heals and is the source of the work of sanctification

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Man cannot fulfill all the Divine commandments without healing grace
The written law is given for the correction of the perversion of the human heart, due to which humans esteem as good those things which are naturally evil
The secondary precepts of the natural law can be blotted out from the human heart by evil persuasions or by vicious customs and corrupt habits

Sacred Scripture

Sin introduces lawlessness into the human heart

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Social structures flawed by the consequences of sin, provide humans with newer inducements to sin

5 – Sin expels grace and destroys peace


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Sin banishes sanctifying grace, without which peace is not real but merely apparent
The good of virtue and grace is entirely taken away by sin
After sin, the soul suffers the privation of union with the Divine light

Benedict XVI

Sin: a progressive rejection of peace

John Paul II

Peace on earth is always a challenge, because of the presence of sin in man’s heart
War is born from the sinful heart of man

Benedict XVI

It is only through the Redemption that man can overcome the progressive rejection of peace, and be an authentic peacemaker

1 – Peace came to the earth from Christ
2 True and stable peace is only found in Christ and the Religion He founded
3 The Catholic Religion, dispenser of grace through the Sacraments, is the only one who guarantees peace

In the first part of the study, we saw how the Redemption gave to man an abundance of grace, liberating him from sin, which is the true demolisher of peace. It was Christ, therefore, who brought peace to the earth and it is only within the religion He founded – the only dispenser of grace – that true peace is found, since peace is always a fruit of justice and charity. Christ is peace and his Church is the only element that guarantees it. Pius XII affirmed: “How far removed from procuring a secure peace are those who trample underfoot the sacred rights of the Catholic Church”….. which is precisely what Islam does!!!


II – Christ is the Prince of Peace


1 – Peace came to the earth from Christ


Sacred Scripture

A son is given us: the Prince of Peace
From on high He will visit to guide our feet into the path of peace
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests

Saint Jerome

Those of ‘good will’ are those who acknowledge the birth of Christ

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Christ is both our Peace and Goodwill

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

A child who holds the plenitude of the divinity: here peace exists

Benedict XVI

True peace comes from Christ
Wherever Christ is welcomed, islands of peace develop
Peace in this world always remains weak and fragile for it implies opening our hearts to God

Sacred Scripture

Christ made peace by the Blood of his cross
The peace of Christ is not of the world

John Paul II

The sacrifice of Christ on the cross is the price of peace, with victory over sin

Saint Augustine of Hippo

To have peace it is necessary to be in accord with Christ, and not with the world

Origen

Where Jesus is not, there are strifes and fightings

Sacred Scripture

The fruit of the Spirit is peace
Christ is our peace: he who broke down the dividing wall of enmity

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

If we have Christ as peace, let us kill the enemy in ourselves – when the flesh’s prudence is subject to the divine law, we are transformed into a new peaceful man

Saint Bede the Venerable

The perturbations on this earth show that the foundations of peace are constructed over sand

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

When men vanquish sin by a union of love, they vanquish violence as well
That earthly peace which arises from love of neighbor is a symbol of and results from the peace of Christ

CELAM – Document of Medellin

Human solidarity comes about only in Christ, who gives Peace that the world cannot give

2 – True and stable peace is only found in Christ and the Religion He founded


Sacred Scripture

The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Benedict XVI

Jesus builds the great new community of new men who place their will in his
Christ is our true peace: in him there is but one family reconciled in love

Paul VI

The reconciliation with God by Christ, and our peace coincide - one is the cause of the other

Saint Gregory Nazianzus

Peace is a blessing commended by all, but observed by few – those who do not know God do not have peace

Pius XI

The remedy for the ills which afflict society is the true peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church strengthens peace among men for the glory of God
Peace results from that order structured into human society by its divine Founder
The Church is like a standard lifted high for the nations to see

Benedict XVI

If peace is to be authentic and lasting it must be built on the bedrock of the truth about God and the truth about man

3 – The Catholic Religion, dispenser of grace through the Sacraments, is the only one who guarantees peace


Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church preaches the Gospel to all men and dispenses the treasures of grace ensuring peace
The mission of the Church is to lead to the peace of Christ by the Sacraments and other means of grace

Saint Thomas Aquinas

A Sacrament signifies the grace it communicates

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Sacraments are ‘of the Church’ in the double sense: they are ‘by her’ and ‘for her’
The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace

John Paul II

When an interior transformation is achieved in the soul of each one, the way toward the ‘civilization of peace’ will be opened

Pius XI

Christian peace dominates sinful passions and promotes the dignity of human life
Only the Church, confided with Christ’s doctrine and the promise of His assistance, can bring about true peace today and secure it for the future
True peace is impossible unless humans willingly accept the teachings and obey the law of Christ, divinely commissioned to the Church

Pius XII

Peace can only be obtained from the principles and norms dictated by Christ and put into practice with sincere piety
How far removed from procuring a secure peace are those who trample underfoot the sacred rights of the Catholic Church
1 – Islam systematically violates the Natural Law in diverse manners
2 –
Islam may not be compared with the Catholic Church, for just as other religions, Islamism does not possess infused grace
3 –
Documents of the Church testify the non-pacific state of Islam

In the previous parts of our study, we have clearly observed that peace is a work of justice and a fruit of charity. It results from the practice of what is good, which is taught by the natural and divine law and accomplished with the help of grace. We now arrive at the point where we might ask – especially considering the declarations of Francis that we are analyzing: Is peace possible in Islam without the concept of an objective good or the natural law and above all without the indispensable aid of supernatural grace?

