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Holy War Vs. Unholy Terror

Is it true that today’s Islam, has many sore spots? Just a slight poke on that sore spot will make them scream and act aimlessly. Unlike the fundamentalist Islam, was more potent and resourceful. During their time Islam rose to peak, excel both materially and spiritually. Then the declining era, many were colonized and held captives. The declining direction continues with most Muslim countries in chaos, infested with internal and sectarian conflicts. In fact, nowadays, Muslims committed the huge blunder of revealing their vulnerability. Now their foes and adversaries know what hurts them. Now they know where to hit them. When they retaliate, they are labeled as “terrorist”. Why? It’s because they retaliate violently and savagely, full of vengeance and without mercy.

Muslims must learn to stop blaming others but themselves. Is it wise to blame on your adversaries? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial for Muslims to serve their time and opportunity for provisions they need, at present or in future? It’s normal and not new for adversaries and foes alike, find ways to mock and make fun, insult the dogmas and principles of Islam, and maybe some may resort to undermine the Islamic agendas. As always “silence game” fair better for “barking dogs”.

It’s of no use playing “blaming game” but something needs to be done, fast, to find the missing link between the modern and fundamental Islam. Another important question should be asked: Why when knowledge and wealth increased, evils also increased? The answer is clear, that we have failed to deliver knowledge and wealth to our advantage or for good cause.

Thereon, we failed to recognize the very basic purpose of our creation. We’ve lost of direction and even identity. These are the most important factors that contribute to the decline of Islam today.

If we were to ask “why were you born?” what will be the answer, then? Oftentimes we forget to acknowledge the One who gives us breath of life, the One who has organized all affairs. However, regardless of our sacred purpose, many people sicken from a hollowness of feeling, an emptiness, which is a manifestation, hail us to uplift above our typical daily routines and to discover the One Cause that is at the back of all causes, the One Power at the back of all powers. This is the true “holy war” or Jihad.

The divine essence, already abide in every person, waiting to uncover, awaiting for convenience to radiate forth into the world. Distressingly, most people are living a life filled with “Ism”, “mesm” and “minesm”, and scarcely ever seen the wonder and glory of God all around them. All of this handiwork is but a manifestation of the wonder and glory of the One who has created it all.

“Go sweep out the chamber of your heart,
make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved,
when you depart, He will enter,
in you, void of yourself, will He display His beauties.”

Mystic Rose Garden, Mahmud Shabistari

Negara Ku……MERDEKA 50 TAHUN

War Game Part 2: Not Now George

 

Goodbye cruel George

You must leave my desert today
Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye


Goodbye all your dirty combatants

There’s nothing more to stay

Before I change
My mind
Goodbye.

Why resort to terrorism?


‘We decreed for them therein that: “The soul for the soul, the eye for the eye, the nose for the nose, the ear for the ear, the tooth for the tooth and an equivalent injury for any injury.” However, anyone who pardons and forfeits as a charitable act will have his sins remitted. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed they are (no better than) wrong-doers.’

Qur’an 5:45

When can man come to their senses and halt the senseless violence, killing and vengeance. Whatever happened to mankind, they misused the God given sane mental faculties, they misled it and misunderstood God’s sacred manual that supposed to lead mankind to everlasting peace and happiness.

The scriptures do not imply that there is no reprisal, but rather they say that the reprisal is not our private task. Let the task be discharged through the rightful hands of the Most High. For indeed there will be retribution, carried out by the ‘Divine Court of Justice’ wherein each one shall be answerable to one’s action.

Anger, hostility and personal reprisal will only generate and propagate more violence. If we wish to have a more desirable sphere, then we must suppress anger and conflict, and offer our ardent loving-kindness, moderation and hospitality.

We must simply focus our own personal attention on giving loving-kindness, moderation and hospitality in every situation and condition, letting the Almighty take action against those who deviate mischievously.

One of the Most Beautiful Names of God is al-Muntaqim, which means : The Avenger, The Disapprover, The Inflictor of Retribution

The One who disapproves of wrongdoers.

The One who reminds us when our behavior is not right.

The One who is the avenger (such that we need not seek any personal vengeance).

The One and Only One who has the right to impose vengeance.

Biblical scriptures say:

To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

Deuteronomy 32:35

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:38-39

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Romans 12:19

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

Hebrews 10:30

 

Religious rituals: myth or fact

Aidid Safar authored an eBook titled “The Hijacking Of Islam” in which he said Islamic rituals especially the present ‘solat’ and ‘Hajj’ rituals is a mere myth which succumbed the routines as futile. Does this man claims has basis in fact? Or maybe he is just another individual who love to make up something artificial based on unfounded truth.

