Australia: No Quran-Reading, Mate

Islam - 8 min 25 sec ago

Australia, like other liberal democracies, continues to deny its viewing audience the truth that the 77,000-word Quran can be read in just four hours by a good reader; three hours with the repetitions taken out.. Within just one lazy Sydney afternoon, Bruce and Sheila could read all of the Quran’s 109 verses of violence against the filthy unbeliever¹,  and still have time to cook a caulie on the barbie. But, no! Actually reading the actuals Islamic texts is a great way to come a gutser in the land down-under.

Apparently, Muslims who correctly read the words in the texts of Islam are now ‘fixated persons’.  (Naturally, ‘lone wolves’, ‘mentally ill’ and ‘violent extremist’ are still popular with the media.)


¹ Religion of Peace; Does the Quran really contain over a hundred verses promoting violence?

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1001 Inventions New Children’s Book Selected as Best Biography

Islam - 19 min 39 sec ago
by: 1001 Inventions Junior Library Guild Honours National Geographic Readers Book on Ibn al-Haytham
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Religious Symbols and Divisiveness

Islam - 27 min 20 sec ago

On the European continent there is a culture which seeks to completely banish religious symbols from everywhere bar the home or the property of faith institutions. Generally, this philosophy involves concrete cases of either prohibiting the wearing of crucifixes by Christians or headscarves/face-coverings by Muslim women.

The reason? Religion exerts a divisive influence on society. Open expression of religious beliefs means that others feel either threatened by the devout, or alternatively feel compelled to ‘up the ante’ with regard to their own religious beliefs when they are in the company of the devout of another faith. This is the basic rationale. The other side of this argument is the following equation; less religion = more civil unity.

Such a viewpoint obviously places the blame for all conflicts and strife throughout history on religion. It is worth then briefly meditating on history and following through the implications of such logic to determine how much merit it has. If religion is subdued, do we see less conflict and strife? Furthermore, do members of the same religious group always align with each other against other religious groupings?

WWI and WWII are good places to start, as these were the most intense conflicts in human history. In the first, religion was important within the domains of some combatants like Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey. Yet, religion played no part in how these countries aligned with one another; Protestant England aligned with Catholic-majority France and Orthodox Russia. Protestant-dominated Germany aligned with Catholic-dominated Austria, and Muslim Turkey. Protestant England supported Muslim Arabs against Muslim Turks. In the Second World War, religion was far less of a factor, and the two most aggressive combatants, the USSR and Nazi Germany, couldn’t be said to be promoting any religion. On the contrary, their doctrines were avowedly atheistic, albeit zealously pursued.

How about social strife? There have been several attacks inspired by Islamism over the last 10 years. However, following WWII, terrorism was by and large conducted by either nationalist or leftist groups. Many of these eschewed formal religious worship. In the US, there are many extremist groups who identify with Christianity but who are more accurately classed as ‘cultural Christians’ (see the following exchange between Roland Martin and white Supremacist Richard Spencer and note the use of the phrase ‘cultural Christian’).

How about social division? This is probably the most ludicrous charge against religion, given that politics (by definition) is predicated on division, on class divisions, tribal divisions, cultural divisions, etc …

Then, if one works through the implications of eschewing religion, we can see that people will have to be engaged in material pursuits. Is it really logical that chasing after money, prestige, status, fame, etc … will encourage people to more brotherly or sisterly behaviour? Unity will somehow spring out of greed? And an obvious consequence of materialism is that of racism; without religion, it’s difficult to see how race won’t become a totem pole which people will need to gather around.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that religious beliefs aren’t divisive. But the fact remains that religion can allow culturally, socially, and ethnically diverse peoples to transcend their differences. Granted, they will come into conflict with others, but there is no way these conflicts can be avoided. Religion can allow diverse groups to unify better, and is also likely to stem the intensity of conflicts with other groups. Banning religious symbolism seems to pander more to religious prejudice than counter social division.



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Islam - 46 min 53 sec ago

Pengingat bagi kita jiwa yang hidup di dunia ini
Suatu Saat Nanti, Giliran Kita Mungkin Yang Berangan-angan, Wal iyadzubillah.

Angan-angan mereka yang telah mati ialah kembali ke dunia meski sejenak untuk menjadi orang shalih. Mereka ingin taat kepada Allah, dan memperbaiki segala kerusakan yang dahulu mereka perbuat. Mereka ingin berdzikir kepada Allah, bertasbih, atau bertahlil walau sekali saja. Namun mereka tidak lagi diijinkan untuk itu. Kematian serta-merta memupuskan segala angan-angan tersebut. Allah ta’ala berfirman mengenai mereka “Hingga apabila datang kematian kepada seorang dari mereka, dia berkata, “Ya Rabbku kembalikanlah aku (ke dunia) agar aku beramal shalih terhadap yang telah aku tinggalkan. Sekali-kali tidak. Sesungguhnya itu adalah perkataan yang diucapkan saja. Dan dihadapan mereka ada barzakh sampai hari mereka dibangkitkan.” (Qs Al Mukminun: 99-100)

Begitulah kondisi orang mati, mereka telah melihat akhirat dengan mata kepala mereka. Mereka tahu pasti apa yang telah mereka perbuat dan apa yang mereka terima. Dahulu mereka demikian mudah menyia-nyiakan waktu yang amat berharga untuk hal-hal yang tidak bermanfaat bagi akhirat mereka. Kini mereka sadar bahwa detik-detik dan menit-menit yang hilang tersebut sungguh tidak ternilai harganya.

Dahulu, kesempatan itu ada di depan mata, namun tidak mereka manfaatkan. Sekarang, mereka siap menebus kesempatan itu berapapun harganya! Sungguh tak terbayang alangkah ruginya dan alangkah besarnya penyesalan mereka.. “Nah, kita sekarang berada di dunia. Karenanya, marilah kita taat kepada Allah dan memperbaiki amal kita,”
Saudaraku, tatkala Anda ziarah kubur atau mengiring jenazah, janganlah menjadi orang yang lalai. Jangan sibukkan diri Anda dengan mengobrol, namun ingatlah angan-angan mereka yang terkubur di sekeliling Anda, merekalah orang-orang yang kini tertawan oleh amal perbuatan mereka.

Jika hawa nafsu mengajak Anda bermaksiat,
ingatlah angan-angan mereka yang tiada.
Mereka ingin dihidupkan lagi untuk taat kepada Allah, lalu mengapa Anda justru bermaksiat?

Jika Anda merasa lesu untuk beramal, ingatlah angan-angan mereka yang tiada…

Diambil dari telegram Salamdakwah

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Deadbeat kept alive by the ABC!

Islam - 1 hour 3 min ago

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a another dropkick foisted on the community that nobody wants or cares about, just another ABC dill kept alive by the ABC, a well known anti-Australian organisation. Her and Ackland make a wonderful couple.

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موت کاوقت معین ہے۔انڈونیشیا کے قاری تلاوت کرتےہوئے وفات پا گئے: ویڈیو دیکھئے

Islam - 2 hours 21 min ago

انڈونیشیا کے مشہور قاری اور عالم دین الشیخ جعفر عبدالرحمان گزشتہ پیر کے روز ایک سرکاری تقریب میں تلاوت قرآن پاک کے دوران سورہ ملک کی تلاوت کرتے ہوئےخالق حقیقی سے جا ملے

نڈونیشیا کے مشہور قاری اور عالم دین الشیخ جعفر عبدالرحمان گزشتہ پیر کے  روز ایک سرکاری تقریب میں تلاوت قرآن پاک کے دوران سورہ ملک کی تلاوت کرتے ہوئےخالق حقیقی سے جا ملے۔

خبر کے مطابق الشیخ جعفر عبدالرحمان کی آخری تلاوت کلام پاک کی ایک  ویڈیو  اس وقت  سوشل میڈیا پر تیزی سے مقبول ہورہی ہے جس میں وہ تلاوت کے قرآن پاک کےدوران اچانک دم توڑ دیتے ہیں۔

تقریب میں انڈونیشیا کے وزیر برائےمذہبی اموربھی موجود تھے۔

 الشیخ جعفر نے سورہ ملک کی تلاوت شروع کی  کہ  اچانک ان کی آواز میں ارتعاش پیدا ہوا اور وہ لڑکھڑانے لگے۔

اس  موقع موجود افراد نے انہیں گرنے سے بچا تو لیا مگر وہ خود قرآن پڑھتے پڑھتے اللہ کو پیارے ہوگئے۔

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6 Alasan Mengapa Umat Islam Menggunakan Simbol Bulan dan Bintang

Islam - 2 hours 51 min ago

Akhir-akhir ini banyak kalangan yang mempermasalahkan simbol bulan dan bintang yang telah lama banyak dipakai dalam berbagai kehidupan umat muslim. Yang lebih menyakitkan tuduhan itu bukan hanya berasal dari orientalis, tapi juga datang dari kaum muslim sendiri.

Mereka justru seakan membenarkan tuduhan para orientalis, bahwa Islam menyembah dewa bulan dan dewa bintang karena identik dengan simbol bulan dan bintang.

Kenapa islam sangat identik dengan simbol bulan bintang? Banyak kalangan yang mempermasalahkan simbol bulan dan bintang yang telah lama banyak dipakai dalam berbagai kehidupan umat muslim. Mereka bahwa Islam menyembah dewa bulan dan dewa bintang karena identik dengan simbol bulan dan bintang.

Padahal ajaran Islam jelas-jelas sangat membenci penyekutuan Allah SWT dengan berhala-berhala itu. Dan tidak ada kaitan sama sekali bulan bintang dalam Islam dengan bulan bintang yang diagungkan oleh kaum pagan.

Bulan dan bintang adalah makhluk yang diciptakan Allah SWT, bukan diciptakan oleh kaum pagan. Maka dari itu, Islam sebagai agama satu-satunya yang diridhoi Allah, tentunya muslimin lebih berhak untuk menggunakan simbol bulan dan bintang.

Asalkan itu ditujukan untuk kemashlahatan, dan bukan untuk disakralkan atau diagung-agungkan seperti para penyembah berhala. Berikut ini adalah 6 alasan baik, mengapa umat Islam menggunakan simbol bulan dan bintang.

1. Sebagai Nama Surat dalam Al Qur’an

Bukan berasal dari manusia, bahkan bulan dan bintang yang dalam bahasa Arab disebut al qomar dan an najm digunakan sebagai nama dalam surat Al Qur’an. Itu artinya bulan dan bintang punya banyak hikmah sebagai pelajaran bagi manusia.

Bulan dan bintang adalah makhluk Allah yang pada zaman dahulu adalah sesuatu yang menakjubkan dan tidak mungkin untuk digapai. Itu menunjukkan kebesaran Allah, sebagai pencipta alam semesta termasuk bulan dan bintang.

Bukan justru rasa takjub terhadap bulan dan bintang mengantar manusia kepada kekafiran dengan menjadikannya sebagai sesembahan.

Khusus untuk bulan sabit ada ayat yang menyebutnya, yakni dalam surat Al Baqarah ayat 189 yang artinya: “Bulan sabit itu adalah tanda-tanda waktu bagi manusia dan (bagi ibadah) haji;…”

2. Bukan Syari’at, Namun Banyak Kemashlahatan

Menjadikan bulan dan bintang sebagai simbol Islam memang bukan merupakan bagian dari syari’at Islam. Tidak ada dalil yang berkaitan dengan keharusan menggunakan simbol, bahkan simbol syahadah atau asma Allah pun tidak ada.

Namun simbol bulan dan bintang adalah hasil dari perjalanan peradaban umat Islam yang panjang. Simbol ini menjadi masif dan menjadi simbol resmi kekhilafahan Islam semenjak era dinasti Turki Utsmani.

Yang menggunakan pertama adalah sebuah institusi politik, dan politik adalah aktivitas muamalah dalam Islam. Artinya tidak ada larangan untuk menggunakan simbol bulan dan bintang selama tidak ada dalil langsung yang melarang.

Justru dengan semakin masifnya simbol bulan dan bintang ini lebih banyak kemashlahatan yang didapatkan. Yang paling utama adalah pemersatu dan identitas umat Islam.

3. Dimaknai dengan Filosofi yang Mendalam

Setelah masif digunakan sebagai simbol Islam, lalu banyak yang menafsirkan filosofi yang terkandung dari simbol bulan dan bintang. Namun sebenarnya filosofi aslinya tentu berasal dari pencetusnya, yakni sultan Muhammad II Al Fatih (ada juga yang menyebut ayahnya).

Bulan sabit melambangkan posisi tiga benua itu yang telah dikuasai Islam. Ujung yang satu menunjukkan benua Asia yang ada di Timur, ujung lainnya mewakili Afrika yang ada di bagian lain dan di tengahnya adalah Benua Eropa.

Sedangkan lambang bintang menunjukkan posisi ibu kota yang kemudian diberi nama Istambul yang bermakna: Kota Islam.

Berkembang juga filosofi lain, bulan sabit yang menjadi penanda waktu menuju bulan baru dalam Islam, bermakna bahwa umat Islam harus selalu memperbarui keadaan menjadi lebih baik.

Sedangkan bintang dengan lima bersudut lima, melambangkan rukun amalan mendasar dalam Islam ada lima, yakni syahadat, shalat, zakat, puasa, dan ibadah haji.

4. Mayoritas Ulama Tidak Mempermasalahkan

Mayoritas ulama dari zaman dahulu tidak ada yang mempermasalahkan dengan penggunaan simbol bulan dan bintang. Bahkan merelah yang memprakarasai masjid menggunakan menara denga ujung bulan bintang.

Hanya ulama muta’akhir saja di zaman ini yang malah ikut membenarkan fitnah dari kaum orientalis. Bahwa bulan dan bintang adalah berasal dari ajaran kaum pagan yang menyembang dewa bulan dan dewa bintang.

