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Learning Arabic But One Step

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Apr 12, 2015 at 16:27

Certainly, learning Arabic will help bring peace by enabling people to read the Koran in the original, but that's only a preliminary step. Next, the Ernest Reconciler should recite the Shehada and start praying five times a day, give Zakat, make a pilgrimage to Mecca, fast during Ramadan and, if possible, go on a jihad somewhere, maybe to Syria or Iraq. Of course, peace may yet be deferred if the pilgrim chooses Sunni Islam and runs afoul of Shiites in Iraq or Yemen, for example.

The very fact that someone would suggest that learning Arabic will help bring peace, and doesn't suggest learning Sanscrit or Hebrew for the same goal aptly demonstrates that that person has gotten the message that Islam demands religious conformity as the real price of peaceful coexistence.

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