Tough Times for Muslims

Islam symbolWith the Paris terrorist bombings and now with the mass shootings in San Barnardino, Calif atop other acts of terror carried out by extremists (I won’t call the Muslims because they are NOT!) it is rough being a Muslim in America, Europe, and even the rest of the world.  But we must not give into this hate or be a part of it because that is the absolute worst thing we could do.  In fact, giving into the hate is the worst thing anyone of any religion could do!  We must also not give into fear because that is exactly what the terrorists want us to do no matter what our chosen faith is or anything else.  That being said, today’s passage from the Holy Qur’an says,

“You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of God.”  (Sura 33:21)

The example we find and which we as Muslims are to emulate in our own lives of the Prophet (pbuh) is one of compassion, mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, endurance, hope, strength, and intelligence.  These are NOT the values being emulated by the extremists of today sadly.  In fact, these extremists are emulating the exact opposite of these things.  In our lives as True Muslims ALL who claim to be Muslims MUST follow and emulate the pattern of conduct that was displayed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and if we do not then we are in sin and this passage makes that clear from the Holy Qur’an.

“Islam” means “submission to God” but it also means peace, security, dignity, and honor.  Muslims are called to be ambassadors to wherever they happen to live.  Ambassadors of PEACE not war, not hatred, and most certainly not terrorism!  Our main responsibility in life is to live our faith daily moment to moment and to be true examples as servants of Allah in every aspect of our behavior, thoughts, and talk.  We are suppose to open channels of communications with those we live around and with and tell them about Islam and invite them to join our faith BUT without compulsion.  You cannot force anyone to become a Muslim!  You should not force anyone to become a Muslim!  The Qur’an clearly teaches that “there is to be no compulsion in religion.”  Our only obligation as Muslims is to tell people about Islam and allow them to decide if they wish to become a Muslim or not.  If they choose to do so then great!  If they choose not to do so then it becomes a matter between them and Allah and we are to leave them alone.  We are not to molest, torture, or kill them.  We are to leave them alone and let them go on their way.  Islam is the ONLY religion without forced compulsion for whoever desires to seek and find the ultimate Divine Truth.

As True Muslims we are obliged to tell people that our faith is one that esteems human life, human dignity, and human honor and respect.  Respect for fellow Muslims who are all brothers and sisters as the Prophet (pbuh) taught in his final sermon and also respect for ALL PEOPLE of ALL FAITHS.  Every person created no matter who or what they are or have been is ENTITLED to basic human respect and human rights!  Our faith grants the universal right for all to exist in peace, in safety, and in security!  Our faith does NOT teach us that we are to maim and kill.  Our faith does NOT condone acts of terror nor extremism!  Rather, our faith condones peaceful coexistence and tolerance not only for our fellow Muslims but also for ALL other people of all other faiths, cultures, and races.

Islam teaches that murder and suicide are both GREAT SINS.  In the eyes of Allah if you kill a person then it is as if you have killed the entire human race!  But, our faith also teaches that if you help to save a persons soul then it is as if you have saved the soul of the entirety of humanity!

Since Islam is a faith of security and peace it stands against all forms of aggression and oppression.  As true Muslims we are suppose to act with humbleness and we are not to oppress others be they fellow Muslims or not.  We are not to engage in acts of transgression (sin) or mischief.  We are not to engage in injustice or criminal acts such as thievery.  We are suppose to be living examples of a truly faithful people for all to see and hopefully people will be inspired by our own personal examples to submit themselves voluntarily to Allah.

As true Muslims we are forbidden from spreading or helping to spread corruption of any kind.  Allah wants us to be the best and most intelligent community of believers (Ummah).  He wants us to shine by our faith in Him for all the world to not only see but esteem.  He does not want us to wear our faith on our shirt sleeves but to LIVE it daily at all times and in everything we do.  He wants us to be thankful, merciful, forgiving, and compassionate towards others no matter what their religion, their skin color, their race, or anything else because He created ALL PEOPLE.

Muslims are suppose to forbid evil in any form.  We are suppose to correct wrongs using the means available to us and do so peacefully.  We must discharge our obligations with truthfulness, honesty, compassion, and wisdom (intelligence).  And we are to love Allah with our entire being and with all sincerity because in Him is our Hope and in Him the Faithful must put their trust because He is the sustainer and the only Hope.  Humans will always disappoint us one way or the other but Allah will not.

