Just because something is a belief, does not make it sacred. Just because something is taught in one’s holy book or place of worship, does not make it true. It seems to me that the greatest problems in the world, at least these days, are firmly linked to one’s religious beliefs. If a person believes that “the one who dies after killing the most ‘unbelievers’ wins,” then that is his or her truth and nothing BUT some awareness of the actual truth even has a fighting chance of changing that belief.
The good news is that there is an actual truth. The not-so-good-at-all news is that many people don’t have a clue as to that actual truth and have no reason to doubt their particular belief or refrain from following the dictates of their holy book and/or whatever religious leader is guiding them. And the worst news is that those who who don’t have a clue have an unshakable belief in their misguided truth and an unshakable belief that it is their duty and obligation to make sure
that their beliefs in that “truth” get spread to the whole world and become embraced by everyone (willingly or by force), according to the will of God (Allah) as they see it and/or are told it is.
Caring about the will of God is a good thing. Forcing beliefs — no matter about what or at whose hands — on anyone is not a good thing.
So what is at the heart of Islamic terrorists’ behavior and intentions? Well, if they are to be believed that they take the Qur’an seriously and literally, let me quote them from their book, The Holy Qur’an, translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali (Surah 4:74-79): Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of Allah, — whether he is slain or gets victory — soon shall We give him a reward of great
And why should you not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? — men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors, and raise for us from You one who will help!”
Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith fight in the cause of Evil: so you fight against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.
Have you not turned your vision to those who were told to hold back their hands (from fight) but establish regular prayers and spend in regular Charity? When (at length) the order for fighting was issued to them behold! a section of them feared men as — or even more than — they should have feared Allah: they said: “Our Lord! why have You
ordered us to fight? Would You not grant us respite to our (natural) term, near (enough)?” Say: “Short is the enjoyment of this world: the Hereafter is the best for those who do right: never will you be dealt with unjustly in the very least!
“Wherever you are, death will find you out, even if you are in towers built up strong and high!” If some good befalls them, they say, “This is from Allah”; but if evil, they say, “This is from you (O Prophet).”
Say: “All things are from Allah.” But what has come to these people, that they fail to understand a single fact?
Whatever good, (O man!) happens to you, is from Allah; but whatever evil happens to you, is from your (own) soul. And we have sent you as a Messenger to (instruct) mankind, And enough is Allah for a Witness.
Consider this: If one is going to be a true believer, in whatever it is one has chosen — or been trained — to believe in, then one will act in accordance with that belief. Yet many, of course, are “fake believers.” Can we really automatically pick out the Christians, for example, among us — not from their words but from their actions? Or do not many Christians act pretty much like non-Christians (“unbelievers” from a Christian standpoint) in many ways? The world doesn’t see
beliefs on the outside of a person. What it sees are behaviors, and they don’t always match up. Needless to say, one does not have to be a Christian to stir up the passion of the Islamist terrorists. Anyone
who qualifies as a “nonbeliever” in what they believe in is sufficiently guilty and needs to “go.” That is precisely why we are seen as a country of evil, and why as a collective group, we must be stopped (killed) according to the Jihadists, till the words of Allah are on everyone’s lips, willingly or by force.
As stated on the back cover of this book, “The Qur’an is a book of directions, showing man the right path to tread. It is a Light which guides his faltering steps, giving him timely reminders of Allah’s will, awakening his sleeping nature and conveying the Lord’s admonition. It is a book that, in giving him the moral sense to distinguish right from wrong, cures him, and his society, of all ills.
In that sense, it is a book of wisdom, full of every expression of correct understanding. More, it is a book of laws, laying down for us the very foundations on which to build and organize society. In short, it provides everything that man—as an individual and as [a] member of society — can ever need. Without this, man can never be the gainer, no matter how hard he tries.
The Qur’an explains that it is this One God alone who sustains us throughout our lives here on this earth. Through Him our hearts are set at ease, for it is He who provides true warmth in life. He rescues us in times of peril, assists us in the hour of need. All power rests in His hands: honour and glory will be the rewards of any nation who looks to Him for support, while only disgrace and humiliation will be the lot of those who abandon Him. To know this is to hold the key to
all the treasures in life. He who possesses this key gains all; he who loses it, loses all.
If one did not already know what lies between the covers of this book, it sounds compelling and peace-promoting and certainly safe enough to read. In fact, the last two lines sound very similar to my beliefs:
“When men search for God, they are searching for everything. When they find God, they have found everything.”
Islamic terrorists practice what they have heard preached to them from their holy book and by their “holy” leaders. They will passionately do what they believe Allah wants and that it will bode well for them in the afterlife.
It is sad for me to have to compare these terrorists with roaches, but killing the ones you see is not the whole answer. We need to get deep into their nesting place by coating those we come in contact with, with a little of the actual truth in the hope that they will bring it back to the nest.
Since everything they do is wrapped up in their religious beliefs, we need to expose those wrappers to the light of day and hope that letting the light in will eventually dispel the darkness of their misguided beliefs.
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