Editor’s Note: Qasim Rashid is a national spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. Follow him on Twitter @MuslimIQ.
By Qasim Rashid, Special to CNN
When will Iran's government and clerics stop running from the truth that their religion - which they call Islam - would be unrecognizable to the Prophet Mohammed?
On the mere allegation that American pastor Saeed Abedini evangelized Christianity, Iran threw him in front of a member of its Revolutionary Court, whom many have called a “hanging judge.” Abedini now faces eight years in prison, which is nothing short of reprehensible, immoral and cowardly.
If Iran’s purpose was to protect what it thinks is Islam, it has failed.
In 1902, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, courageously declared, “Religion is worth the name only so long as it is in consonance with reason. If it fails to satisfy that requisite, if it has to make up for its weakness in argument by handling the sword, it needs no other argument for its falsification. The sword it wields cuts its own throat before reaching others.”
Thus, in using force to counter Abedini’s alleged evangelism - an oppressive act alien to Islam - Iran’s religion cuts only its own throat.
If Iran’s purpose was to silence Abedini, it has failed. More people worldwide now know of him, his message of Christianity, his struggle and his passion than ever would have otherwise. Iran has given Abedini a loudspeaker that he never could have built on his own. Thus, while trying to silence Abedini's message, Iran’s religion silences only itself.
If Iran’s purpose was to honor Prophet Mohammed, it has failed. The message it has given to the world is one of intolerance and fear, characteristics alien to Mohammed's example of love and pluralism. Iran’s act does more to dishonor the prophet than Abedini ever could. Thus, by cowardly, hypocritically and ignorantly demonizing Christianity, Iran’s religion makes only itself look hideous.
As a practicing Muslim, I’m not sure what religion Iran practices, but it has nothing to do with the Islam that my Prophet Mohammed taught.
And what exactly did Mohammed teach?
My Mohammed declared in writing to St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai, “This is a message from Mohammed ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. … The Muslims are to fight for them. … Their churches are to be respected. … No one of the Muslims is to disobey this covenant until the Last Day.”
My Mohammed championed the Quranic commandment to protect all houses of worship, including churches. “Permission to fight is given to those against whom war is made - because they have been wronged. … Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is God’ - And if God did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of God is oft commemorated” (22:40-41).
My Mohammed returned to Mecca peacefully and victoriously and, citing Prophet Joseph’s noble example, graciously forgave all his persecutors. While Mecca exiled Mohammed only for his faith, Mohammed now protected the rights of all to stay in Mecca regardless of their faith. But with one condition: that freedom of conscience remain free for all people, Muslim or not.
Had Iran followed Prophet Mohammed's Islam, no such “hanging judge” would exist, no such eight-year prison sentence would exist, and no such restrictions on Abedini’s peaceful preaching would exist.
So give it a rest, Iran. You’ve been running long enough. Your so-called religion honors neither Islam nor Prophet Mohammed, nor will it ever silence other faiths.
Stop running, Iran, or you’ll bleed yourself dry.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Qasim Rashid.
Normally by this time you'd have 2000+ responses if it was an article about Christianity. The atheists are afraid of the muslims. lol
No.. not afraid at all...... Islam is no different than Christianity....both are absurdly false, both have histories that read like a train wreck. Believe me, we handle Islam in exactly the same way....
Islam is the worst mental disease created in humankind. It is the most hateful, intolerant religion of our times now. Judiasm has revamped, Christainity has revamped, Islam will never be revamped because its prophet is an evil child rapists, murderer, hypocrite, and an extremely intolerant man. At least Jesus never killed anyone. Mo the butcher actually participated and led war campaigns himself. he even 'married' a widow of the person he just killed and whose father he just murdered. What a generous person.
Unfortunatly Abadini is seen not only as part of some form of "chritianism" hes seen as an enemy by them. Because his cult is envolved in Anti-islam politics, and Evangelics in politics would like to bomb all these nations. They are like the religion formed by Constantine, Care less about God, care more about politics and money!!
Islam is a plague, that must be stopped.
