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Chris White Discussing Islamic Antichrist

January 13, 2017

Chris White, in my opinion, is a true Christian eschatology scholar. He does not dwell  on inflating propaganda. Rather, he refers to his biblical sources to support his views. And although, as a Muslim, I may disagree with him on certain points, I have much respect for him. Chris White accurately states that the majority of the Islamic eschatology is not based on the Holy Qur’an (Islamic Revelation/Scripture), but rather the hadiths (written traditions attributed to Messenger Muhammad pbuh and his companions). And he shows proof that such prophecies from the hadiths come from early Christian sources, essentially saying that Muslim beliefs about the Antichrist (Dajjal) are the same beliefs Christian Bible/source teaches of the same figure! And according to Chris White’s other videos, the Antichrist is not Muslim.

I must say that I personally have always suspected that hadith writers borrowed much from the early Christians and Jews to describe “Islamic rules of law.” This is why much of the practices in super conservative Muslim-majority nations such as Saudi Arabia do resemble/are exactly like those practices from the Old Testament (death for apostates, stoning or killing adulterers, etc.) and not from the Noble Qur’an! Qur’an does not teach any of that, and yet hadith writers have found a way to make Muslims believe that some rules are of Islamic origin. Anyway, this is probably a different subject to take on. Going back to Chris White’s debunking of Islamic Antichrist theory.

Please see the video link below. I think that this is worth to watch both by Muslims and Christians. His points highlight how much we share, rather than how much we differ. Whether Muslims would agree on White’s claim that Islamic eschatology origin is actually from early Christian extra-biblical sources or not, is besides the point. I think White rips apart the common claims against Islamic view of Jesus pbuh and hadrat Mahdi.

I invite you to see this clip. It is a bit long, but if you are interested in the Biblical and Islamic prophecies, it is worth to watch this clip. Post any reflections or opinions in the comments. So far, no Muslim or non-Muslim scholar has taken Chris White’s claim to debunk him and I think this tells a lot.

 

Muslims: Sects

January 6, 2017

Is Islam a one, unified religion? Yes, just like other religions. But are Muslims united? Unfortunately, like people belonging to other faiths, Muslims have split and there are variations as to how they interpret Islam and how they practice it. Here are some charts to help you better understand the Great Divide:

Chart

 

Sunni Belief Shared Beliefs Shi’ah Beliefs
Leaders should be appointed by the consensus of the community leadership and must be worthy, competent of the top leadership position;

Leaders are fallible, but must be pious

One God Must be from the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad;

Leaders are infallible

Do not allow statues or paintings of any kind, especially religious figures (e.g. Prophet, Ali, Fatima) Accept Muhammad saws as their prophet Allow paintings of religious figures
No shrines Follow Qur’an Allow shrines
No saints Follow Hadiths Many saints
Pray 5 times a day Pray more than once a day Most pray 5 times a day, but some pray only 3 times a day
4 Schools of religious law/thought:

Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi, Hanbali

Two Schools of Creed: Ashari, Maturidi.

These branches count each other on right path with different way of thinking.

 

Jesus is not divine and did not resurrect from the cross Schools of thought are:

Ithna Ashariyya (‘Twelvers’), Ismailis (‘Seveners’), Zaidis (‘Fivers’)

The latter do not agree to infallibility of Imaams or to the occultation of the 12th Imaam Mahdi.

 

Sources of the religion: Qur’an and Sunnah (tradition of the prophet) Believe Bible as the previous revelation from God Sources of the religion: Qur’an, Sunnah and teachings of imams
Temporary marriages are forbidden Observe Fasting, believe in 5 pillars, believe in the same prophets, etc. Temporary marriages allowed (even the ones lasting one day or few hours)
80% Muslim world population Celebrate two Eid holidays: after Ramadan and Hajj 20% Muslim world population
Hadith (traditional sayings) sources are the books of:

Muatta Maalik

Musnad Ahmad

Sahih Bukhari

Sahih Muslim

Sunan Abu Dawood

Jami al-Tirmidhi

Sunan Nasae.

 

Believe Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem to be holy cities Hadith (traditional sayings) sources are the books of:

Nahajul Balagha

Kitab al-Kafi

Man la yahduruhu al-Faqih

Tahdhib al-Ahkam

Al-Istibsaar

 

 

 

Prophet’s companions were pious and righteous people Believe Kaaba to be sacred. Not all Prophet’s companions were righteous people
Observe birthday of Prophet Muhammad Second Coming of Jesus

Imam Mahdi

Celebrate:

Ashura–commemoration of the murder imam Hussein (prophet’s grandson)

Eid al ghadeer—commemoration of Ali’s appointment as caliph

Believe Najaf and Karbala to be additional two holy cities.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.wxyz.com/muslim-american/the-branches-of-islam

 

 

 

Islamic Civilization: Arab Lands & Cultures

January 2, 2017

Two videos

Islamic Civilization: Introduction

January 2, 2017

Life of Messenger Muhammad: Beginning of Revelation & Rejection By His People

January 2, 2017

Messenger Muhammad: Years Before Prophethood

January 2, 2017

Study of the Qur’an: Qur’an Commentary

January 1, 2017

I think the link to the website below is very valuable in our understanding of the Noble Qur’an. When people are fluent in Arabic, people may grasp meaning of Qur’anic verses much better. However, for all others who are not and who are robbed of having to experience the eloquence of the Qur’an, it is important to read tafsir (commentary). Translations of the interpretation of the Qur’an sometimes do not come close to the meaning of the Arabic version. The website is free for use, with English as well as Arabic. Click on ‘tafsir’ on the left and then choose which surah/chapter you would like commentary on, by verse. You can also view different schools of thought and how they comment on the Qur’an verses.

 

Please visit:

http://www.altafsir.com/index.asp

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