THE ‘MYSTICAL’ PATH OF THE SATANISTS

Mujlisul Ulama

Tasawwuf  or  Sufi’ism  is  an  integral  constituent  of  Islam. Tasawwuf  which  has  been  erroneously  described  as ‘mysticism’,  is  the  product  of  the  Qur’aan  and  Sunnah. Tasawwuf  is  completely  subservient  to  the  Shariah.  Any  brand of  sufi’ism/tasawwuf  which  is  in  conflict  with  the  Shariah  is  Satanism. 

Elaborating  this  subject,  Hadhrat  Sayyid  Abdul  Qaadir  Jilaani  (rahmatullah  alayh)  classified  these  Satanists  into several classes.

1)  Hulooliyyah   or  the  Incarnationists:  They  believe  that it  is lawful  to  stare  at  a  woman  or  a  man  whether  they  happen  to  be wives  or  husbands,  daughters  or  sisters,  etc. They  intermingle and dance  together.

2)  Haaliyyah:  They  claim  to  be  in  ecstasy.  They  are  entranced  by  singing,  jumping,  shouting  and  clapping  hands. They  believe  that  their  sheikhs  are  above  the  laws  of  the Shariah

3)  Auliya-iyyah:  They  claim  to  have  achieved  divine proximity  of  the  loftiest  stage,  hence  all  the  injunctions  of  the Shariah  are  not  applicable  to  them.  They  also  claim  that  a  wali has  a  higher  status  than  a  Nabi.  They  believe  that  while knowledge  came  to    Rasulullah  (sallallahu  alayhi  wasallam) via  Jibraeel  (alayhis  salaam),  it  comes  to  the  wali  directly  from Allah Ta’ala.

4)  Shamuraaniyyah:  These  heretics  believe  that  the  world  is eternal.  It  never  had  a  beginning  nor  will  it  ever  end.  They  consider  themselves  above  the  ahkaam  of  the  Shariah  which  they  believe  do  not  apply  to  them.  There  is  nothing  such  as  haraam  and  halaal  in  their  belief  concept.  Musical  instruments  are  used  in  their  so-called  religious  rituals.  They  do  not differentiate  between  man  and  woman  regarding  them  to  be  the  same.

5)  Hubbiyah:  They  believe  that  when  a  person  attains  the stage  of  ‘love’,  they  are  freed  from  the  obligations  of  the Shariah.  They  also  believe  in  nudism.  They  expose  their private  parts.

6)  Huriyyah:  They  seek  to  gain  ecstatic  experiences  by  means of  shouting,  singing  and  clapping  hands.  They  claim  to  having  sexual  relations  with  the  houris  of  Jannat.

7)  Mutakaasiliyyah:  Laziness  is  a  cardinal  article  of  their  faith.  They  beg  from  door  to  door  for  their  sustenance.  While  they  rot  in  their  laziness  they  claim  that  this  is  renunciation  of  the world.

8)  Mutajaahiliyyah:  They  deliberately  feign  ignorance,  dress immodestly  and  emulate  non-believers  (They  resemble  the  modernists  of  our  age.  –  The  Majlis)

9)  Waafiqiyyah:  They  claim  that  no  one  can  understand  and know  Allah  Ta’ala,  hence  they  deliberately  abandon  the  Shariah  on  the  basis  of  this corrupt  assumption.

10)  Ilhaamiyyah:  They  believe  in  ilhaam  (inspiration). Thus  they  abandon  knowledge  and  forbid  its  acquisition.  They believe  that  the  Qur’aan  is  a  barrier  for  them.  Poetry  and  music are  their  Qur’aan.  (On  the  occasion  when  Allah  Ta’ala expelled  Iblees  from  the  heavens,  he  supplicated  for  a ‘qur’aan’.  Granting  his  supplication,  Allah  Ta’ala  informed  him that  his ‘qur’aan  will  be  poetry   and singing.  This  group  of  Satanists  follow  him  in  this  aspect.  They  receive  their  ‘ilhaam’ (inspiration) from shaitaan. – The Majlis)

Besides  these  sects  of  Satanists,  there  were  many  others  as  well  such  as  the  Qalandaris  (wandering  beggars),  Haydaris (those  who  pretend  to  be  heroes)  and  Adhamis  (those  who  fraudulently  pretend  to  follow  Hadhrat  Ibraahim  Adham’s  path  of  renunciation. He  had  abandoned  the  throne of  Balkh).

A  very  prominent  sect  of  Satanists  in  our  era  is  the  Qabar  Pujaari  sect.  They  worship  the  graves  of  dead  saints  and  claim  to  ascend  to  lofty  spiritual  stages  via  the  avenue  of  ecstasy  while  in  reality  their  ‘ecstasy’  is   nothing  but  pure  hallucination,  the  product  of  smoking  dagga  (hashish)  and  opium.  Their  headquarters  are  always  located  at  the  graves  of  Auliya  which  they  have  converted  into  haunts  of  shirk  and kufr.

Hadhrat  Abdul  Qaadir  Jilaani  (rahmatullah  alayh)  states  in his  kitaab,  Sirrul  Asraar  that  there  are  two  signs  of  the  people of  Truth  who  follow  the  Sunnah  of  Rasulullah  (sallallahu alayhi  wasallam).  One  sign  is  zaahir  (external).  They  follow  the  ahkaam  of  the  Shariah  meticulously.  They  are  firmly fettered  to  the  Shariah.  The  other  sign  is  baatin  (internal  spiritual).  They  follow  the  Akhlaaq-e-Hasanah  (Beautiful Moral  Character)  of  Rasulullah  (sallallahu  alayhi  wasallam). Thus,  they  are  firmly  anchored  to  the  Shariah  and  the  Sunnah. And,  this  is  the  Naaji  group  –  the  only   group  of  the  73  sects, which  will  attain  salvation in  the  Aakhirah.

Warning  Muslims  of  the  Satanist  trap  of  deception,  Hadhrat  Sayyid  Abdul  Qaadir  Jilaani  (rahmatullah  alayh)  says  in  his  kitaab:  “Beware, O  Traveller  in  search  of  the  Truth!  Beware of the  blind  leading  the  blind. Your  sight  should  become  so  fine  to enable  you  to  distinguish  between  the  slightest  particle  of  good  and  evil.”

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The Killing Of Umm Qirfa and the False Propaganda of a Christian Liar

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The moron (in the pic) has cut the context and tried to portray the early Muslims as ‘thugs’, this is the typical ‘art of deceiving’ the Anti-Islam morons apply to deceive unwary masses and create in their hearts the hatred aginst Islam. Here we will rebut his falsehood and expose his lie on this issue with solid proofs.

A brother has answered this nonsense propaganda in a detailed manner:

The way the story of killing of Umm Qirfa is presented by anti-Islamic polemicists is a perfect example of how they twist the facts.

The twisted story:

They (the Islam-haters like the one in the pic – islamreigns) give an impression as if she was a noble lady of great character and Muslims for no valid reason attacked her tribe and her killing in that specific manner, of tying her legs to two camels and driving them away and thus tearing her apart, was carried out on by the command of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) himself. They also allege that her head was brought to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and he ordered it to be paraded in Medina. Then they try to make an issue about her daughter who was taken as a prisoner and later gave birth to a child of Hazn bin Abu Wahb. They tend to convey as if she was raped. Indeed nothing can be far from truth then this.

Some issues with the narration:

First of all let me say that there is some confusion as to when was Umm Qirfa killed and who lead the campaign against her violent tribe. According to Baihiqi’s Sunan al-Kubra 8/204 and Sunan Darqutni (H.3249) she was killed during the caliphate of Abu Bakr (RA) while most of the books on Sirah (life and times of the Holy Prophet PBUH) put it somewhere in 6th year A.H. Further according to Sahih Muslim (H.3299) Abu Bakr (RA) led the campaign during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). But accounts in the books of Sirah give the notion as if Zaid bin Harith (RA) was the leader. Polemicists, mostly Christians, generally refer to the books of Sirah so we shall reply considering those particular narrations.