Countless people have said same in the past, especially jews. and where are those nations today? they perish with their evils. jews will be purged one way or another. it is long foretold.
Yep. Pretty much.
They can keep on doing that OCD wash up 5 times a day, though; that'd probably be ok.
well, what would you know about ritual ablution. pointless case
Isaiah 57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the wh*re.
Isaiah 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.
Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
are all books lying about jew evils ? nope
"My Mohammed championed the Quranic commandment to protect all houses of worship, including churches." of course, they teach you to lie, Takiya.
you mean jewish KOL NIDRE vows of deceit?
Knowing Mohammed, he would be nice and behead him right away instead of torturing him in a jail. And probably adopt his kids and wife, and give then a nice place in Mecca!
Many have tried in his time, especially jews. who got beheaded and destroyed in the end for their evils? jews. same would happen again.
Mr Rashid (auther) is trying to promote a cult religion called Ahmadiyya which is not recognized by main stream islam. Just like Mormonism is not recognized in Christian community. Ahmadiyya's founder was self claimed prophet which does not exist in islam nor mentioned in Quran as he likes to quote from the holy book. The holy book – Quran is a complex of laws, history for reminders and orders on how to live (guilding) a life of any mankind which choice given to human to live by it or face consequences. If a historical fact is interpreted by God haters as discrimination against jews or christians then the jews and christians should realize how they shunned God's commands and how stubborn they are to God who has bestowed so many favors that one cannot count. Now you are born by no choice and one will die by no one's choice. Live a good life and obey your creator before you meet and an account is called on you (all muslims, christians, jews, hindus, buddhists, atheists.) Stop hiding behind stones and self intellect, and face the reality of your purpose in this life.
Life has one purpose only: to keep the specie going. Religion tries to add more meaning it to it but instead just causes wars. How many wars have been waged over people's believe of what happens to them when they die? Sooner religion dies off the better.
So an apparent "non-Muslim" is doing a better job of defending Islam than you, a "real" Muslim. You should be ashamed of yourself.
You may not agree with the man's religion but he has every right to practice it without being called all manner of names. I'm a Muslim (sunni) and I agree with almost 100% of what he said. So leave the man in peace.
Iran is no different from house of saud (saudi arabia) or any middle eastern countries or afghanistan. People get justice in minutes that are not liked by the establishment. But worse human roam the streets if he or she has connections to the establishments including rich circles. Only poor and minority members are given swift justice that involves punishment. USA is becoming like middle east too – no freedom of speech for anyone or travel by muslims or torture by emissaries. Democracy will soon have a bad name around the world. The west has supported the worst regimes in the world to keep blaming islam as the root cause because there is no better way to malign the religion. There are billion muslims around the world that are not in the news .. so we are helpless but it proves we are peace loving. We dont need to keep proving article by article or news after news. Talking of bad apple, read about how violent buddhists are burma.
Muhommad would use the LYING TACTIC to non-muslim western world called TAQIYYA and KITMAN to conquer them/dominate.
There is no Dog
Mohammad has already spoken...he says to covert or murder all infidels...it's in the Koran. This is what Islamic nut jobs are doing in the world in the name of their profit.
Where is it in the Qur'an? Please, let me know. I've read it a good number of times in Arabic and I can't seem to find it. Maybe you're more observant than I am. Please, educate me.
That is explicitly wrong, the Qur'an actually claims that there is "No compulsion in matters of religion" (2:257). You are free to adopt any religion that you choose and no Muslims should impede in that. If they do, they are not acting on the true teachings of Islam.
Either you two don't know Islam properly or you are lying about it, which is not a big surprise because I have yet to meet an honest muslim. If you want to know the definition of a liar, there should be a muslim picture next to it and it should be Mohammed's face. There are plenty of suras that deal with it and moreover there are plenty of authentic hadiths that make it clear what he meant by it.
"There is no complusion in religion" was commanded by him when he was in an inferior position in Mecca. It was one of the earlier teachings because he believed it is so remarkable it will be impossible to reject. It wasn't his position at all when he spread it by violence and with his sword when he got more powerful. of course, you should know the law of abroggation applies in this case where the newer verses abrogates the earlier ones. Of course you knew that.
