May 25, 2017
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In 632 A.D., the leader of Najran came to see Prophet Muhammad with a request. There were 60 visitors. Their leaders were Al Asqaf, Al Aquib Abdul Messiah, Abu Allquama, and his brother Kurz who later became a Muslim. The Jews and the Christians met with the Prophet and argued about Prophet Abraham(pbuh). The Jews said he was a Jew and the Christians said he was a Christian; Sura 3: 80 (Al Imran) describes this event.
CHRISTIANS OF NIJRAN SIGN A PEACEFUL PACT WITH PROPHET MUHAMAMD (pbuh):
The Christians of Najran (south of Makkah) visited the Prophet in Medina in 632 A.D. He allowed the Christians to pray in his Mosque. These Christians prayed facing the east. They accepted to be under the rule of the Prophet and the Muslims. In the pact they would be protected and allowed to practice their religion. At a later time, they became Muslims because of the teachings of Islam and the fair treatment they had received. The Prophet and five of his companions signed the pact with his seal. They were: Abu Sofian,
Gelan Bin Omro, Malek Bin Off, Alaqraeh Bin Habes, and Al Mogerah Bin Shobah. Read Sura 3:55-71.
When the Christians of Najran visited him in Medina, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) removed his outer robe and placed it on the floor for his visitors to sit on. He always used to greet his guests in this manner. Still today Muslims follow his teachings and
tradition. These Christians slept in Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque for three days and he fed them. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) borrowed money from Jewish people, and even ate the food that Christians and the Jewish “Themies” people offered the prophet. The “Themy” are the Jews and Christians living under the protection of the Islamic
During the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), a Muslim killed a Christian. The Prophet held a trial and the Muslim confessed to the murder. The Prophet ordered that the Muslim be put to death. During the time of Calipha Omar, another Muslim murdered a
Christian. After providing the man’s guilt, Omar turned the guilty Muslim over to the Christians. The Christians put the man to death. Read more of this post
May 23, 2017
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Abu Imân cAbd ar-Rahmân Robert Squires
Just a few examples for those who are still in doubt . . .
The images below, with the exception of the first image, were taken directly from The Holy Bible in Arabic. Referred to in Arabic as al-Kitâb al-Muqadis (i.e. ,The Holy Book), this is the scripture which is used by Arabic-speaking Christians (of which there are still about 15 to 20 million in the Middle East). So that those unfamiliar with Arabic script have something to compare these images with, the first image below is a verse from the Qur’ân – which is the Muslim scripture. In the images, the Arabic word Allah is underlined in red so that it can be easily identified. Upon comparing the images, one should be able to clearly see that the word Allah appears in both the Qur’ânic and Arabic Bible images. Indeed, the word Allah appears throughout Arabic translations of the Bible, since it is simply the Arabic name for Almighty God. Insha’llah, the examples below will help quell the doubts of those who have been duped into believing that Muslims worship a different god – either by the hostile media or by Christian missionary propaganda. We hope that this serves as enough documentation for those who still have doubts about this. We could think of no other way to prove this point, except to encourage everyone to do further critical and open-minded research on their own. Please, don’t forget to compare the images . . . Read more of this post
May 16, 2017
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Islam, besides Christianity, is the only major world religion that recognizes Jesus. A Muslim’s belief is incomplete without Jesus. Prophet Muhammad said:
“If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone who has no partners, and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger, and that Jesus is God’s servant and His Messenger and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit from Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, God will admit him into Paradise with the deeds which he has done even if those deeds were few.”
In other words, without sound belief in Jesus, one can never earn God’s Paradise. As with other prophets of God, Muslims add to his name, alai his-salam, which means, ‘Peace be upon him.’ Even though Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” in the Gospel, Christians rarely use any honorific term but ‘Christ’, and this as part of his name. Though this may be due to the idea that the Christian does not pray for him, but to him, it shows that Muslims have a great deal of respect for him despite not sharing such a viewpoint. Read more of this post
May 16, 2017
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In many verses of the Glorious Qur’an Allah the Exalted denied the claim of the Christians that He has a son. A delegation from Nagran came to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about their claim about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with some disagreement among their sects. That is why Allah affirmed in many verses of the Qur’an that Jesus is a slave of Allah, whom He molded in the womb of his mother like any other of His creatures, and that He created him without a father, as He created Adam without a father or a mother.
