America honors no supplemental laws

I am severely perplexed by an article which appeared in The News-Enterprise on Monday, May 13. The article was under the heading “Islamic Leader Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot.”

In essence, an informant posing as a hit man made contact with three Muslim men (one an Imam) who wanted to recover some lost funding totaling $100,000 from two failed business enterprises. The point that makes it repulsive to this American is the issuance of a “fatwa” or “Islamic legal pronouncement” authorizing the killing the Muslim men agreed to.

If these Muslim men were, in fact, citizens of the United States, their reluctance to engage the proper U.S. legal system is extremely troubling. There now is no supplemental legal system in America (Sharia or otherwise) and it is doubly troubling when the Islamic Center of Lexington feigned surprise to learn that one of its own Imams was involved in the plot.

The statement added the tiresome explanation that “Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance,” which is wearing pretty thin on this reader. Anyone interested in determining how peaceful and tolerant would do well to review the Quran and make an informed decision about the peacefulness of Islam.

Richard Sims

Rineyville

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GREG F

As for the jihad when it relates to fighting, that is [only] in defense of the freedom to practice one's faith, as is stated in the verse: "Those who have been driven unjustly from their homes only for saying, 'Our Lord is God'" (Qur'an, 22:40). As a rule, the state of relations between Muslims and people of other faiths and persuasions is one of peace. Jihad, in the intent behind its original legislation, is a search for "perpetual peace." That is why all believers are ordered to enter into peace: "O you who believe, enter wholeheartedly into peace, and do not follow in Satan's footsteps, for he is your sworn enemy" (Qur'an, 2:208). Believers are also ordered to accept any attempts at peace: "But if they incline towards peace, you [Prophet] must also incline towards it, and put your trust in God" (Qur'an, 8:61). It is also very well known that the Prophet, God's peace and blessings upon him, compromised greatly at the Armistice of Hudaybiyyah for the sake of making peace. ..... As for military jihad, that was prescribed for times when there were no global treaties or pacts leaving no means to convey the message of Islam other than with military support, and there were no borders that were acknowledged, unless they were maintained by force, or vast distances separated regions. Also, there were no weapons of mass destruction at this time. All of these premises are no longer the case. How can any Muslim who understands the texts and aims of Islamic law call for war against all other nations? One who does so is foolish, ignorant of the true nature of Islam as well as the realities of today, and seeks to sow corruption in the land. ..... Abdallah bin Bayyah President, Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies September 14, 2014 Abu Dhabi

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