Concerning religious matters, I particularly draw the line when discussion involved the rituals or traditions of any religion. This is especially, I hold to my belief that any religion has the right to its tradition, to render reverence and pay homage to God. Don’t we worship the same God? Or is there any God other than God. He is the One and Only! There is none other than Him. Ritual is just a form and each religion adopted various forms and names as a means to revere Him. But behind forms and names there is one and the same spirit and there is one and the same truth. We definitely wronged ourselves when we have this intuited object of thought that condemn a certain form of worship. One must deeply respect others belief, and in a like manner others tempted to do the same. Lets there be peace in everyone’s heart. Even Prophet Muhammad prohibited His army from destroying or any act of disrespectful for the place of worship, regardless of religious background.

Pertinent to rituals matters specifically, I would like to take note on the following basic matter of thought:

He stated that ‘salat’ means ‘commitment’ and not a prayer. Fair enough, for surely when one perform ‘salat’ ritual wholeheartedly, one is ‘committed’ to the ritual. If he is solicitously mindful in his research, all religious practices in Islam were originally decreed through Prophet Abraham and transmitted to us generation after generation. The Quran teaches us that Abraham was the original source of shahadah (testimony), salat (prayer), saum (fasting), zakat (alms), and hajj (pilgrimage) (see 2:128; 2:135; 3:67-68; 16:123; 21:73; 22:78).

Look in the Bible passages which substantiate that the Islamic teaching had been practiced by the previous Messengers of God: on shahadah“The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deutronomy 6:4), “And Jesus answered, the first of all commandments is, Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.” (Mark 12:29). the Bible says

On Salat: wudhu’ (ablution) the Bible says “And Moses and Aaron and his sons washes their hands and their feet thereat.” (Exodus 40:31), “Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered the temple.” (Acts 21:26), sujud (prostration) “And Abraham fell on his face….(Genesis 17:3), “And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship….” (Joshua 5:14), “And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, separate yourself from among this congregation that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces and said, O God….” (Number 16:20-22), “And Jesus went little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father….” (Matthew 26:39), “And Jesus went forward a little, and he fell on the ground and prayed….” (Mark 14:35).

The true teaching of the Bible regarding how one ought to behave inside the places of worship is similar to what Islam practices today. As a gesture to accord due respect to place of worship the Bible advise even to taking off shoes, “God called unto him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses, and he said, Here am I, and He said, draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5), “Then said the lord to him, put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place where thou standest is holy ground.” (Act 7:33).

Similar exhortation has been stressed by the Bible on the necessity of head-cover to women in performing the established prayer, precisely inline with the veil (hijab) which the Quran had ordained on women, “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonourest her head.” (I Corinthians 11:5).

On Saum (Fasting), before the revelation of the Quran, it was usually observed in times of mourning, sorrow and affliction. But the Quran changed both its form and motive into more comprehensive concept to make it cover spiritual, moral and physical discipline of the highest order. Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights in compliance with his appointment with the Lord. David had fasted for seven days during the illness of his infant son. The Bible says, “And Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread nor drink water….” (Exodus 34:28), “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.” (Matthew 4:1-2), “David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.” (2 Samuel 12:16). The Bible also affirms that the disciple were prescribed by Jesus to have a more frequent fasting after his departure as he was going to be taken away from their midst, “But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.” (Luke 5:35). The Quran strongly marked that fasting has been decreed not only upon the followers of Muhammad but also upon the previous people as well, “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed upon you as it was prescribed upon those before you, that ye may self-restraint.” (Al-Baqarah :83).

On Zakat (Alms Giving) to the needy and destitute has been emphatically urged by both Bible and Quran. The Bible says “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth, that thine alms maybe in secret…..” (Matthew 6:3-4), the Quran says “And be steadfast in salat: Give zakat and bow down with those who bow down.” (Al Baqarah :43).

On Hajj (Pilgrimage), Jacob (Israel) set up Beth-el as pillar described by the Bible as ‘House of God’ which complied with the Ka’bah, and both are described as ‘House of God’. The Bible says “And Jacob rose up early in the morning ad took the stone that he had put for his pillows, set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.” (Genesis 28:18), “And this stone which I have set for a pillar shall be God’s House….”(Genesis 28:22),  The Holy Ka’bah is neither worshiped nor a place where God dwells. The Quran explicitly stressed the purpose in its setting up, “Most surely, the first sanctuary appointed for men is the one at Becca, a blessed place and a source of guidance to the nations.” (Ali Imran :96).

Contrary to the basic foundation of Islam, Aidid Safar unduly prompted all Muslims today to reconsider the basic tenet or rather leave off promptly, and accept his authority. Maybe he wins adherents soon, and forms a great force to counter the ‘Arab conspirators’. Lastly I have this to say ‘Do not disturb the beehive, let the bee be itself, a bee is always a bee’.

 

Another Tribute Song For John Coltrane

Song ‘Naima’

Dedicated to all wives and mothers.