Posted by Salma Javid Khan
Muslim extremists attack Christian village in South Punjab, Pakistan @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/04/religion/islam/muslim-extremists-attack-christian-village-in-south-punjab-pakistan
State Sponsored Persecution – Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque Sealed in Indonesia (Video) @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/04/countries/indonesia/state-sponsored-persecution-ahmadiyya-muslim-mosque-sealed-in-indonesia-video
Suicide Bomb Death toll from Peshawar church rises to 81 @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/countries/pakistan/death-toll-from-peshawar-church-bombing-rises-to-81
Suspected Islamist gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students. @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/africa/nigeria-attack-students-shot-dead-as-they-slept
No matter where we see we find people persecuted / killed in the name of Islam!
But is it what Islam teaches? Is this what is written / taughted by Allah in the Holy Qur’an?
Did Prophet Mohammad ask Muslims to kill Christians?
Well, let us see what Allah (The God in Islam) says in His book, the Qur’an.
In there, Allah clearly instructs on the behavior of Muslims towards all kinds of worshipers:
[109:1] In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.
[109:2] Say, ‘O ye disbelievers!
[109:3] ‘I worship not as you worship;
[109:4] ‘Nor do you worship as I worship,
[109:5] ‘And I am not going to worship those that you worship;
[109:6] ‘Nor will you worship whom I worship.
[109:7] ‘For you your religion, and for me my religion.’
At other place Allah says:
And if Allah had enforced His will, they would not have set up gods with him. And We have not made thee a keeper over them, nor art thou over them a guardian. And abuse not those whom they call upon beside Allah…. Thus unto every people have We caused their doing to seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return; and He will inform them of what they used to do. (Ch. 6, V.108-109)
How emphatically God warns Muslims not to abuse the Gods of other faiths!
Hasn’t it put down clear enough that you are NOT supposed to behave as commander-in-chief of religion for all mankind, then why do these Muftis & Mullahs declare fatwas (edicts), Judge people’s faiths, order punishments, command mass-killings, suicide bombing, breaking of Churches of Christians or Statues of Buddhist or Hindu Idols, etc?
God in the Holy Qur’an gives a right to everybody to do as they want – Nobody has been made a guardian over the other.
Everybody is perfectly FREE to choose or follow any religion: Freedom of religion is declared in many chapters of the Holy Qur’an…
The Holy Qur’an revealed approximately 1400 years ago states most categorically: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’. (Ch. 2 V.257) and ‘And say: It is the truth from your Lord, where fore let him who will believe and let him who will disbelieve.’ (Ch.18: V.30)
Since the period of Muhammad (saw) Muslims are severely warned against ever persecuting others for their faith. InCh.2: V 192:
‘…persecution is worse than killing.’ And then in 257 ‘… there is no compulsion in matters of religion’ … was told to us by the Chief of Prophets.
We were also told: …And We have not made thee a keeper over them, nor art thou over them a guardian. (Ch. 6, V.108)
A Past Case: Prophet Mohammed (saw) had welcomed a Christian delegation to pray in the mosque and granted other religious followers full rights of worship and complete freedom of religion.
In 632 CE, the Holy Prophet (saw) delivered his final sermon to 10,000 followers. In it, we find mention of some important corollaries for religious tolerance. Of key significance is the section that reads:
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white except by piety and good action. Learn that all mankind constitute to one brotherhood.
Remember, one day you will appear before God, the Creator, and you will answer for your deeds.
Now let me present to you a letter written by our Master & Saviour Prophet Mohammad (saw) which was sent to Christians of his time:
Prophet Mohammad’s Charter of Privileges to Christians:
Muslims have been made to promise that they will help defend the followers of other faiths from unjust and cruel attacks.
Let me give you the message of Muhammad (saw) to various kings surrounding the Arab peninsula declaring his intentions for peace and co-operation. Among these letters included one written in 628 CE to the monks of the St. Catherine Monastery inMt.Sinai.
In it, he issues a ‘Charter of Privileges’ offering secure protection of fundamental human rights to Christians living in the Muslim empire. He declares:
This is a message from Muhammad, son of Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, that we are with them. Verily, I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them because Christians are my citizens; and, by Allah, I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them.
Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet.
Verily, they are my allies and have my sincere charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
I promise that any monk or wayfarer who will seek my help on the mountains, in forests, deserts or habitations, or in places of worship, I will repel his enemies with my friends and helpers, with all my relatives and with all those who profess to follow me and will defend them, because they are my covenant. And I will defend the covenanted against the persecution, injury and embarrassment of their enemies…. If they prefer to defend their properties and persons themselves, they will be allowed to do so and will not be put to any inconvenience on that account.