5. Sebagai Bentuk Kebanggaan Terhadap Era Keemasan Islam

Walaupun kekhilafahan Turki Utsmani telah berakhir, namun simbol bulan bintang yang identik dengan Turki Utsmani tertanam kuat dalam akar budaya kaum muslim.

Turki Utsmani adalah kekhilafahan Islam yang tercatat memiliki wilayah terluas di antara kekhilafahan lain. Kejayaan paling tak terlupakan adalah ketika Khalifah Utsmaniyah berhasil menaklukan Konstantinopel yang merupakan jantung Eropa saat itu.

Sangat wajar jika banyak negara yang penduduknya beragama Islam saat ini menggunakan bulan dan bintang sebagai simbol negaranya.

Sebelum menjadi simbol negara, bahkan bulan bintang sudah jamak menjadi simbol dalam bangunan masjid. Padahal kita tahu bahwa kedudukan masjid begitu penting dalam agama Islam melebihi negara.

6. Sebagai Pembeda Sekaligus Pemersatu

Islam bukan agama yang tertutup bagi pergaulan dunia. Islam sebagai rahmatan lil alamin hatus menjalin pergaulan dengan umat agama lain dalam spektrum ukhuwah insaniyah.

Dalam menjalin pergaulan itu, identitas Islam harus jelas agar tidak terjadi pengaburan. Selain identitas ideologis, identitas simbol menjadi penting sebagai penanda.

Karena simbol bulan dan bintang sudah mengakar kuat semenjak kekhilafah terakhir Islam, maka digunakan bulan bintang sebagai simbol dalam Islam.

Seperti halnya Kristen dengan salibnya, Yahudi dengan bintang davidnya, budha dengan telapak tangan. Namun dengan catatan, tidak mensakralkan bulan bintang sebagai doktrin, karena memang bulan bintang bukan berasal dari Qur’an dan Sunnah.

Bulan sabit selain sebagai identitas pembeda, juga untuk menyatukan berbagai negara Islam. Kita tahu bahwa dengan tidak adanya kekhilafahan, maka tidak ada lagi alat struktural untuk menyatukan.

Alat kultural menjadi pengganti yakni dengan simbol-simbol Islam seperti bulan, bintang, matahari, dan kalimat thoyyibah.

Organisasi kerja sama antar negara Islam (OKI) juga menggunakan simbol bulan sabit. Ada juga bulan sabit merah sebagai simbol organisasi kesehatan dan kemanusian bagi umat Islam.

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Religion teachers

Islam - 3 hours 11 min ago

I don’t know how schools work other than in Norway, but we have a subject called Religion and ethics. But a few years ago with the change in our government the subject is now called Christianity, Religion, view of life and ethics(in elementary school. Still called Religion and ethics in upper secondary school.) And since Norway is(used to be) christian most of our teachers are christians to. But as a teacher you should not share your own opinions on your students.

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday and one of my friends said something that made me pissed. In Norway we have a celebration called “Russ” and in the month we celebrate this(as last year students) we can also take “russe knots” one of them is sitting under our desks for one entire class. My friends class had asked their religion teacher if they could take the knot, and she said “NO! That is almost as bad as wearing a hijab” Now this seems bad, but you have no idea JUST how bad it really is. The russ is feared because alot of kidnappings and rapes happen during this time, and that is what teachers see when we want to take a russe knot.

It wouldn’t make me so mad if she wasn’t a teacher. And it wouldn’t make me pissed unless she was a religion teacher. But as a religion teacher you are supposed to teach your students about religions in a objective manner. Teaching is one of the most important professions, and as a teacher you form young peoples mind. And to poison someone with such thinking does not belong in the school.

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Islam in a nutshell

Islam - 3 hours 25 min ago

ISLAM is not a new religion but the final culmination and fulfilment of the same basic truth that ALLAH revealed through all His Prophets to every people.Muslims believe that Islam is not a new religion with a new scripture. Far from Faith and Practice being the youngest of the major monotheistic world religions, from a Muslim point of view Islam is the oldest because it represents the original as well as the final revelation of the God of Adam,Noah,Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Islam existed since time immemorial, ever since man first set foot on this earth. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was not the founder of Islam. He was the last and final Messenger of Almighty God.

Islam is based on five principles

  1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ).
  2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly.
  3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) .
  4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca)
  5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan

[Sahih al-Bukhari 8]


Muslims have Six articles of faith(Eemaan)

  1. Belief in Allah
  2. Belief in the Angels
  3. Belief in all the revealed Books to the Prophets
  4. Belief in Allah’s Apostles
  5. Belief in the Day of Judgement
  6. Belief in the Divine Decree.

[Sahih al-Bukhari 50 ; Sahih Muslim 8 a ; Sahih Muslim 8 e ; Sahih Muslim 10]

So, that is it folks! Islam in a nutshell.

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The Birth of Islamic Radicalization

Islam - 5 hours 14 min ago

The Muslim brotherhood was institutionalized in 1928 by Hasan Al Bana in Egypt. At the time it was just a small organization – a party that was created based on the reaction of increasing western influence in Egypt – due to the Suez Canal project that was happening at the time, where British immigrated to Egypt for the project, creating a division in the Egyptian society. British were living in luxury residences and facilities while the other side of Egyptian community (Muslims) were living in poor conditions, thus inspiring Al-Bana that this inequality shall not be tolerated. The brotherhood gained its popularity through the social causes; education and training centers, charities, hospitals and its growing influence on areas the government failed to deliver the services to the common people.

Their main goals were: follow Quran and Sunnah, and unify the world under Shari’a system, eliminate corruption and fight for justice, eradicate foreign domination and western values from Muslim lives, create an Islamic Caliphate without westernization –opposing nationalization, to raise a generation of Muslims who would understand Islam accurately and act according to its teaching. It was an “Islamic Totalitarian Mass Movement” and was defined as,

“a Salafiyya message, a Sunni way, a Sufi truth, a political organization, an athletic group, a cultural-educational union, an economic company, and a social idea.”

The original slogan of brotherhood was “Islam is the Solution” with its Motto:

“Allah is our objective, the Quran is our constitution, Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our Path and death in the name of Allah is our goal”.

The main goals were focused on dominating the nation and the world by imposing Shari’ah law and governing the entire planet under one complete Islamic system. Nonetheless, Muslim brotherhood did not promote jihad or radicalization at that point. It was in 1948 – 1949, with increasing university graduates and growing middles working class groups that brotherhood ideologies started shifting –  further opposing secularism, democracy, and nationalism. These oppositions led to clashes between the brotherhood and Egyptian government elites, fueling conflicts between the two groups that soon led to the assassination of Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud, which later steered to the assassination of Hasan Al-Bana, the murder of Islamic leader as a form of revenge in 1949. In spite of this,  the government accused brotherhood of operating a secret militant organization and promoting killing as “jihad” to achieve their objectives, proclaiming brotherhood was no longer a peaceful organization promoting Islamic ideologies and peace in the name of Islam. This was the first wave of radicalization in brotherhood history and one of the significant periods in Islamic history – when Sayyid Qutb came into the picture that revolutionized the growth of Islam in the world.

Born in Egypt in the early 20th century, Sayyid Qutb was admired as a mentor, author, poet and a trainer with his intellectual background in education and culture, closely associated with social and political movements in Egypt at the time and a member of Muslim Brotherhood in 1950. In this modern time, Qutb widely accepted as the scholar who introduced the notion of “radical Islamism” with the architecture of “Jihad” as violent means to achieve the goals and legitimize the Islamic ideologies. Qutb was not a radical Islamist at the beginning, his transformation of ideologies went through a progression of secularism (moderate and liberal) moving towards fundamental and traditionalist beliefs, lasting with radical Islamisation. Qutb’s turning point towards “radicalization” was a gradual process with many factors inter-linked on the process of how Islamic ideologies were becoming more influenced by West and American Values (modernity) and the Islamic community – ummah was spiraling into a jahiliyyah – [“ignorance of divine guidance” or “the state of ignorance of the guidance from God”].

“Our whole environment, people’s beliefs, and ideas, habits and art, rules and laws — is Jahiliyyah, even to the extent that what we consider to be Islamic culture, Islamic sources, Islamic philosophy and Islamic thought are also constructs of Jahiliyyah!”

“The whole world is steeped in Jahiliyyah. We must … free ourselves from the clutches of jahili society, jahili concepts, jahili traditions and jahili leadership.”

There are two major defining moments of Qutb’s life that explains and is argued upon his militant ideologies. First, his time spent in America exposed him to the modernity of people engage in shameless and immoral behaviors. Secondly, his criticisms, social and political anti-influences on Nasser regime in 1954 led to his incarceration from 1954 till 1964 – pushing him in finding deeper meaning and denouncing western values and introducing radicalization through his “Signposts”. His release from prison lasted a short duration, carrying out an assassination attempt on President Nasser [to overthrow the jahiliyyah and become a martyr – a shahid who have died in God’s name and defending Islam), being imprisoned again in 1965 and executed the following year.

“This movement uses … physical power and Jihaad for abolishing the organizations and authorities of the jahili system which prevents people from reforming their ideas and beliefs but forces them to obey their erroneous ways [i.e. what they want to do] and make them serve human lords instead of the Almighty Lord.”

However, his death was supported and preached by his follows as a hero – a shahid who died for Islam, which escalated his beliefs and ideologies to be further accepted by muslim community throughout the world – inspired by mix of Al-Bana ideologies with Qutb’s belief of radicalization – dividing the orientations of Muslim Brotherhood into,


1. Moderate and pragmatic Islamist brotherhood under the leadership of Hasan Al Hudaybi, who succeeded the general guide after Al- Bana. Hudaybi was more focused on a gradual approach, acceptance of secularism and nationalism, focused on political strategies to gently win power and increase influence within the government system so that they can establish an Islamic rule within the system. While the moderate Muslims brotherhood believes in Islamic Caliphate, a manhaj and hakimiyya, their focus is more gradual and rational through political and social strategies, embracing democracy as an alternative to jihad but using their political influence to change the government policy systems and establish Shari’ah system.

2.  Radicalized Islamists fighting world domination, Aa more radicalized group following the leadership of Qutb focusing on Jihad and radical means of violence to bring justice and achieve their missions and world domination.

This two orientation steered the creation of Islamic organizations we see today. While some organizations have a mix od Al-Bana and Qutb’s ideologies, other organizations are solely focused on promoting Qutb’s principles and the notion of radicalization.

  • Jama-at al-Islami founded by Abul A’la Maududi, a key Islamic figure in Islamic history who shaped the foundations of Pakistan, promoting Islamic values and teaching at the same time of Qutb and Al-Bana. He also opposed nationalism and believed in establishing a caliphate and Jihad is the way for Islamic world domination, but were challenged with political situations between India and Pakistan.
  • Ruhollah Khomeini was a Shiite scholar who was the main weapon of Iranian Revolution in 1979 and establishing an Islamic State in Iran proving the ideologies of Qutb and principles of brotherhood, that nations can adopt Shari’ah as a complete system.
  • Hamas and Hezbollah are more similar in operation to the muslim brotherhood and are national organizations working in their territory to establish the goals and principles of brotherhood with respect to their country.
  • Al-Qaida and ISIS are transnational actors totally inspired by Qutb’s ideologies and strongly believe in radicalization and violence. Their main focus is world domination by Islam and eliminating wester ideologies by eliminating United States and the West from power and hegemony. ISIS claims to believe in the same principles of founding brotherhood principles, but they solely believe in Jihad as the solution and believe they should have the power and authority of Islamic Caliphate. They have killed more muslims than non-muslims; criticizing the concept of takfirisma muslim accusing another muslim of apostasy, derived from the word kafir – the disbeliever. Al-Qaeda also claims to believe in the founding principles of muslim brotherhood, but they are more focused on eliminating the western and American values; specially focused on destroying United States and Israel –the chief power and threat and claiming the authority of holy city; Jerusalem. Both ISIS and Al-Qaeda calls out for global jihad and violence as the only means.

However, over the years the term “radicalization” or radical Islamism and “jihad” has been misused and abused in various forms, manipulating the meaning and objective behind the term and its ideology. The radical Islamism and jihadists we see today are no longer fundamental to core beliefs of Muslim brotherhood and Sayyid Qutb; where the objectives were derived or based on proving concepts from Quran and Prophets Sunnah.

Islam is a religion of peace and provides many solutions to problems, and the notion of the radical Islamism we see today is just a selective interpretation of what Islam or Islamism should be. The surprising fact is that the line distinguishing between Islamism, fundamentalism, or radicalization is lost within Islamic society with new meanings and definitions of religious wars, holy war, and defensive wars. While these actions have confused everyone who is a non-Muslim, these selective actions have humiliated all the Muslims practicing the fundamental beliefs of peace, prosperity, and equality.

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Why Secularism is a failed experiment in the Middle East 

Islam - 5 hours 25 min ago
Erdogan was right. Liberalism, secularism and the separation of church and the state was needed in E
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Om politisk korrekthet

Islam - 6 hours 17 min ago

Det socialistiska fenomentets djupaste grundval är en missuppfattning av axial religion.

Det axiala tänkandet — kristendom, grekisk filosofi, buddhism, konfucianism etc.– baseras på sökandet efter sanningen, logos. Denna sanning kallar vi gud: sanningen är Gud. Kättarna — socialisterna, vänstern — har missförstått sambandet och trott att Gud godtyckligt framställer sanningen: Gud påbjuder sanningen. Denna tendens förstärktes i takt med att mer och mer sanning upptäcktes och sorterades in i samhällsstrukturerna.

