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Posts on Facebook / Bees and Fruits
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:00:04 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:
https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1465919100211879


BEES AND FRUITS

Please kindly see the article [1] below which addresses the following criticisms made against verse 16:69, mostly by critics of the Quran.

016.069
"Then eat of from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made smooth. There comes forth from within their bellies a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for mankind. Indeed, there is a sign in this for a people who reflect."

CRITICISM:

1 - Bees don't eat fruits
2 - Bees don't convert fruits to honey

For those of you interested in a summary response, please see the conclusion of the article.


REFERENCES:

[1] BEES AND FRUITS
http://quransmessage.com/articles/bees-fruits%20FM3.htm
[2] Honey Bees Eating Fruits - QM Forum Thread
http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2768.0

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Posts on Facebook / The Dilemma is Real
« on: June 20, 2019, 03:19:22 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1462058073931315


THE DILEMMA IS REAL

Alas, the Quran is deemed sufficient and complete a guide to challenge the scriptures, millennia of scholarship and traditions of other religions and creeds, yet no sooner has 'the convert' / 'revert' entered the folds of Islam, they are confronted with a predicament.


Source: Thank you to the kind, generous soul that drew the illustration for me. You know who you are. May God bless you always.





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Posts on Facebook / Is it Really Science?
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:57:41 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1457795084357614


IS IT REALLY SCIENCE?


If Islam's secondary source Ahadith literature was really founded on 'scientific principles' as it oft- claimed, they would arguably, still be subject to ongoing intellectual scrutiny and rigorous analysis today.

Why is it forgotten that science inherently expects the continuous testing of principles, a systematic ongoing intellectual endeavour to refine knowledge. Why is it forgotten, that when great Muslim mathematicians, astronomers, and philosophers are lauded, that their fields of work have been continuously advanced and refined.

I wonder how many from the Muslim academic clergy today take a ‘scientific’ approach when they encounter their literature or when they speak about 'science' and the secondary source literature in the same stroke.

I often find 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 to be absent.


Image source: Unknown



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Posts on Facebook / Feedback Regarding Quora Sought
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:54:41 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1456183411185448


Dear All,

I have been requested a number of times now by various people to also share Q&A responses on Quora.

Does anyone here use Quora and / or have any thoughts / experiences on this as a platform in general?

Any feedback welcome.

With peace and regards,
Joseph

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Posts on Facebook / Summarised Responses to 5 Popular Claims
« on: June 12, 2019, 03:20:30 AM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1455531907917265


SUMMARISED RESPONSES TO 5 POPULAR CLAIMS:


  • The Quran was compiled by the same men that compiled the Ahadith
  • The compilation of the Quran was also a human effort after the death of the prophet
  • The Quran was transmitted in the same manner as Ahadith
  • You need Ahadith to pray salaat
  • The Quran only provides broad guidance. The Ahadith are required for the details

Please see link below:

http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2758.0

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Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1454722684664854


THE QURAN AND THE AHADITH WERE NOT TRANSMITTED IN THE SAME MANNER

Unfortunately, a common, yet false accusation against the Quran is that it was transmitted in the same manner as the Ahadith.




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1. THE QURAN WAS COMPILED BY THE SAME MEN THAT COMPILED THE AHADITH

FALSE

The Quran as a canon was compiled and propagated in the prophet’s presence en masse (mutawaatir - through multiple chains) during his lifetime.  This would have been transmitted by the Prophet himself (foremost), his contemporaries and entrusted entourage.

The canonised hadith as we know them today are the works of fallible men centuries removed from the prophet and the immediate generations of people that came into contact with the prophet. [1], [2], [3]


2. THE COMPILATION OF THE QURAN WAS ALSO A HUMAN EFFORT AFTER THE DEATH OF THE PROPHET

FALSE

These claims are sourced from secondary sources (such as Ahadith), not the Quran. The Quran’s own testimony provides clear evidence that the entire Quran was complete (15:87; 15:91; 17:88; 17:106; 30:58; 36:2; 5:3) and hand written by the noble scribes during the life of the prophet (80:013-16). [4]


3. THE QURAN WAS TRANSMITTED IN THE SAME MANNER AS AHADITH

FALSE

The Quran was propagated from the source (revelation to the prophet) by multiple chains en masse. The Ahadith corpus was propagated in the main as 'ahad transmissions' (limited corroboration, single source of evidence), simply by word of mouth allegedly across entire centuries. 


