The Mission of Jesus: To Whom Was He Sent?

“And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you.” (Qur’an 61:6)

“And appoint him a messenger to the Children of Israel.” (Qur’an 3:49)

From cover to cover the Bible is a book for Jews, about Jews, and to the Jews. 95% of the book is all about the Jews and Israel. There is about 5% of the entire book that is bothered to be dedicated to Gentiles.

Jesus is the last prophet sent to Israel. His mission and objective was to threefold.

A) To reach out to the lost sheep of Israel.

B) To instill a spirit of holy resistance against tyranny and oppression.

C) To tell the children of Israel about the coming of Ahmad- ‘The Praised One‘.

 “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:16-17)

 “Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)

You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22)

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28)

Jesus reflects the Jewish attitude of that time towards the Gentiles.

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.(Matthew 15:22-26)

Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” (Matthew 15:27-28)

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)

Comment:

This came under the teaching of ‘judge not and you will not be judged‘. It is clear that this is a reference for how Jews should deal with each other. It is clear because within this context Jesus’ attitude towards the Non-Jews is reflected by referencing them as ‘dogs‘ and ‘pigs‘.

Jesus never taught a non-Jew Anything. There may be 4 or 5 examples of him healing someone but he never taught a Non-Jew anything. No time nowhere.

THE ONLY COMMISSION OF JESUS: LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL

“ These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. (Matthew 10:5-6)

My people have been lost sheep;    their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.” (Jeremiah 50:6)

Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him, and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.” (Jeremiah 50:17)

Israel =Lost Sheep

Gentiles -Greek word Ethnos from where we get the word ethnicity and ethnocentric means ‘nations’. The non-Jews.

Source: https://biblehub.com/greek/1484.htm

Remember the attitude towards Gentiles:

Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:11-12)

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” (Matthew 15:24)

THERE IS NO GREAT COMMISSION.

Christians will tell us that there is a great commission in Mark 16:15 and 20 as well as Matthew 28:19.

“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:34)

 “But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, You shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man come. (Matthew 10:23)

And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.(Mark 9:1)

For this, we say unto you by the word of the Lord, then we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord, himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

THE SO CALLED GREAT COMMISSION IS A FORGER AND A CONTRADICTION.

First point.

Note that in Mark 16:15, and 20 there is no baptism mentioned and no baptismal formula given.

And he said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned. And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:15-16 and 20)

Second Point: Peter and tall tells.

And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, saying, You went to men uncircumcised, and did eat with them. But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance, I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean has at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God has cleansed, do not call common. And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. And the Spirit urged me to go with them, do not hesitate. Moreover, these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house: And he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell you words, whereby you and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Inasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. (Acts 11:1-19)

Comments:

This entire narration is suspect through and through.

First thought.

“And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, saying, You went to men uncircumcised, and did eat with them.”

If Jesus gave a great commission to the disciples why would they be surprised that Gentiles received the ‘word of God‘? Peter certainly didn’t need to go through some elaborate story to defend himself. He could simply remind them, “Yeah remember when Jesus said, to into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature?” And they could have responded, “Oh yeahhhh.

Second thought.

Whereas we also note that other than this one-off incident it clearly states others were preaching ‘the wordto none but the Jews only.

He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.” (Acts 10:28)

The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ.”(Acts 10:36)

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen and them unto the circumcision.” (Galatians 2:9)

Jesus never directed his disciples to preach to gentiles.

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught many people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:25)

Christians meant followers of Christ or those who emulate Christ.

Yet, Christians’ don’t keep the sabbath as Jesus did.

They eat pork and Jesus did not.

Jesus prayed with his face to the ground and Christians do not.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8)

Other than the Seventh Day Adventist, Christians in general do not observe the sabbath.

But pray that your flight is not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:20-24)

When Jesus is talking about eschatological or end-time events he is not imagining that the sabbath is broken, rather it is being kept.

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” (Acts 13:46)

This is a direct violation of the commission of Jesus to the lost sheep of Israel as stated in Matthew 10:5-6.

MATTHEW 28:19 GREAT COMMISSION AND “TRINITY” FORMULA.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth. Go you, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

And he said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned. And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”(Mark 16:15-16 and 20)

However, John has it that the disciples were already baptizing.
“After these things came to Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea, and there he tarried with them, and baptized.” (John 3:22)

(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)”(John 4:2)

Peter never used the ‘triad’ formula when baptizing.

Peter would baptize in the name of Jesus only. There is not a single occurrence of the disciples baptizing anyone according to the triad formula.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)

(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)” (Acts 8:16)

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” (Acts 10:48)

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 19:5)

Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea is known as ‘The Father of Church History.’

In Book III of his History, Chapter 5, Section 2, which is about the Jewish persecution of early Christians, we read:

But the rest of the apostles, who had been incessantly plotted against with a view to their destruction, and had been driven out of the land of Judea, went unto all nations to preach the Gospel, relying upon the power of Christ, who had said to them, “Go forth and make disciples of all the nations in my name.”

Again, in his Oration in Praise of Emperor Constantine, Chapter 16, Section 8, we read:

What king or prince in any age of the world, what philosopher, legislator or prophet, in civilized or barbarous lands, has attained so great a height of excellence, I say not after death, but while living still, and full of mighty power, as to fill the ears and tongues of all mankind with the praises of his name? Surely none save our only Savior has done this, when, after his victory over death, he spoke the word to his followers, and fulfilled it by the event, saying to them, “Go forth and make disciples of all nations in my name.

We know that Luke and John have no great commission formula.

We know that the Matthew 28:19 is corrected by Matthew 19:28

We know that the people were expecting the imminent coming of Christ Jesus.

We know that the Mark 16 had no baptismal formula.

We know that Mark 16:9-20 has been removed from many of the biblical text as a spurious addition.

We know that we have no records of the disciples using the Triad formula.

We know that we do have New Testament evidence of disciples baptizing ‘in the name of Jesus’.

We know that the great Bishop Eusebius quoted from Matthew but without the Triad formula.

We know that in the Gospel according to John, Jesus’ disciples were already practicing baptism.

We know that it is not feasibly possible to preach the gospel to the whole world when the disciples of Jesus were expecting his imminent return.

We know that the earliest and best manuscripts of Christianity all have Matthew 28:19 containing the Triad formula.

What we do not know is if there are manuscripts or evidence dated prior to the Athanasian creed that contain Matthew 28:19 as having a triad formula.

THE NEW JERUSALEM A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE: NO DOOR FOR GENTILES

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:9-14)

Comment: John sees no gentiles in this picture. Where is the gate for Paul and his gentile following?

 “Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. (Exodus 24:4)

PAUL IS NOT AN APOSTLE ACCORDING TO LUKE:

May his days be few;may another take his place of leadership.” (Psalms 109:8)

Luke denies office of apostle to Paul.

For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:

“‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’

and, “‘May another take his place of leadership.’ Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1:20-22)

Luke contrast Paul with the apostles.

