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Submitted by Pat (United States), Mar 26, 2006 at 20:25

That might not be enough to placate them.

www.saudiembassy.net/2005news/statements/statedetail.asp?cIndex=567

Can any Muslim read the article referred to in this website and tell me that it doesn't mean what I think it means? It's a statement of the third extraordinary OIC summit. The whole thing sounds good - suggesting that Islam is ready to join the rest of the world in the present. The last sentence of the last paragraph filled me with forboding.

"Allah has promised those who believe among you and who have done good deeds that He will surely empower them in the earth just as He did with their predecessors and that He will surely establish for them (therein) their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security (for) they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those indeed are the evil doers." (Al-Nour 53, True are the Words of Allah).

At first glance, it suggests to this unlearned individual that anyone who doesn't accept Islam is evil, The other interpretation I have is that someone who leaves the faith after conversion is evil and that, although less drastic, doesn't fill me with hope, either.
In either case, it suggests a total intolerance belied by the nice-sounding words of the rest of the statement.
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