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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, السل

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

A. Zabiha – Islamic Method of Slaughtering
It is not only humane but also scientifically the best.

1. Islamic method of slaughtering animal

Zakkaytum is a verb derived from the root word Zakaah (to purify). Its infinitive is Tazkiyah which means purification. The Islamic mode of slaughtering an animal requires the following conditions to be met:

a. Animal should be slaughtered with a sharp object (knife)

The animal has to be slaughtered with a sharp object (knife) and in a fast way so that the pain of slaughter is minimised.

b. Cut wind pipe, throat and vessels of neck

Zabiha is an Arabic word which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is to be done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.

c. Blood should be drained

The blood has to be drained completely before the head is removed. The purpose is to drain out most of the blood which would serve as a good culture medium for micro-organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut because the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process causing cardiac arrest, stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.

2. Blood is a good medium for germs and bacteria
Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. Therefore the Muslim way of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases is eliminated.

3. Meat remains fresh for a longer time
Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer time due to deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.

4. Animal does not feel pain
The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain. While dying, the animal struggles, writhes, shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles deficient in blood and due to the flow of blood out of the body.

B. Science of meat – Halal meat more tender, less cruel, say experts – a Times of India exclusive

Please go through this beautiful article “Science of meat – Halal meat more tender, less cruel, say experts ” given below published in Times of India Newspaper, Bangalore edition on January 29, 2012.

Even as the UK Parliament refuses to serve halal meat at restaurants on its premises, fresh scientific opinion suggests halal is the better option. Times Life investigates – Kounteya Sinha, Amit Bhattacharya & Anuradha Varma

Evidence suggests that animals slaughtered through Jhatka(non-Halal) method suffer more trauma than those killed by Halal Method.

FOR Mohammad Salim, owner of a tiny meat shop in the Gurdwara Road Market of New Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area, business is just as it’s been for the last 15 years since he moved to the capital from Agra. There seem to be more takers for mutton that Sunday morning than for the fresh batch of Rohu that’s just arrived. The practising Muslim packs half kilo curry pieces of a leg of mutton in polythene. For this seller of halal meat, the recent debate over the UK parliament rejecting demands to serve halal meat in its restaurants, on grounds of cruelty, is pointless.

“We read a Kalima (Qur’anic verse) before the meat is cut. Lekin, marta toh murga hi hai (Finally, it’s the animal that pays the price). It’s just a question of using different methods of slaughter,” he shrugs.

Mohammad Salim, a halal meat seller reads a Kalima before the meat is cut.

Early this month, British newspapers had reported that Muslim MPs and peers were told they wouldn’t be served meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition — slitting the animal’s throat without first stunning it — since it was offensive to their non-Muslim colleagues.

Even as voices of dissent grow louder among furious UK parliamentarians, experts are speaking in favour…


