Thursday, April 07, 2016

"Don't judge the Muslims that you know by Islam and don't judge Islam by the Muslims that you know"

This terrific, well-organized and highly informative site on Islam just came to my attention at The banner across the masthead reads: "What makes Islam so different?" Good question.

In their "About Us" page, the site owners say the following: is a pluralistic, non-partisan site concerned with Islam's true political and religious teachings according to its own texts. The purpose is to underscore the threat that Islam poses to human dignity and freedom, part of which includes documenting the violence and dysfunction that ensues as a direct consequence of this religion's supremacist teachings.

TROP is not associated with any organization. The site does not promote any religion, but it is not hostile to religion. We generally support the rights of atheists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, homosexuals, women, Muslims and anyone else on the planet to live as they wish without violating the rights of others. strongly condemns any attempt to harm or harass any Muslim anywhere in the world because of their religion. Every human being is entitled to be treated as an individual and judged only by his or her own words and deeds
Yet the site doesn't pull any punches when it comes to reporting what Islam teaches in its own texts (Qur'an, Hadith, Sira, Sunnah, etc.). For example, on a page entitled What Does Islam Teach About Violence?, one reads learns that there are at least 109 verses in the Qur'an that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic. One also learns that "unlike nearly all the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Qur'an are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by historical context contained in the surrounding text....

Furthermore, the site maintains a frequently updated page listing Islamic acts of terror committed during the last 30 days, as well as terrorist acts committed back to the year 2001. The list is startling. For example, during the last 30 days, it reports 105 Islamic attacks in 21 countries, in which 787 people were killed and 2748 injured! Even then it cautions that the site does not catch all attacks and that not all are immediately reported.

There is a lot of material here -- on the life of Muhammad (including comparisons to Jesus), on the Qur'an (including 10 reasons Why the Qur'an is Not from Allah), Islam (and "Ten Obvious Reasons Why Islam is Not a Religion of Peace"), and a comparison, "Jesus and Muhammad, Islam and Christianity: A Side-by-Side Comparison" - and much, much more.

Spend some time here and you'll learn something.

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