In reply to Fred Barrett's letter, "Multicultural Angst" (Waikato Times, May 2) and his totally misleading references to Islam and verses in the Koran, I suggest readers check the English translations of these verses for themselves and research their context.
In contrast to what Fred Barrett states, the Koran says that God forbids all aggression except in self defence. Chapter 2: Verse 190: "You may fight in the cause of God against those who attack you, but do not aggress. God does not love the aggressors." Also refer to 2: 191-194; 4:91; 5: 87; 7:33; 8:19, 39, and 8: 60-61: "If they resort to peace, so shall you and put your trust in God." Chapter 2: Verse 256: "There shall be no compulsion in religion." (translations by Dr Rashid Khalifa).
Just as we don't brand all Christians as warmongers and a threat to mankind because of the actions of Bush, the Lord's Resistance Army, the Irish Republican Army, the Crusaders and Anders Brevik, neither should we demonise true Islam, because of the non-Islamic actions of those who corrupt Islam for their own purposes.
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