You raised the following issues (See last post). I’ve tried to address some of them (here) below each of your main concerns:
1. With reference to IS (ISIS) and their ilk: “The crazy brigade are growing, and they’re getting crazier.” And “this whole thing is wrong.” And “Personally, I find it quite frightening.” And “I don’t know what the answer is, but these are worrying times imo.”
Although we should try and not be afraid /worried (which, I know, might be tricky) but instead we should try and understand things deeper (as you’re attempting, as am I) in order to be a source of healing (Godwilling) in these troubled times. (Note to self:) Small steps… Patience. Perseverance. Don’t stop… Keep going…
2. “I read newspapers, and watch the news“
The majority of newspapers and TV news is part of the mainstream media, which has no interest in Muslims doing “everyday good-deeds” because such news will not sell papers. Sorry. Reality-check. Continue reading
This was a discussion that took place on Facebook. I’m sharing it here to spread the positive sides of the debate, inshallah. Please note, Darryl is an ol’ friend of mine from school that I’ve reconnected with via Facebook:
Darryl: Not sure how I feel about this, because I agree with a lot of what the dj says. The older I get, the more I think religion has no place in a civilised society. Arif, any thoughts?
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.
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.’
Yes? No? This explanation actually adds nothing to the sheer magnitude of what had just happened. Think for a moment… Continue reading
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.
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?
Originally posted on Many Prophets, One Message:
“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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“… 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
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?
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?
Did a ‘State’ as we understand ‘State’ even exist in the first Islamic ‘State’?
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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).
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?