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Ramadan in Muslim Europe

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:00
“Look! It’s Dino Merlin,” whispers the man beside me. A well groomed white man in his early 50s wand
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Exclude 

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 07:10

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Naser in popuščanje skrajnežem

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 06:44

Posnetek je iz leta 1966. Morebiti se je tedaj zahteva Muslimanske bratovščine, da mora vsaka ženska v Egiptu okoli hoditi zakrita, zdela smešna, danes se pa vse skupaj zdi grozljivo. Skrajneži so po muslimanskem svetu marsikje uspeli doseči prav to. Sekularizem je doživel hude udarce.

Še več, ta norost se širi tudi v zahodni svet, kjer žalostno, nekateri na progresivni strani, branijo zahteve skrajnežev. Korak za korakom tudi tukaj skušajo ženske prisiliti, da se bodo pokrivale. Najprej muslimanke, vse v imenu svobodne izbire, ko pa bo njihov delež dovolj velik, skoraj zagotovo še druge.

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Sebelum Kumpul Keluarga

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 06:09

H-1 Idul Fitri seperti ini pastinya sudah banyak rencana kumpul keluarga, silaturrahim, atau acara-acara trah di mana kita akan bertemu dengan banyak kerabat baik jauh dan dekat, sahabat dan tetangga.

Sebagai muslimah, di acara-acara perkumpulan seperti itu hendaknya kita tetap menjaga adab dan aturan Islam dalam bermu’amalah, khususnya di hari raya.

Di antara adab-adab yang harus kita jaga dan perhatikan selama kumpul keluarga antara lain:

  1. Ingat baik-baik mahram kita yang mana kita boleh bersalaman dengan menyentuh (dan mencium) tangan, yakni: ayah, suami, kakek dan seterusnya ke atas, anak laki-laki dan seterusnya ke bawah termasuk cucu, paman (kakak/adik kandung ibu/ayah), kakak/adik kandung laki-laki, kakak/adik laki-laki seayah atau seibu, anak kandung dari suami, ayah mertua, saudara sepersusuan. Jadi, selain itu termasuk ipar, sepupu, kerabatnya suami (pamannya) tidak termasuk mahram ya, dilarang bersalaman “beneran” alias tangan menyentuh tangan apalagi sampai cipika-cipiki
  2. Tidak berpakaian dan berdandan yang berlebihan alias tabarruj, mentang-mentang hari raya, yang biasanya pakai baju sederhana tidak mencolok, kini sedikit ada keinginan untuk “tampil”, big no ya. Tetap biasa-biasa aja, pakai pakaian yang terbaik tapi tidak tabarruj. Berhiaslah untuk suami saja
  3. Tidak bercanda dan ngobrol berlebihan dengan yang bukan mahram, jadi sebaiknya kumpulnya sama saudari-saudari saja, kecuali kerabat yang memang mahram seperti yang tersebut di poin 1. Namun juga tetap harus mengingat poin 4 jika berkumpul dengan sesama perempuan
  4. Tidak menjadikan ajang silaturrahim sebagai ajang ghibah alias bergosip membicarakan keburukan orang lain. Godaan benerlah ini apalagi kalau ketemu sama orang-orang yang akrab banget sama kita
  5. Bersikap ramah dan lemah lembut terhadap mahram dan saudari-saudari kita, jangan jutek dan sembarangan men-judge orang yang tidak “sama” dengan kita
  6. Tidak berlebihan dalam bercanda dan makan, ini juga godaan bener karena hari raya adalah momen di mana kita bertemu dengan orang-orang terdekat dan makanan yang disajikan menggoda selera semua
  7. Tetap menjaga waktu shalat, kadang kalau silaturrahim keliling itu bertepatan dengan waktu shalat, sehingga tetap harus mendahulukan shalat, jangan sampai keasyikan kumpul dan ngobrol shalatnya jadi ditunda-tunda

Itu saja dari saya, semoga bermanfaat. Jika ada yang ingin menambahkan, boleh loh ditulis di kolom komentar.

Ditulis H-1 Idul Fitri 1438 H, 24 Juni 2017, self reminder ini terinspirasi dari tulisan Teh Patra di Facebook beliau beberapa waktu lalu

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Book Review: A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 03:49

Here is tonight’s weekend nonfiction book review.

