Sunday, May 04, 2008

Muslim hospitals

I wonder if anyone can help me with some information. Can anyone think of any cases in which Muslims established hospitals or clinics in non-Muslim countries specifically for the purpose of helping non-Muslims in the name of Islam? I could be wrong, but I don’t think there is—or if there is, my guess is that such cases would be very, very limited.

While many Muslims are known for their hospitality, throughout history Islam as a religion was spread at the point of the sword. Christians and Jews—people of the book— were viewed as people to be subjugated and humiliated, and almost everyone else was either forced to convert to Islam or die. In such a religious system, you don’t go into all the world to build hospitals and clinics, or to educate the “infidels.” You go to bring them into subjection to Allah, peacefully if possible, forcefully if necessary.

For hundreds and hundreds of years Christians have literally risked life and limb to go into all the world, not only to tell the good news about Jesus, but to build hospitals, clinics, orphanages, schools, and homeless shelters for non-Christians. I don’t think any other religion can make such a claim.

People who assume that all religions are basically the same are very, very misinformed.

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