In Defence of Islam
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I think Islam is no better or worse than any other religion it is merely different, and as such is just as valid, practical and useful as well as stupid, nonsensical and misleading as any other religion - no more and no less. There are various issues with Islam, which arise from cultural and historical conditions which, like any part of human history, have lead to particular outcomes. The way of defining and seeking out the true meaning an purpose of Islam is not, as many Isalmophobes and conservatives think, found in the literature of extremists or on the anti-Islam websites, or from the voices of terrorists, or ex-terrorists. No the true nature of Islam can be found in the origins of Islam and thus the origins of the Quran, Mohammad, the Haddith, the Ummah and hence the complete history of Islam itself.
I will discuss three things; the history, war, and women, as these seem the most compelling issues the regard Islam today.

Some will deny this as sacrilege, and others as apologetic, frankly I dont care. I'm a Christian and as such was actually very anti-Islam when I set out on my fact finding mission on the religion. But now I am convinced that Islam is no more threatening or destructive than any other religion, and this is after I have looked at terrorist sources, anti-terrorist sources, as well as pro-Islamic and anti-Islamic texts.


1. History of the origins of Islam (extremely brief);

Mohammad was a middle class merchant who was part of the Quraysh clan who controlled the area of pre-Islamic Arabia centered around Mecca. Mohammad, on message form God, started to preach a radically new philosophy which was monotheistic and communal in nature. Mohammad was assaulted for his preaching and was driven out of Mecca by the Quraysh as his followers gathered in number.
With less than 100 followers Mohammad moved to a communal village city/community known as Yathrib, which was divided between wealthy Jewish farmers and poor Arab farmers. Mohammad was allowed refuge provided he act as an arbitrator of the two groups. He established a Mosque and continued his preaching, advocating woman's rights, humility and humble communal living. As the number of followers grew conflict emerged between the Muslims of Yathrib (later called Medina) and the Qurayshi leaders in Mecca.
The Quraysh started a war, in which Mohammad practiced a new style of warfare - one governed by rules, rather than customs and eventually one out. This was the origin of Islam and it is where most of the Quran's fundamental ideas came from. Thus I will now move on to Violence and the place of women in Islam.


2. Warfare in preIslamic Arabia had no rules or boundaries.

There were certain religious customs where and how to fight, but these were designed as means of limiting warfare and preserving Tribal culture rather than establishing justice. Jihad translated to struggle, and has many applications, but what be understood is that in Islam there never was or is such a thing as 'holy war'. The modern concept of Holy war was actually introduced by the Crusaders. But in Islam there is no such thing. For Mohammad there was and is only a just and unjust war. 'the greater Jihad' was used to describe the struggle for inner enlightenment and piousness, whilst 'lesser Jihad' describes conflict. But this conflict had certain rules - it could only be conducted by oppressed and tyrannized individuals who could not follow Islam. It prohibited, as an original idea, the killing of women, children and religious people who were unarmed. All wars and conflicts had to be defensive - never initiated by Muslims. Thus Jihad was the tradition of Arabic just war theory, not holy war.
Now many will sight passages that order the killing of non-believers etc (9:5, 9:73, 9:29). However there are a few things that must be considered.
a) The historical context of these passages is in regards to the heated war between Mohammad's ummah and the Quraysh. That is why he speaks of polythiests and 'hypocrites' - he is referring to the Qurayshi directly; their religion, their oppression and their barbarism.
b) Other passages denounce such actions outside of such a context - (2:256, 18:29, 10:100, 109:6)
c) If this were the true nature of Islam, then Mohammad would not have stopped warfare or called for ends to peace, or even philosophized about peace, and yet he did.


3. Yathrib has been the sight of much controversy, over tolerance of religions, actions and perspectives on woman's rights in Islam.

