Satu insiden yang menggemparkan minggu ini, pelajar tahfiz meninggal akibat komplikasi dari jangkitan kuman dikatakan bermula dari pelajar tersebut dipukul di kaki.
Semoga Al-Marhum pergi dengan baik dalam usaha murninya untuk menghafal Al-Quran. Namun, untuk kita moga ianya menjadi iktibar. Kita tunggu siasatan perubatan sebelum membuat apa-apa tuduhan.
Apakah insiden ini perlu menjadi punca untuk serangan bertalu ke atas sekolah tahfiz yang niat murninya untuk melahirkan para huffaz. Sedangkan kebanyakan kita tidak mampu untuk membantu kewujudan dan penerusan institusi menghafal Al-Quran ini.
Apatah lagi, untuk diri kita sendiri, ramai dari kita tidak mampu capai usaha menghafal ini. Jauh lagilah untuk kita menanggung tanggung jawab mendidik sendiri anak-anak kita menjadi huffaz. Maka usaha sesetengah mereka yang cuba mengekal tradisi hafalan Al-Quran ini adalah suatu usaha murni dan wajar diberi sokongan dan segala bantuan.
Dengan satu insiden begini kita hendak serang habisan? Seronoklah puak liberal dan anti Islam itu. Inilah peluang yang mereka cari-cari. [baca: Khutbah Jumaat kita dikatakan mempromosi ekstremisme]
Kenapa kita hendak cari salah? Kenapa tidak kita berusaha untuk membantu intitusi sebegini menjadi lebih baik. Lihat sahaja banyak pusat-pusat tahfiz bergerak dalam keadaan yang daif sekali. Berapa wang ringgit yang kita jolikan di Gloria Jeans atau Starbuck sedia kita korbankan untuk mengisi tabung-tabung bantuan pusat tahfiz dan sekolah pondok?
Kita mungkin mempunyai segala kepakaran dan pengalaman profesional, tetapi berapa detik masa kita yang sedia kita korban untuk membantu usaha murni mereka berbanding dengan masa yang kita habiskan di padang golf atau lain-lain aktiviti rekreasi?
Di hari ini orang kita cepat sahaja ber”whatsapp” dan mencurahkan kata nista dalam FB dan komen-komennya. Kenapa tidak kita hulurkan buah-buah fikiran yang bernas untuk secara sukarela membantu mereka? [baca: Gejala WhatsApp – Mencari Saham Akhirat Atau Membawa Beban Dosa?]
Jangan kita sibuk menghulurkan kayu api kepada mereka yang sedang membakar rumah kita.
Apakah puak-puak Kristian sibuk menyerang institusi gereja mereka apabila laporan demi laporan, kes demi kes, skandal demi skandal dan pengakuan demi pengakuan tentang salah laku seks dan penderitaan seks kanak-kanak dilakukan oleh paderi dalam gereja? [baca: Pedofilia dan Penganiayaan Seks Dengan Vatican dan Gereja – Berpisah Tiada dan Sah! Kes Pedofilia Banyak Dan Cuba Disembunyikan Oleh Vatican
In order to understand, kindly continue reading from the previous post:
Roots of “JIHAD” Part I
When Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. received the previous verses of The Qur’an (22:38-41), he was 54 years old. Before this, he was never known to be such a warrior who was described by his companions to be the bravest among them all. Till he was 54 years old, he had led the most peaceful life, even when he was beaten and choked nearly to death by the Makkan pagans, he never lifted one finger to defend himself. His companions as well, were mostly simple shepherds, farmers, caravan travelers, and former slaves. None of them was ever known to have any military experience whatsoever. Their utmost experience was in the usage of bows and arrows when hunting animals for food. Before their immigration to Madinah, none of them ever participated in any battle, or experienced what it meant to have swords clattering above his head. It was their great faith in Allah’s victory that helped them remain steadfast in the faces of their enemies, and mighty aggressors.
