Sunday, 2 March 2014

What is happiness?

Our human mentality is that we always attribute happiness to worldly matters. For example, we think the minute we graduate and start our dream jobs, we’ll be happy. Or the minute we have full bank accounts to spend on things such as nice homes, a nice car, even a new wardrobe; we’ll be happy. Or the moment we finally find our soul mate and we are joined in matrimony; we’ll be happy.

But here’s a thought. There are some people with dream jobs, making more money than we could imagine, with beautiful homes, a new wardrobe every week and some even have the most amazing spouses, but they’re still unhappy. So then, why is it that we attribute our happiness to these things? We've all thought about it that way haven’t we, but has it ever really sunken in? ‘When I'm joined with my other half, I’ll be happy’ or ‘When I finish this long degree and start work, I’ll be happy’ the truth is these worldly matters DO NOT guarantee us happiness. Remember this – happiness comes from only Allah, all mighty and great is He. He can fulfill every single worldly desire you have, but if He doesn't give you happiness, nothing can.

We should scrap our current mentalities of attributing happiness to everything we wish to achieve in life, and adopt a new mentality where we are aware these worldly desires bring temporary happiness, but we need to remember more often ; that’s not true happiness. The only happiness we can ever experience is the happiness from Him (subhana wa ta’ala). So now that we've established that, here’s another thought; if you supplicate for these matters the most with the intention of earning happiness through THEM, are you then not wasting your Du’aas (supplications)? INSTEAD, supplicate to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to bring you contentment through knowing and being closer to Him and NOT to become attached to anything with the hope that it’ll bring you happiness, except Allah (azawajal).

If you take anything away from this piece, let it be this – do not conform to society’s image of happiness. If society was correct in portraying happiness the way it does –more people would actually be happy. But we find the opposite. Remember that chasing materialistic happiness is the same as chasing a mirage, you’ll never achieve it.

I’d like to end this short yet heartfelt piece with a quote that comes alive in my head when I discuss ‘happiness’ – whatever that means to you. It was narrated that the early Muslims would say:
“If the kings and sons of kings knew what joy we experience, they would fight us for it with their swords.”

What joy is this quote referring to? It is none other than drawing closer to your Lord, than knowing Him, than pleasing Him, than attaining His love, than worshipping Him sincerely, than having a heart full of faith in whatever is decreed by your Lord – I swear by Allah this is true happiness.

..and only a few know true happiness.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

life lessons

Believing in divine decree makes it easier to accept your reality or those unfavorable situations that you are faced with because you understand it as Gods decision, however, we should remember that we have all been created as emotional beings and therefore it is natural to have an emotional reaction to these situations. On the other hand, we should also remember that from every situation there are vital life lessons to take with you. Maybe God has put you in a certain situation or allowed you to meet certain people because from both, though you may feel you gained only painful memories - you have also gained a number of lessons, whether you realise it or not.

From every hurtful situation you will escalate the ladder of wisdom, you will know how to act for next time if you're faced with a similar situation, you will understand how to shape and plan your life and you will adjust your views incorporating the fraction of wisdom you've gained previously. Sometimes you may regret a lot of your actions but really, if the situation has taught you lessons that can only be learnt first hand, then it was never a waste of time to begin with. You should feel privileged that by going through a unique situation, you will come out of it gaining a unique perspective and you will become wiser and stronger as a result.

Emotionally you may feel exhausted but your soul is strengthened through hardships, and what better of a result do you want. If our internal selves are strengthened through hardship, then it doesn't make sense to say that we have become bitter because of them. The most wise of us have gained their wisdom through tribulations because it is the trials you face that yield wisdom; would you rather face personal trouble and gain wisdom from it, or have it easy and limit yourself? We need to understand that we grow through calamity, we can develop both mentally and emotionally. Hardships are necessary.

You may feel that sometimes life has thrown too much at you or you have reached your absolute limit but God has given us His word; He will not give the human more than they can bear and we need to have full faith in His promise. What other promises could you rely on completely anyway? In fact this statement should prove to you your natural ability to endure trials because if you are faced with difficult situations then know that you are given these situations because you can handle them.

There are plenty of hardships you endure through life, and personally, what gives me comfort is knowing that any pain a believer experiences, ranging from a mental worry or something as small as a prick of a thorn will be acknowledged by God and written as a good deed. God does not give you bad unless He accompanies it with good, whether it's visible straight away or apparent in the next life.

What I hope you take away from reading this is if you're going through a hardship, a trial, a mental worry, stop viewing it so negatively. Is it really a negative thing or is it the way we view it that makes it so negative? We should re-evaluate how we categorise something to be good or bad; If a situation creates no benefit then I would personally categorise it as something disadvantageous but seeing as every hardship creates for you at least one advantage, you can not view it in the same way.
And lastly, to everyone out there, have patience. Verily, God is with those who are patient.