In pre-Isalmic Arabia women were basically property. They were owned by their fathers, then their husbands, and if their husband died, they would become the wife of his brother or cousin etc.
What is interesting to note is that Mohammad destroyed these traditions. He gave women the right to inherent wealth, to divorce and to live independently of men. In pre-Islamic Arabia polygamy was accepted - and for all relationships. However Mohammad outlawed this practice also, limiting it to men having multiple wives, only allowing this as a cultural stigma that forced him to do so given the cultural conditions of the religion's homeland. What is interesting to note is passages that reveal this fact - (4:129), which show marriage is only true between a man and women and thus monogamous.
There is also the 'beating of women'. This passage (4:34) derives the word and terminology of 'beating' and 'beat her', 'scowled her' etc, from one term - adribuhunna, which equally can mean - 'turn away from them', 'ignore them', or even, quite amazingly "have loving sex with them".


Whilst there are many other complaints against Islam, there is indeed historical, cultural, spiritual and logical answers to them all.
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#2
This is the kind of propaganda you hear from the atheistic, anti-Christendom media. The plain truth is, it is absurdly false, and based on a liberal, mythological history thought up on the spot.
Just TWO examples.

One, if the so-called fanatics are not representative of the “true Islam,” why then did Mohammed cut off the heads of 800 Jews with his own hand? Does not Mohammed represent Mohammedism?

Two. If Mohammedism teaches that a war must be defensive, how did its followers take over Egypt and all of North Africa to Spain, which was Christian; the Middle East to Turkey, which was also Christian (some places Zoroastroan). What were all those Muslims DOING in Spain in the 15th century. How on Earth did they find themselves fighting in VIENNA in the 17th century?

Come on man, USE YOUR HEAD. And read some history.
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http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/olislam.htm

OUR LADY AND ISLAM: HEAVEN’S PEACE PLAN    
Fr Ladis J. Cizik, Blue Army National Executive Director
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Islam
Islam is an Arabic word that can be defined as "to make peace." Islam is the religion founded by Mohammed, which considers the Koran as its holy book. In addition, Islam accepts the New Testament of the Christians and the Old Testament of the Jews as Divinely inspired works. Followers of Islam are known as Muslims (also: Moors, Turks, and Moslems) and, just as Jews and Christians, believe in only one God. Yet, over the centuries, Muslims have engaged in tremendous wars with Christians and Jews. It would seem that there is little hope for peace. However, Heaven's Peace Plan, involving Our Lady, is evidenced at Fatima, Portugal as well as other places around the world.

Fatima

The Moors once occupied Portugal. The village of Fatima was given the Islamic name of the well-loved Princess of the nearby Castle of Ourem. She died at an early age after marrying the Count of Ourem and converting to Catholicism. Baptized with the Christian name of Oureana, she was named at birth "Fatima," like many other Moslem girls, in honor of the daughter of Mohammed. Of his daughter, Fatima, the founder of Islam, Mohammed, said: "She has the highest place in heaven after the Virgin Mary."

It is a fact that Moslems from various nations, especially from the Middle East, make so many pilgrimages to Our Lady of Fatima's Shrine in Portugal that Portuguese officials have expressed concern. The combination of an Islamic name and Islamic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great attraction to Moslems. God is writing straight with crooked lines, as we will see. Fatima is a part of Heaven's Peace Plan. It is hope for the world.

The Koran

In the Koran, the holy name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is mentioned no less than thirty times. No other woman's name is even mentioned, not even that of Mohammed's daughter, Fatima. Among men, only Abraham, Moses, and Noah are mentioned more times than Our Lady. In the Koran, Our Blessed Mother is described as "Virgin, ever Virgin." The Islamic belief in the virginity of Mary puts to shame the heretical beliefs of those who call themselves Christian, while denying the perpetual virginity of Mary. Make no mistake about it, there is a very special relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Moslems!

The Holy Land

The Holy Land has been a real battleground between the Islamic peoples and Christianity over the centuries. Evidence of this are the numerous churches and basilicas that have been built by the Church, destroyed by, the Moslems, rebuilt by Catholic Crusaders, leveled again by the followers of Islam, and so on over the course of history. However, there is one remarkable exception: the Basilica of Saint Anne in Jerusalem.