This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.” (Acts 15:2)

The apostles and elders met to consider this question.” (Acts 15:6)

Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers.”(Acts 15:22)

JESUS WILL REBUKE THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ (Matthew 7:21-22 KJV)

Where as the Revised Standard Version 1881 reads:

None of you who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ (Matthew 7:21-22 RSV 1881)

We like this one better. None of you will enter the kingdom of heaven.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18)

Conclusion:

The evidence is clear that Jesus was only sent to the children of Israel. He has nothing to do with you or me or anyone else on this Earth. He was not sent to the Gentiles. He was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The great commission is self evidently a forgery. The Bible is a book that concerns itself through and through with the history of the Jews and Israel as a whole.

If you are interested to learn about the Prophet that was sent to the whole of mankind I would encourage you to read my article here: https://primaquran.com/2018/05/05/muhammed-written-about-in-the-bible/

“When they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses.”(Qur’an 5:83)

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Does the Qur’an inaccurately describe ‘The’ Trinity?

Believe, then, in Allah and His apostles, and do not say, “Three” Desist from this assertion for your own good. Allah is but One God; utterly remote is He, in His glory, from having a son: unto Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth; and none is as worthy of trust as Allah.’ (Qur’an 4:171)

Indeed, they are ungrateful deniers of the truth Who say, “Behold, Allah is a third of three” – seeing that there is no deity whatever save the One God. And unless they desist from this their assertion, grievous suffering is bound to befall such of them as are bent on denying the truth.” (Qur’an 5:73)

And Lo! Allah said: O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say unto men, `Worship me and my mother as deities beside Allah’?” Jesus answered: “Limitless are You in Your glory! It would not have been possible for me to say what I had no right to! Had I said this, You would indeed have known it! You know all that is within myself, whereas I know not what is in Thy Self. Verily, it is You alone who fully know all the things.” (Qur’an 5:116)

These are the three text that are used by Christian and Orientalist polemicist to assert that the Qur’an inaccurately describes ‘The Trinity‘.

First point.

Why would the Qur’an describe ‘The Trinity’ when the Bible does not even describe ‘The Trinity‘?

Trinity [N]

a word not found in Scripture, but used to express the doctrine of the unity of God as subsisting in three distinct Persons. This word is derived from the Gr. trias, first used by Theophilus (A.D. 168-183), or from the Lat. trinitas, first used by Tertullian (A.D. 220), to express this doctrine. The propositions involved in the doctrine are these: 1. That God is one, and that there is but one God ( Deuteronomy 6:4 ; 1 Kings 8:60 ; Isaiah 44:6 ; Mark 12:29 Mark 12:32John 10:30 ). 2 . That the Father is a distinct divine Person (hypostasis, subsistentia, persona, suppositum intellectuale), distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit. 3. That Jesus Christ was truly God, and yet was a Person distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit. 4. That the Holy Spirit is also a distinct divine Person. Source: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/eastons-bible-dictionary/trinity.html

The New Testament contains no explicit trinitarian doctrine. However, many Christian theologians, apologists, and philosophers hold that the doctrine can be inferred from what the New Testament does teach about God. But how may it be inferred? Is the inference deductive, or is it an inference to the best explanation? And is it based on what is implicitly taught there, or on what is merely assumed there? Many Christian theologians and apologists seem to hold it is a deductive inference.” Source: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/trinity/trinity-history.html

Comments: No reasonable or learned Christian will dispute these points. The word ‘Trinity‘ or the doctrine of ‘The Trinity’ is not explicitly stated in the Bible. This being the case why would we expect that the Qur’an would define it?

Second Point.

Why would Allah (swt) expand upon something that is simply not true, to begin with?

It would be akin to expecting the Qur’an to expand upon or explain the idea that a circle has three corners. A person can assert that a circle has three corners but it does not make the claim true.

 And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.” (Qur’an 17:81)

Third Point.

Look at the Latin word ‘trinitas‘ and the Greek word ‘trias‘. Trinitas means triad and not tri-unity! Trias means triad. Triad means a group of three.

Note that Allah (swt) instructs us as Muslims in the following verse:

And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.” (Qur’an 2:111)

Imagine Allah (swt) has told us to tell Christians to produce their proofs. What do you think they will produce? They will give us their theological arguments. Which means further investigation on our behalf as regards to Christian claims.

We also note that Allah (swt) says, ‘Christians‘ without defining a particular group of Christians. Allah (swt) doesn’t single them out but there is a very cognizant recognition that Christians themselves have split into various theological camps.

Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects – you, are not associated with them in anything. Their affair is only left to Allah; then He will inform them about what they used to do.(Qur’an 6:159)

Thus in one’s research what we will fine? We will find that those Christians who believe in the Athanasian creed which states:

 That we worship one God in trinity (triad) and the trinity (triad) in unity,
    neither blending their persons nor dividing their essence.

The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten from anyone.
    The Son was neither made nor created; he was begotten from the Father alone. The Holy Spirit was neither made nor created nor begotten;
    he proceeds from the Father and the Son.

    nothing is greater or smaller; in their entirety the three persons
    are coeternal and coequal with each other.

We will also research and find out about Sabellianism. Which is the belief that ‘The Father’, ‘The Son’, and ‘Holy Spirit‘ are three different modes or aspects of God, as opposed to the Athanasian view of three distinct persons within the ‘Godhead‘.

So on the third point Allah (swt) doesn’t choose sides with the Christians and their contrived machinations about the divine nature. Allah (swt) simply says,

And do not say, “Three” Desist from this assertion for your own good.” (Qur’an 4:171).

What we find is that Athanasian Christians and Sabellian Christians both need to say, ‘Three‘ when speaking about Allah.

You will see that in the creeds of the Christians there are many differences a major difference between Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox is the following:

The Holy Spirit was neither made nor created nor begotten;     he proceeds from the Father and the Son.” This is the statement of Protestants and Catholics whereas the Orthodox Christians say the following:

At this point also it is necessary to note that the Roman and Protestant churches differ in their credal statement about God by adding that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father “and the Son” (filioque)—a doctrinal addition unacceptable to Orthodoxy since it is both unscriptural and inconsistent with the Orthodox vision of God.”

Source: https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/doctrine-scripture/the-symbol-of-faith/holy-spirit

Imagine if Allah (swt) stated that the Holy Spirit proceeded from Jesus. The Orthodox Christians would claim it is a misrepresentation of their beliefs.

Now let us go back to the idea of triad. Triad meaning a group of three.

Indeed, they are ungrateful deniers of the truth Who say, “Behold, Allah is a third of three” – seeing that there is no deity whatever save the One God. And unless they desist from this their assertion, grievous suffering is bound to befall such of them as are bent on denying the truth.” (Qur’an 5:73)

I found this to be quite a remarkable statement. If as the Athanasian creed states that God is a triad he has always existed as a group.

In fact the following is telling.

“The unity of God is not something we can grasp completely, yet it is woven into the fabric of the gospel. In order to understand, discuss, and preach the gospel, we need to have an understanding of the Trinity. The simplest way to explain it is to say that God is a Divine Team—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They work together in all of God’s works, but now particularly through the gospel for the salvation and sanctification of us needy sinners.”

