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Saudis are upholders of true spirit of islam

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Submitted by Plato (India), Aug 30, 2007 at 02:22

You wrote:

"Prophet Muhammed allowed a christian delegation to pray in Mosque, this pyscho saudis are banning bible. This is entirely against the spirit of islam. Let them read Bible and let them also read Quran and figure out the truth."

You have not provided the hadith from which this story is taken.

If you are an Arab then you apparently have not read your holy books. If you are non-Arab then it is presumptuous on your part to tell the Saudis what is the true spirit of Islam for they are steeped in the culture and language of the prophet and the Koran. They know the true spirit of Islam better than anyone who they conquered, imposed and taught Islam in a language foreign to them.

It is now de rigueur for non-Arab Muslims to consider that what the Saudis are doing is actually un-Islamic. This is a safety device they have to give themselves the comforting feeling that the Islam they, the non-Arabs, follow has none of the violence and hatred of the Other that comes naturally to the Saudis, not realizing these attitudes follow logically from their deen (religion).

The true spirit of Islam is found in the Koran not the hadiths. Here is a taste of the true spirit of Islam:

5:51 SHAKIR: O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

9:18 Only he shall visit the mosques of Allah who believes in Allah and the latter day, and keeps up prayer and pays the poor-rate and fears none but Allah; so (as for) these, it may be that they are of the followers of the right course. (Christians also believe in Jesus and the Holy spirit apart from God)

If you are willing to consider that the hadiths also show us the true spirit of Islam, then consider these:

Sahi Muslim Book 019, Number 4366: It has been narrated by 'Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims. (At least the Saudis have not gone to the extent of what the Prophet wanted to do to the Jews and Christians)

Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 288: Narrated Said bin Jubair: Ibn 'Abbas said, "Thursday! What (great thing) took place on Thursday!" Then he started weeping till his tears wetted the gravels of the ground . Then he said, "On Thursday the illness of Allah's Apostle was aggravated and he said, "Fetch me writing materials so that I may have something written to you after which you will never go astray." The people (present there) differed in this matter and people should not differ before a prophet. They said, "Allah's Apostle is seriously sick.' The Prophet said, "Let me alone, as the state in which I am now, is better than what you are calling me for." The Prophet on his death-bed, gave three orders saying, "Expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula, respect and give gifts to the foreign delegates as you have seen me dealing with them." I forgot the third (order)" (Ya'qub bin Muhammad said, "I asked Al-Mughira bin 'Abdur-Rahman about the Arabian Peninsula and he said, 'It comprises Mecca, Medina, Al-Yama-ma and Yemen." Ya'qub added, "And Al-Arj, the beginning of Tihama.")

33:36 SHAKIR: And it behoves not a believing man and a believing woman that they should have any choice in their matter when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter; and whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he surely strays off a manifest straying. (This ayat probably has something to do with the Zayed-Zainab affair, but can also be used in the general sense)

4:80 : Whoever obeys the Messenger, he indeed obeys Allah, and whoever turns back, so We have not sent you as a keeper over them. (You see, the Saudis are only obeying the Messenger of Allah)

These are quotes from the Koran and the so-called reliable hadiths. They express the true spirit of Islam. Banning the Bible is no big deal compared to the Prophet's attitude towards the Jews and Christians.

The Saudis know their Islam and they practice and enforce its true spirit. The existing Bibles, according to the Koran have been corrupted (though it is not explained how God's words can be corrupted by man) so they are banned from the holy land of Islam.

Your advice to the Saudis to read the Bible and the Koran is misdirected. You should direct it to the moderate Muslims, they can then see that the Saudis are the true adherents of Islam.

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