Allah the Almighty said: Allah chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above the Alamin (mankind and jinns)(of their times). Offspring, one of theo other, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
Remember when the wife of Imran said: “O my Lord! I have vowed to You what (the child that) is in my womb to be dedicated for Your services (free from all worldly work; to serve Your Place of worship), so accept this, from me. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All Knowing.”
Then when she delivered her (child Mary), she said: “O my Lord! I have delivered a female child,” and Allah knew better what she delivered, – “and the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Satan, the outcast.” Read more of this post
May 13, 2017
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In The Quran itself, within some of its chapters, it foretells events in the future that have come true; these are more commonly known as “prophecies”.
It tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt, in which Moses and the Hebrews enslaved to the Pharaoh of the time escape –
“We delivered the Children of Israel across the sea. Pharaoh and his troops pursued them, aggressively and sinfully. When drowning became a reality for him, he said, “I believe there is no god except in the One whom the Children of Israel have believed; I am a submitter. Too late! For you have rebelled already, and chose to be a transgressor. Today, we will preserve your body, to set you up as a lesson for future generations. Verily, many among mankind are totally oblivious to our signs.” (Holy Quran, from 10:90 to 10:92)
As you can see from the above passage, The Quran prophesises that the body of the Pharaoh will be preserved for future generations.
This was proved correct when the mummy of Merneptah (the Pharaoh of the Exodus) was discovered well preserved in 1898, and it can be seen on display in the Royal Mummies Room of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Read more of this post
May 12, 2017
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Christian & Islamic Views of God: Our differences don’t change who God is
One student, in a last effort to refute the presentation, conceded “Islam may be referring to the same God as the Jews and Christians linguistically, but Islam sees God very differently than Christianity.” In a similar vein, I received through a friend a recent email from Ravi Zacharias’ ministry. The email from Ravi’s staff confirmed that we don’t disagree on the name of God, but rather His character. I agree that this is true; yet in my work I have found that those differences are much narrower than we might first suppose.
There are indeed differences in perception of the character of God, just as there are many views people may have of you! Some view you as a friend, others as an enemy. Some may look at you as someone who is fair, others as a scoundrel. My wife views me as a partner, lover, etc, much differently than my children; they in turn see me differently than my siblings. Moreover, each of them has their individual understanding of me; my character, nature and directives. But I am the same person, viewed differently by different people. Read more of this post
May 12, 2017
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In Part 1 we addressed the differences in belief about Allah and God and began the discussion by sharing research and perspective on the argument that Allah is a pagan moon-god. We continue this dialogue with a linguistic overview of the words used to name God in various languages.
Is the English “God” Pagan?
If one argues the name “Allah” is pagan-based, what about the origins of the English word “God?” I personally was stunned to learn that it actually has more historic baggage than Semitic words such as Allah. “God” is derived from a proto-Germanic pagan word (possibly Zoroastrian) for a water god, water spirit, or idol (pronounced “gut”). It held no gender until the Germanic tribes adopted Christianity, when the male gender was later included. Read more of this post
May 11, 2017
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Author of this article: Ridhwan ibn Muhammad Saleem
In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
Praise be to God, and peace upon the Seal of Prophets.
Orientation to Dates
Awareness of Age in Pre-Modern Societies
Evidence that Aisha was Between Fifteen and Nineteen Years of Age
Chronological Imprecision in the Prophetic Biography
Conceptualisation of Numbers in Primitive Societies
Differences in the ‘six-nine’ narrations
More Evidence that the Relationship was not Inappropriate
Why did the ‘six-nine’ narrations gain such prominence?
Appendix: Authors note
Although the widely-cited hadith states that Aisha was nine years old when her marriage to the Prophet (upon him be peace) was consummated, this is contradicted by strong historical evidence. Tabari, the famous historian and hadith expert, states that Aisha was born at least fifteen years before the marriage was consummated, and both early prophetic biographers, Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Hisham, mention that Aisha was amongst the earliest converts to Islam, once again making her much older than the ‘six-nine’ reports indicate, and corroborating Tabari’s opinion. Also, reports of Aisha’s age in works by such authorities as Nawawi, `Asqallani and Ibn Kathir all place her in her late teens at the time the marriage was consummated. Moreover, historical reports in books such as Saheeh al-Bukari contain descriptions of Aisha in which she appears much older than the ‘six-nine’ narrations would suggest. Pre-modern people were typically not aware of age or birth dates as we are in modern bureaucratised society, and conceptualisation of numbers was also very different in the past. Pre-modern people would often approximate their age when asked, and numbers were often expressed as descriptors rather than intended to be chronologically precise. Read more of this post