Why does Islam have followers?

@agnescav (566)
United States
August 7, 2007 8:27am CST
I have read that the only way that Islam could be spread is through the money of Khadjiha and the sword of Ali on a couple of Islam websites. i figure at least there is some honesty in this as compared to Christianity. If this is true could you tell me how you can accept a practice that a merciful god would never accept?
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Aug 07
When I was a child, I was physically attacked Christians for not being one of them, as well as discriminated against in many parts of everyday life. Christ would never have accepted that, but Christians did it. No matter what the religion, there will always be people who twist it, misuse it, or accept practices that don't really fit with its principles. It's not a matter of a specific religion being good or bad, but rather a matter of there being both good people and bad people who claim any specific religious affiliation.
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@agnescav (566)
• United States
7 Aug 07
i mean that Christians do not accept that Christianity was spread through violence. Also, I read this on several Islamic websites.
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Aug 07
I got that, but the point I was trying to make is that in all religions there are people who have practices that aren't in line with what that religion actually stands for. I have several Muslim friends, and they don't agree with many things that other followers of their religion have done. In fact, they dislike the extremists perhaps more than I do, or anyone else outside of that religion. The problem is that from the outside all anyone sees is the extremists. I think you'd be better of talking to real Muslims rather than looking at websites to get a real picture of what people think. The reason Islam still has followers is the same reason any other religion has followers: there are people who actually feel that their religion is right, or that feel they have a personal relationship to their deity. Once you make a commitment to a religion or a God, leaving it isn't easy, and for many people, doesn't seem to be an option at all.
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@agnescav (566)
• United States
8 Aug 07
I don't just look at websites. I work in a very public place where I am in close contact with the customers who need this facility. If there are 1,000 customers a week, 300 are obviously Muslims so more than 300 probably are. I do not discuss religion with any of them. I find them the same as anybody else. Some are nice. Some are not. I will be honest. The first three Muslim women I ever met (i'm amazed, even at my age, how sheltered I have been)I could not stand. I went out of my way to look for nice Muslim women so I would not be biased against them and I found a few and I changed my mind about one of the originl three. I guess a better question would be did Mohammed accept this as the only way to spread the relligion?
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• Philippines
8 Aug 07
Well, to tell you the truth, there is no such thing as a "merciful" god.Through out the ages, the Judeo/Islamic/Xtian religions have always commited atrocities and crimes in the name of their so called "god".The old testament is full of this garbage where the Isrealites were ordered to kill people in Yahweh's naem And if truly "god' was merciful and "powerful", why doesnt he do anything against these evil people of his who kill and destroy in his name unless if he was the perpatrator???
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• Canada
7 Aug 07
islam is a military religion which spread itself through force accross pakistan, india and even western china and took over northern africa, spain and all the way up to southern france. now, with the estimated population of 1.5 billion they are the 2nd most populated religion... if you were to include ALL denominations, islam (sunni) would be the most popular religion i think. now, these 1.5 billion people, as well as the other 2 billion Christians are basically ruling the world and telling the other 2 billion people of the world what to do... and the other billion are basically communists i guess lol...
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@vivienna (582)
• Venezuela
7 Aug 07
Because Islam offers people a way to God -without entering into whether this is a right or wrong way. Where Islam spread it meant a great advance compared to the animistic and spiritist beliefs many people in Asia and Africa professed. It also brought organization, law and progress. For most women, conversion to muslim faith meant relief, because it regulated matrimony, divorce and maintanance. Contrary to what is said, Islam is at least as merciful a religion as is Roman Catholicism, which it ressambles in what regards to the necessity of good works in order to be saved. As Islam is fundamented on the Old Testament it shares the Jewish concept of the monotheist God and rejects the Trinity as much as Js do. It´s simple to practice, with no complicated doctrines and promises salvation for anybody who will attend its rules. About 1,300 millon people are muslims, and as long as Christianity prefers to combat them instead to evangelize them, they have very good reasons to follow their faith.