Saturday, September 16, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI's Comments

I don't know if Chrisitans are aware of this, but Muslims listen to what the Pope has to say. He is a world moral leader, speaking for Christians, as Muslims make no distinction between Catholic or Protestant.

Pope Benedict's recent comments on Islam is causing quite a stir.

I encourage you to learn more about Islam and what it says about violence.

If you want to learn more, please read. If not, why not?

Ma'salaam,

Marian

The following is from the www.cair-net.org website where you can subscribe to daily news releases concerning Islam and America.

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS CALL FOR DIALOGUE OVER POPE'S COMMENTS ON ISLAM CAIR seeks meeting with Vatican representative in Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/15/2006) -

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for increased dialogue between Muslims and Catholics over the controversy sparked by remarks perceived as insulting to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad made by Pope Benedict XVI. CAIR is also seeking a meeting with the Vatican's representative in Washington, D.C., to discuss the remarks.

In an address on Tuesday, the Pope quoted a 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor as saying: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

SEE: Muslim Leaders Blast Pope's Comments (Washington Post)

In a statement issued today, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said:"The proper response to the Pope's inaccurate and divisive remarks is for Muslims and Catholics worldwide to increase dialogue and outreach efforts aimed at building better relations between Christianity and Islam. This unfortunate episode also offers an opportunity for Christians to learn more about Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic concept of jihad."Jihad is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the battlefield for self-defense (e.g., - having a standing army for national defense), or fighting against tyranny or oppression. 'Jihad' should not be translated as 'holy war.'"

The Quran, Islam's revealed text, condemns forced acceptance of any faith when it states: 'Let there be no compulsion in religion.' (2:256)

Islam calls for peace once oppression ends: 'Fight in the cause of God with those who fight against you, but do not exceed the limits...If they desist, let there be no hostility except against the oppressors." (2:190-193)

"Muslims are also asked to maintain good relations with people of other faiths, and to engage in constructive dialogue. 'And dispute not with the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) except with means better (than mere disputation). . .but say, 'We believe in the Revelation that has come down to us and in that which came down to you.'" (29:46)

"The Quran also states: '(Rest assured that) those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians, and the Sabians - whoever believes in God and the last day and performs good deeds - will be rewarded by their Lord. They will have nothing to fear or to regret.' (2:62)

"In Islam, there is no contradiction between faith and reason. The first verses revealed to the Prophet Muhammad included: 'Read! In the name of your Lord. . .Read! Your Lord is the Most Gracious, Who taught by the (use of the) pen, taught man what he knew not.'

Historically, whenever Islam flourished, so did knowledge and discovery."Let us all continue the interfaith efforts promoted by the late Pope John Paul II, who made great strides in bringing Muslims and Catholics together for the common good."

Along with a request for a meeting with a Vatican representative in the United States, CAIR is urging Americans of all faiths to learn more about Islam and about the life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad by requesting a free Quran or a book or DVD about Muhammad at www.explorethequran.org and www.cair.com/Muhammad. CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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9 comments:

Cairogal said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere, Mariam!

Marian said...

Thanks. Just been getting back into the swing with working at school and had a virus. Ma'salaam

Terror-Free said...

New Pope Shows Spine
Islamonazi CAIR Is Not Impressed

http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/MS091506.php - video

Please Call The Vatican Embassy In Washington, DC at (202) 333-7121 to Express Your Support!

Masd said...

It is indeed sad that Pope has spoken without giving much thought about the damage his words would cause to the Muslim Christaian relationship.

Hajar said...

Salaam Sis,
Thank you so much for sharing this article! It's very important to keep these things in mind when imteracting with Christians and Jews on a daily basis.

Marian said...

The Pope did apologize that he offended Muslims. This is good enough for me. I realize the quote was just that. A quote. Nothing more. It did not express his personal views. Will post another blog entry on this soon. Ma'salaam

Karen said...

Welcome back. I did not pay attention to the Pope, since I am not Catholic, it did not spark any interest.... until..... SWOOSH! The flames started coming out of everywhere at him. I believe that Muslin (as a rule) is not a warmongering religion, it is a peace loving and quiet meditation type of religion and I for one have read some of the Quaran, but not all and it is a beautiful book. I feel that the views of the Pope are not the views of all Americans and since alot of Americans were upset also, I see I am not the only one on that side of the fence. Ma'salaam. Karen

Marian said...

Karen,
Thanks for your input! I know you can think for yourself -- you have proven yourself many times throughout your life. That's what i love about you!!! I didn't hear anything about the comments until bbc ran stories about the protests by muslims in indonesia -- not much here in Egypt, though. Egyptians are not big on protesting unless they're protesting for real democracy. Extremism here is not tolerated at all. The Muslim Brotherhood (Al Zawahiri who was one) is kept quiet by the government arresting men who speak for an Islamic society. No, it's not the US government, but anything to keep extremism quiet is good enough for me.

Hope y'all are ok. Love!!! Marian

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