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The True Islamic Morals- ^ | 04.10.2001 | Turan

Posted on 10/04/2001 12:48:43 PM PDT by Turan

The True Islamic Morals

Some people who say they are acting in the name of religion may misunderstand their religion or practice it wrongly. For this reason, it is a mistake to form any idea of that religion from the activities of these people. The best way to understand Islam is through its holy source.

The holy source of Islam is the Qur'an; and the model of morality in the Qur'an is completely different from the image of it formed in the minds of some westerners. The Qur'an is based on the concepts of morality, love, compassion, mercy, modesty, self-sacrifice, tolerance and peace, and a Muslim who truly lives according to these moral precepts is highly refined, thoughtful, tolerant, trustworthy and accommodating. To those around him he gives love, respect, peace of mind and a sense of the joy of life.

Islam Is A Religion Of Peace And Well-Being

The word Islam has the same meaning as "peace" in Arabic. Islam is a religion that came down to offer humanity a life filled with the peace and well-being in which God's eternal mercy and compassion is manifested in the world. God invites all people to accept the moral teachings of the Qur'an as a model whereby mercy, compassion, tolerance and peace may be experienced in the world. In Surat al-Baqara verse 208, this command is given:

You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you.

As we see in this verse, people will experience well-being and happiness by living according to the moral teaching of the Qur'an.

God Condemns Mischief

God has commanded humanity to avoid evil; he has forbidden immorality, rebellion, cruelty, aggressiveness, murder and bloodshed. Those who do not obey this command of God are walking in the steps of Satan, as it says in the verse above, and have adopted an attitude that God has clearly declared unlawful. Of the many verses that bear on this subject, here are only two:

But as for those who break God's contract after it has been agreed and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and cause corruption in the earth, the curse will be upon them. They will have the Evil Abode. (Surat ar-Ra'd: 25)

Seek the abode of the hereafter with what God has given you, without forgetting your portion of the world. And do good as God has been good to you. And do not seek to cause mischief on earth. God does not love mischief makers.' (Surat al-Qasas: 77)

As we can see, God has forbidden every kind of mischievous acts in the religion of Islam including terrorism and violence, and condemned those who commit such deeds. A Muslim lends beauty to the world and improves it.

Islam Defends Tolerance And Freedom Of Speech

Islam is a religion which fosters freedom of life, ideas and thought. It has forbidden tension and conflict among people, calumny, suspicion and even having negative thoughts about another individual.

Islam has not only forbidden terror and violence, but also even the slightest imposition of any idea on another human being.

There is no compulsion in religion. Right guidance has become clearly distinct from error. Anyone who rejects false gods and believes in God has grasped the Firmest Handhold, which will never give way. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqara: 256)

So remind, you need only to remind. You cannot compel them to believe. (Surat al-Ghashiyah: 22)

To force anyone to believe in a religion or to practice it, is against the spirit and essence of Islam. Because it is necessary that faith be accepted with free will and conscience. Of course, Muslims may urge one another to keep the moral precepts taught in the Qur'an, but they never use compulsion. In any case, an individual cannot be induced to the practice of religion by either threat or offering him a worldly privilege.

Let us imagine a completely opposite model of society. For example, a world in which people are forced by law to practice religion. Such a model of society is completely contrary to Islam because faith and worship have value only when they are directed toward God. If there were a system that forced people to believe and worship, people would be religious only out of fear of the system. What is acceptable from the point of view of religion is that religion be practiced in an environment where freedom of conscience is permitted, and that it be practiced only for the approval of God.

God Has Made The Killing Of Innocent People Unlawful

According to the Qur'an, one of the greatest sins is to kill a human being who has committed no fault: ...If someone kills another person - unless it is in retaliation for someone else or for causing corruption in the earth - it is as if he had murdered all mankind. And if anyone gives life to another person, it is as if he had given life to all mankind. Our Messengers came to them with Clear Signs but even after that many of them committed outrages in the earth. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 32) Those who do not call on any other deity together with God and do not kill anyone God has made inviolate, except with the right to do so, and do not fornicate; anyone who does that will receive an evil punishment. (Surat al-Furqan: 68)

As we can see in the verses above, those who kill innocent human beings without a cause are threatened with evil punishment. God has revealed that killing one person is as great a sin as killing all mankind. Anyone who respected the prerogatives of God would not do harm to even one individual, let alone murdering thousands of innocent people. Those who think that they will escape justice and punishment in this world will never escape the account they must give in the Presence of God on the Last Day. So, those believers who know they will give an account to God after their death, will be very careful about respecting the limits God has established.

God Commands Believers To Be Compassionate And Merciful< In this verse, Muslim morality is explained: ...To be one of those who believe and urge each other to steadfastness and urge each other to compassion. Those are the Companions of the Right. (Surat al-Balad: 17-18) As we see in this verse, one of the most important moral precepts that God has sent down to His servants so that they may receive salvation and mercy and attain Paradise, is to "urge each other to compassion".

