There is so much violence in the name of Islam
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Praise be to Allah. Peace be with the Prohet of God, Muhhammad. May the word Islam bring PEACE to the world torn upart by violence and hatered.
My question is:
Inspite of the right guidence and message of Peace, why Muhhamadians spread across the world are taking to arms and violence? If they have in mind that Islam is the only true way to approach GOD, then naturally they will try to destroy whatever is un-Islamic. They will try to Conquer the whole world by sword. Why every fight is named Jihad? Why even a criminal, if he belongs to Islamic community is worshiped like Osama Bin Laden? Please help me to understand Islam properly. Because according to me no religious book permits killing of innocent people.
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There is so much violence in the name of Islam
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Islam is indeed a religion of peace and harmony. It is a religion that advocates peace, respect for life and humanity, and the freedom that anyone can choose the Way of Life he or she wants to follow. There is absolutely no compulsion in the deen of Islam, and it gives every individual the right to follow whatever way he or she chooses.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 29:Proclaim, This is the Truth from you Lord: now whoever wills may accept it, and whosoever wills may reject it.
Islam is a religion that guarantees each individual the protection of his life, property and honor. And Islam is a religion which advocates justice, and abhors injustice in all its forms and manifestations.
We will now try to answer each of your accusations.
Your comment: why Muhhamadians spread across the world are taking to arms and violence?
If one is persecuted, thrown out of his home, and displaced from his land and country; the person has two choices: Either sit and watch this humiliation and wail, or stand up and defend his life, property and honor. We would like to ask you to think, where and why have the muslims taken up arms? Have the muslims ever tried to conquer another non-muslim state or country in aggression? It is always the other countries which have attacked the muslims and persecuted them.
Bosnia: The Serbs tried to wipe out the entire muslim population in this country. And when the Bosnian muslims rose up to protect their lives, property and honor; they were termed terrorists.
Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia. Same story of Serbian aggression!
Kashmir: There is an United Resolution that allows the people of Kashmir a right for self-determination, but is purposely ignored by the world community. There is widespread abuse of human rights and killings of the muslims in Kashmir. When the muslims rose to protect their lives, property and honor, they are known as terrorists!
Algeria: When the muslims were at the brink of winning the elections, the French influenced army generals brought in a coup and took over the control of the country and prosecuted the muslims.
Chechnya: The Russians want to put their rule in a predominant muslim region. Millions of muslims have become refugees and have been driven out of their lands and homes. When three thousand muslims rose to defend their lands and property, Russia sent in 200,000 troops to crush this rebellion.
Palestine: After World War II, the victorious Allies implanted the State of Israel by force on muslim land, and supported the State of Israel with weapons and will to implement this aggression. Almost the entire muslim population, who have been living in that country for generations, were uprooted, looted, beaten, and massacred. And when the muslims rose to protect their lives, property and honor; they are called terrorists!
If you see at all the hot-spots of violence, you will see one main reason in every conflict. Every one of these nations are having a muslims majority, but the World Powers want to influence these nation with their rule, even if it means by force. And when the muslims oppose these imperialists, they are persecuted with blatant force and injustice. Every one of these conflicts are raised in self-defense against a force who wants to implant their rule and their ideology over a people who have chosen to believe in the Supremacy of the Law of their Creator, to the laws of man.
Your comment: If they have in mind that Islam is the only true way to approach GOD, then naturally they will try to destroy whatever is un-Islamic.
Islam is a religion of choice for almost 1.6 billion believers in the world today. Islam is very tolerant to other religions, but it is the modern secular world which has showed its absolute intolerance towards Islam! The unbelievers have tried to force their culture, their ideology, their laws, their views and their sense of justice on the sovereign muslim nations. Do any muslim nation force any of their Islamic ideas in the non-muslim countries? The Taleban advocate the women in their sovereign country to wear the veil, but did they ever go to the US or any non-muslim country to advocate their beliefs and laws? The countries like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have implemented the Shariah criminal law in their countries; but did they ever try to enforce these Islamic Shariah laws in the countries of the non-believers? Then why should the laws and ideologies of the non-muslim world powers be implemented in sovereign muslim nations across the world? It is not Islam which is intolerant to the secular world, but rather it is secularism which is intolerant towards Islam. Islam is indeed the Only True Way of Allah, and every believer is bound by the laws of Allah. And every sovereign muslim nation, where the muslims are in the majority and want to implement the laws of Allah, they must have a right to their self-determination, to live as they choose. It is not Islam that tries to destroy un-Islamic practices done by the non-believers, but rather it is the non-believers who want to destroy everything Islamic.
Your comment: They will try to Conquer the whole world by sword.
This is probably the biggest lie and myth that has been repeated in world history! Islam is a religion and Way of Life that is chosen by the free will of the individual, and is not something that can be forced upon someone. Every nation where there is turmoil, is not because the muslims have tried to take over a non-muslim country; but rather because the muslims who are in the majority want to live under the laws of their Creator, rather than the laws made by man! It is the West who is trying to conquer the world with its ideology; and when that fails, they are the ones who use force to subjugate the sovereign nations. Honestly, please give me the name of one nation which the muslims have tried to conquer by force in recent history? You have mentioned the muslims want to conquer the whole world by force, and all I am asking is the name of one nation where the muslims have tried to conquer a nation of non-believers by force!
The sword is definitely against the muslims today; and even then, Islam is the fastest growing and the most practiced religion in the world!!! Islam conquers the hearts of the people through the Message of Truth, not by force!
Your comment: Why every fight is named Jihad?
That is because every single fight is fought in the nations where the muslims are the majority and they refuse to accept the imperialist views and ideology over Islam. Leave the muslims to determine their lives where they are in the majority, and there will be no Jihad! But when the world powers try to take over a muslim nation and install their puppet governments, it is the right of every believer to protect his life, his property, his honor and his deen of Islam.
Your comment: Why even a criminal, if he belongs to Islamic community is worshiped like Osama Bin Laden?
The muslims worship none but their Creator! And every criminal, whether he is Osama bin Ladin or anyone else, he must be brought to justice. And justice means that evidence and proof should be presented to an independent authority by the prosecutors, and the right of defense should be given to the criminal to prove his innocence. And every individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But where is justice, when the powerful alone are the prosecutors, the witnesses, the jury, the judge and the executioners! This cannot be termed justice, but rather tyranny and oppression would be more appropriate terms.
Your Comment: Please help me to understand Islam properly. Because according to me no religious book permits killing of innocent people.
It would indeed be our honor and our pleasure to help you understand Islam. And the best way to understand Islam, is to read and understand the constitution of Islam; the Al-Quran. We urge you to read and understand this Message of Truth which has been sent by the Lord of the Worlds for the guidance of all mankind. Allah has termed this Book the Criterion between Truth and falsehood, and Allah is our witness, we have believed in this Criterion to determine the Truth from the falsehood.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2, Surah Baqarah aayat 185: "Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down: this Book is a perfect guidance for mankind and consists of CLEAR teachings which show the right way, and are a Criterion of the Truth and falsehood."
In Allah we have believed, and to Him is our ultimate return.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verses 125-126:So (the fact is that) whomever Allah wills to guide aright, He makes his breast wide open to Islam. And whomever He wills to let go astray, He makes his breast narrow and squeezes it so tight that (at the very idea of Islam) he begins to feel as if his soul were climbing up towards the sky.
Thus Allah puts the wrath over those who do not believe, whereas this Way is the Straight Way of your Lord, and We have made its Signs quite clear for those who are open to advice.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,