Having war forced upon them meant that Muslims needed to assemble an army. Every soldier must at least be equipped with a sword and a light shield. A small battalion of experienced archers must be assembled, and equipped with bows and arrows as well. Muslims were extremely poor at that time, they couldn’t afford to buy horses or enough camels. Consequently, they took turns in riding the available camels, and slaughtered some of it for food. The immigrants left all of their possessions behind when they were escaping from Makkah. All of these possessions were confiscated by Makkans. The Muslim merchants who were caught trying to immigrate, were forced to leave behind all of their money. After consulting with his companions, Prophet Muhammad decided to send scouts to the road which the Makkan commercial caravans took when they were returning from their trading trips. The scouts brought back news of a returning big caravan led by the Makkan leader Abu-Sufyan Ibn-Harb. The prophet decided that this was a suitable opportunity to retrieve some of the Muslims’ possessions which were taken unlawfully by the Makkan pagans. Consequently, Muslims rode out to seize the caravan and confiscate it. When the pagans learned about the Muslims’ plan, they dispatched a quick rider to deliver the news to Abu-Sufyan, and advise him to change his way. Meanwhile, they assembled a big army to meet the Muslims who rode out of Madinah. This led to the “Battle of Badr.”
Our next stop is chapter 8 of the Qur’an. It was revealed in the 2nd year A.H. It includes the second group of verses that was revealed and speaks about fighting, or Combative Jihad. This chapter was revealed after the battle of Badr, it’s a commemoration of the incident. It also holds very important injunctions concerning fighting in the following verses:
“Believers, when you meet in battle those who deny the truth, never turn your backs on them: whoever turns his back on such an occasion, unless it be as a stratagem of war, or in an endeavor to join another group [of the believers] will indeed draw down upon himself the wrath of Allah, and Hell shall be his abode and the worst indeed is that destination.” [The Qur’an (8:15-16)]
Deserting the army in the battle field is a major sin in Islam. Merely turning your back to the enemy, except for a stratagem or giving aid to a weak battalion, is highly forbidden. Those who do this are given grave warnings of the bad consequences of this action. This is not something that Islam came up with, it has always been the rule of any army that deserters are treated like traitors. Islam only confirmed that it’s an abominable deed in the sight of our creator, and gave grave warnings to its doer that his abode shall be in the hellfire.
A few verses later, Allah says:
“Yet why should Allah not punish them when they debar people from the Sacred Mosque, although they are not its guardians? Its rightful guardians are those who fear Allah, though most of the [deniers] do not realize it. Their prayer (i.e. the pagans) at the Sacred House is nothing but whistling and clapping of hands. ‘So taste the punishment because of your denial’. Those who are bent on denying the truth are spending their wealth in debarring others from the path of Allah. They will continue to spend it in this way till, in the end, this spending will become a source of intense regret for them, and then they will be overcome. And those who denied the truth will be gathered together in Hell. So that Allah may separate the bad from the good, He will heap the wicked one upon another and then cast them into Hell. These will surely be the losers. Tell those who deny the truth that if they desist, their past shall be forgiven, but if they persist in [fighting against you], then let them take an example from the fate of those who did the same before. Fight them until there is no more [religious] persecution and religion belongs wholly to Allah. If they desist, then surely Allah is watchful of what they do, but if they return [to persecuting you], then know that Allah is your Protector, the Best of Protectors and the Best of Helpers!” [The Qur’an (8:34-40)]
In these verses Allah is speaking about Makkah, the city that was established by Ishmael’s offspring around the sacred mosque which was built by Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael P.B.U.T. This holy city was built originally for worshiping Allah alone without associating any partners with Him, and its dwellers were considered by all Arabs the custodians of the mosque. Later on, after many centuries, paganism started to appear in it at the hands of the merchants returning from Assyria. Paganism pervaded Makkah, until all of its citizens forsook the pure creed of Abraham, and profaned the sacred mosque with their handmade idols. Their brethren from the other Arab tribes followed the custodians of the sacred mosque. They started putting their own idols near the sacred mosque as well. In the season of pilgrimage, every tribe prayed to its idol. More than 360 idols were placed around the mosque, and an image of Abraham and Ishmael bowing down to an idol, was drawn on one of the inside walls of the sacred mosque. Within few centuries all of Hejaz turned to polytheism, and forsook monotheism.
When Prophet Muhammad started receiving the Qur’an and preaching the pure creed of Abraham amidst the Arabs, they rejected it and persecuted those who embraced Islam. After the battle of Badr, Muslims were ordered to fight back the polytheists until they free Makkah from their occupation, and until all worship inside the holy city is directed solely to Allah again. Makkah was originally established in the sacred valley amidst the mountains of Pharan, and dedicated for those who worship Allah in the proper manner as taught by the prophets P.B.U.T.
In the above verses, glad tidings were given to Muslims that although the pagans were much stronger and wealthier, their strength is nothing in front of Allah’s Might. Let them spend their money and use their resources in mustering all the powers they can, eventually they shall lose, and Allah’s light shall shine forth from Makkah to reach the farthest places on earth.
