Sunday, July 31, 2011

Salafi & Wahhabi

A sister came across someone insulting another Muslim and she asked the man why he is doing this, the man answered because he is “Salafi/Wahhabi, they are the poison of the Ummah.” The sister asked me “We all follow the salaf right?! but when is someone a salafi in their eyes? can you explain to me why they use this word n a negative way”. I decided to write a post answering her question.

First of all, the term Salafi or Wahhabi often used for those who are following the ways of Prophet  Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions perfectly, they don’t add to Prophet’s Mohammed ways anything from their own, they follow without questioning the way of Prophet Mohammed. Meaning: Prophet Mohammed had a long beard a Salafi or Wahhabi according to their term will have long beard. If Prophet Mohammed said Pagans are non-believers so they will say the same thing. You will not a find a beardless Muslim with makeups on his face like those in the media to be referred as Salafi.

The problem is when some Muslims see a group of People judging other Muslims they consider this act is wrong because they think Muslims shouldn’t judge human beings. You will find many times some Salafis/Wahhabi according to them say: “This act is Kufr or this is innovation in the religion” the normal non-learned Muslims feel that they are extremists they shouldn’t judge others, additionally because of the great influence of the Media against “Salafi/Wahhabi” they start giving them titles like extremist, poison of the Islamic Nation…etc It’s very important to mention that the real Salafi/Wahhabi as you call them never judge another beings without knowledge, what they usually do is for example if they did read in the Quran Allah said the Jews are going to Hell, a Salafi/Wahhabi would say they are going to Hell so they are not actually judging from their own but repeating what Allah said in the Quran. If they found in a Hadith that Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) said that Alcohols are not allowed, what a Salafi/Wahhabi would do they would say Alcohols are not allowed, they are just repeating what Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) said. That it means it’s wrong and unfair to say that a Salafi/Wahhabi is judging other people.

The term Salafi originally means those people who follow the ways of the Salaf (Old) meaning following the Prophet Mohammed’s way by the understanding of the Prophet Mohammed’s companions and the companions of the companions. You might ask: “Why they are following the ways of the companions?” Well because in some topics we don’t have an answer from Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and because the companion of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) for sure knew him more than us, they knew his behaviors, his eating, walking habits, they saw him in action…etc so their understandings of Prophet’s Way is better than those who came after thousand year from the death of Prophet Mohammed. Another reason is because Allah said in the Quran that he is pleased by the companions of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) in many different places in the Quran, please Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) asked us to follow their ways after his death because in fact when they follow their ways they are actually following the way of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) because it’s only one way, the way leading to the only Truth.

While the term Wahhabi, is used to refer to someone who is following the footsteps of (Mohammed Ibn AbdulWahab), a great a scholar who renewed the religion of Islam in Saudi Arabia, when I say renewed I mean he didn’t invent anything new in the religion but he raised what was forgotten of Islam back then. What he was doing is reminding the people of the ways of Prophet Mohammed and his companions. He was telling the people what Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) liked and what he disliked. Now anyone doing the same from Saudi usually is referred as Wahabi while in fact they shouldn’t be named Wahhabi after Mohammed Ibn AbdulWahab because Mohammed Ibn AbdulWahab was following the way of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions.

Now why people think the Salafis/Wahhabis are extremist and poison to the ummah. Well simply my answer is because they are people who are standing like a wall between man and achieving his evil desires. For example, there are countless Muslims now singing and dancing, sometimes you find men wearing make-up and moving their bodies in a very “Unmanly” ways or crying on the stage singing. When a Salafi/Wahabi say this is wrong and it’s not allowed in Islam, they will consider them extremist for many reasons, one of them is because they see the whole world almost dancing and singing. Another reason is because they see a lot of non-learned Muslims are doing the same, so how come the whole world dancing and singing but only few people are not dancing and singing there must be something wrong about them! That’s why they can’t accept or hate that group. However, the Salafi/Wahabi arguments is very simple, any Muslim can accept it. When they see someone dancing and singing they ask them: “Did Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) or his companions ever dancing and singed like what you guys are doing!?” of course the answer will be NO! In fact no sane Muslim can imagine his beloved Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) dancing and singing. I ask you now, can you imagine Omar Ibn Al-Khattab with his long beard holding a microphone singing and dancing on stage!

