Islamic Non-Violence

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (1890-1988) was a Pashtun-Pakhtoon political & spiritual leader known for his non violent opposition to British role in India & creation of the Terrorist Punjabi Lead Pakistan. A lifelong pacifist, a devout Muslim & a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he was also know as Badshah Khan ( also Bacha Khan; Pashto lit., King Khan & (Sarhadi Gandhi, Hindi lit., “Frontier Gandhi”)

Islamic Non-Violence: The Legacy of Badshah Khan Far from being an oxymoron, Islamic non-violence was used with great success in driving the British out of India. Lessons for today lie in the life of “Badshah” Khan.

AIC-Egypt Publishes Arabic Comic Book on Martin Luther King and the Power of Nonviolence

Islamic Pacifism An investigation of  the tradition of Islamic non-violence.

Muslim Mothers Against Violence, Handbook for discussions: “Welcome to a Handbook that we hope educates groups in the preliminary understanding of Islam
and its relationship to important questions. We are very interested in expanding the knowledge about this faith and place in our contemporary world to educational,
religious, and other organizations interested in dispelling mis-information about what a Muslim believes.  Learning about another faith is an act of peacemaking
and we hope that the chief result of doing workshops with adults, children and their related organizations is a spreading of accurate information that reduces fears and ignorance. We know that people of good will have open minds and hearts. We look forward to meeting with you in this process of learning.”

Muslim Voices Promoting Islamic Non Violent Solutions; a list of many articles.

Non-violence & the Arab spring:  Gene Sharp’s role.

New York Times  Feb 16, 2011: BOSTON — Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood here. His name is Gene Sharp. Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at 83, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man. Article

Gene Sharp: FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DEMOCRACY – A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.

Palestine’s Hidden History of Nonviolence

NONVIOLENT MOVEMENTS NOTHING NEW IN THE MIDDLE EAST: The Maryland Institute College of Art recently hosted the Baltimore premiere of an award-winning documentary, “Budrus.” The screening was timely: Audience members could see connections to broader events now taking place across North Africa and the Middle East. [Full article here.]

A contemporary martyr is DR Faroog Khan. He wrote, I am humanist, Muslim, Pakistani and a Pakhtun. To strive for the well 
being of the whole humanity, to uphold the cause of Muslim Ummah and to exalt the dignity of Pakistan and Pukhtoons is my mission. There is no 
contradiction between their interests, provided every issue is seen with justice and fair play. 

The Nonviolent Crescent: Eight Theses on Muslim. Nonviolent Actions. Chaiwat Satha-Anand. (Qader Muheideen):

1. For Islam, the problem of violence is an integral part
of the Islamic moral sphere.

2. Violence, if any, used by Muslims must be governed
by rules prescribed in the Qur‘an and Hadith.

3. If violence used cannot discriminate between
combatants and noncombatants, then it is unacceptable in Islam.

4. Modern technology of destruction renders
discrimination virtually impossible at present.

5. In the modern world, Muslims cannot use violence.

6. Islam teaches Muslims to fight for justice with the
understanding that human lives—as all parts of God’s creation—
are purposive and sacred.

7. In order to be true to Islam, Muslims must utilize
nonviolent action as a new mode of struggle.

8. Islam itself is fertile soil for nonviolence because of
its potential for disobedience, strong discipline, sharing and social
responsibility, perseverance and self-sacrifice, and the belief in
the unity of the Muslim community and the oneness of mankind.
That such theses of Muslim nonviolent action are essential to peace.

Chaiwat Satha-Anand’s article: click here!

“It is my inmost conviction,
that Islam is amal, yakeen, muhabat
– selfless service, faith and love”
Badshah Khan

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