jjl - 12/27/2005 6:29 PM
Tahloube - 12/28/2005 10:23 PM
If "I don't know, and I may never know why my world is the way it is" was unacceptable to pre-historic man, why would it be accepatble to 21st-century man?!
If there was a system that provides answers without contradicting itself and challenges human intellect to find a single 'mistake' in its scripture, then why reject it?
If this system is universal, simple, crystal-clear, no secrecy, no original sin and works wonders when put into practice, why ignore it?
This very system is more than 1400 years old, was brought to humans by an illeterate man who claims no divinity for himself, but calls for the worship of the Creator of the world Who knows well His creations and what best governs every possible aspect of their lives. This sytem satnds the test of time and never ceases to impress, from the Arabs who were stunned by the neither-poetry-nor-prose Words of the Quran , to millions of people voluntarily adopting a life style dictated by it, to modern-day discoveries that reaffirm facts humans first heard of 14 centuries ago and sometimes never fully understood until science, as we know it today, explained/proved it.
All I'm trying to say is.. most of you don't seem the shallow, reluctant-to-read type. So, why not read about Islam, the fastest growing religion (in number of followers), the one religion that attracts intellectuals from all corners of the globe, whose holy book was never changed, not a single word changed, and is still read the way it was read 14 centuries ago, and the religion that never under-valued human intellect, to the contrary, has always asked believers and disbeleivers to look and think.
It's worth it.
For those who are still not convinced after reading, they wouldn't have wasted their time. They'll know more about the 'enemy' than before.
I have read, in depth, about Islam - original sources, critiques and commentaries. To be perfectly honest I find it morally vacuous, violent from the beginning, intrinsically political like no other religion, a totalitarian repressive monolith without parallel, profoundly anti-intellectual, anti-scientific, misogynistic, and a committed enemy of virtually every hard fought for human right and freedom non-muslims hold dear. Islam originated in violence, was spread by violence and is maintained by violence (leaving Islam is not allowed - the penalty is death). It now threatens the non-muslim world like never before. The mass immigration of muslims into Europe is creating unparalled social conflict because, like no other ethnic group, they will not integrate. Muslim demands and political agitation to limit freedom of expression and implement sharia are increasing. Violence from within e.g. London massacre in July will most likely grow. Like our muslim friend doing his obligitory da'wa to earn religious brownie points, I also strongly encourage everyone to read about Islam and become informed. And finally, a word of advice - muslims are allowed to lie if it helps Islam, so beware greeks bearing gifts.