Elements of the Muslim Fascist Murder Machine struck in England today to commemorate the Muslim Fascist attack in Belgium a year ago. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.
The White House has released a brief readout describing the the call between President Trump and the Prime Minister:
“President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on todays terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.
“He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”
IT IS A WELCOME CHANGE TO HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO SYMPATHIZES WITH THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF MUSLIM TERROR ATTACKS, AND DOESN’T TRY TO SOFT-PEDAL THESE ATROCITIES LIKE BARACK OBAMA ALWAYS DID.
I’m sure in the strange world of Left-Wing Archie Bunkers they’re pretending that these attacks were caused by “toxic masculinity” or something equally absurd.
16 years ago, I was born to a Muslim family in a Muslim country. Before I could even open my eyes, my faith was decided for me, and my ears were filled with the words of God.
As I grew up, Islamic values were embedded upon me. It was nothing violent at all, they didn’t teach me to hate other religious groups, they just taught me the 5 daily prayers and how to read the Quran and other similar things. I grew up believing that if I didn’t pray 5 times a day, God would be very upset with me and would put me in Hell.
Ever since I was little, I had always believed that men and women were equal. No one told me that. No one instilled that in me. I just always knew, and rebelled against the patriarchy since day one. It was for small issues, like, “Girls can be [physically] strong too!” “Boys can like the color pink as well!” But I had always fought against sexism. And as I grew into a teenager and became more aware about the severity of sexism in the world, I fought it more. And I never saw anything wrong with it, it’s common sense, right?
As I started voicing my opinion in my classes when teachers displayed sexism, I got dirty looks. And more often than not, I was lectured about it on the basis of Islam. “Islam says men are superior to women.” I was always told. And that, I guess, played the first role in the flickering of my faith.
The second role was the sense of superiority Muslims felt to other religions. “We are better than them.” They would say, “They follow the wrong religion, we are blessed to have been born in a Muslim family.” I will not lie, almost every follower of any religion given has a sense of superiority and believes their religion is the right one. However, they try to hide it. Or they are nice about it. Muslims? It’s very, very blatant.
I started studying Islam more, and I don’t know what happened but one night I saw an Islamic picture and I just burst into tears and started asking God for forgiveness. The very next day, I became the most Islamic I had ever been. It was my most evangelical point. I left so many things precious to me, because Islam said they were bad. Music, my crush, my guy friends…I gave it all up, because God said to. That point lasted for a few months until I eventually relapsed back into listening to music, followed by talking to my guy friends again, and flirting with my crush once more. I was back on square one. I stopped wearing the hijab I had don on during the past few months, I swore more and I just became a more ‘me’ version of myself.
Last year, I started studying Islam in school. It’s a mandatory subject. Prior to me studying it in school, I disagreed with a lot of what Islam had to say but I thought it was because I didn’t understand it. However as we studied it in school and I was given the explanations, I started disagreeing more and more. I had become agnostic but I was afraid to admit it to myself and convinced myself that my teacher wasn’t a scholar and therefore not very good at explaining what the religion meant, since all my life I’d heard that unbelievers would go to hell. At one point I became very agnostic and my close friends knew about it. I absolutely hated everything that Islam had to say. I hated the Muslim community [and I still do], I hated how everyone tried to force me to live in Islamic ways. I couldn’t tell anyone else I was agnostic though, because that is punishable by death, so I just suffered in silence. Then one day, I read a nicely detailed and positive interpretation of one of the parts of the Quran I always had a problem with, and it brought a flicker of doubt in me. Did I really disagree with Islam, or did I just not understand Islam?
I started reading more like interpretations of other verses I had problems with, ones that made a whole lot more sense and were more positive, and that flicker of doubt changed into a fire of doubt. It turns out men aren’t created superior to women after all.
I became more and more confused to what I believed in, and I started reading the Quran on my own, although I doubt that I will be able to interpret its true meaning. The Quran is a book in which every single placement of every small thing matters. Change one letter, and you’ll change the whole meaning. The Quran requires deep study and Islamic knowledge in order to unlock it’s true meaning, and most people just don’t read the book that way. The very few who do are not able to express the art behind each verse. People just interpret it however they want, and that version gets popular and people end up believing false information. But since it gets perpetuated for so long, no one even questions it. As for the agnosticism, Islam usually gives reasons for the doings of God [e.g.: “When a person finds himself constantly surrounded by problems, God really loves them.”] but agnosticism does not. I am bitter towards God for some personal reasons, and the way Islam gave me answers to some questions just wasn’t satisfactory. How could He love me if He threw so many problems upon me? With agnosticism, I can believe that God works in mysterious, unknown ways that I cannot comprehend, therefore I cannot be bitter.
So here I am now, too Muslim for the agnostic community and too Muslim for the atheist community. I am still absolutely confused to what I believe in. If you asked me if I was a Muslim, I would say yes. But at the same time, if you asked me if I was agnostic, I would say yes. Islam is a religion of peace and gender equity, not the horrible religion you see being used as a basis for terrorism. Take it from an ex-Muslim (sort of), Islam is not violent. If there were any parts of Islam that I found morally wrong, I would tell you. Like that one nation God destroyed because they were homosexuals. But that arises questions in me, too–did God really destroy them just because they were homosexuals, or because they were practicing idol worshiping and adultery among other bad things, too?
I have yet to figure out my faith, and I hope I figure it out soon so I can gain some peace of mind.
This is disgusting. London officials knew who this guy was way back in 2011 promoting ISIS and talking about conquering Europe and America. By the way – the red headed guy behind him has been seen in photos of ISIS fighters in Syria. Wake up people and listen to Trump about the travel ban
What we know
Four people have died, including one woman, the alleged attacker and a police officer.
Many others obtained “catastrophic” injuries in the incident on Westminster Bridge, St Thomas’ Hospital junior doctor Colleen Anderson told reporters.
“I confirmed one fatality. A woman. She was under the wheel of a bus. She died, confirmed her death at the scene.”
