Jesus: The Son of Mary

This is a short lecture on the Islamic perspective of Jesus.  Please watch, share, and subscribe.  Your support is GREATLY appreciated.

 

 

 

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Jesus: The Son of Mary

In this video, we discuss the Islamic perspective on the life and teachings of Jesus,  We also discuss how the teachings of Jesus were altered and the religion of Christianity came into being.

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Is it Racism or Bigotry? (Part One)

Is it Racism or Bigotry? (Part One)

An interesting discussion came up recently about racism and the term “Islamophobia” and how many Immigrant Muslims (IMs) are feeling the brunt of anti-Muslim discrimination and “racism” (especially since 9/11 and more recently with the election of Don Trump).    We discussed whether or not it was racism and white supremacy that drives “Islamophobia” or is it anti-Muslim bigotry that drives “Islamophobia.”  Despite the centrality of white racism to the American psyche, i would posit that it is religious bigotry and civilizational challenge that ultimately drives anti-Muslim sentiment.

In my opinion, the beginning point of defeating white racism is to deny “white” people their whiteness–meaning, that race, as we understand it in America, is largely an arbitrary matter (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN9mwhSrTdU ).  I believe it is more prudent to deem “whiteness” to be an ideology than an actual “race.”  In the case of “race,” you are born with what you are born with.  In the case of an ideology, one is free to relinquish it whenever they choose.

That’s not to say that there aren’t people who are clearly Northern European and are of an identifiable phenotype.  But in many parts of the world, such clear distinctions are easily made.  There are many regions on earth where you have “whites” who have for a long time “mixed” with other people (e.g., much of India, Central Asia, Egypt, Arabian Peninsula, much of the Americas).  In America (USA), “white” people mixed with “black” blood are regarded as “black.”  On the other hand, “mulatto-looking” people in Egypt are regarded as “white.”  So Vin Diesel is “black,” but what we are seeing here are brown-skinned white children with afros:

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(Egyptian children)

This inconsistency in “whiteness,” of course, applies here in the USA, as well.  Latinos (e.g., Mexicans)–the majority of whom are Native Americans with a relatively small admixture of European blood–are categorized racially as “white” according to various government data… but according to the mainstream narrative on human migration, Native Americans came from Eastern Asia–hence, Mexicans should be regarded (racially) as “East Asian/Mongoloid” (or at least Native American) but they are not. So in the US, if you have “one drop” of black blood, you are “black”–but if you are East Asian (Native American) and have a few drops of European blood, then you are “white.”  Nonetheless, we all kinda sorta know that kids who look like this don’t get a “white card” in the realm of reality.

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Claiming such people for the “white team” is just a means of giving yourself inflated numbers.

Technically speaking, when we discuss race and anti-Muslim discrimination, there are only four primary “races” (Australoid, Caucasoid, Negroid, Mongoloid)–according to mainstream anthropology… or at least, that used to be the case.  Indo-Pakistanis and Arabs are classified as “Caucasians”–Caucasian shouldn’t be confused with being “white.”  All of these people are regarded as “Caucasian”

(Indian children)

(Yemeni children)

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(Omar Al-Bashir, President of Sudan)

…So, the President of Sudan is a “Caucasian,” but Colin Powell:

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…is, well, a “Negro.”  It gets clear pretty quickly, that this notion of “race” is largely an  ambiguous (and arbitrary) matter.  And that the founders of “race” (as we use the term in America) had a clear agenda of the IDEOLOGY of white supremacy–and used the IDEOLOGY  of white supremacy to divide and weaken the masses against the ruling class… and most white people (and black folks, for that matter) have bought into the illusion.

Whiteness in America isn’t merely a “racial” phenotype descriptor, but it is an IDEOLOGY related to being part of the Western European (historically) Christian tradition.  Many Muslim immigrants think that they can get their “white card” because of their complexion.  But if you are an observant Muslim, i gotta break it to you, you may be fair of skin, but you aren’t really “white.”  These are REAL Caucasians here (as in from the Caucus region–and they are fair-skinned), but they won’t be getting invites to join the Klan anytime soon.

(Chechen women)

The Western European historically has had two aspects to his identity: whiteness AND hostility to Islam.  But even here, the concept of “Europe” has to be called into question. Europe is NOT a continent (as in a distinct continuous landmass).  Similar to “race,” “Europe” is an arbitrary divide separating (historical) Christendom in the west (i.e., Europe) from Islam to the immediate east.  Without Islam, there would be no European identity and there would be no “Europe.”  Although racism and the fear of genetic annihilation NO DOUBT are major motivators of “whiteness,” it is the civilizational challenge of Islam that the ideology of “whiteness” fears the most.

God-willing, in Part Two, we will explain why “whiteness” sees Islamic as a civilizational threat to its existence.

