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WASHINGTON — Swapping prayer rugs for massive plastic rain tarps, an estimated 3,500 Muslims gathered at the foot of the U.S. Capitol on Friday (Sept. 25) to pray for “the soul of America” in a grassroots demonstration of religious and national pride. The rally, organized by the Dar-Ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth, N.J., was billed as […]

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  1. I have studied Islam since that infamous day of 9/11. I have read the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ahidith, Sira and Taqiyya. I have never found a lesson in the Qur’an on Morality, Justice, or Love of Neighbor.

    I have found some suras that look nice on the surface, suras that mention “good,” “just,” and “justice.” However, by reading many other suras, I have found that “just,” “good,” and “justice” have entirely different meanings than the definitions of Christians. Examples follow:

    “And he made you (all the Muslims) heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of a land which ye had not frequented. And Allah has power over all things,”(Sura 33 Verse 27).

    “I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers:smite ye above the necks and smite all their (finger) tips off them,”(Sura 8 Verse 12).

    “O ye who believe, fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty,”(Sura 9 Verse 123).

    “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hand, a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crimes, and Allah is exalted in power,”(Sura 5 Verse 38).

    All together, there are 109 violent passages in the Qur’an similar to the above. This is what I have discovered since 9/11. Islam is very deceptive. I have discovered that good and wholesome Muslims are not practicing the religion of Islam. I have discovered that very evil Muslims are practicing the religion of Islam. Yes, you read that correctly. Read it again. Like I said, Islam is very deceptive, and that’s why there is much confusion both for Islamists and non Islamists. I have discovered that Allah cannot possiblY be the God of the Christians and Jews because Allah teaches only evil. On the other hand, the True God teaches the Ten Commandments. Islam teaches the extreme opposite. Is there much confusion? YOU BET!!!

  2. They hold certain things to be sacred…..no abortion, no womens rights to speak of and no homosexuality. Why are they so against these things?

  3. newman54, where do you find that written in the Qur’an? Where is the lesson in the Qur’an on Morality, Justice, or the Love of Neighbor?

    Why is relegating women to second class status sacred? That doesn’t make sense. Why is homosexuality sacred? That, too, doesn’t make sense. I do know that Islam hangs homosexuals. I do know that Islam hangs people on mere suspicion of homosexuality. Why is that fair?

    I commend Muslims for not believing in abortion. But I question their motive since the Qur’an teaches hatred. The Qur’an consistently teaches to “make war against the infidel.” Are the Muslims against abortion because they need an army to “make war against the infidel”?

  4. Google “the battle of lepanto” and read some interesting history connected to praying the rosary and what effect it had on this battle.

  5. Nowhere else on the planet? They could pray on the lawn of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa just a few hundred kilometres away and no one would pay attention.
    More American exceptionalism.

  6. Since someone asked for more info on this…..please google “year of the rosary-miracle of lepanto” and read the whole story. Then go buy a rosary and start praying the gospels on it.It is the most powerful prayer in the world. Now….back to the main topic.

  7. Philip Saenz, I started to read your first comment with great admiration where you said that you studied my religion – Islam.
    But what you mentioned to be what you learnt makes me think that you did not study Islam AT ALL, you just copy+pasted some Anti-Islamic fanatic’s statistical information, such as: “109 violent passages” and some Surah’s that you believe to be extremistic.

    Those Surah’s have different meaning if you honestly look into the explanations of The Holy Qur’an by yourself, whithout consulting with your “Free-Mason Oriented, Anti-Islamic” sources.
    You better visit this web site and then make conclusions: www.allahsquran.com

    Islam is the key for the Happiness and Prosperity of the Humanity and of the World!

  8. Here is some more sources of information:
    www.quran.com

    And watch these videos. I hope they well help you in your so called “studies”:
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=yusuf+estes&aq=0

  9. Sarvar, I have a few questions on your comment:”Islam is the key for the Happiness and Prosperity of the Humanity and of the world”!
    1. If Islam brings properity, why is it that all 57 Islamic countries are backward Muslim Third World Countries? Well?

