Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Done... but that is not all

Now that I am done with what I wanted to convey briefly, and yes I really mean briefly because it is a much longer story if anyone should really want to know what Islam and Prophet Muhammed and other prophets were all about.
I chose a convert's point of view to illustrate herein. In my opinion, he has encountered both religions, I assume Christianity followed by Islam, which (no offense) should be the natural and normal path way for all people.. Judaism, followed by Christianity and finalized with Islam (no compulsion of course as mentioned over and over as you may have read, if u read).
If any one cares to discuss anything, it would be nice. But please, we need to all learn to respect one another; we need to have real civilized discussions of issues without hurting each other or disrespecting Religions or religious figures. No one is obliged to do anything; otherwise life would have simply been destroyed or ended by God (that is if you, my current reader are a believer in God).

God the almighty gave us free will, from the day Adam (PBUH) was created and till the day all life forms on earth come to an end. We all need to seriously execute tolerance in our day to day attitude towards one another. Lets all try to live together in peace, lets all state our opinions and respect differences, but with TRUE RESPECT. In all cases, I am not really waiting for comments or anything of the sort. I was doing this because i wanted to, returning the so many blessings Allah has bestowed on me and for my beloved Prophet Muhammed and all other Prophets May Allah's blessings and prayers be onto them all.

I wish I can unite all people, in terms of human unity regardless of their color or religion. That is what I have learned from Prophet Muhammed and all the messengers and prophets sent. And I learned what they wanted through the Quraan and Prophet Muhammed.

Al hamd wal shukr laka ya Malika al Mulk kama yanbaghy lejalilika wa sultanika. Allahoma takabal mina jamee3an Sali7 al a3mal warfa3ha lana yawma la tanfa3na ila heya ba3da ra7matika ya kareem. Ameen Ameen Ameen.

Thanks and gratitude be to You, KING of all things and beings as Your Majesty ought to have. Oh Allah accept from us our good deeds and lift them to our weigh of deeds for a day when nothing shall aid us other than those deeds after Your bountiful mercy and generosity. Amen amen amen.

Facts about Prophet Muhammed and Islam (Part 5))

So much for the idolaters of Arabia, who had no real beliefs to oppose the teaching of Islam, but only superstition. They invoked their local deities for help in war and put their faith only in brute force. In this they were, to begin with, enormously superior to the Muslims. When the Muslims nevertheless won, they were dismayed; and all their arguments based on the superior power of their deities were for ever silenced. Their conversion followed naturally. It was only a question of time with the most obstinate of them.

It was otherwise with the people who had a respectable religion of their own - the People of the Scripture - as the Qur’an calls them - i.e, the people who had received the revelation of some former Prophet: the Jews, the Christians and the Zoroastrians were those with whom the Muslims came at once in contact. To these our Prophet's attitude was all of kindness. The Charter which he granted to the Christian monks of Sinai is extant. If you read it you will see that it breathes not only goodwill but actual love.
In 628 C.E. Prophet Muhammad granted a Charter of Privileges to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai. It consisted of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war.
An English translation of that document is presented below.

This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.No compulsion is to be on them.Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval.
Qur'an 5:5
This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you.The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them.(Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers but chaste women among the People of the Book revealed before your time when ye give them their due dowersand desire chastity not lewdness nor secret intrigues. If anyone rejects faith fruitless is his work and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good)..
She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).
He gave to the Jews of Medina, so long as they were faithful to him, precisely the same treatment as to the Muslims. He never was aggressive against any man or class of men; he never penalized any man, or made war on any people, on the ground of belief but only on the ground of conduct.

