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February 19, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 19, 2013

Islam contains harsh realities

The tragic curse of human history is the enormity of evil — quite commensurate with all the good — that religion has brought to our species. The future promises to be just as draconian, if not far worse as extremists acquire weapons of mass destruction that can cripple, contaminate or obliterate our major cities.

Along with global warming, intensified by overpopulation, and the pollution and despoiling of the land, sea and air of our precious planet, the radicals of only one religion pose the greatest and most imminent threat to mankind. And those radicals are fanatically driven by their faith in what they perceive as True Islam.

Given the apocalyptic danger — at least for our greatest cities — that the world faces, is it not imperative that we learn as much as possible about the dogma, the politics, the history, and the theology of Islam out of which jihad and the worst of Sharia have emerged?

Dr. Hasan, in his Feb. 10 letter, excoriates Dr. Abhyankar for “spreading hate” and “lies.”

In addition to offering commentary by Muslim and ex-Muslim scholars, Dr. Abhyankar has carefully confined his letters to material found in the three primary sources of Islamic literature: the Koran, the Hadith (the sayings and traditions of Muhammad) and the Sira (the life of Muhammad).

I dare say that Dr. Abhyankar has studied Islam far more than most Muslims, as well as the rest of us. Rather than be promiscuously slammed as a bigot, the professor should be thanked for his scholarly determination to awaken us to the historical realities of Islam that fuel the most egregious elements of that faith.

First and foremost, education — knowing your enemy — is imperative for Muslims no less than non-Muslims if there is to be any effective counter-offensive against the creep of a virulent and violent ideology that has grown into a global menace.

— Saul Rosenthal

Terre Haute

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