Thursday, September 09, 2010

9/10

Right after I received this tweet from Newsweek, I began browsing for Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center. Well, as a Moslem and a part of the universe, I wasn't really worried about his intention to set the holy Quran ablaze. It seemed that he didn't get a lot of support anyway. But as usual I couldn't resist the temptation to analyze his personality; what kind of person he was, what logic he had behind the "Burn the Koran Day". And as usual, I was intrigued to leave some cynical, or sarcastic, message on their website.

I found their website without any difficulty. But I didn't leave any comment there. Instead, I had a good laugh reading their articles. Geez! I was amazed by their delusion :-) Their rants and rambles were - in my not-so-humble opinion - too bizarre to convince any people who could keep their head cool :-)

Take a look at the article called 10 Reasons to Burn a Koran. Anyone could see that all they have is accusation and prejudice - without any logical evident to support. Here are some examples of their accusation, and how easy it is to show their logical fallacy :)

One

The Koran teaches that Jesus Christ, the Crucified, Risen Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords was NOT the Son of God, nor was he crucified (a well documented historical fact that ONLY Islam denies). This teaching removes the possibility of salvation and eternal life in heaven for all Islam's believers. They face eternal damnation in hell if they do not repent.


There is a huge difference between denying the occurence of crucifixion and denying the identity of those who were crucified. If only they read the Koran carefully, at least An Nisa QS 4: 157 - 159 part, they will realize that Islam only denies that Jesus Christ was the Son of God :-) Islam never denies the "well documented historical fact" that there was a crucifixion :-)

It is said: That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-

See? There is no denial towards the "well documented historical fact" of crucifixion :-) We just deny the identity of the person they crucified ;-) Since we put that person - who you believe as Son of God - as something extra-ordinary. Someone God love so much to save and raise up :-) Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise;-, the Koran says.

I had a good laugh reading this first reason, because they have served their logical fallacy right from the beginning ;-) See the first sentence? They mix up the "well documented historical fact" with their own belief :-) The "well documented historical fact" only proves that the crucifixion happened. It does not prove the identity of the condemned. It is their belief that links the "well documented historical fact" with the identity of that person. And now they think they hold the truth ;-)? What a logical fallacy :-) From the way I see it, the same "well documented historical fact" supports BOTH Islamic and Christianity's belief :-)

Two

The Koran does not have an eternal origin. It is not recorded in heaven. The Almighty God, Creator of the World, is NOT it's source. It is not holy. It's writings are human in origin, a concoction of old and new teachings. This has been stated and restated for centuries by scholars since Islam's beginnings, both Moslem and non-Moslem.


This so-called 2nd reason made me laugh even more :-) They are so sure to say Koran is not this, Koran is not that. But.... anyone notice that they fail to mention even ONE single argument to convince others ;-)? Who the scholars that made the statement? What statement did they make?

I don't know how others will take it. But I always look for a convincing proof before accepting something as a truth ;-)

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I won't bother to criticize or comment the rest of the articles ;-) At the end of the day, I realize that this congregation does not need any comment from me. They are not a bunch of Islam-haters; they are just a bunch of people who are so lost in their own delusion. It's not prejudice towards Islam they have; it's delusion. So deluded they are, that they even think that the best way to fight Islam is by doing what is forbidden by their own religion: committing violence.

This phenomenon gives us a very important learning: no matter how GOOD the teaching of your religion is, fanatism will always lead us to BAD act. That fanatism and the not willingness to listen objectively to what others believe in are the root of all prejudice and violence.

John Lennon once sang that the brotherhood of man might come when there is no possession, no countries, no religion. Well... I don't share the same belief with him. I think the brotherhood of man depends on how we learn to practice our empathic skill towards diversity. We don't have to extinguish all the difference; we just need to learn to accept them.

... and let God be your judge of what the Truth is ;-)

As in Al Maaidah QS 5: 48 says, we mortals never know what the Truth is ;-) It's the prerogative of God. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute

Happy Eid Mubarak, September 10. Nine years ago, 9/11 was a tragedy. Let's make 9/10 event a remedy for that.