January 10th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Pope upset over Christian attacks

The pope worries about a recent spate of attacks on Christians worldwide. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Coptic • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. Muneef

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Only those can accept who hear. As for the dead, Allah will raise them up; then unto Him they will be returned. (36) They say: Why hath no portent been sent down upon him from his Lord? Say: Lo! Allah is Able to send down a portent. But most of them know not. (37) There is not an animal in the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of Our decrees). Then unto their Lord they will be gathered. (38) Those who deny Our revelations are deaf and dumb in darkness. Whom Allah will He sendeth astray, and whom He will He placeth on a straight path. (39) Say: Can ye see yourselves, if the punishment of Allah come upon you or the Hour come upon you, (calling upon other than Allah)? Do ye then call (for help) to any other than Allah? (Answer that) if ye are truthful. (40) Nay, but unto Him ye call, and He removeth that because of which ye call unto Him, if He will, and ye forget whatever partners ye ascribed unto Him. (41) We have sent already unto peoples that were before thee, and We visited them with tribulation and adversity, in order that they might grow humble. (42) If only, when Our disaster came on them, they had been humble! But their hearts were hardened and the devil made all that they used to do seem fair unto them! (43) Then, when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We opened unto them the gates of all things till, even as they were rejoicing in that which they were given, We seized them unawares, and lo! they were dumbfounded. (44) So of the people who did wrong the last remnant was cut off. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds! (45) Say: Have ye imagined, if Allah should take away your hearing and your sight and seal your hearts, Who is the God Who could restore it to you save Allah? See how We display the revelations unto them! Yet still they turn away. (46) Say: Can ye see yourselves, if the punishment of Allah come upon you unawares or openly? Would any perish save wrongdoing folk? (47) We send not the messengers save as bearers of good news and warners. Whoso believeth and doeth right, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve. (48) But as for those who deny Our revelations, torment will afflict them for that they used to disobey. (49) Say (O Muhammad, to the disbelievers): I say not unto you (that) I possess the treasures of Allah, nor that I have knowledge of the Unseen; and I say not unto you: Lo! I am an angel. I follow only that which is inspired in me. Say: Are the blind man and the seer equal? Will ye not then take thought? (50) Warn hereby those who fear (because they know) that they will be gathered unto their Lord, for whom there is no protecting friend nor intercessor beside Him, that they may ward off (evil). (51) Repel not those who call upon their Lord at morn and evening, seeking His Countenance. Thou art not accountable for them in aught, nor are they accountable for thee in aught, that thou shouldst repel them and be of the wrong-doers. (52) And even so do We try some of them by others, that they say: Are these they whom Allah favoureth among us? Is not Allah best Aware of the thanksgivers? (53) And when those who believe in Our revelations come unto thee, say: Peace be unto you! Your Lord hath prescribed for Himself mercy, that whoso of you doeth evil through ignorance and repenteth afterward thereof and doeth right, (for him) lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (54) Thus do We expound the revelations that the way of the unrighteous may be manifest. (55) Say: I am forbidden to worship those on whom ye call instead of Allah. Say: I will not follow your desires, for then should I go astray and I should not be of the rightly guided. (56) Say: I am (relying) on clear proof from my Lord, while ye deny Him. I have not that for which ye are impatient. The decision is for Allah only. He telleth the truth and He is the Best of Deciders. (57) Say: If I had that for which ye are impatient, then would the case (ere this) have been decided between me and you. Allah is Best Aware of the wrong-doers. (58).

    January 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Muneef

    A man has to have a belief or faith to live out by but should as well not be up to being fanatic or intolerant to other beliefs since he him self is not knowing all as God does of whom he created and has to adjust course when proven wrong or used mind and heart to judge what is false and what is firm right and should not accept the whole belief as a package truly you believe in as firmly right or doubtful or proven wrong or given up, what ever the belief whether political or religious or non religous !? Have you ever asked your self what is right and what is wrong or doubtful in your belief? Have you tried to find what others say in their beliefs and to think what sounds more convincing and obvious? What ever you chose to accept and take is your path and belief to live by and surely that will not stop there but developed on basis of findings or more maturity specially that man matures at the age of 40 Years ad were all Prophets and Messengers of God who only became what they were after the age of 40 years and there only starts the true journey of spiritual quest towards the truth only if want to know with open eyes,ears,minds,hearts? But those who wanted to remain blind will be returned after life blind and it says you can not blame those earlier ones who cheated and mixed the good with the bad because you will be told that you were given all those senses to judge right from wrong for your path and to leave that to brotherhood or parties or lobbies to decide for you your faith or belief as no one will pay your dues other than yourself and no one is for some one...
    We seen political beliefs that came and killed so many civilians in thousands and millions and to end up vanishing as unworkable or not right or doubtful? So what was the use of ending all those lost lives pain miseries to just come and say sorry was a wrong move?? Is that fair? Do you think there is no God who will make those pay for their crimes in life and after life?? Well sorry we are here for some thing and not for nothing and that is my belief and faith that I want to keep and might even proudly die for I am A Human being and Not an Ape and we are here for a message and a test as to who does better in good deeds for God,to humanity,to society,to family and to ones self...!!?