Quran (9:29) – "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."
Quran (9:123) – "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."
Quran (17:16) – "And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction."
Quran (48:29) – "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and
merciful among themselves"
Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet... was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, "They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans)." In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings.
Bukhari (52:65) – The Prophet said, 'He who fights that Allah's Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause.
Bukhari (8:387) – Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah'. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally."
Muslim (1:149) – "Abu Dharr reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds is the best? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause..."
Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Tabari 9:69 "Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.
Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 327: – “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”
Saifur Rahman, The Sealed Nectar p.227-228 – "Embrace Islam... If you two accept Islam, you will remain in command of your country; but if your refuse my Call, you’ve got to remember that all of your possessions are perishable. My horsemen will appropriate your land, and my Prophethood will assume preponderance over your kingship." One of several letters from Muhammad to rulers of other countries. The significance is that the recipients were not making war or threatening Muslims. Their subsequent defeat and subjugation by Muhammad's armies was justified merely on the basis of their unbelief.
Well seeing how Islam maintains Mohammed was prophet and not a cleric, he'd probably have no comment at all reserving all his efforts and time into claiming to speak for Allah, not man. But considering that Mohammed then turned around and wiped out the city of Medina and put them all to the sword for refusing to convert, maybe he'd be ok with this. I'll take the word of Sayyid Qutb and other religious luminaries and scholars who spoke on the matter and espoused a very radical ethos that was anything but tolerant.
INFINITY TRACK SUPER CONDUCTION
Imagine such as being full scale and not TOY scale!
you, sir, have done something I wouldn't have though possible: given me the slimmest hope that the human race isn't doomed to destroy itself...
this should be mandatory reading in every synagogue, church & mosque this week!
finally, I'll answer your original question with a question: when will Jews & Baptists realize Ahmad's quote is just as applicable/relevant to them as Iranian "Muslims"?
I appreciate your article. I am not contesting anything you are saying. However, though you draw on extant sources to what Mohammed says, I refer you to what is actually in the Quran. I believe that is what Iran uses as its supreme authority on what Mohammed says and teaches. Please explain these passages from the Quran, and offer a rebuttal, I am curios what you have to say about these passages which explicitly command Muslims to kills Jews and Christians: 3:118, 5:51, 9:34, 47:4, 98:51, 9:1-8? There are no other religions out there today, whose Holy Book commands them to wage way and kill anyone alive TODAY. Please do not refer me to Old Testament passages where God tells the Jews to make war on a handful of tribes, long since extinct.
Ezekiel 9:6 Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.
Numbers 31:35-40 "[From the captives of war] 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.......of which the tribute for the LORD was 32 [among them were virgin girls]."
jews lie too much jeremiah ch 9
and the answer is: disingenous. the Quranic verses you allude to but do not cite have northing to do with Christians and Jews.
Mohammed called Christians and Jews "People of the book" People of the book worship the same God in different and older ways, and Moslems are to leave them unmolested. Mohammed was talking about other religions when he said to go among them and slaughter. Said religions all gone now, slaughtered by Moslems.
The Quran calls them "People of the Book", i.e., those who received Divine scriptures before Muhammad (P). Muslims are told to treat them with respect and justice and do not fight with them unless they initiate hostilities or ridicule their faith. The Muslims ultimate hope is that they all will join them in worshipping one God and submit to His will.
"Say (O Muhammad): O people of the Book (Jews and Christians) come to an agreement between us and you, that we shall worship none but Allah, and that we shall take no partners with Him, and none of us shall take others for Lords beside Allah. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are those who have surrendered (unto Him)." (Quran 3:64)
I am assuming that you are asking out of sincere interest and I will let you know that you should read multiple verses before and after. This verse that you cite, for example (9:34) says: "O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah . And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment."
The verses before are: "They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. It is He who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although they who associate others with Allah dislike it." 9:31-33.
And after: "The Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and seared therewith will be their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, [it will be said], "This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard." "
This is all about religious clerics, scholars, etc., who abuse their power. It is an example that God makes and has nothing to do with the Christians and Jews. The same could be said about Muslim clerics today whether it be the Muslim Brotherhood, the Irani nutjobs, etc.
