April 17, 2006
On Shia Iran And Islam As A False Religion
I'm not usually one to feel comfortable criticizing the faith of others, particularly since I know good people of almost every faith commonly practiced, and I know that there are both good and bad people in all faiths that claim to believe in and practice their faith as prescribed by the given authority - be it Torah, Bible, Quran, or whatever. Yet in the case of Islam we have a particular problem in that to most non-Muslims, as Islam appears to be practiced today by an increasing number of it's adherents, it appears to have little to do with God, love, life, peace, truth and tolerance - and much to do with power, control, violence, death, lying, and war.
However, it's not just non-Muslims that are having trouble understanding the Islam so prevalent in the news and so associated with violence, death, destruction of others, and even lying, because there are truly moderate and peace-loving Muslims who are equally frustrated with what they see happening to their faith. Just a couple of posts ago we wrote in 'Alienated From Islam' of the frustrations of a moderate Muslim concerned about the violence, hate, and intolerance that is being preached at his mosque:
(...) Over the past decade, the words "Islam" and "Muslim" have become correlated with bombings, terrorism, suicidal bombers, and violence.If it is indeed true as our Muslim friend has described, that the "new" Muslim world is a world of forced ignorance, hate, and intolerance - can Islam then, as it appears to be increasingly preached and practiced today truly be called a religion? Assuming the use of the term "religion" here applies to some semblance of a believe in a God of peace, love, tolerance and regard for one's fellow man (as opposed to just a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader), then at least in that sense one Muslim, Amil Imani, writing in "Persian Journal", says no - that Islam is a false religion:
(...) Like any beings, there are good Muslims and there are bad Muslims. Unfortunately, we have earned ourselves a reputation, as Muslims, of being evil.
(...) Welcome to the world we live in. Welcome to the new Muslim world; a world of ignorance, hatred, and intolerance; a very sad, sick world.
As has been said, if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. Islam in general, forbids lying. The Quran says, "Truly Allah guides not one who transgresses and lies." Surah 40:28.Continue reading...
In the Hadith, Mohammed was also quoted as saying, "Be honest because honesty leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise. Beware of falsehood because it leads to immorality, and immorality leads to Hell." However, this has not been the case in Islam. Islam is based on big lies and contradictions.
Posted by Richard at April 17, 2006 2:58 PM