Islam Is A Religion Of Peace

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Is the rise of terrorism and violence justifiably traced to the teachings of Islam, or is this call to war a twisted interpretation of the true Muslim faith? Most of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are moderates who see Islamic terrorism as a violation of their sacred texts. Is it wrong to let a radical minority represent authentic Islam? Has fear blinded us to its lessons of tolerance and peace?

  • For the motion

    For

    Zeba Kahn

    Writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement

  • For the motion

    For

    Maajid Nawaz

    Director of the Quilliam Foundation

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    Douglas Murray

    Founder and Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion

  • Against the motion

    Against

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Founder, A.H.A. Foundation

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    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Kahn

For The Motion

Zeba Kahn

Writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement

is a writer and advocate for Muslim-American civic engagement. Born and raised in Ohio by devout Muslim parents, she attended Hebrew school for 9 years all while actively participating in her local Muslim community. In 2008, she launched Muslim-Americans for Obama, an online network to mobilize Muslim-American voters in support of the Obama presidential campaign. Since then, she continues to work on issues of Muslim-American civic engagement and was recognized for her work by the American Society for Muslim Advancement as a 2009 Muslim Leader of Tomorrow.

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Maajid Nawaz

For The Motion

Maajid Nawaz

Director of the Quilliam Foundation

is director of the Quilliam Foundation. Formerly, Nawaz served on the UK national leadership for the Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), and was involved in HT for almost 14 years. He was a founding member of HT in Denmark and Pakistan and eventually served four years in an Egyptian prison as a “prisoner of conscience” adopted by Amnesty International. In prison, Maajid gradually began changing his views until finally renouncing the Islamist Ideology for traditional Islam and inclusive politics.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Against The Motion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Founder, A.H.A. Foundation

was born in Somalia and raised a devout Muslim. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992 and served as a member of the Dutch parliament for 3 years. She has since become an active critic of fundamentalist Islam, an advocate for women's rights and a leader in the campaign to reform Islam, establishing the AHA Foundation in 2007.

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Murray

Against The Motion

Douglas Murray

Founder and Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion

is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He is also founder and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), a non-partisan think-tank in Westminster, London, which focuses on radicalization and has published work on both Islamist and far-right extremism.

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    10 comments

    • Comment Link Dr. R. Linkletter Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00 posted by Dr. R. Linkletter

      Prominent Western Muslim moderates tell us how all interpretations of Islam are 'legitimate', even refusing to denounce interpretations like that of the late Osama Bin Laden. So it isn't a question of whose Islam we should acknowledge between the Muslim terrorist and the Muslim moderate, as both are contained within the larger framework of Islam.
      And yet we continue to cloud the debate with this question while dozens of innocents die every day in the name of Islam and the entire cultural identities of Europe and Scandinavia become irrecoverably lost to the world.

    • Comment Link shumaila Saturday, 21 September 2013 15:21 posted by shumaila

      Islam is not a religion of violence, it's a religion of peace, but i will say the real peace and no other religion can be so peaceful as Islam.
      Just read the Quran and Hadith fully, then arrange a debate over it. 100% sure all will be in the same conclusion that Islam is the religion of love and peace.

    • Comment Link Eve Friday, 12 July 2013 16:06 posted by Eve

      I have been privately researching on Islam, its doctrines, historical development and current status around the world. After listening to this debate, I say for sure that Islam is NOT a religion of peace.

    • Comment Link K Russell Saturday, 15 June 2013 17:20 posted by K Russell

      i-squared, enjoyed the debate btw. More like this please. Thanks.

    • Comment Link Norris Lurker Saturday, 08 June 2013 21:26 posted by Norris Lurker

      All religious faiths are bad and should be removed from the face of the earth
      As an atheist, I am quite in control of my ability to keep to a good and strong set of morals, despite the numerous christians who simply cannot understand, without a supernatural deity and a special book, how someone like me could behave properly. It's quite simple; I know right from wrong and behave accordingly. My experience is that most atheists are nicer, better behaved people than most christians. Atheists do not go in for mutilation of little girls genitals, atheists do not kill people because they do not share their lack of belief. Theists of various flavours do practise such degradations.

    • Comment Link Marco Sunday, 19 May 2013 19:17 posted by Marco

      @Dane Where is the honour in killing?? The answer is there isn't honour in killing! This is what I learned from the Quran. You are confusing culture with religion. While I appreciate you promoting the Quran by asking people to read it, I invite you to not only read it but study it. Because without proper studies and true effort to understand it, perhaps neither yourself nor I are qualified to speak of it's teachings.

    • Comment Link James Friday, 10 May 2013 12:43 posted by James

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali was talking over EVERYBODY!

    • Comment Link Dane Thursday, 09 May 2013 03:01 posted by Dane

      That's just it Siraj, from YOUR experience that's what you believe, go read the Quran. You have not experienced the full law of Islam, honour killings etc. And when is there ever a proper reason for lying?

    • Comment Link Siraj Friday, 25 January 2013 05:47 posted by Siraj

      @ Bill Howard : "This faith is not only a violent one but it is in fact incompatible with almost every other faith on the face of the earth that does not submit to it."

      Too tough a judgment about the religion from the debate. Have you considered actually reading the Quran and Hadith to find out if it teaches this or if what the debate panel conveyed is only their opinion and their experiences?

      From my personal experiences, Islam does not authorize (without proper reason for point 2 and 3) any of the above 4 points you have mentioned.

    • Comment Link Bill Howard Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:56 posted by Bill Howard

      Very good debate! I enjoyed watching and learning from them...both sides make compelling arguments however, the facts are undenieble and well documented. The following is a list of what I learned from this debate and the points that caused me to vote against this motion:
      1) Why do people have to go into hiding should they speak out against the prophet Mahommed if it were a religion of peace. No other religion causes such upheaval to my knowledge.
      2) It promotes martyrdom while practicing Muslims sit silently refusing to condem these acts.
      3) It promotes lying to others which was evident to me by the panel members:
      4) It allows for, rape, murder and almost every other aberrant behavior as long as you label the other person an infidel. This faith is not only violent one but it is in fact incompatible with almost every other faith on the face of the earth that does not submit to it.

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