30 Mar 07
Here is what a Muslim group has to say about this site. One message has been sent all around the Muslim world for many months already: Please beware of the following websites: 1. www.answering-islam.org 2. www.aboutislam.com 3. www.thequran.com 4. www.allahsassurance.com These sites have been developed by the Israeli Jews who internationally propagate wrong information about the Quran, the Hadith and the Islam. Please spread this information to as many people as u can. And thousands of Muslims have been obeying and continue to obey this request without stopping to think whether it is true or not, so that this message has nearly the same distribution like many viruses. Since the claim itself is so silly, we did not intend to reply, but have now received so many private inquiries asking to answer this accusation, that we see ourselves forced to give a public reply. It is true that these pages have information about Islam that many Muslims do not want other Muslims to find out about. They raise questions and give answers which do not conform to Muslim propaganda. Many Muslims fear that others or even they themselves will begin to doubt Islam if they would start to seriously think about the facts, questions and conclusions presented in these pages. It is false that these pages are developed by Jews, living in Israel or elsewhere. These pages are clearly Christian, calling all people to put their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. No Jew* would spend much effort to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah or call to faith in Jesus as the Son of God. That is a singularly Christian message, rejected by Jews. It is a Muslim paranoia to accuse Jews to be behind anything that they do not like. Even though I know the authors of the other sites, I will only speak about our own web site Answering Islam. We are a team of dedicated volunteers all around the world, who believe that God's word and command to bring the gospel to the ends of the Earth includes the Muslim world. We seek to share, discuss and when necessary debate with Muslims about the message of Jesus and the Bible and their message of Islam as found in the Quran and Hadith. We do our best to understand Islam from its authentic sources and to the best of our knowledge and with a clean conscience document all our conclusions from the historical sources. We believe that the information we make available to our readership is accurate and fair, though we have no goal to be "politically correct" and know that many Muslims do not like our conclusions. We believe the Bible to be the word of God and Islam to be "another message" that is not compatible with God's Word as revealed in the Bible. But our highest priority is truth. And on every point we raise, we are willing to discuss it, and to be corrected where we have made mistakes. Please see also our Policy Statement on this issue. Sincerely, Your Answering Islam team
• New Zealand
30 Mar 07
I have not paid particular attention to your site or any of the ones listed here. However I will now. My comments and position is based on my reading of the Koran (translated) and some of the Hadith. The Jewish bogeyman is raised by mentally deficient islamist from Pakistan for example, who has never met a Jew in his life or has any interaction. A middle eastern Mufti by the name of Muhammed Ameen al-Husseini engaged with the Nazis against their common enemy the Jews. This mufti helped the German military machine draw up detailed plans to annihilate Jews and Christians from the middle east. Unfortunately for the Mossies, Gen Irwin Rommel got his comeuppance in Tobruk and el Alamein. So keep up the good work - these Mossies need to be led out of the brainwash that their mullahs and ayotollahs give them about their Koran. Many of them have neither the education to read and comprehend nor the IQ to separate the grain from chaff.
• New Zealand
30 Mar 07
Well said Judy00. It might actually benefit serious Muslims to understand that the written word can have multiple interpretations than the ones approved by rabid Mullahs who approach the Koran from a bigots perspective. These mullahs and ayotollahs brand any inquiry - from within the muslim world as apostacy and external questioning as ignorance. I reproduce below the summary from the jacket cover of Irshad Manji's book The trouble with Islam - a Muslim's call for reform in her faith. "In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God. In this open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Manji asks arresting questions. "Who is the real colonizer of Muslims - America or Arabia? Why are we all being held hostage by what's happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation? What's our excuse for reading the Koran literally when it's so contradictory and ambiguous? Is that a heart attack you're having? Make it fast. Because if more of us don't speak out against the imperialists within Islam, these guys will walk away with the show."" "Manji offers a practical vision of how the United States and its allies can help Muslims undertake a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the important questions without fear of being deemed "racists." In more ways than one, The Trouble with Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future." So here's to a Fatwa free future. Cheers!