Methods Muslims use to attack Christiani

Methods Muslims use to attack Christianity
by Matt Slick http://www.carm.org
No. 1 Attack the validity of the Bible.
This is expected. If the Muslim can undermine the strength and integrity of God’s word, then it would be much easier for him to win arguments, confound the Christian, and make converts of those who don’t know the truth and power of the Bible. This is what the devil did in the Garden of Eden. Satan said, “You truly will not die!” (Gen. 3:4 ). I am not calling Muslims satanic. I am simply pointing out that that is how deception begins–by bringing doubt upon God’s word, and that this is exactly what Muslims do. They try to get people to doubt the Bible and then tell you how great Islam is. Various methods are used here to accomplish this:
1. Stating that the Bible has numerous contradictions.
A. Of course, I cannot go through all the alleged Bible contradictions here (See the Bible Difficulties section for more explanation). But my observation has been that the majority of “biblical contradictions” raised by Muslims are nothing more than examples of their lack of understanding of biblical theology and context. Always read the context of verses. Don’t let a Muslim simply state that there are contradictions and leave it at that. Ask him to give you one. If you cannot answer it, do research and get back to him. Sure, there are some tough areas of Scripture, but there are no contradictions in God’s Word.1
2. Criticizing the lack of original manuscripts.
A. The point here is that because we do not have the original manuscripts of the Bible, we cannot really know what the originals said and, therefore, the Bible could have been corrupted. They then compare the Bible to the Koran and state that the Koran is the guaranteed, preserved, direct word of Allah given by the angel Gabriel to Muhammad. Of course, what they fail to mention is:
i. The Bible documents are well attested as being reliable and accurate. In fact, we have around 24,000 ancient manuscripts of the New Testament. So much so, that no major area of Christian doctrine is affected by possible variations among manuscripts (click here for more details).2
ii. Regarding the Koran, Muhammad couldn’t read or write; so he recited the Koran to people who then wrote it down. There is no evidence at all that the Koran was written down in its entirety in Muhammad’s lifetime and compiled as a unit. So how could he have verified its truth?
iii. Shortly after Muhammad’s death, the Muslim Uthman ordered all sets of the Koran manuscripts to be destroyed except the codex of Zaid. Why? Is it because Zaid’s copy was better? If so, how do we know? Did differences in the copies arise so quickly that discrepancies were evident, and Uthman recognized the need for a standardized copy lest Islam suffer division? It raises doubt on the Koran’s supposed incorruptibility.
iv. Muslims claim that Allah said the Koran would be preserved. But, the mere claim is not enough. It is using the Koran to substantiate the Koran which is circular reasoning.
3. Claiming that the Bible is false because it contradicts the Koran (Qur’an).
A. This is simply begging the question. That means that one assumes the validity of the thing that he is trying to prove. The Muslim assumes the validity of the Qur’an; and because it contradicts the Bible, the Bible is wrong. Well, the Christian can just as easily state that the Koran is wrong because it contradicts the Bible. But the Muslims would not accept that. Therefore, why should we accept their argument?
No. 2 Attempt to set Paul against Jesus.
Muslims often make the claim that Paul never met Jesus and was not a disciple or apostle of Jesus. Of course, this is not true. Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus in Acts 9–after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus spoke to him and commissioned him. So, Paul met Jesus. Furthermore, Paul visited the Jerusalem apostles Peter,…

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, السل

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
1. A Plea to ISIS Supporters to Read the True Story of Alan Henning

A Plea to ISIS Supporters to Read the True Story of Alan Henning
Posted by: Bilal Abdul Kareem

On August 13, 2014 I reported a story (Bilalabdulkareem.com ) about a British aid worker who had been abducted in Dana, Syria. Today that person appeared on ISIS’s beheading video of David Haines. His name is Alan Henning. Many ISIS supporters called me a liar and threatened me. I believe that many of them did so because they themselves did not want to believe that their leadership is not what they think. Unlike many out there I believe that many of you who are either in ISIS currently or support them in some way (even emotionally) do so out of a lack of understanding rather than due to a malicious nature. Please read the untold story of how he was abducted and try to understand the issues relating to it and how it relates to you. While I am not saying that ISIS members are not Muslims (they are, but misguided), however Muslims are a people of honor, courage, and Eemaan (faith). They are not a team of bandits, highway robbers, or crooks.

Therefore I am republishing the story I wrote a few weeks ago. I changed Alan Henning’s name in the original story to Murdock so as to keep his identity hidden. Now as the story has been told in the media there is no need to hide his identity. As you read further you will know why I originally changed his name in my report.

