Muslim Peace Fellowship
is the Executive Director
of Sampreeti, the
Society for Peace and Development: 1/16 Humayun Road, Mohammadpur, Block-B, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh.
6 Ways to Become A Muslim Peacebuilder
by Giasuddin Ahmed
1. PROMOTE THE BASIC FOUNDATIONAL QUALITIES FOR PEACEMAKING, namely:
a. Faith (there is no god but One God)
b. Holy knowledge and remembrance of the Creator
c. Prayer (obligatory and optional)
d. Realization of the will of the Almighty, complete obedience to Him; commitment to pleasing Him and serving His purposes.
e. Sublime character
f. Love and fraternity
g, Endeavor to help others build their character.
2. ENCOURAGE FAMILY MEETINGS.
They will help promote better understanding among family members. One should not think this action insignificant. Rather it is such an indispensable step for building individuals that it needs no further explanation. This practice will make peace at home. Family members will surely come to understand each other better. This is the basic peace effort.
3. ORGANIZE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE SOCIETY.
Inspire them to learn and practice religion, to speak against injustice, to act nonviolently, and to see peace near at hand.
4. GO TO THE POOR.
Live with them. Work at the grassroots. Know the problems of the poor, help them to build their basic life, encourage them, and make them realize what power is hidden within them. Teach them to be self-reliant, not dependent on external aid. The Prophet started with illiterate desert people, one by one, and the result is known to all.
5. ADVOCATE KINDNESS TO OTHERS AND THE APPROACH OF LOVE.
Cultivate a culture of love, for this is a very powerful seed of peace.
6. Teach people religion and they will learn humanity.
HELP THEM SEE RELIGION IN PRACTICE THROUGH YOUR DEEDS and the grassroots will speak and act for peace. The awakening of the grassroots will move the intellectuals and the rich of a society.
The Prophet did all this. He taught people to make peace from the family, to the society, to the vast earth.
(February 1996, As-Salamu `Alaykum)