Muslims must realize that EVERYTHING we do is seen by Allah and that He holds us accountable for all that we do be it in public or private.  There is nothing we can hide from Allah.  There is nowhere we can go to hide from Allah. Look under a rock and He is there.  Gaze into the stars and He is there.  He is everywhere and sees and knows all things even those things we do in private or fail to do.  In worshiping Allah we form a relationship with Him, our God and our Maker.  This is why it is so important that once we establish that relationship with Him by submitting ourselves to Him that we maintain that relationship.  This works to improve our spiritual lives but it also works to improve our thinking and our social behavior.  God works on us from the inside out most often times and it is seen in our daily lives, or at least, it SHOULD be.

As Muslims we have obligations given to us by Allah.  One of those obligations is respecting and honoring our parents and doing what they way instead of fighting against them.  We must be nice and kind to our parents, to the people we live with, to our relatives, and to the people in the communities that live around us.  We must especially do so when it comes to widows, orphans, the disadvantaged, and the disabled.  And we must do so when it comes to those who live in our households.  These are all obligations of the True Muslim and if you are not doing these things then something is wrong with your faith and you need to make some corrections!  If you are filled with violence, hate, and aggression and you claim to be a Muslim then there is something wrong with you and your faith because those are the very things that Allah condemns and forbids of us!  And you need to make some corrections immediately before you find yourself burning in the fires of Hell instead of residing in Paradise!

As True Muslims we are suppose to be men and women and even children of HONOR and DIGNITY.  In everything we do and say we are to act with dignity and honor.  And we are to act with wisdom and intelligence as well.  We are ambassadors of Allah the Most Magnificent and Most High and we must always keep this in the front of our minds and act with dignity and honor not dishonor!

Allah wants us to be educated!  Not simply in the Qur’an and Hadiths but also in academics and all other areas.  He does not want His faithful to be stupid or to be idiots!  He wants us to work to improve the condition of humanity not only ourselves or those whom we care about but ALL of humanity!  We are not to mock each other nor be sarcastic with others.  And most especially we are not suppose to hate!!  Anyone! For ANY reason!!

A true Islamic society is NOT based on ruthlessness, oppression, or terror.  It is based on mutual love and respect! That is most important to keep in mind because some people including the extremists think just the opposite. Muslims are NOT to terrorize people be they fellow Muslims or non-Muslims!  We are to respect life especially human life.  We are to foster peace, peaceful coexistence, compassion, wisdom, intelligence, and humbleness.  WE are to avoid engaging in sinful things and shameful deeds.  We are to THINK before we speak and simply not rattle on!

When it comes to women in a truly Islamic society women are to be respected and honored.  They are NOT to be treated as slaves or sex slaves!  The Qur’an makes this clear over and over again.  We are to protect their rights and ensure their safety and security.  We are to protect them and act justly towards them.  And, YES, we are suppose to give them the honor of listening to them also!  We are to realize that women play a vital role in society and that they ARE important because they ARE!  Our family lives must be peaceful, respectful, and responsible.  Our family lives must be based on LOVE, understanding, dignity, and honor for EVERYONE in our family just not some!!

Fellow Muslims are obliged to treat other Muslims as brothers and sisters.  The Prophet (pbuh) made this perfectly clear in his final sermon before he passed!!  We must recognize our personal responsibility in all things and be accountable.  We are obliged by Allah to strengthen mutual love, mutual respect, and brotherhood/sisterhood in the community of believers.  We are NOT to be people who seek to create division and strife! Allah loves justice and those who act justly.  He loves those who act with fairness and equality.

Muslims must live the example set by the Prophet (pbuh).  We must live morally and ethically.  We must each the Qur’an and the Sunnah (practice) of the Prophet (pbuh) and we must seek to be perfect living examples of excellent moral behavior.  We are to show true courtesy to both Muslims and non-Muslims and we are to practice peace and tolerance in EVERYTHING that we do!  In doing all of these things Muslims will bring people to Allah and to Islam (submission to God).

We should NOT be ashamed of being Muslims!  We should NOT be afraid of being Muslims!  We should not water down our faith as Muslims!  We should feel proud to be Muslims and proud to serve Allah!  In all that we do we must NOT be ashamed or fearful that we are true representatives of the Faith of Allah.  The faith of PEACE, DIGNITY, HONOR, WISDOM, AND COMPASSION!!

These things are things that ALL MUSLIMS are obliged to do as taught in the Holy Qur’an and by the Prophet (pbuh).  If you are not doing these things then your are NOT a True Muslim and you need to make corrections in yourself, in your behavior, and in your thinking immediately!  If you don’t then you risk burning in Hell when you pass from this world and on the Day of Judgment.  Allah is very clear about what He demands of His servants.  Islam is not a complicated faith.  It is a simple faith!  Islam is not some mysterious faith riddled with uncertainty and confusion.  True Islam is a faith that is certain and very definite in what Allah expects from the True Believer in everything and every matter.