No bishop will be expelled from his bishopric, no monk from his monastery, no priest from his place of worship, and no pilgrim will be detained in his pilgrimage.
None of their churches and other places of worship will be desolated or destroyed or demolished.
No material of their churches will be used to build mosques or houses for the Muslims; any Muslim doing so will be regarded as recalcitrant to Allah and His Prophet. Monks and Bishops will be subject to no tax or indemnity whether they live in forests or on rivers, in the East or in the West, in the North or in the South. I give them my word of honor. They are on my promise and covenant and will enjoy perfect immunity from all sorts of inconveniences.
Every help shall be given them in the repair of their churches. They shall be absolved of wearing arms. No one of the nation of Muslims is to disobey this covenant until the Last Day of Judgment. Signed: Muhammad, the
Messenger of God. (Quoted from Makâtîb-ur- Rasûl [Letters of the Messenger], printed inBeirut,Lebanon/ Quoted from Balâdhar)
Qur’an even adds more: [9:6] And if anyone of the idolaters seeks protection of thee, grant him protection so that he may hear the Word of ALLAH; then convey him to his place of security. That is because they are a people who have no knowledge.
Mohammad (saw), as we have seen, had even charted out his charter of privileges for the Christians of his time to make sure that they lived peacefully and today we see Muslims killing Ahmadi Muslims, Shia Muslims, and persecuting the Christians, and other minorities for no rightful reasons.
Quran, the mighty book clearly puts down that peace is the heart and soul of Islam and nobody is a guardian to another; let me put it down in the perfect words of our Lord, the only God:
Quran adds to this belief of Mohammad (saw) & defends the righteous Jews, the righteous Sabians and the righteous Christian:
Surely, those who have believed, and the jews, and the Sabians and the Christians –whoso believe in Allah (God) and the last Day, and does righteous deeds – on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Quran, Al’Maidah, Ch.5:V.70)
Allah through his Messenger taught us to protects churches, Islamists of today attack them!
Whatever happening today is completely against the teachings of Islam and must be condemned absolutely. The Holy Qur’an has clearly said that there should be no compulsion in matters of religion. This means that every person should be free to practice his or her religion and have the right to worship. Based on these unequivocal teachings, how could a so-called authority on Islam ever advocate that even one church, let alone all churches, be destroyed?
The life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad is filled with examples of how he always advocated freedom of religion and worship.
To give just one more example, when a delegation of Christians from the city of Najran came to visit Medina, the Holy Prophet Muhammad happily gave them permission to worship in his own Mosque.
We find that the Holy Prophet Muhammad spent his entire life preaching peace, tolerance and justice. Thus there can be no other conclusion than to say that what the Muslims of today are doing is completely wrong and displays a complete lack of understanding of Islam on their part.
We, the peaceful followers of the Promised Prophet, follow the true teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and thus we desire and indeed constantly strive for a world filled with peace and freedom of worship for all people.”
Little need be said to amplify these clear obligations on Muslims. Sadly, there are Muslim countries today in which non-Muslims are not allowed to practice their faith, in others they are persecuted or killed, in some the prayer-houses or places of worship are destroyed. Pakistan runs first followed by Indonesia in destroying the Masjids of Muslims itself, though both claim to be Islamic countries. This is indeed the most depressing fact that the so-called Islamic countryPakistanis found to be disobeying almost all of the above commandments of The Holy Prophet. … So Very unfortunate!
Conclusion: Muslims of today ignore all the Quranic concepts and choose to follow the new Islam weaved by the Mullahs & Muftis!
| May God help you dear reader with His special help in understanding these divine concepts |
Indeed, Muslims have been taught to defend houses of worship of all, even during battles.
Muslims must consider any prophet (peace be on them all) mentioned in any religious book, as a true Prophet; therefore, no Muslim, can be expected to resort to insults or slander towards other religions or prophets. We have been taught in the Holy Qur’an that as Prophets are from God, all Prophets are to be respected. Furthermore, God says: “I have sent Prophets to all people.”
According to us Muslims, this is the only way to maintain the peace. The feelings and sentiments of every religion and people must be respected.
But are the teachings really followed? Now, who is to blame?
So we come down to the same conclusion again, isn’t it?: These Mullahs & Mufti do not follow the Islam of Prophet Mohammad (saw) of Arabia and their book of law is definitely not Qur’an as Qur’an doesn’t support any of their views; clearly!
