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Sally I am very, very educated in the religion I was born and raised in. not only was I was raised in it to a very religious family I went to islamic schools all my life starting the 2nd half of 1st grade then on to the Islamic Univerisity in Southfield where I got my Masters. up until about 3 years ago i tought Islamic classes at my home mosque and will soon be going back this year.
As I already said anyone who told you we can convert people well they need to attend some of my classes. as already said it is not Gods will for everyone to be a Muslim. We can try to convert all we want but it will not do any good for 1 it is forbidden for 2 if it is not Gods will for that person to be a Muslim then it will never happen. Why do you think we don't have missionaries or go knocking on doors trying to save to people? We let them come to us and when they do then we are are here to assist them any way we can. Before they can take their Shahada they must have a full understanding of what it means to be a Muslim in addition to having a full understanding on the 5 pillars and the 6 articles starting with the total belief in the oneness of God.
Those killings you talk about in the Quran... have you studied the Sunnah and the Hadith? The Quran much like the Bible is full of stories and it covers allot of stories of the wars and the battles of Islam. I have heard many non Muslims claim that because they "read the Quran" that they know all about Islam. Most of the time I know that they never really the Quran and even if they did it is not easy for a Muslim who has not been exposed to be educated on the readings of the Quran to understand. Even for those who speak, read, and write Arabic it is a challenge as the Quran is not just in Arabic but it is classical Arabic which is not spoken like today's everyday spoken Arabic.
For example... one might know how to speak, read, or write English, English might be their first and only language but to read something like Shakespear for example is not the easiest read even for an English reader.
First of all if a Quran is not in classical Arabic it is not an authentic Quran. It is a copy of a translation of the Quran. There are many words in the Arab language that can not be translated into English because there is no such word in the English language to translate it to from Arabic. Being that that is the case it not only changes the original words of the authentic Quran but in many cases it also changes or alters the meaning. Most copies of English translated "Qurans" even have disclaimers in the inside cover explaing such.
In addition to needing knowledge of how the Quran is written one can not study islam and get any true meaning without also refering to the hadiths and it helps to also refer to the sunnah.
The Quran, hadiths, and the sunnah all three go hand in hand to compliment and complete one another.
The hadiths are narriations of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed
The sunnah are things or actions preformed by the Prophet Mohammed. To a practicing Muslim living the sunnah is very important. To live the sunnah means to copy or mimic the actions, life style, or the way the Prophet Mohammed and the things that he did and how he did them.
When I hear a non Muslim especially an islamophobic Muslim make the claim that they have "studied" Islam just because they claim to have read a copy of the Quran I usually challenge them and ask them what about the hadith. They usually in that case just look dumbfounded because they have no idea what the hadith or the sunnah is which pretty much is evidence that they never "studied" Islam.
Most Muslims who didn't grow up going to a muslim school or regular Sunday school that most mosque in America have for children take classes in order to learn how to read the Quran as it is not an easy read.
Jiyzah tax is a tax paid by non-Muslims while Muslims are required to pay zakat in which non -Muslims are exempt for having to pay. It's basically nothing more than any other tax than anyone has to pay anywhere.
Jiyzah tax is imposed on able bodied males of military age. In exchange for the paying of the tax they are exempt from having to fight any battles defending Muslims while the Muslims will have to fight for them, they are entitled to social and resource programs
In addition to me having to pay taxes here in the USA I still have to pay the Muslim tax of zakat every year.
Now I hope you don't think i am being argumentative because i am not. I also want to state again I am highly educated in my religion in fact I am more educated in my religion in many Muslims who have also been all their life a Muslim. Besides growing up in a very religious family and practicing to the letter I took a higher education from university after 11 and half years of Islamic school.
I can provide for you a proof from the Quran, Sunnah, and the Haddith on anything there is you need to see a proof on.
As I said the Quran much like the Bible are stories, the Sunnah which is the second jurisprudence are the ways and examples of the Prophet and his companions in which we are to follow and tell us how our life style is to be and what to do and not to do in situations, the hadith the third jurisprudence are the sayings of the Prophet and through though sayings he tells us the answers to everything we need to know about every life event that can possibly come up. As stated earlier one can't simply read the Quran from cover to cover and know Islam, you also need to the Sunnah and the Hadith to have the full picture. The 3 compliment one another.