While I have argued strongly against false representations of Islam as a “religion of violence” I believe it is very important to look at the reasons folks have come to that conclusion. I started this thread on my forum to discuss this very disturbing aspect of Islamic culture.
This article is an example of violence against those who convert to Christianity:
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT (ANS) — The Assyrian International News Agency (www.aina.org), is reporting the shocking news that Dina el-Gowhary, a 15-year-old Egyptian Muslim-born girl who converted to Christianity, has been subjected to an acid attack, the latest in a string of failed attempts by Muslim fanatics against her and her father, 57-year-old Peter Athanasius (Maher el-Gowhary), who converted to Christianity 35 years ago.
In a story written by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, several Fatwa’s were issued calling for the “spilling of his blood,” which makes their lives in constant danger in the face of the reactionaries and advocates for the enforcement of Islamic apostasy laws, which call for the death of a convert.
According to Abdelmassih, Dina said that three weeks ago, as she ventured out from their hiding place in Alexandria with her father to get some bottled water, her jacket was set on fire due to acid being thrown at her.
And this article is an example of violence against non-orthodox Islamic groups:
LAHORE, Pakistan — Gunmen stormed two Pakistani mosques belonging to a minority Muslim sect in Lahore on Friday, seizing hostages among worshippers, setting off grenades and sparking a bloody shootout with police.
Gunfire and explosions rang out at the mosques — one in the upscale neighbourhood of Model Town, where a suicide car bomber struck in March, and the second in the heavily congested area of Garhi Shahu.
They are both mosques of the Ahmadis, also known as Qadiani, and have tens of thousands of members. Rights groups say the sect has long been persecuted in Pakistan and has remained an occasional target of sectarian attacks.
“Terrorists have attacked mosques. They are firing and using grenades. They have taken people inside the mosque hostage,” district civil defence official Muzhar Ahmed told AFP by telephone from the scene in Garhi Shahu.
And this story of a man burned to death and his wife raped in front of his children for his “crime” of refusing to convert to Islam:
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday, March 24, of a young Christian man who was allegedly burned by Muslim extremists and police officers for refusing to convert of Islam.
Arshed Masih, 38, was burned Friday, March 19, in front of a police station in Rawalpindi, Police Superintendent Moin Shah told BosNewsLife. His wife Martha Masih, 33, was raped by possibly three police officers in the police station, where the couple had been held for questioning, he added.
Their children, ranging in ages from 7 to 12, were allegedly forced to watch the attacks.
Shah said the police officers were suspended Tuesday, pending an investigation into their involvement in the burning and rape incidents.
Local Christians and human rights investigators have said the attacks were instigated by the couple’s employer, Muslim businessman Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, who lives in Rawalpindi.
Let us pray for discernment about how best to help heal this world of ours that is so filled with violence.