"The Muslim Philosophy"
This is a true story and the author, Rick Mattes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.
Last month, I attended my
annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security
During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim faiths, who explained each of
their belief systems.
I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say. The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video.
After the presentations,
time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed
my question to the Imam and asked:
"Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world. And, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"
There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation he replied, "Non-believers!"
I responded, "So, let
me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded
to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to Heaven.
Is that correct?"
The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He sheepishly replied, "Yes."
I then stated, "Well,
sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics
to kill those of your faith or Dr. Stanley
ordering Protestants to do the same in order to go to Heaven!" The Imam was speechless.
I continued, "I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me.
Let me ask you one more
question: "Would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill me in
order to go to Heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to
love you because I am going to Heaven and He wants you to be there, too?"
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame.
It seems to me that it gets time that Muslims all
over the world make up their minds whether to be peaceful
or follow the holy jihad.
If it is to be peaceful, then they need to clean up and get rid of these jokers who make Allah look like a Devil.
If on the other hand Muslims agree that the holy jihad is the essence of Islam, then they should be open about it and not act like peacemakers, which in fact they're NOT. That is hypocritical!
FROM THE QUR'AN ITSELF... War or peace?
READ the Qurán and
decide for your self ...
Does it send a message of love or of hate and retrubution?
If you READ the Old Testament ... does it send a message of love or of hate and retribution?
Check out Jesus' Gospels, Gautama Buddha, Lao Tzu.
Religion or teaching us to get along?
What is a religion about? Love or hate? War or Peace?
To end suffering or to add to it?
Don't just believe in your teacher's message but go to the source and judge for yourself.
In many parts of the world Muslims are trying to enforce Sharia Law.
This is nor from the Quran,
but has developed over the years in Muslim territories.
Essentially it is a set of rules that subjugate women.
It is extremely suppressive and making women virtual slaves of their husband.
To mention some of these
The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
Female babies must be subjected to removal of the clitoris, so-called female circumcision, which of course it is not!
Depending on the region, female adults must wear garn that hides their faces.
Even in Canada some women are forced to wear a burka when out of the house, even though that is against the charter of rights.
Under Sharia law, a Muslim
man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this
Consummating the marriage may happen by age 9.
The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
Even though a woman is abused
she can not obtain a divorce.
To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry.
The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family.
Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.
The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
In some cities in the civilized
world, Muslims have created Muslim ghettos where they rule under Sharia law.
No police can enter these areas. They are totally dominated by the Muslim clerics.
Be Forwarned: This is not religious freedom, but the use of religion to hide their political aspirations.
In contrast, here are some people who can think and have done so:
Stanley A American Clergyman's view on terrorism
Farah An American Arab/Muslim's view on terrorism
Davidson An Israeli kid's view on terrorism
Sacks A Rabbi's view on terrorism
Click here fore a meditation for New York and Washington
Click here for a poem meditating on the fragility of life
Click here fore a poem on the American Spirit of Survival
Back to where we left off in QOL, 'Hope, Despair, and Death'
Back the the beginning of QOL, 'The Quality of Life'
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