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By Abandoning Our Faith and Knowledge (READ) — We Muslims Are Responsible for the Implosion of Our World

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By Mohamed Khodr

 

In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Most Gracious

 “Alif. Lam. Ra,   A Divine Revelation (Qur’an) which We have bestowed upon thee from on high in order that you (Prophet Muhammad) might bring forth all mankind, by their Lord’s leave, out of the depths of darkness into the light; onto the way that leads to the Almighty, the One to whom all praise is due”.     (Qur’an:  14:1)

 

 

“It is He Who sent down to you (Prophet Muhammad) step by step, in truth, the Book (Qur’an), confirming what went before it; and He sent down the TORAH and the GOSPELbefore this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion of judgment between right and wrong”. (Qur’an: 3:3)

To Muslims around the world this is the holy month of Ramadan, a month in which the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to our beloved Messenger Muhammad (pbuh).   It is a month of fasting not only from food and drink but from all vile acts in words and deeds.  It is a month of prayers, extra giving in charity, of acts of kindness toward others, a month of reflection, meditation, daily reading of the Qur’an with reasoned contemplation of its meaning.

The question that should burn with fierce fire in the minds and hearts of every Muslim is; what happened to us?

Why are we alone in the world stagnant and lagging behind, despite our enormous wealth, in every indicator of human development in a world moving forward toward more democracy and economic prosperity from Latin America, to Africa, to the Sub Continent of Asia and China?

The Qur’an already answered this question when dealing with the puzzlement of the Muslims after their defeat in their second battle against the Meccan polytheists, the Battle of Uhud in 625 C.E., when in the previous year despite meager numbers they won a miraculous victory in their first battle against the Meccans, in the Battle of Badr.

In the different outcomes of these two battles is a profound eternal lesson for Muslims.   They won the first battle due to their strong faith and obedience to the Prophet’s instructions.   They lost the second battle because they disobeyed the Prophet’s instructions on the conduct of the battle.

God answered their puzzlement regarding their defeat in the second battle when they expected God to once again assure them of victory despite their disobedience of the Prophet.   God makes clear that their defeat was due to their own disobedient fault.

 

“Now that you have suffered a setback, and even though you inflicted twice as much suffering (upon your enemy in the first battle of Badr), you said, “Why did this happen to us?” Say, “This is a consequence of your own selves”. God is capable of all things”.     (Qur’an:   3:165)

 

We as Muslims have only ourselves to blame for the state of chaos, anarchy, violence, terrorism, civil wars, assassinations, wide corruption, intolerance of others, and wide acceptance (with few unresolved exceptions) of the most greedy, self serving tyrants in the world who’ve sold themselves, our land, our resources to the enemies of Islam so that they may preserve their rule.   While like spoiled children they splurge and waste our wealth on worldly pleasures and invest in western economies, the Muslim world lives in poverty, hunger, illiteracy, sickness, corruption, injustice, vast unemployment, lack of housing, desperation, hopelessness, and the largest proportion of world refugees in need of the most basic necessities of life.

From North Africa, to the Middle East, to Myanmar the Philippines and China, Muslim refugees are dying of hunger, thirst, sickness, lack of shelter, persecution, ethnic cleansing, and mass murder, while the oil rich Arab rulers are competing to build the world’s tallest towers, building luxurious sports arenas, including an indoor ski resort in the desert of Dubai, an underwater hotel, and spending tens of billions of dollars in hosting the Olympics in the desert of Qatar..

Yes we can blame our dictators, America, and Israel, but in the final analysis it is our fault that we silently accept our current destiny and allow our western serving tyrants and foreign enemies of Islam rule, dominate, rob our wealth and resources, and manipulate our fate and the fate of our children.

The primary goal of the west is to destroy Islam and wipe out Arabic, the language of the Holy Qur’an from our lives and world.   Thus far they are succeeding and they will if we are shamelessly silent, ignorant, and apathetic…

The Holy Qur’an is quite clear and explicit as to what we Muslims must do before expecting God to help us recover from our current appalling and miserable state of affairs.

First, we must take the initiative to change ourselves in terms of studying, understanding, and uniting in our faith and under the banner of “There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is His Messenger”.   It was with just this simple powerful faith and bond that Muslims reached the pinnacle of Islamic civilization and spread Islam from Spain, to China, and Indonesia.   No Muslim armies went to South East Asia, China, and Indonesia.   The beautiful, simple but powerful message of Islam was enough to save the lives of hundreds of millions of people from darkness into the light of God’s truth.