Source: https://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/bible-answers/theology/what-does-it-mean-that-god-is-three-in-one.html

So what I find interesting about ‘a third of three‘ is that it certainly is true that Christians believe that about God. They may not claim that with their mouths, however, Allah (swt) Is asserting the reality of their belief system.

They have yet to refute the fact that if Jesus is God in essence, and The Father is God in essence, and the Holy Spirit is God in essence, anyone ‘person‘ of this Godhead would be a third of three at any given time.

However, what I find interesting is the phrase ‘a third of three‘ rather than ‘a second of three’ or a ‘first of three’, because if God is a triad he would never be a first of three or a second of three ever. I also believe upon further reflection of this text that it draws subtle attention and a very clever critique of the devastating schisms in Christian theology. Namely, issues regarding the ‘economic trinity’. The controversy of the procession of the Holy Spirit. The idea of Jesus being born in time to which Christians can only reply by a saying ‘with their mouths‘, oxymorons such as, eternally begotten‘.

I once asked a Christian pastor if I could be baptized in the name of the ‘Holy Spirit‘ and ‘Father‘ and the ‘Son‘.

If I bought a piece of candy and it cost fifty cents as long as I have a quarter, two dimes, and a nickel it shouldn’t matter the order I hand the currency to the cashier.

Remember the Athanasian creed states:

nothing is greater or smaller; in their entirety the three persons
    are coeternal and coequal with each other

The ‘ontological trinity‘ and the ‘economic trinity‘ are very much in conflict.

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Is the will of the Son the same in essence as the will of the Father? If the answer is yes they are not distinct persons.

If the will of the Son is distinct or different in essence from the will of the Father than the are not the same being.

Remember the Athanasian creed states:

 That we worship one God in trinity (triad) and the trinity (triad) in unity,
    neither blending their persons nor dividing their essence.

Saying that this isn’t Tri-theism doesn’t make it not Tri-theism.

Just as Allah (swt) tells us:

That is their saying with their mouths.” – (Qur’an 9:30)

Simply making an assertion and repeating an assertion doesn’t make the assertion true.

Only a person who would ask a Christian for their evidence as per (Qur’an 2:111) would pick up on these things. A perennialist for example wouldn’t approach the Qur’an in that way.

Now let us come to this powerful verse.

And Lo! Allah said: O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say unto men, `Worship me and my mother as deities besides Allah’?” Jesus answered: “Limitless are You in Your glory! It would not have been possible for me to say what I had no right to! Had I said this, You would indeed have known it! You know all that is within myself, whereas I know not what is in Thy Self. Verily, it is You alone who fully know all the things.” (Qur’an 5:116)

The word ‘Trinity’ or ‘Triad‘ rather being transliterated from Arabic as: thalathatun and thalathatin, is mentioned twice in the Qur’an. In both verses where it is said, Mary is not mentioned at all.

Likewise, in the verse above neither do we find the terms ‘thalathatun‘ or ‘thalathatin‘ in the Arabic text. It is beyond incredulous to even think there is any attempt to interact with the so-called ‘Trinity‘ at all in this text. There is not even a modicum of truth to this.

“Worship me and my mother as deities (ilahayni)besides God (Allah).”


Ilahayni is the double plural form of the root ilah which means a deity. From the sense of the Semitic root, ELH means something with power (i.e. a potential to control affairs, something to seek the help of).

“Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you not be reminded?” (Qur’an 45:23) -ilahahu

“Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him?” (Qur’an 25:43) ilahahu

In fact, let us assume that in some bizarre universe that the Qur’an was attempting to identify members of the Athanasian triad. Let us say that instead of Mary it said, ‘The Holy Spirit’. Would this be satisfactory? No, it wouldn’t. It wouldn’t be satisfactory because the Christians influenced by the Athanasian triad would say, “We don’t worship the Holy Spirit, and Jesus as deities besides, Allah. That is because they are all Allah.”

Not only this but the Christians-in general will never accept this verse as truthful because of the claim that Jesus is rejecting worship. Christians -in general, believe that Jesus is to be worshiped.

Allah (swt) is proving a powerful point that Jesus and Mary are not to be worshiped. That worship is directed only to Allah (swt) and to Allah (swt) alone.

In that sense, this verse is arguing with the belief of somewhere in the order of about 1.5billion of the world’s 2billion Christians.

Oh!”, but they say, “Catholics didn’t worship Mary until recent history!“.’

Is that true?

Let us consider the Sub Tuum Praesidium (Beneath Your Compassion), a prayer still used in Catholic and Orthodox liturgy that has existed since 250CE, at least.

Beneath your compassion, We take refuge, O Mother of God: do not despise our petitions in time of trouble: but rescue us from dangers, only pure, only blessed one.”


Source: https://aleteia.org/2016/07/08/let-us-pray-the-earliest-known-marian-prayer/


The famous Perennialist author Frijoth Schuan made this huge blunder when he had the following to say:

A consideration which calls for mention here, since we are speaking of parallels and of opposition, is the following: the Koran has been reproached for bringing the Virgin Mary into the Christian Trinity; we will answer this objection here, not only to explain the intention of the Koran but also, at the same time, to clarify the problem of the Trinity by means of a particular metaphysical accentuation. According to an interpretation which is not theological in fact, but is so by right and finds support in the Scriptures, the “Father” is God in Himself, that is, as Metacosm; the “Son” is God insofar as he is manifested in the world, that is, in the Macrocosm; and the “Holy Ghost” is God insofar as he is manifested in the soul, that is, in the Microcosm itself is the “Son,” and the Microcosm itself in its primordial perfection-is identified with the “Holy Ghost”; Jesus is equal to the Macrocosm, to the entire Creation as divine manifestation, and Mary is equal to the “;pneumatic” Microcosm; and let us note in this connection the equation that has sometimes been made between the Holy Ghost and the divine Virgin, an equation which is linked to feminzation, in certain ancient text, of the divine Pnuema.”

Source: (Page 95 Christianity/Islam Essays on Esoteric Ecumenicism)


He then quotes: “The Hebrew word Ruah,”Spirit is feminine Let us like-wise note that one finds in the Epistle to the Hebrews the expression “My Mother the Holy Ghost” (Mater mou to hagion pneuma)”

Source: (Page 95 Christianity/Islam Essays on Esoteric Ecumenicism)


As we have already proven, these statements by Frijoth Schuon or anyone else are such monstrous negligence of the text.

Conclusion:

The Qur’an does not attempt to expand upon the idea that a circle has three corners because such a concept is false, to begin with. The Qur’an advises us not to say ‘three’ when talking about the divine nature. Instead the Qur’an uses the one word that is common to the Torah of the Jews, the New Testament of the Christians and the Qur’an, that word being ‘one’. Allah (swt) negates the idea of his essence or nature being a triad by negating that he is ‘a third of three’. Allah (swt) negates the idea that Jesus asked anyone to worship him or his mother. The Qur’an nowhere identifies Mary with the Athanasian Trinity, Sabellianism, or any creedal formula of the Christians.