Please read the following story and see if there is any honor in it:


The convoy cleared the Turkish side of the border and completed the 30 minute drive to Dana. Approximately 2 hours after arrival, ISIS soldiers arrived and detained a large number of those who were on the aid convoy. A few hours later they were all released, except Murdock (Alan Henning). Initially it was said by ISIS brass that he was being held for a few additional hours to answer some questions and then he will be released. Hours turned to days and Alan Henning didn’t appear. Those who were on the convoy were angry and confused as to why their companion was not released. Then what they had feared had come to light, they were told that Henning was now their prisoner. They asked why, as he had only been in the country for a few hours and most of that was inside a vehicle traveling to Dana. They said that he was suspected to be a spy. The Muslims on the convoy asked for proof as they regarded this as a totally ridiculous claim. ISIS cited that they couldn’t believe that a white christian would want to come to Syria at this time except that he was a spy. The ISIS commander then showed them Henning’s passport and said that this was the proof. “There is a secret chip inside. This is so that the intelligence service can continue tracking him”. One of the other Muslims from the convoy said: “All of the passports from the UK are like that!”, showing him his UK passport. The other Muslims on the convoy told them that this man had given up Christmas with his family to come to help save the people that ISIS “said” they were trying to save in the Syrian people. The commander remained quiet and said that it wasn’t up to him and the decision regarding Henning would have to be made by the Ameer in charge who would be in the next day.

A day or so passed with no word and they inquired again. ISIS said that he was to remain their prisoner and they would ransom him for something. “Why?” they were asked. They said: “We will trade him for someone in the UK prison system. The other Muslims told him this was not Islamically correct and they had no charge against him. One of the aid workers told them that the people rely on these convoys and actions like these would create problems for their efforts in helping the Syrian people. The ISIS commander replied: “We don’t need convoys, we have Allaah”. Religious jurists from other groups came to intercede on Murdoch’s…

101 Bible Contradictions Before reading

101 Bible Contradictions
Before reading this booklet please note the following points:
“Any argument should be examined throughly before accepting or rejecting its’ claims. To do otherwise is to rely on the fickle emotions of the heart even when they run contrary to all rationality.” – Shawn Smith

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace….” (1st Corinthians 14:33 King James Version Bible)

“If the Christian feels that a logical discussion is more than we should expect when considering religious matters, let him be encouraged by the Biblical passage at Isaiah 1:16: ” . . . come let us reason together.” – (Gary Miller Author of “Missionary Christianity – A Muslim’s Analysis”)

“But intellectual bondages are harder to shatter; the slave himself fights to retain them.” – Ahmed Deedat

The Challenge

The question which I present before my reader is: “If I can show you 101 contradictions in the Bible will you listen to what I have to say?” Will you agree to this challenge?. If so read on. If not, thank you for reading this far.

The objective of this little booklet is to present to my readers 101 contradictions in the Bible. In doing so I want to promote the idea that many things which you may have always taken for granted as being true, may not be necessarily so. If this is the case, then the question arises “is there some source which can be utilized in order to find the truth without us being presented with illogical explanations and contradictions? I personally believe this reliable source exists, but first I have to show you that the source which you now depend upon, namely The Bible, is not reliable. I will challenge the reliability of the Bible by demonstrating 101 of its’ contradictions. Now if someone were to give testimony in a court of law and he or she were found to give 101 contradictory statements under oath, the testimony of that person would be rejected. I think we can all agree that this is only reasonable. Why not use the same standard when judging the reliability of the statements of The Bible?

Let it be made clear right at the beginning, I have no desire to offend anyone’s religious convictions. We have a God given right to believe what we want and I would never try to take that away from anyone. Additionally, if someone is offended by this book then toss it in the trash, or pass it on to someone else. The main thing I want you to do is use your mind and don’t be guided by emotions alone. God has given you a brain, USE IT!!!

If you have read this far you must either be intrigued by my challenge or you are one of those “Bible Thumpers” who is convinced that I will never find contradictions in the Bible and if I do find 101 then there is an easy explanation for each one of them. He will be quick to quote the verse from the Bible in 2 Timothy 3:16 where it says:” All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” I like explanations. I find people who argue that black is white and day is night to be quite interesting. On this point Donald Morgan had this to say in an article entitled “Introduction to the Bible and Biblical Problems”:

“While Biblicists are capable of offering some sort of explanation for nearly any biblical problem that can be uncovered, such explanations should be unnecessary. The point is not whether some explanation can be conceived, but rather that a perfect and loving God certainly could, should, and would do a much better job of it were he to have anything to do with the writing of a book.”

