Religious Tolerance-Is Islam actually a religion of Peace?

pretty_writer By pretty_writer, 29th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3n364k.z/
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I used to Believe Christianity and Islam are two different but similar religions, but the more I see the recent happenings, the more I get confused.

Why Islam?

Most Muslims I have interacted with as colleagues, internet forum individlas are yet to give me an answer of the actual basis and fundamentalism of Islam. My friends do tell me that it is a religion of Peace, but I am yet to Phantom that. One particular friend of mine put a parallel to all the terrorism to what Adolf Hitler did. Adolf Hitler, mind you did not engage in religious wars and in fact, he was against the Jews (Which are also principal targets of most Islamic terrorists/wars).

Okay then, I tried to justify the terrorist attacks as mere retaliation to the US invasion of Iraq, Russian invasion of Afghanistan and many more, but what can we now say about NIGERIA? I am not even an African, but I got tired of getting News notifications about the recent Bombings happening in such a "poor-African Country" and I just sat down, took my time to really know what has been going on in that region and I am yet to find a clue for the reason of the attacks.

Boko Haram Means Western Education Is sin!

A sect from Islam started as Boko Haram, meaning, Western Education is an abomination. And I wondered to myself, if it is an abomination, then why not just sit in your houses, pull your cows and live your 1300s lives? They took an extra and fatal step to begin bombing christian churches, government infrastructures and causing Mayhem in the African land. But why?

The Irony of this, is the fact, they claim western Education is sin and yet, wear good clothes and use Bombs. Why no wear leaves, then use tree branches to fight for your cause(if they need to)? I was initially attributing this to the gross illiteracy attributed to the Northern Part of Nigeria, but their actions are getting sever and more fatal. The recent is the Bombing of a Catholic church in a central Nigerian state "Niger State" claiming about 30 lives and plenty injured. And coming to think of it, the government is not even capable of handling the security crisis in that region which is of course a large boost enabling them to carry out their operation.

Now, we may say they are just some extremist, but also it has been recorded and said in lots of western media and even in Al-jazeera that no Islamic leader (be it political or religious) have stood up against this group. And there are other conspiracy theories that Just as Lybia and Egypt were Islamized from been predominantly christian states, so also are these religious fanatics trying to convert the nation with the most populous black community in the world.

We know America is cunny, America can be evil in their operations, and if you do not understand what I am talking about, then watch this video
but what has Nigeria done? Most Northern Nigerians may claim, the south also had a group- The militants. But also, these Militants were agitating for something quite reasonable. The Wealth of the Nation comes from their region Known as the "south-south" Or the Niger-Delta region and yet, they seem to live the poorest, no infrastructures nor basic amenities and worst of all, the environment get spoiled with no compensation or repairs. They are well known to be the riverine region of the Nation and due to exploitation of Oil, aquatic Life has decreased to almost 0. So, to a large extent they have a cause. But my major point here is, they were not killing innocent lives, despite their reasons.

The Historic and Actaul Basis of Islam

Now the intention of this next segment of this article is not trying to provoke or "Insult" Islam, but all I am trying to do is to get answers in the most passionate way. I want to express myself showing you the grief, sadness and anger in me and maybe with that, you will have an idea of how I feel, and then any Muslim who reads this should be able to give me an answer.

One major feature I noticed is, once Muslims start inhabiting a place, they have this future prospect of dominating that region. Why so? let's leave that for another Argument.

Another insight again is, a very good friend of mine from Iran said, No Muslim girl is allowed to Marry from Another religion, she can even get killed by her own Family relations for that. But of course, a Muslim guy can marry a girl from another religion and this was confirmed by so many of my Indian friends, who claim most non-Muslim-Indians are not interested in marrying Muslim-Indians because of the high level of religious intolerance they show.

There is a reason why in our century, of all the religions Islam is almost exclusively the one associated with terrorism, murder and mayhem. Aside from the fact that Muslims got started 600 years later than Christians, and are thus now in their own "Dark Ages," there is a much deeper reason: Islam is, was, and always will be a distinctly political religion. Whereas Buddha taught his followers to use right living and meditation to conquer themselves and not the world, and whereas Jesus told Pilate that "my kingdom is not on Earth, but in heaven," Mohammed preached that the temporal world is an extension of the heavenly one- that human government is the visible portion of a government that is presided over by Allah. According to Islam, there is no such thing as secular government. It is regarded as a sin and a disgrace to serve a government that is not theocratic.

Although the word "Islam" means "submission," that submission is only to Allah. Muslims are taught that one of the primary aims of their religion is to establish a universal caliphate, where every person on Earth bows 5 times a day in the direction of Mecca. Muslims are taught that injustice (which includes the perception that fellow Muslims are not being allowed to practice their religion, which in turn includes serving under a Muslim government) is something against which they have a religious duty to fight. No separation of "Church and State" here; church = state. And so it is that Muslims are easily called into jihad by the fatwas of anyone who claims to be a religious cleric (since there is no central ecclesiastical authority in Islam, which is another problem). The ultimate result is that fundamentalist Islam is a cancer which is dimensionally different from other religious cancers, and poses an existential threat to our secular way of life. It must be fought, or else we will find ourselves and our children in the midst of a new Dark Age of oppression, intolerance and animalistic brutality.

Muslims around the world may claim or say all kinds of things about America. But one thing they should note is that, America does not just do evil, they are diplomatic in everything they do and if you blame America for Iraq, then blame the Iraqi government too, because America will not just invade Iraq without some mutual consent with the government. But in terms of terrorism, it is a pure act of ruthlessness, wickedness, insanity and brutality, regardless of the motive behind it. We have seen this in America, in Europe, In Asia and Now in Africa. If there is any good out of Islam, then we will need objective, detailed, constructive and well written/said explanations. If not, the stigma attached to Islam is increasingly getting worse, which of course would not be easy erasing. So here is an up-hill tasks for my Muslims counterparts.