5- Further we learn that Umm Qirfa in her capacity of being the tribal leader plotted to harm the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in person (Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtum p.457). In Sirat Halabiyya it is stated that;

“Zaid bin Harith ordered the killing of Umm Qirfa for she used to revile the Prophet, on whom be peace and blessings of Allah, and because she had prepared thirty riders from amongst her children and grand children and had asked them to attack Medina and kill Muhammad (PBUH).” (Sirat Halabaiyya 3/251)

Facts and the Lies!

Now this clarifies certain points.

1- It was the Tribe of Fazara, which was headed by Umm Qirfa, who first attacked Muslims who were merely on trading journey.

2- They killed Muslims and took their merchandise.

3- Muslims made a counter attack to punish the trigger-happy tribe.

4- There is no authentic report whether Holy Prophet (PBUH) ordered her killing specifically. Infact it was Zaid bin Harith (RA) who ordered her killing as she was, being the leader of the tribe, responsible for all that happened. And we just read Zaid himself had seen their aggression and merely survived it.

5- Her killing was perfectly justified as she led her tribe to commit violence against Muslims. She was no innocent a woman and was rather a hostile enemy.

6- The manner she was killed was not ordained by the Prophet (PBUH) but was carried on by the people who had undergone the terror practiced by her men. It was a reaction by such people; nevertheless it goes against the mannerism taught by Islam. And though such a behavior is deplorable, it is Umm Qirfa herself who is to be held responsible for such a reaction.

7- No authentic report makes any mention of her head being brought to the Prophet (PBUH) and then paraded in the streets of Medina. This is a myth and a lie! The books these slanderers produce as a reference are no authority as they are not written by trustworthy people and no authentic report in any of the classical books gives even a hint to such a happening.

The Daughter of Umm Qirfa:

8- Now coming to the daughter of Umm Qirfa. There are two reports and these liars refer to both of them. According to Sahih Muslim, she was given to Salama bin al-Akwa’ and then Holy Prophet (PBUH) took her from Salama and she was given as a ransom for Muslim captives in Makkah. While according to Sirat Ibn Hisham etc she was taken from Salama and then given to Hazn bin Abu Wahb and later bore him a son, Abdul Rahman.

9. She was not raped: According to Sahih Muslim she was first given to Salama (RA) and he himself reports:

“…we arrived in Medina. I had not yet disrobed her when the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) met me in the street and said: ‘Give me that girl, O Salama!’ I said: ‘Messenger of Allah, she has fascinated me. I had not yet disrobed her.’ The next day, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) again met me in the street, he said: ‘O Salama, give me that girl, May God bless your father.’ I said: ‘She is for you. Messenger of Allah! By Allah! I have not yet disrobed her.’ The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sent her to the people of Makkah, and surrendered her as ransom for a number of Muslims who had been kept as prisoners at Makkah.” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 3299)

Now one can observe that Salama (RA) said that he had not disrobed her when they reached Medina and again when the Holy Prophet (PBUH) met him in the street he told that he had not disrobed her. And even the next day, after the night having passed, when he was again asked for the girl, he testified that he had yet not disrobed her though she fascinated him.

This is enough proof that Salama didn’t forcefully lay with her as it was against the teachings of Islam. Islam does not allow a man to forcefully have sexual intercourse with his slave woman, otherwise no could stop Salama from sleeping with a slave girl who fascinated him. And if she later gave birth bore Hazn bin Abu Wahb (RA) a son then it must have been by her own consent. We have seen the conduct of pious companion Salama (RA) and there is no reason to say that another pious companion Hazn (RA) would have violated the Islamic injunction and forced the daughter of Umm Qirfa into the intimate relation.

LET ME TURN THE TABLES NOW!

Indiscriminate killing of women and children:

“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” (1 Samuel 15:3)

Agreed that the Amalekites were accused of being violent to the Israel on their way out of Egypt but did Fazara, the tribe lead by Umm Qirfa, not do the same to Muslims who were merely on trading journey? But still there is difference. Muslims killed only those who fought and plotted against Muslims and even Holy Prophet (PBUH) in person, but why did the ‘loving Father’ in the Heavens above order the indiscriminate killing of men and women and even infants? Why infant and the suckling? No devil or saint can help the Christians come up with a justification for such cruelty.

Keep virgin women ‘for yourselves’!

Bible puts the following words into the mouth of Moses (PBUH) alleging that he was inspired by God:

“Therefore kill all that are of the male sex, even of the children: and put to death the women, that have carnally known men. But the girls, and all the women that are virgins save for yourselves:” (Numbers 31:17-18)

Again why kill children? Were they also accused of deceiving the people of Israel? Why kill even the little ones for your weakness of Faith? Even the learned men of Christianity find no way to justify this barbarism attributed to holy men. Adam Clarke in his commentary to this verse says:“The little ones were safely lodged; they were taken to heaven and saved from the evil to come.” What a justification! Reasoning and rationality can only mourn at it.

But ‘all the girls and all the women that are virgins save for yourselves!’ says the Bible attributing it to Moses (PBUH). What for? Were the virgin women not accused of deceiving the Israel while even the children were? I need not say that as you, the reader, can easily sense what the reason can be. And I urge you to give a verdict if it suits these slandering Christians to speak about Islam?

Kill the men, capture the women, and take the spoils!

“When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it: And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword: But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.” (Deuteronomy 20:10-14)

These verses are a slap on the face of all those evil mongers among the Christians who speak against the Islamic idea of Jihad, taking women as captives (remember, Islam allows this under some special circumstances governed by rules that guarantee rights of those taken as captives) and capturing spoils of war.It does not suit a person who dwells in a house made of delicate glass to throw stones at others!

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

INDEED ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST!

Analysis of the So-Called ‘Verses of Divinity’ of Jesus (‘Eesa Alayhissalaam)

The “I am” statements of the Gospel of John

It should be  noted that none, not a single one of these so-called “divine claims” of Jesus appear in  any way, shape, or form, in the synoptic gospels. This is certainly problematic since Christians  almost invariably point to these passages as undeniable proofs of the divinity of Christ. It should also be noted that the  Jesus Seminar (  decided unanimously that none of the “I am” statements are historically accurate. The facts are clear: 1) The Gospel of John was the last of the canonical gospels to be written, somewhere  around 90-100 CE.  2) The form, content, style, and chronology  of this Gospel is very  much in contrast to  the synoptic tradition. 3)  This book, as well as the synoptics, were anonymous books until about  the year 200 CE when they were pseudonymously  attributed  to  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 4)  None  of the four  canonical gospels were written down during  the lifetime of Christ (upon whom  be peace), nor  were they  written in his  mother tongue. There were countless  communities of first century Christians who never even heard of the Gospel of John or the mighty “claims” of Jesus within its pages. The oldest Greek New Testament text, the  Codex Sinaiticus, was not codified until the year 375 CE  and included an Epistle of St.  Barnabas that has since been expunged by the Church as a fabrication. After the infamous Council of Nicea in 325 CE, any Christian community that did not believe in the Trinity was deemed heretical and considered “lawful blood” for the Church hoards. Books were burned and entire populations were exterminated by Constantine and his cronies. 

Most Christians claim that John the son of Zebedee, a disciple of Jesus, wrote the Gospel that bears his name. To understand the sheer folly of such a claim, I will draw a similarity that you can easily follow. To say that John the son of Zebedee authored the Fourth Gospel is equivalent to saying that Zayd Ibn Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him), the chief scribe of the Prophet Muhammad, decided to wait seventy years until after the death of his Master to write anything down on paper or papyrus about the Prophet and when he finally did, he wrote it using Chinese characters, not Arabic letters! Point out to your  Christian friend that Matthew was also a disciple of Jesus. He has no choice but to agree. Then ask him  why Matthew, an ear  and eyewitness to the ministry of Jesus did not record a single one of the “I am” statements that Christians often quote to prove  Christ’s divine nature?  In fact, Matthew decides to plagiarize 90% of Mark’s Gospel, a man who never even saw the historical Jesus!

