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Reader comment on item: Destroying Sculptures of Muhammad
in response to reader comment: Mullah Ahmad

Submitted by Taj (United States), Mar 30, 2008 at 04:22

dhimmi no more

While you may be addressing a novice Imam with regard to Brother Ahmad, your retorts regarding certain details pertaining to Islam, Quran, etc., are less than novice and misinformed.

First, the Quran does not state that Islam is only for hijazi arabs...good luck proving that one in the face of numerous Quranic verses that belie such a claim not to mention the reality that hijazi arabs are a small minority of Muslims world-wide.

Second, "Shaikh al Jami' " is a hardly used term, and one that can be given to any elderly scholar, leader, or lay person in any Islamic community. "Imam" is a specific title given to a person who holds as specific position - your question really begs that you do some (easy) research on the term...

Third, Allah does not call menstruation a "disease" - I know you claim to "read" arabic, but your comprehension fails at least here...the word Allah uses is certainly not "disease", lol

Fourth, your transliteration "al salaamu alaikum" is another indication of improper command of transliteral Arabic...First, you should have noted that the letter "seen" (s) is al harufash shamsiyah (let me know if you need a translation) and thus the "l" in "al" is not pronounced in favor of the seen being mushaddat...Thus, when written, one would not transliterate a letter that not pronounced in Arabic. This of course is in addition to the fact that no one (who speaks arabic) pronounces the greeting as you incorrectly transliterated...Ahmed was correct in his transliteration, your rebuttal, I'm afraid, was woefully not so...

I can recommend a number of reference tools for you if you are actually interested in further study/knowledge, that way you can avoid such flubs.

Submitting....

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