Pope Baptizes a Muslim

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Easter vigil mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday March 22, 2008. The pontiff presided over an Easter vigil service late Saturday during which he was to baptize one of Italy’s most prominent Muslims. The pope traditionally imparts the sacrament of baptism to several adults during the solemn vigil service, which marks the period between Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion, and Easter Sunday, which marks his resurrection. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim

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Alhamdu Lillahi, praise the lord, (الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ 1:2) he knows and he is aware of every thing we do. He is the Malik-i-Yom-iddin, (مَـالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ 1:4) master of the day of the judgment.

We have several choices, and we need to evaluate the consequence of each choice.

i) We should not let his action have the capacity to irritate the weakest amongst us by reacting with vengeance. He wanted to choose another faith, let him. You cannot force any one to believe what one does not feel – Attempts to push him violates two basics – no oppression and no compulsion.

ii) Proclaim he is a bad guy – what good will it do?

iii) Issue a fatwa to kill him – This is where Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) wanted us to struggle (jihaad) against our base emotions of avenge and anger and win over them. Let’s listen to the prophet and follow his guidance.

iv) Just do nothing, there are so many things happening in the world that needs our attention.

v) The more we re-act, the more they will be tempted to irritate us. I hope that is not what we want.

vi) Write in your own solution, solution must not create havoc, destruction and bad blood but bring peace – that is the name of our religion.

vii) Ignore and just live on your life.

Mike Ghouse
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