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Women: Great Expectations Habib Muhammad al-Saqqaf

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Dua of Musa ( Moses, A.S ) For Any Good

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Thucydides Engendering Philosopher-Warriors is Saviour of Western Civilization

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:27

By Con George-Kotzabasis

The following is a comment of mine in a Seminar held at the Greek Community Centre in Melbourne, on the 16 of March, 2017, whose theme was, “Thucydides as Philosopher-Historian.” 

The teachings of the philosopher-historian Thucydides are taught assiduously and meticulously in the military academies of the Western world, especially in the United States and Russia.

Thus, these academies are churning out—like Plato’s academy generating philosopher-kings—philosopher-warriors. One such military savant is general Petraeus, the vanquisher of al-Qaeda in Iraq; another two, are generals McMaster and Mattis, the present occupiers respectively of the posts of National Security Adviser and of Defence, in the Trump administration. And it is not an aleatory action or chance event but a deliberate choice, on the part of Trump, that he has appointed high military personnel in key positions of his administration: In anticipatory awareness that America could be attacked with bio-chemical, and, indeed, with nuclear weapons, once the terrorists of Islam acquire them. Such an attack would overturn the USA in an instance from democracy into a military dictatorship, as only the latter could protect America and the rest of the West from this sinister existential threat that is posed by these fanatics.

Two Thucydidean fundamental principles in warfare were, “Know thy Enemy” and “Pre-emptive Attack.” Thus Thucydides in the twentieth-first century, will be the saviour of Western civilization.

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Thucydides Engendering Philosopher-Warriors is Saviour of Western Civilization

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:16

By Con George-Kotzabasis

The following is a comment of mine in a Seminar held at the Greek Community Centre in Melbourne, on the 16 of March, 2017, whose theme was, “Thucydides as Philosopher-Historian.” 

The teachings of the philosopher-historian Thucydides are taught assiduously and meticulously in the military academies of the Western world, especially in the United States and Russia.

Thus, these academies are churning out—like Plato’s academy generating philosopher-kings—philosopher-warriors. One such military savant is general Petraeus, the vanquisher of al-Qaeda in Iraq; another two, are generals McMaster and Mattis, the present occupiers respectively of the posts of National Security Adviser and of Defence, in the Trump administration. And it is not an aleatory action or chance event but a deliberate choice, on the part of Trump, that he has appointed high military personnel in key positions of his administration: In anticipatory awareness that America could be attacked with bio-chemical, and, indeed, with nuclear weapons, once the terrorists of Islam acquire them. Such an attack would overturn the USA in an instance from democracy into a military dictatorship, as only the latter could protect America and the rest of the West from this sinister existential threat that is posed by these fanatics.

Two Thucydidean fundamental principles in warfare were, “Know thy Enemy” and “Pre-emptive Attack.” Thus Thucydides in the twentieth-first century, will be the saviour of Western civilization.

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Thucydides Engendering Philosopher-Warriors is Saviour of Western Civilization

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:03

By Con George-Kotzabasis

The following is a comment of mine in a Seminar held at the Greek Community Centre in Melbourne, on the 16 of March, 2017, whose theme was, “Thucydides as Philosopher-Historian.” 

The teachings of the philosopher-historian Thucydides are taught assiduously and meticulously in the military academies of the Western world, especially in the United States and Russia.

Thus, these academies are churning out—like Plato’s academy generating philosopher-kings—philosopher-warriors. One such military savant is general Petraeus, the vanquisher of al-Qaeda in Iraq; another two, are generals McMaster and Mattis, the present occupiers respectively of the posts of National Security Adviser and of Defence, in the Trump administration. And it is not an aleatory action or chance event but a deliberate choice, on the part of Trump, that he has appointed high military personnel in key positions of his administration: In anticipatory awareness that America could be attacked with bio-chemical, and, indeed, with nuclear weapons, once the terrorists of Islam acquire them. Such an attack would overturn the USA in an instance from democracy into a military dictatorship, as only the latter could protect America and the rest of the West from this sinister existential threat that is posed by these fanatics.

Two Thucydidean fundamental principles in warfare were, “Know thy Enemy” and “Pre-emptive Attack.” Thus Thucydides in the twentieth-first century, will be the saviour of Western civilization.

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Thucydides Engendering Philosopher-Warriors is Saviour of Western Civilization

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:58

By Con George-Kotzabasis

The following is a comment of mine in a Seminar held at the Greek Community Centre in Melbourne, on the 16 of March, 2017, whose theme was, “Thucydides as Philosopher-Historian.” 

The teachings of the philosopher-historian Thucydides are taught assiduously and meticulously in the military academies of the Western world, especially in the United States and Russia.

Thus, these academies are churning out—like Plato’s academy generating philosopher-kings—philosopher-warriors. One such military savant is general Petraeus, the vanquisher of al-Qaeda in Iraq; another two, are generals McMaster and Mattis, the present occupiers respectively of the posts of National Security Adviser and of Defence, in the Trump administration. And it is not an aleatory action or chance event but a deliberate choice, on the part of Trump, that he has appointed high military personnel in key positions of his administration: In anticipatory awareness that America could be attacked with bio-chemical, and, indeed, with nuclear weapons, once the terrorists of Islam acquire them. Such an attack would overturn the USA in an instance from democracy into a military dictatorship, as only the latter could protect America and the rest of the West from this sinister existential threat that is posed by these fanatics.

Two Thucydidean fundamental principles in warfare were, “Know thy Enemy” and “Pre-emptive Attack.” Thus Thucydides in the twentieth-first century, will be the saviour of Western civilization.

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Thucydides Engendering Philosopher-Warriors is Saviour of Western civilization

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:53

By Con George-Kotzabasis

The following is a comment of mine in a Seminar held at the Greek Community Centre in Melbourne, on the 16 of March, 2017, whose theme was, “Thucydides as Philosopher-Historian.” 

The teachings of the philosopher-historian Thucydides are taught assiduously and meticulously in the military academies of the Western world, especially in the United States and Russia.

Thus, these academies are churning out—like Plato’s academy generating philosopher-kings—philosopher-warriors. One such military savant is general Petraeus, the vanquisher of al-Qaeda in Iraq; another two, are generals McMaster and Mattis, the present occupiers respectively of the posts of National Security Adviser and of Defence, in the Trump administration. And it is not an aleatory action or chance event but a deliberate choice, on the part of Trump, that he has appointed high military personnel in key positions of his administration: In anticipatory awareness that America could be attacked with bio-chemical, and, indeed, with nuclear weapons, once the terrorists of Islam acquire them. Such an attack would overturn the USA in an instance from democracy into a military dictatorship, as only the latter could protect America and the rest of the West from this sinister existential threat that is posed by these fanatics.

Two Thucydidean fundamental principles in warfare were, “Know thy Enemy” and “Pre-emptive Attack.” Thus Thucydides in the twentieth-first century, will be the saviour of Western civilization.

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Thucydides Engendering Philosopher-Warriors is Saviour of Western Civilization

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:48

By Con George-Kotzabasis

The following is a comment of mine in a Seminar held at the Greek Community Centre in Melbourne, on the 16 of March, 2017, whose theme was, “Thucydides as Philosopher-Historian.” 

The teachings of the philosopher-historian Thucydides are taught assiduously and meticulously in the military academies of the Western world, especially in the United States and Russia.

Thus, these academies are churning out—like Plato’s academy generating philosopher-kings—philosopher-warriors. One such military savant is general Petraeus, the vanquisher of al-Qaeda in Iraq; another two, are generals McMaster and Mattis, the present occupiers respectively of the posts of National Security Adviser and of Defence, in the Trump administration. And it is not an aleatory action or chance event but a deliberate choice, on the part of Trump, that he has appointed high military personnel in key positions of his administration: In anticipatory awareness that America could be attacked with bio-chemical, and, indeed, with nuclear weapons, once the terrorists of Islam acquire them. Such an attack would overturn the USA in an instance from democracy into a military dictatorship, as only the latter could protect America and the rest of the West from this sinister existential threat that is posed by these fanatics.

Two Thucydidean fundamental principles in warfare were, “Know thy Enemy” and “Pre-emptive Attack.” Thus Thucydides in the twentieth-first century, will be the saviour of Western civilization.

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Benefits of the Prescribed Daily Prayers (Salah)

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:39

What are the benefits of the five daily prayers (salah)? How does it benefit us in the afterlife as well as in this world?

Fourth Word (Part 1)

NOTE: The quoted passages are from Ustadh Bediuzzaman’s book and the commentaries below them are my own.

If you would like to completely understand – in the level of two times two equals four – how precious and crucial is prayer and how cheap [it is] and obtained with a low cost; and how feeble-minded and harmful is the prayerless man, look and see this short allegory:

Regarding the significance of the five daily prayers, the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) described it as the “pillar of religion”. It is a gift which God bestowed upon believers during the miraculous journey, isra’ and mi’raj. So what benefit does one obtain from prayer and how is this a gift form our Merciful Creator?

