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The Qur'an is Preserved

Question

There were many versions of the Qur’an all of which were burnt by Uthman (R.A.) except for one. Therefore is it not true that the present Qur’an is the one compiled by Uthman (R.A.) and not the original revelation of God?
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One of the most common myths about the Qur’an, is that Hazrath Uthman (R.A.), the third Caliph of Islam authenticated and compiled one Qur’an, from a large set of mutually contradicting copies. The Qur’an, revered as the Word of Allah (swt) by Muslims the world over, is the same Qur’an as the one revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). It was authenticated and written under his personal supervision. We will examine the roots of the myth, which says that Uthman (R.A.) had the Qur’an authenticated.

1. Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) himself supervised and authenticated the written texts of the Qur’an

Whenever the Prophet received a revelation, he would first memorise it himself and later declare the revelation and instruct his Companions who would also memorise it. The Prophet would immediately ask the scribes to write down the revelation he had received, and he would reconfirm and re-check it himself. Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) was an Ummi who could not read and write. Therefore, after receiving each revelation, he would repeat it to his Companions. They would write down the revelation, and he would re-check by asking them to read what they had written. If there was any mistake, the Prophet would immediately point it out and have it corrected and re-checked. Similarly he would even re-check and authenticate the portions of the Qur’an memorised by the Companions. In this way, the complete Qur’an was written down under the personal supervision of the prophet (Pbuh).

2. Order and sequence of Qur’an divinely inspired

The complete Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years portion by portion, as and when it was required. The Qur’an was not compiled by the Prophet (Pbuh) in the chronological order of revelation. The order and sequence of the Qur’an too was Divinely inspired and was instructed to the Prophet (Pbuh) by Allah (swt) through Archangel Gabriel. Whenever a revelation was conveyed to his companions, the Prophet (Pbuh) would also mention in which Surah (chapter) and after which ayat (verse) this new revelation should fit.

Every Ramadan, all the portions of the Qur’an that had been revealed, including the order of the verses, were revised and reconfirmed by the Prophet (Pbuh) with Archangel Gabriel. During the last Ramadan, before the demise of the Prophet (Pbuh), the Qur’an was re-checked and reconfirmed twice.

It is therefore clearly evident that the Qur’an was compiled and authenticated by the Prophet (Pbuh) himself during his lifetime, both in the written form as well as in the memory of several of his Companions.

3. Qur’an copied on one common material

The complete Qur’an, along with the correct sequence of the verses, was present during the time of the Prophet (Pbuh). The verses however, were written on separate pieces, scrapes of leather, thin flat stones, leaflets, palm branches, shoulder blades, etc. After the demise of the Prophet (Pbuh), Abu Bakr (R.A.), the first caliph of Islam ordered that the Qur’an be copied from the various different materials on to a common material and place, which was in the shape of sheets. These were tied with strings so that nothing of the compilation was lost.

4. Uthman (R.A.) made copies of the Qur’an from the original manuscript

Many Companions of the Prophet (Pbuh) used to write down the revelation of the Qur’an on their own whenever they heard it from the lips of the Prophet (Pbuh). All the verses revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) may not have been heard personally by all the Companions. There were high possibilities of different portions of the Qur’an being missed by different Companions. This gave rise to disputes among Muslims regarding the different contents of the Qur’an during the period of the third Caliph Uthman (R.A.).

Uthman (R.A.) borrowed the original manuscript of the Qur’an, which was authorised by the beloved Prophet (Pbuh), from Hafsah (may Allah be pleased with her), the Prophet’s (Pbuh) wife. Uthman (R.A.) ordered four Companions who were among the scribes who wrote the Qur’an when the Prophet (Pbuh) dictated it, led by Zaid bin Thabit (R.A.) to rewrite the script in several perfect copies. These were sent by Uthman (R.A.) to the main centres of Muslims.

