Rejoinder: No, Christianity is not close to extinction
by Muhammad Shuaibu
We know the religion the then US president belongs to but have never and will never attribute such a crime to his religion. As unapologetically-Muslims and uncompromisingly-Islamic, we demand just that and nothing more.
I received a message on my BlackBerry Messenger through this link: Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East, and would like to respond accordingly.
It is true that the size of Christian faithful is declining in the Middle East. Arguably so in Europe and US. The list of prominent converts include: Keith Ellison (First Muslim to be elected to the US Congress), Lew Alkindo (retired Basketball player), Christ Jackson (Basketball player), Eric Abidal (Currently soccer player with Bercelona), Nicolas Anelka (French Football player), Kristian Berker (German journalist), Knut Bernstrom (Swedish Ambassador to Venuzuela), Ice Cube (US rapper), Andre Carson (US Congress), Robert Crane (Former Adviser to US President Richard Nixon), Sir Achibald Hamilton (5th British Baronet), Wilfred Hoffman (NATO official), Jermaine Jackson (Michael Jackson’s elder brother), Francois Minou (French Military General), Frank Ribery (French football player), Yvonne Ridley (British Journalist), Cat Stevens (Musicians), Michael Streich (Swiss military instructor), to name but a fraction of a few.
In my opinion two factors are responsible for that. Firstly the number of converts from mostly Christian faith to Islam is on the rise. Secondly the rate of birth within Muslim couples who mostly marry at their prime youthful age is another possible reason. A ‘report’ was mentioned without a source. Typical of arm chair journalism bent on presenting fictions as cardinal truth. The ‘report’ alleged persecution of Christians by militant Islamist (whatever that means). Yet it is a well known facts that such militants are the handiwork and creation of West and US government in particular. (Please check this out a video clip where Hillary Clinton confessed to that effect)
Additionally, Muslims are the largest victims of these US sponsored terrorist act worldwide. What is currently happening in Syrian is the most recent and live instance in which EU nations, US and Israel are supporting the armed insurgents with deadly weapons and at the same time frustrating all efforts at bringing about a peaceful resolution of the crisis. On both sides of the divide Muslims constitute 99.99% of the casualties. Add this to the US criminal activities of assassination drones that kill Muslims on daily basis in Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, to name but a few.
Whoever commits any act of aggression against fellow human being stands condemned no matter who the victims may be. Take the recent senseless killings that happened and is still happening in US, neither the ‘gunman’ (remember non of the Western media called him a terrorist) nor the victims were Muslims. Yet Muslims all over the world expressed their grief and sympathy even though at that same very moment US drones were and are still killing women and children in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. Also the victims of Israeli recent atrocities in Gaza are still leaking their wounds.
We acknowledge the fact that only people short of ideas and logic will have violence as the only means of sorting out differences. As such, a religion that cherish and promotes knowledge like Islam shall never be associated with terrorism. With this assertion a question arise: Why is al-Qaeda and its affiliates who claim to be Muslims are synonymous with bloodshed. Well, anybody that claim to be a Muslim shall never be deMuslimised. But accusing Islam for their crimes is the highest form of unfairness and bigotry.
Those responsible for the first and second World War were never Muslims. And we all know the religion they professed. Yet we do not see such a religion as the brain behind their heinous crime. US government was, and remain, responsible for the genocide using atomic weapon in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In fact, US remain the only nation that ever used nuclear weapons on any living thing-human or otherwise. We know the religion the then US president belongs to but have never and will never attribute such a crime to his religion. As unapologetically-Muslims and uncompromisingly-Islamic, we demand just that and nothing more.
Merry Christmas to all Christian faithful.
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