Those who make such statements either seem to have an agenda to misrepresent or malign Islam, have completely neglected the text; or are have run out of arguments against Islam so they have to pull some of the most desperate and far fetched arguments in their arsenal.

 “And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, “Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses.”(Qur’an 5:83)

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EID MUBARAK TO ALL

“For each [faith] -community We have appointed [sacred] rites, so that they may mention the name of Allah.” [Qur’an 22:34].

Dear readers, brothers, sisters, and truth seekers. I would like to say from my heart to yours a very blessed Eid Mubarak. I pray that Allah swt accept all your deeds, and reward you for the intentions in your heart.

I pray that all of us are increased in emaan, taufiq, taqwa and sabr. I pray that Allah swt keep all of you and your families save during this covid19 challenge. I pray that the Muslim community strengthens its ties among one another.

I am but a human being with many many character flaws. I do not penetrate the depths nor do I know the subtitles. If I have hurt or offended any one reading this web site knowingly or unknowingly may Allah swt forgive me and may you forgive me. Insh’Allah I am in the process of re-working and re-tooling this entire website.

I am looking for ways to present information and evidence , being both firm and passionate and trying to emulate even in the smallest way possible the forbearance and humility as exemplified by our Master, and Our Example, the Blessed Prophet Muhammed saw.

I pray that each and everyone of you reading this that you and I and all of us that we die upon faith, that we die in a state of willful surrender to Allah swt. I pray that Allah swt grants all of you the paradise. I pray that Allah swt raise you up among the prophets, the martyrs, and those who spoke words of truth to the tyrants. I pray that Allah swt grants you Allah swt. I pray that Allah swt and the Blessed Prophet Muhammed saw continue to bless each and everyone of you and your families. May those of you who are single find a good wife or wives, and may those of you who are married, may your marriages continue to find new things to appreciate and be thankful for in one another. I pray that those of you going through a divorce that new openings will happen for you. May Allah swt give your soon to be ex wife a man who is more fitting to her personality than you are. May Allah swt give your soon to be ex husband a wife or wives more fitting to his personality than you are. May you find common cause to show kindness and friendship if there are children between you all.

It is important that even though we feel very strongly and passionate about our various views and positions to not hate each other. What has happened concerning our noble sister in the U.K recently is very tragic. It is doubly tragic and shameful to say the least that some Muslims wanted to withdraw money because her family inclined towards a certain school of thought.

Yet, immediately after in Australia we learned about a person who rammed a car into a Muslim clothing shop. Showing the Muslim community that we DO need to come together for common cause and common purposes. Not even among just Muslims but Non Muslims as well.

May all of you find new depths, new love, and new vigor and new passion in your faith as Muslims. May Allah swt cause to continue to fall in love with this beautiful deen over and over again.

May Allah swt protect your children from machinations and plots and the whispering of the evil ones. May Allah swt help all families to have continued and strengthened bonds that grow stronger and stronger.

Let us not forget that while a month of fasting has passed in which we may have had to embrace some difficulties let us not forget the tremendous difficulties and hardship of the Palestinians, the Muslims in Myanmar, Chinese concentration camps, the Muslims in Yemen, the fitna and wars in North Africa, and the tragic situation of our brothers and sisters in Syria. Let us pray and ask that Allah swt help us to find ways to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and defend the oppressed no matter who they are, where they are and if they are from our religion or not.

May we continue to strive to find ourselves worthy of this faith of Islam and may we do our level best to show others the beauty of Islam and find the courage and conviction to share this most beautiful way of life with others.

Every day, every second, every breath is a new opportunity a new moment to start anew. I ask all of you from the depths of my heart to forgive my many many character flaws, shortcomings, and mistakes. I love you all and may you continued to be blessed and loved and guided by Allah swt.

From my heart to yours.

EID MUBARAK…..

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Nabi Muhammed (ﷺ) never predicted that Al-Hussain ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib will die as a martyr.

Indeed, We have granted you, al-Kawthar.
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice.
Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.”
(Qur’an 108:1-3)


These sublime verses were revealed to console the heart of the Blessed Prophet Muhammed saw in the face of repeated antagonism by those who called, ‘abtar‘ which means ‘the animal whose tail is cut off’. It means one who has no one to come in succession, the one who has none to inherit him.

(1. Verily, We have granted you Al-Kawthar.) (2. Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice.) (3. For he who hates you, he will be cut off.) Muslim, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i, all recorded from Anas that he said, “While we were with the Messenger of Allah in the Masjid, he dozed off into a slumber. Then he lifted his head smiling. We said, `O Messenger of Allah! What has caused you to laugh?’ He said,

(Verily, a Surah was just revealed to me.) Then he recited….

Indeed, We have granted you, al-Kawthar.
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice.
Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.”
(Qur’an 108:1-3)

Source: http://m.qtafsir.com/Surah-Al-Kauther/Which-was-revealed-in-Al-Madin—

The Blessed Prophet (saw) had lost his flesh and blood son Ibrahim -may Allah have abundant mercy on him.

When Ibrahim, the son of the Messenger of Allah (), died, the Messenger of Allah () wept. The one who was consoling him, either Abu Bakr or ‘Umar, said to him: ‘You are indeed the best of those who glorify Allah with what is due to him.’ The Messenger of Allah () said: ‘The eye weeps and the heart grieves, but we do not say anything that angers the Lord. Were it not that death is something that inevitably comes to all, and that the latter will surely join the former, then we would have been more than we are, verily we grieve for you.’”

Source: (Sunan Ibn Majah Vol.1, Book 6, Hadith 1589)

We can see that the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ) was over come with grief from the death of his flesh and blood son. It was a cause of derision from his enemies. Yet, Allah (swt) revealed an entire chapter of the Qur’an on account of this.

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,

Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. (Qur’an 2:155-156)

So this is the attitude of the believers and who best to lead by example than the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ). He expressed grief over the loss of his flesh and blood son. Allah (swt) revealed an entire chapter of the Qur’an which, He did not do for the death of anyone else in the Blessed Prophet’s family.

Furthermore….

Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu`ba:

On the day of Ibrahim’s death, the sun eclipsed and the people said that the eclipse was due to the death of Ibrahim (the son of the Prophet). Allah’s Messenger () said, “The sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah. They do not eclipse because of someone’s death or life. So when you see them, invoke Allah and pray till the eclipse is clear.”

Source: (Al-Bukhari Book 16, Hadith 19 Vol. 2, Book 18, Hadith 168)

Now if there was an occasion for the Muslims of this Ummah to mourn annually it would have certainly been for the death of the Blessed Prophet’s son.

There is not a single hadith of the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ) proclaiming Hussain (ra) will be a martyr or that the Prophet (saw) cried because he was a martyr. Not one.

People commemorate deaths of others because in their hearts is politics and the stirring of emotions. Yet, the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ) son dies and our Noble Prophet (ﷺ)cried and the whole Muslim Ummah has no day of grieving?

Now someone may retort, ‘There are millions of hadith have you read them all?’ It would be hubris to say that we have read them all. However, what we can say is this. We can say that those who are more studied than us, more learned than us, more familiar with the traditions and those who make political capital out of tragedy they would have such hadiths and utilized them.

