Re: Greek Muslim ("Hello" Helen, convert to Islam. Do you have any comments to make regarding this Sept.11 attrocity ?)

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Posted by From a former Muslim (now, Orthodox Christian) on September 16, 2001 at 15:43:12:

In Reply to: Greek Muslim posted by Helen on August 29, 2001 at 13:01:37:

: I was reading some of the posts on here and was quite shocked and upset by some of your attitudes to what Islam is. I left a short message for Sara but after reading these posts I couldnąt help but reply and defend the poor girl.
: Why bring up terrorist? There are terrorists in every religion and race. I am a convert to another religion not another race. I am still Greek, speak, and have Greek parents nothing has changed but the book of God that I read.
: I went to a catholic school and I attended Greek school on Saturdays I know what the Christians believe in, inside out. I got high grades for Christian religious education and quite enjoyed it. I was always aware of a God.
: Then I also studied Islamic religion. It is not very different to Christianity and Judaism. It all made sense to me. Things that I could not understand in the bible were answered in the Quran. The bible tells Christians to practice in a certain way. but they do not follow. In fact practicing good muslims Practice the bible more than christians. It is said in the Quran to respect other religions especially the Christianity.
: "Never Judge a Religion by it's People, Judge a Religion by it's Scripture!"
: So if you want to challenge Islam visit
: Then write to me here or privately with your questions or criticism.
: Some of the biggest misconceptions that many non-Muslims have about Islam have to do with the word "Allah". For various reasons, many people have come to believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. This is totally false, since "Allah" is simply the Arabic word for "God" - and there is only One God. Let there be no doubt - Muslims worship the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus - peace be upon them all. However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty God. For example, Muslims - like Jews - reject the Christian beliefs of the Trinity and the Divine Incarnation. This, however, doesn't mean that each of these three religions worships a different God - because, as we have already said, there is only One True God. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim to be "Abrahamic Faiths", and all of them are also classified as "monotheistic". However, Islam teaches that other religions have, in one way or another, distorted and nullified a pure and proper belief in Almighty God by neglecting His true teachings and mixing them with man-made ideas.
: First of all, it is important to note that "Allah" is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word "Allah" being used where "God" is used in English.
: This is because "Allah" is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to the English word "God" with a capital "G". Additionally, the word "Allah" cannot be made plural or given gender (i.e. masculine or feminine), which goes hand-in-hand with the Islamic concept of God. Because of this, and also because the Qur'an, which is the holy scripture of Muslims, was revealed in the Arabic language, some Muslims use the word "Allah" for "God", even when they are speaking other languages. This is not unique to the word "Allah", since many Muslims tend to use Arabic words when discussing Islamic issues, regardless of the language which they speak. This is because the universal teachings of Islam - even though they have been translated in every major language - have been preserved in the Arabic language.
: Helen...

Dear Helen:

Please don't misunderstand my title. A large number of Muslims in the world don't share the obsessive anti-Christian and anti-western values of the west that a substantial number of my (former) co-religionists believe in; many of these peaceful Muslims have certainly felt a shared pain with their fellow human beings (non-Muslim) who have been victimized by this tragic event (Sept.11.2001).

Do you have any comments to make regarding this event or this silence ?

By the is so rewarding to know that a good number of Muslims have been offering to give blood throughout some of the lands of the west for the need of the victims

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