The story of his reception of Christian and Zoroastrian visitors is on record. There is not a trace of religious intolerance in all this. And it should be remembered - Muslims are rather apt to forget it, and it is of great importance to our outlook - that our Prophet did not ask the people of the Scripture to become his followers. He asked them only to accept the Kingdom of Allah, to abolish priesthood and restore their own religions to their original purity. The question which, in effect, he put to everyone was this: “Are you for the Kingdom of God which includes all of us, or are you for your own community against the rest of mankind?” The one is obviously the way of peace and human progress, the other the way of strife, oppression and calamity. But the rulers of the world, to whom he sent his message, most of them treated it as the message of either an insolent upstart or a mad fanatic. His envoys were insulted cruelly, and even slain. One cannot help wondering what reception that same embassy would meet with from the rulers of mankind today, when all the thinking portion of mankind accept the Prophet's premises, have thrown off the trammels of priestcraft, and harbor some idea of human brotherhood.

But though the Christians and Jews and Zoroastrians refused his message, and their rulers heaped most cruel insults on his envoys, our Prophet never lost his benevolent attitudes towards them as religious communities; as witness the Charter to the monks of Sinai already mentioned. And though the Muslims of later days have fallen far short of the Holy Prophet's tolerance, and have sometimes shown arrogance towards men of other faiths, they have always given special treatment to the Jews and Christians. Indeed the Laws for their special treatment form part of the Shari'ah.
The capitulation agreement between the Arab commander 'Abd'al-'Aziz (son and successor of Musa ibn Nusayr) and Theodomir, the Visigothic prince of Murcia, on the surrender of the city of Orihuela has survived to this date. This agreement was executed in 713 C.E., within two years of the first organized entry of Muslims into Spain from the south by Commander Tariq ibn Ziyad.

The earlier capitulation agreements dating from 711 were essentially the same but have not survived. The inhabitants of the conquered territories of Spain were suitably impressed by the tolerance which the Muslims offered them once active resistance had ceased, a tolerance which the Roman Catholics had not displayed to their own inhabitants when they were in power. It is these earlier agreements and their successful implementation in the conquered territories that prompted Theodomir and the population of Orihuela to agree to surrender to the Muslims....

In Egypt the Copts were on terms of closest friendship with the Muslims in the first centuries of the Muslim conquest, and they are on terms at closest friendship with the Muslims at the present day. In Syria the various Christian communities lived on terms of closest friendship with the Muslims in the first centuries of the Muslim conquest, and they are on terms of closest friendship with the Muslims at the present day, openly preferring Muslim domination to a foreign yoke....

From the expulsion of the Moriscos dates the degradation and decline of Spain. San Fernando was really wiser and more patriotic in his tolerance to conquered Seville, Murcia and Toledo than was the later king who, under the guise of Holy warfare, captured Grenada and let the Inquisition work its will upon the Muslims and the Jews. And the modern Balkan States and Greece are born under a curse. It may even prove that the degradation and decline of European civilization will be dated from the day when so-called civilized statesmen agreed to the inhuman policy of Czarist Russia and gave their sanction to the crude fanaticism of the Russian Church.

There is no doubt but that, in the eyes of history, religious toleration is the highest evidence of culture in a people. Let no Muslim, when looking on the ruin of the Muslim realm which was compassed through the agency of those very peoples whom the Muslims had tolerated and protected through the centuries when Western Europe thought it a religious duty to exterminate or forcibly convert all peoples of another faith than theirs - let no Muslim, seeing this, imagine that toleration is a weakness in Islam. It is the greatest strength of Islam because it is the attitude of truth.

Allah (SWT) is not the God of the Jews or the Christians or the Muslims only, any more than the sun shines or the rain falls for Jews or Christians or Muslims only.

Facts about Prophet Muhammed and Islam (Part 4)

For the Muslims, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are but three forms of one religion, which, in its original purity, was the religion of Abraham: Al-Islam, that perfect Self-Surrender to the Will of God, which is the basis of Theocracy. The Jews, in their religion, after Moses, limited God's mercy to their chosen nation and thought of His kingdom as the dominion of their race.

Even Christ himself, as several of his sayings show, declared that he was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel and seemed to regard his mission as to the Hebrews only; and it was only after a special vision vouchsafed to St. Peter that his followers in after days considered themselves authorized to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. The Christians limited God’s mercy to those who believed certain dogmas. Every one who failed to hold the dogmas was an outcast or a miscreant, to be persecuted for his or her soul’s good. In Islam only is manifest the real nature of the Kingdom of God.

