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GENERAL HEALTH / Amazing.....?Why? ????
« on: September 15, 2018, 12:57:27 PM »
 the water cycle in nature.  This is a topic which is well known today.  Consequently, the verses in the Qur’an that refer to the water cycle seem to express ideas that are now totally self-evident.  But if we consider the ideas prevalent at that time, they appear to be based more on myth and philosophical speculation than on observed fact, even though useful practical knowledge on soil irrigation was current at that period.
Let us examine, for example, the following verse in chapter az-Zumar:
“Have you not seen that Allah sent rain down from the sky and caused it to penetrate the ground and come forth as springs, then He caused crops of different colors to grow…” Qur’an,39:21
Such notions seem quite natural to us today, but we should not forget that, not so long ago, they were not prevalent.  It was not until the sixteenth century, with Bernard Palissy, that we gained the first coherent description of the water cycle.  Prior to this, people believed that the waters of the oceans, under the effect of winds, were thrust towards the interior of the continents.
They then returned to the oceans via the great abyss, which, since Plato’s time was called the Tartarus . In the seventeenth century, great thinkers such as Descartes still believed in this myth.  Even in the nineteenth century there were still those who believed in Aristotle’s theory that water was condensed in cool mountain caverns and formed underground lakes that fed
springs.  Today, we know that it is the infiltration of rain water into the ground that is responsible for this.  If one compares the facts of modern hydrology with the data found in numerous verses of the Qur’an on this subject, one cannot fail to notice the remarkable degree of agreement between the two.
The Water Cycle
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=StPobH5ODTw
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=KJXk6eG6Y-A
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Zakir Naik on Islamic Science-Water Cycle in Quran
8 - Scientific Facts in the Quran (Part 1) - The Proof That Islam Is The Truth - Abdur-Raheem Green
9 - Scientific Facts in the Quran (Part 2) - The Proof That Islam Is The Truth - Abdur-Raheem Green

RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:06:20 AM »
The calendar year of Islam begins not with the birthday of our prophet (peace be on him), not from the time that the revelation came to him (Bethat) nor from the time of his ascension to heaven, but with the migration (Hijra) from an undesirable environment into a desirable place to fulfill Allah's command.  It was migration from a plot that was set by the leaders of the Quraysh who were plotting to kill prophet Muhammad, and to destroy the truth that today is being conveyed to mankind everywhere against tyranny and injustice.  Their purpose was to destroy the foundation of the Islamic state, the Sunnah of the tradition of the prophet, and to prevent the revelation being delivered by Allah's messenger to mankind.

The Islamic calendar is reckoned from the time of migration (Hijra) of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) from Mecca to Madina.  The Prophet's decision to migrate from Mecca came after several years of inhuman treatment of the faithful by the powerful tribes who were united despite all their feuds to stop the spread of Islam.

Prophet Mohammad's decision to leave Mecca coincided with the infidel's plan to assassinate him.  In 622 AD, the Quresh tribesmen held a meeting and decided that a band of young men, one from each tribe, should assassinate Prophet Mohammad collectively so that their responsibility for the murder could not be placed on any particular tribe.

On the eventful night, the Prophet asked his cousin Ali Ben Abutalib to take his place in bed to make the Meccans think that he was asleep.  The Prophet himself slipped out unobserved alongwith his loyal follower Abu Bakr (who was chosen as the first C aliph after the death of the prophet).  They secretly made their way to a cave named Thawr, not far from Mecca and lay in hiding there for a day or two until Abu Bakr's son reported that the search for him had been given up.  Then the two set out from Madina on camel back.  They reached Quba, on the edge of the Madina oasis, on 12th Rabiul Awwal.  With Mohammad's arrival in Quba a new phase of his career and glory of Islam started.

This migration has a special significance in the history of Islam.  It ended the Meccan period of humiliation and torture and began the era of success.  His own people to whom he preached Islam for 13 years neglected the Prophet of Islam.  But he was cordially received in Madina as an honored chief.

In Madina his power enhanced day by day.  Here he was not only the religious leader but took the role of a politician and statesman too.  Prophet Mohammad expired ten years after his migration to Madina but only in one decade he changed the course of human history.

In view of this special significance of the Prophet's migration the consultative body advised the Second Islamic Caliph, Omar ben Khattab, to start the Islamic year from the date of migration of the Prophet from Mecca to Madina.

According to early Moslem scholars, Abu Musa Al Shari drew attention of Omar to an improperly dated debenture or IOU which was payable in the month of Shaban but it was not clear which Shaban was actually meant, the present one or the coming one.  Omar called the dignitaries for consultation who made several suggestions to begin the Islamic calendar.

Ali (who later became the fourth caliph) suggested the Hijra as the beginning of the Islamic year with Moharram as its first month.  Consequently, Caliph Omar in 21 A. H.  or 641 A. D introduced the Islamic calendar in its present form.


The guidance about the Islamic calendar is taken from the following verses from the Holy Quran: (In the name of GOD most gracious and most merciful)

"Lo the number of the months with God is twelve months. " IX:36.

"They ask thee, of new moons.  Say: They are fixed seasons for mankind and for the pilgrimage. " II:189.

"He it is who appointed the sun a splendor and the moon a light, and measured for her stages, that ye might know the number of the years, and the reckoning. " X:5

The Islamic Calendar of 12 Lunar Months is determined by observation of the new moon with no effort by intercalation (addition) or other means to synchronize the Lunar year with the Solar year.

Seerah of Prophet Muhammed 27 - The Hijrah - Emigration to Madinah - Yasir Qadhi

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=utKZzIWZ0I4

GENERAL HEALTH / Re: white Gift
« on: September 01, 2018, 01:00:47 PM »
احمد ديدات كيف تقلب الطاولة على المبشرين – YouTube
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Ahmed Deedat - Why non muslims are not allowed in . . .

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New: Know why non-Muslims are not allowed to enter . . .

