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I am Muslim and totally disagree with that practice...

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Submitted by Marcia (United States), Dec 12, 2008 at 15:11

I hate it that it takes a few people to really ruin Islam in the eyes of other religions and people. I have been a Muslim for the past 10 years, I have traveled to Muslim countries, and I have never seen so much ignorance and foolish pride than what I see in my own country. I know why some of these people act like this. They feel they are under a microscope and everything they do is being watched.

Yes, there are cases and it is wrong where there is profiling like airports. And I am definitely a victim of that every time I go somewhere. BUT, the point here is that these people(I will not call them Muslims, because this is not good what they are doing), feel that they have to defend themselves with everything and I have to say that it isn't true.

My husband is a very good Muslim, and he is a VP at a bank. In his line of work as in so many others, in order to move up in his career he needs to socialize. This means he has to go for drinks. But here is the thing, he has still moved ahead in his career because he will NOT drink. He has told everyone who asks that he can not drink for it is against his religion. So, people will go to dinner instead. My point here is that he is respected for his WAY of life, that he lives it the way HE wants to. That people at his job admire him for how strong he is. He doesn't have to tell others that Islam is this, etc and that you need to follow it this way. No, never. It is much better for people to care for you when you just live your life. Not by how many times you correct others, or how many times you tell people that the Quran is the way to go or else you go to Hell. He has so many people interested in Islam because he is positive and he never critisizes anyone or tells them how to live. Yes, he will answer their questions, but he keeps it to the point and doesn't lecture.

I have to say that Islam is a wonderful religion, and if there wasn't all of these stupid whackjobs ruining the face of Islam for all of these years, Americans and everyone else would see that Islam is just like Judaism, Catholicsm, and Christianity. All of these religions tell us the path to goodness, to take care of each other, not to steal, not to hate, etc. And Jihad simply means to defend your rights against those that wish to harm you. Like with Moses, the Jews were enslaved by the Egyptians. So Moses came and he made a Jihad by taking these slaves away from Egypt. It is nothing more than this...Defense doesn't have to be violent either. When Ghandi starved himself for his poeple to be free from the British, he was making Jihad. In other words, Jihad is to try and stop negative circumstances with as little fighting as possible...Those who are terrorists will always say Jihad is to kill all those who oppress them, but they are not Muslims, they are those who wish to keep everyone under their thumb like Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein.

I hope this has helped you all and that we can all live in peace. Many of the Muslims who come here are very good. I pay attention, and I don't hear that a lot of them are in our prison system. They come here to have a better life than what they get in their own land...


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1I am Muslim and totally disagree with that practice... [622 words]MarciaDec 12, 2008 15:11144987
08 A counterpoint. [137 words]Phil GreendMar 30, 2008 13:52124112
1Islamic treachery [199 words]AnonymousJun 19, 2005 11:2422745
1to outlaw islam, it is not a religion [76 words]joseph anonymousMay 10, 2006 21:5822745
1Spirit of America [136 words]AngeleJan 26, 2004 23:3813571
1Shame and submission [135 words]MauricioJan 22, 2004 22:2913497
1It is mind control at its' most destructive [80 words]Mukmaad SadaakiNov 27, 2006 10:5413497
11402# comment [163 words]S.C.PandaJan 19, 2004 05:1613403
Why don't you say it clearly and unequivically ? [105 words]Saul PfefferJan 14, 2004 19:4213367
Tolerance on Campus [410 words]Seth FrantzmanJan 12, 2004 16:4113310
Put yourself in their place [200 words]Charles R.L. PowerJan 7, 2004 16:5213215
We should put ourselves in their place to defend our free and secular societies [122 words]Herman Van KeerMar 9, 2007 16:4513215
What? [195 words]Daryle DawsonDec 23, 2007 11:0913215
High School vs 7th Grade [85 words]Walt BreedeJan 6, 2004 20:5213174
islam in world history-will it contain the last 50 years? [64 words]vijay ladJan 6, 2004 12:3413166
Not subjective artcle [86 words]shaker AsiriJan 6, 2004 05:2813159
Islam in the universty class room taught by devotees. [250 words]kameelfaragJan 6, 2004 02:1313154
Islam in classrooms [72 words]HArry WelelrJan 5, 2004 22:4913149
Not proven [107 words]Leif KnutsenJan 5, 2004 14:1913123
separation of church and state [80 words]pattiJan 5, 2004 13:4913118
Painting with a broad brush [335 words]Naomi HordesJan 5, 2004 13:1413113
The Thought Police [162 words]Dov Sussman, Esq.Jan 4, 2004 22:2513100
Campus watch [98 words]robert fusfeldJan 4, 2004 21:4713099
PLEASE STOP THIS TRAGEDY [85 words]Maged RofailJan 4, 2004 21:2613098
racial profiling among other things [128 words]Norm LeenstraJan 4, 2004 21:1513097
An Omission? [205 words]ron thompsonJan 4, 2004 18:5313095
Jihad [81 words]steven charlesJan 4, 2004 15:3013092
Is There An Islam Behind The Islamism? [346 words]Alain Jean-MairetJan 4, 2004 13:5713089
Teaching "Sunday School" religion [55 words]mikeJan 4, 2004 13:5313087
1Are our schools to be taken over in america by muslims [30 words]SchoolsJul 8, 2010 23:3613087
Islam, The Religion of Fear [402 words]Arlinda DeAngelisJan 4, 2004 12:0113082
like it or lump it [61 words]Richard HandJan 4, 2004 09:0113078

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