God&#039;s System / Islam https://free-minds.org/category/gods-system-islam en Common Misconceptions About Islam, Muslims and The Quran https://free-minds.org/node/202 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Common Misconceptions About Islam, Muslims and The Quran</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">layth</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2017-08-24T08:40:05+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:40</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/miscon_0.png?itok=vyh51IOj" width="236" height="262" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Islam, Muslims and The Quran have become a subject of major concern to the world media, religious groups and people, especially after the events of September 11th 2001 in the USA. Many articles and books have been written about a religion followed by over one billion people worldwide, some of which saw in Islam a separate civilization that will inevitably clash with the current dominant western civilization, but some were more optimistic, showing interest in a constructive debate, seeking understanding. However, many of these writings continued to perpetuate misinformation and repeat the same common misconceptions, thus giving a distorted picture of what islam is about, and what The Quran actually says.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><br /> For those interested in sincerely seeking the truth, we have prepared an easy to read and verify list using the book that Muslims regard as a divine guidance and final revelation to humanity: The Quran (sometimes referred to as 'The Koran'). We chose this approach because it is the only undisputed source amongst muslims and it is important for the reader to be able to research and verify what is written and The Quran is widely available in many countries and in many different languages. Unfortunately, there is often a difference between what Muslims believe/practice and what The Quran actually says.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">To read the response to the most common misconceptions, simply click on the misconception in the list shown below. If a number reference is given, e.g. 17:36, this refers to Chapter 17, Verse 36 of The Quran, which can be looked up <a href="http://www.studyquran.org/" target="_blank">here</a> for example.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Disclaimer:</strong> The information contained on this website is correct to the best of the contributors knowledge only and thus should not be taken as a fact. One should always verify information and seek knowledge when possible. The language translation service offered by Google (top left box) is not 100% accurate and should be used as a guideline only.</p> <table cellspacing="0" id="AutoNumber2" style="border-collapse:collapse; width:100%"><tbody><tr><td> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>The list of misconceptions:</strong></p> </td> <td class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/death-for-apostasy.htm">Death for apostasy</a></strong></td> <td class="text-align-justify"> </td> </tr><tr><td class="text-align-justify"> </td> <td> <p class="text-align-justify"><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/stoning-to-death-adultery.htm" target="_self">Stoning to death allowed</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muslim-or-hell.htm">Must be "Muslim" or you will go to Hell</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/no-freedom-of-religion.htm">No freedom of religion</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/women-confined-to-houses.htm">Women confined to houses</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/statues-images-forbidden.htm">Statues/images forbidden</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/music-singing-forbidden.htm">Music and singing forbidden</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/man-woman-alone-together.htm">A man and woman cannot be alone together</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/religion-science-reason-compatible.htm">Religion and science/reason/knowledge are not compatible</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/alcohol-is-forbidden.htm">Alcohol is forbidden in all forms</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/islam-clash-of-civilisations.htm">Islam and The Quran promotes a clash of civilisations</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/honour-killings-women.htm">Islam promotes honour killings of women</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/allah-god-of-muslims-only.htm">Allah is the God for Muslims</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/forced-marriage-islam.htm">Forced marriage is allowed in Islam</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muslims-reject-jesus.htm">Muslims reject Jesus</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muhammad-founder-islam.htm">Muhammad was the founder of Islam</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/all-muslims-arabs.htm">All Muslims are Arabs</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/islam-spread-by-sword.htm">Islam was spread by the sword</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/fighting-war-terrorism.htm">Islam and The Quran promotes fighting, war and terrorism</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/two-female-witnesses-one-male.htm">Two female witnesses are equivalent to one male witness</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/women-less-share-inheritance-males.htm">Women receive less than men in issues of inheritance</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/males-females-circumcision.htm">Males/Females are required to be circumcised</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/martyrs-72-virgins-paradise.htm">Martyrs will receive 72 virgins in paradise</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/woman-created-from-rib-adam.htm">Woman/Eve created from the rib of Man/Adam</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/suicide-bombing.htm">Islam and The Quran promotes suicide bombing</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muslim-men-grow-beard.htm">Muslim men have to grow a beard</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/gold-silver-banned-muslims.htm">Gold and silver are banned for Muslims</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/jihad-holy-war.htm">Islam and The Quran promotes 'jihad' or 'holy war'</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/islam-quran-abolish-slavery.htm">Islam and The Quran promotes slavery</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/islam-homosexuality.htm">In Islam homosexuals must be put to death</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/polygamy-islam-4-wives.htm">Polygamy - Muslim men can have as many wives as they wish</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/adoption-allowed-islam.htm">Adoption is not allowed in Islam</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/dogs-allowed-muslims.htm">Dogs are not allowed to be kept by Muslims</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/dress-code-women-veil.htm">Muslim women must fully cover up in Islam</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/husband-divorce-wife-immediately.htm">A Muslim husband can divorce his wife immediately</a><br /><br /><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/racist-religion.htm">Islam promotes racism</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/cut-off-hands-theft.htm">Islam and The Quran orders hands to be cut off for theft</a></strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/all-muslims-same-views.htm">All Muslims are the same and hold the same views</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://www.misconceptions-about-islam.com/concubines-sex-slaves.htm"><strong>M</strong></a><strong><a href="http://www.misconceptions-about-islam.com/concubines-sex-slaves.htm">en are allowed to have concubines or sex slaves</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muhammad-married-young-girl.htm">Prophet Muhammad married a 9 year old girl</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://www.misconceptions-about-islam.com/islam-religion.html">Islam is a religion</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/democracy-quran-islam.htm">Democracy is not compatible with islam</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://www.misconceptions-about-islam.com/wife-beating-quran.htm">Wife beating is allowed in The Quran</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/muhammad-human.html">Muhammad was more than just a human</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/freedom-speech-islam.htm">No Freedom of Speech in Islam</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/evolution-quran.html">The Quran rejects evolution</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/quran-bible.html">The Quran reject previous scriptures</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/halal-meat.html">Halal meat uses an inhumane slaughter method</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/noah-flood-global.htm">The Quran says the flood of Noah was global</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><a href="http://misconceptions-about-islam.com/earth-6-days.html">The Quran says the earth was created in 6 days</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </td> <td class="text-align-justify"> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p class="text-align-justify"> For suggestions, corrections or feedback, please email:<br />  <img alt="MAI email" src="http://www.misconceptions-about-islam.com/MAI-email.jpg" style="height:29px; width:393px" /></p> </div> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:40:05 +0000 layth 202 at https://free-minds.org How to Become a Muslim (Submitter) https://free-minds.org/become-muslim <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Become a Muslim (Submitter)</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-11-04T08:21:15+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/04/2011 - 16:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/islam_0.jpg?itok=e-NHiVnG" width="188" height="138" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p align="center">"... O my Lord, indeed I have wronged my soul. I submit myself along with Solomon,to God the Lord of the Worlds " 27:44</p> <p>Many new believers are expressing their desire to convert to Islam everyday. Many of them are told that to convert to Islam they must go through specific procedures. They are told that they have to go to a nearby Mosque (masjid) and recite the two shahadas, (see: The Correct Sahahda) then sign a conversion statement and then preferably change their name to an Islamic name.</p> <p>If these are the regulations imposed by tradition, are these regulations set up in the Quran? Are they required by God from anyone who wishes to become a Muslim?</p> <p>Immediately, it must be said that the change of name and the signing of documents are totally man-made innovations. As far as names are concerned, please refer to the article "Islamic Names" where it is explained that there is no such thing as an Islamic name, and also that God judges people by their hearts and deeds and not by their names.</p> <p>As for the second issue is concerned, which is the signing of documents, once again this may be a requirement for civil law implications, but it is definately not a requirement from God to accept anyone as a Muslim. God is not in need of references or certificates!</p> <p>As far as the third requirement is concerned, which is the tesimony, yes any one wishing to submit to God must confess to his/her acceptance of God's Absolute authority.</p> <p>"Submission" is the religion whereby we recognize God's absolute authority, and reach an unshakeable conviction that God alone possesses all power; no other entity possesses any power that is independent of Him. The natural result of such a realization is to devote our lives and our worship absolutely to God alone. This is the First Commandment in all the scriptures, including the Old Testament, the New Testament, and this Final Testament.</p> <p>"Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is One God! Therefore you shall adore the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."[Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:29-30] also given in the Quran 3:18.</p> <p>To associate anything or anyone with God is known as "shirk", the highest degree of blasphemy, which God does not forgive (4:48). The Quran also stipulates that Muslims must profess faith in the One God and not call on anyone else.To profess their faith in Islam ,or to convert, one will make this declaration:</p> <p>"I bear witness that there is no god except God" (Arabic transliteration: "Ashhadu ana la ilaha illa Allah"). This testimony is called the Shahadah.</p> <p>There is another, not less important, attestation, which Muslims can recite to affirm their faith or to convert. It can be found in the Quran and to show this attestation of faith, prophet Abraham is cited as an excellent example:</p> <p>"Whose religion is better than one who submits himself to God, works righteousness and follows the creed Of Abraham the monotheist? God has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend." 4:125</p> <p>The next verse tells us:</p> <p>"When his Lord said to him "submit" he said, "I submit to the Lord of the worlds" (Arabic: Aslamtu Li Rab Al-Alameen) 2:131</p> <p>So here we have it. When God showed Abraham the perfect religion, He commanded Abraham to Submit ("Aslimu") and Abraham said "Aslamtu li rab al-alameen". This is how Muslims (or converts) should attest their faith (or to convert):</p> <p align="center"><strong>"I submit to the Lord of the worlds"</strong></p> <p>The story of Abraham continues in the next verse:</p> <p>"The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons and also Jacob, "0 My sons, God has chosen for you the true faith, therefore die not save as men who have submitted" 2:132</p> <p>Abraham enjoined his sons to believe in the same One God he believed in. He also successfully enjoined his people to say the same thing "Aslamtu li rab al-alameen" which means "I submit myself to the Lord of the Worlds". This is revealed in the next verse:</p> <p>"Or were you present when death came to Jacob, when he said unto his sons, "What will you worship after me?" They said, "We shall worship thy God, the God of thy fathers Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac, One God, and unto Him we have submitted" 2:133</p> <p>This is the truth about how Abraham submitted himself to God, as it was revealed to the Messenger through the Quran. And the Messenger was commanded to follow Abraham's monotheistic creed:</p> <p>"And they say, "Be Jews or Christians, then you will be rightly guided. "Say; "No, We follow the creed of Abraham, he was a monotheist, and he was not of the idolaters." 2:135</p> <p>"Say, "We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham..." 2:136</p> <p>The Quran also gives an incident of the prophet Solomon and the Queen of Sheba as another example of submission to God. It records the moment when the Queen converts to Islam. She was an idolater and Solomon invited her to Islam. To prove the greatness of God, Solomon used powers given to him to move the Queen of Sheba's magnificent palace intact, from one place to another in the blink of an eye.</p> <p>Seeing this, she realized God's power, immediately she repented and said,</p> <p>"Rabbi inn salamtu nafsin, wa aslamtu ma"a Sulaimaana, lillaahi rabbiul aalameen" 27:44, which means, "... Oh my Lord, indeed I have wronged my soul. I submit myself along with Solomon, to God the Lord of the worlds".</p> <p>To affirm their faith, or to convert, Muslims should use the examples given in the Quran. What they should say is "I submit myself to the Lord of the worlds". (Arabic: Aslamtu li rab al-alameen). Others who have affirmed their faith in this way are the Prophets Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Solomon and of course the Prophet Muhammad (Sura 40:66). Also the Queen of Sheba and the companions of the Prophet did the same. If you adopt their way, you will be in good company.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">Taken from <a href="http://www.quran-islam.org/">http://www.quran-islam.org/</a></p> </div> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 08:21:15 +0000 admin 185 at https://free-minds.org 5 Types of People in the Quran https://free-minds.org/5-types-people-quran <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5 Types of People in the Quran</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-09-17T16:19:05+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 09/18/2011 - 00:19</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/types.jpg?itok=k-4J1teh" width="255" height="198" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>‘Only God can judge me!’</p> <p>How many times have we heard the above statement made by people when the discussion regarding their faith or actions becomes too heated?</p> <p>The problem with the ‘only God can judge me’ statement is that God has <strong>already</strong> judged people by their words and actions and told us, in His Book, where this person or that person is heading unless there is a drastic change in the actions/behaviors that will change the person’s classification.</p> <!--break--><p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And if We wished, We would show them to you (the hypocrites) so you would recognize them by their looks. However, <u>you can recognize them by their speech</u>. And God is fully aware of your works.” (47:30)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“They swear by God that they did not say it, while <u>they had said the word of rejection</u>, and they rejected after they had submitted, and they were concerned with what they could not possess; and they could not find any fault except that God and His messenger had enriched them from His bounty. If they repent it is better for them, and if they turn away, then God will punish them severely in this world and the next. They will not have on earth any ally or supporter.” (9:74) </span></p> <p>Accordingly, we find that the Scripture identifies all humans under `5 distinct categories` with a measure of a person’s words/actions determining where they would fit:</p> <p><strong>1. The Muslim/Submitter </strong></p> <p>The first category of people are those who have willingly surrendered/submitted to God both in words (by declaring their submission) and by action (in following that which God has revealed).</p> <p>The first step towards Submission/Islam is for a person to acknowledge (in words) that he/she is submitting to God.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“It was said to her (the ruler of Sheba): `Enter the palace.` So when she saw it she thought there was a pool, and she uncovered her legs. He said: “It is a palace paved with crystal.” <u>She said</u>: `My Lord, I have wronged myself; and <u>I submit</u> with Solomon <u>to God, the Lord of the worlds</u>.