Let us begin. You will need a Bible to look up the references.

Please do not take my word for anything without confirming it with sources.

Any argument should be examined throughly before accepting or rejecting its’ claims.

To do otherwise is to rely on the fickle emotions of the heart even when they run contrary to all rationality.

Additionally, to my Christian readers who may be a bit intimidated by the this booklet, they should remember that according to Acts 17:11,

Paul praised…

Chandran Veerasamy சர்வதிகாரிகளின் ஆட்சி

Chandran Veerasamy
சர்வதிகாரிகளின் ஆட்சிக் காலத்தில் ஆபாச அத்துமீறல்கள் அதிகமாகவே இருக்கும்.. ஆனால் ஹிட்லர் அத்தகைய ஆபாசங்களை ஒருபோதும் அனுமதிக்கவில்லை.. ஒரு விபசார விடுதி கூட அவரின் ஆட்சிக்காலத்தில் இல்லை என்பதே மிகப் பெரிய சாதனை அல்லவா… “விபச்சாரம் பிளேக் நோய் போன்றது. சிறிதும் தயவு காட்டாமல் அது அழிக்கப்பட வேண்டும். சமுதாயத்தின் அழுகிப் போன பகுதிகளை நாம் சுத்தப்படுத்த வேண்டும். இலக்கியம், சினிமா, கலை, பத்திரிக்கைகள், சுவரொட்டிகள், கடைகளின் ‘ஷோகேஸ்’கள் அதிலும் ஆபாசம் இருக்க, நான் அனுமதிக்க மாட்டேன்!”, என்று எச்சரித்தார் ஹிட்லர்.

வெள்ளைத்துணியில் உள்ள கறுப்புக் கரைகளே நம் கண்களை ஈர்க்கும்..அதே போன்று,ஹிட்லரின் தவறுகளால்,அவரை பற்றிய நினைவுகள் உலக சமுதாயத்தால் ஒதுக்கப்பட்ட போது,அவரின் சாதனைகளும் கூடவே மறக்கப்பட்டுவிட்டன.

1035 பக்கங்கள் கொண்ட ‘அடால்ப் ஹிட்லர்’என்ற புத்தகத்தை எழுதிய பேராசிரியர் ஜான் டோலேன்ட்,”ஹிட்லர் ஆட்சிக்கு வந்த நாலாவது ஆண்டில் எதாவது காரணத்தால் இறந்திருந்தால், உலகமே ஹிட்லரை ‘ஜெர்மனியின் சரித்தரத்தில் தோன்றிய மிகச் சிறந்த மாமனிதன் என்று பாராட்டியிருக்கும்!” என்று கூறுகிறார். அவரின் சாதனைகளில் சிலவற்றை பார்ப்போம்.

முதல் உலகப்போரால் வாடி வதங்கி போயிருந்த ஜெர்மனியின் பொருளாதாரத்தை ஆட்சிக்கு வந்த மூன்றே ஆண்டுகளில் தூக்கி நிறுத்தியவர் ஹிட்லர். ஹிட்லர் பதவியேற்ற 1933 -இல் ஜெர்மனியில் வேலை இல்லாதவர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை 60 லட்சம். ஆனால் 1936 -இல், அதாவது மூன்றே ஆண்டுகளில், ஜெர்மனியில் வேலையில்லாதவர் என்று ஒருவர் கூட இல்லை என்ற நிலை உருவானது.. இத்தனைக்கும் பொருளாதார அறிவு சிறிதும் ஹிட்லருக்கு இல்லை. இந்த சாதனைக்கு காரணம், ஹிட்லரால் தேடிக் கண்டுப்பிடிக்கப்பட்ட ஜால்மர் ஷ்ஹாக்ட் என்ற பொருளாதார ஜீனியஸ் ஆவார். ஜால்மர் ஷ்ஹாக்ட் ஒன்றும் முன்னணித் தலைவரில்லை.. ஆயினும் அவரது திறமையை உணர்ந்திருந்த ஹிட்லர் அவரை பொருளாதார அமைச்சராக நியமித்து இத்தகைய சாதனையை புரிந்தார். ( திறமைக்கு மரியாதை கொடுத்து பதவியை கொடுப்பவனே சிறந்த தலைவன். நமக்கு எப்போது அத்தகைய தலைவன் கிடைப்பான் என்று யூகிக்க கூட முடியவில்லை.)

