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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL
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"O you who believe! Be careful of your duty to Allah, and be with the truthful." [Noble Quran 9:119]

"If you obeyed most of those on earth they would mislead you far from Allah's way." [Noble Quran 6:116]

Return to the QURAN only - the complete and final STAND-ALONE Divine Message which also contains the authentic sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAAW)

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I bear witness that NONE is worthy of worship except ALLAH, He has NO partner nor partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the slave and Final Messenger of Allah.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Verses 26-28 of Surah Al-Jinn often misinterpreted

"(He is) the Knower of the Unseen, and He revealeth unto none His secret, (72:26)

Save unto every messenger whom He hath chosen, and then He maketh a guard to go before him and a guard behind him (72:27)

That He may know that they have indeed conveyed the messages of their Lord." (72:28)


Even though the Glorious Quran has flatly refuted it, plenty of Hadith narrations imply that the Prophet (SAAW) knew the events of the future.

Someone I know, recently picked the above Verses 27-28 of Surah Al-Jinn to have yet another go for justifying those fabricated Hadith narrations portraying the Prophet as a 'fortune teller.' I have studied these Verses several times before and have always found them very clear and precise. Uptil now, it never struck me how anyone could misunderstand them.

In V. 72:26 when Allah says that only He is the Knower of the unseen and He does not reveal his secrets to anyone, is easy to follow. The "unseen" here includes everything unknown to us, including the future and all other things in the vast expanse of the universe. Then, in the following verses 27 and 28 where Verse 27 starts with "save unto every messenger he hath chosen" onward, is a reference to the Divine Revelations sent by Allah to every Prophet. It's important to know that a Revelation coming to a chosen slave of Allah (a Prophet) from the Divine Power is itself a thing of the unseen. Also, the task of all Prophets was to deliver the Message of Allah to humankind, which made every Divine Revelation a huge responsibility on each Prophet it was revealed to. When Allah says that He makes "a guard to go before him and a guard behind him" refers to the recording angels watching over the Prophets, in my opinion, so that they can be witnesses to the fact that every Prophet delivered Allah's Message to humanity. It further underscores the importance of the task entrusted to all Prophets.

To elaborate a little more, when Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) received the first Revelation, try to imagine the situation and how the Prophet (SAAW) must have felt. The Angel Gabriel (a slave and servant of Allah, always ready to carry out His Orders) standing before the Prophet across the horizon (only for the eyes of the Prophet) by the command of Allah Almighty, and a voice telling the Prophet to "read." Although the Prophet had no formal education and knew nothing about reading, yet after a while he began to recite a set of most eloquent Words (consisting of the first 5 verses of Surah Al-Alaq, 96th chapter of the Glorious Quran). The words came to him easily and smoothly because God Almighty was watching over him and made it happen. This itself was one of the most tremendous manifestations of the unseen. Similarly, the Divine Revelation sent to every Prophet was a sign of the unseen. After all, Divine Revelations are not sent to ordinary people. They are only sent to those whom Allah choses as special ones on the basis of their merits.

To sum it up:
- Verse 72:26 refers to the unknown, which include future events, all contents of the entire universe, Paradise and Hellfire.
- Verses 72:27-28 refer to the Divine Revelations of Allah, an aspect of the unseen sent upon His chosen slaves, the Prophets.

Therefore, the only unseen factor the Prophets knew of was the Divine Revelations sent to them as expressed in Verses 27 and 28 of the above verses.

It must be known that Verses 72:27-28 by NO means justify NOR refer to the fortune telling falsely attributed to the Prophet (SAAW) in so many Hadith narrations. No Prophet was a 'fortune teller' nor did they know the future. That's for sure. Plenty of Quranic verses can be quoted to confirm it.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Threats of punishment in the Glorious Quran

The standard complaint by many non-Muslim groups is that the punishments stated in the Quran are "very harsh" or "how can a merciful God allow His creatures to burn in hell?" Some have gone to the extent of calling the Quranic mention of Hellfire as "spiteful" and "revengeful." Such folks feel disturbed reading the description of Hellfire and the clear message that disbelievers will be repaid with Hell.

It's necessary to be honest and forthright with the approach of these critics who are living in a state of deception. I'm not angry, so don't misunderstand me. I only need to be frank otherwise I will not be able to convey my meaning nor will the readers be able to understand me.

The Glorious Quran, while giving descriptions of Hellfire as the final destination of disbelievers, is neither being "spiteful" nor "revengeful." The Quran is only being truthful (which it always is) by conveying an information which is real. The truthfulness of the Noble Quran makes it the most genuine Book of Mercy. People have the right to know the truth about something as vital as their ultimate fate.

