Most people in the world think that Islam is a religion of terrorism. The first thing that comes in their mind when they hear anything about Islam is terrorism. But Islam does not support terrorism or its any forms. The word ‘Islam’ itself means ‘peace’. Islam is a religion that offers mankind a life filled with peace and love for others. The holy source of Islam is the Quran. The Quran teaches us the concepts of morality, love, compassion, mercy, modesty, self-sacrifice and peace. Islam is a religion of peace and well-being. Islam teaches all of its followers to avoid immorality, evil, cruelty and bloodshed. All these things are completely forbidden in Islam.
Allah told us in the Quran to avoid crudity, aggressiveness and bloodshed. According to the Quran one of greatest sins is to kill an innocent human being: “If someone kills another person - unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth - it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth.” (Surat al-Ma'ida: 32)
Allah says in another verse of Quran: “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers.” (Quran 60:8)
The above verses clearly explains that all forms of cruelty are completely forbidden in Islam. Allah has revealed that killing one person is as great a sin as killing all mankind. Allah commands his believers to be kind and merciful to the others.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) whose life is an ideal example for all the mankind used to advise his companions to avoid any deed of cruelty. He once said: “Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.”
The Holy Prophet even discouraged the cruelty with animals and he advised to be kind with them. Once the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “A woman was punished because she imprisoned a cat until it died. On account of this, she was doomed to Hell. While she imprisoned it, she did not give the cat food or drink, nor did she free it to eat the insects of the earth.”
So, according to the moral teachings of Islam it is a religion of peace and it promotes happiness, justice and peace in the world. Those who are killing in the name of Islam do not know the teachings of Islam. The barbarism that is happening in the world today under the name of "Islamic Terrorism" is completely removed from the moral teachings of the Qur'an; it is the work of ignorant, bigoted people, criminals who have nothing to do with religion.