Muslim Voices Promoting Islamic Non Violent Solutions - updated 7/13/14

Muslim Voices Promoting Islamic Non Violent Solutions - article collection

compiled by Sheila Musaji

Muslims all over the world have spoken out loudly against violence and terrorism.  They have not been able to stem the tide in a world filled with injustice any more than any other religious group has been able to stem the tide.

Muslims have not only spoken out against specific criminal acts and against political organizations such as Al Qaeda, they have also spoken for spiritual and non violent solutions - dialogue and peace. 

These are voices that need to be heard and amplified.  Who even among Muslims have heard of Abdul Ghaffar Khan or Mubarak Awad?  The tragedy is that such voices just don’t sell newspapers.

We will attempt to collect these voices and add to this collection regularly.

UPDATE 9/2009

The first of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) is a Jihad Against Violence: Muslim Women’s Struggle for Peace.  The group is headed by Daisy Khan and based in New York City.  Daisy Khan says that it is Time for a Women’s Jihad Against Violence.

UPDATE 4/28/2011

Recently, there have been a few important new articles on Islam and non-violence.

An excellent article Islam’s Nonviolent Tradition by Michael Shank and just published in The Nation, includes the following:

Khan’s campaign, while reinforced by religious rigor, was also strategically brilliant, quickly garnering global attention. Then, as now, the international community cried foul as it watched the British respond to the Red Shirts with a Qaddafi-like retribution: bombing, killing, torturing, castrating, raping, poisoning and drowning the Khidmatgars. Unsurprisingly, then, as now, a quizzical world questioned the relationship between Islam and nonviolence, to which Khan quickly countered, “There is nothing surprising in a Muslim or a Pathan [Pashtun] like me subscribing to the creed of nonviolence. It is not a new creed. It was followed fourteen hundred years ago by the Prophet all the time he was in Mecca.”

Khan was intentional about sourcing his nonviolent teachings and inspiration in the Koran, a practice his grandson Asfandyar Wali Khan continues to this day as head of the Awami National Party in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier (recently renamed Khyber-Pakhtunkwa). The preamble to the party’s platform, in fact, is an unequivocal commitment to the principles of nonviolence, the teachings of Khan and the cause of the Khidmatgars.

Beyond Pakistan, the raison d’être of Khan’s red-shirted revolution still resonates, as protests of equal proportion and principle pepper many Muslim streets today. What is critical to keep in mind, as Americans pay homage to the rolling wave of democracy washing over the Muslim world, is that the nonviolent nature of some protests is not foreign to Islam, its teachings or its culture. Khan was quick to make note of this. Mohammed, Khan quipped, taught that a Muslim is one “who never hurts anyone by word or deed,” a principle the Prophet repeats in his last sermon: “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.”

Khan’s movement remains notable given its size and scope, but he was not alone in his mission. Fast-forward to Khan’s counterparts in more recent years, such as the nonviolent leadership of Syrian-born Sheik Jawdat Said, whose 1964 book The Doctrine of the First Son of Adam articulates for the modern Islamic movement the concept of nonviolence. Or prominent Muslim-American human rights lawyer and writer Arsalan Iftikhar, whose upcoming Islamic Pacifism: Confessions of a Muslim Gandhi highlights the legacies of Islam’s nonviolent leaders. Iftikhar’s book, due out around the tenth anniversary of 9/11, profiles numerous notables, including the “Chechen Mahatma Gandhi,” Kunta-haji Kishiev, an ideologue of nonviolence and passive resistance.

The entire article is a must read for those interested in Islam and non-violence.

UPDATE 5/17/2011

It was reported today that Rais Bhuiyan who was shot in a hate crime immediately after 9/11 is pleading for mercy for his attacker.  The news report says that

Mark Stroman, a white supremacist, would later confess he was out for revenge against those of Middle Eastern descent in Mesquite and Dallas days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Already, Stroman had killed one Pakistani immigrant; two weeks later, he’d kill an Indian immigrant.