The following  “I am” statements are found  only in the Gospel of John:

“I am that bread of life.” – John 6:48.

•  “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” – John 8:58.

“As long as I am in the world, I am  the light of the world.”  – John 9:5.

• “Then said Jesus unto them  again, Verily, verily, I say unto  you, I am the door of the sheep.” – John 10:7.

•  “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”   – John 10:11.

•  “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that  believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” – John 11:25.

• “Jesus saith unto him, I am  the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6.

•  “I am  the true vine, and my  Father is the husbandman.” – John 15:1.

How can Matthew miss all of these essential “divine” claims? 100% failure? Was Matthew truly inept or maybe he never heard of any of these statements? What about Luke and Mark? Do they put these words into the mouth of the Master? Nope, not once. St. Luke actually tells us why he wrote his Gospel:

“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them  unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses,  and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most  excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast  been instructed.”  – Luke 1:1-4.

In this introduction to his Gospel, Luke very candidly admits that his Gospel of Jesus is purely from hearsay traditions and that it “seemed good” for him to write since he is a physician and can  give a more orderly account than  a bunch of fishermen and tax collectors. He never claims that he is under the trance of the Holy Spirit and in fact, this Gospel is  actually  a letter  to a person named “Theophilus.” Basically what Luke is saying is the  following: “There have been many that have written about the life of Jesus that were there to witness his ministry. I think that it would be a good idea for me to write about him also since I know what I’m talking about. My book will  help you understand what we have been trying  lto convince  you of, Mr. Theophilus.”

John 1:1 – The Word was God

Never settle  for anything less than Jesus. In other words, don’t let the Christian quote you John  1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the  Word was God,”   and be content that he has gained mastery over you. John 1:1 are not the words of Jesus, but of  John, at best. We as Muslims  must demand as proof unequivocal statements of Jesus where he states “I am  God”  or “worship me.” In reality, there are  no such statements. John is not nearly good enough for  us.

We want to hear it from the Master himself.  But what about John 1:1? Will I simply dismiss it as an obvious Christian forgery? I wouldn’t call it forgery as much  as deception. In Exodus 7:1, we  are told that the Lord God of Israel sent the Holy Prophet Moses (upon whom be peace) as  “elohim,” meaning “God” (royal plural) unto Pharoah and Aaron as his Prophet. In Psalm 82:6, God tells His chosen Israelites: “I said: Ye are elohim, all sons of the  Most High.” In I Corinthians 4:4 Satan is called  “theos,” or God of this world. In all three of the above mentioned passages the  Christians have rendered the Hebrew and Greek as “god(s)” with a small “g,” yet insist on translating “el, Immanuel, and  theos” mentioned in Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, and John 1:1 as “God” with a big “g” because they  are, as they claim, referring to  Jesus! Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes in this matter. Inform your Christian friend that there are no capital letters in the original Hebrew and Greek and ask him why Christian authors have arbitrarily  decided to capitalize certain “key” words while leaving others alone.

A Christian may rebut, “There are no capital letters in Greek but there surely  is the  definite article.” This does not help his case however. In the first occurrence of the predicate noun “God,” it is preceded by  the definite article  “ton.”  Therefore,  the translation, “and the Word was with (the) God” is correct. The second occurrence of the predicate noun “God,” is not preceded by a definite article ton  yet the Christians continue to  render it as “and the Word was God” when in reality it should read, “and the word was a god.” According to Greek rules on grammar, however, a predicate noun that is preceded by a verb may be translated as definite according to context. For example in John 4:19  we  are told: “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.” This verse  can also be translated as “I perceive that thou art the
Prophet,” because the predicate noun “prophet” is preceded by  the verb “ei,” or “art.” In John 1:21, the Jews ask John the Baptist, “art thou the Prophet?”   This is in reference to the Prophet of Deuteronomy  18:18, not just any prophet. The Jews are asking him a very specific question. The  woman in John 4:19 simply remarks that Jesus is a prophet. Again, the context is what determines the usage. Jesus never claims that he is God in the Bible and always considers himself subordinate to Him, so while the translation offered by Christians of John 1:1 is grammatically  correct, it is contextually incorrect.

John 8:58 – Before Abraham was, I AM

The Christians claim that Jesus uses the Divine Name “Yahweh” that God gave to Moses in Exodus 3:14 as referring to himself in  this oft-repeated verse. Let’s examine this claim more closely.  The New Jerusalem Bible has translated this phrase “I am that I am” from “Ehe’ye asher ehe’ye”  (Hebrew) as “I am He who is: Ego emi, Ho on” (Greek). The commentary of this verse states that this rendering of the original Hebrew of Exodus 3:14 is exactly  how the seventy translators of the Greek Septuagint (LXX) (i.e. A Greek translation of the Hebrew  Bible completed by seventy Greek-speaking Hebrew scholars  in Alexandria, Egypt, 250 BCE)  understood the meaning to be, and these were highly educated Greek-speaking Hebrew scholars. Essentially God is telling Moses that “He who is” or He that can never die has sent him unto Pharaoh. 

The Divine attribute is the  phrase  “Ho on” (He who is), yet Jesus in John 8:58 simply  says, “Before Abraham was, ego emi.”   He does not claim the divine attribute used in the Septuagint which educated Jews at the time of Jesus would have been aware of. Again, we have Christian word games being played here. The words in English are the same, namely “I am.”  The Greek of John, however, is different than the Greek of Exodus 3:14. Let’s look at the entire passage:

“Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a  man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have  not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him  not, I shall be a liar like unto you:  but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham  rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not  yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at  him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”   – John 8:52-59.

So what does Jesus mean by  “Before Abraham was, I am,” and why  do the Jews pick up stones?  Jesus is simply claiming his  legitimacy in a very clever way.  The Jews were so proud that  they were the progeny of Abraham, so he (Jesus) hits them  where it hurts most. He basically  says, “Before Abraham was born into this earthly existence, I was in the knowledge and Will of God. When we all existed before the  creation of the physical universe in spiritual form, Abraham longed to see my day, the day of the Messiah.” Jesus is saying that since God knew him and made him Christ before the creation of Abraham, he (Jesus) is just as legitimate as Abraham. God tells the Prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I  sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). This is precisely  what Jesus  meant when he said: “And now, O Father, glorify thou  me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5). Is it unusual for a Prophet to speak like this? Did any  other prophets prove their “bona-fides” by suggesting their pre-existence in the Will and infinite knowledge of God? The best of creation, the Prophet Muhammad (upon whom  be peace and blessings) once said, “I am the seal the of the Prophets when Adam was in clay.” Surely this makes Muhammad  more worthy of being a god-incarnate since Adam predates Abraham chronologically. Alas, the fundamentalist Christian’s programmed mind can only see in black and white. 

Even the Baptist cousin of Jesus warns the Jews: “And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to [our] father: for I say  unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Matthew 3:9). Your Christian friend may  explode, “Then why do the Pharisees pick up stones?” The answer is because Jesus is  claiming to be genuinely sent from God and His anointed. We are told in the Book of Deuteronomy 18:20 that false prophets must be killed. Turn the tables on your Christian buddy  and ask him, “If the Jews truly believed that Jesus claimed to be God, then why don’t they use these ‘claims’ as evidenceagainst him in the religious High Court of the Sanhedrin?” We are told in Mark 14:55: “And the  chief priests and the whole council gathered together to find  evidence that would warrant  a death sentence,  but failed to find any” (Revised English Bible). They  couldn’t even get two witnesses to agree with each other! Having no reason to kill Jesus, the Jews pulled a “180” and changed their charge from blasphemy, a  religious crime, to sedition or treason, a political crime. Why?  Because they knew that Pilate, the Roman Procurator, would have little mercy on enemies of the state. After Pilate tells the hoards of Jews shouting for  Jesus’ execution that he finds no fault in Jesus, the Jews very  cleverly  answer, “If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s  friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar” (John 19:12). Therefore, Pilate had little choice but to  hand him over to be crucified.

