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« on: Oct 03, 2008 09:14 AM »


salaam to all, was once a member of this board, but never been able to get back since everything was changed.
 
  How best can u answer christians who try to criticise Islam in the light of muslims being violent, or terrorism, how can u proove to them that Islam does not encourage violence?

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« Reply #1 on: Oct 03, 2008 09:10 PM »

Asalamualaikum wrt wb,

All praise be to Allah.


Beloved brother or sister,


I recently posed the same question to the eminent Shaikh Na'eem Araqsoosi.  He replied:

"We have to exude the character of the Prophet, salla allahu alahi wa sallam, in all aspects of our personality.  We need to perfect our character to such a degree that people will see from our behavior, our dealings with others, our mercy, forgiveness, and patience, that people will recognize the true character of Islam."

The noble shaikh also recommended reading the book entitled, "Islam wa Huqooq al Insaan," by Sh. Muhammad al-Ghazali, in which he compares the UN Human Rights Charter with the noble principles set down by our religion.

On a side note, the noble shaikh also mentioned that the leaders of Muslim communities in the West should bypass controversial issues over which the scholars differed, and set them aside, in order to unite the word of the Believers.


And Allah knows best.

Be merciful to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens will be merciful to you.
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 03, 2008 10:31 PM »

How do I do it?
I don’t, Muslims have nothing to prove.

I’d tell them that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Think about it for a bit.

Just look around you. When they say Islam is like Nazism, just remind them who were the Nazi?
What religion did Hitler follow? When they say Muslims are trying to build nuclear bombs, remind them of who has already built them. America, Russia, Britain and France. What religion are these countries? Nuclear weapons have only been used once, what religion were the people who used them.
The people making the accusation are Christians. And Christianity is not a pacifistic religion. They like to claim to be when they invade Muslims and accuse Muslims of violence when we defend ourselves, so remind them that we wouldn’t need to defend our selves if they didn’t attack.
No Muslim invaded Vietnam, no Muslim invaded America and killed the natives to steal the land, no Muslim invaded Australia, killed the natives to steal the land.
What was the religion of the people who did?
What was the religion of the people, who colonised the whole of Africa, carried away hundreds of millions to another continent and worked most of them to death?

It wasn’t Muslim Iraq that invaded Christian America, it wasn’t Muslim Afghanistan. It was the other way around. So it is up to them to prove Christianity is not a violent religion.

I don’t lie to them and neither should you. Christians lie when they claim to be pacifists, that doesn’t mean we should.
So is Islam Violent or Peaceful?
The answer is yes.
We are violent and peaceful.
We are violent when our creator orders us to be and we are peaceful when our creator orders us to be.
While other nations are violent when their rulers order them to be, and peaceful when their rulers order them to be.
So they go and fight in Vietnam, knowing it is wrong, they do so in Iraq as well, complaining it is wrong.
And remind them of the fought by Prophets in their bible and how our Prophet pbh is a continuation of that. And that they must follow him because he is truly a messenger of Allah and a completion of their religion. And Prove to them he is the messenger of Allah promised in their scriptures.
And that is the important bit, because whether they think Islam is violent or peaceful is irrelevant. What matters is whether they believe it is the truth or a lie!
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 2008 07:51 PM »

salaam

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 05, 2008 12:15 AM »

I think we need to appreciate  the Christian for asking questions even questions are hurting ,annoying .or strange  or even rude  because there is no way he can go into that religion unless finding proper answers

Then after that ,we should make sure  if he wants to address the questions to Islam or Muslems

If  the questions is  to islam every muslem can answer provided with patience and wisdom

But if about muslems that is not a question all  muslems  are supposed to answer because
We can not blame the rule (islam) for what the law( islam) breaker does  and I guess that is where most questions arise from 

Let the Christian questioner know the difference between Christianity and Christians

Should we ask about the Christians or know about Christianity
Give time to wait for your answers but also give him questions about the Christianity then compare your answers

 
ALL THESE  SOULD TAKE PLACE IN A VERY FRIENDLY MOOD FROM YOUR SIDE AS AMUSLEM DESPITE ANY OPPOSITE EXPRESSION  AND BEHAVIOR IN HIS SIDE

This is how the journey begins then Insha  ALLAH you would reach to a good point



 

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 05, 2008 05:22 AM »

MISCONCEPTION #1:
Muslims are violent, terrorists and/or extremists.


   
This is the biggest misconception in Islam, no doubt resulting from
the constant stereotyping and bashing the media gives Islam.  When a
gunman attacks a mosque in the name of Judaism, a Catholic IRA
guerrilla sets off a bomb in an urban area, or Serbian Orthodox
militiamen rape and kill innocent Muslim civilians, these acts are not
used to stereotype an entire faith. Never are these acts attributed
to the religion of the perpetrators. Yet how many times have we heard
the words 'Islamic, Muslim fundamentalist. etc.' linked with violence. 

Politics in so called  "Muslim countries" may or may not have any
Islamic basis.  Often dictators and politicians will use the name of
Islam for their own purposes. One should remember to go to the source
of Islam and separate what the true religion of Islam says from what
is portrayed in the media. Islam literally means 'submission to God'
and is derived from a root word meaning 'peace'.   

Islam may seem exotic or even extreme in the modern world. Perhaps
this is because religion doesn't dominate everyday life in the West,
whereas Islam is considered a 'way of life' for Muslims and they make
no division between secular and sacred in their lives.   Like
Christianity, Islam permits fighting in self-defense, in defense of
religion, or on the part of those who have been expelled forcibly
from their homes.  It lays down strict rules of combat which include
prohibitions against harming civilians and against destroying crops,
trees and  livestock.

NOWHERE DOES ISLAM ENJOIN THE KILLING OF INNOCENTS.. The Quran says:
"Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not
transgress limits.  God  does not love transgressors." (Quran 2:190)
"If they seek peace, then seek you peace.  And trust in God for He is
the One that heareth  and knoweth all things." (Quran 8:61) War,
therefore, is the last resort, and is subject to the rigorous
conditions laid down by the  sacred law.  The term 'jihad' literally
means 'struggle'.  Muslims believe that there are two kinds of  jihad.
The other 'jihad' is the inner struggle of the soul which everyone
wages against egotistic  desires for the sake of attaining inner
peace.
         

From the article I wrote so long ago: http://jannah.org/articles/misc.html

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