A few verses later, Allah says:
“Let not the deniers [of Islam] think that they can evade destiny. They cannot frustrate [Allah’s purpose]. They have not the power to do so. Prepare the strength you can muster against them, and any cavalry with which you can overawe Allah’s enemy and your own enemy as well, and others besides them whom you do not know but are known to Allah. Anything you spend in the way of Allah will be repaid to you in full. You will not be wronged. Then if they inclined to make peace, make peace with them, and put your trust in Allah. Surely, it is He who is All-Hearing and All-Knowing. Should they seek to deceive you, Allah is enough for you: it was He who strengthened you with His help, and rallied the faithful around you, and bound their hearts together. Even if you had spent all that is on the earth, you could not have bound their hearts together, but Allah has bound them together. Surely, He is Mighty and Wise.” [The Qur’an (8:59-63)]
These verses have already been tackled in this Previous Post. They were revealed at a time when there were less than 6,000 Muslims on earth, including women and children, and they were confined only in Madinah. Today, Arab Muslims comprise less than 20% of the total number of Muslims all over the world. More than 1,600,000,000 Muslims live today on earth. Indonesia alone has 200,000,000 Muslims, which equals ten times the total number of Arab Muslims.
The above verses of chapter 8 hold the following injunctions:
This chapter includes one of the most misunderstood verses in the Qur’an. It is usually used in the western media to defame the Qur’an, and its teachings. In the next few lines, I shall mention how the some people in the west translate it wrongly twisting the meaning intended, and defaming Islam in the process. Thereafter, I shall respond to their claims.
“I will terrorize the disbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint [and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes]” [The Qur’an (8:12)]
Islam haters always use the previous wrong distorted translation to prove that Islam teaches terrorism and violence. They say it’s a sick religion that orders its adherents to kill those who don’t accept it in the most terrible ways.
Now let’s read the previous verse in its complete context and proper translation, in order to understand what it is actually saying. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“[Remember] When you begged your Lord for help, He answered you, ‘I will reinforce you with a thousand angels in succession.’ God made this a message of hope to reassure your hearts. Help comes only from God, He is mighty and wise. Remember when He covered you with slumber as a reassurance from Him, and sent down water from the sky to purify you, to remove Satan’s insinuations from your [hearts], to make your hearts strong and your feet firm. Your Lord revealed to the angels: ‘I am with you: give the believers firmness, I shall cast fright into the hearts of the disbelievers, strike above their necks and strike their fingertips.’ That was because they defied Allah and His Messenger, and if anyone defies Allah and His Messenger, Allah punishes him severely, ‘That is what you get! Taste that!’ and the torment of the hellfire awaits the disbelievers.” [The Qur’an (8:9-14)]
As stated above, the battle of Badr was the first battle Muslims ever led against the pagans. They were outnumbered by 3 to 1. Their army comprised nothing but 313 shepherds and former slaves who never fought before. They only had “two horsemen” and the rest of them were foot-soldiers armed with swords and light shields. The pagans’ army on the other hand comprised more than 1000 soldiers, most of whom were strong husky combatants, known of having fierce fighting skills, they had more than 100 horsemen and 600 strong shields. Any quick analysis of the situation will tell you that the Muslims didn’t stand a chance to even face the pagans’ army for more than 15 minutes.
On the battle’s eve, Muslims were unable to sleep out-of fear and worry. The news brought back by their scouts weren’t auspicious. On the battle’s day, they woke up astonished that they all fell asleep and they even enjoyed a sound sleep to the extent that some of them had wet dreams. This could cynically make you laugh, but actually it’s an indication to how deeply and securely they slept without any traces of worry or fear on their minds. Those who had wet dreams during their sleep, woke up afraid that they might get killed in the battle without praying for they were impure and needed to wash their bodies, so it started raining and they all washed their bodies, performed ablution and prayed. They prepared themselves in ranks for the battle and it was then when the prophet gave them glad tidings of victory and that Allah has sent His angles to fight alongside the Muslims.
Amazingly Muslims won this battle in a miraculous way. The above verses were revealed after this battle as a commemoration of the incident, so that Muslims throughout the ages would remember that victory is not given for the stronger army, but it is given to those who have stronger faith. Allah grants His victory only to those who are pious and righteous.
