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Islam In China 2016 – Islam Most Popular Religion With Young Chinese

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Islam In China 2016 – Islam Most Popular Religion With Young Chinese

 

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What Attracted Me To Islam Is That It Make Sense!!

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Journey To Islam Br. Slava – What Attracted Me To Islam Is That It Make Sense!!

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Here are 8 Christian Terrorist Organizations That Equal ISIS

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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The right-wing is quick to condemn all of Islam like it’s a singular entity, and hold every Muslim accountable for the actions of a handful bad apples. As I’ve often said, no one religion — not even Buddhism — has the “right” to claim they’re non-violent. Holy War is one of those things that cuts across all religions equally. And while you can point this out to right-wingers, they won’t listen: they’re quick to invoke Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Sheebab, or some other terrorist agency and pretend they’re the sum total of all Muslims.

Well, there are Christian terrorist agencies that are just as scary, and some of them just as bad if not worse, than ISIS. A few of these you may have heard of, but since our so-called “liberal media” gets cold feet at naming Christian Terrorism what it is, some of them slip under the radar or aren’t as associated with Christian terrorism as they should be in the popular imagination.

8. Lord’s Resistance Army

Active: 1980s-Present, about 30 years

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About the Qur’anic manuscript discovered in Birmingham

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Tests reveal ‪#‎Quran‬ manuscript is among oldest in the world, says UK university…

Dawah Power by Jamshed Javed's photo.

Here’s a really informative graphic comparing the Qur’anic manuscript discovered in Birmingham with the modern day Qur’an… and they’re practically identical!

Allahu akbar, in the very city where the Prime Minister of the UK attacked orthodox Muslims for being extreme, is the very city in which Allah (swt) allowed for this miracle to emerge. A miracle, in that this proves the preservation of the Qur’an to be true – a feat that’s beyond human ability to reproduce. Now the Islamophobes and skeptics have a dilemma, being as many have made careers off the unfounded assertion that the Qur’an was compiled much later, or has been subject to change. This manuscript appears to fly in the face of both claims.

And look at the section that has been preserved…

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On The Textual Sources Of The New International Version (NIV) Bible

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

On The Textual Sources Of The New International Version (NIV) Bible

M S M Saifullah & Usman Sheikh

© Islamic Awareness, All Rights Reserved.

First Composed: 3rd October 2004

Last Updated: 3rd August 2005


Assalamu-`alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

1. Introduction

The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, produced during the 1960s and 1970s by a committee of more than one hundred scholars, has become the preeminent translation trusted by millions of Christians worldwide. The goal of this translation was to convey in modern English the message of the Bible’s original authors. The success of the NIV Bible can be seen in the fact that in each year since 1987 it has outsold the classic King James Version (KJV) Bible. Given such a smashing success of the NIV Bible, some people have seen the “invisible” hand of Trinitarian deity in its success and started to consider it as the “word” of God. This is very similar to what some people have felt about the KJV Bible. It is worth noting that the belief in the virtual inspiration and divine preservation of any translation has no basis in Christian theology.

The success of the NIV Bible also found its detractors. Some have called the New International Version as the New International Perversion. Our aim, however, is not to look into reasons for the NIV Bible’s success or the arguments of its detractors. Nor are we interested in bogus debates such as the NIV versus the KJV Bible because they are simply translations whether in modern or in the Jacobean English. Our aim is to look into the textual sources used in the translation of the NIV Bible. Are they, what Christians claim to be the “Word” of God? Do they qualify as the “Word” of God? If not, then why not? In this article, we will show that the textual sources used in the translation of the NIV Bible are “eclectic”. These “eclectic” sources do not represent either the “original” text or the “inspired” text.

2. The NIV Bible On Its Textual Sources

What sources does the NIV Bible use for its translation? It is instructive to read what the Preface of the NIV Bible says. According to the Preface, the textual sources for the Old Testament in the NIV Bible are:

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Church Tradition & The Textual Integrity Of The Bible

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Church Tradition & The Textual Integrity Of The Bible

M S M Saifullah, Qasim Iqbal & Muhammad Ghoniem

© Islamic Awareness, All Rights Reserved.

