A few weeks ago I visited the Argotti Gardens in Floriana, where I saw written on a pole “May peace prevail on earth”. These few words drew my attention to write something about this important topic.
The single most important malady of the world today is the absence of peace. In the contemporary world, man, as a whole, has reached a high standard of achievement in material progress, made possible by the advancement of science and technology in every sphere of human requirement at a mind-boggling pace.
Nevertheless, man is not happy and content. There is growing restlessness, fear, premonition, lack of trust in the future and dissatisfaction with one’s heritage. Man is in search of peace.
To establish true peace, we must understand the spirit of true justice and equality. Every religion has the same teachings of peace; every religion guides to establish peace. God Almighty says that peace will only come about with justice and benevolence.
So, this is the way to establish peace. Do justice! Every problem cannot be solved with force, but good and just treatment fosters a feeling of bonding and trust. The urge for real peace comes from the heart and the voice that comes from the heart is the only one that establishes real peace because it is based on love and warmth. The Allah Almighty addresses all nations of the world on the basis of humanity and says all human beings are created from male and female and they are all equal.
This teaching of brotherhood, alone can foster love, affection and equality. Peace and security cannot be established until people of each race and nation are able to recognize that they are indeed the children of Adam and created by a male and female and are therefore equal.
Islam says that all mankind is like a family and it can only look after the peace and security of each member, only if it lives like a close-knit family. The apparent differences in mankind are only for identification. As humans we are all the same, and have the same sentiments and feelings. Peace and security will prevail when each other’s sentiments are cared for.
In the end I would like to write one thing. We can have peace in this world if the majority of the believers in this world, of whatever religion, develop in themselves the love and fear of their Lord.
Man cannot live at peace with himself nor can peace be vouchsafed for society without this formula; no other formula can work. It is only the love of God which can bring about true respect for His creation.
This is the ultimate philosophy. Without returning to God one cannot attain peace and without that peace, peace in society cannot be built.
All human efforts to create peace from selfish ulterior motives are bound to fail. If there is no God, there is no peace. That is the ultimate wisdom.
To establish real peace we must remember our Lord and love His creation, and try to live by “Love for All, Hatred for None”.
It is my fervent prayer that Allah the Almighty makes the world understand the reality of peace, and may peace prevail on earth.
Laiq Ahmed Atif
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta, Ta’Xbiex