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There is a very general and very deep-rooted misconception that the Quran preaches intolerance, and that Muhammad preached his faith with the sword in one hand and the Quran in the other. Misrepresentation could go no further. The basic principle of Islam, a faith in all the prophets of the world, is enough to give the lie to this allegation. The great and liberal mind that preached not only love and respect for the founders of the great religions of the world but much more than that, faith in them, could not shrink to the narrowness of intolerance for those very religions. Tolerance is not, i

Asked by jameel ahmed, 22 May '10 12:14 pm
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It is a common complaint among some non-Muslims that Islam would not have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was responsible for the rapid spread of Islam.

1. Islam means peace.

Islam comes from the root word salaam, which means peace. It also means submitting ones will to Allah (swt). Thus Islam is a religion of peace, which is acquired by submitting ones will to the will of the Supreme Creator, Allah (swt).

2. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace.

Each and every human being in this world is not in favour of maintaining peace and harmony. There are many, who would disrupt it for their own vested interests. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace. It is precisely for this reason that we have the police who use force against criminals and anti-social elements ...more
Answered by khabardar, 22 May '10 12:21 pm

 
  
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Temples have been ransacked by Muslim kings in the past. Even Tippu Sultan was not moderate and secular. Only politicians and pseudo seculars call him that secular. One can even see today's Vijayanagar Kingdom or Ayodhya. Intolerance is what those guys preached. There could be a few Abdul Kalam's who are moderate but thats less in number compared to fundamentalists. The basic reason for the problems are that they follow religion in the governance. Once it comes out then it could be different story.

Your best answer category says point No 6 is force was not used!! Thats not the truth!!!

Since I saw your Question and answers of the past this was not expected from you !
Answered by Nakshatra, 22 May '10 05:10 pm

 
  
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Well I havent read Koran so I would go with what you say. In my view there are liberals and fundamentalists. Fundamentalists take advantage of certain rigidity in religions to pull them. incite and inculcate violence in their minds. They preach the word "Kafir" which in what I have understood means non believer in Islam. But I dont who professed that they should be forced to accept or not live. This is what fundamentalists believe which in turn has brought disrepute.
Answered by MS Prasad, 22 May '10 12:37 pm

 
  
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Every religion preaches peace , tolerance but people will interpret it their way, religions are very old it stays the same but different people of different era who came preached what they understood which could have been wrong, some manipulated also.
The basic values are right and the same but traditions, customs, rituals are definitely not suitable it must change with time in many religions.
Answered by kamini joshi, 31 Jul '10 09:18 am

 
  
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When Somnath was mascred with 55 thousant to 1 lac Hindoos were killed in the name of infadility,no tolerant ant merciful expression came,nor till now,that any body could have openly expressed 'sorry',that was wrong,that should not have been.And then those type of events continued to covert what today is
pakistan,Afghanistan etc.
Answered by vishwabandhubajpai, 23 May '10 06:09 am

 
  
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