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General Discussions / Re: The criminals who try to hijack Islam!
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:39:56 PM »
Can you imagine if such fanatics came to power in Pakistan or any other Muslim Country!

True. Fanaticism and wisdom are like chalk and cheese; they don't mix!

I bet a lot of material from secondary sources can be factored into what motivates such extremists.

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Prophets and Messengers / An Interview With the Prophet Mohammed
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:26:08 PM »
An Interview With the Prophet Mohammed
 Prophet Mohammed
 Muhammad the messenger of God answers some important questions...........

 Imagine Muhammad, the messenger of God being interviewed, on various issues confronting the so-called "Ummah"; what would he say?

 Q = Interviewer

 M = Prophet Muhammad

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 Q: Thank you for giving me this opportunity, Muhammad, to ask you a few questions. It's very kind of you

 M: Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds. 1:2

 Q: Well , yes of course, sorry about that... Now Muhammad can you tell us who you are or what is your place in Islam?

 M: "Surely I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, of Him whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth there is no god but He; He brings to life and causes to die therefore believe in Allah and I am His messenger, the Ummi Prophet who believes in Allah and His words. Follow me so that you may be guided." 7:158

 Q: So you are a Messenger... and what is your responsibility as a Messenger?

 M: "Whether God shall show me (within my life-time) part of what He promised them (the people) or take to Himself my soul (before it is all accomplished) - my duty is to MAKE (the Message) REACH them: it is God's part to call them to account." 13:40

 Q: Are you saying that your duty is only to deliver and convey the Message? Don't tell me you just recite it parrot fashion without teaching or explaining it?

 M: "God sent the prophets with Clear Signs and the Book of Zaboor; and God sent down to me (also) the Message that I may EXPLAIN clearly to men what is sent for them, and that they may give thought." 16:44

 Q: OK, so you explain the Message... but tell us how do you explain it?

 M: "God sent down the Book to me for the express purpose, that I should make clear to them those things in which they differ, and that it should be a guide and a mercy to those who believe." 16:64

 Q: Wow! You use the Book to explain the Book?? But... but how is that possible?

 M: "One day God shall raise from all peoples a witness against them, from amongst themselves: and God shall bring me as a witness against these people and God sent down to me the BOOk EXPLAINING ALL THINGS, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims." 16:89

 "And GOD HAS EXPLAINED TO MAN, IN THIS QURAN, every kind of examples YET the GREATER part of men refuse (to receive it) except with ingratitude!" 17:89

 "I am commanded not to move my tongue concerning this (Quran) in order to make haste therewith. It is for God to collect it and to promulgate it: But when God has promulgated it, I follow its recital (as promulgated): Then it is FOR GOD TO EXPLAIN IT (and make it clear)" 75:16-19

 Q: So the Quran explains itself and Allah explains it too...hmmmm. But come on Prophet, I mean you must be more than just a Messenger? I have heard fantastic things about you. Please don't be modest.

 M: "I am NO MORE THAN A MESSENGER: many were the messengers that passed away before me. If I die or am slain, will you then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, NOT THE LEAST HARM WILI HE DO TO GOD; but God (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve Him) with gratitude." 3:144

 Q: Hang on a minute Muhammad, you are saying thing which is so contrary to what the majority of the community believe.. hey! Just one...

 M: "And MOST men will NOT BELIEVE though I desire it eagerly. And I do not ask them for a reward for this; it is nothing but a reminder for all mankind. And how many a sign in the heavens and the earth which they pass by, yet they turn aside from it. And MOST of them DO NOT BELIEVE IN ALLAH WITHOUT ASSOCIATING PARTNERS (with Him)." 12:103

 Q: I wonder if this is why your name is always associated with Allah's... hmm..hmm. Now Prophet, coming back to what I was going to ask you...I have always heard the Learned Religious Scholars (LKS) say that the Quran needs to be explained by you. What do you say?

 M: "And no question do they bring to me but God reveals to me the truth and the best explanation." 25:33

 Q: You are saying that the Quran is its own best explanation? Wow!! I must test that... and every question can be answered from the Quran. No, I won't ask you if the Quran can tell me how to repair my television. I'll leave such questions to the mischief makers... otherwise they can't justify their existence as a test for me!! But still, I have heard that the Quran is difficult to understand... I mean isn't the Book difficult to understand without anyone else explaining it?

