Fighting in the Qur'an is only in circumstances of Self-Defense

or in the difference of the oppressed. When read in its proper context, there is no verse of the Qur'an that can be used to justify killing Non-Muslims just for being Non-Muslims. The Qur'an on several occasions says "Fight against those who disbelieve in Islam" but when this is quoted it must be quoted in its context. First the word used for "fight" is also translated as "strive" because physical confrontation is not the sole means of dispelling crime in the Qur'an. Striving would also include talking,debating, negotiating,bolstering your people who deter enemies from fighting, and inviting others to our way of life. All of these methods are to be implored according to the Qur'an, when Muslims are striving against those who disbelieve. But when the Qur'an is specifically talking about war, it is always in reference to self-defense or the defense of those who cannot defend themselves. This is what is meant by the phrase "Fight in the cause of ALLAH."

The early Muslims and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were in grave danger for speaking out against the ills of their society. There were enormous numbers of Arabs against Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) upstarts. ALLAH repeatedly commands them in the Qur'an to fight oppression, to fight presecution until it does not exist despite the tremendous odds that they faced. But often times these circumstances are not addressed when the discussion over a verse of the Qur'an is mentioned. For example, Chapter 9 verse 29 says  "Fight against those who believe not in ALLAH, nor the Last Day...." This verse has often been used by detractors of Islam to suggest that the Qur'an allows Muslims to fight any and all who do not believe in ALLAH, but had the verse been read in its proper context, this misunderstanding would have never come about. Had they read the verses preceding this verse, they would know that this was in regards to a specific group of Pagans who entered a treaty with the Muslims and later broke this treaty and attacked the Muslims. Actually 9:13 alone makes this abundantly clear. The Muslims were attacked first, i.e. self-defense, and the Pagans had broken their oath. Not only that, the Qur'an tells the Muslims to take the prisoners of war to a place of safety and even offer them Islam (9:6). These claims against Islam are probably an innocent mistake, but their prepetuation is cause for great concern. It is a Muslim's duty to educate others on the truth of Islam and I would like tothank those who brought up this issue for having made a sincere effort to discuss Islam and their views on Islam.


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Companions in Paradise...72 virgins?

What is an experience without others to share it with? Those who you care most about are also those whom you would like to be present with you. In Paradise , there are similarities from this

world, in food, drink, clothes, trees, rivers and so on. There is also the same need for companionship. Some religions have no companionship in heaven, but this is not the case in Islam. Those in Paradise will have their pain and suffering taken away, but not their memory. People in heaven and hell will discuss events that occurred here on earth. What would you remember most about this life but the relationships you shared with your family and friends?

AL-Qur'an 13:23 Gardens of perpetual bliss: they shall enter there, as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring

Al-Qur'an 52:21 And those who believe and whose families follow them in Faith,- to them shall We join their families: Nor shall We deprive them (of the fruit) of aught of their works: (Yet) is each individual in pledge for his deeds.

Al-Qur'an 43:70 Enter ye the Garden, ye and your wives, in (beauty and) rejoicing.

And for those who are not married, they will be joined to Companions. The word used in the Qur’an for these companions is “houris.” They are characterized as having wide and lovely eyes (52:20), they are virgins and of equal-age to the believer (56:36-37), good, beautiful (55:70) and pure (3:15). They have been often described as only being female, when the Arabic word, “houris,” just like the word companion or spouse, can be either male or female.

I have often seen Islam ridiculed on the account of the companions in Paradise, as well as those who will be reunited with their spouse, for thinking of Paradise in sensual terms. This is quite comical in my view. One of the greatest gifts God gave man is love and companionship. Why would he revoke this gift when rewarding his devotees for eternity? Would not a loving God provide more love in Paradise? The relationships continued or established in Paradise are actually a great tool to help propagate Islam. “If you want to live happily ever after with your wife and

family in Paradise, become a Muslim.”