As we have seen in another study (On whether Allah is the same as God), in Islam goodness and the law are absolutely conditioned to Allah’s will – and he may change as he pleases, or even contradict himself! Neither is it possible to speak of an objective and immutable Natural Law that is accepted by Muslims; and, consequently, even less of an objective good or justice. The licit (halal) or the illicit (be it detestable, makruh, or emphatically prohibited, haram) depend upon the – often unreasonable – will of Allah, the Legislator, who is so transcendante that he is above all human categories (even what humans consider the most basic logic or morality): ‘Allah orders what He desires’. (Koran 5.2) ‘(High is He) above what they attribute to Him’ (Koran 21.22)!

Further, Muslims do not take into account what we call ‘human nature’ as a point of reference, nor even a rational good. Rather, man and his goodness are according to the teachings of the Koran, and depend on the caprice of Allah. And, as he taught that the unfaithful, ‘the idolaters are nothing but unclean’ (Koran 9. 28), ‘the vilest animals in Allah’s sight’ (Koran 8.55; 98. 6), as animals they ‘have no sense’ (Koran 8.22) – there is no way of considering humans as beings in Allah’s likeness.

Most importantly, as Muslims do not possess grace, they are incapable of steadily practicing justice or charity – and consequently, they do not have true peace.


1 – Islam systematically violates the Natural Law in diverse manners


Within Muslim society, family customs are far from fulfilling the natural law, for they include polygamy (Koran 4.3; 33. 49-52) – ‘that they should be pleased, all of them with what you give them, and Allah knows what is in your hearts’ (Koran 33.52) –divorce (Koran 2. 230), the juridical inferiority of the woman (Koran 2, 282; 4, 11), or the duty of the husband to strike those of his women he fears may rebel: ‘these are the limits of Allah’ (Koran 2: 230). Lies and falsity are thus normal toward non-Muslims; for the takyia orders that the alliances with them be made in a manner that Muslims ‘guard yourselves against them’ (Koran 3. 28). And no differences or spiritual liberty is tolerated, because for the non-Muslims the Koran teaches that ‘we declare ourselves to be clear of you, and enmity and hatred have appeared between us and you forever until you believe in Allah alone’ (Koran 60.4). Social pressure, coercion and denunciation of those who do not submit to the laws of Islam are ways in which respect as citizens of Islamic society is denied to unbelievers by those among whom they may live; and they can only continue alive if they pay a tax (jyzaia) for the right of survival, and entirely live in subjection: ‘Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection’ (Koran 9. 29). These are the laws that rule Islamic national and even international relations, when they migrate to other countries and wish to impose their laws.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Forced concord, by fear, is not really peace

John XXIII

Relations between States must be regulated by the principle of freedom

Pius XII

In the field of a new order founded over moral principles there is no place for the persecution of religion and of the Church

Benedict XVI

Any authentic search for peace must begin with the realization that the problem of truth and untruth is the concern of every man and woman
A fundamental presupposition for authentic peace: respect for the Natural Law– to carry out the divine plan inscribed in the nature of human beings

2 –Islam may not be compared with the Catholic Church, for just as other religions, Islam does not possess infused grace


Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christ established his holy Church through which he communicates truth and grace to all men

Saint Cyprian of Carthage

Those who stand firm in the faith remember that they have obtained grace in the Church

Origen

Even if some points of doctrine in the Scriptures are found among pagans, they do not possess the power of grace

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church is necessary for salvation; through baptism men enter it

Pius IX

Comparing the religion revealed by God with other religions is to pretend agreement between Christ and Belial
Those who live separated from the true faith cannot attain eternal life

John Paul II

Other communities do not possess the fullness of the Catholic Church

 3 –Documents of the Church testify the non-pacific condition of Islam


Saint Bede, the Venerable

The Saracens occupy a great part of Africa, Asia and of Europe, with hatred and opposition to all
Gaul was laid waste by the Saracens with cruel bloodshed

Urban II

A convocation in legitimate defense against the violence of the Muslim occupation: they kill and capture, destroy churches and devastate the empire
A barbaric fury has laid waste the churches of God in the regions of the Orient

Saint Francis of Assisi

The Franciscan rule includes sending religious to evangelize the regions of the Muslims, foreseeing persecutions for the confession of being Christian

Benedict XVI

Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul
Sufferings of the Christian community in Iraq
Numerous conflicts causing bloodshed in our human family, beginning with that privileged region in God’s plan, the Middle East

International Theological Commission

The worrisome phenomenon of ‘religious violence’ is not devoid of connections with the politics of ethnic subversion and of terrorist strategy

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

What makes the crimes against ethnic and religious communities even more heinous is the tentative of justifying them in the name of religion

