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Please dont hate Islam!

Reader comment on item: [Naveed Haq and] "Sudden Jihad Syndrome" in Seattle

Submitted by arshiya (United States), Nov 10, 2006 at 09:34

I came across this forum while searching for something entirely different and thought i would post my own two cents.I am one of those third world muslims,who have been accused of aligning themselves with the bad guys.I just thought i would clarify it.

I do not agree with what muslim terrorists are doing.They have made life scary,and troublesome for everybody, including innocent muslims who were just going about life peacefully.I have never been taught to love such people,either by my family or the imams at my mosque.I follow Islam strictly ,yet a lot of my friends are non-muslims.The only things that my family,mosque,imams and other people of my faith have taught me about Islam are to pray,to fast and feel the hunger pangs of the poor,to give alms to people poorer than us,to believe in Allah....nothing more than this.

So,i dont understand why instead of criticizing people who are doing wrong,you are criticizing the religion they claim to follow.(Which in reality they dont follow). why attack the religion? I follow the same Islam you are talking about and have never wished for anything but world peace. i would'nt kill an ant, let alone condone the killing of innocent humans.In fact for all i know,some day one of these terrorists is going to end up killing me!

I dont agree with everything that President Bush does either.I feel he could have gone about things,without causing too much collateral damage to innocents and he has blind support for Israel.But i am not here to debate that.Before you think that people who think like me are in the minority,i should say that every single muslim friend of mine has the same mindset as me. All of us are peaceloving with families and children and agonize everday over ,what kind of a world we are leaving behind for our children! Yes,we read more of the Qoran now than before, and the only thing it teaches us again and again, is be good, do good, pray regularly, for every action of yours will be held accountable. Our hands will speak about the good and bad they did, our mouths will speak about what we said...We may have opinions but that does not make us terrorists.

In fact now more than ever i strive to do good and be good, so when i came across one of the readers saying that Islam is worse than other religions, it was a real shock. Some muslims might be bad, but all muslims are not bad and Islam is definitely not bad.Its like saying that some of those serial killers and rapists and priests who turn out to be child molesters are Christians. If you add up the individual casualties they cause,and the grief they have brought to the families, it will add up to far greater numbers than 9-11.(Please note that i am not minimizing the tragedy of 9-11, its just a comparison.). Hence Christianity is a bad religion,or Hinduism or Judaism. I dont think that would be correct. People alone dont make a religion.Because there are good and bad people in every religion!!!!

I am not really sure as to why i am posting this reply but if you end up feeling that i am a Muslim and a good person then my purpose is served. Surely there must be more people who think like me. Islam is not bad. Please dont be afraid of,or hate all muslims!!!!


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