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Answerable to which God?

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in response to reader comment: Hi Prashant

Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Jun 20, 2013 at 08:28

Hi AAA. You state the following: "Islam does not condone evil acts by people who claim to be Muslims. They are answerable to God for what they do and you are answerable for what you do." My question to you, AAA, is this: Have you really read the Qur'an and Ahadith teachings for what Muhammad commanded of Muslims and compared them to how Christians are taught to live? Here are just a few examples for comparison:

Isa' (Jesus) taught:

1. Love God and fellow man - even those who may be your enemy. (Matthew 5:44) (Matthew 22:37-40)

2. Forgive others. Do not seek retribution and abide no longer by the rule of "an eye for an eye" (Matthew 5:28-48) (Matthew 6:15)

3. Put away the sword, for those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)

4. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called "The Children of God." (Matthew 5:9)

Muhammad taught:

1. Oh slaves of Allah (Muslims) Obey Allah and invite all mankind to embrace Islam. Strike terror into the hearts of "Unbelievers" and slay those who do not accept Allah and smite the necks of those who do not believe that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah. (Qur'an:047.004) (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 14, Number 2635, Narrated Anas ibn Malik)

2. It is legal to seek vengeance and retribution in like manner: "A life for a life" and a Muslim who shall abandon Islam shall be killed.(Imam An-Nawawi's Book - Hadith #14) (Sahih Bukhari: Volume 6, Book 61, Number 577, Narrated 'Ali)

3. Paradise is found "Under the Shades of Swords."
(Sahih Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 52, Number 210, Narrated Salim Abu An-Nadr)

4. There cannot be peace until Islam rules over all people as the true religion on earth. This earth has been made only for Muslims to inherit and Muslims are commanded to fight until "faith in Allah prevails everywhere." (Qur'an: 008.039) (Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 8, Number 429, Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah) - So, you see AAA, Muhammad and Isa' have two very different commandments that are expected of people. Yes, Christians will answer for how well they trusted and abided by the teachings of Isa' but at the same time Muslims are following exactly what Muhammad commanded his followers to do. It appears that Muhammad taught Muslims to follow the commandments of a different God than what Christianity teaches. Which would you follow?

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