Last week I was invited to an Islamic forum. The forum was about the path to success. Most likely, when we attend a forum it is either too boring, too clinical/complex or too much for our liking, so we doze off, but to my surprise I was attentive, excited, taking notes and whatnot. I was very much alive, I guess the speakers were way too convincing and I am a fan of almost all the sheikhs that spoke on that day so, it worked well for me anyways.
What hit me hard was ”Probably you guys are thinking success like hitting the jackpot once , and you are sorted out for good” The speaker said. Mind you, not because I didn’t know that success is a never-ending process, but why it hit me was the sheikh challenged my way of understanding ‘the success itself.’ Your Emaan is your success. That was it.
Your path to success is strengthening your faith (Emaan) so work on reviving your faith and you are sorted out.Reviving your Emaan will give you:
The Prophet (SAWS) said, “When Allah loves a slave, calls out to Jibril and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so-and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him”. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Mu’awiya reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If Allah intends goodness for someone, he gives him understanding of the religion.”
“Those who Believed and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah:
verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” Quran
Now what more success would you ever ask for?Process Of Recharging your Emaan:
Are you seeing success from a different angle now? Please comment your thoughts below.
Love & Peace
LONDON — In 2004, a young London Muslim lawyer named Sadiq Khan shared a platform with five political extremists at a meeting held by the Friends of Al-Aqsa, entitled “Palestine — The Suffering Still Goes On.”
The speakers included Daud Abdullah, who went on to lead a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2005 when he was deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, and Dr. Azzam Tamimi, who once said he wanted Israel destroyed and replaced with an Islamic state.
As a leading British Jewish activist described it, the relationship in those days between Khan and the Jewish community was, “difficult… awkward, not comfortable.”
Fast-forward to today and the 46-year-old Khan is now the much-admired mayor of London whose most recent engagement with the Jewish community was an appearance — strongly applauded — at the annual Yom HaShoah ceremony in the capital.
In the last year he has been a frequent face at Jewish communal events, from celebrating Hanukkah in Trafalgar Square in the city center, to backing the community Mitzvah Day initiative. His has been a strong voice against anti-Semitism, and he most recently trenchantly called for his predecessor as mayor, Ken Livingstone, to be dismissed from the Labour Party after a tribunal found Livingstone guilty of bringing the party into disrepute.
Before his election as mayor last year, Khan was, since 2005, a fiery Member of Parliament with the Labour party, representing the south London district of Tooting, near where he grew up.
As he completes his first year in office, Khan’s trajectory to become Anglo-Jewry’s favorite Labour politician is certainly noteworthy.
When The Times of Israel spoke with Khan this week in a sports stadium pressroom, high above a verdant green pitch where the Yom HaShoah event for 2017 took place, he laughed and said he might be described as “just the Jewish community’s favorite politician, full stop.”
‘The Jewish community’s favorite politician, full stop’
But it’s certainly a title he has fought hard to earn. Back in 2004, before he entered Parliament, Khan, one of eight siblings and the son of a bus driver, was a Muslim firebrand.
A local Labour councilman, he headed the legal committee for the Muslim Council of Britain, chaired the human rights group Liberty, and, among other controversial positions, acted as the UK lawyer for the Nation of Islam’s leader, Louis Farrakhan. He was, in fact, a thorn in Anglo-Jewry’s side.
For the diminutive Khan, who speaks at a mile a minute — his enthusiasm sometimes causing him to trip over his sentences — the turning point came in 2008 when he was appointed faith minister, and began, for the first time, to meet Jewish leaders on a different kind of playing field.
He recognized, he says, that “Being a Jewish Londoner is a challenge… I didn’t fully understand the scale of anti-Semitism. I began to understand the correlation between tension in the Middle East and the rise of anti-Semitism in the UK. Even though I knew the issues, the penny dropped then.”
As faith minister he was charged with implementing the recommendations of MP John Mann’s All-Party Parliamentary Report on Anti-Semitism, and it brought Khan firsthand experience on the front line of Jewish communal politics.
He met and became friends with, he says, leaders of the Community Security Trust and the Board of Deputies. He also began to visit synagogues — in some of which he had the opportunity to break the Ramadan fast.
Khan is an observant Muslim and his religious devotion has certainly won him some fans in the strictly Orthodox Jewish community. He also established good relations with Nightingale House, a ground-breaking Jewish home for the aged, which is in his former constituency.
Once he was selected as Labour’s candidate for mayor, Khan hit the ground running. But it was still a surprise — and a line drawn in the sand — that his first public engagement after his election as mayor in 2016 was an appearance at the community’s Yom HaShoah event.