Islam as described in the Qur'an is a modern, enlightened, progressive religion. A Muslim is above all a person of peace; he is tolerant with a democratic spirit, cultured, enlightened, honest, knowledgable about art and science and civilized. A Muslim educated in the fine moral teaching of the Qur'an, approaches everyone with the love that Islam expects. He shows respect for every idea and he values art and aesthetics. He is conciliatory in the face of every event, diminishing tension and restoring amity. In societies composed of individuals such as this, there will be a higher civilization, a higher social morality, more joy, happiness, justice, security, abundance and blessings than in the most modern nations of the world today.

God Has Commanded Tolerance And Forgiveness Surat al-A'raf, verse 199, which says "practice forgiveness", expresses the concept of forgiveness and tolerance which is one of the basic principles of the religion of Islam.

When we look at Islamic history, we can see clearly how Muslims established this important precept of the moral teaching of the Qur'an in their social life. At every point in their advance, Muslims destroyed unlawful practices and created a free and tolerant environment. In the areas of religion, language and culture, they made it possible for people totally opposite to each other to live under the same roof in freedom and peace, thereby giving to those subject to them the advantages of knowledge, wealth and position. Likewise, one of the most important reasons that the large and widespread Ottoman Empire was able to sustain its existence for so many centuries was that its way of life was directed by the tolerance and understanding brought by Islam. For centuries Muslims have been characterized by their tolerance and compassion. In every period of time they have been the most just and merciful of people. All ethnic groups within this multi-national community freely practiced the religions they have followed for years and enjoyed every opportunity to live in their own cultures and worship in their own way.

Indeed, the particular tolerance of Muslims, when practiced as commanded in the Qur'an, can alone bring peace and well-being to the whole world. The Qur'an refers to this particular kind of tolerance:

A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend. (Surat al-Fussilat: 34)


All this shows that the moral teaching offered to humanity by Islam is one that will bring peace, happiness and justice to the world. The barbarism that is happening in the world today under the name of "Islamic Terrorism" is completely removed from the moral teachings of the Qur'an; it is the work of ignorant, bigoted people, criminals who have nothing to do with religion. The solution which will applied against these individuals and groups who are trying to commit their deeds of savagery under the guise of Islam, will be the instruction of people in the true moral teaching of Islam.

In other words, the religion of Islam and the moral teaching of the Qur'an are not the supporters of terrorism and the terrorists, but the remedy by which the world can be saved from the scourge of terrorism.

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To: Turan
If you really believe this, then tell your buddies in Afghanistan to cough up Bin Ladin.

But you won't because your loyalty is to them, and them alone, morals be damned.

2 posted on 10/04/2001 12:52:36 PM PDT by caddie
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To: Turan
There are portions which you have not posted, which support the obverse.

You would be best to admit and post them.

Short of that, others will --- and they will want to know why you did not.

3 posted on 10/04/2001 12:53:33 PM PDT by First_Salute
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To: Turan
Starting a bunch of threads won't solve the dilemma confronting you and other Muslims: How to explain away various sayings of the so-called prophet (Hadith) which specifically call for a violent jihad against infidels and the forced conversion of non-believers?

Also, please explain why you would consider a man who married a six-year old as a prophet, rather than a pedophile?

4 posted on 10/04/2001 12:55:41 PM PDT by amordei
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To: Turan
Bark Alert! I've seen enough quotes from the Koran over the past few weeks, and they tell a different story. I'm sure someone has referenced a few of them and can repost them here. One was a comparison between Christianity and Islam. Another was the direct quotes to kill all the infidels. And then there is the matter of bestiality. A pretty sick piece of work, if you ask me.
7 posted on 10/04/2001 12:56:27 PM PDT by AlaskaErik
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To: Turan
Also, you write as though there are Muslims who follow Islam, suggesting that there are Muslims who also do not follow Islam.

But in the west, most information in the public eye is that all followers of Islam are Muslims.

9 posted on 10/04/2001 12:57:28 PM PDT by First_Salute
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To: Turan
I thought that "Islam" meant "submission," not "peace."  Or are "submission" and "peace" synonomous in Araby?
12 posted on 10/04/2001 1:02:12 PM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: Turan
Thank you, Turan. Peace and blessings be upon you. We need some love and truth in here.
14 posted on 10/04/2001 1:04:33 PM PDT by Last
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To: Turan
Really, why don't you explain Chapter 9 of the Koran. You know where it says to kill Christians, Jews, and non-believers!
15 posted on 10/04/2001 1:06:25 PM PDT by xclusiv1
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To: Turan
There is no compulsion in religion.

Let's look up a word called Jizya and expose an outright lie, for what it is.

The Jizya or poll tax is a personal tax levied on non-Moslems in a Moslem State, and as such it resembles the Zakat (Alms Tax) which is levied on Moslem citizens by the Moslem State. The poll tax is levied so that all the capable non-Moslem citizens of the State can contribute, each from his own money, to the general welfare of the State, and that in return for this, they can enjoy their rights as nationals of this State, including compensation from the Moslem Exchecquer when they are in need.