The Christian will at this point be obstinate. He will cry, “No! They  killed him because he claimed to be God, not just a prophet!” Answer this by simply asking him  if any of the previous Hebrew prophets ever claimed to be God. He will say no. Then inquire as to  why they were killed by the Jews? Jesus lashes out against  his people: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,  [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not” (Matthew 23:37). Is it surprising that the Jews are constantly picking up stones against Jesus when many  of the previous prophets were stoned, and they never claimed to be God? 

Josh McDowell says in his book  More than a Carpenter whose cover boasts over 10,000,000 copies printed worldwide (emphasis mine): “An analysis of Christ’s testimony shows that he claimed to be 1) the Son of the Blessed One (God); 2) The One who would sit at the right hand  of power, and 3)  the Son of Man who would come on the clouds of heaven. Each of the affirmations is distinctively  messianic.” I agree. They were claims to be the Christ, not God.

John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth, and the life…

Certainly extremist Christians have abused this verse all throughout their 2000 years of   blood-stained history by using it to justify the killing of millions of innocents. You should know that  Bible-believing Christians are extremely exclusivist, meaning that they will never accept you until you not only believe as they do, but exactly as they do. Muslims often wonder why there are so many different denominations of Christianity. The reason is because fundamentalist Christians not only hate the “heathen,” as they  call them, but also hate each other. You will hear evangelist born-agains call the Pope the anti-Christ. You will hear Catholics call Protestants astray. You will hear Baptists call Jehovah Witnesses non-Christian. And you will hear almost all of them call Mormons “cultists.” Allah has given us the cause of this mutual Christian rancor: “From those,  too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a  covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done” (Qur’an 5:14)

This verse (John 14:6) reads in its entirety: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Interestingly, we as Muslims should not take any exception to this verse. Belief in Jesus as a true Prophet, Messenger, and Messiah is an article of Islamic faith. Denial of this constitutes kufr, or unbelief. We can surely imagine  Moses mimicking these very words as he descended Sinai only  to find his “rebellious” and “stiff-necked” community worshipping a golden calf. Moses was the way,  the truth, and the life, while the calf was a false way, a false truth, and a false life. 

Let’s examine the verse in  its historical context. The Children of Israel at the time of Jesus were expecting the coming of three distinct luminaries, the second of which was Ha Mashiakh, or the “Anointed One” (We will discuss this in a separate post any other day Insha Allah). When Jesus arrives on the scene he finds the Jews clinging onto a myriad of customs and traditions that had nothing to do with the true teachings of the Torah as revealed through Moses (upon whom be peace). When the Gospel revelations attempted to abrogate many of these invented traditions, the Jews became filled with hatred for the nature  of Jesus’ teachings. The son of Mary  lashes out: “Ye serpents, ye  generation of vipers, how can ye  escape  the damnation of hell” (Matthew 23:33)?; “Woe unto  you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and  have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye  to have done, and not to leave the other undone.[Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:23-24). 

On another occasion he tells the self-righteous Jews: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no  man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6). He is essentially saying: “Your little scruples and customs will not save you from damnation. The Anointed of God is here before  you and yet you reject him! How do you expect to attain salvation?” Let me draw an analogy that you can easily grasp: When the Prophet Muhammad began admonishing the Quraysh  of Makkah, he found success with great difficulty because the hearts and minds of the people were very much fixated on their idols of wood and stone. The Quraysh certainly believed in Allah, the most High God as they  called Him, but felt that He was too holy to be approached without the means of intermediaries. Obviously  believing in the messengership of Muhammad is the defining characteristic  of a Muslim,  and the  very  fact that the Quraysh felt that they didn’t need his guidance demonstrated their contentment with the religion of their Pagan fathers. Therefore, despite their belief in Allah, can any of the Quraysh expect to enter Heaven now that God’s Holy Prophet is among them in their very midst, and they reject him? Never!

The Christian may inform you that Jesus claimed to be “the truth,” or al-Haqq in Arabic, which is one of the Divine attributes of God  mentioned in the Qur’an. “He is using a divine attribute to refer to himself, an attribute found in  your scripture,” he will say. Inform him that the words Ra’uf and  Rahim, meaning Kind and Merciful respectively, are also attributed to God in the Qur’an. However, Allah reveals in Surah Tawbah, verse 128: “Now hath come unto you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that ye  should perish: ardently anxious is  he over you: to the Believers is he  most kind and merciful” (Qur’an 9:128). The words that Allah has used in this verse to describe the  character of His Beloved are  Ra’uf and Rahim, two of the divine attributes! Does this make Muhammad God? Certainly not. He simply embodies many of the sacred attributes at a much smaller, human level. By the same token, we can say that Muhammad is Great, Noble, Generous, and Truth. He is not,  however, “the Creator,” or “the Giver of Life and Death.” These attributes are solely for God and nowhere does Jesus ever claim to be these things. 

You may also want to mention to  the Christian the story of the Sufi mystic known as al-Hallaj, who in a state of spiritual realization of his Lord exclaimed, “Ana al Haqq,” or “I am the Truth!” This is a level of Taqwa (divine awareness) that the Christian is vastly  ignorant of. 

John 10:30 – The Father and I are One

Christians regard this verse as the golden egg of divine claims. They almost always, however, take it completely out of context. What does Jesus mean when he says that he and the Father are One?  One in divinity? Let’s examine the entire passage and arrive at the truth.

“Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If  thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye  believe not, because ye are not of  my sheep, as I said unto you. My  sheep hear my voice, and I know  them, and they follow me: And I  give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave  [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand. I and [my] Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot  be broken; Say ye of him, whom  the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”  – John 10:24-36.

Notice Jesus, referring to his sheep, says that no man can pluck them out of  his hand. Then he says that His Father is greater than all, and no man is able to  pluck them  out of His Hand. He and the Father are one, yes, one in purpose! Their unity exists in the fact that they are protecting their sheep, not in their godhead,  as Christians claim. Jesus even prefaces his so-called “claim” by saying that the Father “is greater than all” so that there is no confusion in what he is saying  yet Christians remain confused. Christians needing to justify themselves, ridiculously claim  that Jesus in verse 29 is speaking of the person of the Father and not of His nature or essential being. However in the very next verse, they now claim that Jesus  is speaking of the nature and essence of the Father and equating himself to Him. This is  a classic case of Christians reading into the scripture something that is not there.

Ron Rhodes, author of  Reasoning from the Scriptures with Muslims, quotes the Athanasian Creed: (emphasis  mine, bashfully): “(Christ) is equal to the Father as touching his Godhood, and inferior to the Father as touching his manhood”  (pages  154-155).  With statements like this, who needs the funny pages? 

We are then told that the Jews pick up stones and tell Jesus, b “for a good work we stone thee not;  but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a  man, makest thyself God.” Rhodes comments, “Notice that Jesus did not respond by  saying, ‘Oh, no,  you’ve got it all wrong. I was not claiming to be God. I’m just claiming unity of purpose with Him.’ Jesus did not offer a single correction because the Jews  understood Him exactly as He had intended to be understood.” Maybe Mr. Rhodes forgot to read  the remainder of the passage because Jesus does, most  definitely, correct the Jews misunderstanding of his claim. 

In verse 34, Jesus quotes Psalm  82:6: “Is it not written in your law: ‘I said, you are gods?’” He continues: “If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken.” So what exactly is Jesus claiming? He is claiming that he is receiving the word of God, and that since those who were bestowed this honor in  the Law are called “gods,” like Moses in Exodus 7:1, there is nothing blasphemous about him  saying that he is the “Son of God.” He is simply confirming previous scripture. 