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why not allow non-Muslims to go to Mecca - YouTube

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: August 28, 2018, 09:31:40 AM »
مناظرة رائعة بين الداعية الأمريكي /الشيخ خالد ياسين و شخص مسيحي youtube

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=RlfVcvucrgw

لقاء أبي عمر مع شيخ خالد ياسين
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=AkaPbAeTK40

Ahmed Deedat Answer - Christians understand the 'OPPOSITE' of what is in the bible!  youtube

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=79MNhZ2aNpk

الحلقة 3 برنامج ( #وياكم3 ) محمد العوضي ( لقاء مع الأمريكي خالد ياسين )

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=l9bd8qwowCI

ديدات يسحقهم بسؤال ليس له إجابة بالانجيل ‏ahmed deedat  youtube

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=ejSVL9iJ2UI

GENERAL HEALTH / Re: white Gift
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:13:15 AM »

        Departure to Arafat

        On the 9th day of Thul-Hijjah, the Day of Arafat, the pilgrims stay in Arafat until sunset.  The pilgrims pray Dhuhr and Asr at Arafat, shortened and combined dur ing the time of Dhuhr to save the rest of the day for glorifying Allah and for supplication asking forgiveness.  A pilgrim should make sure that he is within the boundaries of Arafat, not necessarily standing on the mountain of Arafat.  The Prophet salla Allah-u alaihe wa salam, said: "I stood here on this rocky hill and all Arafat is a standing place" Muslim.  One should keep reciting Talbeyah, glorifying Allah the Greatest and repeating supplication.  It is also reported that the Prophet, salla Allah-u alaihe wa salam, used to say the following supplication: "There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, the One without a partner.  The dominion and the praise are His and He is powerful over everything. " Anas Ibn Malik was asked once how he and his friends used to spend their time while walking from Mina to Arafat in the company of the Prophet, salla Allah-u alaihe wa salam.  Anas said: "Some of us used to cry out Talbeyah, others used to glorify Allah the Greatest and the rest used to repeat prayers.  Each one of us was free to worship Allah in the way he likes without prejudice or renunciation of his right. " Bukhari.

        In the vast square plain of Arafat, tears are shed, sins are washed and faults are redressed for those who ask Allah for forgiveness and offer sincere repentance for their wrong doings in the past.  Happy is the person who receives the Mercy and Pleasure of Allah on this particular day.

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انبهار مذيعة CNN من تنظيم الحج في السعودية، ومدى فرحة الحجاج بأداء حجهم
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تكبيرات العيد من الاذاعة المصرية جميل جدا
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=XVcF4WC1UbA

Eid al-Adha

Throughout the world, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, on this day.  This is the second of the two major holidays in Islam each year.

remember Abraham's trials,

102.  And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what you think!" He said: "O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Insha' Allah (if Allah will), you shall find me of As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc. ). "

103.  Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (or on the side of his forehead for slaughtering);

104.  And We called out to him: "O Abraham!

105.  You have fulfilled the dream (vision)!" Verily! Thus do We reward the Muhsinun (good-doers -

106.  Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial

107.  And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others.  One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor.  The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah's commands.  It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need.  We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.

It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin.  This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations: "It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him. " (Qur'an 22:37) ---
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GENERAL HEALTH / Re: white Gift
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:43:36 PM »

Allaah calls upon us to ponder the creation of the camel, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?”

[al-Ghaashiyah 88:17]

This pondering is not limited to the outward form of the camel, or even to the inner workings of its body, rather it also includes that which we have discussed here, which is the benefits of the urine and milk of the camel.  Modern scientific research is still discovering for us many of the wonders of this creature.
ديدات المتطرف - لقاء مُسجل بكاميرا سرية – مترجم
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=bYCoyeQXty8

RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:37:55 AM »
18.  A man is permitted to have more than one wife, then why can’t a woman have more than one husband?
Islam teaches that Allah has created men and women as equals, but not as identical beings.  They are different, physically, biologically and physiologically and each have different capabilities.  Their roles and responsibilities are therefore different but they complement one another.
Some may object to a man having the right to more than one wife by insisting that, in fairness, women should also be able to practice polyandry.  However, the following few points could be part of the reason behind its prohibition by God:
a) One of the benefits of polygyny is that it solves the problem of women outnumbering men.
b) In general, men are polygamous by nature while women are not.
c) Islam assigns great importance to the recognition of parents, both the mother and father.  When a man has more than one wife, the parents of children born in such marriages can easily be identified.  But in the case of a woman marrying more than one husband, only the mother of children born within the marriage would be known without resorting to laboratory tests.  Psychologists tell us that children who do not know their parents, the father in particular, undergo severe mental disturbances and trauma, and often have unhappy childhoods.

Ahmed Deedat Answer - Why do you claim Islam to be the true religion?
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=uXZ9tXTa00Y
Dr. Zakir Naik- Russian girl strong argument ends up in accepting Islam.
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=8Ac97y32JdU

Dr Zakir Naik Urdu Speech And Challenging Question Answers 16 April 2017

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=Zg4s9UGBXBQ

GENERAL HEALTH / Re: white Gift
« on: July 30, 2018, 11:41:53 AM »

Halib wa bool Alabel

The benefits of drinking camel urine

Praise be to Allaah.

The hadeeth referred to by the questioner is a saheeh hadeeth, in which it says that some people came to Madeenah and fell sick.  The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told them to drink the milk and urine of camels, and they recovered and grew fat.  In the story it also says that they apostatized and killed the camel-herder, then the Muslims caught them and executed them.  Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2855) and Muslim (1671). 

With regard to the health benefits of drinking the milk and urine of camels, they are many, and they are well known to the earlier generations of medical science and they have been proven by modern scientific research. 

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

The author of al-Qanoon (the Canon) – i. e.  the doctor Ibn Seena (Avicenna) – said:

The most beneficial of urine is the urine of Bedouin camels which are called najeeb.  . 

اخبرني بشئ في القرآن لم يكتشفه العلم بعد ؟ شاهد اجابة الدكتور ذاكر نايك

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=n6ZA4vc9-6A

ملحد يحاور د ذاكر لماذا خلقنا الله وهو يعلم ان بعض الناس سيدخلون النار؟ Atheist Asking D-Zakir Naik

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=M-2cdRov0fo

RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: July 21, 2018, 07:22:34 AM »
المقطع الذي أسلم بسببه الغرب خالد ياسين مترجم عربي . . .

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=7CTpi_p4EPM

دعوة غير المسلمين - خالد ياسين - مترجم Dawah to N . . .

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=txhtZGkesVI

علامات الأيام الأخيرة المُحاضر : عبد الرحيم غرين بالل . . .

