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The Persecution of Christians Today is a GREAT SIN!!

I will begin this post with this:

“In the Name of ALLAH, the Most Wise, Most Powerful, and Most Gracious….”

Dome1I came across a post on “The Counter Jihad Report” today that I find quite disturbing.  The post is about the persecution of Christians in Muslim countries in the Middle East.  The post states that a 2014 World Watch List report ranks 50 nations where Christians are the most persecuted.  Syria holds the third place in terms of being the worst nation in which to be a Christian.  Iraq ranks 4th and Afghanistan ranks 5th while Libya ranks 13th.  According to the post, “All four countries receive the strongest “extreme persecution” (ranking).  The post notes heavy US involvement in these nations and points out that three of them (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya) were “liberated” by the US.  It further notes that in Syria the US is “actively sponsoring freedom fighters” against the regime of President Assad.  The post says that many of these so called freedom fighters “would be better labeled terrorists.”

In Syria, the post says, beheadings of Christians and the bombing of their churches are at an all time high.  It also notes that in Syria, Christians are “slaughtered for refusing to convert to Islam, and countless abducted for ransom or rape at the hands of those whom the U.S. supports.”  As accurately is stated in the post Syria used to be a tolerant nation in terms of religion but that all seems to have changed now as the US attempts to bring “democracy” to Syria.  In conclusion the post notes that wherever the US has gone to bring “democracy” in the Middle East it has consistently resulted in Islamists coming to power and “Christian minorities suffer extreme persecution.”

I’m not going to address the politics here nor the failure of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.  What I am going to address is the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in places like Syria.

First of all, to all my Muslim brothers and sisters, let me state flatly and bluntly that rape, murder, and suicide are ALL SINS period!!  Anyone who commits these acts is going to Hell even though they may mistakenly think they are going to Paradise.  Sorry but it isn’t going to happen.  Need proof?  READ YOUR QUR’AN!  Yes, actually pick the book up and READ IT instead of letting it collect dust and listening to some LOST religious leader just tell you what he claims is in it.  READ if for YOURSELVES! Continue reading

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Examples of The Ottoman Empire Treatment of Non-Muslims

by Adan Kadar

The Ottoman Turks were led Osman who began to unite the Ottomans into a nation and eventually into an empire that would last for 623 years.  The Ottomans were nomads and orignally they were Christians until the converted to Islam.  The adopted the Sufi form of Islam because it did not require one to memorize the Quran or to pray in a mosque.  This sect of Islam fit the Ottoman’s nomadic lifestyle perfectly.  Sufism would continue to be the primary form of Islam throughout the 623 year reign of the infamous Ottoman Empire.

The Ottomans were tolerant and compassionate with people of other faiths giving them equal protection under Ottoman law.  Non-Muslims who came under their rule were given protection in accordance with the Koranic teaching:

“If any of the Mushrikun (idolaters) ask you for protection,
give them protection until they have heard the words of Allah.
Then convey them to a place where they are safe.
That is because they are a people who do not know.”
Sura Al-Tawba 9:6

Several of the Ottoman Sultans enforced the teachings, morals, and values of the Qur’an and demanded these Koranic values be upheld throughout the empire.  Many considered themselves living examples of these values and expected everyone in the empire to emulate them and have the same values.  Many undertook the task of spreading Islam in the lands they conquered and beyond believing that if they did good work for Allah that Allah would do good for them.  This belief was based on the Koranic teaching:

“You who believe!
If you help Allah,
He will help you
and make your feet firm.”
Sura Muhammad 47:7

One Sultan issued an imperial edict setting the one for all future rulers of the empire regarding Christians.  In that edict he wrote:

“No one will be allowed to disturb or harm these people or their churches.  Let them live peacefully in my empire and let these people who are now immigrants live safely and freely.  Let them return to their homelands with the borders of my empire and live in their monasteries.

Neither a member of teh royal family nor any viziers, nor servants, nor the citizens of this empire will violate the honor of or the lives of these people.

No one is allowed to attack these people’s lives, property, or churches, or to insult them or endanger them.  And even if these people bring citizens of other countries to my country, these new people will enjoy the same rights.

I swear by Allah, the Creator, and Lord of the Heavens, and the Earth, the Messenger of Allah, our Prophet Muhammad (saas), 124,000 prophets and the sword I am wearing that none of my citizens will contravene this as long as they are loyal to me, and follow my commands.”
Sultan Mehmet I

This imperial edict set the stage for the empire regarding Christians and was very much in line with the Koranic teaching that True Muslims are to respect not only Mosques but Churches and Synagogues because in them Allah’s name is remembered and he is worshiped by the Faithful.

The world today can find an example in the Ottoman Empire of how Muslims should regard and treat non-Muslims with tolerance and fairness.  At some point Muslims must return to these things and once again be a compassionate, just, fair, intelligent, and honorable people who value all human life for all human beings no matter who or what they are or are not were created by Allah!