`” (27:44) </span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“The Nomads said: `We believe.` Say: `You have not believed; but <u>you should Say:</u> <u>'We have submitted'</u>, for belief has not yet entered into your hearts.” If you obey God and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. God is Forgiver, Merciful.” (49:14)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Surely, <u>those who said: ‘Our Lord is God</u>,’ then they lead a righteous life, there is no fear for them, nor will they grieve.”  (46:13)</span></p> <p>The second step for a person to reaffirm his/her faith is to walk the path of righteousness and do good at all times (the definitions of good and righteousness can be found in the Scripture for those who are interested to know).</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And who is better in the system than one who <u>submits</u> himself to God, <u>and is a good doer</u>, and he followed the creed of Abraham in monotheism? And God has taken Abraham as a friend.” (4:125) </span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Surely, those who said: ‘Our Lord is God,’ then they <u>lead a righteous life</u>, there is no fear for them, nor will they grieve.”  (46:13)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Say: ‘I have been commanded to serve God, <u>devoting the system to Him</u>. And I was commanded to be the first of those who <u>submit</u>.’” (39:11-12)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“No, whosoever <u>submits</u> himself to God, while <u>doing good</u>, he will have his reward with his Lord. There will be no fear over them, nor will they grieve.” (2:112) </span></p> <p>The reward for this path of simple submission and doing good is a paradise whose width is the heavens and the earth…</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And thus We have inspired to you an Arabic Qur’an, so that you may warn the capital town and all around it, and to warn about the Day of Gathering that is inevitable. A group will be in the Paradise, and a group in Hell.” (42:7)</span></p> <p><strong>2. The Mumin/Faithful </strong></p> <p>The second type of people is an advanced stage of submission whereby the persons actions have gone beyond simply ‘doing good’ and have extended into the realm of striving and dedication through activism.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Believers are those who believe in God and His messenger, then they became without doubt, and <u>they <strong>strive</strong> with their money and their lives in the cause of God</u>. These are the truthful ones.” (49:15) </span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“The believers are indeed successful. Those who are humble in their contact prayer. And they abstain from vain talk. And <u>they are <strong>active</strong> towards betterment</u>.” (23:1-4)</span></p> <p>Submission is the beginning of the journey, which may or may not end with the person being a full-fledged believer:</p> <p>Initial state                 ----&gt;        Submission</p> <p>Advanced state         ----&gt;        Faithful/Believer</p> <p>The reward and result of being at this advanced level is to seek the highest level of Paradise, along with the martyrs and the devotees.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And you will be in three groupings. </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">So those on the right, who will be from those on the right? </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">And those on the left, who will be from those on the left? </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">And those foremost, who will be from those foremost? </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">They will be the ones who are brought near. </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">In gardens of bliss. </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">Many from the first generations. </span><span style="color: #ac3e3e">And a few from the later generations” (56:7-14).</span></p> <p><strong>3. The Mushrik/Idolater </strong></p> <p>This is a category of people who acknowledge the existence of God, but who have set-up partners with Him (most of the time not knowing they did so).</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And the Day We gather them all, then We say to those who set up partners: “Where are your partners whom you used to claim?” Then, their only excuse was to Say: “<u>By God, our Lord, we did not set up partners!</u>” See how they lied to themselves; and that which they invented deserted them.” (6:22-24) </span></p> <p>The idolaters main reason for setting-up partners is the false belief that such partners would bring them closer to God or even save them on judgment day. </p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Absolutely, to God is the true system. And those who set up allies besides Him: “We only serve them so that they may bring us closer to God.” God will judge between them in what they dispute. Surely, God does not guide him who is a liar, a rejecter.” (39:3)</span></p> <p>Idolatry is caused by a lack of faith in God and/or a lack of faith in judgment day (hence the idols/partners are taken as an insurance policy due to the semi-conscious belief of the idolater that God’s word alone may not be enough)</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“This is because when God Alone was mentioned, you rejected, but when partners were associated with Him, you believed. Therefore, the judgment is for God, the Most High, the Great.” (40:12)</span></p> <p>The bad news for all idolaters is that their destiny is Hell if their idolatry is maintained until death.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“God does not forgive that partners be set up with Him, and He forgives what is beside that for whom He wills. Whoever sets-up partners with God has indeed invented a great sin.” (4:48) </span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Rejecters indeed are those who have said: ‘God is the Messiah son of Mary!’ And the Messiah said: ‘O Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord. Whoever sets-up partners with God, then God will forbid Paradise for him, and his destiny will be the Fire; and the wicked will have no supporters.” (5:72)</span></p> <p>According to the Scripture, idolatry represents the second majority of humanity (the 1<sup>st</sup> majority being rejecters) and, whose fate is Hell.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And most of them will not believe in God except while setting-up partners.” (12:106) </span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“It is not for the prophet and those who believe that they should seek forgiveness for the polytheists, even if they are relatives, after it has been made clear to them that they are the dwellers of Hell.” (9:113)</span></p> <p><strong>4. The Kafir/Rejecter </strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, this category of people represents the vast majority of humanity.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And most of the people, even if you are diligent, will not believe.” (12:103) </span></p> <p>The case of rejecters is a simple rejection of God, His attributes, His messengers, His books, etc..</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“These are the ones who rejected the revelations of their Lord and His meeting. So their works were in vain, and We will not give them any value on the Day of Resurrection. (18:105)</span></p> <p>Also, these are people who reject the rulings of God, and stand against His system and teachings:</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“…And whoever does not judge with what God has sent down, then these are the rejecters.” (5:44)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Rejecters indeed are those who have said: “God is a trinity!” There is no god except One god. If they do not cease from what they are saying, then those who reject from among them will be afflicted with a painful retribution.” (5:73)</span></p> <p>The rejecters are known not only to deny God or His revelations, but in their arrogance they also engage in a mocking of God’s revelations or of the faithful.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“And similarly, We have sent down to you the Book. Thus, those whom We have given the Scripture will believe in it. Also, some of your people will believe in it. The only ones who mock Our revelations are the rejecters.” (29:47</span><em>)</em></p> <p>As with the idolaters, the retribution for the rejecters is Hell:</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“God has cursed the rejecters, and He has prepared for them Hell.” (33:64) </span></p> <p><strong>5. The Munafiq/Hypocrite</strong></p> <p>This is the most despicable group of all and is ranked even below the level of rejecters…A special painful retribution, more than any other, has been set-aside for this group.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“The hypocrites will be in the lowest level of the Fire; and you will not find for them a victor.” (4:145) </span></p> <p>The Hypocrites are primarily rejecters who act/pretend to be submitters/believers so as to gain intelligence or so as to corrupt the camp of the believers from within.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“What is the matter with you that you are divided into two groups over the hypocrites, while God has regressed them for what they have earned? Do you want to guide those whom God misguides? Whoever God causes to be misguided, you will never find for him a way. They hope that you would reject as they rejected, then you would be the same. Do not take any of them as allies until they emigrate in the cause of God. If they turn away, then take them and kill them where you find them; and do not take from them any ally or supporter. (4:88-89)</span></p> <p>A trait of the hypocrites is that their words eventually give away their real position as they have been known to state words which are veiled challenges to God’s own words as a subtle ‘mocking’ of His system.</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“When the hypocrites come to you they Say: “<u>We bear witness that you are the messenger of God</u>.” And God knows that you are His messenger, and God bears witness that the hypocrites are liars. They have chosen their oath as a deceit, thus they repel from the path of God. Miserable indeed is what they do.” (63:1-2) </span></p> <p>The above is being said by the hypocrites as a subtle challenge to God’s claim that He suffices as a witness:</p> <p><span style="color: #ac3e3e">“Any good that befalls you is from God, and any bad that befalls you is from yourself. <u>We have sent you as a messenger to the people and God is enough as a witness</u>.” (4:79) </span></p> <p><strong>-------</strong></p> <p>While there is a risk that categorizing oneself or others could be counterproductive and lead to some subjectivity, the upside is that having such categories and reflecting on our lives and behaviour will enable a person to take corrective action at the earliest stage and avoid the dire situation of waiting till the approach of death to correct the wrongs and do what is right – it is then too late.</p> <p>After all, the end result of the choices that we make in this world are to either spend a near eternity in Hell, or, to spend a near eternity in Heaven!</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">Written for <a href="http://www.free-minds.org">www.free-minds.org</a></p> </div> Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:19:05 +0000 admin 165 at https://free-minds.org God Who Dwells in Our Hearts https://free-minds.org/god-who-dwells-our-hearts <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">God Who Dwells in Our Hearts</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-09-14T17:05:09+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/15/2011 - 01:05</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/god2.jpg?itok=8tvlJADa" width="275" height="183" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>If it had been only a poetic expression we would have appreciated it not more than a Man's Concept of God which may become redundant with the passage of time. But, as it is revealed in the Quran, which reads :</p> <p><em>'" Hova Ma'akum Aina Ma Kuntum - God is with you, wheresoever you may be ! [ 57:4],</em></p> <p>therefore, it is not merely a wistful expression of human's imagination but this Concept of God is a concrete reality. It cannot be denied or defied with further arguments. It lays the foundation of Faith for those who believe in Quran as Divine Revelation.</p> <p>One cannot profess Islam unless he hold this belief that God is : Omnipresent and Ubiquitous ! He is far above the man's concept of Time, Space and Compassing. But, unfortunately, many people despite of their firm belief in the Universality of God cannot defend themselves from the onslaught of false dogmas of their religions. They hold certain very erroneous beliefs about God's Existence. Their imagination cannot grasp a God Who is Omnipresent and Ubiquitous and express Himself through tangible Laws. They are incapable to derive satisfaction from His obedience through Laws. They dislike to worship an Abstract God. Accordingly, they create a God from their own imaginations and idolize Him in the worship. This weakness of human mind lays the foundation of different religion because the imaginations varies from person to person. Consequently, the mankind got divided and the clergies started to confuse them further. They succeeded in sending a Hindu to the Mander, a Christian to the Church, a Jew to the Synagogue and a Muslim to the Mosque in search of God who dwells in hearts.</p> <p>Now, everyone of us gets satisfaction only when we worship Him in the Mosque or Mander, Church or Synagogue and when we seek His blessings our hands and heads are raised to the sky instinctively. While doing all this we don't have even the slightest sense that - He dwells in our hearts. He is with us wheresoever we are ! He is far above our comprehension. He is - A Being - Who likes to be obeyed and followed rather than worshiped. There is not a single</p> <p>word in the Quran which could be translated into worship. We find repeatedly such words; Ahbadullah, Atteeullah, Ittebahullah - all of these got the meaning of Obedience rather than worship.</p> <p>God shows His existence through His tangible Laws. Whether these are discovered as Laws of Nature or Revealed to mankind through the agency of God's Messengers, we have to follow them. These are the only means which makes us honourabe in the sight of God Who is not far away but very near to us. How much near ? He says:</p> <p><em>" ... We are nearer to him (man) than his jugular vein [50:16]. </em></p> <p>And when He says:</p> <p><em>" (O Prophet) When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the Call of every Caller when he calls on me: So, let them listen to Me and trust Me. This will put them on the right path. [2:186] "</em></p> <p>, this means that man has to obey His Laws all those which are commanded both in Nature and the Quran. God never speaks to man directly except the Prophets. And, our belief is that Mohammad (pbuh) was the last prophet. There will be no more prophets. Therefore, the only way to listen to God's call is through His Book. God answers our calls through Quran. And our answer to God's Calls is to obey His Laws. God's Laws produce tangible results. And, in fact, these results are the true acceptance of our calls or prayers.</p> <p>This is the true Concept of God which the Quran gives to us. All other concepts concerning God are the fabrication of human mind. If we follow this concept we need not to search God in certain places or through certain agencies. We have to look for Him in our heart and mind and approach Him through His Laws. If the whole mankind follow this course the entire face of the earth would become a Paradise. Because, in this way the human being like other living beings would become a law abiding specie. Rather, a better specie due to his power to think and create.</p> <p>Those who take different courses or agencies as " Waseela " other than God's Laws to approach Him or to seek His blessings or to get nearer to him are sheerly misguided. They are doomed here and would get double punishment in the hereafter. And blessed are those who follows His laws. They enjoy the pleasure of this life and would get double reward in the hereafter.</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">By Saim Khwaja (e-mail: <a href="mailto:thesaim@hotmail.com">thesaim@hotmail.com</a>)</p> </div> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:05:09 +0000 admin 160 at https://free-minds.org On Being Tolerant https://free-minds.org/being-tolerant <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">On Being Tolerant</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-09-08T08:45:57+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/tolerance_0.jpg?itok=ep0eOALv" width="225" height="225" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Issue of Tolerance in Light of the Quran</p> <p>The question whether Islam encourages tolerance has been in focus since September 11. Many think that Islam is a religion of intolerance and violence. However, if one looks at what the Quran actually states in this regard, this misreading about tolerance in Islam becomes crystal clear. The Quran is far above the current spate of terrorist acts, and inter-religious and sectarian violence. Indeed the quality of being tolerant is part and parcel of the right iman (mindset) and righteousness of a Muslim.</p> <p>The significance of tolerance should become evident if we perceive the essential role of religion for man. Religion is for creation of an enabling and conducive environment for all men and women to pursue spiritual development, including supportive material development. In such an environment, there is need for full respect for human dignity and for equal treatment of all human beings irrespective of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other similar status. Man needs to be freed from slavery, serfdom, and indignity, liberated from poverty, deprivation and ignorance, and guaranteed justice, security, peace, and equal and non-discriminatory treatment by others in society. In such a context, tolerance plays a very important role. It is various forms of prejudice and intolerance, religious or other, that lead to all kinds of discrimination – racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance - in society, which in turn often manifests itself in, beside unjust discrimination, violent religious and ethnic conflicts, and inhuman and barbarous acts of oppression, murder and other atrocities.</p> <p>Prejudice is a mean mentality. Prejudice is akin to, and leads to, intolerance. “To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or that he takes a different view on this subject or that, is a great folly.”