 

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Of Walking

Some reflections on walking.

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“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out until sundown: for going out, I found, was really going in.”
–   John Muir

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
–  Henry David Thoreau

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
–   Henry David Thoreau  

“Thoughts come clearly while one walks.”
–   Thomas Mann 

“Walking is also an ambulation of mind.”
–   Gertel Ehrlich

“All walking is discovery.  On foot we take the time to see things whole.”
–   Hal Borland

“Details of the many walks I made along the crest have blurred, now, into a pleasing tapestry of grass and space and sunlight.”
–  Colin Fletcher

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A Saturday Lesson #3

In this lesson, we discuss some of the basic of the Muslims’ belief in God, Prophets, human origins, the jinn and the Angels.

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The Guiding Creed: Lessons 1-3

This is an explanation from the famous treatise on the Muslim belief in the Creator (Allah) known as `Aqidatul-Murshidah (The Guiding Creed).  Please share and subscribe.

LESSON 1 is an introduction to the text, and we also discuss proofs for the Existence of the Creator and refute the misconceptions of the atheists.

 

LESSON 2 discusses that there must be only One Creator and that Allah is not composed of parts or dimensions.  Also, we discuss the refutation of those who claim that Muslims worship the moon.

LESSON 3: we discuss some of the misconceptions that some people have about the Creator.

 

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Abul-Hasan Al-Ash`ari: A Short Biography (parts 1 and 2)

This is from a two-part lecture on the life and contribution of the famous Sunni theologian (scholar of doctrine), Abul-Hasan Al-Ash`ari.

 

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Humans Need Not Apply (Some Thoughts and Reflections)

Humans Need Not Apply (Some Thoughts and Reflections)

One of the main themes of our more recent discussions is the need to “Break the Matrix,” that is, the need to get out of time-sucking unfulfilling jobs (that frequently teeter on the edge of the haraam), and at the same time generate levels of wealth that can  enable one to raise families in decent environments, and have the means to travel, study the Deen, and be engaged in the da`wah.  As for those Brothers and Sisters who seek to be full-time Students of Knowledge and future Shuyukh, then go for it–and don’t ever look back.  On the other hand, for those Brothers and Sisters, who for whatever reasons due to circumstances, responsibilities, or capabilities may not be able now to be full-time seekers of knowledge, there is a need to prepare for the New Economy.

What is meant by the “New Economy?”  It is the global, internet-based, technology-driven  economy–wherein we have to compete with people from all over the earth.  We have reached a point where change in our lives–because of technology–will grow exponentially (by that, i mean by looking at the various trends–we, of course, do not know the future).  If we don’t make the necessary change in mindset, folks will simply be left behind.  To bring this closer to the mind, 150 years ago more that 60% of the American workforce was involved in farming.  By 1920, it was 30%.  Today, it’s 2%.

Recently, i have been saying to folks in our Ciphers: “Would you encourage your son to become a farmer using old-fashioned conventional farming techniques–selling conventional crops?”  I’m not talking about doing small scale organic farming using alternative technologies, for instance–and i didn’t intend to belittle the honor of farming; i am talking the practicality of trying to earn a sustainable living and raising a family off of ten acres of soil.  The days of the small-scale farmer have come and gone in the USA.

After the  era of agriculture, the US transitioned to heavy industry.  In particular, the Brothers i know in Philadelphia can relate.  Fifty or sixty years ago, a young guy could finish high school (or not finish), get a hook-up from pops or an uncle with a job in a union, and work at the factory making what would be today equivalent to $18-$20 an hour, and in a few years, he’d be making $25 and hour, have the means to buy a home, and raise a family on a single income–and if the wife did work, she didn’t have to work full-time.  Like with small-scale farming, those days have come and gone.  Heavy industry has been exported to China and elsewhere–and/or are being done by computerized robots.  As for skilled trades (e.g., carpentry, plumbing, painting, etc.), we can see that these labor intensive jobs are being filled with recent immigrants–Latinos, in particular.  With the loss of heavy industry and jobs and skilled trade work in many cities, many black males have fallen through the cracks, and are now being rounded up for the privatized prison industrial complex.  This is what happens when folks don’t look ahead, anticipate trends, and make the necessary changes to prepare to meet ever new challenges.

Now we are in the era of “Cubicle Life.”  But here too, we can see–given shifts in technology and communications–that many office jobs in America are going to be phased out.  From an economic point of view, why would a company hire an monolingual American secretary, have to pay her $35,000 a year (and healthcare and other bennies), when the company can hire virtual office assistance from India or the Philipinnes and pay them $75 a week?  The numbers simply don’t add up… in favor of the American worker.  And as the documentary, Humans Need Not Apply, demonstrates, the loss of jobs in the New Economy isn’t only for those in the blue collar sector or lower end white collar sector.  The New Economy means that accountants, nurses, teachers, engineers, and doctors have their jobs in jeopardy.  The impications of all this is TREMENDOUS–and the majority of Americans are utterly clueless about the seismic economic shifts that are on the horizon for us (from what we can see from the prevailing trends).