McDowell says: “Greek scholar A.T. Robertson writes that the ‘one’ is neuter, not masculine, in the Greek, and does not indicate one in person or purpose but rather one in ‘essence or nature’” (page  16). However Jesus says about his disciples: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father,  [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that  the world  may believe that  thou hast sent me” (John 17:21). I don’t think any Christian will submit to believe that there is actually a fifteen-unit godhead consisting of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and twelve disciples which includes the “Satanic”  Peter, the doubting Thomas, and the traitor Judas Iscariot. The Greek for “one” in both verses (John 10:30, 17:21) is “hen.”  Again, oneness of purpose in meant here.

Correct your Christian friend’s misunderstanding of this  passages, just as Jesus (‘Eesa alayhissalaam) corrected the Pharisees. 

Science Can Not Disprove GOD’s existence.

There is actually no scientific basis that can tell you that God does not exist. It is not science’s domain to test whether there is God or not. Science is simply a tool to test what is empirically true. Science operates on induction. The inductive method entails searching out things in the world and drawing generalized conclusions about those things based on observations. Scientists can only draw conclusions on what they find, not on what they can’t find. So how can Science disprove something which they can’t see and will never be able to. As GOD cannot be seen for sure. Because from Qur’an we know that GOD is unlike His creation [See Qur’an 42:11]. And, No vision can grasp Him  [see Qur’an 6:103]. Moreover, How can a Creator be a part of His Creation?

It is totally unreasonable for one to think in a scientific framework to put God as an extra element. Within scientific framework, it is true that an extra element is not needed, since we already made the assumption that everything is contained and confined within the universe and nothing can be lost. But this does not mean that science denies the existence of God. There is no reason to think that way. People has a distorted view of Science. Because some take the position that if science doesn’t give us reason to believe in something, then no good reason exists. As Freeman Dyson says and I quote, “The public has a distorted view of Science because Children are taught in schools that science is a collection of firmly established  truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is continuing exploration of mysteries.”

There is no reason to consider God’s actions in a scientific framework and in the same time, there is no reason to consider that God does not exist based on scientific deduction. Scientific theories only propose that which is falsifiable. That means the scientific method can’t answer any questions but only shows what is a false answer out of innumerable possibilities. We should not try to apply science outside of the fields for which it is meant. Some take the position that if science doesn’t give us reason to believe in something, then no good reason exists. That’s simply the false assumption scientism. However, it would be a mistake to expect it to be able to test everything. In this case, ”GOD’s existence”. There are many more intellectual tools available to us than just science, and as the old saying goes, when all you’ve got is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail!  Science is not deficient in any way; but it’s just not the right way to find few particular kinds of truths. To try to do so would be like trying to ascertain whether a banana is tasty by sticking it in your ear and listening to it; it’s simply the wrong method!

I really do not understand why a scientist and let alone a non-scientist would have to throw away their religious identity over a scientific theory, which cannot be proven in a universal way. Of course if someone wants to become atheist it is their choice, but don’t ever think religious people are inferior. Religious people could be smarter than an atheist person, and religious people could cleverly manage their life so they can achieve many things without losing their religious identity.

And one more thing I wanna say that if any non-scientist reading this article of mine I would like to advice them that, before you ever accept or even think about a scientific result, try to think like a scientist for a while, in the correct way, not in the way that the atheistic propaganda wants you to think. Then make your decision based on your own thought, not theirs. They are also human, so they can be wrong and so can I.

Millat-e-Ibrahim: The Abrahamic Way & The Deviation Of Christians & the Jews from his Path

“And  who  turns  away  from  the  faith  of  Ibrahim  (Abraham)  except  the  one  who  has  debased  himself  in  folly.  And  indeed  We  have  chosen  him  in  this  world,  and  in  the  other  world  he  is  certainly  among  the  righteous.  When  his  Lord  said  to  him,  “Submit!”  He  said,  “I  submit  myself  to  the  Lord  of  the  worlds.”  And  Ibrahim  exhorted  the  same  to  his  sons,  and  so  did  Ya’qub:  “My  sons,  Allah has  certainly  chosen  for  you  the  Faith.  So,  let  not death  overtake  you  but  as  Muslims.”   [Surah Baqarah: 130 – 132]

The  above  verse  speaks  of  the  superiority  of  the  religion  of  Sayyidina  Ibrahim  alayhissalaam (Biblical  Abraham),  from  which  arises  his  own  spiritual  station  and  glory  in  this  world  and  in  the  other.  This  being  so,  anyone  who  turns  away  from  this  religion  only  displays  his  own  stupidity.  Anyhow,  the  point  is  that  only  he  can  turn  away  from  this  religion  who  does  not  possess  any  understanding,  or  has  totally  lost  it,  for  this  alone  is  the  religion  of  “Nature”,  and  no  one  can  deny  it  so  long  as  his  “nature”,  in  the  essential  and  integral  sense  of  the  word,  remains  intact.  The  superiority  of  this  religion  is  shown  by  the  simple  fact  that  Allah conferred  a  special  honour  on  Sayyidina  Ibrahim  alayhissalaam (Abraham)  in  this  world  and  in  the  next  on  account  of  this  very  religion.  As  for  the  honour  and  greatness  he  received  in  this  world,  everyone  knows  how  Namrud  (Nimrod)  with  all  his  might  failed  to  impress  him,  how  he  accepted gladly  to  be  thrown  into  the  fire  rather  than  give  up  the  worship  of  the  One  God,  and  how  the  Lord  of  the  worlds  changed  the  fire  into  a  garden  for  him,  so  that  believers  and  non-believers  alike  finally  came to  recognize  his  uprightness  and  his  unalloyed  faith.  The  associators  of  Arabia  were,  after  all,  his  progeny,  and  had,  inspite  of  their  idol-worship,  always  continued  to  hold  him  in  great  esteem,  and  even claimed  to  be  his  followers.  Certain  remnants  of  his  religion  were  still  present  among  them,  though  somewhat  distorted  by  their  ignorance  – for  example,  the  Hajj,  the  annual  sacrifice  of  animals,  hospitality  etc.  These  are  the  manifestations  of  the  special  divine  grace  which  had designated  “the  Friend  of  Allah”   (Khalilullah)  as  the  ‘Imam’  (Leader  of  the  True  Faith) of  people. (2:124)  So  much  for  his  greatness  in  this  world.  As  to  the  next,  Verse 130  has  announced  the  exalted  station  Allah  has  granted  him  in  the Hereafter.

It   defines  the  basic  principle  of  the  religion  of  Sayyidina Ibrahim  (alayhissalaam).  Allah  asked  him  to  submit  himself,  and  he  willingly  and  gladly  agreed  to  submit  himself  to  “the  Lord  of  the  worlds.”  Let  us  add  that  the  word  of  command  employed  in  this  verse  is  Aslim,  which  Surah  Al-Baqarah 2: 130 – 132  comes  from  the  same  root  as  the  word  Islam.  It  is  difficult  to  find  an  exact  English  equivalent,  for  the  word  signifies  “to  obey,  to  submit  oneself,  to  surrender  one’s  will.”  Anyhow,  we  should  notice  that  in  reply  to  the  divine  command,  he  did  not  say,  as  one  would  have  expected, “I  submit  myself  to  you,”  but,  more  elaborately: “I  submit  myself  to  the  Lord  of  the  worlds.” This  particular  form  of  reply  expresses  the  attitude  of  respect  and  awe  proper  to  the  occasion,  and  includes  the  praise  of  Allah  which  the  moment  of  receiving  the  honour  of  divine  address  demanded.  It  also  carries  a recognition  of  the  fact  that  in  submitting  himself  to  the  Lord  of  the  worlds  he  was  only  performing  the  essential  duty  of  a  servant  towards the  Master  of  All,  and  doing  it  for  his  own  benefit.  The  reply  makes  it  clear  that  the  basic  principle  of  the  religion  of  Sayyidina  Ibrahim  alayhissalaam  (Abraham),  and  its  very  essence  is  contained  in  one  word,  Islam,  which  signifies  total  obedience  and  willing  submission  of  oneself  to  Allah.  It  was  to  show  to  the  world  his  perfect  adherence  to  this  principle  that  he  was  made  to  pass  through  all  the  trials  before  attaining  his  exalted  station.  Islam,  or  submission  to  Allah,  is  what  the  world  has  been  created  for;  it  is  the  end  all  the  prophets  and  all  the  divine  books  have  been  sent  to  serve.