    2. If Islam brings happiness, why is it that ONLY Muslims use Suicide Bombers who murder innocent people? How happy are the victims and friends of the victims? Muslim Suicide Bombers kill themselves every day.

    3. If Islam brings happiness, why are Muslim women complaining that they are relegated to second class or worse? Where is your justice here?

    4. If Islam brings happiness, how happy are the poor little girls that are forced to “marry” depraved Muslim male sex perverts in several backward Muslim Third World Countries? Did you know that “marying” little girls as young as seven years old, in these Muslim countries, is actually rape of little girls? Try that in my civilized country, or any civilized country, and the Muslim sex pervert will be put in prison. In fact, we caught a sex pervert Muslim in Houston about two years, who was “married” to a seven year old little girl. That SOB Muslim is now rotting in prison where he belonged all along.

    5. How happy are the poor girls who are murdered in a Muslim “Honor Killing”? Islam is the only religion that practices “Honor Killing.” Depraved Muslims murder these poor girls for any insignificant reason: failing to wear a Muslim rag on her head, wearing Western clothes, smiling at an “infidel.”

    6. How happy are the poor women who are stoned to death by a bunch of depraved Muslims? Did you know that hypocritical, sadistic Muslims cheer as the poor women are suffering as they are being stoned to death? Let’s face it, Sarvar, Muslims are cruel individuals.

    7. How happy are the poor women who are lashed for wearing Western clothes, or because they were “caught talking to a few men”? Where is your justice here?

    Sarvar, you’d better wake up! Did you know that if you are a very nice person it is because you’re not practicing what Islam asks of you? If you are following the dictates of your conscience, you are following the Ten Commandments and not Islam, the religion of cruelty, violence, death and destruction. If you are going especially against the dictates of the Qur’an and Hadiths, you should call yourself something else.

    May the True God of the Ten Commandments bless you. Allah is actually Satan because Allah demands only cruelty and ruthlessness.

  10. Hello dear philip,

    Why are you so angry. Do you really believe all that you have written? How can you overlook all the things in the Quran that speak about love mercy and justice. Their are so many. God speaks only the truth. I pray that God guide you to the truth and lifts the filters pre-set filters with which you are doing your research.
    http://tawheedquest.com/2010/09/17/islams-5-pillarsback-to-basics/

  11. umu.amani, you’re not a Muslim. You’re too sensible, and good (maybe) to be an authentic muslim. It’s impossible for you to be an authentic Muslim if you are a very good person.

    “…in the Quran that speak about love mercy and justice.” Why didn’t you quote? Did the Qur’an define “love mercy and justice”? I’ll bet it didn’t because never does the Qur’an extend its “love mercy and justice” to so-called infidels. NEVER. The Qur’an teaches nothing but hatred for “infidels.”

  12. Hello,

    God has extended his mercy upon you in many ways. The Qur’an asks us all to reflect on all the blessings that we have been given by God without even having asked for them. When God sends rain for the crops in the field. He doesn’t only send it to Believers of the Muslim faith. He sends it to all his creatures, that is a mercy. The air you breath is a mercy. Your ability to read this post is a mercy. God asks you to reflect on this and give thanks to him. But doesn’t take them away from you because you do not believe. That is Allah, the most merciful. He doesn’t need us but we are all dependent on him for all things. He bestowes mercy upon you even if you do not recognize him as your one and only lord, who has no partners and created you from nothing. He created Moses, Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Peace and blessings be on every one of them.

