Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 5:11 PM
I am a muslim and I live in the US. I was born and raised in Canada with Indian background. I feel I need to help clear up what is true and what is not true with regards to Islam.
> Islam is a religion and a person practicing Islam is a muslim. There are
> five basics pillars of islam that any muslim should follow. All the
> guidance of what muslims should do is in the holy book called the Qu'ran
> or "Koran".
> Unfortunately, it seems that Bin Laden and others have taken religion as
> a vehicle to project their political hatred and motives. What he is
> doing, has nothing to do with Islam at all. Islam teaches people to be
> loving, peace giving, god fearing people. It teaches us to live with
> diversity, other religions, and humility.
> All the things that bin laden has said in the interviews and has done in
> the past are not words from the qu'ran but his words. And unfortunately
> the media and lack of real knowledge has blurred what is true and what is
> The statement by binladen that non-muslims cannot live in a muslim
> country is false - 100% false. India was ruled by muslims for 900 years,
> christians, muslims and hindus lived happily together. Same in
> palestine, before the partition, arab jews and arab muslims lived
> together for hundreds of years in peace. The main reasons for hatred and
> fighting the past 50 years was due more to political landscape than
> religion. Unfortunately, religion is a powerful tool that gets people
> motivated and people in power have used it as the lauch pad for
> Another item that binladen keeps talking about is Jihad or holy war.
> There is discussion of Jihad in the Qu'ran and when and why it is
> appropriate. It is never an offensive tactic. Jihad is only permitted
> when a muslim is being opppressed to practice their religion. Only real
> examples where Jihad may have been appropriate in recent years would be
> the Bosnian war where Bosnian muslims were being executed strictly based
> on their religion. But by no means, can a muslim country attack another
> country (muslim or not) as an act of Jihad. That is incorrect.
> the basics of islam are similar to christianity.
> Believe in one god. In arabic the word god is Allah. The god is the same
> between all three religions. jews, muslims and christians pray to the
> same god. That is very important to understand.
> But a true muslim is humble, not greedy, not arrogant and never shows
> jealousy. Tolerance, helping neighbours of any race, creed, or religion
> is the first thing. One of the five pillars of islam is to give to the
> poor. It's required, not a choice. As any religion or race, there are a
> small group of radicals that take any religion and bend it for their
> convenience. This seems to be the case with bin laden, saddam hussein, and
> others who have killed humans for their gain.
> None of these people will go to heaven as they believe they will. Jihad
> is not valid here nor does is it say to kill innocent children, parents,
> and siblings. Jihad only allows fighting among soliders, not civilians.
> Unfortunately these people are misled and doing very evil things that
> they will be punished for it.
> I'll stop rambling here..I hope this helps you guys get a better
> understand of what is going on. Just remember, Arab is a race..there are
> Arab Christians, Arab Jews and Arab muslims. At the moment radical arab
> muslims are causing trouble and doing things that are absolutely not
> tolerated in Islam at all. I hope these groups are stopped and removed.
> I was in NYC yesterday and I was there when it happened. I saw the second
> plane slam into the WTC 2. It was an experience I wish I had not
> witnessed. But we need to grow strong and not stereotype.
> best regards,
> a muslim in america.