We  also  learn  from  this  verse  that  the  religion  common  to  all  the  prophets  and  the  point  on  which  all  of  them  come  together  is  Islam.  Beginning  with  Sayyidina  Adam  upto  the  Last  Prophet  every  messenger  of  Allah  and  every  prophet  has  called  men  to  Islam  alone,  and  enjoined  upon  his  followers  to  keep  to  this  Straight  Path.  The  Holy  Qur’an  is  quite  explicit  on  this  subject:

“Certainly, in  the  eyes  of  Allah  the  only  religion  is  Islam”  (3:19) 

and 

”Whoso desires  a  religion  other  than  Islam,  it  shall  not  be  accepted  of  him.” (3:85) 

In  order  to  put  the  question  in  the  proper  perspective  as  also  to  avoid  the  risk  of  misunderstanding  let  us  add  a  few  remarks.  All  the  religions  which  different  prophets  brought  to  the  world  had  a  divine  sanction  behind  them,  were  essentially  instituted  by  Allah  Himself,  and  each  of  them  was,  in  its  own  time, “accepted”  in  the  sight  of  Allah.  Consequently,  each  of  these  religions  – whether  one  calls  it  Judaism  or  Christianity  or  something  else  –  must  in  its  essence  be  Islam  (Monotheism),  in  the  general  sense  of  the  word  –  namely,  total  submission  to  Allah.

But  the  religion  of  Sayyidina Ibrahim  alayhissalaam  (Abraham) is  distinguished  from  others  by  a  peculiar  characteristic  –  that  is,  he  gave  to  his  religion  the  name  of  Islam,  and  to  his  followers  the  name  of  Muslims.  We  have  seen  in  Verse  128  how  he  prayed  for  himself,  his  son  and  his  progeny:  “And, our  Lord,  keep  us  both obedient  (Muslimayn)  to  you,  and  make  of  our  progeny  a  people (Ummah)  obedient  (Muslimah)  to  you.” And  now  in  Verse  132  we  find  him  advising  his  descendants  not  to  die  without  being  sure  that they  have  been  Muslims.  After  him  this  distinction  of  being  specifically  called  Muslims  and  “the  Islamic  Ummah”  passed  on,  according  to  his  own  instruction,  to  the  Ummah  of  the  Holy  Prophet. Addressing the  Muslims,  the  Holy  Qur’an says:  “Be  steadfast  in  the  religion  of  your  father, Ibrahim.  He  named  you Muslims  before  this  as well  as  in  this  (the Holy  Qur’an).”  (22:78) When the  Holy  Qur’an  was  revealed,  the  Jews  and  the  Christians,  and  even the  idol-worshippers  of  Arabia  used  to  make  the  claim,  each  group  on  its  own  part,  that  they  were  the  followers  of  the  Abrahamic  religion,  but  the  Holy  Qur’an  and  its  followers  have  made  it  quite  evident  that in  this  last  phase  of  human  history  the  religion  of  the  Holy  Prophet,  and  this  alone,  is  the  religion  of  Sayyidina  Ibrahim  (Abraham) –  the  religion  of  quintessential  “Nature”  (fitrah).

In  short,  the  essence  of  all  the  divine  books,  all  the  shari’ahs  and  the  teachings  of  all  the  prophets  is  Islam  –  that  is,  turning  away  from  one’s  desires  in  order  to  obey  Divine  commandments,  and  giving  up individual  opinion  in  order  to  submit  oneself  to  Divine  guidance.  But  we  are  grieved  to  see  that  there  are  thousands  of  Muslims  today,  who  have  forgotten  this  basic  truth,  and  wish  to  pursue  their  own  desires  in  the  name  of  Islam.  What  appeals  to  them  is  that  kind  of  interpretation  (rather,  misinterpretation)  of  the  Holy  Qur’an  and  the  hadith  which  should  flatter  their  desires.  In  fact,  what  they  strive  to  do  is  to  distort  the  shari’ah  to  suit  their  fancies,  and  to  do  it  so  cleverly  that  the  idols  they  really  worship  should  appear  in  the  garb  of  religion.  Such  men  are,  indeed,  trying  to  be  clever  with  Allah  Himself  who  knows  every  particle  of  the  universe  and  who  can  look  into  the  deepest  recesses  of  the  human  heart  –  the  Almighty  before  whom  nothing  avails  but  complete  surrender  and  total  submission.

What  Islam  requires  of  man  is  that  he  should  set  aside  all  his desires  and  inclinations,  and  seek,  in  everything  he  does,  the  pleasure  of  his  Lord.  And  he  can  find  this  pleasure  only  when  he  knows  the commandments  of  his  Lord,  and  also  performs  these  tasks  exactly  in  the  manner  He  has  prescribed.  This  is  what  ‘Ibadah  or  worship  is,  in  the  real  sense  of  the  word.  It  is  the  perfection  of  this  total  obedience  and  submission  and  love  which  constitutes  the  final  stage  of  man’s  spiritual  development.  which  is  known  as  the  Station  (Maqaam) of ‘Abdiyyah  (Servanthood).  This  is  the  station  where  Sayyidina Ibrahim  alayhissalaam  (Abraham)  received  from  Allah  the  title  of  Khalilullah (the  Friend  of  Allah),  and  the  Last  of  All  the  Prophets  the  title  of:  ‘Abduna (Our  Servant). On  the  subsidiary  levels  of  the  Station  of  Servanthood  stand  the  Abdal,  the  Aqtal,  the  Awliya,  the  men  of  Allah  –  the  ‘saints’  of  the  Islamic  Ummah,  each  in  his  own  degree.  This  is  the  essence  of  Tawhid  (the  realization  of  unicity),  on  attaining  which  all  one’s  fears and  hopes  become  bound  with  Allah,  and  with  no  one  else.

Thus,  Islam  signifies  total  obedience  to  Allah,  and  this  obedience  is  possible  only  when  one  follows  the  Sunnah,  the  Way  of  the  Holy Prophet.  The  Holy  Qur’an  has  laid  down  the  principle  in  very  explicit  words:

“By  your  Lord,  they  will  never  be  true  Muslims  till  they  make you  the  judge  regarding  the  disagreements  between  them,  and  find  in  themselves  no  resistance  against  your  verdict,  and  surrender  themselves  in  full  submission.”  (4:65).

