Sunday, November 7, 2010

Obama regrets 'distortion' of Islam to justify violence [as proposed by the Prophet]

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listen as guide K.K. Muhammed, center left, talks about Humayun's Tomb during their visit there in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010

Muhammad sent Khalid Ibn al-Walid to the tribe of the children of Haritha and told him: "Call them to accept Islam before you fight with them. If they respond, accept that from them, but if they refuse, fight them." Khalid told them: "Accept Islam and spare your life." They entered Islam by force. He brought them to Muhammad. Muhammad said to them: "Had you not accepted Islam I would have cast your heads under your feet"

One of the problems is that violence is an integral part of Islam ~ the ideology ~ this is where the young people could do something about it ~ not by denying it ~ but by acknowledging that it is a part of Islam's past ~ and that today we live in a very different world. Here is where the establisment of rights and freedoms within the Islamic world could pay a big part.

He said the youth of the world can make a huge impact in re-affirming that one can be a strong observer of one’s faith without putting somebody else down or visiting violence on somebody else.

Obama says here that one could practise their religion without putting someone else down ~ also a fundamental aspect of Islam, the dhimmi laws, which put down or subjugate the non-believer. Evidence that the Islamic world is beginning to change and showing a willingness to dump its supremacist ideology as laid down with Muhammad's conquest ~ is when they start making serious efforts to ensure equality of minority religious groups, and apostates from Islam living within their borders. Until then the niceties Obama expresses will not match up with Islam's reality. To be fair I think he is subtly trying to tell Muslims they need to clean up their act, without offending them ~ but with a supremacist mindset will they get it? They will be humbled otherwise ~ all one billion of them!


U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday regretted that the “great religion” of Islam has been distorted by a few extremists to justify violence towards innocent people and called for isolating these elements.

Mr. Obama also said that people will have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is the way to mediate differences among them.

“I think all of us have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is the way to mediate our differences,” he added.

The US president expressed these views when a Muslim student A. Ansari lobbed a question asking for his views on ‘jihad” during his interaction with students of St Xavier’s college here.

“I think all of us recognise that this great religion (Islam) in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence towards innocent people that is never justified,” he said.

“So, one of the challenges the world faces is how to “isolate” those who have these distorted notions of religious war...and reaffirm those who see faces of all sorts whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian and a Jew or any other religion that we can all treat each other with respect and mutual dignity,” he added.

Mr. Obama said the phrase ‘Jihad’ has different interpretations. Islam is one of the great religions and majority of its one billion practices believe in peace, justice and tolerance, he added.

The President also said the existence of diverse religious beliefs was a “major challenge” not only in India but also around the world.

He said the youth of the world can make a huge impact in re-affirming that one can be a strong observer of one’s faith without putting somebody else down or visiting violence on somebody else.

Religious tolerance is necessary in a world that is getting smaller and smaller where more and more people of different backgrounds, different races, and different ethnicities are interacting and working and learning from each other, Mr. Obama added.

The Hindu

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