What’s the solution?  The first step is AWARENESS.  We have to be aware of what is taking place.  Secondly, we have to reassess our relationship to work.  There are MANY people who are now doing work they LOVE and earning decent incomes–with plenty of time-freedom (to do more of what they love, do it well, and monetize it–which leads to an on-going virtuous cycle of high-productivity and increasing income).  The 9-5, forty hours a week, 50 weeks a year work model is not written in stone.  Farmers, hunters, and trappers of 200 years ago did not observe such a work schedule.

Thirdly, we can model (in what is halaal and good) those who are already ahead of the curve with the New Economy.  Right now there is a subculture of “digital nomads,” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_nomad) who travel the world, while working remotely.  This type of lifestyle could be very appealing to young Muslims.  Among the books, which can help one develop a plan for living in the New Economy is Tim Ferriss’, The 4-Hour Work Week (http://fourhourworkweek.com/overview/).  The first impediment one must surmount to attain this mindset is overcoming skepticism and doubt.  Most of us have been programmed to work an 8-5-50.  But it’s just that–it’s programming that came from people (and institutions) that benefit from keeping (most of) the masses busily employed… working for them.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  There are people who are working a quarter the amount of hours earning five times the income of the average American.  They are able to do so because they are taking advantage of the technologies that are available.  And as was said, these people are doing what they love–hence, their “work” doesn’t seem like work.  They are doing what they would do if money weren’t a factor in their lives, and that’s not a bad place to be for a Muslim, who wishes to learn more and have more time for religious devotion.

We have moved into a thought-and-idea-based economy.  And the technology enables one to put “meat” on those thoughts and ideas.  This may require a radical shift in our outlook, but the fact remains: technology and robots are going to make MANY workers obsolete.  These outdated workers will serve no purpose in the New Economy–and this is likely to lead to massive social instability.  However, there is no reason for Muslims–especially, those of us in the West–not to be aware of what is happening, prepare for the changes, and take advantage of the technologies to benefit oneself, one’s family, the Ummah and humanity.  Bi’idhnillah, it can be done–we just have to expand our minds to meet the challenges.

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A Brief Guide to Refuting the Quasi-Salafis (Wahhabis)

In-shaa Allah, this can serve to help people in countering the claims of the Wahhabis and their doctrine.

<<<Among the core misguided beliefs of the Wahhabis is that the Creator allegedly “rose above” the `Arsh (ceiling of Paradise) after originating the creations.>>>

Let it first be said that truth does not contradict itself. And the greatest truth is the true belief in the Creator. The True Belief in the Creator is that the Creator existed before the creation–before darkness and light, distance and direction, time and place. That being so, we know that the Creator cannot be imagined. And we should know that the Creator does not develop or change (for change is related to time), and the Creator exists without being in a direction or a location (for the Creator of direction and location did not materialize in them after creating them). The Creator does not have a form or dimensions and is not a spatial entity. This is the Muslim belief.

Any Verse or Hadith that some interpret and ascribe to Allah being situated in a location or direction or occupying space or having any type of dimensionality should NOT be taken literally. This isn’t a matter of inventing fanciful interpretations, but understanding the nature of language. For instance, when the Muslims say Allah is “Exalted,” we do not mean by direction, but by status. This type of non-literal usage is evident in Arabic and in English.

The issue of literal/non-literal usage is not a problem for the Sunni Muslims, but it is for the Wahhabis. The Wahhabis are the ones who CLAIM that every Verse and hadith in reference to Allah must be taken literally… and then they violate this principle they put forth (by taking MANY such Verses and Hadiths non-literally).

Now in dealing with the Wahhabis, we should establish that words have meanings (literal and non-literal). As for the term literal, it means:

“taking words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory.” (And non-literal means the opposite of doing so.)

We have established that words have meanings. To claim that Allah literally “rose over” the `Arsh means that He was not always situated “Most High” (which is the Wahhabi belief)–for “to rise” means to go from a lower position to a higher one. Hence, prior to this alleged “rising above” (according to the Wahhabis), Allah was (allegedly) below (something) and being situated below is (for the Wahhabi) an imperfect Attribute for the Creator. (Again to clarify: the Muslim belief is that Allah is not a spatial entity, and location and direction are inapplicable to Allah, as are other spatial characteristics.)

Allah existed BEFORE space and direction. Allah is not a spatial entity. Going from one place to another entails occupying space. The CREATOR of space isn’t of space (this was mentioned above, but this is the main point that the Wahhabis (quasi-Salafis) fail to grasp).