[1] Intolerance or prejudice based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other similar status does great harm to social harmony and development. Religion does not encourage prejudice. For example, it is wrong to say, as many seem to suggest, that Islam permits treating women as inferior to men. There is no basis for such thinking (See below for elaboration). Likewise, it can be concluded that there is no room for other kinds of prejudice in religion, since all that really matters for a man or a woman is righteousness (right or good deeds) [The Quran, Baqarah (2): 62; Maidah (5): 69]. Getting the iman right thus requires that one should get rid of all kinds of prejudice.</p> <p>With the progress of human civilization and the end of the colonial era, man and society have made important advances towards tolerance. According to a recent United Nations report, the international community has made some notable progress in this direction in the recent past, including and starting from, the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then national and international laws have been enacted and numerous international human rights instruments, including particularly a treaty to ban racial discrimination, have been adopted. Progress also includes the defeat of apartheid in South Africa.[2] Yet acts of intolerance, including acts of religious and ethnic violence, continue unabated, and slavery and slavery-like practices still exist in parts of the world. A further United Nations description of such problems is worth citing:</p> <p>“Despite continuing efforts by the international community, racial discrimination, ethnic conflicts and widespread violence persist in various parts of the world. In recent years, the world has witnessed campaigns of ‘ethnic cleansing’. Racial minorities, migrants, asylum seekers and indigenous peoples are persistent targets of intolerance. Millions of human beings continue to encounter discrimination solely due to the color of their skin or other factors that indicate the race to which they belong.”[3]</p> <p>Since the nineteen thirties, the world remembers some of the darkest episodes of history marked by appalling and barbarous acts of oppression, genocide and massive human displacements such as the Holocaust, the genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, and the long-running human tragedies in the Darfur region of Sudan.[4] Also disconcertingly, religious intolerance manifesting itself in the emergence of hostile acts and violence against certain communities, notably against the Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities, because of their religious beliefs and their racial or ethnic origin – outward expressions of what have now-a-days come to be known as ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘Islamophobia’ – is still continuing in various parts of the world, which in particular limit their right to freely practice their belief. “Although the great civil rights battles of the 1960s ended segregation in the United States, the lot of black Americans is still a delicate and difficult issue.”[5] One American Muslim writer notes that though Christianity has similar universal claims as those of Islam, and though segregation in the form of existence of churches exclusively for whites or blacks has been formally ended in America, “informal, habitual and perhaps ideological” segregation still persists, and “racial discrimination and segregation” on the basis of the color of the skin still remains to be completely eliminated.[6] Also, there are hate sites on the Internet promoting intolerance and xenophobia. All this is despite the fact that in recent years great awareness has been created, and some action-oriented measures have been taken at international and national levels to stem the tide of intolerance worldwide.[7]</p> <p>Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and compassion. Unfortunately, it is because of the activities of some extremist groups that Islam is being viewed by many as an intolerant and violent creed. In fact, there is no room for human discrimination and intolerance in Islam on the basis of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other similar status. All men and women are equal in the eyes of God; only virtuousness determines who is nearer to Him [Imran (3): 195; Nisa (4): 124; Nahl (16): 97; Ahzab (33): 35]. All the children of Adam – all men and women - deserve the same dignity:</p> <p>“And verily We have bestowed honor on the children of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors, above a great part of Our creation.” [Bani Israel or Israa (17): 70]</p> <p>While racial discrimination or that on the basis of color has existed in its stark form well into the twentieth century in some parts of the world – notable examples: apartheid in South Africa and segregation in the United States, and though some vestiges of such discrimination are still to be found, Islam never approved such discrimination and banished it ever since its birth.</p> <p>Although traditionally women have been treated as inferior to men among Muslims, Islam never approved such discrimination. The Quran clearly states that women have rights over men similar to those of men over women [Baqarah (2): 228]. In God’s sight, it is only righteousness that counts - not sex [Imran (3): 195; Hujurat (49): 13]; Nisa (4): 124; Nahl (16): 97]. Also, man and woman can excel each other in various qualities [Nisa (4): 32]. One of these verses reads as follows:</p> <p><em>“…Never do I cause the work of any to be lost, be ye male or female – ye are one from another. …” [Imran (3): 195]</em></p> <p>The expression “ye are one from another” meaning “members of the same family” in this verse, which recurs in the Quran, is also usually taken as a reminder to men that women are of the same human status as themselves. Nor is there any rationale for discrimination on the basis of any religion in name [Baqarah (2): 62; Maidah (5): 69]. For that matter, no other reason, e.g., wealth or property, strength in manpower, or status or power in society, is of any value to God [Tauba or Baraat (9): 55, 69; Yunus (10): 58, 88-89; Qasas (28): 76-81; Rum (30): 39; Saba (34): 37; Zukhruf (43): 32-35; Lahab (111): 2]. Thus human rights abuses that are found to have been committed from time to time by governments or ethnic groups are objects that deserve strong condemnation from Islam. The Quran categorically forbids us to do any wrongs to others:</p> <p><em>“And wrong not men of their things (or rights), and act not corruptly in the earth, making mischief.” [Shu’ara (26): 181-183]</em></p> <p>The Quran strongly exhorts Muslims to uphold the cause of justice, if necessary by testifying against themselves, parents and relatives [Nisa (4): 135], and not to let the hatred (by implication, enmity or injustice) of others make them commit any injustice [Maidah (5): 8]. This call for upholding justice is essentially a call for tolerance as well.</p> <p>One of the Quranic verses, which points out the futility of human discrimination on the basis of wealth or manpower, reads as follows:</p> <p><em>“It is not your wealth, nor your sons, that will bring you nearer unto us in degree, but only those who believe and do good – these are the ones for whom there is a two-fold reward for their deeds, and they will dwell secure in lofty places.” [Saba (34): 37]</em></p> <p>Also the Quran unequivocally proclaims that there must be no coercion in religion. The following verses are well worth noting:</p> <p><em>“There is no compulsion in religion.” [Baqarah (2): 256] … “And if thy Lord had willed, verily all who are in the earth would have believed together. Wouldst thou (O Muhammad) then force them till they become believers?” [Yunus (10): 99]</em></p> <p>“Say:  ‘O disbelievers! I worship not that which ye worship; nor ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye worship; nor will ye worship that which I worship. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.” [Kafirun (109): 1-6]</p> <p><em>“We are best aware of what they say, and thou (O Muhammad) art in no way a compeller over them. But warn them by the Quran him who feareth My threat.” [Kahf (50): 45] … “Therefore do thou remind, for thou art only to remind. Thou art not at all a watchman over them.” [Gashiya (88): 21-22]</em></p> <p>Verse [Yunus (10): 99] above and other related verses in the Quran such as those at [Hujurat (49): 13] that refer to the creation of mankind into diverse nations and tribes and at [Maidah (5): 48] that refers to different laws and ways being given by God to different peoples also explicitly recognize the diversity of people on earth and underscore the need for, and the importance of, inter-communal tolerance. These last two verses are worth reproducing below:</p> <p><em>“O mankind! We created you of a male and a female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may come to know one another. Verily the most honored of you, in the sight of God, is the most righteous.” [Hujurat (49): 13]</em></p> <p><em>“For each of you We have prescribed a law and a way. Had God willed He could have made you one community, but that he may try you by that which He hath given you. So vie ye one with another in good works.” [Maidah (5): 48]</em></p> <p>The Prophet Muhammad was advised by God to strictly maintain cordiality in his preaching; and he was advised not to revile those to whom other religious people pray beside God lest they should revile God through ignorance, as eventually they might be able to know the truth:</p> <p><em>“Invite unto the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation; and argue with them in the best possible manner. Thy Lord knoweth best who strayeth from His path, and He knoweth best who receiveth guidance.” [Nahl (16): 125] … “And argue not with the People of the Book except in a way that is best, unless it be with those of them who do wrong, but say: ‘We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we submit.” [Ankabut (29): 46]</em></p> <p><em>“And bear with (O Muhammad!) what they say, and part from them in a nice manner.” [Muzammil (73): 10]</em></p> <p><em>“Revile not those unto whom they pray beside God lest they wrongfully revile God through ignorance. Thus unto every nation have We made their deed seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return, and He will inform them what they used to do.” [An’am (6): 108]</em></p> <p>As noted Islamic scholar Abou El Fadl aptly points out, some of the Quranic verses explicitly exhorting Muslims to turn way from those who are ignorant, disbelievers, or who engage in idle talks while wishing them “salam” or peace at the same time in essence “emphasize the need not just for interreligious tolerance, but for cooperative moral ventures that seek to achieve Godliness on earth.”[8] These verses are worth citing below:</p> <p><em>“And the slaves of the Beneficent (God) are those who walk on the earth with modesty, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Salam (Peace).” [Furqan (25): 63]</em></p> <p><em>“And when they hear idle talk, they turn away from it and say: ‘Unto us our deeds, and unto you yours; salam (peace) be on you; we seek not the ignorant.’” [Qasas (28): 55] … “So turn away from them and say: ‘Salam (Peace), for they will (soon) come to know.’” [Zukhruf (43): 89]</em></p> <p>The Prophet was urged to hold on to forgiveness and ignore the ignorant and thus to be tolerant to others even if they did not listen to his call [A’raf (7): 198-199]. He was urged to grant refuge or protection to the Pagans, who were idolaters, if they sought such protection: “If anyone amongst the Pagans asketh thee (O Muhammad) for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the Word of God, and then escort him to where he can be secure; that is because they are a folk who know not.” [Tauba or Baraat (9): 6] The Quran thus provides clear and unambiguous instructions to Muslims for tolerance of other faiths and views and advice to them to be helpful to non-Muslims in case they need help.</p> <p>According to noted scholar on Islam John Esposito, “Despite the recent example of the Taliban in Afghanistan and sporadic conflicts between Muslims and Christians in Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Indonesia, theologically and historically Islam has a long record of tolerance.” He further notes:</p> <p>“Historically, while the early expansion and conquests spread Islamic rule, Muslims did not try to impose their religion on others or force them to convert. As "People of the Book," Jews and Christians were regarded as protected people (dhimmi), who were permitted to retain and practice their religions, be led by their own religious leaders, and be guided by their own religious laws and customs. For this protection, they paid a poll or head tax (jizya). While by modern standards this treatment amounted to second-class citizenship in premodern times, it was very advanced. No such tolerance existed in Christendom, where Jews, Muslims, and other Christians (those who did not accept the authority of the pope) were subjected to forced conversion, persecution, or expulsion. Although the Islamic ideal was not followed everywhere and at all times, it existed and flourished in many contexts.”[9]</p> <p>Also worthy of note, as many writers of Islam point out, is the historical example of the Prophet Muhammad setting a precedent of peaceful and cooperative inter-religious relations in Medina among Muslims, Christians and Jews.</p> <p>This is, of course, not to deny, exonerate or slight at all the regrettable history of internecine strife within the Muslim ummah (community) itself ever since Islam’s early history after the Prophet’s death, the multiple divisions that took place among Muslims despite the Quranic admonition against such divisions, and the continuing saga of intermittent clashes between Muslims on the one hand and Christians, Hindus and Jews on the other in various countries[10], and most importantly the heinous terrorist acts being conducted by extremist Muslim organizations such as the al Qaeda and other groups against innocent civilians in many countries. Esposito further notes that in recent years acts of intolerance among Muslim groups, and between Muslims and non-Muslim groups have rather increased due, in significant part, to a resurgence or revivalism of Islam [albeit in its orthodox form].[11] Minority religious groups in Muslim countries such as Christians in the Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria, Christian Copts in Egypt, Hindus in Bangladesh, Bahais and Jews in Iran, Ahmadiyas (followers of Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani) in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and Quranists (who believe in the Quran alone and not in the traditions) in Egypt are particularly vulnerable and are being subjected to humiliation, harassment, torture and killing. Ahmed Mansour gives a graphic account of humiliation, imprisonment or torture of himself, his extended family members and his fellow Quranists in Egypt.[12] It is obvious the Quran strongly disapproves such acts.</p> <p>Also worthy of note is the fact that the September 11, 2001 attacks and the subsequent terrorist acts of the extremist groups in several countries such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, the United Kingdom, Egypt and Jordan have put the minority Muslims living in Western societies in a very delicate situation, which not only requires Muslims to revisit the tolerance issue in a new light, but which also puts a special responsibility on the shoulders of the governments of those societies to avoid intolerance and discriminatory treatment against Muslims. In the aftermath of the 9/11, there has been considerable backlash against Muslims in the United States and Europe. Contemporary American Muslim writer Muqtedar Khan, who emphasizes the role of ijtihad (independent thinking or interpretation) in Islam and has written promoting compassionate understanding of religion and interfaith tolerance and understanding, notes that there have been “many nasty episodes” and surfacing of “large-scale anti-Muslim prejudice” in the United States, despite the call for tolerance by President George Bush and members of his staff.[13] Officially, Muslims, especially from the Arab and Muslim worlds, have been subjected to special scrutiny and discrimination at border crossings and airports. But such treatment may backfire. As one journalist writer has aptly commented, when members of a community are feeling they are being unfairly treated by the society they are part of, this has the inherent danger of engendering “resentment, alienation and, possibly antisocial conduct”.[14]</p> <p>The Quran permits avenging any wrong done to a person in the like manner, but at the same time encourages forgiveness in lieu of revenge, as forgiveness helps a person expiate his sin:</p> <p><em>“And We prescribed for them (the Children of Israel) therein (in the Torah): Life for life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and (like) retaliation for wounds; but whoever forgoeth (forgiveth) it, it shall be expiation for him. Whoever judge not by that which God hath revealed are wrongdoers.” [Maidah (5): 45] … “The recompense of an ill-deed is an ill the like thereof. But whoever forgiveth and mendeth (his own conduct), his reward is (ensured) from God; verily (He) loveth not the wrongdoers.” [Shura (42): 40] … “If ye punish, then punish with the like of that wherewith ye were afflicted. But if ye endure patiently, that is indeed the best for those who are patient.” [Nahl (16): 126]</em></p> <p>What could be a better appeal for tolerance? The Quran has urged similar generosity and forgiveness in several other verses [Baqarah (2): 263; Imran (3): 134; A’raf (7): 198-199; Shura (42): 43; Jathyia (45): 14]. It is a well-known historical fact that the Prophet Muhammad set a glorious precedent of tolerance when he and the Muslims accompanying him triumphantly marched into Mecca in 630 A.D. without any significant bloodshed or harm to the inhabitants who had earlier fought with the Muslims. According to the Historian Grunebaum, “The resistance of a small group of Quraish was quickly dispelled … the revolution was effected remarkably leniently … even the most extremist leaders were shown mercy. Looting was forbidden.”[15] Such political and religious tolerance in treatment of who were archenemies before has no parallel in history. It is indeed a great irony that we still find Sunnis and Shiites fighting one another in countries inhabited by them, causing loss of many innocent lives and immense misery and suffering to many others due to their intolerant sectarian strife.