There were other personal collections of the portions of the Qur’an that people had with them. These might have been incomplete and with mistakes. Uthman (R.A.) only appealed to the people to destroy all these copies, which did not match the original manuscript of the Qur’an in order to preserve the original text of the Qur’an. Two such copies of the copied text of the original Qur’an authenticated by the Prophet are present to this day, one at the museum in Tashkent in erstwhile Soviet Union and the other at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

5. Diacritical marks were added for non-Arabs

The original manuscript of the Qur’an does not have the signs indicating the vowels in Arabic script. These vowels are known as tashkil, zabar, zair, paish in Urdu and as fatah, damma and qasra in Arabic. The Arabs did not require the vowel signs and diacritical marks for correct pronunciation of the Qur’an since it was their mother tongue. For Muslims of non-Arab origin, however, it was difficult to recite the Qur’an correctly without the vowels. These marks were introduced into the Qur’anic script during the time of the fifth ‘Umayyad’ Caliph, Malik-ar-Marwan (66-86 Hijri/685-705 C.E.) and during the governorship of Al-Hajaj in Iraq.

Some people argue that the present copy of the Qur’an that we have along with the vowels and the diacritical marks is not the same original Qur’an that was present at the Prophet’s time. But they fail to realise that the word ‘Qur’an’ means a recitation. Therefore, the preservation of the recitation of the Qur’an is important, irrespective of whether the script is different or whether it contains vowels. If the pronunciation and the Arabic is the same, naturally, the meaning remains the same too.

6. Allah Himself has promised to guard the Qur’an

Allah has promised in the Qur’an: “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly Guard it (from corruption).” The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 15, Verse 9

Dr. Zakir Naik

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Dreams and Deja Vu

In my book,"Islam is the Truth," I discuss the evidence of the spirit of God in man and that our soul is the means in which we understand and interact with the world around us. I wrote that our thoughts and dreams are proof of our soul. But my explanation can be taken a bit further. If we think about it, how many of our dreams are good dreams? In dreams, most people feel anxiety. More negative feelings are induced in our dreams than positive feelings. And even the positive feelings are often a result of something we have done in our dreams which is morally wrong. Most dreams are senseless and bizarre and they are filled with regrettable deeds, done by you or someone else. They are like deleted scenes in a movie. You could have done these things and you can do them in real life. People wake up in a cold sweat or they are relieved that this was only a dream. This is man's opportunity to see and experience the results of his actions without the consequences. The soul in man is what is actually viewing his dreams and learning from them. This is but a gift from God to help man avoid the pitfalls of life.

Another unexplained phenomenon of man is deja vu or the feeling that you have experienced a certain event before. But this definition insinuates that a person is experiencing something in the present which they have already experienced in the past. I do not think this is what people mean when they say they have experienced deja vu. I think what they mean to say is that they have foreknowledge of the event that is happening in the present that they only become aware of when it actually happens. In other words, they knew the future.

If you experience deja vu while you are with two of your friends, you must realize that you knew in your subconscious beforehand that they were going to be the age, the height and the weight that they were before the experience. You knew what haircut they would have and what clothes that they would wear. But the problem is that your mind can only perceive what you have experienced and what you are experiencing right now. You may guess that a certain situation will occur, but how did you subconsciously know something that happened in the future? (this is not to be confused or used to try and predict the future. Deja vu is not under our control) God gives you a glimpse of the future through your spirit. Deja vu is another proof of the soul of man given to him by God, who views the past, present and future, not in sequence, but as one.


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Dialogue With Those of Another Faith

Throughout my entire life, people have come to me recommending that I change my faith. Some people suggest that I adopt their faith, while others suggest that I should not adopt any faith at all. And there are those who wish that I adopt any faith but Islam. I have never felt contempt towards any of these individuals. Though I totally disagreed with their premise, I totally agreed with their intentions. Their intentions were to lead me to truth and stir me from falsehood as they preceived truth and falsehood to be. I can accept criticism and denouncement of my faith. It is insults and belittlement that are uncalled for. Helpfully my sentiments are shared with those of other religions.

My books are a criticism of all the major religions, including Islam. I just hope that people realize that there is no harm, only progress, in criticism that is devoid of denigration. Dialogue and scrutiny are ultimately how we arrive at the truth. There is no belief system that is beyond scrutiny. There is no belief system that can not be ridiculed, including scientific theories. I feel the greatest hurdle to jump is the notion that our beliefs are personal and that they should not be discussed with other people, particularly other people who might disagree. One problem with that idea is that our beliefs are the guide by which we interact with other people. I most certainly want to know what other religions say about me and how I am to be treated. (There is little doubt that non-muslims sources have made it their duty to TRY to articulate how muslims view non-Muslims, but this job is best suited for a Muslim.)