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=VkhPsmxXVzA

GENERAL HEALTH / Re: white Gift
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:14:10 PM »

For my family
Comes to us fresh milk from farms
Chapter# 9, Book 23, Number 4983:
Abu Bakr Siddiq reported: As we went along with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) from Mecca to Medina, we passed by a shepherd and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was feeling thirsty.  He (Abu Bakr Siddiq) said: I milked for him a small quantity of milk (from his goat) and brought it to him (the Holy Prophet), and he drank it and I was very happy.
Book 23, Number 4984:
Al-Bara’ reported: When Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) went forth from Mecca to Medina, Suraqa b.  Malik b.  Ju’shum pursued him.  Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) invoked curse upon him, and his horse sank (in the desert).  He (Suraqa) said: (Allah’s Messenger), invoke blessings for me and I will do no harm to you.  He (the Holy Prophet) then supplicated Allah.  (At that time) he (the Holy Prophet) felt thirsty, and they happened to pass by a shepherd.  Abu Bakr Siddiq said: I took hold of a bowl and milked some milk into it for Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and gave it to him.  He drank it and I was pleased.
Book 23, Number 4985:
Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was presented two cups at Bait al-Maqdis on the night of Heavenly Journey, one containing wine and the other containing milk.  He looked at both of them, and be took the one containing milk, whereupon Gabriel (peace be upon him) said: Praise is due to Allah Who guided you to the true nature; had you taken the one containing wine, Your Umma would have gone astray.
Book 23, Number 4986:
This hadith is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira through another chain of transmitters, but he did not mention Aelia (Capitolina.  i.  e.  Bait al-Maqdis).

لماذا لا يسمح للمرأة ان تطلق زوجها في الاسلام ؟ - ذاكر نايك Dr Zakir Naik

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=87P0Lv166Bs

تعريف الاله من غير القرآن - ذاكر نايك Zakir Naik
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=8sQbG8bjiLg

هل من الضروري اعتناق الاسلام لدخول الجنة ؟ - ذاكر نايك Zakir Naik
https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=HreBda_MUHU

GENERAL HEALTH / Cleanse the soul & the body
« on: June 19, 2018, 01:42:43 PM »
From a study of the Holy Quran and Traditions of the Holy Prophet, it transpires that there are three objectives of Zakat (poor-due).   One is basic and specific and the other two are secondary and collective. 

The basic and essential objective of Zakat is purification of the soul.   It cures the lust for wealth, infuses the feat Allah in mans heart and makes one amenable to good deeds.   The Holy Quran says: And away from it (Hell) shall be kept the most pious one, who gives away his wealth in order to purify himself.   (XCIL:17-18)

On another occasion Allah addresses and exhorts the Holy Prophet (Pbuh) in these words: Take alms of their wealth, wherewith you may cleanse and purify them.   (9: 103)
These verses make the real importance of Zakat quite clear: it aims to emancipate the heart from temporal preoccupations and purifies the soul. 
It is an acknowledged fact that the love of material things is the real enemy of prayer.   It turns a man away from Allah and the After-life.   The Holy Prophet once said: The root of all evil is the love of worldly things.   (Mishkat)

Although temporal love includes many things the most powerful and dangerous of all is the love of material wealth.   The Holy Prophet has, therefore, regarded it as the greatest of all evils for the Muslims: The trial for my Ummah is wealth.   (Tirmidhi)
If a Muslim can save himself from the lure of wealth, he will be able to protect himself from many other vices. 

Because of its basic aim and purpose, poor-due is known as zakat in Islam.   Literally it means both purification and growth.   To give a portion of ones income to the needy for the pleasure of Allah is called Zakat because it purifies the soul.   It must, however, be remembered that the aim of zakat is achieved only when its payment is motivated by sincere desire and practical effort.   The pleasure of Allah should be the first and foremost consideration while paying Zakat.   It must be free from every other motive. 

Zakat should be paid out of the income earned only by fair and honest means.   Whatever is paid should be respectable.   If cheap and worthless stuff is given in zakat it will go in vain.   It will be no better than a hypocritical gesture. 
Zakats beneficiary should neither be made to feel grateful for it, nor should his feelings and self-respect be hurt.   Otherwise, Zakat will cease to have any meaning. 

One secondary objective of the poor-due is to provide basic necessities to poor Muslims.   The Holy Prophet said: Verily Allah has ordained the payment of Zakat on them (Muslims).   It will be taken from the rich and returned to the poor.   (Muslim)
These Traditions make it quite obvious that there is also a social and economic aspect of the poor-due without which its Islamic concept remains incomplete. 

The other secondary objective of Zakat is the help and support of Islam.   While giving the details of the beneficiaries of Zakat the Holy Quran says: The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and for those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors and for the cause of Allah, and for the wayfarers.   (9:60)
The words the cause of Allah denote the struggle waged for Islam,

zakat in islam
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Dr.   Zakir Naik Q&A Wealth, Zakat and its testing in Islam
Islamic Research Foundation

https://www.  youtube.  com/watch?v=yRuEhOJyZpo

Post Merge: June 27, 2018, 03:03:31 PM

1* If a person earns money from a fixed property but the whole amount is spent in the course of the year, then he does not become liable to pay Zakat.  But if he has saved a portion of the income and if this saving reaches or exceeds the minimum Nisab limit, then he will be liable to pay Zakat, provided the amount in question remains in his possession for 12 months.  (Lunar)

2* If a person owns buildings other than those meant for his own or his dependants use, and he has rented them out to others, the he will have to pay Zakat on the net income from the rent, provided the income is above the minimum Nisab limit and remains in his possession for 12 months.

3* The value of any vehicle used in the course of trade to earn a living is exempt from the obligation of Zakat.  But the net income earned from its use, and which remains with the owner for one full year, will be subject to payment of Zakat.

4* There is no Zakat on farmland owned by a person, irrespective of the amount of its value or its size, provided it is not bought for speculation. 

5* The capital involved in goods, properties and livestock owned for trade or commerce is subject to the payment of Zakat: that is, if a person began trading with a capital of Rs. 50,000 and earned profits thereon, then he will have to pay Zakat on the total amount, and not just on the profits earned.

6* Therefore, a person having a capital of Rs.  50,000 and earned Rs.  50,000 profits in due course will have to pay Zakat on Rs.  60,000 (capital plus profit), which will be the total amount reflected in the balance-sheet.

Who is eligible for Zakat? – Ramadan Essentials | Islamic Relief UK
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الحياة مثل ركوب قطار - الشيخ خالد ياسين (مترجم) Life Is Li . . .

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RELIGION / Re: Month of Return to Allah
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:24:33 AM »

allah is All-Merciful and He has expressed His Mercy to us His creatures through the sending of His final messenger Muhammad as an embodiment of mercy.  The Prophet said: “Have mercy to those on earth so that He Who is in Heaven will have mercy on you. ” (Tirmidhi)
“The believer is not the one who eats his fill when the neighbor beside him is hungry. ”

So it was not surprising that the Prophet’s Companions loved him dearly, as he was the kindest of men, bestowing his mercy not only upon humans but also on other creatures of the world as well.  No leader could be more considerate and solicitous of his followers than Muhammad: he never allowed any Muslim to bear any burden more than they could bear, as taught by God Himself.

