". . .it is important to distinguish between political positions of some of the Western governments and the Christian faith, the same as drawing a distinction between terrorism and the Islamic faith as there are false accusations and quite an injustice in both situations."

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"The use of the expression 'holy war' as the meaning of jihad could be a reflection of the Christian use of the same term, to refer to the Crusades of a thousand years ago. In fact, the concept of a holy war is alien to Islam and the Arabic words for 'war' are 'harb' or 'qital', which are found in the Qur'an and hadith (the sayings of the prophet)."

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"Islam does not approve the use of force in the propagation of religion. Since God commands not to use any kind of compulsion in religion, it is obviously ridiculous to argue that the Qur'an commands Muslims to kill non-Muslims."

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And, finally: ". . . [I]t is very essential to differentiate between a faith and the practice of those who are affiliated to it. We should judge faiths by their teachings and values to which the faith is calling, and not by the perception and practices of its followers.

* * * In our contemporary time, many who act against the values of Christianity claim to be Christians, and others proudly proclaim being Jews while acting contrary to Judaism. * * *

Furthermore, people insist on portraying extremism as a religious phenomenon, whereas it is merely a social phenomenon.

People of all faiths tend to use religion to justify their actions and legitimize their opinions.

Yet, logically faiths never provide legitimization to actions and practices, which are prohibited by that very religion."

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Nina (a Non-Muslim interested only in the truth)

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