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Many people quickly have an opinion about Islam at hand. However, this opinion is seldom based on in-depth knowledge. Why not ask someone who has first-hand experience of both the Muslim and Western traditions of thought?

Author: Ahmad Milad Karimi

Claims, parts 2 and 3

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"Islam strives for world domination, jihad is the way there", "Muslims despise those of different faiths and non-believers" - there are more allegations and more answers from Ahmad Milad Karimi in Part 2 and Part 3.

Claim 1: Islam is a violent religion

Islam itself cannot act and also cannot exercise violence. Islam is the name of a world religion with currently around 1.6 billion followers. Judgment on Islam comes either from the theological awareness of that religion or from empirical observation of Muslims. The propensity for violence is not a religious occurrence.

On the other hand, the peace potentials of the religion of Islam can be justified theologically. Islam sees itself as a path to happiness: Its ethics, with all the virtues that have been known to us since antiquity, consist in maintaining the mean measure, that between two extremes, excess and deficiency. Islam as a religion encourages Muslims to “make peace between people” (Koran 2,224). The Koran sees itself as a guide and the Prophet Muhammad as a model.

The goal of the Qur'an is justice, not, for example, chopping off hands. Chopping off hands is a 7th century punishment. It is not specifically Islamic to chop off one's hands; it is not the execution of sentences that is the declared aim of Islam, but the establishment of a just social order. That is why the threats of punishment in the Koran are to be read out of this awareness. Today the world is no longer the same as it was then.

Claim 2: The Koran legitimizes assassinations and suicide bombings

The Koran sees itself as a decided declaration of love from God to all people (cf. Koran 5.54). In this sense, the Koran is the revelation of God for Muslims, which guides, sustains, comforts, is convinced and committed to the good, affirms life, appreciates diversity and otherness, clearly rejects hatred and destruction.

In this sense, the Koran suggests: "If someone keeps someone alive: it should be as if he had kept people alive, all of them", just as the killing of a person is understood as "as if he had killed people , all of them »(Koran 5:32). Assassins and suicide bombers want destruction and annihilation. This means that every person is worth destroying at any time - for a greater goal that cannot be found in this life.

This militant nihilism denies creation and thus essentially denies the creator. They reverse the position of the Islamic religion: they deny God. Assassinations and suicide bombings are therefore not remotely legitimized by the Koran. Because whoever believes, as it is in the Koran, lives in humility, trusts God, but does not play God himself.

Claim 3: Muhammad is a warmonger

There are many myths surrounding the Prophet Muhammad. It cannot be denied that in his life he waged campaigns, mostly against the Meccans. But it is wrong to interpret the reasons for the campaigns in an undifferentiated manner merely as warlike. It is just as wrong to reduce one's person and one's entire work, indeed one's message, to these campaigns. The Muslim tradition of thought has almost developed its own literary narrative tradition that deals meticulously with the individual campaigns. The causes, goals, losses, strategies are analyzed and critically assessed.

The Prophet Muhammad clearly has a completely different meaning for Muslims. As the Koran suggests, it was sent "out of mercy for the worlds" (Koran 21,106). The principles that he embodies in the minds of Muslims are justice, goodness and peace. Muhammad emerges as a moral model. He does not encourage Muslims to do bad things, nor does he induce intolerance, but in him the Muslims have "an example, a beautiful one" (Koran 33:21). He was sent to perfect people's character.

Claim 4: Muhammad is the only true prophet

Islam sees itself essentially as a religion that reformulates the traditional tradition of Judaism and Christianity. All three religions refer to the ancestor Abraham. In addition, Islam presents its own theological standpoint of the image of God. The Islamic self-image includes the appreciation of the previous monotheistic traditions, that is, of Judaism and Christianity. The Prophet Muhammad is regarded as a prophet and messenger who stands in the tradition of a number of prophets who were sent by God (cf. Koran 3,144) to command what is good and to ward off what is harmful.

Claims about the Bible

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«The New Testament is anti-Semitic», «The Bible is full of stories about murder, war and rape», «The Bible discriminates against women»: You can read what theologian Konrad Schmid answers to these and other statements about the Bible here (Part 1) and read here (part 2).

Without a doubt, the Prophet Muhammad is held in high regard as the ultimate prophet. But the Koran expressly speaks of Adam, Abraham, Job, Moses, Jesus and many other prophetic personalities. Without exception, they are given the highest appreciation and recognition - as role models, teachers and guides. Thus it is recommended in the Qur'an: 'Say:' We believe in God and what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes, and what did Moses and Jesus and what did the prophets receive from their master. We do not distinguish between them and we are devoted to Him. ›» (Koran 2, 136).

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  • Commentary by Henri Jendly (Henri Jendly)
    Many comments confirm: you believe what you want to believe; what one does not know is somehow deduced. The main thing: your own prejudices do not have to be questioned. Our prejudices are the yardstick for our horizon. Some boards are so close to the head that they don't even have to be "nailed up"! Einstein once said: "Everyone has a board in front of their head - only the distance is different".
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  • Comment from Beat Reuteler (br)
    With assertion 4 you can see how the specialists of Islam know how to throw sand in the eyes of people in the West with naked lies.
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    1. answer from Werner Kessler (Werner Kessler)
      Attempts are made again and again to gloss over Islam and twist facts. But if you look over the tip of your nose you can see in all predominantly Muslim countries that violence in the name of Islam is carried out primarily against Christians. The envy and resentment of our civilized, European and Christian society is expressed again and again, whereby violence is always involved. Such behavior must be clearly combated in Europe.
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    2. answer from Aladin Ali (pyramid builder)
      This tonality was heard before the Crusades, and what was the result?
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  • Comment from Beat. Mosimann (AG)
    The direction of religion and belief, a personal decision. In Medina the Azan call sounds pure, the people have decided to believe in God in the affirmative, with all obligations to deal with the history of faith and the Koran daily and to offer 5 prayers. They regularly apologize to God because there is an awareness of how quickly we make mistakes, so there is self-reflection, of one's own life, that certainly cannot be an aggressor
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