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SUNNIS vs. ANTI-HADITHERS (Summary)
Got into a spat with these Anti-Hadither/Anti-Scholarship deviants. Their method is empty. They claim that the Hadith (as an entirety—not talking about a particular Hadith) and Islamic scholarship are categorically unreliable.
They were told:
1. The Hadiths were transmitted by the same people who transmitted the Qur’an.
2. They claimed that the Qur’an says that Allah will preserve it (which is true). They were told how do YOU know the Qur’an has been preserved—how do YOU know that such verses were not added after the fact? (Clearly, I (with a capital “I”) am not saying that the Qur’an has been changed–i am showing that they can’t prove that it wasn’t.) I explained that it would be circular reasoning to say: “The Qur’an is from Allah because it says so.”
They went on to say that there is no other Islamic text like it. They were told how do YOU know that? (Again, i am not saying that there are other books like the Qur’an—i was trying to establish that they are going to have to reference someone or something beyond the Qur’an to try to objectively prove their point. Along this line, i was waiting for one of them to say that the Qur’an could not be equaled by the poets, orators, rhetoricians, or writers of the time… but again—how would THEY know that.)
3. It was explained to them that their method leaves the Muslims defenseless against the attack of anti-Muslim bigots or people who are genuinely seeking and want answers to their questions. It is a logical question for a seeking person to ask: “Muslims say that the Qur’an has been preserved. How do you know that?”
For us (meaning, Sunni Muslims), this not difficult to answer. We explain its inimitable miraculous nature; the disbelieving pagan Arabs, although tremendously proud of their oratory and poetic skills could not match it–although they were challenged. Instead of simply “discrediting” the Qur’an (which they couldn’t), the Arab pagans risked their properties, lives, and tribal “honor” in fighting the Prophet and his followers. How do we know that this happened? Because the MUSLIM SCHOLARS reported such (and these are the same people who preserved and transmitted the Qur’an and the Hadith).
4. It was asked of them, how do they read the Qur’an without the consonantal points (dots on the letters), and how do they read the Qur’an without the harakaat (vowelling)? Who taught them how to read such Qur’ans? And who taught the ones they learned from? And from where did they get such Qur’ans?
What this sect is claiming is that ALL THE MUSLIMS for ______________ centuries (at least twelve or thirteen centuries) did not actually know what the Prophet taught–or they knew what he taught, but they intentionally concealed, distorted, or altered what the Prophet taught. Such people, clearly, can’t be considered reliable. So if the people from whom they (the Anti-Hadithers) received their “religion” (which in reality is NOT Islam) were not reliable, then they are professing that what they are following is not reliable. (Kinda like what the Protestants claim: their sect started 1,500 years after Jesus was on earth; they stole their religion from the Catholics—but then turn around and labeled the Catholics ignoramuses, heretics, and blasphemers.)
Among the responses i received is that we don’t need to make the religion complicated and we should “just have faith” (and ignore the proofs that would explain and clarify the questions posed). As a rule, the Anti-Hadithers are a VERY arrogant group of people who wish to indulge in their desires. They don’t want to humble themselves and sit down and learn the Deen in the proper manner, but rather think highly of themselves as “great thinkers in Islam.”
May Allah guide us, make us learned and make us humble.
Praise and thanks be to the Creator
In the spring of 1964 Malcolm X left the United States to perform the Muslim Pilgrimage (Hajj). Malcolm X had already left the cult of the so-called “Nation of Islam” and rejected the blasphemous teachings of Elijah Muhammad. (Among Elijah Muhammad blasphemies was that he claimed the Creator of the universe was born to a white(!) woman in 1877.) Malcolm now professed his belief in the Oneness and Perfection of God (Allah).
Sadly, many people are confused about the religion of Islam. Many people still think that Islam teaches the hatred of white people. At the end of Malcolm X’s life, he knew better. He wrote back to America about his experiences during his Pilgrimage (“Hajj”). The following are excerpts of his “Letter from Hajj” in the Autobiography of Malcolm X (pages 340-341):
“There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were all colors, from blue-eyed blond to black skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between white and non-white.
“America needs to understand Islam, because it is the one religion that erases from society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world I have met talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered ‘white’—but the ‘white’ attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together irrespective of their color.”
Malcolm went on to say:
“During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed (or on the same rug) while praying to the same God—with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the actions and in the deeds of the ‘white’ Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana.
“We were truly all the same (brothers)—because their belief in one God had removed the ‘white’ from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.
“I could see from this, that if white Americans could accept the oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man—and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their ‘differences’ in color.”
Unfortunately there are many misguided factions and organizations that claim to represent Islam, but in reality these extremists groups give Muslims an undeserved reputation. Islam is first and foremost about the proper belief in God and the Prophets. For a person to be a Muslim, he or she must satisfy the condition of believing correctly in God and the Prophets. Muslims believe in One God, and that God alone should be worshiped (“Allah” is the name of God in the Arabic language.) Muslims believe that the Creator is Eternal and Everlasting. God is Perfect and does not change. God is not in need of the creations and exists without time or place. The Creator has knowledge and power over everything. Everything is created by God. Allah is absolutely different from the creations. God is not a body, nor an image, nor a spirit. God is not grasped by the mind. Allah is not a product of the imagination, but rather, Allah is the Creator of our minds, and whatever we imagine, Allah is different from that.
Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad, who lived fourteen hundred years ago, is the last Prophet and Messenger of God. Prophet Muhammad, like all the other Prophets, such as, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus received Divine Revelation from God. All the Prophets came with the same belief–God is Perfect and does not change, and the correct belief in God does not change. None of the Prophets claimed they were God or the offspring of God–but the Prophets are the most righteous creations of God. The Prophets conveyed what God ordered them to convey, and they called people to the same religion—the Religion of Islam.
Like all the other Prophets, God gave Prophet Muhammad miracles. Among the hundreds of miracles God gave Prophet Muhammad were: the Qur’an (the Muslim Scripture), the springing of water from between his fingers, feeding many people from small containers of food, healing the sick and injured in an extraordinary manner, numerous accurate predictions about future events, and many other miracles.
Islam is a religion of moderation. Muslims do not teach racial hatred. Instead, Muslims believe that the merit of a person is not based on skin color but on obedience to God. The Qur’an says what means:
“O mankind! Allah created you from a single pair of a male and female (Adam and Eve), and made you into nations and tribes, that you may get to know one another. Certainly the most honored of you to Allah is the one who is the most righteous.” (Al-Hujarat, 49:22)
Prophet Muhammad said:
“Allah judges people not according to your bodies and faces, but rather according to your hearts and deeds.”
Prophet Muhammad also said: “The most noble of the people is the one who is the most pious.”
In Islam, human excellence is based upon sincere obedience to God—and not upon ethnicity or race or skin color. The person who earnestly learns and practices Islam will earn the greatest success, which is, to dwell forever in Paradise. For a person to become Muslim, one simply says:
“I BEAR WITNESS NOTHING IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP EXCEPT ALLAH, AND I BEAR WITNESS MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER.”
May Allah guide us and grant us the best of this world and the Hereafter.
[Nota Bene: it is important to take note that Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik Shabazz) was NOT a Muslim scholar--nor did he claim to be. Instead, after leaving the so-called Nation of Islam, and spending time in the Muslim world, he professed his ignorance of Sunni Islam. And as we know, he was murdered in less than a year after his return from Hajj. This is not to slander Malcolm, but it is important to know that if we wish to seek authentic traditional Islamic knowledge, we have to go to those people who have it. Our obedience to the Creator and safety and salvation in the Hereafter is contingent, in part, on acquiring a proper understanding of the genuine teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam)].
THE MASTER SKILL
At the request of a couple of people, they wanted me to summarize something I was reading. I have been keeping a notebook for recording thoughts and ideas of this “masterpiece” (no irony intended) upon my second read of the book, and here is an outline of the chapter I was speaking of.
(It was said):
“The ability to set goals and make plans for their accomplishment is the master skill of success.”
“Success is goals and all else is commentary.”
“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.”
–Everything mentioned before in the book was intended to bring us to the discussion about goals.
“…The clearing of the mind and the development of a calm, optimistic attitude toward yourself and your possibilities has been essential.”
The SUCCESS MECHANISM can override the failure mechanism—it is triggered by a GOAL!
INTENSITY OF PURPOSE
–Two Requirements of Success–
- Decide what you want
- Determine the price you are willing to pay to get it—and then resolve to pay that price
The greatest enemy of human achievement: the comfort zone
“All growth, progress, and advancement requires change.”—Goals help control the direction of change
Sow goals —> Reap the results [bi'idhnillah]
“The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals.”
Goals trigger the principles of:
5. Sub-conconsious activity
“You can’t hit a target you can’t see.”
WHY PEOPLE DON’T SET GOALS
(Seven reasons are listed why people fail to set goals)
“It is impossible to succeed without failure.” (That is, the one who attempts to achieve will (almost) invariably face obstacles and setbacks—the key is to be patient and persistent.)
Vince Lombardi (famous football coach) responded when asked about a recent defeat:
“We didn’t lose; we just ran out of time.” (Maa-shaa’ Allah, that’s a winning attitude!)
FIVE PRINCIPLES OF SETTING GOALS
1. Congruency: your goals must be in line with your highest values
2. Area of Excellence: find area of excellence and throw your heart into it (find your passion and make it happen–bi’idhnillah!)
3. Acre of Diamonds: don’t overlook the opportunities that are immediately available —Teddy Roosevelt said: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
4. Balance: Need for a variety of goals in six critical areas of life
A. Mental D. Financial
B. Personal development E. Material
C. Material F. Spiritual
5. Major Purpose: You must have an overarching dominating goal
GOAL SETTING RULES
1. Harmonious: goals should not conflict with each other
2. Challenging: they must stretch you in a way that is not overwhelming (overwhelming goals can cause one to become discouraged [the root of discourage is COURAGE—you must be courageous in seeking your goals and realizing your potential (bi'idhnillah)])
3. Tangible/Quantitative also Intangible/Qualitative
4. Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
–Short-term goals = 90 days
–Long-term goals = 2-3 years
- (Wow…) Major purpose —> breakdown into 90 day increments—> monthly—> weekly—> daily—> hourly
“The ideal life is focused, purposeful, positive, and organized, so that you are moving toward goals that are important to you every hour of the day. You always know what you are doing and why.”
“Your self-esteem increases as you progress toward your goals.”
IDENTIFYING YOUR GOALS
1. What are your five most important values in life?
2. What are your three most important goals?
3. If you had six months to live, what you do?
4. If you were given a million dollars tomorrow, what would you do?
5. What have you been afraid to attempt?
6. What thing gives you the greatest satisfaction?
7. What great thing would you attempt?
It is important to be involved in continuous goal-setting—the habit of continuous goal-setting soon becomes a positive addiction
You must overcome inertia and the tendency to fall back into the comfort zone—KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM!!!
Character: “The ability to carry through on a resolution after the mood in which the resolution is made has past.”
TWELVE STEP PROGRAM
“You come and become [bi'idhnillah] what you think about.”
1. Develop desire—intense, burning desire
2. Develop belief (that is, self-confidence/God-reliance)
3. Write it down!!!
4. Benefits of attaining your goals (think of the results—this will infuse you with burning desire)
5. Analyze your starting point
6. Set a deadline
7. Make a list of potential obstacles
8. What additional info is needed
9. List all the people whose help you will need
10. Make a plan
11. Use visualization (imagine the goal achieved beforehand)
12. Persistence: make the decision in advance that you will never give up
CONTINUOUS ACTION TECHNIQUE
“A body in motion tends to remain in motion.”
“Nothing succeeds like success. You must develop the success habit by doing every single day to move you toward your goals. Review them every morning and think about them every day. Always be looking for something you can do to contribute to their achievement.”
—“Become a perpetual-motion, goal-setting, and goal-achieving individual”—
GOING FOR THE GOLD
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is odd with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Goal-setting activates a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), releases ‘creativity,’ various mental principle converge, and one’s consciousness begins to function far more efficiently (bi’idhnillah)
QUOTATION #69 OF THE ESSENTIAL CONDITIONS FOR CHANGE
1) “First, you must sincerely WANT to change. You must reallly want to become totally positive toward yourself and your possibilities. You must have an intense burning desire to be more than you’ve ever been before.
2) “Second, you must be WILLING to change. You must be willing to let go of the old person to become the new person.
3) “Third, you must BE WILLING TO MAKE EFFORTS. You must be willing to persevere for a long time without much evidence of progress. What you are aiming for is a fundamental long-term improvement in your life. It’s taken many years to become the person you are. You must work very hard to become someone different.”
“It has been said that the kindest thing that a man can do for his children is to love their mother, and the reverse is also true. When children grow up in a household in which the mother and father love each other in a way the children can see and experience, they are far more likely to grow up with feelings of security and self-confidence.”
“Exceptional men and women have very clear self-ideals, toward which they are constantly striving. They set high standards for themselves and strive to live up to them. And so can you. The more clear you are about the person you want to become, the more likely it is that, day by day, you will evolve into that person. You will rise to the height of the dominant aspirations you have for yourself. You will become what you most admire [bi'idhnilllah].”
You are invited to a short lesson on Islam. Islam is the religion of the Muslims. According to statistics, Muslims number over a billion worldwide. Islam literally means “submission”, and in the religious context, Islam means surrender to the Orders of Almighty God. A person becomes Muslim by saying: “I bear witness nothing is worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
Muslims believe that there is One Creator (“Allah” is the name of the Creator in the Arabic language) who is deserving of worship. The Creator is Eternal and Everlasting. God does not change—God is as God was. The Creator existed before the creations and is not dependent on anything. God does not resemble any of the creations in any way whatsoever. God is not an object or an image—the Creator is not a material or spiritual being. God exists without being in dimensions or directions. God is not contained by anything, and God exists without a place. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is greater. God has power over all of the creations and knows everything. Nothing occurs except by God’s Will.
God sent many Prophets throughout history to call people to obey God. God is One, and there is only one true Belief in God. God is Eternal and does not change and the true Belief in God does not change. Among the Prophets were Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. In truth, they all had the same belief in God and followed the same religion—the Religion of Islam.
Prophet Muhammad came some 1,400 years ago to renew the call to Islam. As with all the Prophets, God gave Prophet Muhammad miracles to prove to the people that he is a genuine Prophet of God. By the Will of God, Prophet Muhammad healed the sick and injured in extraordinary ways; he had the miracle of bounty; he made the dry wells fill with water; Prophet Muhammad foretold of future events with astounding accuracy. God gave him the Holy Qur’an—the greatest of miracles.
Prophet Muhammad taught about the events of the Hereafter, such as, the questioning in the grave, the torture or pleasure therein, the Resurrection and gathering of the people and their being brought into account for what they did in this world. Prophet Muhammad taught about the ultimate destination for the human being, which is either Paradise for the Muslims, or Hellfire for the disbelievers.
Prophet Muhammad instructed the people with profound wisdom and led by his exceptional example. He showed people how to strive for human excellence by placing obedience and sincerity to God first and foremost in their lives. Prophet Muhammad showed the way to righteousness through prayer and fasting, generosity to others and contentment with what God has given. Prophet Muhammad brought the light of knowledge to a world drowning in sin and idolatry.
In our society obsessed with materialism, many people behave as if they are not going to die. The fact of the matter is that we are not going to be here in this world for long, and our death-time is hidden from us. The wise person would make every possible effort to find the Truth and follow it. The Truth is that God is One with no equal; God is Eternal with no similar. Prophet Muhammad is a Prophet and he performed miracles. God gave us Divine Laws by which to conduct our lives both in public and in private.
The person who obeys God will be a winner in this life and the Hereafter, and the one who rejects the Oneness and Perfection of God will be met with failure and be consumed by an everlasting torture in the Afterlife. The beginning of guidance is by becoming Muslim by saying: “I bear witnesses nothing is worship except Allah, and I bear witness Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” After becoming Muslim one should seek to learn about Islam from qualified teachers who can instruct one about the various acts of worship so that one can fulfill his or her obligations to God.
From “Whether” to “How”
“A major turning point in your thinking comes when you change your language from ‘whether’ to ‘how.’ When you start about how you are going to accomplish something you want, and you simultaneously refuse to consider whether or not it is possible or not, your entire mentality begins to change. You do get what you think about most of the time, and if you continually think in terms of how you can achieve it, and the specific actions you can take to move toward it, you are much more likely to be successful in the end.”
[Commentary: Of course Allah is the ONLY Creator. If something is not meant for you, you will never get it. Nonetheless, we are rewarded for our (good) intentions and for asking Allah for good things. Allah, subhaanahu wa-ta`aalaa, is Al-Kareem, and Allah is not stingy. The most common du`aa’ of the Prophet was the asking of Allah for the best of this world and the Hereafter and the protection from Hell.
Although our thoughts don’t “create” anything (our thoughts are themselves creations), experience often shows that negative people tend to have a lot of negative things come their way. We all know of people who when they enter a session, it feels like a dark shadow is cast upon the room. And on the other hand, we all know of energetic positive people that we enjoy being around and inspire us to better versions of ourselves. Seek the incredible bounties of Allah, use them in obedience to Allah, and share them near and far. God-willing, with the proper belief and proper intention, you will see the benefit in this life, in your grave, and on the Day of Rising.
May Allah guide us and protect and grant us the best of this life and the Hereafter and protect us from the Fire.
“Whatever one can imagine, the Creator is Greater.”
God gave us minds so that we could distinguish between truth and falsehood. Our minds can be used to understand what is proper to believe about God and what is not proper to believe about God. Consequently, we use our minds to know that idols do not deserve to be worshiped, because idols are something made by humans—idols are in need of the people who make them and give them their characteristics. That which is made by something else cannot be the Eternal Creator.
Likewise, the sun is not deserving of worship, for the sun is also not eternal—it is a creation–and is in need of someone else to give it its characteristics. Likewise, we should know that none of the creations should be worshiped. The Creator–and only the Creator–is deserving of worship.
The Creator is Incomparable–nothing is similar to God. God is not an idol, nor a planet, nor an animal, nor a human, nor a spirit, nor a light, nor a “force of nature”. God is not a body and has no shape or place. God is not similar to anything that we may see with our eyes or might imagine in our minds. We can use our minds to know what is correct to believe about God—but we cannot use our minds to imagine God.
A wise person once said: “Think of the things God created, and do not attempt to think of the Reality of God.” All the creations stand as proof that there must be a Creator. However, the creations and the Creator are not similar to each other. This is why Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said: “Whatever you imagine, God is different from that.”
Muslims believe that God is not an image—but that God created all images and is not similar to any created being. God existed before there was space; God is Eternal; God does not change. That being the case, common sense tells us that the Creator is not an object, has no form, and cannot be portrayed by a picture or an image. Furthermore, we know that God is Beginningless. God created both light and darkness. Our imaginations cannot come to conceive of something existing and there was no light or darkness—yet, we know God existed before the creations and neither light nor darkness existed. God was and there was nothing else. This indicates that God is completely beyond our imagination. These are also common sense proofs that show the claim that the human being has the alleged image of God is categorically false.
The great Muslim Scholars mentioned many statements that the Creator is far too great to be a product of the imagination. Among them is the saying of Muhammad Idris Ash-Shafi`iyy. He said: “Whoever seeks to know his Creator, and concludes that his Creator is something that his mind can imagine, then he is a mushabbih [that is, a pagan who resembles God to the creations]. If he settles on pure non-existence, then he is an atheist. If he concludes that God exists, and admits that his mind can not conceive God, then he is practicing Tawhid [that is, Islamic monotheism—the belief in the Absolute Oneness and Perfection of God].”
Ibn `Asakir said: “God is not grasped with delusions or thoughts.” Imam `Ali said: “My Lord, the Glorified, is Al-Awwal [that is, God exists without a beginning]. God is not from anything, nor mixed with anything, nor deluded about, nor is God a human who would be sought, nor is God veiled, thus contained, nor did God exist after God had not been existing.”
Abu Ja`far At-Tahawi said: “Delusions do not reach God, nor is God encompassed by the minds.” Abu Bakr As-Siddiq, the first of the Muslim rulers after Prophet Muhammad, said: “Knowing that one can not imagine God is a knowledge in itself, and attempting to imagine God is polytheism and disbelief.”
The imagination is related to those things that are perceived by the senses. God cannot be compared to what we see in the creations—consequently, God cannot be imagined by the mind. Furthermore, the person who worships an image in his mind is in reality no different from the idol worshiper. The idolater worships a shape he has formed with his hands, and the one who worships a mental image, worships a shape he has formed in his mind.
In summary, the Muslim Belief is the only belief that clears God from all imperfection. The Muslim Belief states clearly that God is absolutely Free-of-Need and that God is clear of having any created characteristics. Muslims believe in One, Perfect, Eternal, Incomparable God who has knowledge and power over all the creations. Muslims can demonstrate the validity of their Belief with sound rational proofs that anyone willing to listen to reason will recognize as being true.
God sent numerous Prophets throughout history. They all taught the same belief about the Creator: God is One and there is only one correct belief in God. God is Eternal and does not change—therefore, the correct belief in God does not change. The Prophets were all Muslim, and they were all men of great integrity who called the people to worship and obey their Creator. Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses were all Prophets, as was Jesus. Jesus instructed the people in the ways of worship, but his Divine Message was altered and corrupted by misguided men. About six hundred years after Jesus was on Earth, Prophet Muhammad—the last of the Prophets—renewed the call to believing in One Perfect Creator.
God gave all the Prophets miracles to prove to the people that they are truly Prophets. It is confirmed by numerous eyewitnesses that Prophet Muhammad performed hundreds of miracles, and these miracles have been carefully documented. The person who wishes to be safe in the Hereafter needs to follow the Divine Message for this era in human history—namely, the Divine Message Prophet Muhammad conveyed from God.
The Religion of the Prophets is one. There is One God and one true Religion–the Religion of Islam. For one to become Muslim, a person simply says:
“I bear witnesses nothing is worship except Allah, and I bear witness Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
May God guide us to the acceptable deeds and the good endings. And Allah knows best!
“You can’t hit a target you can’t see. You can’t accomplish wonderful things with your life if you have no idea of what they are. You must first become absolutely clear about what you want if you are serious about unlocking the extraordinary power that lies within you.”
Of the Bible (part 3)
In the name of Almighty God
“The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.”
