Islam: A Religion of Peace and Service to Humanity - Lessons from the Quran and Hadith


Islam, often misunderstood and misinterpreted, is a religion that carries a profound message of peace and service to humanity. Rooted in the teachings of the Quran and the Hadith (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him), Islam encapsulates principles that emphasize love, compassion, and harmonious coexistence. In this article, we will delve into how Islam stands as a religion of peace and explores the lessons it imparts about serving humanity.

Islam A Religion of Peace

Certainly, Islam is a religion of peace. The word “Islam” itself is derived from the Arabic root word “Salaam,” which means peace. Throughout the Quran and Hadith, the importance of peace and peaceful coexistence is repeatedly emphasized.

  • In the Quran (2:256), it is stated: “There is no compulsion in religion; the right course has become clear from the wrong.”
  • Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said in a Hadith (Sahih Bukhari): “A Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands the people are safe.”


Islam promotes peace by encouraging believers to strive for inner peace, which then extends to the community and the world at large. It emphasizes the importance of self-control, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

The Quran (25:63) states: “The servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.”

Islam places great emphasis on serving humanity. The Quran repeatedly urges Muslims to be compassionate and charitable towards those in need. One of the fundamental concepts in Islam is “Sadaqah,” which means voluntary charity.

The Quran (2:267) mentions: “O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a shining example of service to humanity. He cared for orphans, supported the poor, and advocated for justice.

One famous Hadith states that a man asked the Prophet, “O Messenger of Allah, which charity is the best?” The Prophet replied, “To provide for your daughter when she is in need, and to give to your relatives when they are in need, and to be kind to your neighbor when he is in need, and to help a poor person when he is in need”.



In conclusion, Islam is indeed a religion of peace and a strong advocate for serving humanity. The Quran and Hadith provide profound guidance on the importance of peace, compassion, and helping those in need. These teachings have the power to foster harmony and create a better world for all of humanity. It is essential to understand and embrace these teachings to truly appreciate the beauty of Islam as a religion of peace and service.

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