In  the  end  let  us  clarify  an  important  point.  As  reported  in  Verse 132,  Sayyidna  Ibrahim  alayhissalaam  (Abraham)  made  his  descendants  promise  that  before  they  died  they  should  make  sure  that  they  had  been  Muslims.  It  means  that  one  should  steadfastly  follow  the  teachings  of  Islam  throughout  one’s  life,  so  that  one  receives  the  grace  of  Allah  and  remains  a  Muslim  upto  the  last  breath.  A  number  of  Ahadith  too  say  that  one  would  die  in  the  state  which  one  has  maintained  in  one’s  life,  and  one  would,  on  the  Day  of  Resurrection,  rise  from  the  grave  in  the  same  state.  This  is  the  usual  way  of  Allah  with  men  –  if  His  servant  makes  up  his  mind  to  do  good  deeds  and  also  strives  in  this  direction  as  best  as  he  can,  Allah  helps  him  and  makes  the  task  easy  for  him.  This  principle  does  not  in  any  way  stand  in  opposition  to  what  has  been  said  in  another  hadith  to  this  effect:-

A  man  keeps  doing  the  kind  of  good  deeds  for  which  Paradise has  been  promised  and  it  seems  that  there  is  only  an  arms’s  length  between  him  and  Paradise,  and  then  all  of  a  sudden  his  destiny  overcomes  him,  and  he  starts  doing  what  would lead  him  to  Hell,  and  finally  he  reaches  Hell;  on  the  other  hand,  a  man  keeps  doing  what  would  lead  him  to  Hell,  and  it seems  that  there  is  only  an  arm’s  length  between  him  and  Hell,  and  then  his  destiny  overcomes  him,  and  he  starts  doing  what  would  make  him  worthy  of  Paradise,  and  finally  he  enters  Paradise.  We  have  said  that  there  is  no  contradiction  involved,  for  some  texts  of  this  hadith  mention  a  proviso  too  –  “as  it  appeared  to  people.”  That  is  to  say,  the  first  of  these  two  men  appeared  in  the  eyes  of  the  onlookers  to  be  performing  good  deeds,  while  in  fact  he  was  doing  just  the  opposite;  similarly,  the  second  man  had  from  the  outset  been  doing  what  would  make  him  worthy  of  Paradise,  though  people  thought  him to  be  a  sinner.  [Ibn Kathir]

We  conclude  this  discussion  with  the  remark  that  the  man  who  has  been  steadfast  in  doing  good  deeds,  should  trust  the  divine  promise,  rely  on  the  usual  way  of  Allah  with  His  creatures, and  hope  that  through  the  grace  of  Allah  he  would  depart  from  this world  in  this  blessed  state.

The Abrahamic Way and the People of the Book

O  people  of  the  Book,  why  do  you  argue  about  Ibrahim  (Abraham)  while  the  Torah  and  the  Injeel  were  not  revealed  until  after  him?  Have  you,  then,  no  sense? 

Look,  this  is  what  you  are  –  you  argued  about  what  you  had  knowledge;  why  then  do  you  argue  about  what  you have  no  knowledge?  And  Allah  knows  and  you  do  not  know.  

Ibrahim  (Abraham)  was  not  a  Jew,  nor  a  Christian.  But  he  was  upright,  a  Muslim,  and  was  not  one  of  those  who  associate  partners  with  Allah. 

The  closest  of  people  to  Ibrahim  are  those  who  followed him,  and  this  prophet,  and  those  who  believe.  And  Allah  is  guardian  of  the  believers. [Surah Aal-Imran 65-68]

The  argumentation  referred  to  in  verse  65  was  to  decide  whether  Sayyidna  Ibrahim   followed  the  way  of  the  Jews,  or  that  of  the  Christians.  The  futility  of  their  exercise  already  stood  exposed  as  both these  ways  in  religion  appeared  long  after  the  revelation  of  the  Old and  New  Testaments.  These just  did  not  exist  before  that.  How,  then, could  it  be  claimed  that  Sayyidina  Ibrahim  alayhissalaam  (Abraham) adhered  to  these  ways?

Verse  66  points  out  to  the  hollowness  of  their  approach  when  they  indulged  in  their  argumentation  on  the  basis  of  incomplete  knowledge.  That  they  would  venture  to  do  so  on  the  basis  of  no  knowledge  could  hardly  he  explained.  The  truth  is  that  only  Allah  knows  the  way  of  Ibrahim  alayhissalaam  (Abraham).

That  way  has  been  described  in  Verse  67:

Ibrahim  (Abraham)  was  not  a  Jew,  nor  a  Christian.  But  he  was  upright,  a  Muslim,  and  was  not  one  of  those  who  associate  partners  with  Allah.

How the Jews and Christians have Deviated from the Abrahamic Way??

Abraham  (Ibrahim  alayhissalaam’s)  seed  was blessed  through  him, the covenant  was  the  obedience  to Allah  and  to  be  the  guiding  light  to  other  nations,  ironically, the  Jews  disobeyed  this command  and  fabricated  the obligation  to suit  themselves  as  so-called  “chosen people”  and  all  the  other  nations  they considered  as  ‘animals  made  to serve  them”.  Add  to  this  their  history of  hatred  of  Prophets  and  malice  against  them. In  this  way,  the  Jews  deviated  from  the  true  way  of  Abraham  which  leads  to the  true  faith  of  the  Creator.

Other  the  other  extreme,  the Christians  deviated  from  the Way  of  Abraham  by  adding partners  to  the  Wahid  Allah  and  adding  pagan  heresy  to  the  message  of  ‘Eesa (alayhissalaam),  Abraham  was not  an  idolator  like  the  Christians  nor  did  he  despise  other  Nations  like the  Jews  and he  believed  in  One  Allah  and obeyed  his commands  without associating  any  partners  with  Him.

Verse  68  declares  that  the  closest  of  people  to  Sayyidina  Ibrahim  were  those  who  followed  him  during  his  time  and  now  the  closest  to  him  is  the  Prophet  of  Islam,  Muhammad  al-Mustafa (Sallallaahu  Alayhi  Wasallam),  and  so  are  the  believers  in  him  and  in  past  prophets.  These  believers  are  the  community  of  Muhammad  and  their  guardian  is  Allah and  He  will  reward  them  for  their  belief.

It  is  time  for  the  Christians  and  Jews  to  ponder  honestly  as  to  what  extent  do  they  follow  on  the  footsteps  of  Abraham  and  mend  their  ways.

The Pagan Origins of Birthday Celebrations

Islamically speaking, we have heard time and again why we should NOT celebrate birthdays. How instead we should be using the time for self-reflection and realize the fragile nature of life. Well, that’s one way of looking at it. The other way is to thank Allah for giving you an extra year to live. In which you have the chance to make amends as it were, for the previous year’s sins, rebelliousness or disobedience. If not that, then to increase in you good deeds.

In life there are always two ways of looking at things. You choose the way you want to look at things. This post is not about the pros and cons, the plus and negatives of celebrating birthdays. We have heard plenty of it. Even a 5 year old knows he where or she stands on this issue.
Hardly any, if not a few, know if the actual origins of the celebration of birthdays, i mean historically. We have heard all the religious customaries/reasons there is to hear about the innovation of birthday celebrations. What i will like to bring to the discussion is thehistorical origins of the celebrations of birthdays. Then leave it up to you to decide whether we should or should not celebrate birthdays.

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Almost everybody, today, celebrates birthdays. Around the world, friends and relatives hold birthday parties, give gifts to the one being honored, and wish “Happy birthday!” to the one whose birthday is being celebrated. But why? Where did this universal custom originate?
In the World Book — Childcraft International says regarding “Holidays and Birthdays,

“For thousands of years people all over the world have thought of a birthday as a very special day. Long ago, people believed that on a birthday a person could be helped by good spirits, or hurt by evil spirits. So, when a person had a birthday, friends and relatives gathered to protect him or her. And that’s how birthday parties began.”

“The idea of putting candles on birthday cakes goes back to ancient Greece. The Greeks worshiped many gods and goddesses. Among them was one called Artemis.

“Artemis was the goddess of the moon. The Greeks celebrated her birthday once each month by bringing special cakes to her temple. The cakes were round like a full moon. And, because the moon glows with light, the cakes were decorated with lighted candles.”

This authority goes on:

“More and more, though, people the world over attach a certain magic to their actual date of birth. . . We may wear a ring with our birthstone in it for good luck. And when we blow out the candles on our birthday cake, we are careful to keep what we wished a secret. If we tell, of course, our wish won’t come true.

“In other words, we follow many of the old birthday beliefs. We pay attention to the meanings of old-time birth symbols. And we carry on the old celebrations. We don’t necessarily take them seriously. We do these things mainly for fun. But it is also possible that there is something deep inside us that wants to believe.”