For he was well aware of the infirmities of people; and this is evident from his consideration for his followers in the matter of fasting: He taught Muslims to delay the sahur (the pre-dawn meal before fasting) till a little before Dawn Prayer and not to delay the iftar (the meal to break the fast) after the call to Sunset Prayer so that no unnecessary strain is laid on the fasting person by prolonging the fast time.

During travel in Ramadan, the Prophet would either fast or break his fast; and he allowed his companions to choose between the two, according to their ability. 

Similarly during times of heat or thirst they were permitted to cool themselves by pouring water on the head, and the Prophet himself did so.  His example in the matter of consorting with his wives during Ramadan was not different; he disallowed only such acts that would obviously undermine the fasting.

As for the Tarawih Prayers (the supererogatory night prayers performed in Ramadan), .  Thus while he demonstrated through his example that the Tarawih Prayers are better offered in congregation, he allowed leniency in the matter out of his mercy.

Ramadan Reminder - Sh.  Abdurraheem Green [HD] - . . .

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=zdbFPw5eQrc

The Soul of Ramadan - Dr.  Bilal Philips - YouTube

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=Py6REoVh020

RELIGION / Re: Month of Return to Allah
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:33:25 AM »
Ramadan Moon Sighting Issues | Khalid Yasin - YouTube

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Ramadan Muslims - Abdur Raheem Green - YouTube

https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=TepFnBm9Qs8

RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: May 02, 2018, 07:26:36 AM »
qibla change in islam

There are more than 1.   5 billion Muslims in the world, and each time they pray, they turn their faces in one direction, towards Mecca.     The Islamic term for this direction is qibla.     When a Muslim prepares to pray, no matter where he is, he turns towards the qibla, the direction of the Kaba.     The Kaba is a small cube shaped building in the courtyard of the mosque known as Masjid Al Haram, in the city of Mecca, in the country of Saudi Arabia.   

“For every nation there is a direction to which they face (in their prayers).     So hasten towards all that is good.     Wheresoever you may be, God will bring you together (on the Day of Resurrection).     Truly, God is Able to do all things.     And from wheresoever you start forth (for prayers), turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Mecca), that is indeed the truth from your Lord.     And God is not unaware of what you do.   ” (Quran 2:148-149)

Muslims do not worship the Kaba, or its contents, it is simply a focal point.     Muslims worship One God, the Most Merciful, and the Most Wise.     God decreed that when Muslims pray they all face one direction.     It is a sign of unity that encapsulates the unity embedded in the religion of Islam.   

The Arabic word for prayer is salah and it demotes a connection between the believer and God; when all believers face the same direction it adds an extra dimension to the connection.     The prayer connects the believers to God and the qibla connects the believers to one another.     It has been said that if one could observe all the Muslims at prayer we would be able to see lines of worshippers bowing and prostrating like the petals of a flower opening and closing in unison.   

The qibla was not always oriented towards Mecca.     The first Muslims prayed towards the al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.     Around sixteen months after Prophet Muhammad and his followers migrated from Mecca to the city of Medina, the qibla was changed to the Kaba.     According to accounts by Prophet Muhammad's companions, the change happened very suddenly.     During the noon prayer, Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, received a revelation from God instructing him to, "Turn your face towards the Masjid al Haram".   

“Thus, we have made you real believers in Islamic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muhammad and his legal ways, a just nation, witnesses over mankind and the Messenger a witness over you.     And We made the Qibla (prayer direction towards Jerusalem) which you used to face, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (i.   e.    disobey the Messenger).     Indeed, it was great (heavy) except for those whom God guided.     And God would never make your prayers to be lost (i.   e.    your prayers offered towards Jerusalem).     Truly, God is full of kindness, the Most Merciful towards humankind.   ”

“Verily!  We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad) face towards the heaven.     Surely, We shall turn you to a Qibla (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid- al-Haram (at Mecca).     And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction.   .   .   ” (Quran 2:143-144)

Changing the direction of prayer establishes Mecca as the fixed central point for worship.     It establishes a common sense or purpose.   

Throughout the centuries, mathematicians and astronomers have established correct ways to determine the qibla (direction) from any point on the earth’s surface.     There are two precise moments each year when the sun is directly above the Kaba, thus the direction of shadows in any sunlit place will point away from the qibla.     There are also two moments per year when the sun is directly over the exact opposite position of the Kaba, thus pointing towards the qibla.   

It is important the Muslims make every effort to face the right direction when praying; however, slight deviations do not invalidate a person’s prayer.     Prophet Muhammad said, “What is between the east and the west is qibla”.   [1]  Nowadays it is easy to locate the qibla.     It is a simple matter to look at a map and draw a line between your location and the city of Mecca.     Compasses and computer programs that locate the qibla are readily available and most mosques throughout the world have a niche in the wall to indicate the qibla.   

Islam is a religion of unity.     Muslims are united by their belief in One God.     They are one brotherhood united in the language and ritual of prayer and united by the direction of their worship.     The qibla is not only about degrees of latitude or longitude it is about unity.     It is about humankind united in the worship of the One God, Creator, and Sustainer of the universe.   

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14.   Human beings are created from dust and it also mentions that they are created from sperm.   Isn't this contradictory?
“We made from water every living thing.  ” (Quran 21:30) And He said “O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and

partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes, then (foster you) that ye may reach your age of full strength; and some of you are called to die, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing after having known (much)” (Quran 22:5)

“Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the (other) beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay!” (Quran 37:11)
In the preceding verses, Allah has mentioned various stages of human creation.   The creation of man according to the Quran was first from water and dust, which when combined became clay.   This refers to the creation of humanity's first ancestor, Adam.   Then Allah decreed that his descendants would reproduce after that according to the same natural law that is applied to many other living beings. 

Sometimes the Quran refers to semen as "water", meaning fluid.   So when Allah says in the Quran that He created every living thing from water, it can indicate that everything in creation; humans, animals and plants have all been created from water and depend upon water for their continued existence.   But a similar verse: And Allah has created every creature from water.  10 can also mean that human beings and animals are created from their fathers' semen or sperm.   This is confirmed by other verses, such as: Did We not create you from a liquid disdained?
As for scientific evidence, research has confirmed that the body of man, like that of other living beings, is made up predominantly of water, and that the elements of the human body are exactly the same as those found in the earth’s soil in greater or smaller quantities. 
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15.  Islam oppress women
In answering this question, we must differentiate between the teachings of Islam and the practice of some Muslims.  Although some Muslim cultures oppress women, it often reflects local customs that are inconsistent, if not contrary to Islamic teachings.  Islam expects its adherents to uphold the rights of women, to protect their social status and prevent their degradation in every way.  Islam further holds that women are equal to men in their origin, their humanity, their honor and their accountability before God.