Now, Bhuiyan wants to forgive.  He’ll be asking for a stay of the July 20 evening scheduled execution of Stroman, and a stop to the “cycle of violence,” as he calls it.  “Sometimes, we human beings make mistakes out of anger,” said Bhuiyan, 37, in an interview Monday with The Dallas Morning News.

Stroman, a former stonecutter, was convicted of the Oct. 4 killing of Vasudev Patel, an Indian of the Hindu faith who owned a gas station and convenience store in Mesquite.  Stroman also confessed to the Sept. 15 Dallas killing of Waqar Hasan, an immigrant from Pakistan and a Muslim, in what is believed to be the first hate crime in the U.S. after the attacks. He was charged in the shooting of Bhuiyan, a Bangledesh immigrant, on Sept. 21.

Bhuiyan said his Islamic faith led him to realize “hate doesn’t bring any good solution to people. At some point we have to break the cycle of violence. It brings more disaster.”

Yousuf Munayyer has just published an excellent article on Palestine’s Hidden History of Nonviolence.  He says that “You wouldn’t know it from the media coverage, but peaceful protests are nothing new for Palestinians. But if they are to succeed this time, the West needs to start paying attention.”  He then gives a much-needed history lesson.

UPDATE 6/12/2011

A British Muslim Women’s organization, INSPIRE, launches a jihad against violence in a bid to reclaim the term jihad from extremists.

TAM has a collection of quotes from the Qur’an on justice, forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion.  A few that seem particularly relevant to this unjustified violence are:

“Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from error.”(2:255)

“Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians, and the Sabians, any who believe in God and the Last day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:62)

“[But] they are not all alike: among the followers of earlier revelation there are upright people, who recite God’s messages throughout the night, and prostrate themselves [before Him]. They believe in God and the Last Day, and enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and vie with one another in doing good works: and these are among the righteous.” (3:113-114)

“O you who believe! Stand firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor; for God can best protect both. Follow not the lust (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily God is well acquainted with all that ye do”.  (4:135)

”O you who believe! Stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just; that is next to piety; and fear God. For God is well acquainted with all that ye do”.  (5:9)

“To each among you have We prescribed a law and a way. If Allah had so willed, He would have made of you one single community, but Compete with each other in good deeds. The return of you all is to Allah. (His plan is) to test you in what He has given you. So compete with each other in good deeds. The return of you all is to Allah; then He will inform you about the matters over which you used to differ.” (5:48)

“Whoever receives guidance receives it for his own benefit, and whoever goes astray does so to his own loss. No bearer of burdens can bear the burdens of another.” (17:15)

“If it had been the Lord?s will, they would all have believed ? all who are on the earth. Will you then compel mankind against their will, to believe?” (10:99)

“…If God had not driven some people back by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, where God’s name is mentioned much, would have been pulled down and destroyed. God will certainly help those who help Him—God is All-Strong, Almighty.” (22:40)

“And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our Allah and your Allah is One, and to Him do we submit.” [29:46]

“As for such [of the unbelievers] as do not fight against you on account of [your] faith, and neither drive you forth from your homelands, God does not forbid you to show them kindness and to behave towards them with full equity: for, verily, God loves those who act equitably.” [60:8]

UPDATE 7/13/2014

The past week’s awful assymetrical attacks by Israel against Gaza once again bring this issue to the forefront.  A number of articles about the possibility of non-violent resistance to occupation and injustice have been added.

I pray that it is not too late for a non-violent solution to the occupation and for peace with justice to be achieved in Israel and Palestine.  I am part of a movement asking Jews & Muslims to join in a 17 Tammuz/ Ramadan Fast July 15th in a “Hunger Strike Against Violence.  Go to our Facebook Page at  and click “going” if you will join us on Tuesday, July 15th in an interfaith “fast for peace - hunger strike against violence” 



9 Prominent American Muslim Scholars Speaking Against Violence in the Name of Islam

100 Imams Call for April 9 Rally for Peace and Against Terrorism in NYC

A Call to Bridge the Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Ph. D.