Gud förefaller för kättaren säga: Det ena är sant, det andra är falskt. Det ena är halal, det andra är haram. Därför ledde för kättarna, för vänstern, Nietsches massmord på filosofin till att Gud försvann ur ekvationen, men den godtyckligt framställda sanningen blev kvar. Detta är politisk korrekthet. PK är ett direkt resultat av socialismens, vänsterns, kätteriets grundval tillsammans med den samhällsutveckling som baseras på icke-vänsterns sanningssökande och samhällsbyggande.

Vi andra söker ännu sanningen och låter oss inte förvirras av nihilism och nykommunism. Men vi måste göra rågången till kätteriet tydligare. Vi behöver en ny inkvisition som kastar ut alla falska profeter från skolor och universitet.

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Muhammad: A to Z

Islam - 6 hours 20 min ago

By Yusuf Estes, Former Christian Preacher

While others are clamoring over what to do when someone draws a cartoon or a picture of one of the prophets of Almighty God, (peace be upon them all), we decided it was time to show the “Real Picture of Mohammed” – everything we could find from A to Z. The results were far too many to list all of them. So, we took the first 26 and put them in alphabetical order, but as you read through the commentaries of others, you will be able to realize many hundreds of additional qualities of this man, Muhammad, peace be upon him.

This “A-Z” on Muhammad, peace be upon him, deals with well established facts about Muhammad, peace be upon him, but certainly does not include everything there is to know about Muhammad, peace be upon him. Volumes and encyclopedias and even libraries have been dedicated to presenting the picture of this great man.

What did Muhammad Say?
Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught many important principles and morals, and even set forth rules for combat setting the precedent and still exceeding the rules of war set forth by the Geneva Convention.

Consider the following:
All innocent life was sacred and as such none could be harmed, except those who were engaged against them in active combat. Saving one life was as if one had saved the entire world, while taking an innocent life was as if one had taken the lives of the entire world.

There was to be no genocide of any tribes even up until some had committed genocide against some Muslims. He offered mutual protection and forgiveness to the all even after certain ones broke their covenants with him many times. He did not allow them to be attacked until it was clearly proven they were traitors during time of war and tried to bring down the prophet, peace be upon him, and the Muslims at any cost. Retaliation was only to those Jews who had turned traitor and not others.

Slaves were common in those days for all nations and tribes. It was Islam that encouraged freeing of the slaves and the great reward from Allah for those who did so. Prophet, peace be upon him, gave the example of this by freeing slaves and encouraging all of his followers to do the same. Examples include his own servant (who was actually considered like a son to him) Zaid ibn Al Haritha and Bilal the slave who was bought by Abu Bakr only for the purpose of freeing him.

While there were many attempts of assassination made on Muhammad, peace be upon him, (most famous was the night that Ali took his place in bed while he and Abu Bakr escaped to Madinah), he did not allow his companions to slaughter any of those who had been involved in these attempts. Proof for this is when they entered Makkah triumphantly and his first words were to command his followers not to harm such and such tribes and so and so families. This was one of the most famous of his acts of forgiveness and humbleness.

Military combat was forbidden for the first thirteen years of prophet hood. The desert Arabs did not need anyone to tell them how to fight or do combat. They were experts in this area and held feuds amongst tribes that lasted for decades. It was not until the proper method of warfare was instituted by Allah in the Quran, with proper rights and limitations according His Commandments, that any retaliation or combat was sanctioned. Orders from Allah made it clear who was to be attacked, how and when and to what extent fighting could take place.

Destruction of infrastructures is absolutely forbidden except when it is ordained by Allah in certain instances and then only according to His Commands.

Cursing and invoking evil actually came to the prophet, peace be upon him, from his enemies, while he would be praying for their guidance. Classic example is that of his journey to At-Taif where the leaders would not even hear him out nor offer so much as the normal courtesy called for and instead they set the children of the street against him, throwing rocks and stones at him until his body was bleeding so much, blood filled his sandals. He was offered revenge by the angel Gabriel, if he would give the command, Allah would cause the surrounding mountains to fall down upon them destroying them all. Instead of cursing them or asking for their destruction, he prayed for them to be guided to worship their Lord alone, without any partners.

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, claimed every person who is born is born in a state of ISLAM (submission to God on His Terms in Peace), as a Muslim (MU-Islam means; “one who does ISLAM” i.e.; submits to God’s Will and obeys His Commandments). He further stated, God has created each person in the image that is His according to His plan, and their spirit is His. Then as they grow older they begin to distort their faith according to the influence of the prevailing society and their own prejudices.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught his followers to believe in the God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus, peace be upon them all, and to believe in them as true prophets, messengers and servants of Almighty Allah. He insisted on ranking all the prophets up at the highest level without any distinction between them, and ordered his followers to say the words, “Peace be upon him” after mentioning their names.

He also taught the Torah (Old Testament), Zabur (Psalms) and Enjil (Gospel or New Testament) were originally from the very same source as the Quran, from Allah to the angel Gabriel. He asked the Jews to judge according to their own Book, and they tried to cover up some of it to hide the correct judgment, knowing he, peace be upon him, could not read.

He prophesied, predicted and foretold of events to come and they happened just as he had said they would. He mentioned so many things that people of his time could not have known, yet we have seen the evidences manifest over and over throughout the centuries in science, medicine, biology, embryology, psychology, metrology, geology and many other disciplines and even space travel and wireless communications, all of which we take for granted today. He even predicted something from the past that would come true in the future, and it has..

The Quran states pharaoh was drowned in the Red Sea while chasing after Moses and Allah said He would preserve Pharaoh as a sign for the future. Dr. Maurice Bucaille in his book, (Bible, Quran and Science) makes it clear this has happened and the very person of Pharaoh has been discovered in Egypt and is now on display for all to see.
This event took place thousands of years before Muhammad, peace be upon him, and it came true in the last few decades, many centuries after his death.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a son of God or the God-incarnate or a man with divinity – but he always was and is even today considered as only a Messenger chosen by God. He insisted people praise Almighty God, alone and not to celebrate him or his companions in any way. While most people do not hesitate to raise to divinity and even make ‘gods’ out of other individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically speaking, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad, peace be upon him, accomplished.

Uniting mankind together for the purpose of worshipping the One God of Adam and all the other prophets, peace be upon them all, was his main motivating cause and his striving was for the sole purpose having everyone to understand and follow the codes of moral excellence set forth by Allah in His Revelations.

Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him, have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind’s many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a claim of Muhammad’s, peace be upon him, followers, but the inescapable conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, claimed to be a servant, messenger and prophet of the Almighty God; the same God of Adam, Abraham, Moses, David and Solomon and of Jesus, the Christ, son of Mary (peace be upon them all). He claimed he was receiving revelation from Almighty God (Allah) through the Arch Angel Gabriel, calling it the Recitation (Quran).

He ordered people to believe in God as One, without partners, and to follow the Commandments of Almighty God to the best of their abilities.

He forbade himself and his followers from evil practices and filthy habits, showing them the proper ways to eat, drink, use the toilet and proper behavior in all relationships. This he claimed was all from Allah.

What did he do?
Almost everyone on the earth today is discussing Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. People want to know, “Who was he exactly?” “What did he teach?” “Why was he loved so much by some and hated so much by others?” “Did he live up to his claims?” “Was he a holy man? “Was he a prophet of God?” “What is the truth about this man – Muhammad?”

How can we discover the truth and be totally honest in our judgment?

We will begin with the very simple historical evidences, facts as narrated by thousands of people, many of whom knew him personally. The following is based on books, manuscripts, texts and actual eyewitness accounts, too numerous list herein, yet all have been preserved in original form throughout the centuries by both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Muhammad ibn (son of) Abdullah ibn (son of) Abdul Mutalib, was born in the year 570 C.E. (Christian Era) in Makkah, Felix Arabia (today: Saudi Arabia) and he died in 633 C.E. in Yathrib (today: Madinah, Saudi Arabia).

A. His names: When he was born, his grandfather, Abdul Mutalib, gave him the name Muhammad. And it means “praised one” or “praising one.” He was later called “As-Saddiq” (the Truthful) by all of those who knew of his truthful and honest nature. He always said only the truth. He was also called “Al-Amin” (the Trustworthy) due to his integrity and always upholding any trust given to him. When the tribes were battling against each other, both sides would entrust him with their possessions during the fighting, even if it might be against some of his own tribesmen, because they knew he would always uphold any trust given to him. All of his names indicated the very nature of a man who was praised for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. He was also well known for advocating the reconciliation of kinship and relationships. He ordered his followers to always honor the “ties of the wombs” (siblings and other close relatives).

This fits right in with the prophecy mentioned in the Bible in the Book of John in chapters 14 and 16, as the coming of a prophet known as the “Spirit of Truth” or “Comforter” or “Advocate.”

B. Born as a descendent of Abraham, peace be upon him, through his first born son, Ishmael (Ismail in Arabic), peace be upon him, to the noble tribe of the Quraish who were the leaders of Makkah in those days. Muhammad’s blood line traces directly back to Abraham, peace be upon him.

This could certainly point to fulfillment of Old Testament (Torah) prophecies in Deuteronomy (chapter 18:15) of a prophet, like unto Moses from “their brethren.”

C. He kept the Commandments of Almighty God, just as his great grandfathers and prophets of old had done in the past (peace be upon them). Here is a statement from Muhammad, peace be upon him, while the Quran was being revealed to him by the angel Gabriel;
{قُلْ تَعَالَوْاْ أَتْلُ مَا حَرَّمَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَيْكُمْ أَلاَّ تُشْرِكُواْ بِهِ شَيْئاً وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَاناً وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ أَوْلاَدَكُم مِّنْ إمْلاَقٍ نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُكُمْ وَإِيَّاهُمْ وَلاَ تَقْرَبُواْ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللّهُ إِلاَّ بِالْحَقِّ ذَلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُمْ بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ}
Transliteration: Qul Ta`ālaw ‘Atlu Mā Ĥarrama Rabbukum `Alaykum ‘Allā Tushrikū Bihi Shay’āan Wa Bil-Wālidayni ‘Iĥsānāan Wa Lā Taqtulū ‘Awlādakum Min ‘Imlāqin Naĥnu Narzuqukum Wa ‘Īyāhum Wa Lā Taqrabū Al-Fawāĥisha Mā Žahara Minhā Wa Mā Baţana Wa Lā Taqtulū An-Nafsa Allatī Ĥarrama Allāhu ‘Illā Bil-Ĥaqqi Dhālikum Waşşākum Bihi La`allakum Ta`qilūna
Translation: “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your PARENTS; do not kill your children because of poverty – (Allah) provide sustenance for you and for them; do not come near to Al-Fawahish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause. This He has commanded you that you may understand.” [Holy Quran 6:151].

D. Muhammad, peace be upon him, lived in total commitment to his Belief in One God, and as such, He was to be worshipped alone, without any other “gods” beside Him. This is the very first commandment in the Old Testament (Exodus chapter 20 and Deuteronomy, chapter 5) and in the New Testament as well (Mark, chapter 12, verse 29).

E. Muhammad, peace be upon him, ordered his followers to obey Allah Almighty. He ordered following the Commandments as were revealed to him by the angel Gabriel from Almighty Allah. Read below, one of many similar statements from the Quran:
{إِنَّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاء ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاء وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ}
Transliteration: ‘Ūlā’ika Al-Ladhīna Hadá Allāhu Fabihudāhumu Aqtadih Qul Lā ‘As’alukum `Alayhi ‘Ajrāan ‘In Huwa ‘Illā Dhikrá Lil`ālamīna
Translation: “Surely, Allah Commands absolute justice and steadfast commitment to performing your duties to Almighty Allah, in total sincerity and giving help to relatives: and He forbids evil, and disobedience and all that is prohibited by Allah (such as; illegal sexual acts, disobedience of PARENTS, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right, etc.), and (He Forbids) any evil (i.e. all that is prohibited by God’s Law, such as: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.), and all kinds of oppression, He admonishes you, that you may take heed”. [Holy Quran 16:90].

F. Muhammad, peace be upon him, never fell into the common practice of his tribesmen to worship statues, idols or man-made “gods”. He forbid his followers to ever engage in worship outside of the One True God (Allah) of Adam, Abraham, Moses and all the prophets, peace be upon them all.
{وَمَا تَفَرَّقَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا مِن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءتْهُمُ الْبَيِّنَةُ (4) وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاء وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَذَلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ}
Transliteration: Wa Mā Tafarraqa Al-Ladhīna ‘Ūtū Al-Kitāba ‘Illā Min Ba`di Mā Jā’at/humu Al-Bayyinahu, Wa Mā ‘Umirū ‘Illā Liya`budū Allāha Mukhlişīna Lahu Ad-Dīna Ĥunafā’a Wa Yuqīmū Aş-Şalāata Wa Yu’utū Az-Zakāata Wa Dhalika Dīnu Al-Qayyimahi
Translation: “And the people of the Scripture Jews and Christians did not differed amongst themselves until after there came to them clear evidence.
And they were commanded only to worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (no gods beside God), and perform prayers and give charity: and that is the right religion”. [Holy Quran 98:4-5].

He despised false worship to any man-made gods or images or anything in creation as a god. He hated all of the complexities and degradation to which it leads.

This is in direct obedience to the second commandment in the above mentioned verses, “Thou shalt not make any graven images.”

G. Muhammad, peace be upon him, always held the Name of God (Allah) in the highest of reverence and never took God’s Name in vain or for any vainglorious purpose.

He forbid his followers for ever doing anything like this and encouraged them to use names such as “Servant of Almighty God” (Abdullah).