“There were people across the bridge. There were some with minor injuries, some catastrophic. Some had injuries they could walk away from or who have life-changing injuries.
“There were maybe a dozen (injured).”
Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said the police are “satisfied at this stage it looks like there was only one attacker.”
London Ambulance Service says it has treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge.
An eyewitness has told Sky News he saw a body “face down” in the Thames. Witnesses said people either jumped or were knocked over the side of the bridge as the car mounted the pavement and struck a number of pedestrians.
A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the river, said a female member of the public had been recovered from the water near Westminster bridge after she “fell” or “jumped” in.
“A female member of the public was recovered alive from the water, but with serious injuries. She has been brought ashore and is undergoing urgent medical treatment. The working assumption is that she fell or jumped from the bridge.”
Shocking videos and photographs show people lying on the bridge, bleeding heavily, with members of the public rushing to their aid. There is no official estimate of the number injured in the incident.
An eyewitness, Richard Tice, described what he saw to RT.
“I came out of Westminster Tube at about 2:45pm when police were locking down the tube, ushering people out away from Parliament. I was ushered onto Westminster Bridge, and then I looked across the bridge, onto the west pavement,” he recalled.
“For the whole length of the bridge, from south to north, there were people lying on the ground and I was then told that a car had driven from the south end all the way up the pavement to the north end of the bridge. I counted at least eight people clearly injured on the ground.”
Another witness described seeing a middle-aged man carrying a knife running towards the Palace of Westminster.
Jayne Wilkinson told Sky News: “We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.
“And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.
“He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt.
“He was running through those gates, towards parliament, and the police were chasing him.”
According to Doug Weeks, terrorism expert at London Metropolitan University, the attack, while softened by the high security presence in the area, could have been far bloodier.
“Well certainly within the Parliament compound itself, that is by far one of the most secure areas within London. There are numerous police officers and other security personnel that work in that area as well as around that area, thus it’s not surprising that the police have a very rapid response to this incident,” Weeks told RT.
“Given the location and the number of people at Westminster bridge at any particular time – that is a very crowded place – and reports so far are saying that there is likely five or six people that are injured. And although I’m not saying by any measure that this incident is a minor incident, but given the number of people that frequent that location, I would also have to say this could have been significantly worse,” he said.
Number 10 says prime minister Theresa May is safe. The spokesman declined to say where May was when the attack took place.
It is understood, however, she was rushed to a car 40 yards from the gates outside parliament where the shots were fired minutes after the attack. She was ushered by at least eight armed undercover police, some with their firearms drawn.
The leader of the House of Commons David Lidington says an alleged assailant was shot by armed police “inside the parliament perimeter.”
“Colleagues will have appreciated that events have been moving rapidly and I want to emphasise that the knowledge that I have which is definite is so far very limited,” Lidington told MPs.
“What I am able to say to the House is that there has been a serious incident within the estate. It seems that a police officer has been stabbed; that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is attending the scene to remove the casualties. There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”
Parliament and the surrounding area is in lockdown. Staff inside parliament have been told to stay inside their offices.
The London Eye has stopped and is currently holding all its “guests” within the attraction.
An air ambulance landed in Parliament Square shortly after the incident.
London Ambulance Service deputy director of operations Pauline Cranmer said it has “declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.”
The US State Department says it is closely following the “concerning situation” in the UK.
“The Department of Homeland Security stands in solidarity alongside our friends in the United Kingdom in condemning the terrible attack at Parliament today. With our partners in federal law enforcement, we are in close contact with our British counterparts to monitor the tragic events and to support the ongoing investigation,” it said in a statement.
The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a statement on the attack, which has not yet been claimed by any group.
It has been one year today since the terror attack in Brussels.
“His character was the Qur’an”
Narrated Ayesha, about her husband Muhammad. The life of the Prophet of Islam was a living embodiment of the Qur’anic ideal. Believers are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of the Messenger by inculcating the Message of the Qur’an in their lives. One’s reading of the Qur’an is inadequate if one fails to live and breathe it. One’s emulation of the Messenger is incomplete if one fails to strive towards emulating the inner states of heart that were the spirit of His forms. To thank God as the Messenger did is not merely to pay verbal lip-service; it is at core, an existential imitation. It is to allow the verbal prayer to swell up from the bottom of one’s soul, as it might have for Him. Following the Sunnah, then, is to seek to experience what He might have experienced – or to come as close to it as possible with all our imperfections.
“Say: ‘If you love God, follow me, and He will love you.’ ”
To truly follow the Prophet, is to experience the religion as He might have. It is to experience revelation, as He might have. Thus any reading of the Qur’an that we do seeking contemporary guidance from it falls grossly off mark.
“Read the Qur’an”, advised young Iqbal’s father to his lad, “as if it were being revealed to you.”. And most Muslims have similarly sought to experience the Qur’an individually, as though it were speaking to them, then and there. As though they were its original recipients, as though it were meant to reach them particularly, and at this particular time and place. Thus a believer is expected to drink from the eternal spring of the Word of God, and to find the water as palatable as it was to its original drinkers. Thus is the Timelessness of the Divine translated in a manner relevant to one’s own time.
But this is hardly sufficient. For to truly experience the Word of God as if it were being ‘revealed upon one’s own heart’ is to fully enter the inward state of its original recipient – the Prophet himself. To allow one’s heart to take the form (if not successfully the spirit) of the Heart of the Prophet as revelation descended upon Him. It is to recreate the original conditions of revelation in one’s own soul and to experience the affect that that revelation has. It is to tremble with fear and awe at the first haunting echoes of cave Hira. To be overwhelmed to the point of breaking, by the first “Iqra!” (the command to read). To almost die of an angelic embrace, and to almost wish to escape the “heavy word” by throwing oneself off the cliff. To feel the burden of humanity and to doubt one’s strength to bear it without breaking. To feel the immensity of Reality and to doubt one’s strength to face it without turning insane – ‘To Know the Real, but to doubt oneself’ as Tariq Ramadan puts it. And it is to feel the pangs of despair when revelation suddenly ceases. Only through the ‘dark night of the soul’ will the relief and reassurance of “Wad Dhuha” hit home.
