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In True Islam Life IS Sacred!!

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful!  

“You shall not kill any person,
for God has made life sacred!”
(Sura al-Isra 17:33)

masood_islamic_crescentOn this blog I have written many times before as to how the Holy Qur’an forbids Muslims from killing another human being save in the course of justice (capital punishment ordered by a court).  Once again I feel the need to write about this subject again and reference some MAJOR teaching in the Qur’an which forbid murder and which condone fighting in self-defense ONLY.

Sura al-Isra is the 17th chapter in the Qur’an and in this case I am sighting verse 33 which makes it clearer than clear that murder is wrong and a SIN.  How much more plain can it be that murder is wrong and sinful?  Life is sacred! The reason life is sacred is because God (Allah) has created all life and everything that Allah has created is sacred to the True Muslim, True Christian, True Jew, True Buddhist, and others!

Sadly today we see those who have hijacked Islam and who commit atrocities in Allah’s Name killing innocent people be it by terror attacks or suicide bombers (suicide is also a sin strongly condemned by the Qur’an).  Taking ANY human life except in the course of justice (capital punishment by a court) if absolutely FORBIDDEN in the teachings of the Qur’an!  It is for this very reason that those who commit acts of terrorism are clearly NOT True Muslims but are EVIL PEOPLE who are attempting to justify their own hatred and actions by using God’s Name (which in itself is yet another sin, frankly).  Even in the course of justice capital punishment is discouraged by the Qur’an!  As True Muslims we should use capital punishment as a last resort.  Sadly, what we are seeing today being committed by evil people in the Name of Islam and Allah is just the OPPOSITE of what the Qur’an teaches and of what True Muslims believe!  ANYONE can commit ANY ACT in the name of God by whatever name they call Him.  BUT that does NOT make that person a True Muslim or a True anything else!!

Contrary to popular MIS-conception Islam does NOT teach violence, murder, or suicide!  In FACT, the Qur’an forbids aggression!  In the Quranic teachings fighting is ONLY permitted in SELF-DEFENSE.  God (Allah) does NOT love the aggressor and the Qur’an makes this too absolutely clear in several Suras.  Over and over again God repeats in the Qur’an that He does NOT love the aggressors and that we are NOT to be aggressors!  ONLY is a True Muslim is attacked by an aggressor are we allowed to fight back in self-defense.  Further, if the enemy offers peace we are commanded by Allah in the Qur’an to STOP fighting.

All aggressors have evil selfish goals and they will do anything to achieve those goals EVEN using the name of God to Carnation-China-Rosejustify their horrors and sins!  But, just because they use the name of Allah to commit their terror acts does NOT make them True Muslims.  In fact, it doesn’t make them Muslims at all period!  What it makes them is hypocrites and Allah detests the hypocrites more than any others.  The fact is people who are aggressors and who engage in terror acts are EVIL people who have lost The Way and The Path.  They are blindly following Iblis (Satan) and they don’t even know it.  Satan will do anything to turn people away from the True Path of God.  ANYTHING!  Think about how many people the terrorists have turned away from God by their own actions already and how many more they will turn away from God by their continued actions.  And you don’t think they aren’t going to be held accountable for their terror acts and turning away people from Allah on the Judgment Day?  Think again!

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God Brings Peace and Security not Fear!

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[Sura 24:55]  GOD promises those among you who believe and lead a righteous life, that He will make them sovereigns on earth, as He did for those before them, and will establish for them the religion He has chosen for them, and will substitute peace and security for them in place of fear. All this because they worship Me alone; they never set up any idols beside Me. Those who disbelieve after this are the truly wicked.

It is time for the God-fearing, silent majority of Muslims to speak up against the injustice done to true Islam, Submission to God’s will—the religion of strict monotheism: The religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and all messengers and believers.

(Source:  Submitters Perspective Newsletter, Masjid Tucson, April 2011, Vol 27, No. 4, Tucson, AZ, USA)

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What a Mess!!