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author avatar Lambasted
29th Dec 2011 (#)

well written article. You are not alone thinking over this issue. I do not know what to think about the Muslims and seriously, I love the way you said your mind... We need answers...

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author avatar Funom Makama
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Wooow!~~~ God bless you richly. I, as a Nigerian has wondered also, but has no guts to write this, for security purposes... I think it is now left for the Muslims to read and clear the air on their stands in Islam and what actually is the basis of their faith.

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author avatar Joshua m sambe
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Is a well written piece. My question is why should you kill me just because I don't shear your faith? In there eyes,how did I die? A sinner? In my faith God is not happy with the dead of a sinner. Any religion that delights at the dead of a sinner should be reviewed seriously.

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author avatar Joshua m sambe
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Is a well written piece. My question is why should you kill me just because I don't shear your faith? In there eyes,how did I die? A sinner? In my faith God is not happy with the dead of a sinner. Any religion that delights at the dead of a sinner should be reviewed seriously.

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author avatar Buzz
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Very insightful article and thought-provoking as well. Thanks for sharing, pretty writer.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
30th Dec 2011 (#)

You have certainly given this a lot of thought and I admire you for being so out-spoken.
Thank you.

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author avatar Shittu Saheed Olayinka
31st Dec 2011 (#)

To start with, Mr PrettyWriter, is a ghost and has cleverly left NO trace back to him because of his intentions but I'll tell you what I know. Boko Haram have long disowned their popular name because it is mis-translated as you just did. Nigerian Muslims are as peace-loving as many others around the world, the man who won the popular 1993 elections refused to FIGHT because HE IS MUSLIM and his faith doesn't support wars. One of the leaders of the Niger Delta struggle you mentioned was the amiable, courageous, fearless reformer Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo-A Muslim. The biggest loser in Nigeria's thrice-rigged elections in the past 12years is General Muhammadu Buhari-A Muslim and no war broke-out (no crisis in the first 8years). When the last President Umaru Musa Yaradua died is unfortunate & controversial circumstances, the Muslim community accepted fate and allowed (as well as eventually voted) a Christian into power. That's very little on Nigerian Muslims. NOW ISLAM. If Islam had ever dominated everywhere they settled or ruled Muslims should be 85% percent of the modern world now including all of China & India both ruled for centuries by TOLERANT MUSLIMS (MUGHAL & AGHA-KHAN emperors etc) Muslims also dominated more than half nodesen Europe in the past but the crusaders killed or chased them ALL out, avenging a millenium-past defeat. Europe, Asia and the modern world obviously owe their wisdom and prosperity to Islam. ISLAM IS A PROGRESSIVE RELIGION. You were also biased on America and terrorism, the was on Iraq is terrorism in itself were are the WMD? If Islam is not centralized it spread based on schools of thought not for a king's desire (Anglican) or national rebellion (Protestant). Adolf Hitler was backed by the Pope of his time and the present Pope right? The (Norwegian) Murderer of the year is not Muslim...Ku-Klux-Klan were not Muslims, London's Jack-the-ripper was not Muslim and so weren't lots of history's terrorists. The American government remains prime suspects of 9/11 and has predicted Nigeria's dis-integration by 2015...are they not also suspect here too? Go read your history books well as concerns Islam and you shall be impressed and enlightened. Good Luck. From a PROUD MUSLIM.

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author avatar Funom Makama
31st Dec 2011 (#)

woooow!~~~~ Some serious thought here... I think we should channel our hate, concerns and anger on the particular individuals hiding under the shadows of some religion to commit their acts... Also, the Crusade is another valid point!

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author avatar Lambasted
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Well said... I am astonished... World events are really very very ambigious and complicated. I think the main problem is RELIGION!~~~ You can be spiritual but not religious. it is high time we used our various beliefs as personal life-styles and not taking it on others, Nice one there Mr Shittu Saheed!

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author avatar pretty_writer
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks ffor the enlightenment Mr Shittu. Like I said when writing this article, I need answers, and you are giving me one. You need not take it hard on me.

Secondly, I am not a Nigerian to know the facts as detailed as you just elaborated, so thumbs up to you. I have no intentions whatsoever, its just that the killings are getting too much now..... Besides, I am a miss!

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author avatar Elove Poetry
11th Feb 2012 (#)

There are different types of muslims, and as in any society/religion/segment of society there are extremist... both on the good and bad sides.... Islam is a religion of peace, and those who partake in acts of terrorism(no matter what their proffesion of faith is) are not part of our monotheistic islam... they are sinners and not partakers of the kingdom of allah... they just want to serve their own selfish reasons

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Elove Poetry gave the answer I was about to give. Islamic terrorism is committed by Muslims for the purpose of achieving varying political and/or religious ends. They are extreemists and not of the true Islamic faith.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Elove Poetry gave the answer I was about to give. Islamic terrorism is committed by Muslims for the purpose of achieving varying political and/or religious ends. They are extreemists and not of the true Islamic faith.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Jul 2012 (#)

Error: "extremists".

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
20th Jul 2012 (#)

Please, don't confuse Muslim with Islam. Islam like any other religion do not go against humanity, but a Muslim does!

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20th Jul 2012 (#)

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author avatar pretty_writer
13th May 2013 (#)

thanks to you all... I am so happy for all the comments

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