Wednesday, 28 January 2015

German Scientist and Poet on Prophet Muhammad p

Wolfgang Goethe spoke highly of Prophet Muhammad p:

'I looked into history for a human paradigm and found it to be in Muhammad' p

Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and scientist.

See 'Muhammad the Messenger of Allah' by Abdurrahman Al-Sheha

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Chris Hedges, is Wahhabism Behind Terrorism?


Chris Hedges disagrees with Reza Aslan. Chris Hedges does not believe Wahhabism is behind terrorism. Chris Hedges speaks of a group of Muslim fighters in Bosnia - none of them had read the whole Quran according to Hedges. Chris Hedges believes the real engines for terrorism are cultural and economical. Not religious.



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Reza Aslan on Gospel Writers, Luke and Matthew


Professor Reza Aslan believes Gospel writers, Matthew and Luke, were making up narratives about Jesus in order to fit what they believed to be prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures about the Messiah.

Matthew has Jesus flee to Egypt to escape Herod's massacre not because it happened, but because it fulfills the words of the prophet Hosea: "Out of Egypt I have called my son" (Hosea 11:1).

Luke places Jesus's birth in Bethlehem not because it took place there, but because of the words of the prophet Micah: "And you Bethlehem...from you shall come to me a ruler in Israel" (Micah 5:2).
Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan, The Westbourne Press p32-33

Using the New Testament as an inerrant record and a wholly faithful transmission of Jesus's teachings and his life is not an approach I would encourage. I believe we must look to Islam to understand Jesus (p) and his teachings fully.

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges Defending Islam and Muslims


I just wish some of our Muslim spokespersons and imams were able to defend Islam and Muslims to the degree Chris Hedges and Abby Martin did on this program. Sadly, all too often now, we simply have Muslims cowering in the metaphorical corner when discussing matters of terrorism on mainstream media or alternatively we have ignorant provocateurs such as Anjem Choudary. Sadly, it's rare to see Muslims able to articulate arguments and points such as Abby Martin and Chris Hedges.

Note to Muslim speakers: when you are invited on mainstream media your job is not to cower in the corner. Your job is to condemn it firstly, point out the religion does not allow terrorism (show some evidence for this) and then point to the reasons behind terrorism and how people can work collaboratively in order to prevent further terrorism.

Take some notes from Abby Martin and Chris hedges if you have to.

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Abby Martin on Charlie Hebdo

She points out the Boko Haram attack in Nigeria has received so little press coverage compared to the killings of French citizens.

President Goodluck Jonathan is criticised by Abby Martin for his lack of/delayed response towards the Boko Haram killings. Abby Martin believes groups of Boko Haram will only continue with their butchery due to the apathy around their killings.

Abby Martin denounces the propaganda that Muslims aren't condemning terrorist attacks. She goes on to deride this craziness of holding all Muslims responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attack and states no Muslim should have to condemn these attacks.

Abby Martin highlights the hypocrisy in Europe which operates a selective free speech policy.

Chris Hedges on the terrorist attack in France

Chris Hedges began his article on truthdig as such:

The terrorist attack in France that took place at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was not about free speech. It was not about radical Islam. It did not illustrate the fictitious clash of civilizations. It was a harbinger of an emerging dystopia where the wretched of the earth, deprived of resources to survive, devoid of hope, brutally controlled, belittled and mocked by the privileged who live in the splendor and indolence of the industrial West, lash out in nihilistic fury. [truthdig]

Chris Hedges does not believe the Charlie Hebdo attack is about religion, he believes it's a response "bred out of dispossession, poverty, aimlessness and despair".

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Jews had their versions of AlQaeda and ISIS (Extremists)


Professor Reza Aslan describes a group of Jews who used terrorism and assassinations for furthering their cause. I doubt anybody American Christian fundamentalist will be accusing Judaism responsible for groups such as the Sicarii.

Perhaps the Jewish revolutionary Menahem will be seen as the Bin Laden or Al Baghdadi of the Jewish people in the first century.