A Call to Conscience and a Reminder to the Muslims, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

A Common Word Between Us and You, Muslim Scholars Appeal to Christian Scholars for Dialogue and Peace, Sheila Musaji

A Common Word Conference at Yale Divinity School - Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed

A Contemporary Christian Response to Islam, John Renard, 

A Dialogue of the Cultures Instead of the Clash of Civilizations, by Naika Foroutan

A framework for non-violence and peace-building in Islam, M. Abu Nimer

A Key to Shaping the Political Agenda: Part 1 Peaceful Engagement Through Interfaith Action, Dr. Robert D. Crane

A Pacifist Uncovered: Abdul Ghaffar Khan, By Amitabh Pal

A Pacifist Critique of Obama’s Nobel Speech, Ramzi Kysia
A Pax on Both Their Houses - Interfaith Peace Effort Ignored By Mainstream Media, Sheila Musaji , A Pax on both our houses campaign still necessary, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

A Response to Ramzy Baroud’s “Non-Violence in Palestine”, Anis Hamadeh

A Small Step Toward Interfaith Dialogue, Akbar S. Ahmed,

A Spiritual Jihad Against Terrorism, Sheila Musaji (5 parts)

A Time for Healing, Imam Ghayth Nur (Lonnie) Kashif

An Introduction to Islamic Nonviolence, Rabia Terri Harris 

An Open Letter from a Muslim to Muslims:  “Pray And Forgive.”, T.O.Shanavas

A Spiritual Jihad Against Terrorism - 5 parts, Sheila Musaji

The Abraham Federation: A Non-Violent Strategy of Satyagraha for Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Abrahamic Gatherings For Global Healing, Len Traubman 

Abrahamic Heritage and Interreligious Dialogue, Tarek Mitri,

Absolute truth manifests itself in diverse ways, Muhammad Khatami

Address at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of Nostra Aetate, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal

Affirmation of Freedom of Expression and Belief in the Quran, By Haris Aziz

Agree or disagree, let’s try to understand, Sherman Jackson

Alternatives to Violence in Muslim History:  Parallels to American Cases, Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad


An Assessment of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Walid Saif

An Interfaith Declaration for Peace

An Islamic ideal of non-violence, Zeeshan Hasan

Arab non-violence university fights for peace, Matthew Wright

The Arab peace initiative 2002 document

The Arab peace initiative, Hussein Ibish

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Speech at al-Azhar 

Are Islam and Christianity on a Collision Course, Interview with Seyyed Hossein Nasr and John Esposito,

Assessing the Myths of Interfaith Dialogue, David Shasha 

At the crossroad of Islam, the West, Tariq Ramadan

Maulana Azad as a Role Model for Contemporary Muslims, Muqtedar Khan
Maulana Azad and Partition, Asghar Ali Engineer
For India and Islam: Maulana Azad’s Vision of Religious Pluralism, Yoginder Sikand

Barriers to Dialogue, Ruquaiyyah Waris Maqsood,

Bases and Boundaries of Jewish, Muslim, Christian Dialogue, Zalman N. Schachter, 

Basis for Hindu-Muslim Dialogue, Riffat Hassan

The Battle of the Films - Obsession and Fitna Versus Schism, Sheila Musaji

Benedict XVI and Islam: the first year, Abdal Hakim Murad

Beyond the Condemnation of Terrorism, Louay Safi
Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Dara Shikohs Quest for Spiritual Unity, Yoginder Sikand

Beyond The Tower of Babel: A Linguistic Approach to Clarifying Key Concepts in Islamic Pluralism, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

Bibliography of books on Islam and non-violence

BOOK REVIEW: Me and You Beyond Belief, Together: A Path to Peace All Our Faiths Can Share, Sheila Musaji

British and Muslim, Abdul Hakim Murad

British Muslims, Europe and the Holocaust, Yahya Birt

Building Bridges and Interfaith Harmony - India-Pakistan Trip Report, Iftekhar Hai

Building Bridges Between Sikhs and Muslims, Yoginder Sikand

Bridging the Chasm Between Islam and the West, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Palestinian non-violent leader

John Muhammed Butt - American convert to Islam preaching moderation in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Catastrophe in Gaza - How Can the Cycle of Violence Be Stopped?, by Sheila Musaji