Saying he was “honored” to make a return visit this year, Khan gives every indication of being both awed and humbled by the Holocaust survivors with whom he comes into contact. He regularly makes a point of talking about the importance of Holocaust education for all school students, not just Jewish ones.
He can probably attribute some of his success with Jewish voters to sticking to his pre-election pledge not to use the office of mayor to comment on foreign affairs. Staying neutral on the controversies of the Middle East plays much better with the Jewish community — especially with recent comments by Ken Livingstone, his predecessor as Labour mayor, fresh in voters’ minds.
The mayor has, of course, an extraordinarily complex agenda which encompasses many issues facing today’s diverse London community.
“There are challenges our London community faces, and my job as mayor is to solve them,” he says.
“For example, freezing Transport for London fares, and bringing the night tube [underground rail service] on-stream. We had plans in relation to solving the housing crisis so that we can offer affordable homes in the city, we had plans to clean up the air in London, to restore neighborhood policing.”
But then came Brexit, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, a development which Khan admits he did not foresee and did not initially have plans in place to challenge.
‘One of the biggest challenges I have had is to remind ourselves, and the world, that London is open for talent’
“The thing about London,” he says, “is that it is the engine of our country, and our country’s success is contingent on London doing well. London relies hugely on access to a single market, on a customs union, on the ability to attract talent. So one of the biggest challenges I have had is to remind ourselves, and the world, that London is open, open for talent. We’re going to carry on being a place where business can come and invest.”
Dealing with the fallout from Brexit has taken up most of the mayor’s time in recent months.
But he has more optimistic news to impart: “More than half of my deputy mayors are women, we have the first ever woman Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the first ever woman London Fire Brigade Commissioner, 10 of my 16 business board advisers are women, so I always say I am a proud feminist in City Hall.”
Not everything has gone the way he would like, of course. He has succeeded in his bid to push up the minimum “living wage,” but has not done so well in tackling the housing crisis in London. As Khan says, “I’ve always said that dealing with housing would be a marathon, and not a sprint.”
And Brexit, he says, has led some developers to worry about investing in housing — “but that is outside my control.”
When asked how he would characterize his relationship with the Jewish community, Khan says, “I judge all Londoners equally. The great thing about London is that you are accepted for who you are, whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, a member of an organized faith or not. I don’t like to talk about ‘tolerance.’ You should be respected and embraced, not tolerated. You tolerate a toothache, not a person.”
‘You should be respected and embraced, not tolerated. You tolerate a toothache, not a person’
He reels off a list of occasions when he has encountered the Jewish community: Pesach (and he says Pesach, not Passover), Hanukkah, the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street last year.
“That’s part and parcel of the job of being mayor,” says Khan, giving every sign of enjoying himself. He loves the diversity, he says, and indeed the day before the Yom HaShoah event he was trumpeting his pride as an Englishman while Londoners celebrated St George’s Day.
But it’s not all a bed of roses. Khan says that some things break his heart.
“One of the things that breaks my heart is that simply by virtue of a school being a Jewish school, or a place of worship being a synagogue, there is a need for 24 hour protection, seven days a week,” he says.
‘Nothing is too trivial to report’
“It breaks my heart that there is a need for the CST [Community Security Trust]. It breaks my heart that in 2017 simply by virtue of being Jewish you can be a victim of hate crime. So we have to redouble our efforts. I don’t want any Londoner — and in this context, any Jewish Londoner — not to feel comfortable and confident to report hate crime. Don’t think it’s too trivial. Nothing is too trivial to report.”
We speak, once again, of Livingstone and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that the former mayor’s place in the party would be reconsidered by Labour’s national executive committee. At least publicly, it seems that not much has happened since that declaration.
Khan spreads his hands: “It has to. It has to [happen]. To be fair, the general election has intervened, and I haven’t spoken to Jeremy Corbyn about this, but anti-Semitism is a form of racism, we can’t have a hierarchy of racism where anti-Semitism is seen as less serious than other forms of racism.”
He is aware of the response of many Jewish Londoners towards Corbyn’s Labour Party — but is gamely trying to encourage people to vote for good local candidates, almost despite the party’s leader.
‘We can’t have a hierarchy of racism where anti-Semitism is seen as less serious than other forms of racism’
Nevertheless, some cannot forget that when Khan was still an MP, he was one of those who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for party leader. On the other hand, despite distancing himself from Corbyn since becoming mayor — he even backed Labour challenger Owen Smith who ran against Corbyn last year to lead the party — he tacitly endorsed him after the general election was announced, saying he wanted Labour to form the next government. But it’s hard to think of why any Labour politician would say otherwise.
Khan genuinely believes in Labour solutions to Britain’s problems. Asked if a tiny bit of him had wished to be back in the Commons when the prime minister announced the general election, Khan laughs.
