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  • Islam on the sanctity of life

    Fearing that the message posted at ozzie's thread may not get the required attention there, given the size of that thread, it is reproduced below:

    About the sanctity of life, the Holy Quran says:

    If anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or(and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. (Al-Quran: 5:32) (translation of the Quran with Arabic text is available on a number of sites and anybody can verify).

    The Prophet of Islam (May peace be upon him) said: The greatest of sins are: 1) To join others as partners in worship with Allah, 2) to murder a human being, 3) to be undutiful to one's parents 4) and to make a false statement," or said, "to give a false witness. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol.9, Hadith No. 10)

    There seem to be great misconceptions about Islam outside the Islamic world. Sincere efforts need to be made to remove the centuries-old misunderstandings. A beginning to that end has been made by giving section on Islam at the website of The Society of Pakistani Homoeopaths - www.geocities.com/homoeopathpk/Islam

    [ 14 September 2001: Message edited by: Ghazi ]
    Best regards<br />Ghazi<br /><a href="http://www.sph.homeoweb.net" target="_blank">www.sph.homeoweb.net</a>

  • #2
    Thank you, Ghazi and Ozzie, for bringing attention to this.

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    • #3
      Dear Ghazi,

      Very good of you to offer verifications from the Holy Quran. And I sincerely hope that Islam is not confused with this type of barbaric act. I have a number of close friends/patients who are Muslims of various sects, and most are simple, helpful, peace loving people.

      Unfortunately it is some of the "Islamic Countries" themselves that have given the impresion of acceptance of these evil people who allow such activity to perpetrate.

      Most understanding people will be able to distinguish between the two. And even both the US and UK governments have gone on record repeatedly stating not to equate this action with Islam. It is sad that the poor Muslim in the street will have to face the social consequences.

      But the misunderstanding has been substatiated by fundamentalists and leaders in your own, and neighbouring countries, and educating the ill informed is going to be an up hill task.

      Still, I appreciate your effort.

      Warm regards,
      doctorleela
      http://www.homeopathy2health.com

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      • #4
        doctorleela, going through what you say does create an impression as if the crashes were the work of some Muslim fundamentalist outfit. I do not think you are right in your assumption.

        Had it not been on this Bulletin Board, I would have taken what you say as a political statement of Indian Prime Minister or Foreign Minister. Let us avoid all the propaganda with political undertones.

        [ 14 September 2001: Message edited by: Ghazi ]
        Best regards<br />Ghazi<br /><a href="http://www.sph.homeoweb.net" target="_blank">www.sph.homeoweb.net</a>

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        • #5
          Dear Ghazi,

          I do not intend to get into a confrontation with you. I should have been more clear there. Let me clear the reference to "these ()people".

          First, the groups that have been mentioned in the media as possible "people"/suspects, have gone on record to justify the attack. There is no justification in my opinion.

          Second, I am not saying (and in no position to say) that this is the work of some "Muslim Outfit". It may be just about anybody with an evil intent.

          Third, I made a mistake in putting the word "evil" along with "these people", as I have always believed that though intentions are evil, people are not.

          I hope this calms your heart. There was no intention to slander.

          Warm regards,
          doctorleela
          http://www.homeopathy2health.com

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          • #6
            Thanks for the clarification.
            Best regards<br />Ghazi<br /><a href="http://www.sph.homeoweb.net" target="_blank">www.sph.homeoweb.net</a>

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            • #7
              Dear Ghazi,

              The first precept does not make sense to me. I would think that joining with others as partners to worship would be a good thing. Would you please explain. Maybe something is lost in the translation.

              I'm afraid that when people act in groups, they feel that the lives they take are not really murder, but rather that their people have been murdered and they are righteously retaliating. And so it escalates. Will mankind never learn without destroying itself?

              Have you noticed that when people go to war, they always invoke the name of their God to support their cause? When my son was very young, we were watching a TV series that featured bible stories. It was one of the Old Testament battles that was on and my son said, "I know now why God doesn't like war. The good guys get killed, too."