[16]</p> <p>God considers life as sacred and forbids taking any life except by way of justice [An’am (6): 151]. He characterizes the killing of a human being without any legitimate reason as like the killing of all mankind, and the saving of a human being as like the saving of all mankind:</p> <p><em>“For that reason (because of the killing of one son of Adam by another for no good reason) We decreed for the Children of Israel that whoever slayeth a soul for other than manslaughter or mischief in the land, it is as though he slayeth all mankind; and whoever saveth the life of one, it is as though he saveth the life of all mankind.” [Maidah (5): 32]</em></p> <p>There are some misgivings about Islam among some circles that it authorizes the killing of other religious people. A part of a Quranic verse is cited in support of this wrong contention, which is reproduced as follows:</p> <p><em>“And slay them wherever ye find them …” [Baqarah (2): 191]</em></p> <p>Regrettably, however, this citing of a Quranic verse without citing the full context is a mischievous misrepresentation of the Quranic message! The full context makes it abundantly clear that such slaying is sensible only when the Muslims are at war with a non-Muslim group. The verses giving this full context are as follows:</p> <p><em>“Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but initiate not aggression. Verily God loveth not aggressors. And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places wherefrom they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Sacred Mosque until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there), then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. But if they desist, then verily God is Ever Forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them until there is no more persecution, and religion is for God. But if they desist, let there be no hostility except against the wrongdoers.” [Baqarah (2): 190-193]</em></p> <p>There are other verses in the Quran, which are often cited by critics to suggest that Islam is not so tolerant to other religions. These are verses at [Tauba or Baraat (9): 5 and 29]:</p> <p><em>"When the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush." [Tauba or Baraat (9): 5]</em></p> <p><em>"Fight those who believe not in God nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and His Apostle, nor hold the religion of truth of the People of the Book," [Tauba or Baraat (9): 29]</em></p> <p>Again, these are citations from the Quran without the full context in which they were revealed and they thus miss or distort the correct message of the Quran. The cited first verse at [Tauba or Baraat (9): 5] is followed by a statement in the same verse:</p> <p><em>"But if they repent and establish worship and pay the zakah, then leave their way free, for God is Ever Forgiving and Most Merciful."</em></p> <p>Notably, this is also followed by another verse, which exhorts the Prophet Muhammad to provide protection or asylum to idolaters who seek such protection [Tauba or Baraat (9): 6].</p> <p>The second verse at [Tauba or Baraat (9): 29] cited above is also followed by a statement:</p> <p><em>"Until they pay zijya (the poll tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."</em></p> <p>Critics point out, however, that the idea of a special poll tax to be paid by disbelievers living in a Muslim territory to the Muslim rulers is in itself a form of religious discrimination and intolerance. However, as noted Muslim scholar Abou El Fadl points out, such a levy should be understood in a historical context when “it was common inside and outside of Arabia to levy poll taxes against alien groups.” The tax was in return for protection of the disbelievers. He cites the example of a case of return of the poll tax by the second Caliph Omar to an Arab Christian tribe when it could not be protected from Byzantine aggression. During Omar’s time, he allowed the Christian tribes to pay zakah instead of the zijyathat they regarded as degrading. Abou El Fadl further notes that the Prophet Muhammad did not collect the poll tax from all non-Muslim tribes, and that he in fact paid periodic sums of money or goods to many non-hostile non-Muslim tribes. “In short,” he further notes, “there are various indicators that the poll tax is not a theologically mandated practice, but a functional solution that was adopted as a response to a particular set of historical circumstances. Only an entirely ahistorical reading of the text could conclude that it is an essential element in a divinely sanctioned program of subordinating the nonbeliever.”[17]</p> <p>Also importantly, the above-mentioned verses should be understood only in the context of a war situation where Muslims are urged to fight only for defensive purposes, i.e., to fight against only those who fight with the Muslims, and not to initiate aggression, as God does not love the aggressors [Baqarah (2): 190-193]. Indeed, as Karen Armstrong aptly notes,</p> <p>“During the ten years between the hijra and his death in 632 Muhammad and his first Muslims were engaged in a desperate struggle for survival against his opponents in Medina and the Quraysh of Mecca, all of whom were ready to exterminate the ummah. In the West, Muhammad has often been presented as a warlord, who imposed Islam on a reluctant world by force of arms. The reality was quite different; Muhammad was fighting for his life, was evolving a theology of the just war in the Koran with which most Christians would agree, and never forced anybody to convert to religion. Indeed the Koran is clear that there is to be ‘no compulsion in religion.’ In the Koran war is held to be abhorrent; the only just war is a war of self-defense. Sometimes it is necessary to fight in order to preserve decent values, as Christians believed it necessary to fight against Hitler.”[18]</p> <p>In some other verses, the Quran clearly advises the Muslims fighting non-Muslims to opt for peace when the enemies want peace, and not to worry about the possibility that the enemies may deceive them thereby:</p> <p><em>“And if they (the enemies fighting you) incline to peace, then incline to it, and trust in God, for verily He is Hearing, Knowing. And if they intend to deceive you, then verily God is sufficient for you. He it is Who strengthened you with His help and with the believers.” [Anfal (8): 62-63]</em></p> <p>How clear are these verses! God forbids us to begin aggression, and He does not love the aggressors. And He exhorts the fighting Muslims to desist from fighting with the disbelievers when they cease hostilities and persecution. He advises the fighting Muslims to seek peace when the enemies seek peace. And the Quran strongly condemns persecution, as it characterizes persecution as worse than slaughter [See also Baqarah (2): 217]. Also note that God authorizes us to attack others in the like manner as the others attack [Baqarah (2): 194; Hajj (22): 60]. As noted above, the Quran rather encourages us, where possible, to condone and forgive, which is considered still better [Maidah (5): 45; A’raf (7): 198-199; Shura (42): 40, 43; Jathyia (45): 14, Muzammil (73): 10]. Thus far from encouraging intolerance, the Qura’n clearly advocates peace, tolerance, peaceful and compassionate co-existence.</p> <p>Also note that, citing some Quranic verse, some allege that Islam discourages Muslims to make friends with the people of other religions. Again, this is another classic example of misgivings based on citation of a Quranic verse out of context. The Quran does not discourage making friends with the people of other religions, unless such people can be identified as real foes. Note the following verses:</p> <p><em>“It may be that God will ordain love between you and those of them with whom ye are at enmity. God is All-Powerful, and God is Ever Forgiving, Most Merciful. God forbiddeth you not those who fought not against you on account of your religion, and drove you not out from your homes, that ye show them kindness and deal justly with them. Verily God loveth the just dealers. God forbiddeth you only those who fought against you on account of your religion and have driven you out from your homes and helped to drive you out, that ye make friends of them. Whoever maketh friends of them are wrongdoers.” [Mumtahana (60): 7-9]</em></p> <p>These verses make it amply clear that making friendship with people of other religions is not intolerable in Islam, unless such people have proved themselves to be enemies of Muslims.</p> <p>Also, as mentioned above, the Quran unequivocally forbids and denounces any acts of mischief, violence or terrorism. Some of the relevant verses may be noted as follows:</p> <p><em>“Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, and help not one another in sin and transgression; and be careful (of your duty) to God. Verily God is stern in punishment.” [Maidah (5): 2] … “And do not make mischief in the earth, after it hath been set in order…” [A’raf (7): 56] … “So remember the bounties of God and do no evil, making mischief in the earth.” [A’raf (7): 74]</em></p> <p><em>“And those who violate the covenant of God after ratifying it, and sever that which God hath commanded to be joined, and who make mischief in the earth, for them is the curse, and for them is the terrible abode.” [Ra’d (13): 25]</em></p> <p><em>“And wrong not mankind of their right things (of rights), and do no evil, making mischief in the earth.” [Shura (26): 183] … “Then, is it to be expected of you, if ye were put in authority, that ye will do corruption in the land, and sever your ties of kinship? Such are the men whom God hath cursed, for He hath made them deaf and blinded their eyes.” [Muhammad (47): 22-23]</em></p> <p>From the foregoing discussion it is quite clear that, far from encouraging violence and terrorism, Islam advocates peace, tolerance and peaceful co-existence with other religious communities. Hence nurturing a tolerant attitude to others is an important part of righteousness. However as noted below, it is the Hadith literature that contains many texts, which misguide Muslims and lead them to commit violent and other acts of intolerance against other religious groups. However, a proper understanding of Islam must rule out such hadith texts as not representing Islam or its Prophet.[19]</p> <p>The Hadith Encourages Religious Intolerance, Violence and Terror</p> <p>Despite the clear Quranic advice to the contrary, the Hadith encourages offensive wars, intolerance, violence and terror. References to some of the hadith texts that illustrate this point are provided below.</p> <p>There are several hadith texts originating from Abdullah bin Abi Aufa that show Paradise as under the shades of swords (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, # 73, 210, 266l). Such a statement may not be particularly objectionable, if it is specifically meant for and addressed to fighters fighting a just war, but as a general statement it sounds rather belligerent, a sentiment which apparently has played and is still playing a role in encouraging aggressive campaigns by Muslims against other communities. Some hadith texts preach particularly anti-Semitic sentiment, where Muslims are urged to fight and kill the Jews wherever they are. The hadith below is worth citing:</p> <p>Narrated Abu Huraira: "Allah's Apostle said, ‘You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' " (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 176)</p> <p>A similar hadith at Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, # 177 says that the Hour (the eventual hour of Qiamat) will not be established until Muslims fight with Jews and they kill the Jew hiding behind a stone. There is a similar hadith also against the Turks (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, # 179).</p> <p>Still other hadith texts show that the Prophet ordered acts of atrocities and violence against the enemies. The hadith text narrated by Ibn Umar at Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, # 263 states that the Prophet burned the date-palms of Bani an-Nadir. Another hadith narrated by Al-Bara bin Azib states that the Prophet sent a group of men to kill Abu-Rafi, a merchant of Hijaj; Abdullah bin Atik entered his house at night and killed him while he was sleeping (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, # 264, 265). Look at another venomous hadith text:</p> <p>Narrated 'Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to 'Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'" (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 9, Book 84, # 57; a similar text also at Vol. 4, Book 52, # 260)</p> <p>Is it believable that a highly pious companion and son-in-law of the Prophet such as Ali could burn some people? How is it believable that the Prophet said that if a Muslim discards his religion, he could be killed? Such hadith texts must be utter lies attributed to the good names of the Prophet and his close associates. The Quran nowhere speaks of punishing the renegades or apostates in such a manner; it clearly proclaims that there is no coercion in religion.</p> <p>A narration attributed to Ali states that he heard the Prophet saying, "In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection." (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 6, Book 61, # 577; repeated at Vol. 9, Book 84, # 64) Needless to say, this is a horrible provocative statement falsely attributed to the good name of Ali that goes against the Quran.</p> <p>Still another narration from Abu Burda recounts the story of a Jew being killed, because he converted to Islam and then reverted to Judaism (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 9, Book 84, # 58). Still another hadith suggests that Ali killed some people among those to whom the Prophet was distributing alms, but who were accusing the Prophet as unjust (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 9, Book 84, # 67)</p> <p>Such hadith texts could not be those of the Prophet. They clearly encourage religious intolerance, violence and terror. Not surprisingly, it is from such hadith texts that the extremist groups among Muslims get their inspiration for committing intolerant, violent and terrorist acts against other communities in various parts of the world.</p> <p> </p> <p>________________________________________</p> <p>[1] Einstein, Albert, The Human Side, 1979, op. cit., p. 70-71.</p> <p>[2] United Nations (United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)), Report of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, (held in Durban, during 31 August - 8 September 2001), January 25, 2002.</p> <p>[3] The UN report cited at the preceding endnote.</p> <p>[4] Some of the worst human tragedies and crimes against humanity of the last century include the Holocaust during the nineteen thirties and forties, the world’s largest and most gruesome genocide, which involved, in addition to torture, killing of more than 6 million people, mostly Jews – extermination of some two thirds of the Jews of Europe - by the Nazis; the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the country's population); mass killings in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971 by the Pakistan army; and those in  East Timor in 1979-80 involving killing of over one fifth of its population; the Rwanda genocide in 1994 involving killing of nearly I million, mainly of the Tutsis by the Hutus; Hindu Muslim communal riots in undivided British India just prior to its independence and partition in 1947 involving arson, mass human slaughter and massive human displacements;  ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; and the long-running civil war and ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region of Sudan involving genocide, torture and massive human displacements. As reported by the Wall Street Journal Online Edition (dated April 21, 2005), since 2003, government-backed militias have waged a campaign against rebels (Christians and non-Arab Muslims) in the Darfur region of Sudan, resulting in at least 180,000 deaths and leaving more than two million people homeless. In the course of their counter-insurgency, they have been accused of committing all manner of atrocities, including murder, rape and the destruction of villages. Despite recent peace efforts with ceasefire, atrocities against displaced persons put in camps and against aid workers are still continuing.</p> <p>[5] Statement of Rev. Jesse Jackson at Durban Racism Conference on August 30, 2001, the day before the start of a U.N. conference against racism.</p> <p>[6] Khan, M.A. Muqtedar, American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom, Amana Publications, 2002, pp. 67-68.</p> <p>[7] Reference may be made of the United Nations Report cited in Endnote 2, which mentions the actions that were taken before, and the follow-up actions that are being taken afterward.</p> <p>[8] Fadl, Khaled Abou El, The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists, HarperSan Francisco, A Division of Harper Collins Publishers, New York , 2005, p. 209.</p> <p>[9] Esposito, John L., What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 70-71. A summarized version is available in the Internet under the title “Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know about Islam.”</p> <p>[10] Where, as Esposito rightly notes, the blame for such clashes cannot always be pinned down or put on Muslims. See Esposito in the previous endnote.</p> <p>[11] Esposito, John L., Islam – The Straight Path, Oxford University oppress, 1992, p. 192, the expression in parentheses is mine. He writes: “In recent years, tensions and clashes between Muslim and non-Muslim communities have increased: the Copts in Egypt, Bahai and Jews in Iran, Chinese in Malaysia, and Christians in the Sudan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. The creation of more Islamically oriented societies, especially the introduction of Islamic laws, has resulted in varying degrees of tension, conflict, violence, and killing in the name of religion. For militant Muslims, Christian minorities are often seen as those who cooperated with colonial powers, benefited from their protection, and were the fruit of Christian missions. The Bahai of Iran and the Ahmadiyya of Pakistan, on the other hand, are regarded as apostates or heretics who rejected and broke away from Islam.” Ibid, p. 192.</p> <p>[12] Ahmed Subhy Mansour, “Islamic Tolerance: a Comparison Between Egypt and America,” website: <a href="http://www.islamicpluralism.org/texts/2005t/islamictolerance.htm">www.islamicpluralism.org/texts/2005t/islamictolerance.htm</a>. Also see his “Outline of twenty five years of persecution in Egypt”, website: <a href="http://free-minds.org/ahmad_mansour/main.htm">http://free-minds.org/ahmad_mansour/main.htm</a>.</p> <p>[13] Khan, M.A. Muqtedar, 2002, op. cit., p. 38.</p> <p>[14] Taken from American writer George Melloan, “Making Muslims Part of the Solution”, the Wall Street Journal, issue of March 29, 2005.</p> <p>[15] Only a handful of people were executed due to breach of law. A few rich men were persuaded to make a contribution to compensate the poorer followers who were deprived of the booty. See G.E. von Grunebaum, Classical Islam: A History 600-1258, (Translation by Katherine Watson), Barnes and Noble Books, 1996, originally published in 1970 by Aldine Publishing Company 1970, op.  cit., p. 44.</p> <p>[16] Incidents of such sectarian strife, violence and killing have been recurrent notably in Pakistan, and more recently and markedly in Iraq.</p> <p>[17] Fadl, Khaled Abou El et. el, The Place of Tolerance in Islam, Beacon Press, Boston, 2002, pp. 21-22.</p> <p>[18] Armstrong, Karen, A History of God, Gramercy Books, New York, 1993, pp. 155-156.</p> <p>[19] One hadith text refers to a killing of a sleeping man in his house by a group of Muslims sent by the Prophet (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, # 264, 265), and another text encourages Muslims to kill youths with foolish thoughts and ideas (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 6, Book 61, # 577; repeated at Vol. 9, Book 84, # 64). There are also texts that are clearly anti-semitic. The Hadith also prescribes that apostates should be punished with killing. Examples of these hadith texts are provided in the section following. All these hadiths are contradictory to what the Quran states.