Non-Muslims are generally looking for the easy way out. They seldom take the trouble to devote themselves to God Almighty nor do they try to understand Him nor reach out to Him. Yet when they think of the Hereafter, they desire to contemplate about their fate in the sweetest of terms. To paraphrase this concept which Allah has highlighted in the Quran .. there are many among humankind who transgress throughout their lives and yet eventually expect to be equated with pious believers who have adhered to righteousness and good conduct. Bad is the sense of judgment of such folks.

Divine Justice is too flawless to have the kind of system most transgressors would like to see. Those who have strengthened their Faith through their own efforts and made themselves worthy of His guidance can NEVER be equal with those who have walked on a different path. Thus, their final Judgment and fate can never be the same either. This is a simple matter to understand involving plain common sense and fairness. If a disobedieant slave of Allah is eventually put in the same category of forgivness and Heavenly rewards as a believing and obedient slave of His, would that be fair for the believing slave? The answer is definitely NO. And I repeat, Divine Justice is too perfect to overlook such errors.

The "modern" secular lifestyle has shunned the remembrance of God Almighty by separating it from practical life. This bizarre approach has undeniably degraded the human soul in plenty of ways. Most non-Muslims are themselves aware of how selectively they follow their faith. They know of the bulk of negative interpolations they have brought in to suit their needs and convenience, resulting in a thoroughly contradictory system lacking in balance. Yet they won't make the necessary corrections, the reason being a combination of lethargy and pride. Apparently the sacrifices involved in returning to the Truth by purging falsehood feels too cumbersome. The Truth within the Glorious Quran rattles them and their own violations scare them, none of which their ego allows them to acknowldege. The only response is defensive behaviour, lashing out with anger and cynicism.

Many of such ones comfort themselves by creating their own imaginary state of bliss in the Afterlife. According to this deceptive wishful thinking, every trangressor is on denial about the punishment in the Hereafter and forces himself / herself to think that no matter what they might have done in this world, the Hereafter for them will be nothing beyond forgivness and comfort in Paradise. Whether through ignorance or stubbornness, it's astonishing how anyone can be so complacent about the brazen imbalancement and inconsistencies of their ideas.

Christianity very conveniently ignores the existence of Hell altogether. It may sometimes present the concept of punishment as a very 'temproary state of mind.' Most Christian preachers don't even consider it polite to talk of the punishment of Hell nor the Day of Judgment. The impression they convey is that the infinite mercy of God will eventually lead all good and bad creatures into an eternally blissful state in Paradise. Their only pre-requisite is to love Jesus.

Needless to say, as Muslims who read and understand the Glorious Quran rationally, realistically and lovingly, we can never reconcile to such constructions of fantasy.

Indeed, Hellfire is a frightening place and the very thought of it is alarming. On the contrary, Paradise is the loveliest spot and everyone yearns for it. But one has to work to avoid the former and acquire the latter.

"Doth every man among them hope to enter the Garden of Delight ?" (Glorious Quran -70:38)

Last but not least, none of the critics are even vaguely aware that the compassion of Allah for His slaves far surpasses His wrath. Allah states in the Glorious Quran that the reward for righteousness will be several times greater than the good deeds of those who have earned it, while the sinful will be punished only for the sins they committed.

"Whoso bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, while whoso bringeth an ill-deed will be awarded but the like thereof; and they will not be wronged." (Glorious Quran - 6:160)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reasons why the Glorious Quran does not mention the detailed method of salaat

Allah Almighty has converyed to us in His Final Message that the dictates given in the Glorious Quran as revealed our Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) are the continuation of previous Divine Messages from the time of Prophet Abraham (pbuh) onward which the people did not bother to follow nor to preserve. Commandments of belief in Monotheism (tawheed), salaat (prayer), zakkah (charity) fasting and pilgrimage (Hajj) were Divine commandments given to people through former messengers since ancient times. Prophet Muhammad's mission and deliverence of the Quran was the final & complete repetition/confirmation of the Divine Message. Hence, while Prophets Moses, Jesus and Muhamamd (peace on them all) delivered the Taurah, Bible and Quran respectively, all important dictates came from the time of Prophet Abraham (peace on him), generation after generation.

Method of prayer already existed from the time of Abraham
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The concept of salaat was already taught to the people since the time of Prophet Abraham in the Arabian peninsula. But with the passage of time these people and their descendents deviated from the path of Allah. They drifted away from the ideology of Monotheism towards polytheism.

The two most important (and therefore obligatory) physical gestures of worship and obedience to Allah elucidated in the Quran as commandments and also while narrating the events of former Prophets are ruku and sajoud (bowing and prostrating), being very significant signs of complete surrender to the will of Allah Almighty alone. These gestures were passed on from the time of the former Prophets.