The Sicarii were zealots fuelled by an apocalyptic worldview and a fervent devotion to establishing God's rule on earth. They were fanatical in their opposition to the Roman occupation, though they reserved their vengeance for those Jews, particularly among the wealthy priestly aristocracy, who submitted to Roman rule. Fearless and unstoppable, the Sicarii murdered their opponents with impunity: in the middle of the city, in broad daylight, in the midst of great hordes, during feast days and festivals...

...The leader of the Sicarii at the time was a young Jewish revolutionary named Menahem, the grandson of none other than the failed messiah Judas the Galilean. Menahem shared his grandfather's hatred for the wealthy priestly aristocracy in general, and the unctuous high priests in particular. To the Sicarii, Jonathan son of Ananus was an imposter: a thief and a swindler who had grown rich exploiting the suffering of the people...

..In the year 56 CE, the Sicarii under Menahem's leadership were finally able to achieve what Judas the Galilean could only dream of accomplishing. During the feast of Passover, a Sicarii assassin pushed his way through the mass of pilgrims packed into the Temple Mount until he was close enough to the high priest Jonathan to pull out a dagger and swipe it across his throat.

...the Sicarii had only just begun their reign of terror. Shouting their slogan "No lord but God" they began attacking the members of the Jewish ruling class, plundering their possessions, kidnapping their relatives, and burning down their homes. Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan, The Westbourne Press p51-53

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Do Shia Pray 3 Times A Day?

Imami Shiites combine their daily prayers and perform them three times a day instead of five ..But most Sunni schools also allow combining prayers when travelling.. 'Misquoting Muhammad', Jonathan A.C Brown, Kindle p171

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Christianity Before Islam in Arabia, Persia and Beyond




Christianity in Arabia and beyond before Islam
 


Within 30-40 years after Jesus p, there were three major strands of Christianity:

Gnosticism
Jewish Christians
Pauline Christians

Jewish Christians believed they had to follow the laws of Moses and that Jesus (p) was the Messiah.

Paul, who was not a disciple (though he claimed to have seen Jesus p in a vision) started a new theology in which Jesus p was believed to be divine and the law of Moses was no longer required to be practiced.

For 300 years Christian groups debated over the nature of Jesus, the Bible and Christianity itself. Christians were persecuted by the Romans until Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. In 325 CE, Pauline Christianity was recognised as the official form of Christianity. Thus the other Christian groups were persecuted - many of these Christians emigrated to other lands including Arabia and Persia.

Salman Al-Farsi, the son of a Zoroastrian priest, met a Christian monk in Persia and converted to Christianity at the hands of the monk. Salman Al-Farsi ran away to Syria and joined the monk's Christian sect which was dying sect. Salman Al-Farsi learned, from his Christian sect, of a Prophet to come who was predicted by Jesus (p). He was told of three signs the Prophet would meet:

He shall appear in a land full of dates.
He will have a physical mark on his back.
This man will accept gifts but never accept charity.

From Syria, Salman Al-Farsi ended up in Yathrib after being enslaved. He wound up toiling away as a slave for decades. A time came when talk spread about Prophet Muhammad (p) emigrating to Medina. Salman Al-Farsi heard of this talk and came to Prophet Muhammad (p), he soon realised Prophet Muhammad (p) fulfilled all three signs and converted to Islam.

Salman's story indicated how few real Christians were left at the time of Prophet Muhammad (p). Another story illustrating this was that of the Emperor Heraclius, who received a letter from Prophet Muhammad (p). In the account, Heraclius mentions that there are Scriptures in which a Prophet is predicted to come after Jesus (p) and that Prophet Muhammad (p) fits the description.

Are Jews and Christians Really Punished for the Sins of Muslims?


The Hadith which states the sins of Muslims will be put on Jews and Christians is not meant to be taken literally according to Imam Nawawi.

I know Christian missionaries are using a literal understanding of the Hadith in order to build arguments for their polemical purposes.

Really, for the lay Muslim on the net, the major take home point is that it's not taken literally. That should be sufficient to rebuff the Christian polemics around such a narration.

For those who are interested, Sheikh Atabek Shukurov wrote a few points concerning this on his Facebook which has been presented below.

