You know, I would much rather close the year out with a simple New Years message, but my blood has been boiling over a week to a degree and I have been waiting to vent. Had I not come down with the flu or something, I would have addressed this on my radio show this past Thursday, but I cancelled because of my illness. I will most certainly address this on my first show of the New Year which is actually January 1st.
By “this” I mean the continual lying that tends to go on with some Christians as it relates to Islam. Now I tend to touch on this every now and then, but more so indirectly because I don’t tend to get too much flak from Christians in general, however sometimes it gets so crazy that I feel that if I don’t say something I will explode!
Over the last few weeks some things have changed. On my show for instance, my co-host and I decided to theme several shows around “Christmas” but from a “Muslim” (our) perspective. We knew ahead of time, this was departing from our norm as we don’t ordinarily rile up some Christians in this way. However, we did it anyway with the intention of at least exposing the practices without trying to attack the religion….which worked for the most part.
Then on the last to shows of December, a Minister decided to come into my live chat during the show blasting (or so he thought) Islam. His “attacks” were totally uncalled for and I started to just ignore him, however the Marine in me can’t seem to back down from a good fight.Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not theoretically against debate, because I truly believe debate is a good thing; however I believe that when one is debating it should be on the basis of respect and with the best facts one can present. In these exchanges as there are many, which of course provoked this writing; it seems that when dealing with certain Christians those rules are not followed.
Often, I will just shy from the debate because I get tired of repeating myself against the same old tired accusations, but in these last several weeks I decided that I’m no longer doing that. Many Muslims just sit back and let these “evangelicals”, “missionaries”, etc. (and not all of them) say what they want and we continue the high road, meanwhile lies and insults are hurled our way and more and more are convinced that the lies are true.
Therefore, I have decided that I won’t let in happen on my watch.From now on as it relates to debate against Islam I’m going to treat it as General order number one in the Marine Corps, with “slight” modification: ….To walk my post in an Islamically truthful manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing all things within sight or hearing….
My post is Islam and all that it represents. I plan to defend that post against the lies and accusations, especially from these rogue Christians.
Now what do I mean? One of the lies that are often told involve whether Islam is violent. These Christians continually cite random verses or Hadith to support their claim then look to the news as evidence that those things are truly believed in the Islamic world. However, the constant hypocrisy on their part is they completely ignore the literal thousands of contrary verses and hadith to their 20-30 talking points. The hypocrisy comes in when they don’t apply the same “logic” to their own book. Case in point: I could easily rattle off 100 verses in both the Old and New Testament that “justify” a number of things from war with infidels, to the subjugation of women, minorities, etc. And any Christian would rebut with the statement that I have to look at the “context” of the verse, chapter, book, etc. to get the true meaning. But if a Muslim says the same thing about the Quran, then we are ignored.
Then they cite the current events as “facts”. They completely ignore the truth that you couldn’t even equate violence by Muslims as equal to 1-2% of ALL Muslims. The fact that a billion plus Muslims are not bothering anyone eludes them. It’s a non-issue, the fact that Muslims have been in this country for centuries without incident eludes them. Facts in general elude them. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not about truth with them, it’s about spreading lies in the vain attempts for several things to include: wealth, notoriety, conversion, etc. A whole industry has popped up after 9/11 and many of these so-called Christians are at the forefront ensuring that it stays strong.The biggest thing that kills me with these hypocrites is this idea that they call themselves Christian. Now, the way I was raised in the Church, I was taught that Christians were supposed to be about truth, peace, and love. What I’m seeing these days is the direct opposite when it comes to Muslims. Now some of the golden-tongued missionaries will say that their “truth” is because they love us and want us “saved”, but the reality is that if that is the case, then one should at least tell the truth in the first place.
Case in point: A Christian associate of mine gave me a pamphlet on Christmas of all days that was like one of those Jehovah’s Witness pamphlets that pretty much slam your beliefs in order to make you convert to theirs. Now ordinarily I wouldn’t have gotten offended, because I expect that if you believe in something that you believe is a good thing, that you should share it, however, all I ask is that one tells the truth. Show me why your beliefs are better; let the facts stand on their own merit.
So I look at this book titled “Allah has no son” as if that is an insult 🙂 , and page by page lie after lie, after lie, after lie, is told about Islam, while at the same time uplifting Christianity. I had the weirdest emotion it was between gut wrenching laughter and being furious. Some of the biggest lies were the image that all Muslims are Arab as given by the example of the Muslims in the comic being all Saudi, another that got me was the idea that there was enough nerve to try and equate Islam with Paganism………………………………………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought to myself, now how brazen is that! Christianity calling Islam Pagan! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Now make no mistake I pull many, many punches on this blog and my show, because I don’t like to offend people. However, one with any little bit of religious studies background knows why that is outright comical at best. But the furious part is not the statement in of itself but the well dressed lies that are told to perpetuate the statement.
Case in point: The common myth of the word “Allah”. Many a Christian has levied this one over and over again that “Allah” is some “other” god or the moon god. There only backdrop is that there was “a” god named “Allah” in pre-Islamic Arabia. Now anyone with a little logic can see that as a joke. It’s like me looking at a brown house and based off that make the declaration that all houses are brown! 🙂
What I can’t wrap my mind around is how they came to this conclusion in their “scholarship”. Either they are just stupid, or they are purposefully lying. The argument is with linguistics plain and simple. In English, every time we refer to a supreme being we use the word god. Any English speaking person of any religion uses that word. “God” is masculine in English and because of the language can be made feminine “goddess” or plural “gods”; therefore, some English speaking people of religion use other words to be definitive. Some Pagans for instance, instead of saying god and goddess may say instead, Odin and Isis…..