Monday, 11 February 2013

The winds that wept.

The Autumn leaves have descended occupying the fields and concrete grounds,
like soldiers silently taking over a territory whose presence establish a season of change.
The brown tarnished bench near a leaf-less tree may seem empty but existing in its constant surroundings are winds that weep throughout every season of the year.

The winds that travel to all stretches of the earth witnessing infinite stories untold and experiencing historical events first hand,
the winds that observe humanity from a view other than our own, watching our stories like a live documented programme,
the winds that weep from loneliness are unable to grasp the idea of division amongst mankind for whom company has been fashioned from the rib of man.
‘I’m lonely, I’m lonely’ it cries unheard.
If we but knew the story of the winds that wept, we would open our eyes to a different world.
Our perception of unity would grow in the right direction and the bond between humanity would flourish.

From the perspective of the lonely winds that weep, our division is a crime;
the wind is more appreciative of God’s favours that we continue to dismiss.
Just like a street lamp that flickers, the little light of humanity left will one day come to a halt and expose darkness leaving us with no view-able road to tred.
‘Save yourselves, save yourselves’ it cries unheard.
And the winds will continue to weep so as long as our destructive forces rip apart humanity, so as long as our common practice involves hatred, and banishes love.

We clutch tightly to our coats and scarves creating a defensive shell from its desperate cry,
but in the bigger picture not even shields and weaponry would create for us a safeguard.
We are more fascinated by the forbidden apple than the beauty of the tree that we pick it from,
and just like the core of the apple, the core of humanity has become rotten and dark.
‘Look further, look further’ it cries unheard.
But we have become a nation who speak violence and listen to hatred, so the cries of the wind do not penetrate our cores.
It is our hearts that continue to be ignorant to direction and though our eye sight is flawless, we are forever blind.

And the winds continue to weep.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

We Palestinians teach life, sir.

Before beginning this detailed blog post, I would like to share with you the video-clip that inspired me to write this post. It is a poem, written and preformed by a brilliant Palestinian spoken word artist named Rafeef Ziadah. As you can see, this is where the idea for my title also comes.

So here we go. This one is dedicated to the millions of murdered Palestinians since the occupation began, for the Palestinians who were forcefully driven out of their home land, for the Palestinians who continue to live under oppression, for the Palestinians who will not be forgotten. This one is for Palestine.


When the topic about the history of Palestine and modern day Israel took my interest around the time of the most recent attacks on Gaza, I started searching the internet to educate myself further. Surprisingly, I found very biased information, especially Wikipedia articles. After digging deeper and inquiring further, the history of this topic became less grey. I realised that not knowing the history of Palestine but supporting the cause is not doing complete justice to it's people. This blog post will be a detailed, but not a full, history of Palestine which I hope you'll read to gain an understanding about this subject that you may previously not have been exposed to. I've acquired the information from documentaries, videos, trustworthy websites and word of mouth.

-The ancient history of Palestine-

From 578 BC-1914CE, the land was conquered by various empires. The first empire to conquer was the Babylonian empire from 606-536BC. It was here that the Jews were exiled to Babylon, now known as modern day Iraq. 

Over the years, the Arab-Jews flourished in the middle east. In fact, when the 2003 war in Iraq took place, many Jews who had migrated to modern day Israel from generations of living in Iraq were very upset to see their homeland being destroyed.

The second empire to rule was the Persian empire from 538-333BCE. During the Persian rule, a lot of Jews came to live in Jerusalem and here, the second temple was constructed.

In 63BCE-313CE, the Roman empire who were predominantly Christian, conquered and destroyed the second temple. 

It was from 636-1099 that the Arabs then took over. Shortly after, the Christian crusaders waged a war against the Arabs in which 70,000 Muslims were slaughtered and the streets ran with blood. 

During this era, the Muslims suffered being dis-united and subject to humiliation by non-Muslim powers. Arnat, the king of Karak who was occupying Palestine at the time, would launch attacks on the Muslim pilgrims travelling to make Hajj. Men were tortured, women were humiliated and children were killed. 

-The story of Salah-ul-deen-

It was in 1169 that Salah-ul-deen known as 'Saladin' in the English history books took rule of Egypt. Salah-ul-deen improved the state of Egypt and established a powerful army. His aim was to unite the Arab countries who had become semi-independent states. On hearing what Arnat was doing to the Muslim pilgrims, he sent a letter to request a peace agreement, where Arnat would release hostages and give back what he had previously taken. Arnat refused.

In May 1187, war was waged between salah-ul-deen and the crusaders. Victory was achieved by the Muslim armies. 

