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Submitted by John Bastile (Malaysia), Jan 17, 2006 at 10:58

Dear Nuray,

Thank you for your patience in answering these questions. I would like to adress your answer in the second question. If time permits, I'll like to ask more from you. You seem knowledgeable about Islam.

The question:

2) Is it true that your prophet raided trade caravans?

Your answer:
"Yes. Western readers need to consider Muhammed, peace upon him, not only a messenger but also a commander and president of the first Islamic state during his life time. He had holly fights against traders of Mecca. The only way to weaken them economically was to attack their caravan."


I'm confused about your answers.

1. If Muhammed is the commander and president of the first Islamic state, then the armies and nation that Moses, David and Solomon and other kings represent are not Islamic.

As you can see, Islam has only one prophet. The "ones before him" were never considered as Islam, by your own admission. We never heard of any documents that say that the followers of Abraham and Moses before Muhammed's time bow, facing either Jesusalem or Mecca, 50 times a day as per claimed by Muhammed.

Something must be wrong. The perverters of the truth - the Jews and Christians from the time of Muhammed till today must have effectively eliminated every "original" followers of Abraham and Moses and instill their versions of the Torah and the Bible.


2. You said that he had holy fights against traders of Mecca. The only way to weaken them economically was to attack their caravan.

If that's the case, why is Islam called the religion of peace?

You mentioned that it's the "only way" to weaken them economically. Do you mean to say that muslims that are led by Muhammed is not capable of productive work? Wasn't Muhammed himself a smart trader, as he was younger?

Look at today's China. They were impoverished after WWII and laden with a huge population. Today, they are a superpower. I'm sure Allah would not bless China as it is filled with infidels minus a minority. Why should he, especially when they are going to be tormented in hell anyway?

Look at India. Look at the rest of the world where muslims do not dominate. Why must muslims raid caravans? What about work? What about commerce? What about peaceful means? Were they under severe persecutions that they cannot continue to prosper. I believe that Christianity spread during the Roman persecution. It was until Emperor Constantine that "converted" the empire into Christianity later.

Since raiding caravan is the "only way", as you mentioned, then calling Islam as a religion of peace is not accurate.

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