Knowledge in all fields must be our second priority if we are to strongly and productively compete in the world and have the strength to defend ourselves, our lands, and free our people from oppression and illegal occupation from all foreign occupiers.

God in the Holy Qur’an makes it quite clear that we must take the initiative to return to His obedience and worship before He guides and blesses us to victory over all evil and darkness in our world.

 

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”   (Quran 13:11)

 

How tragic that Islam and Muslims today are only known and identified with wars, sectarian violence, terrorism, suicide bombers, massacring of the innocent in mosques, schools, hospitals, and the marketplace; destroying our own cities and towns and whatever infrastructure existed, depriving people of life, freedom, security, food, water, electricity, medicines, even the murder of foreign aid workers who are risking their lives to help us and help our children, oppressing and subjugating our honorable women and young girls to rape, beatings, acid attacks on their face, cutting off bodily appendages, forcing them as young children to marry much older men, denying them education and health care, robbing and bribing corrupt officials, and labeling each other as unbelievers in Islam.

This is NOT Islam nor can it ever be justified under any circumstance as emanating from the Holy Qur’an or the Prophet’s teachings.   This is nothing but evil madness out of the realm of all reason.

We Muslims are our own greatest enemy and are the crusaders du jour in destroying God’s merciful gift to all humanity.

 

Acid thrown on this young girl’s face for no reason. According to the terrorist group, the TALIBAN, this is Islam.

A 12 year old Afghan girl, child bride, tortured by her husband and in Laws. The guilty party was released from jail.

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

Malala Yousafza at the U.N. Watch the VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In what mad world can the Muslim terrorists justify such barbaric criminal actions against these young girls.   Afghanistan is unfairly being focused on by the media as the main victim of such barbaric terrorism but such barbarity goes on in every Muslim nation with no exception.claim they are following the teaching of Islam.  Why aren’t these terrorists telling the world what and where in Islam is this justified?

Perhaps the greatest tragedy that still continuing to this day is the loss of Palestine by selfish, greedy, ignorant yet arrogant and incompetent Arab leaders.   These bedouin tribal leaders out of the Arabian desert sold themselves to the British pound, abandoned their faith, sold their lands, resources, peoples, and the fate and destiny of the Palestinian people condemning them to a life and existence as refugees in and out of their homeland.

And for what?   So that the two son of Sherif Ali of Mecca and Medina would be gifted and appointed by the British to rule the newly British-French creates Arab states of Iraq and TransJordan in gratitude for his and his sons help in joining the British to fight the Ottoman Turks.

Muslims joining Non-Muslims to invade and annihilate Muslim nations has been a consistent pattern for Muslims who’ve abandoned their faith to gain honor with the West that continues to this day in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Muslim nations..

Here’s an incredible LETTER dated March 3, 1919 written by Emir Feisal, son of the Sherif of Mecca and future puppet King of Iraq, to the Felix Frankfurter, President of the Zionist Organization of America and future Supreme Court Justice, informing him that the Arabs are happy to cooperate with the Zionists to steal Palestine and declare it a Jewish State.

From the Letter, Emir Feisal writes:

 

“We Arabs . . . look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. . . .  We will do our best . . . to help them through:  ­­­­­we will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.”

 

The Holy Qur’an is quite clear and explicit as to what we Muslims must do before expecting God to help us recover from our appalling state of affairs.  We, first, must take the initiative to change ourselves in terms of understanding and living our faith, in terms of acquiring knowledge, being productive and constructive in our environment, peacefully coexisting in true brotherhood,  Then we can pray to our Creator for deliverance from this evil darkness that has befallen our world.

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”  (Quran 13:11)

 

We’ve abandoned Islam, the Qur’an, and the Prophet’s Teachings:

 

Given the vast illiteracy and thus ignorance of Islam the major expression of the faith that still exists in the vast majority of the Muslim world are the rituals of the call to prayer and the prayers themselves, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca for those who can afford it, and the obligatory and charitable alms giving for those who can afford it.

A Muslim scholar years ago calculated that the obligatory Zakat, or alms giving, of just the six oil rich Arab states would amount to $32 Billion a year.   That would lift every Muslim out of poverty yet its unknown if its given and if so where is it going.

Just as an example.  It is estimated that the Saudi Prince Talal bin Waleed’s conservatively estimated worth is $20 Billion.   Simply using the single and simplest calculation of paying 2.5% as the minimum obligation for a Muslim’s payment of Zakat per year that would amount to $50 Million.   Imagine how many children this money can feed or immunize in besieged and forgotten Gaza.