But once one enters the ‘spiritual field’ – as it were – of the Prophet’s heart, one starts to sense that there is more happening here. Though the voice and tongue were His own, He felt almost as if taken over or ‘possessed’ by this uncontrollable spirit. A voice identifiably distinct from His own, yet through His heart, through His voice. How could He explain it? How does one react upon encountering the objective Other at the heart of the Subject/Self? What does one do when one unsuspectingly encounters the Other in an unassuming act of Self-reflection? Is this a reaction of the Atman recognizing the Brahman within? The Other – the Absolute Other – at the heart of the Self?
But how can one expect to escape such an Opening? Like a sublime Pandora’s box, once the angels are out you cannot seal them in. Isn’t the task then to bear the burden of one’s revelation? The burden of seeking escape from such a burden would only make it worse.
Sweating, Shuddering, Muhammad pleaded His beloved Khadija, afraid he was losing His mind. It was the consolation of their Love that helped Him come to grips with what was happening. He knew now what he needed to do.
Then he was overtaken: “O you covered up! Arise…”
It seems difficult to establish what comes first, the active Revelation or the predisposition of the Messenger at the moment – His ‘receptivity’ for it? Perhaps it makes little sense to process what can be classified under the category of ‘intuition’ in terms of the category of ‘reason’. The latter operates serially in time, and works deductively from basic premises to a conclusion, whereas the former can be said to be a single moment – even if prolonged – a moment partaking of the Eternal Now. Its Beginning the same as its End. A single act of apprehension, that directly strikes one’s discursive faculty of the heart. Bypassing the ‘first-pass metabolism’ of the brain, so to speak, and directly entering the blood stream of one’s soul.
Anyone who has taken the Qur’an seriously cannot deny the sublime nature of the Book, and so cannot insouciantly shrug it off from one’s mind as if it deserved no further pondering. But anyone who contemplates the unity of Being, and the nature of Revelation, cannot deny Muhammad center-stage in the phenomenon.
The Other and the Self need not be viewed as engaged in a dialectical relationship. God’s voice and the Prophet’s own, interfuse to produce the Qur’an. In fact, it may be misleading to use the word ‘interfuse’ since it implies the coming together of two distinct and separate elements, but the Heart of intuition is ‘at one’ with the source of intuition. Unified in being (wahdat al wujud). Fazlur Rahman spoke of the need to sustain “the intellectual capacity to say both that the Quran is entirely the word of God and, in an ordinary sense, also entirely the word of Muhammad”.
“Indeed, all medieval thought lacked the necessary intellectual tools to combine in its formulation of the dogma the otherness and verbal character of the Revelation on the one hand, and its intimate connection with the work and the religious personality of the Prophet on the other” – Fazlur Rahman
Shah Wali Allah stated that “verbal revelation occurs in the mold of words, idioms and style which are already existent in the mind of Prophet.” He writes:
“(God) subdued the mind of the Prophet in such a way, that He sent down the Book of God in the “pure heart” (hajar baht) of the Prophet in a nebulous and undifferentiated manner (Ijmalan). In the pure heart of the Prophet, the divine speech becomes apparent in the identical form in which it appears in the Supernal Plenum (haziru-t al-quds). The Prophet thus comes to know by conviction that this is the Word of God. Subsequently, as the need arises, well-strung speech is brought out of the rational faculties of the Prophet through the agency of the angel.”
The Qur’an then, is in a sublime (and not mundane) way, the speech of the Prophet – at least partly. Even a provisional acceptance of the partial truth of this statement, opens up new windows of perception. One may then begin to glimpse through the Word of God, the voice of the Prophet. But such a line of reasoning easily ends up becoming absurd if pushed too far. Clearly, the Messenger Himself distinctly upheld the ‘exteriority’ of the Voice of revelation – despite the unmistakable ‘interiority’ of the whole phenomenon so evident, specially to Himself! Perhaps there, in that moment of revelation where the Voice of Eternity finds expression through the tongue of Muhammad – the man, there the Object and the Subject are one. There, the external and internal are but the same. The Transcendent and the Immanent, but one Reality.
To bring oneself to see the Eternal Qur’an as the voice of a mortal creature, is not to reduce the Qur’an to historical construct. It is to raise the ‘mortal creature’ to the level of eternity. Muhammad – the Man was certainly not the author of the Qur’an, but perhaps Muhammad – the Light, that partook (and partakes) of eternity, was central to its authorship.
Muslims experience the Qur’an as ‘Proof’, as Burhan. And at an experiential level, it is certainly and undeniably that. However one may choose to interpret the proof differently. What is being proved through the experience? The Qur’an is first and foremost the proof of Muhammad. It is perhaps not the proof of God at all, or even if it is – and especially if it is – its proof of God is proof of Muhammad again.
We speak of the Qur’an as the proof of Muhammad, but perhaps in another sense, more significantly, Muhammad is the proof of the Qur’an. The Medium is the Message, to adopt Lewis Mumford’s popular phrase. And reversing Ayesha’s narration cited at the beginning: “Kaanal Qur’anu Khuluquhu” – “The Quran was His character.” One may even, in this fit of intoxication, reword a verse of the Qur’an:
“If you Love Muhammad, follow God, and He(Muhammad) will love you.”
I don’t see God. I only see Muhammad.
I don’t seek God. I only seek Muhammad.
I don’t see God. I only see Muhammad.
I don’t seek God, I only seek Muhammad.
Rabi’a al ‘Adawiyya rejected the Prophet when he had approached her in a vision she had, citing as justification the fact that she desired God purely, and was not dependent on the Prophet’s approval for her salvation. In the line of reasoning that we adapt, we would be justified to reverse the situation. Were God to present to us in a vision, offering salvation, we would reject that God for Muhammad – for the life of Muhammad, for the light of Muhammad, for the love of Muhammad, for the God of Muhammad.