If you read the other verses in context, you'll see the same thing.
Every line in Quran has a history behind it. While reading Quran it will serve the readers better if they understand or read the Shane Nuzul (the background) first. Even then you might not understand the true meaning without really having done some good research. Without understanding the background, you will be as ignorant as someone who would take those Ayah and decide to kill infidels (kafir )(correct word for Christen and Jews are “ahle kitab”. ( read at least the Shane Nuzul before you express your ignorance)……This is applicable for my Muslim friend also….No pun intended
Here are the premises that I base my conclusion upon for the Biblical God / Jesus.
Natural Origins or Supernatural Origins?
__ a) Matter, energy and time exist. Where did they come from? There are currently not naturalistic explanation
that only has supporting evidence for this issue.
__ b) Life exist. Where did it come from? There are currently not naturalistic explanation that only has
supporting evidence for this issue.
Therefore, this implies some supernatural being or event is necessary.
Which supernatural being or event answers the above issue?
__ a) Multiple religions address the creation of life, but only three begin with the creation of matter, energy
__ b) Given the Biblical account that begins with the creation of matter, energy and time,
__ c) Given no other religions (other than the Abrahamic branches) begins with the creation of matter, energy and
Therefore, only the Abrahamic religions answer both of the basic issues.
Did the Judaism God Do It?
__ a) Given accurate transmission of the Jewish Bible,
__ b) Given the fulfillment of foretold specific prophecies (incl: Eze 37) in the Jewish Bible
Therefore, the God of the Jews is a viable contender.
Did the Islamic God Do It?
__ a) Given inaccurate transmission of the Koran Bible,
__ b) Given the factual inaccuracies (i.e. members of the Trinity)
__ c) Given the lack of specific prophecies in the Koran
Therefore, the God of the Muslims is not a viable contender.
Did the Christian God Do It?
__ a) Given accurate transmission of the Christian Bible (i.e. Jewish / OT and NT),
__ b) Given the fulfillment of foretold specific prophecies (incl: Eze 37, Rev 13) in the Christian Bible
Therefore, the God of the Christian is a viable contender. Since it includes the Jewish beliefs as well, it is
the better answer.
"Given no other religions (other than the Abrahamic branches)"
So you claim to know the creation stories of all other religions now?
You're the greatest argument against your god there is. Why would a righteous god need liars like you to spread his message?
You, Sir, are deluded.
"a) Matter, energy and time exist. Where did they come from? There are currently not naturalistic explanation
that only has supporting evidence for this issue." And as we all know, if there is something we don't have an answer for we get to make one up and no one can prove you wrong.
"b) Life exist. Where did it come from? There are currently not naturalistic explanation that only has
supporting evidence for this issue." Again, if we don't have an answer, make one up, like this! "Therefore, this implies some supernatural being or event is necessary."
Which supernatural being or event answers the above issue?
"a) Multiple religions address the creation of life, but only three begin with the creation of matter, energy
and time." Let's start with a false premise! There have been thousands of religions, and nearly all of them came up with explanations for the creation of matter, time and energy, but that is inconvenient for my argument so I will lie and say there are only 3.
"b) Given the Biblical account that begins with the creation of matter, energy and time" according to my flawed interpretation.
"c) Given no other religions (other than the Abrahamic branches) begins with the creation of matter, energy and
time,Therefore, only the Abrahamic religions answer both of the basic issues." except of course for all the other religions that do, but L4H is just to self centered to read anything outside of her false doctrine.
"Did the Judaism God Do It?
a) Given accurate transmission of the Jewish Bible,
b) Given the fulfillment of foretold specific prophecies (incl: Eze 37) in the Jewish Bible
Therefore, the God of the Jews is a viable contender" or a complete fabrication as we have no contemporary evidence he even existed.
"Did the Islamic God Do It?
a) Given inaccurate transmission of the Koran Bible," not that L4H read any of it to know...
