The Post-Revelatory Age and its Discontents…

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1. The End of the Revelatory Age

There is an account that tells us how the Companions of the Prophet (s), Abu Bakr and Umar (r), visited a woman who was crying after the Prophet (s) had died.  After trying to console her by saying the Prophet (s) was in the better place in the Afterlife than this worldly life, she explained that with his death, that sublime link to God that our Prophet (s) was graced with (vis-a-vis revelation – a portal of communication from the divine) – had now ceased – forever – in our mortal life-times. On hearing this, both Abu Bakr and Umar (r), realising the significance of her words, joined her in a flood of tears.1

But wait! When we hear of this account, we believe we too understand the significance of her words. We assume – ‘Yes I got it! I understand. This account is simply relaying how where once God spoke to the Prophet and thereby to the Companions of the Prophet, at the time – and so indirectly to us… well, now, that is no longer the case.’

Hmm…

Yes? No? This explanation actually adds nothing to the sheer magnitude of what had just happened. Think for a moment… Continue reading

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The ‘Informed’ and ‘Expert’ Way of Writing Islamophobically about Islam

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A great quote from David Rosser Owen‘s Facebook page:

I think I ought to start my own “Atlas Shrugs”-type website, dedicated to exposing Russia, its literature, history, and religion.

I’m as well qualified as Ms Geller. I don’t have any Russian to speak of, and what little I had I’ve largely forgotten. But, and here’s the cruncher, I read a bad English translation (from a French translation) by Clara Bell of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy’s “Voyna i Mir” (War and Peace) back in the 1960s, and I saw one or two episodes of the BBC TV series “War and Peace” (Anthony Hopkins as Pierre) in the early 1970s.

So, like all those people who have no Arabic and have never really read the Quran and hence their ability to tell the world about Islam and Muslims, I’m eminently qualified to pontificate about Lt Col Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin KGB (retd), the Russian Orthodox Church, Russian attitudes to the Far East and Eastern Europe, and late 19th Century Russian literature about the Napoleonic War.

It should be a bust. All sorts of people who also know bugger all about Russia will be quoting me. I’ll become the main source of knowledge about Russia for the members of various British political parties. I might even get the French to expel all Russians and people with Russian surnames,… and ban the wearing of the ushanka.

I’ll be famous.

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A solution

ModWestMuse:

Finally at Camp David a solution is found:

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Incredible New Manuscript Discovery Attests to the Preservation of the Qur’an.

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For those (religionists/non-religionists) interested in Truth – please consider and process the implication that only one of the revealed holy books that we possess currently has been (secularly/historically) verified to be entirely consistent with the one given to its respective Prophet: The Old Testament, the New Testament or the Qur’an?

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“Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.” [Qur'an, chapter 15, verse 9]

God Almighty blessed His final revelation, the Qur’an, with something that was not bestowed on any of the prior Scriptures, by promising to protect and preserve it from any corruption. You might be wondering, how can such a bold claim be true in light of what we know about the consistent and unfailing corruption of previous religious Scriptures throughout history?

Muslims today have no doubt about the perfect preservation of the Qur’an. The primary means of preserving the Qur’an has, and always will be, through memorisation. We have an oral tradition of memorisation spanning nearly 1,500 years that has seen the Qur’an being passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken chain going all the way back to Prophet Muhammad himself, peace be upon him. You can read…

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Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

 

“… The spread of Islam also was a breakthrough for capitalism and globalization. This is hardly surprising, considering Islam is the only world religion whose founder had a background in business and came from a long line of merchants…” Read more of Benedict Koehler article on ‘Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism”, here.

This lecture, given by the historian and former banker, Benedikt Koehler, actually begins from 7:00.

Controversial? No. Not really. Although it depends on what we mean by ‘Capitalism’. I’d remind the reader that ‘Interest’ (Usury) and ‘exploitation’ is strictly forbidden in Islam, so if you’re able to conceive of a capitalism without this, you might be closer to the genius of the Prophet’s revealed way… Continue reading

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‘Islamo-Fascist’ States Only Exist in a Modern (Muslim and Non Muslim) State of Mind

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Was the Prophet’s Madinan ‘State’ (the first Islamic ‘State’), which is frequently hailed as the model, the ‘ideal state’ for devout practitioners of Islam (practicing Muslims), an Islamo-Fascist State?

No.

Please click here to see why the first Islamic State was not even a ‘State’ as we understand it.

So in terms of all those modern Muslim nation-states we have nowadays, where does the appellation ‘Fascist’ come from?

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The First Islamic State was NOT a ‘State’

Did a ‘State’ as we understand ‘State’ even exist in the first Islamic ‘State’?

No.

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WHAT?

O.K., let’s begin again.

Dr Khalid Blankinship wrote an article called ‘The History of the Caliphate‘. In this, he was actually responding to a question about whether the khilâfah (Caliphate) had a continuous existence till the office was terminated by the newly founded, modern, secular state of Turkey (1342 AH/1924 CE).
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Can you spot the difference between Propaganda and Public Information? [Media 1 of 6]

 

How can we tell the difference between Public Information and Propaganda? With the increased use of social media, how are politicians using Facebook and Twitter to influence you in this techno-savvy age? The importance of the answer is all to do with our awareness (or lack thereof) of the manipulations by the state, for instance, to ‘get into’ (that is to say, ‘to influence’, ‘to control’) our minds. Does this not bother you?

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The Old ‘Punishment for Apostasy is Death’ Chestnut

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It is easy to watch the above video for just 23 seconds (to hear that in Islam, apostasy means death) then stop, pack our bags, go home with our understanding that Islam is a wicked religion and have our prejudice against Islam, confirmed.

If we continue to watch after 23 seconds, suddenly we realise there is a bit more to understand.

This is Assim Al-Hakeem and in summary, the content of his talk after 23 seconds is as follows:

1. Not anyone can mete out the judgment for apostasy.

2. The ‘procedure’ must be understood first.

3. He gives an example: If a random person says ‘I don’t believe anymore’, can we kill him? No.

4. The ‘Procedure’ = i) check that the condition has been fulfilled; ii) check that the criteria can be made to NOT apply to this person [as a fail-safe].

5. How is the ‘Procedure’ performed? a) a panel of Muslim judges/scholars to question the person, first, to try and persuade them out of apostasy; b) if he still insists to apostatise, the verdict is given ONLY by the Muslim ruler (the ‘Imam’, meaning ‘leader’ – not ‘Imam’, meaning ‘the normal guy that leads the prayer’); c) then the Muslim ruler must make a decision.

6. Al-Hakeem then gives random, modern anecdotes of people applying and meting out judgements against perceived-apostates on a day-to-day level. This is blatantly wrong. The doer of that action could end up in hell! Because the layman does not have the right to issue takfir (identify and confirm in a legal sense that a person is a kaffir (‘The one that covers the Truth’/  ‘unbeliever’/ ‘disbeliever’).

7. Never do anything without knowledge. One must be really careful when dealing with these things.

Now, there is something very important that is not noted in this video. Check out the next link to contextualise the issue: Continue reading

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The Killings of Tony Blair

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“Some people make a living, others make a killing” – an exclusive new documentary on Tony Blair which will break unexplored ground.

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Watch George Galloway’s MUST-WATCH Promo TRAILER, here, which includes updates in the form of text and videos.

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The film will chart three killings of Tony Blair:

1. His killing of the Labour Party;

2. His killing of more than a million people in Iraq and Afghanistan;

3. His financial killing – the money he’s making from it all!

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The enterprise is hoped to be the first step to try Tony Blair for War Crimes at the Hague. Continue reading

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