Christian-Muslim Relations, Tarek Mitri,

Christian, Muslim Scholars Agree Reconciliation, Conflict Inevitable

Choosing an Abundant Life, by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

Civilizational Dialogue and the Islamic World, Seyyed Hossein Nasr


Common Ground Between Islam and Christianity, Charles Nelson,

Continuities and Discontinuities in Islamic Perspectives on Cultural Diversity, Sulayman S. Nyang

Cultivating an Inner Life for Ourselves, Our Children and Our World, Abdul-Lateef Abdullah

Daring to be European Muslims, H. A. Hellyer

Deconstructing Neo-Conservative Ideology & Constructing a Faith-Based Future Based on “A Common Word, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Debating Non-Violent Islamism, Marc Lynch (Tariq Ramadan)

Despite Religious Violence, Egyptian Mosques Calling for Muslim-Christian Unity, H.A. Hellyer

Dialogue, a necessary conversation, Ebrahim Rasool

Dialogigical Relationship Between Christianity and Islam, Hasan Askari,

Dialogue is a Necessity, Jeremy Rifkin,

Dialogue of Civilizations & The Globalization of Spirit, Kabir Helminski
Dialogue of Civilizations & The Globalization of Spirit, Kabir Helminski

Does Islam Promote Violence?, Dr. Javeed Akhter

Egyptian Christians: Strangers in their Native Land!, Aladdin Elaasar 

Egypt’s non-violent jihad and the lurking military crocodile, Sheila Musaji

Exploring the Possibility of Hindu-Muslim Dialogue, Kana Mitra,

Evil and God’s Chosen, Dr. Nazir Khaja and Rabbi Steven Jacob

Faith in the future: Islam after the Enlightenment, Abdal-Hakim Murad

First-Ever Interfaith Series to Air on Bridges Television Network ─ American Muslim TV

Forecasting the Future of Islam in Europe and in America, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Freedom of Religion in Christian, Buddhist, Sunni, and Shi’a Jurisprudence: The Role of ‘ ‘Ilm al ‘Adl, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Fundamentals and Fundamentalism: A Parting of the Ways in Islam, Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid

Getting To Know One Another, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa

Great Theft: Wrestling Islam From the Extremists (Khaled Abou El Fadl), Melanie Colburn

Great Rabbis of the Muslim Empire, Dr. Ezra Chwat

Healing our Brokenness, Muzammil Siddiqui

The Heart of Tolerance:  The Prophetic Paradigm Towards Inter-Religious Dialogue, Azam Nizamuddin, Esq.

Historic Interfaith Meeting: First World Conference of Imams and Rabbis for Peace

Hope, Not Hate: On the future of Western-Muslim World Relations, Mas’ood Cajee

How to Make Interfaith Dialogue More Productive, By Dr. Bahar Bastani

- Hudna:  A Long-Range Islamic Strategy for Conflict Resolution, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- Preparing the Way for Hudna, Irfan Husain
- Hudna:  Those Who Live by the Sword Shall Die by It, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- Hudna: An Islamic Strategy in the Offing?, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- Hudna:  A Rationale and Platform for Peaceful Engagement, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- The War Between Israel and the Neo-Cons:  Can Muslims Save the Jews?, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- Peace through Justice:  A Strategy of Hudna to Eliminate the Iranian Nuclear Bomb, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- Hudna or Apocalypse: A Tipping Point for Palestine?, Dr. Robert D. Crane 
- Hamas and Hudna: Keys to Peace in the Holy Land, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Human Rights and Tolerance within Islam: Legal, Political, and Spiritual Perspectives, Dr. Robert D. Crane


Interfaith Dialogue:  Arab-Jewish Forum, Dr. Tony Klug

Interfaith Dialogue: Not Just for the Abrahamic Faiths, Iftekhar Hai

Interfaith Guidelines on Human Rights, Pluralism, Democracy, and Authority, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Interfaith, not infidel, By Iftekhar Hai

International attention must be paid to the Palestinian nonviolent movement, Mustafa Barghouthi

Interview with Lawrence Pintak:  “We Must Be Capable of Dialogue”, Bernhard Hillencamp

