Dear Isaacs, I see that for one reason or other you always distort the facts and present it to show Islam in the wrong light. I have been living in Switzerland for almost 5 years now and have traveled extensively to historical sites and have discussions with historians. All those who criticize Islam turn a blind eye to events in the past like Inquisition and forced conversion of Jews and non-Christians in Spain and all over Europe. If you read you will find that the Jews fled and took refuge in the Arab world where they are now committing atrocities. Just search the word "inquisition" on video.google and see a couple of videos. I give one link here (the documentary is not by a "fanatic". You can find many more). http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=571538940742386630&hl=en You will realize that for almost 600 years 80 popes supposed to be the highest religious authority devised (along with its crusade army) different ways of torturing non-Christians to embrace Christianity. I personally visited many of these torture museums which are spread everywhere in Europe. The mission has not yet stopped. Different versions are still available in this world. Muslims are called terrorists. How can you justify the "rape camps" of Bosnia, the exploitation of Afghans by USSR and then by USA ? How can you justify the killing of millions of Iraqis. The war is started by the western power and when the victims defend themselves they are termed terrorists. It is nothing to do with religion. --- In Jharkhand@yahoogroups.co.in, Dr A K Isaacs wrote: > Criticism of the irrational and anti-human elements of faith is welcome and the urgent need of the >hour. I welcome M A Khan's hard hitting analysis of the last retrograde faith on earth - Islam. While >inimical elements are found in all faiths in varying degrees, Islam tops the list of hate teachings, Can you give some references ?? Which hate teachings are you talking about ? If you are concluding this from the acts of a few black sheep in the community then what should I conclude from the acts of Hitler who was a Christian. What will you say about imperialism where the military was very frequently followed by the missionaries and the number of casualties caused are well documented (eg. Jallia Wala Bagh) ? How will you justify the "war on terror" conducted by George Bush ? In fact if you analyze things rationally you will realize that on most occasions the Muslims have been the victims. >fiction and irrationality. Post 9/11, critical books and articles on Islam have increased tremendously This is not a post 9/11 phenomenon. Between 1870 to 1970 according to a Times Magazine one book was written everyday to malign Islam. But it is only after 9/11 that the western world had really started reading and understanding Quran and the result conversion to Islam. >and the internet has also played a vaulable role in bringing forth bold critiques on the sinister aspects >of its teachings. Al Jazeera estimates that every year around 6 million Muslims quit Islam out of disgust and that the major reason why Islam is still growing is due to high birth rates. >Why does Islam invite derision ? Really ? Can you give reference ? In fact the conversion rate from Christianity to Islam is highest in Europe and USA and most of them are females. >While the followers of other faiths have largely reformed themselves and are working towards finding >an integrated solution to solving the common woes facing humanity and improving standards in all >constructive fields, most Muslims still remain brainwashed by the infantile and crude Quranic >teachings and are languishing at the bottom of the heap in every constructive endeavour and their >beliefs are obstacles to free thinking, freedom, free will and cretivity and at some stage or the other it >is but natural to expect that Islam with its evenagelical zeal (that originates from the Quranic dictate >of converting the whole world to its pet theories) will certainly clash with people of other faiths, free >thinkers and the discoveries of science and then Muslims will pick up arms to launch a Jihad as the Have you heard about the "dark age". Around 800AD to 1300AD is referred to as Dark Age (unfortunately it was dark only for Europe). To know what developments were made in the Muslim world see the following documentary compiled by western historians and western media. There are many more made by BBC. The reason of stagnation in the community is not Islam but diversion away from Islam. http://www.adilrasheed.com/blog/?p=1690 >Quran openly says that wherever the spread of Islam meets opposition armed Jihad should be >launched until the foe is subdued and "religion is only for Allah !" You need to do lot of reading. Tell me the verses with context. You don't need to be a scholar of theology to analyze them. After the conquest of Andalucia (South of Spain), non-Christians were given two choices either you leave the country or you embrace Christianity. Those who didn't do either were slaughtered.
The problem is that we are too dependent on the western media for information which is unfortunately biased. I have a few friends (not muslim) working in Jerusalem now. http://palsolidarity.org/2009/02/5320 and her personal blog http://cindying.wordpress.com/ Read this to know the correct and unbiased information.
The only religion which makes it mandatory for its follower to believe in Jesus, Moses, Solomon, Jakob, Jonah, Abraham, David, Adam is Islam. If you analyze things with logic and reasoning you will understand the truth. If you don't want to spend much time on searching then listen to some videos by Zakir Naik on youtube. He quotes and gives references which you can verify. I am sorry if I hurt you. I faced lot of problem when I came to Switzerland because people were looking at me with suspicion but now the same people respect me and discuss things not for harassing me but knowing the truth. I am at the momnet busy but once I finish my PhD I will put all these materials on my website for easy access.
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