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Thread: Islam's Attitude for Global Peace & Human Rights (Part IV)

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    A letter to Time.com: Islam was forged in war, not peace

    To the editor of Time.com:

    In order to acheive its temporary political goals, our present leadership insists that Islam is a peaceful faith. This does not mean, however, that our media should blindly accept this as gospel in place of reviewing the facts. In every part of the world where Islam encounters other faiths or cultures, its adherents invariably wage Jihad of the military sort which the Sheik Abdullah Nimr Darwish so vigorously insists is but one of thirteen types of jihad in your interview of him. That may be so, but the military pillar is the one which the rest of the world sees and experiences most intensely, and the sheik does little to downplay the impact of the abuse of the pillar to acheive political goals.

    The Shiek also seems to explain that while suicide attacks are prohibited by Sharia, that the terror Palestinians wage on ordinary Israelis is justifiable, and that while it may or may not be jihad, that it is an acceptable form of mayrtyrdom. In reality, maytrydom is attained while waging this type of warfare is a form of suicide. It may be committed without the explicit intent of being killed, but with the tacet acceptance of its likelihood. Interpretation of Sharia is one thing, but true Jihad would insist that muslims everywhere take action to prohibit, banish and eliminate this type of behavior, in addition to that of suicide attacks.

    It won't happen, and the sheik knows it. So should Time. That's because the problem lies deeper. To claim that Islam has its origins in peace is false in fact. The religion was born out of and spread like wildfire due to the war and conquest made in its name during the formative years of the faith. Yes, millions of muslims are assuredly peaceful people, but a religion whose origin is so closely tied to warfare, destruction, conquest, expulsion and forced conversion can hardly claim to have its origins in peace. This is especially true when so many murders and acts of violence are claimed to be made in its name. If Islam had its origins in peace, it is not a facet of the faith which many take seriously.

    If it were, the Sheik could explain why the phenomenom of violence in its name, whether perpetuated by terrorists (so called freedom fighters), state governments, religious movements and Islamic institutions still persists, why so few of his colleagues speak out against it, and nobody takes action in that vein. The truth is that Islam is inseperable from its formation at the edge of the sword, and that is why violence continues to be accepted as a legitimate expression of religious zeal.

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    A letter to Time.com: Islam was forged in war, not peace

    To the editor of Time.com:

    In order to acheive its temporary political goals, our present leadership insists that Islam is a peaceful faith. This does not mean, however, that our media should blindly accept this as gospel in place of reviewing the facts. In every part of the world where Islam encounters other faiths or cultures, its adherents invariably wage Jihad of the military sort which the Sheik Abdullah Nimr Darwish so vigorously insists is but one of thirteen types of jihad in your interview of him. That may be so, but the military pillar is the one which the rest of the world sees and experiences most intensely, and the sheik does little to downplay the impact of the abuse of the pillar to acheive political goals.

    The Shiek also seems to explain that while suicide attacks are prohibited by Sharia, that the terror Palestinians wage on ordinary Israelis is justifiable, and that while it may or may not be jihad, that it is an acceptable form of mayrtyrdom. In reality, maytrydom is attained while waging this type of warfare is a form of suicide. It may be committed without the explicit intent of being killed, but with the tacet acceptance of its likelihood. Interpretation of Sharia is one thing, but true Jihad would insist that muslims everywhere take action to prohibit, banish and eliminate this type of behavior, in addition to that of suicide attacks.

    It won't happen, and the sheik knows it. So should Time. That's because the problem lies deeper. To claim that Islam has its origins in peace is false in fact. The religion was born out of and spread like wildfire due to the war and conquest made in its name during the formative years of the faith. Yes, millions of muslims are assuredly peaceful people, but a religion whose origin is so closely tied to warfare, destruction, conquest, expulsion and forced conversion can hardly claim to have its origins in peace. This is especially true when so many murders and acts of violence are claimed to be made in its name. If Islam had its origins in peace, it is not a facet of the faith which many take seriously.

    If it were, the Sheik could explain why the phenomenom of violence in its name, whether perpetuated by terrorists (so called freedom fighters), state governments, religious movements and Islamic institutions still persists, why so few of his colleagues speak out against it, and nobody takes action in that vein. The truth is that Islam is inseperable from its formation at the edge of the sword, and that is why violence continues to be accepted as a legitimate expression of religious zeal.

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    It was interesting to read all of the posts..... and it's interesting that you use excerpts from the Quran (that you undoubtedly found in some article that demeaned the religion) or other newspaper articles or even other people's letters point rather than using your own knowledge about this issue. Generally it's no use arguing or even attempting to explain anything to someone who has already formed a judgement in their mind... just like it would be useless to try and argue with or explain anything to those Alqaeda people who had already decided in their heads that Americans are bad and need to be killed. But I'll say this anyway.... Just because the United States Consitution mandates an armed forces and in effect the development of weapons of mass destruction to assist those armed forces in their purpose, it doesn't necessarily make the US an evil entity hell bent on war and destruction. But if that consitution and the laws of this country are twisted to conform to the ideals or vendettae of a corrupt or lunatic general, then it's that general that should be held accountable and judged.... not the contitution. The constitution's provision for the armed forces is a tool to be used for a specific purpose also described within the consitution... safeguarding the borders of this counry and the people who belong to this country. Just as Jihad is a provision allowed by Islam for the purposes of safeguarding believers of that faith from those who specifically aim to harm them for their beliefs. Now if there are people out there misconstruing that "tool" and using it for their own agendae, then THEY should be judged, not the religion. You should know that there is hardly a Muslim government that exists that actually implements and follows the guidlines of the religion they pose to represent. There are hardly any Muslim people who are fully representative of the faith they follow. Just as there are very few Christians who have actually read the Bible in it's entirety and understand it's meaning, there are very few Muslims who have actually read the whole Quran... or even part of the Quran and understand it's meaning. THey rely on this stupid Mullahs who fill their heads with Jihad, and forget the part about cleanliness being half of faith, as evidenced by the lice-infested prisoners in Guatanamo Bay, and that leads to life becoming ever so difficult for people who are trying so hard to follow a religion that is more about just being able to practice what you want, and being able to spread the word and giving others the choice to accept it or not and letting them live and practice what they wish to practice. My point is... yes the religion calls to fight your enemies just as the US would fight it's enemies - after all the most devastating weapon ever was used by the US - but the definition of enemy that enemy is very specific... someone who seeks to harm Muslims because of their faith in God (Allah is just the Arabic term for God or diety), and that is the only reason that mandates a Jihad... not revenge, not any political agenda, not a piece of land.

    Don't judge the religion by the people who claim to follow it. No one judges the cathoilc because of what the IRA has done in Ireland.

    And regardless of faith, on this board everyone comes with issues related to immigration in the US. I think if anything people should show some unity here, because it's far easier for the US to have an accross the board policy than one that caters to each individual country, and so if we don't work together, we all stand to lose.

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