Interview With Reverend Jack Cory, Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group, Sheila Musaji

Is Peace Possible Between Muslims and Jews?, Shahed Athar

Is Religion Bad For The World?, Hesham Hassaballa

Islam and Coexistence: What I Didn’t Say and Missionary Myopia, Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Islam and Christianity: Diatribe or Dialogue? Ismail al Faruqi,

Islam and Judaism, Akbar S. Ahmed

Islam and Other Religions, Ismail al Faruqi

Islam in the West, Dr. Murad Hoffman

Islam, Nonviolence, and Interfaith Relations, M. Mazzahim Mohideen

Islam, Nonviolence & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Khutbah by Imam Khalid Latif (video)

Islam and Nonviolence: Introduction, Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Qader Muheideen)

“Islam and non-violence” seminar in Chennai on April 26, 2010

Islam and the Question of Violence, Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Islam, Violence and Non Violence, Imam A. Rashied Omar

Islam, Nonviolence, and Women, Khalijah Mohd. Salleh

Islam, Nonviolence, and National Transformation, Abdurrahman Wahid

Islam, Nonviolence, and Global Transformation, Razi Ahmad

Islam, Nonviolence, and Social Transformation - Part I, Mamoon-al-Rasheed

Islam, the Religion of Peace, Sr. Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood


Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue, Dr. Alexander Berzin 

Islamic Pacifism Defined, Arsalan Iftikhar

Islamic Spirituality in the Modern World: Spiritual Dimensions of Said Nursis Risale-i-Nur, Kamran Mofid, Ph.D.

Islamic Spirituality: The Forgotten Revolution, Abdal Hakim Murad

Islamic Non-Violence: The Legacy of Badshah Khan, Shahed Amanullah

Islamic non-violence, Zeeshan Hasan

Islamic Non-Violence,  Rev. Frank W. Carpenter

Islamic Sharia and Jewish Halakha Arbitration Courts, Sheila Musaji

“Islamic Traditions of Peace and Nonviolence: Responding to Contemporary Challenges”, Rumi Foundation Conference

Islam’s Forsaken Renaissance, Mahathir bin Mohamad

Jews, Christians, & Muslims: From A Conflicting Past To A Future of Tolerance, Mushfiqur Rahman

Jawdat Said and Islam as a Violence-Free Religion, Bashar Humeid

Jesus in the Qur’an: an Akbari Perspective, Reza Shah-Kazemi,

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue and the Value of Peace, Jacob Bender

Jewish sages on “lesser jihad” and “greater jihad”, Svend White

Jews, Christians & Muslims: From A Conflicting Past to a Future of Tolerance, Mushfiqur Rahman,

Jihad of Tears, Edward Miller, Esq.

Judaism and Islam: Beyond Tolerance, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan

Khan, Abdul Ghaffar aka Badshah Khan:
-  Peace-Maker from the Heart of Islam, by Tenzin Rigzin
- Non-violence in Islam, Danish Peace Academy
- Can’t We Be Like Abdul Ghaffar Khan?, by Dr Thomas Michel S.J.
- Remembering a Non-Violent Soldier, Dr Fazal-ur-Rahim Marwat
- The forgotten Muslim hero, Chan’ad Bahraini
- Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Islam and non-violence, Ishtiaq Ahmed 
- A Pacifist Uncovered: Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Amitabh Pal
- The Abraham Federation: A Non-Violent Strategy of Satyagraha for Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land, Dr. Robert D. Crane
- Islamic Non-Violence: The Legacy of Badshah Khan, Shahed Amanullah
- Badshah Khan: The forgotten Muslim hero, Chan’ad Bahraini
- Can’t We Be Like Abdul Ghaffar Khan?, Dr Thomas Michel S.J.
- Mohandas Gandhi, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and the Middle East Today, Rajmohan Gandhi
- Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence:  People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words, Sheila Musaji
- Peace-Maker from the Heart of Islam, Tenzin rigzin
- Peace Through Justice in the Holy Land: Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s Spiritual Jihad, Dr. Robert D. Crane 
- Remembering a Non-Violent Soldier, Dr Fazal-ur-Rahim Marwat
- Structure, Chance, and Choice: Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmitgars, Damon Lynch 
- Pioneer of non-violence