H. Muhammad, peace be upon him, upheld the proper worship and ceremonies of his grandfathers, Abraham and Ishmael, peace be upon them. Here is something from the second chapter of the Quran. Read closely;
{وَإِذِ ابْتَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَاماً قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي قَالَ لاَ يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ (124) وَإِذْ جَعَلْنَا الْبَيْتَ مَثَابَةً لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَمْناً وَاتَّخِذُواْ مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى وَعَهِدْنَا إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ أَن طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ (125) وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَـَذَا بَلَداً آمِناً وَارْزُقْ أَهْلَهُ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ مَنْ آمَنَ مِنْهُم بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ قَالَ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَأُمَتِّعُهُ قَلِيلاً ثُمَّ أَضْطَرُّهُ إِلَى عَذَابِ النَّارِ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ (126) وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ (127) رَبَّنَا وَاجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ (128) رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولاً مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ العَزِيزُ الحَكِيمُ (129) وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِلاَّ مَن سَفِهَ نَفْسَهُ وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَإِنَّهُ فِي الآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ (130) إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ (131) وَوَصَّى بِهَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بَنِيهِ وَيَعْقُوبُ يَا بَنِيَّ إِنَّ اللّهَ اصْطَفَى لَكُمُ الدِّينَ فَلاَ تَمُوتُنَّ إَلاَّ وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ}
Transliteration: Wa ‘Idhi Abtalá ‘Ibrāhīma Rabbuhu Bikalimātin Fa’atammahunna Qāla ‘Innī Jā`iluka Lilnnāsi ‘Imāmāan Qāla Wa Min Dhurrīyatī Qāla Lā Yanālu `Ahdī Až-Žālimīna, Wa ‘Idh Ja`alnā Al-Bayta Mathābatan Lilnnāsi Wa ‘Amnāan Wa Attakhidhū Min Maqāmi ‘Ibrāhīma Muşalláan Wa `Ahidnā ‘Ilá ‘Ibrāhīma Wa ‘Ismā`īla ‘An Ţahhirā Baytiya Lilţţā’ifīna Wa Al-`Ākifīna Wa Ar-Rukka`i As-Sujūdi, Wa ‘Idh Qāla ‘Ibrāhīmu Rabbi Aj`al Hādhā Baladāan ‘Āmināan Wa Arzuq ‘Ahlahu Mina Ath-Thamarāti Man ‘Āmana Minhum Billāhi Wa Al-Yawmi Al-‘Ākhiri Qāla Wa Man Kafara Fa’umatti`uhu Qalīlāan Thumma ‘Ađţarruhu ‘Ilá `Adhābi An-Nāri Wa Bi’sa Al-Maşīru, Wa ‘Idh Yarfa`u ‘Ibrāhīmu Al-Qawā`ida Mina Al-Bayti Wa ‘Ismā`īlu Rabbanā Taqabbal Minnā ‘Innaka ‘Anta As-Samī`u Al-`Alīmu, Rabbanā Wa Aj`alnā Muslimayni Laka Wa Min Dhurrīyatinā ‘Ummatan Muslimatan Laka Wa ‘Arinā Manāsikanā Wa Tub `Alaynā ‘Innaka ‘Anta At-Tawwābu Ar-Raĥīmu, Rabbanā Wa Ab`ath Fīhim Rasūlāan Minhum Yatlū `Alayhim ‘Āyātika Wa Yu`allimuhumu Al-Kitāba Wa Al-Ĥikmata Wa Yuzakkīhim ‘Innaka ‘Anta Al-`Azīzu Al-Ĥakīmu, Wa Man Yarghabu `An Millati ‘Ibrāhīma ‘Illā Man Safiha Nafsahu Wa Laqadi Aşţafaynāhu Fī Ad-Dunyā Wa ‘Innahu Fī Al-‘Ākhirati Lamina Aş-Şāliĥīna, ‘Idh Qāla Lahu Rabbuhu ‘Aslim Qāla ‘Aslamtu Lirabbi Al-`Ālamīna, Wa Waşşá Bihā ‘Ibrāhīmu Banīhi Wa Ya`qūbu Yā Banīya ‘Inna Allāha Aşţafá Lakumu Ad-Dīna Falā Tamūtunna ‘Illā Wa ‘Antum Muslimūna
Translation: “Recall when Abraham’s Lord (Allah) tested him with Commands, that he fulfilled. Allah said, “Surely, I am going to make you a leader (prophet) of mankind. (Abraham said) “And my offspring, too.” (Allah) said, “My Covenant (prophethood, etc.) does not include wrong-doers (thalimun).
“And recall when (Allah) made the House (ka’bah in Bakkah, which later was called “Makkah”) a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety. And it is your place of prayer, and (Allah) commanded Abraham and Ishmael to purify (God’s House at Makkah) for those who are circling it, or staying there or bowing or prostrating themselves (there, in worship).
“And when Abraham said, ‘My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, for them that believe in Allah Almighty and the Last Day.’ (Allah) answered, “As for him who doesn’t believe, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him t the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!”
“And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the Sacred House (Ka’bah in Makkah), saying, ‘Our Lord! Accept from us. Certainly! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.'”
“Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manasik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage – Hajj and ‘Umrah, etc.), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.
“Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own (and indeed Allah answered by sending Muhammad Peace be upon him ), who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book (this Quran) and full knowledge of (Allah’s) Laws and jurisprudence, and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.”
And who turns away from the religion of Abraham (Monotheism) except him who fools himself? Truly, (Allah) chose him in this world and verily, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.
When his Lord said to him, “Submit (“Islam” means “submission”)!” He said, “I have submitted myself (“Muslim” means “one who submits”) to the Lord of all that exists.”
And this (submission to Allah) was ordered by Abraham upon his sons and by Jacob; saying, “O my sons! Allah has chosen for you the (true) religion; then die not except in the Faith of Submission (like those in true submission to God’s Will)” [Holy Quran 2:124-132].

I. Muhammad, peace be upon him, performed these same ceremonies in worship to what we find the prophets doing before him, bowing to toward the ground and prostrating (falling on the face) while praying and worshipping. He would face Jerusalem for his devotionals and commanded his followers to do the same (until Allah sent down the angel Gabriel with revelation to change the direction (qibal) mentioned in Quran).

J. Muhammad, peace be upon him, advocated rights for all members of the family and especially ties to the parents, both mother and father, also rights for infant girls, orphaned girls and certainly for wives, as well.

It is known from the Quran, Muhammad, peace be upon him, ordered his followers to be kind and respectful to their parents. They were told not to even say, “Ooh” to them while caring for them in their old age. Read from the Quran:
{وَقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَاناً إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلاَهُمَا فَلاَ تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلاَ تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلاً كَرِيماً}
Transliteration: Wa Qađá Rabbuka ‘Allā Ta`budū ‘Illā ‘Īyāhu Wa Bil-Wālidayni ‘Iĥsānāan ‘Immā Yablughanna `Indaka Al- Kibara ‘Aĥaduhumā ‘Aw Kilāhumā Falā Taqul Lahumā ‘Uffin Wa Lā Tanharhumā Wa Qul Lahumā Qawlāan Karīmāan
Translation: “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honor”. [Holy Quran 17:23]

K. Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the defender of the orphans and even the newborn children. He ordered the care of orphans and feeding of the poor as the means to enter Paradise and if anyone held back the rights of those who were destitute, they could forget about ever seeing Paradise. He also forbade the killing of new born girls, as was a custom of ignorance according to primitive Arab traditions. This is referred to in the Quran; when, on the Day of Judgment those who practiced the evil deed of terminating the life of their own infant daughters, will have it exposed, the Quran says:
{وَإِذَا الْمَوْؤُودَةُ سُئِلَتْ}
Transliteration: Wa ‘Idhā Al-Maw’ūdatu Su’ilat
Translation: “And when the female (infant) buried alive (as the pagan Arabs used to do) is going to be asked; about what sin could she (as an infant) have possibly committed.” [Holy Quran 81:8].

{الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ سِرّاً وَعَلاَنِيَةً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ}
Transliteration: Al-Ladhīna Yunfiqūna ‘Amwālahum Bil-Layli Wa An-Nahāri Sirrāan Wa `Alāniyatan Falahum ‘Ajruhum `Inda Rabbihim Wa Lā Khawfun `Alayhim Wa Lā Hum Yaĥzanūna
Translation: “Those who spend their wealth (in Allah’s Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”. [Holy Quran 2:274]

L. Muhammad, peace be upon him, ordered men not to “inherit women against their will,” and not to marry them accept by mutual consent and never to touch their wealth or inheritance in order to improve their own financial conditions.
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ أَن تَرِثُواْ النِّسَاء كَرْهاً وَلاَ تَعْضُلُوهُنَّ لِتَذْهَبُواْ بِبَعْضِ مَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ إِلاَّ أَن يَأْتِينَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُّبَيِّنَةٍ وَعَاشِرُوهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ فَإِن كَرِهْتُمُوهُنَّ فَعَسَى أَن تَكْرَهُواْ شَيْئاً وَيَجْعَلَ اللّهُ فِيهِ خَيْراً كَثِيراً}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Lā Yaĥillu Lakum ‘An Tarithū An-Nisā’ Karhāan Wa Lā Ta`đulūhunna Litadh/habū Biba`đi Mā ‘Ātaytumūhunna ‘Illā ‘An Ya’tīna Bifāĥishatin Mubayyinatin Wa `Āshirūhunna Bil-Ma`rūfi Fa’in Karihtumūhunna Fa`asá ‘An Takrahū Shay’āan Wa Yaj`ala Allāhu Fīhi Khayrāan Kathīrāan
Translation: “O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will, and you should not treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the Mahr you have given them, unless they commit open illegal sexual intercourse. And live with them honorably. If you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings through it a great deal of good”. [Holy Quran 4:19]

We also notice from this verse, He forbid the common practice of wife-beating and abuse, (his own wife said he never once hit her).

He never once engaged in sex outside of marriage, nor did he ever approve of it, even though it was very common at the time. His only relationships with women were in legitimate, contractual marriages with proper witnesses according to law. His relationship to Ayesha was only that of marriage. He did not marry her the first time her father offered her hand to him in marriage. He married her only after she reached the age of puberty and could decide for herself. Their relationship is described in every detail by Ayesha herself in the most loving and respectful manner as a match truly made in heaven. Ayesha is considered as one of the highest scholars of Islam and lived out her entire life only having been married to Muhammad, peace be upon him. She never desired any other man, nor did she ever utter a single negative statement against Muhammad, peace be upon him.

M. Muhammad, peace be upon him, ordered men to “provide and protect” women, whether it was their own mother, sister, wife or daughter or even those of others, whether they were Muslims or not.

{الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاء بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ وَبِمَا أَنفَقُواْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ فَالصَّالِحَاتُ قَانِتَاتٌ حَافِظَاتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللّهُ وَاللاَّتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلاَ تَبْغُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلاً إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلِيّاً كَبِيراً}
Transliteration: Ar-Rijālu Qawwāmūna `Alá An-Nisā’ Bimā Fađđala Allāhu Ba`đahum `Alá Ba`đin Wa Bimā ‘Anfaqū Min ‘Amwālihim Fālşşāliĥātu Qānitātun Ĥāfižātun Lilghaybi Bimā Ĥafiža Allāhu Wa Al-Lātī Takhāfūna Nushūzahunna Fa`ižūhunna Wa Ahjurūhunna Fī Al-Mađāji`i Wa Ađribūhunna Fa’in ‘Aţa`nakum Falā Tabghū `Alayhinna Sabīlāan ‘Inna Allāha Kāna `Alīyāan Kabīrāan
Translation: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support the women) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity, their husband’s property, etc.).
As to those women on whose part you see ill*conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, startle them (set forth a clear example or parable for them, to make clear the point of what is going on before divorcing them) so if they return to proper obedience (to Allah and their husbands), do not annoy them any further. Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great.” [Holy Quran 4:34]

N. Muhammad, peace be upon him, prohibited killing of children for fear of poverty and also forbade killing any innocent people.

{قُلْ تَعَالَوْاْ أَتْلُ مَا حَرَّمَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَيْكُمْ أَلاَّ تُشْرِكُواْ بِهِ شَيْئاً وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَاناً وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ أَوْلاَدَكُم مِّنْ إمْلاَقٍ نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُكُمْ وَإِيَّاهُمْ وَلاَ تَقْرَبُواْ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللّهُ إِلاَّ بِالْحَقِّ ذَلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُمْ بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ}
Transliteration: Qul Ta`ālaw ‘Atlu Mā Ĥarrama Rabbukum `Alaykum ‘Allā Tushrikū Bihi Shay’āan Wa Bil-Wālidayni ‘Iĥsānāan Wa Lā Taqtulū ‘Awlādakum Min ‘Imlāqin Naĥnu Narzuqukum Wa ‘Īyāhum Wa Lā Taqrabū Al-Fawāĥisha Mā Žahara Minhā Wa Mā Baţana Wa Lā Taqtulū An-Nafsa Allatī Ĥarrama Allāhu ‘Illā Bil-Ĥaqqi Dhālikum Waşşākum Bihi La`allakum Ta`qilūna
Translation: “Say (O Muhammad Peace be upon him): “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty – We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawahish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Law). This He has commanded you that you may understand”. [Holy Quran 6:151].

O. Muhammad, peace be upon him, never committed adultery, and he required his followers to engage only in lawful marriage relationships with women, and forbid sex outside of Almighty God’s Ordinance.

