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Submitted by Nami (United Kingdom), Jun 26, 2014 at 09:15

There are 2 types of people. The believers and the non-believers. There are many levels to these non/believers which depends on how good or how bad they are for whatever reason. A GOOD believer not only believes in the heart, but does good to reflect this. For example, a person who preaches that swearing is sinful should not swear themselves as otherwise they would be going against their own beliefs. Those who believe in the wrong things or in the wrong way are not true Muslims hence why there are a few types but in reality there should only be one type of Muslim. Take a nursing course in a university for the sake of argument. There will be many guidelines, rules and information of how to be the best of practitioners. (I don't know anything about nursing courses but just by way of example..) obvious rules such as washing hands and wearing gloves for hygiene and going through training before dealing with the bodily procedures. Now, let's say someone graduated from this course and acquired a job which involved carrying out surgery. If that graduate decides to carry out the operation on someone without gloves or any prior training then what would happen? There would be an outrage, right? Is it a bad institution, hence their fault that the graduate decided not to bother with hygiene? Does it mean that everybody who graduated from there is like that too? Is this the way they have been taught originally? Even though they are now a medical practitioner, are they a GOOD medical practitioner? No, no and no.

This is the choice of the graduate. Purely so judge the graduate, not the institution. Here is atleast 3 obvious reasons why this graduate is not good. 1) the Patient would be at risk of getting worse rather than better. 2) the practitioner is following the wrong procedures. 3) anyone else involved may be influenced and continue this bad habit which will then increase in number (downward spiral of events to follow as a result). What will or should happen when they are caught? They will or should get punished right? Fined, fired, jailed... the level of punishment depends on how bad certain things such as severity, situation and outcome.. Etc.

This principle is the same in Islam. People who decide not to follow Islam properly are the ones who give Islam a bad name and Allah will punish them justly. Some people simply do not follow the religion properly and some overdo it (the extremists). There are many 'muslims' who are so far from the truth that they are less of a muslim than your average non-muslim. Killing innocent people is something that is forbidden in Islam thus anyone who does this has killed the whole of humanity (metaphorically speaking, in order to give you an idea of just how sinful that is in Islam).

Back to my example, People should not judge Islam through the actions of others but through what Islam teaches. Judge the religion of Islam through the book and it's teachings, not through the practice of bad Muslims. The statement of killing wherever they see a kafir is a very common line that people pick on in the Quran but The Quran is a very deep book of guidance and understanding which requires context to understand its true meaning and many metaphors must not be taken literally as they are only to enhance our comprehension or to give us a better idea of what is being said. Many people read this holy book without the context and jump to wrong assumptions which is why it needs to be fully studied first before it can be truly understood.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

"People should not judge Islam through the actions of others but through what Islam teaches."

Did we not hear the same about Marxism-Leninism?

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