We will attempt to present to the public the background concerning the most popular version of the English Bible, the King James Version. The fact of the matter is that many people who follow the Bible have little idea about its history. For one, there is the vast expanse of time between Jesus and the time of King James—1,600 years, as a matter of fact. Before the King James version of the Bible went to the printing press, many different Bibles were already spread and amongst the people claiming to follow Jesus.
Let us go back in history. Jesus walked the Earth two thousand years ago. After God made Jesus ascend alive and safe to the Heavens, the followers—or alleged followers—of Jesus did not have a consensus on what Jesus taught or even who Jesus was. Some rightfully said that Jesus is a human being and Prophet of God—others claimed that Jesus was actually God or God’s supposed flesh and blood offspring.
Jesus taught his companions in the Syriac language (a dialect of Aramaic)—yet, the oldest New Testaments are in Greek. The early books that circulated about Jesus, likewise, did not agree with one another. Those books had different ideas concerning the nature of Jesus–and not all of them were claiming that Jesus is God or the son of God.
In the year 325 C.E., Constantine, the Roman Emperor, held the Council of Nicea. At that time, Constantine was not even a Christian, but was a pagan seeking power and control. However, he oversaw a council that determined which books would go into the Bible, and also, at this council, this pagan determined that the trinity would be the official Christian doctrine.
In 380 C.E. Theodosious made the trinity the official Christian doctrine of the decadent Roman Empire. Those people who did not accept the trinity, but said Jesus is a human and righteous Prophet were ruthlessly persecuted and killed by the Roman rulers. In the 400’s with the fall of the Roman Empire, the lights went out—and Europe lapsed into its dark ages. For nearly one thousand years Europeans lived in a general state of ignorance and filth and virtually every aspect of life was controlled by the Catholic Church.
In 1517 Martin Luther (of Germany) wrote a paper objecting to some of the corrupt practices of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church did not tolerate any disagreements with its agenda of mass control and manipulation and did not take Martin Luther’s objections lightly. Forced to flee for his life, Martin Luther ended up starting Protestantism and the so-called church Reformation. For a thousand years—until the time of Luther–Catholicism and Christianity were virtually two-in-the-same in Western Europe. There were no Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Quakers, Calvinists, so-called COGICs or Jehovah Witnesses. One was either a Catholic or risked his life and getting burnt at the stake as a heretic.
In 1534 Henry VIII of England, too, broke away from the Catholic Church. When the Pope refused to give King Henry a divorce from his wife, Catherine of Aragon, Henry decided to start his own church in the name, not of Jesus, but in the name of English nationalism. His church was called the Anglican Church. In order to give this new church some legitimacy in the eyes of the gullible masses, the English kings wanted to have their Bible translated into English. Prior to this time, Church services in England (and most of Europe) were conducted in Latin—a language that only the Christian clergy could understand. The congregations could not read the Latin Bibles and could not understand the language of the Catholic ceremonies (and keep in mind that the vast majority of the Europeans could not read and write their native language, much less, Latin).
Although not the first version of the English Bible, the King James VERSION (the word “version” should tell us that there is more than one rendition of the Bible in circulation) published in 1611 became the most popular. “Yet the King James Version has grave defects…. [T]hese defects are so many and so serious as to call for revision of the English translation.” so says the Revised Standard Version of the Bible on page iii. Any person wishing to see the corruption of the Bible only needs to read the Preface to the Revised Standard VERSION (RSV), and find that the Biblical scholars ADMIT that the King James Version (KJV) is a corrupt and inaccurate book. That is why they contrived a NEW VERSION!!!
For example, the Biblical basis for the trinity is found in a single verse–1 John 5:7, which says: “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” However, Biblical authorities admit that this verse cannot be found in any Greek manuscripts written before the 1400’s. And what did the RSV do about this doubtful verse? They completely omitted it—without a footnote or any other explanation! And to intentionally deceive the people regarding this missing Biblical verse, they split the following verse into two verses—in order to keep the same number of verses in the RSV as the KJV.
The Biblical version of Jesus’ ascension is mentioned only in two places in the Bible. (Mark 16:19 and Luke 24:51). However, in the RSV 1952 (the Revised Version itself has at least three versions printed since 1881) ends Mark 16 at verse 8! The rest of the chapter is put in a footnote—and the footnotes in the Bible are not considered actually part of the Biblical text—or alleged “Word of God”.
Another curious aspect of the KJV can be found in Psalms 46. If one counts in 46 words from the beginning of this chapter, one gets the word “shake”. And if one goes to the end of this chapter and counts back 46 words, one gets the word, “spear”. Considering the fact that Shakespeare was forty-six years of age at the time of the writing of the King James Version, and that ciphers (code writings) were a common practice at the time, it seems that Shakespeare may have very well contributed to the writing of the Bible.
Strangely enough, the Bible curses those who would tamper with it (Revelations 22:18-19), yet the Bible has many passages that have been taken out or added to it—and we are only talking about the English versions. Considering that the oldest Greek manuscripts themselves do not agree with each other (and they, too, have many different versions), it is evident that Isaiah 40:8, which claims that the Word of God can not be changed, demonstrates that the Bible testifies to its own falsehood.
Also, one should keep in mind that the Catholic Bible has in its anthology seventy-three books, while the Protestant Bible accepts only sixty-six. Now given that the Protestants took their religion from the Catholics, they are saying, in essence: “The deviants and heretics whom received the Bible from did not know what books belong in this anthology–they tampered with the [allegedly] untouched Holy Book of God.” The Protestants, in other words, are admitting that the Bible did not reach them through a reliable source. Furthermore, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Ethiopian Church, and the Syrian Orthodox Church all have different Bibles from the Protestants and Catholics (and by different Bibles, we don’t mean only different translations derived from different sources, the number of books in their Bibles differ).
Praise be to God for Islam! The Muslims have the only authentic and untampered Scripture, the Holy Qur’an. Muslims believe in One Almighty All-Knowing Creator Who absolutely does not need or resemble the creations. God is not inside of anything and is certainly not inside of us or in our imaginations. God is not a body or spirit and exists without place or time. The Creator does not change. Prophet Muhammad came 1,400 years ago to renew the call to the belief in the Oneness and Perfection of God (Allah is the name of God in Arabic). God gave Prophet Muhammad many miracles to prove that he is a genuine Prophet. For one to be saved in the Hereafter, one must believe in his Message and become a Muslim by simply saying:
“I bear witnesses nothing is worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
We ask Allah to guide us to the acceptable deeds and to grant us a safe departure from this world to the Hereafter. And Allah knows best!
In the name of Almighty God
It is our intent here to introduce the reader to the history of the New Testament. We have already established in part one of this series that the Old Testament is not the authentic Divine Revelation given to the Israelite Prophets. Instead, it is the product of the manipulations of many unknown men down through the ages. God-willing, we will now look at the New Testament.
It is understood by many people that the New Testament is the Divine Book given to Jesus. In reality this is not the case. Instead, the New Testament is simply a book reporting what Jesus allegedly said and did. Let us first look at some facts of history. Jesus was an Israelite Prophet who walked the earth some 2,000 years ago. Jesus spoke and taught his disciplines in the Syriac language (a dialect of Aramaic)—a Semitic language, like that of Hebrew and Arabic. The oldest versions of the New Testament are in the Greek language. Greek is in a totally different language family from Aramaic. The Encyclopedia American says: “The New Testament is from the beginning to end a Greek book. Although the earliest oral traditions of Jesus’ deeds and sayings undoubtedly circulated in Aramaic….” (vol. 3, page 694)
Not only is the New Testament in a language other than what Jesus conveyed his Divine Message, there is no where in the New Testament that claims that Jesus actually wrote or dictated it to his disciples. In short, the New Testament is not authorized by Jesus.
Now regarding the books of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John—who are allegedly disciples or students of the disciples of Jesus–these early so-called “gospels” originally were circulated anonymously and were given their names later by the Church—they don’t bear the names of the actual authors. The Encyclopedia Britannica says: “Though the author of Mark is probably unknown, authority is traditionally derived from a supposed connection with the Apostle Peter….” (vol. 14, page 973) Of the Gospel of Matthew, it says: “…but that the writer of Matthew is probably anonymous.” (vol. 14, page 975) Of the Book of Luke, it says: “In short, the author of this gospel remains unknown.” (vol. 14, page 976) And of the Book of John, the Encyclopedia Britannica says: “From internal evidence the Gospel was written by a beloved disciple whose name is unknown.” (vol. 14, page 977) By the way, one should ask himself exactly what does “probably unknown—or probably anonymous” exactly mean?
Consequently, each one of the four so-called gospels that are suppose to be reports about the life and teachings of Jesus is of a doubtful-unknown origin—yet, this is the book that hundreds of millions of people on Earth call the unchanged word of God.
In addition to the dubious authorship and the fact that the oldest New Testaments are not in Aramaic (the language of Jesus), the oldest existing so-called gospels are not complete. The very oldest so-called gospels are fragments of pages! The Biblical scholars cannot produce a single complete collection of the earliest so-called gospel manuscripts! What are available of the very oldest manuscripts are a few pages and fragments of pages—but no complete so-called “gospel”. Furthermore, of the NUMEROUS early Greek texts that are available, the Biblical authorities admit that none of them are in complete agreement. And even if there were a few that were in agreement (which is not the case), there still would be no way to prove that the text that do agree would actually contain the genuine Message of Jesus.
The well known Biblical scholar, Bruce M. Metzger, author of: The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration, mentions in the preface of his book the need for textual criticism of the Bible. He says: “The necessity of applying textual criticism to the books of the New Testament arises from two circumstances: (a) none of the original documents is extant [that is, existing], and (b) the existing copies differ from one another. The textual critic seeks to ascertain from the divergent copies which form of the text should be regarded as most nearly conforming to the original.”
Bruce Metzger is just one among many Biblical scholars who admits that the Bible has been corrupted (a fact that the author confesses in the very title of his book!). There is more. The Encyclopedia Americana (vol. 3. page 694) confirms the position of other Biblical scholars. It says:
“The contents of the New Testament as we have it today were not fully compiled until the fourth century [that is, 300 hundred years after Jesus was on Earth]…. But alas, we do not have the autographs [handwritten originals], or any of the very earliest copies. Of the New Testament writings, the greatest period of textual change and alteration was in the second century.…”
In summary, the New Testament is historically problematic because: the authors of the so-called gospels are unknown. The oldest so-called gospels are not in the language that Jesus instructed his disciples (that is, Syriac–a dialect of Aramaic). The Greek translators are unknown. There is not a single complete authoritative version of the earliest so-called gospel writings available. Instead, the earliest manuscripts conflict with each other—even when they are said to be written by the same author. And lastly, the books that are accepted among the so-called gospels were not compiled until the fourth century. By this time, there were dozens and dozens of other so-called gospels also in circulation.
There were also many conflicting ideas about who Jesus was by the time the canonization (that is, made official) of the Bible took place in 325 C.E. Some people were claiming that Jesus is God. Others said that he is the Son of God, and others said, and rightfully so, that Jesus is a human being and a Prophet of God.
Muslims believe that Jesus is a great Prophet of God. Jesus taught the same Message about God as did the earlier Prophets: God is One without partners. God is One without parts—that is, God is not a body composed of particles or pieces. God is Eternal and doesn’t change. God knows everything and has power over all the creations. God absolutely does not need or resemble any of the creations—whatever one imagines, the Creator is other than that.
Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad is the last of the Prophets. God supported him with hundreds of miracles. Prophet Muhammad clarified the misconceptions regarding Jesus caused by the corrupted books and confused blasphemous man-made doctrines. Prophet Muhammad called the people to prepare for death by being sincerely obedient to God. This is what the Muslims believe.
A person becomes Muslim by saying:
“I bear witnesses nothing is worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
After becoming Muslim one should seek to learn about Islam from qualified teachers who can instruct one about the various acts of worship so that one can fulfill his or her obligations to God.
In the Name of Almighty God
“Let us reason together.” (Isaiah 1:16)
We hope by objectively presenting the facts, people will come to understand the nature of the Bible. God gave us minds to reason, and by using our minds, we can distinguish between truth and guidance from falsehood and misguidance. God-willing, after the facts have been presented, we hope that people would choose to do what is right.
Let it be said, that for the Bible to be the genuine “Word of God”, there needs to be external objective proofs to establish this claim. Common sense tells us that saying the Bible is the “Word of God” simply because it claims to be the “Word of God” leads to circular reasoning and does not prove anything. And if the Bible contains just one contradiction or a single addition or subtraction from the original texts, then it must not be considered the pure “Word of God”.
The Bible is composed of two sections: the Old Testament, which is an anthology that contains numerous books attributed to Prophets who lived thousands of years ago. And there is the New Testament, which is suppose to be the book containing the teachings of Jesus the Messiah.
The Biblical scholars of today are not sure of the authorship of the books of the Bible. And likewise, the Biblical scholars and Church Fathers of the past were unsure of the source of its contents. Origen (one of the early Church authorities) said of the Book of Hebrews: “God alone knows who wrote it.” The Encyclopedia Americana (vol. 3, page 658) says of the Old Testament: “Not a single book has come down to the present in its original autograph [handwritten] form.” The author goes on to say: “The purpose of textual criticism, therefore is to remove as many errors as possible from the present text and thereby recover the original text.” It should lead one to ask the question: If the original text is lost and no one knows what it contained, then how in the world could they expect to “recover the original text!?!”
For those who might object to secular sources of Biblical criticism, then it should be enough for a person to open up the Bible itself. In the appendix of today’s Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible, it says the identity of the authors of a dozen of the books in the Old Testament is either doubtful or unknown.
Furthermore there are the internal contradictions that indicate that the Old Testament cannot be the pure “Word of God”. Deuteronomy is allegedly written by Prophet Moses—but in the 34th chapter, it gives an account of Moses’ funeral! How could Moses be the witness to his own burial!?! And more serious are the horrendous things that the Old Testament says about God. In Genesis 3:8, the Bible claims that God was blind and ignorant and was looking for, but could not find, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. And in Psalms 78:65, it says: “Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.” How can the (alleged) “Word of God” ascribe degrading and blasphemous attributes to the All-Knowing Almighty Creator? Surely, the true Book of God does not.
The Old Testament contains other types of contradictions and discrepancies, as well. Among them is the contradiction regarding the age of Jehoiachim when he became king in II Chronicles 36:9 and that of II Kings 24:8. Likewise, is the contradiction regarding the number of men that David allegedly killed in II Samuel 10:18 and I Chronicles 19:18.
Isaiah 40:8 says that the Word of God remains forever and does not get lost. This verse alone stands as proof against the Bible itself. We have proven that the Bible has been changed, and since it has been changed, it cannot be the Word of God—something that the Bible itself explicitly admits.
God is One with no equal. God is Eternal with no similar. God is Perfect–God cannot be compared to a drunk. God knows everything–God is not ignorant of the whereabouts of any of the creations. God is Free-of-Need and does not rest or go through changes. God is not a body or a spirit, and God does not exist inside of anything. God exists without time or place, distance or direction. God is not in Heaven. God is not inside of us. God is not an image in the mind. God is not in all places, for God created all the places—but God knows about everything everywhere without occupying a place. This is the Muslim belief regarding Almighty God.
Furthermore, Muslims believe that God sent Prophets to guide people to the Straight Path. All the Prophets were men of outstanding character who called the people to worship and obey God. God is Perfect and does not change and the true belief in God does not change. God is One and there is one true religion of God. That religion is the Religion of Islam.
As we can see, the Divine Message of the Prophets mentioned in the Old Testament (and in the New Testament) has been altered. Prophet Muhammad came to clarify the confusion caused by people following corrupted scriptures. God gave Prophet Muhammad hundreds of miracles to prove that he is a genuine Prophet of God. God also gave him the Holy Qur’an—the greatest of miracles. The Qur’an cannot be imitated in its style or beauty. The Qur’an is in its original form and not a word has been changed since the time of Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago—and this is a rigorously documented fact.
As with all the Prophets, Prophet Muhammad was truthful in all that he conveyed from Allah (“Allah” is the name of the Creator in the Arabic language). Prophet Muhammad informed people about the Divine Laws that should be followed if one wishes to be safe in the Hereafter. Prophet Muhammad informed us about prayer and fasting, good manners and other acts of devotion to God. Prophet Muhammad informed us about the events of the Hereafter, such as, the questioning in the grave, the Resurrection and Day of Judgment, Hellfire and Paradise. The one who wishes to be successful in this life and more importantly, in the Hereafter, must be a Muslim. A person becomes Muslim by saying and believing:
“I bear witnesses nothing is worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
After becoming Muslim one should seek to learn about Islam from qualified teachers who can instruct one about the various acts of worship so that one can fulfill his or her obligations to God.
We ask Allah to guide us to the acceptable deeds and to grant us a safe departure from this world to the Hereafter. And Allah knows best!
THE SUNNI CREED VERSUS THE NICENE CREED
I would like to briefly compare the Muslim belief of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) with the standard Christian doctrine. Recently i’ve been dealing with involved with debates on some “Muslim-Christian” dialogue pages. Many of the Christians unleash one round of vitriol after another against Islam. Much of it is misinformation, some of it is information taken out of context and intentionally warped, and some of it is outright lies. Among the lies is that these anti-Muslim bigots claim that the word “Allah” refers to a “curse” (malediction) or to a demon or to an alleged moon deity. These Western (or Westernized) Christians are willing to stoop to the level of deeming tens of millions of their Arab Christian brothers and sisters devil and moon worshipers because, they want to confuse the public about the genuine Islamic belief in God.
In brief, Muslims worship the Creator and not any of the creations. The universe exists. It could not be self-created; the universe must have a start. The Creator originated the universe, and the Creator alone is Beginningless. The Creator existed before the creations. Before the Heavens and Earth, before light or darkness, before time, space, and direction, there was a Creator. The Creator is not dependent upon any of the creations, and this is clear that since God existed before the creations, God does not need any of the creations. God—the One Who created everything—knows everything, and the Creator has power over everything. Nothing is to be unless God creates it.
The Creator is One. No one or thing creates except God. Humans, don’t create, we merely manipulate (or imagine) and both our bodies and our minds are created by God. The Creator is Unique. God has no similarity—at all—to the creations. God is not a material being. God is not a spiritual being. God is the CREATOR of matter and spirit. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is different from that. The Creator is Indivisible (Non-Dividable). The Creator is not composed of pieces or parts. The Creator is not composed of organs, or limbs, or a substance. The Creator does not have a color or a shape. The Creator is not an object or an image. The Creator does not have a size or any other dimensions. The Creator exists without being in a place, for God existed before the creation of place without a place. God is not a spatial entity and is not in a location or a direction.
In summary, Muslims worship the One, Perfect Eternal Creator, Who is the Creator of everything and ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble anything. Now with that said, we will produce what is known as the Nicene Creed, which has been standard Christian doctrine for nearly 1,700 years. It should be kept in mind that this doctrine was an innovation that came about some three hundred years after the time of Jesus on Earth. Even the Bible, as corrupt of a text as it is, does not have any explicit passage to justify this absurd doctrine***.
The Nicence Creed (in caps) says:
I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, AND OF ALL THINGS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE.
[Commentary: It is blasphemy to ascribe “fatherhood” to the Creator. The “father” is one whose reproductive essence has united with the egg of a female and produced an offspring. The Creator is not composed of body parts or bodily fluids; hence, the Creator is not attributed with reproductive essence and the fathering of children.]
The Nicene creed says:
AND IN ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER BEFORE ALL WORLDS; GOD OF GOD, LIGHT OF LIGHT, VERY GOD OF VERY GOD; BEGOTTEN, NOT MADE, BEING OF ONE SUBSTANCE WITH THE FATHER, BY WHOM ALL THINGS WERE MADE.
[Commentary: With this passage, it should be clear why the European intellectuals and scientists abandoned Christianity. And it should be clear why the Christian Church opposed rational and scientific inquiry. Only by warping and distorting the mind can one come to accept such a doctrine. We have mentioned above why fatherhood can't be ascribed to God. Corporeality (i.e., being a body)—by its very nature---is contrary to Godhood. God is Eternal and does not need anything. The body, in the least, needs a designated amount of space to exist. God created space and God does not require space in order to exist. Being in need (for example, being a body) and being God are inherently contradictory.
A thing cannot be contrary to definition (you can't have a square that's a circle; you can't have a grapefruit that's a rhinoceros). The act of begetting (fathering) is an occurrence. It has a beginning. God is Eternal; that which is begotten is originated. The originated being cannot transform and become beginningless.
To claim that there is a “God” that was derived “from God” is a rejection of (any pretense to) monotheism (belief in One God). We know that the Creator would necessarily be Eternal. That which is begotten necessarily existed AFTER the existence of the one who begot it. Hence it is clear—even by Christian “logic”---that Jesus could not be the Eternal Creator. Furthermore, the Creator is not light and is not composed of light. Both light and darkness are created by the Creator. And as was mentioned, the Creator is not a substance, and the creations (Jesus nor any other creation) are not composed from a “part of God.”]
The Nicene Creed goes on to say of Jesus:
WHO, FOR US MEN FOR OUR SALVATION, CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND WAS INCARNATE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE VIRGIN MARY, AND WAS MADE MAN; AND WAS CRUCIFIED ALSO FOR US UNDER PONTIUS PILATE; HE SUFFERED AND WAS BURIED; AND THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, AND SITS ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER; AND HE SHALL COME AGAIN, WITH GLORY, TO JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD; WHOSE KINGDOM SHALL HAVE NO END.
[Commentary: This is pure paganism derived from the various heathen cults that flourished in the Mediterranean region of the time. According to Christian doctrine, Jesus and God (and God is suppose to be Jesus) both dwell inside of Heaven. It seems that the composers of this doctrine forgot that before there was a Heaven, there was a Creator. The Creator of space existed before space, and after creating space, the Creator did not transform and materialize in a space (in the space of Heaven or elsewhere).
The belief of alleged gods incarnating is a common theme in ancient pagan cults. The founders of Christian ideology imitated the polytheists in this regard. This doctrine is beyond absurd. According to this creed we have (allegedly) the Eternal God transforming into and infant, growing up, getting tortured, and eventually getting murdered. The one who believes such has no understanding of what befits God and what does not. Such a doctrine makes no distinction between the Creator and the creations.
The One Who is Eternal does not change. Change is a characteristic of the originated beings. Eternality and change (like, being a body and being Free-of-Need) are mutually exclusive. The Eternal has no start; a change must have a start. And one can't say that something has a start---but it has no start. To claim so is to render words meaningless and discussion (or understanding) impossible.
