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How about We All Live In Peace for a Change?

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Submitted by Mahmoud (Canada), Feb 21, 2006 at 13:47

To all readers & to the author,

Let's call for PEACE. Let's not drown into conflicts. As a Muslim, I think Islam is the religion of love. We were, as human beings, created for love, love of Allah & all of his creatures. Unfortunately this idea have never been discussed by any Muslim Shaikh, because most of them, if not all, did not bother themselves to thorughly analyze all the Islamic Texts & connect them together to reach this ultimate definition of Islam.

Let me introduce myself to you, I'm a Muslim, born in Syria, raised in Saudi Arabia, so by your point of view I must be an extremist. Well.... I'm not. Why? Because I spent most of my adult life (which is not that long) in search for inner peace, which I couldn't get from the Islam they teach superficially. But after 8 years of truth-seeking, I became convinced that my ultimate goal as a Muslim is LOVE.

Not all Muslims know that because they were never taught that it's OK to analyze Islam. I was in conflict because I was taught the Wahhabi way of Islam. That Islam proclaimed supremacy above all Religions. It claimed that all other people, even the non-paractising Muslims, are to be killed & called atheists. Quran never said that. Hadith, which contains most of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, never said that. So where did they get these ideas??

It relates to the Umayyad Era, when Mu'awya wanted the leadership to be exlusively for him & his dinesty. So he urged some Shaiks to advocate for him, & to convince Muslims that the security of the State is in great danger because of the its enemies, & palnted by that the seed of enemity towards all Non-Muslims. Of course, that was pre Europe's medevial ages. But Muslims who are connected to Muhammad (PBUH) in a very special way never got their Renaissance because the Muslims leaders over the history kept their peace with the Shaikhs, who became greedy & wanted a piece of the authority for themselves & settled for the advantages they were granted by the Califa (the leader), & they still exists in our time.

By time, some shaiks became greedier, & used the Muslims depression after WW2 for their advantage, & called for the overthrow of the West, those are the extremists who calls for the attacks against civilians.

So the exremists came for political reasons, not religious ones. Islam never was & never will be a violent religion. Violence comes from those who pretend. Most Muslims now live in extreme depression. So all those violent acts came because they were supressed over the past 50 years by their gonernments, this is the only occasion where they can assemble & never be shot or imprisonned.

Muslims need time to know that their religion discourages all these acts, they need to revolt against their Shaiks before they can progress in life. But, unfortunately these words never find ears.

So to all Non-Muslim readers, don't blame Islam for those problems, blame some Muslims, blame some Shaiks, but never blame Islam. Islam has nothing to do with this.

Finally, every right comes with duties. Think of it like this: I'm free to.........but.......... Then you will realize that you are free to think whatever you want & act upon that thought, but without offending others.
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