 M: "God has indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember: then is there anyone that will receive admonition?" 54:17

 Q: Amazing! The ummah says one thing, their LRS say one thing and Allah says something completely different! Now.. I understand that you are also a model to be followed?

 M: "You have indeed in me a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah." 33:21

 Q: Are you the only model for Muslims to follow?

 M: "There is for you an excellent example (to follow) in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people: "We are clear of you and of whatever ye worship besides Allah: we have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred forever - unless ye believe in Allah and Him alone." But not when Abraham said to his father: "I will pray for forgiveness for thee, though I have no power (to get) aught on thy behalf from Allah." (They prayed): "Our Lord! In Thee do we trust, and to Thee do we turn in repentance: to Thee is (our) Final Goal." 60:4

 "There was indeed in them an excellent example for you to follow- for those whose hope is in Allah and in the Last Day. But if any turn away, truly Allah is free of all needs, Worthy of all Praise" 60:6

 Q: If you don't mind my asking, are you given any model to follow Muhammad?

 M: "God has taught me the inspired (Message); "Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah." 16:123

 Q: Hold on a bit here now.... Muslims are to follow you and you are to follow Ibrahim as a model.... Now what in the world do you follow? I mean are we to sleep at the exact way you sleep and not to use colgate; you sure didn't??

 M: "I follow that which is inspired in me, and I forbear until Allah gives judgment. And He is the Best of Judges." 10:109

 Q: Ah I see! How very stupid of me to even ask that question! Of course.. You followed the Quran and for us to follow you must mean to follow the Quran. Some people say we must eat and dress like you, but these things are not in the Quran. What will you say to God about this?

 M: "O my I.ord! Truly my people took this Quran for just foolish nonsense." 25:30

 Q: Prophet... I feel like crying when I hear all this.. Now what do you do when people turn away whenever the clear verses are recited. Please help me here.

 M: "I have proclaimed the Message to you all alike and in truth; but I know not whether that which you are promised is near or far." 21:109

 "My people reject this, though it is the truth. Not mine is the responsibility for looking after your affairs." 6:66

 Q: Well.. There are lots more to ask you... but that's all for now I hope at the next interview I can get your views about the fairy tales spun about you in your name...

 M: "What has come to me by inspiration is that your Allah is One Allah: will you therefore bow to His will in submission?" 21: 108

 Q: Thank you dear prophet. Salam.


 Taken from Signs Magazine

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General Discussions / Was early Islam spread by force?
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:08:12 PM »
Salam Dear All

We read: [2:190] AND FIGHT in God's cause against those who wage war against you, but do not commit aggression - for, verily, God does not love aggressors.

If above is the rule, then how can we explain the early expansion of Islam by the righteous caliphs? Were they threatened and responded? Were they invited by oppressed people to free them of their misery by getting rid of tyranny? Was it a preemptive strike? Were they attacked and the attackers ended up losing power and territory? Some claim lands of certain kings were invaded because they refused to respond positively to letter of the blessed Messenger inviting them to Islam.

There are some Muslims who believe the Muslims, when they have sufficient power are to conquer the rest of the world and impose Islamic justice and system. They are, therefore, accused of being double talkers. They are accused of talking peace only when they are weak but as soon as they have the might and the means, they will wage a war.

Thanks.

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Discussions / Re: Shi'a Doctrine
« on: May 29, 2013, 03:38:36 PM »
Just the other day I happened to come across:

Origins of Shia'ism?

 A Jew of Yemen, Arabia, of the seventh century, who settled in Medina and embraced Islam. Having adversely criticized Calif Othman's administration, he was banished from the town. Thence he went to Egypt, where he founded an antiothmanian sect, to promote the interests of Ali. On account of his learning he obtained great influence there, and formulated the doctrine that, just as every prophet had an assistant who afterward succeeded him, Mohammed's vizier was Ali, who had therefore been kept out of the califate by deceit. Othman had no legal claim whatever to the califate; and the general dissatisfaction with his government greatly contributed to the spread of Abdallah's teachings. Tradition relates that when Ali had assumed power, Abdallah ascribed divine honors to him by addressing him with the words, "Thou art Thou!" Thereupon Ali banished him to Madain. After Ali's assassination Abdallah is said to have taught that Ali was not dead but alive, and had never been killed; that a part of the Deity was hidden in him; and that after a certain time he would return to fill the earth with justice. Till then the divine character of Ali was to remain hidden in the imams, who temporarily filled his place. It is easy to see that the whole idea rests on that of the Messiah in combination with the legend of Elijah the prophet. The attribution of divine honors to Ali was probably but a later development, and was fostered by the circumstance that in the Koran Allah is often styled "Al-Ali" (The Most High).

