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A More On Islam Briefcast

Pope Benedict XVIs Remarks on Islam And

THE TRUTH
An objective analysis of
The Quote
the Popes comments
What did Muhammad Really Preach?
Messenger of Love and Mercy
in the light of historical
Inside

Pope John Paul II Interfaith Comment evidence


Islam and the Sword: Non-Muslim intellectuals
bust the myth ALSO: Muhammad
The Great Mosque of Xian, China was a pioneer in the
domain of
The Real Reason conservation,
sustainable
development, and
resource
management Slide 13
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What did the Pope say?
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The Pope quoted from a book that recounted a conversation between 14th century
Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and an educated Persian on the
truths of Christianity and Islam.

He (Emperor) said, I (Pope) quote, 'Show me just what


Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find
things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to
spread by the sword the faith he preached,

The said remarks are >>>


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The Emperors remarks are
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X
Incorrect
Ignorant
Without evidence
Language of the Crusades
Filled with hatred

Not worth quoting in a speech by the


leader of the Catholic Church

Emperor Manuel Paleologos is wrong.


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Evil Defined
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As per

Evil: morally bad or wrong; wicked; sinful

That is,
Racism Drug addiction Gambling Rape

Alcoholism Homosexuality Backbite Adultery

Dishonesty Pornography Terror Murder

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Fraud
Are examples of Ev
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Definition of inhuman
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As per

Inhuman: Not human; lacking kindness or pity; barbarous; brutal

Inhuman as in
Inhuman treatment of slaves Cruelty to animals

Torture of prisoners Rejection of the poor

Cruel treatment of women Tyranny and Oppression

Heartless attitude towards elders Malnutrition children

Performing abortions Injustice

Discrimination Denying human rights

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Preaching & Practice
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did the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)


bring evil and inhuman?
A cursory glimpse of Muhammads teachings and
practice is sufficient to make it loud and clear that
the Prophet perfected virtues and raised kindness
and compassion to their zenith.
on
observati

Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never
forgotten by those around him." - Diwan Chand Sharma in his "The
Prophets of the East," Calcutta 1935, p. 122.

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Against Intoxicants and Gambling
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Quran on Intoxicants and gambling

They ask you O you who believe!


concerning intoxicants Intoxicants and
and gambling. Say: "In gambling, (sacrifice for)
them is great sin, and idols, and (divination by)
some profit, for men; but arrows, are an
the sin is greater than abomination,- of Satan's
the profit. (2:219) handwork: avoid these
so that you may be
successful.- (5:90)

Prophet on Intoxicants

Any drink that


intoxicates is unlawful-
Muhammad (pbuh)

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Against Murder and Mischief on earth
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Quran on Murder Prophet on Murder


"Do not kill a soul which "The greatest sins are to
Allah has made sacred associate something with
except through the due Allah and to kill human
process of law." (6:151) beings." Muhammad
(pbuh)

Quran on Mischief

But Allah loves not So eat and drink of the


mischief.(2:205) sustenance provided by
Allah, and do no evil nor
mischief on the (face of
the) earth. ( 2:60)

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Against adultery, fornication, and homosexuality
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Quran on Adultery Quran on Homosexuality

Nor come near to adultery: We also (sent) Lot: He


for it is a shameful (deed) and said to his people: "Do you
an evil way (17:32) commit lewdness such as
no people in creation (ever)
committed before you?
(7:80)

Marry them, then, with their


people's leave, and give them
their dowers in an equitable ( O Men) Verily, with lust
manner - they being women you approach men instead
who give themselves in of women: nay, but you are
honest wedlock, not in people given to excesses!
fornication, nor as secret love- (7:81)
companions (4:25)

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Against consumption of orphan property
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Quran on Protecting Orphans


Hence, render unto the orphans
their possessions, and do not
substitute bad things [of your own]
for the good things [that belong to
them], and do not consume their
possessions together with your
own: this, verily, is a great
crime.(4:2)