The two verses 2:255 and 2:56 of the Quraan are supplementary:
(255 Allah! There is no God but He, the Lliving, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavns and on earth. Who is there that can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue.


(256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects Evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things).

Where there is that realization of the majesty and dominion of Allah (SWT), there is no compulsion in religion. Men choose their path - allegiance or opposition - and it is sufficient punishment for those who oppose that they draw further and further away from the light of truth.

What Muslims do not generally consider is that this law applies to our own community just as much as to the folk outside, the laws of Allah being universal; and that intolerance of Muslims for other men's opinions and beliefs is evidence that they themselves have, at the moment, forgotten the vision of the majesty and mercy of Allah (SWT) which the Qur’an presents to them.

In the Qur’an I find two meanings (of a Kafir), which become one the moment that we try to realize the divine standpoint. The Kafir in the first place, is not the follower of any religion. He is the opponent of Allah’s benevolent will and purpose for mankind - therefore the disbeliever in the truth of all religions, the disbeliever in all Scriptures as of divine revelation, the disbeliever to the point of active opposition in all the Prophets (pbut) whom the Muslims are bidden to regard, without distinction, as messengers of Allah.
The Qur’an repeatedly claims to be the confirmation of the truth of all religions. The former Scriptures had become obscure, the former Prophets appeared mythical, so extravagant were the legends which were told concerning them, so that people doubted whether there was any truth in the old Scriptures, whether such people as the Prophets had ever really existed. Here - says the Qur’an - is a Scripture whereof there is no doubt: here is a Prophet actually living among you and preaching to you. If it were not for this book and this Prophet, men might be excused for saying that Allah’s guidance to mankind was all a fable. This book and this Prophet, therefore, confirm the truth of all that was revealed before them, and those who disbelieve in them to the point of opposing the existence of a Prophet and a revelation are really opposed to the idea of Allah's guidance - which is the truth of all revealed religions. Our Holy Prophet (pbuh) himself said that the term Kafir was not to be applied to anyone who said “Salam” (peace) to the Muslims. The Kafirs, in the terms of the Qur’an, are the conscious evil-doers of any race of creed or community.

I have made a long digression but it seemed to me necessary, for I find much confusion of ideas even among Muslims on this subject, owing to defective study of the Qur’an and the Prophet's life. Many Muslims seem to forget that our Prophet had allies among the idolaters even after Islam had triumphed in Arabia, and that he “fulfilled his treaty with them perfectly until the term thereof.” The righteous conduct of the Muslims, not the sword, must be held responsible for the conversion of those idolaters, since they embraced Islam before the expiration of their treaty.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Facts about Prophet Muhammed and Islam (Part 3)

In Spain under the Umayyads and in Baghdad under the Abbasid Khalifas, Christians and Jews, equally with Muslims, were admitted to the Schools and universities - not only that, but were boarded and lodged in hostels at the cost of the state. When the Moors were driven out of Spain, the Christian conquerors held a terrific persecution of the Jews. Those who were fortunate enough to escape fled, some of them to Morocco and many hundreds to the Turkish empire, where their descendants still live in separate communities, and still speak among themselves an antiquated form of Spanish. The Muslim empire was a refuge for all those who fled from persecution by the Inquisition.

The Western Christians, till the arrival of the Encyclopaedists in the eighteenth century, did not know and did not care to know, what the Muslim believed, nor did the Western Christian seek to know the views of Eastern Christians with regard to them. The Christian Church was already split in two, and in the end, it came to such a pass that the Eastern Christians, as Gibbon shows, preferred Muslim rule, which allowed them to practice their own form of religion and adhere to their peculiar dogmas, to the rule of fellow Christians who would have made them Roman Catholics or wiped them out.

