Question: Why is Islam so violent?
Why do Islamic countries have no religious freedom. I am from India and
very proud to be a Christian but my respect for Islam as a faith is diminishing
day by day.
Answer: Islam is not a violent
religion. It does not condone the use of force in suppressing humanity
in any way. On the contrary, the only basis on which it allows its followers
to use force is to liberate suppressed human beings from the clutches of
oppression and injustice. In such cases too, it only allows a state to
take up this task. Muslim individuals and groups are in no way allowed
to take up arms.
In the wake of recent events, I understand
and appreciate the agony you feel regarding Muslims. I am afraid some Muslims
have tarnished the shinning face of Islam through violence, terrorism and
intolerance. They have besmeared Islam and totally distorted a religion
that came to upgrade humanity from the clutches of evil. However, I have
no doubt in mind that many of these Muslims are very sincere people who
have been misguided.
I would request you to disregard such
people and draw your conclusions about Islam not from their actions but
from the Qur’an -- the book of Islam. I respect you and your views
and hope that someday a cordial interfaith dialogue be initiated at least
between the three great Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and