At a deeper level the choice of Rabi’a symbolizes the choice between the abstract and the concrete. A choice between the realm of Ideas and the realm of Human beings. Abstraction versus Humanism. And to choose Muhammad over theology is to choose the human, the humane, the warm-blooded, over the theoretical, the dry, the cold-blooded.
“It was at your command that we set our for Makka,
Otherwise our destination is none but you” – Iqbal
Introducing the Debate
The debate is how helpless is the man vs. how much authority he has – this is a very vast topic. Philosophers have debated it in different ways, for example in Existentialism.
There are two premises we have to take into account at the onset. First, Allah (swt) is al-Aleem; He has all the knowledge, including what has come to pass and what will happen in the future. Allah (swt) has Transcendental nature which means Allah (swt) has created time but Allah (swt) is pure from the limitedness of time. There is no past, present or future for Allah (swt). We understand past as a time that has elapsed, and a new time that will come as our future. Allah (swt) does not view time like that.
Imagine there is a board and on that board you draw past, present and future linearly. The time represented on the board is linear, but at the same time if you look at the board, past, present and future will be visible at one glance. This is a bit difficult to grasp but crucial in order to understand the nature of this debate.
Secondly, Allah (swt) is al-Qadir; He is the Faail-e-Haqeeqi i.e. the Real Doer. Any action can only occur by the allowance and decree of Allah (swt).
Considering Allah swt is al-Aleem i.e. His knowledge encompasses everything from past and future, and Allah swt is also al-Qadir over everything, so what is the standing of a man’s effort? How much control do we have?
One position could be that Allah swt has control over everything and man has no control whatsoever. Allah (swt) will choose for us and force us to do the action.
وَلَوۡ شِئۡنَا لَأَتَيۡنَا كُلَّ نَفۡسٍ هُدَٮٰهَا
And if We had so willed, We would have led everybody to his right path (by force). [32:13]
If we assume that the human race is completely helpless i.e. it does not matter how much good deeds they do, they will still go to hell, if it was destined for them, then the root of our deen will be dissolved. Because then there is no need to work hard or to do good deeds.
A person may think that I will not do anything because Allah (swt) will make me do it anyway, so I don’t have to bother. Such a person while doing grocery shopping may keep standing in line saying that Allah (swt) will get everything done so I’m just waiting. This is a ridiculous situation.
Second position could be that the man is in complete control over everything. Imagine what life on Earth would be like in this case. If a man could control everything, then he would want to know the future. There is a certain kind of knowledge that a man cannot handle, for example, to know when and where a person would die. With the constant fear of death looming over him, it would be very hard for him to take any action. Second, if he knows before-hand this person is going to betray him, this will be the outcome of this decision, this person will have these situations in life, it will make no sense to reward him for his choice because he already had the knowledge.
Third position is that Allah (swt) knows everything completely and absolutely, but the man is in control of his own actions. However, there are some parameters that Allah (swt) has set for the man and he will act within those limits. They are not majboor in their actions. You should be clear about this because sometimes people are not able to differentiate between knowing and doing.
For example, Allah (swt) knows how we are going to spend this Ramadan. But will this knowledge effect our actions? Even the person who is close to you can easily predict what you are going to do next, and in fact that is exactly what they do. Because of their closeness to you, it is easy for them to make the predictions.
A mother knows how her child will respond to a certain situation. Allah (swt) knows a man better than he knows himself. So Allah (swt) knows what we will do in future. But this knowledge does not mean that this prediction will have an effect on our actions. This is also because Allah (swt) is not bounded by time. We are time-bound and for us events happen sequentially. For Allah (swt) past, present and future are all existing together.
Another example is of a professor who knows before-hand about a student who has not attended any class that he will fail the course. And he does. He does not fail because the professor had predicted that, rather he failed because he had missed the classes.
Role of Nature & Nurture
Nature: If a man has the genes of generosity and his child also inherits it, or a man has a genes of excessive anger, and his son also inherits this, so people debate that what is the fault of the person if this is in his genes and nature?
For example, if there is a person in Philadelphia who is very angry by nature because of which he is often violent with his wife, we would naturally say that he should get himself treated even though he claims he inherited it from his parents. If you have a problem then you should get yourself treated accordingly.
Nurture: If how you have been brought up is the only thing that effects your actions then the son of Nuh (as) should not have been an infidel. Nature and nurture kind of encompass us but within those boundaries we have a choice for our actions.
Every heart has the ability to accept haq (the Truth). Whenever we come across haq, our hearts recognize it as the truth. Then we have a choice to either accept it or reject it. When we keep rejecting the truth, then our hearts are hardened.
وَلَا يَكُونُواْ كَٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ مِن قَبۡلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيۡہِمُ ٱلۡأَمَدُ فَقَسَتۡ قُلُوبُہُمۡۖ وَكَثِيرٌ۬ مِّنۡہُمۡ فَـٰسِقُونَ
They must not be like those to whom the Book was given before, but a long period passed on them (in which they did not repent), therefore their hearts became hard,
and (thus) many of them are sinners. [57:16]
Allah (swt) has sent prophets (as) so that people who do bad deeds would start doing good deeds. This was the sole purpose of sending guidance. The people in history have killed prophets and have gone at wars with them. Despite this constant rejection, Allah (swt) still sent His guidance. Every person has already seen Allah (swt):
وَإِذۡ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِنۢ بَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمۡ ذُرِّيَّتَہُمۡ وَأَشۡہَدَهُمۡ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِہِمۡ أَلَسۡتُ بِرَبِّكُمۡۖ قَالُواْ بَلَىٰۛ شَهِدۡنَآۛ
(Recall) when your Lord brought forth their progeny from the loins of the children of ’Adam, and made them testify about themselves (by asking them,) “Am I not your Lord?”
