The following corrospondence took place in a faith group;
Dear Kalyan and friends of faiths,
I am glad I could see the note from Kalyan, and am pleased to respond to it. My role as a Muslim and a Pluralist is to mitigate conflicts and nurture good will amongst people of different affiliations. Most of the conflicts emanate from miscommunication or misunderstanding.
The statement "So unless one is committed to the falsification of both the history of Islam and the core tenets embedded in the Koran - you cannot make the case that Islam was ever pluralistic." This statement could use a healthy dose of revision to encourage discussion. It sounds like that famous line "You are either with us ..."
History of Islam indeed has been falsified by the Medieval European Kings and it is time to seek the truth, many of the falsities of Islam are recycled continuously and no one had the time to fix them. We have started the work now and some of it is at: http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/ .
Finding the truth is one's own responsibility. What has been dished out by the early European Kings who paid the guys to deliberately mis-translate the Qur'aan and called it a Mohammedan Cult to rouse their subjects against the invading Arab Kings. A religious label to either group would not make sense, the kings of medieval times simply raided and annexed next door lands - that was the case with Kings every where with a few exceptions, those kings were no angels. Selectively naming them kings as Muslims is propaganda to malign a group to make their own good. They had no other business than robbing the next land, either they were insecure or simply greedy. Much of the "paid" mistranslation is documented extensively -some of it is at http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/
I pray that you consider finding the back up for this sentence "history of Islam and the core tenets embedded in the Koran". Let the truth flow from your personal research and understanding rather than what is passed on for a millennium.
No religion teaches any to hate others. I am blessed to see the goodness embedded in each faith, and I have taken an oath to defend every faith for their divinity. I am one of the biggest non-Hindu defenders of Hinduism, non-Jewish defenders of Judaism, non-Atheist defender of Atheism. We have to find the truth on our own, and not work from dished out material.
Every act mentioned below goes against the very grain of Islam. Religion came into being to bring a balance in any given society to an individual and what surrounds him. (My speech if you have the time: http://mikeghouseforamerica.blogspot.com/2009/04/mike-ghouse-honored-by-rcc.html ) Whenever or wherever there is adharma (un-righteousness) Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita says, I will appear and bring the righteousness back. God in the Qur'aan says that to every nation, every community and every tribe, I have sent a spiritual master to bring justice and balance to that society. There is a presumption in every faith, in this case Hinduism and Islam that "Adharma" keep creeping in and some one has to come and fix it. The Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews or whatever faith it is, most people get it and some don't.
We cannot draw conclusions on the basis of those who don't get it. Islam is as pluralistic (http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/2008/07/sura-kafirun-un-believers.html ) as every faith, yet we see obvious flaws in the practitioners of Islam as in "every", yes "every" faith with no exceptions. Our judgments should be based on truth and must be open to open ended discussions.
Mike Ghouse presides the World Muslim Congress a think tank with a simple theme: Good for Muslims and good for the world and vice-Versa. His message reaches to over 12,000 Muslims across the world.
In a message dated 4/20/2009 9:28:31 P.M. Central Daylight Time, kalyanxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
One can argue for one's personal belief in Pluralism while being a Muslim - But it would be somewhat far fetched to argue for Pluralism in Islam.
Islam has from its very genesis been the very anti-thesis of Pluralism. Even the basic Kalima 'La Ilaha Il Allah Muhammad Ur Rasool Ullah' to my knowledge is a claim of the exclusivity of Allah and Muhammad.
If you look at the history of Islam, central to its expansion is the systematic annihilation of other religions - whether the Parsi religion of Persia (Zoroastrian) or the original Egyptian religions or Buddhist, Hindu in Afghanistan / Pakistan etc.
So unless one is committed to the falsification of both the history of Islam and the core tenets embedded in the Koran - you cannot make the case that Islam was ever pluralistic.
Sorry about my bluntness, on this matter. My sympathies are with the Muslims who are born into the Islamic faith and are therefore constrained to defend it. But it would be far more honest to say that Islam has never been pluraslitic - nor will it ever be.
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PLANNED MUSLIMS RESPONSE TO QUR'AN BURNING BY PASTOR JONES ON 9/11/13 IN MULBERRY, FLORIDA
We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.
Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”
God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.
We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.
Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.
As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.
We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.
We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.
We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.
Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.
Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.
We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.
The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.