The fact that they did not and still have not until this very day makes our case air tight.

Hadith from the Shi’a sources:

Ummul Fadhl the daughter of al-Harith said that she entered on the Messenger of Allah (S) and she said: “Oh! Messenger of Allah, I saw a strange dream last night. He said: And what is it? She said: It was difficult. He said: And what is it? She said: I saw, as if, a piece of your body was severed and was put in my lap! The Messenger of Allah (S) said: You saw well – Fatima will give birth, God willing, a boy so he will be in your lap. Then Fatima gave birth to al-Hussain (AS) and he was in my lap – just as the Messenger of Allah (S) said. So I entered one day on the Messenger of Allah (S) and put him in his lap, but I noticed that the eyes of the Messenger of Allah (S) pouring tears! So I said: Oh! Prophet of Allah, my parents are your ransom, what is with you? He said: Gabriel (AS) came to me and informed me that my nation (ummah) will kill this son of mine.”

Source:[al-Mustadrak al-Sahih, al-Hafidh al-Hakim al-Nisapouri, v. 3, p. 176]

Umm Salamah has said: “al-Hussain entered on the Prophet (S), while I was sitting at the door, so I saw in the hand of the Prophet (S) something he turned over while (Hussain) sleeping on his stomach. I said: Oh messenger of Allah, I looked and saw you turning something over in your hand when the kid was sleeping on your stomach and your tears were pouring? He said: Gabriel came to me with the sand upon which he (Hussain) will be killed. And he informed me that my nation (umma) will kill him.”

Source: [al-Musannaf, al-Hafidh abu Bakr bin abi Shaibah, v. 12. ]

Comments:

Both of these hadith are from sources that the Shi’a rely upon. Yet notice the following:

1] –There is absolutely no mention that Hussain (ra) would die as a martyr. No mention at all.

2] That the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ) cried upon information that a family member died would be a very human thing to do.

3] That the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ) said that, ‘my nation will kill him’.

The Blessed Messenger (ﷺ) could have said, ‘renegades will kill him’. ‘He will be killed by unbelievers’ etc…. .and He (ﷺ) did not say that at all.

This is very important when we consider the following:

Narrated `Aisha:

Usama approached the Prophet () on behalf of a woman (who had committed theft). The Prophet () said, “The people before you were destroyed because they used to inflict the legal punishments on the poor and forgive the rich. By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! If Fatima (the daughter of the Prophet () ) did that (i.e. stole), I would cut off her hand.”

Source: (al-Bukhari 6787 Book 86, Hadith 16 Vol. 8, Book 81, Hadith 778)

So even if the mother of Hussain (ra), the wife of Ali (ra) stole something the law would apply to her. This is important because there is no unequivocal statement of the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ) stating that Hussain (ra) would die as a martyr.

Now image that noble Fatima (ra) did steal something. You don’t think it would grieve the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ)? Wouldn’t you as a parent be grieved if your child or grandchild was injured or punished? Even if they did something right or wrong?

How do we know that that the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ) wasn’t crying over the fact that Hussain (ra) brought women and children into a conflict where he was advised by senior companions not to do so?

What does it say about the character of Hussain (ra) if what we are told is true? That he ‘knowingly‘ knew that he would be ‘sacrificed?’ That he would ‘knowingly‘ sacrifice the honour of his noble sister Zaynab (ra) as well?

“He (ﷺ) said: Gabriel came to me with the sand

If Gabriel could bring the sand , he could have brought an item of Hussain (ra) clothing. He could have have brought anything. Yet, he brought the sand. The sand where many children and women were unnecessarily killed. Ill advised indeed.

Hadith from the Sunni sources:

Narrated Wakee’, narrated Abdullah bin Sa’eed, from his father from Aisha or Umm Salamah [Wakee’ said this doubt came from Abdullah bin Sa’eed] that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to one of them [either Aisha or Umm Salamah], “An angel entered the house on me, he never entered on me before, and he said to me, ‘this son of yours, al-Hussain, will be killed, and if you wish I can show you the soil from the earth where he will be killed’. Then he took out some red soil.

Source:[Recorded in Musnad al-Imam Ahmad, vol. 6 p. 294]

Narrated Muhammad bin Udaid, narrated Shurahbil bin Mudrik, from Abdullah bin Nujayy, from his father, that he traveled with Ali , and he used to carry his purifying water. When they were next to Nainawa on his way to Siffin, Ali called, “Be patient Oh Abu Abdillah (the kunya of his son al-Hussain), be patient Oh Abu Abdillah by the banks of the Euphrates. I [Nujayy] said, “what is this?”. He [Ali] said, “I entered upon the Prophet (ﷺ)one day while his eyes were shedding tears. I said, ‘what is it with yours eyes shedding tears?’. He said, ‘Rather, Jibreel was here earlier and he told me that al-Hussain will be killed by the bank of the Euphrates and he [Jibreel] said ‘do you want me to provide you a sample from his soil [where he will be killed] so you can smell it?’ and I said ‘yes’. So he extended his hand and he took a grip from the soil and gave it to me so I couldn’t help my eyes to fill with tears’

Source: [Recorded by Ahmad, vol. 1, p. 85.]

Comments:

What is interesting and indeed telling is that the Shi’a -from what I observe love to jump on the chance to show that there are problems with Sunni narrations on this or that. They are quite the hadith critiques. However, when it comes to anything from Sunni sources that will make their claims legitimate all the critical thinking skills seem to go right out the window.

The first hadith has an interesting statement: “An angel entered the house on me, he never entered on me before,An unknown angel apparently comes to give the information.

The other odd contradictory information is this.

that he traveled with Ali ,

they were next to Nainawa on his way to Siffin,

entered the house on me

So did the angel give this information when they were traveling on the way to Siffin or while the Blessed Messenger(ﷺ) was in his house? It is quite redundant to bring the same information. Three of the hadiths feel it is important to mention the sand, and one of them leaves it out completely.

Who entered in on the Blessed Messenger(ﷺ) ?

Ummul Fadhl?

Ali Ibn Abu Talib?

Umm Salamah?

Aisha?

We can reconcile this because Aisha (ra) and Umm Salamah (ra) are both wives of the Blessed Messenger(ﷺ). Ummul Fadhl (ra) is a paternal Aunt. Ali Ibn Abu Talib (ra) of course is a cousin and son in law. So it is reasonable that they all entered in on different occasions. However, it is not reasonable to think these were separated locations and days. So one can search the history and see if there are records of the four of them traveling together at the said location. Which, can’t be true as one of the narrations has it that the unidentified angel came to the Blessed Messenger (ﷺ)home.

One this is abundantly clear from the two hadith from Sunni sources. There is absolutely no mention that Hussain (ra) would die as a martyr. No mention at all.

The conclusion?

People commemorate the deaths of others because in their hearts is politics and the stirring of emotions. Yet, the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ) son dies and our Noble Prophet (ﷺ)cried and the whole Muslim Ummah has no day of grieving?

The text of the hadith themselves raise questions and none of them unequivocally say that Hussain (ra) died as a martyr.

