Quest for Peace

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HUMAN civilization since ancient times has been in search of peace. All major religions and belief systems enjoin peace. But war is as much a fact of life as peace and therefore it is incumbent upon individuals, communities, nations and international community to make and build peace.
The overwhelming majority of Muslims all around the world want peace, decent lives, respect for basic human rights, social justice and human dignity. A cardinal tenet of the Quran is that war is permitted only in self-defense; and that too against those who would proactively fight you. War has to be averted and prevented at all costs, but if it becomes inevitable, it is mandatory that it is a just war.