Although the context is clear and the reason of revelation is written in all exegesis, some people twist the meaning of the verses to satisfy their own inclination and prejudice. If you compare the two preceding translations, you will instantly notice that the words placed between square brackets in the first translation given by Islam bashers is an addition not found in the Original Arabic wording of the Qur’an. Moreover, the incident itself was one of self defense against a much stronger and mightier army. It occured 100 Km away from Madinah, and 300 Km away from Makkah. Hence, Muslims were defending their new homeland against those who drove them out from their original one after having tortured and persecuted them for 13 years. The question here is: “What exactly is the way which “Islam haters” deem appropriate to deal with those unscrupulous invaders, lie on the ground and play dead?!”
The worst forgery of all, is when Islam haters trim out the words from amidst the verse and tamper with its translation to portray Muslims as a bunch of blood thirsty cannibals sitting above the bodies of their decapitated victims, and cutting off their fingers and toes. This is the instant image that anyone gets when reading the wrong forged translation, and the incomplete verse; while the complete context is actually ordering the fighters to either strike the enemies above the neck and kill them instantly, or strike at their fingertips in order to restrain them from attacking the Muslims. This is also why Prophet Muhammad said: “If you kill, make it a quick death.” And this is also how the prophet P.B.U.H. never killed anyone in all of his battles except one man, and it was in self defense during the battle of ‘Uhud, when the pagans attacked Madinah one year later. This was a sword fight for crying out loud, so what exactly is it that Muslims could have done, throw down their swords and deliver thunderous slaps on their enemies’ faces?! Even the context of the order itself was not directed to Muslims, but it is a narration of Allah’s orders to the angles whom He sent to support the Muslims’ army, and the verses were revealed to Muslims after the battle was over, this is why Allah is continuously saying “Remember.”
Written By: Ehab Shawky
Ghusl means to immerse the entire body in water. The actions or circumstances that require one taking a bath in islam. Whenever ejaculation occurs the Ghusl is required. Also whenever a man and woman’s private parts touch one another the Ghusl is required. PowerPoint: http://sunnahfollowers.net/ppt/Ghusl/Ghusl-1/img0.html
Harry Gregson-Williams – Ibelin – “Kingdom of Heaven” Movie Original Soundtrack, Lyrics:
Wi ana bu’min bi-mamlak’ti l-jannaa
Wi ana bu’min bi-mamlak’ti l-hubb
Wi ana bu’min bi-mamlak’ti l-jannaa
Wi an-nur al-hayaat hiya id-dunyaa
Laa ilaaha illaa Allah
I believe in the kingdom of heaven
I believe in the kingdom of love
I believe in the kingdom of heaven
The light of life is the world
There is no deity but Allah
Wi an-nur al-hayaat hiya baab id-dunyaa
Wi al-hubb al-hawa li-ahlaam
Wi ana bu’min bi-mamlak’ti l-jannaa
Wi ihna binihlam bi-l-jannaa
Laa ilaaha illaa Allah
The light of life is the gate to the world
And love is the breeze of dreams
I believe in the kingdom of heaven
And we do dream of heaven
There is no deity but Allah
Ya layl.. ya layl
Laa ilaaha illaa Allah
Night.. oh night
There is no deity but Allah
Wi ana bu’min bi-mamlak’t il-jannaa
Wi ana bu’min bi-mamlak’t il-hubb.. ya habibi
I believe in the kingdom of heaven
I believe in the kingdom of love.. my beloved
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“Allah has created man from a drop of fluid, but lo! Humanity is an open disputer” Quran (16:5)
Despite the immense complexities of every creature on this planet, despite the protection given by our atmosphere and the clouds watering the earth to bring sustenance for our feeble bodies, we confidently reject our Creator. God is alive and responds to those in search of Him. Without God we become materialistic robots, lost, alienated, depressed. God is the light of life!
Halal Street Food in China is some of the best Islamic Chinese Street Food I’ve tasted, ( like delicious noodles and kebabs) , and this is just the beginning of our Journey n the Chinese Silk road!
We made our way to Turpan, in China’s Xinjiang province, for the beginning of our Silk Road tour, all the way from Chengdu, and found a whole new world awaiting us. You can feast for days on new street food specialties all from the Uighur people and Hui People in China’s northwest. In the past month, we flew from Guangzhou, where we filmed amazing Cantonese street food specialties near Hong Kong, all the way to Chengdu. Then, we spent a week exploring and eating delicious Sichuan cuisine and made a video about “Szechuan sauce” in a local farmers market. We then took the train to Xining, a city with a large Hui Chinese population, and enjoyed some delicious Hui Halal Street food. Unfortunately, the street food videos from Xining may not be retreived, we will have to wait and see.
