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Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims
by Jack Diamond

Editor’s note: Thirty eight Muslim scholars wrote a letter to Pope last year, which was a pack of lies and deception. This year some 131 scholars joined the wagon for marking the first anniversary of last year’s letter with a new letter adding more lies and deception. Wait for more this time round next year.

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The recent open letter from Muslim scholars to the Pope and Christian leaders calling for “peace, harmony and mutual goodwill” between Islam and Christianity is extremely problematical. What is in question is the real motivation of the authors, given what the Qur’an does actually say about the Christian faith and actually does say concerning religious warfare. If the letter were truly reaching out for dialog, respect and goodwill, it might be more than just another apologia for Islam, taking issue with the Pope’s remarks at Regensburg last year and blaming Christians for any and all misunderstandings between the two faiths. It might be honest about real teachings in the Qur’an and in the traditions of Muhammad and finding ways to overcome the “hatred and strife” THEY have engendered toward non-Muslims, who continue to be the victims of violence “in the name of Allah.” Instead, we have a masquerade.
Instead we have the usual handful of peaceful, tolerant Qur’anic verse: no compulsion in religion; to you your religion, to me mine; to kill a soul is as if you had murdered all mankind…never mentioning the doctrine of abrogation in the Qur’an, that the revelations from Muhammad’s time in Medina, especially concerning religious warfare and the treatment of non-Muslims, nullify or cancel those from the earlier time in Mecca when Muhammad was weak and his message conciliatory. The scholars open their letter discussing 2:256 “there is no compulsion in religion” to show how harmless Islam really is, but the following verse tells us this:

“as for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities, they will abide (in the Fire)”

There are several hundred calls of damnation for disbelievers in the Qur’an and over one hundred verses of the immutable unchanging Qur’an call for violence against those whose crime is not following in the way of Allah as ordered by Muhammad. Did the scholars just forget to mention them?

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