The Western Christians called the Muslims pagans, paynims, even idolaters - there are plenty of books in which they are described as worshiping an idol called Mahomet or Mahound, and in the accounts of the conquest of Granada there are even descriptions of the monstrous idols which they were alleged to worship - whereas the Muslims knew what Christianity was, and in what respects it differed from Islam. If Europe had known as much of Islam, as Muslims knew of Christendom, in those days, those mad, adventurous, occasionally chivalrous and heroic, but utterly fanatical outbreak known as the Crusades could not have taken place, for they were based on a complete misapprehension. I quote a learned French author:

“Every poet in Christendom considered a Mohammedan to be an infidel, and an idolater, and his gods to be three; mentioned in order, they were: Mahomet or Mahound or Mohammad, Opolane and the third Termogond. It was said that when in Spain the Christians overpowered the Mohammadans and drove them as far as the gates of the city of Saragossa, the Mohammadans went back and broke their idols.

“A Christian poet of the period says that Opolane the “god” of the Mohammadans, which was kept there in a den was awfully belabored and abused by the Mohammadans, who, binding it hand and foot, crucified it on a pillar, trampled it under their feet and broke it to pieces by beating it with sticks; that their second god Mahound they threw in a pit and caused to be torn to pieces by pigs and dogs, and that never were gods so ignominiously treated; but that afterwards the Mohammadans repented of their sins, and once more reinstated their gods for the accustomed worship, and that when the Emperor Charles entered the city of Saragossa he had every mosque in the city searched and had "Muhammad" and all their Gods broken with iron hammers.”

That was the kind of "history" on which the populace in Western Europe used to be fed. Those were the ideas which inspired the rank and file of the crusader in their attacks on the most civilized peoples of those days. Christendom regarded the outside world as damned eternally, and Islam did not. There were good and tender-hearted men in Christendom who thought it sad that any people should be damned eternally, and wished to save them by the only way they knew - conversion to the Christian faith.
It was not until the Western nations broke away from their religious law that they became more tolerant; and it was only when the Muslims fell away from their religious law that they declined in tolerance and other evidences of the highest culture. Therefore the difference evident in that anecdote is not of manners only but of religion. Of old, tolerance had existed here and there in the world, among enlightened individuals; but those individuals had always been against the prevalent religion. Tolerance was regarded of un-religious, if not irreligious. Before the coming of Islam it had never been preached as an essential part of religion.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Facts about Prophet Muhammed and Islam (Part 2)

YES! HE IS MUHAMMED (Allahomma saly wa salem 3aleih, may Allah's praise and blessings be on him)

He was born in Arabia in the year 570, started his mission of preaching the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One God) at the age of forty and departed from this world at the age of sixty-three.

His Mission
During this short period of 23 years of his Prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian peninsula

  • From paganism and idolatry to SUBMISSION to one God, Allah,
  • From tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion,
  • From drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety,
  • From lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living,
  • From utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence.

Human history has never known such a complete transformation of a society or a place before or since – and IMAGINE all these unbelievable wonders in JUST OVER TWO DECADES.

From a lecture by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall, I decided to post parts of it, all related to misconceptions about Islam and Prophet Muhammed. I do pray and hope any of u who read, to read it with an open heart and mind, it will not do you harm to know. TO give a Moslem the chance to speak out from their side of the story and to hear them out. It will not lessen your freedom a bit.

An Abridged Version of Pickthall's Lecture

In the eyes of history, religious toleration is the highest evidence of culture in a people. It was not until the Western nations broke away from their religious law that they became more tolerant, and it was only when the Muslims fell away from their religious law that they declined in tolerance and other evidences of the highest culture. Before the coming of Islam, tolerance had never been preached as an essential part of religion.

If Europe had known as much of Islam, as Muslims knew of Christendom, in those days, those mad, adventurous, occasionally chivalrous and heroic, but utterly fanatical outbreak known as the Crusades could not have taken place, for they were based on a complete misapprehension.