My answer to our sister’s question, we are all Muslims but not all of us are truly following the “Salaf” the way of the great companions. It’s not that words that count but words & acts together, claims alone are not enough. Many Muslims claim they love Prophet Mohammed but we all know that logically if someone loves someone greatly he will do his best to follow his loved one and would do his best to please his loved one. If you were in honest in your love for Prophet Mohammed then follow the way of Prophet Mohammed, do what he did and say what he said. Sadly today we are claiming we love Prophet Mohammed but we follow the way of Michael Jackson or Tom Cruise or other public figures. I admit I am someone who is not perfectly following Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) so I can’t claim I truly perfectly love him but at least I don’t make fun of those who really perfectly following Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) in every detail.  

Oh my dear sister, don’t be sad when you hear people calling great Muslims who are obeying God’s orders and following the way of Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) Salafi or Wahhabi. It’s when someone’s cloth is so bright and beautiful they will try their best to find a black dot. Don’t be sad because it’s always the way of losers, when they can’t defeat the truth with their arguments they would try to give them bad titles. Like when the disbelievers did to Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) they called him Insane, Merciless, Liar…etc they couldn’t prove Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) wrong so they started giving him such titles. Don’t be sad because Allah is putting you under trial to see if you will have tolerance against the ignorance of other people. Remember my sister, just because the number of ignorance is more than the number of the wise we shouldn’t give up… Isn’t the amount of salt in the sea far more than the sweet water? Finally I will remind you of what Allah said in the Quran:

))وَإِنْ تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِنْ يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَخْرُصُونَ* إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ مَن يَضِلُّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ ((
سورة الأنعام من الآية 116 إلى الآية 117

“Wert thou to follow the common run of those on earth, they will lead thee away from the Way of God. They follow nothing but conjecture: they do nothing but lie. Thy Lord knoweth best who strayeth from His way: He knoweth best who they are that receive His guidance.”

Holy Quran (Chapter 6 Verses 116-117)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

احترام الأديان

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

إخواني حصل بيني و بين البعض نقاش على موقع تويتر و النقاش عن الترفع عن الإختلافات منها الدينية و قالت إحدى الخوات " ان احترمت كينونة الانسان سأحترم حينها ما يؤمن به ويعتقده.  و ذكر كلمة احترام عقائد الآخرين و هي كما تعلمون كلمة فضفاضة تحتمل أكثر من وجه. و قد وضحت في تويتر مدى خطورة هذه الكلمة من قبل و لكن البعض مازال يتكلم في الموضوع و ربما أشكل عليهم فقررت أن أكتب هنا و أوضح خطأ ذلك. و هناك موضوع مشابه قد كتبته من قبل و هو: "الوفاء... لمن"

أولا أحب أوضح أن هناك فرق بين اعطاء الكفار حقوقهم و بين احترام ما يؤمنون به و يعتقدونه. و قد قيل "دع الخلق للخالق" بمعنى أنه "لا علي ما يعتقدون وأمرهم إلى الله!" هذا خطأ فإننا ندع الخلق للخالق في ما لا سبيل إلينا من معرفته من نواياهم الباطنة أو مصيرهم أو أمور فوق طاقتنا. أما أنك ترى المنكر و أن الله يكفر به و يستهزئ به ليل نهار ولا نبين خطأ ذلك و من ثم نقول نحن نحترم ذلك بحجة احترام الكينونة الإنسانية و احترام رأي الإنسان الآخر أو نقول ندع الخلق للخالق فهذا لا يقول به إلا شخص جاهل بما عليه من حقوق لربه. إخواني الأدلة في القرآن الكريم و السنة النبوية أكثر من أن يحصيها أخوكم الفقير عبدالعزيز و هي معروفة لمن قرأ كتاب الله و سنة نبيه.

