For Dr Chris Allen in response to this
One looked upon the walls the ignorant and desperate had built.
The wall itself was building
Words upon words
Shouting, cursing, gossiping, sneering, and laughing
Hate and greed and profiteering from propaganda, lies and spin…
His companion then spoke gently
To finally bring the truth in:
“Assault [prejudice] at the (proper) Gate: when once ye are in, victory will be yours; but on God put your trust if ye have faith.”
A clarion call.
And the walls came down, a-tumbling.
Meaning is everything. If you’re not getting is right, you’re getting it wrong
A typo, or typographical error, is a fairly commonplace thing and an inherent danger of the printed word. Historically such errors have at times produced catastrophic and very costly results. The lack of a hyphen in some computer coding cost NASA hundreds of millions of dollars in an aborted rocket launch and there are many more such examples. But by far the worst and most deadly typo in history is that of the Mardin fatwa written originally by Ibn Taymiyya (d 1328) who was from the Mardin area of Turkey at the time of the Mongol invasion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Taymiyyah
To scholars and students of this subject, this fatwa problem is well known, but for many who are not familiar with the subject, it is worth revisiting here as the fatwa is suddenly of immense topicality. The text was, and is still used by many militant terroristic groups to support and justify their killings of countless numbers of innocent…
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“And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.” (Qur’an 5:48)
So we should not waste our time with selfishness – but vie with one another to “race to [all that is] good” for the sake of high Truth/high Love/high Peace/high Justice/God (for in reality they are One and the same).
“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it [on the Judgement Day],
And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it [on the Judgement Day].” (Qur’an 99: 7-8)
“The rules for having a productive and insightful conversation across religious and cultural lines are not all that different than the rules for having meaningful interpersonal relationships.”1
I stand on one side of the space
– This “great divide” –
From the other, where stand you…
I, a part of my culture,
You a part of yours.
You see how representing our own we only ever appear
Apart. Continue reading
This is narrated by the wonderful Mufti Menk. His positive attitude is heart-warming.
Our challenge: FIRST: We must understand and relay the TRUTH. Continue reading
I’ve been away (from blogging) for a few weeks and haven’t closely followed the Woolwich incident. I’ve posted this video by Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley to demonstrate the general flavour of British Muslim sentiment from an ‘indigenous’ English Muslim revert.
I’ve only read one initial story and saw clips of the murderer with blood on his hands.
Condolences to the family of Lee Rigby. 😦 Thoughts and prayers are with them.
In terms of meting out justice this way – well, this is revenge – not justice. And two wrongs don’t make a right! And a murderer is a murderer. (Everyone knows that the term ‘terrorist’ is an ideological word used to justify ‘wars’ against ‘terrorism’.) The criminals should be trialled like criminals in the usual way, I guess.
I’m assuming from what little I’ve gleaned from mainstream media that this story is (more-or-less) true… And since all mainstream media reports on ‘terror’ tend to be spin with some other objective, I’ve recently not tended to rely on its presentation of facts as though it were the gospel truth. I will do my best, however, to give the benefit of the doubt and assume unlike the Boston Bombing incident there is no weird, messy involvement of secret services in this story (i.e. evidence of secret services talking with the suspects prior to the crime etc). Because if there is, this will render the whole news story problematic, right?
Finally, we should all be outraged at the murder of innocents wherever they are in the world – whether in the UK or in Palestine!