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ahmad zafire is a true Muslim

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in response to reader comment: My dear Ahmed Zafire, please read the Quran together with the Hadith

Submitted by Jason (United States), Mar 22, 2006 at 14:39

Ahmad Zafire's writing highlights one of the great problems everybody is having in dealing with the clash between Islam and the West. The fact remains that there are two Islam's.

First, there is the Islam of the Koran and Muhammed. It is essentially a religion of peace and service to your fellow human being. If someone reads the Koran with an open mind and a peaceful heart, that is what they will find.

Then there is the Islam of Islamofacism and the present Islamic establishment (It has a lot in common with the pre-Reformation Catholic Church). It ignores the original intent of the writer of the scripture. It depends instead on interpretations provided by others, often people who lived centuries after the scriptures were written. It has taken all of the worst possible interpretations and elevated them to the level of "divine".

Muslims must be courageous enough to do what Christians did 500 years ago: challenge the established order. Only then will they find the truth. Only then will they turn away from the cult of death that Islam has become. Some Muslims, like Ahmad Zafire, seem to be trying to do that, but they have a rough road ahead of them. After all, the Reformation did not happen over night, nor was it a clean and peaceful process.

When I think about the road Muslims have ahead of them, I think about a scene from an American movie from the 1970's. It was the original version of "The Three Musketeers", with Michael York. In the one scene, the Musketeers (loyal to the Church and the French King) are fighting a group of the rebels (protestant Hugonots). One of the Musketeers asked his partners why they were fighting. The answer was "Because we say our Mass in Latin, and they say theirs in French." Such is the stupidity of the fighting between these two Christian groups. As I said, Muslim reformers have a rough road ahead of them.

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