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Japanese Are Converting To Islam

Japanese Are Converting To Islam in Crowds! Very Emotional – Dr.Zakir

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A Response to Bill Warner’s

A Response to Bill Warner’s “Is a Nice Muslim a Good Muslim”

February 14th, 2010|Responses

Our long history of Islamophobia in the West dates back to the time of the Crusades. For centuries Islam has been portrayed as a violent religion of the sword forced upon on the world by a warmonger. This distorted representation of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad became a received idea in the West, and by and large we find it challenging to hold ourselves to the same standards of objectivity and impartiality when it comes to Islam and its prophet that we would set for ourselves when considering any other religion or historical character. A case in point is Bill Warner’s article ‘Is a Nice Muslim a Good Muslim?’.

              Warner’s article is a list of hackneyed aspersions cast on Islam and its prophet. He blit

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UK Muslims distribute Koran in response to anti-Islam film

With violent protests escalating around the world over the video “Innocence of Muslims”, a Muslim organisation in the United Kingdom decided to react in a very different way: by distributing copies of the Koran in English to non-Muslims, with the aim of countering prejudice against Islam.
Photos of the Koran distribution, which have been widely shared on social networks, contrast sharply with those of the violent protests of the past week – they show young Muslim volunteers distributing free Korans in a shopping centre in London.
Behind this initiative is the organisation Discover Islam, whose goal is to educate non-Muslims in the United Kingdom about their faith. It works mainly with learning institutions (schools and universities) and public libraries, giving talks and putting on exhibits that convey a positive image of Islam.
Contributors

“Our goal is not to convert people, but simply to ask them to read about Islam for themselves”

Naif Sheikh is a volunteer with Discover Islam
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Was Islam spread by the sword?

How can Islam be called the religion of peace when it was spread by the sword?

WAS ISLAM SPREAD BY THE SWORD?

It is a common complaint among some non-Muslims that Islam would not have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was responsible for the rapid spread of Islam.

1. Islam means peace.

Islam comes from the root word ‘salaam’, which means peace. It also means submitting one’s will to Allah (swt). Thus Islam is a religion of peace, which is acquired by submitting one’s will to the will of the Supreme Creator, Allah (swt).

2. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace.

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The Prophet Muhammad’s Message of Peace

A major part of the Prophet’s mission was to bring peace to the world. One of the ways in which he strove towards this end was to attempt to convince people that all men and women, albeit inhabiting very different regions of the world, and different from one another in color, culture and language, et cetera, were in fact blood brothers and sisters. His message was crucial, for a proper relationship of love and respect can be established only if that is how human beings regard one another. To inculcate such feelings, the Prophet would preach to his followers, “You are all Adam’s offspring and Adam was made of clay.” And in his prayers to his Creator, he said, “O Lord, all Your servants are brothers.”
The Prophet would exhort his followers to live in peace with their fellow men, saying, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure,” one who returns love for hatred. He used to teach the believers that anyone who would return love only when love was given belonged on a lower ethical plane. The true believer never reasons that only if people treat him well that he will treat them well in return. He is accustomed rather to doing good to those who mistreat him, and to refrain from harming those who do him injury. The Prophet himself set the example. All his recorded words and actions reveal him as a man of great gentleness, kindness, humility, good humor and excellent common sense, with a great love for all people and even for animals.

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The Search for Inner Peace

 

 

Dr Bilal Philips

 

2011 – 1432

 

The Search for Inner Peace

 

The topic of inner peace addresses a universal need. There is nobody on this planet that does not desire inner peace. It is not a desire that is new to our time; rather, it is something that everybody has been searching for throughout the ages, regardless of colour, creed, religion, race, nationality, age, sex, wealth, ability or technological advancement.

People have taken a variety of different paths in trying to achieve inner peace, some through accumulating material possessions and wealth, others through drugs; some through music, others through meditation; some through their husbands and wives, others through their careers and some through their children’s achievements. And the list goes on

Yet the search also goes on. In our time we have been led to believe that technological advancement and modernisation will produce for us physical comforts and through these we will attain inner peace.

However, if we were to take the most technologically advanced and most industrialised nation in the world, America, then we would see that what we have been led to believe is not factual. The statistics show that in America some 20 million adults suffer from depression yearly; and what is depression but a total lack of inner peace? Furthermore in the year 2000 death rate due to suicide was double the rate of those who die from Aids. However, the news media being what it is, we hear more about those who die from Aids than we do about those who die by committing suicide. Also more people die from suicide in America than from homicide, and the homicide rates themselves are massive.