Robert F. Worth. A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS.  New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 18th 2017. 272 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an incredibly insightful book on the Arab Spring and the subsequent rise of extremism and tyranny as the uprising’s aftermath.  The author is a journalist who has spent considerable time in the Middle East both before, during and after the Arab Spring which contributed to the author’s experience and knowledge of things before and after the Arab Spring.  For those who are curious about the Middle East and want to understand more of the current events in that region this book should be on the top of one’s list.

The book is divided into two parts with the first titled “Revolts” and the second part titled “Restorations.”  Arab Spring began in 2011 with the unprecedented phenomenon of one country after another in the Middle East experiencing ongoing protests by the people standing up to their government and finally the old regime being replaced.  Often the old regime were tyrants who oppressed the people with harsh rules, secret police, corruption and economic decay.  The author did a good job in the four chapters under part one of describing the problems before the revolt and also the ecstatic and unbelievable experience of all kinds of people from all walks of life joining together to call for change.  I appreciated the book making the point of how radical that was in the Middle East for this to happen in light of the history of Arab states in the Middle East for the last few decades.  I also thought the author’s intention of capturing the people’s view who led the revolt was very insightful.  So many times we can have many talking head experts about the Middle East without having interacted with the actual people making history.  I learned a lot about how non-monolithic those protesting were and even how there were unlikely allies.  I was amazed at the author’s experience and depth of covering not just one country but four that went through Arab Spring: Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen.  These countries aren’t necessarily all neighbors either.  I think this book would be the most comprehensive for some time given the way the Middle East is currently.

The saddest part of the book of course is found in part two which covers the aftermath after the revolts began.  Reading this made me think about how many of the countries parallel the French Revolution with its aftermath.  Egypt for instance ended up having the original government that was voted into office forcibly removed by the military.  The tension between those who are more Islamists and those who want secularized democracy is a theme not only with Egypt but also Tunisia and Syria.

I learned a lot from this book things I did not know before.  For instance I didn’t really understand what Alawites were other than hearing that they were a kind of Shiite group.  They were a lot more non-traditional in their profession of Islam with their Gnostic tendencies, its beliefs in reincarnation, etc.  I also thought it was so weird to read of the author’s trip to Syria and seeing areas where there shopping malls like nothing ever happened though of course it was far from front.  It is interesting to see how other Arabs view Alawites.  I also learned from the book just how different Yemen is compared to the rest of the Middle East.  I had the idea previously that it was quite isolated but the journalist account of meeting people who protested against “the Sheikh” who rule over large areas of Yemen made me felt that Yemen was a Feudal state.  But the author pointed out it was worse than any previous Islamic feudal order in that there is more tyranny without the typical vassal to peasant responsibility in traditional Sheikh rule.  I also thought the interview the author conducted with former ISIS fighters who were disillusioned were also eye opening.

Fascinating yet heartbreaking.  Intriguing yet depressing.  Informative without it being dull.  I recommend this work.

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al Quds rally draws hundreds to Calgary City Hall

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 02:30

Occasional bouts of rain did little to dampen spirits during this year’s al Quds day observations in downtown Calgary.

And while counter protests backstopped by local members of the Jewish Defence League (JDL) made their presence known at Calgary City Hall, police worked hard to maintain a healthy buffer between the two groups.

Kicking off a little after 5 p.m., the annual show of solidarity for Palestine — usually held on the last Friday of Ramadan — featured speakers from both within and outside Calgary’s Muslim community, all calling for an end of Israeli occupation.

They were met by about 100 marchers waving Israeli flags and carrying signs, who were confined largely to the steps of the municipal building.

The protesters maintained their presence for about an hour before filing out of the square, leaving south along Macleod Trail.

Speaking to a crowd that peaked at about 300 flag-waving and sign-waving attendees, al Quds organizers interspersed speeches with chants of “Free Palestine” and “No Justice, No Peace.”

The relatively calm rally stands in contrast to previous years, with tense standoffs leading to violence during 2014’s demonstration. 

Police maintained an overt presence during the rally — the first of what’s expected to be a weekend of controversial demonstrations in the downtown core.

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Ramadaan Series {Day 29} – Finish Ramadan Strong

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 02:00

Ibn al-Jawzi (rh) said:

“When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So, if you didn’t do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell.”

Ibn Taymiyyah (rh) said:

“The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”

Hasan al-Basri said:

“Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So, take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”

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Ramadan Reflections, Day Twenty-eight: Coming Clean

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:20

I don’t know what it is about Fridays, but it seems to be the day when I tip myself out in front of God and reset my peace of mind. Today, I had a long conversation with God after my midday prayer, and came clean about a couple of things.

