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Submitted by American Freedom (United States), Dec 26, 2002 at 17:46

As an "American Muslim" born and raised in ths country I find the lack of correct information about the second largest religion a shame. When interpreting the Quran, one must take the entire Quranic message into account and the circumstances under which the verses were revealed, the Sunnah or "Tradition." Infidels in the Quranic sense isn't anyone who disagrees with the message. It is one who will kill you for believing it like the arabs at the time of Muhammad. Funny how a book of hundreds of pages, full of verses about peace, justice, and fairness, and you chose two verses regarding self defense and take them out of context to judge an entire faith. I suggest you check your history and see why this religion has moved the hearts of 1.5 billion people. Anyone who takes the message of the quran out of its context has left the bounds of the faith. Don't call them Muslims and judge us all by the act of some arrogant arab. The Quran itself, says "the taking of innocent life is the like of killing all of humanity."
You can start with PBS Islam Empire of Faith and Muhammad Legacy of a prophet.
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