Saturday, June 10

"That Prophet"?

"Are you THAT Prophet?"[Bible - John 1:20]

"The Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you."[Bible - John 14:26]

Jesus, the son of Mary, said, "A messenger will come after me, named Ahmad."[Holy Qur'an 61:6]

The chief priests and Levites asked John the Baptist, "If you are not the Christ (Messiah), and not Elijah - are you THAT Prophet?"[John 1:20]

When the chief priests and Levites asked John the Baptist who he was, they asked him in a very strange way. First the questioned him as to whether or not he was the anticipated "Messiah" [Christ in Koine Greek]. He was not the "Messiah" that had hoped for. Next they asked if he was the prophet Elijah and again he tells them, "No." Now comes the really strange part. Finally, they asked him if he is "That Prophet?"

1. Are you Christ? - [No]
2. Are you Elijah? - [No]
3. Are you THAT Prophet? - [No]

What did they mean by "That Prophet?" We of course, know who the "Christ" is. After all, Christians should know that "Christ" is merely a shortened form of the Koine Greek word "christos," intended to mean the Hebrew word "Messiah."

The Jews of two thousand years ago were definitely looking for the Messiah, who it was foretold in their books, would come and lead them to victory over their oppressors and thus gain for them mastery over this world. They were very oppressed under Roman domination and even their own Jewish kings were seen as nothing more than puppets or agents for the disbelievers. Certainly, they would have been most happy to see someone come on the scene who would defeat their Roman masters and slave drivers.

Then the priests and Levites asked John the Baptist if he might be the prophet Elijah, returning back after hundreds of years being away. There was the notion amongst them that Elijah would come back. But again, John the Baptist is denying he is Elijah.

Then, who is he? They wonder at this man living out in the desert and forsaking wealth and luxury and fasting, avoiding the material attractions of life.

Again, they ask John the Baptist who he is. "Are you THAT Prophet?" And one more time he denies being "THAT Prophet," but then he does tell them about someone who will come after him soon, whom he claims he is not worthy to even unlace his shoes.

However, this does not answer the question, "Who were they expecting besides the Messiah?" Could it be they were looking for someone like Muhammad? (Could be)

Who is THAT Prophet? -

Keep reading and learn who "That Prophet" is and what other proofs can be discovered within the Holy texts to support this idea.

For centuries Muslims have believed Jesus, peace be upon him, was "THAT Prophet" mentioned in these words of the Gospel of John. The Quran states one of the important features of Jesus' mission was to give the "bashir" or 'glad tidings' of the coming of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. During his short missionary career that lasted not more than three years, and which was overshadowed by the hostile attitude of his own people, Jesus gave them the good news of Ahmad, (one of the forms of "Muhammad") the last messenger of God, who would perfect the divine teaching both in theory and in practice. The Quran mentions that, Jesus says:

"O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah {Almighty God} (sent) to you, confirming the Law (Torah or Old Testament) before me, and giving glad tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad." (Holy Qur'an 61:6)

The Quran gives the name as Ahmad, one of several ways to say Muhammad's name. Just as we have in English the name Joseph, and often use a shorter form such as "Joe" or the familiar form, "Joey," and other names like "Jonathan" which becomes "John"; "Jack" or "Johnny", so in the same way we find Arabic has similar forms for a name. Muhammad, Ahmad and Hamad are a few of the names originating from the root word, "hamd" (meaning 'praise) in Arabic, and can be understood as "The one who praises (God)"; "the praised one"; "praising"; etc.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali in his translation of the meanings of the Quran to English, he states, "Ahmad or Muhammad, the Praised One is a translation of the Koine Greek word Periclytos. In the present gospel of John 14:16, 15:26 and 16:7, the Greek word Paracletos is translated in the NIV as Comforter. Paracletos can mean an Advocate, or "one called to the help of another", "a kind friend." Muhammad, peace be upon him, was known from birth as one who brought comfort and reconciliation to family, friends and strangers alike, especially in bringing together the ties of kinship and brotherly love.

Another nick name of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, mentioned in the Bible (or at least what is left of it in the English language) is "The Spirit of Truth." As-Saddiq means exactly that and it is was another name given to Muhammad, peace be upon him, by those who knew his proclivity for honesty and integrity.

The New Testament Gospel according to John, Jesus, peace be upon him, promises them the Paracletos will come four times (John 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7). Naturally, Jesus, peace be upon him, did not return in their lifetime nor did any other prophet for that matter, so later thinkers came up with the notion that it was not Jesus "in person" but rather, Jesus coming back in "spirit form." This led some Christians to assert, this was to be the Holy Spirit, who would descend upon the disciples on the Day of the Pentecost (Acts 2), to witness Christ and lead them into the whole truth and to be with the believers forever, and they would not die (John 3:16), but have everlasting life. Also, some added verses later (see footnotes to Revised Standard Version of the Bible) to the very last chapter of Mark (16), wherein, they have the Spirit coming upon them in such a way they imagined themselves going to be able to speak with new languages; pick up snakes, lay hands on the sick to cure them and even drink poison and nothing would hurt them. [Luke 23:17-18]

Another point is, the Paracletos, comforter or the Spirit of truth, was going to dwell with us from now on. Certainly anyone could see Muhammad's influence and his message of worshipping only One God without any partners has prevailed long after his earthly life.
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Friday, June 9

Yes! That's right! We have a new mail address. If anyone would like to ask questions or would like us to give them information on Islam, please write to us using this ( account and not our hotmail account!

Journey2Islam Updates:

1) We are planning to create our very own Journey2Islam forum

2) We have mailed few non-Muslims and so far things seem to be going well Alhamdulillah (All praises and thanks be to Allah (God)!

3) We are starting a tutoring course sort of a thing for kids Insh'Allah (God Willing), our tutoring is a mixture of Islamic education as well as helping the kids with their school homeworks, assignments...etc so we are looking forward to this Insh'Allah (God Willing). Oh! It's FREE, Yup! We won't be getting a cent from it, it's for feesabilillah (For the sake of Allah (SWT)!

Well, that's all the updates for now. We will be posting up details on these next time Insh'Allah (God Willing)

How to get religious accommodation in the public school system:

Does your child need a prayer room to perform Zuhr in during lunchtime? Does he need time off for Juma and you want to do something about it but you just don't know where to start? Well it's your lucky day, here is a five-step guide on how to get your kids religious accommodations in their public schools! But first we would like to tell the parents that it's better to home-school your kids rather than taking them to public schools because 1) you don't know what your kids will be learning at these public schools and 2) chances are, they will mix with bad company and you might end up losing them (we will be posting an article discussing this matter some other time Insh'Allah).


Whatever Islamic obligation you want accommodated at your child's school, it must be done in a methodical, clear and proper manner. Shabbir Mansuri is founding director of the Council on Islamic Education in Fountain Valley, California. He provides tips and advice on how to get religious accommodation for your child.

Step #1: know the laws about religious freedom

Knowing what laws and regulations govern the issue of religious accommodation is crucial before attempting to reach the right authorities. It is also important to understand what is defined as a "reasonable limit" on religious freedom. Get the help of officials if necessary to properly understand these laws.

Step #2: get the support of a teacher

"[The first thing I would do is] arm myself with that piece of information and then set up a meeting with the principal of the school along with one of my favorite teachers at the school who will be very supportive, requesting that my son or daughter should be either permitted to [for example] go out to perform Juma prayer at a local Masjid and/or be allowed to perform Juma prayer along with other Muslim students on the school campus," says Mansuri. Getting the support of a teacher is crucial. It indicates to the principal that the religious accommodation you are seeking will not interfere with your child's performance as a student. Mansuri says that in most cases, these two steps are all that are needed to getreligious accommodation from your child's school. However, if the principal refuses to grant the accommodation, step three will be necessary.

Step #3: leave a paper trail, but first, be really nice

"If you find the meeting is not going anywhere then leave a paper trail, meaning, write letters. But before I do that, I would try to do it in a very non-confrontational way by simply sitting down with the principal and a teacher," says Mansuri. "Try to understand this process where I want to make sure this is not us versus them, but simply the notion of my exercising my constitutional rights in the most respected [way] with compassionate manners, leaving my ‘baseball bat'," he explains, referring to an approach that is harsh and confrontational. Mansuri even suggests inviting the teacher and principal over for dinner as a gesture of goodwill.