Please watch and listen to this very brief video of a 5 year old Muslim boy expertly and correctly reciting the Holy Qur’an, the book that anchors and emotionally tugs at every Muslim heart whether one can read or understand the Qur’an or not.   It takes many years of study and training with expert scholars for a Muslim to understandably and correctly recite the Qur’an.  At the end of this brief video you can watch a young Muslim girl recite the Qur’an as well.

 

“AND the Apostle (Muhammad) will say: “O Lord!  Behold, [some of] my people have come to regard this Qur’an as something that ought to be discarded!”    (Qur’an:  25:30)

 

“VERILY, as for those who have broken the unity of their faith and have become sects – thou hast nothing to do with them.  Behold, their case rests with God: and in time He will make them understand what they were doing”.     (Qur’an:  6:159)

 

We are failing and falling behind the rest of the world precisely because we’ve abandoned our faith and replacing it by adopting and imitating the misguided, hollow, purposeless and meaningless western culture that is not anchored in truth and reality but whose populace find relief, distraction, and entertainment in their search for temporary pleasures.

Muslim disunity and internal conflicts has been violently exacerbated by our division into sects and alleged political and religious parties who are in constant strife that has deteriorated into civil wars.

Tribalism now reigns supreme in the Muslim world.

God in the Qur’an warned the Muslims of such a calamity.

 

But they (who claim to follow you) have torn their unity wide asunder, piece by piece, each group delighting in what they themselves possess [by way of tenets”.      (Qur’an:   23:53)

 

“VERILY, as for those who have broken the unity of their faith and have become sects – thou hast nothing to do with them.  Behold, their case rests with God: and in time He will make them understand what they were doing”.     (Qur’an:  6:159)

 

For decades Arab and Muslim tyrants have totally ignored the well being of their population especially the large proportion of young people.   Time and neglect of their education, employment opportunities, health care, providing them with affordable shelter and marriage opportunities, failing to nurture them in the true teachings of Islam, and allowing mass corruption to rule the land turned these young people into a desperate, purposeless, and hopeless population becoming ripe for the extremists who provide them with a job, salary, purpose, structure, organization, and who indoctrinate them that killing Muslim women and children serves the greater good and purpose of God who demands that the slaughter of the Un-Islamic tyrants and foreign infidels so that a true Islamic state will be established.

Unlike the rule of Arab and Muslim tyrants or the corrupt falsehoods about Islam preached by the extremists and terrorists, Islam is a faith that demands a democratic system of government.

There is an entire chapter in the Qur’an, Chapter 42, called the “Consultation” which emphasize that there is no autocratic or dictatorial rule in Islam but rule by consultation and agreement of the community.

 

“And who respond to the call of their Lord and are constant in prayer; and whose rule in all matters of common concern is consultation among themselves; and who spend on others out of what We provide for them as sustenance”     (Qur’an:  42:39

 

Compare and contrast the existence of democracy in early Islam as evidenced by the free elections of the first four Caliphs, successors to the Prophet after his death and to the absolute dictatorship and oppressive tyranny that exists today in the Arab world where even criticizing a monarch is a criminal offense with a jail time of judicial choosing.

Abu Bakr Al Siddiq was the Prophet’s closes friend and companion during his life.  Upon the Prophet’s death he was elected the first Caliph.  Here is part of his democratic humble speech to his people.

After praising God and voicing blessings on the Prophet he said:

“I have been given the authority over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth is loyalty and disregard for truth is treachery. The weak amongst you shall be strong with me until I have secured his rights, if God wills; and the strong amongst you shall be weak with me until I have wrested from him the rights of others, if God wills. Obey me so long as I obey God and His Messenger. But if I disobey God and His Messenger, you owe me no obedience. Arise for your prayer, God have mercy upon us”.

Islam has been abandoned by the majority of the Muslim world, none more so then by the corrupt tyrants that rule with an iron fist.

There is no darkness but ignorance”.      –William Shakespeare

 

Muslims Abandoning Knowledge: “‘READ”

 

In the Qur’an God tells us that after creating Adam the first thing He did was give Adam the gift of “conceptual thinking”, i.e. the intellectual to identify and describe all things.

“And He taught Adam the names of all things”.     (Qur’an:  2:31)

 “The first thing God created was the intellect”    –Prophet Muhammad

The very first Qur’anic word revealed to Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel was:  READ.

