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Submitted by z (United States), Aug 30, 2006 at 21:42

Jackal,

Well, the problem with your first statement, in regards to my so-called "comeback" of "oh yeah well at least my religion doesn't do this", I hate to say it but that is exactly what most people are doing to us. we always hear about "Christianity never fights" or "Christianity doesn't talk about violence", and same with other religions. the reality is that it is the other religions who do that to Islam. we always hear it. if Muslims come back at them with the same, then there cant be anything wrong with that can there?

also, you seem to have grasped the idea that we do not worship Muhammad, nor do we believe he was divine in any way. so that is good, and I applaud you on that. however, i think the problem is that you seem to have stopped there. if he was not divine or if he was not God Himself, then he was ordinary just like you and me. well, that is right and wrong. the fact is, that Muhammad (s) was a man, and he was human, however, he was given Guidance by God. God chose a human being (Muhammad (s)) to convey His message, and that was it. Muhammad was, to us, simply a man who had the Guidance given to him by the Almighty, through the angel Gabriel. so he was a human, and he had natural human tendancies, but he was rightly guided by God, and by the Command and Will of God, Muhammad (s) was given the stregnth, courage, and patience as well as the enlightenment to convey His (God's) message clearly. again, though, Muhammad was HIMSELF a man, but he was a Rightly Guided one.

in regards to the Muslims surrendering instead of dying for God's cause, my only answer to you is that I ask the same questions. There are countless narrations of the Prophet Muhammad (s) which talk about the End of Time, and how many Muslims will become weak. it talks about how they will fall into the trap of giving in to the pleasures of this world, and it talks about the trials and tribulations that we will face as Muslims. so my answer to you in that regard is that all those Muslims who surrender to secularism (which is the system of life which people are trying to force upon the Muslims) simply have low faith. they simply have little trust in God, and are in, as the Prophet (s) said in a narration, in a state where they love this life and hate death. the ones who truly fight in the sake of God and His Message would never surrender and would die first, and there are people like that out there.

If i sounded confrontational at all in my comment, it was not my intention, as I understand that according to your last sentence, you genuinely want to hear about this. I am simply trying to, as you wanted, give you the Islamic view on this (to the best of my knowledge), and not my opinion. my regards.

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