When I first heard at the Worcester mosque a sermon stating the Islam is a religion of peace, I was delighted and I wanted to believe it. Subsequently, I preached a sermon to my own congregation affirming that Islam is a religion of peace and I quoted passages from the Quran to support my case.
I have since come to understand that this claim, often asserted by me as by others, is a half truth: for the majority of Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace; but, for large numbers of Muslims around the world, it is something quite different. Islam is a religion encompassing many different points of view. The teaching of the Quran and the Traditions of the Prophet are subject to diverse and conflicting interpretations.