Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cursing me is fine, but cursing the Sahabah/Sahabiyat?



Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu.


This is not the first time I've received unacceptable comments from Shia's. But this one stuck out to me and I thought I would share with you and expose this dirty coward. Please excuse the degrading language made by this uneducated low-class individual. I apologize for their lack of intellect and knowledge with words they need to use to express their hatred for the Sahabah and Sahabiyat .
It's one thing to curse me which I don't hold any offense to except find amusement in it , but to curse the companions and wives of the prophet (sallahu aleyhi wasselem)?????!!!! That's a whole new league of its own.

Also, the fact that some lackadaisical Muslims have told me not to blog about this or to have patience instead and not expose the sins of Muslims? I would like to mention, the daleel about those who curse the sahabah and sahabiyyat. The degree of this sin is to that which can consider these Shia to be a 'kafir' and a 'hypocrite' (please see post on Shia's) so should we not warn the people about such deviance!!?? PEOPLE WITH A RIGHT MIND AND WHO FEAR ALLAH, WILL WARN THE UMMAH AGAINST SUCH ATROCIOUS DEVIANCE. Please educate yourselves first and foremost about who the Shia are. If you think that I should keep quiet about so-called "Muslims" who CURSE THE SAHABAH, CURSE THE MOTHER OF BELIEVERS , and celebrate the death of Aisha radiallahu anhu, then you are basically one of the Shia. I am sick and tired of sisters telling me that I need to keep quiet and not talk about the ignorance of others. BY the way, backbiting is allowed if it is warning against people who are spreading deviance and innovation. Normally I would post the daleel for you, but I figure, it seems many Muslimahs these days have been ignorant much, so why not give you the opportunity to do a little research for yourselves?

" If I were to remain silent, how would the ignorant masses know truth from falsehood?" Those who introduce heretical writings and deviant religious rites contrary to Qur'ân and Sunnah have to be exposed and the Muslim nation warned against them according to the unanimous agreement of Muslim scholars (Ahmed Hanbal Rahimahullah)

...and who said I don't have patience? insha'Allah I will be waiting until the Day of Judgement for Allah to expose this fool amongst many others. May Allah protect us all from shirk, bid'aah , and evil people like those who curse the prophets (sallalahu aleyhi wasselem) companions. Ameen

I'd like to also say: have you no passion or care for our sahaba and sahabiyat ? Not blog about such atrocious behaviour to warn the rest of the Ummah? I'm sorry but I will blog about it and warn the Ummah of the deviant sects out there so that we all insha'Allah educate ourselves on the CORRECT AQEEDAH and MANHAJ of the Prophet sallahu aleyhi wasselem. I am just doing my duty as a Muslim.

AstughfurAllah , seriously , what is the world coming to?)

Please take the time to read and reflect as to what kind of people are out there.
If you think for one minute Shia are Muslims..please read this comment that was left on one my posts (which I obviously did not publish)

This comment deserves it's own blog post.
 I have no words to say except you wait until the Day of Judgement when Allah holds you accountable for this comment! You dirty oppressor !

The last time I got some rude remarks made to be about being "slanty" eyed was in grade 1 by a bunch of little kids. This just shows the level of intellect that many of these Shia's have.
Oh, and for the record, my eyes are not slanty nor is my skin yellow. Perhaps you should also educate yourself on Chinese people and also some MANNERS.

Lol, what a dumb bitch. Sunnis are Kaffir, because they love the Sahaba. Hey, asian girl, look at this: "Our belief about tabarra is that we should loathe the four idols, i.e Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Muawiyah, and the four women i.e Aisha, Hafza, Hind and Umm Hakam, and their followers also, and that these are the worst creatures of God, and that the belief in God, and Messenger and Imams will not be completed till we loathe their these enemies." Haqqul Yaqin , p. 519 This is what our greatest classical Shia scholar said. Eat that, you yellow, slanty eyed, asian on The Status of Women in Islam

Shaykh al-Islam ibn Tayyimah said:


This refers to one who slanders some of the Sahaabah. But if a person slanders all of the Sahaabah, then he is undoubtedly a kaafir. The same applies if he slanders one of the Sahaabah just because he is a Sahaabi, because this is demeaning the virtue of the Sahaabah and indirectly slandering the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). So undoubtedly the person who does this is a kaafir. Based on this, the words of al-Tahhaawi, “and hating them is kufr” should be understood as meaning that hating all of the Sahaabah is undoubtedly kufr, but if a person slanders a Sahaabi not because he is a Sahaabi but for some personal reason, and that Sahaabi was, for example, one of those who became Muslim before the Conquest of Makkah and of whose virtue we are certain – such as the Raafidis who slander the two Shaykhs [Abu Bakr and ‘Umar] – then al-Qaadi Husayn stated that the one who slanders the two Shaykhs is a kaafir. 
The reason for the scholarly dispute on this issue is if a person slanders a specific person it may be for some personal reason, or he may hate someone for a worldly reason etc. This does not imply that he is a kaafir. But undoubtedly if he hates one of the two Shaykhs because he was a companion of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), then this is kufr, and indeed hating any of the Sahaabah who was lower in status than two Shaykhs just because he was a companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is also definitely kufr.  
Fataawa al-Subki, 2/575. 



BEWARE OF THESE SHIA'S who will make their way around blogs spreading their lack of knowledge, their low class attitude, their lack of akhlaq, and their disbelief .
May Allah give them all what they deserve in this dunya and the akhirah Ameen. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane "Sandy", are you going to blame it on the Muslims?


ground zero @ the WTC, you going to blame the Muslims on this one? 



Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa barakatu, 
This is what humans say about Hurricanes: 

"A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied bythunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied bythunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface." (http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes)

 But in reality, this is the reason for all major calamities in the world, Allah says, " Evil (sins and disobedience of Allaah, etc.) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds, etc.), that Allaah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allaah, and begging His Pardon)."(Ar-Rum, ayah 41)

Do you ever have a moment where you just want to address the nation and tell them to WAKE UP, SMARTEN UP, & PICK UP THE QUR'AN? 
Well, I have many of these moments, but when I see "natural disasters" that sweep a certain country by storm, I can't help but need to write a post about it. I also want to remind everyone, Muslims and Non-Muslims about this verse from the Qur'an : "and whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned, and He pardons much.}"  [Ash-shuraa 42:30]

As many of us have seen and heard, Hurricane "Sandy" has been busy demolishing and eating up everything in it's way. I don't refer to these storms by names that meteorologist have given them, simply because I don't look at these "natural disasters" as natural (as many think they are caused by some lady known as "mother nature".) They do not happen because of "mother nature" nor do they happen because of a shift in this or a shift in that. They simply happen because of Allah. Violent storms and winds are true signs from our Creator. The eminent scholar, Ibn Uthaimeen (May Allah have mercy on him) said: “And we do not negate the fact that there are tangible reasons for it, but who is the one who provides these tangible reasons?  Verily, the tangible reasons do not exist, except with the command of Allah, the Mighty, and Majestic. Allah, by His wisdom, has made for everything, a reason, or a tangible reason. 
We see many people helpless, frightened, and scurrying to over stock in emergency supplies. Does it ever occur to them to even stop for one second before calamity befalls them, and to think where exactly does this angry storm come from? No, of course not. People think that they can save themselves from calamity as long as they prepare and find a "safe" place to hide. NOWHERE IS SAFE FROM ALLAH because if He wanted to He will destroy you. He will destroy anything and everything around you, behind you, and beside you. He is the ALMIGHTY. How funny it is that we humans think we are just so strong and tough? All the money in the world couldn't even save you from one BIG STRIKING WAVE from the ocean which Allah has sent forth! 
How can your wealth save you from an earthquake, a fire, or a tornado? No, there is no such thing as "being at the wrong place at the wrong time" because Allah is the one who set you there at the right place, and the right time, on HIS schedule. WAKE UP & REFLECT!  
 {And how many signs in the heavens and the earth they pass by, while they are apathetic towards them} [Yusuf 12:105] 
How sad it is, when we only cry and reflect on life when there is a universal disaster that strikes us? How pathetic it is when we cry for "god" during the times of despair over trials and tribulations. Then once everything is over, we show no gratitude to our one true Creator and we go on continuing to live our clueless, sinful lives? 
If only we reflected upon the Qur'an and learnt what Allah has said over and over again. 
{‘O you who believe! Remember Allah’s favor upon you, when there came against you hosts and We sent against them a wind and forces that you saw not (i.e. troops of angels during the battle of Al-Ahzab [the confederates]).  And Allah is ever All-seer of what you do. [Al-Ahzab 33:9]

“And to Solomon (we subjected) the wind, strongly raging, running by His command towards the land which We have blessed; and of everything We are the All-Knower.”  [Al-Anbiya 21:81]

“ so We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them 

were some on whom We set hasib (a violent wind with 

shower of stones) [As the people of Lut (lot)], and of 

them, were some who were overtaken by as-saihad 

(torment-awful cry, (as Thamud’s or Shuaib’s people)], 

and of them were some whom We caused the earth to 

swallow [as Qarun (Korah)], and of them were some 

whom We drowned [ as the people of Nuh (Noah), or the 

Firaun (Pharaoh) and his people]. It was not Allah who 

wronged them; rather they wronged them-selves.  

[Al-‘Ankabut 29:40]


{and in ‘Ad (there is also a sign) when We sent against them the barren wind; it spared nothing that it, but blew it into spreads of rotten ruins} [Az-zariyat 51:41-42]
{As for Ad, they were destroyed by furious violent wind!}  [Al-Haqqah 69:6]

I am a true believer of JUSTICE. When people say "well God doesn't do harm, God isn't mean, God isn't this and that and blah blah blah...", well I say " WELL DO YOU KNOW GOD? You all think God is a person who died on the cross, you also think that God needs to take a day off to 'rest' after He created the universe" but the real truth can be found in the Qur'an :

Surah Al-Ikhlas 114 (The Unity)
" Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One,
 Allah , the Eternal Refuge.
 He neither begets nor is born,
 Nor is there to Him any equivalent."" ( 112:1-4)

Allah does not sleep, eat, nor rest. 
He is the Almighty, The All Knowing, The Owner, The Creator. 
He created the heavens and the earth and everything in between. 
He causes life and He causes death. 
So He does as He pleases. 

No doubt that it is sad that many innocent lives are lost, but earning the Wrath of Allah is a much greater issue. Denying and disobeying in The MOST MERCIFUL ? What do you expect? He has granted us much respite, SO MUCH MERCY and still we sit back and twiddle our thumbs and call it a day! 
Learn your Creator before you return to your Creator, but by then it will be too late. 

Hurricane "Sandy" isn't the first signs of Allah and His wrath, remember the Earthquake in Japan? Well, PLEASE refresh your memory with this CHILLING POST 





Thursday, October 25, 2012

TIME FOR SADAQAH ....ANYONE?

ATTENTION PLEASE: 



ASSALAMUALAIKUM WA RAHMATULAHI WA BARAKATU!

As many of you know, I have mentioned many times about our non-profit organization "Pious Muslimah Inititaive", which now has been given the new name "Pink Salam". For more information please check out my blog posts on the kind of work we have been doing (Sadaqah & Sadaqah II ).

