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Why do I call my self Muslim

Reader comment on item: [The American Muslim Council:] 'Mainstream' Muslims?
in response to reader comment: `WHATS IN A NAME...

Submitted by Zayed Ahmad (Australia), Nov 2, 2007 at 18:08

That is interesting; you see I can write a book about this, why do you call yourself Christian (that's if you are a Christian)? What is in Christianity that you find so enticing? Please don't misunderstand me, I consider Christians my brothers.

Malcolm X said, that he could not accept a white man as a brother until he went to Haj, he never have thought that he would eat with a white man with blue eyes at the same table and call him my brother!

What is the secret about Islam that allows you to look beyond skin colour or language? It is true that Muslims are in a state of despair, and have forgotten their true identity. But Isn't that what the west wants? What about when Muslims where united, do you know of the letter George Washington sent to the King of Algeria? Requesting the safety of American ships in the Mediterranean? or lets go more recently when the Arabs decided to cut off the Oil supplies to the west. Now tell me, is not in the best interest of the west to control the Middle East and protect the oil supplies? Well I have news for you, the only way to do it is to destroy Islam, and to get people on their side (today's governments) they have to use their neo-conservative tactics and create fear in the west from this religion.

I read some of the comments and to be honest with you, I am not angry (well I don't accept them!), the west has hated Islam ever since it started, which is the way the world operates anyway. And why is it that the west started to advance after the crusaders took over the Middle East for 200 years (hum it must be just pure coincidence!).

One more thing I have to say, when the British colonised Tasmania (an island south east of Australia, for those who don't know where it is), a magical place to visit, they killed every aboriginal on that island, the remains of the last person is somewhere in Europe. Australia is trying to get them back! Now tell me did Christianity teach them that, I strongly believe that Christianity does not teach you that at all! It's the people! So I am saying the same thing for Islam, just like what Cat Stevens said 'I am glad that I met Islam before Muslims'.

These are just some of the facts. Now you tell me, why do I call myself Muslim? There is 1.3 billion of us and growing, and we existed for more than 1400 years! Is that a big enough reason, we can't all be wrong! Just try to ignore Muslims and look at the what Islam teaches (Muslims haven't always been like this).

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