Innumerable monasteries, with a wealth of treasure of which the worth has been calculated at not less than a hundred millions sterling, enjoyed the benefit of the Holy Prophet's (Muhammad’s) Charter to the monks of Sinai and were religiously respected by the Muslims. The various sects of Christians were represented in the Council of the Empire by their patriarchs, on the provincial and district council by their bishops, in the village council by their priests, whose word was always taken without question on things which were the sole concern of their community.

The tolerance within the body of Islam was, and is, something without parallel in history; class and race and color ceasing altogether to be barriers.


One of the commonest charges brought against Islam historically, and as a religion, by Western writers is that it is intolerant. This is turning the tables with a vengeance when one remembers various facts: One remembers that not a Muslim is left alive in Spain or Sicily or Apulia. One remembers that not a Muslim was left alive and not a mosque left standing in Greece after the great rebellion in l821. One remembers how the Muslims of the Balkan peninsula, once the majority, have been systematically reduced with the approval of the whole of Europe, how the Christian under Muslim rule have in recent times been urged on to rebel and massacre the Muslims, and how reprisals by the latter have been condemned as quite uncalled for.

To be continued....

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Facts about Prophet Muhammed (Part 1)

What are the facts ?



“.... A mass of detail in the early sources show that he was an honest andupright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who werelike-wise honest and upright men." (Vol. 12)


  • "If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam."
  • I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion, which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence,which can make itself appeal to every age.
  • I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity."
  • "I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness:
  • I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.”
  • (Sir George Bernard Shaw in 'The Genuine Islam,' Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.

He did it…

  • He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth.
  • He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms
  • He established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behavior for all times to come.

Prepeard by Akbar... a good faithful Moslem who did a great job gathering this information. Please feel free to contact him, but after all the parts have been completed. Thank you for your time.


To be continued...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Has anyone ever wondered why?

Islam happens to be the religion amongst others being attacked most ferociously? Has anyone wondered why?

Islam calls for general order of the soul, mind, heart and body. People dislike rules in general and have trouble abiding to them. Down deep inside we can all differentiate between right and wrong, yet we all sometimes do wrong anyway. However some people manage choose to "wrong" themselves and others obstinately, shamelessly and in excess. Here I am not pointing to the wrong doings towards the self, but of the wrong that would harm others. Why can't people just respect one another, let alone divine religions, religious figures and followers of a certain religion to follow it in peace and respect the differences? If someone wants to preach for their religion, so be it, but why can't this be in peace? We are all humans and following whichever religion should be part of the human freedom. It is a freedom of choice after all!

In certain countries citizens as well as ex-patriots of that country learn to abide by the laws whilst they find it so odd that Moslems abide with the Islamic Law which in our faith is a universal law open for all mankind, wish they be part of it or not, is a one to one matter between them and The Creator.... By no means does or was Islam forced on any one.

Those who propagated the claim that Islam has been spread by the sword had and have no clue what they were or are talking about. If so it would have simply not been embraced and followed till this instant. Moreover, it would have diminished if there was any truth behind that "false" accusation. Aggression never attracts people. Islam was and is not the aggressor, never has been and is not.

In Islam, God does not distinguish between peoples; He equalizes every one and puts all humans in the same frame. God does not discriminate between white, dark or yellow, Arabic speaking or non Arabic speaking. Racism and discrimination are creations of weak selfs who chose to submit to their greed and arrogance, thinking they are better than others which is not the case and certainly in Islam it is considered as a sin. People are only different in terms of levels of faith. That too is not of anyone's business or judgment. It is forbidden to judge people, but it is our duty to help one another to be on the right track. Calling for the way of God must be in means of kindness and good advice. Not by force.

I must stress not applying that rule should not incriminate Islam as a whole, but it does those who misapply it or misunderstand the peace and tranquility Islam enforces on its followers. And that I know is the problem. People are not differentiating but generalizing and that is what is totally unjust and bias as well as frustrating and annoying.

The problem is not the Islamic doctrines; the problem is the applicators of those doctrines. And that occurs in all religions. But again, Islam is the religion which has the most rules and as I mentioned before people by nature have trouble with rules. But what I do not understand is why does it still bother the non Moslems. They are not subject to these laws since they are not followers of Islam.

