|Originally posted by Rehmat
gibson22690 has sent me the following PM just now.
hey i'm a christian in connecticut who, for my church, is attending a bible study about understanding other religions. We all chose a religion to interview some one from and me, not knowing someone islam was wondering if you would answer a few questions for me. If you don't want to answer them all skip several but i would be a big help if u answered as many as you can. thank you.
How long have you been practicing Islam?
Were you born Islamic or did you convert?
if you converted why?
and if you were born into an islamic family what made that faith real to you?
What is the most important aspect of Islam?
how does your religoius life help you daily?
Do you feel comforted by your religon?
What does your religion believe about Jesus christ?
I have been practicing Islam since my teens. I did not convert – but some Muslim parents within 57 Muslim states allow their kids to study other religion than Islam – which you will not find in case of Jews and Christian for the fear that their kids may find the truth – Islam.
There is no single ‘important aspect of Islam’. Various Islamic fundamentals attract different people for different reasons. Some of these could be – the Oneness of Allah (God); one family (Ummah) regardless of color, ethnic and nationality; tolerance towards other religions and respect for their founders; human rights; dignity of female gender; family life; laws against usury (interest), and so on.
Of course I feel comfort in Islam – but that question would be best answered by a western scholar, (Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Hakim, Dr. Lang, Liz. Marcus, etc.), who has converted to Islam through his/her own free will.
What Muslim believe about Jess? Let me put it this way – more human and dignified than what the Jews and Christians think about him.
man...you are more bigotted than i thought...
here is a christian asking YOU a muslim about you faith...
than in your answer to his open-minded (christian) inquieries about other faiths...you foolishly say "which you will not find in the case of jews and christian for fear that their kids may find the truth - islam"
you just contridicted yourself
this IS a christian asking you...a biggoted muslim ABOUT other faiths...
man...i sure hope there are other muslims who will talk to your boy rehmat...he does more bashing than understanding of other tenets...and most of what he says is conjecture and hollow assumptions...
and more "dignified" is jess in islam than christianity?
my friend...you are embarrassing yourself....and your anger for us infedels are blinding your kindness to other faiths...
but than again....as your quran said...you are not suppose to be our friends...right?
sura 3:27 "let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful-he who does this has nothing to hope for in GOd (my emphasis added)
and also sura 3:118 "believers do not make any friends with anybody but your own believers"
while on the other hand...my lord the Christ... said "love your enemies"...
so if christ...your prophet...said to love your enemies...and your quran tells you not to be friends with unbelievers...which one is more "open" to others???????????
rehmat...you are fighting a loosing battle...and your anger and hostility is more aroused than your understanding of other faiths...please...seek guidence from more mature...loving, respectful muslims because i know MANY muslims that love me like a brother even though im an infedel
i came here to talk, stimulate inter-faigh dialogue and challange those who do not believe in the truths of the enjeels...but you are making this a cat fight with your conjecture...assumptions and outright hatred for other faiths except your own...i pray that allah's holy spirit will give you a damascus road experience...
in hard love, tawhid