In July 1187, another war took place between the same parties, salah-ul-deen, again, won. 

Shortly, the final war was waged, this time an army of 50,000 christian crusaders were led by 'Richard the lion heart' and the battle took place in a city called Hiteen. The crusaders were defeated and salah-ul-deen officially took rule. He took down the large cross placed on the dome of the rock and put up the Muslim flag. Unlike the crusaders, he gave freedom for inhabitants to leave unharmed, respecting their creeds and allowing their worship. The Arabs would occupy the land for years to come.

-What role did the British play?-

It was from 1516-1918 that the ottoman empire took rule. All through out this period, it was the Arabs who occupied Palestine and lived there harmoniously. In October 1915, an agreement between Henry McMahoon, the British high commissioner in Egypt, and Hussain bin Ali, the sharif of Mecca, stated that the Arabs would revolt in alliance with the British empire to hamper the ottoman empire since during the first world war the ottoman empire became an ally to the Germans. In return the UK would recognize the Arab independence and the land previously held by Turks would be returned the Arab nationals. This is now known as the 'McMahoon-Hussain agreement.' There is a Myth that the Jews and the Arabs have been fighting for hundreds of years over the same land. This can be refuted by just reading a genuine history book and doing some research. Around the 1900's, antisemitism was on the increase in Europe and an idea was proposed to create a Jewish state in Palestine. This was the start of Zionism. The British were very supportive of the Zionist movement and helped to establish all of the structures of a state. 

Two years after the McMahoon-Hussain agreement, the British foreign secretary, Arthur James Balfour, wrote to Lord Rothschild and his family who were considered as one of the most influential and wealthiest Jewish families in America. Their influence in America was important to the British government. In this letter Balfour declared support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine but stated there had to be rights for the non-Jewish nationals living there, namely the Palestinians. This is known as the 'Balfour declaration.'

The McMahoon Hussein Agreement and the Balfour Declaration contradicted one another. Palestine was now promised, by the British, to both the Palestinians and the Jews.

However, during November 1915 and March 1916, a secret agreement took place between the French diplomat, Francois George-Picot and British, Sir Mark Sykes. The Russian Government were also a minor party to the 'Sykes-Picot agreement.' This agreement stated that the United Kingdom and France were planning on splitting and occupying parts of the Arab countries once they had revolted and over turned the Ottoman empire. Following the Russian revolution of October 1917, the Belsheviks, who were the new Russian government at the time, exposed the agreement. The British were embarrassed and the Arabs, dismayed.

-After World War I-

Jewish immigration increased out of Europe following World War I when Britain had implemented the Balfour declaration promising Jewish homeland in Palestine. Between 1914-1918, there was an immigration of 65,000 European Jews into Palestine.

The population distribution of Palestine in 1922:
Total = 757,182
Muslim and Christian Arabs = 87.6%
Jews = 11%

At this point, the Palestinians were outraged that not only did the British come to an agreement with the French behind their back, but that a European power was deciding the future of a non-European state without the consideration or wishes of the nationals who lived there. Looking back on History, it was the Palestinian Arabs who occupied the land for the most number of years, and ironically it was the Jews who occupied the land for the least number of years. It was never the Jews and the Arabs who fought for the land; in fact, there was more Christian-Muslim conflict over the land then there ever was Jewish-Muslim conflict. Do you see the myth?

In the 1920's, as the land was being stripped away from the Palestinians with the large number of Jewish immigrants, minor clashes began. Between 1920-1931, there was an additional 108,825 Jewish immigrants.

The population distribution of Palestine in 1931:
Total = 1,035,154
Muslim and Christian Arabs = 81.6%
Jews = 16.9%

When Hitler took power in Germany, the situation completely changed. Efforts to make Palestine a Jewish homeland now increased as both the British and the UN tried to make amendments for the Nazi genocidal policies. It was the Palestinians who paid the price for the Holocaust; innocent people who were the subject to genocide for the actions of a tyrant - how brilliant is the justice system we have?! 

Between 1932-1936, an additional 174,000 Jewish immigrants arrived in Palestine and between 1937-1945, there was an additional 119,800 Jewish immigrants.

In 1947, the violence between the Jews and the Palestinians spiraled out of control. Britain now decided to turn the problem over to America and let them deal further with the situation. The saying goes 'if you can't finish what you started, then don't start it all' but I guess back then the saying must have been more like 'if you have power and status, you can do whatever the hell you like, whether you finish it or not.' 

The UN were now under a lot of pressure to come up with a solution. They proposed to divide the land into two states. The Arabs were given 43% of the land even though they made up more than two thirds of the population. The Jews were given 56% of the land, even though they made up less than one third of the population and not to mention, the most fertile land. At this point, the Zionist leaders took advantage of their military power and immediately started occupying major cities in Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians had now began. They were doing to the Palestinians what the Nazi's did to them.

