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Terrorist Murderers Insult Allah, Bring Shame To Islam

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

Here are two versions of the letter I wrote, trying to establish a solid Islamic theological basis for opposing terrorism, and prodding Saudi Arabia to use this basis to undercut terrorism. The first version is the one I posted on various Internet newsgroups and submitted to Arab News as a "letter to the editor" for possible publication. The second version is the one actually published by ArabNews.com on Dec. 4, 2002, in its "letters" section.

In an interesting coincidence, on the very next day after publication of this letter in ArabNews.com, King Fahd issued a statement which approximates some of these same basic ideas, namely that Islam requires mercy and prohibits terrorism (against peaceful peoples.) NOTE THE CONDITIONAL PROHIBITION OF TERRORISM!

The Original Letter, As Submitted

Terrorist Murderers Bring Discredit To Allah, Shame To Islam

Neither Israeli offenses nor U. S. arrogance can ever justify terrorist 
murderers, who bring discredit to Allah and shame to Islam.

Allah is supposed to be merciful; but where is the mercy in terrorist 
murder? Allah is supposed to be just; but where is the justice in
deliberately blowing up women and school children?

In Islam, there is supposed to be "no compulsion in religion;" but the
concept of jihad has now been twisted to mean nothing less than war 
against all non-Muslims.

In Islam, "good Jews and good Christians" are supposed to have nothing to 
fear; but merely being Jewish or Christian now has become a reason to be 
killed.

The cowardly silence of rational Muslims is deafening. The 
screaming fanatics have claimed Islam for themselves. Does anyone really 
think Allah is pleased by these events?

As the leading promoter and financial supporter of Islam worldwide, the 
government of Saudi Arabia now risks the wrath of Allah and the 
condemnation of the civilized world if it does not directly intervene to 
stop terrorist murderers by all means possible. Merely pretending is not 
enough.


          Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director
          www.LoveAllPeople.org


Bill McGinnis
Alexandria, VA
USA

The Letter, As Published By ArabNews.com


   Shaming Islam

   Neither Israeli offenses nor  U. S. arrogance can ever justify
   terrorist  murderers,  who  bring  shame to Islam. And when they claim
   that their actions are to win Allah's pleasure, they insult Him.

   Allah  is  merciful; but where is the mercy in terrorist murder? Allah
   is just; but where is the justice in deliberately blowing up women and
   school children?

   In Islam, there is supposed to be "no compulsion in religion;" but the
   concept  of  jihad  has now been twisted to mean nothing less than war
   against all non-Muslims. In Islam, "good Jews and good Christians" are
   supposed to have nothing to fear; but merely being Jewish or Christian
   now has become a reason to be killed.

   The  cowardly  silence of rational Muslims is deafening. The screaming
   fanatics  have  claimed Islam for themselves. Does anyone really think
   Allah would be pleased by these events?

   As the leading promoter and supporter of Islam worldwide, Saudi Arabia
   must  directly  intervene  to  stop terrorist murderers in the name of
   Islam by all means possible.

   Bill McGinnis, Alexandria, Virginia, US published 4 December 2002

The King Fahd Message


   Fahd calls for projecting true picture of Islam
   By a Staff Writer

   JEDDAH, 5 December 2002

   Custodian  of  the  Two Holy Mosques King Fahd yesterday urged Muslims
   all over the world to project the true picture of Islam, a religion of
   peace, tolerance and mercy.

   "Islam is a religion of mercy and a source of prosperity for the whole
   mankind," said King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and
   commander of the National Guard, in a joint Eid Al-Fitr message.

   "Islam   has  prohibited  aggression  against  (peaceful)  people  and
   terrorizing them," the message said.

   The  king  and the crown prince hoped that the international community
   would back the Saudi-initiated Arab peace plan, endorsed by the Beirut
   summit, to establish lasting peace and stability in the region.

   "We  also  hope that the return of international weapons inspectors to
   Iraq  will  bring about peace and security to the region and save Iraq
   and  its  people from danger and destruction," said the message, which
   was  read  out  on  Saudi Television by Information Minister Dr. Fouad
   Al-Farsy.

   The  Supreme  Judiciary  Council  announced yesterday that Eid Al-Fitr
   will  be celebrated in the Kingdom today after the sighting of Shawwal
   moon by a number of people yesterday evening.

   Most  Arab countries including Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain,
   Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will celebrate Eid today.

   King  Fahd  and  Prince  Abdullah, meanwhile, received messages of Eid
   greetings  from  US  President  George W. Bush and other world leaders
   including  Qatari  Emir Sheikh Hamad ibn Khalifa and Iranian President
   Mohammed Khatami.

   In their Eid message, King Fahd and Prince Abdullah also urged Muslims
   to  follow  the teachings of Islam in all walks of life and set a good
   example for other communities.

You can contact me, Rev. Bill McGinnis, at bmcgin@patriot.net.

Please also see our main Anti-Terrorism page at
http://www.DefeatingTerrorism.net
"Plans And Strategies To Defeat Terrorism."

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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