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Submitted by B. Williame (Belgium), Apr 10, 2008 at 02:22

Hello Ahmad,

Hope all is well for you too.

Your answer:

But that it came form 1 source? I'm not sure... Would the source, if one and the same, not want them to be called by all of them with 1 and the same nam(es)?

Answer: I think it's the same but it's lost in translations to different languages.You can see the resemblance: Allah,Eloha..etc.

My answer: So the name of Allah in the Quran has allready been translated from something else? Also why do I not find a similar name with christianity(combination of Katholics, Protestants, Anglicans, etc...)? What religion uses Eloha as the name of there God?

Question2:

So what can both do? Make a clear territorial boundary perhaps? this side to christians, this side to Jews, this side to Muslims, etc... each side according to their current real population. This doesn't have to be a straight line. And if any one wants to be of a certain religion, they should move to the closest correct country of their religion. but there is a problem with that... Perhaps you can give a possible solution for it.

Your answer: I don't that is the solution.Christians have been living in muslim countries for hundreds of years with no problems.I think it's the western christians that don't have a good understanding of islam that has caused problems. I believe the only way to advance forward is by constant disussions and not villifying the other side.

My answer/question: That christians have been living with no problems in Muslim countries is an other thing to talk about because from what I hear and see it wasn't and isn't realy true. Perhaps that constant discussion might help the situation if it woudn't be hurt by actions? Discussing is fine, but as it seems neither side really understands the belief of the other... (West, uses statues to remember things for future generations <=> Islam fears that it migh give cause to idol worshipping so they ban it)

This for example can be a nice representation of what has happend recently. Islam followers thinking to defend their own set of beliefs attack those of westerners in their western countries. If westerners would put statues in Muslim countries under the same logic as "It's time muslims would show some respect for us" We both well know that it would not be permitted. Putting the children of this earth with there simple minded thinking in their respective corners might help, but none of us have that power.

Communication seems to be the only available tool for now.

How can 2 cultures,( I'm speaking now about cultures as even the basics of the west where religion and state are separated isn't similar to Muslims where Sharia law is also a nice example about it. ) With such different basics coexist peacfully? That western cultures tend to have some sort of tolerance towards others, can be found in the attempt to preservate the Indian American culture. That Muslim culture has a bigger problem with that can be seen by the destruction of historical patrimonium... statues... Can't take pictures of them for future generations, because you can't have pictures... how does the muslim culture protect other cultures they dominate from destruction?

I do believe my questions show I hold a little knowledge of Muslim culture, or at least how it is shown in the world. How extensive is your knowledge about Western cultures? Because to truly discuss this... Muslims should need to see all aspects of Western civilisation, the pictures, the statues, etc and what purpose they serve within western culture. what damage to the western culture is done by there removal/destruction for example. Please lets not pinpoint only to those 2, though the pictures and statues are a nice recent example, don't you think?

Regards,

B. Williame

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