The argument nowadays is that the Jews were promised this land by God and so they have a right to take it, even if that means murder, massacre, genocide. There are people who think Religion is illogical, yet somehow agree with this argument. I am now addressing  the one who does not believe in religion or is not an adherent of one of the three Abrahamic religions; the Bible or the Torah is not considered by historians as a historically accurate document, so how then would you go on to agree with this? Or for the Christian who believes in this statement, doesn't genocide contradict the teaches of your faith? And for the adherents of Judaism, did you know most Rabbis and orthodox Jews do not support the state of Israel? WHY is this justifiable? 

-A story of a Palestinian women- 

I'd like to share with you a story of a Palestinian women who was driven out of her homeland when the Jews took over. She was the only one of her family to survive. 

During the conflict taking place in Palestine and the heartless murders committed, this woman, whose name during the documentary was not mentioned, took her children to seek refuge in a house with her brother Musa who spent the night to keep them company. 

That night the area was bombed, houses were destroyed, people were killed. After things calmed down a little, Jewish soldiers broke into her house, took them all out and severely beat her brother whilst she and her children watched helplessly. In tears, she handed over some money to one of the Jewish soldiers and begged the soldier not to kill her brother in return. The soldier took the money and replied 'you are very kind, look to what I'll do.' The Jewish soldiers placed her brother facing down on the floor in the position of prostration, then they pointed a gun at his head and shot him five times. 

The majority of her family members were all killed including her two sons, one step son, her father and her mother, her two brothers, her grandparents, her uncle, her aunt and her cousins. Till this day, when  recalling this story, she can not help but cry as she re-lives the painful memories.

-What did the neighboring Arabs do?-

It was after 300,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes that the Arabs finally intervened. It was after May 15th 1948, which by now Israel had declared itself a state, that the neighboring Arab armies were sent in to Palestine. Compared to the amount of Israeli soldiers, the Arabs were inferior in number.The Arab soldiers equated 68,000 whilst the Jewish soldiers reached 90,000. 

The Arabs were late, by this time the Jewish Armies had cleansed most of the territories and the new state of Israel encompassed 78% of the land previously belonging to the Palestinians. Out of the 500 Palestinian cities, 400 of them were destroyed. The west bank had come under Jordanian control and the Gaza strip had come under Egyptian control. It was said later that the Arab countries had stepped back and allowed this to take part, specifically King Hussein of Jordan who had even agreed to this and purposely allowed his armies to fail with poor weaponry and unsuccessful strategy. It was the dis-unity and corrupt governments of the Arab nations that also played a part in Israel's success.

Peace was declared between the Arab states and Israel, even though peace remained elusive. 700,000 Palestinians refugees lived in near by camps who still held the deeds to their homes which were now occupied by Jewish families. Many migrated to Jordan, Egypt and other near by Arab counties. The nationals of these countries were frustrated at the large number of Palestinian immigrants that even clashes and discrimination occurred between them, especially in Jordan. The Palestinians were homeless, broken and with no one to turn to for genuine help. 

The efforts of destroying the possibility of the Palestinians returning back home were strongly put into practice by the UN who continues to affirm the Jewish settlers human rights in international law and the 'right to return.' Palestinians who lost their homes in 1948 can not go back to Palestine even for a visit, but the Jews living outside of modern day Israel can go back as if they were returning and claim immediate citizenship having no historic ties, speaking no Hebrew, having no family who are or were living there - all they need is to be Jewish.

Through out history, this continues to be one of the biggest genocide acts committed and one of the most untold or hidden cases. It is a part of history, in my opinion, that is slowly dying along with the people who experienced the catastrophe first hand. 

Learn, remember and teach. Palestine will never be forgotten.

Friday, 11 January 2013


What inspired me to write a post about attachments? Well, I simply think this is one topic area that every single human can relate to, including me.

I’m sure the person reading this has had an attachment during their lifetime and some deal with these attachments in different ways. It is the human nature to become attached to a single person, maybe an emotion, memory, physical objects. Have you ever thought what the sole reason behind this is?

Before I begin, I’d like to just state that yes, this blog post will be spiritually and religiously influenced and If you have an issue with that you are not obliged to continue reading. What I will say is that if you somehow feel you have a right to judge someone based on their faith, you need to re-evaluate yourself - or even for the people of the same faith who sadly feel they have a right to judge someone on the level of their faith – even God doesn't judge man until the end of time, so why should you and I?

Let’s begin.

