I have recently created a new community that I'm doing some advertising for: aliveinbagdad. The purpose of this community is simple: it exists to discuss a weekly news program from the streets of Baghdad, Iraq. I plan on uploading videos every few days from the news program's official feed (aliveinbaghdad) to the community from YouTube so that people can watch these videos, discuss them, and figure out how American and British policies in the region have effected the everyday lives of people on the street.
It is my hope that I can get people who are also native to the Middle East to join this community as well, and that is basically why I am addressing dear_islam. While it's nice to have a strong American audience paying attention to issues in Iraq (particularly when they arrise in regards to Islam) I feel that any future discussions concerning this community would be even better if there were some Muslims involved to clarify on things as needed.
If you are interested, then I encourage you to join. And feedback, of course, is always welcome.
Islam - The Religion of Peace KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants tortured five abducted policemen in southern Afghanistan and then hung their mutilated bodies from trees officials said Sunday.
The officers had been abducted two months ago from their checkpoint in southern Uruzgan Province, said Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief. The Taliban slashed their hands and legs and hung the bodies on trees Saturday in Gazak village of Derawud district, he said.
I'm curious as to what percentage of Muslims and American Leftists who ranted and raved about so called "torture" of Taliban fighters held by Americans have said even one word (other than "hooray") concerning this incident.
Most non-Muslims think badly of Islam only because of the behavior of some of the Muslim population.
Why don't Muslims want to show people how wonderful Islam is? Why do some Muslims demand certain things in a Western country like the face veil or halal food in schools. Why don't those Muslims who complain about life in a Western country go and emigrate to a Muslim one? Mariam - United Kingdom
* This answer was kindly provided byIdris Tawfiq, a British writer who became Muslim a few years ago. Previously, he was head of religious education in different schools in theUnited Kingdom. Before embracing Islam, he was a Roman Catholic priest. He now lives inEgypt.
Salam, sister Mariam.
Thank you very much for your question, which seems to come from a genuine concern for how Islam is regarded in the West and for the example which all Muslims should give, not only to non-Muslims, but to one another as well.
If you will allow me to say so, though, I do feel that you are being a bit harsh on everyone involved. You rightly say that Islam is wonderful, but we should show that sense of wonder to other Muslims, too, even those Muslims who might not be the best examples.
First of all, let us just remind ourselves of the situation in Europe. Now Europe is a pretty big place, so we can only generalize when we speak, and we run the risk of being too simplistic in what we say.
On the whole, though, most Muslims would agree that Islam is taking a bit of a battering at the moment in countries like the United Kingdom and France. Over the last year or so, we have seen legislation, or attempts to pass laws, in different European countries, banning the wearing of hijab (the Muslim veil) in schools.
After the tragic incidents of 9/11 in the USA and other horrors in European capitals after that, many people in the West have become frightened when Islam is mentioned.
Let us be honest and say that if a person does not know anything about Islam, but sees Islam's name connected with images of terror and carnage, it is hardly surprising that they would regard Muslims with suspicion.
If we add to this a concerted campaign in the press, which has targeted Muslims as "the enemy within", and calculated speeches and comments by politicians which play upon people's fears, then we have the present situation, where Islam and the West look upon one another with suspicious eyes.
I was in the UK a couple of weeks ago and while I was there I saw a headline in one of the national daily newspapers, which ran "Muslims tell us how to run our schools." I was very shocked that a national newspaper could run such a blatantly biased headline, but things have come to such a pass that this sort of thing is now quite normal.
Who the "us" is, I am not quite sure. Muslims did not drop out of the sky in France or the United Kingdom or Spain, but are citizens like anyone else. Most are born in these countries, and all consider these countries their home. For others to suggest that they do not belong is not anti-Islamic, it is racist.
No one, for example, has ever suggested to me that I am not British, even though I am Muslim, because it is quite obvious that my skin is white! People's Britishness is brought into question when their parents or grandparents, perhaps, came to Britain from another country. As I see it, this whole issue is a racist one.
So, whilst we cannot accept such behavior from others, and we insist that Muslims have an equal right to an equal opportunity in whichever country they find themselves, we also must address Muslims themselves.