              Shirley
              Shirley Reischman

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              • #8
                This article "Taliban in No-Win Situation" gives some further perspective of the current dilemma in Afghanistan:
                http://news.excite.com/news/ap/01091...libans-dilemma

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                • #9
                  Thank you David, an excellant article to help us understand the position of the Afghanistani people.
                  Kescah

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                  • #10
                    Dear Ghazi,
                    I have the Q'uran here in my house - in English - so, if you want, I can post what the English version says if it proves confusing to try to translate from your native tongue.

                    I'll go have a look for the verses now - but if there are more - please say which verses you want to quote, and I'll happily post them for all.

                    Sincerest regards,
                    "The significance of a fact is measured by the capacity of the observer."
                    Carroll Dunham

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                    • #11
                      Ghazi, I have:
                      The Holy Qur'an
                      Text, Translation and Commentary by A. Yusuf Ali (The Islamic Foundation)

                      I tried to look up 5:32 - but am not so well versed in the Qur'an. Is this found in one of the Sura's? Or in one of the Commentaries?

                      I looked in the index, under 'murder'- and a few other things and didn't find the verse you quoted above in your first paragraph.

                      If you could tell me around which page number (I'm hoping it is similar to your translation) then I could post here, plainly in English.

                      Where is the second paragraph from? Is that in the Qur'an? (Obviously I haven't studied it in great detail - but I have read it out of interest some years ago, hence why I have a copy).

                      All the best,
                      "The significance of a fact is measured by the capacity of the observer."
                      Carroll Dunham

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                      • #12
                        From my understanding, any fanatism, be it religious or otherwise is dangerous. There are those religious fanatics who claim that other people from another religion don't have a soul. In the Christian faith are those who do it, In Islam are those who do it, and I don't know how many other religions have fanatic offspring who do that. This is the reason why killing innocent people is justified in their eyes. -The easy way out so to speak. For those fanatics, human life is not considered sacred, unless the same religious beliefs are shared.
                        (I am not attacking any one religion, for we don't know yet who actually committed the crime.)
                        Frankly, in the 3 monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam there is the command of "Thou shalt not kill" ... to this day people have not learned and this command is being broken over and over and over again.

                        Then again, perhaps it was some group who has no religion at all - the terrorists have obviously no respect for life whatsoever.

                        Claudia

                        [ 14 September 2001: Message edited by: ClaudiaRosemarin ]

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                        • #13
                          Yes, it is true that the God of the Bible said in the Jewish Law, "Thou shalt not kill." The Jews did fight many wars in the area that they settled in- but it was because the other people there at the time were involved in a form of worship that was very violent (included a lot of child sacrifice,) and He hated violence.

                          Jesus did not allow his followers to fight for him even when he was about to die. He told them, "Return your sword to its place, for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52.) He also said that his kingdom was no part of this world, but is from heaven, and he said of his followers, "I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world." (John 17:14.) God's Kingdom in not in the hands of human rulers.

                          Retaliation has always led to more retaliation. Sadly, those who refuse to fight don't have the power to stop wars. But they can beat their own swords into plowshares and learn war no more. God will take care of the rest of it.
                          Kescah

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                          • #14
                            Lisa,

                            The whole verse reads:

                            “Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or(and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (set by Allah) in the land!”

                            Please see Sura No. 5 (Al-Ma'ida), verse No. 32. I think, you can now easily find it in the Translation of the Holy Quran by A. Yousuf Ali. In the index, I think, it would be under “life” instead of murder.

                            The second paragraph is a Hadith (What the Prophet (Peace be upon him) did or said is called Hadith). It is in Sahih Al-Bukhari ( a book containing a fine collection of Hadiths), Vol.9 (Hadith No. 10). If you have access to any good library in Oman, it must have Sahih Al-Bukhari in its collection. It is also possible that A. Yousuf Ali might have quoted this Hadith somewhere in his commentary.

                            [ 15 September 2001: Message edited by: Ghazi ]
                            Best regards<br />Ghazi<br /><a href="http://www.sph.homeoweb.net" target="_blank">www.sph.homeoweb.net</a>

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                            • #15
                              Shirley, I highly appreciate the points you often raise. “To join others as partners in worship with Allah” means no one has the right except Allah to be worshipped. Muslims collectively offer prayers five times a day. Islam does not prohibit mass congregations. I think, it is clear enough now?
                              Best regards<br />Ghazi<br /><a href="http://www.sph.homeoweb.net" target="_blank">www.sph.homeoweb.net</a>

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