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Reader comment on item: [The American Muslim Council:] 'Mainstream' Muslims?
in response to reader comment: Jihad against the islamist extremists!

Submitted by tasha (Saudi Arabia), Oct 31, 2005 at 05:43

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i am staying here in saudi arabia for 5 years now and i was also ridiculing their religion until my co-worker gave me leaflets (which i initially threw away!) about islam and started reading them only years after!

when you look at a religion, you look at its teaching from the best source. naturally, i am speaking of the Holy Qur'an and nothing else. all religions have stupid followers who consider themselves religious but are actually acting out the opposite. yes i am referring to the terrorists.

let me first tell you what Allah is. it is the exact translation of God in arabic. it is not a particular name. not a proper name but a common name. As Yahweh, Diyos or Dios. Allah is an arabic translationg for God. We refer to Him as Lord too in our Qur'an.

You may think of Islam as a backward religion as taught to you by those against Islam and muslims in general. but let me tell you something about Qur'an which the non-muslims do not know about. It has in it the stories of the prophets Noah, Moses, David, Jesus, Abraham, and everyone else. We have a whole chapter on Mary, the mother of Jesus, how immaculate the conception was and all the other miracles performed by all the prophets. We know of the Bible. I have studied in Catholic universities in my country of origin. but it is in Islam that i have found answers to my questions. The Qur'an has mentioned scientifical things that only centuries later were proven in science. how the embryo looks like, how deep the mountains' bases are, how the waters (seas, river, lakes) are mixed underneath, and so many other things. No muslim can be called a true muslim unless he believes in Jesus, our prophet. you have to get hold of a copy of our Qur'an with an english translation and be amazed at what the true teachings are. you cannot base Islam from the tribal practices of some people. Mind you, in my country, some Christian tribes first require couple to live together and have children before they get married, just to prove that a woman is fertile. otherwise, no one should marry her. so it is not in the religion that teaches things entirely. cultures play a vital role too.

i just want you to read a copy of our Qur'an with an english translation. then after reading a single verse in it, tell me what you see... and by the way, if you read the Bible carefully, many muslim practices are in it too... why did Jesus have to wash himself, his feet first before praying? who was he praying to? what was the religion of all the previous prophets? who were they praying to? tell me not Jesus! i respect prophet Jesus and we believe he will be coming back. He is the only prophet coming back to tell the people to believe in God and not him.
in Genesis, Abraham prayed facing down!
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