The most crucial malady of the world today is the absence of peace. People are riddled with problems that present an ominous future for humankind as a whole. The belief that we can fight it out among ourselves for our respective rights, and thus establish peace in the world is absolutely false. In order to achieve or hope to achieve peace, one can only struggle and strive in the cause of goodness and peace; there is no other way and this is the most important central and pivotal point of establishing world peace.
The word “Islam” literally means peace. In this single word, all Islamic teachings and attitudes are most beautifully and concisely reflected. Islam is a religion of peace. Its teachings guarantee peace in every sphere of human interest and aspiration. Just looking at the five articles of Islamic Faith, one can see the foundation of peace. Belief in one God who is beneficent, approachable, universal in His Attributes is the first powerful article of faith. By understanding God and His role in our daily lives can lead us to understand purpose of life. The second article of faith is belief in angels. The third is belief in all His prophets and holy books. The mere fact that all Muslims must believe in the truth and authenticity of prophets of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity helps to create inter-religious peace. One will never see a Muslim degrading or defaming prophets of other faiths. The fifth article of faith is the concept of accountability in this world and in the hereafter. These five principles are the foundation of peace in the world.