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Samir, Who Should We Believe?

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Submitted by Walter (Canada), Aug 31, 2005 at 20:13

Samir, you sound like a really nice person and I believe that if we met we could become friends. However, when it comes to understanding Islam, I prefer reading the Qur'an and the Hadiths and the piousness of Osama bin Laden who gave up his life style of very weathly man in order to live according to the Qur'an. If as you say, we misunderstand Islam, please explain the following statements made by very credible Muslims.

Dr. Abdul-Haleem Mahmoud, who became the rector (imam) of the renowned Al-Azhar University stated his expert analysis: "If Jihad leads to martyrdom, the destination is Heaven and approach to Allah. In the Holy Quran and the honourable tradition [hadith], there is a most magnificent and beautiful presentation of the martyr's status in the after-life.

Charter of Hamas: Article 8 the slogan of the movement induces its adepts to kill infidels in Allah's name: "Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur'an its Charter, jihad its path, and death for the cause of Allah its most sublime belief."

"The great Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, demanded that the Palestinian people of all actions intensify the martyrdom operations against the Zionist enemy, and described their martyrdom as the highest form of jihad... He emphasized that every martyrdom operation against any Israeli, including women, children, and teenagers, is a legitimate act according to religious law, and an Islamic commandment.

Magazine Al-Ansar: an article by correspondent Seif Al-Din Al-Ansari entitled "On the importance of Jihad as a Means of Destroying the 'Infidel Countries". There one finds explanations such as: "By means of ihad, Allah tortures them with killing; by means of Jihad, Allah tortures them with injury; by means of Jihad, Allah tortures them with loss of ruling; Allah
tortures them by means of Jihad that is, with heated water that draws its fire from the military front.

Tell me then Samir, should we believe you or should we believe; Osama bin Laden, Dr. Abdul-Haleem Mahmoud, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (Charter of Hamas), Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi and Seif Al-Din Al-Ansari?
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