  • First and foremost, Prayer brings us closer to God and becomes a path to paradise in the hereafter. This benefit is obvious and self explanatory. Muslims who neglect their prayers by setting a bad example to others and encouraging them to miss their prayers; they become harmful to their society and eventually to themselves in the afterlife.
  • Furthermore, the author also mentions some of the worldy benefits of prayer in some of his other books. So how does prayer benefit us in this world?
  1. Firstly, prayer brings a peace of mind. We’ve discussed this in depth in our previous post, explaining how worship in general leads to a peace of mind. Since prayer is a form of worship (in fact at the center of it, since it is the “pillar of religion”), we will not repeat the argument with all its details but simply provide a brief summary: Being in the presence of God and humbling ourselves before Him, we begin to feel our impotence and poverty and that of everything else besides God. This allows us to understand God and His attributes which in turn leads to a true peace of mind.
  2. In addition to providing a peace of mind, prayer plays a role in keeping the society well ordered and safe. Indeed, prayers are an invitation to God’s presence multiple times throughout the day. One who wholeheartedly performs these prayers constantly remembers their Lord and stays motivated to fulfill His commands. Since God commands that we must obey figures of authority, help the needy, avoid harming others, and so on; society greatly benefits form it. Furthermore, prayer requires and develops one’s discipline and other crucial practices. Muslims who neglect these prayers out of laziness, on the other hand, are more likely to cause harm to their society due to a lack of discipline and a lack of taqwa [avoiding sin].[1]

Below is a short story regarding the significance of prayer in a Muslim’s life. The next post will be an analysis of this story Insha’Allah.

One time, a great ruler sends two servants of his– giving each of them twenty four gold coins – to a two month away private and beautiful farm for [the purpose of] settlement. And orders them “pay your travel and ticket expenses with this money. Also, buy some necessary things for your house there. In a distance of a day, there is a station. A car, a ship, a train, and an airplane are found [there]. They are boarded depending on [one’s] capital.”

 

The two servants leave after taking their lesson. One of them was pleasant so that he spent a portion of money until [he reached] the station. However, within that spending he obtains such a beautiful business that will please his master, so that his capital rises from one to a thousand. Since the other servant is unfortunate and purposeless, he spends twenty three of his gold coins until [he arrives at] the station. He loses them, giving them to such things as gambling. [Only] a single gold coin of his is left. His friend tells him “Look here, give this Lira for a ticket. So that, in this long path, you will not be left on foot and hungrey. Also, our master is generous; maybe he will show mercy, [and] forgive the mistake you made. They will let you in the airplane as well. We will go to our place of residence in one day. Otherwise you will be forced to travel hungry, on foot, [and] alone in a two month desert.

 

If this man were to get stubborn and not give that single gold coin of his to a ticket which is equivalent to a treasure key and instead spends it for sinful entertainment for a temporary delight; wouldn’t even the most mindless man understand how very mindless, harmful, and unfortunate he is?

[1] Rays; Eleventh Ray; The First One – Signs of Miraculousness; Surah Al-Baqara; Fourth Topic

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Hijab (Bahasa)

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:31

Berbagi cerita sedikit mengenai alasan gue mengenakan hijab. Gue terlahir di keluarga Muslim (Ibu dan Bapak Islam) yang taat beragama. Waktu gue kecil sampai umur 25 tahun, gue sama sekali tidak mengenakan hijab dan jauh sekali dari pikiran untuk mengenakan hijab. Gue sadar bahwa apabila seseorang sudah beriman, komitmen kepada Islam, di Al-Quran jelas tertulis bahwa hijab adalah kewajiban. Pribadi dan pengaruh sosial merupakan salah dua yang mempengaruhi gue untuk belum siap mengenakan hijab. Dalam keluarga pun, tidak ada tuntutan untuk mengenakan hijab. Pada dasarnya, kembali lagi ke diri gue sendiri. Bukan siapapun yang salah atau benar.

Dulu gue sering banget berfikir, kenapa ya gue segini percaya kepada Islam? Apa karena agama dari kecil? Hanya terlintas pikiran pertanyaan tersebut tapi gue malas untuk mencari tahu lebih lanjut. Karena apa? karena gue takut, takut dengan keluarga, takut dengan Tuhan – Allah. Lalu, setelah gue berfikir lanjut, ternyata salah satu alasannya adalah hijab, hal lainnya adalah shalat. Hal umum mengapa gue mengimani Islam. Kalaupun ada seseorang yang menulis Al-Quran tentang hijab, orang itu sangat hebat, kreatif, komposisinya sangat tepat, presentasenya pun hebat.

Karena gue wanita, menurut gue teori hijab itu sangat melindungi, meninggikan derajat wanita. Teori hijab menurut gue cara Tuhan menunjukan keberadaan-Nya. Kalaupun ada orang yang membuat ini teori, orang itu menunjukan caranya dengan sangat tepat karena orang tersebut tahu betul sifat manusia tidak luput dari keburukan. Bukan hanya melindungi kaum wanita dari orang yang tidak bertanggung jawab, melainkan melindungi orang yang bertanggung jawab kepada wanita tersebut. Kalaupun masih ada yang mengganggu wanita tersebut untuk pelecehan, menurut gue itu pengecualian dan setidaknya ada teori untuk melindungi dan meninggikan harga diri wanita. Wanita akan terlindungi dari pelecehan seksual, suami dari wanita tersebut akan tenang dengan istrinya diluar sana, keluarga dari wanita pun akan tenang anaknya tidak diganggu, wanita tersebut pun akan tenang badannya tidak dilihat orang lain, harga diri menjadi tinggi, dan karena yang mengeluarkan teori ini adalah agama Islam, ya berarti salah satu cara agama tersebut menunjukan identitasnya di diri wanita.

Gue masih ragu untuk mengenakan hijab padahal gue sudah tahu alasan dari teori tersebut. Kenapa ya? karena pergaulan, karena gue masih ingin terlihat rambut dan badan gue, karena tidak mau di judge aneh-aneh kalau gue melakukan hal tidak baik, karena shalat gue belum lancar, karena Islam gue belum mahir, karena karir, dll. Setelah gue berfikir, alasan tersebut hanyalah kemalasan dan ego gue semata. Gue malas belajar, gue malas berbuat baik, gue malas shalat, gue malas belajar Islam, gue malas pun belajar agama lain, gue malas dikatain jelek, intinya MALAS. Ibaratnya lo tahu jalan pintas untuk menjadi baik, tapi lo malas mengikutinya. Ya pada dasarnya sesuatu yang baik memang SUSAH BANGET dilakukan. Akhirnya gue galau.

Satu bulan sebelum pergi ke Jerman untuk ujian S2, gue nonton youtube untuk cari tahu informasi tentang Jerman. Ada salah satu youtuber Indonesia yang mengenakan hijab di Jerman. Dia bercerita bagaimana Jerman, tetapi gue salah fokus ke hijab. Proses dia bisa pake hijab, bagaimana kehidupannya, bagaimana aktifitasnya. Subhanallah gue melihat dia bisa tumbuh di negara Non-Muslim dengan mengenakan hijab. Hati gue terketuk! Sepanjang bulan gue berfikir, di hidup ini kita tuh sebagai manusia harus maju. Maju dalam berbagai hal, apapun. Sisi karir, agama, sekolah, ya intinya yang baik-baik. Disaat sudah melangkah maju, disitulah kalian bisa merasakan arti hidup. Beberapa malam, gue dipenuhi mimpi tentang hijab, klise. Namun gue berfikir simple, mungkin ya karena gue sangat memikirkannya sepanjang hari, wajar terbawa mimpi.

Sepulang dari Jerman,  gue memutuskan mengenakan hijab. Gue berfikir ini adalah kebaikan. Gue ingin merasakannya. Gue ingin belajar. Gue gak boleh malas. Gue ingin tahu arti hidup. Gue ingin maju. Subhanallah, gue merasa banyak sekali manfaat. Banyak orang berfikir, “Wah Nov, lo pake hijab karena orang dong.” Mereka gak tahu betapa pikiran tentang hijab itu sudah menghantui gue. Gue jawab “Iya benar, lo juga tahu kan alasan kenapa sekarang banyak umat beragama?” Pengikut Nabi Muhammad SAW masuk ke Islam, melakukan shalat, membaca Al-Quran, mengikuti ajaran Islam, karena apa? Karena mengikuti cara Nabi Muhammad SAW. Cara shalat yang sekarang kalian lakukan karena siapa? Karena Nabi yang memberi contoh. Banyak Nabi, tokoh hebat yang menebar kebaikan dengan memberi contoh. Dan para kaum yang sampai sekarang masih setia, tetap mengikuti arahan dan ajaran tersebut. Jadi, jangan takut untuk mencontoh, mengikuti sosok yang menyebar kebaikan, karena mereka adalah moderator bagi kalian menuju kebaikan.

Youtuber tersebut memang moderator gue. Mungkin hidayah yang diberikan ke gue melalui dia. Dan itu gak masalah. Tidak ada ruginya. Semua gue lakukan untuk melindungi tubuh gue, melindungi harga diri gue, melindungi keluarga gue, melindungi suami gue kelak, melindungi sosial gue, banyak. Hebat banget yang bisa membuat teori ini. So far, gue mengimani teori ini bukan manusia yang buat, tapi benar ayat suci Allah SWT. Karena segala komposisinya baik. Wanita tetap dapat menjadi feminim, tetapi dapat pula menutupnya. KEREN! Segala presentasenya adil. Dengan gue pake hijab, bukannya gue mau lepas, malah gue selalu ingin membuat chapter baru di hidup gue. Shalat yang rajin, mengaji, mengikut ceramah, banyak hal kebaikan. Maka dari itu, jangan takut untuk mengenakan hijab karena belum menjadi pribadi yang baik. Kalau sudah niat untuk berbuat baik, pasti kebaikan tersebut akan menuntut ke hal yang selalu baik. Oiya, untuk suami gue kelak, dia akan mengetahui betapa cintanya gue ke dia, karena gue melindungi tubuh gue hanya untuk dia, dia yang melihat. Sekian cerita pengalaman hijab untuk orang awam seperti gue.