Knowledge, Unity, and Tolerance: The Sufism of Mahmud Shabistari, David Fideler

The Land of Canaan should be a Place of Peace and Reconciliation for all True Religions, Harun Yahya

Lack of Knowledge About “the Other”, Akbar S. Ahmed,

Languages of the Heart, Linda Malas,

Legacy of Abraham, Sheila Musaji,

Legitimate and Illegitimate Acts of Violence, John Esposito

Let Muslims, Christians unite behind Jesus’ mission, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi

Light on horizon for interfaith peace Muslim-Christian dialogue offers hope, Douglas Roche

Love for Jesus Can Bring Christians, Muslims Together, Ibrahim Hooper

Matzoh, Moses and Muslims, Hesham Hassaballa,

Metaphysics of Interfaith Dialogue, Reza Shah-Kazemi, Part I -

Medieval Philosophical Discourse and Muslim Christian Dialogue, Mehdi Aminrazavi

Mission of Muslims in America:  A Grand Strategy to Marginalize Extremists, Dr. Robert Dickson Crane

Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Jamal Badawi

Muslim Minorities in Europe, H.A. Hellyer

Muslim Scholars Appeal to Christian Scholars for Dialogue and Peace - “A Common Word”, Sheila Musaji

Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence:  People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words, Sheila Musaji

Muslims and Buddhists in Asia, Chandra Muzaffar

Muslims and Jews, Sound Vision,

Muslims and European Integration, Farish A Noor

Muslims and Buddhists in Asia, Chandra Muzaffar,

Muslims & Buddhists in Asia, Chandra Muzaffar,

Muslims and Jews: Let us coexist, Azzam Tamimi

Muslims and Non-Muslims: Can We Work Together for the Good of All?

Muslims and the European Right, Sheikh Abdal-Hakim Murad

Muslims Engaging the Other and the Humanum, Farid Esack, Part I -

Mohandas Gandhi, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and the Middle East Today, by Rajmohan Gandhi

Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence:  People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words, Sheila Musaji


Muslims Must Develop an Intolerance for Intolerance, Muqtedar Khan

Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue, Fethullah Gulen

New Perspectives for Jewish-Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Mohammed Arkoun,

“No religion is higher than humanity” - Abdul Sattar Edhi, Sheila Musaji

The noblest revenge, Hasan Zillur Rahim

Non-Violence and Islam, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Non-violence in the Islamic context, Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Non Violence, Violence, Peace, Justice and Change in Islam, Dr. Muqtedar Khan

Non-Violence in Islamic Teachings, Imam Muhammad Shirazi

Non-Violence is the Alternative, Dr. Aslam Abdullah

Non-Violent Resistance In Islam

North American Muslims Determined to Counter Violence and Terrorism, Sheila Musaji