God commanded Muslims to be seekers of knowledge for only through knowledge can one begin to accept and understand God’s majestic creativity on earth, in the universe, and in the human body.

The first five Qur’anic verses revealed to the Prophet were:

 

“READ in the name of thy lord and cherisher who created: Created man out of a Germ Cell.   READ!   And thy lord is most bountiful, He who taught the use of the PEN.  Taught man that which he knew not”.     (Qur’an:  96:1-5)

 

Islam is a faith based totally on knowledge.   Gaining knowledge in its most comprehensive meaning including the study of theory, experimentation, and action is a part of true worship to a Muslim.   A Muslim without knowledge is an empty vessel of rituals and ignorant imitation of those slightly more learned than himself or herself.

No other faith, revelation, or Messenger, so strongly emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge as does Islam.the Qur’an, and our beloved Prophet Muhammad.

In the Qur’an the word knowledge in its various linguistic forms is mentioned 854 times along with the edict that the Qur’an is revealed to people who think, who use their reason, people of understanding, people who contemplate and study the Qur’an, the revealed book, and the universe, the created book.

The fourth Caliph and cousin of the Prophet, Imam Ali bin Abi Talib wrote in the sixth century:

“If God were to humiliate a human being,  He would deny him knowledge”.

Some Qur’anic Verses on Knowledge:

“Lord, increase me in knowledge”.     (Qur’an 20:114)

And He has subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on earth: behold in that are Signs indeed for those who reflect”.     (Qur’an 45: 13)

 “We made the Quran easy to learn. Do any of you wish to learn?”   (Qur’an: 54:17)

“God will raise those among you who believe, and those who acquire knowledge to higher ranks. God is fully aware of everything you do”     (Qur’an 58:11).

Prophet’s Teachings on Knowledge:

“The acquisition of knowledge is a duty incumbent on every Muslim, male and female.”

“The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of martyr.”

“To listen to the words of the learned and to instill into others the lessons of science is better than religious exercises.”

“Whoever has a daughter, tutored her on good morals, educated her well and fed her properly; she will be a protection for him from hell”.

 “A person who follows a path for acquiring knowledge, Allah will make easy the passage to Paradise for him.”

“A Muslim will not tire of knowledge until he/she reaches Heaven.”

 

In addition to the Qur’an being a divine revelation and a complete code for all of human conduct, behaviors, morals, and endeavors; it is also a book of scientific miracles not discovered or known except during the last 150 years.    Scientists are astonished when reading scientific facts in the Qur’an.

Please Watch this brief but valuable Video on Scientific Miracles in the Qur’an:  Knowledge and Science are important elements of worship in Islam.   Both lead the way to understanding God’s existence and majestic creative power.

 

 

These three articles offer insight into the miracle of science in the Qur’an and what western historians and famous scientists said about Qur’anic Science and Civilization.

1.Incredible Scientific Miracles in the Qur’an.

2. Quotations of Famous Historians on Islamic Science.

3. What Science Professors Say About Scientific Facts Found in the Qur’an.

The injunction in the Qur’an and the Prophetic teachings to seek knowledge everywhere on this planet  pushed the early Muslims on a quest for knowledge in all fields:   In all the Sciences, in Medicine, Mathematics, Astronomy, Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Music, Architecture, Arts, and even Music.   Muslims were voracious inventors of many things that we still use today.  ,

The Muslim cities of Baghdad, Samarkand, Damascus, Cairo, and especially in Cordoba, Andalusian Spain were for many centuries the centers of high learning, scientific experimentation, discoveries in all fields with unprecedented cooperation and collaboration among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.  Only under Muslim rule did the followers of the three faiths find peace, tolerance, collaboration and cooperation.

Arabic was the language of knowledge for centuries and the renaissance in Andalusian Spain formed the foundation for Europe’s Renaissance.

This is by far the best historical documentary on the History of Muslim Andlalsia in Spain.  It is a production of the BBC.  It truly is a Must Watch.

 

 

 This SITE is a most extraordinary single site where you can find a collection of VIDEOS on Islamic Art, Architecture (such as the Taj Mahal, and Al Hambra Mosque in Granada, Spain; plus Contributions of Islamic Science, Documentaries on Muslim Andalusian Spain, and much more.   A most worthy site to spend time viewing.

This insightful and historic article, “Andalusia, Gateway to the Golden Renaissance”, by Muriel Mirack Weissbach documents how Andalusia, Spain was the Gateway for a Golden Age the world has never known before nor since.   

