Re: The enemity between India and Pakistan and the Muslims is religion based.
Reply to Dr Isaacs
I am very disappointed to see this message from you.
You appear to be a reasonably intelligent person, but for a person of reasonable intelligence you seem to be showing a woeful lack of knowledge about Islam. All I would say is that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Judging by your statements it would appear that you have either not read the Quran or if you have then you have not understood it.
Your name suggests that you are a Christian. I can go on and insult all Christians in a similar fashion as you have talked about Muslims but that would be beneath me and I will never indulge in such a debased and lowly argument. Moreover I believe in bringing people together and not dividing them on the grounds of hatred that people harbour against each other on the grounds of religion, caste, nationality, race, disability or gender. If every one gave up feelings of hatred towards their fellow beings based on the above factors then this world would be a much better place to live and the politicians who are criticised for exploiting these weaknesses for their political gain would not be able to do so.
The point that I was making previously was that every religion has good and bad followers. We should not tarnish every person belonging to a particular religion with the same brush because a minority belonging to that religion performs acts that are disturbing and evil and abhorred by the majority of people belonging to all religions.
You would recall that over the last four decades, the Christians caused havoc in Northern Ireland whilst Catholics and Protestants were at the throats of each other and murdering and killing innocent women, children and men every day. But not at any moment did it debase Christianity as a religion in my eyes because I knew that it is a minority who are carrying out these evil deeds in the name of religion. Such hatred between two sects of the same religion was unbelievable. But it would be totally wrong to say that the Bible was teaching them to do so.
My sincere advice to you is to ask you to read about Islam in detail and may I be so bold as to take this opportunity to start on the path of educating you in this respect. I think that your first lesson in this respect should be the reading of the last sermon of the prophet Muhammad to see the message he left to his followers when he departed. Here are a few excerpts for your benefit from the last sermon:
" O people, lend me an alternative ear, for I know not whether, after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
-------- Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds.
------- Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.
-------- You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over another except by piety and good action.
--------Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
------- All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again: and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people."