In the midst of all the criticisms against the religion, UNESCO declares Islam the World’s Most Peaceful Religion!
In a recent development, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO declares Islam the most peaceful religion in the world.
The pronouncement was made in a statement released by UNESCO Monday, 4th July, 2016.
In the statement, it was revealed that UNESCO had partnered with International Peace Foundation six months back to study all religions of the world and find out which was most peaceful among all.
Speaking about the study in a press conference, Robert McGee, head of comparative studies wing of International Peace Foundation said:
“After six months of rigorous study and analysis, we have concluded that Islam is the most peaceful religion.”
When asked about the terror attacks being carried out in the name of Islam, including the recent ones in Dhaka and Baghdad, the UNESCO official denied that it had anything to do with Islam.
“Terror has no religion,” he said, “Islam means peace.”
To document this official recognition, UNESCO will issue certificates to interested Muslim bodies, which can choose to display them at various places like madarsas, Islamic study centers, mosques, halal stores, slaughterhouses, etc.
See the certificate of peace below:
The certificate and announcement from UNESCO has been welcomed by world leaders and religious leaders across the world. One of them have also asked other religions to learn from Islam and try to be as nonviolent and compassionate as the religion of peace.
However, some Muslim scholars argue that the act of UNESCO was not needed as Islam needs no proof as the best and final religion. They opined issuing a certificate on that note amounts to trivializing the issue.
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Islam, over some decades now, have been widely believed to be a religion associated with intolerance, violence, and terror. This is because most of the world’s renowned and deadly terrorist groups such as the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, etc all claim to be fighting for Islam. However, adherents of Islam have continued to disassociate the religion from terrorism.
As UNESCO declares Islam the most peaceful, it is expected that the pronouncement will definitely silence all critics of the religion, especially as it concerns peace.