Many people including some Moslems who are not well aware of Islam and have no proper insight of the religion feel or claim Islam means restraint on freedom, where as in truth, it is not the freedom that is the problem. Islam does not restrain freedom, it restrains weakness of the self, submission to the calls of Satan and the weak inner self, which again is a problem for many people. When they cannot or willingly choose not to apply a certain conduct in Islam, they begin saying it is not or was not the case and should not be applied! That causes misunderstandings amongst people and especially to the non Moslems. Conflicts arise and such claims spread causing misunderstandings of Islam.

Now, come to the choice bit, those who insist on snooping into the Moslems' lives and matters, and give themselves the right to make judgments, what's it to them if a woman decides to wear hijab (veil) for instance? Why does it bother them so much? Why does it bother them that we pray five times a day? Why is it so bad that a woman has to be protective of herself in terms of conduct and dress? Even that is not forced upon her. Women make choices as any one else does and each individual is held accountable to their conduct only by God and God alone.

On the other hand, in other countries, some beaches are made for nudity (not to mention the strip clubs and others), the topless, for gays and lesbians… etc etc. No rules, no protection, no nothing, no encouragement for applying the doctrines of religion, namely Christianity and Judaism which are supposedly the religions of the western societies... DOES the Bible or the Tawarat accept such things? NO. of course not, I doubt that very much, no divine religion encourages sinful acts, and those are basically very similar in all three religions. Moslem Governments never interfered in such issues . Why are Christianity and Judaism diminishing from societies' practices? Why are people not getting married anymore? Why are there so many children with single mothers, if with a mother at all? Why are women being so degraded and their bodies so cheap for anyone to see or touch or even abuse? Of course these things also happen in Moslem societies, but if the ratios are going to be compared, sorry to say, but the ratios in non Moslem societies are much higher.

The Islamic doctrines are like the parents of each individual, guiding, teaching, loving and protecting its offspring.

No one forced the non Moslems to embrace Islam. Force nullifies the embracement of this faith and that is a well known order of God in the Holy Quraan and according to Prophet Muhammed!

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Terror is a result of a mix of continuous pressure, racism, bigotry, and clearly unwanted intervention. I by no means justify terror in any of its forms. No true practicing Moslem would. But come one, terror happens every where and by many non Moslems.

Those who practice terror under the banner of Islam are by no means justified. And by no means do they represent Islam or Moslems. But there has been a terrible confusion between terror and self defense in many instances. For example what happens in Palestine is terror, but not by the Palestinian side, it is Israel who is the real terrorist there. I cannot conceive how people cannot see that.
In Iraq, The united states claimed that it would grant the people freedom and democracy, what is the result??? They stimulated not only terror on the lands of Iraq, but international terrorism. Not only that, Americans are dying there for no reason! American finances are being wasted. American blood is being shed along with that of many innocent people, especially innocent children! Where is the peace in Iraq now? They gave way to formation of gangsters! They walked in and set the whole country in flames, rubble, and so many corpses! BLOODSHED! And under what banner? Freedom and Democracy? Please!

What differentiates people in Allah's view is our levels of faith, and even those of weak faith are most welcome to strengthen themselves and seek God's aid in that with no problem. Those who do not believe in Islam are free to do what they want… No one is to be forced to embrace this religion… But also Moslems do not want any intervention in their doctrines and lives.

The term "Kafir" bothers so many non Moslems. The word means non believer and may be applied by any one of any religion towards another who does not believe in the same. It is not an offense. For example for Christians I as a Moslem am considered a non believer therefore in Arabic meaning Kafira in their sense, since I am a follower of a different religion. However it is worth mentioning that actually as a Moslem I am believer in Christianity. I must and have no choice because it is part of my faith to believe in Christianity and Judaism which I gladly do. They are all God's word and are therefore part of my faith and it cannot be complete unless if I believe in them. How the people follow their religions is their business, not ours. We do not go around tampering with their books or dare say a word of their prophets or saints. No true Moslem would dare draw a cartoon mocking any respected figure in other religions. No Moslem scholar would dare come up with a new bible and encourage Christians to hand it to one another claiming it is a good present from a Christian to another! That was one of the sentences used by the priest who claimed to come up with a new version of the Quraan called the "true furqan" on the shelves carrying the books as a note from the author!!!

