posted on Dec, 9 2007 @ 12:05 PM
I've skimmed this thread, and quite amazed by the response.
I'm new here and happened to be a moslem as well, (not that bright and right moslem)
But here's my opinion:
Yes, I do believe in Islam. As much as Jew and Christian as religion descended from God to mankind, as those three religions were originated from the
most savage place of the earth. Where tribal dispute and race eradication still take place. (my apology, but to this day according to my observation,
the middle east has been the most rough and tough plains of the earth, causing a tough and harsh culture to the people living there.) Having said that
I do believe that those three religions are for real, and I chose Islam.
Islam, to my opinion is the most selfish religion for what you do in life for good or bad it's accounted to you alone. No one will bare your sins no
one will be advantaged for your "pahala". It's very much personal rather than mass, by means of faith, conduct, etc. It's between you and God and
no one else in between. So if any moslem do drinks alcohol, it's his business with his God, it's his decision.
One hadith I remember when Muhammad saw an infidel came out from a brothel house and went into a gambling house, he said that the guy belong to
heaven. Yes, his friends asked why such an infidel that conduct adultery and gamble belong to heaven. One of the friends followed the person in
question, and during this guy routine of adultery, gambling and drinking, he constantly feed the poor, take care the orphan, all the good deeds. The
prophet then reveal that the infidel earn heaven because he didn't know the way of Islam yet still do good deeds. In the end, the infidel embrace
Islam. My point? Regardless of what religion you are, be good, and heaven is yours. Like I said what you do is between you and your God, who am I to
In the verse of Qur'an also stated your religion is yours as mine is mine (Forgot the surrah and verse). Allah love diversity, then so be it. So
there's Islam, there's Jew, there's Christianity, there's Buddhist, and so on. So what? God doesn't need you, you need God.
This diversity also backed up by the verse in the Qur'an that God created human in many groups, many believes, and don't you mock one another for
the other will mock you more. And there will be a race to do good deed. (again, forgot the surrah and verse, but it's there, in between Al Baqarah to
Al Maidah I think) Wouldn't it be nice if we all race to do good rather than slaughter people just because their color of skin or believes.
As for taking Islamic law into the state law system, I never been a supporter of this. Take that stealing thing being discussed here. Why not discuss
praying time? So If I don't practice praying time? Will the state arrest me? Will we succumbed to what Christian has been doing so wrongly many
centuries ago? Will we be returning to the believe that earth is the center of the universe circled by the moon and the sun? Are we to believe that
earth is flat again? Are we going to depend on one Imam rule to do our faith? Are we going to let the state to tell how you do your religion? What
will Islam become but another pope in the Vatican? Islam is the most individual religion, even though there's society, marriage, trade conduct etc in
the Qur'an, but to whom it was address? To you moslem reading it and to mankind (Ya ayu hannas-pardon my arabic) I'd say let's state be the state
and its law and Islam with its way of life. If the law goes against our will don't do it, if Ijtihad has the solution, why not? Adapting some of
Islamic law, perhaps. Letting state rule my religion. I thought we've learned very much from Martin Luther?
A good moslem doesn't give trouble to other people, they should've helped other people, in my opinion. So if you guys non moslem out there has been
troubled by one moslem, hey it's probably just him/her. It's personal. Don't take it on the other moslem.