To Shakeel: Why is the Arabian peninsula still not free of other religions?
Submitted by Plato (India), Feb 12, 2007 at 12:09
"Sorry for disappointing you, I could not find any external reference to support my quote, because I mistakenly used Saudi Arabia instead of Arabia. By Arabia, I mean the Arabian Peninsula at the time of Prophet Muhammad."
Has the Arabian Peninsula changed since the time of the Prophet? May be it has moved a bit here or there due to tectonic motion. But I am disappointed in you. You throw out figures without giving them a thought. Your only concern is to keep the 'fair' name of the only 'true' religion by unfair or untrue means.
"Arabian Peninsula where no idol worshiping is allowed, still has more than million Christians. The Hadith you read is true, Prophet ordered his followers not to let any other religion be practiced openly in Arabian Peninsula."
Honesty from you. You did not hum and haw like some other defenders of the one true faith. An unabashed admission that your Prophet was intolerant. I admire your honesty.
"Prophet gave this order only for Arabian Peninsula not for other lands because he had only preached Islam inside it."
Then why are you a Muslim. The religion was meant only for those in the Arabian Peninsula. Why did his followers go pillaging from Spain to India preaching and converting and persuading unwilling populations to see the truth of Islam.
"In other words, if Prophet were able to preach on any other land outside Arabian peninsula in his lifetime, then that land were also be included in the above Hadith"
Some of your brothers in religion have been arguing that it is for all mankind when the Koran explicitly states in many places that Islam is for Arabia. Lucky Hindus the hadith did not extend to India. So now you know the reason there are still Hindus around in India. But did the hadith extend to places like Iran, Afghanistan, Algeria?
"In all other lands that do not fall inside Arabian Peninsula, any religion can be practiced openly and Islam does not forbid it."Look up the meaning of the word condescension. What will you say if the country where you stay forbids the practice of Islam openly. I know all rights belong to Allah and his Apostle and by association his followers
"In short, this restriction is only for Arabian Peninsula."
But you say that there are a million Copts in the Arabian peninsula. Why don't the Muslims starting converting them or driving them out. The Arabs have failed their Prophet. There are also plenty of idol worshippers in the Arabian Peninsula in the form of Hindus and buddhists. I have heard they even have temples in places like Oman, Dubai. And there are plenty of Catholics too with churches where they worship Mother Mary and Jesus. In short idol worship will never disappear from the planet especially as long as there are Muslims. Surprised? You want to take me up on that?
This is from your post of February 4:
"Simple answer is that muslims are in a stage of recovery. They are learning and in the time to come will learn more. God willing"Islam's recovery stage seems agonisingly slow while idol-worshppers, and people whose pedigree is that of apes and pigs are speeding ahead of Muslims whose religion is specially dear to Allah. Look Shakeel as long as you keep sending your children to madrassas they will learn that the sun and moon race across the sky trying to catch up with each other, that the sun asks Allah's permission to rise every day, that stars are missiles to drive away the devil, downright silly stuff about reproduction, that a Saudi scholar has declared that not to believe the earth is flat is blasphemy. So like the moon never catching up with the sun Muslims will never catch up with other cultures as long your madrassas stuff nonsense into your children's heads. Inshallah, you will see some merit in what I have said..
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