4. YOU NEED AHADITH TO PRAY SALAAT

FALSE

No Muslim learns to pray from a complete hadith. There is not one hadith in the entire corpus of the Ahadith canons that teaches a Muslim the complete salaat as it is practiced today from start to finish.

Salaat is a traditional practice from the time of Prophet Abraham (2:128), practiced by the people of the Book even before Islam was revealed in Arabia to the Prophet's contemporaries and then continued en masse generation to generation. This is an unbroken practice across the Abrahamic creeds. Past noble personalities such as Mary were simply expected to assimilate with the existing prayer practice of her day (3:43), as were the Jews of the time of Prophet Muhammad (2:43). [5]


5. THE QURAN ONLY PROVIDES BROAD GUIDANCE. THE AHADITH ARE REQUIRED FOR THE DETAILS

FALSE

The Quran claims to be a ‘tibaina le kulle shaye’ (clear explanation for all things) for matters of religion (16:9). Nothing is omitted from the Book (6:38) for necessary religious guidance for believers and God never runs out of words (31:27). The Quran further claims to be a Book which is explained in detail (fussila - 41:3; mufassal 6:114; tafsil 12:111)  and thus, the sole source of religious authority for believers. [6], [7]

The secondary source corpus such as Ahadith can indeed provide many insightful details which may assist present day Muslims to understand how early Muslims practiced their religion, but this does not warrant it the status of ‘authority’. That status belongs only to the revelation, the Quran. [8]




REFERENCES:

[1] WAS THE QURAN REALLY TRANSMITTED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE HADITH?
http://quransmessage.com/charts%20and%20illustrations/en%20masse/enmasse%20FM2.htm
[2] TIMELINE
http://quransmessage.com/charts%20and%20illustrations/timeline/timeline%20FM2.htm
[3] WHAT DOES 214 YEARS FEEL LIKE?
http://quransmessage.com/charts%20and%20illustrations/214%20years/214%20years%20FM2.htm
[4] THE COMPILATION OF THE QURAN
http://quransmessage.com/articles/the%20compilation%20of%20the%20quran%20FM3.htm
[5] HOW CAN WE LEARN PRAYER IF WE DON'T HAVE HADITH TO TEACH US?
http://quransmessage.com/articles/prayer%20without%20hadith%20FM3.htm
[6] HOW THE QURAN DESCRIBES ITSELF
http://quransmessage.com/articles/how%20the%20quran%20describes%20itself%20FM3.htm
[7] THE QURAN STANDS ALONE AS SOLE RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE
http://quransmessage.com/articles/quran%20sole%20guidance%20FM3.htm
[8] QURAN-CENTRISM
http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2622

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General Discussions / Tolerance is a Two-Way Street
« on: June 08, 2019, 03:26:50 AM »
Tolerance is a Two-Way Street






REFERENCE:

[1] Homosexual Acts between Women (Lesbian Acts)
http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2750.0


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Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1451194928350963


076:009
"We feed you only for the countenance / sake of God. We do not wish from you any reward or gratitude."

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Posts on Facebook / Life of this World is a Diversion
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:20:00 AM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1441531575983965


029:064
"And this life of the world is nothing but a 'diversion' (Arabic: laha) and a 'play / game / sport / pastime' (Arabic: la'ib). And indeed, the home of the Hereafter - surely THAT IS THE LIFE! If only they knew"

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Posts on Facebook / Connecting with Like-minded People In Your Area
« on: May 13, 2019, 07:12:44 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1431486226988500


Dear brothers and sisters,

As-salamu alaykum

I trust that Ramadan is going well for you all.