Britain, for example, was a good place to be Muslim 30 years ago. On the whole, there was a lot of tolerance and Muslims were allowed to build mosques and play an important role in the Health Service and the Transport Industry. Something happened which brought us to the situation where we are today.
Different ethnic Muslim groups began to build mosques where only their fellows were welcome. We saw the building of Bengali mosques, Turkish mosques, Pakistani mosques, and Arab mosques. These cultural enclaves became rather set in their ways so that when the time was right, the secular people who would do away with faith and religion in society, were able to pick these groups off one by one. Muslims lost their unity. Even today, Muslims in the United Kingdom do not speak with one voice, but with many different voices.
We see throughout the history of Islam that when Muslims are not united and when they forget the sweet and beautiful message that Islam brings to the world, they begin to fall down. No one will respect and revere people when the example they give is not a good one. How the people of the West, though, would sit up and listen if the example Muslims gave was good.
I do not think it is a matter at all of giving up halal food or distinctive ways of dressing in order to fit in well into society. Islam is not looking for anyone's approval, and Muslims will adhere to what is required of them by Almighty Allah without losing their identity as Muslims in a non-Muslim society.
It seems to me that if the example we gave were a good one, people would be more prepared to accept things that are different. If the only example we give is a bad one, then why would people make exceptions to their accepted way of life for people who are just taking, rather than giving anything back?
Muslims should be ideal citizens wherever they live. They should honor their neighbor and feel as much a part of the fabric of society as anyone else. The great difference they bring, though, is that they pray and they place Almighty Allah at the center of their lives.
It is not a matter of Muslims packing their bags and going to live elsewhere, but rather of Muslims becoming more faithful to Islam. I am wholly confident that if we were faithful to prayer and to the example of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), our non-Muslim fellow citizens would admire us more and allow our voice to be heard where it matters.
The world is a very different place now to what it was, say, 30 years ago. Accepting different traditions and cultures in European societies is not an optional extra, but a basic requirement. Those who refuse to do so are living in the past. But those Muslims, too, who expect to get all that they want without playing a full part in society, are living a fantasy.
As Muslims, we should be the most exemplary of citizens. People should look at us and be amazed at how we put Allah first and how we behave towards one another and to society as a whole.
You and I cannot change the way others behave, but we can change our own behavior. By reforming our own lives and returning to the sources of our blessed faith, we can have a profound effect on those around us. In sha' Allah, our example might even draw others to Islam which, as you say, is truly wonderful.
I hope this answers your question. Please remain in touch.
Feature Length film on True Islam. This video shows Muslims talk about their faith and also addresses misconceptions people have about Islam. It covers the role of men and women in society and what islam means to the people who practise it.
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Fluctuations of Life: Tests for Believers A person s life in this world is not stable. One passes through alternating periods of happiness and dismay, strength and weakness, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, etc. A true believer is one who maintains a clear level of faith throughout the worldly fluctuations. He continues to remember Allah and ascribe the bounties to Him, and he turns to Him in submission, asking for relief from his affliction. This is described by the Messenger (peace be upon him), who said: Indeed amazing are the affairs of a believer! They are all for his benefit. If he is granted ease of living he is thankful; and this is best for him. And if he is afflicted with a hardship, he perseveres; and this is best for him. (Muslim)
Thus, a believer shows gratitude and thankfulness for all the wonderful blessings that Allah grants him. And he displays patience and submission during sickness and hardships, hunger, or other afflictions.
Hardships benefit the believer
Allah has decreed that, in this life, hardships and disasters strike both believers and non-believers. For a non-believer, they are inconveniences that hinder him from proceeding with his normal involvement in the worldly life.
