This is a true story and happened in Calgary. It is a controversial topic; but, it must be addressed.
The man who walks with God always gets to his destination. If you have a pulse you have a purpose.
Last month, I attended my annual training session that’s required for maintaining my federal prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their beliefs. I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Iman had to say. The Iman gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Iman and asked: Please correct me if I’m wrong, but, I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad (Holy war) against the infidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all muslims) they are assured of a place in heaven. If that’s the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel? There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, Non-believers. I responded, So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct? The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He sheepishly replied, Yes. I then stated, well, sir, I have a real problem trying to image the Pope commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or the leader of all Protestants ordering them to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in heaven. The Iman was speechless. I continued, I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me. Let me ask you a question: Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and he wants you to be there with me? You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame. Needless to say, the promoters of the Diversification Training Seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic Imam, and bring forward the truth about the Muslims’ beliefs.
We must address this issue in our civil society and not be afraid to bring it out. You either stand with us or stand against us.