I am an angry person. I have unchecked anger issues. Every day, I drive to Euston and back. Every day, I have a(t least one) silent experience of road rage, ranging from mild irritation to imagining super powers for myself and my car which would allow me to suspend offending vehicles and their owners in the air and fling them into space, while I laugh at them smugly and drive away. The trigger moments pass, but my anger often lingers, often fuelling a mental replay of the offence but with my preferred ending now inserted – where I win and totally humiliate the other driver. I am often surprised how frequently my silent rage is triggered. I often have a Qur’an recitation on while I am driving – thank God – which keeps me relatively calm and prevents me from swearing out loud or making rude gestures, but it doesn’t eliminate the anger; it just simmers inside me, and as it stews its juices thicken and become more potent. There is a residual amount left inside me, which sometimes interferes with my peace of mind the following day.
I didn’t realise the impact of this on me until last night, when another incident on the road left me fuming; I then came home and vented some of my anger by pressing on the doorbell furiously as I’d left my keys at home. When my brother opened the door and asked with concern what was wrong (nothing, I had to answer sheepishly – he was not impressed at all), I knew then that I had to deal with this.
I had to admit to myself that my anger was caused by frustration at not being able to stand up for myself in that moment of conflict with another driver (as I perceived it); the lost opportunity to get back at them. What drove me mad was the thought that somebody else believed that they had got away with trumping (and Trumping, if you take that to mean being a douchebag) me on the road, and I could do nothing about it. Sitting underneath that is my fundamental fear that I am weak, and people take advantage of that.
This is, of course, a story created by me. It is not declared anywhere in the universe that I am weak, nor that anybody else is stronger than me. It’s just me allowing my fear to get an airing and manipulate me. And the result is anger that damages me and can adversely impact people who are close to me.

I was wondering how to tackle this, what to do to help myself besides pray to God and be straight about how much anger I was carrying as a casual habit. Suddenly, I thought of the Qur’anic description of people who are angry (specifically referring to the hypocrites who are trying to foil the delivery of God’s message): they ‘bite the tips of their fingers off with rage’¹. It’s such a graphic, unsettling image, and it stopped me in its accuracy. That’s exactly what anger does: it makes you implode in on yourself, because your rage has nowhere else to go; it’s self-destructive and self-consuming. I realised that I don’t want to fit that description.

It dawned on me that every day when I go for my drive, I am being tested – I just didn’t see that. I know there are going to be idiots on the road, slow drivers, roadblocks, and they’re just waiting for me to explode into fury; they goad my need to prove my ‘not smallness’ to myself, because that’s my hidden fear, and I fall for it. The idiot in the other car probably has the same thing going on, and he may just have a bigger car with a more powerful engine to allow him to hide that from himself. But my fear is inside my head; I am the source of my anger, and when I give into that, I lose the opportunity to be generous and forgive. Also, I fail the test when I succumb into anger at the smallest things, when in reality, when I stand back, my greatest concerns at that time are going out to give food to people who need it, and getting back safely to my family.

In giving in to anger and my fear, I have been lacking generosity and patience. Generosity would allow me to forgive. Patience would let me sit back and ride through this daily test, and think instead about the bigger picture of why I’m out, and what I’m going back to – and also not give in to hanger, which makes me highly irritable and irritating. These little skirmishes on the road are not a test of bravery or strength, nor are they unavoidable battles. Anger is a vehicle for fear.
I shared this with God today, and prayed for generosity in myself, towards all people. It must have cleared something in my frame of mind, because when I went out today to distribute food, not only was the drive much more peaceful, when I went to hand out food, it was gone in minutes – and for the last week or so, it’s been really hard sometimes. I told myself something was getting in the way of me being able to give as I wanted to, and today I understood that it was me. 