Why do people say, “Happy birthday!” to each other? Says this authority, “For the good wishes of our friends and relatives are supposed to protect us from evil spirits.”

Noise making was employed as an additional measure for warding off the bad spirits. The working of magical spells was an integral part of living in ancient times. Giving birthday greets was a way of working a spell for protection as further shielding from evil spirits. They believed that the recipient was surrounded by his personal spirits, therefore more exposed to the power of the spell.
Party snappers, horns, bursting balloons, firecrackers, and other noisemakers are just one more way of trying to scare off any bad-luck spirits that may be hovering about. Although many would argue the celebrations of birthdays are now done purely for fun and not as a ritual. It is to wish the person good luck for the year to come. – If this is the sole purpose for celebrating birthdays, to wish good luck and to have fun, then can we not do this in other ways? Instead of adopting a pagan ritual act? Must we borrow ideas of ‘fun’ from pagan rituals? Now, many would also say, ‘most, if not all our religious traditions and customaries come from pagan origins. Take for example the kabah, the circumambulation of it, and Ramadan’. Frankly, this is absurd! In the original scheme of things. These acts were not pagan. It is the pagan religions which adopted these traditions into their rituals. Birthday celebrations, Christmas, Olympics and the like, originate from pagan religions. They do not go beyond the first emergence of paganism. That is, pagans did not adopt them from divinely revealed religious traditions. In other words, birthday celebrations, Christmas and Olympics were manufactured by paganists.
If a person MUST celebrate his birthday, then the best way of doing it is to keep a fast on that day. Just as the prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) used to do every Mondays – the day in which he (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) was born. Any act can be turned in a worship, even celebrations. So, if anyone wishes to celebrate his birthday and earn reward for doing so. then there is no better way to do it than keeping a fast on that day. Thanking Allah for the gift of another year in which you can get to worship him and live life. For the younger ones, to help them mold into the Islāmic way of life and the sunnah. A person can encourage them to learn a dua, and as a reward take to them to an amusement park.

Lastly, remember to have a balanced approach. Many Muslims do not know of the origins of celebrating birthdays. They have simply, like many others have adopted this custom blindly. The only way to enlighten people about issues such as this, is by applying wisdom. When or if you get invited to a birthday party, do not go there and start shouting ‘celebrating birthdays are haram!. You are gonna burn in hell. That child of yours is going to grow up and be the devils advocate!’. kindly, let them know why you cant attend your nieces, nephews or even a friend’s birthday party. Let them have all the facts and then let them decide why it is wrong to celebrate birthdays in the way they are doing it. Leave them a way to come out. Don’t leave them in the dark and say ‘celebrating birthdays is wrong. Give them an alternative, tell them the prophetic way of celebrating for instance.

Related Readings:
The Reality of Halloween – Worshipping Satan the Accursed

The Christian/Gregorian Calendar and its Pagan roots

Dajjalic Olympics Games -A Symbol of Pure Shirk

Flags and Symbols of Kufr

December 25: The Pagan-Occult Origins of Christmas

In Qur’an, Does Allah Promise Israel to Jews??

Initially, there is nothing in Surah Al-Israa or Bani Israel to justify that Palestine belongs to the Jews; and not anywhere in the Qur’an. In Surah Al-Israa, Allah is telling us at the beginning that Bani Israel will corrupt twice in the Earth. At the end of the chapter, it says that Allah will bring them forth from everywhere; we read what means:

{And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture: indeed you would do mischief in the land twice and you will become tyrants and extremely arrogant!} (17:4)

{And We said to the Children of Israel after him: “Dwell in the land, then, when the final and the last promise comes near [i.e. the Day of Resurrection or the descent of Christ [‘Îsa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) on the earth], We shall bring you altogether as mixed crowd (gathered out of various nations). (Tafsir Al-Qurtubi,)} (17:104)

Scholars have concluded that the second mischief must be during our current time since the Jews did gather from everywhere as Allah told us above, in the state of Israel.

In summary, Allah asked the Jews who were in Egypt with Moses (peace be upon him) to enter Palestine but they refused until later generation when David (peace be upon him) did. At that time, the people who lived in it were ruthless invaders; They themselves were invaders of the land.

The point here is that Allah told the believers from Bani Israel (the word Jews was invented later) to enter Palestine and drive those invaders out and not the original inhabitants.

The prophets who ruled were David and Solomon both prophets of Islam since all prophets from Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon them all) preached Islam.

Allah mentions about this subject mainly in Surah Al-Baqarah, the second chapter in the Quran. For details, you need to read the articles referenced at the end.

At this point in time, Palestine belongs to Israelis. Before the second world war it belonged to Palestinians.

If you ask me as a Muslim, Palestine belongs to Muslims, Christians and Jews because there is history in this land for all these three religions.

However, currently there is oppression from the Israelis side because both Muslims and Christians are deprived from certain areas of the land; in addition to the expansion of Israeli settlements on the account of the original inhabitants.

There are no shortages of opinions on this matter. Human rights abuses occur all around us and some of these problems are easy to resolve. Unfortunately, some problems, like the topic of Palestine/Israel, are much more complicated now than they were when they began.

I don’t want to get into an in-depth history lesson here, so suffice it to say that for the greatest part of Islamic history, from Prophet Muhammad’s time to today, even before that actually, the name of that region was known to all as Palestine, and the vast majority of its inhabitants were Muslims.

Historically Palestine belongs to Muslims. In the past century, there was a struggle of control between Arabs and Zionists. Currently, there is a struggle for Palestinian survival and identity as most of their land has been occupied and taken away by “settlers”.

In the beliefs of some Jews and Christians this land was called Israel based on scriptures. However, their books, as we know, have been tailored with.

The only time that Palestine was under the control of Israel’s descendants, the 12 tribes of Prophet Jacob, peace be upon him, was during the time of Prophets David and Solomon, peace be upon them.

Since they were prophets of God and did no injustice to anyone, they are both, along with their followers considered to be Muslims in the religious sense, but Jews in ethnicity.

Most of the early history of the 12 tribes of Israel/Jacob, of which Moses, peace be upon him, was a member, was spent in the land of Egypt, not Palestine.

Since the time of David and Solomon, peace be upon them, there has been very minimal presence or power over the land by any Jewish government until the last 70 years or so.

If we believe that land belongs to those who are in control of it, lived there for a significantly long period of time (centuries?) then the best claim to Palestine is with people who have lived there for centuries. This includes Muslims, Christians, Jews, or any other person.

To say that this land belongs to Jews exclusively disregards the rights of inhabitants of other ethnic backgrounds or religious beliefs whose history on that land goes back hundreds of years.
Control of Palestine, except for about 100 years of Crusader occupations, was continuously and firmly under control of Muslim governments.

It is only in the last 100 years or so that outside influence, namely British/French/American/Zionist forces have struggled to take control of this land from its Palestinian inhabitants.

Prior to that, it was the Ottoman Caliphate that governed Palestine continuously for over 700 years. Christians and Jews were guaranteed their rights to their lands and property. Control of lands by Caliphates and Muslim governments over the centuries has primarily been characterized by respect to properties of non-Muslims.

That is why the earliest churches and Jewish temples still exist in Palestine, and why Christians and Jews with centuries of history in Palestine still live there.

The problems that exist today in Palestine are a result of Zionists trying to force Palestinian Christians and Muslims off of their ancestral lands in order to make way for non-Palestinian Jews.

Palestine has been the home of Christian, Muslim and Jewish families since the beginnings of each. To chase people off their ancestral land is unjust, especially when based merely on religious beliefs.

Further Reading:
Refuting the Jewish Claim of Their So-Called ‘Divine Right’ to Palestine

[Part-2] Refuting the Jewish Claim of Their So-Called ‘Divine Right’ to Palestine