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M Tovey, Where is the Love in Jihad

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Submitted by A very concerned reader (Australia), Mar 28, 2021 at 18:47

Where is the Love in Jihad, you ask. Well, indeed they perform the Love Jihad to spread their faith. But they don't conceive love as we do. They are aware of our concept of love and they use it for their benefit. Between faith and love, a Muslim will always choose the former. I will never forget Ali Sina's words:

"Reason and love are powerless when faced with religious conviction".

They know well how we think, our mentality and the power of love in our world. How could someone deny that love runs and holds the world? But for Muslims, faith always wins regardless of any logic or even love. Remember why honour killing still prevails among Muslim societies. Why? Because religion is above love. Even the love you may feel for your relatives, whether we're talking about your son or your daughter.

When they expand their faith, they don't do it driven by love. Jihad can be performed without physical violence by using sneaky methods too such as lies and manipulation, which is how they basically gain converts. But once again, deceiving methods such as lying, gaslighting, manipulating and extortion are also violent methods conducted by silent and hidden abuse. The one which doesn't leave any scar.

If a religion had to be spread, it should be expanded with and by love. By destroying what is already set, I fail to see how a religion can prosper and bring any sweet and everlasting fruit to anyone.

Lastly, while I understand and agree that it is positive and good for all of us to know and embrace different cultures and religions, I can't comprehend why accepting Islam means relinquishing to one's own roots. (Read one of my posts about the Australian convert lady suing police for racism against her for being Muslim and wearing niqab). One shouldn't have to forget and relinquish who he/she is to love any God.

I'm unsure if I have conveyed well what I'm trying to say today. I hope I made it..

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