Salaam to all readers,
I think, that you, and most people of this world have been stereotyping people, I have been living for most of my life (more than 60 years) in a Christian environment, I was never accepted by the Muslim or by the Jews with open arms.
In the early sixty I tried to enter a Youth Muslim club in Melbourne, Australia and I was told that that was only for Muslims, that time I was trying to meet people of my own age. That event remained in my mind for the rest of my life, until such time that I met my former wife (I did not know she was Muslim until we were ready to marry).
To satisfy my wife’s wishes we had the Nikha ceremony, and at the same time I met all her relatives. That was the first time in my life that I managed to have some kind of contacts with Muslims, prior to that, all Muslims that I met (and they were many), I was never invited to share anything with them. I never in my life considered myself to be above anyone else as in regard to religion, education, colour, age and so on.
I can guarantee that once the Muslims learn to accept the others, like I do, we will not have wars, separations or hatred. Muslim must learn to assimilate, must learn to help anyone and not just … Believers.. many Christians serving with charitable organizations are being KILLED by Muslims extremists NOW. How many Muslims charitable organizations are presently being employed to help the poor?
I know that far too many crimes are being committed by Christians and other religious groups, but if you take a close look at those CRIMINAL INVOLVED you will notice that behind the BAD CHRISTIANS CRIMES are usually a priest or a bad teacher, and this is the same with the Muslims.
You will find good and bad in all people, remember that there is always a reason why people are bad or good, you can not tell me that you have not been cheated or ill-treated by a Muslim.
I am doing voluntary charity work for a Christian Church, most of the people being helped by them are Muslims (where else can the Muslims get help?). The directors and all the staff know that my wife and I are Muslims, they have no problem with that, and they consider us as friends and many times they tell us that it is a shame that no other Muslims are prepared to do voluntary work like us.
I believe that it is more important to spread Islam with good deeds, than with violence, but far too many are profiting from wars.
Even in this forum, I have never noticed (if I am wrong I apologise), to establish some way to help the unfortunates and this is one of the main reason why I have accepted Islam, as I believed in One God Before, gave all I could to help others, believed in the life after, but due to the wrong teaching I did not believe in Mohammad or had any idea of what was in the Quran.
How do you aspect the people to embrace Islam, unless we get out of our golden armchair and learn to help people, without considering them to be believers or not?
You may find hard to believe, but all that is in the (Correct) Holy Quran, is what I have always believed, and tried to obey, there are an endless people that … follow the Christian religions like me, rest assure that Allah will accept them. To me, and many like me, they find hard to believe that Jesus was THE SON of GOD, that Mary is so important, but they are not aware of the content of the Quran, in as much as the so called Muslims, that follows blindly what other people tell them, or what ever the Prophet did or did not.
Ignorance breeds contempt.
I am sorry if I sound rude in my story, but I had to get this off my chest, please learn not to stereotype people, and learn to be more open to all.
I just pray that one day we will learn to live in harmony; I know this is just a dream!