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The nature of Islam, look to the source.

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Submitted by J Parry (United Kingdom), Aug 6, 2017 at 15:17

If anyone wants to find out the true nature of a religion or religio-political movement they should begin by studying its founder. Followers do not necessarily live according to the founder's standards

Accounts of the life and teaching of Muhammad are readily available. From Islamic sources alone he seems to have been the sort of person to avoid at all costs. As soon as he and his followers gained enough converts and military strength he set about converting (forcibly if necessary) all the surrounding tribes, with the eventual aim of conquering the whole world for his god. Anyone who refused to convert was subjugated or killed. He allowed - even encouraged - his followers to rape and pillage at will, and claimed for himself any woman he fancied (including, on one recorded occasion, the wife of one of his followers). He was also a paedophile (he married a child of six and claimed to have consummated the marriage when she was only nine years old!)

Abraham, the human founder of Judaism become a desert chieftain at God's call. He is recorded as using military force only once (if I remember right), to rescue his nephew and others when he was taken by an invading army. He made mistakes, and did some wrong things, but was, by the standards of that culture, a good and upright man. He had a personal relationship with the true and living God. His son became the ancestor of the Jewish people.

Christ was born into Judaism and taught from the Hebrew scriptures, but gave them a fresh power and meaning. He fulfilled the prophecies about the Jewish Messiah and died to set his followers free by taking their sins, in a way that the sacrifices commanded in the Torah could never do.

A true Jew has the faith of his father Abraham and seeks to follow God's moral and spiritual laws.

A true Christian seeks to follow Christ and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, live a righteous life - even loving his enemies.

A true Muslim....?


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I support Daniel Pipes's views [48 words]RoseKAug 11, 2017 12:43240457
true [1 words]Jon PurizhanskyAug 10, 2017 12:51240448
1Kudos [31 words]Lisa PlummerAug 7, 2017 18:29240413
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3The nature of Islam, look to the source. [343 words]J ParryAug 6, 2017 15:17240394
1Karen Armstrong is not a scholar of Islam and her views of Islam and its history should be totally rejected [124 words]dhimmi no moreAug 6, 2017 06:48240386
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