Today, Western societies have actually demoted women to sex objects.  The United States of America is one of the leading advocates of the so-called “women’s liberation” movement.  Ironically, it also has one of the highest rates of sexual assault and rape in the world.  According to an FBI report, in the year 1990, an average of 1756 rapes were committed in the US every single day.
The idea that Islam treats women as second class citizens worth half a man is nothing but a myth.  Islam elevated the status of women over 1,400 years ago by declaring them the sisters of men, giving them the right to education to the highest level, the right to choose a husband, the right to end an unhappy marriage, the right to inheritance, in general, the rights of a full citizen of the state.  Not only material and physical rights, but those of kindness and consideration are equally specified and significant in Islamic law.

Men and women are two equally important component parts of humanity, and the rights and responsibilities of both sexes are equitable and balanced in their totality.  Roles of men and women are complementary and collaborative.  Although their obligations might differ in certain areas of life in accordance with their basic physical and psychological differences, each is equally accountable for their particular responsibilities.  Ignoring these differences is surely unrealistic, but there is no reason to assume from them that one sex is either superior or inferior to the other in any way.
Under Islamic law, when a Muslim woman gets married she does not surrender her maiden name, but keeps her distinct identity.

In a Muslim marriage, the groom gives a dowry to the bride herself, and not to her father.  This becomes her own personal property to keep, invest or spend, and is not subject to the dictates of any of her male relatives.  The Quran places on men the responsibility of protecting and maintaining all of their female relatives.  It means, as well, that a man must provide for his wife and family even if she has money of her own.  She is not obligated to spend any of her money towards the maintenance of her family.  This relieves a woman of the need to earn a living, but she can work if she chooses to do so or if her circumstances warrant it.
The family, like any other organization, needs order and leadership.  The Quran states that the husband has a "degree" of authority over his wife, which means guardianship.  It is important to note, however, that guardianship is in no way a license to be a tyrant within the household.  Rather, it is a burden of responsibility for the husband to care completely for his wife and children.

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:54:48 PM »
The Quran says that only Allah knows what is in the womb
Does this not contradict medical science? To answer this we should look at the verses that relate to this matter “and He Who knows what is in the wombs.  Nor does any one know what it is that he will earn on the morrow: Nor does any one know in what land he is to die” (Quran 31:34)

“Allah doth know what every female (womb) doth bear, by how much the wombs fall short (of their time or number) or do exceed.  Every single thing is before His sight, in (due) proportion. ” (Quran 13:Cool
If one reads the Arabic text of this verse, they will find that there is no Arabic word that corresponds to the English word 'sex' or 'gender'.  The Quran mentions only the knowledge of “what” is in the womb.  Many have misunderstood this to mean the sex of the child in the womb, which is incorrect.

Today, science has indeed advanced, and we can easily determine the sex of the child in the womb of a pregnant mother using ultrasound scanning.  Therefore, the above verse refers to every aspect of the fetus' present and future existence.  What will be the child’s nature? Will the child be a blessing or a curse to the parents? What will happen to him or her throughout life? Will he or she do good or evil? How long will he or she live? Will he or she end up in Paradise or in Hell? Allah alone knows all of this. . .  no scientist in the world, no matter how advanced the technology, will ever be able to determine these things about a child in the mother’s womb.

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: April 05, 2018, 08:50:41 AM »
Islam opposed to knowledge and science
Islam is not opposed to knowledge and science.  Knowledge is of two types: religious, which has to do with the understanding of the religious duties one is required to carry out, and temporal, which has to do with all that is needed to know with a view to living a comfortable and beneficial life.

A Muslim is required to acquire both types of knowledge.  In fact, Islam advocated attaining knowledge and education at a time when the whole world was engulfed in utter ignorance.  The first revelation the Prophet of Islam received from Allah was “Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created - Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful,- He Who taught (the use of) the pen,- Taught man that which he knew not. ” (Quran 96:1-5)

These verses represent the first spark ever to dispel the darkness of ignorance and barbarianism in which the world had long been immersed.  And Allah reminded the Muslims of His immeasurable favour to humankind, saying: “It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom,- although they had been, before, in manifest error” (Quran 62:2)

The early generations of Muslims became, in a matter of years, a learned and refined nation in religious as well as worldly matters, after having remained in the darkness of ignorance for centuries.  Islam awakened in man the faculty of intellect and motivated him to serve Allah, the one true God.

Religious knowledge is essential, because, without it, one will not be able to perform his or her obligations in the prescribed manner.  The Prophet said,
“To whomever He intends benefit, Allah grants understanding of the religion. ”
Allah ordered the Prophet to pray to Him for advancement in knowledge "O my Lord! advance me in knowledge. ” (Quran 20:114)
Beneficial worldly knowledge is also necessary, and Muslims are encouraged to acquire it in order to benefit themselves and their fellow men.  When the early Muslims understood this fact, they surpassed other nations in development and productivity and carried the torch of knowledge for many centuries.

Islam made great advances in the fields of medicine, mathematics, physics, astronomy, geography, architecture, art, literature, and history, to mention but a few.  Many important new procedures such as the use of algebra, Arabic numerals, and the concept of the zero –which was vital to the advancement of mathematics-, were transmitted to medieval Europe from Muslim countries.  It was the Muslims who developed sophisticated instruments, including the astrolabe, the quadrant and good navigational maps which were to make possible the European voyages of discovery to the New World.
As T. W.  Wallbank and A.  Schrier put it:

“In medicine, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry and physics, Muslim achievements were particularly noteworthy.  Well-equipped hospitals, usually associated with medical schools, were located in the principal cities.  At a time when superstition still hampered the practice of medicine in western countries, Muslim physicians were diagnosing diseases, prescribing cures and performing advanced surgery. . .  Probably the greatest of all physicians was the 9th century figure, Al-Razi, known in the West as Rhazes.  He was the author of scores of scientific works, including a comprehensive medical encyclopaedia and a pioneering handbook on smallpox and measles.
A 10th century physician, Avicenna, (Ibn Sina) compiled a huge Cannon of Medicine which was considered the standard guide in European medical circles until the late 17th century. . .  Important advances were made in algebra, analytical geometry and plane spherical trigonometry. ”

The Quran itself is a book of guidance and it contains some amazing scientific facts.  They are amazing because although they were revealed to Prophet Muhammad over 14 centuries ago, they were not really understood by man until scientists "discovered" them in very recent times.  Although not meant to be a book of scientific facts as such, the Quran mentions certain realities that would only be recognized and appreciated through technological advancements in later centuries - further undeniable evidence and proof that it was not the work of Muhammad or of any person, but divine revelation from God.

