Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Mihna

The Mihna was an attempt by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mamun to impose his own theological views on his subjects. This is what comes closest to the Spanish Inquisition in Islamic history. Mihna means ‘testing or ‘trial’. He wanted people to believe the Quran was created. The Mihna continued after al-Mamun’s death under his successors al Mustasim (r. 833-42) and al-Wathiq (r. 842-7), and was finally ended in 861 (refer to pages 97-99 in Mecca The Sacred City, Ziauddin Sardar, Bloomsbury, 2015 )

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A Passionate Muslim Response to Brannon Howse Defending James White - Exposing Robert Spencer and Usama Dakdok

Dear Brannon Howse

I will get into passionately defending Dr James White in a few moments but first I need to address you and your inconsistencies directly sir.

Sir, I agree there are Christians looking to build empires and are using their faith to make a few dollars and feed their egos. You, Mr Brannon Howse, are associated with two very such Christians.

Anybody, who has the ability to google ” Usama Dakdok” will know there is something very fishy about this “evangelist”. Some of the clouds hanging over this shady character are listed in the Usama Dakdok section. You have also appealed to what you deem to be "Christian behaviour" (i.e. respectful behaviour) to rebuke folks in a “secret Facebook group” mocking and attacking you, Shahram Hadian and Dakdok. It seems ironic, considering the man you roll with has a reputation for wild-eyed comments, malicious slander, dishonesty and mockery. In case I’ve lost you, I’m referring to your friend Usama Dakdok.

You are promoting liberalism indirectly too and Catholicism. You are also rolling with somebody who has seemingly railed against conservative Christian attitudes towards homosexuality. Step forward, Mr Robert Spencer. A younger version of you, the Christian activist Theodore Shoebat (son of the well known hardline Christian Walid Shoebat), has this to say about your liberal, anti-Bible and pro-homosexual (?) Catholic friend:

Spencer describes the author and the book as such: “Bruce Bawer is to be commended for his honesty and courage in writing this superb novel.” Robert Spencer expresses his own anti-Christian hatred in this line of his perverted article:

“Bawer is the author of the 1997 book Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity — an eloquent, impassioned rebuke to the judgmental fundamentalism in which, Bawer contended, all too many Christians place adherence to dogma, in particular that of the sinfulness of homosexual activity, above the demands of Christian charity.”

An anti-Christian book is described by Spencer, a supposed Catholic, as “an eloquent, impassioned rebuke” to “judgmental fundamentalism”. A Christian would never describe a sodomite book with such words.

You probably don’t know that Robert Spencer is on record saying Islam leads to Muslims leading fine, moral and upright lives. That is in complete odds with the fundamentalist Christians (those who hang with you?) who say Islam is from the devil – how is the devil leading people to live “fine, moral and upright lives”? You may want to take this up with Spencer.

You see, you railed against Dr James White but, if you’re consistent, you will be ranting about Usama  Dakdok, the Catholic who promotes liberalism (Robert Spencer) and, wait for it, somebody called Brannon Howse for associating with and promoting the two aforementioned gentlemen!

Sir, you have egg on your face. You may want to try to keep this off Worldview Weekend and hope this is not seen by your financial backers. If you are sincere, you will accept the points being made and recognise your inconsistencies. If you are willing to discuss this and debate what Dr White did as well as Christian doctrines I am willing to come on your show and defend Dr James White against Spencer and/or Dakdok as well as yourself. I understand minister James will not come on your show, I am willing to come on your show. Not for an interfaith dialogue! I am looking to come on the show to hold to account Usama Dakdok, defend brother White and imam Yasir, rebuke you as well as discuss the Bible and Christian doctrines. You see, I’m confident that I can show you difficulties with Christian beliefs (e.g. the Trinity, Hypostatic Union, Blood Atonement, Biblical inerrancy, etc.) and problems with the Bible (both internal and external issues).

