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       The Quote What did Muhammad Really Preach? Messenger of Love and Mercy Pope John Paul II Interfaith Comment Islam and the Sword: Non-Muslim intellectuals bust the myth The Great Mosque of Xian, China The Real Reason

An objective analysis of the Pope’s comments in the light of historical evidence
ALSO: “Muhammad was a pioneer in the domain of 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,’ ”

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The Emperor’s remarks are…
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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. Why? >>>
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“Evil” Defined
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As per

Evil: morally bad or wrong; wicked; sinful

That is,
Racism Alcoholism Drug addiction Homosexuality Gambling Backbite Rape Adultery

Dishonesty Fraud
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Pornography

Terror

Murder

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  Torture of prisoners  Cruel treatment of women  Heartless attitude towards elders  Performing abortions  Discrimination
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 Cruelty to animals  Rejection of the poor  Tyranny and Oppression  Malnutrition children  Injustice  Denying human rights

Etc.

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Preaching & Practice
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did the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) bring “evil and inhuman”?
A cursory glimpse of Muhammad’s teachings and practice is sufficient to make it loud and clear that the Prophet perfected virtues and raised kindness and compassion to their zenith.

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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 concerning intoxicants and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” – (2:219) “O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (sacrifice for) idols, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's 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 "Do not kill a soul which Allah has made sacred except through the due process of law." (6:151) Prophet on Murder "The greatest sins are to associate something with Allah and to kill human beings." – Muhammad (pbuh)

Quran on Mischief “ But Allah loves not mischief.(2:205) “So eat and drink of the 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 “Nor come near to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil way” (17:32) Quran on Homosexuality “We also (sent) Lot: He said to his people: "Do you 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 manner - they being women who give themselves in honest wedlock, not in fornication, nor as secret lovecompanions…” (4:25)

“( O Men) Verily, with lust you approach men instead of women: nay, but you are people given to excesses!” (7:81)

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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 Suspicion Falsehood Backbiting Defamation Slander Squandering Wickedness Hatred Envy

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"O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former)” (49:11)

"Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each
other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames (49:11)

"Do not let your hatred of a people incite
you to aggression" (5:3)

"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) -while praying to the same God -- with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, An Excerpt and whose skin was the whitest of white. "This letter was sent from Malcolm to his We were truly all the same (brothers) -because their belief in one God had removed the 'white' from their minds, the 'white' from their behavior, and the 'white' from their attitude.” – MALCOLM X
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Blacks & Whites eating from the same plate

assistants, new Muslim Mosque, press and his wife, during the conclusion of his pilgrimage to Mecca. The content is reproduced from The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley“ (From http://www.africawithin.com/malcolmx/letter_from_mec )

Brotherhood

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Messenger of Love 13
Teachings of the Prophet (pbuh)
Liv All ing gs ein B al s im An me on vir En nt

“All creatures of God form the family of God and he is the best loved of God who loves best His creatures”

“Feed them properly and provide them rest before they are exhausted and tired”

“Whoever brings dead land to life, that is, cultivates wasteland, for him is a reward therein.”

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“he was a staunch advocate of environmental 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 Bernard Shaw  The fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of NationsSnouck Hurgronje, Dutch Scholar.  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 mankindH.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
“And We have

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not sent you except as a mercy to mankind" ( Holy Quran 21:107)

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

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Human Rights in Islam 16
Fundamental Human Rights

Right to Life

Right to Safety & Security

Right to Chastity

Right to Justice

Right to support virtues and shun evils

Right to a basic standard of Life

Right to Freedom

Right to Equality

These rights were introduced 1400 years ago

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Quote of Note
17 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." - BibleDeuteronomy 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 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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John Paul II

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Spread of Islam
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Was Islam spread by the sword?
Quran does not permit it “There is no compulsion in
religion; indeed truth has been made manifestly distinct from error” (Quran 2:256)
Wikipedia

No Muslim army went to China during the 7th century Tang dynasty! It was the invitation to truth, reason, mercy and peace that attracted people to Islam. It was the virtuous character of Muslim envoys, Muslim traders and Muslim visitors that pulled people to Islam.

The Great Mosque of Xian, China was built during the Tang Dynasty (7th Century) and renovated later. The mosque is still in use.

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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

20 “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 selfeffacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion 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 advancing with a sword in one hand and the Quran in the other is quite false.” Islam, 1931 M.K Gandhi

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Myth Busted
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“History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims, sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated."
DE LACY O'LEARY, ISLAM AT CROSSROADS, London, 1923

"No other religion in history spread so rapidly as Islam .... The West has widely believed that this surge of religion was made possible by the sword. But no modern scholar accepts that idea, and the Qur'an is explicit in support of the freedom of conscience."
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%
Islam Christianity

250% 200% 150% 100% 50% 0%

Islam

Christianity

“ Which war took place in this century which converted millions of people to Islam?”- Dr. Zakir Naik

Source: Reader’s Digest Almanac Year Book 1986

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“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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e I hav you, day for is : “Th religion n you, s a says po ur God cted yo favor u u Islam o y e perf leted M en for y (5:3) s p com ave cho - Quran h .” and religion r you

Social System
One God

Moral System

Divine Guidance

Prophethood Of Muhammad (pbuh)

Political System

Human Rights

Worship System
Islam sp inhere read due to n soluti t truth and its ons i t t offers he for su ccess
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Economic System

Accountability In the Hereafter

Justice System

Trade & Commerce System

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The information provided in this presentation makes it amply clear that Islam is an invitation to virtues, humanity, peace and success. This truth, not the sword, is responsible for the growth of Islam in all ages.

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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 24

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