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Respecting Parents & Powerful supplication for our children.

“And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.” [Qur’an 17:23]

I thought that was a really good suggestion by Shaykh Hatim to ask our children to evaluate us. I really thought it was cute when Shaykh Hatim asked his daughter to write on a piece of paper areas for improvement. He was so confident she wouldn’t have anything to write. She managed to fill both sides of the paper. She even asked for another piece of paper. LoL. Mash’Allah.

Here is a very powerful supplication that I hope that all of you will say for your parents and for your children this Ramadan.

The Powerful Dua of a Parent In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful All praises are for Allah SWT, the most Compassionate, the most Forgiving. Salutations and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad SAW, his family and companions.

Oh Allah, I submit myself to You. I realize that parenting a child is a very difficult task and I turn to You in humility for Your help. I implore You for Your wisdom and guidance.

Oh Allah, I know that our children are an amaanat from You, to care for and to raise in a manner that is pleasing to You. Help me do that in the best way. Teach me how to love in a way that You would have me love. Help me where I need to be healed, improved, nurtured, and made whole. Help me walk in righteousness and integrity so that You may always be pleased with me. Allow me to be a God-fearing role model with all the communication, teaching, and nurturing skills that I may need.

Oh Allah, You know what our children need. Help and guide us in praying for our children.

Oh Allah, put a hedge of safety around our children. Protect their bodies, minds, and emotions from any kind of evil and harm.

Oh Allah, I pray that You protect them from accidents, diseases, injuries, and any other physical, mental, or emotional afflictions and abuse.

Oh Allah, I pray that You keep our children free from any addictions and vices. Draw them close to You for protection from every ill and evil influence of our society, whether it’s apparent to us or not.

Oh Allah, grant them the best of company as their friends — people who will inspire them to love and worship and obey You.

Oh Allah, grant our children hidaaya and a heart that loves to obey You. Shine Your light on any secret or unseen rebellion in their hearts and destroy it before it takes root.

Oh Allah, guide them away from any pride, selfishness, jealousy, hypocrisy, malice, and greed and make them uncomfortable with sins. Penetrate their hearts with Your love and reverence today and always.

Oh Allah, make apparent to them the truth in any situation and let them not be misled by falsehood.

Oh Allah, grant our children the ability to make clear decisions and let them always be attracted to good things that are pure, noble, true, and just.

Oh Allah, guide them in making choices that please You.

Oh Allah, help them to taste the sweetness of walking with a humble spirit in obedience and submission to You.

Oh Allah, grant them the wisdom to choose their words carefully and bless them with a generous and caring spirit.

Oh Allah, I pray that they never stray from the path of deen and that You give them a future filled with Your best promises.

Oh Allah, always keep our children cleansed and pure from evil and shaytaan.

Oh Allah, keep them steadfast in establishing Salaah and help them revere the Glorious Quran as Your Word and Law and to read it with understanding daily. Let it be their source of light and guidance.

Oh Allah, let our daughters love wearing hijab and our sons the dress of a humble Muslim. Let their dress be a representation of their Imaan and of their love and respect for Your commands. Lead them to a position where they rely truly on Your power alone and fear You in the open and in secret.

Oh Allah, make them so strong in their deen that they never encounter doubt.

Oh Allah, do not allow any negative attitudes in the place of our children’s lives.

Oh Allah, guide our children in honouring and obeying You, Your Rasool (peace be upon him), and us as parents (when we are commanding that which is pleasing to You). Make them the coolness of our eyes.

Oh Allah, fill our children with compassion and caring that will overflow to each member of our family.

Oh Allah, grant them piety. Oh Allah, help them love, value, appreciate, and respect one another with good communication between them always.

Oh Allah, drive out any division between our children and bring them healing. I pray there be no strain, breach, misunderstanding, arguing, fighting, or severing of ties.

Oh Allah, allow them to one day marry righteous, God-fearing, kind, hard-working, intelligent, beautiful, healthy spouses who get along with and respect and love (and genuinely enjoy) every member of our family and who lead our children (i.e. their spouses) even closer to You and Jannat ul Firdaus. Oh Allah, please grant me the company of pious friends, relatives, extended community members, and teachers who will be inspirational role models for my children and will help me raise them to be the best of believers.

Oh Allah, please don’t let me become self-satisfied and arrogant in my parenting, but please don’t humble me or shame me through my children’s misdeeds either. Please let me always give credit for their good character to You and please don’t ever let me stop praying for them.

Oh Allah, please don’t let my children be “late” in meeting any of life’s milestones that are expected of them.

Oh Allah, protect my children from debt. Make them givers and not takers.

Oh Allah, grant my children noble professions with halal incomes that give them respect and dignity in Your Eyes and in the eyes of their fellow human beings.

Oh Allah, grant them worldly comfort so that my children can come to You through the Door of Gratitude and so that they are not forced to come to You through the Door of Patience. Please let them always be grateful…and patient.

Oh, Allah, I pray for a close, loving, happy, and fulfilling relationship with them for all the days of our lives and to be reunited with them in Jannat ul Firdaus.

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The Value of the Prayer in Islam

 

Glory to Him who journeyed His servant by night, from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed, in order to show him of Our wonders. He is the Listener, the Beholder.” (Qur’an 17:1)

 

Perform the prayer at the decline of the sun, until the darkness of the night; and the Quran at dawn. The Quran at dawn is witnessed. And keep vigil with it during parts of the night, as an extra prayer. Perhaps your Lord will raise you to a laudable position. And say, “My Lord, lead me in through an entry of truth, and lead me out through an exit of truth, and grant me from You a supporting power.”. And say, “The truth has come, and falsehood has withered away; for falsehood is bound to wither away.”. We send down in the Quran healing and mercy for the believers, but it increases the wrongdoers only in loss.” (Qur’an 17:79-82)

Many believe that Muslims only pray five times a day. However, Muslims have many supplications throughout the day. There are supplications that are said before Muslims, eat, embark on a journey, or even sleep.

Embark on a voyage of great spiritual discovery.

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The ‘sublime oral tradition’, or hadith, reports that the Blessed Prophet Muhammed, (saw), received the five times daily prayer of Islam during his mystical ascension through the heavens into the glorious (Garden of Essence).  During this journey, the Noble Prophet was able to contemplate angels performing each of the various movements of prayer.

Prayer is a gift from the Creator, displayed first through angelic beings, rather than springing from human intellect, will or initiative. It is reported that The Prophet of Islam proclaimed, “Prayer is the ascension of the faithful.”

Prayer is more of a way of intimate discussion with the Creator than an offering to the Creator. The Creator does not ask for or need any offering. Prayer exists beyond the kingdom of personal will. Rather, it is the key to the kingdom of Divine Will.

The Blessed Prophet Muhammed, (saw), could have brought back from his ascension any gift from the infinite Divine Treasury. Since he returned with prayer, we can infer that it is most precious.

 

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For Muslims, prayer is ordained by the Creator as the most effective way to unfold the fullness of our humanity. The Creator does not need our prayers but offers the prayer to us as His supreme gift.