Behold! Those who devour the


possessions of orphans wrongfully,
they do but swallow fire into their
bellies, and they will be exposed to
burning flame (4:10)

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Against immorality
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Quran Says:
Derision "O ye who believe! Let not some men
among you laugh at others: It may be
Suspicion that the (latter) are better than the

X
(former): Nor let some women laugh at
Falsehood others: It may be that the (latter are
better than the (former) (49:11)
Backbiting
Defamation "Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each
other, nor call each other by (offensive)
Slander nicknames (49:11)
Squandering
"Do not let your hatred of a people incite
Wickedness you to aggression" (5:3)
Hatred
Envy "Avoid suspicion as much for suspicion
in some cases is a sin (49:12)

" And spy not on each other behind their


backs. (49:12)
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Against racism
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A white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority
over a white- except by piety and good action- Muhammad (pbuh)

During the past eleven days here in the


Muslim world, I have eaten from the same
plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept
in the same bed, (or on the same rug) --
Blacks & while praying to the same God -- with fellow
Whites Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of
eating blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond,
from the An Excerpt
and whose skin was the whitest of white.
same plate "This letter was sent from Malcolm to his
assistants, new Muslim Mosque, press and
his wife, during the conclusion of his

We were truly all the same (brothers) -- pilgrimage to Mecca. The content is
reproduced from The Autobiography of
Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley (From
because their belief in one God had http://www.africawithin.com/malcolmx/letter_from_mec
)
removed the 'white' from their minds, the
'white' from their behavior, and the 'white'
from their attitude.
Brotherhood
MALCOLM X

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Messenger of Love
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Teachings of the Prophet (pbuh)
s
ing nt
B e al s nme
ing An
im
vir
o
Liv En
All
All creatures of God
Feed them properly Whoever brings dead
form the family of God
and provide them rest land to life, that is,
and he is the best
before they are cultivates wasteland,
loved of God who
for him is a reward
loves best His exhausted and tired therein.
creatures

he was a staunch advocate of environmental


n
observatio

protection. One could say he was an


"environmentalist before his time," a pioneer in
the domain of conservation, sustainable
development, and resource management, and
one who constantly sought to maintain a
harmonious balance between man and nature.
Francesca De Chatel,
Anthropologist
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Messenger of Mercy
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He must be called the Savior of Humanity- George And We have


Bernard Shaw not sent you
except as a
The fact is that no nation of the world can show a mercy to
parallel to what Islam has done towards the mankind"
realization of the idea of the League of Nations- ( Holy Quran
Snouck Hurgronje, Dutch Scholar. 21:107)
ns
observatio

No other society has such a record of success in


uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity and of
endeavor so many and so various races of mankind-
H.A.R Gibb

It was the first religion that preached and practiced


democracy; the democracy of Islam is embodied
five times a day when the peasant and the king kneel
side by side and proclaim: God Alone is Great.-
Sarojini Naidu

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Greatest emancipator of women
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O you who believe! You are It is true that you have certain rights
in regard to your women, but they
forbidden to inherit women against also have rights over you.
their will. Nor should you treat them Remember that you have taken them
with harshness, that you may take as your wives, only under Allah's
away part of the dower you have trust and with His permission.
given them,-except where they have
been guilty of open lewdness; If they abide by your right then to
them belongs the right to be fed and
on the contrary, live with them on a clothed in kindness. Do treat you
footing of kindness and equity. If women well and be kind to them, for
you take a dislike to them it may be they are your partners and
that ye dislike a thing, and Allah committed helpers.
brings about through it a great deal ( From The Last Sermon of the Prophet
of good. (Quran 4:19) (PBUH)

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Human Rights in Islam
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Fundamental
Human Rights

Right to Safety Right to


Right to Life Right to Justice
& Security Chastity

Right to support
Right to a basic Right to Right to
virtues and
standard of Life Freedom Equality
shun evils

These rights were introduced 1400 years ago

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Quote of Note
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The Pope should have referred to the Bible!.