“No, no. I love my job as mayor, it’s the best job in the world. I can be here, making a difference, giving others the helping hand that I had.”
And he, and his young and enthusiastic team, race back to City Hall.
This is an abstract from my journal. It’s totally random and was written a couple of years ago. May be it can serve as a Islamic reminder and motivate you too!?
You should make sure that nothing affects you. Dont get carried away. Dont worry. Dont get hurt. Dont bother. Dont panic. Dont react. Stay calm. Stay focussed. Learn how to focus.Focus on whats important and what matters to you. You are your own competition. Dont let yourself down. Do your best. Expect nothing. Express your feelings, but expect not. Be selfish about your time, your time is important. Your time is the most valuable treasure. Once lost, never found. You are meant to be great cook, fittest, healthiest, nicest and best muslim. You hav goals in life, you have no time to waste. Your life is valuable. Your time is precious. Your time is worthy. You aremeant to achieve some thing. You have a purpose in life. Every action, deed, word thought is being recorded and will be presented to you. You will be judged and rewarded accordingly. There’s no second chance. There’s no coming back. Its now or never. You won’t remain young forver. Certain things can only be achieved in youth. You are at ur prime age; with health, mental capability and fitness in ur hands. You are not going to be the same tomorrow. Today is special. Tomorrow may not be there for you. Tomorrow is not promised. Today is the greatest day for all you want. You are not gonna be as young as you are now. Give your best, because you want only the best and Allah doesnt reduce the reward, he pays in full. Work hard now and receive your full wages in jannah. Let nothing deter you. YoU are strong. Stronger than shaytan. Shaytan is your enemy. You don’t make friends with enemies. You don’t make friends with people who only wish evil for you. You don’t listen to people who are liars and deceivers, people who are planning for your downfall. You don’t collaborate with dem. You don’t cooperate with them. You fight them. You constantly fight them. You dont let them win. You win. You defeat them. You keep defeating dem until they get exhausted. You don’t get tired. Because you are determied and persistent. You know what’s good for you, and you chase it. You dodge the devil and move ahead. You have knowledge and you implement it. You are not jahil. You are fully aware. You hav been warned and intelligent is the one who takes heed. And you are intelligent enough and you know it. You don’t get fooled by shaytan. You fool him. You despise him, you hate all his methods, you hate everything about him. He is the only enemy you have and the worst ever.And you fight him wid all your power, all your strength, all your energy. Because you hav to win. You only win. You are a strong fighter. YoU don’t give up. You nevr give in. Its all between you and Allah, only you and Allah. And he is qawi, wali a strong helper and protector. YOU ARE IMPORTANT, YOUR TIME IS IMPORTANT.
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ‘OPEN DOORS’ CHRISTIAN WEBSITE)EX-GOVERNOR AHOK STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM April 26, 2017 by Open Doors in Prayer updates
Basuki Cahaya Purnama “Ahok,” a Christian and ethnic Chinese, and Jakarta’s first non-Muslim governor in 50 years, lost re-election on April 19. The next morning, his blasphemy trial continued with the prosecutor demanding a sentence of 1 year imprisonment and 2 years’ probation.
What is surprising in this development is that the prosecutor did not use the original charge of blasphemy, which had resulted in mass protests against Ahok for several weeks. Instead, he is now charged for “expressing hostile feelings or hatred towards a particular group.” In this case, the particular group refers to his political opponents.
“God gives the authority and so God alone can take it back,” said Ahok to his supporters after the quick count which confirmed his loss. “No one is allowed to rule without God’s permission. I once lost in the governor’s election in 2007, but then I still became Jakarta’s governor. So, don’t be sad. God knows best.”
As much as they could have anticipated the election results in the current political climate, the Christian community could not help but feel deeply sadden and disappointed. Pray for God to continue to work good for Ahok and his future. Pray also for peace to be restored and for God’s justice to prevail in Ahok’s trial.
Father, we pray Your protection over Ahok in the wake of this political defeat as he faces a trial because of his faith in Christ. As he proclaimed, You put him in office and even now, in the midst of defeat, You still know best. We pray now for the Christians in Jakarta, that You will protect and encourage them in this disappointment. We pray for peace to be restored following the bitter election season and we pray for Ahok’s protection and for justice to be accomplished as the trial progresses. In the name of Jesus, who “works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed” (Psalm 103:6). Amen.
“ Allah senantiasa memindahkan diriku dari tulang-tulang sulbi yang baik ke dalam rahim-rahim yang suci, jernih dan terpelihara. Tiap tulang sulbi itu bercabang menjadi dua, aku berada di dalam yang terbaik dari dua tulang sulbi itu “. ( Hadits Syarif).