Another problem with keeping our religion to ourselves is that some people will never find the truth. Most people adhere to the religion that they were raised in. Though they may at one time or another lose their faith, when people are in search of answers to their life, they inevitably return to what they are familiar with. But to be clear, there is only one truth, while there can be several falsehoods. In other words, someone is on the wrong path. As sincere followers of our religion, how can we allow others to go down a path of error without attempting to give them the proper directions? In our efforts, we may find that we have been off course. But if we never ask, we will never know.

Peace to all.


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Do Muslims worship the Kaaba, or the Moon, of a Moon God?

There was a man who led the children of Israel into the land of Canaan after Moses’ (pbuh) death. His name was Joshua. In Hebrew it is Yahushua. It is the identical name of the person believed to have died for the sins of man on the cross 2000 years ago. When Christians pray to Jesus (pbuh), are they actually worshiping the Joshua of the Old Testament or Jesus (pbuh) of 2000 years ago?

 

 There were a number of people who were called the Messiah before Jesus (pbuh) came to this earth. When Christians worship Jesus (pbuh), are they worshiping all the false Messiahs of old? The Jews are still waiting for the Messiah. When a man comes and they pay respect to him as the Messiah, are they paying respect and honor to any of the false messiahs, at all? The answer to these questions is, absolutely not. Because you have the same name or because someone mistakenly named someone or something the name that is rightfully due to someone else in no way, shape or form affects the actual person or being who the name describes. Any rational person will acknowledge this fact, but there are those who go out of their way to discredit Islam, with pitiful

arguments like Arabs use to call the moon-god ALLAH, thus Muslims today are worshiping the moon-god.

 

 Their argument includes the notion that Muslims worship the Kaaba. Because people do not know that it was the first mosque, they are easily convinced that this is a huge idol which the Muslims worship five times a day. I have read great rebuttals to this argument which prove that this entire argument is nonsensical, but I felt it should be said that the argument is inconsequential, if you ask the person posing the question, how can you say that a Muslim worships the moon when no Muslim on earth makes reference to the moon or the Kaaba in worship or in any way of reverence? When the Buddhist prays to a statue of Buddha, they specifically speak to Buddha. When a Muslim prays towards the Kaaba, no one utters words in reference to the sacred mosque. Muslims give

their worship to ALLAH. The only purpose that the Kaaba has is as a centerpiece for the worship of God. The Kaaba is like a king’s ring. If his subjects kiss the ring, he is not paying respect to the ring, but to the king. Does anyone accuse the Christian of worshiping a cross or the Jews for worshiping the Wailing Wall?

 

The direction of prayer, or Qibla was at one time for the Muslims towards Jerusalem. But ALLAH changed the Qibla to the Kaaba in Mecca . This shift was an effort to distinction the true believers from those who were simply in the company of the believers for some benefit besides the worship of ALLAH (mostly amongst the former Jews and Christians). From that point on, Muslims were to pray towards the sacred mosque (2:142-146). But the point is that Jerusalem served as a point of worship, just as the Kaaba does now. Yet no one accuses Muslims of once worshiping the city of Jerusalem. Not to mention that Bilal used to stand on top of the Kaaba to give the call to prayer. It's obvious that he did not worship it. The Kaaba is but a tool to worship God, just as the moon is. Those from western society may not know that some use the lunar time system, instead of the solar time system. So when they hear that Muslims use the moon to determine when to fast or pray, it conjures up thoughts that Muslims must worship the moon.