It came to my attention a few years ago that almost everything you feel attachment towards will somehow, during your life time, let you down. It would be logical to conclude, once you have had a good think about this, that the difference between our expectations and the reality of the situation is large. You need to make this clear to yourselves that this world is not perfect, but us humans, we are naturally inclined to seek perfection. You know why? It’s because our original home is the essence of perfection.

You might be staring blankly at the screen thinking ‘I’d rather have Simon Cowell's mansion over my three bedroom house’ but when I refer to ‘home’ I’m actually referring to our original home. Jannah; heaven. It was made for humans and humans were made for it, therefore, throughout your whole life time, when you seek perfection, you are indirectly seeking Jannah, and that is impossible to find in this dunya. You see, once you get your head past it, you’ll start to narrow that gap between your expectations and the realities, then you’ll understand that a disappointment is not yet a disappointment until you make it a disappointment simply because of the way you view it.

If this world was perfect, it wouldn’t be called the dunya. In Arabic, the word dunya has two root meanings, one is ‘close’ and the other, ‘low’. This symbolises that this world is the closest we know to any life and in comparison it is superficial and low to the next life.

No one in this world can say they have no attachments but there are people throughout history who have shown great progression in the process of detaching themselves from ‘the life of this world.' The only way you can achieve such a thing is if by letting go of this world, you are embracing another world; a spiritual world. You see, people who want to make it ‘big’ in this world without correct intentions are usually people who haven’t yet grasped the reality of the next world and only know the reality, or rather, the potential reality of this world, and of course without knowing the difference between the two worlds, this life becomes more attractive. 

Of course, I do not mean to completely seclude yourself from this world or to stop loving the important people or to throw away any prized possessions or memories; but rather to keep that central and most important position for God alone and to detach every part of this world from that spot that is only meant for Him alone.

When we are attached to something - I mean really attached to something, it usually holds a high position in our lives making it to the top of our priority list, usually knocking a few things down in the process. The only thing that should take that central position or rather, the highest position, is God. It reminds me of a situation where I encouraged someone who didn't have the will power to perform a particular act by telling them ‘every good act is regarded as a charity’ –the hadith is in Tirmidhi. A third person listening in replied to me ‘not everything revolves around that.' By ‘that’ she was referring to religion and what does religion stem to originally? God.

Little does the one know who holds a similar view point because without knowing God, the Creator and sustainer of life, how could you possibly know life itself?

My personal issue with attachment is people and there have been many times where the people I rely on to always be there haven’t fulfilled that. And as time went on I realised that this is something we can’t stop, it’s almost natural. It is created as an attribute of this world - you just can’t dodge disappointment, but you can view it a whole new way. As my distorted vision of reality cleared, I realised that before relying on anyone, we should ultimately put our trust and reliance in the hands of God – where our trust originally lies and should always lie because whilst the words ‘people’ and ‘change’ are in my opinion synonyms, God has been the same since the beginning of time and will continue to be. Isn't that brilliant? 

One of the ways we can detach ourselves from people is by pledging to love everyone equally instead of loving one more than the other. Of course, there are exceptions with maybe family members or spouses but that does not mean you put them before God. To your own soul, this is not natural. It’s like trying to fit two puzzle pieces together desperately when they just simply do not fit. Think about it, the source of love, perfection, contentment, happiness, protection, company, all comes from God alone; seeking these attributes from anyone else or even anything else would be absurd and will without fail result in disappointment. This world will always disappoint us in one way or another, therefore it is logical to place your hope and heart in the correct place and the correct place is not this world. The disappointments you've experienced only prove that, don’t they?  

You may be thinking to yourselves whilst reading this, ‘how does one keep God at that central position at all times?’ and the answer to that is simply ‘get to know Him.’ God calls himself by 99 names - they were not revealed without purpose. The process of knowing someone includes knowing them through their attributes and there are more than plenty of attributes to know God by. You just simply can’t attribute 99 characteristics to any one human being – this is God. This is our Creator. When you get to know Him, you’ll know perfection, you’ll know love and you’ll know the difference between this life and what awaits us.

How then does God, the Creator of this world, describe it? A verse of the Qur’an comes to mind when this question is posed: 
“Every soul shall taste death [..] and the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.” (Qur’an 3:185) 
This puts things into perspective for us, it reminds us of what’s to come - death, and it reminds us of the true reality of this world, correcting our distorted vision.

To finish, I want to share with you another verse that is the answer to disappointment or detachment and It is not a promise from me, it is a promise from the creator Himself. How could you possibly brush past or forget His promise? With out doubt, the promise of Allah is true:

“Surely, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)


Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Abrahamic faiths.

Some of you might have heard this term, others might have not. So to start, I want to explain more my chosen title. The Abrahamic faiths are three, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They are monotheistic faiths that trace their common origin back to prophet Abraham.