Muhammad saw lahir dari seorang ibu bernama Aminah binti Wahb. Hadist diatas adalah cerminan bahwa Aminah adalah seorang perempuan yang suci dan terpelihara. Ayah Aminah adalah seorang terkemuka dari bani Zuhrah. Moyangnya adalah berasal dari bani ‘Abdu Manaf bin Zuhrah bin Kilab. Sementara moyang ibu Aminah adalah ‘Abdu ‘Manaf bin Qushaiy bin Kilab. Jadi nasab mereka bertemu di Kilab.
Sementara itu ayah Muhammad saw adalah Abdullah bin Abdul Mutthalib bin Hasyim bin ‘Abdu ‘Manaf bin Qushaiy bin Kilab. Dari sini dapat kita ketahui bahwa nasab Rasulullah dari pihak ayah dan ibu juga bertemu di Kilab. Mereka adalah termasuk ke dalam kabilah Quraisy yang dikenal selain sebagai keluarga pedagang yang handal dan sukses juga dihormati sebagai penjaga Ka’bah yang baik dan bijaksana. Kilab sendiri adalah 15 generasi dibawah Adnan, keturunan Ismail as.
Untuk diketahui, menjadi penjaga Ka’bah termasuk menjaga sumber air zam-zam adalah merupakan suatu kehormatan. Itu sebabnya sejak wafatnya nabi Ismail as sekitar 4000 tahun silam perselisihan dalam rangka merebut hak untuk menjaga rumah yang disucikan tersebut sering kali terjadi. Diantara tugas penting penjaga Ka’bah adalah bertanggung-jawab terhadap kelangsungan upacara haji seperti tawaf, sai, pembagian air zam-zam, pembagian makanan, keamanannya dll.
Tak seorangpun yang tak kenal Abdul Mutthalib. Ia adalah seorang kabilah Quraisy dari bani Hasyim sejati, penjaga Ka’bah yang amat dihormati. Abdul Mutthalib mempunyai 10 orang anak lelaki. Abdullah adalah yang termuda.
Menurut kabar, tiga puluh tahun sebelum kelahiran Abdullah lelaki gagah ini pernah bernazar bahwa ia akan berkurban dengan menyembelih salah satu putranya bila ia memiliki 10 anak lelaki. Pada waktu itu masyarakat Arab memiliki keyakinan bahwa anak lelaki adalah lambang kehormatan. Sebaliknya anak perempuan adalah lambang kegagalan, kenistaan dan keterpurukan.
“ Dan apabila seseorang dari mereka diberi kabar dengan (kelahiran) anak perempuan, hitamlah (merah padamlah) mukanya, dan dia sangat marah. Ia menyembunyikan dirinya dari orang banyak, disebabkan buruknya berita yang disampaikan kepadanya. Apakah dia akan memeliharanya dengan menanggung kehinaan ataukah akan menguburkannya ke dalam tanah (hidup-hidup)? Ketahuilah, alangkah buruknya apa yang mereka tetapkan itu”.(QS. An-Nahl(16):58-59).
Hingga saat itu nazar tokoh Quraisy ini memang belum dipenuhi walaupun ia telah memilki 10 anak lelaki. Namun orang yang mengenalnya dengan baik yakin bahwa suatu saat nanti pasti Abdul Mutthalib akan melaksanakan nazar tersebut. Bagi masyarakat Arab apalagi bila yang bernazar itu adalah pemuka Mekah dan penjaga Ka’bah, nazar baik itu untuk kebaikan atau keburukan adalah suatu janji tertinggi terhadap Sang Khalik. Menurut keyakinan mereka tidak memenuhi nazar adalah dosa besar. Sementara bagi pemuka masyarakat tidak memenuhi nazar sama dengan mencoreng muka sendiri. Kehormatan adalah taruhannya.
Itu sebabnya suatu hari Abdul Muttahlib mengumpulkan ke 10 anaknya untuk diundi siapa yang harus disembelih. Abdul Mutthalib sebenarnya bukanlah lelaki kasar dan jahat. Ia hanya terikat dengan nazarnya sendiri yang di belakang hari ternyata amat membuatnya tertekan. Ia amat berharap kalau saja undian itu tidak jatuh ke putra bungsunya, Abdullah yang sangat disayanginya itu sudah merupakan keberuntungan yang besar baginya.
Namun apa boleh buat undian justru jatuh kepada Abdullah. Walaupun kecewa, Abdul Mutthalib tetap terlihat tegar melaksanakan nazarnya. Tampak bahwa kecintaannya kepada Sang Khalik dan harga dirinya lebih tinggi daripada hatinya yang hancur.
