Posted by Flower Pagan (220.127.116.11) on February 13, 2003 at 14:27:35:
In Reply to: only a minority of muslims believe that BinLaden posted by horseshit (txt) (18.104.22.168) on February 13, 2003 at 08:13:43:
> unfortunately, they are a really kooky minority, & really commited to destroying the world in order to save it.
> "Islam" means "surrender" and I think that this makes people more passive in relation to speaking out about things. So, unfortunately, those muslims who hate bin laden, you just don't hear them saying it in public. But I spend a lot of time with muslim people, & when the subject comes up - they are really pissed of about this nut who is ruining thier lives, and they resent that he has made himself the spokesman for them.
FP: I can validate what you say is true about Islamic people from my own experiences with them and my wonderful visit at the Mosque. They are really peace loving people. Salam means Peace is the word that Islamic people use as a greeting or part of a greeting, like Salam Alakum or Alakum Salam. In Pakistan and India, they also use Wasalam and Masalam. One of them means to "go in peace".
FP: I agree with you that only a small minority of Muslims are believers of Osama Bin Laden or the terrorist movement. You have fanatics and radicals in most major religions, who is always the minority! I talk to many muslim people online and in person, and they don't seem like they like war or trouble, no more than anybody else. The Quran speaks about peace, not radical wars and terrorism. I have a copy of a paperback copy that they gave me. They are friendly and will welcome you to learn, but please be aware of their culture and rituals, which includes, not waring your shoes in the Mosque and women cover your bodies for the sake of the men. Early Christians used to practice the same modesty in their churches.
FP: I find diversity of music, cultures and religions quite fascinating.
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