"I will raise them up a Prophet from


among their brethren, like unto thee,
and I will put my words in his mouth;
and he shall speak unto them all that I
shall command him." - Bible-
Deuteronomy 18:18

This is an explicit prophecy in the Bible


about the coming of the Holy Prophet
MUHAMMAD (pbuh)!"
( For details please refer to http://www.irf.net/what_the_bible_says_about_muhammad.doc. )

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Evidence from the Bible
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In Deuteronomy 18:18

him is Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)


I shall command him means
God shall command the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

God cannot command evil and inhuman


as stated by the emperor Manuel Paleologos

Should the Pope quote someone who speaks


false about God?

"It is my ardent hope that Muslim and Christian religious


John Paul II
leaders and teachers will present our two great religious
communities as communities in respectful dialogue, never
more as communities in conflict."
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Spread of Islam
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Was Islam spread by the sword?

N
Quran does not permit it
There is no compulsion in
religion; indeed truth has been
made manifestly distinct from
error (Quran 2:256)

O
Wikipedia

No Muslim army went to China during the 7th century Tang dynasty!
The Great Mosque of
Xian, China
was built during the It was the invitation to truth, reason, mercy and peace
Tang Dynasty (7th that attracted people to Islam. It was the virtuous
Century) and renovated character of Muslim envoys, Muslim traders and Muslim
later. The mosque is still
in use. visitors that pulled people to Islam.

If indeed force was used to convert people, why do millions of converts


remain attached and committed to Islam in the absence of any force?
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Views of Non-Muslims Intellectuals
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I became more than convinced that it was
not the sword that won a place for Islam in
those days in the scheme of life.

It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-


effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous M.K Gandhi
regard for his pledges, his intense devotion
ons
observati

to this friends and followers, his intrepidity,


his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God
and in his own mission.

These and not the sword carried everything


before them and surmounted every
obstacle. Young India
The picture of the Muslim soldier A.S Tritton
advancing with a sword in one hand and the
Quran in the other is quite false. Islam, 1931

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Myth Busted
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History makes it clear however,


that the legend of fanatical
Muslims, sweeping through the "No other religion in history spread
world and forcing Islam at the so rapidly as Islam .... The West has
point of sword upon conquered widely believed that this surge of
races is one of the most religion was made possible by the
fantastically absurd myths that sword. But no modern scholar
historians have ever repeated." accepts that idea, and the Qur'an is
explicit in support of the freedom of
DE LACY O'LEARY, ISLAM AT CROSSROADS,
conscience."
London, 1923

JAMES A. MICHENER, THE MISUNDERSTOOD


RELIGION, READERS DIGEST (American Edition) May
1955.

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The Power of Truth
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%age increase of religions between 1934 and 1984

235% 47%
250% Which war took place
in this century which
200%
150% Islam

converted millions of
Christianity
100%
50%
0% people to Islam?- Dr.
Islam Christianity
Zakir Naik

Source: Readers Digest


Almanac Year Book 1986
observat
ion

Incidentally these well-established facts dispose of the idea so


widely fostered in Christian writings that the Muslims, wherever
they went, forced people to accept Islam at the point of the
sword false. The Prospects for Islam, 1944
Lawrence E Browne

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The Real Reason
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Learn more
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The information provided in this


presentation makes it amply For further information,
clear that Islam is an invitation suggestions and
to virtues, humanity, peace and comments contact
success. This truth, not the moreonislam@hotmail.co
sword, is responsible for the m
growth of Islam in all ages.

Recommended Readings

The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation & Commentary by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Quran Online

Charter of Human Rights

Human Rights in Islam

Muhammad (Critical Lives)- by Yahiya Emerick

Towards Understanding Islam- By A.A.Maududi

Animal Rights: An Islamic Perspective by V.A. Mohamad Ashrof

Muhammad : A pioneer of environmentalism by Francesca De Chatel

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