Step #4: writing to the supportive teacher

"My first letter would be to my kid's favorite teacher to ask the person's advice," advises Mansuri. "The letter will be to request to meet with teacher, and it will indicate I want to discuss with you my child's religious needs and I would like to share with you what our president has instructed the teachers and schools to accommodate them." (See a sample letter to the teacher)

Following the meeting, a thank you letter to the teacher should be sent. It will also indicate you would like to set up second meeting with the school's principal, and ask the teacher if s/he would be kind enough to go with you to discuss the topics the two of you talked about in your first meeting (see a sample thank you letter to the teacher).

"This will leave two or three letters," notes Mansuri, but in each letter "the tone of my letter should be my bringing the information as politely as I can. (I am trying to) maintain my rights for the schools to accommodate my child's religious needs. So it's a non-threatening letter."

Step #5: meeting a second time with the principal

Before attending this second meeting with the principal and teacher, "I would also arm myself with the district's education code along with the state educational code as it relates to the topics that I'm going to discuss," says Mansuri. This can be done by simply calling your district and the state office and asking them to give you the specific educational code that relates to the religious obligation you are seeking accommodation for. That office would fax you the information the same or next day. Once again, Mansuri stresses that the approach in discussing the matter a second time with the principal should not be confrontational.

"While meeting with the teacher and/or principal, I'm not trying to win an argument by telling them how much I know but rather giving them a very clear understanding that while I understand my rights as a parent, I'm simply there to help them accommodate my child's needs that they are supposed to do anyway," explains Mansuri.

"Make it a win-win situation, not an us versus them situation, and that in itself is the message of Islam."By this step, Mansuri says your child should have his/her need(s) accommodated.

Thursday, June 8

Harsh statements against Islam:

"Maybe you can explain why ISLAM is a source of so much violence in the name of God?"

This person is making a statement that is intended to look like a question. But in fact, it is a statement. After all, he has supposed that Islam is terrorism and war and violence, right. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There is a great deal of misinformation about Islam in the world today. There are several reasons for this. Some myths are centuries old, and are resurrected from time to time by ill-intentioned Islam-haters of various persuasions. Others are due to the media, which for the most part is consistently skewed to show Islam and Muslims in the worst possible light. Unfortunately, a major source of misinformation about Islam are those Muslims who are ignorant about their faith.

This misconception of Islam being all about terrorism and violence is one of the most widely held misconceptions about Islam today. And yet in the Qur'an, the Creator unambiguously states (translation),

[17:33] "Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)"

Based on this verse, it is Islamically unlawful to murder anyone who is innocent of certain crimes. It is well to remember at this point the distinction made above between Qur'an and Sunnah, and the Muslims: only the Qur'an and Sunnah are guaranteed to be in accordance with what the Creator desires, whereas the Muslims may possibly deviate. Hence, if any Muslim kills an innocent person, that Muslim has committed a grave sin, and certainly the action cannot be claimed to have been done "in the name of Islam."

It should be clear, then, that "Muslim terrorist" is almost an oxymoron: by killing innocent people, a Muslim is committing an awesome sin, and Allah is Justice personified. This phrase is offensive and demeaning of Islam, and it should be avoided. It is hoped that as the general level of public awareness and understanding of Islam increases, people will keep "terrorism" and "Islam" separate from each other, not to be used in the same phrase.

Another reason advanced in support of the misconception is that the Creator has imposed `jihad' on us. The term "holy war" is from the time of the Crusades and originated in Europe as a rallying cry against the Muslims in Jerusalem. Jihad is an Arabic word meaning struggle, but in the context of many verses in the Qur'an, it carries the meaning of military struggle, or war. Allah gradually introduced the obligation of military struggle to the Muslim community at the time of the Messenger (saas). The first verse ever revealed in that connection is as follows (translation),

[22:39] "Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them"

This verse lays down the precondition for all war in Islam: there must exist certain oppressive conditions on the people. The Creator unequivocally orders us to fight oppression and persecution, even at the expense of bloodshed as the following verse shows (translation),

[2:190-192] "And fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the reward of the unbelievers. But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors."

As one might imagine, the method of military struggle has been clearly and extensively defined in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Since this subject is a huge one, we simply summarize part of it by noting that it is unlawful to kill women, children, the infirm, the old, and the innocent. From the Sunnah, specifically in the study of the Sunnah called Sahih Bukhari, we find:

[4:52:257] Narrated 'Abdullah: During some of the Ghazawat of the Prophet a woman was found killed. Allah's Apostle disapproved the killing of women and children.

A related misconception to jihad is often propagated by Muslims who say that "Jihad is only for self-defense of physical borders." The Qur'an and Sunnah refute this notion categorically. As the verses cited above show, jihad is obligatory wherever there is injustice, and Muslims need not acknowledge imaginary lines around the earth when it comes to upholding this obligation. The Messenger of Allah (saas) has also commented on this extensively in the Sunnah. From the study of the Sunnah called Sahih Bukhari, we find that,

[4:52:65] Narrated Abu Musa: A man came to the Prophet and asked, "A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?" The Prophet said, "He who fights that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause."

Hence, the Creator obligates us to fight wherever people are being grossly deprived of freely hearing or practicing the Message of Allah as contained in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

Another reason advanced for this prevalent misconception is that Islam `spread by the sword'. It should be clear by now that we must always distinguish between the Qur'an and Sunnah and the Muslims when it comes to determining what the Creator has asked of us. Allah has stated clearly in the Qur'an (translation),

[2:256] "There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever rejects Satan (and what he calls to) and believes in Allah, he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handhold, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing."

Hence, it is impossible to accept Islam under duress. Even if misguided Muslims were to try to 'force' Islam somehow on others, it would not be accepted by the Creator based on this verse. Historical arguments that try to demonstrate that Muslims did not ‘convert others by force' are actually secondary to the argument given above. However, it is worth noting that historically, Islam did spread by peaceful means. The Message of the Creator was conveyed to Africa and to southeast Asia by trading Muslims, and today the largest Muslim country in the world is Indonesia. The military expeditions that led to the conquest of large swathes of territory in Europe and central Asia were all marked by tolerance of other creeds and faith.

Again, it is important to remember that Allah declares it IMPOSSIBLE that Islam can be forced on a person, hence Muslims find it useless to try!


I was wondering if you could possibly help me resolve some conflicting issues. If God is All-Powerful, He must be able to prevent evil. If God is All-Good, He must want to prevent evil. But evil and suffering exist. How is it possible for God to be both All-Powerful and All-Good and still allow a world in which evil and suffering exist? I would greatly appreciate a response.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Indeed Allah is All-Powerful (Al-`Aziz) and He is able to do all things (Allahu 'ala kuli shayin qadir). The Quran has mentioned this hundreds of times. It is also mentioned in the Quran that Allah is the Creator and He is the Best Creator. Glory be to Allah, the best Creator. (Al-Mu'minoon: 14)But then the question comes why do pain and sufferings exist in the world. We find sickness, old age and death. We see things that are ugly, people who are insane and foolish. There are storms, earthquakes, floods, draught and famine. We also see people commit sins, show disloyalty, unfaithfulness, greed and insincerity. We see people commit rapes, murders; they fight and make wars. We know all these and many more problems. There are evils caused by human beings and there are natural disasters. There are suffering for individuals and there are those that involve a large number of people.

But we also know that this is not the whole story. Besides all these negative things, we also see beauty, health, prosperity, life, birth, wisdom, intelligence, growth and progress. We also see goodness among people, faith, sincerity, charity, love and the spirit of sacrifice. We also see a lot of virtue and piety. It is wrong to see one side of the coin and not to see the other side. Any philosophy that concentrates on one aspect of the creation and denies or ignores the other side is partially true and partial truths are no truth at all.

It is also the fact that the element of good is more in the creation than the element of evil. We all see that there are more people who are healthy than those who are sick. There are more that eat well than those who starve.

There are more that lead decent life than those who commit crimes. Goodness is the rule and evil is the exception. Virtue is the norm and sin is the aberration. Generally trees bear fruits, the flowers bloom, the winds move smoothly.

But then the question is why does Allah allow these exceptions to the rules?