The Crusaders built this church and named it in honor of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Crypt of St. Anne's Basilica, a statue of the Infant Mary is venerated on what is believed to be the exact spot where Our Lady was born. Their great reverence for Our Lady precluded the Moslems from destroying her birthplace. The foundation for Heaven's Peace Plan at Fatima, Portugal, can be found in the Land of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Spain

As the Moslems swept through Spain in the 8th century, a great religious treasure was buried for safe-keeping in the earth, high in the Estremadura Mountains. It was a much venerated statue of Our Lady holding the Divine Child Jesus that was a gift of Pope Gregory the Great to Bishop Leander of Seville. After the overthrow of Moorish occupation, the image was uncovered in the year 1326, subsequent to a vision of Our Lady to a humble shepherd by the name of Gil. Our Lady's very special statue was enshrined in a nearby Franciscan Monastery next to the "Wolf River."

The Moslems, during their Spanish occupation, had actually named the river. The Islamic term for Wolf River is "Guadalupe" (Guada = River; Lupe = Wolf). Hence, the famous Catholic image in Spain has been known, since the 14th century, by the Islamic name of "Our Lady of Guadalupe."

Mexico

In the fullness of time, we can be sure that Almighty God knew that the Islamic religion would pose a serious threat to Christianity. God also knew that the Spanish missionaries would face grave resistance in the "new world" from the mighty Aztec Indians. The Aztecs worshipped an evil stone "serpent god" that demanded human sacrifice. It was extremely difficult to win souls for Christ from these bloodthirsty savages. However, with God all things are possible. Our Lady appeared to a humble Aztec Indian convert by the name of Juan Diego in 1531. When asked her name by Juan Diego, at the request of the local bishop, Our Lady's response, in the Aztec language, included the words "te coatlaxopeuh" (pronounced: "te quatlasupe") and meant "one who crushes the head of the stone serpent."

To Juan Diego and his fellow Aztecs, this revelation had great meaning, coupled with the miraculous image of Our Lady standing on top of a "crescent," the symbol of this evil serpent god. A tidal wave of conversions to Catholicism ensued. However, Bishop Zumarraga, who was from Spain, made what was no doubt a "heavenly mistake" that one day may lead to the mass conversion of Moslems. To the Bishop's Spanish ears, Our Lady's Aztec name of "Te Quatlasupe" sounded just like the name of the revered Madonna from Spain with the Islamic name, "Guadalupe." Hence, the bishop named the Mexican Madonna "Our Lady of Guadalupe." It is interesting that the "crescent" is also the symbol for Islam and that America's Shrine to Our Lady has an Islamic name.

Battle of Lepanto

On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria. It was the last battle at sea between "oared" ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The patchwork team of Catholic ships was powered by the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working through Our Lady. At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance: "The Christian fleet is victorious!" and shed tears of thanksgiving to God.

What you may not know is that one of three admirals commanding the Catholic forces at Lepanto was Andrea Doria. He carried a small copy of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe into battle. This image is now enshrined in the Church of San Stefano in Aveto, Italy. Not many know that at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spain, one can view a huge warship lantern that was captured from the Moslems in the Battle of Lepanto. In Rome, look up to the ceiling of S. Maria in Aracoeli and behold decorations in gold taken from the Turkish galleys. In the Doges' Palace in Venice, Italy, one can witness a giant Islamic flag that is now a trophy from a vanquished Turkish ship from the Victory. At Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, close to the tomb of the great St. Pope Pius V, one was once able to view yet another Islamic flag from the Battle, until 1965, when it was returned to Istanbul in an intended friendly token of concord.

The Rosary

At Lepanto, the Victory over the Moslems was won by the faithful praying the Rosary. Even though they had superior numbers, the Turks really were overmatched. Blessed Padre Pio, the Spiritual Father of the Blue Army, said: "The Rosary is the weapon," and how right he was!