    I invite you to read the quran again and look for the things that I have mentionned above. You will find countless mention of Gods (Allah’s) Mercy. I offer you some quotes as you have requested:

    Honor each other: “O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous.” Chapter 49, Verse 13″

    God loves the kind: “God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable.” Chapter 60, Verse 8″

    About Jesus: “And in their [the earlier prophets] footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.” Chapter 5, Verse 46

    Reaction to evil: “Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and thee was hatred, become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint.” Chapter 41, Verse 34 and 35

    Do good: “Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden (paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous – Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men – for God loves those who do good.” Chapter 3, Verses 133-134

    Even the birds praise God: “Seest thou not that it is God whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, (even) the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise.” Chapter 24, Verse 41

    Love and mercy: “And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are signs for those who reflect.” Chapter 30, Verse 21

    Forgiveness and justice: “Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant.” Chapter 7, Verse 199

    About the virgin Mary: “Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them: then We sent to her Our angel and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. She said: ‘I seek refuge from thee to (God) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear God.’ He said: ‘Nay I am only a messenger from thy Lord (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.’ 1 She said: ‘How shall I have a son seeing that no man has touched me and I am not unchaste?’ He said: ‘So (it will be): thy Lord saith “That is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us:” it is a matter (so) decreed.’ ” Chapter 19, verses 16-21.

    Honor one’s parents: “Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none save Him, and show kindness to your parents. If one or both of them attain old age with thee, say not ‘Fie’ unto them or repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word.” Chapter 17, Verses 23-24

    Do good: “Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden (paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous – Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men – for God loves those who do good.” Chapter 3, Verses 133-134

    Kindly reflect on this, and I hope that you see that islam is indeed a religion of peace. Again you can visit my website at: http://tawheedquest.com

    take care,

    source of quotes taken from http://www.religioustolerance.org/isl_qura.htm

  13. Mivka, friend, why don’t you give it up? I can shoot all of your statesments out of the sky. What you haven’t taken from the Qur’an looks good on the surface, but that’s all.

    Okay, I’ll shoot only one of the statements out of the sky. Later, maybe I’ll methodically shoot all the others from the sky.

    Let’s take the statement about “honoring” your parents: You know as well as I know that women are second class in your pathetic religion. Just how much “honor” are you bestowing on women if they are second class? Why can’t they be given equal rights? You are flesh of your mother, but automatically she is relegated to second class citizenship. Shameful, shameful.

    You also know that sinful, depraved Muslim male sex perverts can take at least four “wives” and even whores according to Shariah Law. Sometimes these Muslim male sex perverts take many more women. How much respect and honor is the first wife receiving in this situation? The male sex pervert is lavishing his affections on several women instead of lavishing his affection on his first wife. It’s a good selfish set up for him, but not for his first wife. How do you think the first wife feels? It this equal justice? Of course not. Where is the honor? You know as well as I that there are many hurt feelings, jealousy, doubts. I feel sorry for women in this situation. Apparently, you don’t. When God created human beings, He created only Adam and Eve, and not Adam and whole bunch of other women for Adam.

    Furthermore: According to the Muslim Shariah Law, men may “marry” even infants, but must wait until the child is eight or nine before the pervert rapes her. Yes, I said rape. In any advanced civilization, it is called rape. Sometimes these Muslim perverts can’t wait until the child is eight or nine. I’ve known some of those perverts marry little seven year olds. Shameless sex perverts. What does a poor child know at this stage? Is it really fair to the child? Maybe the poor child doesn’t like the depraved Muslim male sex pervert. Maybe the Muslim pervert is so damn ugly no one wants him. So he forces a child to “marry” him. What right does a depraved Muslim sex pervert have to “marry” a little child without the child’s consent? Where is the “honor”? Where is the justice? Sorry, my dear friend, but your so-called religion is perverted. In reality, your so-called religion is actually a crime syndicate. It is a set up relegated for the benefit of perverted Muslim males. Believe me when I say that I can shoot down, destroy, everyone of your Qur’anic statements.

    I still think you’re not an authentic Muslim. However, maybe I’m wrong. May the real God, the God of the Ten Commandments bless you.

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