The reason for the name change is because we wanted something shorter, catchier, and straight to the point. Though Pious Muslimah Initiative (PMI) is a great name, it is rather long and it seems to only attract Muslimahs. The new "makeover" of Pink Salam, is focussing on the same concept of Sadaqah (charity) but also gearing mainly towards Dawah to Muslims and Non-Muslims, adhering strictly to the Qur'an and Sunnah. We aim to unite sisters only from all over the world by bringing everyone together for one purpose, and that is to SPREAD ISLAM THE PEACEFUL WAY , THROUGH THE QUR'AN AND SUNNAH and also through Sadaqah. Our website is still under construction but our projects are listed on our site www.pinksalamteam.blogspot.com . If you would like to volunteer feel free to contact me for a brief interview. 

That being said, our latest project has been launched and we are looking for donations. Please read below, to learn more about the latest initiative. May you find it in your heart to donate for the sake of Allah to these children who are in dire need of a proper Islamic education. If you need more "legitimate" information please feel free to contact me @ onechinesemuslimah@gmail.com (SISTERS ONLY, Brother's emails will be rejected RIGHT AWAY)

PLEASE NOTE:

YOUR DONATIONS GO STRICTLY TO THE ORGANIZATION I SWEAR BY ALLAH NONE OF THE MONEY IS KEPT FOR OUR OWN USE (we are still looking for donors and sponsors to aid our humbled, non-profit organization) (I fear Allah, and He is watching me as I write this, I do not lie and the money does not go anywhere else EXCEPT to the organization itself. The organizations we choose, we trust them as well that they will use the donations exactly as needed for the cause).




Al-Noor Academy :



Name of Organization (school): Al Noor Academy

Number of Kids: 200+

Brief Description of Concerns : To educate the poor children who cannot afford the expensive education of well-off schools

Curriculum : Education of Holy Quran, Islamic Quiz Competitions and trying to provide all those facilities and activities (without any cost) which the other schools provide at higher fees, Special programs and practical work for Hajj and Ramadan months to bring awareness in the kids, Proper NCC Training, Field trips and Science & Art Exhibitions.

How Can Donations Help? : By keeping our dynamics in view, you may help in any way you can, we are helpless financially and economically. We need a space for atleast 3 years to establish ourself and then help ourself after getting established or a small license to work legally.

Bio of the organization: 


My name is Amna, a 24 year old working lady, I have been working since more than 6 years, you can say since after my father passed away, we, two sisters decided to financially support our family, after 1 year my elder sister got married so I was working alone and soon my eldest brother also got a better job. 

When my father was alive, it was his dream to educate the helpless and needy, he was jobless for more than 10 years, my mother got a job in a school, she used to awake for hours and hours and my father always felt guilty in his heart that his wife has to do all this just because he was jobless. He was also a patient of diabetes. My mother supported my father always, she never let him down. When my sister and I completed our higher studies, we got working in schools in the morning, went for Al-Quran Madrasa in the afternoon, gave tuition to kids in the evening till night. We always got very tired but never complained to our parents, we were happy that ALhumdulillah we are busy in life and away from bad deeds and thoughts, SubhanAllah, Allah has a perfect reason behind everything. 

One day my mother's school principal came in our house and said to her that she is very weak now and wants to take retirement, she said that she had seen a small house in a very old area, she want to educate the poor people of that place because their parents are mostly labours and maids and they do not earn enough to educate their kids in big school with lots of fees. She handed over the keys and documents to my mother saying that she trusts her a lot and she wants my mother to this to gain Ajar in this world and the next, she also advised my mother that you should not charge them any fixed amount of fees, if they can pay then let them pay as much as they can be it SR 25 or SR 50, keep it to the least and if they cannot pay then educate them for the sake of Allah. She also told her that it may look like a very very small school or call it a tuition center, but the education provided must be the level of the well known schools. The curriculum must be British or from the OXFORD university press.

My mother was very happy and thankful and so was my father, they both started working on it and established it, my and my sister were too young at that time but we still helped in. Just within 4 years, the school was full of 300 students out of which only 40 to 50 were paying fees as much as they could afford. There were 5 teachers, my mother had to pay the salaries and rents + bills from the school's entire income, so there was no loss no profit. But Alhumdulliah the parents were very happy that their children are being educated, all parents were Sudanis, Egyptians and Pakistanis and 90% of them were without residence permit. The school still had no license because the income was not at all enough for getting a SR 1 million license. Even if we somehow could manage for the license then the our aim of 'Giving best education to the poor and needy' would have been dead. Because their are several conditions to fulfil after getting licensed; the building should be new and in a new area, there must be science lab, library, staff room, 75 computers, latest teachnolgy, blah blah blah which we can never fulfil.

The school was very smoothly running and one day my father passed away. The school had to be closed for 4 month because my mother had to stay in Iddah. There was a teacher in our school who asked my mother not to close the school otherwise the kids will not come back maybe or they will go to different schools. She asked my mother to hand over the school to her for 4 month and after 4 month my mother can come back and restart. So my mother just agreed to handover to her while she kept waiting for her Iddah to be over, and when it did, my mom went back to school after 2 days of Iddah's completion, the teacher refused to move out and said that my mother had SOLD the school, students and furniture to her, ASTAGHFIRULLAH! My mother got very angry but didn't say anything and came back home, many people advised my mother to start her school again in the same old area with the same school name 'Al-Noor Academy' - because it was originally hers! She had complete rights upon its everything!