I've also added an excerpt from an article by Bassam Zawadi in which he touches on this too:


Its meaning is that Allah forgives the sins of the Muslims and removes it from them and places it on the Jews and Christians its same amount due to their disbelief and sins, so He places him in the hellfire due to their deeds and not the sins of the Muslims, and there cannot be any other explanation for this due to God’s statement: “None shall carry the burden of another’ (Surah 17:15)
 
And its possible that the sins being referred to (the ones that Allah will forgive from the Muslims) is because of the cause of the disbelievers, for if they caused it then it will be removed from the burden of Muslims by the mercy of Allah, and is placed on the disbelievers, for they instigated it, and whoever instigates a sin then he would receive a sin on his account for anyone that ever gets affected by it, and God knows best.
 
Let me give an example to clarify that. Lets say a non Muslim distributes drugs throughout the community. One Muslim happens to get his hands on these drugs and uses it. The Muslim gets a sin. However, the non Muslim gets a sin as well because it was his fault the Muslim is doing it. So if Allah on the day of judgment decides to forgive the Muslim for his sin, he would place it on the non Muslim. 
This does not guarantee that a Muslim who commits a sin because of a non Muslim will automatically get forgiven. No, it is only if Allah decides to forgive that Muslim. This also applies to Muslims who happen to be the cause of Muslims committing sins as well and does not only apply to the non Muslims.
 
 
Sheikh Atabek Shukurov FB post on the subject matter:

Narrations that are conflicting with Quran.

Abu Musa narrated from the Prophet;

 There will be a people from my nation who will have a mountains of Sins, and God will forgive them, and put that sins on Jews and Christians...

 narrated by Muslim

I say

 - Imam Nawawi gave two interpretations to this hadeeth;

 1. God forgives Muslims, but He puts on Jews and Christian similar sins that he has forgiven for Muslims. But not the exact sins of Muslims but similar ones.

 2. God forgives Muslims, but doesn't forgive Jews and Christians who started off committing these sins. And Muslims only imitated them.

 - And Imam Nawawi said that we cannot take the hadeeth literally because it's conflicting with Quran.


- Ibn Hajar added one more interpretation;

 3. It means that Muslims will inherit the places of Jews and Christian in Paradise as Jews and Christians will inherit the places of Muslims in the Hell.

I say;

 - Interpretation of Ibn Hajar doesn't fit with the hadeeth, as hadeeth say; God will put the sins of Muslims on them.

 - Also in different narrations it says; Muslims will be given Jews and Christians and will be told; O Muslim here is your freedom from the Hell.

 - Means pay him and free your self.

I say;

 - Accordingly to Hanafi Mustalah hadeeth is rejecting for two reasons;

 1. Conflicting with Quran

 2. Attributing an oppression to God.


- More than that Hadeeth has few more defects;

 1. In some of the narrations it says; I think the sins of the Muslims will be put on Jews and Christians.

 Q. Who is saying this word? Whose thought is it?

 A. Hirami bin Umarah said; I don't know who is the one who said this!!!

 2. It's chain narrated in several way;

 - Once it says; Abu Burdah is from his father

 - Once it says; Abu Burdah from Abdullah bin Yazeeda

 - Once it says; Abu Burda is from some of the Ansaris from his father

 - Once it says; Abu Burdah from some of the Sahaba...

I say;

 - Hadeeth been in Saheeh Muslim cannot save it is conflicting with the Word of God!

 - Hakim, Dhahabi, and Albani said Authentic

 - Baihaqi, ibn Hajar and Albani in his different opinion said; Weak!!!
 
 
- This hadeeth is talking about aqeedah issue!
 - It would be better to not to narrate this type of narrations!