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:26:09 AM »
 The Quran says nothing about Jesus
Jesus was among the prominent messengers who were mentioned in detail in the Quran.   In fact, there is a chapter in the Quran named Maryam (Mary) that speaks about Mary and her son Jesus.   Jesus is also mentioned in various other places throughout the Quran.   Here are some of the Quranic quotations regarding Mary and Jesus:

“Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East.   She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.   She said: "I seek refuge from thee to (Allah) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear Allah.  " He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son. 

She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?" He said: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us': It is a matter (so) decreed.  " So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place.   And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): "Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!" But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): "Grieve not! for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee; "And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.   "So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye. 

And if thou dost see any man, say, 'I have vowed a fast to (Allah) Most Gracious, and this day will I enter into not talk with any human being'" At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms).   They said: "O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! "O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman

unchaste!" But she pointed to the babe.   They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?" He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet; "And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; "(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; "So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"! Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.   It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son.   Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is.   Verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord: Him therefore serve ye: this is a Way that is straight.  ” (Quran 19:16-36)
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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:52:12 AM »
There are some similarities between the Quran and the Bible
But this is not sufficient grounds to accuse Muhammad of compiling or copying from the Bible.  The similarities between the two do not indicate that later prophets plagiarized from previous ones, but

merely point to a common source, who is the one true God, and to the continuation of the basic message of monotheism.
The coming of the unlettered Prophet was prophesized in the Bible: "And the book is delivered to him that is not learned. " (Isaiah 29:12)

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:40:09 AM »
Muhammad had religious discussions with Jews and Christians
The allegation that these Jews and Christians were its source is groundless, especially since the role of Prophet Muhammad was merely that of a teacher; he openly invited them to embrace Islam, pointing out how they had deviated from God's true teaching of monotheism.  Numerous Jews and Christians embraced Islam themselves upon hearing Muhammad’s message.

In addition, it was known that Muhammad was unlettered.  In His divine wisdom, Allah chose His final Messenger to be an unlettered man so no one would have the slightest justification to doubt him or accuse him of writing or copying the Quran.  Moreover, there was no Arabic version of the Bible in existence at the time of Prophet Muhammad.  The earliest Arabic version of the Old Testament is that of R.  Saadias Gaon of 900 CE - more than 250 years after the death of Muhammad .

We have mentioned that the Quran contains scientific miracles, and we presented a few facts stated within the book to evidence that it could not possibly have been known at that time by Muhammad or by any other person for that matter.  More and more recent scientific discoveries are being found to coincide with what is stated in the Quran, and this is irrefutable evidence that its source was none but the all-knowing God - Allah, the Almighty.

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:44:23 AM »
 The wrongdoer may receive part of the justice that is due to him in this world, but it will remain incomplete. 
The same is true of someone who deserves great reward and repayment - who has done much good, helped or taught many people, saved lives, suffered to uphold truth or patiently endured much hardship or injustice.   No earthly compensation is adequate for such relentless courage and effort.   These types of deeds can only be repaid in full in an eternal life where every individual affected by one's actions will testify for or against that person, and where one's innermost thoughts and intentions, known only to Allah, will be exposed and judged precisely and perfectly. 

Belief in the Hereafter is completely logical.   Allah has made certain things pleasing and desirable to us in this worldly life, such as justice, although it is usually unattainable.   Though a person may obtain a good portion of earthly pleasures and many of his objectives, one remains convinced that the world is unjust. 

Now, why would the Creator implant in us the love for something we may not experience? The answer is that this life is only one portion of our existence and the Hereafter is the necessary conclusion which balances everything out.   Whatever is missing here will be found there; and similarly, whatever is gained unlawfully here will result in deprivation there.   That is the perfect and absolute justice Allah has promised. 

Finally, Allah is able to create and re-create as He wills.   He creates whatever He wills, however He wills, whenever He wills.   Allah, the Exalted, says “even as We produced the first creation, so shall We produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfil it.  ” (Quran 21:104)

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:46:36 AM »
How can you confirm the existence of life after death?
The Quran teaches that the present life is a trial in preparation for the next realm of our existence.   A day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and recreated, and the dead will be resurrected to stand in judgment before Allah “One day the earth will be changed to a different earth, and so will be the heavens, and (men) will be marshalled forth, before Allah, the One, the Irresistible;” (Quran 14:48)

The Day of Resurrection will be the beginning of another life, one that will be eternal.   It is then that every person will be fully compensated by Allah for his or her good and evil deeds. 
The explanation that the Quran gives about the necessity of life after death is exactly what the moral consciousness of man demands.   If there were no life after death, the very belief in Allah would become meaningless, or even if one believed in Him, it would then be an unjust and indifferent deity, having once created man and no longer being concerned with his fate.   Surely, Allah is just.   He will punish the tyrants, whose crimes are beyond count - having killed hundreds of innocent people, created great corruption in society, enslaved

numerous persons to serve their own whims, and so on.   Because one has a short life span in this world and since numerous individuals are affected by one's actions, adequate punishments and rewards are not possible in this life.   The Quran very emphatically states that the Day of Judgment will come and that Allah will decide the fate of each soul. 
Each and every human being longs for justice.   Even if one does not uphold it for others they want justice for themselves.   For example, tyrants and oppressors who are intoxicated by power and influence and inflict pain and suffering on others will object vehemently if any injustice is done to them.   The reason such people become insensitive to the suffering of others is that they feel that power and influence prevents others from doing injustice to them. 

Any person who has suffered injustice, irrespective of financial or social status, almost certainly wants its perpetrator to be punished.   Though a large number of criminals are punished, many of them get off lightly or even scot-free.   They may continue to lead pleasant, even luxurious lives and enjoy a peaceful existence.   Allah may not punish a criminal in this world but He will surely hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment and punish him

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:22:47 AM »
The Quran says that Allah is merciful and that He gives severe punishment.  So is He forgiving or is He vengeful?

The Quran mentions many times that God is the Most Merciful.  In fact, all except one of the 114 chapters of the Quran begin with Bismillaahi Aahmaani Arraheem, which means, "I begin with the name of God, the Entirely Merciful and the Especially Merciful".  These two descriptions of God are sometimes translated as "The Compassionate, the Merciful"; however in Arabic grammar, both names are an intensive form of the word "merciful".  Rahmaan means merciful to all creation, and justice is part of this mercy.  Raheem means merciful especially to the believers and forgiveness is part of this mercy.  A complimentary and comprehensive meaning is intended by the use of both of them together.  In addition, Allah speaks of His forgiveness throughout the Quran.  In fact, God's mercy and forgiveness have been mentioned together more than 70 times in the Quran.  Allah repeatedly reminds us saying “Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful; And that My Penalty will be indeed the most grievous Penalty. ” (Quran 15:49-50)

Allah is just, and His justice necessitates that He reward those who obey and serve Him and punish those who disobey and rebel against Him.  If Allah did not punish the sinful, wicked and evil people who deserve to be punished, it would not be justice.  When punishment for wrongdoing is certain, it serves to deter potential offenders.  In contrast, if Allah forgave everyone and punished no one, there would be no reason for legislation, ethics or even morality. 

