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|The concept of a heavenly reward for doing God's work on earth is a belief shared by Christians and Muslims. Also to fight “the good fight” and so forth is a common phrase. I, personally, never liked the song ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ myself, but many do sing it occasionally. Now, this doesn't mean to kill those who are not Christians just to do good deeds. At least, I would hope not! The problem of course is when fanatics of any kind convince their followers that they are the only one's that are on God's side and to kill the others in his name. What do you say about that?|
|Heba Raouf Ezzat|
Salam (Peace) Dear Arnold,
Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.
I also share with you the frustration of how some fanatics miss the essential teachings of their religion and then without any reasonable religious justification say: ‘Let's kill the “other” to please the “LORD”!’
So we shouldn't expect everyone to believe. He also revealed:
So, the wisdom of diversity of religions is made remarkably clear. It is not considered a negative situation that people should despair about and feel in need of changing. It is all part of God's plan.
Yet the Quran, as the last divine message, sets out rules for struggle against aggression, describing specific political or military situations and setting some specific rules for them.
"We trust, sir, that God is on our side. It is more important to know that we are on God's side."
Claims which people make that "God is on our side" subject God's will to the will of 'their side'. This is saying that God is a servant to their cause! In Islam we know that, on the contrary we are servants to God.
We should be submitting to His will as this is the very meaning of the word "Islam". In such a condition we can never take the arrogant step of asserting that God is on our side:
A Muslim should never even assert that he can or will do any act without saying afterwards inshaAllah meaning "God willing". In this way a Muslim recognizes his limitations and that God may want something else than what he wants.
I hope this helps address your concern.
Salam and please keep in touch.