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Are Muslims Terrorists?
When any kind of massive destruction or terror occurs at any part of the world fingers directly point to the Middle East, to Muslims and Islam.
In a large number of western countries, people think that Islam is a religion of terror and that Muslims are ordered to kill any non-muslim human being! This being obviously wrong and silly, there's nothing more unfair than attributing such actions to a religion, to a whole nation, to millions of humans around the world.
Making things worse, some people use the name of Islam for their own purposes and false beliefs. This, with the awful image that American and Western media introduce about Islam produces a huge misconception.
On the other hand, when a christian guy commits a crime/massacre like in Oklahoma bombings (April 1995) his action is not stereotyped/attributed to his faith/religion.
Do you Remember Timothy McVeigh? The Oklahoma bombings?
In 19 April, 1995. A massive bomb was detenated in a underground car park beneath the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. It killed 168 people. and injured more than 500 others. He's christian and former military soldier. But this has no importance to the media and doesn't mean anything, the guy is christian so what? Now imagine that he was an Arab!
McVeigh was sentenced to death as we all know.
As well as in christianity, Islam allows fighting for self-defense of religion or homes. And also lays down strict laws of combat/war which include prohibitions against harminf civilians, crops and churchs. As Prophet Muhamed said : “Fight in the cause of Allah. Fight those who deny Allah; Do not be embittered. Do not be treacherous. Do not mutilate. Do not kill children or those (people) in convents.”
And Abu-Bakr's (follower of prophet Muhamed) instructions for the Islamic army: “Do not betray or be treacherous or vindictive. Do not mutilate. Do not kill the children, the aged or the women. Do not cut or bum palm trees or fruitful trees. Don’t slay a sheep, a cow or camel except for your food. And you will come across people who confined themselves to worship in hermitages, leave them alone to what they devoted themselves for.”
How come a religion that prohibits cutting trees will order killing non-muslim civilians?
In some minds, there is the image of an Arab horseman carrying a sword in one hand and the Quran in the other conquering and forcibly converting people to Islam.
Freedom of religion is laid down in the Quran itself: "There is no compulsion (or coercion) in the religion (Islam). The right direction is distinctly clear from error." (Qur'an 2:256)
I know that Americans will never forget/forgive what happened in September 11. I imagine myself as an American watching the scene of that plane hitting the tower and pictures of victims played on TV for days and days and linking ALL that to one word : ISLAM.
Of course AL Qaeda/ AL Qaida has taken credit for the attacks. As I said, alot of actions were committed in the name of Islam but this is just not what God ordered Muslims to do. Islam is a religion of peace and mercy.
"If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things." (Quran 8:61)
The word "Jihad" at its root means "Struggle,". Jihad has been around since the writing of the Koran, which occurred over a thousand years before America was even found.There are two kinds of jihad. The other 'jihad' is the inner struggle of the soul which everyone wages against egotistic desires for the sake of attaining inner peace. The root of the word "Islam" is "Salam" in Arabic which means Peace, and the meaning of the word is Submission to Allah (God).