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Response to Tariq

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in response to reader comment: Moderate and radical Muslim

Submitted by Vinodgupt (United States), Jan 23, 2006 at 11:08

Mr. Tariq wrote:
"there is no such thing as a radical muslim. the ppl whom u call radical muslims are actually hypocrites. they are not muslims. they only distort the message of Islam to justify their cause"

Actually in one sense Mr. Tariq is right -- and I tend to agree with him -- that there is no such thing as a radical Muslim but not for reasons given by him. Those who call for killing of all infidels are actually good Muslims who are just propagating the message of Allah as revealed to "Holy Prophet" in His Holy Book Al-Qur'an.

Allah is constantly asking His Believers to "make war upon the infidels that dwell around you" (9:123) and exhorting them "when the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them…. (9:5)

Allah Himself has no mercy for the unbelievers. Throughout the Koran he throws them in the fires of Hell and says no sooner their skins are burnt He shall give home new skins so that they may taste His scourge (4:56). They shall be sternly punished. Such verses are too numerous to quote each and every one of them e.g. (4:56, 4:146, 3:116-117, 3:149, 5:10, 10:4, 13: 35, 14:2, 17:97……)


For Him unbelievers are like beasts ((2:171) and inveterate enemies (3:101)

All evidence from the Koran and the Hadis leads one to conclusion that so called "radical Muslims are the ones who are truly following Islam and those so called "moderate" Muslims are not really following the Koran. In today's world it is not so easy for anyone to kill anyone else he wants to or is supposed to. In that sense no Muslim can really follow the teaching of the Koran literally -- all they can do is wish and preach. But even on other counts even the "radical" Muslims are not following Islam because also prohibits a believer to take either Jews or Christians as their friends (5:51) and not to seek the friendship of the infidels and those who were given the Book before you (5: 56-57)

Mr. Tariq , please do tell how the "so called "radical" Muslims are distorting the message of Islam.

Please enlighten us as to exactly where, even once, does the holy Book say all religions are good and equal and a believer should respect all religions.

Please do not quote two most oft quoted verses of the Koran:
1. There shall be no compulsion in religion (2:256) This is only part of the verse and it goes on to say "true guidance is now distinct from error …… It rejects other religions as being equal to Islam. Islam is the only true guidance.

2. The Ayat 109 saying "I do not worship what you worship…. " This also does not accept equality of all religions. It seems to be a statement in despair as it continues to say "I shall NEVER worship what you worship."

I will be glad to quote verse after verse where the superiority of Islam is proclaimed. Please quote a single verse of co-existence or paying respect to other religions.
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