We live in very sad times.  Times in which many atrocities are being carried out in the name of religion including Islam.  Most people on this planet today have turned away from God in favor of materialism and their own egotism. All of the things of darkness and evil are esteemed while the things of light and good are detested.  As Muslims we are called to stand apart from this fallen and often evil world!  The same is so for Christians and Jews!  Did you know that?  Members of all three Faiths are called to stand apart from the evil in this world!  When we start to conform to this world we start to walk away from Allah!  This is why it is so important for the Believer not to give into the evil and horrible things we see in this world today!

Evil is running its course right now but it will not last forever because NOTHING in this world is forever!  Evil men are doing things in the name of our faith and other faiths and they will one day answer to Allah for all that they have done and of this we can be assured because Allah tells us so in his revelations and teachings to humanity.  I understand that MOST MUSLIMS are very angry by what the extremists are doing in the name of Islam today and justifiably so.  But, again, we must not give into that anger and hate!  We need to teach those who have gone astray! We need to help them make corrections.  WE must speak out and we must show people that True Muslims do not engage in nor condone the horrible things we see the extremists doing today!!  And we must be proud not ashamed in our Faith nor fearful!  Allah is our sole Sustainer and Protector!  He never charges us with more than we can handle or endure!  Right now He has charged True Believers with showing the world that the extremists DO NOT represent us!  In Allah alone, let the Truly Faithful put their Trust!!

Salaam

 

 

 

 

Women!

Just a few days ago ISIS (aka the Islamic State in the Levant) executed numerous women (young and not so young) because they refused to have sex with ISIS fighters.  This isn’t the first time this terror group has done this.  It seems the “caliph” of ISIS thinks women are required to sexually serve his fighters without question.  Does he realize what he’s doing is turning them into whores?

What many Muslim men don’t realize is that they have an obligation to their women.  They are obligated to care for their women and children.  Women should be respected not disrespected.  Turning women into whores is not respecting them.  It’s disrespecting them!

The Qur’an teaches that murder is WRONG, a sin.  The slaughter of all those women a few days ago was wrong!  How can any true Muslim follow someone who slaughters women for their refusal to become whores?  How can such action be justified before the face of Allah?  Such actions are NOT true Islam!  And those who sanction such actions are NOT true Muslims!  Follow them and you too will go the same place they are headed to on Judgment Day. HELL! If you really are a True Muslim you need to consider what I say and think about what you are doing before that day comes.

Women, like men, are God’s sacred creation.  We should respect them and be kind to them.  We should listen to them whether we agree with them or not.  We at least owe them the courtesy of listening to them.  They are not animals!  They are HUMAN BEINGS just like men are.  Abuse them and you commit SIN.  Kill them and you commit an even bigger sin!  Do these things and you might think you are a true Muslim but I have news for you.  Allah ALREADY knows you are NOT.

 

 

 

 

Prayer from the Heart

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate & the Merciful

I once read that prayer is talking to God while meditation is listening to Him.  I believe that to be true but, sadly, most of us engage in a lot of prayer (talking to Allah) while few of us engage in meditation (listening to Allah).  Any communication must work both ways.  One sided communication is not communication at all, really, so we need to learn not only to talk (pray) to God but to also listen (meditate) to God.  Yes, I do believe God talks to the faithful.

PrayerWhen we do pray we need to consider a thing or two.  We need to consider how we pray.  No I’m not talking about which direction we face when we pray or reciting a prayer from memory or out of a book.  I’m talking are real prayer! What is real prayer?  It is prayer that comes from the heart.

So many times when we pray we simply mouth words but those words have no real meaning because all we are doing is mouthing the words and those words are not coming from the heart.  It’s as if we are simply reciting a poem just mouthing the words with no real conviction or feeling.  That isn’t real prayer because God wants us to pray from the heart and not simply mouth the words.  He wants our words to have meaning and the only way our words can have meaning is when our prayer comes from the heart.

I think most will agree that the last thing we want to do is to simply pay the Creator lip service.  Lip service is just words.  Words that have no meaning.  Words that we simply mouth but that really mean nothing to us at all.  Guess what?  Such words have no meaning to Allah either!

When people complain to me that they believe Allah doesn’t hear their prayers the first thing I ask them is how they pray.  I’m not talking ritualistic behavior.  I’m asking them where do the words they pray come from.  Only out of their mouths or from their hearts?  Not surprisingly most of those who feel God doesn’t hear their prayers end up realizing that their prayers do not come from their hearts but that most of the time they only mouth the words.  And there’s the problem!

Allah does not want us to simply pay Him lip service.  He doesn’t want us to simply mouth words, empty words. Allah wants us to pray from our hearts because only those prayers that come from our hearts have any real meaning to Him or, frankly, to us.  If you pray and you feel God doesn’t hear your prayers perhaps you would do well to consider where your prayer words and feelings are coming from.  Your mouth or your heart?  I’m willing to bet that you don’t pray with conviction.  I’m willing to bet you simply pay God lip service.  And I’m willing to bet that when you start to pray from the heart you’ll come to realize that Allah DOES hear your prayers.

But, let’s make no mistake in this topic of prayer.  Some people seem to think that God is some sort of magician who simply exists to grant our every wish and desire.  Sorry but that’s NOT the way God works and God is not some sort of magician!  If you think God should answer your every prayer and grant your every desire then you’re in for a big disappointment.  Get the notion that God is a magician out of your head!  He’s not!  Much of what God does is He teaches us lessons.  Important lessons.  You might think that winning the lottery will solve your every woe and you might get mad at God when you pray to win the lottery and you don’t but God doesn’t see it the way you do.  For instance, God may think that should you win that lottery you will become greedy and selfish.  And to top it off you might even become egotistical beyond belief and turn away from Him.  That is not what God wants for you.  In the short term winning the lottery might solve SOME of your woes but in the long term it may make you into a kind of person that Allah doesn’t want you to be.  We tend to see things in the short term.  Allah, however, sees things in the long term.

When we pray (talk to God) we should always do so from our hearts and not simply pay lip service to Him.  Instead of always asking for something or wanting for something we should thank Him for what He has given us even for those little things that He has given us that we, unfortunately, tend to forget or take for granted.  And when we pray we should pray from our hearts with thankfulness to Him who is the Sustainer of All Things.  And finally, it is very important that when we pray (talk to Allah) we take a few moments to meditate (listen to Allah) because, as I said, communication MUST be a two way street or it’s not really communication at all.

Pray from your heart.  Don’t mouth words to God.  Listen to what God feels is best for you because He will let you know.  Our Allah is not dead nor is He distant.  Our Allah is very much living and close!  He hears all and knows all even the secrets within our hearts.  Nothing is hidden from Him!  He is closer to us than our own hearts if we but knew it and, indeed, we would know this to be so IF and WHEN we pray from the heart and leave all of our lip service behind.

May the blessings of Allah be upon you.  May He sustain you and guide you.  May He shower you and your loved ones with health, long life, and guidance.

Salaam

Imam Muhammid Abbas

Masjid Rincon

 

 

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.

Jews in Spain and a Muslim Rescue!

I watched an episode of “America Unearthed” on television a few days ago and in that episode paleo-geologist Scott Wolter was looking for ancient biblical relics in America.  His hypothesis was that the lost tribes of Israel may have emigrated to America but he Bayezid IIfound no evidence of this in the end.  One thing he mentioned was the Jews in Spain and how after the demise of the Moors who ruled Spain the Jews were exiled from Spain.  Many went into Europe where they were “tolerated” by those Christian kingdoms and I kept waiting for Wolter to mention those Jews who went into the Ottoman Empire but he never mentioned it.  Once again Muslim history was ignored and that bothered me.

The historical fact is that in 1492 when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella came to power in Spain there were about a quarter of a million Jews living in Spain at the time.  About 25,000 of them ended up in Holland, England, German, and Scandinavia after the Christian reconquest of Spain as the infamous Spanish Inquisitions began.  About 3000 Spanish Jews ended up in France and about 5,000 in the Americas.  The majority of Spanish Jews ended up in Turkey, the seat of the Ottoman Empire.  Morocco took in about 20,000 of them while Algeria took in about 10,000.  Estimates are that about 50,000 Spanish Jews converted to Christianity yet practiced their Judaism in secret while pretending to be Christians in Spain.  About 20,000 died en route to various places of exile.

Regarding Muslim history and the Spanish Jews, known as Sephardic Jews, it was the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II who undertook a mass evacuation of Jews from Spain who had been ordered by Ferdinand and Isabella to convert to Christianity.  Bayezid II sent out the Ottoman Navy under the command of Admiral Kemal Reis to Spain in 1492 with orders to evacuate Spanish Jews and bring them into the lands of the Ottoman Empire.  He proclaimed throughout the empire that the Jewish refugees from Spain were to be welcomed in Ottoman lands and he granted them the right to become Ottoman citizens.  He ridiculed Ferdinand and Isabella telling Continue reading