Let us ask this question to understand Allah's ways in His creation. The Quran tells us that good, evil and whatever happens in this world happens by Allah's Will (mashiat Allah). Only Allah knows fully His Will. We finite beings cannot grasp fully His infinite Will and Wisdom. He runs His universe the way He deems fit. The Quran tells us that Allah is Wise and everything that Allah does is right, just, good and fair. We must submit and surrender to His Will. The Quran has not given us all the details about Allah's Will, but it has enlightened us with the guidance that is useful and sufficient for us. There are several points that we should keep in our mind to understand this issue:

1. First of all, Allah did not make this world a permanent world. This is a temporary world and everything here has a time limit. When its times comes it will die, come to an end and finish. Neither the good things of this world are forever, nor the bad things eternal. We are here for a short time and we are being tested. Those who will pass this test will find an eternal world that is perfect and permanent. Those who will fail this test shall see the evil consequences of their sins and corruption.

2. Allah has placed a physical law and a moral law in this universe. Allah allows suffering to occur when one or more of these laws are broken. The physical law is based on cause and effect. Sickness comes if one does not take care of ones health or is exposed to infections. A car accident occurs when one is not alert, or drives in a careless manner, or if the cars are not checked, roads and freeways are not made and kept in right shape, or the traffic laws are not right or not properly enforced. Study of causes and effects is very important to facilitate safeguards. Even here we should keep in mind that Allah often saves us and He does not let us suffer from every negligence. How many times it happens that we are not careful and still we reach safely to our destinations. The way people drive in some cities, it is a miracle that more accidents do not happen and more people do not suffer. Allah says:

(Allah) Most Gracious! It is He Who has taught the Quran. He has created man: He has taught him speech (and Intelligence). The sun and the moon follow courses (exactly) computed; and the herbs and the trees both (alike) bow in adoration. And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice), in order that you may not transgress (due) balance. So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance. It is He Who has spread out the earth for (His) creatures."(Ar-Rahman:1-10)

The way we exceed the measures set by Allah and violate His laws of "cause and effect" is incredible. It is really the mercy of Allah that we are saved. Strictly speaking, the question should not be why does Allah allow suffering, but how much Allah protects us and saves us all the time in spite of our violations and negligence. The Quran says:

"If Allah were to punish people according to what they deserve, He would not leave on the back of the (earth) a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated Term: when their Term expires, verily Allah has in His sight all His servants."(Fatir:45)

But sometimes Allah does punish people because of their violations of His laws whether they are physical or moral. The Quran tells us that many nations and communities were destroyed because of their sinful lifestyles:

If they treat thy (mission) as false, so did the Peoples before them (with their Prophets), the People of Noah, and Ad and Thamud. Those of Abraham and Lut; and the Companions of the Madyan people; and Moses was rejected (in the same way). But I granted respite to the Unbelievers, and (only) after that did I punish them: but how (terrible) was My rejection (of them)! How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to wrong-doing! They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and castles lofty and well-built?" (Al-Hajj: 42-45)

3. Suffering can also be a test and trial for some people. Allah allows some people to suffer in order to test their patience and steadfastness. Even Allah's Prophets and Messengers were made to suffer. Prophet Ayyub is mentioned in the Quran as a Prophet who was very patient. Good people sometimes suffer but their sufferings heal others and bring goodness to their communities. People learn lessons from their good examples. Martyrs die for their faith, soldiers give their lives for their nations and this brings liberation and freedom for their people.

4. Allah sometimes allows some people to suffer to test others, how they react to them. When you see a person who is sick, poor and needy, then you are tested by Allah. Allah is there with that suffering person to test your charity and your faith. In a very moving Hadith Qudsi (Divine Hadith) the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

Allah will say on the Day of Judgment, "O son of Adam, I was sick and you did not visit Me." He will say, "O my Lord, how could I visit You, when you are the Lord of the Worlds?" Allah will say, "Did you not know that My servant so-and-so was sick and you did not visit him? Did you not know that if you had visited him, you would have found Me there?" Allah will say, "O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not." He shall say, "O my Lord, how could I feed you and you are the Lord of the Worlds?" And Allah will say, "Did you not know that My servant so-and-so was in need of food and you did not feed him? Did you not know that if you had fed him, you would have found that to have been for Me?" "O son of Adam, I asked you for water and you did not give Me to drink." The man shall say, "O my Lord, how could I give You water, when You are the Lord of the Worlds?" Allah will say, "My servant so-and-so asked you for water and you did not give him to drink water. Did you not know that if you had given him to drink, you would have found that to have been for Me?"(Muslim, Hadith no. 4661)

Prophet `Isa (Jesus), peace be upon him, is also reported to have said something similar in the Injeel (Gospel or New Testament of The Bible). (See Matthew 25: 35-45) So to summarize, we can say suffering occurs to teach us that we must adhere to Allah's natural and moral laws. It is sometimes to punish those who violate Allah's natural or moral laws. It is to test our faith in Allah and to test our commitment to human values and charity. Whenever we encounter suffering we should ask ourselves, Have we broken any law of Allah? Let us study the cause of the problem and use the corrective methods. Could it be a punishment? Let us repent and ask forgiveness and reform our ways. Could it be a test and trial for us? Let us work hard to pass this test. Believers face the sufferings with prayers, repentance and good deeds. The non-believers face the sufferings with doubts and confusions. They blame Allah or make arguments against Him. May Allah keep us on the right path, Amen!

Allah Almighty knows best.

[credit to: Dr. Muzamil Saddique and]

Shaikh Yusuf Estes

Some Christians will stop at nothing to try to bring down Islam and that is something that is well known throughout the world today. We receive many emails on the topic of the Quran and the Bible. This one however, is most intereseting, as it seems to put many of the essential ingredients of all of the attacks against Islam, Muslims, Quran and the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

One Christian wrote to me while trying to compare his "Bible" to our "Quran." -- We can do that for him - read on.

Bismillah Rahman RaheemISLAM TOMORROW - Q. & A. Free Service Provided by Yusuf Estes

"It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision."Quran [33:36]

Question (dated): 2003 - 12/23 21:30

Hi I am a Christian and I was wondering why you believe like this. I can't accept Islam because of the Quran and the way it was formed. Click here to find out why I say this. I also find it interesting that the Quran was said to have come from Gabriel when the Bible comes directly from God (Allah). I can't find any good reasons to believe the Quran over the Bible. It's also interesting that the Bible says, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." (Galatians 1:8-10) Islam fulfills Jesus' prophecy when he said, "whoever kills you will think that he offers God service." (John 16:2) The Bible says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16) Here the Bible claims to be infallible. The Quran however, also claims to be infallible, but it also states, "God annuls what Satan casts." (Q22:52) So if Satan inspire verses how can one know which ones are valid and which are not. Furthermore if some verses can be inspired by Satan then how can I know that all of them aren't and that it's all a lie? The Bible never makes a statement like this, so it seems that the Bible has more of a chance of being true than the Quran.

Bismillah Rahman RaheemThank you for writing and for your question. First let us begin with Basics Of Islam [click].

Here are some important points to keep in mind:

1. As Muslims we cannot lie about anything, especially about our religion.

2. We have original recorded sources of our religion:

A) The Quran [click]

B) Teachings of Muhammad [click]

This is a unique part of Islam, not available in any other ancient religions.

3. Sometimes "questions" contain misinformation. We must qualify what it is that someone is saying against what they are implying.

4. If during the answer, you hear yourself saying, "I didn't know that" or "This is good," then are you ready to worship your God and your Lord without and partners?

This what Islam is really all about. The most important subject is the worship of Almighty God, without any partners or associates or "gods" besides Almighty God.


Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I appreciate that you took the time to express your interest and concerns about the Quran and the Bible. The most important thing to take into consideration is that fact that it is not you nor I who guide the people to Allah. It is only Allah who guides and it is only Allah who misguides. So, if you are desiring guidance to all truth, the One to ask is the One Above. If you are sincere, and honest with Him, then there can be no doubt that He will always guide the sincere to the Right Path.

There are some who do not want to be guided. Rather, they prefer to make up their own way or religion that suits them and makes them feel all warm and fuzzy. Naturally, that would not be acceptable to the One who is to be worshipped (Almighty God). That would be someone making up what they like and expecting the Lord of the Universe to accept it even though He has already ordained what it is that He wants from the people as worship to Him without partners.

You are concerned over the origin of the Bible and of the Quran. That is normal and you are most entitled to the truth and history of both. Many people like yourself fear that there may be corruption or interpolation within the Holy Books. For instance when some of them discover the problems with the Bible, they might even leave belief all together. That would be all too sad.

