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The "holy wars" of the Middle East may make us forget that the three religions of Abraham teach a deep commitment to peace and brotherhood. Below are but a few of the many exhortations to peace in the books holy to the three religions of the Middle East.

The Quran

Surat Al-Anfal (#8) or the Spoils of War:  on inclination to Peace

8:61      But if the enemy incline towards peace,
            do thou (also) incline towards peace,
            In Allah:  for He is the One
            that heareth and knoweth (all things)

            Wa 'in-janahuu lis-salmi fajnah lahaa wa
            ta-wakkal 'alallaah: 'inna-huu Huwas-

    62    Should they intend to decieve thee, - verily Allah
            sufficeth thee:   He it is that hath strengthened thee
            with his aid and with (company of) The Believers

            Wa 'iny-yurii-duuu 'any-yakhda-'uuka fa-'inna hasba-
            kallaah. Huwa!-laziii'ayya-daka binas-rihii wa bil-Mu'-miniin;

     63   And (moreover) He hath put affection between their hearts:
            Not if thou hadst spent all that is in the earth,
            couldst thou have produced that affection, but Allah
            Hath done it: for He is Exalted in might, Wise

            Wa 'allafa bayna quluu-bihim.  Law'anfaqta maa fil-'arzi
            jamii-'am-maaa 'allafta bayna quluu-bihim wa laa-kinnal-
            laaha'allafa baynahum; 'innahuu 'Aziizun Hakiim.

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The Old Testament


ISA 2:4 ... and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

vehitetu harbotam litim, vehanitoteyhem lemazmerot: Lo yisa goy el goy herev, lo yilmedu od milhama.


PSA 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

The Jewish Sages

Proverbs of the Sages ("Pirkei Avot")

Chapter 1 #12 Hillel and Shammai received the Torah from them. Hillel said: Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow creatures and bringing them close to the Torah.

Chapter 1 #18 Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said: On three things the world is sustained: on truth, on judgment, and on peace, as it is it says (Zechariah 8:16): "Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace."


The New Testament


MAT 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.


HEB 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:


JAM 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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