The Muslim prays not only from a sense of obligation but as an act of tender responsiveness, just as a lover desires to fulfill every wish of the beloved.

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The unified lines of prayer, with the intention of the hearts in perfect alignment as well, produces such an experience of spiritual power and communion, it as though all humanity were standing together in prayer.

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To humble oneself and prostrate during prayer is to plunge directly into the ocean of Divine Mercy.

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Introduction to Prima Qur’an: Ibadi perspectives on Islam

And the Messenger has said,O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.”(Qur’an 25:30)

“Have you considered those who were asked to accept judgment from Allah’s Book? When they are asked to accept judgment from Allah’s Book, some of them turn their backs and walk away!” (Qur’an 3:23)

With the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All types of true and perfect praise are due to Allah, Lord, Cherisher and Sustainer of all existence. I ask that peace and blessings be upon the last and final Messenger, our Noble Prophet (saw). Everything that is good and beneficial with in this web site, all the praise is due to Allah (swt). All of the mistakes are mine. Whom ever Allah (swt) guides no one can misguide them. Whom ever Allah (swt) leaves to stray no one can guide them.

WELCOME TO PRIMA-QUR’AN. -VIEWS AND PERSPECTIVES FROM THE IBADI SCHOOL OF ISLAM.

The opening verses of the Qur’an sets the tone. I feel strongly that we the Muslims have gone far from the primary source of our faith, namely the Qur’an.

This web site is more about my own personal views and reflections. You could even say a personal journey of my thoughts and feelings on matters related to Islam.

I will also be talking about how and why my journey eventually led me to embrace the Ibadi school of thought within Islam.

I would like very much for people to be able to take something useful from this web site. If this website can be a voice for the voiceless than all praise belongs to Allah (swt).

I feel there maybe many Muslims out there struggling with their faith. It could be a particular issue in theology, or jurisprudence that has given them many sleepless nights. It could be that a person may have suffered severe emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of seemingly benign Sufi tariqah. A tariqah that demanded absolute obedience, and allegiance. This could have ended up being a severely traumatic experience for that person. Rather than being spiritually liberating, it could have been spiritually draining.

It could be that a person was confronted with a view with in the Islamic paradigm that focused so much on legalism that it left the person feeling hopelessly encumbered.Islam is such a burden ’they may feel.

It could be that some Muslims are on the verge of leaving their faith. They may well feel, ‘Well, if this is Islam than I want no part of it.’

Some Muslims are maybe so disgusting by the sectarianism and the infighting. They may ask, ‘Is there really a way through this madness?

Fear not! I believe that together we will discover that Islam is more vast than anyone faction with in the Islamic paradigm would have any one of us to believe.

What is the tone of this web site?

I would like us to take a look at the following verses of the Qur’an:

So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammed], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude and harsh in heart, they would have fled from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely upon Him. (Qur’an 3:159)

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” (Qur’an 16:125)

The example of Pharaoh.

“O eminent ones, I have not known you to have a god other than me.” (Qur’an 28:38)

“Go to Pharaoh. Indeed,he has transgressed.” (Qur’an 20:24)

So we can see that Pharaoh has committed the highest form of sin against Allah (swt) namely the claim of divinity! Allah (swt) also says that he was a transgressor!

Nonetheless look at the way in which Allah (swt) ask Moses and Aaron (peace be upon them both) to conduct themselves while speaking with him.

“And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear Allah.” (Qur’an 20:44)

“Virtue and evil are not equal. If you replace evil habits with virtuous ones, you will certainly find that your enemies will become your intimate friends. (Qur’an 41:34)

“If Allah were to punish men according to what they deserve, He would not leave on the back of the (earth) a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated Term: when their Term expires, verily Allah has in His sight all His Servants. (Qur’an 35:45)

Allah (swt) is the Most Merciful! If Allah (swt) was to exact his justice upon us (frail humanity) he would have wiped out everyone and everything.

As one Imam has stated, “Do not look down upon others because their sins are different than yours.” How true is this?

So with this being quite the lengthy preamble let it be known that I am weak and only human. It is my hope that we could avoid sarcasm, snark, and malicious comments. It is important to realize that the goal of us all is Allah (swt).

“Verily, you (O Muhammed) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He knows best those who are guided.” (Quran 28:56)

If the best example the Blessed Messenger (saw) could not guide whom he liked to the truth, it would be the epitome of arrogance and futility to think that anyone of us could force another to capitulate to our position.

I think that once we recognize and respect that guidance is the sole jurisdiction of Allah (swt) we can take the ego and the ‘I‘ out of our discussions and exchanges. Because then what this becomes is a journey about truth to The Truth. It does not become about ‘you’ and ‘I’, but about us on a mutual journey of inquiry and exchange.

With that said I sincerely hope and pray that Allah (swt) would bless us with his guidance and grace. I hope that if there is something in Prima-Qur’an that is factually wrong or in error that Allah (swt) would open my heart and my eyes to accept this. It will never be my intention to misrepresent another school of thought’s understanding of Islam.

So what is Prima-Qur’an: Views and perspectives from the Ibadi School?

The Ibadi school of Islam is neither Sunni or Shi’a. The Ibadi school of Islam is the oldest legal school of all Muslims.

The Ibadi school uses the Prima-Qur’an approach as a methodology when deriving proofs and evidence from the primary and secondary sources of Islam.

Prima is from the Latin word which simply means ‘First’ or foremost’.

Prima Qur’an is about using the Qur’an, primarily for guidance in matters of theology, jurisprudence and spirituality.

The Ibadi school rejects any source that clashes with the teachings of the Qur’an. It is about Muslims going back to the Qur’an first. It is about Muslims looking to the Qur’an first and foremost for guidance and healing.

So no matter the disagreements that may arise between Muslims we must always start with the book of Allah (swt).

It will never make sense to start with something that is not common between parties.

The Ibadi school in Islam derives this understanding from the book of Allah (swt)

Here are some of the proofs:

Those whom you worship beside Him are but names which you have named, you and your fathers. Allah has revealed no authority for them. The decision rests with Allah only, Who has commanded you that you worship none save Him. This is the right religion, but most men know not. (Qur’an 12:40)

This verse is not negating the fact that Allah (swt) can and has given authority to people. It is simply stating that unless that authority is authorized by what Allah (swt) authorized it is null and void.

Another proof.

“But those who hold fast by the Book and are steadfast in prayer – verily, We will not waste the wages of those who do right.”(Qur’an 7:170)

Another proof.

“Have they not seen that We set up the land, reducing it from its borders? And Allah decides; there is no adjuster of His decision. And he is swift in account.” (Qur’an 13:41)

There is no other authority that can over ride what Allah (swt) has commanded.

“Do you not consider, [O Muhammed], those who were given a portion of the Scripture? They are invited to the Book of Allah that it should arbitrate between them; then a party of them turns away, and they are refusing.” (Qur’an 3:23)

Would it not be strange for the Jews and Christians to settle their disputes by the book of Allah and we Muslims do not do the same?

So this is in regard to our approach to disagreements within the Muslim community.

