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 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. In the end, Our Maker - Allah has the final word.
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