Originally published in The Cap Times
The civil war in Syria is in its third year. The war between government loyalists and rebels has claimed some 130,000 lives and displaced millions more. This is in complete discord with the Quran which states: “and create not disorder in the Earth.” Islam teaches us that a peaceful solution can be found in negotiations and in democracy.
In the Prophet Muhammad’s farewell address, he stated that it is a part of faith to love one’s country and to follow the law of the land. This point falls harmoniously in line with the fact that a government should be a democracy according to the Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. In turn, it’s the government’s duty to listen to the input of its citizens.
The solution for Syria is in both sides coming together at a negotiation table, not on a battlefield.