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in response to reader comment: Our dear Deb and the etymologies of the words masr,Hindu and Syria

Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Jun 8, 2010 at 00:13

Hi,

"He is right as to be able to built a cultic center for the then emerging Islam there will be destruction of older buildings on the site and this is what Abd al-Malik did in 692CE but the real questions for our dear Deb are:

My Answer : Abd al-Malik has got nothing to do with Jerusalem or Temple mount. That guy Muslimkush was trying to blame the Muslims for the destruction of the Temple mount. So I refuted that. You yourself has said that the Roman Emperor Titus and not the Muslims destroyed Temple mount.

Now you need to understand what is the significance of Temple Mount or "Haram-al-sharif" is to the Muslims.

1. Why does al-masjad al-aqsa look like a Byzantine Chruch? Any guesses?"

My Answer : Mosques in Arabia have minarets , mosques in China look like Buddhist temples , Mosques in Europe or USA that are currently being built will take Gothic or anglo-Saxon shapes.

See Mosques can be built in any structure. After all the Prophet himself said that the whole world is a mosque.

The Al-Aqsa might have taken the shape of a Byzantine structure. Because that was the most known and common style of acrhitecture at the time. It does not mean anything.

And why would the first cutlic center in Islam be built in distant Jerusalem and not in miserable Mecca? Unless the Umayyads were really local Syrian Arabs and that islam really has nothing to do with Mecca or a Muhammad or even an Allah?

My Answer : You need to understand what the word "Islam" means. It means submission. According to Prophet Mohammad even Jesus and Moses were Muslims since they submitted their own will to that before of Allah. It really does not matter whether the Umayyads were Syrian Arabs or Christians or not.

So what does the word Jew really mean?

My Answer : For this particular question ask Mr. Tovey in this same forum. He can enlighten you.

Enlighten ya ayuha la-falyasoof al-kabeer!

My Answer : Thanks for calling me a philosopher. I would love to keep to your standards.

"How come your Allah is silent about al-Hind and about Hinduism and Buddhsim? Could it be because he is an Arab that does not know anything beyond Arabia?"

My Answer : Allah does not need to tell everything to everyone. Any intelligent person should be able to understand. Anyways Yahwah in OT or Jesus in NT also did not talk about Hundus and Buddhists.

Does it mean that Yahwah is a Hebrew who did not know anything about Hindus and Buddhists ?

"Now Muslims in Egypt have no clue that they are really Muslim Copts and do you know why? Because islam get you to hate your past and the only proud people in Egypt today are the Copts or the Christians of Egypt as they love their past and do not want to have any link with the Arabs or with arabia or Arabian imperialism"

My Answer : This is a racist anti-semitic comment agaisnt Arabs. Remember it was the Arabs who have been at the forfront of modern Egyptian nationalism. Have you ever heard some one called Gamal Abdel Nassr ? Can you name any coptic Egyptian who has done more for Egyptian people or Egyptian nation ?

And do not forget that copts since the time of Caliph Omar have been given the right to worship freely and keep their customs in Egypt. What more do these copts want ?

And as per the word "Hindustan" and "Hindu" aree concerned you need to understand the context of the debate. That guy Muslimkush was trying to prove that Muslims are alien to India. So I refuted him on that account. I wanted to tell him that Muslims have been in India for last millenium. It does not matter how they converted the Hindus. The good thing is that they have done many great things in India like uniting the country , destroying the caste system and building on great monuments like Taj Mahal.

I believe that the reason behind conversion to Islam was that many low caste Hindus voluntarily converted to Islam to escape the harsh caste system.

I hope people like you and Muslimkush will appreciate that.

Submitting....

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