Is there another source of guidance other than the Qur’an for Ibadi Muslims?

Yes.

The secondary source of authority for Muslims is As-Sunnah. These are the words, deeds, and actions of the Blessed Messenger (saw)

In fact in the Qur’an, Allah (swt) has told us that to obey the Prophet Muhammed (saw) is just like obeying Allah (swt) .

He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah, but those who turn away-We have not sent you over them as a guardian.” (Qur’an 4:80)

However, it is important that while both are authoritative sources in Islam, they do not, in fact, carry equal authoritative weight. Allah (swt) has complete authority over all his creation in every regard.

EXAMPLES:

“And when you said to the one whom Allah bestowed favour and you bestowed favour, “Keep your wife and fear Allah,” while you concealed within yourself that which Allah is to disclose. And you feared the people, while Allah has more right than you fear Him.”(Qur’an 33:37)

This verse is a crystal clear example of Allah (swt) over riding a decision that the Blessed Prophet Muhammed was about to take.

Another example:

“Oh Prophet, why do you prohibit yourself from what Allah has made lawful for you, seeking the approval of your wives? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 66:1)

By taking a Prima-Qur’an approach the Ibadi school is quite unique. This is distinction to a Supra-Qur’an approach.

WHAT IS SUPRA-QUR’AN?

Supra is from Latin and means above’ ‘over’ or ‘preceding something else’.

That is to say to put as anything as authority above or even superseding the Qur’an in matters of theology, jurisprudence and spirituality.

Supra-Qur’an is easily the position adopted by most of the world’s Muslims today. Though my wager is most Muslims have not even reflected upon this or even investigated it.

So for illustration purposes, you can see that the Qur’an and As-Sunnah are authoritative sources in Islam.

Quran-Sunnah

“Blessed is He who sent down the Furqan (The Filter) upon His Servant that he may be to the worlds one who admonishes.” (Qur’an 25:1)

This verse makes it clear that the Qur’an is the filter.

Another illustration to demonstrate this point is as follows:

al-furqan

I believe the approach of the Ibadi school can be summed up in the sublime oral tradition which has been transmitted as follows:

Harith ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, sent Mu’adh to Yemen and he said, “How will you judge?” Mu’adh said, “I will judge according to the Book of Allah.” The Prophet said, “What if it is not in the Book of Allah?” Mu’adh said, “Then with the tradition (sunnah) of the Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet said, “What if it is not in the tradition of the Messenger of Allah?” Mu’adh said, “Then I will strive to form an opinion (ijtihad).” The Prophet said, “All praise is due to Allah Who has made suitable the messenger of the Messenger of Allah.

Source: (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1327)

For those who are interested this is a critique I wrote concerning the ‘Supra-Qur’an‘ position here:

https://primaquran.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/the-soundness-of-the-prima-quran-view/

Vital points concerning the Ibadi school’s approach to the Qur’an.

These are vital points concerning the Ibadi school’s approach to the Qur’an. We find them to be fundamental in respecting the timeless wisdom, beauty, and integrity contained within our most guarded revelation.

#1) The Qur’an is the last divinely protected revelation from Almighty Allah. It is a self evident revelation.

#2) The Qur’an is complete.

#3) The Qur’an is inimitable.

#4) The Qur’an is not abrogated by anything, including itself.

#5) The Qur’an is created.

Prima-Qur’an endorses the Amman Message. I would highly encourage you to read it.

The ‘Amman Message’ was endorsed by scholars, and notable Muslim preachers and representatives of various Muslim theological, and juristic approaches. It states:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad and his pure and noble family

  1. Whosoever is an adherent to one of the four Sunni schools (Mathahib) of Islamic jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali), the two Shi’i schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Ja`fari and Zaydi), the Ibadi school of Islamic jurisprudence and the Thahiri school of Islamic jurisprudence, is a Muslim. Declaring that person an apostate is impossible and impermissible. Verily his (or her) blood, honour, and property are inviolable. Moreover, in accordance with the Shaykh Al-Azhar’s fatwa, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare whosoever subscribes to the Ash`ari creed or whoever practices real Tasawwuf (Sufism) an apostate. Likewise, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare whosoever subscribes to true Salafi thought an apostate.
    Equally, it is neither possible nor permissible to declare as apostates any group of Muslims who believes in God, Glorified and Exalted be He, and His Messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him) and the pillars of faith, and acknowledges the five pillars of Islam, and does not deny any necessarily self-evident tenet of religion.

Sectarianism is categorically forbidden in Islam.

“As for those who divide their religion and break up into shias (sects), you have 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.” (Qur’an, 6:159)

“And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them” (Qur’an 3:105)

The sectarianism has deeply divided the Muslim community. It has not allowed us to think outside the box’. It does not allow us to consider the fiqh (jurisprudence) and approaches that others may take, simply because we consider them ‘the other’.

Prior to the conflict among the early Muslims, we as Muslims were known only as Muslims. There was no other distinctive appellation. However, after the civil wars among the Muslims they split into groups.

Question: What kind of Muslim are you?

Answer: Hopefully a good one Allah-Willing.

Allah (swt) has not given us as Muslims a more beautiful name other than Muslim.

“And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. [It is] the religion of your father, Abraham. Allah named you “Muslims” before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation]that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people.” (Qur’an 22:78)

Question: Why do you call yourself Ibadi?

That is a good question. The fact is that Allah (swt) does not give weight to any title other than Muslim. It should be pointed out that most people who others call ‘Ibadi‘ are simply content with being called Muslims. After all it is what Allah (swt) has named us.

I personally follow the Ibadi school for several reasons which I outlined in an article here: https://primaquran.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/why-i-now-follow-the-ibadi-school/

For the purposes of Prima-Qur’an I will say that I find the Ibadi school the most honest in regards to the history of Muslims. I find it the most rooted in the Qur’an.

I find it the most accepting of other schools of thought with in Islam.

Prima-Qur’an: Ibadi perspectives on Islam is a dialogue with in the paradigm of Islam. We encourage Muslims to pray in all Masjids. We encourage Muslims to have fellowship with all Muslims. We encourage Muslims to trade and do business with all Muslims.

This web site is simply to give you views and perspectives from the Ibadi school that you may not readily find available in English or anywhere else.

It is simply to enlighten others on another methodology or approach that I think will be helpful to many and Allah (swt) knows best.

The purpose here is not to come along and change everything you know. This is not the purpose of Prima-Qur’an. Ibadi perspectives on Islam.

We are simply sharing our narrative.

“And obey Allah and obey the Messenger. But if you turn away, then Our Messenger is responsible only for conveying the message clearly. (Quran 64:12)

O mankind! The Messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord, so believe: it is better for you. And if you disbelieve, to Allah belongs what is in the heavens and in the earth. And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” (Qur’an 4:170)

“Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is guided” (Qur’an 16:125)

We ask Allah to keep us humble, and sincere. Welcome to Prima-Qur’an: Ibadi perspectives on Islam. I hope that Allah enriches you by this site and that you yourselves enrich others through your contributions.

Sincerely, yours.

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