Last Modified: 31st August 1999

 


Assalamu-alaikum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

The basis of evaluation of any hadîth (story or report) in Islam of any text concerned particularly with religion is based on the study of matn (i.e., text) and its isnad (i.e., chain of narration).

A hadîth (pl. ahâdîth) is composed of two parts: the matn (text) and the isnad (chain of reporters). A text may seem to be logical and reasonable but it needs an authentic isnad with reliable reporters to be acceptable; cAbdullah b. al-Mubârak (d. 181 AH), one of the illustrious teachers of Imâm al-Bukhârî, said, “The isnad is part of the religion: had it not been for the isnad, whoever wished to would have said whatever he liked.”[1]

The Christian ‘hadîth’ is composed of matn (text) but no isnad (chain of narration). Without isnad, as cAbdullah b. al-Mubarak said, anyone can claim anything saying that it is coming from the authority. The authorities in the case of Christian ‘hadîth’ are the Apostles and later day Church Fathers. But how can one be sure that the Christian ‘hadîth’ is not mixed with falsehood without the proper isnad and its verification?

The Old Testament, to certain extent and the New Testament in toto lack chain of narration. When this argument was put forward, the Christian missionary Jochen Katz wrote:

On 8 Oct 1998, Jochen Katz wrote (on a different thread):

> That is a bogus argument from an Islamic point of view.

Missionaries when cornered try to wiggle out of the argument by calling names. According to Katz, the Islamic argument of using the chain of narration, i.e., isnad, is ‘bogus’ because the New Testament and major part of Old Testament lacks it and above all it is a Muslim argument. By calling the Islamic argument of isnad ‘bogus’ Katz thought that he is already refuted it. Unfortunately, the Orientalists like Bernard Lewis who read this ‘bogus’ Islamic tradition and compares it with the Christian scholarship say that:

From an early date Muslim scholars recognized the danger of false testimony and hence false doctrine, and developed an elaborate science for criticizing tradition. “Traditional science”, as it was called, differed in many respects from modern historical source criticism, and modern scholarship has always disagreed with evaluations of traditional scientists about the authenticity and accuracy of ancient narratives. But their careful scrutiny of the chains of transmission and their meticulous collection and preservation of variants in the transmitted narratives give to medieval Arabic historiography a professionalism and sophistication without precedent in antiquity and without parallel in the contemporary medieval West. By comparison, the historiography of Latin Christendom seems poor and meagre, and even the more advanced and complex historiography of Greek Christendom still falls short of the historical literature of Islam in volume, variety and analytical depth.[2]

So, after all this Islamic science of hadîth, called ‘bogus’ by Katz, was so advanced that its Christian counterparts were far far away from its sophistication. Futher where does it sophistication lie?

. . . it would have been easy to invent sayings of Muhammad. Because the cultural background of the Arabs had been oral the evidence that came to be expected was the chain of names of those who had passed on the anecdote containing the saying . . . The study of Traditions rapidly became a distinct branch of the studies of the general religious movement. It was soon realized that false Traditions were in circulation with sayings that Muhammad could not possibly have uttered. The chains of transmitters were therefore carefully scrutinised to make sure that the persons named could in fact have met one another, that they could be trusted to repeat the story accurately, and that they did not hold any heretical views. This implied extensive biographical studies; and many biographical dictionaries have been preserved giving the basic information about a man’s teachers and pupils, the views of later scholars (on his reliability as a transmitter) and the date of his death. This biography-based critique of Traditions helped considerably to form a more or less common mind among many men throughout the caliphate about what was to be accepted and what rejected.[3]

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Is The Bible In Our Hands The Same As During The Time Of Muhammad(P)?

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Is The Bible In Our Hands The Same As During The Time Of Muhammad(P)?

M S M Saifullah & Hesham Azmy

© Islamic Awareness, All Rights Reserved.

First Composed: 18th October 1998

Last Updated: 28th December 2005

 


Assalamu-`alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

1. Introduction

Is the Bible in our hands the same as during the time of Prophet Muhammad(P)? A Christian missionary trying to evangelize Muslims would answer in the affirmative. When pressed for an evidence to back up his claims about the integrity of his book from the advent of Islam until today, the missionary quickly turns to the Qur’an and the hadith, to the surprise of Muslims.

