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Wilmington imam says faith is powerful; violence not the answer

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The death of a US ambassador and three other Americans has the spotlight back on Islam.

After the attack on the American consulate in Libya Wednesday, people were left with many questions including Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

"How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we saved from destruction," said Clinton.

We decided to look for some answers to questions like why would a YouTube video motivate people to kill? An Islamic leader in Wilmington says he does not think violence is the answer but he knows Muslims take their faith very seriously.

"The religion is always before the culture not the culture before the religion," said Abolullah, an imam at the Islamic Center in Wilmington.

Abolullah says to portray any prophet of God is an insult to Islam and has very serious consequences.

"In Islam honor is the power of our faith," said Abolullah. "If you insult one of our prophets or one of the prophets from Adam: the Prophet Mohammed, if you insult one of them in the power of faith you are not going to enter paradise."

Abolullah has not seen the YouTube video that allegedly motivated the attacks but he says he thinks there may be more to the story.

Now the Obama administration is investigating if the attack in Libya was a planned terrorist attack to mark the anniversary of September 11th and not a spontaneous act over a YouTube video. Intelligence officers say the attack was too coordinated and professional to be spontaneous. We'll have more information on this developing story as they become available.

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Muslims are the Blight

It is fine for Muslims to be concerned about the defamation of Islam. However, we Christians, Jews and Buddhists are as equally concerned about the violence committed throughout the world by Muslims against our sacred places, our peoples and our nations due to the intolerance and immaturity of Islamic nations. The most retrogressive blight in our world? Islam. The most violent religion in our time? Islam. The most intolerent of all faiths in the world? Islam. The most insecure people of the world? Islamics. One message to these new barbarians...become enlightened or face the results of your fatal literalism.

There are many similarities

between the Bible and Koran. Read them, as I did for a course on The Religions of Man while in College.

Even the Koran directs the followers of Allah and Mohammed to respect, and if necessary protect, believers in God, even Chritians.

Over time, it appears they forget that. When a call goes out for a Holy War against non-believers, they forget the passages in the Koran which call upon true believers to respect and protect other believers in God, even Christians.

So, will the current head of the Islamic faith call for punishment for those who conducted such an attack?

Few questions for the imam

"The religion is always before the culture not the culture before the religion," said Abolullah, an imam at the Islamic Center in Wilmington.
Does that mean their religious laws (shariah) come before the US Constitution? And if the is the case how could muslims be good citizens if they want their own laws?
Also if their religion comes before the culture, does that mean they are going to enforce their religious beliefs, that are enforced in many parts of the muslim world like, women are inferior to men, female genital mutilation, killing of gays, burning of churches and synagogues, killing those that chose to practice other religions
"In Islam honor is the power of our faith," said Abolullah. "If you insult one of our prophets or one of the prophets from Adam: the Prophet Mohammed, if you insult one of them in the power of faith you are not going to enter paradise."
If that is the case, does one of those prophets the imam is referring to could be Jesus, or Moses, then why in the name of their religion don’t they demonstrate when muslims burn the houses of those prophets i.e. synagogues and churches. why are they not only insulting, persecuting and murdering those followers of the other prophets?
I am afraid I, and the imam know the answer.

Was he holding?

Was he holding a beheading sign when he said he "does not believe (read: IDK, maybe) violence is the answer?" Here's an update. Since then, angry Muslims have attacked the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, burned the American flag and replaced it with a black flag that reads; "there is no god but allah." Try flying that at Church on Sunday...

And.....

Doesn't his book also say "“In the Torah We prescribed for them a life for a life, an eye for an eye", Qurʾān 5:45.

The Qurʾān is interpreted in too many ways, the same as the Bible. The difference is that the Christian world stopped killing over its words (don't confuse politics) so long ago, yet Islamists uses its words to justify atrocities today.

Pacifism is a little late now it seems, but it sure sounds nice after the fact.

So what's this guy

So what's this guy sayiing???? He's not critrizing the wackos in his religion. He's just explaining what their beef is.

Mr. Abolullah, if one guy makes an insulting video and another guy kills a bunch of people because of the video, which guy is the fruitcake??

I personally don’t care how offended Muslims get. They don’t have an Allah-given right to kill other people cause they got their panties in a wad.

Imam?

Notice that nowhere does he condemn the actions against either U.S. Embassy or the deaths of his fellow Americans. He explains and justifies the attacks. If he doesn't condemn or deplore their actions, then he approves of them and he must be the enemy too.