From: https://www.facebook.com/atabek.shukurov?fref=pymk


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Abu Musa' reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When it will be the Day of Resurrection Allah would deliver to every Muslim a Jew or a Christian and say: That is your RESCUE from Hell-Fire. (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6665)
Abu Burda reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: No Muslim would die but Allah would admit IN HIS STEAD a Jew or a Christian in Hell-Fire. 'Umar b. Abd al-'Aziz took an oath: By One besides Whom there is no god but He, thrice that his father had narrated that to him from Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him). (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6666)
Abu Burda reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There would come people amongst the Muslims on the Day of Resurrection with AS HEAVY SINS AS A MOUNTAIN, and Allah would FORGIVE THEM and He would PLACE IN THEIR STEAD the Jews and the Christians. (As far as I think), Abu Raub said: I do not know as to who is in doubt. Abu Burda said: I narrated it to 'Umar b. 'Abd al-'Aziz, whereupon he said: Was it your father who narrated it to you from Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him)? I said: Yes. (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6668)

Friday, 16 January 2015

How the Paraclete was understood in early Christian history?


...Church Fathers like Papias heard of wandering prophets who drew crowds from Europe to Asia Minor, claiming to be the awaited Paraclete mentioned in John's Gospel..  'Misquoting Muhammad', Jonathan A.C Brown, Kindle p164-165

This shows that there were people, early on in the history of Christianity, who understood the paraclete to be a Prophet who would come after Jesus (p). Christians should look into Prophet Muhammad (p) as indeed he is the Prophet who came after Prophet Jesus (p).


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Thursday, 15 January 2015

When Jews fought alongside Muslims against Christian crusaders


The Jews fought alongside Muslims against Christian crusaders - this action of Jewish bravery contributed in part to the persecuted levelled at Jews residing in Europe.

An interesting thought here is it possible that European white supremacy has roots from the Crusades. One of the reasons behind the crusades, according to Miranda Threlfall-Holmes was to inculcate a sense of European Christian identity.

One motivation behind the preaching of the crusades by successive popes seems to have been deliberately to create a sense of pan-European Christian identity, and Jews throughout Europe suffered as a consequence. It was also the case that Jews fought alongside Muslims to defend Jerusalem from the first crusaders, and this contributed to a sense of Jews as the enemy within. The first widespread persecution of Jews in medieval Europe occurred in the Rhineland at the time of the First Crusade, when the Jewish communities there were virtually wiped out. The Essential History of Christianity, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, SPCK, 2012, p65

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Dr Yasir Qadhi and Nouman Ali Khan on Charlie Hebdo Killings


Dr Qadhi speaks about the Charlie Hebdo attack


 
 
Sheikh Dr Yasir Qadhi begins by mentioning the lofty status of the Prophet Muhammad (p) and the love Muslims have for him.

We learn that the Prophet (p) never took revenge for a personal reason.

Attackers were "over-zealous and under-educated"

The perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo attack were unlearned in matters of religion and Dr Yasir Qadhi clearly states that Islam is against the Charlie Hebdo attack. Dr Yasir points out that he has never come across a single scholar who believes a lone Muslim is allowed to carry out executions such as those of Charlie Hebdo.

Dr Yasir Qadhi does touch on the socioeconomic conditions, power dynamics and the false pretext of freedom of speech. In his view, there are other factors in play here - not merely offensive cartoons.

Dr Yasir Qadhi highlights the double standard where certain types of expressions are not allowed while others are.

The purpose of the images was to intentionally insult. The Charlie Hebdo publication of relatively unknown (less than 50,000 subscribers) and now it's world famous and others are following in the same suit as this magazine. Dr Yasir Qadhi asks people not to insult the Prophet (p).

The way to defend the Prophet (p) is to exhibit the characteristics of the Prophet (p) of kindness, love and compassion.

Nouman Ali Khan gives advice to Muslims in the Charlie Hebdo aftermath



Nouman Ali Khan: There's nothing Islamic about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. These attackers had no justification for their actions.

Criminals are criminals - regardless of what faith they are from.

The perpetrators of these crimes are an embarrassment.

As Muslims we need to take collective responsibility. We have a responsibility to do our part to make things better. Nouman Ali Khan also advises Muslims not to view the cartoons.

 
As for hateful speech is offensive, Muslims have a right to be offended by it. As Muslims we are against unjust killings but at the same time we are offended by the ignorant and hateful speech against our religion and our Prophet (p). The issues is, how do we react?