ஹிட்லரின் ஆட்சியில் வேலைக்கேற்ற ஊதியம், போனஸ், விலைவாசி எல்லாம் கட்சிதமாக நிர்ணயிக்கப்பட்டது. படு வேகமாக கார்கள் போவதற்கு மிக நீண்ட ‘ஹைவேஸ்’ (Auto Bahn ) உலகில் முதலில் கட்டப்பட்டது, ஜெர்மனியில் ஹிட்லரின் ஆட்சிக்காலத்தில்தான்..

முதியவர்களுக்கு பென்ஷன் மற்றும் இலவச வைத்தியம், எல்லோருக்கும் ஹெல்த் இன்சூரன்ஸ் திட்டங்கள் எல்லாம் படுவேகமாக நடைமுறைக்கு வந்தன.

“சாமான்யர்களும் காரில் பயணிக்க வேண்டும். அவர்களுடைய பட்ஜெட்டுக்கு ஏற்றவாறு கார்கள் தயாரிக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.ஒரு காலன் பெட்ரோலுக்கு அது நாற்பது மைல் போக வேண்டும்” என்று Porsche கார் நிறுவனத்தின் அதிபர் ‘பெர்டினான்ட் பொர்ஷ்’-ஐ கூப்பிட்டு சொன்னார் ஹிட்லர். பின் பகுதியில் இஞ்சின் அமைப்புடன் தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட அந்த மினி கார்களுக்கு ‘வோக்ஸ்வேகன்’ என்று பெயரிடப்பட்டது. பிற்காலத்தில் அந்தக் கார்கள் உலகப் புகழ் பெற்றது.

‘தொழிற்சாலைகளால் சுற்றுச்சூழல் மாசு அடையக் கூடாது’ அன்று ஹிட்லர் சட்டம் கொண்டுவர, அத்தனை தொழிற்ச்சாலைகளும் அதற்கான Anti – Pollution சாதனங்களையும் ஃபில்டர்களையும் பொருத்திக் கொண்டது. அதனால் ஜெர்மனியில் ஓடிய நதிகள் அத்தனையும் படு சுத்தமாக இருந்தது.

ஹிட்லர் காலத்தில் எந்த தொழிற்ச்சாலையிலும் சம்பளப் பிரச்னை, வேலைநிறுத்தம் என்பதெல்லாம் கிடையவே கிடையாது. முதலாளி பக்கமும் அவர் செயவில்லை. தொழிற்ச் சங்கங்களுக்கும் அவர் ஆதரவு தரவில்லை. முதலாளி பிரச்னை செய்தாலும், தொழிலாளிகள் தவறு செய்தாலும், இரு தரப்பினரையும் சிறையில் தள்ளினார்.

சர்வாதிகாரியாக இருந்தததால் ஹிட்லரால் இந்தக் கண்டிப்பைச் சுலபமாக காட்டி, பிரச்னையை முடிக்க முடிந்ததது என்பதும் உண்மைதான். (அதனால்தான் என்னவோ சர்வதிகாரிகளின் ஆட்சிக்கு ஆதரவு தருவோர்களும் பலர் உண்டு.)

– நன்றி : நாடோடித் தோழன் இணைய தளம் .