It’s been awhile since I posted and the world hasn’t gotten any better, sadly.  Radicals are still going to and fro doing whatever they want mistakenly thinking that they are not engaging in sin, people are still being killed and people are still killing themselves in the name of “Allah” and sadly they don’t even realize how misguided they truly are.  And then we have ISIS that has somehow managed to quickly become a well armed and well financed army declaring a Caliphate and, sadly, it appears that outright murder….no…slaughter is the more precise term I think is the name of THEIR game.  Christians and other religious minorities in the regions they control are systematically slaughtered like cattle and meanwhile the world basically turns a blind eye.  Yes the US and others are launching attacks against them and Jordan’s King Abdullah has called for an Islamic military response to put ISIS out of commission forever, but still, the responses are minimal at best.  I can’t help but wonder just who is really funding ISIS and just how they got so far, so quickly.  What they are doing, the acts they are committing are NOT TRUE ISLAM!  Murder, suicide, and the killing of the People of the Book (Christians, Jews, Muslims) are all SINS!  The self proclaimed Caliph of ISIS seems not to know this nor does he seem to care.  And the young who blindly follow him seem not to know the TRUTH of the Holy Qur’an but only listen to him and his perverted interpretation of Islam.  In my opinion that is nothing short of absolutely disgusting!

Young people are LOST today!  And it just isn’t those joining ISIS or other radical Muslim groups.  They are found in every country, every culture, and every religion and non-religion.  Somewhere along the lines the world has committed a gross disservice to our youth.  Somewhere along the line we FAILED to teach our youth proper respect for human life, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.  And somewhere along the line we FAILED to inspire our youth to commit CREATIVE acts and avoid destructive acts!  Our youth are our future.  Judging from the state and mind of many youth today our future, the world’s future, is looking pretty horrid!!  Have we now succeeded in raising a generation of psychopaths?  What kind of future can psychopaths give us?

The hate, the killing, the suicides, the disrespect, the ignorance MUST STOP!  We have an absolute obligation to retrain and re-educate our youth in how to be productive members of human society.  We have an absolute obligation to teach our young men and boys how to be men who are men of integrity, wisdom, intelligence, moderation, and providers for their families.  It’s PAST time for the thug image to go!  A thug should NOT be the ideal for ANYONE!  We must teach our young males to be truly MASCULINE MEN who are strong in body, mind, and spirit so that they might become men who create rather than destroy and kill.  WE as the ADULTS of human society have these absolute obligations and if we continue to shun those obligations then we can only ensure that the state of the world will grow much worse than it is even now.

And the West?  Looks to me like the West is falling apart at the seams!  Tensions between non-Muslims and Muslim immigrants are rising rapidly especially in places like Germany, France, and the UK.  In the US racial tensions are rising rapidly as while cops kill black Americans who have committed crimes.  Now people are shooting cops and even killing cops as two were killed last week in NYC.  Cops now seem to be the designated enemy of some people, sadly.  This is insane!  Black youth in America continue to be lost just like White youth, Asian youth, Hispanic youth, and all other youth.  Don’t get me wrong.  There are MANY youth who are trying to do the right thing and become positive members of human society but there are some who have gone the opposite way and those are the lost ones that we must reach out to and change.

Hate is a horrible thing!  Hate only breeds more hate!  Hate is one of the doorways to insanity and that doorway opens rather quickly when we chose to hate.  Not only do black youths need positive role models but so do all other youth.  Skin color is irrelevant!  Youth of all skin colors are looking for guidance especially male youth who are thirsting for male guidance and positive male role models after whom they can model their own lives.  This is NOT A RACIAL ISSUE nor is it a RELIGIOUS ISSUE!!  We have turned our backs on our youth and it is to our own peril as is presently being demonstrated and witnessed all across this planet today!  We need to stop the hate!  We need to stop the racism!  We as a species SERIOUSLY need to see BEYOND the color of someone’s skin and MOVE ON!!

