Islam is religion of peace and tranquillity. According to the Holy Quran, the Prophet of Islam has been sent with message of mercy “Wee sent thee not, but as mercy for all creatures (Surah Al Anbiya, verse No.107). The Quran, makes it very clear “My mercy extendeth to all things (Surah Al A’raf verse 156.) Evidently that points to world peace and not to atmosphere of terror and lawlessness.
Therefore, In Islam, Spreading mischief, rioting on any part over the surface of the earth, breach of peace, bloodshed, killing of innocent persons and plundering are the most inhuman crimes. In several places in the Holy Quran, strict prohibition has been prescribed against breach of peace “Do not mischief on the Earth after it has been set in order” (Surah Aaraf, V. 56) and in another place condemning the mischief mongers it has been said “When he turns he back, his aim everywhere is to spread mischief through the earth and destroy crops and progeny but Allah loveth not mischief” (Surah AlBaqarah V. 205) in another place Quran says “And do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth” (Surah Al Baqarah V. 60) In the eyes of Quran and Islam killing of one innocent person is equivalent to killing of the whole humanity. Because when this door opens no body is able to control while saving one life is equivalent of saving the whole humanity. Allah Almighty had said “On that account: We ordained for the children of Israel that if any one slew a person-unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land- it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life. It would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” (Surah Maidah, V. 32) in another place it has been clearly ordered, “and don’t kill any one whose killing has been prohibited except in just manner.”
Islam’s love for peace is so extended that while giving permission of self defence to the oppressed it prescribes that no excess should be committed in retribution nor any innocent person should be targeted. Even during wartime, it has laid down strict guidelines and prohibited to kill woman, child, old man and priests. (Muslim Sharif 84/6). Allah Almighty says, “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors”.
In the traditions of the Prophet (PUBH) it is ordained that even in the state of war, human rights must be fully observed. In addition, it is the teaching of Islam that all the creatures of Allah are one family and whoever treats the family of Allah with compassion and mercy he would be loved by Allah most (Baihaqi). Our Prophet Hadhrat Mohammad Mustafa (PUBH) has said that those who take mercy upon others Allah takes mercy upon them. You treat the inhabitants of the earth with mercy and the inhabitant of the Heaven (Allah) shall take mercy upon you (Tirmizi, Abu Dawood). In this hadith, the word treating with mercy is used in general term for equally Muslims and Non Muslims. Prophet Muhammad has sternly warned against harassing any non Muslim citizens: “Any one who kills a dimmi (protected non Muslim citizens, will not be able to smell the fragrance of the paradise, though it could be smelled form a distance of 40 years. (Mishkat: 299)
In short, Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunders and does not allow it in any form. Any individual and group which propagates hates and terrorism in the name of this peaceful religion is enemy of Islam and they must be condemned.