So my mother started it all over again in the same old area for the same poor kids, now my father was not there so it was me and my brother who helped her all through the process. The kids came back to my mother from the 'teachers occupied' school and soon all the students came back to my mother after knowing she has opened it in a new place, all the parents and students were very attached to my mom, they loved her a lot. The school kept running, now we had 200 students after the restart. 5 teachers. MashaAllah the education given to them was excellent, it was OXFORD course and many activites, field trips, projects, functions, exhibitions and SubhanAllah National Cadets Corps (NCC) training had also started in our school, their special uniforms were stitched in order from Pakistan. It was very small school but we always managed to do everything for these innocent kids. All the expenditures were from our own pockets because there was no fees only 5% were paying. But we kept our faith in Allah very firm and kept on. 

This year, we felt the school has a very less space, we found a new location, the rent was reasonable, I told my mother that we will manage to pay it InshaAllah, we moved in the new building, decorated the classrooms etc, the kids were very happy to see this new 'spacious' school MASHALLAH! --- All of a sudden there was a phone call on my mother's mobile, a lady said I want to admit my students in your school, tell us your location, my mom told her and she came in along with a inspection team. That lady was an agent and she came with her secretary and two men from Ministry of Education. We were shocked and kept praying to Allah. But the sealed the school saying that "someone had complained to us about this school is without license and that person gave us your number" - it can be someone nearer to us or there can be so many people who could be enmities Astaghfirullah!!!! 

Only Allah knows whoever that can be! But whoever it was, he has spoiled the future of all the working teachers, studying poor kids, and the canteen lady's income that was only from this school she was earning. 

For the time being, we had called many students in our home to give them tuitions, but it was not easy to accomodate many in a little house, so we are now teaching them in a nearby apartment. It's rent is very high. Also we have to cover all the dues, loans and payments for the school books we had bought for the students to sell them in half rates, and the advance rents + bills of the previous location and this location. InshaAllah if we get some amount arranged upto SR 15,000 ($4000) or it can be less than it, no problem, then definitely we will do something for these kids who are unable to move to big schools and pay their big fees.
Any help in this matter would be highly highly appreciated and we would remain obliged.
JazakAllah Khairan Katheeran Katheera!




                                       
                                                                           

For those who give in Charity, men and women, and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward.(Surah Al-Hadid 57:18)

“The likeness of those who spend for Allah’s sake is as the likeness of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward of) for whom He wills, and Allah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower).” (Qur’an, 2:261)

Mu'aadh bin Jabal (RA) related from the Prophet (SAW) “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Eid Al-Adha To All You Lovely Muslimahs!

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu!!





Eid Al- Adha to you and your beloved ones! May Allah accept our fast these 9 days and forgive us our past and present and future sins! AMEEN !


Just a few tidbits of info to share: 



Fasting the first Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah is a Sunnah
Hunaydah ibn Khaalid narrated upon the authority of his wife who said, “Some of the wives of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) told me that the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihiwasallam) used to fast the Day of ‘Aashoorah, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, and three days out of every month*.” (Imam Ahmad, An-Nasaaee)
*- 13th, 14th, and 15th every month
Commentary: Imam An-Nawwawee (rahimahullaah) said with reference to fasting the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah,
quote:   “It is extremely preferable to do so.”
Fatwah from Shaikh al-’Uthaimeen about fasting first Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah
A questioner asked Shaikh al-’Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) the following question:
Question: Oh Shaikh, are there any authentic ahadith that mention fasting the first [nine] days of Dhul-Hijjah?
Answer by Shaikh al-’Uthaimeen:
quote:
“Fasting the first [nine] of Dhul-Hijjah is from the righteous actions without doubt.
And the Prophet salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in Allaah’s cause?” He said, “Not even jihad in Allaah’s cause, except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either.
So fasting is included in the general context of this hadith. And there appears a hadith stating that the Messenger of Allaah salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam used to fast the first ten of Dhul Hijjah, not counting the ‘Eid [in other words, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah].
And Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal rahimahullaah takes this position and it is authentic. Fasting in the first ten [of Dhul-Hijjah, excluding the 'Eid] is sunnah. Yes.”



FASTING THE DAY OF ’ARAFAH:
The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord.
It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” [4]
Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [5]
Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) – rahimahullaah – said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [6]
[4] Related by Muslim (no. 1162), from Aboo Qataadah (radiyallaahu ’anhu).
[5] Related by Muslim (no. 1348), from ’Aa‘ishah (radiyallaahu ’anhaa).
[6] Refer to Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377).
Source for the above :


EID PRAYERE AND JUMMAH: 



[1] - On the authority of Abu Hurayrah [d. AH 57 or 58] [3], may Allah be pleased with him, 
“The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace upon him, said, ‘Eid prayer and Friday prayer  have fallen on the same day, today. Whoever prays ‘Eid prayer, Friday prayer is not  obligatory on him. As for us, we are going to pray Friday prayer’(Al-Albaanee 179).” [4]
[2] - On the authority of ‘Ataa Abi Rabaah [d. AH 114] [5],
“Ibn Zubayr [d.AH 73] [6] led us in  ‘Eid prayer early one Friday morning. [Later that day] we went out to pray Friday prayer, but  we didn’t see Ibn Zubayr!? Therefore, we prayed by ourselves; and when that happened, Ibn  ‘Abbaas was in Ta’if.
So when we saw Ibn ‘Abbaas [d. AH 68] [7], we asked him (Ibn Abbaas) about Ibn Zubayr not  praying Friday prayer with us. Ibn ‘Abbaas answered by saying, ‘What Ibn Zubayr did (not  praying Friday prayer) was in accordance with Prophetic Tradition (the Sunnah).”
[*] - As-Shaykh Saalih Fawzaan said,
“If ‘Eid prayer falls on the same day as Friday prayer,  whoever prays ‘Eid prayer, it is not obligatory for him to pray Friday prayer. Rather Friday  prayer becomes recommended (sunnah) for him. However, as it relates to the Imam [of the  community], it is obligatory for him to pray both ‘Eid prayer and Friday prayer. He can not  leave off Friday prayer because those who choose to pray Friday prayer need an Imam.  (Fawzaan 2/257).” [8]
Important Note: All biographies were taken from (Aadam, Muhammad). [9]
May Allahthe Most High, reward all of the Muslims who are sacrificing their wealth and  effort to perform al-Hajj, Aameen!
Translated and Compiled by:
Jameel Finch al-Makki
University of Umm al-Quraa
Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Thu al-Hijjah 9, 1430 / November 25, 2009