¹ Qur’an 3:119

 

 

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The Raid at Targovisti and The Forest of the Impaled

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 01:08
In 1559, the Ottoman Sultan Mehemd II sent envoys to the Principality of Wallachia to inquire why the jizya (The Islamic tax on non-believers) had not been paid. Wallachia’s voivode, or prince, Vlad III Dracula (“Dracula” because he was the son of Vlad II Dracul) felt that his rule over Wallachia was sufficiently consolidated, and that he no longer needed the Turks. He knew war would come with the Ottoman Empire if he didn’t pay so in his customarily bloodthirsty manner, Vlad provoked one. He asked the envoys why they didn’t remove their turbans in his presence, and when they replied it was not their custom, he had his guards nail the turbans to their heads. After ambushing and defeating the army the sultan sent for revenge, Vlad III Dracula invaded Bulgaria. He slaughtered, by his own words, over 25,000 Turks and Bulgars, “…without counting those whom we burned in [their] homes or the Turks whose heads were cut [off] by our soldiers…” In retaliation, Mehmed II sent a massive army of over 130,000 against Vlad to annex Wallachia outright. Vlad could muster only about 30,000 men against this force, so he needed to reduce the Turkish numbers if he planned to defeat them in battle, or more likely, force them into a siege where the Turks could be weakened then annihilated. Vlad conducted a guerrilla campaign against the Turks with his cavalry, killing and capturing thousands of foragers and stragglers. He also sent diseased people into the Turkish camps in a crude form of biological warfare, and managed to infect part of the sultan’s army with the Bubonic plague and leprosy. Worse still, he conducted a scorched earth policy back across Bulgaria and into Wallachia. He killed or removed the people, poisoned the wells, salted the fields, burned the villages, rerouted rivers to make swamps, and rendered the castles indefensible, even in his own country. The Turks advanced into a wasteland. In mid-June 1462, Mehmed approached Vlad’s capital, the fortress city of Targoviste, where he knew Vlad planned to make a stand. A few days before the Turks invested the city, they paused and made camp to prepare. Vlad, who grew up among the Turks as a hostage but didn’t convert, snuck into the camp to assess his adversaries. He found them weak and disorganized. On the night of 16-17 June 1462, Vlad III Dracula attacked the Turkish camp in daring torch lit raid for the specific purpose of assassinating the sultan. The charge of about 10,000 horsemen caused great confusion amongst the Ottomans. Vlad himself led the attack directly at the sultan’s tent. However, in the confusion of the assault, Vlad mistook the grand vizier’s opulent tent for the sultan’s. By the time he realized his mistake, the sultan’s Janissaries (elite warriors comprised of Christian boys forcibly converted to Islam then trained as soldiers) led by Vlad’s brother Radu, whom shared his time as a hostage, rallied and protected the sultan. The Wallachians withdrew back into Targoviste, unsuccessful in their mission. It took the Ottomans several days to reorganize. Once ready, Mehmed advanced again on Targoviste intent on ending the Wallachian resistance once and for all time. He was not prepared for what he found in the fields just outside the city. Vlad III Dracula was one of the most bloodthirsty men in history, for good reason. Even by the brutal standards of the day, Vlad set himself apart. His favorite form of torture and execution was “impalement”. During impalement, a long thick sharpened pole was inserted into the victim’s anus and the pole was then placed upright into the ground with the victim perched above. Over hours and sometimes days, the victim would slowly slide down the pole until sharpened end pierced out of the torso, or even the throat or mouth if the angle was correct. In an age of gruesome executions, impalement was probably the worst way to die. On 23 June 1462, Mehmed approached Targoviste and found tens of thousands of his warriors and people impaled. All of the stragglers and any Turkish people Vlad captured, including prisoners from the recent raid, Vlad had impaled in front of Targoviste. An observer noted, “Twenty thousand men, women, and children had been spitted” and “There were infants too affixed to their mothers on the stakes, and birds had made their nests in their entrails…” The sultan called the grisly sight, “The Forest of the Impaled”. It had its intended effect on the Ottoman Army; Mehmed withdrew from Wallachia. Thereafter Vlad III Dracula would be known as “Vlad Tepes” – Vlad the Impaler.
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Pilgrimage by Isa Kamari

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:48
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What I find unique about this book of poems is that it’s bilingual – the English translation of the puisi (poem in Malay) is available right beside. I enjoy reading some of the puisi about Umrah (or lesser pilgrimage), some of which I resonate with, but I must admit that the English translations for some of it is underwhelming – something that is bound to happen with translations where rich emotions and nuances in meaning are lost. Nevertheless, a good step in flourishing our #SingLit campaign. Would love to see more books like this in various languages.

