Islamic Remarks of Pope Benedict XVI-A Conspiracy
is a great and respectable religion recognized by Islam. Prophet Jesus
Christ and Virgin mother Mary are held in high esteem in
Quran the holy book of Islam. Popes are supposed to be leaders of
peaceful, nonviolent and compromising teachings of Jesus Christ known
as Hazrat Iisa in Islam. One
only wishes if the Pope gave the same status to Islam, Quran and
Muhammad (peace and mercy of God be on him and on all prophets of God
including Hazrat Iisa).
It is to be regretted
that the 79-year-old Pope Benedict XVl, the supreme leader of the
Catholic sect of Christianity chose to quote a derogatory remark about
prophet Muhammad when he recently addressed a gathering at
on Sept.12, 2006. Before his latest new objectionable remarks,
this Pope has a history.After the 9/11 he is
on record having said “The history of Islam also has a
tendency of violence”. Let
us see what the Pope said in the latest quotation, probably being
unmindful of reaction:
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there
you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to
spread by the sword the faith he preached.” Emperor Manuel ll
Nothing can be
farther from the truth and facts about Islam. Obviously these words
lack common sense of mutual respect in any civilization. As is clear,
these are very insulting to Islam and to the prophet. It is
regrettable as well as surprising that a learned personality like the
Pope, quotes such a silly remark without distancing himself from it.
He must have been aware of the sensitivity of the Muslims about what
he was saying. He has committed a great sin if he has done so
knowingly and purposely to instigate the Muslims of the world. There
was no shortage of words and there was no need to bring to life the
rotten words of 600 years ago, originally spoken by a defeated,
fleeing King who was given amnesty by the Ottoman Turks, after he
signed a humiliating treaty agreeing to pay tribute to the Sultan of
It is not that no
body can talk about Muhammad or be forced and obliged to agree with
his noble teachings. There is no compulsion in Islam.
People disagree, and that is why there are many faiths,
religions and ideologies. The
point is that a respectable decorum and good taste must be maintained
when criticizing a religion. Every believer considers his faith or
religion the best, truest and the only way of salvation, success and
happiness. The Pope must
be aware of the global storm which he unleashed by a thoughtless
remark about Islam, Jihad and the Muslims in general.
“One wished if the Pope could allude to Christianity the dark
history of violence in the name of God – Crusades, forced
conversions, pogroms, the inquisition ……” (News Week, Sept.25,
The speech of the Pope on the subject of Religion and Reasons
has itself been most unreasonable. It has added fuel to the fire of
“9/11” and “clash of civilization” which are the
buzzwords today. The timing of the objectionable quotation is also
confusing. Muslims all over the world are entering the holy month of
Ramadan, fasting from dawn to dusk. The Muslims have not yet forgotten
the last year’s anti-Islam cartoon campaign by Danish daily and
carried by many European dailies around the Hajj Islamic pilgrimage
season. Salman Rushdi’s case was also a case of the same
anti-Islamic campaign. In this case, the Pope appears more as a
political leader than a religious one.
Was his speech intended to please the German audience who are
dead opposed to admission of
, a nation of 70 million Muslims, to the European Union?
Time will prove that he lost more than he gained.
Human beings make mistake. The Pope is an elderly man and
deserves benefit of old age. The
Pope has violated the rule of mutual understanding and tolerance.
Surely God is not pleased with the way Pope Benedict XVI has treated
Muhammad, His last messenger. The misunderstanding created by the
speech of the Pope can be removed if he would be generous and noble
enough to extend a few words of apology for the mistake. It has to be
clear cut and emphatic. This
will restore his respect which the Muslims give to all religious
leaders of his status. But,
the people who wrote his speech are more irresponsible, I think. It
seems the played a dirty game to damage the relations between Islam
and Christianity., and placing the Pope in a sorry situation.
I appeal to all the
Muslims to control their anger, be tolerant, magnanimous and
forgiving. All Popes are
not the same and Pope Paul and Pope Benedict XVI do not have the same
views about Islam, Quran and Muhammad.
The Christian leader has yet to understand that Islam is a
religion of peace, love, mercy, justice, equality and brotherhood.
Let the Muslims come forward and explain what Islam stands for.
Violence must be avoided at all costs!!
Let the Muslims understand the conspiracy which is being
hatched and tossed against their face at different times at different
level, political, economic and even religious one and such campaigns
will continue for ever. Let
us study Quran and life of the prophet Muhammad to learn how to handle
such situation and take it as a test from God. There is no other way
out except to be united and strong in our faith. Muslims can not
succeed unless they hold the “Rope” of Allah, Quran and Sunnah。For
the Muslims this is a good opportunity to propagate Islam all over the
Another good thing
which the representatives of the Pope, all over the world can do, is
to invite and meet the Muslim community leaders in each country and
explain the real position of the Pope and offer his sincere apology in
a brotherly manner. It is said, the Pope has already apologized in
. If so, let his ambassadors follow in the foot steps of their leader.
After all, Christianity and Islam are brotherly religions.
Prophet Muhammad said that Prophet Jesus Christ (Hazrat Iisa)
is his brother. Remember, to a Muslim, Prophet Iisa, Virgin Mother
Maryam is as honourable as Muhammad, Aysha and Fatima Let us respect
each other. Respected Pope
Benedict XVI, sir, do not create a gulf between two great religions of
peace and love. Do not
burn the bridge. Christianity
and Islam are here to stay. Muslims do not want to demolish
Christianity and remember, nobody can demolish Islam too. May Allah
bestow His mercy on all the prophets of God and guide us all on the
right path. Aameen.