Youth today have been handed a rotten apple and I’ll be the first to admit that.  WE have made them feel unworthy of just about anything, insignificant, and unwanted.  We have made them feel like they are unimportant and not of any value.  Yet, we are shocked when we see them committing horrific crimes are our news channels?  What did we expect they would do or did we even consider the ramifications?

I hear a lot of people say the world needs to change.  Ok fine!  Who does that change begin with? Answer….YOU….US!!  It doesn’t start with Joe Blow down the street or sitting in city hall.  It starts with every one of us!  We need to teach our youth VALUES AND MORALS that are consistent with the value for ALL LIFE!  We must begin to inspire our youth to be more than they are and to be better as human beings and citizens.  We must teach our youth how to be creators and leaders instead of allowing them to become destroyers and blind followers of some lunatic ideology!  OUR YOUTH ARE IMPORTANT AND WE MUST SEE THEM AS IMPORTANT!!

I think about the current state of the world and, frankly, it makes me sick, literally.  We as a species have come to a very BAD place.  A place we should NOT be!  A place where Allah (God) does NOT wish us to be!  Allah respects our choices and if we chose to become lost and go astray He will respect that choice too EVEN if it means we obliterate ourselves and become an extinct species.  Stop sitting around waiting for someone to come save you!  No one is going to save any of us from our own selves.  Life is about CHOICES and we make choices all of the time, known and unknown.  And we either reap the fruits of those choices OR we pay the consequences of our choices.  Right now the world is paying the consequences for some very BAD choices we’ve made in the past.  But it is NOT TOO LATE to change it and start making NEW and better choices!

I’ll be perfectly honest with you.  Sometimes I get sick of religions!  Why?  Because religions have more blood on their hands than all human wars combined in human history.  That is a sad statement of FACT!  We all proclaim peace, love, compassion, forgiveness but where are our ACTIONS?  We can proclaim anything we want but the proof comes in our ACTIONS!  Life is not only about choices but life is also about ACTION.  We need to seriously practice what we proclaim and preach no matter what our religion is.

We live in some very sad times.  The human race is in great turmoil right now.  We are sitting around waiting for someone to save us but the ONLY one who is going to save us is US!!  Don’t you think it’s about time we get up off our collective ASSES and JUST DO IT?!!  If we don’t then we can look forward to an increasingly violent and hate filled world.  A world of darkness and outright evil.  I don’t know about you but I do NOT want to live in such a world!

 

You Will Be Judged By The SAME Standards You Use to Judge Others!

by Adan Kadar

So much hate in the world.  Hate kindled by personal judgements, misunderstandings, and just out right prejudice.  I sometimes wonder just how much more hate can the human race take.  Haven’t we had enough already?  Where does it all end?

We all make judgements daily.  Some of those judgements are little and others are big.  Some are of little importance while others are of major importance.  Some mean nothing and others mean everything.  Making judgements are a part of human nature but we should be self disciplined in our judgements and not be so rash or harsh in our judgements as they should always be tempered with understanding and compassion.  When it comes down to it God is the ultimate and final judge and we should be careful in our personal judgements as He will judge us using the SAME standards that we used to judge others in our lives.

That should be a very scary thought for some people.  The thought that Allah will use the same standards to judge us that we use to judge others.  We need to ask ourselves if we would like to be judged by those same standards.  I have a feeling most of you would not.

Sadly some of the harhist judgements we make are towards other people.  Often those people are our spouses, loved ones, or family.  Most of us tend to be overly critical of those closest to us and we often tend to throw understanding and compassion out the door in favor of prejudice.  What is “prejudice?”  The word means to “pre-judge.”  When we hold hatred close to our hearts we tend to pre-judge others without any prior understanding or without any prior attempt to understand.  Instead we summarily judge others and that’s not the right thing to do.  Prejudice stems from hate.  We might think we are forever self righteous but when we hate we are not being righteous at all.

