THE mind is the greatest faculty of man, and peace the most favourable environment in which the mind can function to its full capacity. The mind is the greatest blessing of the Creator. All great achievements of the world are a result of the functioning mind. But it requires peace to function smoothly. 

The Roman Empire ruled the greater portion of Europe and Africa for about 2,000 years. However, it witnessed no scientific development in this long period. Historians attribute this phenomenon to the lack of freedom of thought under the Roman rule. Any expression of dissent from the king’s view was silenced by death; the watchword of this period being ‘the king could do no wrong’. The king alone had the privilege to think freely leaving all others severely constrained. This atmosphere naturally led to intellectual stagnation. 

The French Revolution of 1789 put an end to the hereditary monarchical system of governance, and marked the dawn of a new democratic era in the world. The best benefit of this democratic culture was individual freedom of thought. If earlier only the king could think, now every individual was free to think and the thinking process increased a billion times over. This paved the way for an intellectual revolution, where scholars and scientists were unfettered and had every opportunity to think freely and make new discoveries.

All the great achievements of the world have been a result
of the functioning of the mind. But the mind requires peace to function smoothly,
as without peace one cannot proceed normally.

 Scientific research brought in the means of communication, which had been hidden in nature in the form of potential. In God’s creation plan, everything in this world has always been in its potential form— including all amenities of the modern age.

But, those engaged in militancy run counter to this creation plan of God and are destroying peace. Peace and total freedom is essential for people to think and work undisturbed. That is the only way in which they can convert the potential of the world into actuality. When a terrorist kills a person, he in actual fact kills a mind. Killing a number of people is the destruction of a large number of minds. People engaged in militancy in the name of a self-styled goal, are undoubtedly indulging in entirely undesirable acts, and thus jeopardizing the Creator’s scheme of things.

The tremendous potential of the human mind can be availed only in a peaceful atmosphere. In the absence of a peaceful environment for work, the process that unfolds the potential of the mind will be left uninitiated and the mind's capabilities will remain unutilized. Those who perpetrate violence are indulging in an act that goes against nature.

The mind is the greatest faculty of man and peace is the most
favourable environment in which the mind can function to its full capacity.

 Since the time Muslims have taken to violence in the present age, no scientific development has come forth from this community. They have been reduced to a ‘taker’ community—unlike in the past. A principle of nature set forth in the Quran says, that only those who are ‘givers’ prove to be successful in this world. (13: 17)

Muslims engaged in violence have become a permanent obstacle to the progress of Muslims. They should forthwith cease all their violent activities and bury their weapons, so that an atmosphere of peace may prevail and they can emerge once again as a creative community.

Where terrorism exists, the work of education and scientific development comes to a halt. On the contrary, in countries where there is no terrorism, progress goes unabated in every field. This bears out the old adage that peace promotes all kinds of progress, while violence endangers all kinds of constructive activities.

No constructive target can be achieved by fighting. You cannot grow a tree by fighting. You cannot build a planned city by fighting. You cannot bring a developed civilization into existence by fighting. An educated society cannot be produced by fighting. Those engaged in fighting clearly demonstrate that they are totally unaware of the realities of life. Trying to achieve a positive target by fighting is a grave misjudgement of both man and the Creator.

The whole universe is one of peace. But this peace is compulsory, in the sense that it has been externally imposed. Then God Almighty wanted to create a being who could adopt self-imposed peace or have peace by choice. For this purpose, God settled man on the planet earth and promised the greatest reward for those who could stand up to the test of maintaining peace. Those who adopt the culture of violence go against the creation plan of God, thus taking the risk of forfeiting the great reward destined for them.

Those who adopt the culture of violence go against the creation plan of God,
thus taking the risk of forfeiting the great reward destined for them by God.

 The greatest disadvantage to those who adopt the culture of violence is that they live on the defensive, to the extent that they believe they are living under siege. This mind-set hampers creative thinking and leads to stagnation. The loss is so huge that there is no justification for continuing to perpetrate violence, even for a single moment.o

Story of Struggle 
The fact is that every man and woman is born with great potential. But this potential is in terms of innate capacity and not in actuality.
It is challenging circumstances that awaken people's minds and enable them to turn their potential into reality. In this competitive world, any success story is a story of struggle.