I received the following in response to a statement I had made (in the comment section of my post on Muslim stereotypes) that Islam was not a religion of peace. I thought it would be easier to address Mohammed's questions in this forum. My response is in red type.
Mrs. incoginto (it's Ms) what do you know about islam to say it is not a religion of peace have you ever been a muslim before ? (No, I have never been a Muslim, Mohammed, nor would I ever choose to be, considering what I feel it represents: the antithesis of love, grace and acceptance.) what did you read or see about islam ? do you really make any effort to know about it or you only see tv and make these conclusion? (Admittedly, I have not read the Koran extensively, but the research I have done has led me to believe that your religion is inextricably linked with violence and always has been, since its beginnings and even more so now. And I don't base all my conclusions on what I see on TV though, frankly, what more proof does one need when all one sees on the news is death and destruction? Are you saying what we see is fabricated?) who are the imams you are taking about? (I am talking about Omar Brooks (aka Abu Izzadeen) a British convert who I actually saw, on a documentary that aired on CNN, called "The War Within", claim that Islam was not a religion of peace. From the mouth of one of your own. You can read more about his radical Islamic views in this article. You also have Anjem Choudary and Omar Shamsuddin. There are other Muslims cited in this article that talk of Islam as being a religion of violence. They might be considered radicals but many Muslims are beginning to embrace that ideology.) and what about your priests and whoever who are just trying to insult islam and muslims but of course in vain because an ant cannot hurt a mountain .are we terrorist in your opinion . (No-one would be insulting Islam if it indeed was a religion of peace, that allowed others to believe as they wished. But when people of your religion start trying to impose their beliefs on those of different religions (particularly through violent means) and by claiming all people should be Muslims, than yes, we will take issue with that. And no, not all Muslims are terrorists, obviously, but most terrorists do happen to be Muslim. My question to you would be, do you support what the terrorists are doing, and if so, does this not make you, in essence, one?) well what about IRAQ, PALESTINE, BOSNIA, CHECHAN.SOMALIAS,LEBANON.....ETC (What about those countries? Other than the violence and murder that Muslims are perpetrating on each other there?) do you think that we vilently kill ourselves and invade our land and destroy our civilsatio . (Yes, unfortunately, you do violently kill each other. It's happening right now in Palestine with followers of Hamas and Fatah fighting and murdering each other. In Iraq Sunnis are killing Shiites and Shiites killing Sunnis. Destroying each others' ancient religious monuments. And, yes, Arab countries have been invading each other for centuries! ) did the iraq invade america so america is retaliating? (We both know Iraq did not invade America, but he was supporting terrorists who did attack this country on 9/11, by allowing terrorist training camps in his country. Everyone knows he paid money to suicide bombers in Palestine. Who's to say he didn't finance terrorists in some other way.) and what well do really if we invade your country and try to contol your economy and interfer in you life? who are the terrorist we or you who kill women and children and slaughter men you who help ISRAEL to destroy PALESTINE ? (And who shamelessly uses women and children as human shields to protect themselves?? Not the coalition forces! Only cowards would do that! So who do you think are the real terrorists? And who is doing most of the killing in Iraq today? It's the insurgents who arbitrarily bomb market places and other public areas where there are women and children, killing them in cold blood!!) do you think baby are violent. (No, Mohammed, babies are not inherently violent, but when YOU preach hatred to your children and that Jihad is a good thing, they eventually do become violent. And it's PALESTINE that wants to destroy ISRAEL, not the other way around. The Palestinians and most other Muslim countries have the same agenda. Iran's President Ahmadinejad has publicly called for the destruction of Israel. And Palestinians have always initiated the violence, the Israelis just retaliate, as is their right. They never target civilian populations, unlike the Palestinian suicide bombers. Unfortunately, there might be some collateral damage, but they have never deliberately bombed a public place.) JUST BE FAIR AND REALLY STUDY THOSE YOU SPEAKES ABOUT" (I think I am being more than
fair, Mohammed. What you and other Muslims need to do is open your hearts to Love rather than embrace the Hatred of all things non-Muslim that seems to consume so many of you. Maybe then we could all live in peace.)
I would venture to say that Mohammed is neither a terrorist nor a radical, but his comments illustrate the extreme hatred that permeates the Islamic religion and Arab culture, in particular. That hatred is spreading to areas outside of that region and with frightening rapidity. How do you quell the fires of hatred when people seem to revel in it, rather than attempting to purge it from their being? And when that hatred turns to frenzy, does it not become a form of extremism, so that those non-terrorist/non-radicals become exactly that: radicals and extremists?
I wish you peace, Mohammed, peace from all the hatred that you have harbored within your Soul. And the same for all Muslims. Things will change if you allow Love to be your daily guide instead of Hate.