 Bibliography:Shatrastani al-Milal, pp. 132 et seq. (in Haarbrücken's translation, i. 200-201);
 Weil, Gesch. der Chalifen, i. 173-174, 209, 259.

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/189-abdallah-ibn-saba

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These are horrifying stories attributed to the blessed Messenger which, to me, seem to have been fabricated to seek prophetic sanction for crimes by certain individuals.

It is true that the Taliban and other radicals find such stories inspiring to commit horrible crimes with no remorse.

Why discuss such stories when we have no way of verifying them as true?

The Boston Marathon bomber, according to some reports was inspired by a hadith mentioning a "revival" starting from Khorasan. Similarly there are some who commit terror acts seeking support from a hadith mentioning "Ghazwa e Hind".



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General Discussions / Re: Listens or responds?
« on: April 25, 2013, 03:46:00 PM »
Oh! Thanks for the reminder Truth Seeker. Looks as if I need to change my batteries. The memory is beginning to go!!

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General Discussions / Re: Listens or responds?
« on: April 22, 2013, 03:58:13 AM »
Thanks for your detailed reply Optimist. I do understand that what you seem to be saying "first deserve then desire". Or, if once we follow Allah's laws, He does His share by granting results.

As you pointed out there is another dimension of prayers which are expression of our wished. Prayers of certain Messengers are mentioned in the Quran for example the Messenger Zakaria for a heir and Allah granting his wish.

Thought I can share the following short speech with you which may help us further understand the issue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLz52dL1v0&feature=youtu.be&t=4m31s

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General Discussions / Listens or responds?
« on: April 20, 2013, 11:56:15 AM »
Salam All

What would be the correct translation/interpretation of Verse 2:186?

2:186 [Bilal] When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed near. I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me. Let them also, willingly, listen to My call, and believe in Me, that they may walk in the right way.

2:186 [Asad] AND IF My servants ask thee about Me - behold, I am near; I respond to the call of him who calls, whenever he calls unto Me: let them, then, respond unto Me, and believe in Me, so that they might follow the right way.

We all know that each and every prayer is not fulfilled by Allah.  Although some of us may pray for years for some wishes to be fulfilled, but they are not.

So, does Allah listens or does He respond?

Thanks.

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Boston Bombing Suspect Posted Video on Al Qaeda Hadith Prophecy on YouTube
—By Adam Serwer
Fri Apr. 19, 2013 5:45 AM PDT

The deceased suspect in the bombing of the Boston marathon, which killed three and injured more than 170, appears to have posted a video extolling an extremist religious prophecy associated with Al Qaeda to his YouTube page.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26 year-old brother of the second Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, had a YouTube page where he posted religious videos, including a video of Feiz Mohammad, a fundamentalist Australian Muslim preacher who rails against the evils of Harry Potter. Among those videos is one dedicated to the prophecy of the Black Banners of Khurasan which is embraced by Islamic extremists—particularly Al Qaeda. The videos posted on what appears to be Tsarnaev's YouTube page may shed light on the motivations for the attack on the Boston Marathon. The prophecy states that an invincible army will come from the region of "Khurasan," a large portion of territory in central Asia.
"This is a major hadith (reported saying of the prophet Muhammad) that jihadis use, it is essentially an end-time prophecy," says Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy "This is definitely important in Al Qaeda's ideology." In The Black Banners, former FBI agent Ali Soufan's book about his pursuit of Al Qaeda that is named after this prophecy, Soufan describes the prophecy this way:

Khurasan is a term for a historical region spanning northeastern and eastern Iran and parts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and northwestern Pakistan. Because of the hadith, jihadists believe that this is the region from which they will inflict a major defeat against their enemies—in the Islamic version of Armageddon.