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Seaworthy A picture of the German light cruiser SMS Emden, ‘swan of the East’
SMS Audacious
In 1914, a lone German warship spread terror and bombed Madras


Around a million Indians served in World War I, but the flames of the conflagration touched it directly only once: the bombardment of Madras by the German light cruiser SMS Emden, 100 years ago this week. That action, was part of one of the greatest military exploits of the war—the daredevil marauding of the Emden in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean for three mon­ths, creating havoc and spreading panic, sinking both merchant and naval ships, shutting down sea traffic, and sin­gle—handedly tying down a vaunted British navy in the zenith of its prowess.

Ultimately, on the orders of an irate Winston Churchill (the first lord of the Admiralty), 72 warships from the British, Australian, Russian and Japanese navies were assigned to hunt the Emden down! They cornered it halfway to Australia, and finally sunk it. It is an episode not many remember, although the word ‘Emden’ has entered various languages, including Tamil, Sinhalese and Malay­alam, denoting shades of meaning from ‘cunning’ and ‘audacious’ to ‘terrifying’.

The story begins in 1914, when SMS Emden was based in Tsingtao, China, as part of the German Asian fleet. When war was declared, it was decided to withdraw the fleet to Europe, rather than risk being cut off by the powerful Allied navies. But one young captain, Karl von Muller of the Emden, requested permission to stay behind and disrupt Allied shipping in Asian waters. It was a suicidal mission. By early September, the Emden had quietly slipped in to the region’s busiest shipping lanes. Ingeniously disguising itself as the British cruiser HMS Yarmouth, von Muller perfected the art of sneaking up on Allied merchant ships, raiding their cargoes, and sinking them, but making it a point to treat the unfortunate crew with chivalry, and ensure their safety and well-being. The Emden hit headlines around the world, and newspapers talked not just about the ship’s amazing, and intrepid, piratical run, but also about its captain’s gentlemanly conduct. One Hong Kong newspaper, typically, praised von Muller for “behaving not merely with humanity but with consideration towards the British crews”, going on to add that “He is making history because he is doing what hardly anyone thought could be done”.

In just two weeks, the Emden had raided or sunk 11 ships. By mid-September 1914, all voyages between India and Singapore were stopped. Then, late on the night of September 22, 1914, it did something totally unexpected: it sailed unnoticed into Madras, turned its 10 four-inch guns on the port, and opened a furious fusillade. Capt von Muller’s obj­ective was to spread panic and humiliate the English in the eyes of Indians. He first blew up the Burmah Oil Company’s petrol tanks along the seafront and then proceeded to shell Madras for the next 30 minutes, averaging one shell every 15 seconds. It was a calculatedly terrifying experience. The casualties, however, were surprisingly small—five killed and 26 injured, mainly sailors from a ship sunk in the harbour, because the gallant von Muller had scrupulously avoided hitting the city’s civilian areas. The attack achieved its objective: it resulted in public panic, rioting, looting, an exodus from the city, and the calling out of police reserves to maintain order. Meanwhile, popular Tamil songs were composed about the Emden’s exploits, and mothers, for years afterwards, would hush their children with threats that ‘Amadan’ would come and get them.

By bombarding Madras, the Emden’s captain, von Muller, wanted to humiliate the British in the eyes of Indians.

One of the interesting sidelights of the Emden episode is a legend in the…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, السل

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Edifying statement on the Islamic State (IS) group

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Recently the media has contained numerous reports about the actions attributed to a group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS). The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) feel it necessary to educate the public on Islamic values, to prevent the public from conflating Islam with extreme acts.

As an organisation, iERA has been at the forefront in calling Muslims in the UK to reach out to the wider community and allay their fears and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. We have consistently encouraged Muslims to appreciate and contribute to their presence by sharing this message of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. This is why we believe it is important to shed some light on what life under Islamic governance should look like as witnessed by over a thousand years of history.