The question here is, are you willing to hear what a Muslim has to say? We have put our lives in danger being salt and light for Christians in efforts to reach lost people. We’ve had death threats from people linked to a fundamentalist Christian group; we are not intimated by fundamentalists who are trying to prevent us from peacefully and lovingly reaching the lost. We are peace loving Muslims who want to reach out to your community. You may have watched one or two of brother White’s debates, he struggles in debates to defend ideas such as the Trinity, deity of Jesus and trustworthiness of the Bible. Perhaps that is why you are eagerly trying to close down dialogue. Truth outweighs church traditions. Seek the truth and the truth shall set you free.

Passionate defence of Minister White

Brannon Howse, you have attacked minister James White via straw-men arguments and misinformation. Sir, if you truly believe you have the Holy Spirit in you then surely you are a walking refutation to the belief the Holy Spirit dwells within Christians and guides them in scripture and daily life. Allow me to go into detail:

1. You’ve misrepresented brother White by misrepresenting his event with Dr Yasir Qadhi as an interfaith dialogue, it was not an interfaith dialogue about compromise and syncretism. It was a learning and teaching opportunity. Both respective audiences (Muslims at the mosque and Christians at the church) had an opportunity to learn about what the other respective faith teaches. It would be akin to a Christian going on to YouTube and listening to a lecture by somebody of another faith explaining what they believe. I, being involved in preaching the historical Jesus to Christians, regularly go to the best teachers Christianity has to offer in order to learn about aspects of their faith. I just finished reading some material written by the former archbishop of the Church of England the other day (Prof. Rowan Williams - I hope to use some of it to minister to Christians). I’ve learnt about the Trinity doctrine from folks like RC Sproul and Wayne Grudem – Christianity’s biggest names. I am in a church in the UK listening and learning as well as looking for opportunities to plant seeds. I've attended church organised gatherings where I have I moved people to acknowledge Jesus is not God and the Trinity is not biblical.

I do it because I love Christians. I want Christians to move away from, what rabbi Tovia Singer would call “idolatry”, the Trinity doctrine – a 4th century doctrine which Paul of Tarsus had no knowledge of. For me to do this, I must be familiar with what your religion and what your scholars actually teach. I encourage folks like James White and yourself to learn about Islam from Muslim scholars, that way you will see just how empty, shallow and fallacious the evangelical propaganda about Islam truly is - James White can attest to this as he has seen the type of wild-eyed rhetoric from folks like Robert Morey, Sam Shamoun, David Wood, Usama Dakdok Jay Smith and other low-level thinkers in the evangelical camp via-a-vis Islam. Search this site and you'll find a number of refutations of such low level polemics. Needless to say, James is increasingly avoiding such low-level polemics (although he is still using some arguments which are low level - I have his book and may do a book review).

2. You have made a big deal of half of this event taking place in a church (the other half taking place in a mosque). Minister White has explained it was a ticketed event and it was not a Sunday service.

3. Much has been made of James’ “kindred spirit” comment. Obviously he did not mean he and imam Qadhi shared the same theology and religion – he meant that both share conservative views on different religious sides who have both been involved in championing their respective orthodoxy and conservatism against a growing tide of liberalism in America (the type of liberalism you were indirectly promoting by having Robert Spencer!)

4. The biblical argument that minister White has gone against the Bible because he was “unequally yoked” with imam Qadhi is a disingenuous argument. This is not about marriage. Ironically, Sam Shamoun,  a friend of Dakdok's making money out of the Christian Islamophobia industry and a chief amongst those attacking brother James, also exegetes the verse as a reference to marrying and really close friendship to non Christians. One of Shamoun's friends, Jonathan McLartchie, regularly invites non Christians (atheists, Muslims, Mormons etc.) to present their beliefs to Christians in an apologetics academy.

6. Lastly concerning James' point about ISIS , smart Christians may have realised what James White was saying about the Islamic texts being inconsistent and thus Christians unable to make a definitive proclamation on whether Islam teaches ISIS teachings or not can be used against the Bible with regards to the Trinity idea and Christian soteriology. If James is consistent in believing the interpretation of a small fringe group being at odds with mainstream traditional Islamic beliefs makes the texts inconsistent then he will have tough questions to answer concerning modalism and Arminianism - leading to him denounce the Bible as inconsistent (that's if he is consistent) as he won't be able to appeal to taking scripture as a whole as modalists and Arminians have texts supporting their conclusions. Of course, as Muslims we would say ISIS decontextualising texts and not factoring into account the whole of the Islamic tradition. An example of this would be, terrorism, something which is not allowed according to Sharia yet ISIS carry out terrorist acts.