See you.

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Angel of Light?

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:36

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit . . . 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

I was going to make a blog exclusively about the angel Moroni but since Joseph Smith and Mohammad’s angel show very similar traits, I am going to put them in the same page.

Many religions in this world teach, angels giving them visions. All of which they only witness by themselves. Joseph smith was the only one that saw Moroni the angel in Joseph Smiths visions. Mohamad was the only one that saw the “Gabriel”. Both claim to saw angels of light bringing the true gospel. In order to make a statement to be true in the Bible there has to be at least two witnesses. However, in all the religions that saw such visions saw them alone. (Matt. 18:16; Jn. 8:17,18; 2 Cor. 13:1)

       Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

     2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Deception is the key to control if you know how to make elaborate lies and make believable fallacies then you are in makings of a great cult leader. This is what most cult leaders have they not only make believable hoaxes but also preached them mixed with truth. Both Islam and Mormonism share the factor of having angels bring them the TRUE GOSPEL. Both of them claim to be from God to bring it to a new era of belief. Both brought the true gospel, or did they? The Bible says “Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” This is a clear warning that there will be an angel from heaven bringing us a different gospel. In addition, we have an instruction of what to do with them, “let them be accursed”. Which means to make them a detestable, separate yourself from them.

I choose only to believe in the witnesses of Christ. The apostles, prophets and Jesus Himself. The only REAL ANGEL of Light is JESUS CHRIST, and when He ascended into heaven, He had three hundred witness to support the claim and all of which testified of His resurrection and return. Therefore, if I were to place my faith on any angel of Light, it would be in Jesus Christ alone.

       2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

       John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

The guardian of the plates Moroni is not God sent but a delusion from Satan. Every text where our King James Version has their rightful origin and all of them came from men used by God, and all of them were readily available at the time of its use. Now where are these plate?

That will be the next topic for discussion. See next time.

Categories: Islam

The Importance of Faith

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:00

 

In my current life, I am surrounded by people that scoff at my faith. Everyday, I see more and more people taking adamant anti-religious stances and fighting atheism’s ‘holy war’. Practicing my faith in public garners me sneers and glares as I praise God anywhere within eyesight. Even as I ventured onto social media, I got more and more direct messages and accusations of my own stupidity as well as the stupidity of all religious people. In the past month I’ve received the following messages:

“Religion is just a way to herd the idiots.”

“Religion is regressive and dangerous to society.”

“Only desperate and stupid people join the church!”

“Prayer should be considered a form of schizophrenia…”

“Even is there is a God (newsflash: there’s not!), why ruin your life with religion?”

Are these people correct? Are we just mumbling to ourselves in the dark? Are the 6 billion religiously affiliated people in the world simply wrong? How can this be?

Every civilization in history has had a concept of God and faith, but surely they must be wrong! Right? For were far less as scientifically advanced as us and must have just clung to religion for comfort, right?

All of human history, they must be the crazy ones. Silly me.

Now, given, just because the majority of people think a certain way, or have done things in a certain way for millennia, doesn’t make it true. However, what catches my eye, is that for the 200,000 years of human existence, people have been had faith in a higher power. What catches my eye is that independent cultures all across the world, from the Fertile Crescent to Ancient China, to Ancient Mexico, to Prehistoric Africa, all developed religion. What catches my eye, is that there are things in this world that science can’t explain, and will probably never be able to explain. It seems illogical to me, to ignore the fact that all people in history have had this ‘non-sense’ feeling of faith because of some ‘ill-defined discomfort or idiocy of all humans’.

But this still doesn’t answer the question of why? What’s the point of faith? Why believe in something we can’t possibly know to be true?

As of right now, atheists and religiously unaffiliated people comprise or are quickly rising to be the second largest religious group in more than 100 countries.

In the world today, we see that christian nations primarily have the largest amount of atheists or religious unaffiliated people within their borders:

And according to numerous other studies, the amount of atheists are steadily increasing all over the world. It seems like more and more people are starting to wonder, why believe at all? What’s the point? Why spend my time, my life, conforming to these insane standards of morality and life, struggling in my life, just to please some God who won’t even show his face to us? How awful of an existence that must be. I must admit, I used to be one of these people. As a kid, I thought I believed in God. My parents did, and as all kids seem to think, their parents are infallible and must be correct. Therefore, I believed in God. I mean, I didn’t really, but I acted like I did. My religious journey since then has changed my life significantly, studying with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Taoists, you name it, I studied and tried to relate myself to them. I found myself needing to make sense of the world of around me, and I knew deep in my heart that faith was the route I needed to take. Much like my younger self, I didn’t know how or why, I just knew. I went through a period at around age 10 or 11 of complete rejection of God. My young mind thought I was so smart and edgy, because I didn’t believe in God. And I mean, I’m not that far off. Today in American society at least, intelligence is largely equated with your rejection of God. Time and time again we see TV shows, movies, and famous scientists rejecting God and making fun of religious people for being stupid and regressive. Under this atmosphere, who would believe in God? Everyone wants to be smart and everyone sure as hell wants to be thought of as smart. A lot of people seem to think this means rejecting God and faith altogether because their ‘intellectual’ idols do as well. I mean what credible scientist could believe in God? I thought this way for a long time myself, even as a kid, until I realized that it’s the complete opposite. What scientists wouldn’t believe in God? Just because science has yet to ‘prove’ the existence of God, doesn’t mean the possibility of a God should be altogether tossed out the window. Shouldn’t any good science acknowledge the possibility of a deity? Isn’t the duty of a scientist to examine all possibilities? God has yet to be ‘disproved’ either, why discard the possibility? This revelation changed my view. I was now an agnostic. I didn’t believe in God, but I didn’t not believe in one either (I know, insane but bear with me). As I grew older, I found myself becoming more and more unhappy. I wasn’t satisfied with myself physically or emotionally, but it never came to my mind that maybe, I was just spiritually unsatisfied. How could something so abstract negatively affect my life, right? I mean that’s just illogical, right? About two years ago, I realized that the religion of Islam was something that spoke to me, that spiritually satisfied that unseen discomfort. However I still wasn’t a ‘believer’ of sorts. I just didn’t get it. Much like so many people in this planet. It just never clicked for me. I felt hopeless. That changed however, when I saw God for the first time in my life. No, I didn’t see a beaded, glowing man who approached my bed in the middle of the night, that would be a police matter. No, I saw God and I have never looked for him since. The bastard was hiding in front of me this whole time. About a year ago, on Easter morning, my family and I took a trip to Mount Cristo Rey on the southern New Mexico/Mexican border. The mountain has a huge religious significance to Christians in North American, and the feat is seen as a huge pilgrimage for any christian that can make the climb. I am not a christian, but I still felt as if I wanted to experience God in some way shape or form. Sitting atop the mountain, is a large stone statue of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, built by Father Lourdes Costa in 1934. In 1933, Fr. Costa envisioned seeing a glorious monument of Christ on the mountain he could see from his home. Fr. Costa and 16 others then made the trek up the mountain, not knowing if it was Mexican or America land. Preaching to others for help, in 1934 the faithful made the trek up the mountain carrying heavy and back-breaking supplies to the summit of the mountain, in order to erect the monument in Fr. Costa’s vision. After a month of hard work clearing a path to the top of the mountain, of bringing equipment for building a large wooden cross up the mountain every day, the cross was blessed on March 25, 1934. After recruiting a sculptor, during the late 1930’s, the 42.5 foot statue of Christ was finished on the eve of Lent, just in time for pilgrimage. Now, thousands of people every year make the hazardous climb to the top of the mountain that sits on both American and Mexican land, from both sides. It is said that if you make the climb, and pray to God for a wish, and if that wish comes true, you should climb the mountain again in struggle to show your thanks. Usually this is done by climbing the mountain barefoot, or on your knees, or carrying a 12 foot cross on your back the entire way, etc. When my family and I pulled up to the mount, all around me I saw barefoot pilgrims climbing the mountain for thanks after a loved one survived cancer, or someone was saved, or came home from deployment. Seeing the thousands of people around me, all joined together to climb the mountain opened my eyes for the first time in my life. As I reached the summit of the mountain, and heard the songs of praise echo through the valley as the sun reflected off the gigantic statue of Christ, I saw God. I didn’t see God literally, but I saw Him. I saw Him in the music, in the people, I felt Him around me, I felt Him in prayer, I felt His power all around me, and there is no other explanation for how I felt. The experience changed my life. It is still the most beautiful experience of my life. The minute I got home, I sat down a wrote a poem of what I felt. I know it isn’t the best way of explaining the feeling that morning, but it’s the only way I know how:

I looked in His eyes.

I dared, to stand the test of time.

I looked in the eyes, and He

Simply smiled.

