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Rauf To Christians – Don’t Be Provocative

From a January 2010 editorial by the famous interfaith bridge-builder, in Malaysia’s Star newspaper:

Seeking harmony in Malaysia

Wednesday January 13, 2010

When religion becomes subservient to political agendas, it often becomes a tool for politicians who misconstrue the religion’s basic principles. The goal must be living together harmoniously. The goal is freedom of conscience.

IF a Muslim proselytised outside St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, he might find a cold welcome. He would be legally within his rights. But he would be socially provocative.

Funny Mr. Raul, the man behind the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ would write such a thing. And it is even dated after he began his great bridge building effort.

The same can be said for the Malay language–edition of the Catholic monthly, The Herald, which decided to use the word “Allah” in reference to the Christian God.

Yes, it is true that Allah is the Arabic word for God and that Arab Christians use the word Allah when they refer to God.

And, of course Christian Arabs used the word ‘Allah’ for God long before Islam was concocted.

And yes, it is true that under freedom of speech and freedom of religion, one should be able to refer to the supreme deity any way one wants.

How kind of Mr. Rauf to grant this. And also, how un-Islamic.

But among Malays, who are practically all Muslims, Allah refers to the Islamic Supreme Being. And the attempt by The Herald to appropriate the word Allah to refer to the Christian God appeared to some Malays to be seeking to convert them away from their faith.

Now pictures of protesting Malays are circulating around the world, and people are wondering why.

During the past 20 years since the implosion of the Soviet Union, some Western churches have been evangelising in central, southern and eastern Asia. This angered the established religions there – whether they were Muslim, Eastern Orthodox or Hindu – and in India that anger turned to violence.

Most recently that anger has surfaced in Malaysia, where 60% of the people are Malays. The High Court’s ruling that Allah is not exclusive to Muslims led to the fire bombing of some churches and protests among Malays, who fear Catholics are trying to manipulate the word to win Malay converts.

This should not be.

Note that Mr. Rauf is not condemning the fire-bombing of churches. He is condemning Christians using the Arabic word for God for God.

Islam and Christianity are at their roots religions of peace and tolerance. A certain amount of competition will always exist among religions. Good competition is to compete in good works. Bad competition is trying to undermine the other faith.

To live harmoniously in that competition requires everyone to understand the consequences of their actions.

My message to the Christian community in Malaysia is that using the word Allah to mean the Christian God may be theologically and legally correct, but in the context of Malaysia, it is socially provocative. If you want to have influence with people in Malaysia, you must find a way to convey your message without provoking this kind of response.

Again, this is the same hypocrite who is shoving his ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ down the throats of the 9/11 families and the residents of New York.

If you want to reach the Malays, then use the Malay word for God, which is Tuhan.

At the same time, I urge the Malays to act in accordance with the ethical values of Islam.

Alas, it sounds like they are.

You must recognise that we do not own Islam but Islam owns us. We do not own Allah. Allah owns us.

We live in a globalised era where events in Malaysia have consequences around the world. Some people in Christian-majority countries will see Muslims mistreating Christian minorities and use that to justify mistreating Muslim minorities in their countries.

Notice that it always comes back to how things affect Muslims. Otherwise, Mr. Rauf would have no concern about how Muslims are mistreating Christians.

In the Hadith, the Prophet taught us: “Cursed is the one who curses his own parents.”

A companion to the Prophet said: “Messenger of God, how can a man curse his own parents?”

The Prophet replied: “He curses the parents of another man, and out of anger, that man curses his own parents.”

So if Muslims curse the Christians, then the Christians will curse the Muslims. And people will curse Allah, and Allah will hold us responsible for that.

The Quran is even more explicit on this point when it says: “Do not curse the gods of those who do not believe in Allah, lest they unknowingly curse Allah out of their hostile feelings.”

That means that even though we may have the right belief, if we treat non-Muslims wrongly, they will have ill will toward Allah and Islam, and Allah will hold us responsible for that.

Fire bombing churches? From the beginning of Islam, the Prophet said our faith requires us as Muslims to protect houses of worship of all other faith traditions.

Too bad he never practiced what he preached.

