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How Many Muslims Really Understand Arabic?

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Submitted by Seamus MacNemi (United States), Jun 25, 2007 at 20:11

How many Roman Catholics understand Latin? How many Jews understand Hebrew? How many people any where in the world understand the language of a foreign religion that is imposed upon them from the outside? Many do not even understand the language of their own religion. They simply mouth the words like parrots little understanding the actual meaning of the words they are speaking. But though they may not understrand the words they asign to the words their own meanings and for them, this must suffice. What else have they?

As I have said befrore in this forum, a true religion must come from within the individual as an aspiration of that individual's soul. It cannot be otherwise for it is the individual who gives the words meaning and not the Imams or Priests who officiate the rituals of the particular religious practice. With out the beliefs, hopes and aspirations of the individual the religion is meaningless.

There is not one Islam, there are many Islams, each particular to the people who practice it. The trouble lies with the Wahabis who foolishly think that their Islam is the only true Islam. The Islam of the Arabian desert is not the Islam of the Georgian Mountain folk nor is it the Islam of the Czerkask or the Sindi. Each finds is or her own meanings in the words of the Koran. This same holds true for Christianity and Judaism.

That's the trouble with literalists like yourself. You cannot seem to grasp that we all use words differently each of us according to our own individual background and experiences in life.. It's like that silly Greek question you keep pestering me with. Amongst my own folk such a question as that would most probably earn you a slap across the face... The folk would regard it as a thinly veiled attempt to ridicule our religion and way of life and it would be regarded as a direct insult. As old and jaded as I am, even I felt the point of your question like a knife in the gut and it did little more than to anger me at first but then I realized that you were an outsider and had little understanding of us and our ways so I dismissed you as an ignorant innocent.

There are only two religions in the world. One is a religion of light and the other is a religion of darkness. The religion of light is a religion that is all welcomming and accepting and inclusive. The religion of darkness is the religion of exclusion, of division, hatred, deception and lies. It is the individual who chooses which path to follow.

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