The point is most people with sense, realize that when one says “god” in English what is inferred and then for further clarification the actual religion has to define what they actually mean.Now the rules change when the language changes….”duh” So these same self-serving Christians impose the rules of English on another language and therefore, make the lie that “Allah” must identify something different than what is ordinarily inferred. The mistake on the listener if they listen to their lies is that when switching languages one needs to translate! In the case of Arabic they would find that the English equivalent to the word “Allah” is “THE GOD” it comes from the Arabic Al = The Illah = God. Therefore, when Arabic speaking people say “Allah” they are saying the same thing as English speaking people when the Arabic is translated into English. Which is why just as I whose native tongue is English has no problem saying God, an Arabic speaking Christian likewise has no problem saying Allah. This is also why in an English translation of the Quran the word is God and in an Arabic Bible the word is Allah. This seems pretty simple to me.
But not when you’re telling lies….purposeful ones, because then there is the matter of clarification if my explanation is reasoned out.They will then allege that we mean some “moon god” and state that as evidence we use the crescent as our symbol. Huge mistake yet again on the part of those who believe that lie!
Was there a “moon god” in pre-Islam Arabia? Probably, but if “The God” is always called “Allah” in Arabic, doesn’t it make sense that the religion would have to clarify what they mean? For instance, If I knew nothing of Christianity and went to a Pagan rite where they spoke of “The God” in English of course then heard some Christians refer to their being as “God” would I make sense in stating that they both believe the same thing because the name is the same? Would it equally make sense to tell Arabic speaking Christians and Jews that they believe in a moon god because they use the word “Allah” too?
That is why the Quran is quite clear in this regard, something these “Christians” seem to miss in their “research”.
2:136 Say: “We believe in God, and in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, and that which has been bestowed upon Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and, their descendants, and that which has been vouchsafed to Moses and Jesus; and that which has been vouchsafed to all the [other] prophets by their Sustainer: we make no distinction between any of them. And it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.”
Now here it is crystal clear in our book in our religion that makes it quite clear what we mean when we refer to God. How they mess that up I don’t know. (Lies of course) The truth of the matter is thus; let’s say there is a moon god named “Allah” that has no bearing on the Christian, Muslim, or Jew who calls God “Allah” in Arabic because between the three religions they define what they believe about that name “Allah” and that should be enough. So either we all believe in “moon gods” or we believe as we say we believe. The only other alternative is to say that Muslims believe in a different Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jesus, etc. (pbut) then what Jews and Christians believe! 🙂
But I digress… Then there is the whole “crescent” thing. The crescent in Islam is used because we believe that is when the Quran was revealed during a crescent moon during Ramadan!!!!!! It’s that simple. The symbol is just that a symbol, a reminder of what we believe is important about our religion. In this case the revelation of God. Do other religions past in present use a crescent? Certainly, but once again, you have to ask those groups why they use said symbol. If it where as easy as these Christians make it out to be, then certainly the Christians need to re-evaluate their usage of the cross or the fish, because both can be equated with paganism, well before Jesus (pbuh). The fish can be pices and the cross representing the elements…..but I need not go into paganism.
The point is anyone with common sense will know that symbols mean different things to different people and groups and it’s up to said group to define their use. It’s only arrogance, ignorance, or straight out and out lying that ignores that fact.I could go on and on about this and I surely intend to over the coming year on this blog and my show so stay tuned.Overall, it’s just outright disgusting that people will call themselves a Christian when their words and actions are so vile that they prove other than that. As Muslims we believe that truth manifests itself. If their religion is so great and better, then why does it need all that extra “assistance”? Why do you have to purposefully lie about another religion in order to get people to come to yours?
The truth of the matter is people come to Islam based on truth. They read and reason it out for themselves. It is very rare on the whole that converts were coerced in any way into coming to Islam. In fact, the Quran says that there is to be no coercion in matters of religion, truth stands clear from falsehood.
However, Christians on the other hand have to market and sell their religion. They have ads in the newspaper, flyers, billboards, cable TV ads, channels, and shows. They knock on your door; prospect you in the street, etc. etc. etc.
Let’s be real for a minute: How many other religions do that? Not the Jews, Not the Hindu’s, Sheiks, etc.
To make matters worse, the US is 74-76% Christian!!!!!! So what’s the point? I mean if the religion is so right compared to others, you would think the other 25% or so of the country would naturally join in with the majority right?
We would be so impressed and leave our “inferior” religions and rush to be “saved”. But for some reason Christians feel the need to market in person and using every medium possible……seems awfully strange to me considering the grip on the market.
The only time you ordinarily see that in a real world example is when a business knows they are loosing a share of their market and fear going under all together!
These corporations will do anything to stay on top. They will use all their resources to keep in power. More importantly they will use every dirty trick in the book to keep the small and emerging markets and companies down or eradicate them.
How do they do that? False information, lies, deceit, whatever it takes.
Maybe it’s just me, but these Christians and these Mega Corporations have much in common.
My question is why do they fear Islam so much that they have to lie? If Christianity is the truth, since Islam is “false” it should pose no threat and given it’s “market” in the US, should just fade away as a fad right?
If I had 75% of the market why would I waste so many resources and energy trying to stop a “bad product”?
There must be a reason……… 🙂