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Agreed. Reminds me of something Lawrence Krauss once said in a debate with a muslim.
I really don't care what, according to you or anyone else, Shariah law is "supposed" to be like. What I care about is how it is actually implemented in practice. How it actually impacts people's lives and society at large. And what I see in the middle east, is that every Islamic theocracy implementing it turns into a hellhole with lots of suffering, lots of trampling of human rights, lots of misery, lots of oppression, lots of barbarism. Your "theory" does not matter to me. Because it's the practice that actually impacts the world. And it isn't doing it in a good way by any means.
That said, it is very much worthwhile to actually look at the Qur'an and to learn of the teachings of the Muslim schools of thought.
The results are surprising, if nothing else.
Unfortunately blind belief is the culprit here for the Quran, if studied by Muslims independent of their scholars and clergy, does not support shariah law. Corrupt leaders instituted many laws for self interest. The solution is for Muslims to think with their own minds not follow blindly. By not doing so they have allowed Islam to be abused by self serving leaders.
Their own traditions predict this sorry state:
There will come a time upon the people when nothing will remain of Islam except save its name and nothing will remain of the Quran save its inscription. Their mosques will be splendidly furnished but deprived of guidance. Their divines will be the worst people under the heavens and strife will issue from and avert to them.” (Mishkatul Masabih, Kitab al-Ilm)
Wild conspiracy theories aside, do you really think 9/11 was about religion?
I'm more inclined to say that hateful people poison everything -- from government to religion and beyond.
Yes. To be honest, I'm surprise more nations haven't pulled 9/11's with how much we meddle in other nation's affairs. Our greed for resources and wealth on the backs of other nations has slaughtered more innocents than ten 9/11's. I'm not saying the people that died that day deserved to die, and it is still a tragedy, but the more I grow and age the less surprised I am that it happened.Do you think 9/11 would have occurred without religion?
I fail to see how anyone can still believe the "official" story of 9/11. Go look up the Project for a New American Century. It was something that was allowed to happen, if not made to happen as it furthered certain goals that certain groups had in the pipelines for years. "Terrorism" and "jihad" were just the scripted scapegoats (when groups like Al-Qaeda
and Daesh are creations of Western intelligence). It's all a scam.
Dude.... Or gal...
You know not what you speak off.
I actually knew the Abdeslams before they turned into radical islamist terrorists. Smoked weed with them. We had mutual friends.
They were not "hateful people". Salah was fun to be around. Always smiling, joking. Always up for a party and giggles.
Radical Islam turned them into hateful people.
I almost fell of my chair from shock when I saw their names and faces appear in the media after those attacks.
Now another saying comes to mind:
Good people will do good things.
Bad people will do bad things.
But to get good people to do bad things, that takes religion.
Again, the way you approach this is just easy and cheap. For some reason you just assume that they are all sociopaths who barely needed an excuse to commit such heinous crimes that they just used islam as an excuse, in such a way that they could have used just about anything else in the same way.
This is simply not true.
What happened at Bataclan, at Zaventem, at Maalbeek,... it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the islamist beliefs of those guys. It's that simple.
You can't just explain away those events by saying "ow they were just hateful people".
"self serving leaders"?
You think Osama Bin Laden, for example, is a "self-serving leader"?
I disagree extremely.
What did he win by doing what he did?
The guy was a son of a billionaire family. His destined life path was to inherit that business empire. He already had all that most people can only dream of. Instead, he gave all that up and choose for a life of hiding in caves to wage his holy war.
I think it's far to easy and cheap to simply state that all those who profess an Islam that you disagree with that they are all "fooled" by "blind belief" and that those who profess an Islam you agree with are "intelligent" and "rational".
By going down that route, I feel like you are simply ignoring the actual problem.
As if all those other muslims that aren't radicals don't hold their beliefs because they simply believe what they were told.