~The story of Abraham~

Prophet Abraham plays a significant role in all three faiths. Specifically, it is believed that both the Jews and the Arabs are the descendants of prophet Abraham through his two sons, Ish'haaq and Isma'ail.
To explain a little further his story in the light of all three religions, prophet Abraham was born and originated from a city in ancient Iraq named 'Arr.' After marring an infertile woman, Sarah, it follows that he was unable to have children. Being offered a slave girl by the name of Hagar, later he was given permission by his wife, Sarah, to wed her in order for her to conceive so that they may have children. Hagar gave them the blessing of a son which they named Isma'ail and It was not long afterwards, that by Gods will, Sarah became impregnated and gave birth to another boy which they named Ish'haaq.

From initially not being able to conceive with his wife, Prophet Abraham was not only given the blessing of having two sons, but he was made the ancestor of many tribes and generations of prophets. He was the starting point in History which revived monotheism in a world which at the time was lacking this concept completely.

Many of the Jewish prophets descended from Isha'aq; prophet Moses and prophet Jesus are two main examples. Hagar, along with her son Isma'ail went to live in an area deep in the desserts in a place now known as Mecca. It was through Isma'ail that the Arabs originated and it was generations and tribes after, that the prophet Muhammad, as Muslims believe, descended. This is the common origin of both the Arabs and the Jews and the common ground of the three main monotheistic faiths, also referred to with obvious reason as, the Abrahamic religions.

I plan to produce a blog post where I will highlight, in even more detail, the common ground between the three faiths. I will show, with proof and understanding, that the three main and most common religions in the world preach the same message. Sit tight and pay attention.

~An introduction to the three faiths~

Judaism, in literal 'Judah-ism' was named after Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, according to the book of Genesis and is one of the ancestors of an ancient tribe of Israel. The religious scriptures they follow is called the Torah and is the part of the bible known as 'the old testament.'

Christianity is named after the 'Christ' which comes from the word Christos meaning anointed and translated from the Hebrew, 'Messiah.' This is of course referring to Jesus. When I quote, I shall quote from the old and new testament which covers both faiths, that being Judaism and Christianity.

Islam is the third monotheistic religion and comes from five root words in the Arabic language; Peace, submission, surrender, obedience and sincerity. The book that the Muslims follow is called the Qura'an and, as Muslims believe, this is the last and final testament.


Lets discuss monotheism, since this is the 'glue' that unites the three faiths.

The prophet Moses, in Arabic Musa (peace be upon him) was sent to the children of Israel, as all three religions agree, to deliver the monotheistic message and restore correct social order. He set the laws of God and laid down the ten commandments.

The first of the ten commandments listed in Exodus 20 as given to the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai and is also found in Deuteronomy 5, is;"Thou shalt have no other Gods before me" as quoted from the king James version and, in the new living translation, which is written in more common English;
"You must have no other god but me." 
The first of the ten commandments is center to not only Judaism, but all three faiths. It signifies monotheism, that there should be no other God but Him, the only God. It is a very straight forward message and you will find it is repeated through out the old and new testament and through out the Qura'an.

In Mark 12:28-29, we run into this theme again.

'One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus gave them a good answer,  he asked him, "of all the commandments, which is the most important?"'
"the most important one" answered Jesus, "is this: Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one."

Not three, but one.

In James 2:19, using 'the new living translation', one that I quite like, Jesus says:
"You say you have faith for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror."
A side note I'd like to discuss about the last point, Jesus says that the 'demons' believe in this, yet they still tremble in terror; what does this show? That even though they believe in the most important commandment, they still fear for themselves. What about those who don't believe in the main commandment or another version of the main commandment?
The message of monotheism is clear, especially in Judaism and Islam, but with Christianity is gets a little complex.There is the idea of a 'trinity' which states, from the christian point of view, that there are three Gods which together make one, a concept that isn't mentioned in the old or new testament but it is a concept that came years afterwards. It is believed that Paul had a mirage on his way to Bethlehem in which he saw Jesus telling him this, and so it began. What I find interesting is what Jesus tells his followers in Mathew 7:21.
"Not everyone who says to me 'Lord Lord' will enter heaven but he who does the will of my Father. Many will say to me on that day 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? and in your name drive out demons and preform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly 'I never knew you, away from me you evil doers!'"
To explain further, here Jesus is telling his followers, that not all who believe in him will enter heaven, but those who follow his father - God. He is putting the emphasis on those who forget the message and worship the messenger. Which group of people do we know today that refer to Jesus as 'Lord' and perform miracles and drive out demons in Jesus' name? It is those who elevate Jesus' status to a higher one than the Father, those who Jesus warned about. Even Jesus himself elevates the status of God higher than his own.
In John 5:30, in the 'new living translation' he says:
"I can do nothing on my own, I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgement is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will."