 

 

 

Title: Pilgrimage
Author: Isa Kamari (translated by Harry Aveling)
Publisher: Ethos Books
Year of Publication: 2016

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There Are 23 Muslim-Controlled "No Go Zones" In Sweden: Plagued With Violence, Sexual Assaults And Gun Crimes

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:21

Though European leaders and their US-based counterparts have vehemently denied their existence, a leaked report from the Swedish police confirms that there are at least 23 Muslim-controlled “No-Go Zones” and some 60 “vulnerable areas” where non-muslim citizens of the country can no longer visit safely.

As noted in the RT video below, the areas are plagued with violence, sexual assaults and gun crimes, and things have gotten so bad that police and emergency services personnel refuse to enter.

…continue reading

 

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A Commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah's Essay on The Heart by Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:19
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A light and essential read on the heart which clearly explains the function and purpose of a heart and how we as Muslims are supposed to safeguard it. I think there are many books currently that address the purification of the heart and soul, but I personally enjoy this one where it heavily emphasizes the heart’s rights in relation to Allah and highlights plenty of verses from the Qur’an and Sunnah.

When one is attached to this world, its pleasures & pursuits, the attachment occupies a great portion of the heart, which was created to be attached to Allah. Hence, it distracts the person from the higher goals of attaining closeness to Allah, righteousness, & Paradise. This is why He warns us, saying:

“O you who believe! Do not let your riches or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And those who do so will be the losers.” (63:9) “The mutual competition for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things), until you visit the graves.” (102:1-2)

Though Muslims are certain of the fact that this world will perish, most of them have not internalised this reality & its implications in their hearts. They are instead preoccupied with their worldly desires & goals, not realizing the insignificance of this world.

The Prophet S.A.W once passed by a dead goat which had either very small or mutilated ears. The Prophet took it and asked his companions, “Which of you would like to have this for 1 dirham?” They said, “We don’t want it. What would we use it for?” He said, “Would you like to have it for free?” They replied, “Even if it were alive, we would find it defective, since it has small ears. What do you think now that it’s dead?” Allah’s Messenger then told them, “By Allah, the world is more insignificant to Allah than this dead goat is to you.” (Muslim). Realizing this would help us implement the Prophet S.A.W.’s statement: “Be in this world like a traveller or a wayfarer.”

 

 

 

Title: A Commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah’s Essay On the Heart
Author: Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Publisher: DCP
Year of Publication: 2014

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Ramadan Reminder #29

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:25

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Self-improvement without spirituality

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:22

The past couple of months I’ve been trying to build on my skills and confidence and to do so started a community project with a team of wonderful people. Over the course of the months I was definitely was able to improve my leading, managing, team working, public speaking skills. I also picked up a lot of valuable information on a cross section of industries on the way too. But fundamentally I found a network of, and made friends with some of the most intelligent, inspirational and supportive group of young people.

I came a long way in a short amount of time and it was all due to the encouragement of those around me. I was given the confidence to speak when I would rather hide, and trusted to lead when I was the kind of person to shirk responsibility because it scared me too much.

It was such a blessing to be able to improve myself. The skills I learnt and the confidence I gained can be used in all walks of life after all, and improve myself as a person and ultimately as a Muslim.

But despite having the best intentions and having amazing people in my life while doing all this self- improving and learning I didn’t feel at my absolute best. Each week I’d be inspired and feel anew again, after meeting and talking to my new friends and then eventually it was all the same.

What I was missing was a spiritual renewal. Day in, day out I was doing the same things and week in week out I was inspired and in awe of the intelligence and interests of these people but it was all secular. It lacked true purpose and focus and was not as much food for the soul as I thought.

There is a reason why we need good Muslim friends. They are the ones who should be reminding us of Allah and his messenger (saw).  If the people we spend the most time with don’t remind us of Allah, and we don’t make time to be with God loving and God fearing people we will truly lose our way. Picking up knowledge and skills on maths, science, humanities, being great artists  – aiming to be the best you can be in your field, even with the best of intentions – to help family, to help the community, to help the ummah! When there’s a subtle lack of practiced Islam in the equation there’s only so much happiness even the success of these goals will bring. On the day you meet your goal you may be ecstatic, but then there will still feel something is missing…at least I did. And I saw myself slipping in areas I never thought I would.

Going back to the Quran and sunnah again and again, even and especially when you’re proud of how well you’re doing in certain areas of your life is so important. Having and listening to the people who try to remind you of Allah and His deen is invaluable.

