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jyza was not simbolic

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Submitted by susan (Italy), May 6, 2007 at 18:26

"The jizya was mainly symbolic, as a symbol for repayment of the military service under which the non Muslims were protected. Its exactly like getting out of a military draft. If Islam was as barbaric as you seem then would they really have allowed non Muslims to get out of military service and put that right explicitly in the Quran. I think that is actually an example of how Muslim goverments treated non Muslims back then."

islam is barbaric, then and now, jyza was not simbolic because entire empires flourished thanks to the jyza, most of the times the ottoman empire refused new conversion to islam because the productive part of the country (jews and christians) would have avoided paying the tax, but being in desperate need of money the caliphs decided it was better to suck money to christians and jews

"Nowadays, I will not compare any of the present so called Muslim governments to back then because I do not believe that many of them are actually Muslim goverments. Egypt, for example, is a dictatorship that masquerades under the illusion of being a Muslim country. They kill non Muslims and Muslim if they are dissenters, and pretend that they are Muslim. Syria is a monarchy, Saudi Arabia is a monarchical dictatorship."

So you are telling us that a majority (99%) muslim country is not able to establish a whatsoever form of fair goverment? How strange, since islam is so wonderful

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