Responses to and posts about James White

Yasir Qadhi Rebukes Robert Spencer and other Right Wing Bigots Attacking the Minister White-Dr Qadhi Dialogue

James White Warns Churches Against Using Sam Shamoun

How Folks Like Robert Spencer Poison White Evangelical Minds

For Christians who say Allah is a Deceiver- a Message from James White

Contradiction: Robert Spencer Runs Away From Muslim Debater Yusuf Ismail
Brief Chat on Andy Bannister's Approach to Evangelism Re Jonathan McLatichie's Facebook

1 John 2:22 Manuscript Discussion

Is Christian Persecution Complex Harming Muslim-Christian Dialogue?

Do Jay Smith's Pfander Centre for Apologetics Really Preach Trinitarian Views on Jesus?

Does Jesus use Violence and Force According to Trinitarian Christianity?

Synoptic Gospels and the Idea of a Pre-Existent Jesus?

Robert Spencer Shocks Evangelical Christians: "Islam Promotes Good Morality"

Islamophobic Evangelical Christians are flocking to Robert Spencer to attack Muslims and Islam for purposes of "political Christianity" but little do these people know Robert Spencer believes Islam promotes good morality and it helps Muslims live good and moral lives. I guess Robert Spencer will not be repeating what he said here too loudly in front of the evangelical pay-masters who want him to serve "political Christianity". Too late Robert, it's out in the open.

This video is also posted here and here

Barack Obama is a Christian and Jesus is a Muslim

Age of Consent for Jews and Christians?

Foolish Christian Argument 'that Quran Teaches Earth is Flat' Back-fires

Muslim Imam Response to Paris Terrorist Attacks

Similarities Between Catholic Terrorist Group IRA and Muslim Terrorist Group ISIS

Explanation: Zaynab Bint Jahsh's Marriage to Prophet Muhammad p Dr Yasir Qadhi

Dhul Qarnayn and the Exegetes' Speculation of Alexander The Great

Murder Rates in Muslim Countries Compared to Non Muslim Countries.

The Hitler Propaganda on Muslims

Sharia Law against terrorism

Christians having dreams and converting to Islam

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Do Scottish People See Jesus as a Relevant Role Model for Today?

Scottish people are giving up on Christianity. One researcher suggested  if the Church of Scotland became more liberal then it may attract more younger and liberal-minded people:
The Scottish Attitudes Survey, compiled by the independent research body ScotCen, found 58% of respondents said they had no religion at all.

When the survey was carried out in 1999, the figure was 40%.

Among major denominations, the Church of Scotland has seen the sharpest decline, with just 18% saying the belong to the Kirk.

The Church of Scotland figure for 1999 was 35%.

ScotCen researcher Ian Montagu said: "The decline in religious identity in Scotland has been most keenly felt by the Kirk as fewer and fewer people choose to describe themselves as Church of Scotland by default.

"As each generation coming through is consistently less religious than the last, it is hard to imagine this trend coming to a halt in the near future."

He added: "However, if the Kirk is able to push through liberalising measures such as allowing ministers to oversee same-sex marriage ceremonies, it is possible that its appeal may broaden somewhat to younger, more socially liberal Scots."

The Reverend Norman Smith, the convener of the Church of Scotland's Mission and Discipleship Council, said: "This survey contains no surprises for us a Church, however for us it is only part of the story

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Ehteshaam Gulam on Quran Chapter 9 and Critics of Islam

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Ehteshaam writes:
For the Historical Context of the Quran 9 see Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir Ibn Abbas, Tafsir Al-Qurtubi, etc. Also see The Sealed Nectar pages 453-510 regarding the historical context of the Quran 9. Basically this chapter of the Quran was revealed when the Prophet Muhammad and the early Muslims were under attack by the Pagans of Arabia, the Romans, the hypocrites, etc.