Now if we apply the standards used for authenticating the integrity of the Qur’an and the hadith, such as the isnad (i.e., the chain of narration), to the Bible, the Christian missionary would be hard-pressed to present a decent isnad of his Bible going back to Muhammad(P) leave alone Jesus(P). Isnad is a part of the religion of Islam. `Abdullah b. al-Mubarak (d. 181 AH), one of the teachers of Imam al-Bukhari, said:

The isnad is part of the religion: had it not been for the isnad, whoever wished to would have said whatever he liked.[1]

When confronted with such uncomfortable facts, the quickest way out for the missionary is to wiggle out of the argument by name calling. One such incident happened in the newsgroup soc.religion.islam, where the Christian missionary Jochen Katz said:

That is a bogus argument from an Islamic point of view. The scriptures are demonstrably the same today as in Muhammad’s time. Muhammad/Qur’an approved of them as genuine.

As far as the missionary’s position stands, there is neither any “demonstration” nor any show of “genuineness” of his scriptures since the time of Muhammad(P). This is not surprising. We can’t expect someone to show something of which he does not have any information about. Furthermore, does it not occur to this missionary that he should use the Bible’s textual history to “demonstrate” the claims of “genuineness” of his scriptures, before using somebody else’s scripture for textual integrity?

In this article, we will briefly discuss the issue of the Bible that we have in our hands today, being the same as during the time of the Prophet(P), from the point of view of the textual history of the Bible and Islamic history.

2. On Canons & Their Content

According to the missionary:

The scriptures are demonstrably the same today as in Muhammad’s time.

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What Did Jesus Say About Christmas?

Monday, November 4th, 2013


What Did Jesus Say About Christmas?

 

﴿ ماذا قال المسيح عليه السلام عن الكريسماس؟ ﴾

] English – إنجليزي [

 

 

2011 – 1432

 


The Christmas Experience

The perfect Christmas tree is bought. Adorned with ornaments and glittering with tinsel, it stands by the window. The stores are crammed with shoppers hunting for presents and the little ones anxiously waiting for Santa.

Busy with Christmas fever, wonder did you ever, did the Bible or Jesus made any injunction on Christmas ever?

Ponder upon the following analysis on Christmas, and the Truth will become clearer and clearer.

Does Christmas have Biblical Evidence?

The word ‘Christmas’ does not exist in the Bible. The Bible has closed lips on the entire feast of Christmas, with one exception, the decoration of a tree. The Bible itself criticizes the decoration of the (Christmas) trees:

“The customs of the people are worthless, they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel, they adore it with silver and gold, they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter” (Jeremiah 10-3,4).

European Pre-Christian pagans superstitiously believed that the green trees had special protective powers. In fact the use of the Christmas tree began only in the 17th century in Strasbourg, France and from there it spread to Germany, Britain and then to the U.S. “Tree worship was a common feature of religion among the Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe before their conversion to Christianity…German settlers brought the Christmas tree custom to the American colonies in the 17th century. By the 19th century its use was quite widespread”. (Compton’s Encyclopedia, 1998 Edition)

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The Promised Prophet of the Bible

Monday, November 4th, 2013

True Guidance and Light series (5)


 

By:

Munqidh Bin Mahmoud Assaqqar, PhD

 


AKNOWLEDGMENT

 

First, all praise and thanks to God Almighty – Allah. It is with great honor that I present this humble work to my reader, hoping that God Almighty will help him to benefit from it, and makes him and me among those who know the truth and among those who are guided.

Following the tradition of prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in thanking people who did us a favor, I would like to thank many people who I benefited from in completing this work, and possibly my success in this work was a result of their prayers to God Almighty to help me to do so.

I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to my noble parents, who have done the greatest favor for me, in continuously fostering and cherishing me. I also extend my appreciation to my faithful wife, for her continuous support, help, and for her standing beside me during the completion of this work.

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The Concept Of Sin

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Dr. Hammudah Abdalati

Source: Islam In Focus

One of the major troublesome areas of human existence is the problem of sin or evil in the world. It is commonly believed that sin started with Adam and Eve during their life in the Garden of Eden. That event led to the fall and has ever since branded the human race with guilt, stigma, and bewilderment.

 

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