As for Jesus allegedly sitting on the “right hand side of the 'Father,'” the True God does not exist in a direction. As we have made abundantly clear, the Creator is not an object or spatial entity of any sort, and this is clearly asserted in the widely renown treatise on Sunni doctrine by Abu Ja`far At-Tahawiyy:
“God is supremely clear of all boundaries, extremities, sides, organs, appendages, and instruments. None of the six directions [above and below, front and back, right and left] contain God as is the case with all the originated beings.”]
The Nicene Creed goes on to say:
AND I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY GHOST, THE LORD AND GIVER OF LIFE; WHO PROCEEDS FROM THE FATHER [AND THE SON]; WHO WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON TOGETHER IS WORSHIPPED AND GLORIFIED; WHO SPOKE BY THE PROPHETS.
[Commentary: Even the Bible (which is not a reliable anthology) says nothing of the ancient Prophets worshiping a triune entity. The basic rational proof against such a belief is as follows:
The three beings that allegedly comprise the Trinity would have either be dependent upon each other or independent of each other. If they are dependent upon each other, then they would all be weak and not Free-of-Need. And if none of them are Free-of-Need, then none of them could be Almighty God.
If these three beings are independent of each other, then they could will whatever they “choose,” and it would necessarily be. However, we (or the Christians) would run into the rule of non-contradiction: “contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.” If there were three beings with Absolute Wills, then they could will matters contrary to one another (such as, the self-same sun rising, and setting, and being at high noon simultaneously in the same location). Natural intelligence tells us that such an event could never occur under any circumstances. This means that it is not possible for all three of the entities of the (supposed) Trinity to have Absolute Will. This would logically mean that at least two of them are relatively imperfect and not God. (In reality, given what the Christians attribute to all three entities of the Trinity, none of them could be God.)]
This should be enough for the mindful (and sincere) to realize that Christianity cannot be the religion of the Creator. The Nicene Creed (i.e., standard Christian doctrine) is problematic from many other perspectives, such as, how the pure monotheistic teachings of Jesus were compromised for paganism, how the Trinity doctrine and claim that Jesus is the only (supposed) “son of God” contradicts the Bible, how the Bible came into being, how the different major Churches can’t agree upon what books belong in the Bible, etc. For the earnest seekers, if they wish to know the Truth, the first question they should ask is: “Who is God?” We know God, not by assigning Godhood to what comes up in our imaginations, but by seeking to know what befits the Creator and what does not.
God is One. There is only One Creator. The Creator has no beginning and has no end. The Creator knows everything and has power over all the creations. The Creator does not resemble what is created. The Creator, the One Who existed before the creations, does not need any of the creations. This is the True Belief in God. This is what Muslims believe and invite all of humanity to follow.
May Allah enable us to die on pure Monotheism, and not associate any partners with our Lord. Ameen.
Having a sound understanding of Suratul-Ikhlas (Chpt. 112) would be a good start in understanding the Muslim Creed of Monotheism:
1. Say: [O Muhammad] Allah is ‘Ahad. (God is One without partners; God is Unique without a similarity; God is Indivisible, i.e., God is not an object or spatial entity composed of pieces or parts or dimensions).
2. Allah is As-Samad. (Allah ABSOLUTELY does not need any of the creations and all of the creations are dependent upon Allah—this includes time, space, distance and directions, which are all creations, and Allah does not need any of the creations.)
3. Allah does not give birth and was not born. (Allah is not a body from which things are derived or issue forth from; nor did Allah issue forth from something else—again, the Creator of space and time is not of space or time.)
4. Allah has no equal and is beyond compare. (Allah is CATEGORICALLY and ABSOLUTELY different from the creations. Allah is not something with a size, mass, location, age; Allah is not in motion nor is Allah in a state of stillness, for motion and stillness apply to those things that occupy space, and Allah is not a spatial entity. Allah existed before the Heavens and Earth, before distance and direction, before light and darkness. Allah is the CREATOR of everything, and does not—at all—need or resemble anything. Whatever one imagines, Allah is different from that!)
This is the Muslim belief in the Creator. A person fortified with such knowledge (and a particle’s weight of sincerity) would not, in-shaa’ Allah, start to believe that God had to become an infant, grow up and learn about the suffering that God Himself (no gender intended) created, and then commit suicide and deicide (that is the blasphemous belief that one could murder the Creator) so that God could gain the power to forgive the people for the sins that God created… all the while claiming that God is an offspring and a father of Himself (no gender intended) and a spirit (all of which are allegedly dwelling inside of Heaven (although, God existed before Heaven, created Heaven, and exists/always has existed without being in a place). The Christians then go one to call this triune delusion “One God” (that is partly originated, composed of flesh, and is of three distinct entities).
Multitudes of people, drifting aimlessly to and fro without a set purpose, deny themselves such fulfillment of their capacities, and the satisfying happiness which attends it. They are not wicked [N.B: disbelief is in itself a grave injustice to oneself] , they are only shallow. They are not mean or vicious; they simply are empty — shake them and they would rattle like gourds. They lack range, depth, and conviction. Without purpose their lives ultimately wander into the morass of dissatisfaction. As we harness our abilities to a steady purpose and undertake the long pull toward its accomplishment, rich compensations reward us. A sense of purpose simplifies life and therefore concentrates our abilities; and concentration adds power.
The Word “ALLAH” in the Bible
One of the absurd claims that i keep seeing from anti-Islamic Christian propagandists is the claim that the word “Allah” does not refer to the Creator. It should be clear (to any reasonable person) that the word used for the Creator would be different in various languages. Does any sensible expect that the Spanish speaking people of Mexico refer to the Creator as “God?” Similarly, it wouldn’t be expected that the Arabic speaking people of Egypt would use the Spanish word, “El Dios,” for God. In Arabic, the word “Allah” is used to refer to the Creator.
Furthermore, the word “Allah” means: “The God”—the One Who has the Power to create (that is, to bring things into being (humans don’t create, we merely “manipulate”)). Christians and Jews have been using the word “Allah” to refer to what they worship loooooong before English Christians were calling Jesus, “God.” Consequently, for those disingenuous Christian propagators and missionary types, who claim that the word “Allah” refers to the moon or some heathen object of worship are actually claiming that their Christians ancestors were guilty of paganism.
If one were to ask an Arabic speaking Jew or Christian: “What is the word used to refer to the Creator in the Arabic language?” They would say: “Allah.” Now there is a point that needs to be made clear. Simply using the Name “Allah,” to refer to the Creator does not mean the person has the correct belief in the Creator. To believe properly in God, one must understand what befits God and what does not befit God.
It is befitting to ascribe to God, Oneness (that is, there is only One Creator and the Creator is not an object potentially subject to composition or division). God is One also in the sense of being Unique. There is only One Creator and nothing is similar–AT ALL–to the Creator. The Creator is Eternal (Beginningless). Since the Creator existed before the creation, then we know the Creator is Transcendent (Free-of-Need). Before light and darkness, space, distance, or direction–before Heaven or Earth–there was a Creator. The Creator is not something that occupies space. The Creator exists without being in a place. The Creator knows everything and has power over all of the creations–but the Creator does not dwell amongst the creations. God is not a spatial entity. God is the Creator of space and does not occupy or need that which is created.
Although there are many people who use the word “Allah” to refer to the Creator–in reality, some of them do not have the proper understanding of who the Creator is. Hence, they ascribe to God non-befitting attributes, such as, exhaustion, dependency, similarities, and ignorance. The Creator is supremely clear of all defects. The one who ascribes defects to God would not–in reality–be a worshiper of God, but the worshiper of some real or imaginary creation. The Creator, however, is not like the creations. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is different from that.
In the following videos, two Jews explain that the word “Allah” is used by non-Muslims (Jews and Christians) to refer to what they worship. These videos do make the claims of the anti-Muslim Christian bigots look ridiculous.
One point regarding the second video: Muslims do not say that Muslims and Jews worship the same God (even if we both use the term “Allah”). Muslims say, for instance, that God is clear of becoming tired, or being inside of Heaven (God is the CREATOR of Heaven and all places; God exists without being in a location). Jews, however, say otherwise.
Also, here we have a clear image of the word “Allah” taken from the Christian Bible which says: “In the beginning God (ALLAH) created the Heavens and the Earth.”
The bigoted Christian propagandists are reduced to lies when talking about Islam. They are willing to go to the point of calling the millions upon millions of Arab Christians (people who have been Christian long before the English speaking peoples) pagans and demon worshipers in an effort to prevent people in the West from investigating Islam with an open mind. This reflects in the duplicity that dwells in their hearts and comes off their tongues.
The ultimate aim of religion (presumably) is to worship the Creator. (Not) Strangely enough, these anti-Islamic bigots never clearly explain what Muslims believe about the Creator. Instead they invent outrageous lies, such as, claiming Allah is the so-called “moon god,” or an idol, or that Muslims worship the Ka`bah, and then they proceed to attack various practices in Islam (silent about the fact that for most of the time Jesus was on Earth, he observed the authentic Mosaic Law, which was stricter that the Sacred Laws revealed to Prophet Muhammad)—and this is all done to avoid talking about the Oneness and Perfection of the Creator, as believed by the Muslims. The fact is one does not need to lie to discredit falsehood–but since the Christian propagandists cannot discredit the pure monotheism of Islam, they resort to lies and smear tactics to confuse the masses. May Allah, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth, protect us from their calumny.
Quotation #63 Of Imaginings
“The Creator of the imagination is greater than what is conceived by the imagination.”
God Does Not Change: A Response to a Doctrinal Absurdity
“Change is the greatest indication of being a creation.”
“Change” means to “make or become different.” Change entails being in one condition and then transforming (or being transformed) into another condition. This means that one condition preceded the other. Anything which has a precedence could not be eternal (beginningless). The thing which has a precedence would START to exist AFTER the thing which preceded it. Anything that has a start must necessarily be originated.
“Tawheed [Islamic Monotheism] is science of distinguishing the Eternal [i.e., The Creator] from the originated [i.e., the creations].”
Among the attributes of the creations, as we mentioned, is change. Creations have a start and then they age (i.e., time lapses upon them, even if we don’t perceive any immediate alteration). The Creator has no start, and is not subject to age or any other change. The Eternal One is not like the originated.
Although a corrupt and unreliable text, the Bible in this case rightfully says: “I, the Lord, do not change.” (Malachi 3:6)
This Biblical verse testifies against the Christian doctrine. The Christian doctrine claims that God is Eternal but then transformed into a human. Such a claim is evidently absurd with no further consideration: that which is originated could not become beginningless (words have meanings, and a thing cannot be contrary to its definition). However, we can even show the internal contradiction (aside from Biblical contradiction) of claiming God changed (much less changed into an infant).
If one claims that God changed into flesh, then the person would be saying that God was Absolutely Perfect either prior to this change or after this change. If the person claims that God was Absolutely Perfect prior to this change, then this change would mean this [supposedly] new condition of God would be “less perfect” (or inferior) than God’s previous condition. And the thing that is “less perfect” does not deserve to be worshiped. [Keep in mind, that the Muslims do not say God is "in a condition, or state, or modality”---God, in truth, does not resemble the creations.]
Now, if the person claims that God became Absolutely Perfect AFTER transforming into an infant, then the person is claiming that before this change took place, God was deficient, imperfect, and inferior to God’s current condition. The one who is deficient, imperfect, or inferior does not EVER deserve to be worshiped.
Furthermore, like we said, claiming that the originated (a child) became beginningless is itself an absurdity of the highest degree. Also, Muslims (and anyone who uses their natural intelligence) know that since the Creator existed before the creations, then the Creator is ABSOLUTELY Transcendent (i.e., Free-of-Need for the creations). Before there was space, distance, direction, or location, there was a Creator. Flesh, bodies, humans, objects, images, solid or ethereal beings, or any other spatial entities require a certain amount of area for existence. Area/space are not the Creator—they are created, and God existed before the creations. Unlike flesh, which requires space, the Creator does not need ANY of the creations. The Creator is Eternal and exists without being in space or in a place. The Creator ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble the creations.
A SUNNI RESPONDS TO A CHRISTIAN
(I’ve been having a “discussion” with apparently an African Christian convert about Islam and Christianity. I felt that this might be helpful for some people in dealing with these types. I intentionally chose, unlike some of the other people on the page, not to get dragged into debating over the meanings of various Biblical passages. It’s enough to stay focused on the rational proofs—primarily driving home the point that something which is originated could not become beginningless).
Both a Muslim and a Christian will say that God is superior to everything and not inferior to anything. Clearly the one that is inferior is not God and does not deserve to be worshiped. Muslims say that God is One, Eternal (Beginningless), ABSOLUTELY Incomparable and ABSOLUTELY Free-of-Need. The Creator has power over all of the creations.
The Christians claim that the Creator is three—some parts of which are inferior to other parts. The Christians claim that the Eternal Creator (the One, Who by definition is Beginningless and not subject to development) started to have a beginning—and likewise, claim that the originated became beginningless. The so-called Trinity is also problematic is that the three beings that alleged comprise it would have either be dependent upon each other or independent of each other. If they are dependent upon each other, then they would all be weak and not Free-of-Need.
If these three beings are independent of each other, then they could will whatever they “choose,” and it would necessarily be. However, we (or the Christians) would run into the rule of non-contradiction: “contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.” If there were three beings with Absolute Wills, then they could will matters contrary to one another (such as, the self-same sun rising, and setting, and being at high noon simultaneously in the same location). Natural intelligence tells us that such an event could never occur under any circumstances. This means that it is not possible for all three of the entities of the (supposed) Trinity to have Absolute Will. This would logically mean that at least two of them are relatively imperfect and not God. (In reality, given what the Christians attribute to all three entities of the Trinity, none of them could be God.)
The Christians claim that the Creator and the created are not distinct from each other. But rather the Creator is an outright human being—with other (alleged) parts having anthropomorphic characteristics. The Christians claim that God is a body. Bodies, by their very nature, are dependent upon space. Before there was space (or any other creation), there was a Creator. After creating space, the Creator did not transform and materialize into an object (or spirit) and become dependent upon space.
A contradiction must necessarily be regarded as false. One cannot say “A is bigger than B…” and then say that “B is bigger than A” (at the same time and in the same regard). Claiming (rightfully) that the Creator is Free-of-Need and at the same time claiming that God is IN NEED (such as, being a body occupying space) is a contradiction and is rejected. And any doctrine which is based on contradictions must be regarded as falsehood and dismissed.
The belief that God is dependent upon creations is clearly inferior to the belief of the Muslims that God is Free-of-Need. The one who has an inferior belief about God cannot have the proper belief in God. The Christian doctrine espouses a belief in God that is inferior to the Muslim belief in God; hence, we cannot deem the Christian doctrine to be true.
A SUNNI RESPONDS TO A CHRISTIAN PART 2
The problem here (in the discussion) stems from Christians thinking that the rationally impossible has the potential to exist. Just as “square circles” and “daughters giving birth to their own mothers” cannot exist under any circumstances, likewise, what is originated cannot become eternal (beginningless) under any circumstances. Things cannot be contrary to definition.
When one speaks of God they (should) mean the Eternal Creator of the Universe. The Creator was before the creations. The Creator is not dependent upon the creations. Hence, God is not in time or place, and is not a spatial entity. God has no shape, size, weight, motion or stillness, or location. The Eternal is not like the originated. To ascribe created characteristics to God, such as, being a body, or a “spirit,” or being inside of Heaven, or moving about would mean that one believes that originated characteristics are among the Attributes of the Eternal Creator. However, it should be clear that that which has originated attributes would itself be an originated being.
The core of Christian doctrinal absurdity is in its claim that the rationally impossible has the potential to exist. This is why they claim that a creation (Jesus) became the Eternal Creator. However, to claim that the rationally impossible has the potential to exist, then the Christian must admit a multitude of potential absurdities. If a creation has the potential to become beginningless, then words cease to have meanings.
Furthermore, to claim that God’s Power is related to that which is rationally impossible would mean—following the absurd line of Christian reasoning—that God could be transformed into the moon, or a mountain, or a river… or a mosquito… and could be crushed (a`udhu billah, may we be protected from believing all forms of blasphemy). One could claim (according to the absurd Christian doctrine) that God could create a multitude of superior “Gods,” who could subjugate the “original God.” If the Christian claims that, “Well, the Bible says…,” then, according to their belief in absurdities, then, it could be possible that God lied in the Bible or lied about being God and on, and on, and on a long line of blasphemous absurdities.
God gave us the faculty of reason so that we could be able to discern truth from falsehood. The sound mind recognizes basic rules of reasoning, such as, the entirety must be larger than any given part, or that two opposite events can’t occur in the same place at the same time, or that a goat cannot be a dolphin—things can’t be contrary to definition. If the person fails to accept these basic premises, then it is not possible to have a logical debate with him (or her).
A Tale of Two Cultures (Part 2)
On the following day (http://facetofloor.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/a-tale-of-two-cultures-part-1/), I went to sit around back, get some reading in to spark the brain, and then jump into the Journal. Not long after getting on the Launch Pad, it got started…. About a quarter mile down the road there is a black church. Apparently, on this Sunday, they were doing some sort of outside “revival service.”
Having never been to church growing up, my revulsion to the “Sunday morning nightclub” is not as visceral, perhaps as some of the other convert Brothers here, but immediately, I did feel an intense discomfort. At first there was some woman preacher shouting on the microphone. I immediately thought to myself: How can black folks believe in this stuff?!? Aren’t any of them concerned with the realities of history, the origins of Christianity, or how Christianity was transmitted to them?
In the case of white folk, not to justify or defend having bad beliefs about the Creator, it is more understandable for them to be Christian, because Christianity is part and parcel of “white,” Western, European identity. Although Western Europe is today awash with atheism, the Christian heritage of Europe can still be seen by the number of European states that have crosses on their flags. It was Christianity, and its opposition to Islam that formulated much of the basis of the European identity.
As for African-Americans, what real (historical) connection do they have to Christianity? They have a religion that was imposed upon them during slavery. Christianity was used to pacify and dumb-down black people. And practically none of the blacks had any language access to the ancient manuscripts upon which Christianity is built. After all, no reasonable person could possibly believe that Jesus spoke King James’ English to his disciples (but then, I think that many black Christians did (and perhaps some still do) think that is the case).
Carter G. Woodson, might have said it best in his famous, “Miseducation of the Negro,” when it comes to why African-Americans should simply explore the origin of Christianity:
“It is very clear then, that if the Negroes got their conception of religion from slaveholders, libertines, and murderers, there maybe something wrong about it and WOULD NOT HURT TO INVESTIGATE IT [my emphasis].”
Looooooong before Christianity reached the shores of America, the Bible had been altered, the genuine teachings of Jesus had been distorted, and the European masses had been duped (or forced) into believing a set of doctrines that could not be deemed by any reasonable standards as anything other than fraudulent (for more on this see the following: http://facetofloor.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/why-we-dont-celebrate-christmas/). How could it be that it has taken multiple generations of African-Americans to simply open up some books on history to find out about the dubious origins of Christianity?
Before the African slaves became Christians, hundreds of years before his slave masters’ ancestors had come across the Atlantic, centuries before Christianity took firm root in Northern Europe, the teachings of Jesus had been altered. The New Testament, which is suppose to contain the alleged deeds and sayings of Jesus, was pieced together from fragments of Greek manuscripts… but Jesus did not teach his followers in Greek… and nobody knows who translated the earliest recordings of Jesus’ alleged deeds and sayings from Syriac (the language Jesus instructed his disciples) to Greek.
Furthermore, traditional Christians claim that the Bible is the unchanged and infallible holy book of God. But the early denominations, such as, the Eastern Orthodox, the Ethiopian, and the Catholic Churches all have different Bibles. By different Bibles, I don’t mean differences in translation (which would be highly problematic in itself—especially, when no one can claim to possess an authentic original). I mean that the different denominations have different numbers of books in their Bibles (keep in mind the Bible is not a “single book” but an anthology of books by different—and unknown—authors).
The problem is compounded for the African-American Christian, given that most African-Americans are Baptists, Methodists, or Pentecostals, and that these denominations are essentially sub-sects and splinter groups within Protestantism. The Protestant Church did not get started until the 1500′s… that is fifteen CENTURIES after the birth of Jesus. Protestantism is a renegade sect from Catholicism… and the Protestants originally deemed the Catholics to be heretics and blasphemers. Furthermore, the Protestants consider the Catholic Bible to be unreliable… but the Protestants received the Bible through the Catholics. What I have mentioned isn’t anything deep or “conspiratorial.” Any research on the history of the Bible or Christianity will testify to what’s been said.
As the saying goes: “If you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book.” The only way for Christianity to flourish among black folks was to keep them ignorant and… well, let’s be tactful, less than very intelligent. Edward Blyden, a black missionary from the Caribbean, who spent extensive time in West Africa, observed the difference between the African Muslims and the African converts to Christianity. He says in his book, “Christianity, Islam, and the Negro Race” (published in 1887):
“Mohammedanism [Islam] and learning to the Muslim Negro were coeval. No sooner was he converted than he was taught to read and the importance of knowledge was impressed upon him. The Christian Negro came in contact with mental and physical proscription and the religion of Christ, contemporaneously. If the Mohammedan Negro had at any time to choose between the Koran [Qur’an] and the sword, when he chose the former, he was allowed to wield the latter as the equal of any other Muslim; but no amount of allegiance to the Gospel relieved the Christian Negro from the degradation of wearing the chain that he received with it, or rescued him from the political and, in measure, ecclesiastical proscription which he still undergoes in all the countries of his exile. Everywhere in Christian lands he plays, at least, the present moment, the part of the slave, ape or puppet.”
For one, with the black Christian, there must necessarily be a historical disconnect. African slaves (or their descendants) embraced a religion that they received from their slave masters. And their slave masters themselves had no historical link to Jesus. To propagate this fraud on black folks, black folk had to be kept ignorant and “less than very intelligent.” Any yearning for the knowledge of history would cause a reasonably intelligent (and sincere) black person (or person of any color) to begin to question Christianity.
