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Conscientious Objectors

Reader comment on item: [Hasan Akbar and] Murder in the 101st Airborne

Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Mar 28, 2003 at 22:39

Islamic theology prohibits a Muslim from taking the life of another Muslim, however, the same theology permits taking the life of a Jews, Christians, and non-believers (Infidels) that threaten Islam in any way.
To fundamental Muslims, the act of defending their faith in this manner is considered noble and for the cause of "Allah," as taught in the Qur'an and Hadith (sayings of their prophet, Muhammad).

Reportedly, Hasan Karim Akbar admitted that he was troubled with having to fight in this war and as a Muslim he would view this war as being a war against Islam, thus, the wrong thing for him to be involved in. This may very well account for his previously voiced apprehensions to others in his unit which should have been seen as a definite "warning sign" that he was troubled.

For the safety of our troops, the United States Defense Department should consider allowing all Muslim-American soldiers to be released as "Conscientious Objectors" and not permit them to be in this war for the very reason of what tragically occurred in the 101st Airborne unit stationed in Kuwait.

Thank you,

Mike Ramirez
San Antonio, TX

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