Di tengah suasana tegang itulah tiba-tiba terdengar bisik-bisik bahwa masyarakat tidak setuju terhadap perbuatannya itu. Seorang pemuka Quraisy lainnya akhirnya tampil dan mengingatkan bahwa perbuatan Abdul Mutthalib itu dapat menjadi contoh yang tidak baik. Bagaimanapun mereka tidak setuju, menyembelih anak sendiri apalagi anak lelaki adalah suatu perbuatan yang tidak dapat dibenarkan. Mereka menganjurkan agar Abdul Muthalib segera pergi mencari seorang ahli nujum untuk menanyakan apa yang sebaiknya ia perbuat.
Beruntunglah, ternyata sang ahli nujum yang dipercaya masyarakat itu menganjurkan agar Abdul Mutthalib menebus anak lelaki kesayangannya itu dengan menyembelih 100 ekor unta. Dengan demikian maka Abdul Mutthalibpun bebas dari nazarnya.
Pernikahan dan kehidupan Abdullah bin Abdul Mutthalib dengan Aminah binti Wahb.
Abdul Muthalib telah bebas dari nazarnya. Sekarang ia dapat hidup dan berpikir lebih tenang. Abdullah, putra bungsunya telah cukup dewasa. Sudah waktunya ia menikah dan berkeluarga. Sebagai ayah yang baik ia tahu betul siapa jodoh yang paling tepat bagi putranya itu.
Sejak kecil Abdullah telah mengenal Aminah binti Juhra dengan sangat baik. Keluarga Aminah adalah keluarga yang memiliki reputasi baik di mata masyarakat Mekkah. Kedua keluarga telah menjalin hubungan sejak lama. Sebagai ayah yang penuh perhatian, walaupun ia sibuk dengan berbagai urusan kota Mekkah yang dipimpinnya, ia menyadari bahwa putranya itu memiliki perasaan khusus terhadap Aminah. Karena kebiasaan dan adat Arab, keduanya memang sejak lama tidak pernah bertemu lagi. Sesuai adat yang berlaku turun temurun, begitu Aminah menginjak usia remaja, ia tidak lagi dapat keluar rumah secara bebas. Ia dipingit hingga seorang lelaki melamarnya.
Itu sebabnya masyarakat tidak terkejut ketika suatu ketika Abdul Mutthalib datang menemui keluarga Aminah untuk melamarnya. Gayungpun bersambut. Dengan suka cita, atas persetujuan sang gadis, keluarga Aminahpun menerima lamaran tersebut. Maka tanpa menunggu lebih lama lagi menikahlah keduanya. Tentu saja masyarakat kota Mekkah ikut berbahagia mendengar pernikahan dua anggota kabilah Quraisy dari bani Hasyim dan bani Zuhrah yang mereka hormati tersebut.
Sayangnya bulan madu yang dilalui pasangan muda tersebut amatlah singkat. Tak lebih dari sepuluh hari kemudian tugas telah menanti. Abdullah harus segera kembali bergabung dengan kafilah dagang keluarganya. Mereka akan mengadakan perjalanan jauh yang telah lama dijalani keluarga besar Quraisy, yaitu ke Syam. Orang-orang Quraisy memang terbiasa pergi berdagang ke utara ( Syam)pada musim panas dan ke selatan ( Yaman ) pada musim dingin.
“Karena kebiasaan orang-orang Quraisy (yaitu) kebiasaan mereka bepergian pada musim dingin dan musim panas. Maka hendaklah mereka menyembah Tuhan Pemilik rumah ini (Ka`bah). Yang telah memberi makanan kepada mereka untuk menghilangkan lapar dan mengamankan mereka dari ketakutan”.(QS.Quraisy(106):1-4).
Namun waktu yang amat singkat tersebut bukannya berarti tidak memiliki makna penting. Karena beberapa hari setelah pernikahan Aminah sempat bercerita kepada suaminya tercinta bahwa ia bermimpi melihat sinar terang benderang memancar di sekeliling dirinya. Sinar itu begitu terang hingga seakan ia bisa melihat istana Buchara di Syam. Kemudian ia mendengar suara : “Engkau telah hamil dan akan melahirkan orang termulia di kalangan umat ini”.
Tampaknya mimpi inilah yang menjadi penyemangat hidup Aminah selama kepergian Abdullah. Ia benar-benar menyadari bahwa perjalanan dagang yang dijalani suaminya bakal memakan waktu berminggu-minggu bahkan mungkin bulanan. Ya Aminah harus sabar. Hingga suatu hari di bulan kedua ia mendengar kabar kedatangan rombongan dagang suaminya. Sungguh senang hati Aminah. Ia segera mempersiapkan diri menyambut kepulangan suami tercinta.
