Monday, September 14, 2009

RE: Is Radical Islam invading Tennessee?.

Fahim kamtan mirza responded to my "Is Radical Islam invading Tennessee?" with the following. My comments will follow his note:

What Does "Islam" Mean?

The word "Islam" itself means "Submission to Allah." The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of "Christianity" which was named after Jesus Christ, "Buddhism" after Gutama Buddha , "Marxism" after Karl Marx, and "Confucianism" after Confucius.

Similarly, Islam is not named after a tribe like "Judaism" after the tribe of Judah and "Hinduism" after the Hindus. The Arabic word "Islam" means the submission or surrender of one's will to the will of the only true god worthy of worship, "Allah" (known as God "the Father" in Christianity).

Anyone who does indeed submit to the will of Allah as required by Islam is termed a "Muslim," which means one who has submitted to the will of Allah. Many people in the West have developed the sad misinformed trend of calling Islam "Muhammadenism" and it's followers "Muhammadins." This is a totally foreign word to Muslims and unrecognized by them. No Muslim has ever called his religion "Muhammadenism" or called himself a "Muhammadin."

What Is The Basic Concept of Islam?

Islam teaches us that this life is a life of worship. We are placed on this earth in order to worship Allah and obey His command. During this earthly life we are subjected to a series of trials. We have the option of enduring these trials and conforming to certain laws, and our reward will be great in the next life, or we may decline to endure these trials and choose to not conform to the law, then we will be made to regret it in the next life.

Each person will be solely and completely responsible for their own final reward. We are also told that God has designed these laws to make this life a better, safer, and more tolerable one for us. If we elect to conform to them then we will see the result in this life even before moving on to the next.
We are told that the earthly life is a life of faith and work, and the next life is one of reward and no work. We have been placed on this earth to worship God, fast, pray, be industrious, good, kind, respectful, and a source of uprightness and morality. We are told that God has no need of our worship. Our worship can not increase the kingdom of God nor add to His power, however, it is in our best interests both in this life and the next that we do.

Unlike some other religions which claim that God entered in a covenant with a certain group of people and that this group is genetically better than all other human beings, or closer to God, Islam on the other hand teaches that no color, race, tribe, or lineage is better than any other. Islam teaches that all humans are equal in the sight of Allah and that the only thing that can distinguish them in His sight is their piety and worship.

"O humankind! Verily! We have created you from a male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily! the noblest among you in the sight of Allah is the most God-fearing. Verily! Allah is The Knower, The Aware." The noble Qur'an, Al-Hujrat(49):13.

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What you have provided is an evangelistic note that doesn't in any way respond to the comment you are purportedly responding to. I wouldn't describe the Quran as you do, but that's okay. Here in America, we are all entitled to our own opinions. I'm not going to attack anything you have written.

However, I will draw your attention to the difference between "thought" as you provide it above and "action" as we've heard witnessed in regard to the teachings from the Al Farooq mosque in Tennessee and the response among the Somali members of that Mosque. The "action" we read about there is very different from your "thought." We hear of Teachers who preach hatred toward the "infidel." That "action" doesn't fit your "thought." When we see immigrants moving to the US and Europe refusing to integrate and instead demanding that the counties who have rescue them conform to their own conception of Islam, that "action" doesn't conform to your "thought."

If the "action" of Muslims in the world corresponded to the "thought" as you present it above, then we could live at peace with one another . . . unless when you write such things as "obey His command" you have in mind the teachings of Sayyid Qutb and his followers, or teachers like him. The tenor of your note does not indicate that you do, and I am giving you the benefit of doubt.

So if you choose to respond further I would like to hear how you distance yourself from the less peaceful followers of Islam.

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