A Shocked Muslim - 11/19/2002
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am a muslim who somehow ended up in your site while searching for "Islamic quotes". I am sorry to say that I did not really enjoy your opinons and or usage of information. After only 5 mins on my visit I am urged to write you this E-mail. It seemed to me that you looked at things in Islam and misunderstood them. There is a reason for everything. I suggest you look at more opinons until you make such observations. I mean not to offend your beliefs. I worship the same god you do and was taught to be peaceful towards you. Sure there are others who would respond by commiting violentive acts but I chose not to. Islam is a religion of peace. I.......like you, feel horrible for the attacks on Sept. 11. I feel sad for the pain and prayed for the souls. Just because a so-called muslim man did a horrible thing does not mean Islam is wrong. He, like you, may have misunderstood and took drastic and unreasonable actions. So please............. do more research before you claim a religion is wrong. Not just Islam.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
A'salaam alaykum, ya Habib. Greetings, and thank you for contacting Contender Ministries. There are many peace-loving Muslims such as yourself that do not adhere to a literal interpretation of the Qur'an and Hadiths. Unfortunately, there are many Muslims who do adhere strictly to the Qur'an and its teachings on jihad - both greater and lesser jihad. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy the information we presented, but it's all factual. We've had several Muslims contact us with the same sentiments, yet none could challenge the veracity of the information we provide.
I understand that you may not appreciate that side of your religion, but it does exist. Consider the following Qur'anic passages:
-- "For the unbelievers are to you open enemies" (Surah 4:101)
-- "Seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks." (Surah 4:89)
-- "Then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war." (Surah 9:5)
These are but a few passages from the Qur'an that support violent jihad. The Hadith's go even further. The fact is that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were not accomplished by one person. They were conducted by nineteen operatives, with other coordinators on up the chain to Usama bin Laden himself. Every one of these terrorists were Muslims, who justify their actions based on the words of the Qur'an and the teachings of Muhammad. There are thousands of them throughout the world, with many Imams who encourage these would-be martyrs in the duty of jihad.
Furthermore, Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. No where is that more evident that in nations that practice Shariah -- Islamic law. Christians are imprisoned and executed in these countries. Muslims who convert to Christianity face the death sentence. Is that an open, peaceful system of laws?
Habib, I have no doubt that you are a sincere, peace-loving man. I wish there were more like you. But it saddens me to think that a man of your integrity has been so deceived by a religion that speaks of peace, yet dedicates itself to the extermination of Jews and Christians. You are in our prayers. We pray that God will bless you as you seek Him. A truly blessed hope awaits through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If you want to learn more about this blessed hope, click here for a good starting point. Ma'a salaama, ya Habib.
Ben and Jennifer Rast