</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">By Abdur Rab (e-mail: <a href="mailto:rab_abdur@yahoo.com">rab_abdur@yahoo.com</a>)</p> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 08:45:57 +0000 admin 156 at https://free-minds.org Warning To Your Loved Ones! https://free-minds.org/warning-your-loved-ones <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Warning To Your Loved Ones!</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-09-08T07:13:37+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/warning.jpg?itok=bPqgrk7_" width="249" height="203" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Peace to all those who follow the guidance.</p> <p>Our brothers and sisters in GOD,</p> <p>A duty has come to warn all those to whom this message reaches of a great injustice we have all committed in the eyes of GOD, that is, setting-up partners to our Lord without knowing we have done so.</p> <p>The enemy of mankind (Satan) has said:</p> <p><em>"He (Satan) said: 'Since You have willed that I go astray, I will stand against them on Your straight path. "I will come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left, and You will find that most of them are unappreciative." (Quran 7:16-17) </em></p> <!--break--><p>The Devil has made a solemn pledge before our Lord that he will make most of us unappreciative of GOD and that he will entice most of us to set-up partners to Him…</p> <p>Satan has managed from the very beginning to entice our fore parents and have them evicted from the Garden. He managed to subdue the people of Noah, Saleh, Hud, Abraham, Moses and Jesus making them reject GOD as their ONLY Lord and Master.</p> <p>And what about us, The Muslims?</p> <p>Were we able to escape from the clutches of Satan?. Or, have we fallen without knowing?</p> <p><em>"Say: Shall I tell you who the worst losers are?. They are the ones whose works in this life are totally astray, but they think that they are doing good." (Quran 18:103-104) </em></p> <p>It is destined that the people who have set-up partners with GOD Almighty are NOT AWARE of what they have done:</p> <p><em>"On the day when we summon them all, we will ask the idol worshipers, 'Where are the idols you set up?'. Their disastrous response will be, 'By GOD our Lord, we never were idol worshipers.' Note how they lied to themselves, and how the idols they had invented have abandoned them." (Quran 6:22-24) </em></p> <p>They will SWEAR by God Almighty that they were not idol worshippers!!!</p> <p>Are we all ready now to also swear? Are we RIGHT?</p> <p>The Book of GOD (The Quran) is the light and the guidance that we, as Muslims, are all clinging to for salvation in this life and the hereafter…</p> <p>WHAT does GOD Almighty have to say about His Book?</p> <p><em>"Shall I seek other than GOD as a judge, when He has revealed to you THIS BOOK FULLY DETAILED? Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt." (Quran 6:114) </em></p> <p><em>"...We have revealed to you THIS BOOK TO PROVIDE EXPLANATIONS FOR EVERYTHING, and guidance, and mercy, and good news for the Submitters." (Quran 16:89) </em></p> <p><em>"The WORD OF YOUR LORD IS COMPLETE, in truth and justice. NOTHING SHALL ABROGATE HIS WORDS. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient." (Quran 6:115) </em></p> <p><em>"In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not a fabricated saying; THIS (Quran) authenticates all previous scriptures, PROVIDES THE DETAILS OF EVERYTHING, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe." (Quran 12:111) </em></p> <p><em>"Say: If the ocean were used for the words of my Lord, THE OCEAN WOULD RUN OUT, BEFORE THE WORDS OF MY LORD RUN OUT, even if we double its supply." (Quran 18:109) </em></p> <p>Did you get the message?</p> <p>The Quran is COMPLETE, DETAILED, HAS NOTHING LEFT OUT, and GOD DOES NOT RUN OUT OF WORDS.</p> <p>Some of us may have now understood the trick that has been played on the Muslim masses by Satan and his counterparts…We DO NOT need any other source besides GOD's Book such as Imams, Hadeeth, Sunnah, Traditions, Ulema and Madhabs to complete GOD's religion. GOD does not accept that partners be associated with Him and that His words are not heeded.</p> <p><em>"These are GOD's verses that we recite to you truthfully. IN WHICH SAYING other than GOD and His verses do they believe?. Woe to every fabricator, guilty. The one who hears GOD's verses recited to him, then insists arrogantly on his way, as if he never heard them. Promise him a painful retribution." (Quran 45:6-8) </em></p> <p>Do not be arrogant when hearing the words of the Lord and do not insist on your own way after the guidance has been shown to you…For it is the Devil who wishes that you deny God's words and follow him and his allies…For such is the trap:</p> <p><em>"Who are more evil than those who are reminded of their Lord's revelations, then disregard them, without realizing what they are doing. Consequently, we place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Quran), and deafness in their ears. Thus, no matter what you do to guide them, they can never ever be guided." (Quran 18:57) </em></p> <p>Whosoever has said that The Quran is not complete when it comes down to our guidance and that we need other sources has committed a crime that GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE:</p> <p><em>"GOD does not forgive that partners be established with Him, but He forgives other than that to whom He wishes" (Quran 4:48) </em></p> <p>Are we not surprised that the only compliant by our beloved Prophet on judgment day will be:</p> <p><em>"The messenger said: My Lord, MY PEOPLE HAVE DESERTED THIS QURAN!" (Quran 25:30) </em></p> <p>We have deserted The Quran by not believing in what it said, we have deserted The Quran by not trusting GOD's eternal words and taking other sources for our guidance…We have given ourselves and our minds over to others to read for us, explain for us, think for us and to be GOD for us.</p> <p>Satan has entered the Muslims through their love for the Prophet Mohammed and their desire to follow his example…Is it not a fact that obeying the Prophet is obeying GOD? Little thought will lead us to understand that The Quran did not come directly from GOD, but rather through the lips of the Prophet Mohammed. Indeed, he who has obeyed the Messenger, has obeyed God.</p> <p>The prophet himself (from his own lips) bears witness that he preached nothing but the Quran!</p> <p><em>"Say, "Which is the greatest testimony?" Say, "GOD is the witness between me and you; and He inspired me THIS QURAN, TO PREACH IT TO YOU AND WHOMEVER IT REACHES. Indeed, you bear witness that there are other gods beside The GOD." Say, "I do not testify as you do; there is only one god, and I am innocent of the partners you set-up." (Quran 6:19)</em></p> <p>Ask yourself the following question:</p> <p><em>"When GOD ALONE is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe in the hereafter shrink with aversion. But when OTHERS are mentioned besides Him, they rejoice" (Quran 39:45)</em></p> <p>Can you stand to mention GOD ALONE?</p> <p>GOD does not forgive that partners be established with Him, but He forgives other than this…Reflect on what has been said and reflect on your very lives for it is your soul at stake. And read the Book of GOD as if you never saw it before, read it with your eyes, ears and mind and REFLECT on every word that is being said to you...Take NOTHING for granted and do not allow anyone to make your decisions…For on the day of days, you will be standing alone and you will have to answer for your own deeds and your own choices.</p> <p>May the Lord our GOD bless and keep us all to His guidance.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center">GOD ALONE</p> <p align="center">SAY NO TO ANYTHING ELSE</p> <p align="center"> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">Written for <a href="http://www.free-minds.org">www.free-minds.org</a></p> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 07:13:37 +0000 admin 152 at https://free-minds.org Useful Hints For Reading The Qur'an https://free-minds.org/useful-hints-reading-quran <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Useful Hints For Reading The Qur&#039;an</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-09-07T22:03:32+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2011 - 06:03</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/quran_0.jpg?itok=BjmmXqhQ" width="300" height="225" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>RULE ONE THE STRAIGHTFORWARD MEANING</strong></p> <p>As presented in the section (Quran, fully detailed Scripture), we will be accountable on the Day of Judgement to abiding by the law of God which is given to us in the ‘law giving’ verses of the Quran. Because of that, and since God is the most Fair Judge, He has given us these verses in very clear and straightforward language. Nevertheless, and as a reader, you may have often come across the situation where you have just read one of these ‘law giving’ Quranic verses only to find that in the interpretation it has been given a completely different meaning by the interpreter! If you should inquire into the reason behind this discrepancy you will be told that the Quran is very difficult to understand on your own, and that these proficient interpreters have spent many years of their lives in mastering the science of Quranic interpretation and thus their interpretation in fact presents what the verse really is supposed to mean! You may also be told that this is the interpretation given by the prophet himself.</p> <!--break--><p>To 99% of all readers these answers will be sufficient and to them this will be the end of the matter, even though they may still harbor an uneasy suspicion deep inside. Sadly, not more than 1% of all readers will seek to find satisfactory answers to the following questions:</p> <p>1- How can God say one thing yet the interpreters tell me that God really meant another? Is God giving us puzzles?</p> <p>2- Is the interpreter more clever than God? How can the interpreter be able to put the correct meaning across while God could not?!!</p> <p>3- How can God say one thing yet the interpreters tell me that the messenger of God said the contrary?!!</p> <p>4- How can God assert that the Quran is clear and easy to understand (as per the following verses), and then the interpreters tell us that it is quite ambigious?</p> <p><em>“A.L.R. these are the signs of the clear book” 12:1</em></p> <p><em>“We have made it (the Quran) easy to understand and in your own tongue (language) may you take heed.” 44:58</em></p> <p>Only the genuine searchers, who choose to believe God’s words rather than the words of any interpreter will accept the straightforward and often literal meaning of the Quranic verse. Because of his/her absolute trust and respect for God’s words, God in return has rendered the Quran easy for them to understand. As for the others who choose to believe other than God, God has placed shields over their eyes and hearts that stops them from understanding the Quran, they are not permitted access to the Quran even though they may be professors of the Arabic language and may have spent all their lives studying the Quran!</p> <p><em>“Who is more sinful than those who are reminded of their Lord’s revelations, then disregard them, without realizing what they are doing. Consequently, We place shields on their hearts to prevent them from understanding it (the Quran), and deafness in their ears. Thus, no matter what you do to guide them, they can never be guided.” 18:57</em></p> <p>With regards to the ‘Law giving’ type of verses, only the straightforward meaning of these verses should be accepted. We should accept without any reservation that God is the most competent and able to express any truth. he is not in need of the interpreter who will make the meaning more clear. God is the Omnipotent. His ability is unrestricted; He is sovereign over all things.</p> <p><em>“To Him belongs the kingship of the heavens and the earth. He controls life and death. He is the Omnipotent.” 57:2</em></p> <p>It is quite insulting to God to assume that the words of the Quran that ascertain His Law could mean anything but their literal meaning, for God is not in the process of providing us with puzzles. Truly, God is perfectly able of expressing any message. God’s words are chosen with optimum precision so as to best convey the meaning. If the meaning of such verses could be made more precise with the insertion of one word here or there by the interpreter, that could only be taken to mean that God’s phrasing is imperfect ! Needless to say, this is both erroneous and greatly insulting to God almighty. To interpret any ‘Law giving’ Quranic verse by adding or subtracting even one word to it is to commit a gross sin. We must quickly check such attempts and guard against them for they are undoubtedly the work of the devil.</p> <p>The genuine believers, and upon discovering that they have not been following the literal meaning of the Quran, will always, and without any hesitation, change their our own ways rather than manipulate the meaning of the Quranic text.</p> <p>We should be specially alert of Satan’s numerous tricks of deception. On this particular subject, he will fabricate the words of the prophet inevitably to lead us into believing that the prophet interpreted the Quranic verse in a manner that is contrary to the literal meaning of the verse, see (see 6:112).</p> <p>Needless to say, it is wiser and more respectful to God that we should follow the literal meaning of the Quran. For that matter, it is also justified to believe that the prophet would never preach anything that contradicts the Quran. The great significance of this issue will be discussed later.</p> <p><strong>RULE TWO RELATED VERSES</strong></p> <p>When studying any subject in the Quran we must thoroughly look into all the verses that deal with that specific subject. To deduce any conclusion or rule from one verse in isolation could often be misleading.</p> <p>The Quran is unlike any other book in many ways. It is neither an academic book nor is it a book of poetry. Nevertheless, it contains a wealth of knowledge delivered with commanding poetic style. While as any academic book, when dealing with a specific subject, would normally adopt the accustomed pattern comprising an introduction, a presentation and a conclusion, the Quran differs in as much as it does away with all traditional structures.</p> <p>In any book other than the Quran one would expect to find each chapter dealing with one major topic. This is not always the case with the Quran, for although many of the shorter Sura’s deal with one particular topic or incident, it is not uncommon to find other Sura’s that cover most of the main subjects of the Quran (e.g. Sura 2). Therefore, we often find the same Quranic subject addressed in more than one chapter. Moreover, often within the same chapter we often find the topic categorically changed from one verse to the other without any due preparation. Perhaps this is because the Quran is primarily a book of Divine Truth and not views. Divine Truth, unlike human views is not in need of elaborate presentation nor skillful justification. Thus a single verse is Divine Truth and is well capable of revealing an independent truth, wherever it is placed inside the book. Each independent truth forms part of the overall picture that emerges when studying a particular Quranic subject. Contrary to what the corrupters insinuate, no Quranic verse will violate or invalidate another, yet at the same time, no Quranic concept may be deduced from one verse in isolation.</p> <p><strong>RULE THREE UNIVERSAL ADDRESS</strong></p> <p>The Quran, being the final revelation from God, is addressed to all mankind and for all times. Unless the Quranic verse under study specifically stipulates that it is confined to a particular people or era, it addresses all people at all times. Furthermore, all the verses that start with 'say', and unless they contain reason to believe that they are addressed to a specific person or messenger, do address all people at all times (e.g. the last 3 Sura's in the Quran).</p> <p>This rule has been violated and greatly abused by many interpreters in order to manipulate the meaning of God’s words. Many cases of this manipulation will be given later, for now this simple example should help illustrate the point:</p> <p>Suppose we are given the following information about a particular school:</p> <p>‘Half of the students in the school are male.’</p> <p>If we wish to corrupt this simple statistic we could imply that half the students who are over twelve years old are male. Or we can state that only between certain years, say 1986 till 1988, half the students were male. Obviously both of these imposed restrictions on the original statistic are corruptions. The original text contained no restrictions on the age of the students nor as with regards to a specific time. To read this statistic correctly we must maintain that half the students, at all times and of all ages are male. Similarly we must maintain the same precision with the Quran. Perhaps a classic example of this type of corruption is related to the following verse:</p> <p><em>“When GOD ALONE is mentioned the hearts of those who do not believe in the Hereafter shrink with aversion, but when others are mentioned beside Him, they are satisfied.” 39:45 </em></p> <p>The corrupt interpreters when interpreting this verse inserted the words (other gods) to their interpretation so as to mean , ‘but when (other gods) are mentioned beside Him.....’</p> <p>This is a blatant manipulation because the word used in the Quranic text is “Doonihee” which means ‘other than He’. However, to restrict the meaning to ‘other gods’ is indeed a corruption of the verse. When the verse says ‘other than He’, this could mean other gods, but could equally mean angels, prophets, saints, people......etc. Surely if God wanted the meaning to be restricted to 'other gods' He would have said, ‘but when other gods are mentioned …….’ God is not short of words!</p> <p>The great importance of this particular verse will be dealt with later.</p> <p>Rule three also means that God’s Law in the Quran is for all people and for all times, and that unless specifically stated otherwise, it is decreed for all. The same religion that was decreed to Noah and Abraham was decreed to Moses and Jesus, and is indeed that decreed to Muhammad and to us today. This is confirmed in the verse:</p> <p><em>“He decreed for you the same religion decreed for Noah, and what was inspired to you, and what We decreed for Abraham, Moses and Jesus, you shall uphold this one religion, and do not divide it....” 42:13</em></p> <p>When certain verses speak to/of a specific people or time, God makes this restriction very clear to us within the verse. An example of that can be found in the verses that detail some of the prohibitions that were imposed on the Jews as a punishment for their transgression :</p> <p><em>“Due to their transgressions, We have prohibited for the Jews good foods that were previously made lawful to them also for consistently repelling from the path of God.” 4:160</em></p> <p>Consequently, to claim that a certain verse only addresses a certain people or a certain period of time without the existence of clear evidence in the verse to indicate such a restriction is to deliberately twist and corrupt God’s words and is indeed a gross sin.