If Jesus was God, why would he make a statement like that? If he was God then he would be able to do all on his own, he would be able to judge by himself, his judgement would be all that matters! But he has said clearly, he carries out the will of the one who sent him, that is God.

The more you read the bible, the more you notice the statements that point you towards monotheism and no matter how long you search for statements that directly point towards the trinity, you will realize that this contradicts most of the statements that Jesus made himself, especially the first and most important commandment.

The most obvious is this; In Mathew 5:17 Jesus speaks and says something which abolishes the trinity, he says;
"Don't misunderstand why I have come, I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the law of the Prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose."
What is the law of Moses and the law of the prophets, I hear you ask? It is monotheism, pure monotheism. Jesus came to emphasize the first commandment, not to abolish it. This in itself contradicts the trinity.

In the Qura'an, we find that it is very firm in it's message about the aspect of monotheism.
In Surat a-Nisa, 4:171, it is written:

"Oh people of the scripture! Do not commit excess in your religion and do not say about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was but a messenger of God."
Here, the Qura'an is completely removing the idea of the trinity and it is giving both Jesus and God their rightful status. God is the only deity worthy of worship and Jesus was the mighty messenger of God.
Moses came and preached one, Jesus came and preached one, Paul came and preached three, Muhammad came and preached one. Which, to you, sounds like the anomaly?

The fact that Jesus has human characteristics proves that he is not a God, he is only human, a messenger of God. People then say, but Jesus is the 'son of God.' To you, I say this. The bible not only refers to Jesus as the son of  God but it also refers to many other prophets as the 'sons of God.' This is a term viewed by the Jewish bible as meaning someone who is close to God as a father is to his son.
We see this in Chronicles, 28:5-6 where David speaks and quotes what God has told him.
"And of all my sons, He has chosen Solomon, my son, to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. [David now Quotes God and continues] 'It is Solomon, your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son and I will be His father.'"
But then people say, 'Jesus is the begotten son of God since he had no father.' To you, I say this. Firstly, this isn't a term you would want to associate with your Lord, if he is all mighty, surely he would not beget. This is a human and animal characteristic and you are associating it with your Lord. Does it sit right? And if you refer to Jesus as God's only begotten son because Jesus had no father, then what about Adam? He had neither mother nor father.

The Qura'an is very clear about associating this characteristic with God, Infact, it is very clear about the description of God. In Surat Ikhlas, 112:3, as it is written in the Marmaduke pickthall translation;
"He begetteth not, nor is he begotten."
A very clear, straight forward statement.

I have come to the conclusion that the trinity is something that God has not taught, but it has been made by man. It is a fabrication, something outside the teachings of Jesus. There is no statement in the bible which presents this ideology clearly. If this, to the Christian, is believed to be what will save you in the next life, wouldn't God be more explicit about it? But what God was definitely explicit about, was the first commandment. Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Monday, 1 October 2012

purposeless creation.

This post is dedicated for those who are searching, who wonder why they wake up in the morning and repeat the same daily routine, for those who are uncertain whether significant events are the result of coincidence or fate - those who cleverly question their existence. This post has been written for you. But, If you are content with your own answers, or worse, the answers of others and you do not long for certainty then really, do not continue to read the following.

There are many certainties in life, your birth and death are only two of them. This is something everyone can agree on; we were all created and we will all die. What lies between these two certainties is what I will write about and explore; life and its purpose.

The reason there is so much confusion and many different answers to this one question is because we are asking the wrong source, we are asking ourselves. Asking the creation it's purpose would be illogical but asking the creator the purpose for its creation would seem more logical, would it not? Whether you believe in a higher being or not, this is a very straight forward concept and can be applied to not only a greater being, but also manufactures, engineers, artists. They are the ones who know best their creations and their purposes whether it's a car, building or picture. So to get to the answer of our initial question, ask yourselves this, would we as human beings really know our own purpose in the first place? and now, ask yourselves this; If we don't know, then who does?

We see mankind in a confused state trying to approach this from many aspects, whether it'd be scientific, philosophical or even religious. It seems we know the purpose for even the pen we write with, but not our own. Technology has advanced, education systems have advanced, our knowledge has advanced yet we still can't answer this one question which I'm sure has played (and will play) on the minds of many.

You may believe in evolution, but personally I believe there are too many flaws and un-answered questions in this theory. At the end of the day, it is just that; a theory. If I found a perfectly sculpted statue in a barren land, I would not Jump to the conclusion that it was the result of many random events, with the right circumstances, over the right time. In fact, for the one who thinks this, you'd label as lacking common sense. So how about something that is clearly more complex than a statue, what about human beings? Are we the product of many random events over time, or would you label the one who thinks this as lacking common sense?