Nouman Ali Khan explores why there is so much hate speech and propaganda against Muslims nowadays. Nouman Ali Khan calls for introspection and points out the failings within our community. We need to change ourselves.

 
 
 
 
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Title "Son of God" does not mean Divinity


Professor Reza Aslan on the title, "Son of God".

Reza Aslan teaches that Jesus did not call himself by the title "Son of God" but rather others ascribed this title to him and numerous figures are called by this title in the Bible.

Nor, by the way, did Jesus call himself "Son of God," another title that others seem to have ascribed to him. (Contrary to Christian conceptions, the title "Son of God" was not a description of Jesus's filial connection to God but rather the traditional designation for Israel's kings. Numerous figures are called "Son of God" in the Bible, none more often than David, the greatest king - 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalms 2:7, 89:26; Isaiah 42:1). Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan, The Westbourne Press, 2013, p136

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Calamities as the fruit of our tyranny


The Quran demands that we see calamities as the fruit of our own tyranny, and recognize that our suffering is rooted in our attachment to all that is other than God. For calamities compel us to acknowledge our dependence upon our Creator; they force us to see that we need to offer our servitude to none other than God alone. When we recognize this, we are liberated from the oppression of both the self and others, and whatever befalls us reveals itself as a tribulation from the sole source of all that was, is, and ever will be. The Quran states: "Those who when calamities befall them say, 'We belong to God alone, and to God we return' - these are the ones who have grace from their Lord and mercy" (2:156-157).

 [The Prayer of the Oppressed, Hamza Yusuf,Sandala Productions, 2010, Kindle]

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Muslim Message to the South London Infidels Group


Muslim message to South London Infidels

Hi,

I'm a Muslim born and raised in the UK. I have a message for Non-Muslim in the South London Infidels group, look into Islam for yourselves with an open heart.

People can be transformed. The opponents of the Prophet (p) were particularly vicious against Muslims. Hind actually bit into the liver of the Prophet's uncle, Hamzah, when he was martyred at the Battle of Uhud. However, she later became a Muslim, and hence became a Companion of the Prophet (p), a member of that special generation of humanity. In fact, she even narrated hadith which can be found in the well-known compilations. Repentance is a recourse that the Lord of the World's has given humanity. [p129, Purification of the Heart by Hamza Yusuf]

Jesus taught people to do the Will of God (according to Mark 3:35) in order to become his brothers, mothers or sisters. A Muslim means one who submits to the Will of God. Do you want to become a brother of Jesus? If yes, become a Muslim. Now is the time.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Muslim Scholar Advises Muslims in Charlie Hebdo Aftermath

Have you ever wondered what the Muslim leaders and scholars are telling Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack?

Here is the advice by Sheikh Abu Eesa Niamatullah (taken from his FB)

The continuing intentional insulting of the Prophet (upon whom be peace) and the Muslims, coupled with the utter hypocrisy of people claiming freedom of expression and yet rapidly criminalising the freedom of Muslims, enrages us. And correctly so, because it is pathetic, blatant and unrelenting.

But we have to try and be cool and collected. We have to work within the system to make our position clear to them. We have to use legitimate tools and avenues to work towards legislative change in order to stop them. We have to show that we will not be provoked by them. We have to be better than them. We have to educate them. We have to purify hearts and minds - us and them.

We can't let anger dictate our agenda and then take the law into our own hands, and we certainly can't claim to enact out a law which is incorrect and/or illegal such as displayed by terrorists.

When our community goes through difficult times, we should remember that having patience isn't just alleviating, but it is *obligatory* as well. Remember that, like medicine, sometimes you can't see the benefit but you are forced to have it in order for you to not miss out on that benefit.

Ibn al-Qayyim said,

"To actively express patience is obligatory, by consensus of the Nation. In fact as Imam Ahmed said, "Allah has mentioned being patient over 90 times in the Qur'an." (Madarij al-Salikeen, 1/84)

We *have* to be patient. At the very least you will get some reward out of this mess!

And no, being patient isn't defeatist or cowardly or "establishment" or secular or selling out. But it *is* hard. And it is what we are tested on. And it's not easy especially when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. But that's ok because we aren't Charlie. We are Muslim.

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