Islam Should Prove It's a Religion of Peace - by Tawfik Hamid former member of an Egyptian Islamist terrorist group

Islam Should Prove It's a Religion of Peace -

Tawfik Hamid

Many Muslims seem to believe that it is acceptable to teach hatred and violence in the name of their religion - while at the same time expecting the world to respect Islam as a religion of peace, love and harmony.
Scholars in the most prestigious Islamic institutes and universities continue to teach things like Jews are "pigs and monkeys," that women and men must be stoned to death for adultery, or that Muslims must fight the world to spread their religion.
The stoning of women exists in both the Old Testament and in Islamic tradition. The difference, though, is that leading Jewish scholars agreed to discontinue these practices centuries ago, while Muslim scholars have yet to do so. Hence we do not see the stoning of women practiced or promoted in Israel, the "Jewish" state, but we see it practiced and promoted in Iran and Saudi Arabia, the "Islamic" states.
So, Islamic scholars and clerics, it is up to you to produce a Sharia book that will be accepted in the Islamic world and that teaches that Jews are not pigs and monkeys, that declaring war to spread Islam is unacceptable, and that killing apostates is a crime. Such a book would prove that Islam is a religion of peace.

The writer, a former member of an Egyptian Islamist terrorist group, is an Islamic reformer and senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

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Comment by Yigal D. Kahana on March 15, 2009 at 7:31pm
I don't understand your response, Windfeather.
Was that supposed to be a "yes" or a "no"?

Once that has been established, we can move on to deeper issues...
Comment by windsfeather on March 15, 2009 at 7:21pm
I am not sure if you have seen the new social talkers and books and cds that have been comming out. They deal with only dealing with people who bring greatness to your life. to let go of all the troubles, hate and work to go forward and bring wealth to your home. The thought that positive energy brings positive thought. eg; the secret, live your life, how to reposition yourself, money and the law of attractions along with many others who are going out to talk about full filling your life with goodness and greatness by using your own energy through prayer, god and letting the disfunction go. The topic that some of these book writers and social talkers are presenting a topic that goes against religious values and yet the very foundation of their talks is religion. So, yes we need to re-think how we are teaching our children. We need to take care of our elderly and not lash out at them for their lack of needs. We need to be more active in our families and understand their is a realism to understanding the meaning behind the lines. If we see clerics who are not doing their jobs we need to go to their corporation as they have become and ask the correct questions to bring the correct results. Please note; i did not say to go to them and tell them how it should be. I merely stated that you should pose the question to bring the dialog to be answered.
Comment by windsfeather on March 15, 2009 at 7:10pm
Your asking for a lot. Your asking for the Islamic Scholars to rewrite Islam. To curb and change the system that was put in place. Even in bible it is said not to re-write or create additional books of the bible. This is not of God. However, There was a large discussion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bringing the clerics of the world together. Many refused to attend. At this meeting they denounced the killing fields. They went publically and said God is the light and of the good. Good for the Good. It is important that the very clerics who denounced the criminal behavior and bring to light the correct policing states that do not take from individuals and bring to life a better whole of the world. There are many who claim to be touched by God and live by his rule. The difference is very clear. one who does it without gain and takes their word and brings good from that word. If it makes you feel bad, if it causes distress upon your families rest assure it is not of God but pure man. There are angels of darkness and they will do their work to create and incept hate and culture faults. They feed like the very vultures off the souls of the dead spirits.

I see problems within all religions. None are without fault. It is the one who stands out among the masses and goes to the mountain picks up the single pebble and moves the mountain. He goes without thought to his own self fortune. His belly is not always filled and yet he is given the touch of light and those with soul can see his honor and greatness.
Comment by Yigal D. Kahana on March 12, 2009 at 8:06pm
Can anyone confirm whether all four 'major' Sunni schools
(Hanbali, Maliki, Ashrawi, and Hanafi)
formally agree that the punishment for apostasy is death?


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