If evolution, to you, makes perfect sense, then do not continue to read the following.

If the concept of evolution is flawed and you can't seem to figure out how we got here, then lets think about the most straight forward concept we can come up with. How about, a creator. Are you turning away at this point because of the negative press associated with this concept? I find it fascinating that the one who believes in such a flawed theory such as evolution is looked at by society as the wise one and the one who believes in a straight forward approach such as a creator is then the one labelled as 'lacking common sense and uncertainty in life.' The perfection of this creation, the human being, the earth we live in, is far too great for us to comprehend. Even with advancement, we can not recreate something similar. The answer simply can not come from mankind.

We all know the saying 'think outside the box' but I doubt that many of us do that. It has become instilled in ourselves that 'thinking outside the box' is incorrect, that we are supposed to take what we are fed as truth and not even contemplate breaking off the main body of thought; society. Personally, I think two factors play a part in this. We fear what is outside the box and the highest authority of the box or we are too caught up to even think about thinking outside the box. If you fall into either category, then you are most definitely enslaved by social order.

Don't limit your thoughts.

Johann Wolfgang once said:
"None are more enslaved than those who think they are free." 
If you were to assess your position in society, it would be difficult to say you weren't under it's mirage yet we have teenagers who tell themselves because they do not listen to mainstream music, they are somehow broken from society. What a delusional race indeed. But when someone, through their appearance, is fighting the social order or demand of society, such as a woman who refuses to expose her body, then they are looked at negatively. Do you see how social order has corrupted our trail of thought, do you see how double standards have been embedded within out society as the norm? This is why you are telling yourself that believing in a higher being goes against order because it is perceived as being out of order. What I say to you is, are you sure you are following the correct order?

We should all aim not to initially understand better what is inside the box but we should aim to understand beforehand what is outside the box and by doing that, we will automatically understand what's inside the box to a much higher level. My advice to you would be, don't limit your thoughts. Are you ready to break off from the main body and go beyond the barriers or are you satisfied wearing your chains? If you're busy polishing your chains, please, do not continue to read the following.

We are a creation, by our nature we are in need of a creator. Asking further, who created the creator, contradicts the statement within itself. Is it in the nature of the creator to be created? No, but it is in the nature of the creation to be created. These statements are very straight forward, by being able to apply them to more than one situation, you know for certain they do not lack common sense. Try applying evolution to more than one situation, does it still make sense? Identifying how we got here is one thing, but to identify why we got here in the first place is another. Again, would it seem logical to ask and answer this question ourselves? lets pose this question to our creator.

"And I have not created Jinn and men except that they should serve me" -Qura'an 51:56.
You might think that this is a statement from a book written hundreds of years ago, outdated, contain flaws and lacks understanding of modern society. Are you sure you would like a book that goes in accordance with modern society or have you seen modern society for what it really is? Is it the book that contains flaws or is it modern society? Personally, I wouldn't believe blindly, I'd need some sort of evidence to show me that I can have solid faith in a book. So let us explore this book.

There are a few simple facts that distinguishes this book as being unique, being different. Keeping in mind this book was written 1400 years ago, the depth of accurate scientific context it contains exceeds any level of intelligence or advancement that many years ago. This in itself distinguishes it from any other religious scripture. If science is your criterion, then put each religious scripture to it's test. I have not found any other religious book that lies in its accordance other than the Qura'an. But please, don't believe me, look for yourself!

Click this link to read the many miracles of the Qura'an, whether scientific, mathematical or even historical. 

I would say 'consider these facts with an open mind' but you don't need to have an open mind to consider these straight forward logical facts. They are simple and easy to follow. Have you broken your chains yet? If you are still associating Islam with the negative image portrayed by the media, then you most certainly have not. The main issue with moving forward is the social order that exists. Our minds have been manipulated, only certain knowledge has been exposed and we are only allowed to think inside the box. For those who claim that the Qura'an is still not a distinguishable book, please, do not continue to read the following.

You are not always fed the truth.

Sometimes there are only so many factual and logical responses you may ignore, how many times can you turn away from them? Are your running away from the truth or are you looking for something in accordance with society and whats acceptable with social order? Society is a fickle thing, it changes within a year. If it's certainty you want, then certainly this is something you shouldn't take as your guidance, rather you should follow something with a solid ground. We were all created and we will all die. These are two certainties we can all agree on, what lies between them is grey but it is your choice to make matters black and white, to follow logic and straight forward concepts, to search outside the box, to stop polishing your chains and to break them instead.