Oman's Message of Peace

Philosophy of Coexistence

Mihrab of the Great Mosque of Bahla - 1511 AD, 917 AH

The philosophy of Islam is based on principles of religious tolerance and the avoidance of conflict and violence.

Other religious views or models of interpretation must be respected.

Prayers in the mosques throughout the country are conducted with Sunnis and Shiites side by side with Ibadhis. Sunnis and Shiites have always lived in harmony and accord with the Ibadhis, who have been and continue to be the majority in Oman.

The communal prayer to God knows no theological disputes. Everyone must answer for himself before God.

Islam in Oman is based on the effort to return to the purity of Islamic faith and society exactly along the tenets prescribed by the Prophet Mohammed.

Omanis have always maintained their firm loyalty to the Quran, the Sunnah, and to their fellow Muslims, and have had an open attitude, inviting people to understand their views and giving them time to decide and consider their opinions.

The Ibadhis for example made it clear that they would not fight their opponents unless they were attacked first. Bloodshed due to theological differences is regarded as shameful.

Throughout history members of other faiths were found in Oman: Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and others.

Due to the principles of religious tolerance their presence in the past centuries was accepted, and they were not discriminated against due to their religious affiliation, even in the times of the religious state, the imamate.

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