They said, “Of course, You are. We testify.” [7:72]
Everyone has the seed of love for Allah (swt) in their hearts. With a little grooming that seed will grow. Everyone holds the potential to accept haq.
Role of Consent in Being Created
Another debate is people object why was I created in the first place when I did not agree on being created? A lot of Existentialists ask this question. By being created we can get the opportunity to get qurb (proximity) of Allah (swt). For example, when a child is taken to a park, he is being given the opportunity to have fun there, but if the child keeps on crying in a corner, that’s his choice. Being born is a thing of joy because every child is a potential wali of Allah (swt).
وَإِذۡ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ۬ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ خَلِيفَةً۬ۖ
(Remember) when your Lord said to the angels,
“I am going to create a deputy on the earth!” [2:30]
Christians have this concept that our creation was to compensate for the original sin. Look at what Allah (swt) is offering you! He is saying that you have been sent here as the Khalifa (representative) of Allah (swt).
Some people have panic attacks thinking they will live for an infinite amount of time. To understand why the afterlife is forever, let’s take the example of an old man who is an Atheist. You go to him and say that you have spent your whole life denying Allah (swt), now that your time of death is near so why don’t you take imaan at least now? He does not take imaan and says even if I were to live forever, I would continue to deny Allah (swt) (nauzubillah).
Then there is a pious old man who has been worshiping Allah (swt) his entire life. And you tell him that you have spent enough time worshiping Allah (swt) so why don’t you just relax now? He will say no, even if I was given forever I would never stop worshiping Allah (swt).
Hadith: ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sws), say,
Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended. [Agreed upon]
So the reward according to the intention is that the pious man will forever live in heaven because he intended to obey Allah (swt) forever. And the Atheist will forever remain in hell because he intended to forever deny Allah (swt).
Now imagine there is a third old man who is a Muslim, but sometimes he does good deeds and sometimes he does bad deeds. The way to purify a sinner who has not repented is that he will be burnt in hell (illa mashaAllah i.e. Allah (swt) may forgive them out of His Mercy) till they are purified, then they will go to heaven. This is because the intention of this man was to go to Jannah but unfortunately his actions were not up to the mark. Contrary to this, the pious old man had both his intention and actions up to the mark so he would directly go to heaven. And the Atheist had neither intention nor action so he will go to hell.
Allah (swt) is Infinite – Allah (swt) has been since time immemorial and will remain for evermore. Allah (swt) created man who is time-bound but Allah (swt) wants the man to be infinite as well. Allah (swt) created man so that they are granted Jannah, which is a place that will last till eternity. The asal (real purpose) of insan is Jannah, and with the right actions his destination is also heaven. But Allah swt is also al-Muqsit (the Just One), which means that someone who has done no effort should not get the same reward as the person who has done the effort.
The Question of Evil
People say that if Allah (swt) is the All Merciful then why is there evil in the world? So imagine the world with no evil in it. For example, a man is going to kill someone, but Allah (swt) intervenes and stops him because He is al-Qadir, He has the power to do so, and says no you cannot kill this man. Then will imaan bil ghayb (belief on the Unseen) remain? Imaan is definitely only on the unseen, and if people were able to see and witness directly the power and might of Allah (swt), that is mushahida. On the Day of Judgement even the kuffar will say that we believe:
وَلَوۡ تَرَىٰٓ إِذِ ٱلۡمُجۡرِمُونَ نَاكِسُواْ رُءُوسِہِمۡ عِندَ رَبِّهِمۡ رَبَّنَآ أَبۡصَرۡنَا وَسَمِعۡنَا فَٱرۡجِعۡنَا نَعۡمَلۡ صَـٰلِحًا إِنَّا مُوقِنُونَ
And (you will wonder) if you see the sinners hanging their heads before their Lord (and saying,) “Our Lord, we have now seen and heard, so send us back, and we
will do righteous deeds. Surely, (now) we are believers.” [32:12]
But Allah (swt) will say now it is that you believe? It means that now it’s too late to believe because now you have seen. Now you have done mushahida – it is not belief when you have seen something clearly.
قُلۡ يَوۡمَ ٱلۡفَتۡحِ لَا يَنفَعُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوٓاْ إِيمَـٰنُهُمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يُنظَرُونَ
Say, “On the day of decision their belief will not be of any use
to disbelievers, nor shall they be given any respite.” [32:29]
At times Allah (swt) does send help from ghayb (unseen). But this is not the norm. Allah (swt) has created a system to stop the evil and that is called ehsan, shariah and sunnah. Allah (swt) wants evil to be removed from this world. One man who was in IMF of some organization of this sort, and he was saying that if all the rich people gave away a small portion of their wealth then world poverty will be eradicated. If the system created by Allah (swt) was followed, poverty would be eliminated.
Sometimes we suffer because of the nafs of another person [i.e. injustice]. Nabi (sws) says that mu’min has good even if some blessing comes their way or some evil comes their way. Because when they are grateful, they get reward and when they show patience, they also get reward.
On the authority of Suhaib (ra) he said: The Prophet (sws) said:
Amazing is the affair of the believer, all of his affair is good. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls
him he is patient and that is good for him” (Sahih Muslim)
Allah (swt) has told us what we should and should not be doing. If the people do not stop their evil actions and Allah (swt) has to forcefully stop them then imaan bil ghayb will not remain.
One reason for having evil is that people can recognize and appreciate goodness. When we look at evil in our society, we crave for goodness all the more, and will be motivated to achieve it.
Some people debate that Allah (swt) has not created evil, because creating evil is bad, and attributing it to Allah (swt) would be wrong. It is important to distinguish between creating evil and doing evil. Creating evil is not a bad thing. Doing evil is a bad thing. The university system has both an F grade and an A grade. The university wants its students to get A’s. However, some students do not work hard enough and end up getting F’s. It’s a failure owing to the choice they have made which cannot be attributed to a fault in university’s system.