"b) Given the factual inaccuracies (i.e. members of the Trinity)" Neither the jews or the first century christians believed in the Trinity which was doctrine added during the council of nicea.
"c) Given the lack of specific prophecies in the Koran" again, not that she read it but making up shlt is fun.
Therefore, the God of the Muslims is not a viable contender" but then again, still haven't proven there is a God at all.
"Did the Christian God Do It?
a) Given accurate transmission of the Christian Bible (i.e. Jewish / OT and NT),
b) Given the fulfillment of foretold specific prophecies (incl: Eze 37, Rev 13) in the Christian Bible
Therefore, the God of the Christian is a viable contender. Since it includes the Jewish beliefs as well, it is
the better answer" except that it isn't an answer at all and as the bible points out, building a tower on sand removes all it's sability and it is doomed to fail, just like L4H's premise.
Oh, and all these points have been shown to be false before but L4H loves cut & paste and ignoring facts, reason, logic and truth.
You do know that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have the same god right? (-_-) They are abrahamic faiths. I'm not particularly religious but it bugs me when people talk about subjects they know little of.
Your first point of your silly questionaire misses several obvious theories... including the one that says matter/energy have always been here, which means they came from nowhere... The subsequent ones are also completely foolish in that they do not have historical context of development of various scriptures. Not all scripture existed at the same time, even in the same "book." It has all been developed over centuries.... so accurate transmissions means about as much as wild *** guess.
Here's the religious response to time, matter and energy having always existed:
Religious – "What? Thats impossible! Think about it, nothing could have always existed!! They had to come from somewhere, they had to be created and thus that requires a creator! God is the only explanation!"
Non-religious "So God has always existed?"
Religious – "Well duh, of course God has always existed..."
Non-religious – "And you see no flaw to your logic?"
Religious – "Um, no...?"
@Athena Minerva : You do know that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have the same god right? (-_-) They are abrahamic faiths.
They may have a common source, but that doesn't mean that they have the same god. Likewise – Roman law was the origins of British law, whis was the origins of American law, but this doesn't mean have the same laws.
What would Muhammad do? Muhammad would find an 8 year old he likes and have his sick way with her. Muhammad would brainwash anyone and everyone he could to raise an army of brainless zombies and then us them to attack neighboring towns and invade neighboring countries, slaughtering tens of thousands and raping the women and children in the process. And he would get his older wife (the rich one) to pay for it all. Anyone who looks to Muhammad as a moral compass would have to be as sick as Muhammad himself. The average inmate at San Quentin would make a better moral guide.
Its amazing that you can type because you obviously can't read.
"prophet" means "profit", same word. Your "souls" are on the bottom of your feet, "soles". Just trickery, a word game.
There's more, for instance "temples" are on your forehead, not buildings. Religious people, please at least consider that you
have been fooled. Also, god spelled backwards, is, of course, "dog".
All the major religions are older than the English language. Nice try, though.
"Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah." – Words of the prophet Muhammad from Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992
it is simple what must be done
Yes, it is simple what must be done. You can begin by the following:
1. Quote an authoritative historian. None of Ibne Ishaq's works are in existence and have not been for centuries.
2. Actually refute the arguments presented, not just cite new excerpts w/o context from an well-known inaccurate historian. (Who, by the way, was debunked by all six Imams of Sahih hadidth).
3. It is Allah hu Akbar. What you wrote is "Allah" and then a word that doesn't actually exist in Arabic.
Let's get to work!
Yeah, and then debunk – if you dare! – the story of how he rode to heaven on the back of a flying horse with the face of a man!
Ahmadi's are torch bearer raising their voice for the freedom of human rights. Qasim Rasheed's bold and logical efforts are highly appreciated to add his wisdom to the deprived voices of the communities around the world.
A [gangnam style] warning shot to all Iranians "Stop running, Iran, or you’ll bleed yourself dry." Hey Qasim that makes you the same kind of muslim as they are, wishing people bleed dry, if you don't agree with them lol!! like prophet Mohammed.
Actually, it looks like the author was referring to the earlier quote that a religion that tries to spread by the sword cuts only its own throat. Nice try though.
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