Footnotes: for eid /friday prayer
1 [TN]: The afternoon prayer (salaatu ath-thur) should be prayed as four units (raka’aat).
2 Baazmool, Muhammad. The Object of Desire for the One Who Wants to Perform Voluntary Prayers.  Riyaadh: Dar al-Hijrah. 1423/2002
3 Abdur-Rahman bin Sakhr [d. AH 57 or 58], the Companion who narrated 5374 Prophetic Traditions  (Hadeeth).
4 Authentic: Al-Albaani, Naasir ad-Deen. Abu Dawood’s Collection of Prophetic Narrations. Riyaadh:  Maktabah al-M’aarif. First Print.
5 ‘Ataa Abi Rabaah al-Makki [d. AH 114] was a follower of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah  (Taabi’i). He was trustworthy and had a very sound understanding of the religion of Islam.
6 ‘Abdullah Ibn Zubayr al-Qurashi [d. AH 73] was a Companion of the Messenger of Allah. He was the  first child born from the Muslims after their resettlement from Makkah to al-Madinah. May Allah  be pleased with him. (*) I had trouble identifying this Companion. May Allah reward brother Moosaa  Richardson for helping me over the phone.
7 Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbaas al-Haashimi [d. AH 68] was the cousin of the Messenger of Allah. He was  known to be extremely knowledgeable about the religion of Islam. He was given the nickname ‘The  Ocean’ due to his vast knowledge. May Allah, the Most High, be pleased with him.
8 Al-Fawzaan, Saalih. Selected Religious Verdicts from Saalih al-Fawzaan. Lebanon: Ar-Resaalah  Publishers. 1425/2004
9 Aadam, Muhammad. A Summarized Version of the Narrators of al-Bukhaari and Muslim. Ad-Dammam:  Dar ibn al-Jawzi. 1430/2009
SLAUGHTERING ON THE DAY OF AN-NAHR AND ’EEDUL-ADHAA OR THE FOLLOWING THREE DAYS:
The tenth day of Dhul-Hiijah is known as the day of an-Nahr (slaughtering), since it marks the ending of the major rites of Hajj (Pilgrimage), and commemorates the bounty and mercy of Allaah - the Most High - in that He gave His beloved Prophet Ibraaheem - ’alayhis-salaam - a ram to sacrifice in place of his firstborn son Ismaa’eel - ’alayhis-salaam. And out of the ten best days of the year, it is the day of an-Nahr which is the most excellent day of the year with Allaah.
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) - rahimahullaah – said, “The most excellent day of the week is the day of Friday, by the agreement of the Scholars. And the most excellent day of the year is the day of an-Nahr. And some of them said that it is the day of ’Arafah. However, the first opinion is the correct one, since it is related in the Sunan collections that the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The most excellent days with Allaah is the day of an-Nahr, then the day of al-Qarr (the day that the Muslims reside in Minaa).” [7]” [8]
The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The greatest day of the Hajj (Pilgrimage) is the Day of an-Nahr (Slaughtering).” [9]
The day of an-Nahr is also known as ’Eedul-Adhaa (the Festivity of Sacrifice) and is one of the two major festivals that Allaah has granted to this Ummah. Anas (radiyallaahu ’anhu) said, ‘The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) came to al-Madeenah and the people of al-Madeenah had - since the times of jaahiliyyah(Pre-lslaamic Ignorance) - two days which they marked out for play and amusement. So the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘I came to you, and you had two days of play and amusement in the times ofjaahiliyyah. But Allaah has replaced them with something better for you: The day of al-Adhaa (sacrificing) and the day of al-Fitr (ending the Fast).” [10]
The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) also said, “The day of al-Fitr, and the day of an-Nahr, and the days of at-Tashreeq (the three days after an-Nahr) are our days of ’Eed (festivity); and they are days of eating and drinking.” [11]
’Eedul-Adhaa, is a day in which the Muslims slaughter a camel, cow, sheep or goat, in commemoration of the sacrifice of Ibraaheem - ’alayis-salaam. And this sacrifice is an obligation upon all those who have the means to do so - according to the most correct opinion of the Scholars. [12] The basis of this is the Prophet’s (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying, “One who has the ability to sacrifice, but chooses not to do so, should not approach our place of (’Eed) Prayer.” [13] And his (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying, “Whosoever sacrificed before the Prayer, then let him do so again. But whosoever has not sacrificed, then let him sacrifice.” [14] So this order refers to those who have the ability to do so - and Allaah knows best.
As regards those who intends to sacrifice - normally the head of the household - then they are prohibited from cutting their hair or nails, starting from the first day of Dhul-Hijjah up until after the sacrifice. Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “When the ten days start, and one of you intends to sacrifice, then let him not cut his hair or his nails.” [15]
 GLORIFYING ALLAAH WITH THE TAKBEER:
From the day of ’Arafah (the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah), up until the ’Asr Prayer on the thirteen day, are days in which the takbeeraat (saying Allaahu Akbar) should be said. Imaam al-Khattaabee (d.456H) - rahimahullaah – said, “The wisdom behind saying the takbeeraat in these days is that in the times of jaahiliyyah (pre-lslaamic ignorance), they used to slaughter for their tawaagheet (false objects of worship). So the takbeeraat were prescribed in order to indicate that the act of slaughtering is directed to Allaah alone, and by mentioning only His - the Mighty and Majestic - Name.” [16]
Shaykhul-lslaam Ibn Taymiyyah - rahimahullaah – said, “All praise be to Allaah. The most correct saying concerning the takbeer - that which the majority of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors), and the Scholars from the Companions and Imaams were upon - is to begin making the takbeer from Fajr (dawn) on the day of ’Arafah, up until the last day of at-Tashreeq (the thirteenth of Dhul-Hijjah), after every Prayer.” [17]
Ibn Abee Shaybah relates, “That ’Alee (radiyallaahu ’anhu) used to make the takbeer beginning after the FajrPrayer on the day of ’Arafah, up until after the ’Asr Prayer on the last day of at-Tashreeq.” [18]
As regards the actual wording of the takbeeraat, then nothing authentic has been related from the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). However, certain wordings have been authentically related from a group of Companions. From them:
Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu ’anhu) would say, “Allaah is great, Allaah is great. None has the right to be worshipped except Him. And Allaah is great, Allaah is great. And to Him belongs all praise. [Allaahu akbar,Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Laa ilaahaa illallaah, wallaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar wa lillaahil-hamd.]” [19]
Ibn ’Abbaas (radiyallaahu ’anhu) said, “Allaah is great, Allaah is great, Allaah is great, and to Allaah belongs all praise. Allaah is greater and Sublime. Allaah is greater to what He has guided us to. [Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa lillaahil-hamd. Allaahu akbar wa ajalla. Allaahu akbar ’alaa maa hadaanaa.]” [20]
Unfortunately, many Muslims have neglected the takbeer established from our Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and have instead resorted to additions which have no basis at all.
Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr (d.856H) - rahimahullaah – said, “Indeed, additions have been invented upon this day, which have no basis at all.” [21] 
And may Allaah have mercy upon the one who said,
Every good is in following the Salaf; And every evil is in the innovations of the late-comers.
And all praise is for Allaah, Lord of the worlds. And may Allaah extol and send the choicest blessings of peace upon our Leader, Muhammad, and upon his Family, his Companions, and all those who follow them. 
Footnotes:
[1] Saheeh: Related by al-Bazzaar (1/234). It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 1133).
[2] Refer to Zaadul-Ma’aad (1/56).
[3] Saheeh: Related by at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (3/110/1) It was authenticated by al-Mundharee in at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb(2/24).
[4] Related by Muslim (no. 1162), from Aboo Qataadah (radiyallaahu ’anhu).
[5] Related by Muslim (no. 1348), from ’Aa‘ishah (radiyallaahu ’anhaa).
[6] Refer to Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377).
[7] Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 1765), from ’Abdullaah Ibn Qart (radiyallaahu ’anhu). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Irwaa‘ul-Ghaleel (no. 2018).
[8] Refer to Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (25/288).
[9] Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 1945), from Ibn ’Umar (radiyallaahu ’anhu). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee inal-lrwaa‘ (no. 1101).
[10] Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (3/103).it was authenticated by al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr in Bulooghul-Maraam (no. 398).
[11] Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (no. 1945), from ’Uqbah Ibn ’Aamir (radiyallaahu ’anhu). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 8192).
[12] As explained by Ibn Taymiyyah in Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (23/162-164).
[13] Hasan: Related by Ibn Maajah (no. 3123), from Aboo Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu). It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Takhreej Mushkilatul-Fiqr (no. 398).
[14] Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 5562) and Muslim (no. 1960), from Jundub Ibn ’Abdullaah al-Bajalee (radiyallaahu ’anhu).
[15] Related by Muslim (no. 1977), from Umm Salamah (radiyallaahu ’anhaa).
[16] Quoted from Fathul-Baaree (21/586).
[17] Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (24/220). However, what seems more correct is not to restrict the takbeeraat to being just after every Prayer, as al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr pointed out in Fathul-Baaree (21/587).
[18] Related by Ibn Abee Shaybah in al-Musannaf (2/1/2). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in al-lrwaa‘ (31/125).
[19] Related by Ibn Abee Shaybah with an authentic chain of narration
[20] Related by al-Bayhaqee (3/315) with an authentic chain of narration.