Evacuated MPs and members of public in Westminster Abbey
Lockdown in the Commons
TEXTBOOK POLITICS THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS
As I’m sure you’ve already heard, their has been an attack on our British Capital of London. This has been dubbed a Terrorist attack for now, until we know more information however it is obvious to me that this is a terrorist attack on Britain, a year to the day of the attacks in Brussels.
A police officer was stabbed on the grounds of Parliament followed by a car violently mowing people down along Westminster Bridge. Tobias Ellwood, Conservative MP for Bournemouth East was seen giving the Police-Officer mouth to mouth at the scene, however the Police Officer has been pronounced dead at the scene and Sky sources have now confirmed his death.
Currently, we know that two people have died and several others have been critically injured, French PM Bernard Cazeneuve has brought news that there were also French students injured in today’s attacks, who were studying in London.
The UK terror level still remains Severe, which is the second highest and means an attack is highly likely, however it is one level down from Critical meaning an attack is imminent, and Parliament has been placed on lockdown and suspended for the day, similar events have taken place at devolved parliaments in Wales and Scotland due to the ongoing threat this could spread further.
The Assailant was shot very early on himself, however there are rumours he wasn’t a lone wolf, it looks like he was.
These attacks were simply awful and my thoughts are with the families of the victims today. It is saddening to hear the news come in about the Police Officer who has been confirmed dead who died protecting our country.
More to follow…
(Updates by Textbook Team)
The United Nations has now inserted itself into the governing bodies of every sovereign nation, republic, and country in the world. This “world” body has long chomped at the bit to “govern” all nations, especially Western culture nations and republics, through its bureaucratic regulations, pseudo-laws and mandates, upon the world population through “agreements” made between member states to “uphold” their globalist ideology. It is seen through its “refugee” agreement that no member state is obligated to participate through its document on “rights of the child” that places governments in the business of being god by disseminating rights.
For the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Tuesday, the bureaucracy issued a release that “urged governments” to regulate “hate speech” as part of the strategy to stand up for an individual’s rights. In other words, the sovereign member states’ governments, which includes the united States, are to “infringe” on the individual God-given right of free speech to uphold individual rights. The press release stated the theme for this year is “‘ending racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including as it relates to people’s attitudes and actions towards migration’.” And, therein lies the true reason for the UN to “coerce” the governments of free people to enact “speech laws.”
Governments around the world “have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reportedly said Tuesday, adding a call “on people everywhere to ‘stand up for someone’s rights,’” the press release about the event said.
“It is not an attack on free speech or the silencing of controversial ideas or criticism, but a recognition that the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities,” Al Hussein said in a statement.
“Words of fear and loathing can, and do, have real consequences,” Zeid said.
In his statement, Zeid said that U.N. member states “do not have any excuse to allow racism and xenophobia to fester.”
States “have the legal obligation to prohibit and eliminate racial discrimination, to guarantee the right of everyone, no matter their race, color, national or ethnic origin, to equality before the law.”
According to our Declaration of Independence, our founders cited as one self-evident truth “that all men are created equal.” They further declared that men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In order for these rights to be secured, our founding fathers wrote, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ….” The truth of unalienable God-given individual rights was so important to our framers that ratification of the Constitution did not occur until the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, were added. Freedom of speech was so important to these men that it is contained as a tenet of the First Amendment declaring “Congress shall make no law …” infringing upon it.
Yet, there are certain speech that is considered “damaging” that the States are charged with regulating. These are libel, slander and yelling “fire” in a theater or speech to that equivalent and issuing terrorist threats, such as threatening to kill someone, and verbally harassing. The purview of the Tenth Amendment allows the States to make such laws. But, Al Hussein would like to see the government of the united States enact speech laws, against the First Amendment, that would criminalize racist comments, intolerance, and xenophobia.
According to the press release, “At the Summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, UN Member States adopted a Declaration strongly condemning acts and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” This “summit” kicked off the UN’s “Together initiative” that seeks to “change negative perceptions and attitudes aimed at refugees and migrants.”
And, therein lies the true reason for the UN push for the world’s nations to enact and implement “speech laws.”
Bureaucratic members of the United Nations abhor the God-given individual unalienable right to freedom of speech. Why? The right to freedom of speech not only applies to speech one likes; it applies to speech one doesn’t like. Being a racist is not a crime. Neither is speaking racist comments. One may not like those types of statements, but it is protected speech under the First Amendment and the right to freedom of speech. Intolerance nor xenophobia are crimes; but, the UN would like to see these made a crime. But, who would decide what is “racist,” “intolerant,” “xenophobic,” or “hate” speech? It would be the central governments of the world nations, approved by the bureaucracy of the United Nations.
This is coming to the forefront of the UN now because of the mass Muslim invasion of European nations where the native populations are standing against the European Union and the United Nations for the allowance of unlimited influx of invaders, negating their sovereignty and immigration laws. Being that the vast majority of these invaders are Muslim, it begins the process of Islamization of Europe and Western cultures to subjugate the world’s population to Islam and the United Nations. Note that the United Nations never sanction or oppose nations steeped in Islamic governments for “violations of human rights,” religious oppression, the equal rights of women to men as it relates to individual God-given unalienable rights, female genital mutilation, child marriages, or other tenets of Sharia law that place all others except men as second-class members of society. And, why would they when the majority of UN member states are Islamic?
Irina Bokova, director-general of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), also weighed in on the U.N.’s Facebook page.
“Racial discrimination is a poison that diminishes individuals and societies, perpetuates inequality and feeds anger, bitterness and violence,” Bokova said. “The fight against racism and all forms of discrimination is a mainstay of peace and social cohesion, especially in our increasingly diverse societies.
“On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UNESCO calls on all its Member States and partners to step up their efforts to build a more inclusive, more giving and fairer world,” Bokova said.
Bokova cited treatment of refugees in her remarks.
“In partnership with the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation and the European Coalition of Cities against Racism, UNESCO has in particular launched the initiative ‘Welcoming cities for refugees,’ with a view to supporting local authorities in their reception policies.”