Expiations of sins
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet said, Hardships continue to befall a believing man and woman in their body, family, and property, until they meet Allah burdened with no sins. (At-Tirmidhi)
Sign of Allah s Love
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, Whenever Allah wills good for a person, He subjects him to adversity. (Al-Bukhari and others)
Sign of faith
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) and Ka`b Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
The parable of a believer is that of a fresh and moist plant; the wind tilts it this way and that way; and so is the believer; he continues to be subject to affliction. And the parable of a hypocrite is that of a firm cedar tree; it does not shake until it is uprooted all at once. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Sign of righteousness
The prophets and righteous people are afflicted the most, and their rewards are the highest. Sa`d (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, The most in their suffering among the people are the prophets, then the best, then the (next) best. One is afflicted in accordance with his faith. If his faith is firm, his affliction is hard, and if his faith is weak, his affliction is light. Indeed, one would be so much subjected to adversity until he walks among the people without any sins. (Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi)
Anas (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, When Allah wills good for a servant of His, He expedites his punishment in this life; and when He wills retribution for a servant of His, He holds his sins for Him to judge him by them on the Day of Resurrection. (At-Tirmidhi)
Multiplication of rewardsAnas (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,The amount of reward is in accordance with the amount of suffering. When Allah loves some people, He tries them (with affliction). He who then is content (with Allah s decree) has achieved the acceptance (of Allah), and he who is dissatisfied (with Allah s decree) will attain the anger (of Allah). (At-Tirmidhi)
Rewards for sickness
One should not look to sickness as a gloomy episode, but should remember the great good in it. It is one form of affliction with which Allah tests His servants, giving them a chance to acquire rewards, as was explained above, as is further emphasized below.
Removal of sins and elevation in ranks
Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Whenever a Muslim is afflicted by harm from sickness or other matters, Allah will drop his sins because of that, like a tree drops its leaves. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)Retaining rewards for deeds before sicknessUsually, when a believer falls sick, he would not be able to do the same amount of good (prayer, fasting, helping Muslims, etc.) that he used to do when he was well. But Allah, out of His great mercy, continues to record for him the good deeds that he was forced to stop because of his sickness. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, For a traveling or sick person, his deeds will be recorded in accordance with what he used to do when he was resident or well. (Al-Bukhari)
Reason for the reward
Atta Ibn Rabaah reported that Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) told him, Do you want to see a woman from the people of Paradise? He said, Yes. He said, It is this black woman. She came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saying, I have (epileptic) seizures, and I get exposed, so supplicate to Allah for me. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, If you wish, be patient and you will attain Paradise; or if you wish, I will ask Allah to cure you. She replied, I will be patient! But my body gets exposed (because of the fall), so supplicate to Allah for me that I do not become exposed. And he (peace be upon him) did. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Abdullah Ibn Amr reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, If a Muslim is pricked by (as little as) a thorn in the worldly life, and he seeks its reward from Allah, some of his sins will be removed, because of it, on the Day of Judgment. (Al-Bukhari)
A question we must ask is if these cartoons, which are an example of hundreds of other anti-Islamic slights occurring daily in Europe and America, were not brought to the attention of Muslims by the media, would we be undergoing the current brouhaha? - Clearly not. That being the case, what does this say about our strategic vision? What does this say about our level of political maturity? And what does it say about our ability to engage in meaningful proactive work? The answers to these questions are obvious. We get angry about Israeli troops breaking the bones of Palestinian children, as long as it is in the media. When it disappears from our television screens, our interest vanishes with it. We raise millions of dollars for those affected by the Tsunami, as long as the images of death and destruction are beamed into our homes by the media. However, when the coverage shifts to other issues, the donations dry up. As for those crises that do not make the news in a big way, such as the ongoing famines in Mali, Niger, and the Horn of Africa, we are hardly stirred to action.
At first I thought you were a brilliant idea. Then I browsed you through to skip=60, and find you're nothing but hate. I'm resigned to the existance of ignorant bigots spewing crap they know nothing about (and yes, I'm speaking of a large number of muslims here), but the fact that there are intelligent people (plural!) who try to take down a religion, who can devote that much energy to instigating and encouraging flamewars, who indiscriminately mix half-truth and lies in order to make a religion look bad (instead of the people in power who usurped and twisted it), upsets me.
No, I mean, I see the awfulness. But you know that...you know that it's not the religion? Right? It's a clash of cultures, and too many ignorant, with too many ways of getting things that shouldn't be available to them?
I have no religion. but I'm exploring. I got a copy of the Qur'an from the library and have been reading it. so far I've really quite enjoyed everything I read...until I came to verse 47:4.
