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Muslims can draw inspiration from the core teachings of their religion to reject terror and violence in their midst. “Ultimately, the Qur’ān, or any text, speaks to its reader,” argued Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl of UCLA, suggesting that “if the reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive, so will be the interpretation of the text. Consequently, the meaning of the text is often only as moral as its reader.”1 Dr. Qamar-ul Huda of the United States Institute of Peaces Religion and Peacemaking Center recently issued a paper entitled “Peacebuilding: A Collection of Stories and Anecdotes from the Prophet Muhammad’s Life” that confirms Prophet Muhammad’s advocacy of violence prevention, nonviolence, patience, and tolerance.2 Muslims can find inspiration in the Prophet’s code of ethics.
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- 17.Yitzhaq Yehudah (Ignac) Goldziher, Hartza’ōt ‘al Ha-Islām [Lectures on Islam, a translation of Vorlesungen über den Islam] (Jerusalem: Mosad Biyalik, 1951), 125.Google Scholar