ينبغي على المرء من قبل أن يتخذ فلانا صديقا أو يقول أحترم فلانا و غير ذلك عليه أولا أن يعرف ما معنى الكلمات المذكورة في اللغة و ما هي لوازمها فالصديق مثلا فيه معنى المودة و قد ادعى البعض أن لا بأس بأن أصادق فلانا الكافر و حتى لو اختلف في العقيدة فالخلق للخالق على زعمهم لكن أقول ألم يجد هؤلاء في كتاب الله:  "لا تجد قوماً يؤمنون بالله واليوم الآخر يوادون من حاد الله ورسوله" ؟ و الإحترام فيها توقير و تقدير و ما يتبع الكلمة من لوازم, فالإنسان قبل أن يتفوه بكلمة ما عليه أن يدرك معانيها و لوازمها. أما عن احترام عقائد الناس و ما يؤمنون به بحجة احترام كينونة الإنسان فأقول أن من البشر من يدعي أن الله غير موجود و لا خالق و لا رازق ولا يؤمنون باليوم الآخر. و منهم من يقول أن الله اتخذ ولدا و منهم من يقول أن الله كان في بطن إمرأة لمدة تسعة أشهر بين دم و أوساخ و منهم يقول بأن يد الله مغلولة سبحانه و تعالى عما يقول الظالمون علوا كبيرا. هل يرضى مؤمن بالله سبحانه بهذه الأفكار و العقائد فضلا عن أن يحترمها؟

أعزائي القراء تخيلوا معي, لو وجدت رجلا يسب أباك و أمك و يرميهم بأقبح الأسماء و الصفات هل هناك من يحب أبويه يرضى عن كلام من سب أبويه بحجة احترام كينونة الإنسان؟ لو أحد سبك و قال لك أنك ولد زنا هل كنت سترضى بذلك بحجة أنك تحترم عقائدهم؟ لا يرضى بذلك عاقل إلا من فقد مشاعره و أصبح من جملة الجمادات و لكن والله العظيم حتى الجمادات (كما يسميها البعض) من جبال و سموات و أرض لم يرضوا بما يقوله بعض البشر عن الله. قال الله سبحانه و تعالى:

وَقَالُوا اتَّخَذَ الرَّحْمَنُ وَلَداً (88) لَقَدْ جِئْتُمْ شَيْئاً إِدّاً (89) تَكَادُ السَّمَاوَاتُ يَتَفَطَّرْنَ مِنْهُ وَتَنشَقُّ الْأَرْضُ وَتَخِرُّ الْجِبَالُ هَدّاً (90) أَن دَعَوْا لِلرَّحْمَنِ وَلَداً (91) وَمَا يَنبَغِي لِلرَّحْمَنِ أَن يَتَّخِذَ وَلَداً (92) إِن كُلُّ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ إِلَّا آتِي الرَّحْمَنِ عَبْداً (93)
سورة مريم

إخواني هذه غضبة كونية لم و لن ترضى السماوات و الأرض بإعتقاداتهم و أقوالهم ولم تحترمها فهل يليق بنا أن نقول الإنسان أرفع قدرا من الإختلافات الدينية أو نقول غير هذه الأقوال التي تحمل معاني فاسدة. فإن رضيتم بذلك فأعزي نفسي و إخواني بالمصيبة و أقول: "إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون". والله ثم والله يا إخوان ولا أبالغ و لا أرائي لكن والله أن العين لتدمع و القلب يحزن عند سماع: "وقالوا اتخذ الله ولدا" كيف يسب هؤلاء ربهم! قد علمتم أن بعض البشر يهين قدر الإله العظيم إلى هذا الحد و من ثم تريدونني أن أحترم ذلك لأنه قول صدر عن بشر و لهم حرية الإختيار, كلا والله لا أرضى بذلك و لن أرضى بذلك إلى أن ألقى الله سبحانه و تعالى...

