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Now more than ever, I realize the importance of moderation. Moderation not being sitting on the fence, or sitting in the middle, but moderation being the reasoning of extremism until such a time it is balanced, because merely saying that one is impartial to either side is in fact a sort of extremism -- that of extreme apathy. And I realized that, in the last week, writing what I have, as it has come out of me and what I've read that I wasn't just writing it for those from the non-Muslim side who would say, "They are that violent because their religion says so," but also the people from the Muslim who would believe, "Our religion really says so." That is the fallacy that hidden facts and half-truths produce.

The God of your Books did not tell you to kill innocent people who were neither opposed to you nor in a position to hurt you. Your leaders told you to do that. Your leaders are human. They are driven by political will and lust for power over the weak. That is nothing the God of your Books and your hearts instructed you to do. You are performing an act of human will, not God. The Words of the God in your Books had never said, "Go forth and kill women and children, everyone who disagrees with you, the old, the infirm and people who are not even capable of taking up arms against you, who do not even know your cause." Your God did not tell you to do this. The leaders who ordered you are human, and ordered you to do so on human whim. The justice you seek for your fellow humans, whatever that justice may be, is human, and your violence is also human. You are not fighting a trial set by your God. You are bringing a trial set by your God upon other people. That is your folly for doing so. But the God of your Books did not say you would be rewarded for it.

If Allah were to punish men for their wrongdoing, He would not leave, on the (earth) a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated Term: when their Term expires, they would not be able to delay (the punishment) for a single hour, just as they would not be able to anticipate it (for a single hour).

They attribute to Allah what they hate (for themselves). And their tongues assert the falsehood that all good things are for themselves: without doubt for them is the Fire, and they will be the first to be hastened on into it!
- Surah Al-Nahl 61-62

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ebby
Jul. 7th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
well said.

really.
vampyrichamster
Jul. 7th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
stitchfrequency
Jul. 7th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
The entire second paragraph illustrates my thoughts about these issues exactly.
...except your explanation is far more coherent than my thoughts ever were. :)

Very well said.
vampyrichamster
Jul. 7th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
I'd wondered if I sounded coherent, to be honest. I thought I sounded impassioned, and that's always a bit dangerous. I have great rambling skills!
mokie
Jul. 8th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
The Hamster is good, the Hamster is wise...
vampyrichamster
Jul. 8th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)
*kelpy sways* *blushes*
ickle
Jul. 8th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Ebby directed me here. Thank you so much for writing this -- the second paragraph is particularly brilliant.

x
vampyrichamster
Jul. 8th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and hello. :)
foreveratorifan
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Wow, that's really well put! Thanks for sharing that so much
vampyrichamster
Jul. 9th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by. :)
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