[3:64] Say, "O followers of the scripture, let us come to a logical agreement between us and you: that we shall not worship except GOD; that we never set up any idols besides Him, nor set up any human beings as lords beside GOD." If they turn away, say, "Bear witness that we are submitters."
Islam (Submission), has been accused unjustly of being a religion of hate by those who never made a true effort to understand even the basic teachings of Islam. We all know that ignorance is the worst enemy of the truth, and God Almighty asked us to learn the truth as there is nothing after the truth except falsehood.
[10:32] Such is GOD, your rightful Lord. What is there after the truth, EXCEPT FALSEHOOD? How could you disregard all this?
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Let us present the simple truth about Islam (submission) and the Quran that proves that Islam is not a religion of hate but rather a religion of love, tolerance, understanding, and social justice.
Many people are not aware that Islam is the religion of Abraham, not the religion of Muhammad. Abraham, being the founder of Islam (Submission), with all its beautiful and peaceful teachings and rituals, passed his religion to all the prophets who came after him, including all the Jewish prophets, Jesus and Muhammad. Those attacking Islam, out of ignorance, or deliberately, are attacking Abraham who is their prophet as much as the prophet of the Muslims (Submitters).
Quran explains clearly this fact:
[22:78] You shall strive for the cause of GOD as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion - the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you "Submitters" originally. ………
[3:67-68] Abraham was neither Jewish , nor Christian; he was a monotheist; a Muslim; he never was an idol-worshiper. The people most worthy of following Abraham are those who follow him and this prophet (Muhammed), and those who believed. God is the Lord of the believers.
[16:123] Then we inspired you (O Muhammed) to follow the religion of Abraham, monotheism; never was he an idol-worshiper.
In that simple sense , how can Islam which is the religion of Abraham promote hate when it is the same religion passed down to the Jews and Christians before reaching Muhammad. How can the Jews and Christians claim different standard when we are talking about the same religion with different names but all go back to Abraham.
Quran, the final Testament , made a special mention of the relationship that controls the social and daily life with other people including but not limited to Jews and Christians. In it Quran urges the Muslims to be loving, caring, friendly, patient, tolerant, advocates of freedom, democracy, and social justice. Islam never advocated hate or promoted it. People who promote hate, do so on their own terms and misunderstanding. By doing so they do not represent Islam (Submission) or the teachings of God in the scripture. Quran urges the believers to:
[7:199] You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant.
[42:38] ......... Their affairs are decided after due CONSULTATION among themselves, and from our provisions to them they give (to charity).
The following verses will shatter completely all the lies about Islam (Submission) advocating or promoting hate. It shows total respect to people from different religions and backgrounds.
[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
[29:46] Do not argue with the people of the scripture (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) except in the nicest possible manner - unless they transgress - and say, "We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you, and our god and your god is one and the same; to Him we are submitters."
Basic Law Regulating Relations With Unbelievers
[60:8] GOD does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. GOD loves the equitable.
[60:9] GOD enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.
[49:13] O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of GOD is the most righteous. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant.
Verse 5:82 is an important verse to mention and clarify. In verse 5:82, God states a fact about the true nature of the relationship of Muslims (submitters) , the Jews and Christians in our life. A fact we all can witness daily on our news. God does not mention that as an order or as a law but as a fact of life.God is all Knower Cognizant.
[5:82] You will find that the worst enemies of the believers are the Jews and the idol worshipers. And you will find that the closest people in friendship to the believers are those who say, "We are Christian." This is because they have priests and MONKS among them, and they are not arrogant.
Some Muslims, including some scholars, however do not understand that fact and abuse this verse to preach their own personal hate to all the Jews, not realizing that the verse does not call for that but rather states the facts. This does not represent what Islam (Submission) or Quran teaches. On the contrary, God is teaching us in the Quran, that there are righteous Jews, and Christians who stand for the truth and support God and His scripture.
Here are some of the verses that show that not all the people of the scripture (Jews, Christians and Muslims) are the same:
[3:113] They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite GOD's revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate.
[3:114] They believe in GOD and the Last Day, they advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and they hasten to do righteous works. These are the righteous.
[3:115] Any good they do will not go unrewarded. GOD is fully aware of the righteous.
[3:199] Surely, some followers of the previous scriptures do believe in GOD, and in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed to them. They reverence GOD, and they never trade away GOD's revelations for a cheap price. These will receive their recompense from their Lord. GOD is the most efficient in reckoning.
See also (Quran 2:62, 5:69)
We need to remember that hate is a man made crime, that we should not blame on religion. Any claim of hate in a religion is no more than man made innovation that has nothing to do with God or His scripture. Planting hate only produces hate. Planting love, will produce love. Our God is Almighty, all loving.
One example, how many people who watch the unjust treatment of the Palestinians, their murder, oppression, torture, destruction of their homes and land by the Israelis will develop HATE to this aggressing inhuman force that made it their job to destroy a nation longing to live in peace? It is HATE resulting from HATE crimes against humanity, not against a Jew or a Chrisian or any othre ethnic group. If these groups change their behaviour they will not need to complain about HATE and may start a peace process that saves both nations from destroying each other.
If we understand that, we will know where the HATE comes from, and we can confirm that those who scream, HATE are usually the ones who planted it, not the religion or the followers of the right religion. I pray to God to enlighten everyone by the truth and to guide everyone to understand where HATE comes from.