A person need not even open up books on the history to see the problematic nature of Christianity, however. One need look no further than the core doctrine of that religion. As I mentioned, the day before, we were discussing with eleven year old children rational proofs regarding God’s Oneness, and ABSOLUTE Incomparability and Transcendence (i.e., total Non-Neediness of the Creation). We discussed that the Creator is not a spatial entity, and that the Creator is clear of being ascribed with created characteristics, such as, size and shape, motion and stillness, being in a direction or occupying space. We discussed rules related to proper reasoning and how to rationally defend the Muslim creed from the attacks of atheists and pseudo-Muslims who claim God to be an object.
On the other hand, the (standard) Christian doctrine: that the Creator of the universe had to incarnate into an infant and later commit supposed “deicide” so that God could be empowered to forgive people for their sins, cannot be remotely be supported by reason. The basis of this doctrine (although loosely “supported” by the Bible—a book that can’t be considered “reliable” by any standard) is a man-made concoction derived largely from ancient pagan cults. Although the Catholic “Scholastics” attempted to reconcile Christian doctrine with reason, they, of course, failed. The idea that someone or something that is originated could become the Beginningless Creator is an inherent contradiction. Such a blatant contradiction, however, does not seem to phase most of the black folks in the pews (or running around in the aisles), because the Black Church never placed much emphasis on developing rational thinking among its congregants. (Incidentally, Anselm of Canterbury, one of the leading Scholastics, wrote a book entitled: “Why God Became a Man.” Any Muslim youth trained in traditional Doctrine could make mince-meat out of such a ludicrous assertion.)
This leads into another phase of the “show” on Sunday. I moved from the back to the front porch, so that I couldn’t hear what was going on so well. However, at one point, I could start to hear the preacher taking the people into a frenzy. I couldn’t see what’s going on—not that I wanted to—but for those familiar with the sideshow of many black churches will agree with DuBois’ first experience in a Southern black church:
A sort of suppressed terror hung in the air and seemed to seize us,—a pythian madness, a demoniac possession, that lent terrible reality to song and word. The black and massive form of the preacher swayed and quivered as the words crowded to his lips and flew at us in singular eloquence. The people moaned and fluttered, and then the gaunt-cheeked brown woman beside me suddenly leaped straight into the air and shrieked like a lost soul, while round about came wail and groan and outcry, and a scene of human passion such as I had never conceived before.
(Can these people really think they are following the humble and self-restrained example of Prophet Jesus?!?)
Similarly, Carter G. Woodson said (although he might be guilty of a slight exaggeration):
“Sometimes you find as many as two or three store-front churches in a single block where Negroes indulge in heathen-like practices which could hardly be equaled in the jungle. The Negroes in Africa have not descended to such depths.”
In reality, the Black Church, has little to do with the religious practices of Jesus or his disciples in Palestine. For many black churches, their practices are more in line with the rituals of pagan Africans, as we see here:
From an Islamic perspective, shenanigans aside, these people are invoking and getting possessed by demonic entities (whether in the African bush or the black church down in the Mississippi Delta). The incredible feats that these folks perform do not “prove” guidance. It is enough to know that these people worship the jinn and not the Creator to demonstrate that they can’t be considered “guided.” These demonic beings will empower some people to do sorcery, and it is only a means to lead the voodoo priests (or other preachers down in Sugar Ditch) and their followers further astray and deeper into the dark depths of disbelief.
Also, one cannot help but wonder what damage the European iconography (images) has done to the black Christian psyche. Where as Muslim children learn: “Whatever you imagine in your mind, Allah is different from that,” and “Knowing you are incapable of imagining Allah is knowledge in itself. Attempting to fathom Allah’s Reality is disbelief and paganism,” for generations black Christian children went about praying to a blond haired, blue-eyed image (supposedly) of Jesus. Blyden touches upon this:
“The Christian Negro is abnormal in his development, pictures God and all beings remarkable for their moral and intellectual qualities with the physical characteristics of Europeans, and deems it an honor if he can approximate–by a mixture of his blood, however, irregularly achieved–in outward appearance, at least, to the ideal thus forced upon him of the physical accompaniments of all excellence. In this way he loses that ‘sense of dignity of human nature’ observable in his Mohammedan [Muslim] brother.”
(We should keep in mind that these are the words of a CHRISTIAN missionary!)
(It should be of no surprise that, like with many of the more educated white Americans and Europeans, more and more young black people are leaning towards atheism. This doesn’t bode well for black folk, however, for atheism will only further open the gate of debauchery that is so prevalent today in the culture.)
Christianity has left black America in a state of arrested development. The Black Church could not encourage any in-depth study of history (because it would show that Christianity and its dogma are not actually from the teachings of Jesus). Given the nature of Christian doctrine, logical reasoning was suppressed. And worship in the Black Church is largely just the expression of unbridled passions (with the influence of the jinn). Although slavery ended 150 years ago, and we are several generations removed from Jim Crow, the black masses are still plagued by ignorance, irrationality, impulsiveness, and excessive emotionalism. The Black Church, since it has been the dominate institution of African-Americans for the past two centuries, has to take much of the blame for this.
A Brother recently said: “A person’s creed tells a lot about them.” Black culture has failed in no small part because of Christianity. Christianity has failed black people—and it had to fail black people—because its creed is based upon falsehood. The Bible rightfully says: “The truth shall set you free.” Christianity isn’t the truth, and it hasn’t set black people free. God-willing, IF MUSLIMS LEARN their religion (in the traditional and proper method), and we follow the example of the righteous Muslims who have preceded us, then we can demonstrate what is the foundation of true freedom: that is, to humbly and sincerely worship the Creator and not any of the creations. If we see to it that the Muslim youth are well-adjusted and strong in the matters of Creed, then they can have a tremendous role in the da`wah (Islamic outreach) providing people (of all races and ethnicities) with an alternative way of living and a higher way of being. This is the tale we, as Muslims, need to tell and the legacy we need to leave behind.
A Tale of Two Cultures (Part One)
On Saturday, maa-shaa’ Allah, I was doing a lesson with some of the young people (well, mostly, young people)—East and one West African child between the ages of 10-13 or so, along with a few American converts and older first generation immigrants. The lesson is a step-by-step explanation of a book on traditional Islamic knowledge. We are at the beginning of the book discussing the matters of the creed. In that book there is a passage that, after quoting the Qur’an (Ash-Shuraa, 11: “There is absolutely nothing like Allah whatsoever”) says:
“Allah exists without a beginning, and everything else exists with a beginning. Allah is the Creator and everything else is a creation.”
We talked about the difference between two things being identically similar and two things being similar in some regards but not identical. Then it was explained that as for Allah, there is nothing identical to Allah and there is nothing kinda-sorta similar to Allah—in any way whatsoever. From there we discussed what are some of the characteristics of created beings. Among the things that I typically do is ask for the kids to compare one boy (or girl) with another. The students mention things like having legs, eyes, fingers, hair, being humans, etc. I then ask them to compare the student to, for example, the carpet. Often it elicits a giggle or two. Some might say there is no similarity. However, when I mention to them to think about the more general characteristics of the carpet and their fellow student, they will say things, like, size, color, shape, takes up space, and I might throw into the mix the child and the carpet have an age (and some of the kids, might say that they both change), etc. For many of the kids, they have grown up on this talk. So when I ask them to give examples, they already have the answers.
From this, that is, establishing what are some of the attributes of the creations (e.g., size, shape, color, age, etc.), it is explained to them that the Creator does not have such attributes. The Creator is not “kinda-sorta” different from the creations, or for the most part different from the creations. The Creator is ABSOLUTELY different from the creations. We mention that light and darkness, time and place are not the Creator. They are all creations. Allah existed before the creations. Allah is not in time or place. Allah is not light or darkness—or anything that resembles light or darkness.
We talked about intrinsic properties of “objects” (spatial entities—anything occupying space, whether it be of a dense or subtle nature). After explaining the meaning of “intrinsic,” we said that an object by its very nature must either be in motion or at rest. You cannot have a body that is neither moving nor still. Since it is known (from what we have mentioned before) that Allah ABSOLUTELY does not resemble the creations—and objects are certainly creations—then it is absurd to think that Allah “rose above” or “descends below.” Rising and descending are nothing other than motion. And motion (or stillness) is nothing more than a property of objects.
We continued in this summary with a passage that mentions “nature” and causes do not create. That is, the customary norm of things do not, in and of themselves, make the results. Fire, in and of itself, does not create burning, but rather, Allah is the Creator of the burning property in the fire and the being burnt in whatever was ignited. We mentioned the case of Prophet Abraham, who was catapulted into a giant raging fire, but was neither burnt in his body or clothing. As it is easy for Allah to create the burning of flesh by fire, it is easy for Allah not to create the burning of flesh by fire. Allah has control over all the creations, and it is easy for Allah to make things happen contrary what we expect.
That led to talking about the “customary norm.” We expect things to happen not because those things in and of themselves make things happen, but we expect, for example, fire to burn paper, because it conforms with our experiences. As Muslims, we are encouraged to study and understand causal relationships, while at the same time understanding that just because the causes are present, the effect does not have to result—that is so because Allah is the Creator of the causes and effects. Muslims are monotheists—we believe in only One Creator.
We then talked a bit about the problems with the “scientists” (meaning, modern materialists), who claim that things MUST result when the “necessary causes” are present. They forget that the causes can not create effects, because creations can’t give themselves their own properties. EVERYTHING requires a Creator (that is, everything other than the Creator is a creation and is totally dependent upon the Creator). We explained that the “scientists” confuse the impossible with the uncustomary; they deny the existence of things which have been confirmed, such as, paranormal activity or the miraculous acts of the Prophets, because they are “impossible” according to their “scientific” theories. What is categorically impossible are things, like, a square circle or the daughter giving birth to her own mother. Such things cannot exist, for they are contrary to the definition of the words. The incredible or uncustomary, however, are not impossible. For example, although incredible, it is not inconceivable that a person may fall from a 20 story building and walk away. Not likely—it is contrary to what we typically witness—but certainly not impossible.
Following the reasoning of the materialists, if some tourists from Alaska were to visit a primitive tribe down in the Amazon and tell them, that where they are from, the water gets solid like a rock and that for part of the year weeks pass and it does not get dark outside, the “materialist” Amazonians would say that such claims are ludicrous—water can only come in either liquid or gas form, and there is always a nighttime in every twenty-four hour period. We know that is not the case. And we should know that the lack of familiarity with something should not lead one to deny its existence. When it comes to the karaamaat of the awliyaa’, (the extraordinary feats of the ultra-righteous Muslims) or the existence of the jinn, one should not reject what is reported by multitudes of witnesses on the basis that such things “can’t exist” because they don’t conform to current theories of the modern materialists.
After the lesson was over, I almost felt a mild euphoria. Although the lesson has been taught probably hundreds of times, maa-shaa’ Allah, it was good to see that a new crop of young people were beginning to understand and internalize this precious knowledge. I thought to myself, how the knowledge of Tawheed (the Islamic science pertaining to the Oneness and Perfection of God) expands and clarifies the mind. It instills in the mind that the creed of the Prophet Muhammad and the Sunni Muslims is true—without hesitation or doubt.
One can see where others went astray, whether it be those who ascribe to Allah created characteristics or those who deny the existence of Allah. These people failed to realize that the Creator ABSOLUTELY does not resemble the creations, or they failed to realize that creations cannot designate themselves with their attributes (a stone, for instance, can’t give itself its size, color, mass, duration of existence, etc. and the various things that may affect the stone (the sun, or erosion, or time), likewise, can’t give themselves their own properties; they are all in need of a Creator))—hence, the creations cannot create anything.
It is said that Nature abhors a vacuum. It could also be said that the sound mind (and sincere heart) abhors a contradiction. When one learns the Creed of Tawheed, one has a framework by which to properly reason. That which contradicts logic and reason is immediately rejected, because it violates the laws of the mind. Consequently, when one hears someone deny the Existence of the Creator or say that Allah has real-actual limbs, or occupies space, or is in a literal direction, the student of Tawheed finds such beliefs repulsive not only because they oppose what some might call “traditional Sunni dogma,” they contradict the very workings of the the mind.
To fabricate such lies about the Creator is not only blasphemy, it is a form of self-inflicted mental abuse. Allah gave us the faculty of reasoning, so we would be able to discern what is rationally consistent from what is not. To suppress this ability, or to twist or distort this faculty and warp it to satisfy the lusts of the ego is a betrayal of the human soul and it is among the worst of the crimes the human being can commit.
As for the youth, this knowledge of Tawheed is indispensable. Day in and day out our Muslim youth are assaulted in the classrooms with what are ultimately absurd theories from the materialists. When not assaulted by the materialists, they are amongst people who believe that the Eternal Creator of the Universe became a human being who was later murdered. To tell Muslims, “We don’t need to go into such matters [meanings the details of the Islamic Creed],” or “This is only for the scholars to talk about,” is to leave the Muslim youth essentially defenseless against the kinds of attacks they are to encounter. Furthermore, teaching the Tawheed strengthens and refines the mind and expands a person’s capacity for logically consistent reasoning. Our strength and unity as Muslims is predicated on knowledge and not ignorance. The greatest of all knowledge is to know what necessarily befits the Creator and what does not, and it is this knowledge that we need to make sure (God-willing) enlivens the hearts of the Muslim youth who are to succeed us.
Quotation #62 Of Plans
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
Quotation #61 Of Magnanimity (part 1)
“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”
—ascribed to Lao Tzu
Quotation 60 Of Submission
“Allah is the Owner (Lord) of everything and does not owe us anything.”
It is among essentials of the proper belief in the Creator that the Creator is not obligated with anything. The One Who originated and maintains and sustains the universe is not required to do anything for the creations. The one one who seeks salvation in the Afterlife must submit to this inescapable fact. The Creator does not owe us a morsel of food, a sip of water, or a breath of air. Whatever God grants us, it is from God’s Generosity, and it is not because it is a duty upon God.
It is among the worst of misconceptions of our times that many people think that if they “live a good life”—for instance, they don’t steal, rob, do drugs, or commit acts of mayhem—then they will be safe from all suffering in the Hereafter. This is in spite of what they may have believed or said about God.. The first and greatest obligation upon the accountable human being is not be nice to others. The first and greatest obligation is to believe properly in the Creator. It should be evident that since no thing is superior to God—and God is not inferior to anything—then this knowledge (of the proper understanding of God) is the greatest and most important knowledge. Knowing about God takes priority over knowing about anything else.
God, the Creator, is One with no partners or associates. The Creator knows everything and has power over all the creations. The Creator has no beginning or ending. The Creator is not subject to time or change and does not have an age. Since the Creator existed before the creations—before the existence of the Heavens and Earth, before time and space, before light and darkness—then it is known that the Creator does not need the creations. The Creator exists without being in a direction or distance. The Creator existed before the origination of Heaven and all other places—hence, the Creator is not in Heaven or in any other place. The Creator does not require space in order to exist.
The Creator absolutely does not resemble the creations. The Creator is not a material or spiritual being. The Creator does not have a size, shape, form, weight, or color. The Creator is not ascribed with motion or stillness. The Creator is not an object or image of any sort. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is totally different from that. The worship of idols, images, animals, “spirits,” humans, the phenomena of Nature, or the like is invalid. Our good deeds (as good is defined by the Sacred Law of the Creator) must be done with sincerity, that is, purely for the sake of God (and not for recognition from the people) to attain reward in the Afterlife.
Our Creator, the One Who brought us into being from mere body fluids, deserves to be worshiped. That worship begins by submitting to the proper belief in God. Furthermore, one must accept that God bestowed upon select, noble, dignified, wise and virtuous men Divine Revelation. These men are called “Prophets.” They called people to the same belief in God; and that is evident since God is Perfect and does not change, then the true belief in God does not change. The Prophets informed people about the Creator’s Divine Laws, and what actions would be to our benefit or detriment in both this temporary world and in the everlasting life of the Hereafter. In truth, all the Prophets were Muslims. They followed the religion of Islam.
Islam literally means “submission.” A person must submit to the fact that he (or she) has a Creator (in Arabic, the Name of God is “Allah”). The Creator does not owe us anything. We are God’s property, and God has the right to do with us whatever He (no gender intended) wills. Contrary to what many think, God is not obligated to do what is best for us. Any consideration of the nature of life would tell us that. We are born into difficulty; we feels pains in our birth and infancy; as we grow older, we are disciplined and punished; we are afflicted with illnesses and disease; unfulfilled desires, heartbreak and loss cause us more pain. Those whom we care about pass away, and we, too, shall inevitably die and be cut off from those whom we love. This is the nature of human existence. God created us and created everything else in existence. God is not obliged to do what is best for us.
If it had been as some think—that the Creator must do what is best for us—then we wouldn’t be in this world having to undergo the struggles that we inevitably must endure. If God were obligated to do what is best for us, then we would all be in Paradise and enjoying its bounties and bliss. We obviously are not, however, in Paradise.
Furthermore, the misconception that God is obligated to do what is best for us can easily lead a person to fall into atheism. When the person who initially has such a mindset encounters the inevitable difficulties and calamities of life—or sees others beset by disasters and catastrophes—they may object to God and feel that they have been betrayed (for they think that God must do what is best for them). This objection is itself blasphemy, but they may take their blasphemy even further. They may (erroneously) conclude that since God was suppose to do what is best for people (which is itself a false assumption), and the best isn’t happening, then there must not be a God.
The fact of the matter is that there is One Creator. Creations cannot create—they cannot bring themselves into being. Everything that exists other than God is created by God: pleasure and pain, joy and sadness, hope and despair, love and hate, virtue and evil are all creations. God created us and all the conditions we experience. The wise person surrenders to this reality. He (or she) turns his heart over to the fact that one cannot escape from God, and one cannot possibly win in a battle against God. The wise person submits to God and does not rebel against the One Who created him—and the entire universe.
Submission to God entails believing properly in God and believing properly in the Prophets whom God sent. Submission is perfected not merely by having the proper belief, but also having one’s body, mind, and heart comply with the Sacred Law of the Creator. The Sacred Law for humanity to follow now is the Divine Guidance that was revealed to the last Prophet of God, Muhammad. To truly follow Prophet Muhammad, which is part of submitting to God, one must be Muslim. One becomes Muslim by saying:
I bear witness nothing is worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
The one who submits to the Creator and obeys the Creator with perfect sincerity is guaranteed success. Such a person will be rewarded with pleasures and blessings that are beyond description or mortal comprehension. As for the one who rejects the call to submission to their Lord, such a person will fail to attain the support of God and will face the dreadful consequences of his choice.
May Allah guide us and make us among those who willingly and humbly submit to Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds.
Quotation #59 (Of Ambition)
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize is not sent to you. You have to win it.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
ISNA Reflections 2013
Praise and thank be to Allah. May the peace, the blessings, and the exalted station be granted to the Prophet of Mercy, Muhammad.
This was our sixth of six consecutive conventions. We have a booth where we sell books and pass out pamphlets and meet people. This year, for much of the time, I wasn’t feeling 100% (had a pretty bad toothache). I spent most of the time at the booth and didn’t even do much walking around in the bazaar. To get more general info on ISNA, you can see my link and reflections from last year’s convention http://facetofloor.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/some-isna-reflections/
The convention, came this year at an interesting point in my life. Currently in my Journal blog http://inthisjournal.wordpress.com/, I am about to compose my “Farewell to Amherst” entry and make the “hijrah” to Philadelphia. At the same time, I have been thinking a lot about Umar Lee’s blog series entitled: “The Rise and Fall of the Salafi Movement” (which I started re-reading a few days ago) and how what he describes of the so-called “Salafis” (i.e., Wahhabis) very much paralleled my experience—although, I was studying traditional Sunni Islam. Another point that kept coming to mind while at the convention is how time and people’s lives have moved on. And lastly, as I have said elsewhere here, there was a MASSIVE FAILURE among the African-American Muslims to preserve and transmit the Religion in their families and communities.
I did attend one panel entitled “Convertsations,” which was six “converts” speaking about their conversion… to at least what they consider to be “Islam.” There were two men of color (one perhaps was Latino, and the other was biracial (part black and part white)). There was a young white American male convert… who has a nice little reishi synchronicity story related to him, maa-shaa’ Allah. When we first entered the Convention Center, I see a Brother from the South with whom I had the good fortune to spend some time with a few years ago in which we spent a good portion of the night talking about developing an academic curriculum for an Islamic school. Anyway, the next day, he is with the white American convert. I am invited to meet him. The convert Brother gives me his business card, and I see his phone number has a 413 area code. I say to him that he must be from Western Massachusetts, and he asks how do I know that, and I tell him that I grew up in Springfield and went to college in Amherst. It turns out he went to Amherst Regional High—a school where I substituted a few times the year after graduation. It’s a small world, and it was a nice synchronicity.
Back to the “Conversations.” There were three women also on the panel. The last two, a blonde and and an African-American had meltdowns of different natures. The former seemed to be of some sort of radical, liberal, I can believe and do anything and call myself a Muslim persuasion, and the latter went on an emotional tirade about the racism she encountered at the mosques. With all that said, the second person on the panel said something that has stuck in my head since then—and is in line with what I had been reflecting upon regarding my “hijrah” to Philadelphia (and what Umar Lee writes of regarding the early stages of the Wahhabi community in East Orange, NJ). He said: “I took my Shahadah1 and started waiting for the Mahdi2 to appear.”
He said that meaning that after becoming Muslim, no thought was given to making concrete plans for moving forward in the practical matters of life. Furthermore, he would take advice about life decisions from other Muslims (immigrant Muslims) who had little or no understanding about the dynamics of family life in America—or its economic realities. As Umar Lee mentions, many young converts would not pursue higher education, or would drop out of college, or would quit working, had no practical plan for building viable families and raising stable Muslim children, and give no consideration to their long term future. Many of us considered that we were living in the “final days,” and it was only a matter of (short) time before Western civilization was going to collapse.
I, personally, made a long string of poor decisions as a result of that mindset. Partly due to negligence, naivete, laziness, not giving much forethought about my circumstances, and also not having many models of high-functioning, educated, religiously informed and devout convert Muslims before me, I didn’t do what I should have done. Ultimately, I have no one to blame but myself. God-willing, I can, however, learn from my errors.
On the other hand, in observing the people at ISNA (probably 85% South Asian), they approached life very differently. Of course, they aren’t converts to Islam, and they voluntarily came to America to improve their material well-being; nonetheless, the converts—myself and I think many others—were not offered a practical working model on how to function as obedient Muslims in the late 20th and early 21st century American society. The South Asians (many of them) went on to attain advanced degrees. A fellow Memphian Brother, for instance, reported to me that in one forum—not related at all to medicine—it was asked how many are doctors. And I think he said about sixty percent raised their hands. Given their (South Asian) education and high paying careers, they have developed a high-functioning and relatively stable Muslim subculture.