After Xining, we took the high speed train to Turpan, which is where we currently are enjoying Uighur street food. We are going to continue the silk road journey through the southern Taklamakan desert route all the way to Kashgar! Please stay tuned because there are a lot of delicious street food videos coming your way!
ABOUT THE FOOD RANGER
My name is Trevor James and I’m a hungry traveler and Mandarin learner that’s currently living in Chengdu, Szechuan, China, eating up as much delicious Chinese food as I can.
I enjoy tasting and documenting as many dishes as I can and I’m going to make videos for YOU along the way! Over the next few years, I’m going to travel around the world and document as much food as I can for you! I love delicious food! This channel will show you real Chinese food and real local food, not that stuff they serve in the Buzzfeed challenge.
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BASIS FOR KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE:
60. If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease (evil desire for adultery, etc.), and those who spread false news among the people in Al-Madinah, cease not, We shall certainly let you overpower them, then they will not be able to stay in it as your neighbours but a little while.
61. Accursed, wherever found, they shall be seized and killed with a (terrible) slaughter.
62. That was the Way of Allah in the case of those who passed away of old, and you will not find any change in the Way of Allah.
93. And who can be more unjust than he who invents a lie against Allah, or says: “I have received inspiration,” whereas he is not inspired in anything; and who says, “I will reveal the like of what Allah has revealed.” And if you could but see when the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.) are in the agonies of death, while the angels are stretching forth their hands (saying): “Deliver your souls! This day you shall be recompensed with the torment of degradation because of what you used to utter against Allah other than the truth. And you used to reject His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) with disrespect! ”
(Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood 4361).
“A blind man had a freed concubine (umm walad) who used to insult the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and say bad things about him. He told her not to do that but she did not stop, and he rebuked her but she did not heed him. One night, when she started to say bad things about the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and insult him, he took a short sword or dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it and killed her. The following morning that was mentioned to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He called the people together and said, “I ask by Allah the man who has done this action and I order him by my right over him that he should stand up.” The blind man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I am the one who did it; she used to insult you and say bad things about you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not give up her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was kind to me. Last night she began to insult you and say bad things about you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.”
Thereupon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Bear witness, there is no blood money due for her.”
PAMELA GELLER SAID:
According to the shari’a, defaming the Prophet is an act of blasphemy, the punishment for which is death even if the accused repents. This law is a Koranic decree, for Koran 9:61 says: “Those who hurt Allah’s Messenger will have a painful punishment.” The same Surah also states: “…Say: “(Go ahead and) mock! But certainly Allah will bring to light all that you fear. If you ask them (about this), they declare: ‘We were only talking idly and joking.’ Say: ‘Was it at Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after you had believed. [Koran 9:64-66].” In addition, the Sira literature (biographies of the Prophet) and the Hadith include many instances in which Muhammad ordered to kill his maligners or praised his followers for doing so. In the Muhammad’s era, writing poems against him was considered an unforgivable crime, and many poets were killed for this, including the Jewish poet Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf, who would ridicule the Prophet. According to a hadith, he was killed by Muhammad bin Maslama at the behest of the Prophet himself and with his blessing. Another poet who composed a poem against Muhammad, the Jewess ‘Asma bint Marwan, was assassinated by ‘Umayr bin ‘Adiy, who was later praised by the Prophet for executing her. Some sources state that Muhammad asked who would kill this woman on his behalf, and a member of her tribe volunteered. Two more poets killed for this crime were Abu ‘Afak, assassinated by Salem bin ‘Umayr, and the Meccan poet Sarah, whom the Prophet ordered to kill on the day Mecca was conquered.
Prominent medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyya, considered by many to be the father of the modern fundamentalist Islamic movements, wrote on this issue: “Mocking Allah, His verses or His Messenger is blasphemy.” He wrote further: “Whosoever curses the Prophet, be he a Muslim of an infidel, must be put to death. All [religious] scholars take this view.” The late Saudi mufti ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz Ibn ‘Abdallah Ibn Bazz said: “Anyone who curses Allah or His Messenger Muhammad in any way is a heretic apostate.”
Since criticism of Muhammad is still taboo in the Muslim world and cases of it are fairly rare, this act and the punishment it merits are not major topics of debate in Islamist discourse. However, when it does occur – as in the case of Rushdie’s book or cartoons lampooning Muhammad – it is regarded as a “crime” whose perpetrator must be punished. Governments in the Muslim world, as well as the sheikhs of the religious establishment, handle this matter according to political considerations, sometimes enforcing strict punishments and sometimes lenient ones, according to the political interests of the moment.
