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Islam is a peaceful religion. To whom?

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It’s possible to watch several videos on the internet, mainly in social networks, advocating religious positions. There´s one, in particular, that tries to provide a defense of Islam as a peaceful religion (and, so far, I’m not arguing otherwise), stating that the word “jihad” is only 41 times written in the Qur’an, while the words “mercy”, “peace” and “compassion” are mentioned 355 times.
Unfortunately, this video is nothing but propaganda. It’s just a tool seeking to justify Islamic terrorism and to radicalize more people.

How many times is the word “jihad” written in the Qur’an is irrelevant. Ideally, it should never be mentioned, but arguing that Islam is a peaceful religion only because “jihad” is three times less mentioned than “mercy”, “peace” and “compassion” it’s a fallacy. And why?

The Qur’an isn’t the only source of religious law to Muslims. The Sunnah, the Hadith, the Fatwa also are mandatory and Muslims are required to obey them. As such, considering these other sources of Muslim law, one must ask how many times is the word “jihad” written on the Sunnah, on the Hadith and on the fatwa(s)?

A reference to Muhammad’s life and the writing of the Qur’an has to be made because both are inseparable. We know that Muhammad lived in Mecca, where he was born, and then emigrated to Medina (June 622). Mohammad wrote suras in both cities.  However, there’s a huge difference between these suras, both in form and in content or substance. 

In Meccan suras, Mohammed respects the Bible. Yet, in the Medinan suras, one can observe a deflection of Mohammed’s attitude because there are numerous passages that warn Muslims to avoid the Jews and Christians. Moreover, while Meccan passages generally speak to the prophet himself or to the people, the Medinan passages are quite often addressed to his followers. And we also know that Meccan suras were overturned by the more recent suras (Medina) changing the Qur’an’s core message.

Islam may even be a peaceful religion. But, only for the faithful. At least, in principle (notwithstanding the pattern of behavior show otherwise). To everyone else, it’s intransigent and intolerant. And the Qur’an is quite clear about that!

The Qur’an can determine the conduct of Muslims, but who chooses the path to Allah are Muslims themselves. This can, eventually, represent another possibility. Nonetheless, the probability is low.

In Islam there’s no real separation between state and religion. Additionally, most people tend to forget that, unlike the other two main religions,  the Qur’an (as well as the Sunnah, the Hadith, the Fatwa) doesn’t only regulate religion and religious behavior. No. All aspects of life in society, including the juridical level, are regulated by them.

That said, one doubt remains. Can Muslims coexist with other faiths? Can Muslims live in western countries?

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P.S. – I’ve read: The Shruti, The Tripiṭaka, The Hebrew Bible, The Talmud, The Christian Bible, The Dao de Jing, The Analects of Confucius, The Qur’an, The Guru Granth Sahib and the Zend Avesta.

I’m not saying that I’m an expert in these holy books, but, at least, I read them.


Caliphate, Islamic Republic or something else? The fate of Turkey’s democracy is dark.

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Coup d’état? I’m not buying it.

The lack of coordination evidenced yesterday by the military forces who carried out the alleged coup in Turkey is not consistent with the international reputation of the Turkish army. The televisions showed a helicopter firing, trying to hit targets on the ground. But where were the impact of the bullets? Neither human bodies nor the road, signs or anything else were hit.

I cannot shake the feeling that yesterday events in Turkey were orchestrated by Erdogan, aiming increase its power. We are witnessing a purge, designed to eliminate all those who oppose Erdogan. Both within the Turkish army as within his own party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP). This purge aims especially the military and the AKP members that still are Gulenists.

Historically, as it sees itself as the protector of Turkey’s secularism and democracy,  the Turkish army has intervened in the political sphere, whenever deemed necessary to preserve democracy. The military has had several tensions with Erdogan’s AKP over its brand of political Islamism. Moreover, Mr. Erdogan’s relationship with justice also is not peaceful, but so far the decisions of the Turkish Constitutional Supreme Court have been in accordance with the rule of law.

Since the 2007 General Staff’s E-memorandum, targeting Erdogan’s non-secular politics, the relation between Erdogan and the military worsened. The 2010 constitutional referendum, which gave Erdogan’s government more control over judicial system, allowed the creation of prosecutors with extraordinary powers to accuse secular high-rank officers in the military, for planning a coup against Erdogan’s government. These prosecutions originated a power shift within the Turkish army and the result was the end of the secular military position.

With this move, Erdogan will be able to full control the military and to remove any opposition. Including the press.

Make no mistake. What is at stake is power. Absolut power. And how that goal will materialize is irrelevant. As such, it does not matter if it will be a Caliphate, an Islamic republic or something else. Whatever it is, it will seriously affect Turkish democracy and the rule of law. Most likely, permanently.

A curfew, martial law and the preparation of a new constitution was announced. What will emerge from a new constitution is not important. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long sought such circumstances. He wants to be Turkey’s ruler until his death. At least! Erdogan wants to be greater than Ataturk and in order to achieve that aura he will erase democracy in Turkey.

P.S. – NATO is the big question. I believe that is prudent to begin considering the possibility of Turkey leave NATO.


Must read – “What ISIS really wants”

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“Non-muslims cannot tell Muslims how to practice their religion properly”


Sonhos corrompidos (Twisted Dreams)

Os muçulmanos (islâmicos ou da maneira que queiram definir) partem ou fogem dos países onde nasceram para terem maior liberdade e melhores condições de vida. Procuram refugio nos países ocidentais. Mas, assim que se instalam nos países que os acolhem, não respeitam as leis e procuram transformar o novo lar à imagem daquele donde fugiram.
Evidentemente, nem todos agem desta maneira. Mas…

Há quem afirme que os muçulmanos não tem poder de resposta.  Chegam a esta conclusão com base em conceitos como etnocentrismo, como se estas concepções significassem algo para o islão. E, pelos vistos, os muçulmanos, tem poder de resposta:
Bombas e balas na expectativa das virgens!

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Muslims leave or flee their birth country, seeking refuge in Western countries, to have more freedom and better living conditions. But, as soon as settle in the host countries, do not respect the laws aiming to transform their new home into the spitting image of country whence they fled.
Of course, not all act in this way. Nevertheless …

Some say that Muslims have no response power.  This conclusion is reached based on concepts such as ethnocentrism, as if concepts such as these meant something to Islam.  And, apparently, Muslims, have response power:
Bombs and bullets on the expectation of virgins!

Photo: No-go zone in UK (Zona interdita a ocidentais no Reino Unido)


Realidade(s)

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Citar um único versículo do Corão não implica que o mesmo contenha toda a sua mensagem.
Quem tiver o mínimo de conhecimento sobre o islão sabe que a ideologia e lei islâmica deriva de duas fontes primárias: o Corão e a Sunna!

Para além disso, qual é a diferença entre os versículos de Meca e de Medina?


Quote a single Quranic verse does not mean that it contains all of Qur’an message.
Those who have a minimum knowledge about Islam know that Islamic ideology and law arise from two primary sources: the Qur’an and the Sunna.

Furthermore, what is the difference between the verses of Mecca and of Medina?