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Submitted by samir (United States), Aug 31, 2005 at 17:03

Hi,
I am a muslim. I love God and I love humanity and all his creations. I have some remarks regarding your comments:

1st: dividing the world into two parts as you described is an old vision of the world adopted by some muslim scholars in response to the state of war that was going on at that time and not an islamic law or principle. people now may have differnt views according to the new realities.

not many scholars have worked on reevaluating those concepts in the last few centuries due to the situation in the muslim world including the last century of colonialism. so that is not a law, I am a muslim and I do not beleive in that and so do the vast majority of muslims who see the world as new opportunities to learn and prosper and also to practice Islam freely. If muslims believed in that, you won't find milions of them in the west and milions of them at home dreaming of living in the west as Muslims.

2nd: I've never found a verse in the koran that tells muslims not to be friends with non muslims. The correct word used in the verses you mentionned is "walaa" this word in arabic doesn't mean friendship, it means obeying and cherishing. in addition, those verses and others are taken out of context because they are not talking about all infidels "kafir" in all times they are strictely related to certain events that were going on at that time. these verses talk about infidels who were at war with muslims. it is logic that when a community is at war with other people, members of that community are prohibited from cooperating with the enemy.

3rd: Allah says: "Allah won't prohibit you from loving and being just with those "among the infidels" who do not oppress you" .

4rd: be accurate when you deal with the Holy koran and Muslim faith. the Kuran can't be read out of the context in which it was revealed. and not every thing said by a scholar is representative of islam. in the sunni islam alone there are at least 4 schools of though, and in each school there may be different views regarding the same situation.

5th: Islam tought us to love the creation of god and be nice and just with all of them including animals. infidel is a large term that might have different meanings in different situations. in Islam an atheist is not like a christian and a christian is not like a jew and a jew is not like a hypocrite and none of them deserves to be killed just because he is such. Only agressors deserve to be aggressed. and even in the time of war muslims are asked not to kill innocents, children, women, elderly people, or even cut a tree or disturb a priest in his worship.

I think you know all of that but you do not care. all you want is something to discredit islam amd muslims.
sorry for my poor english
samir
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