Also, their children have been well-provided for and now are attending the best colleges and universities in the country. Many of these second generation Muslims are following the footsteps of their parents by going into medicine, but now they are diversifying their career paths, and going into fields where they can have a larger impact on the society, such as, journalism and politics. They are taking the necessary steps to move ahead in the society, where as many converts are still trying to find a viable model for sustainable Islamic identity in America.
As I’ve been saying here for quite a while regarding African-American Muslims, their time, as a collective movement following the outdated activist model has come and gone. For instance, Siraj Wahhaj who was one of the leaders of one of the main mosques in New York City reported that his Brooklyn center used to be 100% African-American (25 years ago). Now it is 20% African-American. And I would imagine that of that 20% more than half are fifty years of age or older.
African-American Muslims (and those who at least identify as such) have lost all the momentum that they once had. African-American Muslims were at one time the largest ethnic group of self-identified Muslims in this country. Today that is no longer the case. And the fact of the matter is that the large number of African-American conversions of the late 80′s and early 90′s was largely part of a fad. And even if that era of mass conversion was a fad, there still should be a substantial number of second generation African-American Muslims who could fill up the ranks to define the American Muslim identity. But that is not the case. And as I have written elsewhere, many of those African-American youth were not able to develop an identity distinct from the degenerate culture of the non-Muslim black underclass. Consequently, they fell into the same dysfunctional and pathological behaviors of their non-Muslim tribal brethren: i.e., anti-intelllectualism, indolence, illegitimacy, street violence, criminality, and incarceration.
We are moving into a post-racial society (in spite of the media circus that surrounded the black-on-black shooting of Trayvon Martin). And that is particularly true for the American Muslims community. That’s not to say that racissm/colorism don’t exist anymore, but the color of one’s skin and one’s ability to succeed in American society is decreasing in significance. As for the Muslim community, the second generation immigrant youth are growing up without many of the racial/color hang-ups that their parents have. Muslim children have grown up in Islamic centers that are ethnically and racially diverse, and the main thing distinguishing the members is CLASS and not race. Sadly, where as many second generation immigrant youth go off to college—very often to highly selective colleges–at the age of 17 or 18, their African-American peers are going off to prison or having children out of wedlock. And this behavior only solidifies the class gap between the African-American Muslim and (many of) the immigrant Muslims… and it solidifies the negative stereotypes and prejudices that African-American Muslims face from other Muslims.
Again, what I took from ISNA this year was the theme of change. “Allah changes [the creations] but does not [Himself] change.” We are individually changing, as is the Muslim community at large. The days of standing on the street corner selling “Blue Nile” oil and saw dust incense have come and gone. The once pervasive influence of Wahhabism is waning (albeit, not fast enough). Life moves on, and the prudent thing to do individually and collectively is to adapt to and adopt (some of) those changes. Failure to do so will render us irrelevant and to the footnotes of history.
1Declaration of Faith—what one says in order to become Muslim: “Nothing is worthy of worship except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” (It is NOT a requirement for one to have witnesses to say this statement to embrace Islam.)
2The Mahdi is a righteous Muslim who will appear and unite the Muslims and resist the tyranny and injustice that prevails in the world.
Essential elements for excellence:
“Clarity. Intensity. Sincerity.”
MY RATIONALE (An Overview)
Some people might object to my harsh criticisms of African-American CULTURE. I wish to in the next couple of post clarify why I have taken the positions I have regarding this issue. My “passion” for talking about race isn’t because I feel have a deep emotional investment in it. What i don’t like is dishonesty or a lack of clarity of thought. Also, I see the harm caused to the da`wah caused by racism, and I see the mixed up and confused Muslims who don’t understand the significance of race in America. Some wish to dismiss the existence of racism. Others don’t deny it, but feel that discussions about race are either not significant or divisive. Others blame all their problem on racism. What is need for Muslims to pave a clear path so that people can uccessfully traverse through the American racial labyrinth.
People tend to fall into different categories when it comes to discussions on race (and I am going to dare to generalize):
1. African-Americans (both non-Muslims and many Muslims) who are too emotional and don’t think objectively about the black condition and what is being done to them and what they are doing to themselves. Their tendency is to blame everything on racism, and never (or rarely) look at the self-inflicted damage black culture is doing to them.
2. “Sincere” white liberals who are too hung up on guilt to be effectual. And they are too cowardly to stand up to the black apologists (anyway, if the white liberals did, they would be dismissed for being “racist).
3. White conservatives who will say that blacks need to pull themselves up and stop begging for hand-outs, all the while pretending (or insisting) that racism doesn’t exist and that there aren’t nasty corporate entities who perpetuate and profit from ghetto pathology.
4. The straight white racists—those who simply aren’t happy unless they have someone to hate (but these are people that i don’t think can be engaged in an intelligent manner for the most part).
5. The frustrated whites. They are frustrated b/c they see the caustic nature of the pathological black underclass culture and how harmful (and costly) it is to the society, but if they say the obvious, then they are attacked as “racists,” which further frustrates them and drives them into Camp #4.
6. The African-American non-Muslims who genuinely want to do better–who want an alternative to being either a low-life or an Uncle Tom Sell-Out. They see no alternative other than to being an “individual” while wanting to be part of a larger group doing what is right.
7. The second generation (2 Gen) immigrant Muslims, who have usually imbibed a good deal of this Cultural-Marxist mess. They feel a sympathy for black culture for its renegade and anti-establishment/anti-white racism sentiments, but are unable to separate that from the moral degeneracy of black culture (b/c they are not processing things from the Sacred Law but from the emotional programming of the Cult-Marx propaganda).
8. The first generation (1 Gen) immigrant Muslim who don’t understand race and identity in America. They don’t understand that if you are white skinned but are a practicing Muslim—then you get your “white card” revoked; you are not part of the club. They tend to try to suppress any discussion on race, which…
9. …frustrates the conscious African-American Muslim convert who is told not to believe his lying eyes regarding the racism in the Muslim community. As one person, said, “I didn’t move from the back of the bus to be put at the back of the camel.” Unless he matures rapidly in the matters of the Deen, and concentrates on learning and obeying Allah, he may soon become disillusioned and might even abandon the Religion. Sadly, more often than not, there isn’t anyone to walk him through and explain what is going on with the various immigrant cultures at the mosques, which will further aid to his alienation.
With all that said, there is a need to discuss these matters forcefully and with clarity and with balance. It can be done, in-shaa’ Allah.
NOT A CHANCE (Case in point)
Unless African-American Muslims give some long deep thought about how (and where) they are going to raise their children… or let’s take it back a step—who they are going to MARRY and then raise how (and where) they are going to raise their children, they are going to be setting up the next generation (the boys, in particular, but also now a growing number of females) for failure, and setting them up to be 21st century incarcerated slaves.
The System is stacked. Black males, certainly nominally educated low-skilled African-American males are obsolete and serve little function in the (productive) economy. Listen: upstate, the farms have been Monsantoed, the mills are closed, and the white hill/country folk don’t have jobs (outside of the Walmart or Domino’s pizza delivery). These people still kinda vote. To keep these people satisfied, the politicians have to get these people relatively decent paying jobs. PRISONS are where it’s at. You have the slave catchers going about in the ghetto catchin’ Darkies to send upstate to the prison factories. This means that those who own the country have NO DESIRE to reduce the number of folks incarcerated. If you couldn’t figure that before, well, now you know—and now you have NO EXCUSES.
As long as African-American Muslim youth feel an affinity for this despicable lowlife black gutter culture, as long as they feel that these are “their people,” as long as they are attached to this prison propaganda (i.e. rap “music”), they will be caught up in this Matrix. This is why i will drive home this point: African-American Muslims MUST DEVELOP A DISTINCT AND SEPARATE IDENTITY from this (corporate) socially engineered “black culture.” (Of course, it’s not only African-Americans who are caught up—but USUALLY when you find second generation immigrant Muslim youth caught up in the System, it isn’t because they are imitating Ozarkian Meth-Head culture. No, they are imitating reprobates of the “Hood.”) The Prison Industrial Complex has run circles around these degenerate impulsive fools. There is NO REASON for the Muslims to fall into the same transparent traps.
A little while ago (yesterday) I was sitting on the Porch doing some reading to get my mind going before jumping into the Journal. Then, I saw three African-American boys, two about the age of eleven or twelve and the oldest about fourteen, walking across the front of the property. The way things are here, I call it “country ghetto,” there is no sidewalk, so folks usually walk along a footpath, which in some spots is not a path at all, to the local, you got it, Yemeni owned, J-Hill “corna sto’” (which really isn’t a “corner” store in the way folks may think of them in more urbanized cities).
The footpath is on the outside of the property line, so to speak. These kids were on the inside of the property line—about seventy-five feet from where I was sitting. Okay, cool… but not so. Praise Allah, we have not had many incidents of theft here. About nine or ten years ago, someone stole the battery out of my car. Presumably, it was the same guy who had stuck a note in the door a few days earlier asking me if I wanted to sell my vehicle (I wasn’t driving it at the time and had been sitting under a tree for maybe a week). Other than that, most of the “theft” that has taken place has been of the four legged type snatching up my fowl friends. Anyway, these boys are now standing under the oak tree on the property. One runs back in the direction of the corner store, but returns (I thought I had seen them walking across the property before I was actually sitting on the Porch—at this point these boys are returning from the store). Now, they are kinda hanging out under the big oak (on the property). This ain’t too good.
I call out to them in my authoritative Brother Ali voice, “Do you need something?” I am not trying to antagonize the kids, but I also don’t want them to think that “under the oak tree” is their new hang-out spot. One of the younger boys comes running over, and says, “Yes, sir.” I repeat my question, and he seems a little stunned and fumbles about in his mind to come up with a request. One thing I can say about the people here is that all but the lowest and most wretched amongst them, they tend to be polite and have some notion of manners. While he is standing there, he picks up a piece of pyrite I had sitting on the railing. He then asked for some water. Now I am sitting outside with my stuff (books, phone, Journals, etc.), and I don’t know if this is a genuine request or a ploy to get me off the Porch, so he can grab something. I ask him if he means tap water (I don’t have any bottled water, except for the jugs that I drink from directly), for if he does, he is welcome to drink from the outside spigot. He declines on the water, and turns to go back to his homies… after he’s palmed the pyrite. I say to him—“What about the stone?” He feigns that he didn’t realize what he did, returns it, and goes back to his friends (who remain under the tree for a few more minutes).
This incident caused me to sit and reflect for a while. (Oddly enough, last night I had watched Gran Torino (WARNING: it has strong Catholic themes running throughout), which has almost the same incident on a much more intense level.) After the boy ran off, I said under my mental breath: “They don’t stand a chance.” A little later, I realized that that was what the Clint Eastwood character said about “Toad,” and the unlikelihood that he would avoid either being involved in or victimized by Hmong street gang violence.
“They don’t stand a chance,” meaning that young black males, especially the poor amongst them, don’t stand a chance against the “System.” By the “System,” I mean the network of institutions that dominate their lives, whether they be the low-grade schools, welfare and human services, the prison-industrial complex (PIC), the media, the black race pimp politicians and academics, and the general (degenerate) state of black culture. They (young black males) are confronted with a massive and sophisticated matrix of institutions that do not have their best interests in mind… not by a long shot.
Over the past few days, I had a discussion with a Brother about the deleterious effects of stereotypes and racism on the black psyche, and the specific targeting and abuse of black males by the legal authorities. I then had another discussion with a Sister about the nature of the prison-industrial complex, and I watched about two-thirds of a Michelle Alexander lecture on The New Jim Crow (http://newjimcrow.com/).
I am by NO MEANS an apologist for the prison-industrial complex. My attitude is that the PIC is utterly corrupt, and the best advice that can be given to a young black male is to take the measures necessary that will reduce the chances he will get arrested on real—or fabricated—charges. It is pointless complaining about how bad the System is, when the System is designed to be bad. The goal is to reduce the harm that the System can do to you.
This doesn’t mean that one doesn’t point out, for instance, the inequities of the PIC, but doing so doesn’t lead to necessary behavior modification of those who are most frequently its victims. Furthermore, there is no dope boy standing on the corners of America’s ghettos who doesn’t know that the System is racist. One trip to the courthouse or the city jail demonstrates that something is racially askew in America.
Frankly, the black male has become obsolete—he (meaning as a collective) has nothing positive to offer society. Factories have largely pulled up stakes and moved abroad. Those that remain are far more automated than the factories of fifty years ago. Contracting work is increasingly being taken over by Latinos and other immigrants. Farm labor is now done by immigrants and not black sharecroppers or tenant farmers. Even the labor intensive jobs, like those in the warehouses of Memphis, have their increasing share of Afro crop cut, tatted up, throwback jersey wearing females, who like to have other females up under their arms. Because of massive male neglect, lack of foresight, self-indulgence, and feminism, black men are now graduating from college at half the rate of black women.
Hence, we have many poorly educated low-skilled (if any skilled) black male underclass whose services are not needed… and you have a for-profit prison system. You don’t have to be a member of MENSA to see where this thing is going. Furthermore, you have a Negro leadership that has utterly failed black males. Instead of concentrating on improving the moral character of black males, the black leadership went about searching for (sometimes real and sometimes not) incidents of white racism. (Here is a case where Jay Jay (Jesse Jackson) shook down Budweiser and threatened to sue them for “racism,” and then got his sons lucrative contracts to sell this poison to his “own people”: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Bud-Man-Jackson-Slipping.html) All blame was removed from the BEHAVIOR of the black underclass and placed upon white/institutional racism. This was one of the great betrayals of poor black folk.
To their credit, aside from their severe doctrinal deviations, the so-called Nation of Islam (http://facetofloor.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/refutation-of-farrakhanism-the-so-called-nation-of-islam/) was ever critical of the culture of the black underclass, and the vice and depravity that envelopes it. On the one hand, the Nation recognized, that black folks weren’t the ones who controlled the parasitic institutions or the drugs that flowed into their communities, but on the other, they never removed personal responsibility. The Nation condemned the alcohol consumption, gambling, fornication, drug use, laziness, irresponsibility, thievery, and other vices without losing sight of the larger dynamics at play in the greater society.
The Negro (“liberal”) leaders’ existence is so predicated on black dysfunction that it doesn’t only fail to name the causes that lie at the root of the black male crisis (i.e., a breakdown of morality), it— defends the causes of black dysfunction. That dysfunction being, for instance, the promotion of single mother headed homes (as something normal or an ideal), feminism, homosexuality, and an attitude of entitlement. When is the last time you’ve heard a black leader say that serial fornication and illegitimacy is detrimental to the stability of the black community? You can’t even hear them say that a boy being raised by two lesbian women is not a good idea. A people with no moral compass, cannot excel in the long term and certainly not in the Hereafter.
Returning to the incident with the sticky fingered boy, what are the prospects for black boys like him? (I don’t know enough about him personally or his circumstances—this may have been a one time aberration for him, although I think not.) In the next year or two, the hormones will kick in. The pursuit of fornication will become a central aspect of his existence. Perhaps, the drugs will come into play. If he can’t keep his mitts off of things that are apparently valuable (pyrite looks expensive, but isn’t), then how long will it be before he catches a shop-lifting or breaking and entering charge? Chances are he’s immersed in rap music and a culture that has no regard for any kind of authority, or education, or private property, or self-restraint, or delayed gratification, or sexual modesty. Chances are he’s one of the 70% of black boys who does not have his father living in the household. Furthermore, he’s confronted by well-financed and well-organized slave catchers, who see each boy like him as money in the pocket of those who have vested interests in the growth of the prison-industrial complex.
The Negro leadership will never dare say that to prevent this cycle of pathology, black people need to stop producing out-of-wedlock babies—children who are the products of “booty calls,” night club “hook-ups,” drunken binges, and those seeking to enhance their child support and welfare check incomes. Will this boy ever be instructed in the importance of self-discipline? Will he be instructed not to look at women as mere objects? Will he be taught about the importance of a work ethic or an education or the love of learning? Will he ever have any sense of what is going on in the larger world and his role therein? Statistically, he probably will not.
I don’t wish ill upon this child. I don’t consider him the worst of those his age. I wish him the best, and if he’s around one day when we are having an activity, I’ll probably invite him to join, God-willing. But the fact remains that he as an individual and black males as a whole are ill-prepared to deal with the global realities of being poor in America in the 21st century. And as I have said many times elsewhere, the sooner African-American Muslims realize what is going on with this socially engineered “African-American culture,” and make a CLEAN BREAK—an exodus—from that culture, the better for us and the stability of our families. Reach out to those who want to do better, but in general, African-American Muslims need to put aside feelings of ethnic solidarity and understand that Allah has not willed to guide everyone, and our first concern is to strive to save ourselves and our families and to share the message of Islam with whomever is willing to listen.
THE ABSURDITY OF WAHHABI BLASPHEMY
There are certainly nicer things to talk about than the deviance(s) of the Wahhabis. However, their harm to people both in their worldly and Afterlife condition is immense. In the video, we have one Wahhabi rebuking another Wahhabi. In the (apparent) voice of Yusuf Estes (an American convert to Wahhabism) he is claiming that when the men of Paradise will see their wives for the first time, their wives, being so beautiful, will make the men (according to him) think that those women are “Allah.” To think that Allah is some sort of body or spatial entity—of any sort—is kufr (again, we have to be clear that there are beliefs that nullify one’s Islam).
In response, another Wahhabi claims: “Allah is above His creation. He always has been, and will always be.” But the Wahhabis claim, as per the so-called “Noble Qur’an” that “Allah ROSE ABOVE the Throne [`Arsh].” Okay, let’s think for a moment. The True Belief is that Allah existed before space and time and before all objects and dimensional beings. Allah was before directions. This means that Allah is not a spatial entity, and the attributes of spatial entities, such as, motion, stillness, displacement, location, etc. do not apply to the Eternal Originator of the Universe.
Also, words have meanings. “To rise above” means to go from a lower location to a higher one. (***Even if one meant this in the non-literal sense, that is as a reference to status, then the person would be claiming Allah went from an inferior status to the `Arsh to a superior status, which also would be disbelief—anyway, that is not what the Wahhabis claim. The Wahhabis believe Allah to be an object of some sort in a literal direction.) If Allah (allegedly) ROSE ABOVE the `Arsh, then Allah would not always have been (literally) “Most High.” At one point Allah (allegedly) was beneath the `Arsh and then changed, and then rose above (some of) the creations.
Furthermore, the Wahhabis believe that late in the night, Allah allegedly gets down from on top of the `Arsh (or travels with the `Arsh) and descends to a location beneath Prophet Jesus (i don’t think that the Wahhabis understand the matter of timezones—they might consider such a subject “falasafee”). So the Wahhabi holds multiple contradictory beliefs simultaneously:
1) Allah has allegedly always been in the highest location [even before locations existed]
2) Allah allegedly was not in the highest location, but had to ascend above the `Arsh to get into the highest location
3) Allah allegedly goes down to a place faaaaar below the `Arsh and the Kursiyy and the Guarded Tablet (Al-Lawhul-MaHfudh) late at night… yet, according the Wahhabis: “Allah is above His creation. He always has been, and will always be [above the creations].”
This is an example of a person’s brain on tashbeeh (the blasphemous belief that God somehow resemble the creations). The one who prays to an object—in whichever direction—is not a Muslim and will never experience the pleasures of Paradise! As for the Beatific Vision, it is a fact that when the Muslims are in Paradise, Allah will empower the Muslims to see Allah. The Muslims will see Allah, and they won’t confuse Allah with anything else. They will see the One Who has no size, shape, form, modality, distance or direction. They will see Allah, the One Who does not need or resemble anything—AT ALL!!!
In light of the Umar Lee video in which he apparently renounces Islam and has re-embraced Christianity (there is NO DOUBT that if he actually said those words, then he is an apostate—with the exception that someone may have doctored the video), it is important to discuss the CONCEPT of apostasy. Many Muslims, and claimants of Islam, in the West are confused about this topic, and that is largely due to the leadership here not educating their congregations about this essential subject.
In general there are two deviant extremes regarding this issue. One are those labeled as “Takfeeris.” Takfeer is the act of deeming someone a disbeliever (Arabic: kaafir). Those typically labeled as “Takfeeris” by the general media are the quasi-Salafis (Wahhabis) and the Qutbis (followers of Sayyid Qutb and more extreme members of the Ikhwan—although it seems that many of them changed their position on this issue). Regarding the Qutbis, they claim that anyone who governs by other than Islam (or a single judgment other than Islam) becomes a disbeliever, and all those who work in such a government are disbelievers, and all those who do not rise up against the government are also disbelievers. Such a position is an invitation to mayhem and anarchy and is contrary to the position of the Sunni Muslim scholars.
As for the Wahhabis, they deemed various practices sanctioned by the Prophet to be shirk (polytheism). As a result of this misconception, the Wahhabis have deemed the vast majority of Muslims to be mushriks (polytheists) and disbelievers. And from that erroneous conclusion, they deemed that it is a religiously rewardable deed to murder Muslims. Also, many of the Wahhabis, like the Qutbis, take the position that to govern by other than Islam is also a form of shirk—this is why one finds groups, like Al-Qaeda and its affiliates committing the atrocities it does in the name of “Islam.”
On the other end of the spectrum are the quasi-traditionalists. These are people who have typically been trained in traditional sciences, they (claim to) follow one of the four Sunni madhhabs; they say they follow either the Ash`ari or Maturidi school of Sunni Theology; they praise tasawwuf (Sufism). Ostensibly, they appear to be Sunnis, but they have been introducing “liberal” accommodationist ideas to surreptitiously promote a pseudo-Sunni apologist agenda. It is enough to compare some of their pre-9/11 speeches with their speeches nowadays to understand this point.
Among their (quasi-traditionalists) deviant innovations is that they claim to refuse to make takfeer (deem as a disbeliever) ANYONE who claims to be a Muslim. This immediately leads to absurdities, like, by following such logic, one would have to call Louis Farrakhan a “Muslim,” in spite of his claim that:
Fard Muhammad is Allah
Hundreds of millions of Asiatic Blackmen are Allah
Allah was “self-created” from electricity trillions of years ago
According to the logic of the quasi-traditionalists, they would also have to consider those who follow a doctrine like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nation_of_Islam (the link says) to also be amongst the “Muslims.” Given such a ludicrous line of logic, one has to ask (rhetorically) where does it end? Is there—according to them—no distinction between Imaan and disbelief? Well, according to them, apparently there isn’t.