I saw the eyes of God,

And I haven’t looked for them since.
That morning I woke up as any kid would, reluctantly.

I brushed my teeth as the hundreds of tiny bristles tickled my gums,

And I showered to the tune of the music in my shower.

That morning I woke up as any kid would, and changed my life.
Ten miles away from my new life,

A hawk flew across the mountain.

Her feathers rippling in the ashy morning air,

Drinking from the lavish hill spring fountain.

She too, has seen God.

But instead flies and flies,

Without a care.
That morning I rode in my car as any kid would, expectantly.

My eyes looking forward to the mountain in front of me,

Her dirt grey hills and smoky air.

I too, had seen God.

But instead I foolishly continued to approach the mountain.

O, what a fool.
Ten minutes away from my new life,

Those that had seen God scraped and labored,

Their feet bleeding as each step on the mountain cut a bit deeper.

On their back, large wooden crosses with names of deceased loved ones,

Grinning expectantly at the Reaper.
I had seen this Reaper, and so had these folk.

This Reaper was God, and He said unto us

Nothing.

O! What a fool I was to think that this meant nothing was said.
I looked into the eyes of God that morning, and

He had been looking the whole time.

O! What a fool I am.
It was Easter and I was not a christian,

It was morning, and I had not risen.

It was God, that morning, and

I had not seen him.
We hiked and hiked,

Without the wings of a hawk we climbed,

Blood and terror around us,

The Reaper ready with his

Plagues and stupid mistakes.

The chipper spring air berating our hair,

And the chipper, happy men, crucified,

Blood on the dusty path.
Make a wish, make a wish!

There truly is only one life, you know.

Make a wish, make a wish!

Maybe the eyes of God will be looking at you for once,

If they aren’t already,

Make a wish, make a wish!

Said the faithful, the expectant, the hopeful,

Clamor down!

Said the experienced, the forgotten, the unseen.

O! What a fool these types of people are,

For the faithful are the experienced, the expectant are the forgotten,

And the hopeful, the unseen.
Unseen?

Or so we thought.
That morning I climbed that mountain, as any kid would, tiringly.

And at the top I saw the eyes of God, staring into me.
I looked in His eyes.

I dared, to stand the test of time.

I looked in the eyes, and He

Simply smiled.

I saw the eyes of God,

And I haven’t looked for them since.
Where were the eyes of God?

You may ask, being the faithful.

Where has he been hiding his immeasurable

Sight?

In the trees? In the bushes? Behind the sky?

Inside our atoms? Down deep in the earth?

In space? Where we could never reach?
People much older than I had asked this question for centuries,

And only if they knew how foolish we are.

The answer lies in the question, you see.

For the Reaper, The All-Knowing, Immeasurable,

Incomparable, God

Does in fact hide in the trees, in the bushes, and behind the sky.

Inside our atoms, and down below the crust.

He laughs and twirls space as we reach but never fully grasp,

That he’s been looking this entire time.
Only that day on the mountain did I see the eyes of Fear,

The eyes of Creation, the eyes of hatred lanced,

I saw those eyes,

O! What a fool I am.
For up high on the mountain,

I saw people.

I saw Americans and Mexicans on the border,

Border of everlasting faith, maybe,

Border of the eyes, that’s for sure.

I saw prayer and I saw unanswered calls,

I saw people hike and climb, their feet bleeding as the path narrowed.
I saw atoms that coalesced into the blood left on the trail,

Into the wooden crucifix holding a man bigger than I,

But just as much a fool.
I looked around me, for miles and miles.

To the people, the smiles, the songs,

I saw the music float and dance, I saw the air move and breathe,

Just as I.

I saw all of us, people,

Joined together against the Reaper.

Glaring at him, with bent up rage and anger at His ignorance.

How dare He! We cried!

But the more we cried, we praised,

And praise we did.
For anyone who can save to the extent they can kill,

Is not to be reckoned with.
I looked up into my mother’s eyes,

Into my father’s,

Into the eyes of the hawk that circled our insignificant hike.

Into the eyes of the trees, into the eyes of the shrubs, And

I smiled.
The Reaper defeated,

All that was left, our

Keeper.
I looked in His eyes.

I dared, to stand the test of time.

I looked in the eyes, and He

Simply smiled.

I saw the eyes of God,

And I haven’t looked for them since.

From then on, I knew I was a religious man. Any God capable of what I experienced, was a God I am prepared to praise for all my life. ﷽ أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ 1 وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ 2 الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ 3 وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ 4  فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا 5  إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا 6 فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ 7  وَإِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ فَارْغَب 8

 

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful Did We not expand for you, [O Muhammad], your breast? (1) And We removed from you your burden (2) Which had weighed upon your back (3) And raised high for you your repute. (4) For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. (5) Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. (6) So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. (7) And to your Lord direct [your] longing. (8)

 

Regardless of my story, faith is the logical conclusion among the chaos. In my opinion, it is illogical to think that our planet, with its delicate balance and ecosystems, with its thousands of forms of life, with its water cycle, with its location, with all its human spirit and art and culture, the fact that humans can love and be loved, wage war and give into sin, speak and laugh and write, all happened, by some cosmic happenstance with no divine intervention.

How logical is it to believe that the big bang occurred out of nothing? Science tells us for that any reaction to occur, there most be a starting event. Science teaches us that with any event, there must have been something that caused said event. Who caused the Big Bang? Who created the first atom? How does the theory of atomic coincidence creating life make sense if you can’t answer when the first atom was made? How were they made? Did they come from nothing?

Frankly, the illogical and unscientific opinion of the universe’s origin, is that atoms and life came from nothingness. How can something be created from nothing?

The logical answer is God, but many still seem to refute this, which again astounds me.

Regardless of the fact that religious people feel triple as spiritually satisfied, have longer life-spans, have lower rates of delinquency, and religious cancer patients recover faster and more miraculously than their atheist counterparts, or even the fact that well-being and prayer are linked, faith is important. Regardless of the fact that religious people are more generous and happy, or even the fact that with each added year of education, people are 15% more likely to to attend Church and 9% more likely to read the bible, faith is important.

Why? Well the reason differs for every person, but in reality, it falls down to the fact that this world is too perfect to be coincidence. God must exist, and He is all around us, and that’s not crazy of me to say.

Religion gives us morals, happiness, a purpose, a system of living. Judeo-Christian values are part of the reason America is prospering today.

Even if you disagree with my assertion that faith is important and undeniable, answer me this. If you feel the need to disprove God to people, answer me this. Let’s say God doesn’t exist. Even if He wasn’t real, but people still relied on their ‘fiction’ of God for strength, reliance, guidance, and happiness, why try to take that away from people? If religion makes people happy and satisfied, why try and strip that away from them? What kind of person does that? Who pulls apart a person’s happiness, their guidance, to feel smart, or to win an argument?

This also showcases my point, that without religion, morality ceases to exist in people’s hearts and leads to things like the above. Regardless of the scientific fact that atheists lack as much brain function as religious people, or even that atheists are generally more unhappy than the rest of the world, it’s not okay to strip away people’s faith for your own laugh. Ever.

Religion is important, and any more to that effect would just be too much. I’ll just leave it at this.

Have faith. Go out and laugh, pray a little. Try to believe in God, even a little bit, and see how your life changes. Try to be a better person, and live by more concrete morals and see how your life changes.

There is a God, I know there is. I will not try to understand Him, or who He is, but I will live my life according to how he designed me. It’s the least I can do. As a man, I have limits. As a simply religious man, I have confusion. As a man of faith, I have neither.

Categories: Islam

Knowledge is key, the inspiration we all have been craving for. 

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:00


 
One of the fundamentals of Islam is the seeking of knowledge. Throughout history we have been constantly reminded that our duty is to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. We see this with the story of Luqmaan A.S when many scholars had said that his story highlights the importance of knowledge. 
 
Moving into an age where information is at your fingertips we have no excuses. With that, many temptations arise and before we know it we are selling our Imaan for this world, without even realising it. The scary reality that has been the centre of this new age is, how many times we have sold our Imaan? 
 
We have hours to mindlessly spend on social media, but we are the same people that complain that we have no time. Have you asked yourself, “When last have you learnt something new? “
 
We all have those dreaded hours we have in the car when going to and from places. Recently, I have learnt that this is the best place to start for both the kids and I. One is amazed at just how much a child can learn from listening to something on repeat. After all, the Nabi of Allah (may peace be upon him) had learnt that way. However, I could not possibly buy a cd and listen to the same things over and over, so my search had been an uphill battle for years. Recently, however, I found all the Islamic lectures and motivations I would need on one website. The Muslim Central website is exactly what we need in this day and age to keep our deen in check. The website is user friendly and very simple to use. The key feature that stands out for me is the fact that you are able to download the lectures and stream so it gives you the option of both. 
 
The Muslim Central has everything you are looking for from Islamic videos to articles that will uplift you and give you the spiritual boost you need. I found the website very helpful to allow me to grow as a person and help uplift my child’s love for Islam. Available also for Android and Istore. 
Fellow readers, this is the website we had been searching for. Learn something new this week on your way to work, while cooking and on the go. No time for excuses!
For more information visit this amazing site on www.muslimcentral.com

Categories: Islam

US Muslims and Jews strengthen bonds amid acts of bigotry

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:27

NEW YORK (AP) — They sat on either end of the congressmen’s couch, one a Jewish healthcare executive whose parents fled Germany in 1936, the other the Kashmiri Muslim chairman of a well-known American furniture chain. The men, Stanley Bergman and Farooq Kathwari, came to draw attention to an outbreak of hate crimes. But Bergman and Kathwari hoped their joint appearance would also send a broader message: that US Jews and Muslims could put aside differences and work together.