[21] Fathul-Baaree (2/536).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Islam in the view of a NON-Muslim




(Don't be distracted by the introduction, this article is a collection of quotes from non-Muslim intellectuals from the 17th century onward. If you don't wish to read my short summary of the origins of Islam's modern image, scroll down a few paragraphs. Enjoy!)

Islam's modern image as a savage religion of terror and oppression is a relatively recent phenomenon. During the nine-year Soviet war in Afghanistan, the American C.I.A. sent aid to the Afghan mujahideen who were fighting the Soviet occupation of their country. As the Cold War drew to a close, and Iraq annexed Kuwait, threatening America's steady supply of oil, America grew ever less isolationist and ever more interventionist, determined to protect 'her' resources at all costs. In order to justify her brutal actions abroad, the American government has claimed many different excuses, including bringing democracy to the Middle East, searching for weapons of mass destruction, protection of economic interests abroad, and last but not least, a 'war on terror'.

To validate this last, the media has resorted to extraordinarily fraudulent tactics, creating a narrative of highly-organized 'jihadists' initiating violence against the west, Muslim suicide-bombers determined to kill as many infidel westerners as possible. America in turn, is the heroic defender of the west, stamping out these murderous Muslims to bring secular democracy and peace to the Middle East. And the West swallows it up. Every new act of murder in the news is labeled Islamic terror, until proven otherwise, and once the aggressor is acquitted of any Islamic connection, he is written off as a mentally-unstable individual (see, for example, the media's initial reaction to Anders Breivik). Few have the audacity to step back and analyze the narrative objectively, to recognize America's true hand in the war, the utter ridiculousness of the vast levels of power, structure, funding, and ammunition attributed to supposed back-woods organizations in under-developed countries (such as alqaeda and the taliban), to grasp the extent of America's wanton slaughter of innocent men, women and children in the Middle East, to ask Muslims what their religious and political views are, to study the Qur'an and find out what it says about terrorism, and to realize that this is nothing but a political war in which weak countries are fighting for their rights against the invasion of a militant superpower. The fact that America is predominantly secular and these countries are Muslim-majority, is irrelevant, yet the media's portrayal of these citizens as militant Islamists has been so successful, that Islam's long-held image as a peaceful, civilized reformer of society has been bulldozed into the ground along with the homes and families of millions of Muslims.

Yet, prior to these events, Islam has long enjoyed a high reputation for many centuries, since its advent in the Arabian peninsula. Non-Muslim intellectuals through the ages have esteemed the prophet Muhammad highly, as one of the world's most successful religious and political leaders of all time, and recognized the Islamic civilization that blossomed throughout both East and West as the first and most impressive renaissance to take place. I've shared a collection of quotes below in hopes that it will encourage readers to set aside their modern misconceptions shaped by a political war and the media's scandalous distortion of it, and view Islam through the lens of Europe's Christian and secular intellectuals whose writings have shaped Western thought for generations.

Edward Gibbon
" 'I believe in One God and Muhammad the apostle of God,' is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honours of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion." ~Simon Ockley (b. 1678), History of the Saracens

"More pure than the system of Zoroaster, more liberal than the law of Moses, the religion of Muhammad might seem less inconsistent with reason than the creed of mystery and superstition which, in the seventh century, disgraced the simplicity of the gospels." ~Edward Gibbon (b. 1737), The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Napoleon Bonaparte
"Arabia was idolatrous when, six centuries after Jesus, Muhammad introduced the worship of the God of Abraham, of Ishmael, of Moses, and Jesus. The Arians and some other sects had disturbed the tranquility of the east by agitating the question of the nature of the Father, the son, and the Holy Ghost. Muhammad declared that there was none but one God who had no father, no son and that the trinity imported the idea of idolatry." ~Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1769)

"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope's pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports." ~Rev. Benjamin Smith (b. 1784), American bishop and author of Apostolic Succession

Alphonse de Lamartine
"The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?" ~Alphonse de Lamartine (b. 1790), Histoire de la Turquie

Thomas Carlyle
"These Arabs, the man Muhammad, and that one century, - is it not as if a spark had fallen, one spark, on a world of what proves explosive powder, blazes heaven-high from Delhi to Granada! I said, the great man was always as lightning out of Heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel, and then they too would flame." ~Thomas Carlyle (b. 1795), Scottish historian and essayist, author of The French Revolution: A History


Sir William Muir
"Muhammad brought an end to idol worship. He preached monotheism and infinite Mercy of God, human brotherhood, care of orphans, emancipation of slaves, forbidding of wine - no religion achieved as much success as Islam did." ~Sir William Muir (b. 1819), Scottish orientalist and colonial administrator

"Islam replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature." ~Isaac Taylor (b.1829), Anglican canon of York and author of Leaves from an Egyptian Notebook

"I often think that woman is more free in Islam than in Christianity. Woman is more protected by Islam than by the faith which preaches monogamy. In the Qur'an, the law about woman is more just and liberal. It is only in the last twenty years that Christian England has recognized the right of woman to property, while Islam has allowed this right from all times." ~Annie Besant (b. 1847), British socialist, feminist, political activist, author, and president of the India National Congress, The Life and Teaching of Muhammad

George Bernard Shaw
"I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man - and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the saviour of humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness. I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today." ~George Bernard Shaw (b. 1856), The Genuine Islam

Edward Montet
"Islam is a religion that is essentially rationalistic in the widest sense of this term, considered etymologically and historically. The teachings of the Prophet, the Qur'an, has invariably kept its place as the fundamental starting point, and the dogma of unity of God has always been proclaimed therein with a grandeur, a majesty, an invariable purity and with a note of sure conviction, which it is hard to find surpassed outside the pale of Islam. A creed so precise, so stripped of all theological complexities and consequently so accessible to the ordinary understanding, might be expected to possess and does indeed possess a marvelous power of winning its way into the consciences of men." ~Edward Montet (ca. 1860), La Propagande Chretienne et ses Adversaires Musulmans 

"The Qur'an, its grandeur of form is so sublime that no translation into any European language can allow us to appreciate it." ~Edward Montet

Mohandas Ghandi
 "I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet Muhammad, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume [of the Prophet's biography], I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life." ~Mohandas Ghandi (b. 1869), Young India

""It was the genius of Muhammad, the spirit that he breathed into the Arabs through the soul of Islam, that exalted them, that raised them out of the lethargy and low level of tribal stagnation up to the high watermark of national unity and empire. It was in the sublimity of Muhammad's deism, the simplicity, the sobriety and purity it inculcated, the fidelity of its founder to his own tenets, that acted on their moral and intellectual fiber with all the magnetism of true inspiration." ~Major Arthur Glyn Leonard (ca. 1870), Islam, Her Moral and Spiritual Values