Improving your skills and gaining work experience of any kind should always contribute to making  you  a better person and therefore a better Muslim. But when you don’t practice the deen enough and on top of that you don’t have or you don’t listen to people reminding you of the deen you will feel in your heart and soul. I guess this is one reason activists are told to not take the spiritual side of things out of it. To not follow certain thoughts and ideologies in an attempt to “improve” the lives of people, in an attempt to give people their rights and stop them being oppressed and subjugated. For, it is Islam that gives us barakah, dignity and respect, and it is through our practice of Islam on a personal and public level that will bring us success.

Disclaimer: I’m tired, ate too much oily food at iftar and I do think I could have probably wrote this better but hopefully all 5 of you who actually read this will get what I’m getting at.

 

 

 

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The Last Ten Days of Ramadan Session 5 - Laila Nasheeba

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:14

Lecture speaks of how to keep what was gained this month in personal growth for the entire year. PowerPoint: http://sunnahfollowers.net/ppt/Tawheed/Ramadan/RamadanEnd1/img0.html

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Ramadan Reminder #28

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:03

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Ramadan Reminder #27

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:03

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Revealed: The Name of the Jewish Messiah

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:00

Shabbat Shalom, Friends!

In the Tanakh, every name has a meaning and the meaning relates to a specific action or event that happened to this person, for example Moshe was given this name as he was pulled out of the river (Exodus 2:10). At certain times, a person’s given name was either changed to reflect their current status or purpose in life for example Avram was changed to Avraham (Genesis 17:5) or the given Hebrew name was changed to a foreign name based on their place of residency, but later their original Hebrew name was revealed again for example Yosef, son of Israel sold into slavery by Judah and his brothers. During this time, Yosef as a slave suffered and was even imprisoned, but later, he oversaw the affairs of Egypt. Later Yosef revealed his real name to his brother Judah, and all his brothers again (Genesis, 41:45 & Genesis 45).

The same trend applies to ADONAI, when in ancient times, ADONAI gave His Name as EL SHADDAI (אֵל שַׁדָּי) to Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov/ Israel. However, in Exodus 6:3 ADONAI revealed His Name to Moshe as YUD HEY VAV HEY (YHVH /יְהוָ֔ה).

So, what does this have to do with the Messiah’s name and identity? Well, throughout the Tanakh, starting with Moshe, the Prophets and King David, they all sang songs and prophesied about the word “ Yeshuah”/ ישׁוּעָה, the hebrew word for salvation:

  • In Exodus 15:2: Moshe sang that “God is my Salvation”

 ב  עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ, וַיְהִי-לִי  {ר}  לִישׁוּעָה;

  • In Isaiah 12:2, this prophet prophesied “for see! God is my salvation” הִנֵּה אֵל יְשׁוּעָתִי אֶבְטַח
  • In Psalm 62:2 King David sangs “ADONAI is my light and salvation He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken”.

 ב  אַךְ אֶל-אֱלֹהִים, דּוּמִיָּה נַפְשִׁי;    מִמֶּנּוּ, יְשׁוּעָתִי.

  • In Psalm 118:21 “I am thanking you because you answered me; you
    became my salvation”  אוֹדְךָ, כִּי עֲנִיתָנִי;    וַתְּהִי-לִי, לִישׁוּעָה.

Can you see the name Yeshua / ישׁוּעָ contained these verses? You could say this is all coincidence, however we know that the Messiah, the anointed one will bring about ADONAIS salvation / ישׁוּעָה and read in context with the Branch as explained below, the picture will be clearer that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah:

Connected to this word Salvation /  ישׁוּעָה, thousands of years ago, Moshe prophesied that a Prophet will raise up just like him and we should place our trust in Him.(Deuteronomy 18:18). The Prophets made a connection ,as revealed by ADONAI, between this coming Prophet and a Branch that “will emerge from the trunk of Yishai”(the root of Yishai), father of King David (Isaiah 11 and Jeremiah 33:15: ADONAI  will cause to spring up for David, a branch of righteousness.) In Zechariah 6:11-12 the Branch / Sprout (Tzemach / צֶמַח) would sprout up and rebuild the temple. This “Branch” will be the future King of Israel, a descendant of David, the Prophet as referred to my Moshe and Messiah of Israel.

Further, what is interesting is that in Zechariah 3:8 the cohen gadol named Y’hoshua (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) and his colleagues were seen as being the Branch: “these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח.” Later the name “Y,hoshua” was changed to “Yeshua” יֵשׁ֨וּעַ in Ezra- Nehemiah period (Ezra 3:8). The New Testament started a couple of hundred years later. This means that in the name Y’hoshua / Yeshua is linked to being the Branch / Sprout / Tzemach/ צֶמַח from the tribe of Judah, King of Israel and furthermore, will bring about ADONAI’s Salvation / Yeshuah /  ישׁוּעָה, thus ADONAI is Yeshua – all revealed in the Tanakh.