Actually, a large part of your concerns may be put to rest as soon as you acquire some very basic knowledge about these two subjects. Your ignorance is your best excuse and you are most welcome to share from the many years of knowledge and experience that we have accumulated concerning this important topic.

First and foremost, a Muslim must agree with at least a number of your statements, due to the very message of the Quran itself. Consider that you said that the Bible came directly from God. Where else could it have come from? The very first words in the Quran confirm that the Bible was "sent down" before the Quran and it is from Allah. Also, Muslims cannot be considered as believers unless they do confirm that the Bible was originally from Almighty God. So this is no longer a point of discussion, in that we both agree.

Was the Bible sent down in English? - No. That would be most facetious to consider when we take into consideration that English is only a 940 year old language. Does the Bible still exist in the original form in which it was revealed and in the original languages? - No.

Can any scholar of the Bible say with absolute certainty which of the verses of the Bible came to Abraham, or Moses, or David, or Solomon or Jesus? - No. Do you accept that the English version of the Bible is the same thing that was held in hands of the Great and Noble prophets of Almighty God? - No.

Of course you don't. After all, only the most inept and uneducated from the most backward of civilizations would dare make such a claim. Does the book that Christians call the "Bible" today represent the Great and Noble Bible of Moses, David and Jesus? - No.

Does this English version contain mistakes? - Too many. (Refer to the links I have provided)

Bible? Did it come from God? - Yes. Absolutely. No doubt. Quran? Did it come from the same God? - It claims to and it confirms the same about the real Bible. Quran? Was it sent down in Arabic? - Yes. It says so as one of the verses in it; "A reading sent down in the clear Arabic language..." Does the Quran still exist in the original form? - Yes. It is still available all over the world in the Arabic language.

Can any scholar of the Quran sate with absolute certainty that the Quran today is the same one that was sent down to Muhammad? - Yes. And they do. Do we accept that the Arabic version of the Quran is the same thing that was held in the hearts and memories of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him? - Yes. Ask any Muslim scholar.

Does the book that the Muslims call the Quran today represent the Great and Noble Quran of Muhammad, peace be upon him? - Yes. No doubt. Does the Arabic Quran contain mistakes? - No. Not even one. Quran? Does anyone know what it sounded like? - Yes. All Muslims recite it in Arabic in their prayers five times a day. Bible? - Anyone know what it sounded like? - Only a few experts claim to know how some words might have sounded but they are not one hundred percent sure about most of it.

Bible? - Are there different versions with omissions, deletions, changes, missing books? (Compare Catholic Bible [73 books] to Protestant Bible [66 books])? - Yes. Many. Quran? - Are there different versions with omissions, deletions, changes, missing books? - No.

Bible? - Do people still memorize it today as they once did thousands of years ago, in the original language? - No. Quran? - - Yes. All Muslims have memorized at least some books of the Quran and over 9,000,000 (nine million) have memorized the entire Quran, living today.

In fact, a young man came to me about 7 years ago and asked to know more about Islam. He liked the idea of God being the Only God and He is Almighty and does not accept people to set up rival gods with Him in worship. He became a "Muslim" (one who submits their will to the Will of God on earth as it is in Heaven). And today he has memorized the entire Quran from cover to cover in the Arabic language. Do you think that this is something small? Do you consider all of the above comparisons and then just keep on blindly making statements without evidences? - No, of course you don't. I feel certain that you are smarter than that and in fact, you are probably somewhat like myself in that you are a seeker of truth, rather than an ignorant promoter of evil, ignorance and hatred. Right? - Of course you are. And as a seeker of truth, you want evidence and plenty of it.

You came to the right place. And you are most welcome.

But before we begin a deep discussion regarding these wonderful revelations that the Almighty sent down to us, I would like to offer some reference materials for you to read and contemplate prior to our anticipated lengthy correspondence. Agreed?

Good. Here are the links to some of the basics to help you get to the first levels of basic knowledge of textual understanding:
Bibleh ttp://

After you have completed your fundamentals for preparing for a dialog with me on these issues, I will be waiting for you with open arms and caring heart. Please do as I did many years ago. Clean out the prejudices and bias from your mind and heart and open up to the message of Jesus, peace be upon him. He came as the Christ, the Messiah, the Immaculate Conception and he will return in the Last Days to lead his true followers to victory over the Antichrist by the Will of the Almighty.

Wouldn't you like to join him, peace be upon him? So, would we. {half end of the e-mail]

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Tuesday, June 6

3 ways to get up for Fajr!!!!!!

~~Amr ibn Shuaib related on his father's authority that his grandfather reported Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “Instruct your children to observe Salat when they are seven years old, and spank them if they do not observe it when they are ten years old and then do not let them sleep in one bed.” (Abu Daud).~~~

Tip #1: Go to bed early!

Never underestimate the power of a good night's rest. This is crucial if you want to remain healthy!

Tip #2: Avoid too much junk food!

These types of food are high in sugar and tend to make people hyper and lazy. Reducing junk food intake, or limiting it to weekends, as well as increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables will ensure a healthier diet, and less sluggishness.

Tip #3: Get a good alarm clock!

In most cases getting to bed on time and reducing junk food intake should be enough to ensure you wake up for Fajr. But there are always those of us who need a virtual explosion outside our bedroom windows to wake us up! In this case, the alarm clock becomes your ally. buy a nice alarm clock with a beautiful Adhan. Not only will this be an attractive item to decorate your shelf or desk table with, but you will also wake up hearing the call to prayer.

And don't just think you have to use only one alarm clock. If waking up is a very severe hardship in your household, buy and set a series of alarm clocks at various places in the home. The best thing to do is putting the alarm clock away from your bedroom (I need to this as well!!).

{Tips taken from Soundvision}

May Allah (SWT) give us the strength to wake-up for fajr...ameen


Bismillah Rahman RaheemSalam alaykum wa Rahmatullah: In the Name of God The Most Gracious, Most Merciful! Peace upon you!

Where are we really going with all of this "Patriot-Act?" What is happening to our freedom here in America? Is there in fact, erosion within our system? These are important questions to for all of us.

It truly grieves me to have to write this. The fact is that my country is loosing one of our most precious assets: FREEDOM.

Allow me to give an overall assessment before going into the details. We are being reassured on a constant basis that our new security is in place to protect us from the axis of evil. Yet, with every stroke of the president's pen more and more bills are being signed into law that counter the best security the West has ever known: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

I am not writing this from a philosophical viewpoint, not at all. I write as a victim of these new laws and those who claim to be enforcing them here in our country. I also write as one who has just suffered from most distressing manipulation and over aggressive practice of these people. And I write as a a direct decent of the very people who originally came here in the 1600s to settle what was once a wilderness. And I write as a great grandchild of those who fought in the revolutionary war to establish a free and independent country by giving their lives for what right.

My name is Estes. Years ago we were preaching Christianity and had our music business and broadcast the Estes Music Jamboree down in central and south Florida. Today many of you know me as "Sheik Estes" the former Christian businessman who came to Islam more than a dozen years ago. Our websites, videos, TV shows and CDs have circulated all around the entire earth. Maybe you or someone you know has seen our programs on television or listened to some of our many daily broadcasts on radio, Internet and in tapes and CDs. My Texas accent mixed in Arabic is unmistakable as we open our program with; "You are listening to ISLAM TOMORROW broadcasting LIVE TODAY" and our famous closing statement, "Visit our Internet website at ISLAM TOMORROW . COM, we are open 24 hours a day and always plenty of FREE PARKING." Maybe you have even attended some of our programs, lectures, seminars or workshops on, "Understanding the true message of Islam and how to share it with others." Even the immigration authorities have admitted that they have our CD, "WHAT IS ISLAM." But I'll come back to the government agents in a few minutes.

The point in saying this is that if you have heard about our programs and the work we do, then you know we have always worked hard to present the correct message of Islam based on the authentic teachings of the Quran and the traditions of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. And you would obviously known how we have insisted on avoiding confrontations and debates with the Christians and Jews about their beliefs and their books (Bible) and have made it clear, as one of our programs is entitled, "ISLAM IS THE ENEMY OF TERRORISM."

Both my country and my religion call for basic rights, privileges and freedoms for the individuals, while at the same time limiting authority of government and restricting the way individuals deal with each other. These are normal and basic understandings in order to establish equity and justice for all. But make no mistake about it, we are rapidly loosing the balance and with it our freedoms.