Namun kegembiraan itu segera sirna karena ternyata Abdullah tidak berada di antara rombongan tersebut. Abdul Mutthaliblah yang langsung datang mengabarkan bahwa Abdullah tiba-tiba menderita demam tinggi ketika dalam perjalanan pulang. Akhirnya ia terpaksa ditinggalkan di Yatsrib ( Madinah).
“ Tidak usah terlalu khawatir anakku. Suamimu akan segera kembali begitu ia pulih. Aku telah meminta Al-Harits, saudaranya, agar menjaganya selama ia sakit. Bersabarlah Aminah, berdoalah agar ia segera sehat ”, begitu hibur Abdul Mutthalib kepada menantunya.
Tetapi rupanya Allah berkehendak lain. Setelah menanti dua bulan lamanya akhirnya Al-Harits pulang ke Mekkah sendirian dengan membawa kabar duka bahwa adik bungsunya yang baru beberapa bulan lalu lolos dari nazar ayahnya yang mengerikan itu, telah meninggal dunia.
Betapa berdukanya Aminah. Dalam usianya yang masih demikian muda ia harus kehilangan suami yang telah memberinya kebahagiaan walau hanya sejenak. Dan dalam keadaan hamil pula.
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One of the people of the past, when talking about Ibn al Muhayreez (rh), said that he had 2 qualities which were not found with others:
This shows that he was very balanced, as we are good in one but neglect the other.
Yesterday brought into the day a deepening of a struggle – my Christian faith against this one other faith. My Christian space against this particular one. My rights against it. This is not a new struggle, it’s been close to twenty years, of being trampled upon, abused – by those who adhere to the tenets of this particular religion. This is a religion of a thousand dictates. Here there is no such thing as a conscience – they do not even recognize it. All it seeks is a rigid and robotic adherence to its tenets, even as the rights of the living and the unborn are abused, the innocent maimed or killed, marriages and family life destroyed by polygamy, abortion, incest and child marriages.
And yesterday, I reached some kind of breaking point. I received news that my attendance was required at a national programme for a specific work community whose members come from every race and religious creed. But I soon found out that the programme was going to be interpreted through the lens of this particular religion. The greatness of this religion, to be specific.
I felt as if I was tethering on the threshold of spiritual nausea. We had just heard news of an 11 year old who had died from abuses inflicted on him by a religious school warden (that religion, again). It brought back memories of last year when my own child had been hit at school and the lengths we had to go through to ensure our children were safe at school here.
And now hearing that I had to participate in an event that was merely an excuse to extol the eminence of this farcical and cruel religion, it took all I had. I had gone past the last gates of tolerance and patience. I had nothing left in me.
In raw desperation, I looked into familiar nooks for consolation, hope. But it felt like pulling on locked doors. Until night came, and with it, our family Rosary time. I flung myself, heart and soul into the recitation of the Luminous Mysteries. Tried meditating on the mysteries, tried emptying myself to be filled by God Himself – but this was not one of those days. I was too filled and full of my own pain; I needed to find the stopper that plugged the keg, only then could I find release.
Please help me, Mother Mary, please help me, I begged. Take this Cross away or give me the strength to face it, to carry it.
Rosary ended with no discernible sign that the bitter chalice was not to be mine to drink from. I went to bed exhausted. I love Thee, O Lord, I love Thee, O Lord, I love Thee, O Lord, I prayed from the depths of my weakness, seeking the only Hand that could comfort me.
When I awoke, I was less than ready to face the day. The tough work week had left me tired out; the struggle I was now facing, depleting my energy even more. But it was an important work day and I didn’t dare lie back for some extra minutes in case I slept off. Not this on this day, I told myself firmly. As I sat up, a song burst in my head.
On this day, O beautiful Mother,
On this day we give thee our love.
Near the, Madonna, fondly we hover,
Trusting thy gentle care to prove.
On this day we ask to share,
Dearest Mother, thy sweet care;
Aid us ere our feet astray
Wander from thy guiding way.
The song beat out any other thought. It had been very long since I had had a song flood my mind like this. But I had gone through this enough times to know the hymn held heaven’s message to me. As I listened to the it play over and over in my head, I realized two lines were standing out more.
Aid us ere our feet astray
Wander from thy guiding way.
I groaned when I realized what it meant. By asking to be saved from facing this struggle I was going through with this other religion, by asking to be kept away from it, I was walking away from the path Our Lady had illumined for me.
Nevertheless, this was one time when I wanted to be wrong about what I had discerned. Maybe there is some other line for me in this hymn, I thought.