Islam was able to spread throughout the world, not only because of its own ideas, but also because it protected people’s rights to practise religion freely.

What shameless mendacity.

My plea to the Malaysian politicians is please, please do not politicise religion.

Tell us all about it, Mr. Rauf.

When religion becomes subservient to political agendas, it often becomes a tool for politicians who misconstrue the religion’s basic principles for their own ends.

No good can come from provoking this issue to gain political advantage. Religion is meant to inform leaders on ethics and principles.

Our goal must be living together harmoniously. Our goal is freedom of conscience.

Our model should be the Prophet Muhammad when he worshipped in Mecca before Islam had taken hold. He did not pray the noon and afternoon prayers in a loud voice lest that would incite anger of the unbelievers.

And like him, we should all practise our religions in a way that does not provoke others.

Testify, Mr. Rauf. Testify.

(Thanks to Beautyofreason for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Rauf To Christians – Don’t Be Provocative”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    Rauf truly cares about bridge building and he does not want to be socially provocative.

    That’s why he warned Malaysian Christians that they were being “socially provocative” for using the term Allah to refer to the Christian God. This after a wave of churches fire bombed by Muslims. A court ruling (how tolerant) allowing that word use got the Muslims riled up. Glad to know he was on the right side then.

    See? Bridge builder. Burn the bridge, blame the victim, and build a new one to advertise Islam. Side with the terrorists in silence. He won’t condemn Hamas but he does condemn the U.S.

    70% of the country knows that there is something innately wrong about putting a huge mosque near the site where radical Muslims butchered 3,000 of our own.

    Source for info on Malaysia: http://www.911familiesforamerica.org/?p=3941

  2. canary says:

    Tell Rauf that Hebrew came before Arabic.

    God was Yahweh, Jesus was Yahshua. Jehovah was Yahweh.

    Isn’t Rauf’s allah’s punishment for such as the lie below of Islam to have ones tongue cut out. Oh, that’s right, they are allowed to lie to non-believers.

    “Islam was able to spread throughout the world, not only because of its own ideas, but also because it protected people’s rights to practise[sic] religion freely.

  3. canary says:

    Christian Action Network plan on showing their first screening of their latest film in NYC on Oct 23rd, 2 weeks before elections. They have been very active in fighting Islamic terrorism for what it is, not based on the religion of Christianity. Their first film was on terrorist cells in the U.S. The trailer shows an interview with one training cell in the U.S. where a leader brags “pretend to be our friends” , and then will hunt us behind every rock & tree and burn us to the ground, which is in the quran. They absolutely consider this their duty.

    Many surviving families of 9/11 victims feel their loved ones body parts, blood landed on the coat factory along with the wing of the plane. This isn’t making the mainstream media. They also have another organization they have created for Americans to understand the seriousness of growing Islam in the U.S.


  4. canary says:

    (more on Rauf’s past & film to be shown in NYC)
    Imam Rauf’s Not-So-Moderate Statements
    Sep 7 2010

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the head of the Cordoba Initiative behind the Ground Zero Islamic center project, has written letters that contradict his claims of being a moderate, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    J.R. Dougherty has discovered that Imam Rauf wrote a letter on November 27, 1977 about the peace talks between Israel and Egypt. He expresses his support for Egypt’s recognition of the state of Israel, but only because he felt it would help Muslims ultimately conquer the country.

    Rauf tells Muslims that Mohammed was criticized for entering into a peace treaty but “peace turned out to be a most effective weapon against the unbeliever.”…

    Later on in the letter, Imam Rauf clearly states that Israel’s existence is not sustainable….”

    … He has also refused to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization and wrote a letter in June 2009 in support of the Iranian government and the 1979 revolution of its founder, Ayatollah Khomeini.

    The Christian Action Network is releasing a documentary about Imam Rauf’s project, “Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque.” The organization expects it to premiere in New York City in October
    also saw this on CAN’s site who claim to have video’s of a mock execution, etc. and found a story on the same road Sheikh Gilani Lane in Hancock NY of a muslim commune called Islamberg.
    I found this article from FOX it’s entirety shocking story at link below

    FOX News: Quiet Muslim-Only Town in N.Y. Founded by Alleged Terrorist
    by Rick Leventhal 03/23/2009

    The gate to Islamberg, N.Y., a private Muslim community that is home to an estimated 100 residents. The sign reads: ‘Welcome to Holy Islamberg, The International Quranic Open University.’

