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Why do man Exist?

Why do man Exist?


Man has to know the reason behind the existence of the whole world. He has to understand who that world is serving so that he could figure out the reason behind his existence and to know for whom he has been created. For no doubt, when man examines the whole universe, using both what his senses can feel and what his mind can deduce, he will find himself the master of all genera.


If superiority in the universe is defined by servanthood and mastership, then by looking at the kingdom of Allah (SWT), man will find that he is the master of every thing else in the universe. All genera serve him: the genus right beneath him, which is the animals, and the genus beneath the animals, which is the plants, and what is beneath the plants, which is the inanimate beings. Those genera are classified with great wisdom, such that the inferior genus would serve all genera superior to it.


For example, the inanimate beings that we see around us, such as the sun, the moon, the mountains, the elements of the earth and the water, they all serve the genera above them. They serve the plants and provide it with food and all the elements required for its growth. They also serve animals providing it with the essential elements for its survival and continuance. The inanimate beings also serve man, providing him with all the necessary elements of life.


If we ascend one level to the plants, we do not find it serving its inferior genus, which is the inanimate beings, but serving the superior genera to it which are the animals and the human beings. If we ascend one more time to the animals, we still will not find it serving its inferiors, but again serving its superior genus, which is the human being. Then the circle of servanthood stops, and we do not find any other genera that man would serve. So the servanthood in the whole universe has stopped at the level of man and now man should look for his mission in this world.


You as a human being served by all other genera, when did those genera serve you? Did they serve you after you possessed a mind, and after you have used that mind to control them and make them serve you? Or did those genera serve you before you obtained your mind and before you had the ability to reason? Did they serve you because they are under your control following your commands? Did you command the sun to shine, the moon to rise, the air to move and the sky to rain? Definitely, you did not have power over any of this! You were not supposed to accept your existence in life in such a passive attitude, where you only benefit from others. Your duty is to look for your own mission in this world so that you would not be less significant than those beneath you.


Everything else serves you, and who do you serve? You ought to examine that and give it some thought. Suppose that you were alone at home with no one else around you and then you woke up and found a table with a variety of food set for your breakfast. Is it not common sense to use your own mind and try to find out who set up the table for you?


Since Allah has made the whole universe subservient to man, without man being able to make the universe submitted to his will, he should have realized the truth in Allahs words: I have created the things for you, and I have created you for Me. So dont engage yourself with what is for you and forget what you are for. So in other words, do not let what serves you distract you from who you are serving. Dont let your slave divert you from your master. For as you benefit from the slavery of your slaves, you have to excel in being a slave to your creator. Otherwise, you would be unjust and inequitable. But in that case you would be unjust to whom?


So your mission is to worship Allah alone and the way is Islam


Allah says in the Holy Statement (Hadeeth Koddsi):


And if your first and your last and your mankind and your jinn all have the heart of the most righteous man among you, it will not increase My holdings as much as a wing of a mosquito. And if your first and your last and your mankind and your jinn all have the heart of the most wicked man among you, it will not decrease My holdings as much as a wing of a mosquito.  And if your first and your last of your mankind and your jinn all gathered in one place each asking Me what he wants and I gave it to him, it would not decrease of what I have except as much as what hold on to a needle if it was immersed in the sea. This is because I am Munificent, Originator and Laudable. My Bounties are words and My Wrath is words: If I decree something I say to it: Be and it is.


Thus when man disbelieves or disobeys his God, he is doing harm only to himself because man is the most eminent creation in the world, and is served by everything else in this world. Have you ever seen between mankind a craftsperson who wants to ruin his design? Not really because every creator improves his creation to be a masterpiece.


We ask Allah (SWT) to lead us to our mission in this life to be worthy of his grace on The Day we meet Him.


 

WHEN ALL THE MUSLIMS FOLLOW THE SAME QUR’AAN, WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SECTS AMONG MUSLIMS?

1. Muslims should be united



The faith of Islam is one and all sects of Islam are one so far as the essential doctrines of Islam are concerned. There are differences in interpretation but they all relate to minor and secondary points.
“And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves;”
 Glorious Qur’aan chap 3: verse 103

The rope that Allah refers to in this verse is the Glorious Qur’aan, which all Muslims should hold fast together. There is double emphasis in this verse. Besides saying ‘hold fast all together’ it also says, ‘be not divided’. The Glorious Qur’aan further says: 
“Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger” (Al-Qur’aan 4:59)
 
“Say: (O Muhammed to mankind): If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”.  (Al-Qur’aan 3, verse 31)

2. It is prohibited to make sects and divisions in Islam:

“As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: Their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.”
(Al-Qur’aan 6:159)

3. Our Prophet was a Muslim

It is mentioned in chap 3 verse 52 of Al-Qur’aan that Jesus (pbuh) was a Muslim. Further, in chap 3 verse 67, Al-Qur’aan says that Prophet Ebrahim was not a Jew, nor a Christian, but was a Muslim.

4. Qur’aan says: call yourself a Muslim

a.
If anyone poses a Muslim the question “who are you”, the answer should be: “I am a MUSLIM”.  Not that I am a Hanafi or a Shafi.
“Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah; works righteousness and says: ‘I am of those who bow in Islam (Muslim)?’ 
(Surah Fussilat chap 41 verse 33) say, “I am a Muslim”.

b. The Prophet dictated letters to non-Muslim kings and rulers inviting them to accept Islam. In these letters he mentioned the verse of the Qur’aan from Surah Ali Imran: 
Say ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s will).”  (Al-Qur’aan 3 verse 64)

5. Respect all the Great Scholars of Islam:

We must respect all the great scholars of Islam, including the four Imams. They were great scholars and may Allah reward them for their research and hard work. One can have no objection if someone agrees with the views and research of Imam Abu Hanifa or Imam Shafi, etc. But when posed a question, ‘who are you?’ the reply should only be ‘I am a Muslim’.
The Glorious Qur’aan commands us not to create sects. Those who follow the teachings of the Qur’aan and Sahih Hadith, and do not create sects are the people who are on the true path.  According to Tirmidhi Hadith No. 171, the Prophet is reported to have said:
“My Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects, and all of them will be in Hell fire except one sect.” The companions asked Allah’s messenger who that group would be. Whereupon he replied, “It is the one to which I and my companions belong.”
This hadith reports that the Prophet predicted the emergence of seventy-three sects. He did not say that Muslims should be active in dividing themselves into sects.

The Glorious Qur’aan mentions in many verses, “Obey Allah and obey His Messenger”. A true Muslim should only follow the Glorious Qur’aan and the Sahih Hadith. He can agree with the views of any scholar as long as they conform to the teachings of the Qur’aan and Sahih Hadith. If such views go against the Word of Allah, or the Authentic Sunnah of His Prophet, then they must be disregarded regardless of how learned the scholar might be. Muslims should read the Qur’aan with understanding, and adhere to the Sahih Hadith, then insha-Allah most of these differences would be resolved, and Muslims can be one united Muslim Ummah.

WHAT ARE THE ISLAMIC CRITERIA TO ENTER PARADISE?

“By time, Verily man is at a loss, except such as have faith (to believe in the Qur’aan) and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in mutual enjoining of Truth, and of patience and constancy.” Glorious Qur’aan Chap 103, v. 1-4

The Qur’aan states four criteria to enter paradise-

1st : To believe in ONE GOD  2nd : To Do righteous deeds
3rd : Exhort towards the truth   4th : Exhort towards patience

Also in chap 18.v. 110: “Say to mankind: I am only a mortal like you — it is revealed to me that your God is one God. So whoever hopes to meet his Lord, he should do good deeds, and join no one in the service of his Lord”

Jesus (pbuh) himself also said the same thing in the Bible:
Matt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

ACCORDING TO CHRISTIANS, JESUS (PBUH) OBVIOUSLY CLAIMED DIVINITY WHEN HE SAID IN THE GOSPEL: "I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE."

This verse is the most misunderstood verse by the Christians: “I and my Father are one”.  John 10 v 30

Adrian Thatcher writes in his book - ‘Truly a Person, Truly God’ (London: SPCK, 1990) P.77. - “There is scarcely a single competent New Testament Scholar who is prepared to defend the view that the four instances of the absolute use of “I am” in John, or indeed most of the other uses, can be historically attributed to Jesus (pbuh).”

The above quotation is sufficient evidence from a Christian viewpoint to disprove John’s “I am”. However let us analyse the context to obtain more clarity:  When a Muslim enquires from the Christian Missionaries what is the context? They are tongue-tied. It is unjust and dishonest on the part of the missionaries to quote out of context. Muslims have every right to ask for the context of the above quotation so as to distinguish the true meaning.

1. To get at the context, we have to begin from chap 10, v, 23, which reads:  \\\\\\\"And Jesus (pbuh) walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.\\\\\\\"  John  does not tell us the reason for Jesus (pbuh) tempting the ‘devil’ by walking alone in the lion’s den.  We do not expect the Jews to miss a golden opportunity to get even with Jesus (pbuh). Perhaps, he was emboldened by the manner in which he had literally whipped the Jews single-handed in the temple, and upset the tables of the moneychangers at the beginning of his ministry (John 2:15).
 \\\\\\\"Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, how long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.\\\\\\\" Chap 10, v, 24
They surrounded him and began accusing and provoking him, saying that he had not put forth his claim plainly and clearly enough, and that he was talking ambiguously. In fact, their real complaint was that they did not like his method of preaching – his invectives, the manner in which he condemned them for their formalism, their ceremonialism, their going for the letter of the law and forgetting the spirit. But Jesus (pbuh) could not afford to provoke them any further – there were too many of them and they were itching for a fight. Discretion is the better part of valour. In a conciliatory spirit befitting the occasion Jesus (pbuh) answered them:
‘I told ye, and you believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me’. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.’  John 10-25
 Jesus (pbuh) refutes the false charge of his enemies that he was ambiguous in his claims. He says that he did tell them clearly enough, yet they would not listen to him, He further justifies by saying: \\\\\\\"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND.\\\\\\\"  (John 10-25/26)

How can anyone be so blind as not to see the exactness of the ending of the last two verses? But spiritual blinkers are more impervious than physical defects. Jesus is telling the Jews and recording for posterity the real relationship between him and the one Who sent him.
Now to the verse–\\\\\\\"I and my Father are one.\\\\\\\"  One in what? - In their Omniscience? No! -In their Nature? No!- In their Omnipotence? -No!  Then in what?   The answer is:  ONE IN PURPOSE!   


Once a believer has accepted faith, the Messenger and God Almighty sees to it that he remains in faith, This is the purpose of the \\\\\\\"Father\\\\\\\" AND the \\\\\\\"son\\\\\\\" AND the \\\\\\\"Holy Ghost\\\\\\\" AND of every man AND every woman of faith. Let the same John explain his Gnostic mystic verbiage:
\\\\\\\"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us...\\\\\\\" (John 17:21)
\\\\\\\"I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one…\\\\\\\"  (John 17:23)
 If Jesus (pbuh)  is \\\\\\\"ONE\\\\\\\" with God, and if that \\\\\\\"ONENESS\\\\\\\" makes him God, then the traitor Judas, and the doubting Thomas, and the satanic Peter, plus the other nine who deserted him when he was most in need, are also Gods, because the same ONENESS which he claimed with God in John 10:30, he now also claims for all \\\\\\\"who forsook him and fled\\\\\\\" (Mark 14:50) – all \\\\\\\"ye of little faith\\\\\\\" (Matt 8:26) – all \\\\\\\"O faithless and perverse generation\\\\\\\"   (Luke 9:41).

We Muslims bewail: where and when will the Christian blasphemy end?   The expression \\\\\\\"I and my Father are one,\\\\\\\" was very innocent, meaning nothing more than a common purpose with God. Yet regrettably the blinkers remain on for the majority of Christians. They cannot see, neither can they understand because they have been programmed by the Church to accept blindly and not to think!

The Jews were looking for trouble and any excuse would do, therefore the Jews took up stones (John 10-31) again to stone him. Jesus (pbuh) answered them:
 \\\\\\\"Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?\\\\\\\" (John 10-32)  The Jews answered him, saying: ‘for a good word we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.’\\\\\\\" 
In verse 24 above the Jews falsely alleged that Jesus (pbuh) was talking ambiguously. When that charge was ably refuted, they then accused him of blasphemy (kufr), which is treason in the spiritual realm. So now they say that Jesus (pbuh) is claiming to be God when he said– \\\\\\\"I and my Father are one\\\\\\\". The Christians agree with the Jews in this that Jesus (pbuh) did make such a statement; but differ in that it was not blasphemy because the Christians say that he was God and was entitled to own up to his Divinity.  Both groups wanted Jesus (pbuh) dead- Christians for ‘redemption’ and the Jews for ‘blasphemy’. Ironic!

But Jesus (pbuh) refuses to co-operate and answers them; ‘Is it not written in your law, I SAID, YE ARE GODS?  (In Acts 17:29 -Forasmuch then as we are the offspring  of God)

2. Why “Your Law?”

He is a bit cynical in verse 34, but in any event, why does he say: \\\\\\\"Your Law?” Is it not also his law? Did he not say: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”. (Matt -5:17-18) .


3. “Ye are gods”

He is obviously quoting from the 82nd Psalm (verse 6) – \\\\\\\"I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.\\\\\\\"
If God Almighty called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (meaning that the Prophets of God were called ‘GODS’) the scripture cannot be broken (in other words –YOU CANNOT CONTRADICT ME!).\\\\\\\" – Jesus (pbuh) knows his Scripture; and thus speaks with authority; he reasons with his enemies that \\\\\\\"if good men, holy men, Prophets of God are being addressed as \\\\\\\"GODS\\\\\\\" in our Books of Authority with which you find no fault – then why do you take exception to me? – When the only claim I make for myself is far inferior in our language, viz. \\\\\\\"a son of God\\\\\\\" as against others being called \\\\\\\"GODS\\\\\\\" by God Himself. Even if I (Jesus) described myself as \\\\\\\"god\\\\\\\" in our language, you should find no fault with me.\\\\\\\" This is the plain reading of the Christian Scripture, but sadly the Church reads with a jaundiced viewpoint that makes no sense because of financial considerations.

JOHN 8:41 … “we have one Father, even God” -These are the words of Jesus. -The word “we” refers even to him as well as those that were present. Matt 5: 16 – Jesus (pbuh) said; ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven’. 
As can be easily understood, Jesus (pbuh) is speaking metaphorically when he says that God is our father as well. In other words it is a sign of respect, just as Christians call their priest ‘father’ as a mark of respect. Or is the priest really their father??

God is the Creator and Sustainer of every thing. He has no equal- no son- no wife and no partner!

Brian Hebblewaite, a Scholar in Religious studies of Christianity admits in his book, ‘The Incarnation’p74, (1987), ‘It is no longer possible to defend the divinity of Jesus by reference to the claims of Jesus (pbuh) ’.
Jesus (pbuh) states the following in the Bible in: Matt 20:23 …but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
Again this erroneous belief of Jesus (pbuh) having divinity, or oneness with God is disproved.

CHRISTIANS SAY THE CONCEPT OF "TRINITY" CAN BE EXPLAINED BY GIVING THE EXAMPLE THAT WATER CAN BE PRESENT IN THREE STATES, I.E. AS SOLID E.G. ICE, AS LIQUID E.G. WATER AND GAS E.G. VAPOUR, YET IT IS ONE AND THE SAME WATER.

Water can be present in three states- solid, liquid and gas, as ice, water and vapour, but in all three states the substance remains the same i.e. H2-O - it contains two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen.  The material and components are the same although the form of the matter differs. Water remains H2-O in the solid form i.e. ice. It remains H2-O in the form of gas i.e. vapour.

However in the case of Trinity, besides the form changing, even the components and material change. The Father is God and Jesus (pbuh) is man and the Holy Ghost is a spirit.  All three are not made up of the same matter or component so they are three separate entities. 

Man contains flesh and bones whereas God and spirit do not contain flesh and bones. Man requires food to eat and live, whereas God does not require food to eat and be alive.  No wonder Jesus (pbuh) said at the last supper (in the upper room) in the Gospel of Luke, chap 24 verses 39 to 43:  
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them”.

John- 6:42. And they said, is not this Jesus (pbuh), the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

Glorious Qur’aan-Chap. 4. V.171:  O People of the Book; exceed not the limits in your religion nor speak anything about Allah, but the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only a messenger of Allah and His word which He communicated to Mary and a mercy from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you. Allah is only one God. Far be it from His glory to have a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And sufficient is Allah as having charge of affairs.

THE QUR’AAN SAYS THAT MARY (PBUH) WAS THE SISTER OF AARON. WE KNOW THAT MARY (PBUH) WAS THE MOTHER OF JESUS (PBUH), AND THE TIME SPAN BETWEEN AARON AND MARY (PBUH) WAS ABOUT A THOUSAND YEARS. PLEASE EXPLAIN.

In the Semitic languages sister also means descendant, just as Prophet Abraham (pbuh) is known as “Father Abraham” to the Bani Israel and the Arabs.

“At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: ‘O Mary (pbuh)! Truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!” (Surah Maryam, Ch.19 vs. 27-28) 

Christian missionaries allege that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) did not know the difference between Mary (pbuh) the mother of Jesus (pbuh), and Miriam the sister of Aaron, because the time span between them is more than a thousand years. What they are uninformed of is that in the Arabic language, sister is also considered as a descendant. Thus, when the people said to Mary (pbuh), “Ya Ukhta Haroon” i.e. ‘O sister of Aaron’ it actually means descendant of Aaron. Let us look to the following examples:

SON ALSO MEANS DESCENDANT

\\\"Jesus Christ, the son of David...” (Mathew 1:1) 

\\\"And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,\\\"   (Luke 3:23)

BIBLE STATES - JESUS (PBUH) HAD “FATHERS”

The explanation of the phrase that Jesus was the ‘son of David’ (pbuh) is that Jesus (pbuh) was a descendant of David. ‘Son’ here means a descendant. Also Prophet Ebrahim (Abraham) is referred to as “Father Ebrahim”. So in the Semitic languages the grandfather and great grandfathers are referred to as fathers as well.

John 8:39 - They (the Bani Israel) answered and said unto him (Jesus), Abraham is our father.

MATT 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

The mother of Jesus (pbuh) was from the priestly family of Aaron and Moses (pbut). That is why she is referred to as ‘sister of Aaron’ in the above verse of the Qur’aan. In the same manner Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) referred to the previous Prophets as brothers as in one “One Brotherhood” as all were given the same fundamental message of the ONENESS OF GOD!

WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT TRINITY?

1. This word ‘Trinity’ is not mentioned even once in the Bible, although it is one of the cornerstones of the Christian Church’s doctrines!  I repeat that the word Trinity is not mentioned even once in the entire Bible, whether in the Old or New Testaments. Yet the ordinary Christian is tricked into believing that it is declared in the Bible as a doctrine and that they have to believe in it. 

The word ‘trinity’ is mentioned in the Glorious Qur’aan in the following places as a dire warning to the Christians:
\\\"Say not ‘trinity’, desist: It will be better for you, for Allah is one God.\\\" (Al-Qur’aan 4:171)

A similar message is repeated in Surah Maidah chap 5, verse 73:
\\\"They do blaspheme who say Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.\\\"

2.
The verse in the Bible which is closest to \\\"Trinity\\\" which is often quoted by Christian missionaries is the first Epistle of John, chap 5, verse 7: \\\"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one”.
But lo and behold this verse has now been thrown out of the Bible by the learned men of Christendom themselves as a fabrication and as an interpolation!  

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA (1976), page 241 states:

“Biblical Basis- neither the word ‘Trinity’ nor the explicit doctrine as such appears at any one place in the Bible….”
Important note:  This verse that is of such importance to the Christian faith has been removed as an interpolation, as a fabrication and as a concoction. It has not been expunged from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible by the Muslims or by non-Christian scholars, but by 32 Christian scholars of the highest eminence backed by 50 different cooperating denominations as an interpolation, as a concoction and as a fabrication, because they have proved that this verse does not exist in the original manuscript. We Muslims must applaud the galaxy of D.D.’s (Doctors of Divinity) who have been honest enough to eliminate another falsehood from the English R.S.V. Bible, thus bringing it closer to the teachings of the Glorious Qur’aan.

A Christian scholar of religion, Heikki Raisanen, has written a book titled ‘The Portrait of Jesus (pbuh)  in the Qur’aan, (1980, page 127) with the following comments: “today it is clear to New Testament scholarship that there is hardly anything in the New Testament even remotely like the doctrine of the Trinity. This realization may in itself be a fresh starting point for a dialogue.” (Referring to dialogue with Muslims)

More proof from the Bible:

1) Jesus (pbuh) never claimed Divinity
Jesus never taught Trinity i.e. 3 in 1. On the contrary he says in:
a. The Gospel of Mark, chap 12, verse 29
    \\\"Shama Israelu Adonai Ila Hayno Adonia Ikhad\\\"
 It is a Hebrew quotation, which means:
   \\\"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.\\\"
b. The Gospel of John, chap 14, vs. 28
   \\\"My father is greater than I.\\\"
c. The Gospel of John, chap 10, vs. 29
   \\\"My Father... is greater than all.\\\"
d. The Gospel of Matt, chap 12, vs. 28
\\\"… I cast out devils by the Spirit of God….\\\"
e. The Gospel of Luke, chap 11, verse 20
\\\"…I with the finger of God cast out devils….\\\"
f. The Gospel of John, chap 5, verse 30
\\\"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.\\\"
 g. Gospel of Mark 13:32.  But of that day and that hour  knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
h. Matt 20:23: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left , is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.


2) The Catechism of the Church: 

a. According to the Catechism of the Christian Church, \\\"The Father is a person, the Son is a person, and the Holy Ghost is a person; but they are not three persons but one person.\\\" Person, person, person but not 3 persons but 1 person! What language is this???  1 + 1 + 1 = 3 and can never equal 1. 
b. If we have identical triplets and one of them commits murder, should we hang the other two? The answer is ‘No’, because he is a different person having a different personality.
c. When the Christians speak about the Father in Heaven they have a certain mental picture of an elderly man sitting on one of the planets with the earth as his footstool. When they speak about the son, they have a certain mental picture of a tall handsome man with a beard and long hair. When they speak about the Holy Ghost they have a certain mental picture of a dove that came upon Jesus (pbuh) when he was baptized or like a spirit at the feast of Pentecost. If we ask the Christians \\\"How many mental pictures do you have when you speak about Trinity?\\\" they say, \\\"We have only one picture\\\". They are deceitful when they say this, for 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 and not 1.

Proof from the Bible that a human being can never be equal to God

JOB 25:4. How then can man be justified with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? JOB 25:5. Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. JOB 25:6. How much less man that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? JOB 14:4. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.

YOUR QUR’AAN MENTIONS THAT JESUS (PBUH) IS ‘KALIMATULLAH’, WHICH MEANS "THE WORD OF ALLAH”- AND ALSO AS ‘RUHULLAH’ WHICH MEANS "THE SPIRIT OF ALLAH": IS THAT NOT INDICATING HIS DIVINITY?

The Qur’aan says Jesus (pbuh)   \"is a word from Allah\".
\"Behold! The angels said: O Mary (pbuh)! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus (pbuh). The son of Mary (pbuh) held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah. \"   
(Al-Qur’aan 3:45)

If a person is referred to as \"a word\" from Allah, it means that he is a Messenger of Allah. In chap 7 verse 144, it states that Allah spoke directly with Moses (pbuh) and had chosen him (during Moses’s time) “O Moses (pbuh)! I have chosen thee above (other) men, by the messages I (have given thee ) and the words I have spoken to thee: take then the revelation which I give thee and be of those who give thanks”.

The title of a Prophet does not mean that it exclusively belongs to that Prophet. Different titles are mentioned for the different Prophets in the Glorious Qur’aan. Whenever a title is given to a Prophet it does not necessarily mean that the other Prophets do not have the same characteristic or quality.  E.g. Prophet Abraham is referred to in the Qur’aan as “Khaleelullah”, meaning a ‘friend of Allah.’ This does not mean that all the other Prophets were not the friends of Allah. Prophet Moses (pbuh) is referred to in the Qur’aan as “Kaleemullah”, indicating that God spoke to him. This does not mean that God did not speak to the other Prophets. Similarly when Jesus (pbuh) is referred to in the Qur’aan as “Kalimatullah”, \\\"a word from Allah\\\", it does not mean that the other Prophets were not \\\"the word\\\" of Allah. Every Prophet is “a word of Allah” as each was entrusted with the message of Allah to give to his nation .
Yahya i.e. John the Baptist is also referred to in the Qur’aan as “Kalimatullah” i.e. a word of Allah in, Chap 3, verses 38-40:
There did Zachariah pray to his Lord. He said: My Lord, grant me from Thee goodly offspring; surely Thou art the Hearer of prayer.  So the angels called to him as he stood praying in the sanctuary: Allah gives thee the good news of John, verifying a word from Allah and honourable and chaste and a Prophet from among the good ones. He said: My Lord, how can I have a son when old age has already come upon me, and my wife is barren? He said: Even thus does Allah do what He pleases”.

Prophet Zachariah was 110 years old, and his noble wife was 90 years old and they were past childbearing age. This is a very important point, because the birth of Prophet Yahya was also miraculous in that both his parents were old. The wife of Prophet Zachariah was barren as the verse above states.
In the case of Mary (pbuh), the mother of Jesus (pbuh), she was young. However, for her to conceive without any male intervention is also a miracle.
So in fact both births were miraculous.

Glorious Qur’aan-Chap 3 v 45 -48: When the angels said: O Mary, surely Allah gives thee good news with a word from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, worthy of regard in this world and the Hereafter, and of those who are drawn near (to Allah) And he will speak to the people when in the cradle and when of old age, and (he will be) one of the good ones. She said: My Lord, how can I have a son and man has not yet touched me? He said: even so; Allah creates what He pleases. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, Be! And it is. And He will teach him the Book and the Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel:

Jesus (pbuh) referred as ‘Ruhullah’

Jesus (pbuh) is also referred to as \"a spirit proceeding from Allah\": \"O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Jesus Christ the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers: say not ‘Trinity’; desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is One God: glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.\" (Al-Qur’aan 4:171)

A spirit from Allah does not indicate that Jesus (pbuh) is God.

\"When I have fashioned him (Adam) (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him.\"  (Al-Qur’aan 15:29)  
“Then He made him complete and breathed into him of His spirit, and gave you ears and eyes and hearts; little it is that you give thanks!” (Al-Qur’aan 32:9)
This verse demonstrates that the spirit of God is breathed into every man. It is a mystical relation between human nature and Divine nature. The word ‘ruh’ distinguishes man from the animal world.

Mr. S. Mufassir notes in his book, ‘Biblical Studies from a Muslim Perspective’: Jesus (pbuh) is referred to as ‘Andhra apo tou Theou’, which means ‘a man from God’. Not once do these early confessions of faith use the expression, ‘wios tou theou’ which would mean ‘son of God’. This is recorded in the New Testament, Book of Acts 2:22- dated about 33 C.E. which is older than most of the N. T. Gospels!

Quotes from Christian Scholars about the bible:

Hastings in ‘The Dictionary of the Bible says: “It is doubtful whether Jesus used the expression ‘son of God’ to refer to himself.”   Adrian Thatcher writes in his book- ‘Truly a Person, Truly God’ (London: SPCK, 1990) P.77. - “There is scarcely a single competent New Testament Scholar who is prepared to defend the view that the four instances of the absolute use of “I am” in John, or indeed most of the other uses, can be historically attributed to Jesus.”
David Brown in his book titled, ‘The Divine Trinity’ writes: “There is good evidence to suggest that Jesus never saw himself as a suitable object of worship,”
 Michael Ramsey writes in his book, ‘Jesus and the Living Past’- (1980) pages 39 to 43: “Jesus did not claim deity for himself”. He goes further and writes: “The title ‘son of god’ need not of it-self be of high significance, for in Jewish circles it might mean no more than the Messiah or indeed the whole of the Israelite nation, and in popular Hellenism there were many sons of God, meaning inspired holy men.”
Brian Hebblewaite admits in his book, ‘The Incarnation ’page 74, printed in 1987 that:  ‘It is no longer possible to defend the divinity of Jesus by reference to the claims of Jesus’.
It would be fitting to mention here that the Christian missionaries  are very deceitful in their scheming by quoting from the Qur’aan about the miraculous birth of Jesus (pbuh) which Muslims believe in, and then go on to distort the meaning deliberately of other verses of the Qur’aan to try and substantiate some arguments of theirs. This demands answers to the following questions:
 Why do you quote from the Glorious Qur’aan when you do not believe in the Glorious Qur’aan?
 There is no reference in your Bible giving you any authority to quote from the Glorious Qur’aan.
 In fact no Christian can quote even one verse from the Glorious Qur’aan, as your Bible does not consent to, or sanction you to quote anything at all from the Glorious Qur’aan! The reason is self-evident- Jesus came approx 600 years before Prophet Muhammed.
 If you disagree, then kindly show us proof from your Bible to substantiate your argument that Christians can quote from the Glorious Qur’aan. All the thousands of versions of Bibles that are in circulation all over the world are untrustworthy witnesses to the miraculous birth of Jesus (pbuh.)  Not even one will stand up as a trustworthy witness in any court of law anywhere in the world.  Why do I say this? In any court of law, if a witness is established to be lying, fabricating evidence, contradicting other witnesses and generally saying things that can easily be disproved, then the Judge in the case will refuse to accept any testimony from the witness. In exactly this approach, the Bible has been found to be a totally unreliable witness by stating incorrect facts on all branches of science, having more than 50,000 errors, (see Question 49) hundreds of contradictions, hundreds of absurdities, no two Gospels writers are in agreement with important issues, dozens of   incest, horrible accusations against the Prophets of God etc.  No judge will accept the testimony of all the Bibles in the world due to this over whelming evidence of untruths etc mentioned above.
 The Christian world has no solid proof whatsoever to prove even the miraculous birth of Jesus (pbuh)! The only sure way for Christians to prove the miraculous birth of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) is to submit to the Glorious Qur’aan as a witness!
 A very tiny number of the fabrications, interpolations, contradictions and corruptions of the Bible are mentioned in this book. It would take more than ten volumes of a thousand pages each to list every fabrication, interpolation, contradiction and corruption of the Bible, old and new.
(a) We ask the missionaries and born agains to refrain from quoting from the Qur’aan to Muslims. They have no authority to do so, unless they accept the Qur’aan as the final and perfect revelation from Allah, which it has proved to be; and to stop preaching about original sin and blood of Christ to Muslims, which cannot be proven by the words of JESUS himself in the Bible! They quote Paul who was never a disciple of Jesus (pbuh)!
(b) However, if the testimony of the Glorious Qur’aan is tested in any court of law, in any country, any Judge will accept the testimony of the Qur’aan as every statement will be proved true and correct, and on the basis of all the testimony being 100% correct, any Judge will have no hesitation in accepting the miraculous birth of Jesus (pbuh) and that he was never crucified! Christians must take cognizance of the fact that the Glorious Qur’aan clearly warns against the belief of the trinity and that   Jesus was God, or son of God! Allah will never forgive this blasphemy as stated in chap.4 v. 48 of the Glorious Qur’aan!



On the other hand Muslims have the authority to quote from the Bible to prove the Bible has been interpolated and corrupted. This is clearly stated in the Glorious Qur’aan , in chap 2 verse 79,
“Woe! Then to those who write the Book with their hands then say, this is from Allah; so that they may take for it a small price. Woe! to them for what their hands write and woe! to them for what they earn”.
 (ii) The Glorious Qur’aan refers to Jesus (pbuh) in the following verses  of the Qur’aan, and on the basis of this proof from Allah; Muslims are compelled to quote and disprove all the interpolations and additions that have been introduced into the Bible in discussions with Christians:
Chap  3: vs. 64 - 80; vs.98-99; vs.113-115; vs. 186-187; v.199;
Chap  4: vs. 47; 153 - 161 & Chap 5: vs. 64-66; v.69
Chap  6: v. 20  & Chap 19: vs. 88 – 92
Chap 18: vs. 4 - 5 & Chap 10: vs. 68 – 70
Chap 61 verse 6 of the Glorious Qur’aan states (1 ) the Injeel (Good News) was given to Prophet Jesus (pbuh) , (2) Jesus (pbuh)  states clearly the coming of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) , (3) Jesus (pbuh)  also states that he is confirming the Law (At Taurat) that was given to Moses (pbuh)  and he came to follow the Law!
 “They say: ‘(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son! Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! Whereby the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin. That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious-for it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.” (Al-Qur’aan 19:88-92 )
 “The Jews say: “The Christians have naught  to (stand) upon”, and the Christians say: “The Jews have naught to (stand) upon”. Yet they (profess) to study the (same) Book…”  (Al-Qur’aan chap 2.v. 113)
If you still insist on quoting from the Qur’aan then you will have to accept the entire Qur’aan, as it is the only Scripture which is pure as it was revealed in Arabic, as has been acknowledged by unbiased Christians Scholars , and read the following verses as a warning to you: “O you who believe! Lo! Many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks  (priests) devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men) from the way of Allah. They hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah; unto them give tidings (O Muhammed) of a painful doom.” (Qur’aan Chap 9 v. 34)
“And your God (Allah) is One God (Allah): there is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful”.    (Al-Qur’aan Chap 2 v 163)

IS IT TRUE THAT YOUR QUR’AAN MENTIONS IN SURAH MARYAM (PBUH), CHAP 19, VERSE 33 THAT JESUS (PBUH) DIED AND WAS RESURRECTED?

It is mentioned in Surah Maryam (pbuh), Chap 19 verse 33: Jesus (pbuh) said: \\\"So Peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die and the Day that I shall be raised up to life (again)\\\".   (Al-Qur’aan 19:33)

It does not state: \\\"the day that I died\\\". It is in the future tense and not in the past tense. There is no mention of ‘crucifiction’and ‘resurrection’ or any other man made doctrines. Birth and Death is ordained for all human beings, and this verse that Jesus (pbuh) spoke as recorded in the Qur’aan proves his status as a mortal- that he is subject to death when Allah ordains it for him on his return to earth before the end of time.

Jesus (pbuh) was raised up alive:

\\\"That they (the Jews) said (in boast), ‘We killed  Christ Jesus  the son of Mary , the Messenger of Allah’ – But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not –Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is exalted in Power, Wise.\\\"  (Al-Qur’aan 4:157-158) 

HOW CAN A MUSLIM PROVE THE EXISTENCE OF THE HEREAFTER? AND WHAT DOES THE QUR’AAN SAY IS THE REASON FOR HUMAN BEINGS EXISTENCE?

Belief in the hereafter (life after death) is not based on blind faith for Muslims. Many people wonder as to how a person with a scientific and logical temperament, can lend any credence to the belief of life after death. People assume that anyone believing in the hereafter is doing so on the basis of blind belief. As a Muslim my belief in the hereafter is based on a reasonable and logical argument.

A Muslim’s logical belief in the hereafter

There are more than 1,000 verses in the Glorious Qur’aan pertaining to scientific facts.  Many of these scientific facts mentioned in the Qur’aan have been discovered in the last few centuries. The specifics regarding Embryology have been discovered only in the last 30 years, yet the most detailed stages of the creation of a human being has been stated in the Glorious Qur’aan more than 1,400 years ago. However, science has not advanced to a level where it can confirm every statement of the Qur’aan.

Take the following example:  Suppose 80% of all that is mentioned in the Qur’aan has been proved 100% correct. About the remaining 20%, science makes no categorical statement, since it has not yet advanced to a level where it can either prove or disprove these statements. With the limited knowledge that we have, we cannot say for certain whether even a single percentage or a single verse of the Qur’aan from this 20% portion is wrong.  Thus when 80% of the Qur’aan is 100% correct and the remaining 20% is not disproved; logic dictates that even the 20% portion is correct. The existence of the hereafter, which is mentioned in the Qur’aan, falls in the 20% ambiguous portion, which any reasonable logical person will say is correct.  

“Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgement shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of life): for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.”  (Al-Qur’aan 3:185)
 Final justice will be meted out on the Day of Judgement. After a person dies, he will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement along with the rest of mankind and the final reward and punishment will be meted out in the hereafter.

Concerning the reason of human beings existence, it is stated in the Glorious Qur’aan in chap 51, verse 56: “I (Allah) have not created jinn and humankind, except for My worship.”

In Islam, worship has a very wide meaning. It is not confined to only praying in a mosque or home. The most important factor of worship or any action is the intention behind the action. The Prophet said that “actions will be judged according to the intention”. Providing the intention is to please Allah then a person will be rewarded as if he is engaged in worship whilst feeding and clothing one’s family, looking after one’s parents, being kind to all, removing any injurious article from the wayside, giving good advice and so on. Even to have intimate relations with one’s wife is also an act of worship, while committing adultery will be punishable.  One can see that prayer is all-inclusive in Islam. Contrast that with Christianity where having relations with one’s own wife is considered something dirty.

DOESN’T THE QUR’AN IN SURAH 2:228 STATE THAT MEN ARE SUPERIOR TO WOMEN?

Nowhere is there a single verse in the Qur’an which states that men are higher or superior to women. Again and again the emphasis is on egalitarianism. The verse referred to is as follows:-“The rights of wives [with regard to their husbands] are EQUAL to [the husband’s] rights with regard to them, although men have precedence over them [ in that respect]. When one contextualizes the entire verse, one will see that this verse refers to a divorced wife has the right to refuse a resumption of the marital relations even if the husband expresses, before the expiry of the (iddah), his willingness to have the provisional divorce rescinded; but since it is the husband who is responsible for the maintenance of the family, the first option to resind a provisional divorce rests with him. This is the PRECEDENCE referred to here.

HOW CAN ISLAM BE THE RELIGION OF PEACE WHEN IT WAS SPREAD BY THE SWORD?

This used to be a common complaint among non-Muslims, that Islam would not have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. The following points will make clear, that far from being spread by the sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic of the Glorious Qur’aan that was responsible (and still is) for the rapid spread of Islam. Islam makes it an article of faith to believe in all the previous Prophets that were sent for the guidance of mankind over the centuries, unlike the Jews and the Christians. The Jews reject Jesus (pbuh) and Muhammed (pbuh) and the Christians reject Muhammed (pbuh).

Remarkable fact: In Arabic the word ‘sword’ has twelve different words to describe it, but it is not mentioned even once in the Glorious Qur’aan. Lo! Behold! Amazingly, the word ‘sword’ is written 448 times in 404 verses in the Bible, and yet Christianity claims to be the religion of peace!

Christian religious scholars and historians have now admitted the deception of accusing Muslims of spreading Islam by the sword. Even the Roman Catholic Church in the Vatican has had to admit that this was an absurd accusation that through repetition was given a semblance of credence.

The fact is that the reverse is true. The Church after the Nicene Council of 325 massacred by the sword 12,000,000 (twelve million) Unitarian followers of Jesus (pbuh) during the Inquisition period as recorded in the book titled ‘Apology to Muhammed and the Qur’aan’, written by a Christian historian, Mr. John Davenport.   How conveniently the Christians missionaries forget that according to their own Bible they attribute the following sayings to Jesus which prove the exact opposite of their claims that Jesus (pbuh) was a prince of peace:

Matt.10-34: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matt.10-35: For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Luke 12:53: The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

On the other hand the Glorious Qur’aan states unequivocally:

Qur’aan Chap 64.v.12- And obey Allah and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away, the duty of Our Messenger is only to deliver (the message) clearly.
Qur’aan Chap 2:256- “There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error”
Qur’aan Chap 10: 99 – And if your Lord willed, all those who are in the earth would have believed (all) together. Will you then compel people until they become believers?
Qur’aan Chap 16:125 – “Call unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way”.
Qur’aan Chap 12:108 – This is my (Prophet’s) way: I invite unto Allah with sure knowledge: I and whosoever follows me”.

Huston Smith in his book titled “The World’s Religions” says on page 256: “The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) granted freedom of religion to the Jews and Christians and had a special document drawn up to this effect. In it was also stated- They shall be protected from all insults and vexations; shall have equal rights with the Muslims and have the assistance of the Muslims, and to practice their religions as freely as the Muslims.”  Ira Zepp Jr in his book titled “A Muslim Primer” says: “It is unfortunate that Islam has been stereotyped as the ‘religion of the sword’. In any case, Islam cannot be forced on anyone; if profession of the shahadah (the declaration of Islamic belief) is forced on anyone, it is not true Islam”. 

Does this not prove the lies and hatred of those  who say that Islam was spread by the sword? It also means submitting ones’ will to Allah (swt).   The best reply to the misconception that Islam was spread by the sword is given by the noted historian De Lacy O’Leary in the book “Islam at the cross road” (Page 8):  “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 myth that (Christian) historians have ever repeated.”

Muslims ruled Spain for 800 years

The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and massacred the Muslims  in wholesale slaughter. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the ‘adhan’, the call to prayers. This is recorded in the history books and proves that in fact the sword spread Christianity.


20 million Arabs are Coptic Christians

Muslims were the lords of Arabia for 1,400 years. For a few years each the British and the French ruled. Overall, the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1,400 years. Yet today, there are 20 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians i.e. Christians since generations. If the Muslims had used the sword there would not have been a single Arab who would have remained a Christian.


More than 80% non-Muslims in India

The Muslims ruled India for about 1,000 years. They had the power of converting each and every non-Muslim of India to Islam. Today more than 80% of the population of India is non-Muslims (Hindus, who are idol worshippers). All these non-Muslim Indians are witnesses today that the sword did not spread Islam when Muslims ruled India for those 1,000 years. During the time that Muslims ruled India the Hindus were given equal opportunities to work and were not discriminated against.
However, after India gained independence in 1947 (through the equal efforts of Muslims and Hindus); the Hindus who are in the majority marginalized the Muslims completely. They are discriminated against and are denied equal opportunities to work etc.  A poll commissioned by the Indian Government in 2006, found that the Muslims are the most disadvantaged and poorest people in the whole of India, even more so than the lowest caste Harichans. It was also reported by the B.B.C. World service on the 18th December 2006 that the Muslims of India are the most excluded group in India because of their religion. What a turnaround when others rule over Muslims!


Indonesia, Malaysia & East Coast of Africa

Indonesia is a country that has the maximum number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. No Muslim army ever went to Indonesia and Malaysia to forcibly convert the people to Islam. Similarly, Islam has spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. One may ask, if Islam was spread by the sword, “Which Muslim armies went to Indonesia, Malaysia and the East Coast of Africa to force them to become Muslims?”
The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle in his book “Heroes and Hero worship” refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: “The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion at its starting is precisely in a minority of one  in one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can.”

“Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord, with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.”   (Al-Qur’aan 16:125)
Islam is the sword of intellect that conquers the hearts and minds of people, and makes them revert to Islam willingly.
Increase in the world religions from 1934 to 1984.
The Reader’s Digest  ‘Almanac’, yearbook 1986, gave the statistics of the increase of percentage of the major religions of the world from 1934 to 1984. At the top was Islam, which increased by 235%, and Christianity had increased only by 47%. May one ask which Muslim army converted millions of people in the 20th century, mainly Christians at the point of a sword to Islam?



Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and Europe.

Today the fastest growing religion in Europe, America and all over the world is Islam. Which sword is forcing people in the West to accept Islam in such large numbers?

On the 18/07/2005, on B.B.C. news report it was acknowledged that ISLAM is still the fastest growing religion in the world, not withstanding the 11th September 2001 attacks in America; 3/11/ 2004  Madrid train bombings, and the London bombings of 7/7/2005.

Again on the 16th December 2006, it was reported on the B.B.C. Radio that Islam is on the rise in the U.K. and Europe.

“People who worry that nuclear weaponry will one day fall in the hands of the Arabs, fail to realize that the Islamic bomb has been dropped already, it fell the day MUHAMMED (PBUH) was born”.
Dr. Joseph Adam Pearson

IF "ALLAH" IS THE CORRECT NAME FOR GOD AS IS STATED IN THE QUR’AAN, THEN IS "ALLAH" MENTIONED IN OTHER RELIGIOUS SCRIPTURES BESIDES THE QUR’AAN?

Almost all the major religious scriptures of the world contain the word \\\'Allah\\\' as one of the names of God. In the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1990 Edition, vol.1, and pg. 276 – it says, “Allah is the standard Arabic word used by Muslims as well as by Christians.” The word ALLAH appears about 7,000 times in the Hebrew Bible.

a.
“Elohim El, Elah, Alah”

In the Bible, God is very often referred to as ‘Elohim’ in the Hebrew language. The ‘im’ in the ending is a plural of honour and respect.  God is referred to as ‘El’ or ‘Elah’ in the English Bible edited by Reverend C. I. Scofield. ‘Elah’ is alternatively spelled as ‘Alah’. The difference in spelling is only of a single ‘L’. Muslims spell Allah as ‘Allah’ while the Reverend has spelled it as ‘Alah’, and they pronounce it as ‘Elah’. Muslims pronounce it as Allah. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages therefore we say it should be pronounced as ‘Allah’ and not as ‘Elah’.

Exodus 3:13&15/Psalm 50:1&2 - In the Hebrew it is written ALLAH.

Language is a medium of expressing thoughts. However, the pronunciation should conform to the dictates of that particular language. A few examples of the English language with the pronunciations:

Word         Pronunciation    Word          Pronunciation
Phone             Fone                   Photo                 Foto
Knife               Nife                     Quay                   Key
Write               Rite                      Psalms              Saams

Similarly ‘pint’ and ‘mint’ are pronounced differently.  If a non English person asks “Why?” The answer is: “because it is their language, and they know the correct pronunciation”.  Similarly the right pronunciation for A, L, L, A, H, is Allah, as is pronounced by Muslims.

b. Jesus cried out ‘Allah! Allah!’ when he was put on the cross : It is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Mathew, chap 27 verse 46 as well as Gospel of Mark, chap 15 verse 34 that when Jesus (pbuh) was put on the cross / stake he cried with a loud voice saying E’Li, E’Li, la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni? meaning ‘My God, My God why hast Thou Forsaken Me?’ It does not sound at all like Jehovah! Jehovah! Why have thou forsaken me? The answer is that Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages, and if you translate E’Li, E’Li la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni into Arabic; it is ‘Allah Allah lama tarak tani’- it sounds similar as one can see. This statement of Jesus (pbuh), E’Li, E’Li la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni is preserved in its original in each and every Bible translation which is available in more than 2,000 different languages of the world, and in each and every of them \\\'Allah\\\' is preserved in them.

\\\'Allah\\\' in Sikhism.

One of the names Gurunanak Sahib referred to God is \\\\\\\"Allah\\\\\\\".

\\\'Allah\\\' in Rigveda Book 2 Hymn I verse II:

Even in the Rigveda which is the most sacred scripture of the Hindus, one of the attributes mentioned in Book no. 2 Hymn no. I verse II, is ‘Ila’ which if pronounced properly is the same as Allah.

Allo-Upanishad:

Amongst the various Upanishads, one is named as ‘Allo’ Upanishad in which God is referred to as \\\'Allah\\\' several times.

It would be appropriate to mention here that in the Glorious Qur’aan, there are more than 100 “names” of Allah. By names we mean the qualities and powers of Allah that are manifested in those names. As an example, in just 3 verses of the Qur’aan- chap 59:vs.22-24; -the following qualities / attributes are mentioned of Allah.

He is God, the One that there is no deity but He; the Knower of the unseen and the apparent; He is the Source of All Mercy, the MercifulHe is God, the One that there is no deity but He; the King, the Holy One, the Source of All Peace, the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver, the Mighty, the Compeller, the Majestic; Glory to God, He is beyond their associations (of partners with Him)!  He is God, the Creator, the Maker, and the Fashioner. To Him belong the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies Him; He is the Mighty, the Wise.” (Qur’aan 59:22-24)


REPORT: The latest report of a Netherlands Psychologist, Professor Vander Hoven, a psychologist from Netherlands, announced his new discovery about the effect of reading the Qur’aan and repeating the word ALLAH both on patients and on normal persons. The Dutch professor confirms his discovery with studies and research applied on many patients over a period of three years. Some of his patients were non-Muslims, others do not speak Arabic and were trained to pronounce the word \\\'ALLAH\\\' clearly; the result was enormous, particularly on those who suffer from dejection and tension. ‘Al Watan’, a Saudi daily reported that the psychologist was quoted to say that Muslims who can read Arabic and who read the Qur’aan regularly can protect themselves from psychological diseases. The psychologist explained how each letter in the word \\\'ALLAH\\\' affects healing of psychological diseases. He pointed out in his research, that pronouncing the first letter in the word \\\'ALLAH\\\' which is the letter (A), released from the respiratory system, controls breathing. He added that pronouncing the velar consonant (L) in the Arabic way, with the tongue touching slightly the upper part of the jaw producing a short pause and then repeating the same pause  constantly, relaxes the aspiration. Also, pronouncing the last letter which is the letter (H) makes a contact between the lungs and the heart and in turn this contact controls the heartbeat. What is exciting in the study is that this psychologist is a non-Muslim, but interested in Islamic sciences and searching for the secrets of the Holy Qur’aan.

Allah, the Great and Glorious, says: “We will show them Our signs in the universe and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (Qur’aan) is the truth”. (Holy Qur’aan 42:53)

WHY IS ALCOHOL PROHIBITED IN ISLAM?

Alcohol has been the scourge of human society since time immemorial. It continues to kill countless human lives, and causes terrible misery to millions throughout the world. Alcohol is the root cause of enormous problems facing society. The statistics of soaring crime rates, increasing instances of mental illnesses, and millions of broken homes throughout the world bear testimony to the destructive power of alcohol.

1. Prohibition of alcohol in the Qur’aan

The Glorious Qur’aan prohibits the consumption of alcohol
 “O Ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination – of satan’s handiwork; eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.”  Chap 5- verse: 90

2. Prohibition of alcohol in the Bible

The Bible prohibits the consumption of alcohol as well:
a. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)
b. “And be not drunk with wine.” (Ephesians 5:18)

3. Alcohol inhibits the inhibitory centre

All human beings possess an inhibitory centre in their brains. This inhibitory centre prevents the person from doing things that he considers wrong. For instance, a person does not normally use abusive language while addressing his parents or elders. If he has to answer the call of nature, his inhibitory centre will prevent him from doing so in public, and therefore he uses the toilet.
When a person consumes alcohol, the inhibitory centre itself is inhibited. That is precisely the reason that a drunken person is often found to be indulging in behaviour that is completely uncharacteristic of him. For instance, the intoxicated person is found to use abusive and foul language and does not realize his mistake even if he is addressing his parents. Many even urinate and defecate in their clothes when drunk.

4. Cases of adultery, rape, incest and AIDS are found   more among alcoholics

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey Bureau of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice) in the year 1996 alone, everyday an average 2, 713 rapes took place in America. The statistics prove that the majority of the rapists were intoxicated while committing the crime. According to statistics, 8% of Americans commit incest i.e. one in every twelve to thirteen persons in America is involved in incest. Almost all the cases of incest are due to intoxication of one or both the persons involved. One of the major factors associated with alcoholism is the spread of AIDS, the most dreaded disease of this century.

5. Every alcoholic was initially a social drinker

Many may argue in favour of liquor by calling themselves ‘social drinkers’. They claim that they only have one or two drinks and they have self-control and so never get intoxicated. Investigations reveal that every alcoholic started as a social drinker. Not a single drunkard initially starts drinking with the intention of becoming a drunkard. No social drinker can say that I have been having alcohol for several years and that I have so much self-control that I have never been intoxicated even a single time.

6. If a person is intoxicated just once and commits something shameful, it will remain with him for a lifetime. 

Suppose a ‘social drinker’ loses his self-control just once and in a state of intoxication he commits rape or incest. Even if the act is later regretted, a normal human being is likely to carry the guilt throughout his life. Both the perpetrator and the victim are irreparably and irreversibly damaged.

7. Alcohol is prohibited in the Hadith of the Prophet of Islam

a. In Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chap 30 Hadith No. 3371. “Alcohol is the mother of all evils and it is the most shameful of evils.”
b.
In Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chap 30 Hadith No. 3392- “Anything which intoxicates in a large quantity is prohibited even in a small quantity.” Thus there is no excuse for a nip or a tot.
c. Not only those who drink alcohol are cursed, but also Allah curses those who deal with it directly and indirectly. According to Sunan Ibn-I-Majah Volume 3, Book of Intoxicants, Chap 30 Hadith No. 3380 reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said:
“God’s curse falls on ten groups of people who deal with alcohol. The one who distills it, the one for whom it has been distilled, the one who drinks it, the one who transports it, the one to whom it has been brought, the one whom serves it, the one who sells it, the one who utilizes money from it, the one who buys it and the one who buys it for someone else.”

8. Some of the Diseases associated with alcoholism

There are dozens of scientific reasons for the prohibition of consumption of intoxicants (alcohol). The maximum number of deaths in the world related to any one particular cause is due to the consumption of alcohol. Millions of people die  every year only because of drinking alcohol. I need not go into the details of all the ill effects of alcohol since most of them are commonly known. Below is a list of just a few of the alcohol related illnesses:
1. Cirrhosis of Liver is the most common and well-known alcohol associated disease. Damage to the liver is irreversible.
2. Others are Cancer of Oesophagus, Cancer of Head and Neck, Cancer of Liver (Hepatoma), Cancer of Bowel, etc.
3. Oesophagitis, Gastritis, Pancreatitis and Hepatitis are linked with alcohol consumption.
4.Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Coronary Artherosclerosis, Angina and Heart Attacks are linked with heavy alcohol intakes.
5. Strokes, (even with moderate intake of alcohol) Apoplexy, Fits and different types of Paralysis are linked with alcohol intake.
6. Peripheral Neuropathy, Cortical Atrophy, Cerebellar Atrophy are well-known syndromes caused by alcohol consumption.
7. Wernicke – Korsakoff syndrome with amnesia of recent events, confabulations and retainment of memory to old events with different types of paralysis are mainly due to thiamine deficiency due to excessive alcohol intake.
8. Beriberi and other deficiencies are not uncommon among alcoholics. Even Pellagra occurs in alcoholics.
9. Delerium Tremens is a serious complication that may occur during recurrent infection of alcoholics or post operatively. It also occurs during abstention as a sign of withdrawal effect. It is quite serious and may cause death even if treated in well-equipped centres.
10. Numerous Endocrine Disorders have been associated with alcoholism ranging from Myxodema to Hyperthyroidism and Florid Cushing Syndrome.
11. Hematological ill effects are long and variable. Folic acid deficiency, however, is the most common manifestation of alcoholic abuse resulting in Macrocytic Anemia. Zeive’s syndrome is a triad of Hemolytic Anemia, Jaundice and Hyperlipaedemia that follows alcoholic binges.
12. Thrombocytopenia and other platelet abnormalities are not rare in alcoholics.
13. The commonly used tablet metronidazole (flagyl) interacts badly with alcohol.
14. Recurrent infection is very common among chronic alcoholics. The resistance to disease and the immunological defense system are compromised by alcohol intake.
15. Chest infections are notorious in alcoholics. Pneumonia, Lung Abscess, Emphysema and Pulmonary Tuberculosis are all common in alcoholics.
16. During acute alcoholic intoxication, the drunken person usually vomits; the cough reflexes that are protective are paralyzed. The vomitus thus easily passes to the lung causing Pneumonia or Lung Abscess. Occasionally it may even cause suffocation and death.
17. The ill effects of alcohol consumption on women deserve special mention. Females are more vulnerable to alcohol-related Cirrhosis than men. During pregnancy alcohol consumption has a severe detrimental effect on the foetus. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is being recognised more and more in the medical profession.
18. Skin diseases are also related to alcohol indulgence.
19. Eczema, Alopecia, Nail Dystrophy, Paronychia (infection around the nails) and Angular Stomatitis (inflammation of the angle of the mouth) are common diseases among alcoholics.

9. Alcoholism a ‘disease’?

Medical doctors have now turned liberal towards alcoholics and call alcoholism a disease.

10. Alcohol is detrimental to a person’s health when flying in airplanes as has been recently discovered. So as can be understood, alcohol is a danger to human beings health in all aspects.
If alcohol is a disease, then it is the only disease that:
1- Is sold in bottles!
2- Is advertised in newspapers, magazines, on radio and television!
3- Has licensed outlets to spread it!
4- Produces revenue for the government!
5- Brings violent deaths on the highways!
6- Destroys family life and increases crime!
7- Has no germs or viral cause! 

Alcoholism Is Not A Disease – It Is Satan’s Handiwork

Islam is called the “Deen-ul-Fitrah” or the natural religion of man. All its injunctions are aimed at preserving the natural state of man. Alcohol is a deviation from this natural state, for the individual as well as for society. It degrades man to a level below that of the beasts he claims to be superior to. Hence the consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Islam.
It was reported on Al-Jazeerah English Service News on the 16/6/2007 at 10.40 GMT:   “43% of Russian men die at about 59 years of age due to excessive drinking”. That is nearly half of the population of men in Russia die disgracefully due to drinking this poison.
In the fairly recent scientific study undertaken by Dr. ROD JACKSON, from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, published in the respected Medical Journal, The Lancet states: ‘Any benefit from light to moderate drinking is probably very small and unlikely to outweigh the harm caused by alcohol. Alcohol abuse harms almost every organ in the body, causing problems such as cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, stomach bleeding, high blood pressure, stroke, nerve damage, osteoporosis and dementia. (W/End Argus- 3 /12 / 2005)
After spending years in research and millions of dollars, Dr. Jackson reached the conclusion of what ALLAH has informed humankind in the Glorious Qur’aan through his last and final messenger, Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) 1,400 years ago. 


In his book titled ‘The Trouble with Medicine’ Dr. Melvin Konner (published by the B.B.C. in London) states the following comment by Dr. Paul Oursler who is a senior resident doctor:
“Unfortunately, a lot of what we do here has to do with people who have had a problem with alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking… We spend huge resources in order to take care of the acute problem, and yet we are pulling those resources away from Preventative Measures Which Would Really Work”.

Allah has given the believers that preventative measure in just one verse of the Glorious Qur’aan in chap 5 verse 90.
“O Ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination – of satan’s handiwork; eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper”. 

WHY DO WOMEN INHERIT HALF OF WHAT A MAN INHERITS UNDER ISLAMIC SHARIAH?

1. Inheritance in the Quran

The Glorious Qur’aan contains specific and detailed guidance regarding the division of the inherited wealth, among the rightful beneficiaries.
The Qur’aanic verses that contain guidance regarding inheritance are:
* Surah Baqarah, chap 2 verse 180 and 240
* Surah Nisa, chap 4 verse 7-9, 19 and 33
* Surah Maidah, chap 5 verse 106-108

2. Specific share of inheritance for the relatives

There are three verses in the Qur’aan that broadly describe the share of close relatives i.e. Surah Nisah (chap 4) verses 11, 12 and 176.

3.  Female sometimes inherits the same or more than male:

In most of the cases, a woman inherits half of what her male counterpart inherits. However, this is not always the case. In case the deceased has left no ascendant or descendent but has left a uterine brother and sister, each of the two inherits one sixth.
If the deceased has left children, then parents, the mother and father also get an equal share and inherit one sixth each. In certain cases, a woman can also inherit a share that is double that of the male. If the deceased is a woman who has left no children, brothers or sisters and is survived only by her husband, mother and father, the husband inherits half the property while the mother inherits one third and the father the remaining one sixth. In this particular case, the mother inherits a share that is double that of the father.

4.  Female usually inherits half the share of that of the male:

It is true that as a general rule, in most cases, the female inherits a share that is half that of the male. For instance in the following cases:

1. Daughter inherits half of what the son inherits.
2. Wife inherits 1/8th and husband 1/4th if the deceased has no children.
3. Wife inherits 1/4th and husband 1/2 if the deceased has children
4. If the deceased has no ascendant or descendent, the sister inherits a share that is half that of the brother.

5. Male inherits double than the female because he financially supports the family.

In Islam a woman has no financial obligation and the economic responsibility lies on the shoulders of the man. Before a woman is married it is the duty of the father or brother to look after the lodging, boarding, clothing and other financial requirements of the woman. After she is married it is the duty of the husband or the son. Islam holds the man financially responsible for fulfilling the needs of his family. In order to be able to fulfill the responsibility, men get double the share of the inheritance.
For example, if a man dies leaving about $150,000.00 for the children (i.e one son and one daughter), the son inherits $100,000.00 and the daughter only $50,000.00.  Out of the $100,000.00 that the son inherits, because of his duty towards his family he may have to spend on them almost the entire amount and thus in realty he has a smaller percentage of inheritance left for him. On the other hand, the daughter, who inherits $50,000.00, is not bound to spend a single penny on anybody. She can keep the entire amount for herself.  
Would you prefer inheriting one hundred thousand and spending almost all on the family from it, or inheriting fifty thousand and having the entire amount to yourself?


For men is the benefit of what they earn. And for women is the benefit of what they earn.  Quran-4:32

For men is a share of what the parents and the near relatives leave, and for women a share of what the parents and the near relatives leave, whether it be little or much an appointed share. Quran-4:7

WHY IS PORK FORBIDDEN IN ISLAM?

The fact that consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam is very well known. The following points explain various aspects of this prohibition:

1. Pork prohibited in Qur’aan

The Qur’aan prohibits the consumption of pork in no less than 4 different places. It is prohibited in 2:173, 5:3, 6:145 and 16:115.
 “Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.” (Al-Qur’aan 5:3)
The above verses of the Holy Qur’aan are sufficient to satisfy a Muslim as to why pork is forbidden.

2. Pork prohibited in the Bible

The Christians are likely to be convinced by their religious scriptures. The Bible also prohibits the consumption of pork:
 “And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you”.
“Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you.” [Leviticus 11:7-8]


“And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.” (Deuteronomy 14:8)
A similar prohibition is repeated in the Bible in the book of Isaiah chap 65, verse 4; “…which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels”.

3. Consumption of pork causes many diseases: (Medical reasons)

Non-Muslims and atheists will agree only if convinced through reason, logic and science. Eating of pork can cause no less than seventy different types of diseases. A person can contact various helminthes like roundworm, pinworm, hookworm, etc. One of the most dangerous is Taenia Solium, which in layman’s terminology is called tapeworm. It harbours in the intestine and is very long. Its ova i.e. eggs, enter the blood stream and can reach almost all the organs of the body. If it enters the brain it can cause memory loss. If it enters the heart it can cause heart attack, if it enters the eye it can cause blindness, if it enters the liver it can cause liver damage. It can damage almost all the organs of the body.  Another dangerous helminthes is Trichura Tichurasis. A common misconception about pork is that if it is cooked well, these ova die. In a research project undertaken in America, it was found that out of twenty-four people suffering from Trichura Tichurasis, twenty-two had cooked the pork very well. This indicates that the ova present in the pork do not die under normal cooking temperature.

4. Pork has over 90% fat building material


This fat gets deposited in the blood vessels and causes hypertension and heart attacks. Therefore it is not surprising that over 50% of Americans suffer from hypertension because of their love of pork!

5. Pig is one of the filthiest animals on earth

It lives and thrives on muck and dirt. It is the best scavenger on earth. In the villages they don’t have modern toilets and the villagers excrete in the open air, which is very often eaten by pigs. Some may argue that in advanced countries like Australia, pigs are bred in very clean and hygienic conditions. Even in these hygienic conditions the pigs are kept together in sties. No matter how hard you try to keep them clean they are filthy by nature. They eat and enjoy their own as well as their neighbour’s excreta.

6. Pig is the most shameless animal on the face of the earth.

It is the only animal that invites its friends to have sex with its mate. In America most people consume pork. Many times after dance parties they have swapping of wives; i.e. “you sleep with my wife and I will sleep with your wife.”   If you eat pigs then you behave like pigs. 

WHY DOES ISLAM STRESS SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON CLEANLINESS, ESPECIALLY WHEN VISITING THE TOILET?

A Muslim has to be in a state of constant purity, as it is obligatory to be hygienic from impurities  when performing the five daily obligatory prayers. One cannot stand before Allah, the Rabb of the entire creation in a contaminated state and pray. Even when one is hygienic, yet it is incumbent to perform the ‘wuthu’, i.e. the washing one’s face, hands and feet before praying as taught by the Prophet. The Bible also states that Moses (pbuh) and Jesus (pbuh) washed their hands, face and feet before praying.

If one is in a state of ceremonial impurity, then one has to take a ‘gusl’, meaning a complete bath of the body from head to toe. Furthermore, non-Muslims may be surprised to discover that the Islamic way of cleanliness is the best way to fight many diseases. Water is the best medium to clean. A Muslim who visits the toilet has to wash the private parts with water after urinating  or/and passing stool.  According to medical research , one of the most common ways of contracting polio is when the virus enters the body through contaminated food, dirty fingers and underneath finger nails wherein excreta is stuck without one realizing it; or water tainted with sewerage. The virus attaches to receptors on the intestinal walls (oral polio attaches to the same ones) and from there it gets into the bloodstream. In 99% of the cases the virus causes no symptoms, or mild flu-like illness so it is very hard to detect until it affects a person.


 In less than 1% of the cases, the virus attacks the central nervous system, destroying cells in the spinal cord. The death of the nerve cells causes muscle paralysis mostly in the legs. Even in people with no symptoms, the virus excreted in the feces can contaminate food and water.  Therefore if one cleans oneself according to the manner taught in Islam when visiting the toilet: washing the private parts and washing the hands thereafter, then the risk is eliminated in contracting this disease. Furthermore, showering is the best manner of bathing as the water runs off the body, and not the way that the non-Muslims bathe, as they sit in the stagnant and unhygienic water.  The Prophet has also taught to wash hands before and after eating as very important. Moreover he taught that one should not eat to his fill, but to eat about one third of his stomach size, drink liquid one third of his stomach size and leave the last one third empty so that there is freedom to breathe easily.

WHY DO MUSLIMS SLAUGHTER ANIMALS, IN THE WAY THEY DO?

The Islamic method of slaughtering animals known as Zabiha has been the object of much criticism by non-Muslims.  One may consider the following points, which prove that the Zabiha method is not only humane but also the best method scientifically:

1. Islamic method of slaughtering animal

‘Zakkaytum’ is a verb derived from the root word Zakah (to purify). Its infinitive is Tazkiyah, which means purification. The Islamic mode of slaughtering an animal requires the following conditions to be met:

a. The animal has to be slaughtered swiftly with a sharp knife so that the pain of slaughter is minimized. Zabiha is an Arabic word, which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is to be done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.

b. The blood has to be drained before the head is removed. The purpose is to drain out most of the blood that would serve as a culture medium for micro-organisms that is dangerous to health. The spinal cord must not be cut as the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process causing cardiac arrest, thus causing the blood to stagnate in the blood vessels.

2. Blood is dangerous medium to spread germs, toxins & bacteria

Therefore the Muslim way of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases are eliminated.

3. Meat remains fresh for a longer time

Meat slaughtered the Islamic way remains fresh for a longer period of time due to deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.

4. Animal does not feel pain

The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain. While dying, the animal struggles, writhers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles deficient in blood and due to the flow of blood out of the body.

DOES THE QUR’AN ALLOW A MAN TO BEAT HIS WIFE?

Propagandists usually refer to chapter 4 verse 34 and state that this allows wife beating. However the word DARABA which has been incorrectly translated as ‘beat’, in reality means to separate when one looks up Lane’s English-Arabic Lexicon over and above a dozen other meanings that the word has. As such the verse should read: “And as for those women whose ill-will and harassment you have reason to fear, admonish them (first); (if that fails) then leave them alone in bed, (and as a last resort) (daraba) SEPARATE from them…” Over and above this, the very next verse speaks of a separation already having taken place, something which would not make sense if the verse authorized beating. Throughout the hadith, the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) condemned domestic violence committed by men.

WHY ARE NON-MUSLIMS NOT ALLOWED IN THE MUSLIM HOLY CITIES OF MAKKAH AND MADINAH?

It is true that non-Muslims are not allowed in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah by Islamic law. The following points will serve to explain the reasoning behind such a restriction.

1. All citizens are not permitted in the cantonment area

In every country there are certain areas where a common citizen of one’s own country cannot enter. Only a citizen who is enrolled in the military or those who are connected with the defence of the country are allowed in the cantonment area. Examples: The Pentagon, C.I.A. or F.B.I. in the U.S.A., and the army barracks or any similar institution of any country. Similarly, Islam is a Universal Religion for the entire world and for all human beings. The cantonment areas of Islam are the two holy cites of Makkah and Madinah. Here only those who believe in Islam i.e. the Muslims are allowed.  It would be illogical for common citizens to object to the restriction on entering a cantonment area even in their own country. Similarly it is not fitting for non-Muslims to object to the restriction on non-Muslims against entering Makkah and Madinah.

2. Visa to enter Makkah and Madinah

a. When a person travels to a foreign country he has to first apply for a visa to enter that country. Every country has its own rules, regulations and requirements for issuing a visa. Unless their criteria are satisfied they will not issue a visa to any applicant.
b. One of the countries very strict in issuing a visa is the United States of America, especially when issuing visas to citizens of the third world. They have many conditions and requirements to be fulfilled before they issue a visa.
c. When I visited Singapore, it was mentioned on their immigration form - death to drug traffickers. If I want to visit Singapore I have to abide by their rules. I cannot say that death penalty is a barbaric punishment. Only if I agree with their requirements and conditions will I be permitted to enter the country.
d. The Visa to enter Makkah & Madinah – The primary condition required for any human being to enter Makkah & Madina is to believe sincerely and proclaim with his / her lips, “La ilaha illal’lahu Muhammadur Rasulullah” which means: ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammed (pbuh)   is His Messenger.’

IF ISLAM IS AGAINST IDOL WORSHIP, WHY DO MUSLIMS WORSHIP AND BOW DOWN TO THE KAABA IN PRAYER?

The Kaaba is the Qibla i.e. the direction Muslims face during their daily prayers. It is important to note that though Muslims face the Kaaba during prayers, they do not worship the Kaaba. Muslims worship and bow only to Allah. It is mentioned to the Prophet in Surah Baqarah the second chap of the Glorious Qur’aan:

“We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now shall We turn thee to a Qiblah that shall please thee. Turn then thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque: wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction.”   (Al-Qur’aan 2:144)

1. Islam believes in fostering unity

For instance, if Muslims want to offer Salaah (Prayer), it is possible that some may wish to face north, while some may wish to face south. In order to unite Muslims in their worship of the One True God, Muslims, wherever they may be are told to face in only one direction only i.e. towards the Kaaba, which is in Makkah.

2. Tawaf (circumbulation) around Kaaba for indicating one God

When the Muslims go to Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah, they perform tawaf around the Kaaba. This act symbolizes the belief and worship of One God, since, just as every circle has one centre, so also there is only one Allah (swt) worthy of worship.

3. People climbed on top of Kaaba to call out the adhaan:

At the time of the Prophet, the muezzin  even stood on top of the Kaaba and gave the ‘adhaan’. One may pose the question to those who allege that Muslims worship the Kaaba: Which idol worshipper will dare to stand on the idol he worships?

WHY DOES ISLAM DEGRADE WOMEN WITH HIJAB?

Let us begin with a quote from the Glorious Qur’aan from chap 2 v 228 about the status of women in Islam…”And women have rights similar to those against them in a just manner, and men are a degree above them. And Allah is Mighty, Wise”.

The statement that “men are a degree above them” does not nullify the rights of the women, but the words simply show that superior authority to run the house must be given to either the husband or the wife, and it is given to the husband for reasons stated in Q-4:34. The rights of women against their husbands are here stated to be similar to those, which the husbands have against their wives. The statement must no doubt, have caused a stir in a society, which never recognized any rights for the woman. The change in this respect was really a revolutionizing one, for the Arabs hitherto regarded women as mere chattels. Women were now given a position equal in all respects to that of men, for they were declared to have rights similar to those which were exercised against them. This declaration brought about a revolution not only in Arabia but in the whole world, for the equality of the rights of women with those of men was never previously recognized by any nation or any reformer. The woman could no longer be discarded at the will of her “lord”, but she could either claim equality as a wife or demand a divorce.

The ‘hijab’ or the Islamic dress is cited by many as an example of the ‘subjugation’ of women under Islamic law. Before we analyze the reasoning behind the religiously mandated ‘hijab’, let us first have a brief look at the status of women in pre-Islamic societies: 

1. In the past ages women were degraded and used as objects of lust by men: The following examples from history amply illustrate the fact that the status of women in earlier civilizations was disgraceful to the extent that they were denied basic human dignity:

Babylonian Civilization:

The women were degraded and were denied all rights under the Babylonian law. If a man murdered a woman, instead of him being punished, his wife was put to death. Absolute and total injustice!

Greek Civilization:

Greek Civilization is considered the most glorious of all ancient civilizations. Under this very ‘glorious’ system, women were deprived of all rights and were looked down upon. In Greek mythology an ‘imaginary woman’ called ‘Pandora’ is the root cause of misfortune of human beings. The Greeks considered women to be subhuman and inferior to men. The Greeks were later overwhelmed by ego and sexual perversions. Prostitution became a regular practice amongst all classes of Greek society.

Roman Civilization:

A man had the right to take the life of his wife. Prostitution and nudity were common amongst the Romans.

Egyptian Civilization:

The Egyptians considered women evil and as a sign of a devil.

Women’s Rights in Hinduism:

According to Hindu Scriptures a woman has to obey her husband as a god, and tolerate any atrocity meted out to her, and a widow is required to mount the funeral of her dead husband and be cremated along with his corpse. This is called ‘Sati”. If she does not do so then the alternative is enforced widowhood . These practices are still valid today in India amongst the orthodox Hindus.

Pre-Islamic Arabia:

Before Islam in Arabia, the Arabs looked down upon women and very often when a female child was born, she was buried alive, as it was as if it was a bad omen.

SAYINGS OF CHRISTIAN SAINTS:  (Christian Civilization)

1. Woman is the organ of the Devil. (St. Bernard)
2. Woman is the fountain of the Arm of the Devil; her voice is
       the hissing of the serpent. (St. Anthony)
3. Woman is the instrument that the Devil uses to possess of              
        our souls. (St. Cyprian)
4. Woman is the gate of the Devil, the road of iniquity, the
        sting of the scorpion. (St. Jerome)
5. Woman is the daughter of falsehood, a sentinel of Hell, the enemy of the Peace; through her Adam lost Paradise. (St. John Damascene)
6. Through her the Devil triumphed, through her Paradise has been lost; of all wild beasts the most dangerous is woman.   (St. John Chrysoston)
7. Woman has the poison of an asp, the malice of a dragon. (St. Gregory the Great)

Ironic isn’t it? All these saints of Christendom condemn women, including their own mothers! They still remain saints in Christendom. By right they should be stripped of their sainthood!


The Old Testament is still the law for the Jews, as well as for the Christians states: DEUTRONOMY 25:11 - When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: DEUTRONOMY 25:12. Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

HYPOCRISY / DOUBLE STANDARDS OF THE WEST TOWARDS THE DRESSING OF MUSLIM WOMEN

Muslim women dress in a manner as the late Mother Teresa and Mary the mother of Jesus (pbut). Yet Muslim women are harassed and the Christian nuns are not, although the dressing is about the same.

ISLAM - SAYINGS OF PROPHET MUHAMMED(PBUH) ABOUT WOMEN

1.  Do ye not know that women deserve a greater reward than men, for verily the Almighty God exalts the position of a man in Heaven because his wife was pleased with him and prayed for him?
2. The world and all the things in it are valuable, but the most valuable thing in the world is a virtuous wife.
3. A Muslim must not be harsh in treatment of his wife, if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, then let him be pleased with another which is good and admonish your wife with kindness.
4. The best amongst you is the one who treats his wife the best.

Dress Etiquette in Islam - Hijab for men

People usually only discuss ‘hijab’ in the context of women. However, in the Glorious Qur’aan, Allah first mentions ‘hijab’ for men before ‘hijab’ for the women. “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.” (Al-Qur’aan 24:30)
Hijab for women The next verse of says: “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands…” (Al-Qur’aan 24:31)


According to Qur’aan and Sunnah there are basically six criteria for observing hijab:

1. Extent: The first criterion is the extent of the body that should be covered which is different for men and women. The extent of covering that is obligatory on the male is: to cover the body at least from the navel to the knees. For women, the extent of obligatory covering is to cover the complete body except the face and the hands upto the wrist.


The remaining five criteria are the same for men and women.

2. The clothes worn should be loose fitting and should not reveal the     shape of the figure.
3. The clothes worn should not be transparent, such that one can see through them.
4. The clothes worn should not be so glamorous as to attract the opposite sex.
5. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the opposite sex.
6. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers, and they should not wear symbols of the non-Muslims. E.g. Cross or Aum signs


4. Hijab includes conduct and behaviour among other things
Complete ‘hijab’, besides the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behaviour, attitude and intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of ‘hijab’ of the clothes is observing ‘hijab’ in a limited sense. ‘Hijab’ of the eyes, ‘hijab’ of the heart, ‘hijab’ of thought and ‘hijab’ of intention should accompany ‘hijab’ of the clothes.  Hijab also includes the way a person walks, the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc.

5. Hijab prevents molestation

The reason why Hijab is prescribed for women is mentioned in the Qur’aan in the following verses of Surah Al-Ahzab:
“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when leaving home); that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”  (Al-Qur’aan 33:59)
The Qur’aan states that hijab has been prescribed for the women so that they are recognized as modest women and this will also prevent them from being molested. Muslim women who wear the Hijab do so out of their own free will and feel safer in the hijab due to the respect and dignity it gives them.  Muslim women call the hijab their “Coat of Armour”.

6. Example of twin sisters

Suppose two sisters who are twins, equally beautiful, walk down the street. One of them is attired in the Islamic hijab, and the other sister is wearing western clothes- a mini skirt or shorts. Will a man interfere with the girl wearing the Islamic Hijab or the girl wearing the skirt or the mini? Such dressing is an indirect invitation to the opposite sex for teasing and molestation. The Qur’aan accurately says that hijab prevents women from being molested.

7. Capital punishment for the rapists

Western talk of women’s liberalization is nothing but a disguised form of exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul, and deprivation of her honour. Western society claims to have ‘uplifted’ women, but on the contrary it has actually degraded them to the status of concubines, mistresses and society butterflies, that are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketers hidden behind the colourful screen of ‘art’ and ‘culture’. 

Under the Islamic Shariah, a man convicted of raping a woman is given capital punishment. Non-Muslims are astonished at this ‘harsh’ sentence. Some even say that Islam is a ruthless, barbaric religion! I have asked a simple question to hundreds of non-Muslim men. Suppose, someone rapes your wife, your mother or your sister and you are made the judge in the case. When the rapist is brought before you and proved guilty what punishment would you meet out to him? All of them said they would put him to death. Some went to the extent of saying they would torture him to death. I ask:  if someone rapes your wife, your sister or your mother you want to put him to death and even torture the perpetrator; but if the same crime is committed on somebody else’s wife, mother or daughter you say capital punishment is barbaric. Is that not being a hypocrite / fraud? Why should there be double standards?


The European Union spokesperson in a B.B.C. interview (20.05.2006) admitted that the “western way of promoting prostitution is a MODERN FORM OF SLAVERY”. 

The Bible says in Leviticus Chap 10: 9 - For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death…
Lev 10:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. Lev 10:11 And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; Lev 10:12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death… Lev 10:13 If a man also lies with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Lev 10:14 And if a man takes a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, … Lev 10:15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. Lev 10:16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast…


Consequently if it were argued that the Islamic Shariah Law is barbaric, then the Biblical Law  is twice as barbaric, because unlike the Bible, the Glorious Qur’aan prescribes flogging and not death, for pre marital sex (Qur’aan 24:2). The Bible also prescribes death just for cursing one’s father, etc as mentioned above, and the Bible Orders to kill and even to burn them to death for the other offences!

8. USA has one of the highest rates of rape

According to a FBI report, in the year 1990, an average of 2,000 cases of rape were committed daily in U.S.A alone.
Consider a scenario where the Islamic hijab is followed in America. Whenever a man looks at a woman and any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he lowers his gaze. Every woman wears the Islamic hijab that completely covers her body except the face and the hands upto the wrist. After this if any man commits rape he is given capital punishment. I ask you, in such scenario, will the rate of rape in America increase, will it remain the same, or will it decrease?

9. Implementation of Islamic Shariah will reduce the rate of rapes and positive results will be inevitable.

If Islamic Shariah is implemented in any part of the world, society will breathe easier. Hijab does not degrade a woman but rather uplifts the dignity of a woman and protects her modesty and chastity. Islam uplifted the status of women and granted them their just rights 1,400 years ago. Islam expects women to maintain their status.

10. Recent statistics of polls taken by CNN and Time (2004) have found that after the 9/11 bombings 20,000 Americans reverted to Islam, and amongst them, two thirds (66%) have been women. The Western Media portrays Islam, as a religion that suppresses women, then why is it that more women are accepting Islam than men? Does this not prove that the Western Media is waging a war against Islam? However, with the grace of Allah yet more and more women are becoming Muslims all over the world.


11. An English lady, Mrs. Yvonne Ridley accepted Islam after reading the Qur’aan : she says:  How I came to love the veil-“I kept my word to the Taliban after they released me about studying Islam--and was amazed by what I discovered. I had been expecting to read Qur’aanic chapters on how to beat your wife and oppress your daughters; instead, I found passages promoting the liberation of women. Two-and-a-half years after my capture, I converted to Islam, provoking a mixture of astonishment, disappointment and encouragement among friends and relatives”.

What does “Jihad” mean in Islam?

Jihad has a wide meaning in Islam. The western media loves to portray this word as ‘a war on the west’, which terrifies non-Muslims the world over. The essential meaning of JIHAD is to “struggle and strive against one’s own passion”.

Dr. Ibrahim Abu Rabi calls Jihad “the execution of effort against evil in the self and every manifestation of evil in society”.

In this manner Jihad is the Muslims’ purest sacrifice; to struggle to live a perfect life and completely submit ones-self to Allah as is stated in the Glorious Qur’aan, and practically demonstrated by the Prophet of Islam.  Another level of Jihad is to propagate the truth of Islam to the non-Muslims and call them with wisdom and good preaching to study the Qur’aan for themselves. There is no compulsion in Religion as is stated many times in the Qur’aan; but it the duty and obligation on each and every Muslim to invite towards Islam.  Refer to Chap 9 verse 24 of the Glorious Qur’aan.

The aspect of Jihad that is commonly known to non-Muslims is that of fighting - or holy war -through the propaganda machines of the western media. It is essential to understand what is condoned and condemned in warfare according to the Qur’aan, and as practiced by the Prophet of Islam. Islam does not justify aggressive warfare; but stresses the need to defend oneself against aggression. Islam allows defensive warfare.  Islam prohibits the killings of non-combatants, the old and infirm, women and children, destroying of crops and homes and the like . History records that the Muslim armies practiced all of the above. The Glorious Qur’aan states very clearly this in just one verse (there are many verses but this one should suffice to prove the above statements)


Chap 2: 190- “Fight in the way of Allah those who fight against you, but transgress not the limits. Truly Allah likes not the transgressors”.

The Christians seem to overlook the fact that Jesus (pbuh)  also taught “Jihad’ when there was injustice as is mentioned in Luke chap 22 verse 36: Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. (Also stated in Mark 14:47)
(In Gethsemene)-Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest\\\'s servant, and cut off his right ear. (The servant\\\'s name was Malchus).
Luke 19:27:  But those enemies of mine who would not allow me to rule over them, bring them hear and SLAY them before me.
The Bible is filled with violence from beginning to end. A cursory glance at the Amalekite massacre under the command of “God” sets the theme for most of the Book.

WHY DO MUSLIMS FOLLOW THE LUNAR CALENDAR INSTEAD OF THE SOLAR CALENDAR?

1. Each solar year the months fall in the same respective seasons. For e.g. the months of March, April and May in India will always have summer, while July, August, September will always have monsoons i.e. rains. November, December and January will always have winter.

2. In the lunar calendar, during different years the Islamic months fall in different seasons. The lunar calendar has about 11 days less than the solar calendar, thus, every year, the month of the lunar calendar occurs 11 days prior to what it had occurred in the previous solar year. Thus, in a span of about 33 lunar years a human being will have a taste of all the different seasons for one particular month of the lunar calendar. This is important because the yearly activities of a Muslim are based on the lunar calendar and certain months like Ramadaan and Hajj are very important to the Muslims.

During the full month of Ramadaan a Muslim is obliged to fast by abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. If the Islamic months were based on the solar calendar where the seasons were fixed, then people living in certain parts of the world would have Ramadaan in summer continuously while in other parts of the world it would be winter continuously. Some Muslims would have to fast for a longer period of time where the days are longer while other Muslims would have to fast for a shorter period of time where the days are shorter throughout their lives, which would be unfair.

By utilizing the lunar calendar there is more fairness as every Muslim has a taste of fasting in different seasons and for a different number of hours per day in a span of about 33 years of his life. So the wisdom of using the lunar calendar is proved as superior.

WHY DO MUSLIMS FAST THE ENTIRE MONTH OF RAMADAN?

1. The Qur’aan states that fasting helps controls desire and inculcates taqwah (God consciousness): “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint”.  (Al-Qur’aan 2:183).

Fasting is not unique to Muslims but it is unique to Islam in the manner it is done; that for a whole month Muslims fast without food and water etc. Psychologists say that if you can control your hunger, you can control almost all your desires. The Qur’aan rightly mentions that fasting helps you to learn self-restraint i.e. in controlling your desires.

2. Fasting helps to inculcate good habits:

Along with fasting during the holy month of Ramadaan many Muslims do good deeds like charity, helping the poor, etc. which later on become a part of their routine activity in their lives.

3. Fasting helps to overcome many evils:

In the holy month of Ramadan, besides fasting, the person tends to be more virtuous which helps to overcome many evils. If a person can abstain from drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes from dawn to dusk in Ramadan, he can abstain from smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol from the cradle to the grave. All intoxicants are forbidden in Islam.

4. Every machine requires servicing:

We service our car once every 3 to 4 months. The most complicated machine on the face of the earth is the human body, so it also requires servicing. Accordingly, fasting during the month of Ramadan is the annual servicing of the human body and spirit, i.e. one month per year.

5. Fasting gives rest to Body:

During fasting Muslims abstain from food, drink, etc. from dawn to dusk. While fasting, many organs of the body get rest, which is important for good health.

6. Just two Medical Benefits of Fasting:

a.
Fasting increases intestinal absorption.
b. Fasting also lowers cholesterol levels that help to prevent several Cardio-Vascular diseases.

Point to remember: Jesus (pbuh) regularly fasted:
He said: Matt 5 v. 6- ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness’.

WHY CAN’T MUSLIMS MARRY NON-MUSLIMS?
1. The Qur’aan prohibits Muslims to marry non-Muslims in Surah Baqarah chap 2 verse 221: 

 “Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe: a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman even though she allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: a slave man who believes is better than an unbeliever even though he allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His grace to the garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His signs clear to mankind: that they may receive admonition”.

For a believing Muslim any instruction of the Qur’aan is sufficient as it is an order from Allah.

2. Concept of Salvation cannot differ amongst Life-Partners:
The ultimate goal and salvation for every Muslim is to attain paradise in the hereafter. A true and loving husband or wife will also want his/her spouse to attain paradise in the hereafter. How can two life-partners live together if their ultimate goal differs? Similarly if the beliefs or concepts of salvation of the spouses differ then how can they live in congruence and achieve marital harmony?

3. The children born in a marriage of this sort will be affected psychologically.
IF GOD IS JUST, THEN WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE BORN HEALTHY AND SOME WITH DEFECTS; SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN IN RICH FAMILIES, WHILE OTHERS IN POOR FAMILIES?

The Qur’aan states that this life is a test for the hereafter:

1.  Glorious Qur’aan 8 v 28: “And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial and that it is Allah with Whom lies your highest reward”.

2.  Surah Mulk chap 67 verse 2: “He Who created Death and Life, that He may try (test) which of you is best in deed; And He is the Exalted in Might, oft-Forgiving.”

3.  Al-Qur’aan, 2, v 155: “Be sure We (Allah) shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss of goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil-labor, work) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere”.

4.  Al- Qur’aan Chap 3 vs. 185 &186: “Every soul will taste death. And ye will be paid on the Day of Resurrection only that which ye have fairly earned. Whosoever is removed from the hellfire and is made to enter Paradise, he indeed is triumphant. The life of this world is but comfort of illusion. Assuredly ye will be tried in your property and in your persons, and you will hear much wrong from those who were given the Scripture before you, and from the idolaters. But if you persevere and ward off evil then that is of the steadfast heart of things”.

Qur’aan-Chap 64:14& 15 - O you who believe, surely of your wives and your children there are enemies to you, so beware of them. And if you pardon and forbear and forgive, surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Your wealth and your children are only a trial, and Allah — with Him is a great reward. And whoever is saved from the greediness of his soul, these it is that are the successful.

Qur’aan - Chap 63 verse 9- O you who believe, let not your wealth nor your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah; and whoever does that, these are the losers.
Surah Anfal Chap 8 verse 28: “And know ye, that your possession and your progeny are but a trial; and that it is with Allah with whom lays your highest reward”. 


(We find a similar message in the Bible: Matt chap 10. v.36: ‘And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household’)

From the above Ayahs we can conclude that Allah will definitely test every one of us. It also demonstrates the power of Allah, that as He wills, He creates .   
 (a)  Judgement will be based upon the difficulty of the test
 (b) Human beings with congenital defects are a test for their parents.

ARE WOMEN ALLOWED IN THE MOSQUE?

1) There is not a single verse in the Qur’aan that prohibits women from entering and praying in the mosque, and there is no single authentic Hadith which states that the Prophet prevented or forbade women from going to the mosque.

There is only one Hadith, which could be misunderstood to mean that women should not go to the mosque. That Hadith is as follows: ‘The prayer of women is better in their house than in the mosque and the prayer of women is better in their rooms than in their house.’
The context of the Hadith is very important. The Prophet said that if a person prays in the mosque he receives 27 times more blessings. Some women argued that they had infants at home and household work and therefore could not go to the mosque. Accordingly the men had a greater advantage than women for receiving such blessings. It was then that the Prophet said the above Hadith.

2) There are several Ahadith which prove that both men and women went to the mosque during the life of the Prophet:
(i) The Prophet said: ‘Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah.’
(ii) The Prophet specifically told husbands, “When your women folk ask you for permission to attend the mosque, do not prevent them.” (Bukhari Volume 1, Book of Salaah, Chap 80, Hadith No. 832)
(iii) From the time the Prophet came to Madinah after Hijrah till his demise, he never prevented women from entering the mosque. Women went to the mosque for prayer, religious education and literary discussions, as the mosque was the hub of the community. Several hadith inform us that the Prophet addressed audiences that consisted of men and women; and that women frequently asked questions of the Prophet in the gatherings.
(v) During the time of Caliph Umar women went to the mosque.


3) Islam does not permit the intermingling of sexes, but Islam permits women to pray in mosques, but there should have separate and equal facilities.

4) They are also allowed in the Haram Shareef in Makkah and in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Women are allowed in many mosques in Saudi Arabia, in U.A.E, in Egypt, in U.S.A, in England, in South Africa and in many other countries. The trend is now changing in many parts of the world as we now have mosques with separate facilities specially built for women to pray.

5) Non-Muslims are also permitted to visit the mosques to see how Muslims pray. There are no statues, idols or photos of anything in the Mosques. Muslims welcome and encourage non-Muslims to visit the mosques. Kindly contact the Imam of the local Mosque, or a Muslim friend and they will be delighted to arrange a visit for you and their families.

CAN A MUSLIM SAY ‘SALAAM’ TO A NON-MUSLIM?
“When a courteous greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy - Allah takes careful account of all things”.  (Glorious Qur’aan 4:86)

a) The Qur’aan mentions in Surah Mariam chap 19 vs. 41 - 46 that Prophet Ibrahim’s father was a mushrik (polytheist) and associated partners with God. When Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) asked his father not to serve satan his father replied: ‘I will stone you’ and removed Ibrahim out of the house.

“Abraham said: ‘peace be on thee’ (Assalaamu Alaikum):  I will pray to my Lord for thy forgiveness: for He is to me Most Gracious.” (Al-Qur’aan 19:47)

b)
Allah instructed Moses and Aaron that when they go to Pharaoh with the message they should say: “And Peace (Salaam) to all who follow guidance”.  (Al-Qur’aan 20:47) This was the same greeting also used by Prophet Muhammed (pbuh)   to greet Non-Muslim rulers.

c) “And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, ‘Peace!’ (Salaam)”.  (Al-Qur’aan- chap- 25 v, 63)

d) “And when they hear vain talk, they turn away there from and say: ‘to us our deeds and to you yours; peace (Salaams) be unto you: we seek not the ignorant.’ ”   (Al- Qur’aan chap 28 v, 55)
WHY DO MUSLIMS CALL GOD, ‘ALLAH’?
Muslims prefer calling Allah by His name as He revealed it in the Glorious Qur’aan. The Arabic word ‘Allah’ is pure and unique. There is not another word like it. The English word ‘God’ can be played around with.

Examples:

a. God + s = Gods: There is no plural of Allah
b. God + dess = Goddess: Allah has no gender.
c. God + Father = Godfather. There is no ‘godfather’ in Islam.
d. God + Mother = Godmother: There is no ‘godmother’ in Islam.
e. Tin + God = Tin god: There is no ‘tin god’ in Islam.

Allah is a unique word (there is no other word comparable to it) therefore Muslims prefer calling the Creator, ‘Allah’. But sometimes when speaking to non-Muslims we may have to use the inappropriate word ‘God’, for Allah for ease of conversation.

There is also a misunderstanding amongst non-Muslims that the God worshipped by Muslims differs from the God that was worshipped by Prophets Abraham, David, Moses and Jesus (pbut). Nothing could be further from the truth. It is comparable to saying that the French worship a different ‘god’ because they use the word ‘Dieu’, that the Spaniards worship a different ‘god’ because they say ‘Dios’ or that the Hebrews worshipped a different ‘god’ because they called Him ‘Yahweh’, or the Zulu ‘s in South Africa call Him ‘Inkulunkulu’, or the Afrikaners call Him ‘He’re”.

The Glorious Qur’aan is the divine scripture of Muslims, revealed in the Arabic language, and God is called ALLAH in Arabic.  In fact all Arab Christians  also name God as ALLAH! Open the Arabic Bible to Genesis, chap 1, and the Christian will be astonished to see the word ALLAH SIX TIMES in the first paragraph alone. The first page has the word ALLAH written 17 times. In the complete Arabic Bible, the name Allah is written thousands of times! Confirm it out for yourself by getting a copy of the Arabic Bible. (KJV)
In the Hebrew Bible, Exodus chapter 3 vs. 13-15, the name of God is ALLAH! Get a copy of the Hebrew Bible and confirm this also. (KJV)

Reverend Scofield also used the word “ALAH” on page 3 of his Authorized English Version Bible to describe God. But when it was ‘revised’ by other Christian scholars, they deleted the word ‘ALAH’.

The solution to the problem of the name of God for the Christians is in Isaiah 52:6, N.I.V., p. 873 that states: “Therefore my people will know My name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I.”  
And indisputably the people of Allah, the Muslims have been informed in the Glorious Qur’aan of the name of the Creator: ALLAH!
DOES ISLAM PERMIT WOMEN TO GIVE DIVORCE?

‘Talaq’ is an Arabic word meaning ‘divorce’ when given by a husband to his wife. A woman can also divorce the husband in Islam, but this is called “Ismah”

According to Sunan Abu Dawood, Hadith No. 2172 and 2173, and also in Sunan Ibn-i-Majah, Hadith No. 2018, the Prophet said:  “Among the permissible things, the most disliked in the sight of Allah is divorce”.


However the following conditions need to be fulfilled for divorce to be put into effect.

a. The person should not be in a state of intoxication when pronouncing divorce and should be in a sound state of mind and not mentally unstable.

b. Before deciding on giving a divorce, there should be a mutual discussion regarding the situation between the husband and the wife.

c. According to the Glorious Qur’aan, Surah Nisa, chap 4 v. 35, if the talks fail, two arbitrators should be appointed, one from the husband’s family and the other from the wife’s family.

d. Only if all these measures fail can a person give divorce.

e. According to Surah Al-Talaq, chap 65.v.2, while pronouncing Talaq, two persons endued with justice should be taken as witnesses.


There are five different types of divorce in Islam: -

1. With the mutual consent of both the husband and the wife. Here both must agree that there are irreconcilable differences.

2. With the unilateral will of the husband. In this case the husband has to forego the ‘meher’ (the dower) he had given to the wife. In case any amount of meher has remained unpaid, he should immediately make arrangements to pay it over to the wife.

3. With the unilateral will of the wife. This is only permissible if she specifies it in her marital contract that she too will have the right of unilateral divorce. This is called as Ismah or talaq-e-taufid.

4. If the husband ill-treats or neglects his wife or does not maintain her needs properly, she has a right to go to a judge who is well versed in Islamic Laws to nullify the marriage.  This is called as Nikah-e-fask.  In this case the judge decides whether the husband has to give the full amount of meher or a portion of it to the wife.

5. The last type is called ‘Khula’.  Here the husband may be very good, but due to personal reasons the wife may wish to separate. Here, with the permission of the husband she can separate but she has to forgo her marital gift (her meher).

WHY DO MUSLIMS CALL NON-MUSLIMS ‘KAA’FIRS’?

“Kaa’fir” is derived from the Arabic word ‘kufr’ which means ‘to conceal or to reject’. In Islamic terminology “kaafir” means: ‘one who conceals or rejects the truth of Islam’. It would be abusive to simply call any Non-Muslim a “kaafir”. This word is only utilized in describing an individual who openly rejects the truth and goes out of his way to anatgonise any believer. In essence, Muslims believe that most religions are in principle valid, although some are more accurate than others.

In the Qur’an, this word is used in certain instances in the context of a farmer who conceals the seeds with the soil.

The opposite of ‘kaa’fir in Islamic terminology is “Mu’min” which means a believer in the Glorious Qur’aan and the true teachings of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). Remember! An intelligent inquiring mind is a liberated mind that cannot be enslaved to unreasonable, illogical and blind belief!

Islam is the only religion that encourages every human being to analyse with logic and reason what one believes in! It awakens the faculty of reasoning and understanding. Blind belief is unacceptable in Islam. Can any other faith claim this in their Holy Books?

HAS ANY VERSES OF THE QUR’AAN BEEN ABROGATED?

The following verse of the Qur’aan is misunderstood by many to mean that some verses of the Qur’aan were abrogated.


Chap 16: v.101: “And when We change a message for a message — and Allah knows best what He reveals…”

It is not the abrogation of the Qur’aanic verses that is referred to here; but of the previous messages (scriptures) sent to former Prophets. For a better understanding of the doctrine of abrogation, let us refer to Chap 2: v. 106 of the Glorious Qur’aan:

“Whatever message We abrogate  or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or one like it. Knowest thou not that Allah is possessor of power over all things”?

 “And (Jesus) a verifier of that which is before me of the Torah, and I allow you part of that which was forbidden to you”; Glorious Qur’aan. Chapter 3 verse 50

One can clearly distinguish that in Chapter 3, verse 50, Jesus (pbuh) speaks of abrogation of verses / messages of the previously Revealed Scripture i.e. Torah and not of the Qur’aan.

In the same manner the Glorious Qur’aan states that some ordinances in the previous scriptures i.e. the Torah and the Injeel were abrogated.
Examples:

(1) The Qur’aan places an upper limit of four wives that a man can marry with strict conditions. Previously there was no upper limit in the Bible – O.T. & N.T.

(2) The eye for an eye Old Testament Law was now changed to the Qur’aanic Law that states that one can take retaliation for the same action, or overlook it and have patience, and this patience will be rewarded in the hereafter by Allah. 

(3) In the previous scriptures it was forbidden to take the booty / spoils of war. The booty was collected into a pile and was consumed by a bolt of fire from heaven. This was abrogated in the Qur’aan by allowing the booty to be divided amongst the soldiers of Islam:

“And know that whatever you acquire in war, a fifth of it is for Allah and for the Messenger  and for the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if you believe in Allah and in that which We revealed to Our servant, on the day of Discrimination, the day on which the two parties met. And Allah is Possessor of power over all things”. Glorious Qur’aan Chap 9 v. 41:

“Those who follow the Messenger-Prophet, the Ummi, whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel. He enjoins them good and forbids them evil, and makes lawful to them the good things and prohibits for them impure things, and removes from them their burden and the shackles, which were on them. So those who believe in him and honour him and help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with him — these are the successful”. Q: 7:157

(4) Another example is that in the previous scriptures the Prophets were not permitted to take prisoners of war but to kill them. This order was also abrogated in the Qur’aan and the Prophet of Islam was allowed to take prisoners and to: (a) ransom them for money,  (b) or the second type of ransom was that those prisoners who could read and   write bought their freedom by teaching the Muslims who could not read and write,  (c) or to release them as the Prophet saw fit without any conditions.


“O Prophet, say to those of the captives who are in your hands: If Allah knows anything good in your hearts, He will give you better than that which has been taken from you, and will forgive you. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”.  Glorious Qur’aan. Chap 8 v.67

“It is not fit for a Prophet to take captives unless he has fought and triumphed in the land. You desire the frail goods of this world, while Allah desires (for you) the Hereafter. And Allah is Mighty, Wise. Glorious Qur’aan Chapter 8 v. 70 -


(5) In Exodus chapter 31 v. 14-16 it states the holiness of the Sabbath Day and that no work should be done. However, in the Glorious Qur’aan, Chapter 62 vs. 9-11, the Sabbath Day has been changed to Friday. Unlike the Jewish and the Christian Sabbaths, it is not necessarily a day of rest, but attendance at the Jumu‘ah prayers is obligatory, and as soon as the call to prayer is sounded, every Muslim is bound to leave business of every kind and immediately hasten to the mosque to join the congregational prayer. In fact, a Muslim, who is allowed to do his ordinary work on Friday, gives more time to his prayers than the majority of those who recognize a seventh day as their Sabbath. The new orders of Allah in the Glorious Qur’aan supersede the old orders of the previous Scriptures.

 “Your Lord is only Allah; there is no God but He. He comprehends all things in (His) knowledge. Thus relate We to thee of the news of what has gone before. And indeed We have given thee a Reminder from Ourselves. Whoever turns away from it, he will surely bear a burden on the day of Resurrection,” Qur’aan Chap 20 vs. 98-100.

All the above verses also substantiates the fact that the scripture (Al- Qur’aan) given to Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) is from the same source as Moses & Jesus (pbut), but the difference is that what was given to him is enhanced and superior!

NON-MUSLIM CRITICS ALLEGE THAT THE QUR’AAN WAS NOT IN WRITTEN FORM DURING THE LIFE TIME OF THE PROPHET. IS THAT TRUE?

The critics will always try to cast doubt on the authenticity of the Glorious Qur’aan, but their arguments are devoid of truth. The following narration of the conversion to Islam of Omar, (who later became the 2nd Caliph of Islam) in Makkah proves conclusively that there were portions of the Qur’aan  in written form during the lifetime of the Prophet. The Qur’aan was revealed bit-by-bit and continued for a period of 23 years. (13 years in Makkah, and 10 years in Madinah) Chap 20, ‘Ta Haa’ - being a revelation of the early Makkan period shows that written copies of the chapters of the Holy Qur’aan were in common use among the early Muslim converts at Makkah. The narration goes thus: Umar, with a drawn sword in his hand, one day left his house with the intention of murdering the Holy Prophet. On the way he learnt that his own sister & brother-in-law were secret converts to Islam. So he turned his steps to his sister’s house.  At that time there was in the house a third man, Khab’bab, who had with him a book containing ‘Ta Haa’ which he was teaching to Umar’s sister and her husband. When they perceived Umar coming, Khab’bab hid himself in a corner of the house, and Fatima, Umar’s sister, took the book and hid it. But Umar had already heard the voice of Khab’bab reciting the Holy Qur’aan.  The first question he asked, on entering the house was what they were reciting. They replied, ‘Nothing’. He said, ‘Yes, I have heard you reciting, and I have been informed that you have followed Muhammed in his religion’. Then he caught hold of his brother-in-law, Saeed, son of Zaid.  His sister advanced towards him to protect her husband and was severely hurt in the struggle.  Umar’s sister and her husband told him that they had converted to Islam and that he could do what he liked. When Umar saw his sister bleeding, he was sorry for what he had done, and asked her to let him have the book which they had been reading, so that he might see what it was that Muhammed had brought to them. On hearing his demand, his sister expressed the fear that he might destroy the pages. Umar gave her his word, and swore by his idols that he would return the volume to her after perusing it. Then she told him that being a mushrik (one who set up false gods with God) he was impure. Umar then washed himself, and his sister handed over to him the book which had “Ta Haa” written in it. Umar read a portion of it, and began to admire it and showed reverence for the book. Thereupon Khab’bab, seeing that he was well disposed towards Islam, asked him to accept Islam. Omar shortly thereafter accepted Islam at the hands of the Prophet. (Omar was a handful of people in Makkah during that time that was literate. He was also was a fearless warrior who was respected in the community)

IF A MUSLIM IS ALLOWED TO MARRY A MAXIMUM OF FOUR WIVES, WHY DID PROPHET MUHAMMED (PBUH) MARRY ELEVEN WIVES?
In Surah Nisa, chap 4, the Qur’aan  states that a Muslim male is allowed to marry a maximum of upto four wives. However, at the same time there are certain stringent criteria that have to be followed if he wishes to do so. The following verse in the Qur’aan makes Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) an exception to this rule.
 

“It is not lawful for thee (Muhammed to marry more) women after this, nor to change them for (other) wives, even though their beauty attract thee, except any thy right hand should possess (as hand maidens) and Allah doth watch over all things. “ (Chap 33.v. 52)

This verse certainly grants Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) permission to keep all his wives who are “Ummul-Mumineen ” but prohibits him to marry any more except those that his right hand possessed.  People falsely accuse the Prophet of being hypersexual because he had eleven wives. If one studies the life history of the Prophet, only two of his marriages, one with Khadija (r.a), and the other, with Ayesha (r.a) were marriages in the normal course. All his other marriages were contracted as a necessity and were based on various considerations.

The 1st marriage of the Prophet took place when he was 25 years of age to Lady Khadija (r.a) who was twice widowed and was 40 years old. If the Prophet were hypersexual, why would he marry (his first marriage) a woman who was 15 years older than him and already twice widowed? It was the custom for the Arabs to marry virgins. Widows were not suitable spouses in their culture, yet he married her. As long as his first wife, Lady Khadija (r.a) was alive; he never took a second wife. Lady Khadija (r.a) passed away when the Prophet was approximately 50/51 years of age, and only after her demise did he remarry. If he married eleven wives for sexual reasons, he should have had multiple wives during his youth.


Contrary to this, history records that all his remaining ten marriages took place when he was between the age of 51/52 and 59 years. Nine of his wives were between the ages of 36 to 82 years. Would a man, aged 52 years marry a woman of 82 years if he was hypersexual? The Prophet passed away at the age of 63 years.


Reasons for the 11 marriages: His importance in becoming known as a Messenger of Allah had spread in the whole of Arabia and also into the neighboring countries. The rulers of those countries and the chieftains of the different tribes asked the Prophet’s hand in marriage  for their daughters or sisters. So out of necessity to foster closer ties with the other countries and tribes the Prophet accepted the proposals. If these malicious charges were true, then he would have easily got younger and lovelier girls to marry. He was the ruler of the whole of the Arabian Peninsula yet his life was so plain and simple that when the emissaries of the foreign kings and emperors came to pay him reverence and loyalty they were astonished at the austere living conditions and that of all of his wives (pbut). For weeks on end there was no fire lit to cook food, and many times the Prophet tied stones onto his belly to ease the suffering of hunger pangs.

During that period of time in Arabia, nobody could carry out the work of reform and upliftment unless he belonged to, or was related to some specific tribe. Thus in the interest of his mission, the Prophet needed good inter-tribal relationships, and he had to weld the quarreling tribal and clannish factions into one Muslim ummah, as brethren in faith by accepting the proposals from those quarters.


For instance, his wife Juwayriyya (r.a ) belonged to the Banu Mustaliq clan that was very powerful. The entire clan was a bitter enemy of Islam from the beginning until they were defeated in a military campaign. But when the Prophet married Juwayr-iyya (r.a), the Muslims released all their prisoners, as they could not keep the Prophet’s relatives in bondage. It was due to this marriage that the whole clan of Banu Mustaliq accepted Islam and obedient to the laws of the new Islamic state.


Maymunah (r.a) also came from a very powerful and recalcitrant clan from Najd and was the sister of the wife of the chief of the clan. It was this clan that had brutally murdered seventy members of an Islamic missionary deputation. The Prophet’s marriage with Maymu¬nah (r.a) changed the whole atmosphere and Najd accepted Madinah Munawwarah’s au¬thority under the leadership of the Prophet.


Umm Habibah (r.a) was the daughter of the Quraysh chief, Abu Sufyan . It was after the Prophet’s marriage to Umm Habibah that Abu Sufyan never fought against the Prophet. This marriage was largely responsible for the conquest of Makkah. Furthermore, Umm Habibah was first married to a certain Ubaydullah and immigrated with him to Abyssinia, where Ubaydullah became a Christian and a drunkard, and excessive consumption of wine killed him. It was a double shock to her that her husband had become a Christian and a drunkard and later died. Yet the Prophet married her for the sake of bringing peace between the clans.


Safiyyah (r.a) was the daughter of a very prominent Jewish chief, Huyyah ibn Aktab. In consideration of her family status, she could not be merged into an ordinary household. So the Prophet himself married her. After this marriage, the Jews did not revive their opposition to the Prophet and his mission.


The Christian missionaries of today accuse the Prophet of marrying Ayesha (ra) when she was 9 years old.  Let us investigate if their accusations are correct or intended to make mischief:


The pagans of Makkah and Jews Madinah accused the Prophet of being a poet, a trickster, a forger, and every other false charge, (astagfirullah), during his lifetime, but never of being untruthful or marrying a girl who was too young. Let us analyse this charge:


It is generally believed that Aisha (r.a) was nine years old at the time of her marriage with Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). One must recall that the peoples of past ages were much larger than we are today, and even these days we notice that people of some geographical areas are much bigger than other peoples. Over the centuries human beings have become gradually smaller than those of previous times.


Look at the size even today of the wrestlers, boxers, basketball players, rugby players and sumo wrestlers, which are massive in size. There were many companions of the Prophet that were big and tall, and it has been reported that one of them just had to put his feet on the ground while on his camel and it would pass beneath him.

Secondly, it should be noted that in countries where the climate is hot, the children mature earlier than in colder countries.  Even nowadays (2007) there are reports of marriages of girls and boys of 9 and 10 years old in Latin America. There are many confirmed reports in newspapers of 9-year-old girls giving birth to babies in Mexico etc!
According to the traditions of the Arab culture prevailing at that time it was customary to marry once the girls reached teenage years. If that were not the case then people would have objected to these marriages.  In the case of the Prophet we find no such reports of objection mentioned by anyone, more especially from the enemies of the Prophet. These enemies would not have hesitated to object to such a marriage, but there is no such objection recorded anywhere. 

According to another narrative in Bukhârî (Kitâb al-Tafsir) Â’ishah (ra) is reported to have said that at the time Surâh Al-Qamar, was revealed, “I was a young girl”.  The 54th Surâh of the Qur’aân was revealed nine years before Hijrah.

The Prophet married Aishah (r.a) about 1st / 2nd Hijrah. According to a number of narratives, Aishah (ra) accompanied the Muslims in the battle of Badr, which was fought two years after hijrah, and the battle of Uhud  which was fought a year after Badr. (i.e.-3 years after Hijrah). Moreover, it is reported in books of hadîths that the Prophet did not allow any person under the age of 15 years to take part in the battle of Uhud. Everyone below 15 years of age was sent back by the Prophet!  A’ishah’s (ra) participation in the battle of Badr and Uhud clearly indicates that she must have been at least fifteen years or older! This is a very significant point to remember, because if she was under the age of fifteen years, then the Prophet would not have allowed her to participate in the Battle of Uhud. Women used to accompany men to the battlefields to help them, and not to be a burden upon them.


Almost all the historians agree that Asma (ra), the elder sister of Â’ishah (ra) was ten years older than Â’ishah (ra). It is reported in Taqreeb al- Tehzeeb as well as AI-Bidayah wa al-Nihayah that Asmâ (ra) died in the 73rd year after hijrah  when she was 100 years old. Now, evidently if Asmâ (ra) was 100 years old in the 73rd year after hijrah, she should have been 27 or 28 years old at the time of hijrah. If Asmâ (ra) was 27 or 28 years old at the time of hijrah, Â’ishah (ra) should have been 17 or 18 years old at that time.

Tabarî in his treatise on Islâmic history, while mentioning Abu Bakr (ra) reports that Abû Bakr had four children and all four were born during the pre-Islamic period. Obviously, if Â’ishah (ra) was born in that period, she could not have been less than 14 years in 1 AH - the time she most likely got married.

On the basis of this report it seems only pragmatic to assume that Â’ishah (ra) had not only been born 8 years BEFORE hijrah, but was also a young lady, quite prepared for marriage.


According to Ibn Hajar, Fatimah (ra) was five years older than Â’ishah (ra). Fatimah (ra) is reported to have been born when the Prophet (pbuh) was 35 years old. Thus, even if this information is taken to be correct, Â’ishah (ra) could by no means be less than 14 years old at the time of hijrah and 15 or 16 years old at the time of her marriage.


The above are some of the major points that go against accepting the commonly known narrative regarding Â’ishah’s (ra) age of 9 years old at the time of her marriage.”

The Arabic Glorious Qur’aan remains the primary source from which a Muslim extracts his or her guidance. It is universally accepted that the Holy Prophet faithfully practiced what the Qur’aan ordered.

The verse of the Arabic Glorious Qur’aan which informs one as to how many wives one may take and under what conditions, uses the term nisa’ (i.e. ‘women’),  as there is no verse which guides one to marry child. There is no verse in the Arabic Glorious Qur’aan that accommodates the contrary. Therefore, once such understanding has been established, one will not accommodate the contrary.

Marriages of the Prophet’s daughters and the Prophet marrying the daughter of Umar

The Prophet married one of his daughters to Uthman and another daughter to Ali. Umar could not be kept outside this wide circle of relationship; so by marrying Umar’s daughter, Hafsah, the Prophet forged a strong bond of relationship within the Islamic movement thus strengthening the ummah.


The Prophet had arranged a marriage between Zaynab, his first cousin and Zayd ibn Haritha (his freed slave) whom he had adopted as his son. This marriage of Zaynab with Zayd was intended to break the family and social barriers but the marriage did not prove to be successful and ended in divorce. When the Prophet realized that Zaynab was left alone, he felt his responsibility in the matter. He also had to break another pre-Islamic convention according to which an adopt¬ed son became a real son. This difficult problem was solved by the Prophet’s marriage to Zaynab as mentioned in the Qur’aan, in Surah Ahzab, chap no: 33 verse 37.  This Qur’aanic verse annulled the pre-Islamic conception and promulgated an Islamic law instead.


Another lady, also with the name Zaynab  was the daughter of Khuzayma ibn Al-Haith, who belonged to the Hawazin clan. Her husband was killed in the battle of Uhud, and to rescue her from her dismal situation, the Prophet took her as his wife.

After the revelation of the verse in Surah Ahzab, chap 33, v, 52, the Prophet married only Mary (pbuh) the Copt, who was sent as a handmaiden (slave) by the Emperor Muqauqas of Egypt to the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). He could not refuse this gift, as a refusal would have disturbed the political alliance.  He could not keep her as a slave girl either since he preached that slaves should be freed . The only option left open to him was to marry her as the Qur’aan gave him permission to do so, and to set a practical example for all time that Islam prohibits slavery.

There are hundreds of unbiased Christian scholars and historians who have written volumes in praise of the Prophet of Islam over the centuries. Today scores of priests from all denominations are accepting Islam after reading the Qur’aan and studying the life of the Prophet of Islam.


THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW TRIBUTES PAID TO THE PROPHET OF ISLAM BY CHRISTIANS


 “By a fortune absolutely unique in history, Muhammed (pbuh) is a threefold founder of a nation, an empire, and of a religion. Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar; without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man had the right to say that he ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammed (pbuh) , for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”    (Reverend Bosworth Smith)


 “Four years after the death of Justinian, 569 years of the Christian era, was born a man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race… Muhammed …” (John William Draper, M.D. L.L.D. A history of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol. 1, pp 329-330)


“Philosopher, Orator, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of ideas, Restorer of rational beliefs, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of ONE SPIRITUAL EMPIRE- that is Muhammed -As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”  (Lamatine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol.II pp. 276)


 “It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, and who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new feeling of reverence for that mighty Arabian Teacher.” (Annie Besant- The Life and Teachings of Muhammed (pbuh), Madras. 1932. Page.4)

 “Muhammed (pbuh) is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

IS IT NOT TRUE THAT PROPHET MUHAMMED (PBUH) COPIED THE QUR’AAN FROM THE BIBLE?
Let me begin by saying that no human beings life has been so well documented and preserved as that of the Prophet of Islam. From his birth to his death, his life has been recorded in detail for posterity!

Some critics allege that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) learnt it from other human sources or plagiarized (copied) it from previous Scriptures.  Some pagans accused the Prophet of learning the Qur’aan from a Roman (Christian) blacksmith, who lived at the outskirts of Makkah, as the Prophet sometimes went to watch him at his work. Just one verse revealed in the Qur’aan was sufficient to dismiss this malicious charge - “We know indeed that they say, ‘It is a man that teaches him,’ -the tongue of him they wickedly point to is notably foreign, while this is Arabic, pure and clear.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" (Al-Qur’aan 16:103)

How could a person whose mother tongue was foreign, and who could hardly speak broken Arabic be the source of the Qur’aan, which is the most powerful, incomparable pure Arabic? To believe that a Roman blacksmith taught the Prophet the Arabic Qur’aan is somewhat similar to believing that a Chinese immigrant to England, who could not speak proper English, taught Shakespeare the works he wrote.
What these enemies of Islam deliberately ignore is that the Qur’aan was hand-written  by the scribe of Prophet in the Prophet’s presence as it was being revealed to him bit-by-bit  over a span of 23 years.  After the Prophet’s demise, his close companions had four copies of the Qur’aan hand written from the Original Arabic One (from the one that the Prophet had verified personally) and sent to the different corners of the Islamic Empire. Two of the Qur’aans are still intact and are in existence today. One is in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, (Turkey) and the other is in Tashkent  (Uzbekistan).