{الشَّيْطَانُ يَعِدُكُمُ الْفَقْرَ وَيَأْمُرُكُم بِالْفَحْشَاء وَاللّهُ يَعِدُكُم مَّغْفِرَةً مِّنْهُ وَفَضْلاً وَاللّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ}
Transliteration: Ash-Shayţānu Ya`idukumu Al-Faqra Wa Ya’murukum Bil-Faĥshā’i Wa Allāhu Ya`idukum Maghfiratan Minhu Wa Fađlāan Wa Allāhu Wāsi`un `Alīmun
Translation: “Satan (the devil) threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc.); whereas Allah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower”. [Holy Quran 2:268]

{قُلْ إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ رَبِّيَ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَالإِثْمَ وَالْبَغْيَ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَأَن تُشْرِكُواْ بِاللّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ سُلْطَاناً وَأَن تَقُولُواْ عَلَى اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ}
Transliteration: Qul ‘Innamā Ĥarrama Rabbiya Al-Fawāĥisha Mā Žahara Minhā Wa Mā Baţana Wa Al-‘Ithma Wa Al-Baghya Bighayri Al-Ĥaqqi Wa ‘An Tushrikū Billāhi Mā Lam Yunazzil Bihi Sulţānāan Wa ‘An Taqūlū `Alá Allāhi Mā Lā Ta`lamūna
Translation: “Say (O Muhammad SAW): “(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al*Fawahish (great evil sins, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allah of which you have no knowledge” [Holy Quran 7:33].

{وَلاَ تَقْرَبُواْ الزِّنَى إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاء سَبِيلاً}
Transliteration: Wa Lā Taqrabū Az-Ziná ‘Innahu Kāna Fāĥishatan Wa Sā’a Sabīlāan
Translation: “And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is a Fahishah [i.e. anything that transgresses its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless Allah forgives him)”. [Holy Quran 17:32].

The adulterer marries not but an adulteress or a Mushrikah and the adulteress none marries her except an adulterer or a Muskrik [and that means that the man who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation with) a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan or idolatress) or a prostitute, then surely he is either an adulterer, or a Mushrik (polytheist, pagan or idolater, etc.) And the woman who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation with) a Mushrik (polytheist, pagan or idolater) or an adulterer, then she is either a prostitute or a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan, or idolatress, etc.)]. Such a thing is forbidden to the believers (of Islamic Monotheism).
[Holy Quran 24:3].
{الزَّانِي لَا يَنكِحُ إلَّا زَانِيَةً أَوْ مُشْرِكَةً وَالزَّانِيَةُ لَا يَنكِحُهَا إِلَّا زَانٍ أَوْ مُشْرِكٌ وَحُرِّمَ ذَلِكَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ}
Transliteration: Az-Zānī Lā Yankiĥu ‘Illā Zāniyatan ‘Aw Mushrikatan Wa Az-Zāniyatu Lā Yankiĥuhā ‘Illā Zānin ‘Aw Mushrikun Wa Ĥurrima Dhālika `Alá Al-Mu’uminīna

Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not.
[Holy Quran 24:19].
{الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَن تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ}
Transliteration: ‘Inna Al-Ladhīna Yuĥibbūna ‘An Tashī`a Al-Fāĥishatu Fī Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Lahum `Adhābun ‘Alīmun Fī Ad-Dunyā Wa Al-‘Ākhirati Wa Allāhu Ya`lamu Wa ‘Antum Lā Ta`lamūna

O Prophet! When believing women come to you to give you the pledge, that they will not associate anything in worship with Allah, that they will not steal, that they will not commit illegal sexual intercourse, that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood (i.e. by making illegal children belonging to their husbands), and that they will not disobey you in any Ma’ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all that which Islam ordains) then accept their Bai’a (pledge), and ask Allah to forgive them, Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Holy Quran 60:12].
{يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِذَا جَاءكَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتُ يُبَايِعْنَكَ عَلَى أَن لَّا يُشْرِكْنَ بِاللَّهِ شَيْئاً وَلَا يَسْرِقْنَ وَلَا يَزْنِينَ وَلَا يَقْتُلْنَ أَوْلَادَهُنَّ وَلَا يَأْتِينَ بِبُهْتَانٍ يَفْتَرِينَهُ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِنَّ وَأَرْجُلِهِنَّ وَلَا يَعْصِينَكَ فِي مَعْرُوفٍ فَبَايِعْهُنَّ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُنَّ اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā An-Nabīyu ‘Idhā Jā’aka Al-Mu’uminātu Yubāyi`naka `Alaá ‘An Lā Yushrikna Billāhi Shay’āan Wa Lā Yasriqna Wa Lā Yaznīna Wa Lā Yaqtulna ‘Awlādahunna Wa Lā Ya’tīna Bibuhtānin Yaftarīnahu Bayna ‘Aydīhinna Wa ‘Arjulihinna Wa Lā Ya`şīnaka Fī Ma`rūfin Fabāyi`hunna Wa Astaghfir Lahunna Allāha ‘Inna Allāha Ghafūrun Raĥīmun

People committed fornication and adultery in most places around the word in Muhammad’s time, yet he never once did so, and he forbade all of his followers from this evil practice.

P. Muhammad, peace be upon him, forbade usury and interest on money lending, as Jesus, peace be upon him, had done centuries before him. It can be easily shown how usury eats away at wealth and destroys the economic systems throughout history. Yet, just as in the teachings of the prophets of old, Muhammad, peace be upon him, held that such practices were most evil and must be avoided in order to be at peace with the Creator (Allah).

Those who eat usury (deal in interest) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Satan leading him to insanity. That is because they say: “Trading is only like usury,” whereas Allah has permitted trading and forbidden usury. So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating usury shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allah (to judge); but whoever returns to dealing in usury, such are the dwellers of the Fire – they will abide therein.
Allah will destroy Riba (usury) and will give increase for charity, alms, etc. And Allah likes not the disbelievers, sinners. Truly those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and perform Salat, and give Zakat, they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
You who believe! Be afraid of Allah and give up what remains (due to you) from usury, if you are believers.
And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allah and His Messenger but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly. [Holy Quran 2:275-279].
{الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لاَ يَقُومُونَ إِلاَّ كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُواْ إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا وَأَحَلَّ اللّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا فَمَن جَاءهُ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ فَانتَهَىَ فَلَهُ مَا سَلَفَ وَأَمْرُهُ إِلَى اللّهِ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ (275) يَمْحَقُ اللّهُ الْرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ وَاللّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ أَثِيمٍ (276) إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّالِحَاتِ وَأَقَامُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَآتَوُاْ الزَّكَاةَ لَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ (277) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَذَرُواْ مَا بَقِيَ مِنَ الرِّبَا إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ (278) فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُواْ فَأْذَنُواْ بِحَرْبٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَإِن تُبْتُمْ فَلَكُمْ رُؤُوسُ أَمْوَالِكُمْ لاَ تَظْلِمُونَ وَلاَ تُظْلَمُونَ}
Transliteration: Al-Ladhīna Ya’kulūna Ar-Ribā Lā Yaqūmūna ‘Illā Kamā Yaqūmu Al-Ladhī Yatakhabbaţuhu Ash-Shayţānu Mina Al-Massi Dhālika Bi’annahum Qālū ‘Innamā Al-Bay`u Mithlu Ar-Ribā Wa ‘Aĥalla Allāhu Al-Bay`a Wa Ĥarrama Ar-Ribā Faman Jā’ahu Maw`ižatun Min Rabbihi Fāntahá Falahu Mā Salafa Wa ‘Amruhu ‘Ilá Allāhi Wa Man `Āda Fa’ūlā’ika ‘Aşĥābu An-Nāri Hum Fīhā Khālidūna, Yamĥaqu Allāhu Ar-Ribā Wa Yurbī Aş-Şadaqāti Wa Allāhu Lā Yuĥibbu Kulla Kaffārin ‘Athīmin, ‘Inna Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Wa `Amilū Aş-Şāliĥāti Wa ‘Aqāmū Aş-Şalāata Wa ‘Ātaw Az-Zakāata Lahum ‘Ajruhum `Inda Rabbihim Wa Lā Khawfun `Alayhim Wa Lā Hum Yaĥzanūna, Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Attaqū Allāha Wa Dharū Mā Baqiya Mina Ar-Ribā ‘In Kuntum Mu’uminīna, Fa’in Lam Taf`alū Fa’dhanū Biĥarbin Mina Allāhi Wa Rasūlihi Wa ‘In Tubtum Falakum Ru’ūsu ‘Amwālikum Lā Tažlimūna Wa Lā Tužlamūna

Q. Muhammad, peace be upon him, never gambled and did not allow it. Like usury, gambling takes away wealth but at an even faster pace.

“People ask you (Muhammad) about alcohol and gambling. Say, ‘There is great sin in both of them and (some benefit) for humans, but the sin is greater than any benefit from them.’ And they ask you what they should spend (for charity, etc.). Say, ‘Whatever is above your basic needs.’ So, Allah makes it clear to you His Laws in order for you to give thought.” [Holy Quran 2:219].
{يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ قُلْ فِيهِمَا إِثْمٌ كَبِيرٌ وَمَنَافِعُ لِلنَّاسِ وَإِثْمُهُمَا أَكْبَرُ مِن نَّفْعِهِمَا وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا يُنفِقُونَ قُلِ الْعَفْوَ كَذَلِكَ يُبيِّنُ اللّهُ لَكُمُ الآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ}
Transliteration: Yas’alūnaka `Ani Al-Khamri Wa Al-Maysiri Qul Fīhimā ‘Ithmun Kabīrun Wa Manāfi`u Lilnnāsi Wa ‘Ithmuhumā ‘Akbaru Min Naf`ihimā Wa Yas’alūnaka Mādhā Yunfiqūna Quli Al-`Afwa Kadhālika Yubayyinu Allāhu Lakumu Al-‘Āyāti La`allakum Tatafakkarūna

Gambling had not been viewed as so evil until the time of Muhammad, peace be upon. Today, it is well established the damage gambling causes to families and even mental health. The idea of getting something for nothing is not the proper way of life prescribed by the teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him.

R. Muhammad, peace be upon him, never drank alcohol or strong drink, even though it was a very normal thing for people of his time and place.

“O you believers! Intoxicating drinks, gambling, fortune telling, etc. is the hated work of the devil. So stay away from all of that horrible stuff, that you will be successful.”
“The devil only wants to create hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks, etc.) and gambling and to keep you from the remembrance of Allah and from your proper worship (prayers). So, why won’t you away from them?” [Holy Quran 5:90-91].
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالأَنصَابُ وَالأَزْلاَمُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ (90) إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاء فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللّهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلاَةِ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū ‘Innamā Al-Khamru Wa Al-Maysiru Wa Al-‘Anşābu Wa Al-‘Azlāmu Rijsun Min `Amali Ash-Shayţāni Fājtanibūhu La`allakum Tufliĥūna, ‘Innamā Yurīdu Ash-Shayţānu ‘An Yūqi`a Baynakumu Al-`Adāwata Wa Al-Baghđā’a Fī Al-Khamri Wa Al-Maysiri Wa Yaşuddakum `An Dhikri Allāhi Wa `Ani Aş-Şalāati Fahal ‘Antum Muntahūna

The Arabs, like most other cultures at his time, drank alcohol without concern for their health or for their altered behavior while intoxicated. Many of them were alcoholics.

In today’s world there is little need to present long discussions on the evil and dangers of drinking alcohol. Besides causing diseases and ruining a person’s health, alcohol is often attributed to be the cause of many traffic accidents resulting in property damage, injuries and deaths. The first order was for the followers of Muhammad, peace be upon him, to leave off drinking while engaged in worship, then came stronger orders to leave drinking all together. Thus, offering a time for the early Muslims to break off from their addiction to strong drink.

S. Muhammad, peace be upon him, did not engage in gossip or backbiting and he always turned away from hearing anything related to it.

O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.
[Holy Quran 49:6].
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَأٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْماً بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū ‘In Jā’akum Fāsiqun Binaba’iin Fatabayyanū ‘An Tuşībū Qawmāan Bijahālatin Fatuşbiĥū `Alá Mā Fa`altum Nādimīna

O you who believe! Do not allow one group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former, nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one’s brother after having Faith? And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed wrong-doers.
O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting) . And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.
[Holy Quran 49:11-12].
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَسْخَرْ قَومٌ مِّن قَوْمٍ عَسَى أَن يَكُونُوا خَيْراً مِّنْهُمْ وَلَا نِسَاء مِّن نِّسَاء عَسَى أَن يَكُنَّ خَيْراً مِّنْهُنَّ وَلَا تَلْمِزُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَلَا تَنَابَزُوا بِالْأَلْقَابِ بِئْسَ الاِسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الْإِيمَانِ وَمَن لَّمْ يَتُبْ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ (11) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيراً مِّنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا يَغْتَب بَّعْضُكُم بَعْضاً أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَن يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتاً فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِيمٌ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Lā Yaskhar Qawmun Min Qawmin `Asá ‘An Yakūnū Khayrāan Minhum Wa Lā Nisā’un Min Nisā’in `Asá ‘An Yakunna Khayrāan Minhunna Wa Lā Talmizū ‘Anfusakum Wa Lā Tanābazū Bil-‘Alqābi Bi’sa Al-Aismu Al-Fusūqu Ba`da Al-‘Īmāni Wa Man Lam Yatub Fa’ūlā’ika Humu Až-Žālimūna, Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Ajtanibū Kathīrāan Mina Až-Žanni ‘Inna Ba`đa Až-Žanni ‘Ithmun Wa Lā Tajassasū Wa Lā Yaghtab Ba`đukum Ba`đāan ‘Ayuĥibbu ‘Aĥadukum ‘An Ya’kula Laĥma ‘Akhīhi Maytāan Fakarihtumūhu Wa Attaqū Allāha ‘Inna Allāha Tawwābun Raĥīmun

Certainly, these teachings would be well appreciated in today’s world where we find almost everyone engaging in the worst of gossiping and insulting of others, even the closest of relatives and loved ones.