    January 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Al-Anbiya sura 21:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    Now We have revealed unto you a Scripture wherein is your Reminder. Have ye then no sense? (10) How many a community that dealt unjustly have We shattered, and raised up after them another folk! (11) And, when they felt Our might, behold them fleeing from it! (12) (But it was said unto them): Flee not, but return to that (existence) which emasculated you and to your dwellings, that ye may be questioned. (13) They cried: Alas for us! Lo! we were wrong-doers. (14) And this their crying ceased not till We made them as reaped corn, extinct. (15) We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in play. (16) If We had wished to find a pastime, We could have found it in Our presence – if We ever did. (17) Nay, but We hurl the true against the false, and it doth break its head and lo! it vanisheth. And yours will be woe for that which ye ascribe (unto Him). (18).

    Lo! this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me. (92) And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all are returning unto Us. (93) Then whoso doeth some good works and is a believer, there will be no rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him. (94) And there is a ban upon any community which We have destroyed: that they shall not return. (95) Until, when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they hasten out of every mound, (96) And the True Promise draweth nigh; then behold them, staring wide (in terror), the eyes of those who disbelieve! (They say): Alas for us! We (lived) in forgetfulness of this. Ah, but we were wrong-doers! (97) Lo! ye (idolaters) and that which ye worship beside Allah are fuel of hell. Thereunto ye will come. (98) If these had been Gods they would not have come thither, but all will abide therein. (99) Therein wailing is their portion, and therein they hear not. (100) Lo! those unto whom kindness hath gone forth before from Us, they will be far removed from thence. (101) They will not hear the slightest sound thereof, while they abide in that which their souls desire. (102) The Supreme Horror will not grieve them, and the angels will welcome them, (saying): This is your Day which ye were promised; (103) The Day when We shall roll up the heavens as a recorder rolleth up a written scroll. As We began the first creation, We shall repeat it. (It is) a promise (binding) upon Us. Lo! We are to perform it. (104) And verily we have written in the Scripture, after the Reminder: My righteous slaves will inherit the earth: (105) Lo! there is a plain statement for folk who are devout. (106) We sent thee not save as a mercy for the peoples. (107) Say: It is only inspired in me that your God is One God. Will ye then surrender (unto Him)? (108) But if they are averse, then say: I have warned you all alike, although I know not whether nigh or far is that which ye are promised. (109) Lo! He knoweth that which is said openly, and that which ye conceal. (110) And I know not but that this may be a trial for you, and enjoyment for a while. (111) He saith: My Lord! Judge Thou with truth. Our Lord is the Beneficent, Whose help is to be implored against that which ye ascribe (unto Him). (112)

    January 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Muneef


    January 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  5. chris

    to bad religion is a scam it would be great if all these deserving people went too hell.chritians muslims and jews should all pay the price for the hate n destrucion they have brought to mankind .what good have u done to out wiegh the evil u ve given us?

    January 12, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • Jose Gonzalez

      If only CNN would do a story base on "How The Catholic Church Built Western Civiliazation" a book by Thomas E. Woods. In it he shows: 1.) Why modern science was born ni the Catholic Church. 2.) How Catholic priest developed the idea of free-market economics 500 yrs before Adam Smith. 3.) How the Catholic Church invented the university. 3.) Why what you know about Galileo affair is wrong. . . . But CNN is too bias to show the Catholic Church,s possitive History.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  6. NM

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/11-reasons-to-explore-islam/

    January 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • chief

      islam and catholocism are both guilty of the same thing.... catholicism harbords pedaphiles and has for many years ... islam harbors and hides extremeists and has for many years..... they both lie.... catholics call themselves christian ( they arent, they are cathcolic ) ... and muslems call themselves peaceful... and they dont want peace...

      January 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Muneef

      Guess Peace is Earned and Not Given.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Muneef

      Guess Peace is Earned and Not Given. Wonder if there is Peace with out winners or losers ?? There is no Peace for the losers,they get nothing but humility if not exterminations !?

      January 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Muneef

      All through the ages eastern Muslims and Eastern Christians and Jews lived peacefully until we recently see moves that are of external agenda planting uneasiness among all destroying the peace they had lived for centuries unheard of disputes but the beginning of the end was 1948 the fire that has burned the area into ashes spiritually,soully and physically that has created what we are up to today...

      January 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Bob

    Why would he be worried? Isn't everything in God's hands and it's God who decides what will happen?

    January 10, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  8. Ykcyc

    That just makes everything so much better...

    January 10, 2011 at 11:16 am |
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