Sometimes we base our prejudice and judgements on stereotypes and what we need to realize is that stereotypes are most often wrong.  Sometimes we base our judgements in an effort to make someone our scapegoat hoping that by blaming them we can avoid our own pesonal responsibility in or for whatever the matter at hand might be at the time.  As with stereotypes creating scapegoats is never right, never just.  Both are always wrong.  Both are acts of unrighteousness.

As I said.  We all make judgements daily.  Some little and some big.  Some unimportant and others highly important.  We need to each examine honestly and closely what standards we employ in making our judgements and then ask ourselves if we’d like to be judged by those standards.  Would we wish Allah to judge us with prejudice?  Would we like Him to judge us with harshness void of any understanding or mercy?  Do we desire that He judge us based on stereotypes or as scapegoats?  Do we seek not His forgiveness but His wrath?  These are important questions that we must ask ourselves.

Allah has set us upon this earth to act as Caliphs, co-regenets, as the Koran makes clear.  Would we desire to come before any Caliph for judgement and be pre-judged?  Would we desire for him to judge us without mercy or compassion?  If not, then why do we judge others with such standards and means?  And just what kind of Caliph judges with hatred and prejudice anyway?  Such a one is no Caliph at all but is a tyrant and a fool.  Allah is compassionate and merciful.  Allah is forgiving and loving.  Shouldn’t we be the same especially in our judgements?

The world today is literally overflowing with judgements based on hate and prejudice.  Do we really need any more of that?  Do we really want any more of that?  I for one do not.  Enough of the hate!  Enough of the prejudice and condemnation of others!  If we act ruthlessly in our lives and live without mercy and compassion then we ourselves will not receive mercy and compassion but only ruthlessness when it comes time for Allah to judge us.  We might be big enough to dish prejudice out but are we big enough to take it?  Most of us would have to answer with a resounding NO if we were honest.  We seem to want one standard for “them” (whoever they are) and another, special standard for ourselves but that is NOT the way Allah works.  We will be judged by the SAME measure we use to judge others.  Keep that in mind the next time you judge someone.  Beware of how you judge others as the same measure will be applied to you one day when you are judged.  Don’t be so harsh in your judgements but temper them with wisdom, mercy, and compassion.  If you don’t then come Judgment Day you will pay a price for your harshness and for your own prejudice and of that you can rest assured.

Life Struggles: Allah Refining the Gold

“Allah never charges a soul with more than it can bear.”
Sura al-Baqara 2:286

goldThe above verse from the Holy Qur’an is one that I’ve struggled with over the years.  Sometimes life seems so monumental that things can not be overcome and sometimes life is such a struggle that I have a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  We’ve all felt that way wondering when and how we might overcome some problem or struggling to make ends meet.  Sometimes I feel like giving up or as if there is no hope.  Other times I wonder how Allah could charge me with something in my life that seems  like I cannot overcome it.  Sometimes I do feel like God has given me more than I can bear, frankly.

As we go about our lives on this physical world we tend to develop tunnel vision.  That is, we tend to not see the bigger picture of things but instead focus on our narrow vision.  This is especially true with life problems and life struggles.  Sometimes we see no way out, no way to overcome what confronts us or no way to resolve the struggle that we are involved in.  Life can get pretty gloomy and dark.  Life can get pretty depressing and hard.  For the unbeliever he tends to immerse himself in drugs, alcohol, sexual addictions, or other escapes in a futile effort to “deal with” what confronts him.  Such things only make the problem or struggle worse not better.  The difference between the unbeliever and the believer is that the believer relies on Allah not drugs, not sex, not alcohol, not anything else.  The believer prays.  The unbeliever does not.  Continue reading