The Battle of Lepanto was at first celebrated liturgically as "Our Lady of Victory." Later, the feast of October 7th was renamed "Our Lady of the Rosary" and extended throughout the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI in 1716 (who canonized Pope Pius V in 1712).

And with that we are back to Fatima, Portugal where Our Lady, when asked her name, said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary." At Fatima, Our Lady taught us to pray the Rosary every day. Heaven presented its peace plan at Fatima and truly gave us hope for the world. Conversions were promised at Fatima: the conversion of sinners; the conversion of Russia; and what also appears to be the conversion of Islam. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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(09-13-2010, 11:48 PM)charlesh Wrote: This is the kind of propaganda you hear from the atheistic, anti-Christendom media.
No, I am not an atheist, and I am pro-Jesus. This is the truth not propaganda. Point out where I am wrong.

(09-13-2010, 11:48 PM)charlesh Wrote: The plain truth is, it is absurdly false, and based on a liberal, mythological history thought up on the spot.
How? LOL I'm not even a liberal - I'm not even American!

(09-13-2010, 11:48 PM)charlesh Wrote: Just TWO examples.
One, if the so-called fanatics are not representative of the “true Islam,” why then did Mohammed cut off the heads of 800 Jews with his own hand?
When did he do that? I am guessing you are referring to the siege at Yathrib, in which opposing warriors were executed by Mohammad's forces in the style of Arabic custom? If so I have a lot more to add.

(09-13-2010, 11:48 PM)charlesh Wrote: Does not Mohammed represent Mohammedism?
It is not 'Mohammedism' - its Islam. And yes he does, but he never committed this act.

(09-13-2010, 11:48 PM)charlesh Wrote: Two. If Mohammedism teaches that a war must be defensive, how did its followers take over Egypt and all of North Africa to Spain, which was Christian; the Middle East to Turkey, which was also Christian (some places Zoroastroan). What were all those Muslims DOING in Spain in the 15th century. How on Earth did they find themselves fighting in VIENNA in the 17th century?
How did Mohammad lead wars for 1000 years? I guess if they all represent true Islam then the wars of religion and crusades are the true representation of Christianity? In both cases that is not the case. In both cases it was political and socio-economic factors that dictated decisions and actions - religion merely provided, through manipulation, justification for these acts.

(09-13-2010, 11:48 PM)charlesh Wrote: Come on man, USE YOUR HEAD. And read some history.
I have, and you are completely wrong.

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(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/olislam.htm

OUR LADY AND ISLAM: HEAVEN’S PEACE PLAN    
Fr Ladis J. Cizik, Blue Army National Executive Director
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Islam
Islam is an Arabic word that can be defined as "to make peace." Islam is the religion founded by Mohammed, which considers the Koran as its holy book. In addition, Islam accepts the New Testament of the Christians and the Old Testament of the Jews as Divinely inspired works. Followers of Islam are known as Muslims (also: Moors, Turks, and Moslems) and, just as Jews and Christians, believe in only one God. Yet, over the centuries, Muslims have engaged in tremendous wars with Christians and Jews. It would seem that there is little hope for peace. However, Heaven's Peace Plan, involving Our Lady, is evidenced at Fatima, Portugal as well as other places around the world.
I agree with you up to the end. Terrible and tremendous wars and atrocities have been committed by all these groups to one another. Also Turk, Saracen, Moor are regional descriptions - they are in no way reference to religious connotations. That is a very ignorant assumption you have made there.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: Fatima
The Moors once occupied Portugal. The village of Fatima was given the Islamic name of the well-loved Princess of the nearby Castle of Ourem. She died at an early age after marrying the Count of Ourem and converting to Catholicism. Baptized with the Christian name of Oureana, she was named at birth "Fatima," like many other Moslem girls, in honor of the daughter of Mohammed. Of his daughter, Fatima, the founder of Islam, Mohammed, said: "She has the highest place in heaven after the Virgin Mary."
It is a fact that Moslems from various nations, especially from the Middle East, make so many pilgrimages to Our Lady of Fatima's Shrine in Portugal that Portuguese officials have expressed concern. The combination of an Islamic name and Islamic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a great attraction to Moslems. God is writing straight with crooked lines, as we will see. Fatima is a part of Heaven's Peace Plan. It is hope for the world.