I do at times receive queries from searching souls from all over the world requesting information regarding the presence of Quran-focused study groups / like-minded communities in their areas.

Due to another recent request from a kind soul, I thought I'd suggest something that may help.

If you are happy to share the general area you are from as a comment below (or have specific knowledge of an area), please feel free to do so.

This may assist in two main ways:

  • Help you connect with like-minded people / families in your local areas if you so desire
  • May assist others to find out area specific information regarding Quran study groups etc. in their respective areas

Regards,
Joseph

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Posts on Facebook / The Jews and the Quran
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:15:53 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1427354040735052


THE JEWS AND THE QURAN


1 - The Jews and Believers are under one ‘Deen’ [42:13]

2 - The Jews have their own Shariah [5:48 - Shir-atan]

3 - The Jews have their own ceremonial rites that they must follow [22:67]

4 - The Jews have been strongly instructed by the Quran to judge by the Torah [5:43-45, 5:8]

5 - The Jews have been instructed to stand firmly by the Torah [5:68 - Tuqimu]

6 - The Jews are instructed to keep the Sabbath [4:154 -Bound by covenant (mithaq) - never to be abrogated; 16:124; 2:65; 4:47; 7:163]

7 - The Jews have respite / salvation with God [2:62; 5:69]

8 - The Laws of Prophet Moses given to the Children of Israel are not abrogated for the Jews. The Quran also recognises their scriptures as a legitimate guide [28:49 - minhuma - both of them]

9 - The Jews have their own Qiblah [10:87; 2:144-45]

10 - There are Jews that guide and do justice in the light of the truth [7:159]

11 - There are Jews that believe in One God, the revelation to you and the revelation to them and they bow in humility to God [3:199]

12 - God's name is mentioned in synagogues [22:40]

13 - Prophet Muhammad was instructed not to be in any doubt coming face to face (liqaihi) with the Scripture given to Moses [32:23]

14 - The Jews are expected to accept the truth that is with them, and the truth that is revealed to us, the believers [28:52-53]

15 - Those Jews that have acknowledged the truth of the Quran are also known as believers [5:83 - amanna]

16 - The Jews are expected to carry out ritual practices of worship [2:43]


REFERENCES:

[1] PEOPLE OF THE BOOK (JEWS & CHRISTIANS)
http://quransmessage.com/…/people%20of%20the%20book%20FM3.h…
[2] THE QIBLA CHANGE
http://quransmessage.com/articles/qibla%20FM3.htm
[3] MARRIAGE WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
http://quransmessage.com/…/marriage%20with%20people%20of%20…
[4] IS KOSHER MEAT PERMISSIBLE FOR CONSUMPTION?
http://quransmessage.com/articles/kosher%20FM3.htm
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Posts on Facebook / Ramadan Kareem 2019
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:43:19 AM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1426385464165243&id=100003814101226&__tn__=-R


As we remain blessed to be part of the incoming month of Ramadan once again, may the crescent-shaped moon wax and wane showering you with blessings and enlightenment throughout this month and beyond.

Ramadan Kareem!

Your brother in faith.

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Posts on Facebook / Beware of the Teachers of the Law
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:09:49 AM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1425184047618718


BEWARE OF THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW

"While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely." [Luke 20:45-47]

If Prophet Muhammad could walk the earth again today, one does wonder whether his observations would lead to similar sentiments against some of the Muslim teachers, which Prophet Jesus expressed, against the teachers of the law of his day.

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Posts on Facebook / Choose Your Friends Wisely
« on: May 01, 2019, 05:01:34 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1423377151132741


CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY

If we were to mentally survey our friends, relatives and who we commonly associate with, how many of them keep us simply 'plugged-into' and focused on the ‘Duniya’ (world, temporal existence)? How many of them are oriented towards keeping us focused on another goal, our salvation in the ‘Akhirat’ (Hereafter)?

043:067
“Friends on the Day will be enemies one to another, except the righteous

009:071 (part)
"And the believing men and the believing women are friends / allies / protectors (awliyaa) of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong..."

We should really know our friends, relatives and who we associate with.

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