T. Muhammad, peace be upon him, was most generous and encouraged others to be the same way in their dealings with others. He even asked them to forgive the debts of others with hope of receiving a better reward with their Lord (Allah).

And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no money), then grant him time till it is easy for him to repay, but if you remit it by way of charity, that is better for you if you did but know.
And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly. [Holy Quran 2:280-281].
{وَإِن كَانَ ذُو عُسْرَةٍ فَنَظِرَةٌ إِلَى مَيْسَرَةٍ وَأَن تَصَدَّقُواْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ (280) وَاتَّقُواْ يَوْماً تُرْجَعُونَ فِيهِ إِلَى اللّهِ ثُمَّ تُوَفَّى كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّا كَسَبَتْ وَهُمْ لاَ يُظْلَمُونَ}
Transliteration: Wa ‘In Kāna Dhū `Usratin Fanažiratun ‘Ilá Maysaratin Wa ‘An Taşaddaqū Khayrun Lakum ‘In Kuntum Ta`lamūna, Wa Attaqū Yawmāan Turja`ūna Fīhi ‘Ilá Allāhi Thumma Tuwaffá Kullu Nafsin Mā Kasabat Wa Hum Lā Yužlamūna

S. Muhammad, peace be upon him, commanded the payment of charity to the poor and he was the defender and protector of widows, orphans and the wayfarers.

“Therefore, do not oppress the orphan, nor repulse the beggar.” [Holy Quran 93:9-10]

Charity is for the poor, who in Allah’s Cause are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about in the land (for trade or work). The one who knows them not, thinks that they are rich because of their modesty. You may know them by their mark, they do not beg of people at all. And whatever you spend in good, surely Allah knows it well. [Holy Quran 2:273].
{لِلْفُقَرَاء الَّذِينَ أُحصِرُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ لاَ يَسْتَطِيعُونَ ضَرْباً فِي الأَرْضِ يَحْسَبُهُمُ الْجَاهِلُ أَغْنِيَاء مِنَ التَّعَفُّفِ تَعْرِفُهُم بِسِيمَاهُمْ لاَ يَسْأَلُونَ النَّاسَ إِلْحَافاً وَمَا تُنفِقُواْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ}
Transliteration: Lilfuqarā’i Al-Ladhīna ‘Uĥşirū Fī Sabīli Allāhi Lā Yastaţī`ūna Đarbāan Fī Al-‘Arđi Yaĥsabuhumu Al-Jāhilu ‘Aghniyā’a Mina At-Ta`affufi Ta`rifuhum Bisīmāhum Lā Yas’alūna An-Nāsa ‘Ilĥāfāan Wa Mā Tunfiqū Min Khayrin Fa’inna Allāha Bihi `Alīmun

U. Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught people how to deal with the most extreme difficulties and tests that occur to us throughout our lives. He held that only through patience and a humble attitude would we find true resolution and understanding of life’s complications and disappointments. He the most patient of all and was exemplary in his own humbleness. All who knew him had to admit to these virtues.

O you who believe! Seek help in patience and the prayer. Truly! Allah is with the patient ones. [Holy Quran 2:153].
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلاَةِ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Asta`īnū Biş-Şabri Wa Aş-Şalāati ‘Inna Allāha Ma`a Aş-Şābirīna

He explained this life was a test from Allah:
And certainly, Allah shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient ones. [Holy Quran 2:155].
{وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوفْ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الأَمَوَالِ وَالأنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ}
Transliteration: Wa Lanabluwannakum Bishay’in Mina Al-Khawfi Wa Al-Jū`i Wa Naqşin Mina Al-‘Amwli Wa Al-‘Anfusi Wa Ath-Thamarāti Wa Bashshiri Aş-Şābirīna

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” [Holy Quran 2:156].
{الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ}
Transliteration: Al-Ladhīna ‘Idhā ‘Aşābat/hum Muşībatun Qālū ‘Innā Lillāhi Wa ‘Innā ‘Ilayhi Rāji`ūna

V. Muhammad, peace be upon him, fasted for days at a time to be closer to Almighty God and away from the narrowness of worldly attractions.

O you who believe! Observing the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious. [Holy Quran 2:183].
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā Al-Ladhīna ‘Āmanū Kutiba `Alaykumu Aş-Şiyāmu Kamā Kutiba `Alá Al-Ladhīna Min Qablikum La`allakum Tattaqūna

W. Muhammad, peace be upon him, called for an end to racism and tribalism from the beginning to the end of his mission. He was truly the peacemaker for all times and all people.

O mankind! (Allah) has created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who is one of the pious. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware [Holy Quran 49:13].
{يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوباً وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā An-Nāsu ‘Innā Khalaqnākum Min Dhakarin Wa ‘Unthá Wa Ja`alnākum Shu`ūbāan Wa Qabā’ila Lita`ārafū ‘Inna ‘Akramakum `Inda Allāhi ‘Atqākum ‘Inna Allāha `Alīmun Khabīrun

And in another verse of the Quran:
O mankind! Have piety and be most dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All*Watcher over you. [Holy Quran 4:1].
{يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيراً وَنِسَاء وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيباً}
Transliteration: Yā ‘Ayyuhā An-Nāsu Attaqū Rabbakumu Al-Ladhī Khalaqakum Min Nafsin Wāĥidatin Wa Khalaqa Minhā Zawjahā Wa Baththa Minhumā Rijālāan Kathīrāan Wa Nisā’an Wa Attaqū Allāha Al-Ladhī Tatasā’alūna Bihi Wa Al-‘Arĥāma ‘Inna Allāha Kāna `Alaykum Raqībāan

X. Regarding keeping up good relationships and bringing people back together after a falling out, the Quran says:
And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both, but if one of them rebels against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which rebels till it complies with the Command of Allah; then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allah loves those who are equitable.
The believers are nothing else than brothers to each other. So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy. [Holy Quran 49:9-10].
{وَإِن طَائِفَتَانِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ اقْتَتَلُوا فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَهُمَا فَإِن بَغَتْ إِحْدَاهُمَا عَلَى الْأُخْرَى فَقَاتِلُوا الَّتِي تَبْغِي حَتَّى تَفِيءَ إِلَى أَمْرِ اللَّهِ فَإِن فَاءتْ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَهُمَا بِالْعَدْلِ وَأَقْسِطُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ (9) إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ}
Transliteration: Wa ‘In Ţā’ifatāni Mina Al-Mu’uminīna Aqtatalū Fa’aşliĥū Baynahumā Fa’in Baghat ‘Iĥdāhumā `Alá Al-‘Ukhrá Faqātilū Allatī Tabghī Ĥattá Tafī’a ‘Ilá ‘Amri Allāhi Fa’in Fā’at Fa’aşliĥū Baynahumā Bil-`Adli Wa ‘Aqsiţū ‘Inna Allāha Yuĥibbu Al-Muqsiţīna, ‘Innamā Al-Mu’uminūna ‘Ikhwatun Fa’aşliĥū Bayna ‘Akhawaykum Wa Attaqū Allāha La`allakum Turĥamūna

Y. Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught that Jesus, peace be upon him, was the immaculate conception and miracle birth of Mary, and that she was the best creation of Almighty God. He insisted even to the Jews of Madinah, that Jesus, peace be upon him, was the Messiah, the Christ, the one predicted to come in their Torah (Old Testament). He also taught that Jesus, peace be upon him, did many miracles by the permission of Almighty God, curing the lepers, restoring sight to the blind and even bringing a dead man back to life, and he was not dead, rather Almighty God had raised him up. He also predicted Jesus, peace be upon him, is going to return again in the Last Days to lead the true believers in a victory over the evil and unrighteous people, and he will destroy the Anti-Christ.

Z. Muhammad, peace be upon him, forbade any killing, even when his followers were being killed, until the orders for retaliation came from Allah. Even then the limits were clearly spelled out and only those engaged in active combat against the Muslims or Islam were to be fought in combat. And even then, only according to very strict rules from Allah.

What did his followers say?

“His name was Muhammad” (peace be upon him)

To begin: You may be a Christian Protestant, Catholic, Jew, an atheist or an agnostic; or you may belong to any of many different religious denominations existing in today’s world. You might even be a communist or believe in man’s democracy as the rule on earth. Whoever you are and whatever ideological or political beliefs, social habits you may hold, there is no doubt – you should understand what others have to say about this man.

The world has had its share of great personalities. But these were one sided figures who distinguished themselves in but one or two fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives and teachings of these great personalities of the earth are shrouded in the mist of time. There is so much speculation about the time and place their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their teachings and the degree and measure of their success or failure that is impossible for humanity to reconstruct, accurately the lives and teachings of these men and women.

But this is not the case of this man, Muhammad, peace be upon him, who accomplished so much in such diverse fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has been accurately documented and faithfully preserved up until our day. The authenticity of the records so preserved is vouched for not only by the faithful followers but even by his prejudiced critics.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a devoted husband, a loving father – all in one. No other man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects of life – but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad, peace be upon him, to achieve such incredible perfection.

He was by far, the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behavior for all times to come.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, was born in what was then known as Felix Arabia, fourteen hundred years ago. He started his mission of preaching a religion of monotheism; a Way of Life based on the surrender, submission and obedience to the Commandments of Almighty God, in sincerity and peace.

The word “Islam” in Arabic means “the submission to God, in peace.”

Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) mission began at the age of forty and departed from this world at the age of sixty-three. During this short period of 23 years of his prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian Peninsula from paganism and idolatry to worship of One God, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living, from utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence.

Human history has never known such a complete transformation of a people or a place before or since – and IMAGINE all these unbelievable wonders in JUST OVER TWO DECADES.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, was nothing more or less than a human being. but he was a man with a noble mission, which was to unite humanity on the worship of ONE and ONLY ONE GOD and to teach them the way to honest and upright living, based on the commands of God. He always described himself as, ‘A Servant and Messenger of God’ and so indeed every action of his proclaimed to be.

Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him, have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind’s many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a claim of Mohammed’s (Peace Be Upon Him) followers, but the inescapable conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.

The least YOU can do as a thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask your self: Could these statements sounding so extraordinary and revolutionary really be true?, And supposing they really are true and you did not know this man Muhammad, peace be upon him, or hear about him, isn’t it time you responded to this tremendous challenge and put in some effort to know him?

It will cost you nothing, but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in your life.

We invite you to make a discovery of this wonderful man, Muhammad, peace be upon him, the like of whom never walked on the face of this earth.

What do others say about him?
Before We Begin our “A to Z of Muhammad” – Let’s See What 12 Famous People Have Said About Muhammad (peace be upon him) Throughout the Centuries…

His complete biography has been authenticated and circulated amongst scholars around the world starting while he was still alive and continuing up until today. One of the first examples we quote from is from the Encyclopedia Britannica, as it confirms:
(Regarding Muhammad) “… a mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men.” (Vol. 12).

Another impressive tribute to Muhammad, peace be upon him is in the very well written work of COLOR=”DarkRed”]Michael H. Hart[/color], (The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History).” He states that the most influential person in all history was Muhammad, peace be upon him, with Jesus second. Examine his actual words:
“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.” (Michael H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, page. 33).

According to the Quran, Prophet Muhammad was the most excellent example for all of humanity. Even non-Muslim historians recognize him to be one of the most successful personalities in history. Read what the Reverend R. Bosworth-Smith wrote in (Mohammed & Mohammedanism) in 1946:
“Head of the state as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but, he was pope without the pope’s claims, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue. If ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by a Right Divine, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without instruments and without its support. He cared not for dressing of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”

While we are reviewing statements from famous non-Muslims about Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, consider this:
“Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?” (Lamartine, HISTOIRE DE LA TURQUIE, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 276-277).

And then we read what George Bernard Shaw, a famous writer and non-Muslim says:
“He must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness.” (The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936).

Then we found that K. S. Ramakrishna Rao, an Indian (Hindu) professor of Philosophy, in his booklet (Muhammad the Prophet of Islam) calls him the “perfect model for human life.” Professor Ramakrishna Rao explains his point by saying:
“The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes. There is Muhammad the Prophet. There is Muhammad the Warrior; Muhammad the Businessman; Muhammad the Statesman; Muhammad the Orator; Muhammad the Reformer; Muhammad the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad the Protector of Slaves; Muhammad the Emancipator of Women; Muhammad the Judge; Muhammad the Saint. All in all these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is alike a hero.”

What should we think about our prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, when someone with the worldly status such as Mahatma Gandhi, speaking on the character of Muhammad, peace be upon him, says in (Young India):
“I wanted to know the best of one who holds today undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life.”

English author Thomas Carlyle in his (Heroes and Hero Worship), was simply amazed:
“How one man single handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades.”

And Diwan Chand Sharma wrote in (The Prophets of the East):
“Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him” (D.C. Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12)

Muhammad, peace be upon him, was nothing more or less than a human being, but he was a man with a noble mission, which was to unite humanity on the worship of ONE and ONLY ONE GOD and to teach them the way to honest and upright living based on the commands of God. He always described himself as, ‘A Servant and Messenger of God’ and so indeed every action of his proclaimed to be.

Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous poetess of India, Sarojini Naidu says:
“It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: ‘God Alone is Great’… I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.” (S. Naidu, Ideals of Islam, vide Speeches & Writings, Madras, 1918, p. 169).

In the words of Professor Hurgronje:
“The league of nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to show candle to other nations.” He continues, “the fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations.”

Edward Gibbon and Simon Ockley, on the profession of ISLAM, writes in (History of the Saracen Empires):
“I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, AND MAHOMET, AN APOSTLE OF GOD’ is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honor of the Prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion.” (History of the Saracen Empires, London, 1870, p. 54).