The united States is far ahead of many of its counterparts in enacting laws against racial, religious, gender, and creed discrimination when it comes to employment and business activities while preserving religious freedom. One thing the united States government cannot do is prohibit or infringe upon an individual’s God-given unalienable right to free speech. But, the freedom of speech protects speech one might find “offensive,” “discriminatory in nature,” “intolerant,” “racially charged,” “nationalistic,” “xenophobic,” and “unsavory.” It does not protect speech identified earlier.
The only alternative for the united States to “comply” with the “request” of the UN is to enact and implement “speech laws.” It would place in the hands of the federal government the ability to regulate any speech the government didn’t like while bowing to the UN as the “authority” to dictate or govern over this republic. To contemplate that this scenario would not happen in the united States is to ignore the “liberty” with which our government has taken to trample our protected individual God-given unalienable rights thus far. It is to ignore the fact the united States has become a de facto police surveillance state, the violations against Americans by NSA and CIA spying without probable cause or reasonable suspicion and without duly issued warrants, the attacks upon the right to keep and bear arms, and the ever encroaching intrusion into the lives of Americans through the takeover of health care insurance and health care services industries. With the blatant open violations of our elected representatives of their oath of office and the failure to follow the tenets of the Constitution, our law of the land, can anyone be certain that our government would not follow “suggestions” made by the United Nations?
Our elected representatives spend taxpayer money on unconstitutional items — aid to foreign governments, entitlement programs, funding of the United Nations, pork projects, bank bailouts, aiding, arming and funding of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, and extravagance in departmental spending such as conferences attended by IRS employees. They provide living expenses for illegal alien invaders by allowing these individuals to tap entitlement programs funded by taxpayer money. These elected representatives allow illegal alien invaders to access Social Security funds, which Americans pay into in order to access when retired or disabled, without these invaders paying one dime into the system. And, these representatives allow taxpayer funds to pay for medical treatment of illegal alien invaders.
Americans suffer violation of the Fourth Amendment by the federal government through searches and “pat downs” by the Transportation Safety Administration before being allowed to fly. Citizens are limited in their movement when placed on the “no-fly” list then being denied due process to prove their limitation is erroneous. The government condones the procurement of property by using “imminent domain” and “civil asset forfeiture” with the individual being denied compensation and due process to have their assets returned.
While the united States government has decreased its funding to the United Nations, it has not gone far enough. Our republic should withdraw our UN membership and stop all funding of this unauthorized, pseudo-law making bureaucracy. The UN was supposedly created to prevent conflicts between nations, especially a world wide conflict as was seen in both world wars. However, the UN has failed miserably because it began pushing an agenda toward an unnatural state of one-world government with wealth redistribution. Moreover, it has failed to quell conflict between the nations of the world as the world has seen more conflict since the inception of the UN than before and the world now teeters on the brink of another world conflict. Look at the posturing of North Korea, the flexing of power by China, and the build up of Russia.
Where is the UN in “citing” these nations as “threatening” to the world? Nowhere, because the UN is about eradicating rights of individuals given by God. These nations already do that to varying degrees. Yet, this world body denigrates Israel and the united States for “human rights violations.”
What the UN has accomplished is given preference to Islamic nations and Islamic principles over every other world sovereign, except North Korea, China and Russia. It is evident in its policies and “requests.” The united States and every free western sovereign should tell the UN to “pack up and go back home.” In essence, this unelected world body is a threat to liberty, freedom, life, and the pursuit of happiness.
Have you ever heard of such a thing as “unconditioned acceptance”? There is no such a thing, right! Actually, when I gave it a thought, I realize that I’m totally wrong.
If you ponder over motherhood, you will instantly get the idea. A mother bears her child inside her womb for 9 months. She goes through horrible labor pains to deliver her infant. Is it finally over, actually NO, and she knows it. Years of more hard labor are yet to come. Endless hours of hugging, nurturing, carrying, feeding, cleaning poop, washing dirty clothes, staying awake amidst the night, shopping for someone else, carrying bags and holding hands to school, then back from school, standing in the kitchen for hours, cleaning, dusting, shining shoes, ironing clothes, wiping floors, deprivation from different sorts of pleasures, etc., among many other sacrifices; the list is endless here. In short, she sacrifices her own time on earth for her baby.
All of this for what?! To make sure that her baby will grow up safely, and live a happy life. She accepts to give up her own life and her own comfort for her child.
One may wonder, why would anyone accept to make such a sacrifice?
The answer is in the title of this post, it’s an unconditioned acceptance. This is what motherhood is all about, an unconditioned acceptance.
Only mothers accept all of the previous hardships without asking for anything in return. Even when they grow old, and their children are no longer there to take care of them, they only wish that they are happy, safe and sound.
A man came to Prophet Muhammad and asked: “O prophet, who is the worthiest person among all people of my perfect companionship?” Prophet Muhammad answered “Your mother.” The man said: “Then who?” Prophet Muhammad said: “Your mother.” The man said persistently: “Then who?” Prophet Muhammad again said: “Your mother.”
The man said: “Then who?” Prophet Muhammad said: “Then your father.”
[Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim]
And when a man came to volunteer in the army, the prophet asked him, “Is your mother still alive?” The man said, “Yes.”
So the prophet said, “Then go back, and take care of her, verily heaven’s paradise lies underneath her feet.” [Recorded by Nasa’ee, and Ibn-Majah].
At another occasion, a woman came to the prophet and said, “O prophet, my mother has reached an old age. I take care of her like she did with me when I was a child, I wash her body, I clean her like a mother cleans her child, I feed her, and take care of all her needs. Have I returned her favor, and fulfilled my debt?”