Muslims argue that they don’t kill innocent people quoting, “he that kills an innocent person is as though he killed the whole mankind”, thus logically, when they killed those who insult muhammad through poems, satire or simply, those as they alleged as spreading false news, then obviously from their vantage point, these are not innocent, thus when christians practice their faith, falsifying Muhammad and calling him “false prophet”, in essence, they are not innocent, and by virtue of Quran, must be killed.
Obviously, it is compulsion of religion, bec they force us not to practice our faith, thus we can see elements of compulsion.
However, they said, in Islam, “there is no compulsion of religion”, which is utterly false as they prohibits practice of religion such as calling muhammad “false prophet” and allah as “demonic, false god etc…”
Conclusively, Islam use force, and compulsion.
And those who insult muhammad, such as christians, though to them are not innocent, is by far, in their terms only but in reality, are innocent people practicing religion,
Thus logically, islam prohibits practice of christianity and basically freedom of speech.
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Prayer holds a very important place in Islam.
It is the second pillar of faith and the act of ritual prayer is performed five times every day.
This is a connection that God Himself established when he created human beings. Our ancestor Adam was responsible for teaching his family how to worship God in the correct way which included praying.
All the Prophets and messengers God sent to the nations on earth spread the same message:
O my people, worship God, you have no other God but Him. (Quran 11:50)
They all spoke words of wisdom, guiding the people and reminding them that God is One, alone, without partners, sons or daughters. Most of the Prophets mentioned in the Quran are recognizable to people of the Christian and Jewish faiths and they all prayed in much the same way that Muslims pray today.
Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the final Prophet and that his mission and message was slightly different to the message of all the Prophets before him.
While each Prophet was sent specifically to guide his own nation, Prophet Muhammad was sent to guide all of humankind. He said:
“Every prophet was sent to his nation exclusively, but I was sent to all mankind.” (Al-Bukhari, 335)
Once we understand the connection between all the Prophets of God it is not surprising to learn that they all prayed in basically the same way. What is surprising however is that even though there are descriptions of prayer in the Bible, Christians and Jews no longer pray the way their own Prophets prayed.
The remainder of this article will examine passages from various books of the Bible and compare them to the way Muslims pray.
The most recognizable posture in the Muslim prayer is touching the forehead to the ground. It is the apex of a person’s prayer and it is mentioned in the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad as the position in which a believer is as close to God as it is possible to be.
Consider the following verses from the Bible.
“And he (Jesus) went a little further, and FELL ON HIS FACE, and prayed…” (Matthew 26:39)
“And Joshua FELL ON HIS FACE to the earth, and did worship…” (Joshua 5:14)
“And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they FELL UPON HIS FACE…” (Numbers 20:6)
“And Abraham FELL ON HIS FACE…” (Genesis 17:3)
“…and they FELL ON THEIR FACE before the throne and worshiped God.” (Revelation 7:11)
“…then they bowed their heads and WORSHIPED THE LORD WITH THEIR FACES TO THE GROUND.” (Nehemiah 8:6)
“…Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, FELL ON THEIR FACE.” (1 Chronicles 21:16)
In many other places in the Bible where we find the method of prayer mentioned, it calls to mind the way Muslims pray. In the Bible book entitled Daniel we are able to read a description of Daniel praying to God in a time of great crisis.
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber TOWARD JERUSALEM, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did a foretime.” (Daniel 6:10)
It is interesting to note that Prophet Daniel prayed TOWARD JERUSALEM. In the early days of Prophet Muhammad’s mission the faithful also prayed TOWARD JERUSALEM. However the Muslim direction of prayer changed. About sixteen months after Prophet Muhammad and his followers migrated from Makkah to the city of Madinah the direction was changed to facing the sacred House of God in Makkah.
Descriptions of the positions Muslims adopt in the five ritual prayers per day can be found throughout the Bible. Many are mentioned in the book of Psalms.
“STANDin awe, and sin not.”(Psalms 4:4)
“O come, let us worship and BOW DOWN: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” (Psalms 95:6)
“…all that go down to the dust shall BOW before him…” (Psalms 22:29)
And in the book of Kings we find Prophet Elijah casting himself upon the earth in the position of kneeling before touching the forehead to the ground.
“…and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees.” (1 Kings 18:42)
This is a position very familiar to Muslims. So too is the position Jesus adopts during prayer in a moment of fear and uncertainty.