This refusal to make takfeer (deem a person to be a non-Muslim) has gone so far as one person contacting me and saying that he does not judge the person who has openly renounced Islam and embraced Christianity an apostate (and he didn’t say that is b/c the video in which the renunciation (apparently) took place was a fabrication).
Another one of these quasi-traditionalist celebrities has (apparently) innovated the absurd claim that you cannot call ANYONE a disbeliever because we do not know what state a person will die in. By following such sick reasoning, we also can’t deem anyone to be a “Muslim,” because we do not know what state the person will die upon. This same character has broken ranks with
Ahlus-Sunnah and the Muslims by also claiming that those who reject Prophet Muhammad will attain salvation in the Hereafter.
We must be balanced in our approach to matters. Of course there is a grave danger in wanton accusations of blasphemy—but there is also grave danger in deeming blasphemy to be part of Islam. Let us take this back to first principles. We have to first define who a Muslim is. A Muslim is a person who believes in the Testification of Faith and its implications. If the person was not born to a Muslim family (or at least Muslim father (while married to the mother)), then he or she must utter the Testification of Faith to enter Islam. And the person, to be a Muslim, must believe in the Testification PROPERLY. That is, upon saying: “There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” he must have the proper convictions about Allah and Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam). (And for the one born to a Muslim father, but never said the Testification, he would have to at least hold the correct conviction in the heart.)
The person must believe that Allah is the One, Perfect, Eternal, Omnipotent, All-Knowing Creator. Allah is the Creator of everything, and Allah ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble anything. Allah is unimaginable. Only Allah deserves to be worshiped. Allah existed before the creations—before light and darkness, before time and place. This means that Allah is not a body, or an object, or a spatial entity or any other sort of dimensional being. Allah exists without time, place, or direction. Allah does not take up space or undergo change or transformation. To believe otherwise, is to believe contrary to what Muslims believe.
Regarding the belief in Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam), the person must believe that the Prophet was truthful in all he conveyed from Allah. One must believe that he (and all the other Prophets) was a man who always held the correct belief about Allah, and that the Prophets were of the highest honor and integrity. We must believe that the Prophets were all intelligent, courageous, trustworthy and embodied the best of manly virtues.
The one who contradicts the core meaning of the Testification of Faith is not a Muslim. Hence, the one who believes that Allah is weak, or ignorant, or requires space or a place in order to exist does not have the belief of Muslims. The one who, for instance, prays to a giant extraterrestrial being with a smiling face, or fingers, or a large tibia, or is during the daytime (allegedly) located above the `Arsh and late at night located beneath Prophet Jesus, would in reality not be praying to Allah. He would be praying to an object. And the person who worships an object—or anything else other than Allah—would NOT BE A MUSLIM. It is ludicrous to claim that the person can be a Muslim and an object worshiper at the same time. Likewise, to believe that the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) lied, or was a scoundrel, or a fool, or a coward, or the likes is blatant blasphemy with no doubt.
When this first principle is established, it becomes easy to understand why Muslims MUST make takfeer on certain beliefs. One cannot deem blasphemy to be part of Islam. Likewise, it should be known, as per the teachings of the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) that a time would come when ignorance and disbelief would become pervasive. As he said:
“A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” [Muslim]
The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) told us that holding on to one’s Islam would be more difficult thn holding on to a red hot coal. Also, it should be more than evident that the satanic opponents of Islam would intentionally plant blasphemous misconceptions amongst the Muslims to cause confusion and to fool them into falling out of Islam, as we see here: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1716.html (the 0.1 MB outline is enough to catch the gist of these people’s evil machinations). Some of these blasphemous misconceptions would come from those masquerading as Muslim “leaders”. Also, Muslims should be aware that it is not a condition for one to commit riddah (apostasy) for one to openly renounce Islam. The person may slip into disbelief without knowing it, as the Prophet said:
“Certainly the slave [the human being, for instance] may utter a word he deems harmless, which results in his plummeting the depth of 70 years into the Hellfire.”
With that said, it is important that Muslims understand how blasphemy can be categorized, so that one can better understand how the rules of takfeer work. Disbelief (blasphemy) can be divided into three categories:
1. Ta`teel (Denial)
2. Tashbeeh (Resembling)
3. Takdheeb (Belying)
Ta`teel is the denying of the Attributes of Allah that one must necessarily know. That is, one must know, for instance, that Allah is Attributed with Existence, Oneness, Beginninglessness, Everlastingness, Power, Omniscience, Absolute Transcendence (i.e., being clear of all need for the creations), etc. It should be clear that the one who ascribes to Allah partners, or being originated, or being weak, or dependent could not possibly be considered a Muslim.
Tashbeeh is the resembling of Allah to the creations, whether that resembling is explicit or implicit. Examples of tashbeeh would be like when the Farrakhanis say “Allah is a real live human being and can’t be other than that.” Also, there are those who think that Allah is a giant body of light, others believe that Allah literally enters the bodies of people; some say Allah is a spiritual being, some say Allah is a material being—and some say both. Believing that Allah occupies space or is in a literal direction or has real-actual organs and other body parts is tashbeeh—even if the professor of said belief doesn’t recognize it as such. Again, the one who worships an object or dimensional being would not be worshiping Allah, and the one who does not worship Allah is not a Muslim.
Takdeeb is belying or rejecting what Islam teaches. There are matters that are commonly known and well-established amongst the Muslims. Examples of such would be, the existence of Paradise, the Prophethood of Moses and Jesus, the five prayers, fasting Ramadan, the permissibility of polygyny, the prohibition of fornication, homosexuality, and alcohol, or the illegitimacy of blasphemy. The one who rejects any of these matters, cannot be considered a Muslim, for Islam is based upon submission, and one can’t submit to Islam while one rejects what Islam teaches. (Nota Bene: the mere inclination towrds or engagement in sin is not blasphemy, as long as the person does not deem the sin to be acceptable in Islam.)
Among the claimants of Islam, I would say that the quasi-Salafis (Wahhabis) and the quasi-traditionalists pose the greatest threat to the growth and well-being of Muslims in the West. Regarding the Wahhabis, their da`wah to disbelief (tashbeeh, in particular) is still very active in the West. The Wahhabis’ literalist distortion of Qur’anic Verses and Hadiths has led many to thinking that Allah is an object located above our heads with various real-actual limbs and organs. This belief is blasphemy.
Furthermore, it is part of the Wahhabi ideology to deem the rest of the Muslims disbelievers (recently, I saw on a Wahhabi site one of the contributors saying that Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab (the founder of Wahhabism) saved Tawheed). Because of this erroneous premise, they deem it permissible to murder genuine Muslims and everyone else in the “name of Islam and jihad.” For those who can’t see the evils in the gross tashbeeh of Wahhabism, they should at least see the harm that these people do by their atrocities. The Wahhabis are going to continue to commit acts of terrorism in the West, and all the Muslims are going to take the blame for their barbaric deeds unless we stand up and relentlessly expose them.
As for the quasi-traditionalists, they have for the past decade slowly changed their positions and are morphing into some “new school of thought.” Instead of exposing and attacking the theology behind this extremists ideology and demonstrating that the core creed of Wahhabism contradicts Islam, these quasi-traditionalists have signed off on some “pledge” with the Wahhabis that somehow includes object worship among the “Sunni schools of Doctrine.” On the one hand they unite with those following a bona fide extremist ideology and on the other, these quasi-apologists are having a hard time taking stands against abominable trends, like the spreading of homosexuality in American society.
Additionally, these quasi-traditionalists are encouraging the Muslims in the West to remain ignorant of apostasy and how to protect oneself from it. The reality of the matter is that when a Muslim learns about apostasy, he (or she) has the means of discernment to readily distinguish between disbelief and Islam. When one acquires such knowledge, he begins to recognize all sorts of blasphemous statements in books, in magazines, on websites, and even from the mouths of those who are allegedly the “Muslim leaders” in the West. The quasi-traditionalists do not want to empower the Muslim masses with this knowledge, for that would mean that they would be brought into greater accountability by their followers. These “leaders” would be forced to justify the unjustifiable—which they can’t—and their credibility would be shattered. Instead clarifying matters of Creed for the Muslims, they are intentionally confusing people. This is indicative of their treachery. May Allah protect us from them and that.
In conclusion, I remind you and myself of the Hadith mentioned earlier:
“Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.”
May Allah guide us and protect us and make us amongst the steadfast and sincere and not among those who sell their Religion for a measly worldly gain.
The Apostasy of Umar Lee
(As one can see, the Christians and anti-Muslim bigots are going to run with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esCyj0deeuM)
This is not intended as an attack on Umar Lee or his genuine motivations for becoming a Christian. Allah knows what lurks inside our hearts. I don’t know him personally, other than at an ISNA, I guess it was three years ago, I bumped into him and spoke to him for not more than a couple of minutes. I did, however, comment pretty regularly on his blogs. As a matter of fact Umar Lee’s blog introduced me to the “Muslim” blogoshere back probably at the tail end of its, what some might call, “golden age” (that is, around 2006-2008). Since then, many of those blogs have gone defunct. For me the blogs were an interesting world. Contrary to the Islamic forums, which were often battlegrounds between the Deobandi and Brewelis and Wahhabis, and sometimes involving very detailed matters of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) in the Hanafi School, which I have little knowledge of), the “Muslim” blogosphere focused more on the condition of Muslims in America. It was sort of a window into the minds of Muslims in this country and the challenges we face here.
One of the problems with said blogs was that many of the people involved had no training in traditional Islamic sciences. In many cases, their learning seems to have been that of attending a few Islamic lectures and reading books and clicking through layer upon layer of websites. As a result, there was A LOT of ignorance and misguidance propounded through those blogs. Nonetheless, the blogs did provide a place for the lay Muslims, and claimants of Islam, to exchange ideas.
At this time, Umar Lee’s blog was among the most popular. His “Rise and Fall of the [Quasi] Salafi Movement” was Umar’s claim to fame. I read it, and in many ways he and I were on parallel tracks, although we were on opposite aisles in the creedal war taking place in the Northeast. Although I started to become interested in “Islam” while I was off at a small liberal arts college (the kind of place Umar Lee used to detest) in Western New England, and Umar was in the hood involved in hood life (a sort of race reversal), we both saw Islam as a means for activism and social transformation. Although Umar is white, he had (from his writings) black sensibilities, and he seemed to be a good reader of character—in a street sort of way. While I was in college, I became one of those hyper-race conscious kind of guys.
It was also a different time in black culture. There was a substantial amount of what folks used to call “conscious rap,” whether from the likes of groups, such as, X-Clan, Public Enemy, and the various Fiver Percent rappers available—and this rap was even sometimes seen on MTV and BET. The so-called Nation of Islam was active in the inner city. Farrakhan loomed large in the psyche of many young urban black males. Traces of the black radical consciousness left over from the late 60′s and early 70′s could still be found among at least some of the “elders” in the black community. Also, there was the hype surrounding the Malcolm X movie, the “X caps,” and the movie itself. This was during the time of the crack blight and the rise in black on black murder and the prison industrial complex entrenching itself into the black community. It was hoped by many young black people that a shift of consciousness was taking place across black America to counter these problems. Black folks would finally wake up, get involved, and be agents for fundamental change—if not revolution—in America.
That black people would be on the forefront of this social transformation seemed logical. Black folk have always been a protest people. For myself, I rapidly passed through a black consciousness and black nationalism phase realizing that we needed something more to bind us (i.e., black folk). We are (or at least were) a religiously inclined people. After reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, listening to Farrakhan tapes, and just having a familiarity with world history and using common sense, it was clear that Christianity, and its doctrine that the Eternal Creator of the Universe incarnated into an infant, could not possibly be the true religion of God and could not be the means to unite my people.
What was clear was that there could only be one True God, and that God alone deserved to be worshiped, and that Islam—in its genuine form—preached that belief. I saw Islam as the means to unite our people—under one rationally consistent belief in God. Islam would free my black Brothers and Sisters from the mental slavery of praying to a white man—an image that looked like our former slave masters—and the excessive emotionalism of the Negro Church. Islam would instill discipline and self-respect in us. Islam would give us structure and order. Islam would give us morality… without being a bunch of punks.
I wasn’t the only young man who had this hope for transformation in black community by way of Islam. There were many others. At this time, however, the Saudis, with their Wahhabi doctrine, saw an opportunity to spread their creed here in the US and among inner city African-Americans. The Wahhabis (quasi-Salafis) offered full paid scholarships to guys from the hood to go study at Madinah University and other Wahhabi institutes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This ideology (Wahhabism) became for many African-Americans synonymous with “Islam”—after all, the Two Sanctuaries (Mecca and Madinah) are contained in Saudi Arabia, and the Sunnis had very few publications available for English language readership—and certainly none as nice looking as the Saudi published literature. Those socially conscious and functional African-Americans, who were searching for Islam often passed through Farrakhanism and maybe flirted with the Warith Deen Community and often ended up in Wahhabism.
These converts would find that unlike the Farrakhanis and W.D. Community, the Wahhabis were not very concerned about social activism in America. The Arab Wahhabis were trying to transplant the Saudi agenda to American soil, and for many of the more intelligent and educated black converts, they sensed this and saw that the needs to African-Americans was not being met. This would further be compounded by the reports from African-Americans who returned from Saudi Arabia with horror stories about the virulent racism amongst the Arabs there. Furthermore, as the Wahhabi ranks swelled with the pathological underclass and prison ex-convicts, they brought their dysfunction to their centers (and other centers) and the ghetto drama was let loose. On the regular, the Wahhabis would be acting out and excommunicating one another (claiming so and so is off the manhaj), and there was lots of infighting. Then 9/11 came, and the Wahhabis were placed under greater scrutiny—some of the leadership was arrested, others were deported, and others up and left and made what they called “hijrah.”
After that, many of the African-American Wahhabis were left confused, and there was a phrase that was pretty common amongst the bloggers a few years back: “Salafi Burnout.” Many of the more educated and functional African-American converts had made great sacrifices to try to build what they called “Salafi Da`wah.” Careers were forsaken, family ties with non-Muslims were often severed, “marriages” were broken, and children suffered, and now without a growing community base to support them—but instead only a disintegrating toxic “community” to tear them down—these disillusioned converts had to deal with the reality of life in America.
This is where Umar Lee had been for quite a few years. He was—and so many others—a recovering Wahhabi. Again, I don’t want to talk about what his genuine motivations are for the many controversial things he said, but there can be no denying that much of what he said contained many insightful observations about the plight of the American Muslim community. Some people have been faulting him in his “Apostasy Video” for mentioning that the Muslims have not fixed the (or begun to fix—or for the most part not even addressed) the ills of American society—and especially not those in the inner city. People have to keep in mind that people like Umar Lee and myself became interested in Islam partly because we saw its socially transformative potential. We saw ourselves following in the footsteps of Malcolm X. And it was a jolt to see, as the American Muslim demographics changed in this country to a stronger immigrant base, the majority of Muslims not caring about social activism, not caring about racism, not caring about poverty, not caring about suffering in this country. To the contrary, one increasingly found Muslim immigrants not involved in da`wah, but involved in parasitic corner stores selling poison, haraam, and filth to the poor. Others among these immigrants contented to live out the American delusion in the Wonder Bread suburbs. This further contributed to Umar Lee’s—or at least people like him—sense of frustration and alienation.
Also, Umar Lee, to his credit, also observed the shift taking place amongst the quasi-traditionalists long before these characters made their sellout agenda more apparent. There were a number of the so-called celebrity imams who did talk about social activism, they did have scathing—but accurate—critiques of American society and its moral decay and hypocritical foreign policy. These “leaders” have “bin dun flipt the skript,” and now some are even trying to pretend there is no difference between Islam and disbelief by trying to erase the line between blasphemy and Imaan.
The converts in this country are HEMMORAGING. They are confused, and with the efforts being put forth today by the quasi-traditionalists, this confusion is only likely to grow. So what is to be to done? First and foremost, people have to acquire traditional Islamic knowledge, and above all THEY HAVE TO GET CLARITY IN THE CREED! Very often when Umar Lee would go on rants against the Wahhabis or other bloggers would bemoan about so-called “Salafi Burnout,” I would try to inject the importance of the Sunni `Aqidah. For the most part I was either ignored or attacked (attacked not by Umar Lee but others still hanging on to the Wahhabi doctrine).
The Muslims (real Muslims—not people who simply identify as such) believe that Allah is One—Allah has no partners, Allah is Unique with no similars; Allah is the One and only Creator and everything else is a creation; Allah is not a material or spiritual entity; Allah is not an object made of parts or potentially subject to addition or subtraction. The Sunni `Aqidah is based upon the belief that the Creator ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble the creations. Hence, Allah is not dependent upon space; Allah does not have the properties of spatial beings, such as, having a size, a shape or a location. Whatever one imagines, Allah is different than that.
When one understands the above, one understands that the Creator of space, time, and direction is not literally located above the `Arsh (Ceiling of Paradise) during the day and beneath Prophet Jesus for part of the night, much less does the Creator have real-actual fingers, a shinbone, smiling face, and a foot. Muslims worship Allah, the Eternal Creator. The person who worships some sort of shadow-casting object with real-actual body parts on the Kursiyy would not be in reality worshiping Allah. He would be worshiping something other than Allah. And the one who worships something other than Allah is not a Muslim. Simple. Plain. And Clear.
One of the problems of those suffering from so-called “Salafi Burnout” is that many did not seem to realize that the Wahhabis are NOT Muslims. It is not the case that the Wahhabis are merely bad Muslims—the Wahhabis don’t have the Muslim belief in Allah. Hence, for those suffering from that anthropomorphic burnout, they have to realize that they weren’t Muslim in the first place. When this is clear, one can realize that much of the bad behavior that was done in the “name of Islam” was not done by Muslims. The Wahhabis are object worshipers. The Muslims do not worship an object or anything else that has a size or occupies space.
The converts need basic training in the matters of `Ilmul-Kalaam,1 so that they can defend themselves against the onslaught of atheism and other deviant anti-Islamic and quasi-Islamic ideologies that are prevalent in the society. One of the quasi-traditionalist wrote that African-Americans don’t need to go into the matters of `Ilmul-Kalaam because, in essence, they are not an intellectual people… But that is exactly the problem that African-Americans suffer from—their worldview is largely emotional and not rational. A study of `Ilmul-Kalaam would give black converts (and other converts) the intellectual clarity in Creed needed to navigate through this society. If Umar Lee, for instance, had been trained in the matters of the Sunni Creed after his abandoning of Wahhabism—and was sufficiently educated in the belief that Allah exists without being in a place or a direction and that Allah is not a spatial entity—then it would not be as likely that such a person would be claiming that Jesus is his “Lord and Savior.”
Another matter related to the education of the convert, is informing him (or her) about the matter of apostasy—and I don’t mean only open stated renunciation of Islam—but that a person could fall out of Islam without knowing it. The person who claims that there is another Creator with Allah, or that Allah is ignorant, or weak, or that Allah is in need, or similar to the creations would not be a Muslim. Furthermore, the one who insults the Qur’an or the Prophets, or intentionally rejects what is commonly known amongst Muslims, or desecrates the Qur’an by throwing it into the trash or stepping on it commits disbelief.
Contrary to the claims of the Quasi-Traditionalists and the “Pledgers,” the issue of riddah (apostasy) and takfeer and the conditions of deeming a self-professed Muslim to be a disbeliever MUST BE DISCUSSED. Without this knowledge, a Muslim is liable commit kufr (disbelief) and fall out of Islam without knowing it. Many of the quasi-traditionalists are trying to suppress this discussion to hide their own insidious agendas. These people KNOW that the masses of the Muslims in the USA are confused and vulnerable to falling prey to blasphemy. These “leaders” KNOW that the famous Sunni scholars discussed these issues extensively, to warn and protect Muslims from adopting blasphemous beliefs or engaging in blasphemous acts or statements. Yet, these leaders will say things like, “This is only for the scholars to trouble themselves with.”
To show the erroneous nature of such a claim, it is not only the scholars who can potentially fall into disbelief—it is MORE likely for the unlearned to fall into disbelief. Furthermore, according to these “leaders,” one can’t call any self-professed “Muslim” a kaafir (disbeliever). But what would such people say about the likes of a Louis Farrakhan? Farrakhan claims to be a Muslim. Louis Farrakhan also claims that hundreds of millions of Asiatic Blackmen are Allah (a`udhu billah!). If a person doubts that such a belief is blasphemy, then that person himself would be a blasphemer. And the core of Farrakhan’s blasphemy is not only that he believes that Allah is collective of human beings, the core of his kufr is that he believes Allah is a spatial entity of some sort. And as Farrakhan is a disbeliever for such a belief, so are, for example, the Wahhabis for believing Allah is a spatial entity of some sort.
Likewise, by not clarifying the matter of takfeer (the rules related to deeming someone a disbeliever), it opens the door for all sorts of deviants to claim that they, too, are Muslims, such as, those who claim that polygyny is evil, that the Sacred Law does not recognize legal differences between men and women, that homosexual practices are allowed in Islam, that those who reject Prophet Muhammad (which by implication implies Allah has lied (a`udhu billah)) will attain salvation and bliss in the Hereafter, etc. However, when Muslims learn the basic rule: anyone who rejects what is commonly known and well-established in Islam can’t be considered a Muslim (for they have not submitted to what Islam teaches), then the limits between Islam and disbelief are clearly marked in a Muslim’s mind.
Furthermore, when one learns about apostasy, he knows that the indulgence in general sin does not render a person a disbeliever. It renders him or her a sinful Muslim. And general sinning, such as, not fasting Ramadan, eating pork, or selling alcohol—-even abominations like those just listed—does not take one out of Islam UNLESS, the person deems the sinful acts Islamically permissible (because deeming such acts permissible entails belying Islam and what the Prophet taught). However bad things may get in his (or her) life, the person can still hang on to the belief in the Oneness and Perfection of Allah and the belief in the miracle performer who taught that belief and the Sacred Law we should follow (that is, the Prophet Muhammad) and the person will still be a Muslim and will eventually earn Paradise.
