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I've got questions Zedine

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr. (United Kingdom), Dec 20, 2006 at 17:14

To Zedine

You wrote:-

"There is a lot of misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims. Islam is the most peaceful religion. ‘If any person kills one human being it is like killing the whole mankind, and if any one save one human life it is like saving the whole mankind' ......"QURAN"

So a real Muslim cannot be a terrorist at all.Questions are welcome."

I have questions Zedine, and I will appreciate your help in reconciling the following quotations from Islam's most authoritative sources, with your assertion that "Islam is the most peaceful religion," when it and its prophet sure aint peaceful, looking at the quotations I give, but please don't blame me Zedine, I didn't write 'em.

Your selective quotation of Surah 5:32 prompts me to ask you Zedine, are you deliberately being deceitful? Otherwise, why not quote the whole of it? the full and unexpurgated version (Abdullah Yusuf Ali) of Surah 5:32&33 saying something very different from your sanitised quotation:-"What did Muhammad mean Zedine, when speaking the following words during his last sermon on 7th.March 632AD in Mecca:-

"On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;"

Aya 33 lists a selection of savage punishments for those who fight the Muslims and create "mischief" (or in some translations "corruption") in the land, punishments which include execution, crucifixion and amputation. What kind of "mischief in the land" could merit such a reaction Zedine? Could it be interpreted as secularism, democracy and other non-Islamic values in a land? Could the "murder" be the killing of Muslims in Iraq or Afghanistan by American and British soldiers?

What did Muhammad mean Zedine, and what does the Qur'an mean in saying:-

"I have been made victorious with terror" (Sahi Bukhari V4B52N220)

"I shall terrorise the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them, because they oppose Allah and his apostle." (Surah 8:12)

"Killing unbelievers is a small matter to us" ( al-Tabari IX:69)

"Paradise lies under the shade of swords" (Sahi Bukhari V4B5N73)

"The believers fight in Allah's cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed" (Surah 9:111)

"Muhammad said, ‘You are commanded to carry out jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam' " (Surah 47:4)

"But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." (Surah 9:5)

"I am leaving you with the Book of Allah (the QUR'AN), and my SUNNAH (the life style and the behavioural mode of the Prophet), if you follow them you will never go astray."

And what was "the lifestyle and behavioural mode" of the prophet of Islam? what did he say and do?

What does the Qur'an mean Zedine in saying:-

"Ye have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah."

Surah 33:21 (Abdullah Yusuf Ali)

"And verily, you (O Muhammad SAW) are on an exalted standard of character."

Surah 68:4 (Hilali-Khan)

What is "the beautiful pattern (of conduct)," the "exalted standard of character," that Muhammad exemplified?

Looking forward to your response Zedine, hoping it corrects any misunderstanding I have of Islam and Muslims, and helps in giving me right understanding. I'm counting on you.

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr.


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