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Hold the individual accountable, NOT the religion

Hold the individual accountable, NOT the religion

OpenHeart Created Jan 21, 2020 02:24
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Islam is NOT a person and therefore cannot hate. Islam is a religion and like every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it. If you're a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism is going to be violent.

There are marauding Buddhist monks in Myanmar slaughtering women and children. Does Buddhism promote violence? Of course not! There are Catholic priests who have raped altar boys and young children. Does Catholicism promote rape? Of course not! There are Christians and some of their sect who have been convicted of despicable misconduct, e.g., Tony Alamo, Paul Barnes, Douglas Goodman, Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Creflo Dollar, Lonnie Latham, to name a few. They were found guilty of sexual assault, soliciting male/female prostitutes, drugs, homosexual activities, child p**nography, child abuse, sexual abuse, and physical abuse, accounting fraud and thievery. Does Christianity promote all these vile acts? Of course not! And there are Jews, like the other religions, they have their sets of wrongdoing followers/members who have been convicted of massive fraud schemes, theft and embezzlement, espionage, child and s*x abuse, p**nography, the unjust treatment towards Palestinians, etc., etc. Does Judaism promote these atrocious acts? Of course not!

People…violent or peaceful, it depends on their politics, their social world, and the ways that they see their communities. Religions are big and diverse, and people get out of them what they bring into them.

Islam, like all the Abrahamic religions, is more than a thousand years old and in that time has developed a tremendous wealth of traditions, texts, ideas, prominent figures, and institutions past and present. Someone who brings to Islam a disposition for political violence will find justification for it, as well as ideas on how and why to indulge that disposition. But the exact same could be said of anyone who brings to Islam a disposition for peace and tolerance, as most people of any religion do. Islam does NOT make people hateful or make them violent. That might not be an obvious distinction to everyone, but it is a crucial one.

I think it is NOT right to identify Islam with transgression or violence; there are violent Catholics, Christians, and Jews. If one speaks of “Islamic” offences then we must also speak of Catholic, Christian and Judaism misconducts or iniquities. WE SHOULD AND MUST REFUSE TO LINK VIOLENCE WITH RELIGION.

Every religion has its fundamentalist groups. Such fundamentalism, when it is present, can kill with language. There’s this negative mindset on the rise that Islam is to be blamed for violence. Such misplaced ideology can fan more hate, extremism and violence. No matter what group, colour, creed, ethnicity or country a person follows or belongs to, he/she remains an individual and his/her acts cannot be bracketed within religion. Violent, atheist or unjust elements are present everywhere. They have loud voices, they get a kick out of provoking others and will find ways to rationalize their erroneous and often harmful acts just to have a say. Sadly, these are the individuals who feel they are above and better than anyone and feel empowered by being spiteful and having the last word or harming others even though they are aware that their acts are wrong. Nonetheless, religion CANNOT be held accountable for the wrongdoing of some individuals. Ultimately, Our Maker - Allah has the final word.

Thank you for reading and/or writing a comment. May Allah have mercy and keep us on the right path.

 

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Deleted User

Jan 21, 2020 02:28

Very true. Beautiful. 😊😊😊

Farid

Jan 21, 2020 03:16

This should be obvious. Islam is perfect. Muslims are not. And shame on this who use Islam to promote their twisted ideologies. They will be held accountable. Even the marriage process has been completely screwed up by people who choose to follow culture over religion. Can you imagine how much better our Ummah would be if people actually followed the religion correctly? Allāhu a'lam.

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smartzy1

Jan 21, 2020 22:47

you think they will listen

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smartzy1

Jan 21, 2020 22:47

Surah Al-Baqarah [2:89-90
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And when there came to them a Book from Allah confirming that which was with them - although before they used to pray for victory against those who disbelieved - but [then] when there came to them that which they recognized, they disbelieved in it; so the curse of Allah will be upon the disbelievers.

How wretched is that for which they sold themselves - that they would disbelieve in what Allah has revealed through [their] outrage that Allah would send down His favor upon whom He wills from among His servants. So they returned having [earned] wrath upon wrath. And for the disbelievers is a humiliating punishment.

SAHIH INTERNATIONAL

Pure Heart

Jan 22, 2020 11:43

Salam everyone,
@ Openheart
I love the way you express the difference between lslam n the people who embrace it. Islam is pure and the most completed religion amongst other religion. Moslems who abuse the religion for personal gains should be ashamed and not be respected at all.

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Deleted User

Jan 22, 2020 12:06

If you completely disrespect any person, you are not upholding being a Muslim yourself.

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smartzy1

Jan 22, 2020 23:42

I know they won't listen. They know what there are doing. They know they are evil.
Al-Quran talk about then in this aspect too.

May Almighty Allah save us from the act that will lead us to hell fire. Ameen.

OpenHeart

Mar 7, 2020 07:06

@Annabelle
@Pure Heart

Thank you.

OpenHeart

Mar 7, 2020 07:07

@Farid

It is indeed very clear that Islam is perfect and sadly Muslims are not. May each and every human being be it a Muslim or not be reminded that Only Our Maker is in control and this life is only ephemeral. May we put all effort to help others and be a positive example of how Muslims should be and continuously strengthen our faith and hopefully be worthy to enter Jannah.

OpenHeart

Mar 7, 2020 07:47

@smartzy1

They may not listen and are aware of their wrongdoing but don’t be discouraged by their behaviour. Continue to share your knowledge, deliver the message and leave them to ponder. Be of service to others, be a fine example of how a Muslim should be. We can do better every day to become closer to Allah by our good deeds, good intentions and good thoughts and not allow the rabble-rousers to disturb our faith. Allah sees it all.

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Deleted User

Mar 7, 2020 15:00

@OpenHeart, and everyone here. Asalaamu Alaikum, ma sha Allah for everyone participating here. Someone like myself if the comment is not written or read correctly it can easily be misunderstood as it can happen to anyone of use. Anyone reading a comment, please have an open mind.

Serious Muslim

Mar 7, 2020 16:01

Islam is not like all Abrahamic religions, because all Abrahamic religions are Islam

 

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