God is the all forgiving the all loving. He tells us that no matter how much we have sinned there is always a way for repentance. He forgives everything but one thing if insisted upon and not repented, and that is Shirk. Shirk is the concept of placing someone next to God the almighty in belief or worship. And that is THE SIN OFALL SINS in Allah's view. As humans, we are to believe in the following:
God is only One, has no partner or son, neither gives birth, nor is He born. He is eternally besought by all and has no beginning or end, and none is equal to Him
(Qur'an, 112:1-5)
That I know offends non Moslems, but again why? Why would it bother anyone as long as they are not forced to follow? At the end of the day, people do not bring this subject up unless if interest to understand and know is a subject of discussion. It does not come between a Moslem and a non Moslem friend, nor does it intervene in business amongst people, or soccer players on a field.
To us is our belief and to them is theirs. Islam does not force anyone to follow it. Force nullifies the belief in Islam. God commanded that we let every one follow what they choose to follow. It is a one to one relationship. But at the same time, in the case our religion is offended we are to speak out in peaceful means, if limits are crossed, we do have the right to defend ourselves, but by no means begin with transgression in terms of war and bloodshed.

Satan calls for anything and every thing in contradiction to what Islam calls for. Not to mention the weak inner self of the human nature.. We cannot go about always completely blaming satan can we?

All of the attacks on Prophet Muhammed are really odd and totally unacceptable. Common sense is in every thing he called for and do you know why? Because he was being taught by the creator. For those who look into this religion without being bias, they may come to realize that clearly. Prophet Muhammed was being guided by GOD as all other prophets and when not he even mentioned it.

In one of the battles against the Meccans, Prophet Muhammed ordered the Moslem soldiers to station the troops by a well to be in a strategic position. When asked by one of the Moslems if he had ordered to do so according to his thought as a human or as a direct command and instruction by God the almighty he replied no as Muhammed, the human. The man suggested they go to a bigger well and station there. Prophet Muhammed responded immediately and took the Moslem soldier's advice.

Prophet Muhammed called for justice, for kindness, for charity, for chastity, for ethics in everything even with those who did not follow the Islamic faith. Prisoners of war advised to teach ten illiterate people how to read and write in exchange for their freedom. Whilst in Abu Gharib, guantanamo, and Israeli prisons men are being degraded and tortured till this date despite the so called human rights. 25 Moslems' graves have been vandalized (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/12/AR2006021201087.html) Why? What have the dead got to do with all these messy situations??? How bizarre!

What makes me not so surprised from the current events and all the attacks Islam and Moslems are undergoing is Prophet Muhammed informed us that a time shall come when those clinging onto their faith shall be like those clinging onto a rock of fire! This indicated a time of difficulty and struggle the Moslems shall encounter. A time where those holding onto their faith shall be attacked ferociously and relentlessly. How would a human being know of such a thing? How would he predict something like that unless if there was a higher power informing him of such things. Many other things that the Prophet mentioned did take place and are taking place and shall keep taking place till he end of time.

In the Quraan and through Prophet Muhammed's teachings the followers of Islam were told clearly that if they follow what the verses of the Quraan taught and what the Prophet taught then people shall never stray or face major problems. That was not and is not the case. Unfortunately, a fraction of Moslems are only so on paper, and have abandoned the essences of Islamic doctrines. Many have adopted attitudes and practices that have nothing to do with Islam.

