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Separate Islam from Customs, please

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Submitted by Said (Denmark), Nov 20, 2004 at 09:22

Dear Daniel

Honor killing has absolutely nothing, nothin' to do with Islam. More often than not, this practice is associated with Islam, thus, adding another inhuman practice to what is a peaceful religion. Honor Killing, which originated from tribal societies (code of honor) of Arabia and Africa is the practice of killing a female family member if she is perceive to have tarnish the family's honor ..

"Death sentences for blasphemy or apostasy" , this surely minds me of some brutal regime wishing to remain on power, and not something stated in Islam...

You claim that :

(a) "There must be no coercion in matters of faith!" (2:256)
(b) "O people! We have formed you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another." (49:13)

oppose one another? .. if read the hole verse, and not take bits of it, it says:

"O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct"..

:: SLAVERY

you wrote "Slavery still exists in a host of majority-Muslim countries"..
If you read the texts, you'd realize that Islam denounces Slavery as is exists today (Sudan, Pakistan, Sudan.. etc), in fact the same verse above announces that all man are created equal.. And in Islam, freeing a slave is considered to be one of the best deeds..

Sadly, nowadays people (mostly the mass media) tend to mix CUSTOM,CULTURE and RELIGION.. if one Christian priest is found to be a pedophile, you don't necessarily condenm all Christians.. Please, don't generalize, dont extrapolate..


::INTEREST

Its true that Islam Is Against Lending Money At Interest.
A number of modern economists have evolved the maintenance of a banking system without interest. A large number of failures in industrial and commercial enterprises in modern times is due to the high rate of interest charged on the money invested in them..
if its a resentment a have 0 interest bank, then it has been so, and it stays so..
Submitting....

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