“And he (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and KNEELED DOWN, and prayed.” (Luke 22:41)
Even though the Jews and Christians today do not pray as we read in the Bible, Muslims continue to pray in a similar way to the Prophets, as intended by the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
As a practicing Muslim, I had developed my faith early on with the hand of my parents constantly guiding me forward, Alhumdulillah, (all thanks and praises be to Allah). Though they worried, I do not think there was ever a fear that I may end up having an attraction towards other women. Of course, I don’t blame them. They grew up in an entirely different culture in a society with its own set of rules. No one can have the perfect parents and what my own have done for me can never be repaid.
So if you wonder whether I am bitter or resentful about not being able to reveal this part of myself to them, the answer is simply “Never”. And there is more than one reason for that. The first and most important being that I do not in any way desire to change, reform or reinterpret the Qur’an, hadith, or the consensus of well-learned Muslim scholars in any way. This is likely where the fork in the path is seen with the LGBT Muslim community. Most either somehow reconcile their faith with their way of life or leave Islam altogether. But there are also those who come to a realization that perhaps this is a test of faith.
I know what it is to look at the one you love with repressed feelings and unfulfilled desire. Yet, now that I have come down this path, I see that desire is not something I need to fulfill. I am perfectly content to show her my love, my care and support without kissing her on the mouth or lying with her in bed. Such superficial things are not worth risking my relationship with someone far more important. You see, if I ever find the need to share my sexuality with my parents and my family… it will not be because I want them to accept me. It will be for some purpose far greater than serving myself. Whether that moment will come or not is yet to be seen but one thing will never change: my love will always be for the sake of my Creator. There is no greater love nor anything that can overcome it. Not my desires, not hatred, not any amount of distance or even death.
I plan to share my story here in later posts. Perhaps it will bring someone a change of heart or some fresh perspective. Until then, take care.
You could actually call the writers and the production, “Christophobic”
Substitute an Islamic “call-to-prayer” for every tolling church-bell; a line from the Muslim-trifecta (Koran/Sunnah/Hadith) for every New Testament quote, and then I’d say Hulu has a winner with the cautionary- “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But as it stands? It’s a Hate+Hit piece which slanders all Christians, but particularly Protestants.
If only the creatives involved (and the sure-to-be-legions of fans) had an ounce of shame, they could wake up before this nightmare scenario comes true. They won’t, because they actually expect it to be Christians “stretching necks” and gouging out eyes and clitorises(sp?).
Saudi Arabia, the Feminists’ Paradise
I saw reference to some “women’s rights” thing and Saudi Arabia yesterday, but I thought it was (another) U.N. joke. Wrong.
The UN has announced that Saudi Arabia will be a part of the Commission on the Status of Women, the intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. That’s right, Saudi Arabia.
The country so committed to women’s liberation that it ranks 141/144 for gender equality in the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap report. That’s third place from the bottom. This may have something to do with the fact that women cannot drive and need permission from a male guardian to travel, work, marry, access healthcare and even leave prison. Hillel Neuer of UN Watch summed it up with the comment, “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief”.
Here are two video that will quickly clue you in on Saudi Arabia – from the perspective of Sandra Solomon, a woman who grew up there. I just happened to “meet” up with her, twice in as many days, vis two of my favorite YT channels:
The Graphic that “inspired” my graphic
If some silly humans get their way, the Colston Hall in Bristol will be renamed. The excuse for this that the name, Colston, has ‘become toxic’ and because Colston was a slave-trader, the music venue needs a different name. Changing the name doesn’t benefit anyone, but it will give some single-issue merchants a rush of blood to the head for a few moments.
Changing the name doesn’t change the facts.
One of the defenders of this pointless excercise is David Olusoga. He says in the idea’s ‘defence’ that
‘Those who want to rename Colston Hall, like the students who want to topple Cecil Rhodes (not that I agree completely with them or their tactics), are campaigners for a fuller, more honest remembrance of history, not its erasure.’
That paragraph shows its typer simply doesn’t care. You do not get a ‘fuller, more honest remembrance of history’ by erasing the names of historical figures from public buildings.
In addition, you help nobody.
I promise you that, in removing the Colston name, no hungry children will be fed; no murderer will be caught; no teenage girl, trafficked from Eastern Europe and locked into sex-slavery, will be freed from her misery.
These campaigners are people without a grievance, looking to make themselves feel happier about their lives by claiming they did something good. They will have done nothing good. Nobody alive in Bristol suffered because of Colston’s business. Nobody alive in Bristol should apologise for the slave-trade because nobody alive in Bristol was responsible for the slave trade.
