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"the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan"

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Submitted by Dr.N.Ali (United Kingdom), Feb 20, 2009 at 16:28

Dear Sir ("the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan")

Thank you very much again for mentioning several facts (sad to say, but this is the truth). There is just one thing I would like to clarify about what you have written:

"Living in the UK it's obvious to you how much change thhe Islamic world needs - because you have another culture to compare it to".

The answer is "Yes", I do have "another culture" (infact several cultures) to compare with what is happening in the "Islamic" world, but my opinions are not just influenced by the place I live in; I have also had a chance to live in other parts of the world, where ignorance is widely prevalent. The conclusion I have personally drawn after living in different parts of the world is that the biggest problem faced by the Muslims is lack of education. Easier said than done, it is even more difficult to attempt to educate them, obviously because of the reasons you have mentioned in your comment (e.g., Taliban blowing up schools etc.) No sensible and educated person would support what Taliban are doing but the question is: What is the solution? You have correctly identified the problems, but again what is the solution?

I appreciate what you are saying is true. Muslims do need to be reformed; there is no doubt about it but even accomplishing this task is not easy and I hope you would agree to it. We all agree on what needs to be done, but the question is how to do it?

I understand that "many Muslims - even on this forum - would totally disagree with" me and "see it as 'Allah's' will that Israel (and Jews) should be demolished" but there are SEVERAL others (who you don't know about) who would oppose them and who would oppose anything that promotes violence against anyone.

The whole purpose of this discussion is to come to a peaceful solution, which though seems to be very difficult but not impossible. Like I have said before, lack of education is the main problem faced by Muslims (in my personal opinion). Please feel free to disagree to what I have written; if I am wrong, I'll appreciate if you correct me.

Peace to all.

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