God—the Source of Peace
Editorial, March 2022
Maintaining peace, be it individual or collective peace, has always been a great challenge and a major concern for mankind throughout history, but perhaps sustaining peace has never been as crucial as it is at the present time. Currently, mankind seems to be in full rebellion against God. Sinfulness and atheism are on the rise everywhere. Our personal peace, peace of the heart, is disturbed through constant anxiety, fear, and distress in our daily lives. Modern technology has provided various tools, has blurred moral and ethical lines, and caused a rapid decline in mental tranquility and social peace. Thus, the body, mind, and soul are all anxiously looking for peace to be attained and sustained at all levels.
In Islam, having a firm belief in One Ever-Living, Independent God Who is the ultimate source of peace, means not only that He bestows peace and security upon others, but He Himself is above any fear, pain, and death. The Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) writes:
“He has all the excellences that anyone can imagine and He is Perfect in His Being, in His attributes and qualities, in every respect and is totally free from every defect and shortcoming” (1).
However, some world religions, ancient and modern, make a compromise on the concept of God being above affliction, misery, and demise. For example, some Hindu gods and goddesses were either killed by others or committed suicide. The goddess Chinnamasta is depicted as standing with her own severed head in one hand, a scimitar in the other hand, and jets of blood spurting out of her cut neck. Another Hindu god, Aravan, committed suicide as a self-sacrifice to win the favor of the Hindu goddess, Kali. According to Aztec faith traditions, their gods used to sacrifice themselves to provide sustenance to the universe. By self-immolation, they helped mankind to survive to enjoy the peace and pleasure of life. And Christians believe that God came to earth in the form of a man named Jesus and sacrificed himself to save mankind.
In this issue of the Muslim Sunrise, we have presented some crucial aspects of attaining peace from its Divine source and maintaining peace at personal, social, national, and international levels from the Islamic perspective.
Please, read, enjoy and give us your feedback.
1. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Part IV, Ruhani Khaza’in, Vol.1, pp. 364-365, Footnote 11
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