EWolfgang Goethe, perhaps the greatest European poet ever, wrote about Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He said:
“He is a prophet and not a poet and therefore his Koran is to be seen as Divine Law and not as a book of a human being, made for education or entertainment.” (Noten und Abhandlungen zum Weststlichen Dvan, WA I, 7, 32).

What do Muslims say?
Considering the qualities and teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him, testified to by some many people throughout history and even testified to by Allah Himself, we conclude the following to be only a partial list of the qualities, morals and virtures of Muhammad, peace be upon him.

A. Articulate – Muhammad, peace be upon him, although unable to read or write throughout his entire life, was able to express himself in clear and decisive terms and in the best of classical Arabic language.

B. Brave – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was praised for his courage and bravery during and after his life by his followers and opponents alike. He has always been an inspiration to Muslims and even non-Muslims throughout the centuries.

C. Courteous – Muhammad, peace be upon him, always put other people’s feelings ahead of his own and was the most courteous of hosts and the best of guests wherever he went.

D. Dedicated – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was determined to carry out his mission and present the message with which he had been sent, to the entire world.

E. Eloquent – Muhammad, peace be upon him, claimed he was not a poet, yet he could express himself in the most concise manner, using the least amount of words in a most classic manner. His words are still quoted by millions of Muslims and non-Muslims today everywhere.

F. Friendly – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was noted for being the most friendly and considerate of all who knew him.

G. Generous – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was most generous with his possessions and never wanted to keep anything if there was anyone who was in need. This was true of gold, silver, animals and even food and drink.

H. Hospitable – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was indeed, noted to be the most gracious of hosts and taught his companions and followers to be the best of hosts to all their guests as a part of their religion.

I. Intelligent – Muhammad, peace be upon him, has been proclaimed by many commentators who have studied his life and actions, to be of the most intelligent of all men who ever lived.

J. Just – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was most fair and just in all of his dealings. Whether in business or in giving judgment in any matter, he practiced justice on all levels.

K. Kindness – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was kind and considerate to everyone he met. He tired his best to present the message of worship of the Creator instead of the creations to all he met in the kindest fashion and most considerate manner.

L. Loving – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the most loving toward Allah and to his family members, friends, companions and even those who did not accept his message but remained peaceful to him and his followers.

M. Messenger of Mercy – Muhammad, peace be upon him, is proclaimed in the Quran by Allah, as being sent to the entire world as the “Mercy to all mankind and jinn.”

N. Noble – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the most noble and distinguished of all men. Everyone knew of his fine character and honorable background.

O. “Oneness” – Muhammad, peace be upon him, is most famous for his proclamation of the “Oneness of Allah” or monotheism (called “Tawheed” in Arabic).

P. Patient – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the most steadfast and forbearing in all of the trials and tests he lived through.

Q. Quiet – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was often very quiet and never was heard to be boastful, loud or obnoxious on any occasion.

R. Resourceful – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was most clever and resourceful in handling even the most serious of difficulties and problems confronting him and his companions.

S. Straightforward – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was known by all to speak directly to a subject and not twist things around in his speech. He also used a minimal amount of verbiage and considered excessive talk to be vain and unproductive.

T. Tactful – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the most delicate and tactful in his dealings with the people. He never scratched the dignity of someone, even though unbelievers often insulted him and maligned him.

U. Unmatched – Muhammad, peace be upon him, is known throughout the world today as the man who most influenced the lives of so many people during his own time and for all times to come.

V. Valiant – Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave new meaning to the word valiant and he was always most honorable in all of his affairs, whether defending the rights of orphans or preserving the honor of widows or fighting for those in distress. He was not intimidated when outnumbered in battle, nor did he turn away from his duties in protecting and defending the truth and freedom.

W. Wali – The Arabic word, “wali” (plural is owliya)is a bit difficult to bring into English without some explanation. For this reason I decided to leave it in Arabic and offer from my humble understanding one of the most important aspects of the character and personality of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Some say the word means; “protectors” and others have said “darlings” or “those in whom you put full trust and confide everything” like the Catholics might do with their priests. While still others simply offered the word “friends.” While discussing this subject with one of my beloved teachers, Salim Morgan, he mentioned to me the meaning might be closer to the English word, “ally.” This is perhaps, a lot closer in meaning because when a person gives their pledge of allegiance to someone he or she is taking that person as a “wally” and this is called giving “bay’ah” in Arabic. Allah tells us the Quran not to take the Jews and Christians as “owliya” in place of Allah. While we understand the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) are the closest to us in faith, at the same time we are instructed here not to take anyone as our “confessor” or “intimate ally” or “one to whom we give our pledge of allegiance” in place of Allah or His messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him. The prophet, peace be upon him, was the living example of the most trustworthy and loyal of all human beings who ever lived on this earth. Anything mentioned to him in confidence would never be divulged nor shared with others. And when he was put in place of authority or “wali” over the people, they found him to be the best of those to be trusted.

X. “X” – Muhammad, peace be upon him, could neither read nor write, not even his own name. In today’s world he would have to use an “X” to “sign” a document. He used a signet ring worn on the little finger of his right hand to seal any documents or letters sent to the leaders of other lands.

Y. Yielding – Muhammad, peace be upon him, would yield his own desires and forego his own ideas in favor of whatever Allah directed him to do. While considering opinions from his followers, he often accepted their ideas over his own, preferring to yield in favor of others as much as possible.

Z. Zealous – Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the most zealous of all the prophets of Allah, in carrying out his mission of “Peace through the submission to the Will of God.” He truly was the most enthusiastic in regard to delivering the message with which he had been entrusted by Allah; the message of “Laa elaha illa-allah, Muhammadar-Rasoolulah” (There is none worthy of worship, except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah).

Alief. “AJEEB” (AMAZING) – We couldn’t resist the chance for one more letter – even if it is the first letter of the Arabic alphabet (“|” alief).
Muhammad was truly amazing in every respect. He delivered a message of a complete and total way of life, encompassing everything from the time a person wakes up until time to sleep and from the cradle to the grave. And if someone were to follow this Way of Life (“deen” in Arabic), they would achieve the greatest success here in this life and the greatest success in the Next Life as well.

Before concluding our review of Muhammad, A to Z, it must be mentioned, that although Muhammad is deeply loved, revered and emulated by Muslims as God’s final messenger, he is NOT the object of worship for Muslims.

Now it is up to you. You are a rational thinking, concerned human being. As such, you should already be asking yourself:
Could these extraordinary, revolutionary and amazing statements, all about this one man, really be true? What if this is true?

You have read what famous writers, thinkers, poets, philosophers, clergy and humanitarians have said about Muhammad. You have seen the recordings of those who knew him and knew of him and what others have said, about Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

So, the question now is, “What do you say about Muhammad?”

You be the judge

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The Story Of Europe's First Muslim Ruler

Islam - 6 hours 24 min ago
The Muslim invasion from North Africa was “one of history’s greatest revolutions in power, religion,
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Book review : Heartless Summer by Zeneefa Zaneer.

Islam - 6 hours 51 min ago

First of all, I would like to thank the Author “Zeneefa Zaneer” for sending the book “Heartless Summer” to me for review. It is a short story detailing the everyday struggles of maids in third world countries. It is written with complete sincerity and honesty.

The aim of the story is to highlight the issues maids face and to evoke compassion for them. And I can say confidently that the author has succeeded in this effort.

The country in story is Sri Lanka and I am from India but the plight of the maids is the same in my country as well as the other neighbouring countries like Pakistan. House hold maids are highly underpaid and overworked here.

Zeneefa zaneer is extremely talented(Ma sha Allah) in the use of metaphors and similes; and she has sprinkled them beautifully throughout the story, creating livid, clear pictures in the minds of readers.
My favourites : “smacking the clothes as if smacking the miseries out of her life.”
“Bubble by bubble popped like her dreams..”
“Swallowing sugar to ward off bitterness..”
At the end of almost every page, the author has used a figure of speech to create clear imagery in reader’s minds.

It’s a story with a good moral, showcasing the harsh reality of daily struggles of maids. The instances where the cat rejects the food given to the maid by her employer and How the rich celebrate birthdays of their pets and give the leftover food to their workers is heart wrenching.This book both touches the hearts and opens the eyes of the readers.

Good story, characterization and dialogues but I have found few grammatical errors, wrong word usage and incorrect sentence structures.I highly recommend the writer to use a good editor/proof reader for her future works. 

Also, I felt the climax could have been further elaborated to leave a stronger impact on the readers. I felt the ending was a little rushed. 

Overall, “Heartless Summer” is a well written book with a good message.
My rating : 3/5 

You can buy the book here and check out the Author’s website here.
I wish Zeneefa all the best for her future endeavors. May Allah grant barakah in your work and bless you with more and more success. 

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Buya Hamka dan Ide Pemikiran

Islam - 7 hours 3 min ago
Saya memiliki beberapa buku karangan Buya Hamka di rumah. Sejujurnya, buku-buku tersebut merupakan p
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Melayu Murtad Masih Datang Masjid Solat Sebelah Kita!

Islam - 7 hours 55 min ago


Itulah yang terpampang di muka hadapan sebuah majalah Kristian yang berpusat di Amerika Syarikat. Majalah “Christianity Today” edisi Januari-Februari 2013 meletakkan tajuk muka depan sebagai “WORSHIPING JESUS IN THE MOSQUE”.

Solat di masjid tetapi untuk Tuhan Jesus!

Itulah fenomena terbaru yang telah banyak kali saya dedahkan. Tetapi masih ramai orang kita yang tidak sedar bahawa ada kemungkinan orang yang solat sebelah kita di dalam masjid itu adalah orang yang sudah murtad masuk Kristian.

Golongan mereka yang telah murtad tetapi masih kekalkan amalan beberapa “ibadat Islam” disebut sebagai kumpulan C5 dari MBB. [baca apa itu MBB – Muslim Background Believer]

Pendedahan ini disokong dengan pengakuan yang dibuktikan dalam Internatonal Journal of Frontier Missions bahawa, “Instead of … making Muslims into Christians, we need to encourage and enable believers to continue their identification with their community as “Muslims,” but express their allegiance to Christ in Islamic terms and forms.

Bermakna, orang Islam yang telah murtad dibiarkan kekal dalam keadaan sebagai seorang “Muslim” tetapi sudah “beriman” dengan Tuhan Jesus. PARAH!

Mereka juga disebut sebagai “Insider Movement” atau Gerakan Dalaman. Mereka yang telah murtad ini bergerak dalam masyarakat kita tanpa kita sedari kerana mereka masih meneruskan kehidupan dalam keluarga Islam atau pun dalam masyarakat Islam. [baca: Ramai Kristian Melayu Rahsiakan Identiti Mereka]

Kumpulan ini juga kadang-kadang disebut sebagai “Churchless Christian,” yakni orang Kristian yang tidak perlu pergi ke gereja bagi mengelak mereka dari mendedahkan diri mereka sudah Kristian.

Inilah bahananya sekarang. Ianya mungkin berlaku kepada ahli keluarga kita atau kawan rapat kita [nauzubillahiminzalik] – tetapi kita tidak langsung mengesyaki kerana mereka ini masih kekalkan “identiti Islam” mereka itu.

Sama-sama kita pelihara akidah anak-cucu kita.

Saya pernah menulis perkara hampir sama setahun lalu – Sembahyang untuk JESUS dalam MASJID?


Bacaan berkaitan isu-isu Kristianisasi:


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It is all too confusing

Islam - 8 hours 8 min ago


It is all so confusing.  Our Prime Minister Turnbull, while waving his hands up and down, waxes on the TV endlessly how on the world stage, we take prime position in being the  biggest and most successful MULTI Cultural nation in the world. We are a blend of many cultures, it seems. I knew when garlic made its entry into the Australian kitchen back in the late fifties and sixties,  Anglo-Australia would be in for an irreversible change if not doomed as well. Blame the Italians and Greeks for that. Yet, at the same time but on a different day, Mr Turnbull is urging us to turn into a more nationalistic focussed citizen. A good and special type of Australian not found anywhere except perhaps in the bars of Kuta’s Bali… (Totally drunk and disorderly!) A unique Australian. We are urged to become aware and stand up for a more mono cultural identity. In fact ‘Unique Australian Values’ is what we should be sticking up for. Migrants will have to do a test on those unique Australian values with a good knowledge and sound understanding of these.  There is no more mucking about with those that don’t want to blend in. I thought this new requirement was obliquely, but none the less pointedly aimed at the foreign Islamic migrants. Mr Turnbull, our Prime minister is brutally resolute in trying to pick up those voters that have left the Liberal party and who have drifted into the warm bosom of Pauline Hanson’s  far right anti-Aboriginal, anti- Chinese and now anti- Muslim ‘One Nation Party.’ There is nothing wrong with Mr Turnbull also adding the word ‘terrorism’ or ‘Isis’ to his plea for us to become more Aussie.  It is not direct Muslim bashing, is it? It goes down well with some, who think that a bit of xenophobia thrown in this multi cultural soup, it can’t do any harm. Turnbull talked about ‘respect for the law, tolerance, giving everybody a fair go.’ The aspiring migrant is given 4 years to brush up on Unique Australian Values in order to get permanent residency status. ‘It is something one has to ‘earn’, he said, looking a bit shifty. I am asking if there are many other countries that don’t have respect for the law or respect, treating people disrespectfully? Are we the sole owners of those traits? Is that what makes us so unique? People that were first looking for their lost new paradigms are now herded into finding Unique Australian Values. I have taken up to shouting Oi,oi,oi late in the afternoon, and trying out my waltzing techniques listening to Waltzing Mathilda. I tell, you when it comes to waltzing around the joint, Helvi reckons I am a formidable maelstrom. Would smearing vegemite around this town help?  I have picked up a couple of good Australian traits from watching ‘Crocodile Dundee’ with that big knife many times. I would be most grateful if someone can show me other Australian Values that I can add.