I looked up the hymn, and traced every line of its lyrics. My heart remained unmoved till the last verse ~
Fast our days of life we run,
Soon the night of death will come;
Tower of strength in that dread hour,
Come with all thy gentle power.
For whatever reason, the journey of my soul and spirit was along this route of thorns and knives. This programme I was to attend was a mountain in my way. And no one scales a mountain to reach the other side by shimmying up the nearest tree.
I went resignedly to work, and was soon caught up in the busyness of the day. But a grey shadow of regret remained. Regret that my prayer had not been answered differently. A regret marked by weariness over the many more mountains like this that remained to be faced and overcome.
Nonetheless, I turned my heart back to heaven. Help me to face it, I slumped, defeated at last.
Late into the night, there was a knock on the door of my spirit, and the Conversion Prayer dictated by Jesus to St Faustina Kowalska was laid before my eyes.
My despondent spirit jumped to life. Taken aback, I looked closely at the prayer I have prayed very often before.
If you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith, on behalf of some sinner, I will give that soul the grace of conversion.
“O Blood and water that gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You”.
Conversion of souls! My spirit leapt at the promise. So that was where this journey was heading to! That was why this suffering, and perhaps more later, could not be circumvented. It was not about me. It was about saving souls.
Something drew me back to the prayer. Returning, I saw one little word shine out more than the others:
I had asked for the cup of suffering to be taken away. Despite the almost 2 decades long background to my suffering with the members of this religion, the coming Cross in the form of the programme I was to attend was minuscule in contrast to the immense tearing of soul that others had to endure. Could I honestly say I was disturbed by the increasing loss of souls to the tyranny of this religion, and yet refuse to partake in their salvation just because the path of my compliance lay among deadly thorns and knives? What was the use of lamenting if I was not willing to be Jesus’ Hands and Feet on this earth, in every way, to help return these prisoner hearts and souls to the Heavenly Father?
Where was my contrition?
In bringing this illumination to me, an angel had ministered to me in the desert of my present struggles. I got to my feet, still unsure of myself, yet now firmly anchored in the refreshed certainty that God would provide all that was needed. Just as Jesus died to save us, so must I face this night of death for the conversion of souls.
Aid us ere our feet astray
Wander from thy guiding way.
I had sought to leave my Cross. To it I now return.
It is late at night here, and I am currently sitting with my laptop, looking up a few things and jumping from one link to another. I am in Northern-Norway, and tonight it will not get completely dark outside. When I look out the window, I can still see the dark blue in the sky. Sunset was at 10 pm this evening, and in a few short weeks, the sun will not set at all. Though I am tired, I am waiting for the next prayer time to begin, so that I can pray and then go to sleep. Now that the late-night prayer (isha) and the dawn prayer (fajr) are so close to each other, I find it easier to just stay awake between the two prayers.
It has been a strange few months, and I have not been able to blog consistently like I hoped for. I finished my bachelor’s degree in the United States last May, and at the beginning of this year, I decided to move home until I start my master’s degree. I was nervous about coming home, and I dreaded it a little as I knew that it would be different. I moved to the US three and a half years ago, and I only visited home once since then. My family and my friends here has gotten used to living a life without me while I had gotten used to my own routines and separate life in the US.
I also converted to Islam since the last time I saw my family. May 28, 2016, to be exact. Though it came as a shock to my family, it had been a gradual development for me.
When I left Norway, I had never met anyone who was Muslim. My only exposure to the religion had been through media and a couple of classes that talked briefly about all the main religions of the world. In other words, I knew nothing about Islam. I met a Muslim woman in one of my classes, and I got really curious. I had heard they could not make any independent decisions and that they could easily get offended, so I figured I had to be very careful in my approach to this woman. We ended up in the same group, and upon getting her phone number I realized I had no idea how to talk to her. I was more nervous about sending her a simple text than I had been to talk to my crush in middle school! When I eventually managed to find the courage to talk to her and meet her for coffee, I was pleasantly surprised. She was the nicest woman, and we even had many things in common. We shared a love for our families. We spent much time together going shopping, going to the movies, or getting lunch together. I felt brave when I finally asked her about the way she dressed (hijab) and why she did not eat certain meats such as pepperoni on the pizza. I was intrigued and my friend was not offended by my questions at all.
I continued to ask a few questions now and then, but most of the time I did not think much about Islam or Muslims. After leaving Christianity a few years earlier, I had sworn not to have anything to do with religion ever again and though I was a little curious about how Muslims could live the way they do, I left it at that for a while.
But what is important is that we realise that our actions really do NOT generate/ guarantee results. Results come from The All Able, from God. He uses our efforts to manifest results. Remember that time when you had a really horrible exam but your passed with flying colors, and you absolutely have no idea how it happened? Well there is your proof. He excused your poor performace and gave you a better result from Him, as a a token of His love.
