Will Muslim extremists never cease to abuse and vilify their religion by continuing to kill innocent people, believing that they (the extremists) are on their way to Heaven?Heaven knows that we all want to go there. In the 1970 the prominent Liberian broadcaster, Milt Greaves, carried ELBC public service announcements that urged motorists to drive safely. He often said, “We all want to go to Heaven. But how many of us want to go now?” For everyone, the answer to the first question is a resounding Yes! But for the second, it is equally a resounding NO, because no one in his or her right mind, wants to die now. Yet death is the gateway to Heaven. Without death, no one gets there. The Daily Observer contacted Sheik Kafumba Konneh, head of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, and asked how do ordinary Muslims get to Heaven? He replied, first, by believing in Allah and His oneness, and practicing that belief. Part of that practice is to pray five times daily and fast during Ramadan. Second, if one has the means, to go to Mecca at least once in one’s lifetime; and third, pay “poor dues” —alms to the poor—annually.What then is jihad? He was asked. “The first jihad is to discipline oneself,” Sheik Kafumba replied. “This is the most important jihad,” he insisted. “Second, if you are attacked to be killed, defend yourself.” Third, if you are prevented from worshipping, or driven from your home because of your religion, you have the right to fight to return and practice your religion. Fourthly, when your country is attacked from within or without, you are permitted to defend your country.”As for Christians, they strongly believe that NO ONE gets to Heaven except through the blood of Jesus. Because man—or humankind—is infinitely sinful, there is nothing one can do to merit a place in Heaven. That is because Christians believe that all their good is like “filthy rags” before the Maker—why? Because God is so holy and so pure that NOTHING that humans do is worthy enough. We get to Him only by believing in the saving blood of Jesus Christ. How much more, then, can a person claim a right to enter Heaven by committing one of the fundamental DON’Ts of the Ten Commandments—“Thy shall not kill”? Indeed, this sixth commandment, according to Sheik Kafumba, is listed among the 71 commandments in the Quran.Christianity and Islam are two distinctly different, yet fundamentally similar religions: first, both believe in monotheism—only ONE God. Secondly, both hail from the same patriarch—Father Abraham; thirdly, both believe in the principles of obedience and sacrifice, though the sacrifice part may be different. While Muslims believe still in the sacrifice of burnt offerings, which the Jews, the direct descendants, too, of Abraham, also believe, Christians believe that the ultimate sacrifice was already paid by Jesus on the cross for their sins. This, however, does not mean that Christians are exempt from sacrifice. “The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite [sorry, repentant, apologetic] heart and a broken (crushed) spirit,” says David in Psalm 51. This means that when one seeks God’s forgiveness, one brings nothing but faith in His love, mercy and goodness and acceptance of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus has made it easier for them, because He already paid the price on the cross, overcame death by His resurrection, and is now with the Father in heaven, awaiting Christ’s Second Coming—to judge the living and the dead.But the sacrifice that Christians know is to shun all the worldly things—the lusts of life—for heavenly things.So how is it possible that people could commit such a grievous sin as murder—even mass murder as it happened thrice in Kenya—the bombing of the American Embassy, 1998; the Westgate supermarket, 2013; and now the Garrissa massacre—and go to Heaven?Most Christians will never accept that because of the misdeeds of a Muslim minority, Islam is a murderous religion—it is NOT! It is a religion of peace. We pray that Liberian Muslims and Christians will continue to preach and practice love, peace, reconciliation and unity—the essence of peaceful coexistence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
They blew Real Sociedad apart in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, taking the lead inside a minute through Lucas Vazquez and finding themselves four goals ahead by the interval.Toni Kroos got Real’s other goal, as they made it three wins and a draw from their last four La Liga games, with 18 goals scored in that time.The defensive lapses that allowed the visitors to pull two goals back late on will be a concern for Zidane, but Ronaldo’s return to form is a huge boost.“He always has that mindset. He lives for that, for scoring goals, and today he showed with his three goals that you need to watch out for him,” Zidane said.“He could have scored one or two more, and it augurs well for Wednesday.”Madrid are still a huge 16 points behind unbeaten league leaders Barcelona, but they are now back up to third above Valencia, who play Levante on Sunday.With the visit of PSG in mind, Zidane rested both Gareth Bale and Casemiro to hand starts to Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.The latter has played more games for Madrid under Zidane than anyone else and he opened the scoring after just 49 seconds, heading home a Ronaldo cross.Without their leading scorer Willian Jose due to injury, and with a dreadful past record at the Bernabeu, the visitors quickly crumbled.Asensio and Marcelo combined superbly to set up Ronaldo to make it 2-0 before the half-hour mark, and Kroos made it three with a trademark curling strike on his right foot from the edge of the area.Ronaldo then headed home a Luka Modric corner on 37 minutes, and it could have been more than 4-0 at half-time, too, with Karim Benzema and Ronaldo both hitting the post from close range.They could not keep up the same intensity after the restart, however. Instead, Juanmi headed against the post for the Basque side, who pulled one back on 74 minutes as substitute Jon Bautista was given space to slot past Keylor Navas.Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick, pouncing to finish after Geronimo Rulli had spilled a shot from Bale, on as a substitute.It was Ronaldo’s 11th league goal of the season, with seven coming in the last four games.Asier Illarramendi, the former Madrid midfielder, then made it 5-2 from close range.– Griezmann goal lifts Atletico –The quickest goal on Saturday was not scored by Real, but by Antoine Griezmann, who needed only 39 seconds to find the net in Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win at bottom side Malaga that left them just six points off top spot.Antoine Griezmann was Atletico’s matchwinner at La Rosaleda © AFP / JORGE GUERREROThe French striker fired home his eighth league goal of the campaign from inside the box after a Saul Niguez shot was deflected into his path.It was Atletico’s eighth victory by a 1-0 margin in La Liga this season and put some pressure back on Barcelona, although they can again move nine points clear at the top by beating Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday.“We knew it was going to be difficult, but these are the kind of games we enjoy playing,” Griezmann told beIN Sports.“Now we need to keep fighting and trying to win all the games we have left, and then we’ll see,” added the Frenchman.Villarreal lost more ground in their quest for a top-four finish as they lost 2-1 at home to improving Alaves. Ivan Ramis scored in stoppage-time to give surprise package Eibar a 1-0 victory at Leganes that leaves them sixth.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a big Real Madrid victory © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Real Madrid warmed up for their Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain with a big 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s men have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not perfect, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side on Wednesday.