Said Nursi, Muslim advocate of non-violence

On Forgiveness, Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan

On Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Asghar Ali Engineer

On Holocaust exploiters, deniers, and heroes, Mas’ood Cajee

On Revisiting Gandhi, Ali Asghar Engineer

On Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Asghar Ali Engineer

One God, Many Names, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

One River, Many Wells, Larry Reimer & Zeeshan Bhatti,

Oneness of Allah and the Oneness of His Community, Shaikh Ahmed Abdur Rashid,

Our common Abrahamic heritage, Javeed Akhter

Our Shared Present and Future, Tariq Ramadan,


Pacifism in Islam

The Pacifism of Islam, Harun Yahya

- An Appeal For a Non-Violent Global Resistance Movement, Tariq Ramadan 
- Palestinian Nonviolence: Would It Work?, by Marty Jezer
- Palestine: a History of Nonviolence, Adam Gallagher
- Here comes your non-violent resistance
- Nonviolent resistance in Palestine, Patrick O’Connor
- Five Broken Cameras - Can Palestinian non-violent resistance make it into Israel’s education system?
- A New Non-Violent Palestinian Anti-Israel Movement Emerges, Ahmed Azem
- The changing face of Palestinian resistance
- The Rise Of Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance: A Conversation With Mustafa Barghouti
- Popular resistance in Palestine: Refusing to be enemies, Mazin B. Qumsiyeh / Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
- Active Nonviolence in Palestine and Israel
- Repression of Non-Violent Protest in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Case Study on the village of al-Nabi Saleh
- Israel’s Reaction to Palestinian Nonviolence Threatens Israeli Democracy, Joseph Dana
- Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders, Sami Awad
- Non violent actions against the occupation
- An Israeli in awe of a Palestinian act of non-violence, Bradley Burston
- The Christian family refusing to give up its Bethlehem hill farm
- Israel fears Palestinian Non-violence, Rami Khouri
- Pursuing Non-Violent Protest in Palestine
- Palestinian Hunger Strike: “Either I Go Home – Or I Go in a Plastic Bag”
- The Palestinians Who Are Channeling Rage Into Nonviolent Resistance, Bethan Staton
- Dead Young Men in Mississippi, Israel, and Palestine: Spirals of Violence and Nonviolence, Rabbi Michael Lerner
- Despite Crackdown, Palestinians Organize for Long-Term Peace, Bethan Staton

Peace and Islam: a bibliography

Peace in a Plural Society, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Peace of Abraham, Hagar, & Sarah: Sharing Sacred Seasons This Fall, Tent of Abraham

Peace Through Justice in the Holy Land: Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s Spiritual Jihad, by Dr. Robert D. Crane

Peace Between Religions, Syed Hashim Ali, 

People of Faith Must Be Bridge Builders, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa

People of the Book & the Muslims, Harun Yahya, 

Pilgrimage for Peace - From Ayodhya to Ajmer, Asghar Ali Engineer

The Place of Tolerance in Islam: On Reading the Qur’an - and Misreading It, Khaled Abou El Fadl, Ph.D.

Profile of Jawdat Said: Islam as a Violence-Free Religion, Bashar Humeid

Prophet Muhammad’s Charter to the Monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery

Professor Muriel Walker: An Interfaith Hero, by Sheharyar Shaikh

Progress in Inter-religious Dialogue, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, 

Pseudo-Religiosity is Leading Human Civilization to Commit Suicide, Irfan Ahmad Khan, Ph.D.

Putting Christian-Muslim Dialogue to the Test, Aiman Mazyek

Qalaba: The Turning of the Heart, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

Qur’an & Hadith Against Extremism  and Sound Hadith on Nonviolence, Peace, and Justice, Compiled by Dr. M. Hafiz Syed, Edited by Kabir Helminski 

Reflections on the Meeting Between Catholics and Muslims At the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Abdal Hakim Murad

Re-Imagining Sikh-Muslim Relations in the Light of the Life of Baba Nanak, Yoginder Sikand

Religion, A Source of Conflict or a Resource for Peace in South Asia?, Asghar Ali Engineer

Religion and violence: another look at Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, Hussein Ibish 
Religion, Peace Dialogue: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Search for a Relevant Islamic Theology, Yoginder Sikand

Religious Tribalism: A Major Obstacle to Peace through Justice, Dr. Robert D. Crane 

The Role of People of Conscience in Cultivating Peace and Preventing Human Rights Abuse, Abukar Arman

Roots of Misconception: From the Middle Ages through the Modern Period: The European Discovery of Islam, Ibrahim Kalin

Rumi:  “Wherever you turn …” , Waliya Inayat Perkins

Rumi’s Language of the Soul & Humanity’s Defining Moment, Kabir Helminski

Sacrifice of Abraham, Tariq Ramadan,

The Season for Non-Violence, Narjis Pierre

Setting the Agenda of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Tarek Mitri

Seven Pillars of Tolerance in Islam, Fahmi Howeidi

“So That You May Know One Another”: The Role of People of Faith in the 21st Century, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa

SONAD: Muslims and Christians united for peace in Sudan

Sound Hadith on Nonviolence, Peace, and Justice, Compiled by Dr. M. Hafiz Syed, Edited by Kabir Helminski

The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi


Structure, Chance, and Choice: Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmitgars, by Damon Lynch