I have mentioned a few things which both the Qur’an and the words of Jesus (pbuh) as recorded in the gospels agree on pertaining to heaven, but they differ with regards to companionship in heaven. Jesus (pbuh) says you will not be married anymore in heaven (Luke 20:35). This is interesting, because when you read Jesus’ (pbuh) story of the rich man in hell and Lazarus the beggar in heaven, it is clear that both people recognize each other from their time on earth. And though the rich man is in the torment of hellfire, he still feels compassion towards his brothers who are still on the earth sinning (Luke 16:27-28). If you feel compassion in the midst of punishment, it is reasonable to believe that those in heaven will also feel compassion, especially when they recognize a

loved one. In this instance, Jesus’ (pbuh) words are in accordance with the Qur’an, that there exists love and compassion for others in the hereafter. It should also be stated that Jesus (pbuh) is said to have compared Heaven with the courtship that one man might have with 10 virgin women, 5 of which he marries (Matthew 25:1-13). Thus the Bible is conflicted on Jesus’ (pbuh) position on companionship in heaven.

The problem in Islam arises with the notion that those who are martyrs will receive 72 virgins in Paradise. There are a number of problems with this idea. The most glaring one is that this claim is nowhere to be found in the Qur’an. The Qur’an say one who dies while striving in the way of ALLAH will enter Paradise . It also says there will be companions in Paradise. This is somehow joined together and Paradise has become an abode for a man with a harem of women at his disposal. But this is a forbidden act on earth, how exactly would it be permissible in Paradise? What then is the difference between a sinner and a saint, if the saint waits his lifetime to forever indulge in the acts that a sinner performs on earth? The difference would only be the patience of the

saint over the sinner. Fornication is fornication wherever you are. And sex becomes the motive for getting to Paradise. Clearly the Qur’an says you will be united with you wife in Paradise, if she is a believer. And “houris” are for those without a wife or husband in Paradise and no one needs 72 of either.

It is obvious that this idea was conjured up by a man to encourage other men to fight fiercely for the cause of ALLAH and for the abundant pleasures of the hereafter, because no chaste woman wants 72 companions. This is another example of the manipulation of Hadiths. Someone put their own words on the lips of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), which is unsubstantiated by the Qur’an and in contrast to the moral code of Islam. Nonetheless, believing men and women should be happy to know that ALLAH will provide all with love and companionship in his utopia.


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The Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Problem

Ahmed Deedat gave us the solution maybe 30 years ago and we did not take heed. The solution to this problem is to CONVERT them. Propagate Islam to Jews! There are roughly 18 million Jews on earth and 1.8 billion Muslims on earth, yet Judaism is based upon the doctrine in its Torah which precedes the Qur'an by 2,000 years. What is the reason for the disparity? The first reason is that Judaism is a non-proselytizing religion. An overwhelming majority of its followers are born Jewish and they do not have a proclivity to include others. Not one of the 613 laws of the Jewish Torah command Jews to propagate their religion to others. While Judaism is virtually exclusive, Islam is an inclusive religion. It encompasses every person ever born and everything ever brought into existence.

The second reason is that many Jews are secular or non-religious. In fact, a great number of them are atheists. This is possible because as I have stated, most are born Jewish and a belief in Judaism and God are not requisites. In sharp contrast, one can not be a Muslim and not believe in God. And the finally reason is that Islam is the completion and correction of all previous beliefs systems, which of course includes Judaism. You see, many Jewish people become atheists because of what they read in the Jewish Torah. When they read that God rested on the 7th day, that God has regrets, that God is jealous, and that God is vulnerable, they lose faith in God. Yet Islam submits that all of these ideas about God are grave misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the truth of God.

Muslims are given the truth, yet we sit on it. How is it possible that some Jews believe that God rested, when there are Muslims in close proximity who can tell them that the Qur'an says no sleep, slumber or fatigue can seize God? How can a religion which professes that God only chosen one small group of desert dwellers compete with a religion which says that God chose everybody? The Jewish Torah says that two human beings hid from God, while the Qur'an says repeatedly that God sees everything that you do. The Jewish Torah says that God ate food. The Qur'an says God is in need of nothing, ever. The Jewish Torah says that Abraham and Moses (pbut) changed God's mind and actually kindle God's anger or wrath. The Qur'an says that God is the most wise and that he guided these men, not vice versa. How can Judaism compete with Islam? IT CAN'T! There is no amount of schooling or learning which can explain away these contradiction of ideas. A man who has never attended school can easily articulate these points to another who has been in school for 30 years. Because when true is juxtaposed falsehood, it is clearly distinguishable.