Also, convert Muslims need to be educated early on about the different factions. Clarifying the difference between the Sunni Creed and deviant ideas and sects is not a source of division for the sincere. The sincere Muslim wants the Ummah to be united on guidance and not deviance. Additionally, converts need to be educated in the area of polemics—that is, how to debate and defend Islam, so that Muslims can compete in the marketplace of ideas. The traditional model of Muslims learning the “Five Pillars and Six Articles” (without detailed explanation), the basics of the prayer, the general do’s and don’ts of Muslims, and reading a (mis)translation of the Qur’an will not equip a Muslim with the means to defend himself in an overwhelmingly secular society.
Lastly, there has to be recognition that Umar Lee was very right regarding the area of social criticism. We need to build social institutions that are responsive to the Muslims—especially needed are institutions responsive to the needs of convert Muslims. Issues of race/racism, color-caste, class, marriage, and family have to be candidly discussed. Not discussing these issues isn’t going to make them go away. Instead, we as Muslims, as many a convert is told, should have the confidence that Islam does, indeed, have the means to address the society’s problems. We just have to sincere in our endeavor to learn and follow the guidance of our Prophet (salllallahu `alayhi was-sallam).
Lost in America
God-willing (now according to some, that’s a problematic phrase), this is the last post today on the various cess-poolians. According to the site:
Boy, oh boy…. The author is Asra Noomani. She calls herself “married” to a non-Muslim man. She deems such “marriages” legitimate. Here is more about her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asra_Nomani. As for the article, you have the uncle (apparently) getting disturbed at his nephew for saying “in-shaa’ Allah.” It says:
“Earlier, Tsarni had told the Associated Press: “When I was speaking to the older one, he started all this religious talk, ‘Insh’allah’ and all that, and I asked him, ‘Where is all that coming from?’” Insh’allah is the Arabic phrase that means “God willing.”
What Tsarni is admitting is something true but politically incorrect to talk about: the increasing use of these phrases of religiosity are code inside the community for someone who is becoming hardcore. It doesn’t mean that they’re becoming violent or criminal, but it’s a red flag.”
Subhaanallah, if a Muslim merely speaks like a Muslim, and says “God-willing” (because none of us know the future) about an event that he would like to see happen, then this is a sign that the person is “becoming hardcore?!?” This is what i mean by the LIS (Lost Immigrant Syndrome). It is people like this that will push ignorant but earnest Muslims into the camp of the extremists.
Now there is a problem of radicalization, as i mentioned in the last post. But what Asra means by “radicalization” is that if a Muslim prays at a mosque where the men and women do not line up next to each other, or don’t allow a woman to be the prayer leader for the general Friday communal prayer, then this is an indication that these people are “fundamentalists” and potential terrorists. Typical of these radical-apologists, they do not discuss the THEOLOGY that lies at the core of the Wahhabi deviance. The reason they NEVER discuss such is that the apologist-Munafiqs don’t want to expose the utter absurdity of their doctrine. These apologist-Munafiqs are typically abysmally ignorant of Islam, but have a handful of talking points that they know they can bring up to attack Muslims on and get a pat on the head from their anti-Islamic bigot masters.
On an almost side note, it disturbs me when you have people portraying those who do not believe the standard corporate dominated media’s as being “kooky conspiracy theorists.” It is disingenuous to pretend that certain security agencies have not encouraged acts of violence. COINTELPRO is a clear example, and more recently was the first World Trade Center bombing. As for the case with these brother, i am not saying they didn’t do it or they were not acting alone, but at the same time, it wouldn’t be very prudent to believe everything that comes from the mainstream media outlets, either.
Lastly, this goes to show all the more why Muslims who have learned the traditional Islamic sciences need to be involved in producing articles and books and addressing these issues. If we do not stand up and clarify these matters, then, these deviants will be more than willing to speak in our stead. May Allah grant us the courage and wisdom and to always be sincere in obedience.
It’s the THEOLOGY, Stupid!
Although i don’t like the title of the article, and it should be known that so-called “Muslim Matters” is a Wahhabi site and part of the Al-Maghrib Wahhabi roadshow syndicate, this article makes some good points, but fails (not unsurprisingly) to address the real issue at hand:
Let me get this straight. I’m an African-American male, and i don’t expect that people will ask me to apologize for the 70,000 or so murders black males have committed in the past decade (and many of those murders committed in the name of some sort of distorted sense of “blackness”). Likewise, i’m a Muslim, and i don’t feel guilty about each egregious act that is done in the name of Islam. I condemn the acts, as Islam commands, and i condemn those who engage in such acts (as we shall see) and, God-willing, i try to keep it moving.
Regarding the article, the author attempts to address those accusations that Islam is synonymous with “terrorism.” Of course, the term “terrorism” is itself an extremely loaded appellation. (You have currently a woman who allegedly offed a cop 40 years ago on the top of the Terrorist List: http://concreteloop.com/2013/05/awareness-angela-davis-speaks-on-assata-shakurs-fbi-terrorist-status .It should be enough for one to do a little research on COINTELPRO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO) to see that some might want to apply the term “terrorist”—without a long stretch—to the very organizations who label others as such.) None of this is to say that terrorism, however one wants to define it, committed by (self-identified) Muslims isn’t a very real problem for Muslims (and everyone else).
Radicalization is a serious concern. This shouldn’t give a person the impression that the masses of Muslims in America will become extremists or even a substantial minority, but the acts of a few individuals can cause much death and destruction. So in this regard, Muslims need to stop playing pretend about the number of Muslims involved in terrorist events in the US.
As for Tamerlan’s radicalization (and i am just going by what is the mainstream version of events from the corporate dominated media), it seems that he had been suffering from LIS (Lost Immigrant Syndrome). His folks brought him to America; he apparently had little religious training before arrival; he tried to fit into the mainstream of American society; he realized how shallow and vapid it all is, so, with the prompting of his mother, he started to become “religious.”
He apparently was not an emasculated metrosexual, but instead was a warrior type of guy. He became socially conscious of the condition of the Muslims around the world and the injustices they faced. Hence, he decided to attack (fellow) Americans to exact what he probably would’ve considered “revenge.” This is the problem that results when Muslim youth are not trained properly in their religion—either, they remain in a permanent state of arrested development suffering from the wannabe “Lost Immigrant Syndrome,” or they very frequently start to develop extremist sympathies… or worse. If he had learned properly and been mentored, then he would have been directed to transmute his frustration and anger into mastery of the self through the acts of worship, character development, and asceticism. His zeal to defend Islam would have been directed to learning the religion and polemics and organizing and educating Muslims and non-Muslims about the religion. He would have known that murder is haraam, and in Islam it is not the position of a citizen to declare war upon a government because he is not pleased with some of its policies.
In brief, what Tamerlan allegedly did is not justifiable in Islam. Period. Muslims condemn terrorism—after all, most of the victims of quasi-Islamic terrorism are Muslims. When it comes to stopping radicalization—and this is something the Muslims, indeed want—the leadership that claims to represent the Muslims in the West very frequently obfuscates the matter at hand.
Whether or not much of the Muslim world were under a virtual siege by the Transnational Corporate Consumer Military Industrial Mega-State, there would still be the internal problem of extremists. Although, the quasi-traditionalists can produce dozens of fatwahs (Islamic verdicts) citing proofs from classical and contemporary Islamic sources rightfully condemning terrorism, they almost altogether fail to mention the THEOLOGY that is behind this extremist ideology.
A few months ago, i posted this link the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xv90ENbnyA which (apparently) shows the Australian preacher advocating the Wahhabi corporeal doctrine of believing the Creator has a foot. The Muslim belief is that this universe could not by itself produce itself—it requires a Creator. The Creator existed before the creations. The Creator is not an object or temporal entity. And after the Creator originated the universe, the Creator did not transform into a body or a spirit or any other sort of spatial entity and materialize inside a place or a direction. Allah exists without a place. This is the Muslim belief; to believe otherwise is a nullification of basic Islamic tenets: i.e., the Creator ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble any of the creations.
It is this doctrine of literalism regarding the Creator, which has led the Wahhabis to pray to a giant (imaginary) bipedal extraterrestrial shadow-casting object with smiling face, two hands, and a single leg. This is the result of reading the Qur’an and Hadith while ignorant of the depth of the Arabic language, Islamic doctrine, and the rules of reason. And it is this absurdly literalist interpretation of Islamic Scripture and Sacred Law that has led to the Wahhabis (quasi-Salafis) thinking that their acts mayhem and of murder are part of Islam. It should be of no surprise, then, that Tamerlan seems, according to the media, to have liked the so-called Sheikh Feiz.
From its inception in the mid-1700′s, the Wahhabis of central Arabia have posed a threat to social order. Then, as now, the Wahhabis (quasi-Salafis) have been notorious for their rape, plunder, and massacre in the name of worshiping a hideously deformed anthropomorphic imaginary creature that lives above their heads. We see these events playing out in Pakistan, Mali, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and elsewhere. Wherever one sees terrorism committed in the name of Sunni Islam, one is going to see the influence of Wahhabism. And this Wahhabi terrorism is motivated by a methodological approach that is rooted in their gruesome `Aqidah (theology).
If the quasi-traditionalists were TRULY interested in preventing radicalization, then they would educate the Muslim masses and general public about the differences between the Muslim belief in God and the creed of Wahhabism. These quasi-traditionalists would expose the Wahhabi leaders, their books and websites, and make them outcasts and pariahs… but instead, these quasi-traditionalists invite Wahhabi speakers to their events and sit on panels with them… to talk about everything BUT the matters of doctrine (which is the root of the Wahhabi justification for terrorism). The reality of the matter is that the quasi-traditionalists are not interested in defending Islam, they, like the Wahhabis have their own agenda, and it is not for the betterment of the Muslims or the society at large.
A couple of other links on the Wahhabi menace:
A Walking Contradiction
Like i said, i’m on a roll today (maa-shaa’ Allah):
I once before encountered someone referring to themselves as an “atheist-Muslim.” It’s long, but in summary, it is the pretty standard attack against religion. According to the atheists, if people stopped believing in religion, everyone would just start getting along. These guys have a very peculiar line of reasoning. They will start to say that we need to recognize that all humans have the same rights (… and who gave humans their rights?). But what if some people refuse to recognize that all humans have the same rights (anyway, the secular supremacists don’t believe in “equality”—as the gender segregation in professional sports and the prison systems readily demonstrates… the secular supremacists believe in something other than “equality”). What if some people decide that other select groups of people aren’t really human after all and don’t deserve “human rights?” Furthermore, who’s going to enforce these values and laws… and how are they going to be able to do so without the threat of violence?
He goes on to condemn terrorism in the name of Islam, and he condemns Islam b/c some terrorists use “Islam” as a justification for their terrorism. And then he mentions that Islam is bad because Muslims do not reject that there are circumstances in which Muslims may engage in armed struggle for their religion. Again, another line of odd reasoning. Secular humanism has come to dominate the world order largely by MASSIVE AMOUNTS of violence and lies and propaganda. Their regimes were largely founded on violence and suppression of opposition. Simply consider the number of deaths in the name of various secular ideologies in the 20th century (doing this off the top of the wig):
WW I: 15 million
WW II: 40 million
Stalin/Communist USSR: 20 million
Mao/Communist China: 60 million
US in SE Asia: 3 million
The numerous proxy wars the major secular regimes sponsored throughout the so-called developing world led to tens of millions of other deaths. Also, these secular regimes don’t have a great deal of tolerance for those places that don’t accept multi-national consumer-cult values. And they certainly don’t have any love and tolerance for those states that do not accept corporate cleptocracy and banksterism. Also, ask one of these so-called Muslim atheists, how much money does, for instance, the US spend on the military (you can’t rightfully call it “defense” spending) each year? Given that there is no country in the world that can come close to invading the US, then what’s the purpose of all those weapons? Those weapons aren’t for spreading, love, peace, and random acts of kindness across the earth.
Lastly, according to the secular supremacists, human beings are merely masses of breathing flesh that are the accidental result of an evolution that evolved itself… by itself. There is no Afterlife (according to them). We live. We vainly attempt to gratify our innumerable and growing desires. We get old, and trying to fulfill those desires becomes even less plausible. And then we die, and become worm food and compost. Since (according to the secularists) life has no real purpose, then what difference does it make if they eliminate a few million or a few hundred million breeders or breathers from the earth (or if some non-secularists does it for them)? If there are fewer people, then the living won’t have to share as much, and they will presumably have more opportunities to (vainly) fulfill their desires… which, according to the secularists is the ultimate purpose of life anyway.
The fact is we have an Eternal, Omnipotent, Incomparable, and Transcendent Creator—the universe did not accidentally start to produce itself before it was existing. The Creator created life and made human beings the crown of creation—if they fulfill their lofty potential, which is to submit to and worship the Creator. The Creator gave us Sacred Laws by which to govern ourselves and prepare for the stages of existence after life on this earthly plane. Abiding by the Magna Carta, European Constitution or other man-made laws is not going to save one when he (or she) is in the grave, but if one follows the Sacred Laws of the final Prophet, Muhammad, with perfect sincerity, then one will attain ultimate success in this world and what is to come thereafter.
May Allah grant us piety and the blessed endings.
Filthy Fitnah #4 The Plan
Too cold (in May!) to sit outside and get some Journal writing done, so i may as well go ahead and deal with these deviants. Firstly, this weekend Timothy Winters, has (apparently) given in to the homosickuals. The implications here are SERIOUS. This may just be a trial run by the homophiles, however, it is clear where this thing is going.
1) The homophiles will start doing their research on (self-identified) Muslim leaders (in particular, the so-called “moderates”) seeing if they can find any statements from them condemning homosickuality. Inevitably, they will find such statements—or at least find speeches or books where these quasi-traditionalists have praised the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah… and it is well known that these same prominent scholars of Islam hold the consensus that homosickuality is an abomination, and the punishment for the sodomites is well known. The sickos, will then push these quasi-traditionalists into a corner asking the quasi-traditionalists, do they agree with what these so-called “homophobic” scholars say about homosickuality… or do they agree with what the Prophet said about homosickuality. Allah knows how they will attempt to slither out of such a situation… if they try at all.
2) When the extremists (meaning the genuine extremists, not someone who merely speaks out against those who lust for other men’s solid waste eliminatory outlets) see that these quasi-traditionalists are doing, they will attack them (at least verbally, if not otherwise), and the fellow quasi-traditionalists will be coming to their brethren’s aid trying to explain away, or defend, or otherwise confuse the Muslim masses/youth (and general public) about the Islamic position regarding homosickuality.
3) This is perhaps the gravest danger: given the recent (and condemnable) Boston bombing, Muslims will be held under greater scrutiny. There will be a (alleged) search for the roots of radicalization. Either the homophiles or the Islamophobes will propose the idea that one of the indicators of an “extremist” Muslim is his or her position on homosickuality. Then they will parade out some of the Pink Crescent Munafiqs (http://www.advocate.com/news/news-features/2011/10/11/pink-crescents-being-gay-and-muslim), who will say that the Qur’anic Verses and Hadiths and the Scholarly Consensus about this abomination have all been misunderstood for 1,400 years, and it is only the extremists (or potential extremists) who actually believe in them the way they’ve been understood for 1,400 years.
This has such serious implications, b/c we are talking about many cowardly self-identified Muslims deeming the haraam (forbidden) to be halaal (permissible) in order to keep their jobs, their “friends,” or just to be “accepted” by the secularists. And those genuine Muslims who refuse to blaspheme and wish to hold on to their Imaan will be deemed extremists, terrorists sympathizer, and the likes. God-willing, what needs to be done is for Muslims to develop counter-arguments to this madness, not so much to try to persuade the homosickuals/homophiles (b/c they tend not to be an honest or reasonable group of people—they simply have an agenda they want to push) but to reach the legions of people in the West who feel that there is something wrong, if not insidious, going on with this push to normalize homosickual behavior.
Filthy Fitnah Part 3
Now that Timothy Winters (aka Abdal-Hakim Murad) has now (apparently) knelt down to the homosickual lobby we can now anticipate that other quasi-traditional apologists will slither into the slime-light to come to his defense. They are using a deceptive argument:
1) They mention the general Islamic position that if a Muslim has the inclination towards homosickuality, but he (or she) suppresses the thoughts and the desires, then they are rewarded for that. That’s fine.
2) Although these quasi-traditionalists tend to mention that it is forbidden (usually not in the most straightforward manner)… they don’t clarify that it is among the worst of the abominations, that has severe consequences in this life and the Hereafter.
—It is important to note that the homophiles are not just content with Muslims saying we will allow someone with homosickual inclinations into the mosques (as long as they don’t attempt to engage in such behavior, or worse, deem such behavior permissible). The homophiles want Muslims to say that homosickual behavior is legitimate AND THAT IT IS WRONG to say that it is a deviant/sinful behavior.*** In other words, they want Muslims to say (a`udhu billah) that the Prophet was wrong in what he conveyed—and that is absolute blasphemy.
3) These quasi-traditionalists (who are suppose to be the leaders of the Muslims in the West) are SILENT about the homosickual agenda. They mention the case #1 above but it is devoid of the larger social context: you have VERY POWERFUL interests in this society who are trying to make the acceptance and love for homosickuality/homosickuals mandated by law. (Given that one of the headquarters of quasi-traditionalists is in the Bay Area (in other words, Sodomite-Central), it is not likely that we are going to hear from them a clear cut stance against the homosickual agenda.)
Furthermore, the homosickuals are not trying to change adult Muslims, who have some degree of Islamic knowledge/identity. Their target is the Muslim youth. The Muslim youth are growing up in a time, where (for many of them) their identity is inextricably related to the mass media/pop culture. Therein, homosickuals run amok. And now, even the pro-athletes are coming out in favor of homosickuality. For these alleged leaders to be silent about this fitnah… b/c they are too afraid to take a stand or lose their university position, this reflects their fraudulence and their level of corruption. Our Deen is based upon being MEN/WOMEN who stand up for the Truth and enjoin good and forbid evil with wisdom. May Allah grant us that.
***Intentionally belying the Religion is itself blasphemy, for it entails rejecting what Allah has revealed.
Dr. Ben gits punked:
More obfuscation from the homophiles. The Doctor observes that if homo-”marriage” is made legal, it is a slippery slope for all sorts of other perversions (that was CLEARLY his point with his comment on “The Hannity Show”) becoming legal and demanding the “right” to call themselves “married.” How can it not be? Why restrict the alleged right to marriage only to normal oriented people and homosickuals? From a secular supremacist perspective, what’s wrong with a guy gittin’ down with his deceased lover (at least for a few days before the corpse gets a lil too rancid… but then that might be a turn on for some people)? What’s wrong with an exhibitionist gittin’ down with his jacks and billies (donkeys/goats) publicly at the state fair? What?… Are you going to JUDGE people and be INTOLERANT of other people’s alternative lifestyles?!?
Then you have Wolf, got the SMACK DOWN by David Duke, Blitzer (perhaps, it was Dave’s tearing Wolfie a new one… well i won’t go there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbBib1HmLNY) acting “shocked” that someone would mention homosexuality and bestiality in the same breath. He (the guy who got ripped a new one by Davey D.) goes on to say that no one is suggesting that illegal behavior be made legal… but uh,… homosexuality was ILLEGAL not all that long ago and was considered a MENTAL ILLNESS. It was the homosexuals who pushed to change the laws and have reclassify homosickuality as something “normal.”
Similarly, this interviewer acts “shocked” when Jeremy Irons just follows the push for so-called “marriage equality” to the next step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6eESTwC9OQ. What is the rationale (in this Brave Twisted New World) for preventing the widower from marrying his eighteen year old son? You have dad, he’s diggin’ his son’s solid waste eliminatory outlet, his son digs that dad digs his solid waste eliminatory outlet… they are consenting adults… they can’t breed (with each other)… who’s to judge? Some folks will say, “Well, that’s sick, that’s unnatural.” And, that’s what folks not too long ago said about the folks prancing around at the homo-parade in San Francisco.
Now here is a response to the Iron’s interview from a little South African tinker bell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhklkdIJp4s
This is typical of them. They like to ridicule those who don’t agree with them, because they know deep down inside they are a sick and warped people. They can’t actually debate what the issues are. They just use ridicule, and when ridicule doesn’t work, they use intimidation to suppress dissenting opinions (so much for the “tolerance” these perverts supposedly espouse). At least this Indian train wreck of a human being is honest about the homosickual agenda. It has nothing to do with “rights.” It’s about a bitter and hateful people wishing to subvert the society:
What you have is a group of people (homosickuals) who have no moral compass. Many of them like to be “avant garde” and “cutting edge” and always feel compelled to “push the fold” to attack the conventional moral standards of the society. These are a people who do not believe in limits (Ya Lateef it’s enough to google “gay parade” images and see WHAT A VILE, FILTHY, DESPICABLE group of people they are… and this is what they want for YOUR CHILDREN). They are a very miserable lot. They have to lie to themselves and lie to others that what they are doing is perfectly normal… and they have to lie about their agenda. They hate people with families and children… they themselves were often abused and molested by perverts when they were children, so they clearly don’t want what is best for others.
I will say this AGAIN: Brothers and Sisters in Islam, PLEASE do not underestimate the evil of what is taking place. Please have the courage and the wisdom to take a stand against this madness!
Dr. Ben Carson On Gay Marriage – Compares It to Bestiality and Pedophilia
After newfound conservative “folk hero” Dr. Ben Carson lumped pedophiles in with same-sex
A Response to the Homosexual Fitnah
I wrote a response here (had to tone it down some) regarding this homosexual fitnah that is engulfing this society:
Here’s the response:
Several things need to be sorted out here. One, it needs to be made abundantly clear that homosexual acts are strictly forbidden in Islam. Sodomy is an enormity. This needs to be said and stated clearly and unambiguously, for there are people with agendas who are in the name of “tolerance” trying to alter the Sacred Law and deem the haraam to be halaal.
With that said, the person who merely has a homosexual inclination has to repress it (just as the normal healthy male has to suppress his lustful inclinations for females he’s not married to). This struggle against the base desires is something all of us must struggle with. In that sense, the one with homosexual inclinations is like everyone else: we all have to resist our repulsive desires.
As for the person telling others, the general rule is that we don’t tell people about our sins. It isn’t wise to go around telling friends that you lust for members of the same sex. Instead, the one with homosexual inclinations needs to find a learned, pious, and wise Muslim who knows how to help heal the heart and seek advice. And it is better when seeking advice to use the third person (like to say: “What would you suggest to the young man who has homosexual proclivities?”) without mentioning the one who is actually afflicted with the disease.
