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Coversion at the point of sword

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Submitted by Vinodgupt (United States), Sep 25, 2006 at 12:10

Maggie4 life wrote: "No Muslim can honestly get away from the fact that the Koran does in fact promote the idea of conversion by the sword. It is dishonest to state that the two kidnapped American journalists did not convert by the sword."

Maggie4life is correct. Not only the Koran, Islamic history including that of Muhammad is full of conversion at the point of sword but Muslims don't regard such conversion as forceful. There is a classic case in India.

In the early tewnties in last century after Khilafat movement (see below) had failed, there were wide spread riots in Malabar province in south India. Such brutalities have rarely been seen in modern history. Thousands of Hindus were butchered and women raped , children killed. Many HIndus converted to Islam to save their lives. When pointed, Maulana Madani (or was it Mohani) refuse to call these forceful conversions saying if somebody converts to Islam to save his life, it is not forceful conversion. It all lies in the definition of the word. Anything done in the name of Islam is never called violent by the Muslims.

In Islam, a non-Muslim can not be a good person -- or at least equivalent to a Muslim. Prime example of this was illustrated by Maulana Muhammad Ali with regard to Mahatma Gandhi. Let me first inform who Maulana Muhammad Ali was? He was very prominent and influential Muslim leader in the early part of last century, educated at Cambridge. He was co-chairman of khilafat committee established by Gandhi to re-institute Khilafat (Caliphate) which Kamal Ataturk of Turkey had abolished. Those days when Gandhi used to visit Delhi, he used stay at Maulana's house and used to call the Maulana his brother. Gandhi even made the Maulana President of the congress party. When asked his opinion of Gandhi, the Maulana responded:
"However pure Gandhi's character might be but from religious point of view even a fallen Muslim is superior to Mr. Gandhi."

If an educated Muslim holds such views about a person like Mahatma Gandhi, one can well imagine what an ordinary Muslim thinks of an ordinary infidel?

The verses of the Koran are quite clear on this issue. For the Koran an infidel is like a beast -- not my words.

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