[quote='candidus' pid='615259' dateline='1284436208']The Koran
In the Koran, the holy name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is mentioned no less than thirty times. No other woman's name is even mentioned, not even that of Mohammed's daughter, Fatima. Among men, only Abraham, Moses, and Noah are mentioned more times than Our Lady. In the Koran, Our Blessed Mother is described as "Virgin, ever Virgin." The Islamic belief in the virginity of Mary puts to shame the heretical beliefs of those who call themselves Christian, while denying the perpetual virginity of Mary. Make no mistake about it, there is a very special relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Moslems!
Indeed there is, and with the rest of the Aramaic Prophets and Islam. When Mohammad cleansed the Kaba he placed his hands on the image of Mary and Jesus and said, clear all but what is beneath my hands.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: The Holy Land
The Holy Land has been a real battleground between the Islamic peoples and Christianity over the centuries. Evidence of this are the numerous churches and basilicas that have been built by the Church, destroyed by, the Moslems, rebuilt by Catholic Crusaders, leveled again by the followers of Islam, and so on over the course of history. However, there is one remarkable exception: the Basilica of Saint Anne in Jerusalem.
The Crusaders built this church and named it in honor of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Crypt of St. Anne's Basilica, a statue of the Infant Mary is venerated on what is believed to be the exact spot where Our Lady was born. Their great reverence for Our Lady precluded the Moslems from destroying her birthplace. The foundation for Heaven's Peace Plan at Fatima, Portugal, can be found in the Land of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

I just wish to add that Muslims, to begin with, as instructed by Mohammad, were specifically told to restrain form touching worship sights of Jews and Christians. Destruction rarely occurred, and never was done with any Quranic integrity or moral justification. Jews, Christians and Muslims, in that sense however have continually decimated each others sight of worship through history - including each other.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: Spain
As the Moslems swept through Spain in the 8th century, a great religious treasure was buried for safe-keeping in the earth, high in the Estremadura Mountains. It was a much venerated statue of Our Lady holding the Divine Child Jesus that was a gift of Pope Gregory the Great to Bishop Leander of Seville. After the overthrow of Moorish occupation, the image was uncovered in the year 1326, subsequent to a vision of Our Lady to a humble shepherd by the name of Gil. Our Lady's very special statue was enshrined in a nearby Franciscan Monastery next to the "Wolf River."
The Moslems, during their Spanish occupation, had actually named the river. The Islamic term for Wolf River is "Guadalupe" (Guada = River; Lupe = Wolf). Hence, the famous Catholic image in Spain has been known, since the 14th century, by the Islamic name of "Our Lady of Guadalupe."
The South of Spain also became renowned, under its Islamic reign, for its prosperity, tolerance and peace.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: Mexico
In the fullness of time, we can be sure that Almighty God knew that the Islamic religion would pose a serious threat to Christianity.
How? In the Quran Christians are considered friends of Muslims, as are Jews.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: God also knew that the Spanish missionaries would face grave resistance in the "new world" from the mighty Aztec Indians.
Really? I rather think that God had nothing to do with it - the Spanish invaded and massacred their way to better wealth.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: The Aztecs worshipped an evil stone "serpent god" that demanded human sacrifice. It was extremely difficult to win souls for Christ from these bloodthirsty savages.
Well teaching them by the sword is my interpretation of 'good works'.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: However, with God all things are possible.
Indeed, but I dont think Spanish empire building is a good example of his power.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: To Juan Diego and his fellow Aztecs, this revelation had great meaning, coupled with the miraculous image of Our Lady standing on top of a "crescent," the symbol of this evil serpent god. A tidal wave of conversions to Catholicism ensued. However, Bishop Zumarraga, who was from Spain, made what was no doubt a "heavenly mistake" that one day may lead to the mass conversion of Moslems. To the Bishop's Spanish ears, Our Lady's Aztec name of "Te Quatlasupe" sounded just like the name of the revered Madonna from Spain with the Islamic name, "Guadalupe." Hence, the bishop named the Mexican Madonna "Our Lady of Guadalupe." It is interesting that the "crescent" is also the symbol for Islam and that America's Shrine to Our Lady has an Islamic name.
Yes, it is interesting.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: Battle of Lepanto
On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria. It was the last battle at sea between "oared" ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The patchwork team of Catholic ships was powered by the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working through Our Lady. At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance: "The Christian fleet is victorious!" and shed tears of thanksgiving to God.
What you may not know is that one of three admirals commanding the Catholic forces at Lepanto was Andrea Doria. He carried a small copy of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe into battle. This image is now enshrined in the Church of San Stefano in Aveto, Italy. Not many know that at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spain, one can view a huge warship lantern that was captured from the Moslems in the Battle of Lepanto. In Rome, look up to the ceiling of S. Maria in Aracoeli and behold decorations in gold taken from the Turkish galleys. In the Doges' Palace in Venice, Italy, one can witness a giant Islamic flag that is now a trophy from a vanquished Turkish ship from the Victory. At Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, close to the tomb of the great St. Pope Pius V, one was once able to view yet another Islamic flag from the Battle, until 1965, when it was returned to Istanbul in an intended friendly token of concord.
I dont see how any of this is relevant to my topic.