I have written two books, "The Jewish Torah is not the Word of God" and "God the Irresistible" which are a great help to anyone in need of evidence for claims that I have made above and much more. Whether you encounter an orthodox Jew or an atheistic Jew, these two books have more than enough material to help you demonstrate that a belief in Islam and a belief in God are best for them. Use the sword of intellect and you with overcome your opposition and simultaneously create a brother in the religion of truth.


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Iqra

Frederick Douglass was born a slave. It was a crime for black people to learn how to read. So Douglass bribed some white kids into teaching him how to read,using food. He traded the bread of nutrition for the bread of knowledge. He risked his life to gain knowledge. Now books are readily available and people do not read at all. With knowledge, nothing and no one can hold you back. So empower yourself. Read a book!

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Remember this time in history

Muslims all over the world are fighting for their freedom and their right to have a government which represents their interests!           

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Wife Beating In Islam??? Part 2

Last year, I wrote a blog which suggested that Surah 4:34 of the Holy Qur'an was mistranslated into English. This mistranslation allowed men to beat their wives. In my blog, I showed that beating or striking your wife due to her ill-behavior was the incorrect understanding of the verse. The Arabic word can mean to "beat" or to "separate." In the context of the verse in this chapter, the proper translation was to "separate." I also stated that Muslims need to get together and have this translation changed to avoid further confusion. Fortunately, an author by the name of Yahiya Emerick had the same sentiment in mind. He has printed three English Qur'ans,"The Holy Qur'an: Guidance for Life," "The Holy Qur'an in Today's English," and "A Journey through the Holy Qur'an," with the translation as "separate from your wife" instead of "beat your wife." I am sure that he did not read my blog, but it is as the Holy Qur'an says "truth stands out clear from falsehood." I am extremely happy that these Qur'an's are available to the public.


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American Woman 2 (Come to Islam)

 

In 2007, NBC news reported that 20,000 Americans convert to Islam each year. And out of the 20,000, there are 4 times as many women than men. In the same year, CNN news reported that 1.5 million Americans converted to Islam AFTER September 11, 2001. In the midst of an onslaught of anti-Islamic news, it is amazing that Muslims would remain Muslims and it is a miracle that others would convert or revert to Islam. But this is the nature of truth. No matter how much truth is covered. It will still shine through.


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Islam is the Truth

Why are there so many myths and misunderstandings about Islam? And are these just misunderstandings or are they intentional? There is no doubt that many Muslims and non-Muslims have spread falsehoods about Islam without malicious intent. And it also without doubt that many people have intentionally misled others about Islam. There are a multitude of people who know that truth, but they allow people to believe in myths. We should consider why that is. Why would there be so many lies about Islam? Why are these lies widespread without them being corrected? More importantly, if Islam is untrue, why are so many myths about Islam necessary? Who proves that something is false, by using false evidence?

People lie in order to conceal the truth. They lie because a lie is more beneficial to them, than the truth is. Yet the truth can only harm someone who is lying. There is an old saying, “All that glistens isn’t gold.” Well it is also true that not all gold glistens. Sometimes you have to uncover the treasure because it is deeply buried in myths and misconceptions.

Al-Qur’an 61:8 Their intention is to extinguish Allah's Light with their mouths: But Allah will complete (the revelation of) His Light, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).

Al-Qur’an 61:9 It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).

Take another look at the Religion of Truth. Islam is our natural way of life. It is natural for man to be righteous, to be brotherly/sisterly, to be a good husband or wife, to be a good friend, to be a good neighbor, and to be a good Samaritan. It is natural for man to fight oppression and fight for the oppressed. It is natural for man to give to charity and to help those in need. All these things are what make a good Muslim. This is God’s will for man and when you perform these actions, you are in a state of Islam.

Islam’s every tenet calls for a closeness with God. When you embrace Islam, you embrace your true self and your true purpose in life. When one concludes that there is a God, who can find fault with a system which provides a constant reminder of God? This life is but a test for man. God has given him a soul, he has given man intelligence, and understanding. God has given man a conscience serving as a compass to leads towards righteousness. God has given man, through his Prophets, examples of how one should lead a pious life and God has given man opportunity. Every day that you live, every moment of every day, you are provided an opportunity to seek truth, embrace and accept truth and live truth. Come and explore the truth from God given to all of mankind and to all of his creation, ISLAM.