Valour and mercy are not forgotten here, as the poll tax is not collected from the weak and poor. In his message to the people of Hira, Khaled Ibn Al-Walid says, "When a person is too old to work or suffers a handicap, or when he falls into poverty, he is free from the dues of the pull tax; his sustenance is provided by the Moslem Exchequer." In his book "Al-Kharaj," Abu Yusuf says, "No Jizya is due on females or young infants."

When the dues of the poll tax are paid by these people, they have to be supported, protected, granted a freedom of faith, and treated on a footing of justice and equality with Moslems. They are called "Zimmis" (the Arabic origin, "Zimma," meaning security, protection and custody) because the said rights are guaranteed by God and His Apostle, and such was the custom the Moslem leaders followed in dealing with the Zimmins. In his book "Futooh Al-Buldan" (Conquests of Countries), Al-Balathiri comments on this saying, "Khaled Ibn Al-Walid, on entering Damascus as a conqueror, offered a guarantee of security to its people and their properties and churches, and promised that the wall of the city would not be pulled down, and none of their houses be demolished. It was a guarantee of God, he said, and of the Caliph and all believers to keep them safe and secure on condition they paid the dues of the Jizya."

The poll tax is a small sum of money indeed when compared to the services the Moslem State offers to protect the Zimmis and support the army in charge to keep them safe from others' assaults. In his book "Al-Kharaj," Abu Yusuf gives the following reports: "After getting on peaceful terms with the people of Syria and collecting the dues of the Jizya and the Kharaj, news reached Abu 'Ubeida that the Byzantines had amassed their troops to attack him. The effect of this was great on Abu 'Ubeida and the Moslesm. He sent messages to the rulers of cities with whose citizens he had made peace, asking them to return to their subjects the paid dues of the Jizya and Kharaj, with an instruction to tell these: 'We hereby return to you the money you have paid us, because of the news of the enemy troops amassed to attack us, but, if God grants us victory against the enemy, we will keep up to the promise and covenant between us.' When this was delivered to the Zimmis and their money returned to them, they told the Moslems: May God bring you back to us and grant you victory over them!"

In his book, "The Spirit of Laws," on dealing with the taxes levied by the government, Montesqieu says, "Such levied taxes were one reason for the strange facility which the Moslems faced during conquests. People, then, preferred -- instead of being subjected to an endless series of fines which entered the rich imagination of greedy rulers -- to submit to the payment of a minimal tax which can be fulfilled and paid with ease."

So, as long as you pay the extortion price (arbitrarily set by the Clerics), you can live. Refuse to pay, and you will be killed. So much for the lie of non-coersion to switch religions.

16 posted on 10/04/2001 1:07:48 PM PDT by Hodar
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To: mccain2004
That's like linking you to your "fellow Christian," Timothy McVeigh.

You apparently missed all that stuff about Invictus. He was very humanistic and said that if it turned out there was an afterlife, he'd "adapt". Then at the last minute he called for a priest and took the Last Rites. So, what his religious beliefs were is ambiguous.

17 posted on 10/04/2001 1:10:31 PM PDT by A.J.Armitage
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To: Last
Thank you, Turan. Peace and blessings be upon you. We need some love and truth in here.

Thank you for letting us know of our faults after only two days in the forum. Last has been a member since October 2nd, 2001

18 posted on 10/04/2001 1:10:39 PM PDT by amordei
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To: Turan
Thanks for the post. There are some freepers who deplore the recent attempts to smear all Muslims. One would think that some of the Christians here would rally to your defense since they have often been the victim of similar smears and guilt through association.
19 posted on 10/04/2001 1:15:06 PM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Turan
I dunno about slapping on Islam on something making it peaceful or destructful. What I do know is that now is not the time to discuss but to act against those nations whose ideology allow them to terrorize against other religions and expressions within and without their own territories.

Jews prospered once at the Mecca until Muhamad destroyed them. I will believe the Middle East is peaceful and Islam is peaceful when they will allow us to build churches and commemorative Synagogues about the massacred Jews at the Mecca, just as we let them build mosque at the Vatican and in Jerusalem.

Until there is a movement of peace like this starting, developing and rationalized by the muslims, then I will agree.

For example Jews too have horrible laws, such as the stoning of a boy who is immoral by eating too much and who is arrogant toward his parents. However Rabbinical interpretations have declared that the parents are responsible and hence the boy would be punishable if he were an adult, however he is not, hence stoning him would not be legal. Secondly, if he were a man still living with his parents and abusing them, then that would be a different story. However the interpretations point that it is a parental problem, not to be confused with the problem the father or the mother may have. Both parents have to speak technicaly with the same crying voice, which is virtualy impossible.

G_d hence imposes that people think about His laws and apply them. Where are the muslim interpretative texts that would rule out the weird and violent precepts of the Qoran? They do not exist or they are not exposed, save for a bunch of liberals talking gibberish.

20 posted on 10/04/2001 1:16:13 PM PDT by lavaroise
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