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The West Has Something To Fear…

February 3, 2017

….and it is not the Muslims or Muslim extremism. There is a force on the rise. Something that the Western world believes belongs to the Dark Ages. Westerners believe they are a free people. But… the Dark Ages mindset is on the rise, both in Europe and in USA. Please, take a look at this video located at:

The Darlings of Breitbart News: Unlikely Allies

January 23, 2017

Many of America’s Islamophobes are allied with white nationalists, aka white supremacists. Such are Pamela Geller and Brigitte Gabriel. I found an interesting article from Breitbart website (a white supremacists, right-wing website). I am not sharing the whole article, just some of it. But, it highlights how hateful people find a way to bypass their differences for another unholy goal. In some cases, there are some unlikely allies, like a Jew and white supremacist….

Portion from the article from Breitbart.com:

“Pamela Geller: As a Jew, I Stand with Steve Bannon

Donald Trump has named Steven K. Bannon his senior counselor and chief strategist, and now the lies, smears, and defamation of Bannon have begun. I know well how this process works. It’s evil. As the enemedia bombards us with claims that Bannon is a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, I am, as a Jew and a proud Zionist, honored to stand up for Steve Bannon.

I am fortunate to say that I have known and worked with Steve Bannon ever since the tragic passing of Andrew Breitbart. While he was at Breitbart, he would ask me to write articles on pressing issues — usually several times each week. Longtime readers who are deeply familiar with my work know that I am a fiercely proud Jew and unapologetic Zionist. As long as I have known Steve, he has been an unabashed supporter of Israel, and of those of us who fight against Jew-hatred and racism. Unequivocally.

He is whip-smart, courageous, bold, and loyal.

Now the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is claiming that he is anti-Semitic? What? He partnered with Andrew Breitbart — a Jew. He partnered with Larry Solov, another Jew, after Breitbart died. He worked with me — a Jew. He gave proud and fierce Zionists such as Aaron Klein a platform to speak and advance the cause of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Breitbart Jerusalem was launched under Bannon’s tenure with the Breitbart organization…..”

Wow!

Christian Right’s Fascist Agenda

January 20, 2017

Please watch the video below from Chris Hedges discussing his book “American Fascists.” He proposes that the Christian Right in America is bent on destroying the values and the political system in the U.S., possibly the world.

The Christian Right has been emboldened after 9/11 to freely attack the Islamic faith and Muslim people. They have spent millions of dollars on various propaganda not just in America, but other nations too. For example, years ago, the American Christian Right financed and propagated a law in an African nation which would have homosexuality punished by death. Ever playing the victim card and dramatizing the “end times persecution of Christians,” the Christian Right has called for genocides and violence towards anyone not believing as they do, especially Muslims. With Donald Trump in power, the Christian Right got their guy at the highest office. The likes of Brigitte Gabriel have even boasted that they got Donald Trump’s ear and attention. Some of Trump’s cabinet members already have ties to Gabriel’s anti-Muslim organization. I believe that the Christian Right is set on a future wide-scale genocide of Muslim people.

 

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

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