The Sufi Approach to Islam, Spiritual Healing and World Peace, Ali Ansari

Sufism & The Eleventh Hour, Kabir Helminski

Supporting Nonviolence in Islam, Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

The Taliban and Nonviolence? It Happened Before: Transformative Love, Renewing Islam, Nicholas Patler 

That Muslims and Jews Coexist Is Not an Option - It Is An Imperative, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal

Their Children Are Our Children, Robert Silvey

Terrorism or Dialogue and Justice?, Kamran Mofid

Terrorism, Jihad, and the Struggle for New Understandings, Dr. Antony T. Sullivan

That Muslims and Jews Coexist Is Not an Option - It Is An Imperative, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal

There is no room for violence in Islam

To Win, Palestinians Must Adopt a Nonviolent Strategy, by Mubarak Awad

Treating Christmas With Respect, Abdul Malik Mujahid,

Trinity - a Muslim Perspective, Abdal-Hakim Murad,

The Truth About Islam: An Alternate View, Andrew Morris

Turning Our Anguish Into Solidarity, Imam A. Rashied Omar,

Update on “A Common Word Between Us and You” An Appeal From Muslim Scholars For Dialogue and Peace, Sheila Musaji

The Use and Abuse of Scriptures, Sheila Musaji

Values of Peacebuilding and Nonviolence in Islam: Ideals and Reality, Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Violence And Non-Violence In Islam: Jihadi, Just-War, and Active Non-Violence,  Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf

Violence Extinguishes the Light of Islam, Dr. Hesham Hassaballa

Violence is never an acceptable answer to provocation, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt

Walk like an Egyptian, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid

We Are All A Part Of It - Responding To Hate, Imam Abdullah Antepli

We must love others to be loved by God, Dr. Shahid Athar

What is a Truly Universal Spirituality?, Shaykh Kabir Helminski

What is the Contribution of Religions Toward Peace?, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

What the Muslim world can teach us about non-violence, Randell Amster

What Would Muhammad Do (WWMD), Dr. Hesham Hassaballa

Whither Muslims?,  Aslam Abdullah

Wikipedia, Prophet Muhammad, and Muslims in need of Islam 101, Sheila Musaji



American Muslim Interactive Network
American Muslim Peace Initiative
Inner City Muslim Action Network
Islamic Movement for Non-Violence
Muslim Peace Fellowship

and, Muslims are active in many interfaith peace groups



Question:  Where are the Muslim voices?
Answer:  They are listed here!

We began this section in 2001 and it has expanded to become a relatively comprehensive resource.  This is all completed by volunteer effort, and if you would like to help with the research needed to make this even more comrehensive and useful, please contact the editor.

This resource of The American Muslim has received positive mention in the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University’s recently released report on internet-facilitated radicalization entitled:  ”NETworked Radicalization: A Counter-Strategy”.   It is also listed as a resource on many other sites, and the new logo has already been picked up by 15 sites.  We hope that many more will do this, and that all the organizations working on related projects will be able to connect and work cooperatively.

One hand clapping cannot make enough noise to drown out the extremists, but all of us together can make enough noise to be heard around the world.

AMERICAN MUSLIM RESOURCES (collections of articles and references which are updated regularly)

MUSLIMS DENOUNCE TERRORISM  Simply click on this logo on the homepage to go to a lengthy collection of Muslim denunciations of terrorism, extremism, and violence.
- Qur’an & Hadith against extremism  (see also power point presentations)
- Part I Fatwas and formal statements by Muslim scholars and organizations.
- Statements by Organizations (has now been included in Part I)
- Part III Statements and Articles by Individuals (see also power point presentations)
- Part IV A Few Quotes A-K, and A Few Quotes L-Z
- Part V The Muslim Majority Who Don’t Get Publicity (see also power point presentation)
- Muslims and Arabs in the U.S. Military
- Selective Hearing of Muslim Voices Against Extremism
- Sunni Shia Unity Resource - collection of articles
- Muslim Voices Promoting Islamic Non Violent Solutions

And all of The American Muslim Resources - article collections

Originally posted January 2005