(09-13-2010, 11:50 PM)candidus Wrote: The Rosary
At Lepanto, the Victory over the Moslems was won by the faithful praying the Rosary. Even though they had superior numbers, the Turks really were overmatched. Blessed Padre Pio, the Spiritual Father of the Blue Army, said: "The Rosary is the weapon," and how right he was!
The Battle of Lepanto was at first celebrated liturgically as "Our Lady of Victory." Later, the feast of October 7th was renamed "Our Lady of the Rosary" and extended throughout the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI in 1716 (who canonized Pope Pius V in 1712).
And with that we are back to Fatima, Portugal where Our Lady, when asked her name, said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary." At Fatima, Our Lady taught us to pray the Rosary every day. Heaven presented its peace plan at Fatima and truly gave us hope for the world. Conversions were promised at Fatima: the conversion of sinners; the conversion of Russia; and what also appears to be the conversion of Islam. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Again, what does this have to do with my topic?
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(08-27-2010, 03:26 AM)yubaixin19 Wrote:Thanks to share this information
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No worries, any time. In fact I may post another about this issue.
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LOL spambot a troll...LOL
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MetallicaFan,
you asked for correction. And you asked for information. Visit this link. You will learn from this country's best expert on the subject of islam. I might add, a Catholic expert on islam.

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I earnestly started a post to refute the OP but... I find the claims therein to be ridiculous (e.g., "Jihad doesn't mean Holy War" even though 61% of the Qur'an is about non-Muslims: how we are vile animals, how we are unloved by "Allah" for being unbelievers, how "Allah" makes us sin and prevents us from believing and then punishes us for our unbelief, and how we are to be slain and our property taken from us by Muslims, etc.). I see no citations of scholarly works that defend his assertions so I'm inclined to disagree with the OP.


P.S. - Why would a Christian defend a religion that denies the divinity of Our Lord, the truth of His crucifixion, as well as the truth concerning the triune God?

Why would a Christian say that "Islam is no better or worse than any other religion," a statement that would necessarily include his own religion (Christianity)? The vast majority of the doctrines of Islam, be they dogmatic or moral, are false, whereas the doctrines of Christ's Church are entirely true.

"For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies" (Sura 4:101).

"Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves" (Surah 48:29).

"And He made you heirs to their land and their dwellings and their property, and (to) a land which you have not yet trodden, and Allah has power over all things" (Sura 33:27).
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