The Quran says you can live peacefully with non Believers or Non Muslims in Quran 60:8 and Quran 109. There is no evidence that these verses were abberrated. The Prophet Muhammad never said these vereses were abberrated neither did Ibn Kathir, etc. In fact Muslim scholars don't know which verses abberate other verses, so its incorrect to say the peaceful verses are cancelled out in favor of Quran 9.

Umar Ibn Khattab quoted Quran 2:256 after the Prophet Muhammad's death in Al-Kanz Volume 5 Page 50. The Prophet Muhammad said follow Umar Ibn Khattab in Tirmidhi Volume 6, Page 348, Hadith
#3662. So the Quran 2:256 is not aberrated.

How Folks Like Robert Spencer Poison White Evangelical Minds

Yasir Qadhi Rebukes Robert Spencer and other Right Wing Bigots Attacking the Minister White-Dr Qadhi Dialogue

Contradiction: Robert Spencer Runs Away From Muslim Debater Yusuf Ismail

Hashim Corrects Lizzie Schofield of Pfander Films Website

Muslims are the brothers/sisters of Jesus. It's a good thing a brother of Jesus was at hand to correct a falsehood by Elizabeth Lizzie Schofield of Jay Smith's Pfander Films. Lizzie claimed Allah does not care about sin. A sharp response from Hashim was enough to correct Lizzie.

Video also uploaded here and here

Lizzie Schofield claims 1 Samuel 15:3 was about punishment for sin. OK, so she, as a Trinitarian (last time I checked she was following the later church doctrine of the Trinity)  believes Jesus ordered the killing of women and children because of sin but at the same time she will promote slogans such as "Jesus loves you", "Jesus does not kill anyone", "Jesus is a role model for you", Jesus is the Prince of Peace" etc..

Of course this passage is difficult for Westernised Trinitarian Christians as it does conflict with the marketing/evangelical slogans of the church about Jesus.

1 Samuel 15

And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. 2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. 3 Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction[a] all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
4 So Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand men on foot, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley. 6 Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves[
b] and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.

10 The word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret[
c] that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the Lord all night. 12 And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.” 13 And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed be you to the Lord. I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”14 And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” 15 Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the Lord your God, and the rest we have devoted to destruction.”16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! I will tell you what the Lordsaid to me this night.” And he said to him, “Speak.”

17 And Samuel said, “Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the Lord?” 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord. I have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” 22 And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has also rejected you from being king.”

24 Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me that I may bow before the Lord.” 26 And Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” 27 As Samuel turned to go away, Saul seized the skirt of his robe, and it tore. 28 And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. 29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” 30 Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the Lord your God.” 31 So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the Lord.

32 Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully.[
d] Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” 33 And Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35 And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lordregretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

Answering Daniel and (Lizzie Schofield?) On Shaking Hands FAO Pfander Centre for Apologetics

Lizzie Schofield of Pfander Films Indirectly Rejects the Bible and Attacks the Trinitarian Version of Jesus

Jay Smith's Student Lizzie Schofield Believes Jesus Mistreats Women in Deut 21:10-14

Responses to Jay Smith and Beth Grove

Tovia Singer: Does the New Testament Teach Jesus is God?

Banning Ladders at Speakers Corner and Other Safety Restrictions

Some Christians recently harassed Joseph Cohen's Israel Advocacy group two weeks running at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London. There have been sparks of violence and threats over the years and I've listed some below in a letter which I sent to Inspector Harris a while ago amidst the furore over the ladder ban speculation. Clearly there needs to be increased safety measures and restrictions at Speakers Corner. Banning people who have been involved in violence or incitement to hatred would be a positive step.

A man who intimidated Joseph Cohen

Inspector Harris
The Old Police House
Hyde Park, London
W2 2UH

Dear Inspector Harris

As a member of the [Censored], I want to applaud you and thank you for your decision to ban ladders at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park. I genuinely believe this decision will help calm the atmosphere down there and discourage hate-preachers (including amongst others; Homophobic, Muslim, Racial Nationalist and Islamophobic Christian hate preachers).