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The Qur’an has many different versions?

It has been the proclivity of some Christian apologists to assert that Muslims have many different versions of the Qur’an, just as Christians have many versions of the Bible. This is a huge myth. The Bible has the King James VERSION, the American Standard VERSION, the New International VERSION, the Douay-Rheims VERSION. A version is

-a description or account from one point of view, especially as opposed to another

They are called versions because they say different things on same issue. Some of these versions of the Bible have a word or two that another version doesn’t have. Some have a phrase or two that another version doesn’t have. Some have a sentence or two. Some have a verse or two. Some have a chapter or two that another version does not have. Some of these versions of the Bible have 73 books in them, while others have 66 books. You see this is not merely a matter of translation. To translate is

-to render in another language

Some of the versions of the Bible are so different that it changes the tenets of one’s belief in Christianity, even in terms of God and Jesus (pbuh). At any rate, the Qur’an has many different translations, not different versions. Different translators use different English words to convey the Arabic of the Qur’an, but all the Arabic in the Qur’ans are the same. The reason the Bible has so many versions is because they have literally thousands of manuscripts that they form their Bibles from, but none of these Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic manuscripts are identical. They all have varying details, thus making the existence of differing versions of the Bible inevitable. Fortunately, the Qur’an has been well preserved.

“It is as it was 1400 years ago, which a Muslim can verify by comparing his Qur’an with that of the two existing Qur’ans in the city of Tashkent of Uzbekistan and Istanbul of Turkey. This preservation is also a fulfilled prophecy in the Qur’an.”

Al-Qur’an 15:9 We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).

-Islam is the Truth, I.D. Campbell


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Aatheism Part 2

Now even a child can disprove atheism with the Questions: "What happened right before the atom began to form?" or "Where did the protons and electrons come from?" If a child continues to ask such questions, the atheist will come to the point where it is imperative for there to be a personal cause for these sequenced events to take place.

Sir Isaac Newton, the brilliant scientist and noted theist, discovered the law of cause and effect. Because of this law, we can say that a personal cause outside fo the universe, a mechanical system, caused the universe to come into existence. And this personal cause is not subject to the laws of the universe because it is outside of the universe and it created the laws to start with. The law of gravity, the laws of nature, and the law of cause and effect are laws of this universe. The creator created these laws. Before he created them, they did not exist. Therefore he is not subject to them. He is not subject to nature, thus he is supernatural. He does not grow or diminish. He does not need food or drink, shelter or sleep. And he is not subject to cause and effect. So the question who caused or who created God is a nonsensical one. The creator created creation. The causer caused cause to exist. Scientists call him the First Cause. They deduce that there must be an infinite being which created the finite universe. And his existence is NECESSARY for our existence and the existence of the universe.

This is an irrefutable fact. Those who call themselves atheists write books and give lectures arguing against a religious or a personal god, not against god in general as a supernatural being which brought the universe into existence. This is because they can't. The atheist evangelist Richard Dawkins, in his book "The God Delusion" describes himself as 6/7ths of an atheist. What does that mean? I am not 3/4ths of a theist. The reason that he has levels of atheism is because he is not really an atheist. He has admitted in his own book that he is not fully convinced that God doesn't exist. Which means that he is not an atheist. He is a wishful deist. He wishes that God doesn't exist, thus his books title is disingenuous. It should be "Maybe God is a Delusion" or "God is a Delusion, Hopefully."But he like, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking did, must admit that this universe has a creator because all evidence points towards a creator, including evolution.

Don't be fooled, evolution does not negate the existence of God in any way. In fact, for evolution to be true, you need a creator. You need a living being to produce another living thing. Life doesn't come from inanimate objects. If you think it does, then wait for a grain of sand to turn into a single-celled organism. It will be an exercise in futility.

In conclusion, it is clear that a first cause is necessary for our existence in this universe. No thinking person can refute this fact. Join me in the philosphy of Aatheism and prove to an atheist that he isn't really an atheist at all. He is a deist praying and wishing that God doesn't exist. Help bring them out of their state of denial.


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