و كلمة أخيرة إلى من ناقشتهم و أقول لا تدعوا الشيطان يستهزئ بكم و يلعب بعقولكم لكي تتكبروا عن قبول الحق بل اتبعوا سنة نبيكم و ادعوا: "اللهم أرنا الحق حقا و ارزقنا اتباعه و أرنا الباطل باطلا و ارزقنا اجنتباه"

و أدعكم مع المقطع

و السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Be Grateful Before It's Too Late

هَلْ أَتَى عَلَى الإِنسَانِ حِينٌ مِّنَ الدَّهْرِ لَمْ يَكُن شَيْئاً مَّذْكُوراً {1} إِنَّا خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ أَمْشَاجٍ نَّبْتَلِيهِ فَجَعَلْنَاهُ سَمِيعاً بَصِيراً {2} إِنَّا هَدَيْنَاهُ السَّبِيلَ إِمَّا شَاكِراً وَإِمَّا كَفُوراً {3{
سورة الإنسان من الآية 1 إلى الآية 3

Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing - (not even) mentioned? Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts), of Hearing and Sight. We showed him the Way: whether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will).
Holy Quran (Chapter 76 Verses 1-3)

This is a message to those who post their photos and ask other people for comments and when they receive positive comments they hide their arrogance behind: “No I look ugly, c’mon you are exaggerating, oh really you think so? while muttering in their hearts: “Please say more”. A message to those who are seeking attention for what they have and secretly filled with pride and being arrogant for what they are having. This is a message to those who thinks the whole world is all about them and designed for them. A message to those who think they are the chosen one. Now read carefully what I am going to write because if an atheist just carefully focuses on what happened in my life he would immediately believe that a “God” actually exists.

How does it feel if you had a brand new beautiful car and the next day you had an accident and the car crashed? I can describe the feeling very well, it’s not hard for someone who was in worse situations. One of the best ways to prove humans they are weak is to put them in a "Depression" state where they can’t get what they want badly and a state where they can’t keep what they have or push away what they don’t want. Even though I was claiming to realize that I will lose what I have but deeply I had thoughts of having everything I want forever. Now, before I list the things I lost, I would like to give you an introduction to the reasons why I lost them.

One of the main reasons is because I had all traits of a Narcissist, yet, I didn’t do anything to actually improve my attitude, I didn’t know something called gratitude. It’s true that I was claiming I am grateful but I was ignoring the fact that gratitude is the memory of the heart followed by expression. I used to feel self-important exaggerating my accomplishments, talents, skills, looks, demanding to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements, I was obsessed with many fantasies like being the greatest man, I was looking for excessive admiration and attention, I was seeking all greatest praises. I had some daring fearsome thoughts of being like angels and the word “Unequalled” was deeply engraved in my heart. I thought I could have it all, even though I was sometimes pretending inferiority but deeply by pretending I was actually encouraging my arrogance. God said in the Quran:

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ
سورة إبراهيم الآية 7

“And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): "If ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you; But if ye show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed.
Holy Quran (Chapter 14 Verse 7)

Whenever gratitude is absent from something we have or something we are doing we will eventually lose them or fail on achieving what we started. I remember when I was kid, I was loved by all students, I was admired by most of them to the point I became my class leader many times, students would fight among themselves just to sit close to me and be my friend. I started being arrogant and I was telling people I am loved “Mahboob” by the people unlike X, Y and Z. What happened after is quite surprising, few years later, I started to lose every interest I had in people and my classmates, I started loving being alone, I hated to socialize with others, I hated wouldn’t attend ceremonies, or visit friends, family members…etc Of course being a lone wolf didn’t made me realize my mistake because I liked that somehow.

Years back I was so proud of my eyes, I was hearing comments like: “Mashallah! you have beautiful big brown eyes” so instead of realizing that I am owing a dept for Almighty Allah and thank him for giving me beautiful eyes I started taking shots of my eyes and post them everywhere to let the whole world knows that I have beautiful eyes, guess what happened!? I am almost blind!!! Honestly without my glass or lenses, if I don’t wear any I wouldn’t be able to see the nose, eyes, lips of the person in front of me who might be only 30 cm away, while driving I can’t see anything but few moving colors. Not only that I am almost blind but my eyes became far smaller than what it was before and it started to sink deeper in my face to extent the bones below my eyes can be clearly seen.