Consider the front page of today's Washington Post (Sept 12, 2004). The headline blares out, "FLOOD OF GRIEF ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY" And then goes on to capture the entire top half of the Sunday front page with color pictures and captions denoting a country remembering a three year old event, that has still never been thoroughly investigated and evidences providing as to who, what and how all of this could come about in the world's most powerful nation.

The second half of the front page continues to demonstrate the media's attitude toward whom they consider to be associated with these acts: "ISLAMIC AMERICANS" As a continuation of the very same article on "FLOOD OF GRIEF 9/11..." the next subtitle headline says, almost as a verdict against Muslims: "The World After 9/11 Repercussions at a Virginia Mosque (Dar ul Hijrah) Facing New Realities as Islamic Americans. The article details a cordial evening with a meal of lamb and rice for the head of the FBI's Washington field office and seven of his agents.

According to the article, after dinner they all went to the prayer hall where things got really hot for the FBI. Someone said, "We need to know the definition of terrorism and terrorists." Another asked why the FBI was raiding the Muslim charities that were helping with Muslims in our country. And yet another said the FBI's informants were unreliable. He gave the example of his friend, a taxi driver who works 16 hours a day or more, being told he is 'moving around' too much."

The very real problems facing us in today's world are hardly mentioned or totally ignored. The important story of the police conducting a high speed chase in a residential neighborhood that resulted in the death of two innocent children right in front of their father, and the fact that eyewitnesses said police lied about it, claiming they had broken off pursuit blocks before the accident -- only a part of that story appears in the lower left corner (continued on A17, col.1).

A third hurricane in a row is bearing down on our country pointed toward Florida and the southern coast of the United States and it has reached the intensity of category five (the worst in history) for the third time in a row and millions of Americans are being affected by this. Where is that story? Not page one. Only a teaser "Hurrican Kills 11. blah, blah, continued on page A3.

Now to turn away from the newspaper and look to one of the nation's top magazines, consider Sept. 13 (tomorrow's) TIME Magazine. Again, front page a small boy, likely an Indo-Pak youth with a kufi on his head and his hand covering his heart as in the pledge to the flag, and the words:Special Report: THE STRUGGLE WITHIN ISLAM.The story inside is even worse. A father (Mohammed - it says [not his real name]) has sent his son (Omar) to learn Islam and the values it teaches. When Omar returns from the gulf wherever he was, he is telling his father that smoking is bad, going out to dances and hanging out is not good. The father is upset and wishes for his son to come back to 'normal.' The article continues by describing how the father used attraction for a girl to get his son out of this and bring him back to 'normal.' Let me quote a few lines. "Omar wrote letters to his father, a smoker, lecturing him about Islam's disdain for tobacco (what about the US Surgeon General's warning against tobacco?). He chided his mother for wearing 'Western-style clothes to work."The father's heart sinks when he sees his son wearing a long beard and long robe - TRADEMARKS OF FUNDAMENTALISTS (emphasis added).It goes on to say the son who once loved wild dance parties would now leave the room if they were playing the music channel on television. The father tells his friends "I have to rescue Omar. I have a plan to bring back my son." And it goes on to tell the success of Omar's father by using the idea of making arrangements for him to get married to a girl to return Omar to the fun loving, free caring guy he once was.

Unfortunately, the writer of the article then begins to mix up the reader by making a direct connection between a boy's clean living and the killing and apprehending of hundreds of al-Qaeda terrorists and Bin Laden and the command structure used to plot the 9/11 attacks.

Look at the end of one paragraph and the beginning of the next, and I quote from page 53 (Times: Struggle for the Soul of ISLAM):[begin quote] "The confrontation between the opposing forces of Islam amounts to what Princeton scholar Michael Scott Doran calls a "civil war" within one of the world's fastest-growing religions - a war so tumultuous and far-reaching that, as in Mohammed and Omar's case, it pits fathers against sons. (now watch the very next paragraph)The U.S. and its allies have succeeded in killing and apprehending hundreds of al-Qaeda terrorists and disrupting the command structure that bin Laden used to plot the Sept 11 attacks. But the wider campaign to defuse the appeal of Islamic extremism and win over those who sympathize with al-Qaeda has produced mixed results and has become a central issue of contention in the U.S., presidential campaign." [end quote](at least they got something right - we are still the world's fastest growing religion - Al Hamdulilah)

Question: What is the message being sent out here?Are we to understand from these words that anyone who doesn't like to smoke, dance, party and grows his beard and worries about the safety of his mother's attire while she is working around men, is a terrorist? In that case then, are they making a claim against my grandfathers (and grandmothers) who all sacrificed so much to bring about a safe place for people to practice their religion, grow their beards (and they were very long) and keep away from tobacco and other offensive drugs, and protect their women against the evils of society, and be willing to defend their beliefs and principles even with their lives - are they to be labeled terrorists? May Allah guide us to know the truth, ameen.

Now I would like to come to the point of this whole story. A highly respected organization in the tiny country of Bahrain invited me to come and be a guest speaker for several occasions there including doctors, hospitals and universities. I was to go from my place in Virginia to the Baltimore, Maryland airport and then take a plane (British Airways) to London and then on to Bahrain. The flight was to leave at 8:20 PM and getting there through traffic jams was no easy task. After I arrived however, British Air made everything most easy. They accommodated me by upgrading to business class with no extra charge and were most kind in helping me find the gate and get aboard on time and even ordered a lovely meal of salmon (one of my favorites) for dinner.

There I was in my business class seat with plenty of legroom (a much appreciated bonus for a sixty year old with arthritis in the knees), reading my complimentary copy of the London paper and minding my own business waiting for take off and the coming meal. When all of a sudden a woman comes to me and says, "Are you ECHO-7?"

I have been called a lot of things in my life, but no one ever called me "Echo seven," not ever. Then she said, "Estes?" I said, "Yes." And she said, "Come with me. We want to ask you some questions." What was this all about? There were two people in police uniforms, one a man and the other a woman. They told me to get my things off the plane and then told a crew member to get my baggage out of the cargo hold. While waiting for my bag, I asked them what was this all about. They told me they couldn't tell me. I asked if I was under arrest. They said, "No." I tried to find out what was going on and they would not tell me anything. We when downstairs for interrogation.

Again, I asked if I was under arrest and they again said, "No." I asked the reason for removing me from my flight and canceling my trip, and they would not give an answer. They had indicated to me in the ramp area, that if I answered some questions I might still be able to get back on the flight. I agreed. The first question was, "How much money do you have?" I said, "Two hundred and seven dollars." I know that, because it was basically all the cash we had. They wanted me to take it out. I did. They wanted to see my papers. They did. Then without asking, the man bent down over my bag, opened it and started taking things out and searching through it. Again, I asked, "What is this all about?" No answer. "Where are you going?" I told them. "Why?" I told them I give lectures and do Internet related work. "Where?" I told them there were several different places, but I didn't know the names of them. "Who are you meeting there?" I told them the first name of the person. "What is the last name?" I said that I didn't know.

Finally, they said they were going to take me "downstairs" for questioning. And they did. Now to be fair about this, they were not abusive or mean. They were just secretive. When we reached the "downstairs" they put me in a conference room and began to ask simple questions as before. This time I told them I wanted to know if I am under arrest or what. They said the same as before. They would not tell me why I was being held, or what was going on, or what my status was, or what they even wanted, except the same thing, "We just want to ask you some questions."

Some of you may not know a lot about the Constitution of the United States, and that is a shame. This document insures that all citizens are to have certain basic rights and these rights cannot be violated by anyone, not even the government itself. One of those rights is the right to know what you are being accused of and another is to know your accuser. No citizen has to bear witness against himself and he always has the right to remain silent.

I asked about this and they told me that I was not under arrest, I was being "detained." For those of you reading this, who perhaps have not thought about it before, this is what we call it when we hold suspects of terrorism or anything like it. Evidently there are no real rules for being "detained." They made it clear I could make a phone call, AFTER they were through with their questions. This means I can't talk to an attorney and I have no chance for legal council or to even know what is going on. And here is something real scary: THEY CAN HOLD YOU FOREVER - in this condition of being "detained." Next they let me wait for at least a couple of hours, sitting there in a room with nothing to eat or drink and no bathroom. There was a guard posted at the door starring at me the whole time while I was being "DETAINED." I fell asleep and was startled by another, much bigger uniformed agent who talked very loud at me, telling me to, "Wake up!" I did, trust me, I woke up. And then he very kindly offered me something to drink, my choice, a soda or water. I chose water. And then waited again.