Two extraordinarily magnificent Muslims architectural masterpieces, one a mosque, the Dome of the Rock in occupied Jerusalem, and the other, a mausoleum celebrating eternal love, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India showcase the monumental achievement of Muslims in Architecture, Engineering, Artistic calligraphy, and love for splendor and beauty, as the Prophet taught: “God is Beautiful and loves beauty”.

The Dome of the Rock Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem built in the late seventh century. The Zionists plan its destruction by building massive tunnels underneath it.

Taj Mahal, one of the world’s greatest historical masterpieces. Built in the 17th Century by the Mogul Emperor as a memorial for his wife who died giving birth to their 14th child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly, the eight hundreds years of extraordinary and magnificent contributions by Muslim Spain has been deliberately omitted from the annals of western history.

John William Draper in the “Intellectual Development of Europe”

“I have to deplore the systematic manner in which the literature of Europe has continued to put out of sight our obligations to the Muslims. 

Robert Briffault in the “Making of Humanity

“It was under the influence of the Arabs and Moorish revival of culture and not in the 15th century, that a real renaissance took place.

The experimental (scientific) method of Arabs was by Roger Bacon’s time widespread and eagerly cultivated throughout Europe.  (It was the Arabs who first introduced experimental science as a formal rigorous study of discovery)

“Science is the most momentous contribution of Arab civilization to the modern world;

“It is highly probable that but for the Arabs, modern European civilization would never have arisen at all; it is absolutely certain that but for them, it would not have assumed that character which has enabled it to transcend all previous phases of evolution.”

The fames historian Will Durant wrote:  “Education is the Basis of Civilization

 

First University in World History Founded by a Muslim Woman, daughter of a wealthy merchant in Fez, Morocco. Still operational.

Most of the world is unaware that the first Universitybuilt in the world was founded by a Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fitri, in Fes, Morocco in 859 C.E.  It was called the University of Al-Karaouine or Al-Qarawiyyin.  According to UNESCO and the Guinness World Record It is the oldest existing and continually operating educational institution in the world.

The second oldest surviving University in the world is the Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt founded in 970-972.  It is the primary center of Islamic learning in the world as well as the primary resource and learning of Sunni Islam.

It was not until 1088 that the first University of higher learning was founded in the West, the University of Bologna, Italy.

Source:  On History of Universities

The high illiteracy rates in the Middle East is a true tragedy that has been the major obstacle to learning the truth of Islamic teaching as well as the chain that has imprisoned the Muslim world in a moribund almost comatose intellectual existence.

The Arabs are the highest purchasers of GUNS and the least purchasers and producers of BOOKS in the world.

Guns rule, books lead to revolutions.

 

World Ranking of Adult Illiteracy Rates (15 Years & Over) in the Middle East Compared to World Ranking on Military Expenditure as Percent of GDP

 

Rank

IlliteracyRate

Country

Illiteracy Rate (%)

World Rank & Military Expenditure

% GDP

1

Afghanistan

72

3         10%           (2012)

2

Pakistan

50

38        3.10          (2012)

3

Mauritania

49

13        5.50          (2006)

4

Morocco

48

18        4.80          (2012)

5

Yemen

46

8         6.60           (2006)

6

Sudan

39

24       4.20           (2012)

7

Djibouti

32

33       3.60           (2011)

8

Algeria

30

21       4.30           (2012)

9

Iraq

26

6         8.60           (2012)

10

Tunisia

25.7

100     1.50           (2012)

11

Egypt

28

62       2.20           (2012)

13

Syria

19

31      3.60            (2011)

14

Oman

18

1       11.40           (2005)

15

Iran

17.6

56       2.50          (2006)

16

Saudi Arabia

17.1

5         9.10          (2012)

17

Libya

16

39       3.10          (2012)

18

Bahrain

13

20       4.50          (2006)

19

Turkey

12.6

14       5.39           (2005)

20

Lebanon

12

55       2.50           (2012)

21

U.A.E.

11.3

9         6.4             (2012)

22

Qatar

11

2        10.00          (2005)

23

Jordan

9

4         9.50           (2012)

24

Palestine

8

 

25

Kuwait

7

28       3.70            (2012)

27

Israel

3

7         7.40            (2012)

 

Source:  Illiteracy Rate in Middle East  (United Nations; The Economist)

Source:   Military Expenditure as Percent of GDP  (CIA)

There have been five “Arab Human Development Reports” since the first one in 2002 published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and written by expert Arab Scholars who evaluated the current status of the Arab world and offered strong recommendations that the region, both b government and civil society, could take to uplift the region from its stagnant suffering of poverty, food insecurity, conflicts, illiteracy, high unemployment, political reform, among other many recommendations.