The prophet said, “Absolutely not! You are doing what you said hoping that she would die comfortably, and you would be relieved from your duty; while she did the same for you hoping you would live, and remain healthy even if she loses her own health. You haven’t even repaid her for a single scream escaping her throat during labor.” [Recorded by Ibn-Wahb in his compilation of the prophetic traditions]
Also a man came to the prophet complaining about his mother’s misconduct, saying that she was a bad old woman. The prophet said, “She wasn’t a bad woman when she carried you inside her womb for 9 months.”
The man continued to complain, but the prophet again said, “She wasn’t a bad woman when she breastfed you for two years, and she surely wasn’t a bad woman when she stayed awake during the night, and tolerated her thirst during the day to take care of you.”
The man then said, “I have repaid her for all that.”
The prophet asked, “How, what did you do?”
The man answered, “I carried her upon my back during pilgrimage.”
The prophet again said, “You haven’t even repaid her for a single scream escaping her throat during labor.” [Recorded by Ibn Al-Mubarak].
N.B.: The reader here should note that the pilgrimage rituals 1400 years ago took weeks, and the distances traveled on foot exceeded 40 miles. Moreover, wheelchairs weren’t invented yet.
May Allah bless all mothers, and never let anything we hate befall any of them, Amen.
Written by: Ehab Shawky
In response to: Acceptance
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16 MARS 2017
L’abbé Pagès interpelle http://www.islam-et-verite.com/labbaye-daiguebelle-lapostasie-lislamisation/ l’abbaye cistercienne d’Aiguebelle à propos d’un bas relief, incrusté dans un mur de l’abbaye, parfaite illustration de l’apostasie d’une importante partie de l’Eglise… et en conséquence de l’islamisation avancée de l’Europe.
« En effet, ce bas relief montre que judaïsme, christianisme et islam appartiennent au même ensemble, à la même histoire, selon une logique temporelle que l’on comprend passer du judaïsme au christianisme et de celui-ci à l’islam. Ceci est une parfaite proclamation de la croyance musulmane selon laquelle non seulement l’islam entretient le même rapport avec le christianisme que celui-ci entretient avec la religion hébraïque, mais encore que, dernier venu des trois, il est l’achèvement et la perfection de la Révélation divine. Or l’islam n’a aucun rapport avec la Révélation divine, car celle-ci a été parfaitement et définitivement accomplie en Jésus-Christ, en sorte qu’est maudit celui qui vient après le Christ délivrer un autre message (Ga 1.8-9). « L’économie chrétienne, étant l’Alliance Nouvelle et définitive, elle ne passera jamais et aucune nouvelle révélation publique n’est à attendre avant la manifestation glorieuse de notre Seigneur Jésus Christ (cf. 1 Tm 6, 14 ; Tt 2, 13). (Dei Verbum n°4 ; CEC n°66) »… Mais si est maudit celui qui annonce un autre message que celui du Christ, celui qui l’affiche et le proclame jusqu’à l’inscrire dans la pierre, peut-il ne pas l’être aussi ?
This is been happening for the past few years in Europe. As indicated in the article, at least some are doing this because they believe in the tenets of Christianity. This is obviously a huge worldview change for those converts.
মার্ক জাকারবার্গ সিরিয়া বা ফিলিস্তিনীদের পতাকা দিয়ে প্রোফাইল রাঙানোর কোন অপশন রাখেননি, এটা উনার ব্যর্থতা নয়- বরং আমাদের ব্যর্থতা। মাত্র এক কোটি ইহুদীর মধ্য থেকে যদি একজন ফেসবুক উদ্ভাবন করতে পারে, তাহলে আমাদের একশো কোটির অধিক মুসলিমের মধ্যে একজনও কেন এরকম কিছু উদ্ভাবন করতে পারল না? এটা আমাদের জন্য লজ্জার। গুগল, ফেসবুক, টুইটার- সবই তো তাদের। আমাদের আছেটা কি?
আজ যদি ফেসবুকের মত একটা মিডিয়া আমাদের থাকতো তাহলে সিরিয়া কিংবা ফিলিস্তিনিদের সমর্থনে প্রোফাইল রাঙাতে না পারার দূঃখ্যে আমাদেরকে পুড়তে হত না। আমাদের যদি একটা মিডিয়া থাকত তাহলে আমরাও অসহায় মুসলিমদের সমর্থনে এভাবে জোরালো প্রতিবাদ করতে পারতাম। কিন্তু হল না! গুটি কয়েক ইহুদী যা করে দেখালো, আমরা তা পারলাম না।
মার্ক জুকারবার্গ বর্তমানে নাস্তিক হলেও জন্মসূত্রে তিনি হলেন ইহুদী এবং পশ্চিমা নাগরিক। স্বজাতির প্রতি তার সিমপ্যাথি থাকবে এটাই স্বাভাবিক। পশ্চিমা নাগরিকদের মৃত্যূতে তিনি যতটা ব্যথিত হবেন সিরিয়া, ইরাক কিংবা ফিলিস্তিনীদের মৃত্যূতে তিনি অতটা কষ্ট পাবেন না- এতে অবাক হওয়ার কিছু নেই। আমরা অমুসলিমদের মৃত্যূতে উল্লাস করতে পারলে, উনি কেন মুসলিমদের মৃত্যূতে নীরবতা পালন করতে পারবেন না?
Hajj Season is almost near and many of the Muslims are planning for Hajj this year like many years in the past. Hajj Government has announced that this year guests of Allah will be honored equally without any discrimination. Hajj and Umrah will be ensured this season around the world.
Saudi King Mr. Salma bin Abdul Aziz was saying in a meeting this week that all the Muslims which are coming for Hajj and Umrah this season are all our guests and we welcome them regardless of their citizen or country we will help them in all of the aspects.
He added in meeting that Muslims coming for Hajj and Umrah are all the guests of Allah and this is the duty of Our government and officials to serve them best without any discrimination so their experience may be the best experience of their life.
He said we are arranging Hajj from last many years but this year is very important as we have made many changes for the comfort of the pilgrims which are coming from around the world. This is our duty and we will do it in best way.
He said that Islam teaches us the lesson of equality, love and peace and we should do best for others.