 

The numerous flags with the star and the moon help to fuel this idea. But claiming that Muslims worship the moon is as credible as saying the entire western society worships the sun because their every action is scheduled by the sun’s activity. The claim that Muslims worship the moon is completely unsubstantiated, but often offered as proof of the invalidity of Islam. Arabs, as well as their Hebrew cousins (which include Jesus (pbuh)) use the moon to tell the time. They do not worship the moon in any form or fashion. And the symbols on the flag have the same bearing on the faith of Islam that the stars and stripes have on Christianity. Absolutely none. The moon and crescent have no religious significance, as it was adopted by Muslim countries from the dream of the founder of Ottoman Empire, Uthman, 800 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

 

 The Arabs despite their worship of a multitude of gods, even before the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), held ALLAH as the supreme deity. ALLAH was viewed, as the Hindus view the Brahman, above description. And like the Hindus, they allocated inferior deities to bridge the gap between them and the supreme God. But there have been some Christian opponents of Islam, who suggest that the Arabs called one of these lesser gods, ALLAH. Of course, this is unsubstantiated and refuted by Muslim scholars who prove the moon god which they are referring to was actually called Sin, not ALLAH.

(http://www.islamicawareness.org/Qur’an/Sources/Allah/moongod.html)

 

But even if their claim is true, they shoot themselves in the foot, when they say that ALLAH is but a contraction of AL-ILAH which is “the God” in Arabic. They have to dissect the word “ALLAH” to have any point to make, because as I have said Arabs have been calling the supreme God, ALLAH forever. Even Arab Christians called God ALLAH before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) brought Islam. It becomes obvious that the generic word for god, “ilah,” could have been used for every single god that they had. So they play a sad game of associating the word “ilah” with the Canaanite god “Baal.” The first problem that they have is Baal was the sun-god, when they said ALLAH is the moon-god. The second problem that they have is that “ilah” is related to the Hebrew word “el,” which is used in the Bible for the Hebrew God. This means that the word used for God in the Bible is subject to the same criticism as the word for God in Arabic, i.e. they too worship the moon-god (or sun god). And a third problem is that in the mythology of Baal the sun-god, his father was named “EL.” In fact, the words “Baal” and “el” were interchangeable until a rift came between the Jews and the Canaanites.

 

Also, the polytheistic Moabites used Yahweh or Jehovah as the name of God, and even early Jews gave Yahweh, a wife name Asherah. If the discrepancies of people of the past, including Israelites, do not discredit the validity of the God of the Jews and Christians, then the discrepancy of the past Arabs have no bearing on the God of Islam. Furthermore, no Muslim worships any earthly or heavenly body. This point is brought home by the Qur’an itself.

 

Al-Qur'an 41:37 Among His Signs are the Night and the Day, and the Sun and the Moon. Do not prostrate to the sun and the moon, but prostrate to Allah, Who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve.

 

An interesting note is that the Aramaic word “alaaha” and the Hebrew words “elah” and “eloah” all mean God and they all sound strikingly similar to ALLAH from Arabic. In the movie the passion of Christ, you might notice the similarities when Jesus (pbuh) speaks of God in Aramaic. Perhaps if some were a bit more careful, they would not smear a name for God used by their own prophets and/or their Lord and Master.

 

 


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Over 2 BILLION PEOPLE

believe that on this day 2000 years ago, the Almighty God of the universe was whipped, spit on, nailed on a cross and killed.

Think about that!!!


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What Some Are Starting to Realize about Jesus (pbuh) and God?

There are many Christians who have reservations about the idea that Jesus (pbuh) was actually God. If Jesus (pbuh) was God, that would mean that the entirety of God's power was possessed inside of a 180 lb human being. However they know that this is impossible. One can not put an ocean inside of a soda bottle. So how can the power and wisdom of God possibly be encased or enclosed in a human body.

Many Trinitarians have realized the impossibility of such a notion so they postulate that God was not actually inside of Jesus (pbuh), but that God was guiding the man Jesus (pbuh) as he walked the earth. With this proclamation, what these Christian thinkers have actually done is articulate the understanding of a man who lived 600 years after Jesus (pbuh) and they are echoing the Islamic doctrine on Jesus (pbuh) shared by 1.8 billion people. It is Muslims who have insisted for 1400 years that Jesus (pbuh) was but a man, whose life, mission and message were guided by God Almighty. In fact, if the Christian thinkers are correct then Jesus’ (pbuh) miracles recorded in the Bible are falsely attributed to the man, when it was God who performed the miracles through this vessel called Jesus (pbuh). The more that they study and contemplate, they closer they will be to Islam. As the Great Ahmed Deedat said, "If you only read and follow the words of Jesus (pbuh) in the Bible, you would be a Muslim."