“What drove us was the growing prejudice that has emerged in the United States,” Bergman said. “What starts small, from a historical point of view, often grows into something big.”

The men lead the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, created last year by the American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of North America, amid a flowering of alliances between members of the two faiths. US Muslim and Jewish groups have been trying for years to make common cause with mixed success, often derailed by deep divisions over Israel and the Palestinians.

But bigoted rhetoric and harassment targeting both religions since the presidential election has drawn people together. Jews have donated to repair mosques that were defaced or burned. Muslims raised money to repair vandalized Jewish cemeteries. Rabbis and imams marched together against President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting majority Muslim countries.

In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 file photo, volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community survey damaged headstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia. (AP/Jacqueline Larma)

“I would never have thought I would see some people in conversation, or anywhere near each other. Then I saw people on Facebook standing next to each other at protests — Muslims and Jews,” said Aziza Hasan, executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change in Los Angeles, which has run community relationship-building programs for more than a decade.

Yet despite this surge of goodwill, questions remain about whether these new connections can endure. The sense of vulnerability Muslims and Jews share, and their need for allies at a difficult time, have not erased tensions that in the past have kept them apart.

“This is a start and we’ll see how it goes,” said Talat Othman, a financial industry executive and Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council member, who offered an Islamic prayer at the 2000 Republican National Convention. “We are hopeful.”

Jews and Muslims comprise the two largest non-Christian faith groups in the United States and have a long history of trying to work together.

The chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the flagship institution of Conservative Judaism, initiated a dialogue with Muslims in 1956, according to documents in the school’s archive. Rabbi Jack Bemporad, a pioneer in Muslim-Jewish dialogue and founder the Center for Interreligious Understanding in New Jersey, said his efforts started in the 1970s when he led a Dallas synagogue and local imams started attending his weekly Bible classes.

Over the years, many initiatives on improving relations between the two faiths were organized internationally by governments and peace groups, while some American synagogues and mosques attempted to build friendships locally. Some progress was made, yet relations were often derailed when violence, war and policy disputes erupted in the Middle East.

Demonstrators at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, protest President Donald Trump’s executive order which imposes a freeze on admitting refugees into the United States and a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, January 29, 2017. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In Los Angeles, Hasan said local discussions between Muslim and Jewish leaders would falter when participants from one faith would demand those of the other condemn an action in Israel and the Palestinian territories. “It would go back and forth, then eventually Jews asked Muslims to condemn something they couldn’t so they walked away from the table,” Hasan said.

Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, prompting a backlash against American Muslims, and efforts to create connections with Jews began moving “at warp speed,” said Rabbi Burton Visotzky, a Jewish Theological Seminary scholar and a longtime leader in Muslim-Jewish cooperation. Visotzky’s outreach has ranged from a 2008 global interfaith meeting convened by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to serving collard greens at a soup kitchen alongside members of a New York mosque.

Still, the deep divide over Israel and the Palestinians remained an obstacle. Some Jews and Muslims pledged to avoid any mention of the Mideast as they sought common ground. Others hit the issue up front, but their talks foundered. Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, an educational organization with extensive interfaith programs, said US Muslims and Jews, had become “proxy warriors” for conflicts thousands of miles away.

Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. (photo courtesy: Shalom Hartman Institute)

At the same time, advocates for building ties between the faiths regularly encountered skepticism or outright hostility from within their own communities. “Many Jews feel that Muslims around the world are a source of threat to Jews, then why be in dialogue?” Kurtzer said.

About six years ago, Bemporad organized a conference on Islamic and Jewish law, but the event was closed to the public, in part to avoid pushback against participants. “We had to break the ice somehow,” Bemporad said. “We thought the way we did it, you could be free to say whatever you wanted.”

He said religious leaders working on such projects are much more open now. Still, the growth of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel and in support of the Palestinians has further complicated relations.

The movement, known as BDS, is decentralized and its supporters use different strategies, but many backers say interfaith dialogue with Zionists undermines the Palestinian cause. It has become common for American Jewish organizations to draw a hard line against working with backers of BDS — from any faith. Meanwhile, BDS activists consider it traitorous for Muslims to work with supporters of Israel.

This issue came to the fore over the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative, which brings American Muslims to Israel to study Judaism and Zionism. Kurtzer said the first year of the program was kept “completely under the radar.” When the participants became known in 2014, Muslims who took part were accused of allowing themselves to be manipulated and violating BDS.

Rabia Chaudry. (Screenshot)

Among the participants was attorney Rabia Chaudry, a specialist in countering extremism and a longtime supporter of Palestinian rights. She acknowledged the risks from participating in the program, but said she did so hoping to find a new way forward. Last October, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago dropped plans to present her an achievement award because of her work with the Shalom Hartman Institute. Chaudry, now a member of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, said she was not angry. “They felt terrible about it. They got even more criticism for rescinding it,” she said.

Since Trump’s election, members of both faiths seem more willing to set aside such differences as they work on civil rights and other issues, said Abdullah Antepli, who was the first Muslim chaplain at Duke University and is co-director of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.

It’s impossible to know definitively whether harassment based on religion has increased. The FBI’s most recent data on hate crimes is from 2015. Still, the last year or so has seen some dramatic examples of bigotry, including the waves of phoned-in bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers around the country. Mosques in Florida and Texas were recently set on fire, and authorities were investigating whether the suspected arsons could be considered hate crimes.

“It’s particularly a Trump effect,” Antepli said. “External forces make the Muslim and Jewish communities need each other’s friendship.”

When New York Arab-American activist and BDS supporter Linda Sarsour recently helped raise more than $150,000 for the damaged Jewish cemeteries, some Jews debated whether it would be ethical to accept the donation. But in a sign of changing attitudes, several mainstream Jewish leaders who had worked with her previously defended her.

Muslim activist Linda Sarsour at SiriusXM event ‘Muslim in America’ in New York City, October 26, 2015 (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM/via JTA)

This new dynamic was evident at a recent New York vigil organized by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization that brings together Muslim and Jewish women. The gathering at the Jewish Theological Seminary was part of the organization’s response to Trump’s travel ban. At their vigil, they walked to the front of the room in pairs — a Muslim and a Jew — to offer readings and prayers in Arabic and Hebrew. After the ceremony, the women hugged and posed together for selfies.

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, members of the Sisterhood Salaam Shalom talk after a unity vigil held at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. (AP/Julie Jacobson)

“There’s a sense of immediate rapport and connection,” said Donna Cephas, a national board member of the Sisterhood, which has added dozens of chapters in the past year. “There is a significant yearning to be in community with people who stand for what we stand for.”

Categories: Islam

Today Quran Hadith 21 March, 2017

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:19

Categories: Islam

Feminism I am going to stick my neck

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:02

Feminism

I am going to stick my neck out here and hope I don’t get my head lopped off.  The feminist actions of late have been, at best, humorous.  I was watching someone with their vagina hat today.  It looked like someone tried their hand at knitting a pita pocket.  It is really irritating to watch the ‘community organizers’ have all their little minions marching along making all their little chants and posting signs for a wide variety of things, most of which are totally void of anything that has to do with their present march.  In reality the recent marches have had very little if anything to do with woman’s rights or promoting any female cause.  I believe the last ‘march’ had one leader that had terrorist ties and another who was a male.

I would like to challenge the women out there who feel they are oppressed and need to protest something.  Do something that might actually accomplish something.  Stop whining about some questionably perceived injustice and protest something that is real.  Why not take a stand that could possibly make a difference.  Women all around the world are being sold into sexual slavery by Islam.  Women who have suffered rape are being stoned to death, beaten or beheaded because Sharia Law demands it while their male assailants walk free.  Or how about the woman who are forced to where a full dark Burka regardless of outside heat while the males wear whatever they choose.  Also those same women are tortured should they not wear the full burka.  Now I can hear some of the liberals defend these things by using the excuse that it is their religion.  But I doubt that they would use that same answer if it involved any other religion other than Islam.

If the radical women here in this country wanted to do anything other than simply make a scene and beat their chests in some Neanderthal manner they would actually be a voice for the voiceless.  If they really wanted to do something that actually had some meaning and value they would take up the defense for the innocent children who are forced to marry come dirty old purvey man who not only has sex with the child but does irreparable damage to her physically.  If the child refuses to have sex with some old guy who forces himself upon her she runs a risk of being killed, having members of her family killed, her body to be genitally mutilated, her face carved up, her nose cut off or have acid thrown in her eyes.  This does not even touch upon the so called ‘honor killings’ where in the name of Islam and praise to allah the male members of the family can freely run over with their cars, behead or kill in a wide variety of manner for no other reason but that the daughter or granddaughter wanted freedom in whom they choose to love and marry.  Maybe the reason why these protesting feminists do not want to actually do something worthwhile such as defend the helpless is that it does not fit into their silly little political niche.  So, in other words, these people do not care about women, they just want to make a political name for themselves at the expense of real women who face death for having committed no other crime other than being born a female into Islam.