To campaign for the removal of the name is a form of narcissism, and I suspect these silly people are just a bit bored.
The musician, ‘Daddy G’ from ‘Massive Attack,’ was quite pleased with the name change. I have no idea why.
That ‘Massive Attack’ have for years ‘refused to play at Colston Hall’ is to fall for posing and gesture politics of the shallowest kind. If it were the case that ‘Massive Attack’ – upon learning of their city’s history – left the city in protest, refusing to spend their money here, or even enter the city because of it’s links with slavery, then I might believe they had principles. They are simply posing by picking an easy topic to decide to have principles about, one which causes them no inconvenience.
Muslim pirates enslaved white Europeans for centuries. As a white man, I managed to get the fuck over it about half a second after finding out about it.
Julius Caesar enslaved over a million white Europeans during his time in Gaul, helping to make Rome massively wealthy. I wonder if ‘Massive Attack’ has ever played a show in Rome?
Selective principlals are always fake principals.
Clearly I haven’t kept up with my goal of weekly posts on children’s books by or about Muslims. It’s been a busy spring for me: working, taking classes, studying for the GRE and getting ready for my wedding. Up until the last week or so I have still managed to fit in regular intervals of kidlit writing, but ultimately blogging wasn’t a priority.
Today, however, I saw this Bustle post, “11 Books By Muslim Women That Show The Many Facets Of Islam” and wanted to share it. None of them are picture books or middle grade, but teenagers will find titles to try on there, including some books that are specifically YA. I’ve read a few from the list before and I’m adding many of the others to my TBR shelf.
Any sane person who stayed informed on the actions of our past president, Hussein Obama, knows without a doubt that he is directly responsible for this situation. His determined agenda to fill this country with his Muslim brothers is obvious. Obama flooded America with so-called refugees who were not vetted or examined for disease. Now our citizens are paying the price and our children are in danger because of Obama, liberals, and their hate America policies. – Bude Lepsi
BREITBART NEWS – The recent measles outbreak in Minnesota is growing and has now apparently spread to another part of the state. [click the link below for the rest of the story]
The 65-year-old Imam of the Moscow mosque “Yardyam” Mahmud Velitov was found guilty of ‘publically justifying terrorism’ and sentenced for three years in prison in a penal colony, according to the website of the Investigative Committee of Russia. The decision was declared by the Moscow District Military Court, TASS news agency said.
имам московской мечети «Ярдям» Махмуд Велитов pic.twitter.com/BXwxu1EBWE
— Захар Май (@ZaxarBorisych) April 28, 2017
Velitov was convicted under Part 1 of Art. 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Public Justification of Terrorism”). According to investigators, on September 27, 2013, the chairman of the council and Imam Velitov uttered in the mosque during the prayer a public speech justifying the activities of one of the members of the terrorist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami.
As specifies radio “Freedom”, it was a question about Abdulla Gashaev. Imam’s lawyer Dagir Khasavov argued that the imam, while reading the prayer, did not know that Abdullah Gappaev was a in a terrorist organization.
Imam Velitov himself said that he did not justify the activities of the terrorist, but only recited a prayer for Gappaev’s repose. “He was a good man, I did not know that he was in an extremist organization,” – Velitov said.
On Friday, only the opening and decisive parts of the verdict were announced, and the motives that guided the court in its adoption, will be known later, reports “Interfax.”
Махмуд Велитов: Мёртвый человек не принадлежит никакой партии pic.twitter.com/bnCant05oU
— Роман Вдовиченко (@Vdovichenko1990) April 28, 2017
“Dead man does not belong to any (political) party” – said Imam Velitov.
While a nice sentiment it actually would do more good to ban hijabs than to encourage their use. It wasn’t until the rise of theocracies and decline of secular societies in West Asia that the hijab became a staple of Muslim women’s dress. The hijab for all intents and purposes is a symbol of patriarchal rule which last time I was told by the progressive left was the bane of women’s existence. People are against the symbolism of the hijab rather than Muslim women’s right to wear it. If all women had the right to choose to wear it or not then it wouldn’t be nearly the contested issue that it is. But at least they are willing to condemn the full niqab.
To my dear self,
Stop reliving your past. Live in the present moment. Breathe. You’ll be okay. Embrace your new identity with pride. Allah has elevated you. Don’t rush things. Take it one day at a time. I have faith in you. I believe in you. And you’re lucky to have a family who loves you. Strive and be grateful.