[quote=JP2Admirer]I understand to get closer to the sources in order to find a true interpretation. However, I still don’t see how one can trust that their interpretation is right, especially when the Hadiths are more or less legend, as they are not truly historical in describing the character of the prophet (what I mean is they more or less developed as legends develop.)
how much study have you put into the topic of hadeeth and their preservation? fyi, much of early islamic history is from reports such as hadeeths and the likes. where do you think all these people got information on prophet muhammad’s life - whether muslim or non-muslim biographers?
as for trusting that their interpretation is correct, who do you think the revelation was revealed to? and who do you think was around at the time of its revelation. Allah says in the Quran, “surely, Allah had blessed the believers when He sent amongst them a messenger (muhammad)from themselves, reciting to them His verses, purifying them (i.e., the believers) and teaching them the Book (i.e, the Quran) and the Wisdom (i.e., the Sunnah) and indeed, before they were certainly in manifest misguidance.” (3:264) this verse makes it clear that there is more than just the Quran that was revealed, the wisdom behind its verses was also revealed to prophet muhammad and he taught it to his companions. Allah also says, “and whoever opposes the messenger after the what has been clarified to him of the guidance and follows other than the believers’ way, We will turn him to what he turned to and cast him in hell - and what an evil fate!” (4:115) the believers mentioned in this verse refers to those who accompanied prophet muhammad and it is evidence for the obligation of taking their understanding of the religion.
[quote=JP2Admirer]But how can you say that your interpretation is correct in light of the fact that Muhammad approved of assassination, and in some instances, did so himself? If it is right for your prophet to kill to further his cause, why is it wrong for his followers to kill to further his cause? Judging by the actions of the prophet, it would seem the terrorists are right in their interpretation. What say you?
since all these things attributed to prophet muhammad come from some outsider’s interpretation of some of the biographies that have been written about muhammad, perhaps you should try to verify if these claims are authentically reported to have occurred the way they are portrayed.
as for the misinterpretation of these extremists, part of it can be attributed to the writings of one of the late contemporary muslim writers, sayyid qutb. many of the muslim extremists of todays take their ideologies from his, which are inline with the ideologies and the beliefs of the early muslim sect, the khawaarij (kharajites).
[quote=JP2Admirer]Also, why is it that in predominantly Muslim countries, other religions are persecuted? Where are the true Muslims, if your interpretation is correct? Judging by the world stage, your interpretation is miniority and is incorrect.
firstly, i don’t think you know enough about my “interpretation” of islam to be able to judge anything.
secondly, judging by world stage, even the interpretations of these extremists is minority and incorrect.
thirdly, regarding the predominantly muslim countries, name one with a proper islamic government in place that rules according to the full sharee’ah. i guarantee you, you won’t find one that does. you’ll find some that are close, or some that are better than others, but finding a muslim country around today that rules completely by the sharee’ah is pretty much like finding the unicorn - not going to happen.
[quote=JP2Admirer]I understand that you truly love your religion, but don’t blind yourself to the Truth because of that love. True love is concerned with the Truth.
let’s get something straight here. i didn’t embrace islam because i found it to be overly attractive or something that i thought would be ultra cool if i entered it. i don’t love this religion for any other reason that it is the truth and the religion that God has chosen for mankind. seeking for the truth and longing to be upon it is something that i continually strive for all the time - and it is the reason why i pray to God that He keeps the love of beneficial knowledge embedded in my heart until the day i die.