Life on earth would be chaotic and nothing short of anarchy.  True justice, with its true rewards and just penalties can only be found with Allah, and that is what He has promised in the Quran “We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account): and enough are We to take account. ” (Quran 21:47)
Allah forgives all those who repent and correct themselves at any stage in their lives, and He has invited all people to His abundant forgiveness and mercy:

Say: ‘O My slaves who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah.  Indeed, Allah forgives all sins.  Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.  And return (in repentance) to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.  And follow the best of what was revealed to you from your Lord before the punishment comes upon you suddenly, while you do not perceive.  (Quran 39:53-5)

Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  "Turn ye to our Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (Will), before the Penalty comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped.  "And follow the best of (the courses) revealed to you from your Lord, before the Penalty comes on you - of a sudden while ye perceive not!- "Lest the soul should (then) say: 'Ah! Woe is me!- In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah, and was but among those who mocked!'- "Or (lest) it should say: 'If only Allah had guided me, I should certainly have been among the righteous!'

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RELIGION / Re: The essence of the facts
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:04:10 AM »
Christmas and 25th of December
Many Christians are unaware that the true spirit of reverence which Muslims display towards Jesus and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead of their faith as prescribed in the Holy Quran.  Most do not know that a Muslim does not take the name of Jesus , without saying Eesa alai-hiss-salaam i. e.  (Jesus peace be upon him).

Jesus is commonly considered to have been born on the 25th of December.  However, it is common knowledge among Christian scholars that he was not born on this day.  It is well known that the first Christian churches held their festival in May, April, or January.  Scholars of the first two centuries AD even differ in which year he was born.  Some believing that he was born fully twenty years before the current accepted date.  So how was the 25th of December selected as the birthday of Jesus ?

Grolier's encyclopedia says: "Christmas is the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated on December 25 . . .  Despite the beliefs about Christ that the birth stories expressed, the church did not observe a festival for the celebration of the event until the 4th century. . . .  since 274, under the emperor Aurelian, Rome had celebrated the feast of the "Invincible Sun" on December 25.  In the Eastern Church, January 6, a day also associated with the winter solstice, was initially preferred.  In course of time, however, the West added the Eastern date as the Feast of the Epiphany, and the East added the Western date of Christmas". 

So who else celebrated the 25th of December as the birth day of their gods before it was agreed upon as the birth day of Jesus ? Well, there are the people of India who rejoice, decorate their houses with garlands, and give presents to their friends on this day.  The people of China also celebrate this day and close their shops.  Buddha is believed to have been born on this day.  The great savior and god of the Persians, Mithras, is also believed to have been born on the 25th of December long before the coming of Jesus .

The Egyptians celebrated this day as the birth day of their great savior Horus, the Egyptian god of light and the son of the "virgin mother" and "queen of the heavens" Isis.  Osiris, god of the dead and the underworld in Egypt, the son of "the holy virgin", again was believed to have been born on the 25th of December.

The Greeks celebrated the 25th of December as the birthday of Hercules, the son of the supreme god of the Greeks, Zeus, through the mortal woman Alcmene Bacchus, the god of wine and revelry among the Romans (known among the Greeks as Dionysus) was also born on this day.

Adonis, revered as a "dying-and-rising god" among the Greeks, miraculously was also born on the 25th of December.  His worshipers held him a yearly festival representing his death and resurrection, in midsummer.  The ceremonies of his birthday are recorded to have taken place in the same cave in Bethlehem which is claimed to have been the birth place of Jesus .

The Scandinavians celebrated the 25th of December as the birthday of their god Freyr, the son of their supreme god of the heavens, Odin.

The Romans observed this day as the birthday of the god of the sun, Natalis Solis Invicti ("Birthday of Sol the invincible").  There was great rejoicing and all shops were closed.  There was 419 Scamon and public games.  Presents were exchanged, and the slaves were indulged in great liberties.  These are the same Romans who would later preside over the council of Nicea (325 CE) which lead to the official Christian recognition of the "Trinity" as the "true" nature of God, and the "fact" that Jesus was born on the 25th of December too.

In Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon says: "The Roman Christians, ignorant of his (Christ's) birth, fixed the solemn festival to the 25th of December, the Brumalia, or Winter Solstice, when the Pagans annually celebrated the birth of Sol " vol.  ii, p.  383.

Christians opposed to Christmas

There are several Christian groups who are opposed to Christmas.  For example, they take the verse from the Bible in Jeremiah 10:2-4 as an admonition against decorating Christmas trees.

The King James Version reads: "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen. . . .  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. "

In order to understand this subject, it is helpful to trace some of the history of Christmas avoidance, particularly its roots in Puritanism.

The Puritans believed that the first-century church modeled a Christianity that modern Christians should copy.  They attempted to base their faith and practice solely on the New Testament, and their position on Christmas reflected their commitment to practice a pure, scriptural form of Christianity.  Puritans argued that God reserved to himself the determination of all proper forms of worship, and that he disapproved of any human innovations - even innovations that celebrated the great events of salvation.  The name Christmas also alienated many Puritans. 

Christmas, after all, meant "the mass of Christ. " The mass was despised as a Roman Catholic institution that undermined the Protestant concept of Christ, who offered himself once for all.  The Puritans' passionate avoidance of any practice that was associated with papal Rome caused them to overlook the fact that in many countries the name for the day had nothing to do with the Catholic mass, but focused instead on Jesus' birth.  The mass did not evolve into the form abhorred by Protestants until long after Christmas was widely observed.  The two customs had separate, though interconnected, histories.