The older Tsarnaev seems to have posted the video four months ago under the username "muazseyfullah." According to Zelin, "Mu'az is usually a name," and "Sayf Allah means sword of God." Here is the video:
According to Soufan's book, "It’s not a coincidence that bin Laden made al-Qaeda’s flag black; he also regularly cited the hadith and referenced Khurasan when recruiting, motivating, and fund-raising." Soufan adds that Al Qaeda operatives he interrogated were often convinced that by joining the extremist group they were fulfilling the prophecy. Soufan states that the origin of the "black banners" hadith—and whether the prophet Muhammad ever said it—is questionable.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/04/boston-bombing-suspect-posted-video-al-qaeda-prophecy-youtube

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Islamic Duties / Speaking out against terror
« on: April 19, 2013, 03:11:39 PM »
Salam Brother Joseph

I was hoping you would, on your Facebook page, include a line or two condemning the disgusting and heinous attacks on innocent people in Boston. Wonder if you are working on one?

We need to stand up united against terror and blast those who, through such acts, not only end up giving Islam a bad rap but turn people off.

Regards,

 

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General Discussions / Re: Magic or Tricks ?
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:05:38 PM »
Thanks Br Adil!

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General Discussions / Re: Magic or Tricks ?
« on: April 10, 2013, 05:19:19 AM »
Salam

2:102 And they follow what devilish beings used to chant against the authority of Solomon, though Solomon never disbelieved and only the devils denied, who taught sorcery to men, which, they said, had been revealed to the angels of Babylon, Harut and Marut, who, however, never taught it without saying: "We have been sent to deceive you, so do not renounce (your faith)." They learnt what led to discord between husband and wife. Yet they could not harm any one or without the dispensation of God. And they learnt what harmed them and brought no gain. They knew indeed whoever bought this had no place in the world to come, and that surely they had sold themselves for something that was vile. If only they had sense!

Is the above verse properly translated? Are angels sent to "deceive?".

Thanks.

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Dear All, Salam

Strange indeed is the response of some of us when we point out some success stories in the West on good governance, science, technology, medicine, ethics, accountability, justice system, cleanliness, equality, social welfare systems, etc.

They response by quoting verses from the Quran that say:

2:212 Beautified seems the life of this world to the rejecters, and they ridicule the believers who uphold Permanent Values and look beyond instant gains. Those who live an upright life will be higher in degrees on the Day of Resurrection. Allah provides without stint to His creation according to His Law that does not discriminate between people. He is the Sustainer of all humanity (114:1)

3:14 Beautiful for mankind is love of the joys that come from women and children, and heaps of gold and silver, and branded horses, and cattle and well-tilled land. That is comfort of the life of the world. Allah! With Him is a more excellent abode. (Believers in the Divine Laws see this comfort as the means to a higher Goal --- Service --- Self-actualization --- Paradise)

(O Messenger) Say, "Shall I inform you of something better than these, with which those who walk aright will be rewarded by their Lord? Gardens with flowing streams beneath, where they will live forever with spouses of spotless character and the Blissful Approval of Allah. Allah is Seer of His servants."

In other worlds, Muslims must not seek excellence in this world and live like beggars, not contributing towards science, medicine, technology, good governance, proper justice system, social welfare, etc. etc.

Nice way of rationalizing azaab like conditions and giving them a religious twist to make people feel better!!

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Discussions / Re: Why are Jews so powerful and Muslims so powerless?
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:12:09 AM »
It is a sad thing to say that when such evidence of other nations progressing in all fields of life are presented to the Muslims, some reject them by quoting Quranic verses that seem to suggest that this world is for the unbelievers and not the Muslims.

Can't win, can we?

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General Discussions / Re: Preservation of the Quran
« on: April 02, 2013, 04:38:41 PM »
Salam

Looking at the issue in a logical way, it is unimaginable that Allah would be revealing His Final Testament and steps are not taken immediately to preserve it. Even human authors make more efforts to make sure their manuscripts are safe and secure! We have these stories about the goat having eaten rajam verses, variant readings, Qurans burnt and a Final version retained, people reporting having no recollection about certain verses when they came accross them!!

If somebody manages to create a suspicion about the Quran we have today not the whole book, or the real book, or with inserted verses, then firstly the preservation promise of Allah goes down and then people are left wondering for life what is true and what is not.

To counter such objections, the Shias came up with the story that the real Quran existed with Ali and passed down to the Imaams! It will be revealed in the future when a certain imam comes out of hiding. Then some say the real Quran is preserved up high in the heaven on a tablet!! Rashad Khalifa came up with his own versin of two inserted verses in chapte nine.

Nice way to sabotague the thinking process through the backdoor and create doubts. Buyer beware!!


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