Saturday, May 12, 2007

Religious Radicalism in All 'Flavors'....& Beauty

Below are two examples of extreme Israeli Jewish-Zionist and Palestinian Muslim rhetoric. Sometimes I wonder why I identify with a particular religion or any religion when most religious traditions have such bloody histories. However, then I think of the literature, poetry, art, and spirituality that religious traditions also inspire and I remember that religion is what the believer(s) make of it. Thus, it can be stunningly beautiful or horrificly evil. I have included an example of beauty at the end of this post.

Was planting Al Aqsa on The Holy of Holies a moral deed? NO!
Zvi-Hersch (Los Angeles, California)

From: Ha'aretz comment board to article
Your premise is wrong [about the West Bank being Palestinian.] Therefore, your argument is moot...Worthless.....Except to those who refuse to accept the fact that G-d gave the land, INCLUDING Samaria, to His people, Israel, ETERNALLY! If you refuse to accept or to like this fact, then go argue with G-d!This disgusting mosque was imposed upon the Jewish `Holy of Holies` which was bought and paid in full for, by King Solomon! The self-righteous muslims think that since it exists it is their right to keep it. Their perpetuating the defilement of this Holy place with their unlistened to worship and paganizing idolatry of their Mohammed, their so called prophet, who was a self-serving charlatan that twisted the essence of the Torah, only to deprecate it, and a murderer to boot, and one who made murder & living by the sword `holy`, who raped his sister & had a perverse proclivity for little girls, should be removed!Such is the destiny of the unholy!The Holy of Holies` is the land of the Jews, & their worship IS holy!

Shaykh Ahmad Bahr from HAMAS at a Friday sermon in Sudan:
Oh God, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh God, vanquish...their supporters. Oh God, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one. Oh God, show them a day of darkness. Oh God, who sent down His Book, the mover of the clouds, who defeated the enemies of the Prophet – defeat the Jews...and bring us victory over them.

Masnavi, Book I, lines 599-607 (Jalal ud-Din Rumi, 13th century Sufi mystic and poet) :
We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee [God]; we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee. We are as pieces of chess engaged in victory and defeat: our victory and defeat is from thee, O thou whose qualities are comely! Who are we, O Thou soul of our souls, that we should remain in being beside thee? We and our existences are really non-existence; thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable. We all are lions, but lions on a banner: because of the wind they are rushing onward from moment to moment. Their onward rush is visible, and the wind is unseen: may that which is unseen not fail from us! Our wind whereby we are moved and our being are of thy gift; our whole existence is from thy bringing into being.

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