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Your family have been taken in by the negative propaganda and as a result they perceive Islam to be violent. Reactions such as 'You are associating with terrorists'. • There is an amazing amount of negative propaganda about Islam, and the sad truth is that the general public are all too happy to accept what they are told on television and in newspapers. Of course, not to deny the fact that there are some Muslims who commit certain deeds that are unislamic, but you will find that the coverage 'bad Muslims' get far outways the coverage of 'bad Christians or Jews'. Anyway that aside, the thing to remember is that a religion cannot be judged by the people that claim to follow that religion.  ISLAM is an Arabic word that simply means SUBMISSION, it derives from the word SALAM meaning PEACE. In the religious arena it means 'submission to the will of God'.  As in Christianity, Islam allows fighting in the way of self defence only. Islam however has strict rules on combat, e.g. the prohibition of harming any civilians, the prohibition of destroying any crops, trees and livestock.  In the Holy Quran (2.190): "Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors."  In the Holy Quran (8.61): "If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things."  War in Islam is the last resort and is controlled very strictly.  Islam is not a religion that was spread by the sword. The reason for the rapid spread of Islam were the teachings themselves.  You will have probably heard the word 'jihad' in the media, again propaganda has resulted in this word being totally misrepresented. Jihad literally means 'struggle', and primarily refers to the inner struggle that we all have in resisting desires and temptations.  In an Islamic state the lives and property of all individuals are sacred, regardless of whether or not they are Muslims.  Racism is totally abhorant in Islam. In the Holy Quran (49.13): "O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honoured of you in God's sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware."  Islam teaches absolute tolerance towards other faiths. In the Holy Quran (60.8): "Allah (swt) does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah (swt) loves the doers of justice."
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