There is an internet campaign started by one of the “extreme” Christians called Jay Smith asking people to write to you so the ladders get reinstated at the park. I personally think he’s acting out of self-interest rather than thinking about crowd safety and community cohesion.

I have seen an antagonistic speaker pushed off a ladder and I’ve also heard a speaker who uses a ladder (a gentleman called Christopher) threaten to chop a Muslim’s head off in the Farsi language. This was captured on video and you can view it here:

There’s also a few other antagonistic people whom I believe fit in to Theresa May’s parliamentary comments yesterday (yes, my life is sad enough to watch PMQs) concerning Islamophobia. For instance, there’s a man who is called Dr Jay Smith by his colleagues (an old, short and stocky American man who looks like Colonel Sanders). This man uses the ladder regularly. He incites hatred of minorities (namely Muslims) by pointing at Muslims from his ladder and telling them they are meant to kill him as well as stuff like he “expects” to be killed by Muslims one day. All antagonistic and unsavoury stuff from the ladder:

One of Jay Smith’s female colleagues tells Muslims Jesus will come back with a sword and kill Muslims because Muslims are the enemies of Jesus:

Sadly there are groups who are taking advantage of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and at London Bridge (an attack which could have seen me as a victim as I passed over the bridge a matter of minutes before the terrorist “people” attacked the pedestrians!) for purposes of Islamophobia – Jay Smith has a channel on YouTube featuring his ladder hate speeches which incite people to make racist comments about Muslims as well as provoking hate-comments in wanting to kick Muslims out of Europe:

I’ve even heard his colleagues talk about Muslim men as thinking like rapists and being unable to control lusts etc..

Sadly these people are taking advantage of the spirit of Speakers Corner. Freedom of expression is not freedom to incite hatred. There are Muslims and Pan-Africanists involving themselves in illegal comments and activities too. For instance, a Muslim pushed somebody off a ladder and at least one Pan Africanist is making racially charged comments about Black people being superior to White and Arab people whilst also denigrating White people as inherently violent.

I hope you can take this letter into consideration amidst the letters favouring the contrary position which have been sent to you through organised lobbying efforts by one anti-Muslim Christian group headed by an American Christian fundamentalist.

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank the police force for their great efforts in keeping Britain safe. I know it’s a difficult job and you may feel, at times, your efforts go unnoticed but rest assured the British public holds the police force in high esteem. The best police force in the world, by far! You have my respect.

And once again, thanks for having the foresight to ban ladders at Speakers Corner.

Yours Sincerely

Justin Brierley, do you Believe Jay Smith's "Hyperbole" Excuse?

Do Jay Smith's Pfander Centre for Apologetics Really Preach Trinitarian Views on Jesus?

Synoptic Gospels and the Idea of a Pre-Existent Jesus?

Paula Fredriksen: Paul was NOT a Trinitarian

Thoughts on Lizzie Schofield's blog on Pakistan's ban of Valentines Day

Blog: Aggressive Sid Cordle and Lizzie Schofield on Mary Worship and The Quran

Notes from Sean Finnegan's interview with Patrick Navas: Is the Trinity Biblical

Monday, 10 July 2017

1 Samuel 15:3: Lizzie Speakers Corner (Paul and Lizzie Schofield)

This is a tough passage for Christians to get their mind around. For Trinitarians, this means Jesus ordered the killing of women and babies.

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3 Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction[a] all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” [1 Samuel 15:3]

Response to Lizzie Schofield on British Muslim "Integration"

Hamza Myatt and Lizzie Schofield on Violence in Bible - Unbelievable and Pfander Films Take Note

Are Jay Smith and Beth Grove of Pfander Centre Radicalising People to Hate Muslims?

Adnan Rashid Racist Abuse Condemned - Jay Smith's Pfander Films' Radicalised Viewers

Jay Smith's Student Lizzie Schofield Believes Jesus Mistreats Women in Deut 21:10-14

Do Jay Smith's Pfander Centre for Apologetics Really Preach Trinitarian Views on Jesus?

