Dear brother, I urge you NOT to post long "unrelated" items,(even if they are full of gems!) as they use up many pages thus taking away the issues at hand being discussed.CHARITY AND MUSLIMS COURAGE
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Having read the koran from cover to cover, having studied Islamic history, having read many holy texts from many different religions, having studied it all out in my mind and pondered and prayed to God for guidance, i am convinced that, admittedly and undoubtedly, Islam gives a lot of information but it does not offer opportunities for eternal growth and ultimate peace in this life or the next. it binds ppl down to their lowest levels of worship, if you can call it that. it appeals to their petty tyrannical and basest instincts, and does not foster true growth, magnanimity, charity, and self sacrifice. i will give you the benefit that the teachings are in there to bring about the opposite, but the structure or framework of Islam is such that those bigger concepts are not emphasized as much as the menial ones/peace.
I wonder to observe your comments/All the three characteristics for which you have blame the Muslims are part of their Faith, And Islamic history is full of these kind of examples, First I quote here some basic teachings of Islam on these points and than I ask you which of the books of history or religion you have studied that could not give you the real picture. While whole of the Quran is full of such rhythm to help needy, poor, indignant and orphans.
Quran-Sura-cv11 -=1-Seest thou one
Who denies the judgment
Then such as the (man)
Who repulses the orphan
3-And encourages not
The feeding of the indigent.
Sura1v=verse-10-Those who unjustly
Eat up the property
Of orphans, eat up
A fire in to their own
Bodies; they will soon
Be enduring a blazing fire
Sura-11-verse-195=And spend of your substance
In the cause of Allah
And make not your own hands
Contribute to your destruction;
But do good;
For Allah loveth those
Who do good.
While the traditions or Hadith of prophet (saw) shows that a Muslim is not Muslim who himself eat full stomach and his neighbor sleep hungry.
1-He who is not Muslim who with full stomach sleeps and his neighbors sleeps hungry near to him.
2- Muslim is he who, like any thing good for himself he must like it for his other human brother. If he dislikes it for him he must also dislike it to his other brother.
3- Courage is part of faith in Islam.
If you wish to discuss your own pet topic please open a separate thread.
Meanwhile..why dont' you try addressing the posts by replying to people like skeptic and others?