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My Progress for this Year

On February 27th, I spoke with another class of University students in their "Religion" class. It was an exhilarating experience. I have spoken to maybe 7 or 8 classes, but this class by far was the most engaged and the most engaging. I spoke and answered questions of Islam for about 2 1/2 hours. Many of the students had a previous knowledge of Islam, so the questions were far from rudimentary . Generally I give the basics of Islam and my road to the religion and then answer questions for about an hour. On this occasion, after about an hour and a half, we took a break and I gave out my new booklet "FAQs About Islam" and the class asked me to continue. I truly had a great time. I am eternally grateful to the Professor for allowing me the opportunity to speak with his class. He and a few of the students have encouraged me to seek a larger audience, but my current undertaking, writing about religion, has comsumed most of my free time.

And speaking of my writings, the aforementioned "FAQs about Islam" is a booklet which is something that I intend to give out to those interested in learning about Islam. It has 200 frequently asked questions about Islam and their answers. Quick and easy reading, which may provoke the reader to contact the local Imam or stop a Muslim and ask for further explanations about Islam. I am very close to completion of my booklet abut the Islamic understanding of Jesus (pbuh). I am simultaneously putting together the booklets for "The Most Important Thing in the World" and my assessment of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. I intend to have all of these books finished before the end of this year, InshaALLAH. There are a few more ideas that I have in their infancy stage, and I will strive to make these ideas a reality. 

 

Shukran for all of the support.

Peace to all.


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Remember Him

How often do you remember God? You spend your day at work, at the computer, watching television, listening to the radio, playing sports, watching sports, reading the newspaper, reading books and exercising. But how much of your time is given to the one who made all those things possible? How often do you think about the one who has you in his knowledge at all times? Some people think of him in times of great pleasure and/or great pain. But perhaps we should think about God more often.

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Muslim Forgiveness

Some will be surprised, if they have never read the Qur’an, as to the continuous command to believers to show mercy for those you cause them harm. It is often said that the God of Islam and the Hebrew scripture is so cruel, but Jesus (pbuh) is so forgiving. But God is full of forgiveness and he does so inexhaustibly. The source of Jesus' (pbuh) compassionate and forgiving teachings is ALLAH.

Al-Qur'an 42:39 And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.

42:40 The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loveth not those who do wrong.

42:41 But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame.

42:42 The blame is only against those who oppress men and wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty grievous.

42:43 But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs.

If anyone is familiar with the Bible, they knows that Moses(pbuh) gave the punishment “an eye for an eye” (Leviticus 24:19-20). Jesus (pbuh) later suggests that one should turn the other cheek and forgive, instead of using the “eye for an eye” method (Matthew 5:38-39). Later Jesus (pbuh) uses a whip to clear out the temple and asks his disciples to buy swords to defend against those opposing him (John 2:14-15, Luke 22:36). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) reconciles these two images of Jesus (pbuh) depicted in the Bible, as well as the Law of Moses (pbuh). It is permissible and acceptable to harm someone as they have harmed you in self-defense, as long as you do not transgress bounds (2:190), meaning commit a sin in doing so (a Muslim cannot kill an innocent family member of one who kills his family member because this is a sin), but it is more beneficial to you if you forgive them for their transgressions and reconcile your differences with words. This type of Muslim forgives even when they are angry (42:37), because Allah recommends forgiveness.

Muslims are to forgive the non-Muslims for all the problems that they caused (45:14). This includes those who try to turn him away from Islam (2:108-109). The Qur’an accuses the people of previous scriptures of changing, forgetting or distorting the message of God on several occasions (2:59, 2:57, 3:78), but the Muslims is told to forgive and overlook their deceit (5:13). Those who wage war on ALLAH and the Prophet and cause mischief in the land can repent for their sins (5:33-34, 9:74). How can this be a violent religion, a religion spread by the sword when apostates can try to kill the Prophet and they are still eligible for forgiveness?


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