In Defence of Islam

"Extremist" for Tolerance, Moderation and Respec

“Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)

for the full letter by Najam Ul Islam see

http://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/the-new-zealand-herald/20161114/281861528082877

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“Whilst we can (and should) cherish and celebrate our ‘unique’ differences, let not our different beliefs divide us, but let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us as common inhabitants of our planet.”

from

https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/whilst-we-can-and-should-cherish-and-celebrate-our-unique-differences-let-not-our-different-beliefs-divide-us-but-let-the-spirit-of-our-shared-humanity-be-what-defines-a-3/

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Let’s Break Dawn Barriers and Build Bridges

BOOKS BY CRAIG LOCK

Source: Let’s Break Dawn Barriers and Build Bridges

“Whilst we can (and should) cherish and celebrate our ‘unique’ differences, let not our different beliefs divide us, but let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us as common inhabitants of our planet.”

from

https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/whilst-we-can-and-should-cherish-and-celebrate-our-unique-differences-let-not-our-different-beliefs-divide-us-but-let-the-spirit-of-our-shared-humanity-be-what-defines-a-3/

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“Together, one heart, one mind, one life, one small step at a time, let’s plant the seeds of hope for a better and brighter future… then together let’s walk towards it.”
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Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)

WHO IS "THE REAL, THE TRUE, THE LIVING" JESUS?

Thanks for the follow/link/like/reblog/comment and/or kind thought(s))
Hi
CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (“zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs went “balistically viral” a few years back.
Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.
Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so…

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“The Spirit that made the world is in you, but first it has to be activated.”

Beyond the Zone: God and The Spiritual Journey

Featured Image -- 2927“The Spirit that made the world is in you, but first it has to be activated.”

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“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
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Does Islam Need A Reformation? Debate

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Theo Hobson identifies that though there is a stronger secular liberalism, which he acknowledges as more aggressive, he does spell out the existence of a softer, more inclusive one too. He asks the Muslim panel if they recognise and acknowledge the latter, softer type. I sense it is this question that is perceived as being (apparently) ‘skirted’: an accusation from the non Muslim party. The way the Muslim panel respond is as though this softer type of secular liberalism either doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter even if it existed. Presumably, this is because of soft liberalism’s perceived irrelevance given the current context of tighter measures around freedom and self autonomy ostensibly against terrorists but actually against mainstream practicing British Muslims. I sense the non Muslim cannot fathom the motivation for the Muslim panel’s defensiveness. They are accused of ‘playing the victim’. They respond: they’re merely representing reality.

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Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

Hope Church Luton - Blog

by Ayaan Hirsi ALI

This is the most thought provoking book I read over the summer, written by a Somali refugee who has denounced her Muslim faith and is now an academic in America. She has written a number of books about Islam which combine her reflections with her experiences. I took more notes on this book than any other I read over the summer.

At the heart of the book is the claim that there are 3 types of Muslims.

The first group she describes as Medina Muslims. They envision a regime based on sharia, Islamic religious law. They argue for an Islam largely or completely unchanged from its original seventh-century version. What is more, they take it as a requirement of their faith that they impose it on everyone else. Medina Muslims believe that the murder of an infidel is an imperative if he refuses to convert voluntarily to…

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What ‘turn the other cheek’ means (and doesn’t) in an age of terrorism

Working, Striving towards a more Peaceful World "I WRITE, I SHARE, I DREAM!"

The horrific attacks in Brussels, claimed by ISIS, have left us once again shocked. Jesus has something powerful to say to the problem, but his words need to be carefully understood before being applied.

Source: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/what.turn.the.other.cheek.means.and.doesnt.in.an.age.of.terrorism/82509.htm

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My Thoughts (written some years ago)

IS WAR EVER JUSTIABLE?

When Jesus spoke about “loving one’s enemies”, he wasn’t speaking about war situations, as Christianity maintains that war is justified in certain situations (and as an absolutely final resort after all other options (to preserve peace) have been exhausted) – to remove evil tyrants and dictators, who are killing scores of innocent civilians (as an Adolf Hitler did). Muhammar Gaddafi? But then what about a situation like Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe???

from

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/what-did-jesus-really-mean-0

https://www.createspace.com/4368498

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and

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/is-it-possible-to-counter-and-ultimately-defeat-terrorism

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I just believe each person has to decide for themselves how to respond to terrorism. (Does the means justify the end?) We are all given

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