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In response to Nadia K. on Muslims and US citizenship

Reader comment on item: [Hasan Akbar and] Murder in the 101st Airborne

Submitted by Chris B. (Canada), Jul 27, 2003 at 01:55

In your post you state that: "(...) the Quran, the Muslim religious book , is totally contrary to U.S. laws as it sanctions hatred, rape and murder of non Muslims and orders only to be loyal to Muslim umma". I must say that the Koran contains no such material and that you'd be surprised of the amount of non-violence and praise for Christians that can be found in the Koran.

Islam is the third religion in the line religions of the Abrahamic tradition, the first being Judaism, second being Christianity. You might also be baffled to know that Muslims do follow the teachings of Judaism (i.e. the 10 commandments) as well as the teachings of Christ. Actually, the immaculate conception (that is, the birth of Christ from Mary, a virgin) is recounted in great detail in the Koran and Mary is such an important figure in that Koran, that a whole book (chapter) in the Koran bears her name.

There is no mention of Muslims in the Bible purely because the prophet Mohammed (pbuh*) came about 8 centuries after Christ so the Christians couldn't have known about Islam at the time. Conversly, there is mention of Christians in the Koran and you'd be surprised about their positiveness. In the Koran, Christians are regarded as good people who should be loved on the same level as fellow Muslims, for they arem viewed as following a rightous path in the teachings of Christ, for whom they have profound respect.
as a prophet.

Your statement about the Koran couldn't have been more false, however, I'm not saying that muslims don't have the potential to be dangerous. However, if they do become dangerous, it isn't because of the teachings of the Koran which essentially teaches a very pacifist lifestyle. Christians and Muslims, on a faith basis, are quite similar and I urge you to look into CAMP (Chrisitians and Muslims for Peace) for added insight on how the two religions can and should live harmoniously.

*pbuh stands for "peace be upon him" and is a phrase used by muslims when using the names of their deceased. Being a non-muslim, I use the term in simply in respect for their traditions.

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