Above is a part of Meditation II from Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar’s justification for his terrorist attack at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meditation II, has appeared on numerous websites critical to Islam. One can view the mentioned verses from the Quran at the following Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Taheri-azar_letter.jpg
Some would consider this a true martyrs letter, rightfully justifying his act, but I would like to think that it is just a misinterpretation of the Holy Texts, a youth misled by Religious leaders to exploit his strong belief in his Faith. No religion in history gives the right to murder another without facing severe consequences, and the murder of innocents is murder most foul, payable by death indeed.
If you go through some of the verses, they look strangely similar to Bible verses, except for God’s name..
“..By Allah’s will they routed them; and David slew Goliath; and Allah gave him power and wisdom and taught him whatever (else) He willed..” 2:251
“..Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): ‘I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them..’ ” 8:12
Could it be possible that we are actually worshipping the same God? That due to difference in cultural interpretation, we are merely calling HIM a different name? We have Saints in Christianity who walk and converse with God. Was Muhammed possibly one of them? It does leave one to wonder, doesn’t it?
I used to think that religion one day would solve all the worlds’ problems and bring Peace on Earth, but it was just a kids daydream. Most of the world’s chaos, anger, hatred and violence is brought about by the clash of religions, the friction faith creates when they collide. And the most scary and disturbing part is that either side so very rigidly believes they are right, so there can never be a conclusion or an agreement on common grounds. That’s where politics come in.
Politics and Religion can flourish beautifully without meeting each other, but they won’t. That is because they do not exist themselves without man. They have crossed paths for Centuries and will continue until eternity. To those who say “Religion driven Politics is the best form of Government” I would say “Which faith?”. Because countries are not divided by religion but by geography, or are they?
PS: While typing a post, my mind overflows with strings of thoughts, each leading me away from each other, that sometimes, its difficult to decide which string to follow, and I get tangled in my own web of ideas. I hope with time, I get better at this so that I can isolate each string and place them neatly in my pages for all to read and dissect and in the process, I hope to discover myself.