Letters: I'm sick of defending Islam because of these wicked people
As the world begins to see the horror unfolding in Iraq with the emergence of ISIS jihadists who are brutally slaughtering their own people in the name of Islam, we see in Kenya another barbaric killing by al-Shahbab, the missing teenagers in Israel taken by Hamas, the stupidity of Afghanistan and the sadness of Palestine. Has the Islamic world gone mad? The simple answer is yes! But is Islam an ideology of hate, evil, and teachings of 'kill'? The answer is no.
I say no because the people who are the cause of these barbaric and horrific murders and abductions of teenagers, are not following the pure pious teachings of Islam. They are following medieval ideology that has nothing to do with the pure spiritual teachings of Islam.
Anyone who takes the time to explore Islam with an open mind and heart will conclude that Islam is not a violent, barbaric faith; rather, it teaches tolerance, love and forgiveness. The Holy Qur'an makes it very clear that there is no compulsion in Islam and that right is clearly distinct from wrong (Ch 2 v 257) – in other words, we are able as human beings to recognise what is wrong and what is right, what is evil and what is good.