Also, we should keep in mind that there are very powerful interests that are trying to impose the normalization of homosexuality upon Muslims. These people are NOT content with Muslims saying that the one who has homosexual inclinations is not sinful as long as he does not allow himself to have homosexual fantasies, or desire to act upon those fantasies, or engage in such an abomination. They want Muslims to deem that homosexuality is “Okay,” and that the punishments prescribed in the Deen for homosexual behavior are either due to fourteen centuries of misunderstanding what the Prophet taught—or they wish to have Muslims deem that the Islamic punishment for homosexual acts–as taught by the Prophet–are “barbaric.” May Allah protect us from kufr!
On the whole, we see the Muslims have been ominously silent in condemning the homosexualization of the the society. It is only a matter of time that the acceptance or condemnation of homosexuality will be the litmus test (by the secular supremacists) to determine whether or not one is an “extremist” Muslim or a “tolerant-progressive” Muslim. And we can imagine Muslims apostating en masse over this issue (by deeming the well-known haraam to be halaal). The homophiles want your kids, and if we do not develop clear and cogent arguments against dangers of the the homosexualization of the society, we place our survival as Believers here in jeopardy.
Lastly for those afflicted with homosexual feelings, the most important thing is not to deem these feelings to be legitimate. You have to fight yourself. Do not place yourself in circumstances in which you will feel aroused; if you do feel these desires, occupy your mind with something useful, like reciting the Qur’an. Remind yourself that this life is short and we must struggle against our base inclinations and the insidious satanic suggestions. The one who succumbs to them will get what he (or she) deserves in the Afterlife.
Also, be sure to eat from the halaal, eat very little meat, sleep less, and get up at night to pray. God-willing, with striving and sincerity, you will get relief from this trial. Allah is the One Who controls the hearts, and Allah is the One Who turns our hearts from the reprehensible to the rewardable. It’s all easy for Allah.
(Kinda wonderin’ if they took the title from this blog entry: http://facetofloor.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/the-elephant-in-the-mosque/)
Quotation 57 Of Thought and Purpose
“Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority, the bark of thought is allowed to ‘drift’ upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.”
Quotation #56 Of Castle Building
“If you built castles in the sky ; your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now, put the foundations under them. “
—Henry David Thoreau
This is among my absolutely most favorite quotes in all of English literature… in my favorite book of English (American) literature.
Quotation #55 Of Liberating the Mind from Negativity
“Clear your mind of can’t… because Allah can.”
—Samuel Johnson/…Brother Ali (Gill–and not the rapper)
More often than not, we do not endeavor to do great things–or even take the first steps to self-rectification–because we assume that we can’t or we won’t be successful. As Willie says: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” Do not betray yourself. Do not squander this life’s opportunity to strive to attain righteousness. God-willing, we must break the barriers of self-imposed limitations. That is done through personal exertion and having the yaqeen (certitude) that there is only One Creator. Our past does not create, nor do our present circumstances, nor do our worries and concerns that we project about the future. Relinquish that and free your soul. What’s done can’t be undone. If you sinned, then repent, and rely upon the One Who knows the outcome. Have the himmah (resolute spiritual ambition) to aim high, and when you think that you’ve aimed as high as your dreams will allow, aim even higher, for only Allah creates, and we are rewarded for our (good) intentions.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXODUS Part 5: Another Response
[This is a response to a college student and Brother named, Sid.]
SID SAYS: [I made adjustments to the paragraphs so they would be easier to read.]
You say we should separate from black culture and create a new Muslim one. Even if we did hypothetically do this we would still face discrimination from fellow Muslims. We cannot ignore the significant racism against blacks in the Muslim world. Look at the way blacks are treated in Iraq, Look at what happened in Sudan, in Libya to those black immigrants. Non of those people are criminals or lack morals and are in fact Muslim for the most part. Anti-black racism is not based solely on behavior. Racial supremacy belief systems in all its forms is based on irrationality, and is a sickness whether it is white supremacy, Arab supremacy, Asian supremacy, etc.
Even when blacks were mostly law abiding and church going we were still being lynched, and getting busted upside the head for having the audacity to be born a certain color. If all blacks woke up as Obama clones tomorrow racism would not disappear. The behavior of many blacks is disgusting, but that does not justify oppression whatever it is institutional racism, prison industrial complex or just bigotry on an individual basis. Also the poverty and poor education breeds ignorance. During the late 19th century and early 20th century those Irish and Italian immigrants living in ghettos of major cities were very criminalized and engaged in plenty anti-social behavior and were considered scum. They were able to assimilate into mainstream culture due to their white skin as they intermarriage and mixed with others of European descent.
Black people are at the bottom economically; morally and in every way imaginable because that’s the way the system of white supremacy wants it. Of course we are also responsible for going right along with it, happy to get a welfare check and some malt liquor and a bag of dope off the corner. But again if a woman goes out dressed half naked at night alone and gets raped, yes she is stupid but that does not justify the rape. Just as many blacks enjoy the ignorance and are happy to feed the prison system and have sex with any and everybody, but that does not excuse those at the top profiting and setting the stage for this behavior. I’ll end by saying this the Pre-Islamic Arabs were some of the most lewd and morally reprehensible people on earth yet the calling of Islam transformed the entire Arabian peninsula in a few short decades. I will never give up on the people of descended from, even if it is a losing battle I have to try. Some of these young punks on the street could be the next Malcolm x or a great Islamic scholar, but more realistically the next you or me.
Good stuff, Brother. I appreciate the feedback. African-American Muslims have no choice but to develop a new culture. There is very little that an observant Muslim has in common with contemporary black culture. The two rarely intersect. Simply consider the values of Muslim culture (and I mean observant God-fearing Muslims and not the clowns behind the counter at the corna sto’). Our heroes are taken from the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the learned and righteous Muslims who strove against their base desires, opposed the satanic suggestions, worked to rid themselves of attachment to this fleeting world, and courageously stood up to enjoin virtue and oppose evil sincerely for the sake of the One, Perfect, Incomparable Creator of the universe. This is who we are (or should be). Aside from the matters of Creed, can you name a representative of black culture who does the aforementioned? Who is condemning gambling, alcohol consumption, pornography, and fornication? These people (that is, the representatives of black culture) can’t even condemn homosexuality. In all honesty, what do we have in common with them?
As for the existence of racism, I do NOT deny its existence—or its pervasiveness in the general society or amongst Muslims. But it should be evident that the racist derives some sort of pleasure and (temporal) benefit from it. If he didn’t, then he wouldn’t be a racist. That being the case, why should a racist want to change—if we leave out other than having a Religious motive? I do censure racism, but I also don’t do the pity-party victimization thing, for I feel the latter has been more deleterious to black folk than the former in the past few decades.
Other than my educating fellow Muslims about the pernicious effects of racism and to remind them to fear Allah, what more can I do for them? Racism is a disease of the heart that is rooted in arrogance. It was this arrogance and racism that led Iblis to commit the first blasphemy. Iblis felt inherently superior to Adam because of the substance from which he was created, and this led to him objecting to the Commands of Allah. Furthermore, the Prophet said: “He is not one of us [i.e., among the righteous Muslims] who calls for ‘asabiyyah‘ [unjust tribal solidarity/support--and its natural extensions of racism and nationalism].” The train wreck of a mess that the Muslim world is currently in has been caused by no small part by this asabiyyah. Lastly, if someone detests me because of my complexion, I am not sinful. If someone harms me because of my race, and I am patient with that, I earn reward, and the one who harms me unjustly only earns sin. I don’t lose because of racism. The racist is the loser.
In the past when blacks in the South were openly and legally being persecuted by white racists, the black people resisted by demonstrating a level of discipline, organization, and character that earned the respect of many whites and others. They demonstrated that they could be the MORAL SUPERIORS of white racists. So it was their (relatively–i’m not talking about their bad beliefs or whether of not one agrees with absolute non-violent resistance) good BEHAVIOR that led to what has to be acknowledged as a social revolution in this country in less than 20 years. If the Civil Rights leaders had been thugs and goons talking about pillaging white businesses and raping white women, there would have been another Civil War in the South, and the blacks would not have turned up on top.
If black people concentrated their energies on producing a generation of unified “Obamas” (again, I am not talking about all his policies or his character) instead of aspiring to play basketball and rap, or crying about racism, you would have hundreds of thousands of high-functioning black men who could dominate, or at least be disproportionately be represented in the institutions of power. This is a page from the playbook of the upper level Jews. Although the Jews were hated by the white Gentiles, the Jews saw to it that their children were highly educated and went into fields of study and careers that enabled them to have influence on American finance, education, media, and culture far beyond their relatively small numbers. Jews saw to it to gain power—in spite of the racism and bigotry they faced—and as a result they are respected, or at least not openly hated. Blacks could have done the same… the problem was/is in their low functioning culture.
I want to reiterate, I am not defending the militarized prison industrial complex. As a Muslim, I judge matters according to Islam. If people are governing by other than Islam, then it is naturally expected that the institutions they build will be unjust. Furthermore, these institutions make phenomenal profits from ignorance and human misery. They have little incentive to change. And their changing would require a massive restructuring of the economic infrastructure of the society. In brief, I don’t expect anything from them, and that’s why I don’t focus (as much) on them.
On the other hand, don’t black people have an incentive not to be on the bottom of the social hierarchy? How much money and time would it cost for black people to stop… drinking alcohol, buying drugs, rap CDs, spending money in strip clubs, on rapper costumes, on spinny rim thingies, etc.? How much government investment would this take, and how much time? Of course, it require none and could be done IMMEDIATELY… and for free. When the Divine Revelation came down about the prohibition of alcohol, the Muslims IMMEDIATELY stopped drinking and poured it out into the streets. The problem here is that you have a culture that is predicated on immediate self-indulgence and denigrates delayed gratification. You can’t talk about reforming a culture if its ethos doesn’t value self-control.
We must have a nuanced approach. Muslims do need to reach out to the poor, the dispossessed, and others. Some of those people may embrace Islam and become among the luminaries of this Religion. I would love for that (especially, if i could be among those who guided that person in the initial stages of his journey). Muslims also need to understand the vicious nature of “The System.” For the latter, there isn’t a whole lot that can be done. “The System” is built upon greed and evil. The elite who control “The System” don’t want it to be transformed—so typically whatever changes that do take place, they tend not to be more than cosmetic—like, the election of Obama, for instance. (After all, “The System” is not calling people to Islam, so whatever changes are made to “The System,” they don’t lead to the salvation of people’s souls). Regarding the former, Muslims need to seek those people who SINCERELY WANT TO CHANGE (regardless of their race, class, social background, or previous religious affiliation). When you have a growing number of people who are serious about obeying Allah, then you can develop a new collective identity and culture based on taqwa (piety). And when you have a critical mass of pious people, then you can effect genuine and positive change in the society.
African-American Exodus: “It’s the Media”
It was said:
<<<“idiots like lil wayne now define blackness because of the media, black people do not control the media. Followers of lil wayne help fill prisons, so it is good for business. There are many intelligent black men and women around with thoughtful and insightful things to say, but they will never get the exposure and catch the eyes and ears of the masses.
This same media has made Islam a religion of terror and Muslims savages in the minds of the masses. ‘The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.’-Malcolm X”>>>
I think it is important to address some of the points that the Brother has raised. As for the argument that the “media” is what makes black people look bad this is the standard claim of those influenced by Cultural Marxism (keep in mind that it is one of the premises of Cultural Marxism that “victim” must NEVER be responsible for his reprobate behavior). (Chris Rock explains part of the reason why the problem isn’t actually the media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SylmnrJXaHM –warning: profane language.)
For one, as we mentioned elsewhere, in Islam the person who follows another in misguidance is still responsible for his own behavior. On the Judgment Day such a person will not have the excuse that it was “my friends, family, the media, the society,” etc. that caused me to sin. When we do a voluntary deed, we EARN that deed and are ACCOUNTABLE for it—regardless of what those around us are doing (or not doing).
It is not merely “the media” that portrays black culture in a negative light—it is black culture that portrays itself in a negative light… and it is the media that is normalizing black urban jungle jahiliyyah culture (J-Hill) and making it look hip and appealing (especially to those who are the intellectually and/or morally challenged). Just ask this girl here at the 0:30 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SylmnrJXaHM.
If the media portrayed Chinese American culture in the same manner inner city black American culture is portrayed, the stereotypes would simply not match up to reality. A visit to Chinatown is in no way similar to a visit to “Blacktown” (or the “Hood”). White suburbanites (or black suburbanites) can safely stroll through a Chinatown on a Friday night, and aside from the occasional pickpocket, they usually have nothing to worry about. Let the same walk through your Blacktown on a summer eve’s Friday. In New York City, for instance, Asians make up 12% of the population… but commit approximately 3% of the murders. Blacks and Latinos, on the other hand, commit NINETY PERCENT of the murders in NYC. That is, the blacks and Latinos are about three times the population of Asians… but commit THIRTY TIMES more murder. (Aside: the “racism” argument can’t work here, for all three groups are racial minorities.)
The media stereotypes of black people stick because they pretty much conform to experience. Seventy percent of black children are illegitimate (with considerably higher (if that’s possible) number amongst the urban jungle J-Hills). The murder rates, well I just mentioned above for NYC. Nationwide, black males (of all ages) make up 6% of the population… but commit 40% of the murders. We can go on about the high school drop out rates, or absence of black males on college campuses. This isn’t media distortion, these are on the ground facts. What you have is a culture in a state of disintegration, and the sooner African-American Muslims realize this and make a hijrah (emigration) from that culture, the wiser and the better.
As for blacks not controlling the media, well why don’t they—or at least have a greater share of media control? Jews are a considerably smaller minority than blacks (about 2.5% of the population versus 12%), they have been historically discriminated against, and yet, their high level influence in the media is indisputable. Why don’t black people pool their resources and develop their own media networks that feature more than singing, dancing, and grown men chasing balls? We all know the reason why. We are talking about a low-functioning (dysfunctional) culture. When BET (even the acronym is dubious, isn’t it?) was black owned, its primary fare was music videos, church shows, and Negro college sports, and a very small number of shows with political pundits. Could you imagine a network called “Muslim Entertainment” and half or more of the programming containing hijabi women rump-shaking? Muslims wouldn’t make excuses for a woman doing such—they wouldn’t TOLERATE such behavior. Again, different cultures have different values… and some cultures are superior to others.
There is no doubt that there are intelligent and high-functioning black people out there… but they aren’t the driving force of the culture. The trends today in black culture come from the gutter-folk and not from the bourgeoisie. Furthermore, in many ways, the values of the two are not all that different. Granted, the latter are more functional and condemn murder, at least, but they still indulge in drugs, drunkenness, materialistic ostentation, lewd music, fornication, and homosexuality (just consider the “morals” of the typical black fraternity).
It’s beyond self-evident that much of this “black entertainment” is corporate psychological warfare designed to perpetuate (and propagate) black pathology. However, if black folks were concerned about their self-destructive portrayal in the media and its influence on their children, in particular, then there would be a greater collective effort to encourage black people to leave television, radio, and music alone altogether. And they could stop watching TV, going to the movies, listening to the radio, and music for… FREE. But we all know that would entail coming to grips with the stupid impulsive nafs-driven nature of black culture… but a culture that is predicated on immediate self-gratification isn’t going to advocate discipline. It should be clear that a people who lack self-control and common sense will be dominated by those with more discipline and intelligence. That’s the way of the world.
As for the portrayal of Muslims in the media, it is not the same as the portrayal of African-Americans. The portrayal of Muslims as terrorists is simply a distortion of reality. If we accept the corporate controlled standards of terrorism (and put aside regimes that spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually on instruments of warfare) then we can say that most terrorists are (self-identified) Muslims… but those terrorists, it has to be admitted, make up a minuscule portion of the Muslim population. There is no place in America that is considered a “hotbed” of Muslim terrorism. However, when it comes to the “hoods” across America, they are known as hotbeds “black terrorism” where murder and other violent crimes are daily occurrences. People (other than your hardocore Fox News devotees) do not live in constant fear of “Muslim moments” or even “terrorists moments,” for they are few and far between. However, those who live in the hood, or have to work therein, should be concerned about “Nigga Moments:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhgwy9y5ttA because they happen not infrequently.
The number of people in the US who have died at the hands of Muslim (or at least those who self-identify as “Muslim”) terrorists since since 9/11 has been fewer than 100—that is, fewer than 100 in a decade. Now if we include 9/11, which was a “once in a century” kind of event (and for the time being we accept the standard corporate narrative) we are still looking at fewer than 3,500 people. This abominable crime was committed by (if we accept the standard corporate media narrative) 19 men, in a network that has (or had) a few thousand members (globally) of a people (Muslims) whose numbers top a billion.
In six months, black males commit more murders than in the nearly 90 year period (1882-1968) of white-on-black lynching (3,400). In the years since 9/11, black males have murdered approximately 70,000 people (there is no mistake with the 0′s), that is, about 25 times the number of people killed on 9/11. Another way to think about it is that black males in America commit more murder in a week (more than 125) than quasi-Muslim terrorists do in a decade. If we wish to talk about the terrorist events overseas, this can be ascribed largely to political instability and that these people believe they are fighting for the sake of God—in asymmetrical wars against invaders with far superior technology (it’s enough to compare the military budget of all the Muslim countries combined with that of the Pentagon to see what I mean). As misguided as many of these people are, they do believe they are fighting for higher principles: they are fighting against invaders and people who wish to spread their decadent culture into their societies. Now when Pookie murders Kool Aid for stepping on his shoe in a nightclub, what “higher principle” does he kill him for (even in his drug distorted mind)?
Also, Muslims have for CENTURIES been speaking out against and condemning Wahhabism. It has been Muslims who have suffered disproportionately at the hands of these (and other) radical extremists. The reason why terrorism has been able to spread in the Muslim world, is that there has been a negligence of MANY Muslims acquiring traditional Islamic knowledge and understanding thoroughly the matters of `Aqidah (Islamic Doctrine). This is our fault—and not the fault of the “white man” or the “Zionists” or the “Crusaders.” Furthermore, Muslims—meaning the vast majority of us—do not embrace “Terrorist Life” as something “cool” or “trendy.” And again, when these extremists do what they do, they are typically attempting to resist occupational forces. When our black goons commit murder, they are not fighting against the symbols of “capitalism,” “racism,” or “oppression.” They are typically killing each other in the name of ignorance, stupidity, impulsiveness, and clear-cut criminality.
Another point to consider is that Muslims, unlike black culture, have clear moral standards by which to judge. What makes one person superior to another not his color, ancestry, ethnicity. It is his (or her) moral standards and adherence to them. What are the sources of black morals today… besides the media, the street corner, and the cell block? The Negro Church (which itself is part of the problem with black America) is not the propagator of black values that it once was, and its influence—and certainly the values it once preached—are rapidly waning in significance.
How can black culture be improved when it has no interests to rectify itself morally? Black culture is not calling to the end of alcohol and drug consumption. It does not reject degenerate music and movies. It DEFINITELY does not condemn fornication. It has become increasingly atheistic/Satanic and also sympathetic to homosexuality. What part of a culture is salvageable when it not only rejects morality but works to undermine it?
As for Muslims, we have our share of issues personally and collectively to deal with. But we also have very clear standards by which to judge our behavior and others. We accept and tolerate what Islam allows. We condemn and reject what the Islam does not. Muslims have a clear solution to our problems: we have to overcome our laziness, learn our Religion properly, and put it into practice earnestly. Our values don’t change because some inebriated tatted-up simians get on stage promoting something to the contrary in a rap “song.” If some—or many—Muslims are influenced by such people, the Islamic judgment remains the same. The haraam (prohibited) remains such regardless of what the media and its minions say. And likewise, the virtuous remains such, even if the media and the dumbed-down masses ridicule and berate it.
God-willing, what will happen (and is happening) is that you will find black PEOPLE—individuals, not black culture, for the culture is done—who are FED UP. They realize that there has to be an alternative to what has become the “norm.” Life has to be more significant than “baby momma drama,” “dope boys,” “the latest track dropped,” “smoking blunts,” “drinking malt liquor,” “goin’ to the casinos,” etc. It is the duty of the Muslims to find these people. It is our duty to enjoin the good, forbid the evil, and provide that alternative (some) people are looking for. We must unite with sincerity, while educating and showing people the superiority of life lived as righteous Muslims. This means that we must produce a NEW culture in this society—a culture that has not been seen before. We must produce a culture that transcends corporate constructions of race, and establish that the basis of human excellence is obedience to the Creator of the universe.
Quotation #54 Of the Black Solution
“The black man in the ghettoes, for instance, has to start self-correcting his own material, moral, and spiritual defects and evils. The black man needs to start his own program to get rid of drunkenness, drug addiction, and prostitution. THE BLACK MAN IN AMERICA HAS TO LIFT UP HIS OWN SENSE OF VALUES.”
Those aren’t the words of some racist Rush Limbaugh fan, or some shuckin’ and jivin’ Uncle Tom Reverend Hamhock Negro. Those are the words of MALCOLM X. Malcolm and others did not struggle and strive and put their lives on the line so that cretins like this would “define blackness”:
QUOTATION #53 Of the (Current) Black Condition
“The last few decades have witnessed nothing less than a breakdown of civilization within the African-American community. This breakdown is characterized by extremely high rates of criminal activity, by the normalization of illegitimacy, by the predominance of single-parent families, by high levels of addiction to to alcohol and drugs, by a parasitic reliance on government provision, by a hostility to academic achievement, and by a scarcity of independent enterprises. Civilizing institutions such as small business, the church***, and the family are now greatly weakened and in some areas they are on the verge of breaking down altogether. The next generation [which is this current generation] is especially vulnerable. The crisis is privately acknowledged by black scholars and activists, who discuss it incessantly among themselves.”
—D. D’Souza (The End of Racism)
I have to say that his book was the most comprehensive and thorough books i ever read on black folks in America. His criticisms are (for the most part) cogent and indisputable. He injects a level of objectivity (and intelligence) that is often lacking on the topic of race in this country. His writing style is engaging, as well. It’s worth the read.
***As for the Negro Church, granted it has been a bastion of blasphemy and has contributed to the deep-seated sense of inferiority that came from worshiping the image of a white man, the Negro Church was a major civilizing element and organizational institution for African-Americans in previous generations.