Monthly Archives: December 2012

Seeking a True Civilisation

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True Civilisation

You always knew it would dawn.

It daylighted many-a-time, and

Once supremely so,

Across the known world,

Like how supernovae, new stars wake.

It quickens the heart,

Can brighten all again:

A civilisation based upon the very Real,

Radiant,

Most Sublime,

Is sought,

Is needed – now – as ever

To sublimate

The cultural psychoses

Cancer’d by modernities’ manufacture,

Invading innovations, progressively regressive,

With pretensions to God’s throne –

Oh how man you fractured man!

All too human!

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The Triumph of Truth

“Truth is come, and falsehood is vanished, and shall not return any more.” Sura 34, ‘Saba’, Koran

Abdullah
The thrones of time shall pass away,
As Egypt, Babylon, and Tyre;
Earth’s mighty cities all decay,
And kings and conquerors expire;
But Truth shall, in eternal bloom,
Survive, though unbelievers rage,
Shall see foul error meet its doom,
And flourish through eternal age.

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The Sun may cease to pour forth light,
And lost may be moon’s silv’ry ray,
The stars expire in endless night,
Vanish the planets all away,
But Truth shall raise her peerless head
Above the ruins of them all;
And smile, when time and tide are fled,
Before the Truth falsehood shall fall.

***
Exultant then shall be the cry
O’er errors throne, prostrate in dust,
And Muslims see that Good, Most High,
In whom they always put their trust,
Bid Truth commence its endless reign,
Falsehood vanquish’d and triumph’d o’er,
The “True direction” made most plain,
And error to return no more.

by Abdullah Quilliam

Other written works can be found here.
Originally published in The Islamic World, January 1895

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Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus

This is the Muslim, spoken-word version.

This was originally posted by talkislam. I have inserted the initial blurb from their ‘About’ section:

“A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. This is not an attack upon Christians, so please don’t take this as offensive, it’s just a means of education and let people know what Jesus was truly sent with. Jesus is a Prophet of Islam, yet a God of Christianity. In Islam God is all Powerful, But in Christianity God was overpowered and crucified on the cross, how can the Almighty God be overpowered, these are just examples for people to think about, we are not forcing you to believe, just ponder and question. The Quran is the final testament, Muhammad is the final Messenger. Islam is the final religion, so no I dont Hate Islam. One God, One God only, He does not beget nor was he begotten, He is the GREATEST. And has no partners. (Holy Quran Ch 112)

Facebook: talkislam

Twitter: #spokenwordmuslim

The following is a video response to bball1989’s video ‘Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus – Spoken Word’.”

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Dawkins on Religion

This was a very interesting discussion.

In brief, Mehdi Hasan explains that “in trying to disparage faith, Dawkins and his allies constantly confuse evidence with proof; those of us who believe in God do so without proof but not without evidence.” (Emphasis added – mine.)

This is an important point. The Qur’an constantly asks us to ‘reflect’, to use our ‘reason’, to look at nature, for instance, and see or recognise the clear ‘signs’ or ‘evidences’ for God. Why the sense of mystery? Or the sense of ‘seeking God’? Well that’s precisely because of a certain conception of life that this religion, Islam, takes – as opposed to an Atheist’s conception. Islam sees life as a sojourn, journey and a test, whereas Atheism doesn’t, necessarily. This conception will undoubtedly steer one’s perspective prior to any ‘debate’ to very different directions. That’s the first thing to mention.

Dawkins on Religion

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From Hate to Hope

This comes from The Prophetic Timeline website.

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The Voyage of a Scholar

On the day that paper clips and files

And memos snowed upon a city

I opened an unfamiliar book

To see what had brought that storm

Each night I brushed back dreams

By turning pages of profundity

To learn what had placed death

In the eyes of passport photos

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Tariq Ramadan’s Speech on ‘Faith in Politics’

Watch Tariq Ramadan’s speech on ‘Faith in Politics’.

There are some very important topics raised. Ramadan’s points have been generally paraphrased. Sub-headings have been inserted for easy reference and our own occasional commentary has been added also.

Starting points – 3 things:

Faith, Politics and the Psychological Factor

  1. When trying to address the relationship between faith and politics, Muslims must first ‘deal with’ what he calls a “psychological problem”.

a)    A defensive attitude when we feel we have to ‘knee-jerk’ a reaction/response to ‘the West’ since (we feel) the “dominant discourse is a secular discourse” as defined by the West. Muslims (inevitably) respond in 2 ways – both responses are wrong:

b)    Either by (uncritically) accepting and parroting the dominant secular discourse, or

c)    By doing the exact opposite (i.e. reject everything in toto).

Ramadan’s advice is:

“The first liberation on this is an intellectual liberation to say we are not now responding to something which is the ‘dominant discourse’ but trying to challenge from within a tradition, from within a specific history, and from within references, a framework, telling us in which way we have to deal with our reference, our principles and our objectives.” (3.26 – 3.55)

MODWESTMUSE: Very good point. Question: why must this be the first liberation? That is to say, upon what basis must we conceive of challenging this discourse in the manner Ramadan articulates? Perhaps either response b) or c) is more appropriate. Indeed, though this may be deemed ‘defensive’ perhaps that’s because Muslims are being ‘attacked’ (intellectually as well as militarily). To neglect this is to capitulate? Perhaps a way of justifying Ramadan’s perspective is to say there is a scale of responses we may take: from acting ‘defensively’ to ‘assertively’ to ‘offensively’. I guess being ‘defensive’ and ‘offensive’ is wrong as they are (extreme) emotion-based reactions. Being ‘assertive’ is the best course, being more rationally based. Perhaps Ramadan is merely opening up a way to think assertively.

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