The bottom line conclusion they found as barriers to better Arab stability and progress was not a lack of resources but the tragic lack of THREE ESSENTIALS which the authors term the “Region’s ThreeDeficits”.

 

FREEDOM — KNOWLEDGE – WOMAN POWER

 

The authors present evidence that these three main factors are mainly responsible for the extraordinary frustration found in the Arab world most responsible for holding the region back from reaching its maximum potential and  allow the rest of the world both to despise and fear the deadly combination of wealth and backwardness.

The authors deliberately avoided discussing the issue of Islam, conflicts and terrorism, highlighting the vast failure and corruption of governments, America and Israel’s dominant hegemony and influence in the region, and the single most important root cause of Muslim animosity to the West—Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands.

Despite the author’s deliberate sidestepping of faith, politics and failed governments, the Arab tyrannical governments, and even the U.S., criticized and rejected the report’s findings, thus like all voices of dissent or scholarship, the reports died, never to be heard of again.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad warned his followers with this admonition:

 

Indeed, I am leaving among you, that which if you hold fast to them, you shall not be misguided after me.   First is the Quran, the book of God, which is a rope extended from the sky to the earth, and Second is my Sunnah (teachings and traditions of the Prophet)

 

We, as worldwide Muslims have failed to heed this eternal warning and have to our own detriment and self destruction ignored this admonition.

 

“Will they not, then, turn towards God in repentance, and ask His forgiveness? For God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace”     (Qur’an:  5:74).  

 

Only Islam can raise us again from the depths of darkness to the light of truth.

 

“A Book (the Qur’an) We have sent down to you (Prophet Muhammad) so that you may bring forth mankind from the darkness into the light”    (Qur’an:14:1)

 

Only a true Muslim “Spring”can redeem our spiritual, political, economic, educational, and development health, not only to rejoind the world’s progress but even to surpass it.

Cynics may redicule this simplistic statement but only, only Islam, has ever united Muslims and laid the groundwork for the greatest civilization in world history.   No other ideology has worked and none will except Islam.

God is Greater.

Amen.

 

I had written a three part series titled: “Muslims by Birth, Not Faith”.  In the articles I challenged the Muslim terrorists and extremists to show on Islamic tenet or teaching in the Holy Qur’an or our beloved Prophet’s teaching on which they base their murderous spree against the innocent, both Muslims and Non-Muslims.   I refuted and rejected any of their alleged claims by quoting specific Qur’anic verses and Prophetic teachings.

Sadly but as expected these articles were not picked up or posted in the Arab and Muslim world except by a few courageous sights.   Perhaps they will find a wider audience in the west to answer many of the questions westerners have about Islam.

They can be found on this site:

http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2013/02/22/muslims-by-birth-not-by-faith-part-i-by/

For those interested in having an excellent online translation of the Holy Qur’an in English I recommend Muhammad Asad’s “The Message of the Qur’an.   For those interested in reading an excellent biography of the Prophet I recommend “Muhammad” by Martin Lingis.

Although it is impossible to translate the majestic classical Arabic of the Holy Qur’an into any language, all translations are attempts to convey the message or concept of the verses.   Secondly the Holy Qur’an can only be understood the context of many of its verses it’s vital that one also studies the history of the events that prompted such revelations during the last 23 years of Prophet Muhammad’s life, without such a study many verses will not be understood.   For example the “fighting” verses were revealed before, during, or after battles the Muslims were engaged in to defend themselves

One of the best translation that convey the meaning and context of the verses is the book by Muhammad Asad, formerly Leopold Weiss, a descendent of many Rabbis, called “The Message of the Qur’an”.   The website below has the complete translation although one can also download it from other sites.

Asad also wrote another book, a biography of his life and journey to Islam called “The Road to Mecca”, an extraordinary book that is both mesmerizing and difficult to put down.  I highly recommend it.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/10720330/Message-of-Quran-Muhammad-Asad-Islam-Translation

You can also read this brief book on Islam entitled:

“A Brief Illustrated Guide on Islam” at  http://www.islam-guide.com/

Thank you for your very kind patience in reading this lengthy article.   The world needs more knowledge to find inner and world peace, not less.

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