Blog: Aggressive Sid Cordle and Lizzie Schofield on Mary Worship and The Quran

Answering Daniel and (Lizzie Schofield?) On Shaking Hands FAO Pfander Centre for Apologetics

Jesus Allowed Killing Children Who Cursed Parents - Christian Pastor

Lizzie Schofield of Pfander Films Indirectly Rejects the Bible and Attacks the Trinitarian Version of Jesus

The utter lack of regard for the teachings of the Old Testament and the willingness to throw the Bible under the bus on the part of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics team and their associates is staggering. These people are literally arguing against their Bible unwittingly. In this case it is Elizabeth Lizzie Schofield.

Lizzie questions why one would worship a God who punishes apostates. Little did she know about Deuteronomy 31.

Video also uploaded here and here

6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again. [Deuteronomy 13: 6-9 NIV]

Trinitrians believe Jesus allowed polygamy?

Christianity and Polygamy

Synoptic Gospels and the Idea of a Pre-Existant Jesus?

Tovia Singer: Does the New Testament Teach Jesus is God?

Why Islam

Friday, 7 July 2017

Islamic Creed - A talk by Ustadh Ali Ataie

Video also uploaded here

Notes I made from the video presentation
Creed comes from the Latin word Credo (I believe). Arabic word is Aqeeda (meas a set of beliefs which are BINDING on Muslims).

3 areas of Studying Creed:

1. Theology (about God). An obligatory field of study for every Muslims. Muslims should have some level of theological education. Goal of studying theology is to draw nearer to the Divine.

2. Prophetology (nature and function of Prophets)

3. Supra rational transmission. Events known through Naql (Sacred Texts) eg Night journey and ascension of the Prophet or standing on the concourse for the Day of Judgement.

Proto-orthodox: forerunners of orthodoxy

Heterodox: Deviant thinking (heresy)

Orthodox: straight thinking

Kyrigma: early Christian proclamation
Pattern of development of Creeds:

Proclamation (Risalah) – Clarification – Codification (canonisation of /creedal literature)

Creedal language clarifies positions and is responsive

How heterodox groups influenced the codification and canonisation of Islamic formulation of Creedal Literature:

Khwarij (Kharihites) at the time of the end of the first century of the Muslims. They had a very puritanical theology. Ali RA was killed in a mosque in Iraq by a Khwarij in 661 CE

Shia. They came to believe Ali was an infallible imam who was ordained by God to become the Caliph. The largest heterodox sect in Islam today.

Mujassimah (anthropomorphists).

Jabariyah (Determinists). They believe man has no free will and thus they denied the existence of Hell.

Qadariyyah (Dualists). They believed man had absolute free will. God has nothing to do with evil. This was their answer to theodicy.

Mutazilah (rationalists). Mutazilites were the most challenging to orthodoxy. Part of the reason was that they ruled the Caliphate for over 200 years and would persecute proto-orthodox scholars for espousing certain beliefs. Mutazilites believed the Quran is created. Ahmad Bin Hanbal was tortured by Caliph Mamun. Mutazilites denied some other supra-rational events such as punishment in the grave, Prophet travelling physically in the Isra wa al Miraj (sp?), bodily resurrection after death.

They rejected divine attributes, they considered this to be imputing plurality on the Deity. Sunni perspective is that the Divine Attributes weren’t attached or detached from the Deity.

Mutazilites also believed works gave salvation. This is a misnomer even today, many Christian polemicists say Muslims believe in works salvation. The orthodox Sunni position is actually that a person is only saved by the grace of God, not by their deeds. The deeds are a by-product in faith in God.


By the late 3rd and early 4th century of Islam

Great codifiers of creed (3 big names)

d. 944 Abu Mansur al Maturidi. Was from Samarqand (Persian)

d. 936 936 Abu Hasan Al Ashari from Iraq.

These two men worked independently but came to very similar conclusions on creeds. Traditional definition of a Sunni Muslim is somebody who adheres to one of these theological schools of thought or both. Some say there is a third school, the Athari school

Some differences between the two: Asharis believe a woman could have been a Prophet (an opinion amongst the Asharis is that Mary and the wife of the Pharaoh were prophetesses). A bigger difference here, Asharis say intellect must be aided by Revelation to know God (to arrive at true theology) whilst Maturidis believed the intellect was sufficient to know God.