Categories: Islam

نوروز كا جشن منانا

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:48

اول:

النيروز معرب كلمہ ہے يعنى يہ عربى كلمہ نہيں بلكہ دوسرى زبان سے ليا گيا ہے، اور يہ فارسى زبان كا كلمہ ہے جو نوروز سے ماخوذ ہے جس كا معنى نيا دن ہے، اور يہ فارسيوں كے تہواروں ميں سے ايك تہوار اور جشن ہے، بلكہ يہ ان كے عظيم جشن ميں شامل ہوتا ہے، كہا جاتا ہے كہ اس جشن كو سب سے پہلے منانے والا شخص فارسيوں كے قديم بادشاہوں ميں” جمشيد ” نامى شخص ہے اور اسے ” جمشاد ” ميں كہا جاتا ہے.

اور نوروز فارسى سال كا پہلا دن كہلاتا ہے اور يہ جشن اس پہلے دن كے بعد پانچ ايام تك چلتا ہے.

مصر كے قبطى نوروز كا جشن مناتے رہے ہيں اور يہ ان كا پہلا طريقہ ہے، جو عيد شم النسيم كے نام سے معروف ہے.

امام ذھبى رحمہ اللہ اپنے رسالہ ” الخسيس باھل الخميس ” ميں لكھتے ہيں:

” رہا نوروز كا مسئلہ تو اہل مصر اس كو منانے ميں مبالغہ كيا جاتا ہے وہ اس جشن كو مناتے ہيں، اور يہ دن قبطيوں كے سال كا پہلا دن ہے، وہ اسے تہوار اور عيد مناتے ہيں جس ميں مسلمانوں نے ان كے ساتھ مشابہت كرتے ہيں ” انتہى

منقول از: مجلۃ الجامعۃ الاسلاميۃ عدد نمبر ( 103 – 104 ).

دوم:

مسلمانوں كے ليے تو صرف دو عيديں اور تہوار ہيں جنہيں بطور تہوار منانا جائز ہے، ايك تو عيد الفطر اور دوسرى عيد الاضحى اس كے علاوہ جتنے تہوار اور عيديں ہيں وہ سب اپنى جانب سے ايجاد كردہ بدعات ميں ميں شامل ہوتى ہيں ان كا منانا جائز نہيں.

سنن ابو داود اور سنن نسائى ميں انس رضى اللہ تعالى عنہ سے مروى ہے كہ:

” رسول كريم صلى اللہ عليہ وسلم مدينہ تشريف لائے تو اہل مدينہ كے دو تہوار تھے جس ميں وہ كھيلا كرتے تھے تو رسول كريم صلى اللہ عليہ وسلم نے فرمايا: يہ دو تہوار اور دن كيسے ہيں ؟

وہ كہنے لگے: ہم دور جاہليت ميں ان دو دنوں ميں كھيلا كرتے تھے تو رسول كريم صلى اللہ عليہ وسلم نے فرمايا:

بلا شبہ اللہ سبحانہ و تعالى نے ان دو دنوں ميں بدلے تمہيں اچھے اور بہتر دو دن ديے ہيں وہ عيد الاضحى اور عيد الفطر كے دن ہيں ”

سنن ابو داود حديث نمبر ( 1134 ) سنن نسائى حديث نمبر ( 1556 ) علامہ البانى رحمہ اللہ نے السلسلۃ الاحاديث الصحيحۃ حديث نمبر ( 2021 ) ميں اسے صحيح قرار ديا ہے.

اس ليے نوروز، اور عيد الام يعنى مدر ڈے، اور جشن آزادى وغيرہ سب دوسرے تہوار نئے ايجاد كردہ تہواروں اور بدعات ميں شامل ہوتے ہيں، اور پھر جب اصل تہوار كفار كا ہو مثلا نوروز كا جشن تو پھر اس تہوار اور جشن كا معاملہ تو اور بھى زيادہ شديد ہو گا.

نوروز كا جشن جاہليت كا تہوار ہے، جو اسلام سے قبل فارسى لوگ منايا كرتے تھے، اور اسے نصارى بھى مناتے ہيں، اس ليے اس جشن كو منانا اور بھى تاكيدى ممنوع ہو جاتا ہے كيونكہ اس ميں كفار كے ساتھ مشابہت پائى جاتى ہے.

امام ذھبى رحمہ اللہ اپنے رسالہ ” التمسك بالسنن و التحذير من البدع ” ميں لكھتے ہيں:

” رہى عيد ميلاد اور جمعرات اور نوروز كے جشن ميں اہل ذمہ ( كفار يہود و نصارى ) كى مشابہت كرنا فحش بدعت ہے اور اگر كوئى مسلمان اسے دين سمجھ كر مناتا ہے تو جاہل كو تعليم دى جائيگى اور اس سے روكا جائيگا، اور اگر وہ اسے ( اہل ذمہ سے ) محبت اور ان كے تہواروں كو اچھا سمجھتے ہوئے منائے تو بھى قابل مذمت ہے، اور اگر وہ يہ جشن عادت و كھيل كے ليے اور اپنے اہل و عيال كو خوش كرنے اور اپنے بچوں كو منانے كے ليے جشن منائے تو بھى يہ بات محل نظر ہے، اور اعمال كا دارومدار نيتوں پر ہے، اور جاہل شخص كو معذور سمجھا جائيگا اور اس كے سامنے نرمى كے ساتھ وضاحت كى جائيگى اور اس كى بدعت كو بيان كيا جائيگا ” واللہ اعلم انتہى

منقول از: مجلۃ الجامعۃ الاسلاميۃ عدد نمبر ( 103 – 104 ).

اور جمعرات عيسائى و نصارى كا تہوار ہے جسے وہ الخميس الكبير يعنى بڑى جمعرات كا نام ديتے ہيں.

الموسوعۃ الفقھيۃ ميں درج ہے:

” كفار كے تہواروں ميں كفار كى مشابہت كرنا:

كفار كے تہواروں ميں كفار كى مشابہت كرتے ہوئے يہ تہوار منانا جائز نہيں، كيونكہ حديث ميں وارد ہے:

” جس كسى نے بھى كسى قوم كى مشابہت كى تو وہ اسى ميں سے ہے ”

اس سے مراد مسلمانوں كو ہر اس معاملہ ميں مشابہت كرنے سے نفرت دلانا ہے جو كفار كے ساتھ مخصوص ہوں ”

عبد اللہ بن عمر رضى اللہ تعالى عنہما سے مروى ہے وہ كہتے ہيں:

” جو كوئى بھى عجميوں كے ملك سے گزرا اور ان كا نوروز اور مہرجان تہوار منايا اور ان كے ساتھ مشابہت اختيار كى اور وہ اسى حالت ميں مر جائے تو روز قيامت ان كے ساتھ ہى اٹھايا جائيگا ”

اور اس ليے بھى كہ تہوار اور عيديں من جملہ شرع اور مناہج و مناسك ميں شامل ہوتى ہيں جس كے متعلق اللہ سبحانہ و تعالى كا فرمان ہے:

﴿ اور ہم نے ہر امت كے ليے عبادت كا ايك طريقہ مقرر كيا ہے جسے وہ بجا لانے والے ہيں ﴾.

مثلا قبلہ اور نماز و روزہ لہذا ان كے تہواروں اور باقى عبادات ميں مشاركت كے مابين كوئى فرق نہيں كيونكہ سارے تہوار ميں موافقت كرنا ان كے ساتھ كفر ميں موافقت ہے، اور اس كى بعض فروعات ميں موافقت كرنا كفر كى بعض شاخوں ميں موافقت ہو گى، بلكہ تہوار ہى وہ خاص چيز ہے جس سے شريعت كى امتياز ہوتى ہے، اور زيادہ ظاہر وہ جس كے شعائر و علامات ہوں، اس ليے تہوار ميں موافقت كا معنى يہ ہوا كہ كفر كے خاص شعار اور زيادہ ظاہر شعار ميں موافقت ہو گى.

قاضى خان كہتے ہيں:

ايك شخص نے نوروز كے دن كوئى ايسى چيز خريدى جسے وہ اس دن كے علاوہ كبھى نہ خريدے: اگر تو وہ اس سے اس دن كى تعيظم كرنا چاہتا ہو جس طرح كافر تعظيم كرتے ہيں تو يہ كفر ہو گا، اور اگر اس نے يہ فضول خرچى و اسراف كى بنا پر خريدى نہ كہ اس دن كى تعيظيم كى خاطر تو يہ كفر نہيں ہو گا اور اگر اس نے كسى انسان كو نوروز كے دن كوئى تحفہ ديا اور اس سے اس دن كى تعظيم مراد نہ ہو بلكہ لوگوں كى عادت كى بنا پر ايسا كيا تو يہ كفر نہيں ہو گا، اسے چاہيے كہ وہ اس دن ايسا نہ كرے جو اس دن كے علاوہ نہ تو اس سے قبل اور نہ ہى بعد ميں كيا جاتا ہے، اور اسے كفار كے ساتھ مشابہت سے احتراز كرنا چاہيے.