Islamic Values in Practice

Islamic governance is fundamentally based on justice and compassion. These are the central values of Islam that are expressed through a sincere belief in the existence of one God and by seeking to act in a way that is pleasing to Him. By singling Him out for worship and being conscious of one’s accountability, a Muslim is encouraged to act fairly and justly. The Qur’an clearly states in this regard:

“O you who believe, be steadfast in your devotion to God and bear witness impartially: do not let the hatred of others lead you away from justice, but adhere to justice, for that is closer to being God conscious. Be mindful of God: God is well acquainted with all that you do.”[2]

“O you who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following your own desire, so that you can act justly – if you distort or neglect justice, God is fully aware of what you do.”[3]

Mass murder, ethnic cleansing, sectarianism, intolerance, killing journalists, kidnapping and other evils are the very opposite of the compassionate and merciful behaviour that is the hallmark of a true Islamic state. As the Qur’an states:

“What will explain to you what the steep path is? It is to free a slave, to feed at a time of hunger an orphaned relative or a poor person in distress, and to be one of those who believe and urge one another to steadfastness and compassion.”[4]

Minorities Under Islamic Governance

In the past, when these values were practiced and internalised, the Muslims who had political authority created a society that was unmatched in history. Consider the treatment of minorities such as the Jews and the Christians. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the treaty of Medina said:

“It is incumbent on all the Muslims to help and extend sympathetic treatment to the Jews who have entered into an agreement with us. Neither an oppression of any type should be perpetrated on them nor their enemy be helped against them.”[5]

The popular historian Karen Armstrong points out how these values established an unprecedented coexistence:

“The Muslims had established a system that enabled Jews, Christians, and Muslims to live in Jerusalem together for the first time.”[6]

The Jewish academic Historian Amnon Cohen illustrates the practical application of Islamic values, and how the Jews of Ottoman Jerusalem were free and contributed to society:

“No one interfered with their internal organisation or their external cultural and economic activities…The Jews of Ottoman Jerusalem enjoyed religious and administrative autonomy within an Islamic state, and as a constructive, dynamic element of the local economy and society they could – and actually did – contribute to its functioning.”[7]

‘Umar Ibn al-Khattab, the companion of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the second Caliph of Islam, granted the Christians…

Ex-Israeli soldier speaks out… what he s

Ex-Israeli soldier speaks out… what he says will change everything you think you know about Israel !
Shared By HR on July 23, 2014

The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.
Eran Efrati, 28, was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating high school he enlisted in the IDF, where he served as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division. He spent most of his service in Hebron and throughout the West Bank. In 2009, he was discharged and joined Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers working to raise awareness about the daily reality in the Occupied Territories. He worked as the chief investigator of the organization, collecting testimonies from IDF soldiers about their activities. He also guided political tours and to the West Bank and worked to educate Israeli youth about the reality of being a soldier in an occupying army. His collected testimonies appear in the booklet “Operation Cast Lead” and their most recent release “Our Harsh Logic”. Since leaving Breaking the Silence, his investigative reports appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Today he is active with the Israeli groups Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within.

Please listen to his lecture on Video on Link http://www.digital-resistance.com/insight/ex-israeli-soldier-speaks-out-shocking-truth-about-israel/

Key points from this lecture

There is a heavy indoctrination in Israel, from an early age in schools, which uses the holocaust to create paranoia and fear against ‘the enemy’
Israeli soldiers are trained intensively for a war, whilst their actual military duties are to subdue and control Palestinians
Israeli soldiers routinely humiliate, intimidate, arrest, beat and kill civilian Palestinians to ‘protect’ illegal Jewish settlers in occupied territories
Many Israeli soldiers are aware what they are doing is wrong, but have no way out and feel pressured to continue
Palestinians who require medical attention, have to go through military checkpoints – to do this they require permits
They give these permits to lawyers of ‘Doctors without borders’ and then prevent them from going to the West Bank – meaning Palestinians do not receive permits
Israel uses a clever process to cover itself legally to the world
During Operation Cast Lead , Israeli soldiers were traumatised and confused the atrocities they saw in Gaza
Israel would bomb civilian areas to clear the way for Israeli ground forces, use tank shells, air-strikes and illegal white phosphorus
When wanting to speak out, via the ‘Breaking the Silence Campaign ‘ the Haaretz newspaper refused to publish soldier testimonies after pressure by IDF Spokesman
Breaking the Silence campaign itself was censored by the IDF Spokesman
All media in Israel has to go through the IDF censorship
The Israeli government and military make a lot of money by selling its weapons to other repressive regimes around the world,
Israel tries and tests its weapons on Palestinians – ‘this is not (just) an occupation’ this is a laboratory for Israeli military weapons
Israel uses undercover units in the occupied territories to start riots, and then justify the use of weapons against Palestinian protesters
All police departments in the US are trained by the Israeli military and are taught the same brutal tactics used against Palestinians
US police departments have already used such tactics in suppressing protests in the US, such as the Occupy movement
Hit Israel where it hurts the most, boycott Israel
“Everybody knows, the apartheid regime will stop. The question is how fast, and how many people are going to die… until it will happen?”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, السل