Asharis believe there are four conditions that make it incumbent on someone to become a Muslim:



Sound senses (cannot be blind and death, can be either/or)

A correct Prophetic summons (Dawatu Saheeha) should have reached that person (message to be reached in a good/correct form). They are not responsible to believe in God if this is not the case. [This is unique in the Ashari opinion, however the Maturidis accept the 3 conditions above]

Abu Hasan Al Ashari was a Mutazilite scholar for 30 years and left that movement and became a great Sunni codifier.

d. 933 Abu Jafar At-Tahawi (from Egypt). A contemporary of Imam Ashari and Imam Maturidi. His creedal articulation is considered to be valid by both.As time went on on, his creedal treatise became the most popular.He basically summarized the opinions of the other two. He’s leanings are more towards Maturidi in his aqeedah. His opinions weren’t codified. There could have have been a third school but his teachings weren’t codified. It’s the simplest and most popular creed. The Christian, former Archbishop of Cantebury, Rowan Williams, recommends this treatise to other Christians to help them understand Islamic theology.

These three men refined and systematized the beliefs of their predecessors.

Concluding comments

Islamic creeds did not fall out of the sky. Islamic codified creeds were the product of three centuries of rigorous scholarship in the face of other religious traditions, heterodox understandings as well as sociopolitical factors therefore creedal literature tends to be responsive and polemical in nature.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Some Jewish Women Converted to Islam Due to Divorce Laws?

Jewish Women who converted to Islam just to get a divorce due to Sharia being more liberal than Jewish Law?

Jews are beginning to speak about influences of Islam on Judaism and Jewish law. For example, how Jewish law had to modify itself because Islamic law was so liberal in certain respects. There were women who would convert to Islam in order to get a divorce, which put pressure on the rabbis to liberalize Jewish divorce laws [Susannah Heschel]

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Islamophobia Still Not As Socially Rejected as Anti-Semitism

Owen Jones wrote this back in 2012 but 5 years on Islamophobia has spiralled further out of control. Owen described Islamophobia as the most widespread and acceptable forms of bigotry. Theresa May and the Conservative government must invest time and resources in battling Islamophobia both on and offline.

45 per cent of Britons agreed that "there are too many Muslims" in Britain. Imagine if nearly half the population admitted to believing that "there are too many Jews" in Britain: how loud would our alarm be?

Owen Jones back then thought Islamophobia was at pandemic levels. How can we find a word to describe the levels of Islamphobia in today's climate where Muslims are being run over outside mosques (Finsbury Islamophobic terror attack) and of suspected Islamophobic acid attacks.

A tide of Islamophobia has swept Europe for many years, and – shamefully – all too few have taken a stand.
Even many who regard themselves as "progressives" have either remained silent or even indulged anti-Muslim prejudice. It's time for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to join forces against the most widespread – and most acceptable – form of bigotry of our times.
Think I'm exaggerating? Consider that the far-right's main target of choice is no longer Jews or black people: it's Muslims. The BNP portrays itself as a crusade against the "Islamification" of Britain; in the 2010 election, it launched a "Campaign Against Islam". Its leader, Nick Griffin, describes Islam as "wicked" and a "cancer", and has blamed Muslims for problems such as drugs and rape. The English Defence League stages frequent – and often intimidating – street rallies protesting against Muslims.

But those who take a stand against Islamophobia are often demanded to qualify it with a condemnation of extremism. When is this ever asked of other stands against prejudice? When we condemn anti-Semitic hate, must we criticise repressive Israeli policies in the same breath? It would be absurd – they are completely separate issues, and indeed millions of Jews across the world oppose the actions of Israel's government.

..Anti-Muslim hate is a European pandemic. I'm proud to stand with Mehdi Hasan and other Muslims facing Islamophobia. But – I implore, I beg fellow non-Muslims – stand with them too, before this hatred spirals further out of control. [Source]