اور ( مالكيہ ميں سے ) ابن قاسم نے مكروہ قرار ديا ہے كہ مسلمان كسى نصرانى شخص كو كفار كے تہوار كے موقع پر كوئى تحفہ دے، اور وہ ايسا كرنے كو اس كے تہوار كى تعظيم اور اس كے كفر پر معاونت شمار كرتے ہيں.

اور اسى طرح كفار كے تہواروں ميں ان كى مشابہت اختيار كرنا جائز نہيں اس ميں مشابہت كرنے والے مسلمان شخص كى معاونت نہيں كى جائيگى بلكہ اسے ايسا كرنے سے منع كيا جائيگا، اور اگر كسى شخص نے عادت سے ہٹ كر ان كے تہواروں ميں دعوت كى تو اس كى دعوت قبول نہيں كى جائيگى اور كسى مسلمان نے ان تہواروں كے موقع پر كسى كو عادت سے ہٹ كر ہديہ ديا تو اس كا يہ ہديہ بھى قبول نہيں كيا جائيگا خاص كر اگر وہ ہديہ ايسا ہو جس سے اس مشابہت كے ساتھ معاونت ہوتى ہو، مثلا ميلاد كے تہوار پر مشعل اور موم بتى دينا، كفار كے تہواروں ميں مشابہت كرنے والے مسلمان كو سزا دينا ضرورى ہے ” انتہى

ديكھيں: الموسوعۃ الفقھيۃ ( 12 / 7 ).

شيخ ابن جبرين حفظہ اللہ كہتے ہيں:

” بدعتيوں كے تہوار مثلا عيسائيوں كى عيد ميلاد كرسمس اور نوروز اور مہرجان وغيرہ تہوار منانے جائز نہيں اور اسى طرح وہ تہوار جو مسلمانوں نے نئے ايجاد كر ليے ہيں مثلا ربيع الاول ميں عيد ميلاد النبى اور رجب ميں معراج النبى وغيرہ كا جشن منانا جائز نہيں.

اور مشركوں يا عيسائيوں نے اپنے تہواروں ميں جو كھانے تيار كيے ہوں انہيں كھانا جائز نہيں، اور ان تہواروں كے موقع پر ان كى جانب سے دعوت قبول كرنا بھى جائز نہيں، اس ليے كہ ان كى دعوت قبول كرنا ان كو اس تہوار اور بدعت كى داد دينے اور اس كا اقرار كرنے كے مترادف ہے، تو اس طرح جاہل قسم كے لوگوں كے دھوكے كا سبب ہو گا، اور وہ يہ اعتقاد ركھنا شروع كر دينگے كہ يہ تہوار منانے ميں كوئى حرج نہيں ” واللہ اعلم انتہى

ماخوذ از: كتاب اللؤلؤ المكين من فتاوى ابن جبرين ( 27 ).

حاصل يہ ہوا كہ: مسلمانوں كے ليے نوروز كا تہوار منانا جائز نہيں اور نہ ہى اس روز كو ہديہ و تحفہ وغيرہ دينے اور كھانا تيار كرنے كے ليے مخصوص كرنا جائز ہے.

Categories: Islam

Dr. Ben Carson on Muslims

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:45

My cousin sent this article out about Dr. Ben Carson and his thoughts on Muslims and America. It was a well written piece, and as I do agree that he is a very intelligent man and have seen so in several books of his that I’ve read, I always appreciate wisdom from this man.

Anyways, enjoy, and pass on!

 

Dr. Carson is a very intelligent man, both in surgery and in critical

thinking. Everyone must read this as we welcome Muslims into our mainly
Christian country.                            BEN CARSON on MUSLIMS This has been the underlying premise that has kept Christianity and  Islam
at war for almost 2000 years. They cannot and will not assimilate into any
society that does not embrace their theocratic views. Europe has already
suffered a recent invasion of Muslims under the guise of refugees that
will destroy Europe as we and they knew it. To ignore the same here will be
at our peril.
This denial has been the downfall of every non-Muslim nation who has refused
to or has been afraid to believe it – do not fall into the trap of thinking
anyone who is aware is racist or paranoid – the informed always have the
advantage. I want adults and children to understand this regarding MUSLIMS. CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD AMERICANS/ CANADIANS?
This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish.
And send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so
quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American/Canadian?
Theologically – no.  Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon god of Arabia.
Religiously – no.  Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except
Islam.  (Quran,2:256)(Kora Scripturally – no.  Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam
and the Quran.
Geographically – no.  Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns
in prayer five times a day. Socially – no.  Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends
with Christians or Jews.
Politically – no.  Because he must submit to the mullahs, who teach
annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.
Domestically – no.  Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat
and scourge his wife when she disobeys him. (Quran 4:34)
Intellectually – no.  Because he cannot accept the American Constitution
since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically – no.  Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow
freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic. .
Spiritually – no. Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the
Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as
Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran’s 99 excellent
names. Therefore, after much study and deliberation…perhaps we should be very
suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both
‘good’ Muslims and ‘good’ Americans. Call it what you wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better
it will be for our country and our future. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand!
Footnote:  The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within.   SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. The Military wants this message to roll all over the U.S.  Please don’t delete this until you send it on.
Categories: Islam

Two years on WordPress!

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 02:34

Yes, you got it right. Spot on. I survived for two prolonged years on WordPress.

You heard me, right?
And you heard me right!

Let’s get started with a Thank You as per the regulations say. A “Thank  You” note from the bottom of my heart to every soul that has ever read even a word of me. I honestly respect you for bearing and being with me all this long.

I would be really glad if I could mention all those names who have personally reviewed or commented on my blogs.
But, you have really nothing to do with all those. So, I won’t take much of your time. Right? Right it is then!

Honestly speaking, before writing this post I had made up my mind that this would be my last blog post and I’d bury this blog to an entirety.

But, as I progressed with paragraphs after paragraphs, I was stuck with the thought that there’s a lot more to be poured out of my mind and heart, for the world to witness.

I always craved for.three facts to writing that never stopped me from doing it:

  1. Writing is what angels do to whatever we do or think in each of the smallest of moments in our lives.
  2. Writing is what Prophet Muhammad did to Quran that has been creating differences in over 2 billion lives for over 1400 years now.
  3. And moreover, writing is what Allah has done to our Fate. Each moment, each breath.

So, how can writing be ordinary ever?

See, I totally understand that this thought would have never crossed your mind and heart, and at no point of time in this world, and at least not in this manner.

And there were a lot of other things I never said.

“When people talk about advancement of the world, their assortment is solely linked with that of the advancement of a nation. And when you look around the globe, the most prominent use of technology is mostly inflicted by nations against each other.”

I never said it. But, it’s all lingering in my brain.

Like, I never answered the question,

“Why Islam? Why not any other?”

I never said, “Islam compels and forces me to do the right and make others do the right thing and be of the righteous. Islam forces me to stay away from the evil deeds and stop others from doing it too.”

Allah orders us to do so. Or else He says He shall punish us for not doing these things in life. That’show important being a noble human being is to Allah.

But, what’s so strange about it? Right?

I had never seen in my a person of different religion than Islam going to a stranger of the same religion and telling him that we should be nice to people, be worthy human beings, stay away from sins.

If these things are not true as mentioned,

Then why hasn’t any other writer or blogger said the words of wisdom till date that overpowers or even matches any single verse of Quran?

Because Quran and Islam is not just a book and a code of conduct. It’s a way of living.

And just because your way of living accumulates in it activities like,

    • “walking on the streets with bare breasts exposing it for others to see and telling them not to look at you and be a man because this is what takes your feminism to a decree and this is what empowerment means to you, and moreover this is how you are comfortable with”,

Or

  • “walking on the streets checking out every girl, and her figure, her curves, and her exposed body parts and making up in your mind that she’s asking for it, instead of minding your own business and taking your manhood to an extreme level of respect for women for that’s exactly where you came from”,

Then, covering one’s body with hijab, or niqab, or abaya; and one’s body shape and face with loose attires and beard, can also be a part of one’s style of living.
And this very style of living is called “Sunnah” of Prophet Muhammad Sal’lal’lahu_alaihi_wa’sal’lam.
This is how he lived and taught his companions to live. And after they embraced this kind of living is when Allah gave them successes in this world and the world Hereafter.

I always had these things in my mind. I always wanted to write. Always. But, just not now.

And this assures that I am going to write and write and write until when every stroke of my pen or the keypad asks my permission to heal the pain within my fingers until I change my life and any single others’ along the way.

And for that to happen, I first have to reach a place where people would listen from.

So, I promise you today, years from now, I won’t be signing my books to gain affection from people, I would write a personal note to every single soul I’d touch with my book and I’ll raise them above the matters of life and death.

_Saiz

#remember_the_name

Here’s the proof of completing two years on WordPress

Categories: Islam

Voltaire: Candide

Islam - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 01:33

François-Marie Arouet, better known to the world as Voltaire, was an author, philosopher, and provocateur extraordinaire. Rooted in a fervent belief in freedom of thought, he repeatedly broached subjects deemed forbidden by authority, and became the living embodiment of secular Enlightenment values. Candide was the novella that earned him his eternal infamy, and though much of the scorn he directed at the Catholic Church would scarcely raise an eyebrow today, other aspects of the novel would arguably be just as, if not more scandalous now if he attempted to publish it today.  In addition to its brutal depictions of rape and violence, Candide is a vicious satire of Leibniz’ philosophy of optimism that’s filled to the brim with barbed criticisms of religious leaders, military culture and government officials, but delivered under the breezy veneer of a simple romantic adventure.