John XXIII

Thousands of Our sons and brothers suffering years of bitter persecution in many lands, even those of an ancient Christian culture

John Paul II

Every violation of religious freedom does fundamental damage to the cause of peace

Synod of Bishops: Special Assembly for the Middle East

The situation of Christians in Arab countries
Conversions of Christians to Islam under pressure, to free themselves from the obligations of non-Muslims
Imposition of an Islamic lifestyle within society
Exploitation of immigrant workers in the Middle East
Muslims frequently mix religion and politics, putting Christians in a precarious situation of being considered as non-citizens
Application of Shariah law is discrimination and a violation of a person’s human rights: with the rise of Islamism, incidents against Christians are increasing almost everywhere

Annex 1: The peace in Islam is only for those who are under the dominion of Allah


Condensed to its most pure expression, Islam is in total obedience to its God, as revealed in the sacred book (the Koran) and in the sunna (conduct of the Prophet), as it was transmitted by tradition, or, when tradition lacked, by the consensus of the community of faithful, expressed by the mouth of the caliph. A ‘right’ is understood as the right of the community, not of the person. Islam does not know the word ‘person’, its synonym is fard (individuo). The fard is an integral part and dependent upon the great Islamic society (umma). Within it he has rights and duties. If he abandons the religion he loses all of his rights, and is even liable to death for treason. The Islamic Council of Europe, motivated surely by the demands of its new cultural and social ambience, has promulgated its ‘Declaration on Human Rights of man in Islam’. This specification ‘in Islam’ is not merely a manner of speaking, but rather it is essential: these are the rights of the Muslim man. Note: These are the ‘peaceful’ Muslims who are capable of sitting at a table and elaborating a document – not the crazy blood-drenched fanatics.

It is worthwhile to discover some points of the ‘Declaration’, approved in the Nineteenth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, Organization of the Islamic Conference, (OIC).

ARTICLE 1:

(a) All human beings form one family whose members are united by their subordination to Allah and descent from Adam. All men are equal in terms of basic human dignity and basic obligations and responsibilities, without any discrimination on the basis of race, colour, language, belief, sex, religion, political affiliation, social status or other considerations. The true religion is the guarantee for enhancing such dignity along the path to human integrity.
(b) All human beings are Allah’s subjects, and the most loved by Him are those who are most beneficial to His subjects, and no one has superiority over another except on the basis of piety and good deeds.

ARTICLE 2:

(a) Life is a God-given gift and the right to life is guaranteed to every human being. It is the duty of individuals, societies and states to safeguard this right against any violation, and it is prohibited to take away life except for a Shari’ah prescribed reason.
(b) It is forbidden to resort to any means which could result in the genocidal annihilation of mankind.
(c) The preservation of human life throughout the term of time willed by Allah is a duty prescribed by Shari’ah.
(d) Safety from bodily harm is a guaranteed right. It is the duty of the state to safeguard it, and it is prohibited to breach it without a Shari’ah-prescribed reason.

ARTICLE 10:

Islam is the religion of true unspoiled nature. It is prohibited to exercise any form of pressure on man or to exploit his poverty or ignorance in order to force him to change his religion to another religion or to atheism.

ARTICLE 22:

(a) Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shari’ah.
(b) Everyone shall have the right to advocate what is right, and propagate what is good, and warn against what is wrong and evil according to the norms of Islamic Shari’ah.


Annex 2: The Koran incites violence against all unbelievers, that is, non-Muslims


Having understood what peace is, can Islam be considered a religion of peace? May the Koran be called a Prophetic book of peace?

Let some of the texts from the Koran, presented below, speak for themselves…

Surah 2 – Al Baqara (The Cow)
Surah 3 – Al Imram (The Family of Imran, The House of ‘Imrán)
Surah 4 – An-Nisa’ (The Women)
Surah 5 – Al-Ma’idah (The Food, The Repast, The Table)
Surah 8 – Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War, Booty)
Surah 9 – At-Tawbah (The Repentance)
Surah 22 - Al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
Surah 25 – Al Furqn (The Criterion, The Standard of True and False)
Surah 47 – Muhammad
Surah 48 – Al Fath (The Victory, Conquest)
Surah 60 – Al Mumtahanah (The Examined One, She that is to be)
Surah 61 – As-Saff (The Ranks, Battle Array)
Surah 66 – At-Tahrim (The Prohibition)

Annex 3: There is no one better than the Muslims themselves to interpret their own book, the Koran. Some news items demonstrate how they interpret it…


We have chosen a few recent news items, from among innumerable, found in media regarding the Islam, not of terrorism or fundamentalism, but rather the countries whose governments are part of the ‘peaceful’ Islamic community…

Religious freedom in the Islamic world: the example of Pakistan
More news from Pakistan
In Palestine, Gaza: They teach Muslim children to hate Jews and Christians
The persecution of Christians in Islamic countries
An Iranian man, converted from Islam to Christianity, was sentenced to ten years in prison for ‘crimes against state security’: the defendant is guilty of distributing copies of the Gospel in the country.
In Turkey: Non-Islamic religions are not recognized by civil law, and they are not permitted to own anything
In Turkey Christians are seen as second-class citizens
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