MADRID: Sheikh Hassan Al-Saffar, a prominent Saudi Islamic scholar, expressed his hope that the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid would help defeat instigators of wars and conflicts as well as proponents of a clash of civilizations.
Read: help defeat all who speak the truth about Islam, revealing its most troubling doctrines.
Speaking to Arab News on the sidelines of the conference, Al-Saffar said the move to impose one’s ideology over others was the main factor that threatens peaceful coexistence of people of different faiths.
“Some people think that it’s their right to impose their views on others as they believe that only their religion is correct and others are wrong.This attempt to dominate over others undermines coexistence and human relations,” said Al-Saffar. “Those who want to propagate their ideas should present them in a decent manner and give the public the choice to accept or reject them. This will encourage free thinking and generate respect for the views of others.”
Really now, coming from a “prominent Saudi scholar–”in other words, a radical wahhabi””and unless he is specifically talking about Muslims, how can anyone take such talk seriously? While everything he said is true, of course, he, as well as all objective students of Islam, Muslim and non-Muslim, know that the only religious group that’s in the bad habit of “imposing” its view on others, attempting to “dominate” them, “propagate” their ideas, and undermining “coexistence,” all while “believ[ing] that only their religion is correct and others are wrong, are””drum roll please””Muslims. History unequivocally portrays this; while Islam’s sacred texts””from Koran to Hadith“”command it. Koran 9:29 alone (said to abrogate the more tolerant Meccan verses) commands Muslims to do all those things he descried: “Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture [Jews and Christians] as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”
[“¦] Al-Saffar said religions like Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism have undergone changes during the past several centuries, like the changes that have taken place in Islamic thought. “We cannot draw a picture of another religion based on an old book that was written centuries ago.”
Huh? So if Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism (why no mention of Hinduism, incidentally?), had undergone absolutely no changes, would that then make them bad? And what, exactly, is so troubling about the messages of their “old books”? No where in these books, unlike the Koran and Hadith, are believers commanded to hound, persecute, and subjugate others. Oh yea, the Hebrews purged Canaan: not the same thing. The commandments given the Hebrews to fight and slay the Canaanites were of a temporal quality, then and there, whereas Islam’s commandments are transcendent and apply at all times.
Of course, al-Saffar may have been specifically talking about Muslims; but if he was, he would not be a “prominent Saudi cleric.” He would probably be facing apostaty charges.