I'll say that most religious people simply believe what they are taught to believe. And when they read those texts, they validate for themselves what they already believe. For the simple reason that it's so ambiguous that you can read whatever you want into it.
The "moderate" thinks he is right and will argue his position with quranic references.
And the "radical" will do the exact same.
And both will be correct. And wrong.
I've had my run-ins with preachers from both sides. I've had talks with the moderate imam from Antwerp. I've also had talks with Belkacem, the main leader of Shariah4Belgium and main recruiter for foreign fighters that were sent to Syria to join al-nusra and ISIS.
They are both sides of the very same coin.
Perfect example of that ambiguity I was talking about.
Referring back to my previous paragraph where I said that I talked to both moderate imams as well as radical preachers like Belkacem.
Both of them can point to that exact quote and claim that "the other" is one of those "bad people" preaching in a mosque "deprived of guidance".
And there is NOTHING in that quote, or any other text, that clearly shows which one of them would be correct.
After the passing of Muhammad, the Umayyad and Abbasids broke their covenant with Quran by disobeying the laws against aggression and became conquerors. Many fabricated hadiths were used to try and convince their followers that aggression was acceptable. That doesn’t mean that Islam did not make significant contributions to civilisation but the leadership had become corrupt and that has filtered down to the present day. If you look at the violence it is provoked and instigated by a corrupt leadership. True Islam is about brotherhood and peace. That is why God renews religion from time to time.
Baha’u’llah states that:
“Muhammad, the Apostle of God, bewaileth, in the all-highest Paradise, their acts." (Baha'u'llah)
O concourse of Muslim Divines! Because of you the people were abased, and the banner of Islam was hauled down, and its mighty throne subverted."
Nope. They were following Mohamed's lead. He tried to start a war with the Byzantine Empire when he tool his army north to Tabuk. Surah 9 was revealed at the time and is a naked call for war. But, please keep pretending that's not true if it helps you get by.
First the conquest of Mecca was peaceful. There was no aggression.
Sure. And what I see is ambiguity to boot. It's all so vague and ambiguous that it really always comes down to how the individual reading it chooses to understand it.
Half my family (everyone on my dad's side) is muslim.
Even within that little set of data, I see these differences.
My dad "celebrates" the end of the Ramadam with pork chops and whiskey.
Which is a fact that he hides from certain others within the family, knowing it will lead to uncomfortable verbal fights.
I remember one such "fight". It was a very heated discussion about me.
It was around the time of Ramadam and they were making plans for a family feast which included a visit to the mosque also. They all knew I'm not a muslim and it was a subject that usually was avoided. But that time, one of my dad's cousins asked him, in a rather strict -and almost attacking- tone why I never joined them in the mosque. And by extension, why he never got me cirumcised and in general: why I wasn't raised a muslim.
I'll never forget my dad's answer...... "He's too intelligent for that."
Made me so proud LOL
Later on he clarified what he meant though... What he meant was that I had this annoying habit of never simply accepting what "authorities" say and that I always questioned everything and by doing so, would drive everybody nuts. And that for the "reputation" and "look" of the family in that context, it was better for everyone that I simply wasn't there. So he presented it as kind of the "lesser of two evils". Not being there didn't look good, but not as bad as it would have looked if I were and "behaved badly".
But I digress....
My larger point here: I'm pretty familiar with muslim culture and know have seen first hand the ambiguity and what it can lead to. It can tear families apart even though they read the exact same book and even visit the exact same mosque.
The "Islam" of Afghanistan is NOT the "Islam" of Iran or the Islam of Pakistan or the Islam of 3rd generation muslim immigrant in Brussels.
It's one book, but read in a bazillion different ways.
So much so that I can only conclude that there really is no "right" way to read it.
So whenever someone suggests that "Islam justifies terrorism", I disagree.
But I'll equally disagree when someone suggests that "Islam condemns terrorism".
It does neither. And it does both.
And as far as I am concerned, that is exactly what the problem with Islam is.