    HANCOCK, N.Y. — If you didn’t know where to look, you’d probably never find Islamberg, a private Muslim community in the woods of the western Catskills, 150 miles northwest of New York City.

    The town, sitting on a quiet dirt road past a gate marked with No Trespassing signs, is home to an estimated 100 residents….(video)

    Islamberg was founded in 1980 by Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, a Pakistani cleric who purchased a 70-acre plot and invited followers, mostly Muslim converts living in New York City, to settle there.

    The town has its own mosque, grocery store and schoolhouse. It also reportedly has a firing range where residents take regular target practice. Gilani established similar rural enclaves across the country…., all operating under the umbrella of the “Muslims of the Americas” group founded by Gilani.

    Federal authorities say Gilani was also one of the founders of Jamaat al-Fuqra, a terrorist organization believed responsible for dozens of bombings and murders across the U.S. and abroad…

    He said he was a 20-year veteran of the Air Force, still active in the reserves, who grew up in Brooklyn and converted to Islam while in the service.

    “I got awards for ‘bridging the gap’ between American and Saudi soldiers,” he said, noting that he had helped process the bodies when 19 U.S. servicemen…He said there were many veterans in Islamberg,…

    The man denied the existence of Jamat al-Fuqra, and at first denied giving a share of his earnings to Sheik Gilani, but he later admitted that “all churches have tithes.”…

    That has not dispelled the worries of some watchdogs. Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, says the group is making a concerted public relations effort to present a benign face and hide its violent past.

    “I think we need to be very much on guard about every member of these compounds,” he said. Though Spencer admits there is nothing inherently wrong with living in isolation, he stressed that “they’re not at all open to visitors, they’re not at all open to scrutiny and there’s an abundance of evidence of sinister goings-on.”


  5. TwilightZoned says:

    “Islam and Christianity are at their roots religions of peace and tolerance. A certain amount of competition will always exist among religions. Good competition is to compete in good works. Bad competition is trying to undermine the other faith.”

    Oh, that’s rich. (extreme sarc)

  6. tranquil.night says:

    I can see how Rauf slithered his way from savvy slum lord to State sponsored bridge-builder, for he is quite an artisan when it comes to speaking in tongues. Only Obama’s teleprompter spouts lies with greater hypocrisy and delusion.

  7. Papa Louie says:

    “…we should all practise our religions in a way that does not provoke others.”

    How about you practice what you preach, Mr. Rauf! Apparently when he says “all”, he means everyone but Muslims. Muslims like him can use the first amendment to offend anyone they want, but Christians had better not use the first amendment to burn the Koran or offend Muslims in any way. I have no problem with being tolerant to those who are tolerant in return. But tolerance is not a one-way street.

    Mr. Rauf is not building bridges, he’s raising money and seeking fame. He knows that this controversy will make him a hero to Muslims all over the world. It will also bring in large donations from wealthy Muslims that he would not receive if the Mosque was built elsewhere. Building a high rise mosque where Muslims can look down on the site of a victory over the infidel will attract wealthy hardliners from all over the world. It will also be a source of wealth and glory for Mr. Rauf for years to come, if he can pull it off. His reputation as a moderate bridge builder is secondary, but, with people like Mayor Bloomberg, it is not in danger no matter how extreme he behaves.

  8. AcornsRNutz says:

    “From the beginning of Islam, the Prophet said our faith requires us as Muslims to protect houses of worship of all other faith traditions. ”

    Rephrase that please. I would say “In the beginning” the koran says things to that effect. A little later on in the religions history, that tune changed pretty dramatically. Not sure if it ever went back, but I haven’t seen much evidence of that.

    • David says:

      Yeah, they would never storm a sacred Christian church like the Church of the Nativity and thoroughly desecrate it. They are way beyond that type of thing now a days.

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