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in response to reader comment: Ahmed your contrition is insincere

Submitted by ahmed (Canada), Apr 10, 2007 at 19:43

Hi,

Thanks for the reply, I acknowledge the weakness of faith of the believers in today's time. Islam today isn't what it was before. There's a strong extremist split between blind spirituality of imams and blind materialism of followers on each side. There's one holy book with many interpretations which led to several split in opinions over the laws.

Historically, the decline of the islamic empire began under the mongol's conquests, and upto date the moeslims have suffered terrible losses in the core concepts of balance in practice.

I agree with you that the imams need to be brought to law and punished for misusing their authority and weight against those who follow;

Here's an addition to the muslim situation examples, not many of those who opposed the prophet (pbuhaf) cartoonic depictions were steadfast practitioners of religion, and this leads us to only conclude that they didnt really care about the prophet (pbuhaf) as much as their pride being hurt by foreigners, for if they really cared for the prophets, they would be doing their prayers, paying alms to the needy, etc.

The other part of the same example above, is that the moslims don't oppose when jesus christ is being depicted, which is contradictory to their faith, that all prophets and massengers are equal before the eyes of God. I would get as offended, why didn't they??

Today's islam is indeed more corrupt at the hands of its practitioners and lawmakers, but there's no way one can compare between today's ulemas with yesterday's righteous caliphs: when we say righteous, we accredit their actions to be true and genuine islamic, i give the example of imam ali, the fourth caliph after the prophet (pbuhaf) when he cited to the believers that humans "If they weren't brothers in faith, then they're brothers in creation" noting that the imam had fought all battles except one with the prophet (pbuhaf) and still at times of governing , he established and ordered the pursuit of peace between people, believers or non believers. Knowing that fact that he was considered a true warrior and a wise man.

The above example is really an old one, and I strongly condemn comparing modern islam (with all its conflicts, sectarianism, malpractice) to that of its old form, of nobility and harmony.

I would still defend my argument as being logical, but misunderstood. Perhpas you or others thought I'm a hot blooded blabbermouth who would put in hard words and vanish, but i'm a scholar and a philosophy student in pursuit of realities and truths... And i'm sure you and others who come to this forum are no less interested in it...

Thanks again for your post, let me know if you come up with an opinion...

ahmed

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