</p> <p><strong>RULE FOUR TRUE SIGNIFICANCE OF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND</strong></p> <p>A special word has to be mentioned here about what is commonly referred to as ‘Asbaab Al Nozool’ which means the reasons and purpose behind the revelation of certain verses.</p> <p>Many of the Quranic verses are connected to particular incidents that took place at the time of the revelation of the Quran. The following verses are examples:</p> <p><em>1- “Recall that you said to the one who was blessed by God, and blessed by you, ‘Keep your wife and reverence God’, and you hid inside yourself what God wished to proclaim. Thus you feared the people when you where supposed to fear only God. When Zeid was through with his wife, We wed her to you in order to establish an example that it is not prohibited for a man to marry the divorced wife of his adopted son if he desires. God’s command shall prevail.” 33:37</em></p> <p><em>2- “O prophet, why do you prohibit what God has made lawful for you, in order to please your wives? God is Forgiver, Merciful.” 66:1</em></p> <p>It has been said in connection to the first of these two verses, that the historical background goes that Zeid and Zeinab’s marriage was blessed by the prophet. Since Zeid was a freed slave and Zeinab was among the upper class of Mecca, their marriage was a symbol of the brotherhood of Islam. However, their marriage was not a happy one. Zeinab looked down on Zeid because of his background. Zeid wished to divorce Zeinab and asked for the prophet’s approval. The prophet, having blessed the marriage for what it stood for, feared that a divorce would incur the ridicule of the people, and thus advised Zeid against the divorce. The prophet feared the people when he should have feared God alone.</p> <p>The historical background of the second verse goes that the prophet went to visit one of his wives, Hafza, and remained with her for a while and she offered him some honey. When he returned to his other wives, Aisha and Sawda, they were jealous and accused him of spending more time with her than with them. They said that they too had honey to offer him. They caused him great distress that he said that he will never ever taste honey again (prohibited on himself).</p> <p>The proper relevance of the historical background connected to these two verses is to shed light on the particular incidents spoken of in the verses. The historical background of any Quranic verse should never alter or invalidate the law inherent in the verse. These two verses proclaim the following laws:</p> <p>Verse One (33:37)</p> <p>1- All believers should never fear anyone but God alone.</p> <p>2- It is not prohibited for a man to marry the divorced wife of his adopted son.</p> <p>Verse Two (66:1)</p> <p>1- The prophet, or indeed any human being, may not prohibit anything that God has made lawful.</p> <p>To interpret the significance of the historical background of these two verses in a corrupt way is to claim for example:</p> <p>1- That verse 1 of Sura 66 applies only to honey and that the prophet is allowed to prohibit other matters !</p> <p>2- That the prohibition to marry the divorced wife of an adopted son only applied to the time of the prophet and not to all times !Perhaps God, being aware of the pettiness of people, has deliberately avoided any mention of the article which the prophet had prohibited on himself as in 66:1, so as to indicate to the true believers that the nature of the article in itself is of no significance. It could have been honey, milk or peanuts ! What matters is that the prophet may not prohibit anything made lawful by God. This is well in line with the verse: “The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message.” 24:54</p> <p>Or in other words to deliver God’s law and nothing else. This is the sole duty of any messenger and not just the prophet Muhammad:</p> <p><em>“ .......for is it not the sole duty of all messengers to deliver the message?” 16:35 </em></p> <p>The Quran states that no prophet brings a law of his own. The only law and Sunna is that of God:</p> <p><em>“You will find no substitute to God’s Sunna .” 33:62</em></p> <p>The proper use therefore of the historical background, or as is known as ‘Asbaab Al Nozool”, is to better understand the circumstances that surrounded the revelation of the verse. It is a blatant corruption to use “Asbaab Al Nozool” to impose restrictions of any kind on the law contained in such verses. Furthermore it is a total misunderstanding to imply that any isolated incident related to a particular moment in time (e.g. the divorce of Zeid and Zeinab) could have been the reason for legislation from God. It is more realistic to maintain that God’s Law is set well before the occurrence of any historical incident and that God ordained such historical incidents to occur, and merit a mention in the Quran, so as to set an example. With this in mind, the term ‘Asbaab Al Nozool’ (Reason for revelation) becomes erroneous and that is because the term implies that before such incidents occurred these laws were not necessary ! A Quranic verse, containing God’s Divine Law, is never revealed to accommodate a historical incident, instead God ordains historical incidents to happen so as to stand as examples in affirming God’s Law. Using verse 1 of Sura 66 as an example we should not assume that God revealed this verse as a result of the prophet prohibiting that which was made lawful, instead it is wiser to conclude that God decreed that such incident should occur so that believers reading the Quran hundreds of years later would be assured that the only Law Giver is God. Prohibition belongs to God alone. The importance of this matter is further emphasized by the fact that the Sura itself is named ‘Prohibition”.</p> <p><strong>RULE FIVE WHAT DOES THE PHRASE "THE QURAN CONTAINS EVERYTHING" REALLY MEAN?</strong></p> <p>Believe it or not, some skeptics are asking questions like:</p> <p>"If the Quran contains everything as you say, then why can't I find in it the recipe for cooking a curry?"</p> <p>The answer to this question is quite straightforward. The reason why the Quran does not contain information about how to cook a curry or how to drive our cars … etc, is given in the Quran. The function of the Quran is defined very clearly. The purpose of the Quran, or any scripture, is to provide us with the means for salvation. And therefore, since the way we cook a curry or the way we drive our cars does not affect our fate on judgement day, then their details are not included in the scripture. Note that we are told by God’s messenger that the Quran is all we need FOR SALVATION.....</p> <p>The Quran, like any other Scripture is a manual of how to get to heaven and how to correct our initial mistake ... the Quran contains all the details we need for this specific purpose ....</p> <p>To understand the meaning of 6:38 (the Quran contains everything) we must read a number of other verses as well</p> <p>First:</p> <p>We are told in 2:38 that God's offer to redeem mankind involved sending us ‘Hoda’ (guidance) , and that the ones who will accept this guidance, which in verse 2:39 is connected to ‘Ayat Allah’ (God’s revelations) will be redeemed while those who reject it will end up in hell ......</p> <p>Second:</p> <p>We are told that God sent us the ‘Hoda’ (guidance) through the Quran (27:2 , 31:3). We are also told that the guidance was given to the previous people in the previous Scripture (3:4) ......</p> <p>Third:</p> <p>After God has given us the exact duty of the Quran (and all the other scripture) , that being to give us the means for salvation, God tells us that the Quran contains everything ....... it is only logical to understand the completeness of the Quran in relationship to its function, which is to give us the guidance and means for salvation.</p> <p>_______________________</p> <p>Let us compare with the following situation:</p> <p>If you are studying in school for a physics exam, and your teacher gives you a book and tells you it contains everything you need to pass the exam ..... you cannot one day tell him I did not find in the book how to cook a pizza !!!</p> <p>The teacher never claimed that the book contains how to cook a pizza, he only said it contains everything to pass the exam .......</p> <p>Moreover, you cannot go and borrow a book from the class of the year before you and follow it, since the questions you will get in your exam will be based on the book the teacher gave you and not the book given to them ........ you have your MINHAJ (rules) and they have theirs (see minhaj in 5:48) .......</p> <p>Similarly, since God defined for us the function of the Quran (or any Scripture) as being the complete rules to attain salvation (2:38-39) (and to pass the test) then we must understand the completeness of the Quran according to the function ascribed to it and not in an absolute sense.</p> <p>Once again, what all this confirms is the fact that to attain salvation and redeem our souls in God's heaven (In Sha Allah) we only need the (menhaj) (rules and laws) that are set for us , and NOT the menhaj that was given to those before us ........ in 5:48, we are told that our menhaj is the Quran and not the rituals or Scripture given to Abraham or the others.</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">By A. Muhammed (e-mail: <a href="mailto:A361M@aol.com">A361M@aol.com</a>)</p> </div> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:03:32 +0000 admin 150 at https://free-minds.org Intercession https://free-minds.org/intercession <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Intercession</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-09-01T09:09:35+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/01/2011 - 17:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/intercession.jpg?itok=Kefr6Cpg" width="163" height="159" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I seek refuge in God from Satan the rejected / In the name of God, Most Gracious Most Merciful</p> <p><em>And preach with this (Quran) to those who reverence the summoning before their Lord - they have none beside Him as a Lord and Master, nor an intercessor - that they may attain salvation. [6:51]</em></p> <hr size="1" style="width: 154px; height: 1px" /><p><em>[39:43-44] Have they invented intercessors to mediate between them and GOD? Say, "What if they do not possess any power, nor understanding?" Say, "All INTERCESSION belongs to GOD." To Him belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you will be returned.</em></p> <p>Intercession is one of Satan's most effective trick to entice people into idol worship . To believe that someone possesses a partnership with God in anything is setting up a god besides Him . And this is what the myth of intercession is about . To believe that God will share his authority of intercession with powerless beings (like Muhammed, Jesus , Saints ) . The Quran has repeatedly declared that all intercession belongs to God but “the human being is the most argumentative creature.”</p> <p><em>[39:44] Say, "All intercession belongs to GOD." To Him belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you will be returned.</em></p> <p><em>[6:70] You shall disregard those who take their religion in vain, as if it is a social function, and are totally absorbed in this worldly life. Remind with this (Quran), lest a soul may suffer the consequences of its evil earnings. It has none beside GOD as a Lord and Master, nor an INTERCESSOR. If it could offer any kind of ransom, it would not be accepted. They suffer the consequences of the evil works they earn; they have incurred hellish drinks, and a painful retribution because of their disbelief.</em></p> <p><strong>WILL THERE BE INTERCESSION? WILL IT BE USEFUL?</strong></p> <p>Kind of . The Quran tells us that on the Day of Judgement ,for example ,if a father would request God to forgive his son then God would forgive him only if the intercession coincides with His will .i.e. God will only forgive him if he is really deserves His forgiveness and not only because his father requested so . Thus “intercession” will take place on the Day of Judgement ,but it will be utterly useless.</p> <p><em>[34:23] INTERCESSION with Him will be in vain, unless it coincides with His will…</em></p> <p><em>[74:48] The INTERCESSION of the INTERCESSORS will never help them.</em></p> <p><em>[20:109] On that day, INTERCESSION will be useless, except for those permitted by the Most Gracious, and whose utterances conform to His will.</em></p> <p><em>[2:255] GOD: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could INTERCEDE with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great</em>.</p> <p><strong>BELIEF IN INTERCESSION IS IDOL WORSHIP !!!</strong></p> <p><em>[10:18] THEY WORSHIP BESIDE GOD IDOLS that possess no power to harm them or benefit them, and they say, "THESE ARE OUR INTERCESSORS AT GOD!" Say, "Are you informing GOD of something He does not know in the heavens or the earth?" Be He glorified. He is the Most High; far above needing partners.</em></p> <p>Did God require Muhammed’s advice when he created the heavens and the earth ? Did Muhammed have any share in your creation ? Did Muhammed had any share in deciding your Destiny ? Did God require Muhammed as a partner to to shape your life in this world ? The answer is NO .Why then would God require Muhammed as a partner ,as a god besides the only God , to decide your life in the Hereafter ?!!</p> <p><em>[32:4] GOD is the One who created the heavens and the earth, and everything between them in six days, then assumed all authority. You have none beside Him as Lord, nor do you have an INTERCESSOR. Would you not take heed?</em></p> <p><em>[34:22] Say, "Implore the idols you have set up beside GOD. They do not possess as much as a single atom in the heavens, or the earth. They possess no partnership therein, nor does He permit them to be His assistants."</em></p> <p><em>[10:18] …He is the Most High; far above needing partners</em>.</p> <p>Are God AND Muhammed the masters of the Day of Judgement OR is God alone the Master ?</p> <p><em>[1:3-4] Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment</em>.</p> <p><strong>MESSENGERS COULD NOT INTERCEDE</strong></p> <p>Muhammedans claim that Muhammed will intercede for them on the DOJ . Christians claim Jesus will save them . But the Quran tells us that no one, including the prophets and messengers, ever had any power to intercede ,nor will they have on the DOJ . Do you think God will give them the power of intercession and say “choose your favourites”?</p> <p><em>[4:123] It is not in accordance with your wishes, or the wishes of the people of the scripture: anyone who commits evil pays for it, and will have no helper or supporter against GOD.</em></p> <p>You think the messengers will help you ? But who will help the messengers ? Quran tells us that the messengers have to much to worry about themselves :</p> <p><em>[21:28] He knows their future and their past. They (messengers) do not INTERCEDE, except for those already accepted by Him, and they are worried about their own necks.</em></p> <p><em>[17:57] Even the idols that they implore are seeking the ways and means towards their Lord. They pray for His mercy, and fear His retribution. Surely, the retribution of your Lord is dreadful.</em></p> <p><em>[39:43-44] Have they invented INTERCESSORS to mediate between them and GOD? Say, "What if they do not possess any power, nor understanding?" Say, "All INTERCESSION belongs to GOD." To Him belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you will be returned.</em></p> <p>The Quran tells us that messengers had implored God to save their relatives and loved ones , but God would not guide the wicked , nor would he let them roam the Paradise just because the messengers ,His slaves, requested so . They get what they deserve .</p> <p><strong>NOAH COULD NOT SAVE HIS SON:</strong></p> <p><em>[11:45-46] Noah implored his Lord: "My Lord, my son is a member of my family, and Your promise is the truth. You are the wisest of the wise." He(God) said, "O Noah, he is not of your family. It is unrighteous to ask Me for something you do not know. I enlighten you, lest you be like the ignorant."</em></p> <p><em>[11:47] He said, "My Lord, I seek refuge in You, lest I implore You again for something I do not know. Unless You forgive me, and have mercy on me, I will be with the losers."</em></p> <p>Abraham could not help his father. Abraham implored God to forgive his father :</p> <p>[19:47] He (Abraham) said, "Peace be upon you (father). I will implore my Lord to forgive you; He has been Most Kind to me.</p> <p>But when he was told that his father is an enemy of God and will not be forgiven ,he disowned him .</p> <p><em>[9:114] The only reason Abraham asked forgiveness for his father was that he had promised him to do so. But as soon as he realized that he was an enemy of GOD, he disowned him. Abraham was extremely kind, clement.</em></p> <p>Christians claim that Jesus will save them . But on the DOJ ,instead of requesting God to forgive them ,he leaves the judgement, to God ,where it belongs .</p> <p><em>[5:118] "If You punish them, they are Your constituents. If You forgive them, You are the Almighty, Most Wise."</em></p> <p><strong>MUHAMMED COULD NOT INTERCEDE ON BEHALF OF HIS RELATIVES !!!</strong></p> <p>Muhammed could not help his uncle Abu Lahab . He was old that his uncle and aunty are destined for Hell .</p> <p><em>[111:1-5] Condemned are the works of Abee Lahab, and he is condemned. His money and whatever he has accomplished will never help him. He has incurred the blazing Hell. Also his wife, who led the persecution. She will be (resurrected) with a rope of thorns around her neck</em>.</p> <p><strong>MUHAMMED COULD NOT GUARANTEE ANYONE'S  SALVATION</strong></p> <p><em>[80:5-7] As for the rich man. You gave him your attention. Even though YOU COULD NOT GUARANTEE HIS SALVATION.</em></p> <p><strong>WILL MUHAMMED INTERCEDE OR COMPLAIN ?</strong></p> <p>On the DOJ instead of requesting God to forgive his people , Muhammed will complain that his people have deserted the Quran (and not Hadith) .</p> <p><em>[25:30] The messenger said, "My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran."</em></p> <p>You thought Muhammed would protest at God’s judgement to help you ?!</p> <p><strong>EVEN THE ANGELS DO NOT POSSESS AUTHORITY TO INTERCEDE</strong></p> <p>Forget Muhammed’s intercession . God has clearly stated in verse 53:26 that even the angels do not possess any power to intercede !!! You believe in God ??</p> <p><em>[53:26] Not even the angels in heaven possess authority to INTERCEDE. The only ones permitted by GOD are those who act in accordance with His will and His approval</em>.