So the reality is that technological advancement and modernisation have not bought inner peace and tranquility. Rather in spite of the creature comforts that modernisation has brought us, we are further away from inner peace than our ancestors were.

Inner peace is for the most part of our lives very elusive; we never seem to get our hands on it.

Many of us mistake personal pleasures for inner peace; we achieve elements of pleasure from a variety of things, be it wealth, sexual relations or other than that. But these do not last, they come and go. Yes we have personal pleasures from time to time and we are pleased with various things from time to time, but this is not inner peace. True inner peace is a sense of stability and contentment which carries us through all the trials and difficulties of life.

W need to understand that peace is not something that will exist in this world around us because when we define peace according to the dictionary definition it states that peace is freedom from war or civil strife. Where do have this? There is always a war or some sort of civil unrest happening somewhere in the world. If we look at peace in terms of the state level then peace is freedom from public disorder and security, but where in the world do we have this in a complete form? If we look at peace on a social level, family and work, then peace is freedom from disagreements and arguments, but is there such a social environment that never has disagreements or arguments? In terms of location, then yes, we can have a place which is calm, peaceful and tranquil, some islands for example, but this external peace only exists for a small amount of time, sooner or later a storm or a hurricane will come.

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Does Islam really allow the killing of innocent unbelievers?


This is one misunderstanding that keeps rising up against Islam.   Islam does not in anyway allow for the killing of any innocent soul.  I have gathered some of the Noble Verses that I am aware of that deal directly with war and peace to shed some light upon my readers.

Noble Verses that order the killing of the enemies:

Let us look at Noble Verses 9:28-29“O ye believe! Truly the pagans are unclear; so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque.  And if ye fear povery, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills, out of His bounty, For Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, from among the people of the book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

Let us look at Noble Verse 9:5Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

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Treatiesbetween Muslims and non-Muslims

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Introduction

Peace was the basis of Muslims’ treaties with the other. Through such treaties the two sides – Muslims and the other – live in a state of peace, conclusion of truce or reconciliation.

“As long as relations are based on peace, any treaties are either aimed at ending an accidental war and returning to the state of lasting peace or meant to recognize peace and establish its pillars in order to rule out any possible assault; otherwise it is caused by a breach of such treaties.”[1]

Throughout long eras, Islamic countries signed treaties and made covenants with non-Muslim countries. Such agreements included several commitments, rules, conditions and principles, which constitutes a development in the Islamic international law.

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Mercy in Islam… Significance and Examples

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Importance of Mercy in Islamic legislation

The first eye-catching feature in the Holy Quran, which is Muslims’ constitution and their top and most importance source of legislation, is that all its chapters save At-Tawbah (Repentance) chapter, have been opened with basmala (the phrase: Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim or in the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful). It is clear for all that opening all Quranic chapters with these two attributes has its obvious denotation on the importance of mercy in the Islamic sharia. The close linguistic meaning of the two attributes is also unmistakable for everyone. Scholars gave long details and several opinions on the difference between the two words[1]. Allah could have been using another attribute with the attribute of being merciful, such as the Incomparably Great, the Wise, the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. It was also possible for Allah to use another attribute with another meaning so as to strike a balance for readers in order to prevent the mercy attribute from prevailing, for example, the Compeller, the Lord of Retribution or the Subduer. But combining these two attributes with their close meanings at the start of each Quranic chapter gives the very obvious indication: The attribute of mercy precedes par excellence all other attributes and that mercy is the basis of treatment and which never collapses in front of other bases.

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Relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Introduction

Systems in the Islamic civilization were not confined only to addressing Muslims and non-Muslims’ affairs in the Islamic state, but were also concerned with organizing relations between Muslims and other peoples and countries. In this regard, it had bases and principles for such relations. This was the case in the state of peace and war. These are the cases in which the glory of Islamic civilization is manifested and its human nature becomes lofty.

Islam is the religion of peace

Islam is the religion of peacePeace is really the origin of Islam. Allah, Exalted be He, commended His believing slaves who believed in His Messenger, saying: {O ye who believe! Enter into Islam [peace] whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy.} [Al-Baqara:208], peace here is Islam[1]. Islam was expressed in the word “peace” because it is peace for man, himself, his home, society and for those surrounding him; it is the religion of peace.

It is no wonder to find that the word Islam is derived from (peace) and that peace is one of the most prominent Islamic principles, if not the most prominent at all. Moreover, it can amount to a synonym of Islam itself, on the grounds of the origin of the language material[2].

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