Muslims all over the world condemning attacks:
Tanzania: Ahmadiyya Muslim Clerics condemn recent Nairobi bomb explosions
NAIROBI experienced two explosions on Friday, as people continued to suffer the pains of the tragic terror attacks to shoppers at Westgate last Saturday. Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat –Tanzania, Sheikh Mohmood Chaudhry has said that all operatives under the pretext of Islam should be punished accordingly. He said that hurting or killing innocent civilians was totally unacceptable and against the Islamic teachings. As gesture of solidarity, the cleric said Ahamadiyya community members would donate blood for Kenya victims during its annual gathering scheduled for Friday-Sunday (September 29… continue reading at http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/africa/tanzania-ahmadiyya-muslim-clerics-condemn-recent-nairobi-bomb-explosions
Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen rejected terrorist attacks and bombings committed in the name of Islam
Gulen spoke at length about attacks on behalf of Islam, stressing that a real Muslim could never commit a terrorist attack adding that a terrorist cannot be branded a real Muslim. The most brutal scenes are at play in the name of Islam in a wide geography from Syria to Pakistan and Kenya,” Gulen recalled, noting that perpetrators bomb mosques and churches, slitting throats after alleging that the Quran, holy book of Muslims, orders it. Gulen said the picture in the Middle East is also a shame for Muslims and that it stains the face of Islam @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/religion/islam/islamic-scholar-gulen-rejects-bombings-in-the-name-of-islam
Kenyan Muslims pray for victims of mall attack
The Asian Muslim community in Nairobi, Kenya, is expressing solidarity with relatives of the 67 people killed by Islamic militants in last week’s attack on an upscale shopping mall. On Sunday, hundreds of Asian Muslims formed a human chain outside the Westgate shopping mall to hold hands, pray and hold a minute of silence. After the ceremony, participants left candles and flowers to honor the victims of the deadly attack @ @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/africa/kenyan-muslims-pray-for-victims-of-mall-attack
Malta: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat strongly rejects, and unreservedly condemns the attacks on Christian Church (Pakistan) & Kenya Mall
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta strongly rejects, and unreservedly condemns the attacks on Christian Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing more than 78 and wounding 100 other worshipers. This is no doubt, an inhuman, heinous and cruel attack, which should be condemned. The Ahmadiyya Community condemns the attack in strongest terms, and demands the authorities to bring the culprits in front of justice as soon as possible. The Community also demands that sate should give full protection and security to all the citizens living in the country irrespective of their colour, creed, politics and faith. The Community also condemns the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, by Al Shabaab militant group. In this attack 59 people have been killed and more than 175 taken to hospital. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is a peace loving community, which… @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/religion/islam/malta-ahmadiyya-muslim-jamaat-strongly-rejects-and-unreservedly-condemns-the-attacks-on-christian-church-pakistan-kenya-mall
Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Terror (Nairobi mall & Peshawar Protestant Church) Attacks @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/religion/islam/canada-ahmadiyya-muslim-community-condemns-terror-nairobi-mall-peshawar-protestant-church-attacks
Pakistan: Attack on Churches is sacrilege @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/10/religion/islam/islam-attack-on-churches-is-sacrilege
An Open Letter to “Islamic” Extremists @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/religion/islam/an-open-letter-to-islamic-extremists
Islam means submission to the One-God. And stands for peace, humanity and love. It promotes Universal Brotherhood.
To honor the victims of 9/11 and to emphasize Islam’s essential teaching regarding the sanctity of life, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA is organizing its THIRD annual “Muslims for Life” Blood Drive between August 11, 2013 and October 11, 2013. This is a nationwide effort to help collect 12,000 units of blood. The blood drives will be conducted in collaboration with hundreds of organizations at all our mosques and prayer centers and hundreds of other locations. Last year 207 registrants held 376 one-day blood drives at more than 200 locations and collected 11,170 pints. In 2011, 269 blood drives were conducted in 168 cities and a total of 11,803 pints of blood was collected.
Kansas: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s ‘Muslims for Life’ blood drive this Friday @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/religion/islam/kansas-ahmadiyya-muslim-communitys-muslims-for-life-blood-drive-this-friday
Indiana: Ahmadiyya Muslim group hosting blood drive:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA is organizing the third annual nationwide “Muslims for Life” blood drives, which run this year Aug. 11 to Oct. 11.
This two-month interfaith campaign honors the victims of 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. For more information, visit www.muslimsforlife.org / http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/religion/islam/indiana-ahmadiyya-muslim-group-hosting-blood-drive
Texas, US: Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Organization holds blood drive in remembrance of 9/11 @ http://www.themuslimtimes.org/author/sjavid
Atlanta, Georgia: Compassion Games to Kick off on September 11 with “Muslims for Life” campaign by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Read more: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/author/sjavid
Chantilly, Virginia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosted a “Muslims for Life” Blood Drive. Read more: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/author/sjavid
Chino, California: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to host blood drive to Honor 9/11 Victims. Read more: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/author/sjavid
USA: Local store owner hosting blood drive as part of ‘Muslims for Life’ campaign. http://www.themuslimtimes.org/author/sjavid