As ardent Protestants, Puritans identified the embracing of Christianity by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the early 300s CE as the starting point of the degeneration and corruption of the church.  They believed the corruption of the church was brought on by the interweaving of the church with the pagan Roman state.  To Puritans, Christmas was impure because it entered the Roman Church sometime in this period.  No one knows the exact year or under what circumstances Roman Christians began to celebrate the birth of their Lord, but by the mid-300s CE, the practice was well established.
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RELIGION / The essence of the facts
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:10:18 AM »
Muslims worship a God that is different from the one worshipped by Christians and Jews.
This might be due to the fact that Muslims often refer to God as "Allah".  This concept is false, since "Allah" is simply the Arabic word for the One true "God" Who created the universe and all humanity.  Let there be no doubt - Muslims worship the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus.  However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty God.  For example, Muslims - like Jews - reject the Christian beliefs of the Trinity and the Divine Incarnation.
This, however, does not mean that each of these three religions worships a different God - because, as we have already said, there is only One True God.  Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim to be “Abrahamic Faiths”, and all of them are also classified as “monotheistic. ” However, Islam teaches that other religions have, in one way or another, distorted and nullified a pure and proper belief in Almighty God by neglecting His true teachings and mixing them with man-made ideas.  Islam calls upon people to return to the one true God and to worship and obey Him alone.  Islam teaches that God should be approached without intermediaries.  That is because the merciful all-knowing God is completely in control of everything that exists and that He can bestow His grace and mercy on His creatures as He pleases; therefore no intercession, atonement or incarnation is necessary.

Arabic speaking people of all religions refer to God as "Allah".  For example, if you pick up an Arabic translation of the Christian Bible you will see the word "Allah" where "God" is used in English.  Therefore, Allah is not the god of only the Muslims, but the same God worshipped by all monotheistic faiths.  This idea that "Allah" is different from "God" is illogical since it is tantamount to saying that the French worship a different "god" because they use the word "Dieu", that Spaniards worship a different "god" because they say "Dios" or that the Hebrews worshipped a different "god" because they called Him "Yahweh"!
The Quran, which is the divine scripture of Muslims, was revealed in the Arabic language, so Muslims use the word "Allah" for "God", even when they are speaking other languages.  A more literal translation of "Allah" into English might be "the one- and-only God" or "the one true God".

It should be clearly understood that what Islam is primarily concerned with is correcting humankind's concept of Almighty God.  What people are ultimately going to be held accountable for at the end of Day of Judgment is not whether they preferred the word "Allah" or the word "God", but what their concept of Him is.  The true concept of God is clarified only within the message revealed by Him.  The last message sent by God, or Allah, is the Quran.

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RELIGION / Re: Good words
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:41:04 AM »
Muhammad ibn (son of) Abdullah ibn (son of) Abdul Mutalib, was born on 12 Rabi 'Awwal in the year 570 C. E.  (Christian Era) in Makkah, (today: Saudi Arabia) and he died in 633 C. E.  in Yathrib (today: Madinah, Saudi Arabia)

In Arabic the word prophet (nabi) is derived from the word naba which means news.  Thus we deduce that a prophet spreads the news of God and His message, they are in a sense God’s ambassadors on earth.  Their mission is to convey the message to worship One God.  This includes, calling the people to God, explaining the message, bringing glad tidings or warnings and directing the affairs of the nation.  All the prophets were anxious to convey God’s message sincerely and completely and this included the last prophet, Muhammad.  During his final sermon Prophet Muhammad asked the congregation three times whether he had delivered the message, and called on God to witness their answer, which was a resounding “yes!”.

As well as the essence of their call to One God, another accepted sign of the truth of the prophets is how they live their lives.  The accounts of Prophet Muhammad’s life that we have inherited from our righteous predecessors illustrate that Muhammad’s Prophethood was guided by God from the very beginning.  Long before, Prophethood Muhammad was being prepared to guide humankind to the straight path and his life experiences stood him in good stead for such a weighty mission.  Then at the age of 40 when Prophethood was bestowed upon him, God continued to support and affirm his mission.  Any account of Muhammad’s life is filled with examples of his exemplary character; he was merciful, compassionate, truthful, brave, and generous, while striving solely for the rewards of the Hereafter.  The way Prophet Muhammad dealt with his companions, acquaintances, enemies, animals and even inanimate objects left no doubt that he was ever mindful of God.

Muhammad’s birth was accompanied by many so called miraculous events and the talk of the extraordinary events no doubt functioned as signs of Prophethood,

Special but not unique circumstances surrounded childhood of Prophet Muhammad and these undoubtedly had a bearing on his character.  By the time he was eight years old he had suffered through the death of both his parents and his beloved grandfather Abdul Muttalib.  He was left in the care of his uncle and great supporter Abu Talib.  Thus even as a young boy he had already suffered great emotional and physical upheaval.  Both the many chroniclers of Muhammad’s life and the Quran acknowledge his disrupted life.

Did He not find you (O Muhammad) an orphan and gave you a refuge? (Quran 93:6)

Muhammad’s uncle Abu Talib was poor and struggled to keep his family fed, thus during his adolescence Muhammad worked as a shepherd.  From this occupation he learned to embrace solitude and developed characteristics such as patience, cautiousness, care, leadership and an ability to sense danger.  Shepherding was an occupation that all the prophets of God we know of had in common.  ‘…The companions asked, “Were you a shepherd?” He replied, “There was no prophet who was not a shepherd. ”’[1]

In his teens Muhammad sometimes travelled with Abu Talib, accompanying caravans to trade centres.  On at least one occasion, he is said to have travelled as far north as Syria.  Older merchants recognized his character and nicknamed him Al-Amin, the one you can trust.  Even in his youth he was known as truthful and trustworthy.  One story that is accepted by most Islamic scholars and historians is the account of one of Prophet Muhammad’s trips to Syria.

The story goes that the monk Bahira foretold the coming Prophethood and counselled Abu Talib to “guard his nephew carefully”.  According to biographer Ibn Ishaq, as the caravan in which Prophet Muhammad was travelling approached the edge of town, Bahira could see a cloud that appeared to be shading and following a young man.  When the caravan halted under the shadow of some trees, Bahira “looked at the cloud when it over-shadowed the tree, and its branches were bending and drooping over the apostle of God until he was in the shadow beneath it. ” After Bahira witnessed this he observed Muhammad closely and asked him many questions concerning a number of Christian prophecies he had read and heard about.

The young Muhammad was distinguished among his people for his modesty, virtuous behaviour and graceful manners, thus it was no surprise for his companions to see him, even as a youth many years before Prophethood, shun superstitious practices and keep away from drinking alcohol, eating meat slaughtered on stone altars or attending idolatrous festivals.  By the time he reached adulthood Muhammad was thought of as the most reliable and trustworthy member of the Meccan community.  Even those who concerned themselves with petty tribal squabbles acknowledged Muhammad’s honesty and integrity.

Muhammad’s virtues and good moral character was established from a young age, and God continued to support and guide him.  When he was 40 years old Muhammad was given the means to change the world, the means to benefit the whole of humanity

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