and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Muslim.
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Christian.
and there was no one left to speak for me......
A little old-lady came into my place of employment the other day, and she began to rant about the problems Memphis, TN has with the blacks. "The worst thing that ever happened to us was the fact that they killed him here... here in our city!", she goes on to tell me about Martin Luther King.
All-the-while she is continuously staring at my head covering (a hat). It is a traditional style cap that the Muslims wear. We ware it for many different reasons. I wear it to let others know that I'm different than them. To make a statement, "I am a Muslim. I do not curse, drink or do harm to others. I do not cheat or steal. I pray 5 times a day and believe in One God. I do not pray to or through anything or anyone that God created... i go directly to the source, by calling on God in Gods name.
This lady rapped up her conversation / rant about the blacks in our city and in America and proceeded to leave. Almost to the door, she turns around ask me, "what are you!?". I couldn't help but let out a small laugh, and then I replied, "I knew you were going to ask me that!". Given her racism, I knew I had to tread lite.
I told her, "I am a Muslim, but I think that it is a conversation for another time and another place." She said, "you bet it is!". I tried fast to give her a brief summery on how we believe in God, when she suddenly cut me off! She waved her finger at me and curled up her lip in anger and said, "I know more about your religion than you do young man! And let me tell you another thing! I don't fallow any religion that tells me to kill all the people that don't believe like me!"
I couldn't get a word in edge wise, so I wrote her this brief letter and handed it to her a few days later.... Now, she comes in and smiles and treats me with a little bit of respect.
Try it (Dawah), and see what changes you can make in the world today!
I enjoyed the conversation that we had the other day in the store, and I find you to be a very intelligent and interesting individual. Everything that we know has been taught to us by someone, some book, some experience or life changing event. This means that intelligence is based upon knowledge and that knowledge has to be acquired. One can not claim to understand biology, unless one has taken the proper courses and has had someone to guide them in their understanding. If a person hears or is told something about biology by those who are not biologist, then acceptance of those ideas or facts could indeed be acceptance of false ideas and not be facts. Furthermore, one does not go to a mechanic to get his computer fixed or a gardener to have their roof repaired. They go to those who have the knowledge and experience to do the job at hand.
It bothers me that people outside of a certain religion claim to know more than the one who has spent decades living it, understanding and studying it. Any sane and intelligent person would have to agree with this statement. Understanding any divine revelation requires proper study. A Christian preacher goes to divinity school to learn and understand the bible, in order to go and teach it or preach it to the world or their community, and even then one is dependent upon that preacher having been taught the correct way.
What I am trying to say is similar to what you were explaining to me about Memphis. You told me, “honey I think you're too young to know what I’m talking about”. That is because, in order for me to understand the changes that Memphis has gone through, the fact that the blacks had promised to take over, and the current situation we’re in, I had to have been there and gone through it. You were right! So, how is it that one who is not a Muslim, never took classes in a university or with a Muslim scholar able to dictate the religion of Islam to the Muslims?
Here is the proper way to understand the verse you used to say Islam was bad:
For 13 years, Muhammad was calling people to worship God and to stop worshiping the idols. The same you could say as Abraham. Muhammad was calling people to stop burying their daughters alive; a practice that was prevalent during the time. He also called for rights to be given to the poor, charity to be established, etc. He was the first person to bring about a system whereby women could own property. (Does this sound like the actions of a madman or one who is under the influence of Satan?)
The people of his tribe and city began to torture and murder his followers. Some were even boiled in hot water. The elite of the communities saw that he was calling for the worship of God and cessation of idol worship. This was how the elite made their money; people would come from far and wide to give offerings of gold and monies to the idols that were kept in the sacred house that Abraham had built for the worship of God and God alone. They plotted to kill him (Muhammad), and they made an attempt! He fled to Madina with his followers, where he was pursued. Eventually the elite of Mecca returned and plotted to take an army after him, and to supply the army and out of greed as well, they took all their property left behind and shipped it out on a caravan headed to trade in another place. Muhammad and his followers intercepted the caravan and retrieved their goods. (This is what is used by the enemy of Muslims to say “he robbed and stole from caravans”.)
The problems persisted and an the army of oppressive non-Muslims, those from Muhammad's city, attacked the Muslims that had already fled! Later a peace treaty was made with the elite of Mecca (The Non-Believers / Non-Muslims), which was eventually broken by them, and they attacked Muhammad and his followers once more. This is were the following verses were revealed, and God commanded them to go out in battle and kill these people, (Non-Muslims / i.e. Non-Believers) who had persisted in killing and driving them out of their homes, and NOT (Non-believers in general)... And all of this happened to Muhammad and his follower, and it persist today, because they did as Noah, Moses, Jesus, Abraham, etc. They commanded that God be worshiped, his rules to be fallowed, for the people to give charity, to pray, to be kind to the neighbors, feed the poor and hungry, and many other wonderful good things. Why then do people still say that Islam is from the devil???
Here is the proper explanation and understanding of the verse you used to say my religion was evil:
All you need to do is put the verses in context and they are self explanatory!
[002:190] Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. (Stand up and fight for what is right and righteous! Don't let people oppress you, kill you and others! Stand up against wrong with honor and humility!)
[002:191] And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. (Fight them and kill them, wherever you meet them in battle. Don't run away like a coward, and do not let evil and oppression prevail! Fighting against persecution and oppression, defending righteousness and the helpless, are not even close to the evil that they are committing.)
[002:192] But if they cease, God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (But if they give up and stop their attack on you, promise to stop killing and oppressing human beings, and they promise to stop worshiping idols, etc., then don't hurt them. This is because God is all Forgiving and all Merciful!)
[002:193] And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression. Do not give up fighting them, until their is no more persecution and oppression and faith has triumphed over disbelief (good over evil). And, if they stop their ways, then do not harbor any hard feelings towards them, only towards the ones who oppress...
I hope this clarifies anything that others have said to make you believe Islam is evil or bad... It is shameful that people sit behind a TV camera or on a pulpit and spew such evil and slanderous things against such wonderful and caring people. As my mamma said, soon after I accepted Islam, "I want to understand your religion! I want to know what it is that changed my son, when I thought he could never be changed!" You see, I was destine to be in jail or dead, with the lifestyle that I was living. God brought me to the best, and I turned my life around! Islam (A way of life of submitting to Gods Will, whereby one attains peace of heart and peace of mind), has made me a better person!
Thank you for talking with me and for sharing with me.... I hope that you go back to those people who have lied about me and on my religion and tell them the truth that you have learned today..... any and all verses have a context in which they were revealed. If you want to understand the verse, you HAVE to understand the context!
As the bible says, "2 Kings 15:16Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up."
Also, "Numbers 31:17Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. 18But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves."
[Someone somewhere wants to use Islam and the Muslims as the great big bad Boogie Man. Doing this creates fear in the hearts of Americans and cause us to give up our rights to those in government. When we do this, they use those lost rights to turn on us.....]
By: Yusuf Sneed, born: Joseph Shane Sneed