</p> <p><strong>CONCLUSION : NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU AGAINST GOD</strong></p> <p><em>[36:23] "Shall I set up beside Him gods? If the Most Gracious willed any harm for me, their INTERCESSION cannot help me one bit, nor can they rescue me.</em></p> <p><em>[17:56] Say, "Implore whatever idols you have set up beside Him." They have no power to relieve your afflictions, nor can they prevent them.</em></p> <p><em>[2:254] O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the provisions we have given to you, before a day comes where there is no trade, no nepotism, and no INTERCESSION. The disbelievers are the unjust.</em></p> <p>If God willed any harm for you ,no intercession can help you against Him . Muhammed, Jesus ,prophets , saints ,angels ,all are powerless against God’s will and all of them submit to God ,willingly or unwillingly . And as the above verse tells us , believing in intercessors besides God is setting up gods besides Him . But only on the DOJ will the idol worshippers realize that …</p> <p><em>[7:53] …"The messengers of our Lord have brought the truth. Are there any INTERCESSORS to INTERCEDE on our behalf? Would you send us back, so that we change our behavior, and do better works than what we did?"</em></p> <p>Too late. As the verse continues …</p> <p>…They have lost their souls, and THEIR OWN INNOVATIONS HAVE CAUSED THEIR DOOM.</p> <p><em>[6:94] "You have come back to us as individuals, just as we created you the first time, and you have left behind what we provided for you. We do not see with you the INTERCESSORS that you idolized and claimed that they will help you. All ties among you have been severed; the idols you set up have abandoned you."</em></p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">By Fahad (<a href="mailto:fahadkhan12@gmail.com">fahadkhan12@gmail.com</a>)</p> </div> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 09:09:35 +0000 admin 138 at https://free-minds.org Submitters (Muslims) Vs. Believers (Mumins) https://free-minds.org/mumins <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Submitters (Muslims) Vs. Believers (Mumins)</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-08-31T14:18:34+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/31/2011 - 22:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/submit.jpg?itok=NBegv5rk" width="294" height="171" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Are you a Muslim (Submitter) or a Mu'min (Believer)?</p> <p>The above question may seem 'irrelevant' for most people who follow the Quran, but by the end of this article (God Willing) you will realize just how important it is to know what is required of you by the Almighty.</p> <p>The terms 'Muslim' &amp; 'Mumin' are used interchangeably by Islamic societies and almost everyone who is a 'Muslim' is also regarded as a 'Mumin' by their standards.</p> <!--break--><p>The following are the 'traditional' definitions which regulate a 'Muslim' and 'Mumin':</p> <p><strong>Muslims according to 'tradition': </strong></p> <p>A 'Muslim' according to such 'tradition' is anyone who accepts the 5-pillars:</p> <ul><li> Declaration of Faith 'Shahaada';</li> <li> Salaat 'Prayer' 5-times a day;</li> <li> Fasting month of Ramadhan;</li> <li> Giving obligatory Charity 'Zakat';</li> <li> Performing Hajj to Mecca.</li> </ul><p>If you are doing the above items, then according to tradition you are within the fold of 'Islam' and are treated as part of the great large 'family' of over 1 billion people.</p> <p><strong>Mumins according to 'tradition': </strong></p> <p>The definition given by the same scholars of a Mumin is as follows:</p> <ul><li> Believe in God;</li> <li> Believe in His Angels;</li> <li> Believe in His Books;</li> <li> Believe in His Messenger;</li> <li> Believe in J-day;</li> <li> Believe in Destiny 'Qadr' its good and its bad.</li> </ul><p>If you note that part of the definition of 'Muslim' was to accept Mohammed as God's messenger…If you have done so, then you have also accepted the Quran which talks about God, the Angels, the prophets, and J-day being a reality!.</p> <p>Thus, if you follow the 5-pillars of Islam, then you would also have to accept the 6-pillars of Iman, which makes such a person a Muslim &amp; a Mumin at the same time.</p> <p>This all seems very EASY so far…</p> <p>Let us move now from 'tradition' and examine what God says in His Book:</p> <p><strong>Are Muslims &amp; Mumins one in the same?</strong></p> <p>According to the Book of God, there is a drastic difference between one who is a 'Submitter' and one who is a 'Believer':</p> <p><em>"The Nomads said: ‘We believe. (Aman’a)’ Say: “You have not believed; but you should say: ‘We have submitted (Aslamna)’, for belief has not yet entered into your hearts.” If you obey God and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. God is Forgiver, Merciful." (49:14) </em></p> <p>Here we read that the people who professed to “believe” have been admonished by God for saying what CANNOT be true! They are trying to run before they have learnt to even stand…they could not be 'Believers' even if they wanted to, but they could be 'Muslims' if they desired the path of God.</p> <p><em>“We then vacated from it all the believers. But We only found in it one house of those who had submitted.” (51:35-36)</em></p> <p>Again, we find an example where Submitters and Believers are not one in the same. The angels sent to Lot were looking to evacuate any believers, but ended up evacuating the only house they could find – of Submitters.</p> <p><strong>Who Are the Muslims? </strong></p> <p>Since God has clearly shown us in (49:14) that the Submitters &amp; Believers are not one in the same, we must explore the next logical question: 'Who are the Muslims'?</p> <p><em>"Who can utter better words than one who 1) invites to God, 2) works righteousness, and says, 3) "I am one of the Submitters"?" (41:33) </em></p> <p><em>"…My Lord, 1) direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and 2) to do the good works that please You. Let my children be righteous as well. 3) I have repented to You; 4) I am a Submitter." (46:15) </em></p> <p><em>"Say: 'I have been given divine inspiration that your god is One god. Will you then Submit?" (21:108)</em></p> <p>That seems simple enough!</p> <p>We are simply to acknowledge the One God, appreciate Him, and work *good to be a Submitter/Muslim…</p> <p>* It must be noted that 'idolatry/shirk' nullifies any good work and ends with a person in hell (5:72)</p> <p><strong> One God?</strong></p> <p>If the Submitter/Muslim only needs to "accept One God", then how can he/she know about these things/concepts if he/she does not accept God's messengers or God's Book?</p> <p><em>"Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: "Am I not your Lord?" They all said, "Yes. We bear witness." Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection,"We were not aware of this. Nor can you say, "It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?" (7:172-173) </em></p> <p>The issue of believing in 'God Alone' transgresses beyond any Books or any messengers…it is an inherent component (Nature/Fitra) of man's very own existence...a part of his 'self'.</p> <p>God is ONE…This is a fact that all mankind has testified to since the beginning of our creation.</p> <p><em>"Therefore, you shall devote yourself to the religion of monotheism. Such is the natural instinct placed into the people by God. Such creation of God will never change. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know." (30:30) </em></p> <p>To be a Submitter/Muslim is simply to hold to this 'natural' article of fact and not be swindled into following 'others' who have promoted idolatry and to associating partners with the Almighty…There is no need for a 'Book' or anything to testify to this fact (note how NO people can claim they did not know this fact on J-day - that includes those who received the Quran and those who were on a desert island).</p> <p><strong>Doing Good Works?</strong></p> <p>If the acknowledging One God is ingrained into the human being…What about the other element of a Submitter 'Doing Good Works?'</p> <p>When a person has chosen the stay on the path of God Alone, then the following elements will determine what he/she considers to be right &amp; wrong (most people on Earth know this without the need for any scripture...i.e. it is INHERENT):</p> <p><em>Say, "Come let me tell you what your Lord has really prohibited for you: </em></p> <p><em>You shall not set up idols besides Him. </em></p> <p><em>You shall honor your parents. </em></p> <p><em>You shall not kill your unborn children from fear of poverty-We provide for you and for them. </em></p> <p><em>You shall not commit gross sins, publicly or privately. </em></p> <p><em>You shall not kill - God has made life sacred - except in the course of justice. These are His commandments to you, that you may understand. </em></p> <p><em>You shall not touch the orphans' money except in the most righteous manner, until they reach maturity. </em></p> <p><em>You shall give full weight and full measure when you trade, equitably. We do not burden any soul beyond its means. </em></p> <p><em>You shall be absolutely just when you bear witness, even against your relatives. </em></p> <p><em>You shall fulfill your oaths to GOD. These are His commandments to you, that you may take heed. (6:151-152) </em></p> <p>How is it that nearly all of mankind can agree on these things being important (i.e. no one disagrees that killing is bad!), while they all do not agree on Worship or Messengers or Fasting or Pilgrimage?</p> <p>Is this not evidence that the knowledge of 'good' &amp; 'evil' has been instilled in the very nature of mankind and that a person who has 'Submitted' will know the truth of what needs to be done simply by referring to himself/herself?</p> <p><strong>Submitter/Muslim: </strong></p> <p>It must be mentioned at this stage that MANY of the elements that are 'traditionally' defined as being a requirement for 'Submission/Islam' are not in-fact the case!</p> <p>The Submitter is not required to perform any obligatory Worship/Salat, nor give his annual Charity, nor fast for 1-month, nor perform any pilgrimage!</p> <p>The Submitter is not required to accept the Quran, or any of the previous Books, or any of the messengers…He simply: a) accepts One God, and b) does good works.</p> <p>This has been the way taught since the days of Abraham, the great example to mankind:</p> <p><em>"Who is better in his religion than one who a) submits himself to God, b) while he does good, according to the creed of Abraham: monotheism? God has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend." (4:125) </em></p> <p>As alarming as this news may come to the 'traditionalists', it is the absolute truth according to God's own words to mankind.</p> <p>We should not be looking to the 'Sunnis' or 'Shia' or even 'Quran' followers to find the Submitters/Muslims…We should be looking to any person who has taken the path of 'Monotheism' and has devoted himself/herself to God Alone and to doing good works.</p> <p><strong>Who Are the “Believers”? </strong></p> <p>This is perhaps the issue that has been causing the most confusion…</p> <p>The lack of clear 'understanding' as to what or who the Believers are has made many unable to distinguish between the two, and has created confusion by attributing traits of Believers to those of Submitters!</p> <p>1. They have faith in God &amp; His Messenger:</p> <p><em>"Mu'mens (believers) are those who: have faith in God and His messenger…" (49:15) </em></p> <p>This is much more than simply acknowledging One God, this is about establishing belief and faith in the heart and accepting God's messenger by taking on the responsibility of accepting the Book.</p> <p>2. They attain the status of having no doubt:</p> <p><em>"…and attain the status of having no doubt whatsoever…" (49:15) </em></p> <p>3. They Strive with their money and lives:</p> <p><em>"…and Strive with their money and their lives in the cause of God. These are the truthful ones." (49:15) </em></p> <p>They are ones who put their money where their mouth is and strive towards God with their money and lives.</p> <p>4. Their Hearts tremble when God is mentioned:</p> <p><em>"The true faithful are those whose hearts tremble when GOD is mentioned…" (8:2) </em></p> <p>5. Their faith is strengthened by hearing God's revelations:</p> <p><em>"…and when His revelations are recited to them, their faith is strengthened…" (8:2) </em></p> <p>6. They trust in their Lord:</p> <p><em>"…and they trust in their Lord." (8:2) </em></p> <p>7. They observe the Obligatory Worship/Salaat:</p> <p><em>"They uphold the Worship (Salat)…" (8:3) </em></p> <p>Due to the journey that these people have undertaken, more spiritual linking with God is required through the method of establishing the 'Salaat' and constantly reciting the words and commands of the Lord.</p> <p>8. They give to charity:</p> <p><em>"…and from our provisions to them, they give to charity." (8:3) </em></p> <p>They are also givers to charity in order to attain the 'purification/Zakat' that can cleanse the soul and perfect the journey towards God.</p> <p>Result:</p> <p><em>"Such are TRULY THE BELIEVERS. They attain high ranks at their Lord, as well as forgiveness and a generous provision." (8:4) </em></p> <p>As we can read, these people are of a totally different class and have incorporated many 'new' elements beyond those that we started by the Submitter/Muslim.</p> <p><strong>Why would a person want to be a 'Believer'?</strong></p> <p>Since it is enough to simply believe in God and to do good works…why would a person involve himself with the messengers and the scripture which bring a myriad of laws and commands?</p> <p><em>"And if it is recited to them, they say: “We believe in it. It is the truth from our Lord. Indeed, we had Submitted before it.” (28:53) </em></p> <p>When such people decide to take the next advanced step and uphold the traits of the 'Faithful' in the Book, they attain TWICE the reward:</p> <p><em>"To these we grant twice the reward, because they steadfastly persevere. They counter evil works with good works, and from our provisions to them, they give." (28:54) </em></p> <p>One reward for being a 'Submitter', and one reward for being a 'Believer'.</p> <p>It is simply a matter of 'greed'!</p> <p>As we know that heaven is separated into levels depending on how far each person went towards God in this life…it only makes sense that God would give us the knowledge to know how we can attain a higher rank, and how we may even be amongst the prophets &amp; the martyrs!</p> <p><strong>The Believers = The Righteous. </strong></p> <p>Since the 'Believers' have decided to go beyond simply believing in God and have now accepted His messengers (49:15)…then they become regulated by new requirements making them 'righteous'.</p> <p><em>"This scripture is infallible; a beacon for the righteous (Mutaqeen); </em></p> <p><em>who believe in the unseen, </em></p> <p><em>uphold the Worship (Salat), </em></p> <p><em>and from our provisions to them, they give to charity. </em></p> <p><em>And they believe in what was revealed to you, </em></p> <p><em>and in what was revealed before you, </em></p> <p><em>and with regard to the Hereafter, they are absolutely certain. </em></p> <p><em>These are guided by their Lord; these are the winners." (2:2-5) </em></p> <p>These people now have accelerated beyond the basic a) One God, and b) doing good…They now have faith and have thus entered into a new field altogether:</p> <p><em>"Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who </em></p> <p><em>have faith in GOD, </em></p> <p><em>and the Last Day, </em></p> <p><em>and the angels, </em></p> <p><em>and the scripture, </em></p> <p><em>and the prophets; </em></p> <p><em>and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, </em></p> <p><em>and to free the slaves; </em></p> <p><em>and they uphold the Worship (Salat) </em></p> <p><em>and give the Purification (Zakat); </em></p> <p><em>and they keep their word whenever they make a promise; </em></p> <p><em>and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. </em></p> <p><em>These are the truthful; these are the righteous (Mutaqeen)." (2:177) </em></p> <p>The commands regulating the 'Righteous' go far beyond simply 'doing good', and enter into upholding all the commands of God.</p> <p>The righteous also require new elements to help them achieve their journey such as:</p> <ul><li> Establishing a regular reading of the Book during Worship (Salaat) - 4:103;</li> <li> Giving from their money to purify themselves (Zakat) - 2:177;</li> <li> Fasting for periods of time to establish patience (Siyam) - 2:183.</li> </ul><p><strong>Conclusion: </strong></p> <p>The followers of the Book revealed through the messengers are no longer 'Submitter/Muslimeen', but they have advanced to become 'Believers/Mumineen'.</p> <p>What has gone wrong in our society today is that people are all promoting the actions prescribed for 'Believers' as if they should be done by 'Submitters'! That is like giving an F-15 to a novice who is in need of a Cessna!</p> <p>A person cannot appreciate or understand the values of Salat &amp; Zakat if they have not already taken the path of a) One God, and b) doing good works. Only when such people attain 'certainty' can they move-on to the advanced level of having faith in the Messenger and then establishing the rules of 'Righteousness/Taqwaa' in their lives.</p> <p><em>“The ones who listen to what is being said, and then follow the best of it. These are the ones whom God has guided, and these are the ones who possess intelligence.” (39:18)</em></p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">Written for <a href="http://www.free-minds.org">www.free-minds.org</a></p> </div> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:18:34 +0000 admin 137 at https://free-minds.org How to Study the Qur'an https://free-minds.org/how-study-quran <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Study the Qur&#039;an</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/category/gods-system-islam" hreflang="en">God&#039;s System / Islam</a></div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2011-08-30T09:48:33+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2011 - 17:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-article-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/image_style_standard_for_article/public/study.jpg?itok=FqxghEKK" width="260" height="194" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-image-style-standard-for-article" /> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>“Do they not ponder the Quran?. Or do they have locks on their hearts?” (47:24)</em></p> <p>The opponents of Islam will normally quote one or two verses out of context such as “and kill them wherever you find them” (2:191) to prove their conviction that Islam is a religion of hate and terror, and that its followers are akin to satanic worshippers for no true GOD would have sanctioned such teachings…</p> <p>The problem is that the ignorant amongst the Muslims, as well as their self-appointed leaders, will fall into these sort of traps and even agree that they are ‘commanded’ to kill all Jews and Christians or that they are ‘commanded’ to beat women who are disobedient, or that they are ‘commanded’ to amputate the hands of thieves, etc..