By indicating verses from the Qur’an, can you prove that Islam is not a religion of terror; on the contrary, it condemns terror, anarchy, and mischief making?

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By indicating verses from the Qur’an, can you prove that Islam is not a religion of terror; on the contrary, it condemns terror, anarchy, and mischief making?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

The Qur’an has strictly condemned terror and has denominated anarchy and mischief as most horrible things. Islam prohibits any kind of terror, oppression, and treachery and opposes any kind of anarchy and ill conduct. Islam does not requite evil with evil. The religion of Islam has been sent by Allah Almighty in order to set up justice, to break the despotism and arbitrary oppression of fierce evil selves, to make human conscience temperate. Therefore, Islam is very sensitive about it. The Qur’an regards the murder of an innocent person as the most horrible murder committed against the whole of the humanity.
Allah Almighty announces, “He who kills a soul unless it be (in legal punishment) for murder or for causing disorder and corruption on the earth will be as if he had killed all humankind; and he who saves a life will be as if he had saved the lives of all humankind. (Al-Maidah Surah, 5:32) The Qur’an also curses any kind of mischief. The Qur’an draws our attention to the incitements and mischief-making of those who start discord, cause discord in the life of society, and sow discord while in power, and also clearly reveals the horror of mischief-making, and seriousness of discord: “When he leaves (you) or attains authority, he rushes about the land to foment disorder and corruption therein and to ruin the sources of life and human generations. Surely God does not love disorder and corruption.” (Al-Baqarah Surah, 2:205)
The Qur’an has prohibited mischief. In Al-Baqarah, 217, Allah Almighty announces, “Mischief, tumult, and oppression are worse than slaughter.” (Al-Baqarah Surah, 2:217)
In a Muslim’s soul, who makes use of these Qur’anic verses to full extent, there are no enmity, hatred and brutality. There is some kind of brotherhood even between his most fierce foe. A Muslim accepts the truth, which is, “we tolerate the creature just because of the Creator.” A Muslim is a defender of love. He has no time for hostility. In Holy Qur’an, Allah Almighty draws the attention of believers to the prevention of damages to the worship places, by indicating that worship places are protected against some people as a result of the intervention by some other people: “Were it not for God’s repelling some people by means of others, monasteries and churches and synagogues and mosques, where God is regularly worshipped and His Name is much mentioned, would surely have been pulled down (with the result that God is no longer worshipped and the earth becomes uninhabitable).”(Al-Hajj Surah, 22:40)
The Prophet Muhammad is a prophet of mercy and compassion. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah Almighty declares, “We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but as an unequalled mercy for all the worlds.” (Al-Anbiya Surah, 21:107) The Prophet (PBUH) revealed all manners of good morality in the best way in his life and advised his community to be far from mischief. He ordered to be away from mischief in a remarkable seriousness and sensitivity:
“Beware of mischief! For at that moment, tongue is like the sword blow.” (Ibn-i Mace, Fiten, 24)
“Here is certain that there will appear mischief, diversity, and controversy. When this situation takes place, go to Uhud with your sword. Hit it on the rock until it breaks into pieces. Then remain in your home. (Never leave your home) till there is a sinful hand on you or death visits your house.” (Ibn-i Mace, Fiten, 24) Just before the Doomsday, there is mischief like the pieces of dark nights. During that mischief, a person reaches morning as a believer, but ends up in disbelief at night; he reaches night as a believer but ends up in disbelief in the morning. During that mischief, the one sitting is better than the one standing up. So break your bows, smash your arrows, and hit your swords on the rock. If they get into the house of one of you, be the better one of the two sons of Adam (be the killed one not the killer). (Abu Davud, Fiten 2, Tirmidhi, Fiten 33)

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