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
What do Qur’an and Hadith Say about the Second Coming of Prophet Isa/ Jesus(PBUH)

What do Qur’an and Hadith Say about the Second Coming of Jesus
The second coming of Prophet Isa/ Jesus (peace be upon him) is one of the major signs to appear before the Day of Judgment. Muslims and Christians believe that Prophet Isa/ Jesus (peace be upon him) will be sent back to our world before the judgment day and he will perform certain tasks.

“The Hour will not come until you see ten signs: the smoke; the False Messiah; the Beast; the sun rising from the West; the descent of Jesus son of Mary; the Gog and Magog; and three tremors – one in the East, one in the West, and one in Arabia, at the end of which fire will burst forth from the direction of Aden and drive people to the place of their final assembly.” (Musnad Imam Ahmed)

The Second Coming of Jesus (Peace be upon him) according to the Qur’an

There are two ayahs in the Qur’an, which are considered to be an indication of the second coming of Prophet Isa (peace be upon him):

“There shall not be anyone from People of the Book, but shall believe in him before his death and on the Day of Resurrection, he (Jesus) shall be a witness against them.” (Qur’an 4: 159)

Most scholars take the above verse to mean that before the death of Jesus (peace be upon him) at the end of time, the people of the book will have the correct belief in him, i.e. that he is no more than one of the greatest messengers of God.

“And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way.” (Qur’an 43: 61)

What Prophet (SAW) said about the second coming of Jesus (Peace be upon him)?

Similar to the Qur’an, there are several AHadith, which mention the second coming of Prophet Isa/Jesus(PBUH).

“God will send the Messiah, son of Mary, who will descend at the white minaret on the eastern side of Damascus wearing two garments, lightly dyed with saffron, his hands resting on the wings of two Angels. When he lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it, and when he raises it up, beads like pearls will scatter from it. Every non-believer who smells him will die, and his breath will reach as far as he is able to see.” (Muslim)

Abu Huraira narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “How will you be when the son of Maryam (i.e. Prophet Isa (peace be upon him)) descends amongst you, and he will judge people by the Law of the Qur’an and not by the law of Gospel!” (Bukhari)

The Prophet (SAW) said: “There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Isa ((peace be upon him.). He (Isa )(peace be upon him)) will descend (to the earth). When you see him, recognize him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the Cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Ad-Dajjal and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.” (Sunan Abu Dawood)

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life; Ibn Maryam (Isa ((peace be upon him)) would certainly pronounce Talbiyah for Hajj or for Umrah or for both in the valley of Rawha.”(Muslim)

Abdullah ibn Amr narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘The Dajjal will appear in my Ummah and he will stay (in the world) for forty—(I cannot say whether he meant forty days, forty months or forty years.) Allah will then send Isa ((peace be upon him), son of Maryam, who will chase the Dajjal and kill him.” (Muslim)

The Prophet (SAW) said, “A section of my people will not cease fighting for truth and will prevail till the Day of Resurrection.” He said: “Jesus son of Mary would then descend and their (Muslims’)…

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