A previous prime minister, John Howard felt that we should all be interested in cricket and a good intimate grounding in a famous race horse ‘Phar-Lap’, and learn English. While many managed to learn English and dutifully viewed Phar-lap’s pickled heart in a jar, it was the reverse with cricket. It is a game that for many remains a mystery. I must admit, I fall under that category and am surprised I haven’t been kicked out. Even so, during John Howards reign as a PM, it was all so simple and sweet. Thinking back it was much easier to become an Australian with Unique Values.

It is all so confusing now!

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Syiah Bukan Islam, Sunni Juga Bukan

Islam - 8 hours 23 min ago

By M. Nasrudin

Pernah diunggah di pada 19 April 2015


Harus diakui, #SyiahBukanIslam adalah hestek yang paling barokah dan cerdas yang pernah muncul dalam sejarah media sosial, dan menginspirasi banyak spanduk di pojok-pojok jalan, setidaknya di awal dekade kedua abad ke-21 ini.  Dengan kekuatan yang subhanallah, hestek ini telah menggerakkan umat Islam dan masyarakat umum di seantero Indonesia untuk mempelajari dan memahami Islam secara lebih kaffah.

Hestek ini muncul di berbagai situs Islam barokah yang diblokir oleh Menkominfo. Tega-teganya Menkominfo yang masya Allah itu. Padahal, #SyiahBukanIslam telah mengajak kita untuk bertafakur dan memperjelas identitas keislaman. Juga mengajak kita untuk belajar Islam lebih dalam, bahkan mungkin kedalamannya hanya bisa disandingkan dengan kajian Edi AH Iyubenu yang calon doktor studi Islam.

Sedalam kebencian anak-anak yang sejak dini diberi makanan oleh orang tuanya berupa hestek #SyiahBukanIslam. Atau jangan-jangan jauh lebih dalam? Hestek ini pula yang mengajak umat Islam Indonesia untuk tidak terpengaruh konflik di Yaman. Karena mereka yang diserang itu adalah syiah yang bukan Islam. Sehingga kita di Indonesia sebagai umat Islam tidak perlu membela atau setidaknya bersimpati dan berdoa dengan hestek #SaveYaman atau #SaveHouti. Benar-benar hestek yang subhanallah sekali.

Saya kemudian mencoba merenungkan makna terdalam dari #SyiahBukanIslam. Hasilnya sangat mengejutkan. Mungkin Akhinal Kiram Kak Jonru juga tak akan kalah terkejut membaca perenungan saya ini. Dalam hestek itu, tedrapat dua kata yang dilawankan: syiah dan islam. Saya coba buka kamus Arab-Indonesia al-Munawwir. Di sana tertulis, lema /syî’ah/ berasal dari akar kata /syâ’a/ yang bermakna “tersiar atau terkabarkan.” Lema /syî’ah/ sendiri, oleh KH A. Warson Munawwir dalam kamus tersebut, diberi makna “sekte atau golongan” yang disinonimkan dengan /firqah/. Jadi, golongan atau sekte apa pun bisa disebut sebagai syiah, termasuk The Blues, Aremania, Regu A Cerdas Cermat, Gilda Pemuda Penyayang, hingga Grup Mamah-mamah Muda fansnya Kak Iqbal Aji Daryono.

Lalu apa makna kata islâm? Dalam kamus yang sama, lema /islam/ berakar dari lema /aslama/, yang artinya  “tunduk, patuh, dan menyerah.” Lema /islâm/ sendiri diberi makna “ketundukan, kepatuhan”. Nah, dari sini jelas, bukan? Syiah benar-benar bukan Islam. Saya harus mencetak tebal dua kata ini. Bahwa golongan bukanlah ketundukan. Keduanya adalah hal yang sama sekali berbeda dan tidak ada sangkut-pautnya. Maka, betapa benar hestek #SyiahBukanIslam.

Sekarang kita uji lagi hestek itu dengan merujuk pada pengertian terminologis kajian Islam. Syiah adalah segolongan umat yang menjadi pengikut fanatik Sayyidina Ali bin Abi Thalib KW. Sementara Islam adalah agama yang diturunkan oleh Allah SWT kepada Nabi Muhammad SAW untuk memberikan petunjuk bagi seluruh alam. Maka di sini jelas dan mantap, bahwa syiah bukan Islam. Bahwa segolongan umat pengikut Ali bukanlah agama yang diturunkan Allah kepada Nabi Muhammad. Keduanya jelas-jelas berbeda.

Memang luar biasa hestek #SyiahBukanIslam. Presisi. Hmmm… Oke, oke, lanjut. Bagaimana dengan sunni? Mari kita lacak makna etimologisnya. Dalam kamus al-Munawwir, lema /sunniy/ berakar pada kata /sanna/ yang bermakna “memasangi, menajamkan (mata tombak), menyikat, menggosok, atau menusuk dengan tombak.” Lema lain yang lebih dekat dengan kata sunny adalah /sunnah/ yang bermakna “peri kehidupan, perilaku, jalan, metode, tabiat, atau watak.” Maka…… Iya. Kamu betul. Sunnah bukan Islam. Bahwa perilaku bukanlah ketundukan, tidak setiap perilaku adalah ketundukan.

Lantas bagaimana dengan kata sunniy? Kata sunniy berasal dari kata sunnah yang diberi tambahan ya’ nisbah (semacam atau sebangsa). Sehingga, kata sunny bermakna “sebangsa tradisi atau perilaku tertentu” atau “pelaku tradisi atau perilaku tertentu”. Yup! Sebangsa atau pelaku tradisi bukanlah ketundukan. Lagi-lagi kita pakai cetak tebal.

Nah, dari sini sekarang kita punya hestek baru, #SunniBukanIslam. Sebentar, sebentar… Bagaimana pengertian sunny secara terminologis? Sunniy, atau orang-orangnya disebut ahlussunnah, adalah sebutan bagi mereka yang berpegang teguh pada sunnah atau tradisi Muhammad SAW. Sekali lagi, jelas, bukan? #SunniBukanIslam. Demikianlah, #SyiahBukanIslam, dan #IslamBukanSyiah, sama halnya #SunniBukanIslam, dan #IslamBukanSunny. Pusing, Kak?

Categories: Islam

Saudaraku, Tak Bisakah Kita Bersaudara Dalam Satu Jenis Islam Saja?

Islam - 8 hours 26 min ago

By Esty Dyah Imaniar

Pernah diunggah di 25 Februari 2016


Saudaraku, pernahkah kamu merasa menjelaskan identitas keagamaan menjadi sama repotnya seperti menjelaskan orientasi seksual yang tidak berterima di masa kini?

Untuk kamu ketahui, saya cukup sering direpotkan dengan pertanyaan bernada “Kamu Islam apa?”.

Kali pertama saya disodori pertanyaan begituan secara intens adalah ketika saya ngaji pluralitas agama di Amerika. Sengaja saya katakan Pluralitas Agama, meskipun secara tertulis programnya bernama Pluralisme Agama.

Pertama, selain karena perbedaan persepsi di sana dan di sini, saya bosan selalu disangka muslimah korban cuci otak Amerika kader sekularis-pluralis-liberalis. Kedua, saya sudah tidak lagi berbangga dengan identitas US Alumni untuk program itu.

Saya yang culun ini memang sempat merasa hebat bisa mempelajari toleransi dan pluralitas keagamaan langsung di Amerika. Padahal kalau mau keliling Nusantara, begitu banyak situs kebhinekaan yang bisa dipelajari. “Ngaji toleransi kok di Amrik,” kata kawan-kawan meledek.

Saudaraku, hampir seminggu ini saya hidup bersama puluhan santri pilihan se-Jogja Solo dalam rangka workshop menulis. Saya ikut sebagai panitia kegiatan setelah mendapat tawaran dari Kyai Anick HT. Tema workshop tersebut adalah Islam dan Kekerasan, dengan menonjolkan peran #SantriAdalahKoentji untuk menebarkan Islam rahmatan lil alamin melalui tulisan.

“Gue banget nih!” pikir saya seketika usai membaca TOR. Maka dengan berbekal semangat belajar dan mencari jodoh, saya pun berangkat ke Solo. Dan karena 99,99% peserta dan panitia berlatar belakang Nahdliyin, saya merasa akan aman dari pertanyaan “Kamu Islam apa?”.

Tetapi, sialnya, justru ketika menjadi 0,01% yang bukan Nahdliyin itulah pertanyaan annoying di atas terus muncul.

Sebagai satu-satunya panitia sekaligus peserta yang bukan santri (kecuali Pesantren Kilat bisa menjadikan saya santri), selalu ada dahi-dahi yang mengernyit ketika saya menyebut “Alumni UNS” dalam perkenalan, tanpa identitas ponpes tertentu.

Untungnya kita sama-sama membaca Mojok, sehingga kecanggungan itu bisa dipersatukan dengan membicarakan Mbak Kalis Mardiasih, yang menjadikan identitas “Alumni UNS saja” tidak terlalu salah untuk menjadi bagian kegiatan ini (meskipun Mbak Kalis belum menjadi alumni sih—mari kita mendoakannya).

Tetapi tentu saja Mbak Kalis tidak serta merta menyatukan kita begitu saja, sebab dalam waktu yang lain, pembahasan jilbab a’la Mbak Kalis justru menjadikan kita kembali berjarak.

Saudaraku, sungguh sebenarnya saya merasa terganggu ketika kalian membahas “para wahabi yang sibuk mengurusi jilbab panjang atau busana syar’i hanya untuk jualan baju”. Saya memang berjilbab lebar dan jualan gamis, tetapi apakah itu lantas menjadikan saya bagian dari Wahabi—yang dalam bahasan kalian diasosiasikan dengan Islam yang tidak rahmatan lil alamin?

Apakah pernah saya ribut-ribut soal para santriwati yang ukuran jilbabnya tidak selebar saya? Atau para santri yang celananya tidak di atas mata kaki? Atau pada penggunaan rok versus celana? Pernahkah saya menjadi menyebalkan dengan obrolan tampilan visual yang begitu-begitu saja?

Justru saya sedih, ketika pada pagi hari saya hendak senam menggunakan celana training berlapis rok, ada yang mempertanyakan kenapa saya berpenampilan demikian. “Pakai celana saja lah, kan mau olahraga,” katamu karena kita hanya akan melakukan Senam Pinguin yang geje itu. Tapi dia tentu tak pernah tahu betapa saya sudah terbiasa menggunakan rok sekalipun untuk memanjat pohon rambutan di samping rumah.

Saya juga sedih ketika para santri dan santriwati boleh saling mengatupkan tangan ketika bersalam-salaman sambil bersholawat, namun ketika tiba pada giliran saya kamu berujar, “Kan kamu bukan santri, jadi boleh salaman.” Sementara jika saya memilih tidak bersalaman, saya justru dibandingkan dengan anak Kyai yang mau bersalaman.

Cobalah kalian mengerti, ada manusia-manusia yang begitu mudah baper hanya karena disalami atau ditatap begitu dalam. Daripada saya baper dan menyusahkan hidup kalian, biarlah saya tidak bersalaman. Toh kita masih bisa Senam Pinguin bersama kan?

“Dari nama WhatsApp-nya, kukira dia mbak-mbak hijaber gaul modis, ternyata modis syar’i,” katamu kecewa. Mungkin dalam hati kalian mengira saya Wahabi karena jilbab lebar dan gamis longgar, sebelum saya mulai jualan memperkenalkan nilai-nilai perdamaian yang saya tuangkan dalam desain gamis.

Uh, betapa tabayyun bukanlah hanya untuk portal berita hoax.

Saya jadi takut, jangan-jangan kalau saya hadir sebagai muslimah bercadar, kalian juga akan langsung menjaga jarak dengan saya?

Ketika biasanya kalian para santri menjadi minoritas di antara girlband hijab, kalian tentu risih ketika mereka mempertanyakan tampilan kalian yang dilabeli “tidak syar’i, pemahaman kurang”, dsb. Padahal bisa jadi jumlah kitab yang kalian baca jauh lebih banyak dari mereka.

Tetapi, memang begitulah mentalitas mayoritas: sesuatu yang berbeda dari narasi mereka juga sudah pasti “perlu disesuaikan”.

Jujur saja, Saudaraku, dalam hal mentalitas mayoritas tadi, kalian  sama menyebalkannya dengan para girlband hijab itu.

Oh ya, dari tadi saya terus menyebut kalian Saudaraku, padahal belum tentu saya diterima sebagai Saudara kalian,  sebab saya kan bukan santri, juga bukan Nahdliyin.

Sungguh saya tak tahu, salahkah saya yang merasa begitu takdzim pada kepemimpinan Sang Kyai dengan juga mengagumi Sang Pencerah? Salahkah saya yang bergetar hatinya ketika mendengar sholawat Gus Dur dan juga menikmati puisi-puisi Rumi? Salahkah saya yang menyukai pemikiran Gus Mus sekaligus mengagumi keluasan pandang Salim A. Fillah? Begitu berdosakah saya yang sejak kecil ber-qasidah dengan lagu-lagu Haddad Alwi–yang katanya Syiah–lalu ketika besar menjalin pertemanan rumpi syahdu dengan Ukhti Fatimah Zahrah yang berbangga sebagai Ahmadi?

Saudaraku, tidak bisakah kita tetap bersaudara, sekalipun saya hanya menyebut identitas saya sebagai Islam saja, bukan Islam NU, Islam Muhammadiyah, Islam PKS Tarbiyah, Islam HTI, Islam Sufi, Islam Sunni, Islam Syiah, atau Islam Ahmadi?

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