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QAS: Just a few questions for you.

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Submitted by Plato (India), Mar 19, 2008 at 07:04

QAS you wrote to spa:

>> May ALLAH help you out from darkness to light<<

Unfortunately your prayer is likely to go unanswered as first of all Allah says he will not accept any intercessors, with the honourable exception of his favourite prophet (2:255, 32:4). And second of all Allah says in many places in the Koran that he has deliberately misguided people like spa, me and the billions of unbelievers (6:149, 17:97).

>> What are your Questions regarding Islam to Ahmed you can also ask me.<<

The questions are so many that it will take a book to fill them. However, here are a few sample ones to start the ball rolling:

  1. Why does not Islam ban a terrible crime against humanity like slavery (the prophet himself setting an example holding slaves and giving and accepting them as gifts) while banning things like eating pork, drinking wine or taking interest? We already know that other religions did not have such a ban and that Islam says treat slaves well and that Islam did not want to suddenly ban it so as not to antagonise slave-keepers etc.
  2. Why is worshipping anyone else other than Allah hateful to Him and punishable with tortures?
  3. Why are we not allowed to questions the signs of Allah (40:4, 40:35)?
  4. Once you become a believer why does Allah want you to reject your unbelieving family (58:22)?
  5. Why does Allah want you to fight unbelievers (9:29)?
  6. Why does Allah guarantee you paradise for killing and being killed in His cause 9:111)?

>>Do not watch any Muslim to judge Islam but see educations of Islam to judge Islam it might help you to understand Islam,…<<

It is funny you say that. Isn't watching the practitioners of a religion the best way to understand the religion because simple logic tells you that if people cannot or do not practice it the way it was meant to be, there is something wrong with it. Either the religion is not properly designed for people to follow or people have not been designed with the understanding necessary to follow it.

The other religions have no problem in telling you to observe their practitioners to get an idea of what their religion teaches. They don't tell you to study their scriptures in detail to understand them. They practice what their faiths preach. You on the other hand seem to be hinting that Muslims don't practice what their religion preaches. What use is a religion that is not practiced or cannot be practised by ordinary humans?

What we see are Muslims who practice suicide bombings, assassinations for making a movie about Islam (Theo van Gogh), assassination for a book some Muslims think is critical of Islam (Farag Foda), world-wide rioting and killing for offensive cartoons of someone they call the mercy to all mankind. What we also understand from studying Islamic history is that the followers are just following the example set by their prophet when he assassinated persons he thought were critical of him (Kab bin Asharaf, Asma bint Marwan ….)

We have also tried to educate ourselves about Islam. We find that the person who brought Islam to the world behaved contrary to ordinary human ethics and was allowed to do so by his god, Allah. He married his own cousin-daughter-in-law, he married more women than ordinary muslims, he married a woman of the book without bothering about the iddat period, he demanded a child in marriage from a good friend of his, unlike previous prophets he claimed he was allowed to terrorise, take booty and intercede on behalf of people with Allah. Our education is not complete, we are still learning. We invite you to teach us more about Islam.

>>…but it is my suggestion that you first study your religion whatever it is (i.e. Hinduism, Christianity, Jew etc.) than ask any Question about Islam. I hope you will do this with true heart.

With love<<

I have a counter suggestion. Study just one of the major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity and compare it with Islam. Study on your own and not what your maulanas tell you about these religions. Take their scriptures The Vedas of Hindus, The Dhamma of Buddha, the New Testament of Christians. Try to find anything in any of them that tells you that you will be torn limb from limb, your skin burnt repeatedly, dowsed with molten metal that will tear your stomach, and be force fed with putrid water for the mere act of not believing in their deity.

We welcome your love but have serious doubts that the deity you worship has any love in Him.

Regards

Plato

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