Finally, a very young and enthusiastic lady came in and showed me her badge and told me her name and then began to ask me the same exact questions as the others had asked, only she did so in a much kinder and clearer fashion. I could understand her much better (I'm hard of hearing) and felt that she really knew a lot more about what was going on than perhaps the others did. She did ask about my destination, purpose of the trip, contacts and names of people I was going to visit. And I told her the same as I had told the others. Then she asked how much money I had, and mentioned that it was illegal to carry large amounts. I still had the same $207 I started with and she chuckled at such a small amount. She wanted to know if I was making any money and I said that I did hope I would get something for the 10 days but it was not certain. I listened to her questioning me for a while and then I asked her if I was under arrest or had done anything wrong. She said the same as the others, "No." Then, I asked her what was going on and why was I being "DETAINED?" She said the same as the others, "Just to ask some questions."

She asked for my billfold and I asked her if I was obligated to give it to her or did I have no choice. She said it is their right to investigate anything I have because I am at the border and they have the authority to do this. She took my billfold, my money (they counted it and later gave it back) and my papers and documents and then took them off to be copied, I suppose. Anything and everything I had, they went through it and studied it and then copied the papers and then back to the same questions. Of course I only have the same answers. But I did ask again about the reason for pulling me off the plane, questioning me and "DETAINING" me.

They never came up with a reason for any of their actions. But after leaving me alone for another hour or so, someone came and told me I was free to go. My question was, "Go where?" It was almost midnight and I was an hour away from my home with no car and no idea who to call. I finally went around the airport and found a limo service that would take me home (for a nice price -- and I soon did not have $207 any more). Now is where I would like to go back and bring your attention to the beginning of my writing. Ask yourself a question: "What does all of this mean?"

In order to better understand that, you have to ask what is the common denominator in all these incidents. Let us now consider some essential facts:

1. We all have beards
2. We all wear "Islamic Clothes" instead of "normal" clothes
3. We all are staying away from drugs, filth and nasty environments
4. And most of all, we are Muslims.

So what happened to our freedom to dress as we see fit? Only if we undress like the popular style, is this acceptable? And our freedom to be secure in our persons, is that gone now? The right to know what you are being accused of? By whom? What if we let our beards grow naturally? But we don't tattoo our bodies and we don't pierce our ears and chests and noses and tongues? But most important, what about our faith? Are we no longer free to practice our religion? When does government tell us about our faith? Can we no longer have faith in God? Or must we only believe in the God who speaks to the president?

We better start thinking about this before we go to the polls to vote this year. If we don't, maybe we won't be able to vote next year, because we'll all be "DETAINED." Back to my own story, I was out and now on my way home. I missed my flight, missed my lectures and missed the chance to be in a country where I would have been welcomed and treated most kind, I was assured. And if they held me up there, it would only be because they loved me and didn't want me to leave too soon.

Anyway, when I stopped and called my family and told them I was coming back, they wanted to know what happened. I didn't feel like answering any more questions, after all, I was no longer being "DETAINED."
Yusuf Estes, is an ex-christian preacher who reverted to Islam. You can read the rest of this story here

The Purpose Of Life <<< This is an Audio lecture! Brief Description : Shaykh Khalid Yaseen delivered this lecture in Saudi Arabia in 1994, which resulted in 43 persons accepting Islam on that very night. {Allahu Akbar-God Is Great!}


Such a simple question, but so many answers. You travel through your entire life working, eating, procreating and so o­n, then you die and your life will come to an abrupt end, with nothing substantial to show for your entire life. Everything you are aware of has a purpose, food, a house, a car, even the sole of your shoe has a purpose. Hence, if all of those things have a purpose and your life is purposeless, you openly admit that the sole of your shoe is more important than yourself because it has a purpose while you don't. These things are so simple yet they have a purpose.Now, look at the human body, such a complex system, yet many today are so narrow-minded that they believe they came into existence by themselves. Without a doubt, our existence is impossible without a Creator, and the Creator would never create something without a purpose, as can be seen from the realities that everything does have a purpose. Thus, mankind was also created and does have a purpose, and that purpose is to worship the Supreme Creator Alone, as revealed in the Qur'an,

"And I (Allaah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone)" (51:56).

The o­ne Who created the heavens and the earth and all that exists, the o­ne Who neither has a son, nor a mother, nor exists within an idol, nor exists everywhere, nor does your Creator exist within a human. Any thinking mind would know that anything partly human cannot be divine, and be aware that your Creator is divine and is free from all human descriptions. Your purpose of existence is to worship o­nly the Creator Alone without associating anything with Him.

Therefore, it is imperative that mankind understand that they were created to worship Allaah Alone. The religion we call you to is Islaam, it is the religion of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the last of the Prophets & Messengers, Muhammad (peace be upon them all). They are just 5 of the Prophets & Messengers sent by the Creator to convey to mankind that they should worship the o­ne True God Alone!

O reader, the Creator gave you a mind to think, to differentiate the truth from falsehood, so ponder seriously and you will ascertain that Islam is the Truth. Know that the Creator is separate and distinct from His creation. Islam in its' essence calls mankind away from the worshipping of creation and to direct their worship to the Creator Alone!

~Men and Women talking in chatrooms (free mixing of men and women on the internet chatrooms) and the Islamic ruling~

We would first like to mention that there is nothing wrong with a Muslim woman/man making use of the internet and entering chatroom websites such as the Paltalk Islamic chatrooms for the purpose of gaining knowledge, so long as entering these chatrooms does not lead to anything that is forbidden in Islam, such as talking privately with men. That is because talking to men may turn into chat which usually leads temptation. Hence it is essential to be strict and avoid that, seeking the pleasure of Allaah and fearing His punishment.

A lot of brothers and sisters go to chatrooms and freely mix with eachother stating that it's harmless because they cannot see eachother, mainly private chatting with one another. Sharee’ah blocks all the ways that may lead to fitnah (temptation, trial), hence it forbids softness of speech and does not allow a man to be alone with a non-mahram woman. Undoubtedly these private chats are not regarded as khulwah in the sense that the people involved cannot see one another, but they are one of the greatest causes of fitnah as is well known.

How often have these conversations lead to bad results, and even caused people to fall in love, and have led some to do things that are even more serious than that. The Shaytaan makes each of them imagine attractive qualities in other, which leads them to develop an attachment that detrimental to their spiritual welfare and worldly affairs.

It is not permissible for any man to correspond with a woman who is not his mahram, because of the fitnah (temptation) involved in that. A person may think that there is no fitnah, but the Shaytaan will keep trying until he tempts him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded those who heard of the Dajjaal to keep away from him, and said that a man may approach him as a believer, but the Dajjaal will keep trying until he leads him astray.

Correspondence between young men and women involves a great deal of fitnah and danger, so we must avoid it, even though one may say that this correspondence is free from immorality and love.

And then there are these chatrooms where the females and males that come there chat indecently with one another, using disgusting and shameful names. Swearing at one another...etc and these chatsites are usually created and owned by Muslims. An example of these type of chatsites is a site owned by a Somali brother/sister called Somalinet.

You should note that it is not permissible for men to start such websites or to visit them. The owner of this site is one of those who are addressed by the warning in the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter”
[al-Noor 24:19]

Indeed he is more deserving of this warning, because the warning in this verse was addressed to those who like immorality to be propagated, so how about one who actually works to make that happen and become widespread?

This is the way that is known to end in what we see and hear and read about those who use these means to approach the opposite gender. How many men have lost their religious commitment and how many women have lost their honour? Some of them have found no other way but suicide to escape from the dark tunnel that they got into because of corresponding and speaking to non-mahrams.

As for the brothers and sisters that visit these kind of chatsites, it is haraam for a person to establish relationships with women or men who are “strangers” to him or her [i.e., non-mahrams] and to correspond with them, so how about if that correspondence also involves obscene words such as words of love and romance?

Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah al-Jibreen said, when he was asked about corresponding with a non-mahram woman:

This action is not permissible, because it will provoke desire between them and will make them want to meet one another. This kind of correspondence often causes fitnah (temptation) and plants the seeds of zina in the heart, which leads to evil actions. So we advise those who are seeking that which is in their own best interests and who wish to protect themselves to avoid writing to or speaking with non-mahrams, etc., so as to protect their religious commitment and their honour, and Allaah is the Source of help.

