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Most people around the world know very little about the real Islam and the real
What is presented to them under the name of Islam is a religion
of war full of fear, hatred, rage and blood. It is a religion of fear formed by
those who are in favor of war, societies of fear and suicide bombers. The
alarming part is that some Muslims also think that this is the case. They are
unaware that attacks, murders, suicides, instilling rage and fear instead of
love in people’s minds is unlawful, for they are totally unaware of the content
of the Koran. What is underlying this problem? Lack of education, and
It is easy to impose superstitions on a person who is unaware
of his own religion.
In the mind of such a person, superstitions replace
the true religion, turning it into a form of bigotry. Bigotry is not a threat
for Islam only but a threat for all just religions. Those who do not practice
just religion in compliance with the Book and put forward the fake religion as a
just religion pose the greatest danger, for they appear in the name of God. And
the great pity is that they have followers.
However, in the genuine
Islam, purified of bigotry, love is the greatest weapon. But so few people are
aware of it. The Islam depicted in the Koran commands to protect all just
religions. It commands to protect and watch over all prophets, all Just Books,
Christian and Jews. The Koran commands not to proclaim Jews as enemies but to
make friends with them and ally with those who say “God is One.”
person acts in compliance with the Koran, he has to be a person of love. A
person following the Koran cannot murder.
He cannot become a suicide
bomber. He cannot give aggressive messages full of hatred. A person who complies
with the Koran cannot feel rage for anyone. However, if what he considers to be
his guide is the superstitions of bigots, then he can readily commit these
outrageous acts; whereas this is impossible for those who are guided by the
Some of the disagreements that have been going on in the Holy Land
for long years stem from some Muslims’ ignorance of the provisions of the Koran.
According to the Koran, Jews have the right to live in the Holy Land. The
related verses of the Koran are as follows: “We said to the tribe of Israel
after that, ‘Inhabit the Land and, when the promise of the hereafter comes, We
will produce you as a motley crowd’” (Surat as-Isra, 104) “Remember when Moses
said to his people, ‘My people! remember God’s blessing to you when He appointed
Prophets among you and appointed kings for you, and gave you what He had not
given to anyone else in all the world! ‘My people! enter the Holy Land which God
has ordained for you. Do not turn back in your tracks and so become transformed
into losers’” (Surat al-Maida, 20-21) If a person who claims that he is a Muslim
says, “We will wipe Israel off the map,” or “We will drive the Jews from those
lands,” this means that he does not speak in compliance with the Koran. This is
against the provision of the Koran commanding Muslims to live in peace with Jews
and be friends with them, and violates the commands of the Koran about the Holy
Land. This is precisely the peril of bigotry and ignorance that we have been
Just as it is depicted in the Torah, according to the Koran,
too, Jews must surely remain in the Holy Land. Indeed, the existence of the Jews
in the Holy Land is beautiful; a cause of joy for genuine Muslims.
God stipulates a condition for genuine believers both in the Koran and the
IN THE Holy Land Jews, Muslims and Christians have to exist
together, and peace and love must reign in that region.
They will be
brothers. Those lands are sufficient for everyone. No one will be driven from
his homeland, forced to leave his home.
People have always been pushed
into hardships while there is the easy way for doing it. They have declared
wars, committed mass killings, driven people from their lands. However peace and
love is the easiest way. In order to establish all these, factors hindering
peace and love must be established. The greatest obstacle is bigotry and
What is the solution? The people of the region must be
educated by the people who know the essence of the Koran and the Torah. Muslims
must get rid of their outlook which has been formed under the influence of
bigots. Jews must not confuse bigotry with Islam. When they meet an aggressive
act, they must be aware that this does not stem from Islam but from bigotry.
They must embrace the Koran and the Torah in order to eradicate bigotry – which
is the greatest peril to both Islam and Judaism – in the ideological sense. If
they want conflicts and disorder to end, they must pioneer in explaining the
provisions of the Koran and helping people to grasp them.
All this may
seem difficult, but actually it is not. This is what God wants from
There are afflictions in the world because people do not attach
importance to love and solidarity. However God is the One Who loves love. He
also loves who loves love. And those who love love always triumph.
those lovers of God and lovers of love come together, the anti-Messiah loses its
Right now the anti-Messiah derives its power from the
disintegration of believers.
That is why it stirs up conflicts and
Thwarting the plot of the anti- Messiah and gathering
together will cause the greatest horror for those siding with the anti-Messiah.
As real Jews and real Muslims, what is incumbent upon us is to get together and
thwart this filthy ruse of the anti-Messiah.The writer graduated from
Istanbul University, and is a commentator and religious and political analyst at
A9 TV Istanbul/Turkey. She is host of the Building Bridges show with the
cooperation of US Network WTPN, a columnist for several online newspapers in
Turkey, and a peace activist.