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I appreciate this gentleman's honesty myself. He's is a good "Muslim". Those who disagree are bad Muslims. That's OUR problem,IMO.


Islam or death

I read Le Roy Barnett's letter ("Muslims, speak up," June 26) about Muslims' opinion on Abdul Rahman's conversion to Christianity.

Islam is not only a religion, it is a complete way of life. Islam guides Muslims from birth to grave. The Quran and prophet Muhammad's words and practical application of Quran in life cannot be changed.

Islam is a guide for humanity, for all times, until the day of judgment. It is forbidden in Islam to convert to any other religion. The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it.

Islam is being embraced by people of other faiths all the time. They should know they can embrace Islam, but cannot get out. This rule is not made by Muslims; it is the supreme law of God.

Please do not ask us Muslims to pick some rules and disregard other rules. Muslims are supposed to embrace Islam in its totality.

Nazra Quraishi
East Lansing
Execution for apostasy is not Qur'anic:
However during the infancy of Islam several people were killed for leaving Islam so the punishment is Sunnah (actions and sayings of Muhammad) and hence Shariah, Islamic Law.

Like any laws Shariah Laws are subject to change to fit the times we are living in. I for one would find it ridiculous to condemn somebody to death for changing their religion.
I have several friends who have gone one way or the other in their religions due to marriage. I feel that all these people were no big loss for their former religions and no big gain for their current religions.

Personally, I won't trust anybody who change their religions, the same people who change their religions easily might also change their alliances to the countries that they live in.

So the 1.2 billion Muslims are all untrustworthy since Islam didn't start until about 700 AD and they all were converts from previous religions?

If you're raised as a worshipper of the devil and you decide to change,you're untrustworthy?

Anyway,what you posted counts as formal religious teaching even though it isn't in the Koran I assume?
For example if I was in charge of issuing "Secret Clearances" in Turkey, somebody who just have converted to Islam from another religion will raise red flags for me to do a much more through background checks on them before issuing any clearances.

The 1.2 billion Moslems have not converted to Islam just now, but are born as Moslems. I would not judge their trustworthiness by what their ancestors done 1,300 years ago. However, I would make sure that their loyalty to their country comes before the loyalty to their religion.

In the United States the same red flags are raised for somebody who just has converted to a different religion.

What I meant was,all Muslims were some other religion at one time in the beginning of the religion. Not today.

I have mixed feelings myself about this issue. I recognize that a human must decide these things privately and finally for their souls as they see it. So,while of course I hope for each human to believe in Christ as The Bible teaches,it is everyone's right to believe what they decide.

So,if a guy becomes a religion other than Christian here,from the standpoint of
"is he going to be loyal to the nation" is a hard choice for me.

I know you're loyal. I know some Muslims are not.

Yet,we have many loyal citizens here who are not Christian. It's a hard choice.

Specifically concerning Christians and loyalty to non Christian regions,I think a study will show very little in the way of revolting against the majority rule of others. Christians are taught(Thai and I have been debating this issue in the religion section) to respect the authority of the governors,PERIOD.
If I live in Turkey,I am loyal to Turkey. Iraqi Christians are berated for having supported Hussein,but the fact is they will support whoever leads them if they follow their Bibles. We aren't given the flexibility to pick and choose these things until we're ordered to do something clearly evil,such as murdering innocents,etc.