"Those were some of the prophets on whom Allah bestowed His Grace of the posterity of Adam, and of those whom We carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and of the posterity of Ibrahim and Israel - of those whom We guided and chose; whenever the Signs of Allah Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears." (19:58)

"O you who believe! Bow down, prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord; and do good so that you may prosper." (22:77)


In the 7th century prior to the advent of Islam, the pagans prayed with physical gestures similar to our salaat but the big difference was that their prayer was not directed toward Allah, the One and Only. Instead, as polytheists, they offered their ruku and sajoud to their idols which were placed in the Kaaba at Makkah, and their concept of reaching out to Allah was through these idols. This was the big mistake and corruption brought about by the people over the generations by which they ruined the Monotheistic Faith as practiced by Prophet Abraham.

The purpose of the Glorious Quran regarding salaat was not to teach its method. The basic method was already known to the people. But the purpose of the Quran concerning salaat was to correct its ideology, that is, salaat must be offered and directed ONLY to Allah alone.

The Glorious Quran does not demand an identical physical method of salaat from all communities
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A careful reading of the Quran makes it clear that prayer offered to Almighty Allah by different people around the world does not necessarily require an identical procedure or language in order to be accepted by Him. What's absolutley necessary is the concept of strict Monotheism with sincerity and depth of one's devotion toward Allah ONLY and NO other deity.

For instance, the Quran mentions of some segments of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) as righteous believers who will not be denied their reward.

They are not all alike. Of the People of the Scripture there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of Allah in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). 3:113

They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and vie one with another in good works. These are of the righteous. 3:114

And whatever good they do, they will not be denied the meed thereof. Allah is Aware of those who ward off (evil). 3:115


These people whom Allah is referring to in the above Verses were definitely Monotheistic believers who worshipped Allah alone. It's likely that their exact method of worship (except falling prostrate) and their language of prayer was not identical to that of the followers of Prophet Muhammad (SAAW). And surely, their method could not have been identical to our present method of salaat. Yet, Allah does not take these insiginificant details into account as clearly expressed in the above Verses.

Not to mention, with so many sects that exist within the interpolated Islam of today, the precise method of salaat is anything but identical within the Muslim community itself. The small details surely differ from sect to sect, except ruku and sajoud and the recitation of Quranic Surahs.

Coming to the query, how did the followers of the Prophet (SAAW) learn their exact method of salaat, apart from the ongoing gestures of ruku and sajoud? Obviously, after the revelations of the Final Message began, the task of refreshing and demonstrating the method of salaat with the right Monotheistic intent was the responsibility of the Prophet (SAAW) as he deemed proper, in conformity with the commandments and principles highlighted by Allah in His Final Message. This too was an ongoing and unwritten practice over generations, including the basics that already prevailed during the time of Prophet Abraham.

The Hadith picked up this ongoing practice (in bits and pieces) in its numerous narrations some 200 years later, and wrote it down in the form of stories. That's all it did! The Hadith can in no way grab the credit for "teaching salaat" as widely and incorrectly claimed by the imams.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Celebrating birthdays - why such a commotion about it?

Different sects of Muslims have come up with some confusing rulings against the celebration of birthdays. Many of them, daft as ever, say it's "Haram."

The fact of the matter is, the Glorious Quran says nothing, directly nor indirectly, from which we are to presume that celebrating birthdays is Haram. Celebration of simple birthday parties with food, gifts and games are very innocent pleasures of life. There's nothing 'Haram' about them. The only thing we need keep in mind (as with all celebrations) is that they must be in accordance with Quranic rules and values, which means, no obscenity and no consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants.

The concept of stamping a 'Haram' ruling on birthdays in the Muslim culture originates from the Christian ideology.

During the first 200 years of Christian history, no mention is made of the calendar birthdate of Jesus, son of Virgin Mary. Not until the year 336 does one find the first mention of a celebration of his birth. So, why this omission? The reason is that according to the rules of the Church uptil three centuries after Jesus, the event considered most worthy of commemoration was the date of his 'death.' In comparison, the date of his birth was considered insignificant. As the Encyclopedia Americana mentions, "Christmas... was, according to many authorities, not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian Church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth..." (1944 edition, "Christmas").

Origen, a Christian theologian in the early days of the Christian church (185-254) strongly recommended against birthday celebrations. Quoting the Catholic Encyclopedia, "In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is only sinners who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world" (Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908 edition, Vol. 3, p. 724, "Natal Day").

Finally the decision to 'okay' birthday celebrations came after hundreds of years from the Church. The idea of selecting a suitable date of birth for Jesus, son of Virgin Mary, came about between the 3rd and 4th centuries. Quite a controversy arose among the church leaders. Some of them were still opposed to such a celebration. During this period, eight specific dates in six different months were proposed by various groups. December 25, although one of the last dates to be proposed, was the one finally selected and accepted by the leadership of the Western church. Apart from confirming that December 25 is NOT the actual birthdate of Jesus, these are the roots from where the so-called Muslim medieval imams picked up the notion on birthday celebrations being "Haram." And these are the origins of the belief of many ignorant Muslims at present (particularly the Wahabi / Salafi sect) who are wary about birthday celebrations.