And Allah (SWT) knows best! May He (SWT) guide us to the straight path


Monday, June 5

Misconceptions about Islam, "and kill them where-ever you find them"

What Does Islam Say About "Forcing People in Religion?"

A basic and fundamental truth established by the sacred texts of Islam (Quran and Hadeeth) is that: - "No one can be compelled to accept Islam!"

It is the duty of the Muslims to establish proof of validity of Islam to the people in order for the truth to be distinct from falsehood. Once that is done, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so and whoever wishes to continue upon their belief may do so. No one is to be threatened or harmed in any way should they chose not to accept Islam.

It is not only forbidden to compel someone to accept Islam - it is impossible to do so.
Please consider the meaning of the word"Islam" before continuing to read: ['Islam'; Ar. from the root 'slm' (silm), to be in peaceful submission; to surrender; to obey; peace; "Islam" lit. 'The active willful surrender, submission, obedience, in purity to the will of another (Allah) in complete peace.']

The understanding from the meaning of the word "Islam" itself makes it clear that there is no way that you could possibly force someone to do something that requires them to do it of their own free will and accord. If someone were "forced to enter Islam" then it would not be "Islam" anyway, as a condition of "Islam" is that it is by free choice in peace. Forcing people into Islam is totally illogical and certainly not acceptable in concept nor practice.
More about the word "Islam" [click]

It is the duty and obligation of the Muslims to establish the truth and proofs of Islam and then allow others the freedom of choice to accept or reject the proofs.
There are two principle sources of proof for the Muslim. They are:
The Quran - considered by Muslims to be the absolute Speech or Recitation of Allah, the Almighty. ('Quran' Ar. from the root; qr'a: to recite; Quran; lit. "That which is recited"). More about Quran . . . [click]

The Hadeeth - teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him. (hadeeth - Ar. meaning, stories or narrations. The hadeeths have been collected, authenticated [in collections by Bukhari and Muslim called 'sahih', categorized, preserved and memorized for over 1,400 years; all in the original language [Arabic]). More about Hadeeth . . . [click]

Among the many decisive pieces of evidence in Islam to prove that "There is no compulsion in Islam" are the following:

Allah says in His Quran: “Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 256]

Allah also says in Quran: “If it had been your Lord’s will, all of the people on Earth would have believed. Would you then compel the people so to have them believe?” [Surah Yunus: 99]

And Allah says: “So if they dispute with you, say ‘I have submitted my whole self to Allah, and so have those who follow me.’ And say to the People of the Scripture and to the unlearned: ‘Do you also submit yourselves?’ If they do, then they are on right guidance. But if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the Message. And in Allah’s sight are all of His servants.” [Surah Al `Imran: 20]

Allah The Almighty has also said: “The Messenger’s duty is but to proclaim the Message.” [Surah Al-Maidah: 99]

It is important to note that these last two verses were revealed in Madinah. This is significant, since it shows that the ruling they gave was not just contingent on the Muslims being in Mecca in a state of weakness.

Some people might be wondering that if Islam indeed advocates such an approach, then what is all this we hear about jihad? How can we explain the warfare that the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companions waged against the pagans? The answer to this is that jihad in Islamic Law can be waged for a number of reasons, but compelling people to accept Islam is simply not one of them. The reason why jihad was first permitted in Islam was so the Muslims could defend themselves against persecution and expulsion from their homes.

Allah, Most High says: “To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged – and verily Allah is Most Powerful for their aid – (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right – (for no cause) except that they say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’. Did Allah not check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his cause, for truly Allah is full of strength and might.” [Surah al-Hajj: 39-40]

Many of the earliest scholars mention that these were the first verses of the Quran that was revealed regarding jihad. Thereafter the following verses were revealed:

“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors. And kill them wherever you catch them and drive them out from whence they drove you out, for terrorism is worse than killing. But do not engage in combat with them at the sacred mosque unless they engage you in combat there. But if they combat against you, kill them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And combat them on until there is no more terrorism or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. But if they cease, don't let there be hostility except to those who practice oppression.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 190-193]

From this point on, the scope of jihad was broadened from being purely for defense against direct attack to being inclusive of resistance against those who suppress the faith and deny people the freedom to choose their religion for themselves. This came later, because it is legislated for the Muslims only when they are capable of doing so. In times of weakness, Muslims may only fight against direct attack.

As for the spread of Islam, this is supposed to take place peacefully by disseminating the Message with the written and spoken word. There is no place for the use of weapons to compel people to accept Islam. Weapons can only be drawn against those who persecute and oppress others and prevent them from following their own consciences in matters of belief. The Muslims cannot just stand by while people are being denied the right to believe in Islam and their voices are being crushed. This is the meaning of Allah’s words: “And fight them on until there is no more terrorism or oppression and there prevails a way for justice and faith in Allah.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 193]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in his letter to the Roman governor Heracles: “I invite you to accept Islam. If you accept Islam, you will find safety. If you accept Islam, Allah will give you a double reward. However, if you turn away, upon you will be the sin of your subjects.” [Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]

Once people have heard the Message without obstruction or hindrance and the proof has been established upon them, then the duty of the Muslims is done. Those who wish to believe are free to do so and those who prefer to disbelieve are likewise free to do so.

Even when the Muslims are compelled to fight and then subdue the land, their duty thereafter is to establish Allah’s law in the land and uphold justice for all people, Muslim and non-Muslim. It is not their right to coerce their subjects to accept Islam against their will. Non-Muslims under Muslim rule must be allowed to remain on their own faith and must be allowed to practice the rights of their faith, though they will be expected to respect the laws of the land.

Had the purpose of jihad been to force the unbelievers to accept Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would never have commanded the Muslims to refrain from hostilities if the enemy relented. He would not have prohibited the killing of women and children. However, this is exactly what he did. During a battle, the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw people gathered together. He dispatched a man to find out why they were gathered. The man returned and said: “They are gathered around a slain woman.” So Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: “She should not have been attacked!” Khalid b. al-Walid was leading the forces, so he dispatched a man to him saying: “‘Tell Khalid not to kill women or laborers”. [Sunan Abu Dawud]

This should not be misconstrued to indicate that the prophet, peace be upon him, made the killing of women (and children, elders, clerics and other innocents) to be haram (forbidden) at this particular point and time. In fact, it was always haram (forbidden) and the prophet, peace be upon him, was only reconfirming what was already in place by the shari'ah (Islamic Law).

Therefore, even in the heat of battle against a hostile enemy, the only people who may be attacked are those who are actually participating in the fighting. Had the purpose of jihad been to force the unbelievers to accept Islam, the rightly guided Caliphs would not have prohibited the killing of priests and monks who refrained from fighting. However, this is exactly what they did. When the first Caliph, Abu Bakr, sent an army to Syria to fight the aggressive Roman legions, he went out to give them words of encouragement. He said: “You are going to find a group of people who have devoted themselves to the worship of Allah (i.e. monks), so leave them to what they are doing.”

We have demonstrated that it is a principle in Islam that there is no compulsion in religion and we have discussed the objectives of jihad. Now, we shall turn our attentions to some texts that are often misunderstood.

One of these is the verse: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them and beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war). But if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them, for Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful.” [Surah al-Tawbah: 5]

Some people – especially some contemporary non-Muslim critics of Islam – have tried to claim that this verse abrogates the verse “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” They argue that the generality of this statement implies that every unbeliever who refuses to accept Islam must be fought. They support their allegation by pointing out that this verse is one of the last verses to be revealed about fighting.

However, this verse in no way abrogates the principle in Islamic Law that there is no compulsion in religion. It may be general in wording, but its meaning is quite specific on account of other verses of the Quran that are connected with it as well as on account of a number of pertinent hadîth. We will be discussing these texts shortly.

The people being referred to by this verse are the pagan Arabs who had been waging war against the Prophet (peace be upon him) and who had broken their covenant and treaties with him. This verse is not speaking about the other pagan Arabs who did not break their treaties and take up arms against the Muslims. It is also most definitely not speaking about the Jews or Christians, or, for that matter, the pagans who were living outside of Arabia.

If we look at the verses in Surah al-Tawbah immediately before and after the one under discussion, the context of the verse becomes clear.

