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They were martyrs.

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in response to reader comment: Our dear mansoor says that the caliphate was a "smooth system"! Really?

Submitted by Mansoor (Pakistan), Apr 19, 2008 at 22:33

You mentioned the noble names of Islamic Caliphs who were martyred and gave their lives for Islamic supremacy.

People on this high influential level always have great risk for their lives. The betrayals and conspiracies are always there in every society...Pointing Islam in particular is unjust.

Would you mind accepting that Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan etc were attacked and later 2 were killed? Would you comment on that??? No Muslim was involved in it...(had that been committed today...instantly Osama would have been linked....thanks to the most agile CIA).

Killing of leaders is always seen as a high risk to important people alive since long. Islamic Caliphs did not use security belt or squad for them. They were living with open risk because they knew that if any thing has to happen not even meters of thick wall or sealed room can save them. The time of death is ugly it does not require any door to enter...no thick wall no security measures can stop the death reaching your throat.

The examples you gave lost their meanings....because conspiracies and backstabbing has long human history and is found in every society.

Submitting....

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