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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:13 pm    Post subject: Why I'm Beginning to Love and Respect Islam Reply with quote

Many people think I have a deep and abiding disrespect for Islam and Muslims. Nothing could be further from the truth. The article excerpted below (link) demonstrates the religious zeal, fervor and faith underlying Islam, a great monotheistic religion. Excerpts below:
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SHERPAO, Pakistan - Pakistani police raided an Islamic school and arrested seven students Friday, hours after a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people inside a mosque packed with holiday worshippers at the home of the former interior minister.

Suspicion for the blast, which left bloody clothing, shoes and pieces of flesh scattered across the house of worship, focused on the pro-Taliban or al-Qaida militants active near the Afghan border, where the attack occurred.

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It was the second suicide attack in eight months apparently targeting Aftab Khan Sherpao, who as interior minister was deeply involved in Pakistan's efforts to combat the Taliban and drive out al-Qaida.

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The bombing turned a prayer service crowded with hundreds of people celebrating the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha into a scene of carnage at the mosque inside Sherpao's residential compound in Sherpao, a village 25 miles, northeast of the city of Peshawar.

The bomber was in a row of worshippers when he detonated the explosive, provincial police chief Sharif Virk said.

"There was blood and body parts everywhere. There was panic everywhere. People were running. Some people were injured in the chaos," said Iqbal Hussain, a police officer in charge of security at the mosque.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing is, most of the people they kill are fellow Muslims
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I respect is these people's explosive religious zeal and dedication.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JBG wrote:
What I respect is these people's explosive religious zeal and dedication.


Their societies, generally speaking, aren't infected by the cancer called atheism.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig wrote:
JBG wrote:
What I respect is these people's explosive religious zeal and dedication.


Their societies, generally speaking, aren't infected by the cancer called atheism.
So I suppose you join me in my support of Islam? As practiced in the mosque highlighted in the opening post?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://davidthompson.typepad.c.....s-the.html
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Without confronting the ideological roots of radical Islam it will be impossible to combat it... It is vital to grasp that traditional and even mainstream Islamic teaching accepts and promotes violence… The grave predicament we face in the Islamic world is the virtual lack of approved, theologically rigorous interpretations of Islam that clearly challenge the abusive aspects of Sharia. Unlike Salafism, more liberal branches of Islam typically do not provide the essential theological base to nullify the cruel proclamations of their Salafist counterparts.

It is ironic and discouraging that many non-Muslim, Western intellectuals have become obstacles to reforming Islam… They find socioeconomic or political excuses for Islamist terrorism… If the problem is not one of religious beliefs, it leaves one to wonder why Christians who live among Muslims under identical circumstances refrain from contributing to wide-scale, systematic campaigns of terror... All of this makes the efforts of Muslim reformers more difficult. When Westerners make politically correct excuses for Islamism, it actually endangers the lives of reformers and in many cases has the effect of suppressing their voices.
From former irhabist Tawfik Hamid.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig wrote:
JBG wrote:
What I respect is these people's explosive religious zeal and dedication.


Their societies, generally speaking, aren't infected by the cancer called atheism.


Explain how atheism is a cancer on society.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Tuna wrote:
Craig wrote:
JBG wrote:
What I respect is these people's explosive religious zeal and dedication.


Their societies, generally speaking, aren't infected by the cancer called atheism.


Explain how atheism is a cancer on society.


I respectfully request this discussion be taken to another thread.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazymamma wrote:
I respectfully request this discussion be taken to another thread.
Not sure I follow. Why?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JBG wrote:
crazymamma wrote:
I respectfully request this discussion be taken to another thread.
Not sure I follow. Why?


We already have a rather large thread on atheism.

Why hijack a good exercise in sarcasm/irony to hash it out?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazymamma wrote:
JBG wrote:
crazymamma wrote:
I respectfully request this discussion be taken to another thread.
Not sure I follow. Why?


We already have a rather large thread on atheism.

Why hijack a good exercise in sarcasm/irony to hash it out?

Thanks for information. I am somewhat new to the forum. Also, as you can see, I have genuine admiration for the many accomplishments and the positive and constructive approach of Islam as practiced in modern times. Industrially they have great expertise in the demolition industry.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is incumbent upon the peoples of the world to try and find common ground with everyone and only see the positives. Otherwise you are just being a "Negative Nelly", a bad aura out in the wilderness infecting the planet with negative Karma and who the heck wants that?

Can't we all just get along? After all we are all just human trying to make our way in a tough, cruel world.

Thank you for adding to the positive space!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazymamma wrote:
Can't we all just get along? After all we are all just human trying to make our way in a tough, cruel world.

Thank you for adding to the positive space!

I detect a note of sarcasm.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JBG wrote:
crazymamma wrote:
Can't we all just get along? After all we are all just human trying to make our way in a tough, cruel world.

Thank you for adding to the positive space!

I detect a note of sarcasm.



Not at all!

I also admire their keen ability to marry fashion and practicality. Imagine wearing a garment that not only affords you ease of movement but also allows you to walk in perpetual shade. Pure Genius.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazymama said -
I also admire their keen ability to marry fashion and practicality. Imagine wearing a garment that not only affords you ease of movement but also allows you to walk in perpetual shade. Pure Genius.

Not to mention a stylish way to conceal those unsightly bulges caused by explosive vests, too!
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