Huntsville, AL -- On Thursday, May 17th, people representing a cross-culture of Madison County will come together to learn more about Islam. "Combating Islamophobia: Truths and Myths About Islam" is a community engagement workshop sponsored by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Department of Justice, UA-Huntsville, and the Huntsville Islamic Center, among others. Aladin Beshir, director of community outreach for the Huntsville Islamic Center, hopes the event will help build bridges in the community. "This is a very, very small step and a very focused and great grand scheme of cooperation among law enforcement and the Muslim community, sending the message that we are all united to protect America.""If you listen to the media, you will think they're under the bed and coming to get you." Amazing. The media bends over backwards to defend Islam (click here to see ABC News spout utter nonsense in support of Islam), and yet Muslims still condemn the media.
Beshir says there are many misconceptions about Islam that have arisen, in part, by people taking portions of the Quran out of context. He says, "Islam does not teach violence. People love to pick and choose," adding, "the Holy Quran states, one destroys one soul as if he killed the whole humanity, and one saves one soul as if he saves the whole humanity." When it comes to addressing myths about Muslims, Beshir says the media represents one of the biggest challenges because, "if you listen to the media, you will think they're under the bed and coming to get you!" (Read more.)
Now for the irony. Beshir complains that people "take portions of the Qur'an out of context." Then he claims that "the Holy Qur'an states, one destroys one soul as if he killed the whole humanity, and one saves one soul as if he saves the whole humanity." Let's read that passage in context:
Qur'an 5:32-33--For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth.Notice that the penalties for "striving after corruption" (which includes apostasy, criticizing Islam, preaching a non-Muslim religion, etc.) are death, dismemberment, or expulsion from the land. Why did Beshir leave this part of the passage out, if he wants people to read the Qur'an in context?
The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.
Now for a classic video on Islamophobia: