Allah’s mercy is the most important attribute to remember. Allah has bound himself, promised us, to be merciful. So why do Muslims on Earth, when passing judgements using the Shariah, believe they must be strict and vengeful?
Why is it considered that strict (extreme-most punishment) is right and mercy is wrong?
I believe the most overlooked thing by Muslims is the fact Islam is a Judeo-Christian religion, not a unique tradition in and of itself. The Quran was referred to as the ‘final revelation’ for the reason that it was the completion of the law. In the same way that Isa Al Masih’s revelation did away with the old law, so did Muhammad’s to all that came before. While it did not render it obsolete, it offered something new, something more for those who were ready to understand.
Muhammad, and at the very least his parents and a few of his uncles, were not idol worshipers. There is little to confirm what their actual religion is, but seeing that Muhammad possessed extensive knowledge on the Abrahamic tradition while having grown up in a city with a significantly minor Christian and Jewish population, you’re led to believe that whatever religion he and his family adhered to was affiliated with one or the other. Also there is the fact Muhammad married into a Christian family, seeing that all traditions point to the fact Khadijah’s family, at least through her paternal line, was Ebonite. Muhammad spent many years studying with her uncle, Waraqa ibn Nawfal. There is also the conversion of the Ansar of Madinah. Madinah was a Jewish city, I’m not sure why most Muslims are so adamant on protesting this, but it’s a fact that a simple study of Arabia’s history would confirm.
These people followed Muhammad because they believed he was the one prophesied, prophesied within Christian and Jewish scriptures. The disconnection between our religions are our own doing, it was the King of Abyssinia that drew the line in the sand, and it was Muslims who affirmed it, not God.
i can’t stress that enough. there are so many muslims that believe they really understand everything there is to know about islam, but have little background knowledge on theology.
that’s so important for any aspiring religious individual. you need to learn about all philosophies and all known religions for you to grasp a more thorough and deeper understanding of the religion you claim your own.
otherwise, you’ve merely scratched the surface; and scratching the surface (like just knowing the basics or things close to the basics of your religion) is actually fairly dangerous. it promotes comfort; it promotes being comfortable with what you already know and therefore forces you to abandon critical thinking and logic.
so to see muslims comment on david’s post with witty replies is just bewildering for me because to KNOW islam, you need to LEARN theology. for muslims to be skeptical and bewildered at the connections david made between the Abrahamic religions is just absurd; this is already known fact within Quran (and there are so many chapters that confirm his stance; read Surah Naml for example), so how is what he said something apart from islam?
we need more educators, but my god, islam needs more learners that are critical thinkers.
we need more muslim women producing and creating islamic videossss; can we stop being known just for our hijab tutorials lol
Nail polish in Islam finally explained with some logic and understanding.
It is okay to use nail polish and do wudu and perform salat.
Using Permeable Nail Polish? (by QuranSpeaks)
Law is defined as: If………. then ………… always
A ‘law’ is different from an ‘order’: ‘Law’ is based upon its consistency (if you do this, that will ALWAYS happen). ‘Order’ is a decision. A master issues a variety of orders to his servants. One order may differ in kind from the previous one. Therefore, ‘orders’ are decisions which are subject to change. But when an order (decision) becomes consistent (with no possibility of change), it becomes law (unchangeable decision). Allah’s decisions about the universe (standards and measures) are unchangeable. The permanence of laws of Nature provides the foundation for the sciences. This ever-reliable foundation of permanent laws enables (‘tawakkal’ in the Quranic terminology) the earthlings to take successful trips to the Moon. In fact, the entire structure of our wonderful universe stands on the permanence, consistency and reliability of the laws of Nature.”
‘ Ad Deen’ is the code of life handed down from God to mankind through his messengers by means of the process of revelation. This obliterates into ‘mazhab’ (religion) by human alterations. Religion, though devised by man, is attributed to God. Common man is thus hoodwinked into their submission by the religious priesthood. When a voice of dissent is raised against a covenant of ( religious ) faith, the priests whip up popular opinion against it by accusations of digression from the established norms of the earlier generations (the respected forefathers). Thus, they make sure that that voice is muted. Their efforts succeed with help from the fact that religious beliefs, however wrong, are one’s most precious possession and are extremely hard to part with.
Islam, too, has gone through this process. The ‘Deen’ had been given to man by God through the Messenger. Soon after, it was infiltrated by human concepts and beliefs, gradually descending to the level of religion. That very religion is our current ideology. But there is one basic difference between us (Muslims) and other religions. That very difference has the potential of reconverting religion into ‘Ad-Deen’. That fundamental difference is that we have the Book of God. It contains ‘Ad-Deen’ in its original and un-obliterated form. This situation is unique to Islam. Today the Quran is the only original divine book under the sun. Therefore, should we wish to transform our current religion into ‘Ad-Deen’, we have to weigh and test our current religious beliefs and practices against the Quran - keeping those which agree with it and discarding the ones which don’t.”
Nothing in The Qur’an or Sunnah describes women as dirty.
So let’s stop pretending like it does.
Thanks and Salaams.
Even during menstruation?
Yusuf Ali’s translation: 2:222:
They ask thee concerning women’s courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye may approach them in any manner, time, or place ordained for you by Allah. For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.
Pickthal’s translation called it “illness”.
Are these translated incorrectly?
I think this topic needs a little bit more than a statement and an animated gif.
It might seem like a good thing that most Muslims care about what happens in Muslim countries and to Muslim communities living in the West but I feel that most of the times, this is not a blessing but a curse because whenever something happens, we all jump on it and add our own voices and opinions (which are very often irrelevant). And we also, most of the times, think in terms of religion as if Islam was our only characteristic (I’m especially thinking of those issues painted solely as sectarian or as a Secularism vs Islam conflict). We might complain about Western medias treating the Muslim world as a monolith but I feel like we are also guilty of this as well as Muslims.
One of the consequences of it is that the voices of those directly concerned by those events and issues are drown out and silenced. I’m also thinking about how academics (I’m not speaking about the orientalist ones, but about the ones who have as a goal to counteract Western hegemony) , intentionally or unintentionally, tackle those events in a very confusing manner. I don’t know, maybe there is an agenda behind it sometimes. But it literally makes difficult to know what’s happening for those genuinely interested and in terms of ethics, the constant instrumentalization is really questionable.
All this to say that most of those events/issues directly affect people (and at worst, kill them) and we seem to forget that in how we discuss/handle those topics. We are very often disconnected. We should bring to spotlight the opinions of those directly affected by those events instead of bragging about our Muslim status and how it supposedly gives us the right to handle in whichever way we see fit (without bothering to ask the people concerned in the first place) those topics.
That is something I have noticed when it comes to the niqab ban in France, seeing many Muslims speaking about it and acting as if they were personally victimized by it when they do not and have never lived in France. But I have also noticed it when it comes to what is happening in Mali, people who had never even heard about the territorial and ethnic conflicts there that date back from colonization and from the time the country got its independence (and who never bothered to talk about it) but who suddenly acted as experts about the region when France got involved.
It’s just like those Muslims who love posting gruesome pictures of the victims in Palestine and in Syria as if “the world needs to know what’s happening to our fellow Muslims” excuse justify the blatant disrespect towards their bodies. I do not think we can pretend to care about our fellow Muslims when we do all those things. Not when we appropriate the issues we deem convenient and ignore others.