This is a comment to an article about the role of Zionism in the Norway massacre.
Name any nation that is not at war… you can’t. Nearly every country in this world is in some sort of conflict. No matter what religion the majority of their citizens claim. Read the news: Buddhist Thailand vs. Buddhist Cambodia, over a temple. Civil wars and rebels all over the Christian nations of Africa. The secular and Christian nations of the West occupying, attacking or aiding conflict all over the world. Zionist Jews in Palestine. Hindus committing atrocities in Kashmir and against Muslims and Christians in India. It’s everywhere. EVERY religion has members that are fighting, that kill innocent people, that commit murder and rape, that embezzle, scandal, scam, scheme and plot, rob, plunder and steal, commit adultery, abandon children, can’t read or write, molest children, bribe their way out of justice, etc., etc., etc…. And secularists, atheists, agnostics, and humanists get in on it too, so don’t blame religion
As you can see, a religion’s texts are a proof for or against its members. They are not a proof for or against it. You measure a religion by its book, and you measure its members by its book, too. They either live up to it or fall short of it.
Let us look at an example. It is true that many Christians were at the forefront of abolishing slavery worldwide (many were also the leaders of enslavement). Should we judge Christianity by that? According to some places in the Old Testament and Romans 13.1, opposing the laws that allowed slavery were AGAINST what they consider to be the word of God. In other words, they had to step OUTSIDE Christianity to free slaves.
Islam’s Qur-an and Hadeeth (Prophetic narration) literature support abolition and forbid enslavement outside of the context of war-captives when there is no exchange for prisoners. So while many Muslims were involved in the slave trade, they were stepping OUTSIDE of Islam to keep slaves.
Judge them by the book.
The United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence, celebrated symbols of freedom, enslave Africans, dispossess Native Americans, deny the rights of non-landowning white males, and deny the rights of all women. So freedom, justice and equality can only be achieved by stepping OUTSIDE of America’s founding principles.
This is why we Muslims argue from our book. That, not the action of the next Muslim you walk past, is Islam for us. We only know the Qur-an as Islam. We don’t know what every Muslim in the world is doing and why, but we will argue as strongly against a (seemingly) good deed as we will against a bad one if it is inconsistent with our law and doctrine.
The truth is that Muslims also do a lot of good things, for the sake of Allah, in the name of Islam, to get a reward in heaven, etc. Find them and what they do. See, do they outnumber the wrongdoers? I leave that as an open question to any sincere seeker of accurate information, I won’t answer it for you.
Personally- and this is admittedly subjective- I’ve been around the world and read and heard viewpoints from many walks of life. I was in NYC on 11 September 2001 and accepted Islam there 3 years later. Islam is my free choice because after research and experimentation, I found it to be the best and most complete way of life. I won’t lecture you that I’m right, but I assure you that I’m aware and sincere. See for yourself: http://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/11/
So please, do justice to yourself and stop ignoring all the wrongdoing and conflicts involving non-Muslims, and all the good done by Muslims, to prop up an argument that is an offense to intelligence, reason, history and logic. Islam is singular in its establishment of justice and right. Why do some Muslims act to the contrary?
For more on the accusations of rape, sexism/masochism and slavery in Islam: http://qahiri.wordpress.com/category/stockholm-syndrome/
To see the deceptive and erroneous nature of Islamophobia and WikiIslam exposed: http://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/dealing-with-doubt/
To see whether Islam is incompatible with democracy: http://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/is-democracy-islamist/
To see if there is any difference between Arab culture and Islam: http://qahiri.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/is-islam-arabian-part-i/
To read what Islam actually is: http://qahiri.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/what-islam-is/