Now, some thoughts on the translation of the name Yeshua into greek:

We know that the Jewish Messiah was born with the Hebrew name Yeshua /  ישׁוּעָ , in the area of the Tribe of Judah, in the Land of Israel little over 2000 years ago. As the Brit Chadasha was mainly written in Greek, Yeshua was changed to “Jesus”. However, His original Hebrew name is again being revealed to Israel and the nations now. (In the State of Israel, ordinary Israelis don’t necessarily know or use the name “Yeshua”. The reason being that His name appears as a cursed name in the Talmud and the Rabbis have been using this cursed name for last 1500 years to stop Jews from believing in Yeshua as Messiah of Israel).

This change and revelation of the Messiah’s name as Yeshua is similar to that of the story of Yosef (which contains a messianic message even in Orthodox Judaism).

Whether, you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or “Jesus” is your choice, however consider the following: Firstly, the name “Jesus” also apparently appears in the religion of Islam and in the quran (or at least in theory). In this man-made religion, this “Jesus” character is seen as an islamic prophet and they give all kinds of misquotes from the Brit Chadasha why this islamic prophet isn’t the Son of God. The problem is that groups and congregations, who only believe in “Jesus” but follow replacement doctrines ( i.e rejection of Torah, Shabbat,  the importance of the Land of Israel, the Jews etc) might fall for the deception and lies that this man-made religion of Islam is spreading. These groups and congregations will continue to believe in a “Jesus” figure but now subject to the quran and sharia laws. (Apologies, this isn’t politically correct, it’s just truth.)

Secondly, in 2017, do we refer to Yosef, Son of Israel by his Hebrew name or by his foreign name Tzafnat-Pa’neach? Probably, 99.8% of people use his Hebrew name and the other 0.2% are researching the name Tzafnat-Pa’neach, which is why they use this name. So, shouldn’t the same principle apply to Yeshua? Should we use His real name?

Finally, the Name “Yeshua” means salvation and is found thought out the Tanakh and the Brit Chadasha ( if you read the “Complete Jewish Bible” version of the Bible). This Name has prophetic meaning and is full of history as seen in the above-mentioned paragraphs; and the Name connects Jews and Gentiles to the Jewishness of our faith.

IMPORTANT: if you want to refer to the Messiah’s name as Yeshua or “Jesus” is your choice. However, if interested, next time you pray, why not end your prayer “in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah / Yeshua Mashiach. In Hebrew, you would say “b’ Shem Yeshua Mashiach”.

I hope you have a peaceful Shabbat. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, protection of believers and Israel!

 

 

 

 

 

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Bomber planning attack on Mecca's Grand Mosque blows himself up after plot foiled

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:59

DUBAI, June 23 (Reuters) – Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said.

In a statement read on state television, the ministry said that three cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the mosque as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan nears its climax.

The trapped would-be suicide bomber exchanged fire with the security forces, then set off explosives when he was surrounded in a house in the central Mecca neighborhood of Ajyad al-Masafi near the mosque that had been used as the base for the attack, the ministry said.

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The building collapsed, injuring six foreigners and five members of the security forces.

Earlier in the day, security forces had shot dead a wanted man at another suspected Islamist militant hideout in Mecca‘s al-Aseelah neighborhood. The ministry also said a third cell had been broken up in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, but gave no further details.

Five suspected militants including a woman were arrested, it said.

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The month of fasting ends with the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, expected to be on Sunday. Saudi monarchs usually spend the last 10 days of Ramadan in Mecca.

Al Arabiya broadcast live footage of Muslim worshippers praying in the mosque, with no interruption.

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It was not immediately clear who was behind the plot to attack the mosque, but the Islamic State group, which wants to establish a theocratic caliphate ruled according to strict Islamic law, had in the past carried out attacks in the kingdom.

In May last year, Saudi security forces shot dead two alleged Islamic State fighters outside Mecca, and two others blew themselves up outside Mecca.

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Saudi Security Forces Foil Attack On Grand Mosque In Mecca: Al Arabiya TV

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:56
Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in Mecca on Friday and arrested several others. The gun
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