So why then, do we need to work? Why can’t God just give us everything like that? Well it is because of our own accountability and ownership. It is for the same reason your parents let you work to earn your tuition for college, albeit they are very much able to afford it. It is to teach us accountability and take ownership of our achievements.
When Maryam (peace be upon her) was in the pain of delivery, she was asked to shake the tree above her so it would shed fruits for her to eat. Imagine how vigoriously could actually shake it? My guess she probably was barely able to touch the huge tree trunk, let alone shake it. But she did whatever she could, and the tree bowed down to reach her.
So your efforts are subjective at times. Just because you can’t exert as much effort like others does NOT mean your doors to achievements are closed. Sincerity is all that counts. God does not need your efforts to give you. Your efforts are the best you can do in your particular situation, so when you achieve your success, you feel the confidence in seeing the fruits if your labor. It is all for you.
Everyday believers like you and me are not excluded from the Divine Miracles.
Det er sent på natten her og jeg sitter med PC-en på fanget og klikker meg fra den ene til den andre linken. Jeg er i Nord-Norge og i natt blir det ikke helt mørkt ute. Når jeg ser ut av vinduet kan jeg enda glimte den mørkeblå himmelen. Sola gikk den klokka 10 og om noen få uker vil ikke sola gå ned i det hele tatt. Selv om jeg er trøtt, venter jeg på at den neste bønnetiden skal starte så jeg kan be før jeg går å legger meg. Nå som nattebønnen og daggry bønnen er så nærme hverandre synes jeg det er enklere å bare holde meg våken i mellom bønnene.
Det har vært et par uvanlige måneder og jeg har ikke klart å blogge like ofte som jeg hadde håpet på. Jeg fullførte bachelorgraden i USA i mai i fjor, og i begynnelsen av året bestemte jeg meg for å flytte hjem frem til jeg begynner på masterstudiet. Jeg var nervøs for å komme hjem og jeg gruet meg litt fordi alt ville være så annerledes enn det hadde vært. Jeg flyttet jo til USA for tre og et halvt år siden og hadde bare vært på besøk hjemme en gang siden den tid. Familien min og alle vennene mine hjemme var nok vant til å ikke ha meg der, mens jeg hadde blitt så vant til mine egne rutiner og livet mitt i USA.
Jeg konverte også til Islam siden sist gang jeg så familien min. Den 28. mai 2016. Selv om det kom som et sjokk for familien min, hadde det vært en ganske gradvis forandring for meg.
Da jeg forlot Norge hadde jeg aldri møtt noen som var Muslim. Alt jeg visste om religionen hadde kommet fra mediene og et par fag der det ble snakket kort om alle hovedreligionene i verden. Med andre ord visste jeg ingenting om Islam. Jeg møtte en Muslimsk kvinne i en av forelesningene mine og jeg ble veldig nysgjerrig. Jeg hadde jo hørt at de ikke fikk ta selvstendige avgjørelser og at de kunne bli lett fornærmet, så jeg bestemte meg for å trå forsiktig. Vi kom på samme gruppe og da jeg fikk telefonnummeret hennes, fant jeg ut at jeg ikke hadde peiling på hvordan jeg skulle snakke med henne. Jeg var mer nervøs for å sende henne en tekstmelding en jeg hadde vært for å snakke med den jeg var forelska i på ungdomstrinnet! Når jeg tilslutt fikk motet meg opp til å snakke med henne og treffes for en kopp kaffe, ble jeg gledelig overrasket. Hun var utrolig vennlig og vi hadde massevis til felles. Vi var begge veldig glad i familiene våre. Vi begynte å bruke mye tid sammen hvor vi shoppet, så på filmer eller hadde lunsj sammen. Jeg følte meg skikkelig modig da jeg endelig spurte henne om hvorfor hun kledde seg slik (med hijab) og hvorfor hun ikke spiste all slags kjøtt sånn som pepperoni på pizzaen. Jeg var overrasket og den nye venninnen min var ikke fornærmet av spørsmålene mine i det hele tatt.
Jeg fortsatte å spørre noen spørsmål her og der, men for det meste tenkte jeg verken på Islam eller Muslimer. Etter at jeg forlot kristendommen noen år tidligere hadde jeg bestemt meg for å ikke ha noe som helst å gjøre med religioner, og selv om jeg var litt nysgjerrig på hvordan Muslimene kunne leve på det viset lot jeg det bare ligge.
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
Name of singer: Natacha Atlas. https://www.discogs.com/artist/11072-Natacha-Atlas
“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.
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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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