A few verses before the one we are discussing, Allah says: “There is a declaration of immunity from Allah and His Messenger to those of the pagans with whom you have contracted mutual alliances. Go then, for four months, to and fro throughout the land. But know that you cannot frustrate Allah that Allah will cover with shame those who reject Him.” [Surah al-Tawbah: 1-2]

In these verses we see that the pagans were granted a four month amnesty with an indication that when the four months were over, fighting would resume. However, a following verse exempts some of them from the resumption of hostilities. It reads: “Except for those pagans with whom you have entered into a covenant and who then do not break their covenant at all nor aided anyone against you. So fulfill your engagements with them until the end of their term, for Allah loves the righteous.” [Surah al-Tawbah: 4]

So when Allah says: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them and beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)”, we must know that it is not general, since the verse above has qualified it to refer to the pagan Arabs who were actually at war with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and those who broke their covenants of peace.

This is further emphasized by a few verses later where Allah says: “Will you not fight people who broke their covenants and plotted to expel the Messenger and attacked you first?” [Surah al-Tawbah: 13]

Ibn al-Arabi, in his commentary on the Quran, writes: “It is clear from this that the meaning of this verse is to kill the pagans who are waging war against you.” [Ahkam al-Quran: (2/456)]

Allah also say right after the verse under discussion: “How can there be a covenant before Allah and His Messenger with the pagans except those with whom you have made a treaty near the Sacred Mosque? As long as they stand true to you, stand true to them, for Allah does love the righteous.” [Surah al-Tawbah: 7]

Another misunderstood text is the hadîth where the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “I have been commanded to fight the people until they bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that I am Allah’s Messenger. If they do so, then there blood and their wealth are inviolable except in the dispensation of justice, and their affair is with Allah.” [Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslims]

There can be no qualms about this hadîth’s authenticity, since it is recorded in both Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. However, this hadîth is also not to be taken generally, out of context, and in complete disregard to all the other textual evidence.

The term “people” here is not referring to all humanity. Ibn Taymiyah says: “It refers to fighting those who are waging war, whom Allah has permitted us to fight. It does not refer to those who have a covenant with us with whom Allah commands us to fulfill our covenant.” [Majmu al-Fatawa (19/20)]

Islam commands the Muslims to be just with people of other faiths, whether they be Jews, Christians, or pagans. Islam calls us to treat them kindly and try to win their hearts as long as they do not take up arms against us. Allah says: “Allah forbids you not with regard to those who neither fight against you for your faith nor drive you out of your homes from dealing kindly and justly with them, for Allah loves those who are just.” [Surah al-Mumtahanah: 9-10]

Allah commands Muslims to respect their non-Muslim parents and to accompany them in this world in a good manner.

The Quran commands us to argue with them in the best manner. Allah says: “Argue with the People of the Scripture in the best manner except those among them who act oppressively. Say: We believe in the revelation that has come down to us and in that which came down to you. Our God and your God is one, and it is to Him we submit ourselves as Muslims.” [Surah al-Ankabût: 46]

We are ordered to uphold our covenants with the non-Muslims and not betray them or transgress against them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) gave a stern warning to us against killing a non-Muslim with whom we are at peace. He said: “Whoever kills one with whom we have a covenant will not smell the scent of Paradise.” [Sahih Muslim]

The faith of a Muslim is not acceptable unless he believes in all of the Prophets who were sent before (peace be upon them all). Allah says: “O you who believe! Believe in Allah, His Messenger, the scripture that He revealed to His messenger and the scripture that he revealed before. Whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His Messengers, and the Last Day has gone far astray.” [Surah al-Nisa]


The meaning of the word; ['jihad'; Ar. from the root 'jahada',to struggle; assert oneself, as in "making great effort to arrive at a conclusion as to the meaning and interpretation of Islamic Law (ijtihad)"; strive, as in, "striving to complete a monumental task (jahed)"; "jihad" lit. 'The struggle to attain the objective.]
The principle purpose of the institution of "jihad". It must be understood that "jihad" according to "shari'ah" (Islamic Law) was instituted by Allah, The Law Giver Himself, only for the purpose of raising, protecting and defending the "deen" (way of Islam; "Laa elaha illa lah" [none has the right to be worshipped, except Allah."]).

(Say ye: We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma`il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord: we make no difference between one and another of them: and we bow to Allah (in Islam).) (Al-Baqarah 2:136)

(Behold! the angels said: O Mary! Allah giveth Thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.) (Aal `Imran 3:45)

We believe in all the prophets and messengers of Allah. We respect and honor all of them without any discrimination. We believe that all prophets preached the message of tawheed (oneness of Allah) and all of them invited human beings to worship Allah alone and to live righteous lives.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was not the only prophet of God, but he was the last and final prophet of God. Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of Islam; all prophets submitted to God (Muslims) and followed the way of submission to God (Islam). We believe that Jesus was one of the great prophets of God.

In the Qur'an, Jesus is called `Isa. He is also known as Al-Masih (the messiah) and Ibn Maryam (son of Mary). He has many other honorable names and titles in the Qur'an. He is a highly respected religious figure. Every Muslim believes in him, honors him, and loves him. His mother Mary is also highly respected, loved, and honored. There are hundreds of thousands of Muslim men all over the world who feel proud and blessed to have the name `Isa, and there are thousands of Muslim women who feel honored and blessed to be called Maryam.

There is a big controversy going on all over the world at this time about Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. This novel is a big thriller, and until now, more than 45 million copies have been sold. Today, a movie based on this novel will be released. Many Christians, especially Catholics, are outraged with this novel. In several countries, Christians are protesting and asking their governments to ban this novel and its movie. Some bishops and cardinals referred to the Danish cartoons against Prophet Muhammad and said that if Muslims were angry with a few cartoons, we should be even more angry with this book. Some Muslims and non-Muslims are asking for our reactions to this book.

We as Muslims do not want to be known as people who react only when something wrong is done to the blessed name of our Prophet Muhammad. We stand for the respect of all religious figures of all religions. Furthermore, Jesus (peace be upon him) is also a blessed prophet for us. We believe in him and honor him. We also have something to say about this novel and movie.

There are two things that I would like to say about The Da Vinci Code. One is positive and the other is negative. The positive thing is that it says that for the first four centuries, Jesus was known only as a prophet of God, and not God. At the Council of Nicea around the year 325 CE, the Emperor Constantine and some bishops changed the true teachings of Jesus.

The Da Vinci Code also says that Jesus (peace be upon him) married one of his female disciples, Mary Magdalene, and had children and that his descendants still exist today. Although the Qur'an does not say anything about Jesus's marriage, his wife, or his children (neither does the New Testament), there is nothing wrong, from the Islamic point of view, if he were married and had children. Allah says in the Qur'an, (We did send Messengers before thee, and appointed for them wives and children: and it was never the part of a Messenger to bring a Sign except as Allah permitted (or commanded). For each period is a Book (revealed)) (Hud 13:38).

Some Christians consider this story about Jesus to be blasphemous. According to them, to say that Jesus was married means that he is not God. Although they say that God had a son, they say that Jesus could not have had a son. However, as Muslims, we say that just because Jesus wasn't married doesn't make him God. Prophet Yahya (John the Baptist), who was Jesus' contemporary, was not married, yet no one considered him to be divine.

Celibacy does not make any person divine. If Jesus were married, then this does not take away his honor because there were many prophets who came before and after him who were married and had offspring. It is interesting to see a number of books produced today by Christian writers that also say that Jesus was not crucified and that he never claimed to be the Son of God. This is what the Qur'an said a long time ago.There is, however, a negative side of The Da Vinci Code, that we as Muslims should criticize. The Da Vinci Code is a novel, a work of fiction. It does not present facts about Jesus's life in a serious and respectful manner. It has fictionalized his life and story, and in this sense, it has downgraded this great messenger of Allah.

The author of The Da Vinci Code took some historical facts and then spun a mystery story to thrill and chill his readers. Allah's prophets and His messengers should not be treated in this manner. They are entitled to receive utmost honor and respect from us. It is for this reason that Islam forbids making pictures of Allah's prophets and messengers and also forbids creating fictitious stories and movies about them. Islam teaches us that we should present the prophets' life stories with great care, respect, and the utmost authenticity. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Convey from me even if it is one verse. Speak about Bani Israel without any hesitation; but whosoever tells a lie about me, let him prepare his place in Hell" (Al-Bukhari 3202).We hope that more and more truth will come out about the life and teachings of Jesus (peace be upon him). We totally reject those who abuse his person through fiction and falsehood. We as Muslims should use this opportunity to inform others about the Islamic position regarding Jesus (peace be upon him). Ameen.