With Candide, Voltaire set out to skewer what he perceived to be the false piety and facile moralizing of the institutions and authorities of his day. He was one of the original trolls of Western civilization who canonized a spirit of irreverence that’s found throughout the ages in the works of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Lenny Bruce, and presently, Milo Yiannopolous.  Though Milo is routinely compared to Voltaire, I believe this comparison to be only partially true. Voltaire’s provocations are analogous to Milo’s in the sense that he offended prevailing sensitivities, but the targets of his ridicule, specifically his barbs directed at Jesuits and Christianity, feel like Maheresque precursors of the now shopworn clichés of atheists and the Left.

Though superficially a bildungsroman, the ultimate object of Voltaire’s ridicule was Leibniz’ Theodicy which was expressed through Candide’s mentor, Pangloss. “This is the best of all possible worlds,” Pangloss tells Candide from the luxurious confines of Castle Thunder-ten-tronckh in the kingdom of Westphalia. After being banished from the castle for getting a little too hot and heavy with the Duke’s niece, Cunégonde, Candide is beset by one misfortune after another as he traverses through Europe and the New World trying to reconcile the message of his mentor with the cruel reality of life outside castle walls. Despite being subjected to the most horrific violations and depravities imaginable, Candide finds the naïvete of his worldview repeatedly challenged as he doggedly clings to Pangloss’ platitudes throughout his journey.

Though he was a professed deist, the religious dogma, fanaticism, and hypocrisy of Christianity, Judaism and Islam alike are all sent to Voltaire’s literary guillotine throughout the book. Candide leaves no religious cow un-slaughtered.

Candide translates to “optimism”, and above all else, Voltaire sought to poke Leibniz’ vision of optimism squarely in the eye.  Voltaire saw this philosophy as hopelessly naïve and an inadequate lens through which to view the horror and depravity of the world. One can certainly appreciate that this work was deeply transgressive in its day, but Voltaire’s critique feels like little more than a petty gripe rooted in a failure to grasp the essence of Leibniz’ message.  Of course the world is filled with depravity, suffering and hardship. These phenomena exist because they test the faithful. I suspect Leibniz promoted this philosophy as a way of embracing the totality of life, good and bad, rather than being an excuse to engage in self-deception with recitations of vacant aphorisms. It’s far more challenging to find reasons to be hopeful about humanity when you’ve seen it at its worst. Can you find a reason to be hopeful after your home has been devastated by an earthquake?  Can you find forgiveness and happiness after you’ve been brutally violated? Voltaire eventually resolves this conflict with a very modest aphorism of his own, but he seems to view this philosophy as something shallow, enervating and mind numbing rather than being a lens through which to view even the worst human suffering.

Voltaire is particularly scathing in his treatment of the Jesuits. Upon arrival in South America, Candide and his manservant, Cacambo, avoid being served as the main course in a tribal cannibal feast after calmly explaining to them that neither was, in fact, a Jesuit and that he had just impaled his Jesuit brother.  On these grounds alone, Candide and Cacambo are spared this gruesome fate.  It’s funny, and he’s obviously having a bit of rude fun at the expense of the numerous Jesuit missionaries who ventured to South America in the 17th and 18th centuries, but he also appears to hold that appeals to reason are universal regardless of cultural or language differences. This strikes me as proto-SJW Kumbaya fantasy.

Voltaire’s view of Islam was largely negative, and the one aspect of the story that would most assuredly arouse a shitstorm of scandal to this day would be his portrayal of the Muslims. Candide is eventually reunited with Cunégonde only to discover that she was raped and maimed at the hands of the Bulgars. But just when you think it can’t get any worse, their new companion, the illegitimate daughter The Princess of Palestrina and Pope Urban X, tells her tale of woe. Known only as the old woman, she recounts a blood curdling tale of her rape by a “loathsome Negro”, and her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of the Muslims. Since Islam and the effects of Muslim immigration remain a political third rail, this aspect of the book would easily arouse controversy today if anyone in any academic setting were actually reading it.

But that’s not the only thing that would draw the ire of the contemporary Thought Police. His treatment of Don Isaachar has drawn accusations of antisemitism and that most ghastly of contemporary ThoughtCrimes: RACISM. Don Isaachar is one of Cunégonde’s early captors, and is portrayed as greedy and immoral.  I don’t find it particularly antisemitic since it’s not out of the question that Jews like Don Isaachar existed. Voltaire is an equal opportunity offender and he is just as harsh on the Catholic Inquisitor and the Muslims. Besides, like every other manufactured outrage, it doesn’t make sense to judge yesterday’s art against today’s warped standards of Social Justice propriety.

Candide’s arrival in the fabled land of Eldorado certainly suggests that Voltaire was sympathetic towards socialist thought and had utopian notions of his own around how society could look if Enlightenment ideals could be expressed in his ideal monarchy. The citizens of Eldorado have an advanced economy with a dedicated scientific class, public institutions, housing, and art. They have access to precious stones and metals, but they are unmotivated by the accumulation of wealth and give them freely to Candide.  In this respect, one detects the unmistakable seeds of proto-progressive economics, scientism and other related doctrines of social reform.

When Candide finally meets the one man who allegedly “has it all”, Signor Pococurante, Voltaire uses it as another opportunity to make fun of another coddled elitist, but it also betrays a certain cynicism towards the philosophical and cultural legacy of the West which now pervades the modern Left. Candide is dumbstruck as Signor Pococurante dispenses one blistering criticism after another towards every art form and philosophical work of importance. Voltaire wants to tear away at what he perceived as a false veil of deference towards these allegedly Great Works, but like his treatment of Leibniz, it feels slightly misplaced. Signor Pococurante sounds like a jaded hipster or academic progressive who listens to NPR, acquired a liberal arts degree, and has very specific, and mostly negative opinions about everything in the cultural sphere. One could take all of Signor Pococurante’s snide remarks, drop in a couple references to bell hooks, Howard Zinn and Judith Butler, and he’d sound just like a garden variety, Tumblr ready, Social Justice Warrior preparing for a career writing for Vox. This cynicism towards the cultural legacy of the West is now the norm. Within the cloistered halls of academia, so-called “educators” openly cultivate an active hostility towards Western thought as the font of all human opression.

Just like the numerous contemporary atheist critics of Christianity who’ve fancied themselves the torchbearers of Voltaire’s flame, Voltaire was a moralist at heart and his literary jabs were designed to expose the hypocrisy of those who claimed to be arbiters of morality. Whether taking jabs at the sexual indiscretions of Catholic clergy, the brutality of the Inquisitors or the Jesuits who do not practice the teachings of Christ they preach, Candide rightfully inferred that the ordained guardians of morality should live by the standards they imposed on the laity.

Society needs people like Voltaire in order to shock people out of complacent obedience and expose social taboos to sunlight. Ayaan Hirsi Ali says the Islamic world needs its own Voltaire in order to ignite a reformation within the Islamic faith. Institutional power, whether state, religious or academic, rarely lives up to its responsibility to uphold the truth or live by the standards it imposes on the public.  Yet, people crave the truth, and above all else, crave both a sense of moral certitude and to see hypocrisy exposed.  Since the truth often dies within the walls of power, the responsibility to stand up for the truth always redounds to the individual.  And humorists and satirists like Voltaire have often been the catalysts of change that puncture the seal of propriety that the self-appointed arbiters of morality have so assiduously tightened.

Voltaire was the court jester of his time who sought to answer ancient moral conundrums by poking fun at what he perceived to be the strictures and limitations of prevailing orthodoxy. Some of Candide still would arouse controversy today, but his overall posture of enlightened contempt towards the conservative attitudes and institutions of his time has become its own orthodoxy of progressive chic. The poles of entrenched thinking have reversed, and what was controversial in its day is blasé today. There’s nothing even remotely transgressive or edgy about ridiculing Christian morality, institutions or the broader legacy of Western philosophy in 2017. Milo draws comparisons to Voltaire today because today’s elites are, in many ways, the intellectual progeny of Voltaire himself. Whatever validity there was in Voltaire’s quest for a secular moral order in its day has devolved into the smug wisecracking of Bill Maher, the proto-neurofascism of Sam Harris, and a postmodern academic hegemony of absolutist relativism.  All of whom are eagerly marching towards Gomorrah, but still doggedly cling to the delusion that Eldorado is the final destination.

While Candide may be showing its age, Voltaire’s spirit is evergreen because Puritanism knows no ideology, and people know who the busybodies are. Candide’s message of “tending one’s own garden” is a sufficiently universal ethical and moral principle, but the modern progressive intelligentsia have very specific ideas about what you can plant, how big it can be, and what pronouns you can use while tending it. Russell Brand, Bill Maher and John Oliver may imagine themselves to be the secular dragonslayers of hypocrisy who descend directly from Voltaire’s sacred order, but they’re actually the effete royalists who tacitly defend the new priesthood. Voltaire’s flame burns most brightly in the shitposting of Milo, the trolling of Steven Crowder, the savagery of Bearing and the meme magic of 4Chan.  Candide is both of its time and timeless because there will always be priests, politicians, academics and self-appointed behavior cops and thought police who deserve to be exposed, and there’s no better weapon than satire and ridicule.

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