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.
The spiritual head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih V, while addressing university students in Benin on extremism, quoted the Qur'an: "Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind" (Al Maidah, Ch 5 v 33).
My heart is hurt and battered by these evil people who call themselves Muslims. I truly say as an Irish Muslim I am exhausted after 23 years of accepting Islam – not exhausted with Islam or being a Muslim, but exhausted of having to defend myself and Islam because of such wicked people.
This morning when my wife was watching the news with tears in her eyes, watching the acts of violence and barbaric killing by ISIS, her response was, "No wonder people don't like Islam." I had to explain to her what most are not aware of, which is that the Holy Prophet Muhammad warned the Muslim ummah (people) and ulama (religious scholars) that one day this would happen! He warned, in such an accurate, chilling way, that "a time will come when nothing will remain of Islam except its name and nothing of the Qur'an except its script". He said "their" mosques (ie, those Muslims whom he has nothing to do with) would be full of worshippers but devoid of righteousness, that their imams would be the worst creatures under the canopy of the heavens, that evil plots will hatch from them. But he also said there would be one community of Muslims who will be on the path of righteousness, who will follow the true teachings of Islam and whose imam will lead them to peace and spirituality.
This is my purpose in writing: to reassure the people of Ireland that Islam is a religion of peace, love and tolerance. Until all the imams and sheikhs in Ireland and, indeed, around the world stand up and condemn these acts of violence and this wrongful interpretation of Islam by ISIS and all the other evil so-called 'Islamic' organisations, these acts of evil will not be halted.
IMAM IBRAHIM AHMAD NOONAN
IMAM OF GALWAY MOSQUE MASJID MARYAM
JOHN BRUTON IN THE HOT SEAT
John Bruton states that David Cameron – in his objection to Jean-Claude Junker as EU President – is serving neither himself, his party or his country. May I ask: Whose interests does John Bruton serve?
SANDYFORD VIEW, BLACKGLEN ROAD, D18
EU IS LUCKY WE'RE NOT EXTREMISTS
I read with interest the Irish Independent article 'Lack of bailout deal fuels extremist parties' with an ironic eye. It was published on the same day Europe is blaming the Iraqi president for fuelling the current crisis by not being inclusive.
The European Community for many years had a sort of family feel. However, suddenly it was a Union and determined to commit to defence – and, need I say it, the "We may ask, but we won't pay any attention to your answers" European Constitution and Lisbon mess alienated many people who were quite happy to co-operate and help our neighbours.
The bashing the people of the outer rim countries were given – because their banks, businesses and government were stupid enough to believe in 'free money' – sealed a burgeoning anti-European feeling.
You would think that Europe would listen to their own advice in seeking fairness in their dealings with the Irish people among others, but no – their interest is in getting their money back rather than finding justice for the Irish people who have been saddled with the debt. They have no interest in banking regulation being tightened or punishing the guilty – those are all local matters, as long as we still keep on paying for the German banks' reckless spending.
Luckily, unlike Iraq, we don't have any extremists to push Europe into chaos – or is EURSIS next year's surprise?
WERE THEY FOOLED – OR FOOLS?
So our 'friends' in the EU aren't/ mightn't be recapitalising our banks despite assurances by Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny that they would.
What does this actually mean in plain English?
What it means is that the Irish people were lied to.
Does this mean Mr Noonan and Mr Kenny are liars?
Not quite, in their defence, actually, for one simple reason: they may have believed it and had evidence at the time.
What has the lie achieved for the EU?
This lie was told before the Fiscal Compact Treaty, which now, apparently, even though we weren't fully informed, is the reason the re-capitalisation won't occur.
So what this means is that either Mr Kenny and Mr Noonan told a deliberate lie to buy time and succour for the Compact Treaty – or the EU made complete fools out of the pair of them.
No matter what way one looks at it, Enda and Michael are not fit for purpose unless they produce the evidence that led them to claim bank re-capitalisation; and point out that this was a precedential agreement and therefore carries more weight in law than the subsequent Treaty; and, lastly, they must, on behalf of the Irish citizens whom they tax in order to collect their six-figure salaries, fight it in the European Court.
Or we could, of course, have a second referendum on the Fiscal Treaty and let Europe know that we're sticklers for tradition.
Over to you, Mr Kenny – your destiny awaits. You will go down as Ireland's greatest Taoiseach to date, or you will be recorded as a modern Lord Castlerea when the papers are opened in 30 years or so . . . or sooner, like after the next election, perhaps!
To the strategists who are reading this: the term you are looking for is 'running out of road', which is something every Irish person understands completely, having being born on an island!
ATHENRY, CO GALWAY
PLEASE, RTE, NO MORE OWN GOALS
I hope England doesn't reach the quarter finals. I don't want to see Eamon Dunphy wearing a dress on television. Men dressing as women have proved expensive for RTE and consequently for the taxpayer.
BLESSINGTON, CO WICKLOW