The word “hand,” for instance, is an English word (the Wahhabis claim that Allah has a LITERAL “h-a-n-d”). The literal meaning of “hand” is a body part–the organ of grasping at the end of the wrist. To claim that Allah has a “literal hand”–a word familiar to anyone who knows English–but that “literal hand” is not a body part is in itself a contradiction.

It’s like this:

hand = organ of grasping at the end of the wrist

The Wahhabi says: Allah has a literal organ of grasping at the end of the wrist… but it is not a literal organ of grasping at the end of the wrist. (Nonetheless, the Wahhabis do say that the Earth will fill God’s (alleged) hand on the Judgment Day–so indeed, the Wahhabis believe Allah has an “organ of grasping.”)

Now if the person is speaking of a “yad,” (an Arabic term) and he says that the word “Yad” (in reference to Allah) is not a body part, then he has not taken the literal meaning of the word “yad.” (“Yad” and “hand” have MULTIPLE MEANINGS in their respective languages.) If he takes the literal meaning (i.e., a body part), then he is an object worshiper. If he does not say the Yad of Allah is a literal body part, then he has done what the Sunnis do–namely, accept a non-literal meaning. But according to the Wahhabis, taking the non-literal meaning is “distortion of the Scripture” or indulging in “philosophy” (more on that below, in-shaa’ Allah).

The Wahhabi may claim Allah has a literal-real-actual Yad–but he does not know what the Yad of Allah is. If he doesn’t know what the Yad of Allah is, then how does he DARE TRANSLATE it into another language (and call it a literal “h-a-n-d”), and ascribe to Allah what He did not ascribe to Himself!?!

Regarding this matter, one can either follow the method of affirming Allah has a Yad that befits Him–hence, it is NOT a body part and does not have spatial characteristics (like, having a size, being situated in a location, being connected or disconnected from objects, having a form, etc.) and not otherwise similar to the “yads” of the creations.

The other alternative is for one to interpret the Verse (or Hadith) in a way that conforms with one of the non-literal meanings of the term “yad,” (such as, power, control, oath, etc.)–while NOT contradicting the principle that the Creator ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble the creations.

The difference between the Sunnis and the Mujassimah/Mushabbihah (object-worshipers/resemblers) is that the Sunni negate all spatial and temporal characteristics for the Creator of space and time (b/c Allah does not need or resemble the creations). As for the Wahhabis (i.e., Mujassimah/Mushabbihah), they pray to an unidentified deformed extraterrestrial shadow-casting smiling face object with fingers, two feet, and one tibia. The Sunnis say that Allah is ABSOLUTELY different from the creations. The Wahhabis say that Allah is a giant object… but not quite identical to other objects.

The Wahhabis claim that Allah is situated beneath Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus is in the Second Heaven. The Wahhabis say Allah comes down to the First Heaven in the last third of the night (and it should be noted that it is ALWAYS the last third of the night somewhere on Earth). The Second Heaven is situated ABOVE the First Heaven–therefore, the Wahhabis are claiming that the Creator of Jesus is situated underneath Jesus.

As for the accusation of “philosophy,” what Wahhabi means is that he does not recognize (i.e., accept) the principle of “non-contradiction.” The principle of non-contradiction says that “a thing cannot both be and not be in the same regard at the same time.” For instance, a person cannot say that in 2015 New York City was larger (in population) than Dallas, TX… and Dallas was larger (in population) than New York City (in 2015). We know BY COMMONSENSE that both statements can’t be true. We know by natural intelligence that anyone who states such would be making a false statement.

Likewise, it is by natural intelligence, we recognize that if one claims:

–Allah is literally situated “Most High” (as in location)

AND

–Allah literally descends (i.e., goes down) in the last third of the night to the First Heaven (which is beneath the six other Heavens and beneath Paradise)

THEN

We can conclude that such a statement is false. A thing cannot be situated literally “most high,” while at the same time be situated beneath other things.

One need not study philosophy at university to realize that this a contradictory claim–and a contradictory claim must be regarded as false.

Again, this whole problem stems from people indiscriminately picking up and reading books–or indiscriminately listening to speakers–while not understanding the proper Creed. These people are reading IMPROPERLY TRANSLATED books and statements and getting misconceptions about the Creator. They end up falling into tajseem (object worship) and praying to a giant deformed extraterrestrial entity. And when one shows the Wahhabi (quasi-Salafi) the CONTRADICTIONS in their doctrine, they reject the use of reason and common sense. And it is this rejection of reason that fuels the fanaticism of the Wahhabis and their various splinter groups, such as, so-called ISIS, Boko Haram, and Al-Qaeda. And this is one of the reasons why the Wahhabis pose such a great menace to humanity today.

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Islam and the African

This is a short lecture about some Africans who were significant in the history of Islam.

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