So when you meet those who disbelieve, smite their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly on them. Thereafter is the time either for generosity, or ransom, until the war lays down its burden. Thus you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam and are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire or at least come under your protection, but if it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them without you. But he lets you fight in order to test some of you with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.
then a footnote directs to verse 2:190, which reads:
And fight in the Way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors.
so...what exactly does this mean? so far I've liked everything I've read about Islam, but this kind of discourages me a little bit...it seems like it means Allah wants Muslims to kill non-Muslims. am I misunderstanding something?
015.094 فَاصْدَعْ بِمَا تُؤْمَرُ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
015.094 Fa(i)[s]daAA bim[a] tu/maru waaAAri[d] AAani almushrikeen(a)
015.094 Therefore expound openly what thou art commanded, and turn away from those who join false gods with Allah.
015.095 إِنَّا كَفَيْنَاكَ الْمُسْتَهْزِئِينَ
015.095 Inn[a] kafayn[a]ka almustahzi-een(a)
015.095 For sufficient are We unto thee against those who scoff,-
015.096 الَّذِينَ يَجْعَلُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ
015.096 Alla[th]eena yajAAaloona maAAa All[a]hi il[a]han [a]khara fasawfa yaAAlamoon(a)
015.096 Those who adopt, with Allah, another god: but soon will they come to know.
015.097 وَلَقَدْ نَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ يَضِيقُ صَدْرُكَ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ
015.097 Walaqad naAAlamu annaka ya[d]eequ [s]adruka bim[a] yaqooloon(a)
015.097 We do indeed know how thy heart is distressed at what they say.
015.098 فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَكُنْ مِنَ السَّاجِدِينَ
015.098 Fasabbi[h] bi[h]amdi rabbika wakun mina a(l)ss[a]jideen(a)
015.098 But celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and be of those who prostrate themselves in adoration.
015.099 وَاعْبُدْ رَبَّكَ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَكَ الْيَقِينُ
015.099 Wa(o)AAbud rabbaka [h]att[a] ya/tiyaka alyaqeen(u)
015.099 And serve thy Lord until there come unto thee the Hour that is Certain.
Dear Islam question.... Hiya again. I was wondering, since I read this article: http://capwiz.com/adc/issues/alert/?alertid=7849551&type=CU I was thinking about one of the signs of the last day that I remember I read about in The Spectacle Of Death. Isn't there one that says that one of the signs is when someone tried to destroy the holy city of Mecca - and succeeds? Then it gets rebuilt again or something like that? Does anyone remember? Thnx.
dear islam please get out of Great britain. youre not welcome, stop building your mosques that are so clearly just a form of laundering your drug money. Stop grooming underage white girls, jacking them up on drugs, pimping them and trying to convert them to islam. Please keep your fake clone credit cards out of our shops. Please take your slave wives and their stupid ugly covered faces back to pakistan. And please, stop bombing buses. i know thats asking too much because you love it, but i thought id ask anyway.
A woman;s reaction to Amina Wadud This is a really cool article that I found from Dar-ul-ehsaan by a Sister Yasmin Mogabed about that stunt Amina Wadud pulled with the leading the Multigendered salaat. It packs a pretty good punch and I totally agree on what she says about the whole women bs. men thing. It's such a waste of time and energy to bother with that constant rivalry that you see in the West and etc. Nice read. See what you think. http://www.daar-ul-ehsaan.org/a_woman.htm
In a Friday sermon (khutba) broadcast by official Palestinian Authority television on May 13, 2005, Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris told the Muslim brothers that one day Islam will rule America, Britain, and the entire world—and wipe out the Jews.
Subtitled video courtesy of MEMRI TV, where you can find a full transcript of this wild Islamic supremacist rant.
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"We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world – except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relived of the Jews - even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew."
Dear islam, why do you punishlesbianism, amongst other things (such as requiring religious war, marriage forced upon virgins, slashing the throat of all animals killed, female circumcision, stoning of fornicators, prohibiting musical instruments, some paintings, and laughing too much, and allowing for slavery, and lying/bribing during war)