NOW is the time to return to Compassion and Tolerance!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Ottoman Empire

by Rashad Hasan el-Hadiz

Before I begin this post I want to say “Merry Christmas” to all of our Christian friends in the world.  This is a blessed time of year as the birth of Jesus (blessings be upon him) is remembered and celebrated by the faithful.  My prayer now is that the peace, compassion, tolerance, and mutual respect that once existed between Christians and Muslims be restored.  Sadly, in many parts of the Middle East this season is not a good one for many Christians who are being killed by Muslim fanatics who are burning down their churches and killing the Christian People of Scripture which is absolutely WRONG according to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an!

Let me begin with a bit of Islamic history and the beginnings of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.  The empire was founded by Turkish tribes under the leadership of Osman Bey in 1299 A.D.  For hundreds of years it was one of the most powerful and advanced Muslim states in world history.  It was multinational, multiethnic, and multilinqual.  But it was also MULTI-RELIGIOUS as the empire was composed of not only Muslims but also Christians and Jews, et al.  When the Ottomans conquered an area they did NOT force the conquered people to convert to Islam but, instead, they allowed the people to continue to practice their own faith.  This administrative tactic made Ottoman rule more acceptable to the conquered peoples and minimized the threat of rebellion as the conquered peoples were not only allowed to continue practicing their own religion but they were also allowed to continue with their traditions and customs.  The Muslim Ottoman Turks did not try to force conquered people into being like them but, rather, they tolerated and RESPECTED the religion, custom, and traditions of the conquered lands.  This approach by the Ottomans was very much in line with the teachings of the Qur’an which admonishes Muslims to RESPECT the places of worship of Christians and Jews (ie:  Churches and Synagogues) and to treat them as “People of the Book” or “People of Scripture.”  Further, Christians and Jews, not just Muslims, were allowed to serve in both the provincial and imperial government and some achieved high positions with some even becoming Grand Viziers, the Ottoman equivalent to a Prime Minister or President.

The Ottoman Empire existed for an astounding 623 YEARS!  Officially, it was founded on 27 July, 1299 AD and ended at the end of WW1 on 1 November 1922 when the end of the Sultanate was declared and Turkey became a Republic under Mustafa Kamal otherwise known as Attaturk.  At the height of its power the Ottoman Empire was a global center o culture, science, invention, and philosopical endeavors.  Astounding progress was made in medicine and construction techniques that were soon adopted in Europe and around the world.  Even to our very own days today the modern world continues to feel the influences of the Ottoman Empire!

Under the leadership of Osman I the first Ottoman Sultan the Turkish tribes were mostly CHRISTIAN until they converted to Islam and that is historical FACT.  Yes, the Ottomans began as Christians who later converted to Islam.  The majority of the Ottoman Turks practiced Sufism because it did not require one to memorize the Qur’an nor to pray in a mosque.  A Sufi Muslim could simply read from the Qur’an and pray anywhere and since the Ottomans were nomads at this time they had no cities and no mosques so Sufism fit their habits and customs well as nomads.  Sufism continued to be the most influential and powerful sect of Islam during the entire 623 year rule of the Ottoman Turks over most of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe (ie: Romania, Hungary, Bosnia, etc).  Sufism is considered by some to be the “mystical arm” of Islam and there is no question that Sufism is probably the most “liberal” sect of Islam.  Today most Muslims are Sunnis or Shias (Shi’ites) which are both conservative branches of Islam.  Sufism valued tolerance and intellect and it still does today.  Sufism today continues to be much more tolerant of other faiths and Sufis feel no need to impose their beliefs on others just as they felt the same in the times of the beginning of the Ottoman Empire.

The Qur’an teaches that Muslims must respect the places of worship of the Christians and Jews (churches and synagogues) because they are People of the Book.  Together all three religions form what is sometimes termed as the “Abrahamic Faiths” because each of these three faiths trace their origins back to the Patriarch Abraham (pbuh).  Ottoman Sufis Muslims put this teaching into practice and respected mosques, churches, and synagogues which were all considered to be places in which the one true God was remembered and worshipped by the faithful (Sura 22:40).

Ottoman Sufis also practiced the Quranic teaching FORBIDDING compulsion in religion!  We find this teaching in the Qur’an in Sura 2:256 which says:

“There is no compulsion in religion,
truly the Right Way has become clearly distinct from error;
therefore, whoever disbelieves in Shaitan (Satan) and believes in Allah (God),
he indeed has laid hold of the firmest handle which shall not break off,
and Allah (God) is Hearing and All-Knowing.”
[Sura al-Baqara 2:256]

Another translation of this same verse says:

“Let there be no compulsion in religion.
Truth stands out clear from Error,
Whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah
Has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold,
that never breaks.
And Allah hears and knows All-Things.”
(Sura al-Baqara 2:256)

Thus, Islamic Ottoman rule lasted for 623 years and encompassed most of the Middle East and Ottoman rule was characterized by RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE which is very MUCH in line with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.  And the sect or form of Islam practiced by the Ottomans was SUFISM which today is the third branch (sect) of Islam. Continue reading