The Correct Perspective of Ourselves is Important

It’s easy to get lost in the modern world.  Sometimes we get lost in all the gadgets that modern technology gives us.  Sometimes we get lost in our finances or in our relationships.  Sometimes we even get lost in ourselves and our problems which can become a nightmare very quickly as we become depressed.  When we get lost in the modern world it’s important we remember that there is something more to it.  Something bigger and something lasting.  It’s important that we keep our focus knowing that we are simply visitors here on this material world but not permanent residents.

carnationI’ve often heard people say that we are bodies with spirits and most often I correct them.  I correct them because the way they state this is not true.  We are not simply bodies with spirits.  Rather, we are spiritual beings foremost only temporarily housed in these physical bodies and having but a brief and momentary material experience upon the scales of Eternity.  The focus is important.  If you see yourself as a body first then your perspective is erroneous and you’re perceiving of yourself as something that is secondary because the physicall body is indeed secondary.  When your perspective is one of seeing yourself and others as spiritual beings first then you hold the correct perspective of the truth and reality of who and what human beings really are because at our very core we are indeed spiritual beings not physical bodies. Continue reading

Mawlid Un-Nabi, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is Today!

“You have indeed in the Messenger of God
a beautiful pattern of conduct
for anyone whose hope is God and the Final Day.”
(Al-Ahzab 33:21)

taj mal2Today is Mawlid Un-Nabi, the birthday of the founder and Prophet of Islam Muhammad (pbuh).  For myself this is a day of reflection as I commemorate the prophet’s birth.  Reflection on his message as revealed through the Qur’an, a message for all mankind.  It is also a time for reflection on the conduct of the prophet comparing it to my own conduct.  Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gave us all a pattern and an example to follow and emulate in our own lives and we really should be following his pattern and example daily.

We live in dark times.  The world is full of intrigue and war and sometimes it seems that evil and death are all around us.  Many times it feels like all hope is gone and their is no way out of this dark abyss.  But we cannot give into this hopelessness and, in fact, we must not give into it because Allah (God) is our Hope and our only Hope in this world.  This is what the Prophet (pbuh) knew and believed beyond any doubt.  Following his pattern and example we must know and believe the same.

On this special day of rememberance let us reflect on our own lives and behavior.  Do we act with intelligence?  Do we seek to educate ourselves and understand everything we can?  Do we act with integrity and wisdom towards others?  Do our dealings with people rellect compassion, humbleness, and brotherhood?  Do we act with limits or do we go all about acting without limits like lunatics?  Do we see our own example as a teacher of good things to others?  When angered are we quick to forgive and act merciful?  Do we help the less fortunate or do we despise them and treat them with contempt?  Do we honor life especially human life or do we think it cheap, meaningless, and expendable?  Do we work to achieve victory in our inner jihad in which we seek to overcome our learned and acquired ego/lower selves or are we ruled by psychotic ego that knows no bounds?  Do we walk in humbleness or do we walk steeped in our own self pride?  Are we kind and respectful to others?  Do we act justly and fairly?  Are we void of hate or do we allow our hate to dominate us?

These are questions we should each ask ourselves today and answer honestly because these are the high morals as taught in the Holy Qur’an.  These are the exact morals that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) exhibited in his own life and if we truly seek to follow his pattern and example in our own lives then these must be the high morals we exhibit and live by in our own lives.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was one man.  One man who stood up to the world of the idolaters of Mecca and other places.  He sought to change the world for the better and to somehow make the world more just.  He and his first followers endured mockey, persecution, torture, and even death as a result.  He and his first Muslims were hated and despised by the idolaters who constantly pursued them across the sand of the deserts of Arabia.  Yet, in the end, he was one man who changed the world.  And that is the way it always is.  All great movements and change in this world has begun with one person not large groups or armies.  Muhammad, Jesus, Ghandhi…they were all single individuals who brought about great changes in the world for the better.  So the next time you wonder what you can do to change the world for the better because you are only one person think of these examples and what they did.  Just do not believe in the high morals of the Prophet (pbuh) but LIVE them daily and in every situation in your life!  Faith MUST be lived not simply believed or thought about.