The result is what has happened, is happening and will happen. How would verses that were revealed more than 1,400 years ago and a Prophet that informed of so much be able to predict such incidents unless if it were truly from the Lord of this universe? Prophet Muhammed was, is and always shall be the master of ethics and morals above all mankind. He was chosen to fulfill the message of God on earth. Those who wish to listen, comprehend and follow are free to do so and those who choose otherwise are also free. But under no circumstances does this freedom mean transgression!

Many verses pointed out that only those who have soft hearts and open minds shall follow the Islamic guidelines. Kindness of the heart is an essential part of Islamic Faith? Hard hearts and stiff minds do not fall in place within this faith. Those whose hearts are warm and kind, and whose tears flow at hearing and comprehending the verses of the Quraan are those who are true believers. Those who treat those around them with compassion and consideration, those who respect, love and provide for their parents even if not following the same faith, those who care and provide for the poor and needy, those who do not wish or want for others except what they want for themselves, those who respect their neighbors and not inflict harm on them, those who share their wealth with the needy, those who fast with all their senses to feel for others and feel thankful for their blessings, those who marry and understand the sacred bond of marriage and what family ties mean, those who do not deal with a woman as if she were a mere object of exploitation… I can keep going on and on.

Islamic Faith shall prevail, I have no doubt. It did before in the face if tyranny and bigotry and it shall again. What makes me confident are the numerous things that have been mentioned in both the Quraan and the Prophets sayings and practices. Every thing has proven CORRECT and PRECISE. Everything is from the creator of this universe and all living creatures on it. If anyone looks deeply into this religion namely the Quraan and the Sunnah with an open heart and mind free of bias feelings, and has some common sense shall know for sure that it is the Religion for all mankind. It combines belief of all divine revelations, of all prophets of all Angels. OF simply everything!

The Quraan, the teachings and sayings of Prophet Muhammed, inform us of the logical beginning and the inevitable end.

Time shows so much, but only for those who are logical or reasonable, even the Quraanic verses always referred to the same, to those who are rational or logical in mind and heart, that those shall be the ones who will abide to the laws of GOD. To the one and only God with no partner… Allaho A7ad… Allah is one.

If we count the transgressions on Islam by non Moslems towards our most revered objects and people representing keys of faith, too much has been done, and many crossed their limits. End results are however never going to meet their expectations. This religion has the deepest and longest roots since the creation of humanity be it admitted or not admitted. It has flourished, spread, survived and has been embraced and followed with conviction and shall continue to do so God willing.

The only thing those people are doing are "creating" unnecessary fury and anger against them. They are creating more and more gaps. Maybe their economic status will change eventually, Maybe they will go to the WTO to complain and get somewhere with that, but the disrespect will not go away and neither shall the hatred they created.

What really startles me is Moslems are always expected to be silent if and when offended.

I always believe that something good always finds its way out of the worst situations one or people may face. Moslems whom have been distant are growing closer and closer, struggling strongly for one cause. Moslems are getting more and more united. A stronger awareness of unity has come out of this.

I would like to say this to my fellow Moslems, bothers and sisters. It is about time that all of us (including myself when and if applicable) who have abandoned our Islamic traditions and ideologies go back and abandon what you are blindly mimicking. It will not make you modern to do so, or civilized. Civilization is what the Quraan and Prophet Muhammed taught, ethics and etiquette, kindness and justice, equality, peace and love, unity, aid when needed, etc etc etc.

Abandoning these things is precisely what gave those people the chance to dare cross their limits. I am not saying by any means do not mix or not be in peace with Non Moslems, because The Holy Quraan and Prophet Muhammed taught us to deal with them in peace in all aspects (as long as they are in peace with us). Do not abandon who and what you truly are. Take pride in yourselves, pick up on the positives things they may teach us, but do not ever loose your true identity and Islamic practices. There are no conflicts of interest in that.

Ash-hado an la illaha ila Allah, wa 2ana Muhamadoun Rasoulo Allah! Allahoma balaght Allahoma fash-had.
I bear witness there is no God but Allah and that Prophet Muhammed is his Prophet. Oh Allah I have informed Oh Allah be my witness.

Peace be to all you out there.