When men’s of God preach hate … EDITORIAL

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SHAFAQNA – I came across a rather upsetting piece of journalism this Monday as I read through developments in the Islamic world. As I skimmed through the headlines my eyes caught something I would have hoped never saw the light of day as it betrays a hate so fierce, blind and ignorant it can only be rooted in evil itself.

A self-professed man of God … Reverend Austin Miles proclaims in his writings that all Muslims are sons and daughters of the devil, the impure product of Abraham’s union with his slave girl: Hagar.

He writes:  “That uncivilized race resulted from a sinful bedding of Egyptian slave girl, Hagar, by Abraham, resulting in the birth of Ishmael who founded the Arab nations. That is where it all started. Those Arabs who became Muslims are of uncertain birth, worthy of the name, bastards.”

In his desire to sully Muslims, and Islam Reverend Miles probably failed to realize that in his rant he brashly, and one might add violently accused the Prophet Abraham of committing adultery. Prophet Abraham was not a man to stray from the path … if I recall correctly it is from him and through that God raised many nations: all equal, all blessed with the same light if only they chose to follow.

My question is this: What if in fact the ancestor of all Arabs was Ishmael, the son of Hagar and Abraham? How is that shameful? How is Hagar’s enslavement carries on her character and the purity of her heart. If God chose her to carry his prophet’s son can we assume she was indeed a righteous woman? Prophet Miles I believe is allowing for his social bigotry to pass judgement on the quality of a person based on their socio-economic standing. What of Jesus then? Was he not a humble carpenter? What of the Prophet Moses? Was he not born a slave in Egypt?

Slavery does not define a person … except of course if of the mind!

Reverend Miles then argues that Islam preaches rape, murder, and other despicable violence. He writes: “Islamists are a fanatic group of people who kill others for no other reason than to kill and make others suffer. Their “holy book,” the Qur’an, instructs Muslims to kill all Jews and all who do not convert to Islam. Their book tells them it is OK to lie in order to further Islam.”

This is fallacy. The Quran does not call for the murder of Jews, it orders for the protection of the people of the Book (Christians and Jews).

“Mankind was one single nation and Allah sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the Book in truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed; but the People of the Book after the clear Signs came to them did not differ among themselves except through selfish contumacy. Allah by His Grace guided the believers to the truth concerning that wherein they differed. For Allah guides whom He will to a path that is straight.
Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden (of Bliss) without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah?” Ah! verily the help of Allah is (always) near!” Quran 2:213-214

The Quran strictly forbids the killing of the innocent, as the killing of one innocent would equate to killing the whole of humanity  … such words can also be found in the Torah and the Bible as they echo of God’s will.

God spoke to whom He chose, and in the manner He saw fit.

Islam came not to deny or renege on what came before – its message was to perfect and redress which had been lost, tarnished and redacted. Islam is quite simply the Word of God – eternal, all compassionate, just and loving.

Islam does not sanction child marriage as Reverend Miles proclaim … those deviance are those of Wahhabism … not that of Islam.

Those crimes Reverend Miles ascribe to Muslims as a whole belong to a group of demented few who though they could reinvent the Scriptures to assuage their thirst for power and blood lust … those do not speak for an entire faith.

And yes Reverend Miles, Islam is a religion, a great one too as it rose on its Scriptures many great men, and women. It is under the banner of Islam that slavery was abolished in Arabia … under Islam banner women were freed from their shackles and restore to the privileged position they ought to have enjoyed all along.

I say to you sir, who are you to argue with me purity and righteousness when all you throw is bile and hatred? Who are you sir to label a faith when all you know of its traditions are the deviance Wahhabis have vomited onto the world?

Islam does not encourage the smiting of animals … John the Baptist, (Yehia) was our prophet too, and it was under his guide the world learnt mercy onto all creatures. Muslims do not hate dogs … what a ridiculous accusation you make Reverend Miles.

No where in the Quran are dogs prohibited, nor is there any mention of any contaminating effect of these lovely animals who are man’s best friend.

God tells us in the Quran about the story of the dwellers of the Cave (Surah 18). In verse 13 God tells us that they were good believers and that God guided them. In verse 18 God tells us that they had their dog with them.

Now if dogs are prohibited and dirty, would God speak of those dwellers of the Cave (who had a dog) as good believers?

In verse 5:4 God tells us that it is okay to eat what the trained dogs catch (dogs are used in hunting). Now if the dog is an animal which causes contamination by mere touch, would God tell us it is perfectly okay to eat what the dog catches with his mouth (let alone just touch the dog)?

The Quran contains a very important rule for all believers, and the rule is:

Nothing is haram (unlawful) unless it is prohibited by God Himself, and since God describes the Quran as complete, perfect and fully detailed, thus all the prohibitions decreed by God are found in the Quran. The following Quranic verses confirm this truth:

 “Say, “Who prohibited the nice things God has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?” Say, “Such provisions are to be enjoyed in this life by those who believe. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Resurrection.” We thus explain the revelations for people who know.” 7:32
“Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed?” 6:114
“You shall not utter lies with your own tongues stating: “This is halal (lawful), and this is haram (unlawful),” to fabricate lies and attribute them to God. Surely, those who fabricate lies and attribute them to God will never succeed.” 16:116
If a man of God you truly are, and if indeed you claim yourself a true follower of Christ (Jesus) then why do you fail to recognize and honour the mercy, compassion and boundless love he offered onto all people: beyond their sins, and despite their shortcomings?
The real evil sir, is the one you’re giving into by claiming righteousness when your heart only beats anger.
And so I say, may God have mercy onto your soul, and mine, for your hatred will be your loss, not mine.
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

 

 

 

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