Bertrand Russell
"Our use of the phrase 'the Dark Ages' to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe... From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to Christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary." ~Bertrand Russell (b. 1872), History of Western Philosophy

"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." ~De Lacy O'Leary (b. 1872), British Arabist and Semitist, University of Bristol professor, and author of Short History of the Fatimid Caliphate

Robert Briffault
"The Renaissance of Europe did not take place in the 15th century. Rather it began when Europe learned from the culture of the Arabs. The cradle of European awakening is not Italy. It is the Muslim Spain." ~Robert Briffault (b. 1876), The Making of Mankind

"Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur'an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic, but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world." ~Sarojini Naidu (b. 1879), Indian independence activist, first woman president of the Indian National Congress, and governor of Uttar Pradesh

"It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy for, in the mosque when the call for prayer is sounded and worshipers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: 'God alone is great.' I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother." ~Sarojini Naidu, The Ideals of Islam

Arnold J. Toynbee
"The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue." ~Arnold J. Toynbee (b. 1889), Civilization on Trial

Hamilton Alexander Gibb
"But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands, after all, nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind … Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of  Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East." ~Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb (b. 1895), Whither Islam

"The Qur’an in its original Arabic dress has a seductive beauty and charm of its own. Couched in concise and exalted style, its brief pregnant sentences, often rhymed, possess an expressive force and explosive energy which it is extremely difficult to convey by literal word-for-word translation." ~John Naish M.A., D.D. (ca. 1900), The Wisdom of the Qur'an

 "The doctrine of brotherhood of Islam extends to all human beings, no matter what colour, race or creed. Islam is the only religion which has been able to realize this doctrine in practice. Muslims wherever on the world they are will recognize each other as brothers." ~Dr. R.L. Mellema (ca. 1900), Dutch anthropologist and author of Een Interprtatie van de Islam

James Michener
"No other religion in history spread so rapidly as Islam. The West has widely believed that this surge of religion was made possible by the sword. But no modern scholar accepts this idea, and the Qur'an is explicit in the support of the freedom of conscience." ~James A. Michener (b. 1907), American author

"That his [Muhammad's] reforms enhanced the status of women in general is universally admitted." ~James A. Michener, Mohammedanism

William Montgomery Watt
"I am not a Muslim in the usual sense, though I hope I am a 'Muslim' as 'one surrendered to God', but I believe that embedded in the Qur'an and other expressions of the Islamic vision are vast stores of divine truth from which I and other occidentals have still much to learn, and Islam is certainly a strong contender for the supplying of the basic framework of the one religion of the  future." ~William Montgomery Watt (b. 1909), Islam and Christianity Today

Bernard Lewis
"Muslims are commanded not to kill women, children, or the aged; not to torture or otherwise ill-treat prisoners; to give fair warning of the opening of hostilities; and to honour agreements." ~Bernard Lewis, British historian, scholar, and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University

Paul Findley
"Jihad has two meanings: one, non-violent struggling within oneself for a life of virtue; the other, fighting for justice, a supreme goal in Islamic teachings. Islam eulogizes moderation and abhors extremism, terrorism, fanaticism, oppression and subjugation." ~Paul Findley, Silent No More: Confronting America's False Images of Islam

Hermann Eilts
"What to me is equally impressive is that Islam today is the fastest growing monotheistic religion. This is something we have to take into account. Something is right about Islam. It is attracting a good many people." ~Hermann Eilts, American ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and U.S. Near Eastern Affairs Diplomat

Hans Küng
"The same church must, in my opinion, also respect that the one whose name is absent from the same declaration out of embarrassment, although he and he alone led Muslims to pray to this one God, so that once again through him, Muhammad, the prophet, this God has spoken to mankind." ~Hans Küng, Swiss theologian and author

Michael H. Hart
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level." ~Michael H. Hart, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History

"Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies.  It invented windmills, trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam." ~Jared Diamond, Professor of Physiology at UCLA School of Medicine, Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies

"Jim Jones, David Koresh and Meir Kahane do not typify Christianity and Judaism in the eyes of the 'civilized' West, but those same eyes are prone to see Osama bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar as typifying Islam." ~Richard Bulliet, Professor of History at Columbia University

"Prophet Muhammad bequeathed to humanity a scripture that has helped millions of human beings to make sense of their lives. To have such a combination of very strong spiritual genius with political genius is extraordinary." ~Karen Armstrong, British author and commentator on comparative religion, author of A History of God

"Islam is part of our past and our present, in all fields of human endeavor. It has helped to create modern Europe. It is part of our own inheritance, not a thing apart." ~Prince Charles, Islam and the West

"Islam's appeal, wherever it has triumphed, has been in its simplicity. It requires submission to some basic, straightforward rules which are easily kept, and in return it offers that most wonderful and rare commodity, peace of mind." ~Peter Hitchens, British columnist, foreign correspondent, and author

"The Qur'an often urges believers to fight, yet it also commands that enemies be shown mercy when they surrender. Some frightful portions of the Bible, by contrast, go much further in ordering the total extermination of enemies, of whole families and races - of men, women, and children, and even their livestock, with no quarter granted." ~Prof. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, and Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University

"Muslim scripture counsels respect for these communities (Jews & Christians), and indeed, in the history of Islam, within Islamic societies Jews and Christians have fared FAR better than non-Christians in Christendom." ~Gary Leupp, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of Challenging Ignorance on Islam: A Ten-Point Primer for Americans


(taken from http://gracethroughtawbah.blogspot.com/2012/10/before-war-long-before.html)