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To Muslim on preaching

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Submitted by Plato (United Arab Emirates), Jan 20, 2007 at 04:40

Muslim, you may not be preaching, but then you would not be a proper Muslim. You are supposed to follow in your Prophet's footsteps. His whole life was about preaching. He also asked his followers to get more converts by hook or by crook (by offering them paradise in the afterlife, or booty by raiding caravans and neighbouring tribes). And you see that continuing down the ages. The whole religion is about conversion. Conversion to followers of Allah and his Prophet. Will you not follow in your Prophet's footsteps?

Surah 109, a beautiful statement on worshipping diverse deities (I hope!). One wishes that the Koran had left it at that. But read these surahs:

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Why were the pagans, and people of the book banned from entering a place where they worshipped their gods and goddesses. What value does Surah 109 have when it says: " To you be your Way, and to me mine." Why were they not allowed to worship the way they wanted?

And how does Surah 109 match up with Surah 3:85: And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers. Also read 9:29 where you are expected to fight unbelievers until they surrender or pay the jiziya. Again what value can you attach to: "To you your way, and to me mine."

What happens when you do not want to continue believing in what you believe.Do you have that choice especially if you live in a Muslim majority country. Continuing to believe is fine but if one has no choice to discontinue that belief it is not much of a choice.

: O you who believe! the idolaters are nothing but unclean, so they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year; and if you fear poverty then Allah will enrich you out of His grace if He please; surely Allah is Knowing Wise
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