I read your obviously neutral thought on the above subject and it really calls for further scrutiny. Your posts have been carefully premised on reasoning which really encourage religious re-construction and re-thinking especially for individual like my humble self who belief in strict adherence to the Glorious Quran and the noble path of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Monotheism is the fundamental concept of Islam. It teaches about only one true God (Allah), the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. It stems from the following verses of the Glorious Quran among several others:
“Say: He is God, the only One; God the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him” (Q 112:1-4).
AND ”O mankind! Worship your Lord, who created you and those who came before you that you may become righteous” (Q 2:21).
The above verses clearly and beautifully show that one true God’s existence is evident and He has created us to know and worship Him alone. The Creator reasons with humanity to tell us that He is Unique and Absolute in all ramification.
Contrary to your argument, Islam teaches true Muslims to be just with all people, whether with friends or foes; and at all times, in peace or in war as contained in the following verse:
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as just witnesses; and let not the hatred of a people make you to avoid justice. Be just, that is next to piety, and fear Allah for Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do ” (Q 5:8).
Again, the Supreme Being reasons with humanity on justice and equity as the attributes of those that worship Him as clearly demonstrated above even in the face of hatred and unfair treatment. Concerning the freedom and protection of faith, the Glorious Quran states: “There is no compulsion in religion as truth stand out clearly from falsehood” (Q 2:256).
Is it true that truth will always prevail over falsehood when the Creator emphatically calls Muslims not to force individual to Islam? Certainly YES, then non-Muslims or “Kafirs” are not meant to be treated with disdain as ordained in the Glorious Quran!!! Thus, Islam honors mankind and does not compel anyone to embrace it faith by force. This is the truth, beauty, justice, kindness and tolerance of Islam when dealing with non-Muslims.(Please peruse “The Spread of Islam in The World; A History of Peaceful Preaching’’ by Prof. Thomas Arnold on this account)
Beautifully, the Glorious Quran warns terrorists, fundamentalists, extremists and their likes and points out that whoever kills an innocent soul, hell is his abode thus:
“Whoever kills an innocent soul, It is as if he had killed mankind entirely. And whoever saves one- it is as if he had saved mankind entirely ” (Q 5:32).
Likening an innocent soul to the entire mankind is the wisdom of the Creator in telling us that He alone is the Owner and Creator of soul. Corroborating this sacred verse, the narration of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) known as Hadith explained quite explicitly that whoever commits suicide with any weapon will be punished with that very same weapon in the Hell Fire. In Hadith (Bukhari 7:670) Narrated by Abu Huraira, The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Whoever purposely throws himself from a mountain and kills himself, will be in the Hell Fire falling down into it and abiding therein perpetually forever; and whoever drinks poison and kills himself with it, he will be carrying his poison in his hand and drinking it in the Hell Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever; and whoever kills himself with an iron weapon, will be carrying that weapon in his hand and stabbing his abdomen with it in the Hell Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever.’
Today, open-minded men and women around the world embrace Islam without force. For instance recent UK statistics of religion show that Islam is the fastest growing religion in Britain where those who accepted Islam are based on wise, objective, sincere and superior arguments. I will like to recommend this book for further study – Islam our Choice: Portraits of Modern American Muslim Women – edited by Debra L. Dirks and Stephanie Parlove.
COMMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME!!!
Thank you very much Dauda for your contribution. It is clear and makes a lot of sense. I believe that your sincerity is true and your position is what Muslims from all over the world keep saying about the religion. I in fact belief this to be a fact, not just from what you said but from what many have preached. However, we cannot remove our eyes from the fact that Muslims do too little in speaking out against and resisting extremism. I feel for Islam, because these elements do much to damage the impression of Islam in the hearts and minds of people than any critic can. And religion is a matter of the heart, if the hearts of the people are turned away because of what they see people claim to do in the name of Allah, it will be difficult to convince them otherwise. Action, our people say, speaks louder than words. The action of the few extremist elements I spoke about in my post is one and the inaction of Muslims who know the truth is another. Until Islamic schools issue Fatwas against extremists and Muslims reject their assault on the teachings of Allah, it will be difficult to convince people otherwise. However, I have a lot of Muslim friends and I know they are not violent. Once again, thank you for your reaching out. Much appreciated.