</p> <p>All these problems come from the inability of Muslims and their self-appointed leaders to study the Quran as it was intended to be studied, and thus they risk turning the book of guidance and light into a book of horror and crime!</p> <p>This article, unless GOD wills otherwise, will seek to point out what may be already obvious to some in studying the book of GOD and how to avoid making incorrect conclusions and then blaming them on GOD.</p> <p><strong>Stating the Obvious</strong></p> <p>To the average reader of the Quran, the first glaring observation that he/she will make is that the ‘subject matters’ are scattered about in the book with no logical reference. For example, the history of the Children of Israel is heavily recorded in Chapter 2, but then different snap-shots from the same story are found in Chapter 7, Chapter 20, and elsewhere in the Book.</p> <p>In fact, the only single subject that has not been scattered throughout the Book is that of Joseph in Chapter 12 where his story is given sequentially and in one take…</p> <p>The structure of the Book is one of the main reasons that people turn away from studying the Quran for themselves and they opt to have others ‘explain it’ to them, while they simply become content with ‘reciting’ the book to gain favor with GOD and extra credit…This lazy approach is what opened the door to various leaderships to exploit the masses through the myriad of self-appointed scholars who emerged over the past 14 centuries to be GOD’s ‘spokesmen’ and to tell the people what GOD wants them to know or do (where ‘god’ in most cases is the leader and his ideology).</p> <p>In fact, the situation has become so comical that various dictatorship regimes who have glaring human rights abuse records, continue to print and distribute copies of the Quran to their people and even to the world!</p> <p><strong>Origins of the current Quran order</strong></p> <p>In the game of disinformation and confusion, Muslims have been taught by their self-appointed scholars that the prophet died without having completed the compilation of the Quran…</p> <p>The story then goes that a ‘committee’ was organized by Abu Bakr (the 1st leader after the prophet) to gather the Quran into one book…The story then places doubt in the authenticity of the Quran claiming that the scribes had debates as to what belonged where, and after having some doubt over the sequence of certain chapters (is chapter 9 a continuation of chapter 8, or is it a separate chapter?, are the last 2 verses of chapter 9 authentic or not?, etc..).</p> <p>The end result of this disinformation is twofold:</p> <ol><li> It creates ‘doubt’ in the authenticity and structure of the Quran.</li> <li> It gives ‘special authority’ to the scribes and people of that age (if they complied the Quran and you accept it wholeheartedly, then why would you reject the other writings of Hadith and tradition that they made?).</li> </ol><p>Of course, all these lies are denied and eradicated by the Quran itself, where it states that the order of the verses/chapters were given to the prophet under ‘divine instructions’ from GOD:</p> <p><em>“And if We place a verse in place of another verse, and GOD is more aware of what He is revealing, they say: 'you are making this up!'. Alas, most of them do not know. Say: 'the holy spirit has sent it down from your Lord with truth, so that those who have faith will be strengthened, and as a guidance and good news for the Submitters'." (16:101-102) </em></p> <p><strong>Why this ‘Jigsaw’ Puzzle?</strong></p> <p>While most Muslims live and die without ever confronting the above question, the students of GOD Alone know not to leave a stone unturned in their pursuit for knowledge and in their use of the faculties of sight, hearing, mind, and heart that GOD Has bestowed them…</p> <p>The answer comes directly from GOD’s Book regarding the nature of the Quran, and that it has been ‘designed’ the way it has to ‘identify peoples inner intentions’, and to reveal those who do not believe in the hereafter from those who do believe:</p> <p><em>“He is the One who sent down to you the book, from which there are firm verses; they are the mother of the book; and others which are of a similarity. As for those who have disease in their hearts, they will follow what is of a similarity from it seeking to make an ordeal, and seeking to derive its interpretation. But none know its interpretation except GOD and those who are well founded in knowledge. They say: 'we have faith in it, all is from our Lord'. And none will remember except the people of understanding.” (3:7)</em></p> <p>The ‘firm’ verses are the ones where the message needs NO extra work and where the verse carries no ambiguity or loss of information on its own (e.g. GOD is One, honor your parents, do not commit adultery, do not lie, do not steal, do not be a tyrant, do not oppress, etc..)…While the ‘similarity’ verses are mixed into the Book like a jigsaw puzzle, and where people who follow them without taking them into proper context risk committing crimes under the guise that ‘GOD Had ordered this’ (this is where the majority are today in fulfillment of the prophecy that there is a ‘disease’ in their hearts).</p> <p><strong>Do all people need to Study the Quran?</strong></p> <p>Most people will not have the time or effort to study the Quran as it deserves to be studied…Therefore, it is important to mention from the outset of this article that simply sticking to the ‘firm’ verses as mentioned in 3:7 is ENOUGH for the people to be able to walk the Straight Path.</p> <p><em>"Those who have faith, and those who are Jewish, and the Converts, and the Nazarenes, whosoever has faith in GOD and the last day and does good works, then they will have nothing to fear nor will they grieve." (5:69)</em></p> <p>If these people believe in GOD Alone and lead a good and righteous life, then they will have nothing to fear nor will they grieve.</p> <p><strong>The Phases of Quran Study</strong></p> <p>Now that we have given a background, it is time to move into the subject of ‘how to study the Quran’:</p> <p>1. Language</p> <p>The first point of contention in the study of the Quran must be 'language'...Many of the 1 billion people who state to be Muslims have been informed that the Quran can only be recited or read in 'Arabic' and that any translation will not give the proper meaning...The flip-side is that these same self-appointed scholars will then tell Arabic speakers that the Quran is 'too complex' for them to understand and that they should leave its understanding to the experts!</p> <p>Of course, the Quran itself says that language is NOT a barrier to its understanding as its is GOD who is making it understood to people who open their hearts (and not the language).</p> <p><em>"If we made it a non-Arabic Quran they would have said, 'If only its verses were made clear! Can it be Arabic and non-Arabic?'. Say, "For those who believe, it is a guide and healing. As for those who disbelieve, they will be deaf and blind to it, as if they are being addressed from faraway." (41:44) </em></p> <p>GOD's Book is unlike any other book on earth as it is subject to His system and His laws which state that only HE can make it understood if HE desires to do so (not the language or qualifications or expertise of the reader).</p> <p><em>"This is an honorable Quran. In a protected book. None can grasp it except the sincere. A revelation from the Lord of the universe." (56:77-80)</em></p> <p>2. Arranging the Quran in Order</p> <p>This is the core element which has been lacking from Muslims for many centuries…The ability to ‘arrange’ the Quranic verses by order of subject/topic to seek its meaning. The Quran itself speaks to us about making such an arrangement under the command of ‘Ratil’.</p> <p><em>“Meditate during the night, except rarely. Half of it, or a little less. Or a little more. And arrange (Ratil) the Quran in its arrangement (Tarteel).” (73:2-4)</em></p> <p>‘Ratil’ is an Arabic word which means: ‘to arrange things of similarity together’.</p> <p>For example: a series of tanks lined together is called ‘Ratil Dababat’ (an arrangement of tanks)….We do not say ‘Ratil’ in Arabic if the things together are not similar (i.e. if the series included cars and planes and tanks, the word ‘Ratil’ cannot be used).</p> <p>Therefore, if you wanted to know what GOD Has said about the subject of ‘divorce’, you would begin by taking all the verses which speak about this subject and are scattered throughout the Book and ‘arrange them together’ (Tarteel).</p> <p>3. Derive a meaning from the verses</p> <p>Now that you have placed all the verses that deal with a topic side-by-side, it is time to move on to the next step which is ‘to derive a meaning’.</p> <p><em>“Your Lord knows that you meditate during two-thirds of the night, or half of it, or one-third of it, and so do some of those who believed with you. GOD has designed the night and the day, and He knows that you cannot always do this. He has pardoned you. So, understand (Iqr’a) what you can of the Quran. He knows that some of you may be ill, others may be traveling in pursuit of GOD's provisions, and others may be striving in the cause of GOD. So, understand (Iqr’a) what you can of it, and establish the Bond, and bring forth the Purification), and lend GOD a loan of righteousness. Whatever good you send ahead on behalf of your souls, you will find it at GOD far better and generously rewarded. And implore GOD for forgiveness. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.” (73:20)</em></p> <p>The word ‘Iqra’ means: ‘to relate/understand a meaning’. Unfortunately, as with the word ‘Ratil’, this word has been lost in its usage to simply mean ‘recite’. ‘Iqra’ is derived from ‘qarana’ which is to ‘put things together’.</p> <p>For example: When a person is reading the news from a piece of paper or teleprompter, that person is ‘Yatlu’ the news (not qar’a or iqr’a)…However, when a teacher is relating to his students the concepts of relativity in physics, he is ‘Yaqra’ the lesson (relating its meaning) to them.</p> <p>4. Be Aware of Pitfalls</p> <p>The phase of deriving a meaning from the Quran’s study is the most difficult since there are many factors that can alter the true meaning of the text, some of which are:</p> <p>Not having all the verses on the subject (the missing of one verse can give a different conclusion to the reader).</p> <p>Using a mistranslated or misused word in the verses (the example of how Ratil/Utlu/Iqra have been misused and misunderstood is a good example of this and gives the wrong meaning).</p> <p>Not having sufficient awareness of the subject being studied (if a man who has never seen a river or sea, nor studied them, tries to piece together the verses which speak of the water cycle and the mixing of the salt and fresh water, then he may not get an accurate understanding).</p> <p>It is also during this ‘understanding’ phase that Satan will exert the MAXIMUM effort to interfere with the derived meaning:</p> <p><em>“So when you understand (qara’at) the Quran, you shall seek refuge with GOD from Satan the outcast. He has no authority over those who have faith, and who put their trust in their Lord. His authority is over those who follow him, and set him up as a partner. “ (16:98-100) </em></p> <p>This is where people need to have ‘maximum faith’ in GOD Alone and not be scared or confused if what they are reading or understanding does not conform to what others have said or taught for years or centuries…This is why we need to seek GOD’s help in helping us understanding the correct meaning…for without Him we would be truly lost.</p> <p>5. Relate the meaning to ‘examples’ in the Quran</p> <p>When you are deriving a meaning, you should be fully aware of the ‘stories’ given in the Quran which most times give a live account of the usage of a law or how to act in a specific situation…</p> <p><em>“We relate to you the best stories through what We have inspired to you this Quran; and before it you were of those who were unaware.” (12:3)</em></p> <p>The stories of the Quran are NOT meant to be there for entrainment, but have been selected by the Almighty to drive home many lessons for those who pay attention…</p> <p><em>“And We have cited for mankind in this Quran of every example, but most of mankind refuse to be anything but a rejecter!” (17:89)</em></p> <p>Pay Attention to other’s explanation / Follow the ‘Best’ meaning.</p> <p>Now that you have derived a meaning from the Quran on a subject, you need to listen and pay attention to what others may have similarly derived and analyze any mistakes you may have done…</p> <p><em>“And when the Quran is being related, then listen to it and pay attention, that you may receive mercy.” (7:204)</em></p> <p>The benefits of comparing understandings is very clear to people who have followed this approach before… you may have missed a verse out, or misunderstood a word, or not noticed the live example given in the Quran, etc..</p> <p>Once the various understandings/interpretations are being related, the people of GOD Alone will follow the BEST meaning derived and not let their ego stand in the way of truth:</p> <p><em>“Those who listen to what is said, and they follow the best of it. These are the ones whom GOD has guided; these are the ones who possess intelligence." (39:18)</em></p> <p>Be patient, and remember who the ‘true’ teacher is.</p> <p>Before you walk away thinking that you can change the world with this new found knowledge of the Quran, you must REMEMBER who is in charge and who it is that is doing the teachings…</p> <p><em>“Then High above all is GOD, the King, the True. And do not be hasty with the Quran before its inspiration is completed to you, and say: 'my Lord, increase me in knowledge'.” (20:114)</em></p> <p>We are here on this planet to serve GOD Alone and walk in His path…not to serve our own agendas and our own egos:</p> <p><em>“You Alone we serve, You Alone we seek” (1:5)</em></p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>You now should have the necessary tools to educate yourself on the Quran’s system and method for deriving meanings…Try to make this a habit of seeking the answers for yourself through the guidance of GOD Alone…Do not be quick to ask ‘others’ what GOD says regarding this or that matter, but try to establish the Bond with GOD directly yourself…It is only through this self-awareness that people can have a defense mechanism against the ignorance and lies and hate that are continually being spewed out by falsely attributing them to GOD’s name (be He Glorified!).</p> <p>Also, do not be surprised if others cannot understand what you are explaining to them using the Quran…it is a book unlike any other on this planet…and it is a book where not all people who can read are allowed access to its information:</p> <p><em>“And when explain the Quran, We place between you and those who do not believe in the hereafter an invisible barrier. And we place shields over their hearts, that they should not understand it, and a deafness in their ears. And if you mention your Lord in the Quran Alone, they run away giving their backs in aversion.” (17:45-46)</em></p> <p>Finally, remember that your enemies wish to keep you as FAR AWAY as possible from the power of knowledge and liberation contained within the Quran…Will you let them win!</p> <p><em>“And those who rejected said: ‘Do not listen to this Quran and make noise in it, that you may win.” (41:26)</em></p> <p><strong>AN EXAMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING THE QURAN</strong></p> <p>Now that you have read all the above steps, we will take an actual example of how this is put into use…We will deal with the issue of ‘theft’ in the Quran.</p> <p>The first and most obvious verse that deals with this subject is5:38...below are some literal translations:</p> <p><em>YUSUFALI: As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power. </em></p> <p><em>PICKTHAL: As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise. </em></p> <p><em>SHAKIR: And (as for) the man who steals and the woman who steals, cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah; and Allah is Mighty, Wise. </em></p> <p>The above seems as clear as day...just 'cut off their hands' and the matter is done!</p> <p>In-fact, this is the law carried out by the Sunni and Shia in their respective countries under the guise that 'GOD told them to do so!'</p> <p>Let us put the study of the Quran in practice and bring together the verses which use the word 'theft', 'cut', and 'hand':</p> <p>Theft: 12:70, 12:73, 12:77, 12:81, 60:12, 5:38.</p> <p>Cut: 7:72, 69:46, 29:29, 8:7, 22:15, 13:25, 5:38, 12:31, 12:50, 7:160, 7:1245:33, 2:166...</p> <p>Hand: 3:73, 5:64, 17:29, 27:12, 2:237, 24:40, 5:28, 2:97, 38:45, 7:124, 43:30, 12:31, 60:112...</p> <p>The first observation when looking at these verses is that the word (qat'a) which is translated as 'cut' can also mean 'stop' (29:29, 13:25). The second observation is that (yad) which is translated as 'hand' can also mean 'resource' (38:45). The third observation is that the words 'cut &amp; hand' also occur together elsewhere in the Quran to give the meaning of 'marking the hand' (12:31).</p> <p>If we were to simply stop here with gathering the verses 'Tartil' and then attempting to derive the best meaning 'Iqra', then we would conclude that 'marking the hand of the thief' is the proper context for 5:38 and it still retains the meaning of the words used.</p> <p>However, if we complete the process and move on to step # 4 above, then we find a 'live example' of theft being given in Chapter 12...The story of Joseph (12:70-79).</p> <p><em>12:74, "They said: 'what shall be his punishment if you are not truthful??"'</em></p> <p><em>12:75, "They said: 'the punishment is that whomever it is found in his bags, then he shall remain as punishment. It is such that we punish the wicked'."'</em></p> <p>Here we are given new light on the matter...Joseph's brothers state that 'detention' of the person is the punishment...not the 'marking of the hand'.</p> <p>Now we can see which words to use in the translation/ understanding of the verse on theft:</p> <p><em>"The male thief, and the female thief, you shall cut from their resources as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Almighty, Wise." (5:38)</em></p> <p>As such, you are detaining the thief from his/her job of theft, and making them remain in prison or as a worker until the person 'repents and reforms':</p> <p><em>"Whosoever repents after his wrongdoing and makes reparations, then GOD will accept his repentance. GOD is Forgiving, Merciful." (5:39)</em></p> <p>This is how a proper meaning is derived, and how the law of GOD shines through in its pure form...Had we not gone through the required steps of study as prescribed by GOD, then we would have committed an irreversible crime of amputating people’s hands as the Sunnis and Shia have done due to their blatant disregard for the structure of the Book of GOD pointed out in 3:7.</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p class="rtecenter">Written for <a href="http://www.free-minds.org">www.free-minds.org</a></p> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 09:48:33 +0000 admin 129 at https://free-minds.org