When arrogance’s and pride’s meter increases we start forgetting the obligations of gratitude. Around 3 years back I had a lean fit and strong body, great chest and shoulders; I had six-packs-abs, the body most men desires to have. I used to have long silky hair, I used to take photos of my body holding swords, lifting weights, wearing sun-glasses and capturing pictures of myself in poses where I can show the greatness of my body. I would hear people say he is “Dante El3arab” Dante is the hero of the popular video game (Devil May Cry). Many times I would hear some calls me the Arabian Terry Bogard (The popular SNK character from King of Fighters) which boosted my arrogance even further. Perhaps I didn’t make fun of other people’s bodies but I was never truly grateful for what I had so God taught me a lesson I will never forget and proved he can change a state to another immediately. I dramatically gained weight to extent I am having some loose skin, ironically the size of my abs increased and my chest & shoulders decreased even though I gained weight where normally one will gain mass in all parts of the body. Some may think I gained weight because I was eating very much but believe it or not, I gain almost 5 Kgs after a single meal, I gain three Kgs just if I ate say one BigMac from MacDonalds -only the sandwich- no fries or drinks included. Additionally, I would like to inform you I was only eating one meal a whole day!

I lost most of my strength, I used to lift 40-60 KGs very easily now I can barely lift 6 KG, to be honest sometimes I find it hard to turn around the cover of a water bottle to open it to extent I asked a lady twice to open it for me! It’s not how much we express our gratitude to Allah by uttering words but honestly the real gratitude is your heart appreciates the source of the blessing and you start living by them. As for my hair it’s true that I decided to cut it myself, but the result is now I am barely having new healthy hair, and the ones I am having are turning white or grey. Even though people lose such things at the end of their life when live for more than 60 years, but guess what I am still considered young. Sometimes I see my old photos, I doubts if I am the same person in the photos.

Some of the things I was proud of were my nose and my teeth, I used to have a nose like my dear father, a sword shaped nose, thin and with beautiful edge, I used to have a beautiful yet manly voice. Many would say AbdulAziz does look like Sheikh Zayed may Allah have mercy on him and some asked me if I am one of his sons or grandsons. Many would say AbdulAziz looks like this or that of those who have a great manly expression on their face. I can’t count the number of people said AbdulAziz have the best teeth, it’s perfectly shaped from my teachers to friends to family.

I was so proud of my voice I was recording my voice while reading Quran, I was able to copy dozens of people’s recitations with their exact voice. I swear to God I was very amazed how this changed, I remember I once fell on the wooden part of my bed where the shape of my nose changed, then after that I was hit by the disease with my nose called Sinusitis, which naturally grows the nose size and it changes one’s voice greatly. Later on while I was playing with my brother while swimming in our swimming pool when I fell on my face on the floor which broke all my front teeth and affected my nose as well. You might say there are many causes why specially those two got damaged but my answer is quite simple because I was arrogant and never thanked God for them, it’s when I realized that no task is more urgent to be accomplished of returning thanks if you want to keep things you like. Each one of us should seriously start thinking deeply of how much God gave us and how much we are using what he gave us in disobeying him.

I remember I was being proud that I am having great brothers and knowledgeable at least I could challenge them. I remember I had a brother I always used to challenge in acquiring knowledge, I was making fun of those who play football and I wouldn’t even dare to compare their competitions with the competition of myself with my elder brother. It’s true I lost a lot of things but this was one of the greatest things I lost, I lost my brother, he died suddenly! even though he was in my age and amazingly he wasn’t sick or anything like that. Basically everything I was proud off and I wasn’t sincerely grateful for I lost it.

The most critical thing one can lose if he wasn’t grateful and thankful is his faith. As you know, faith gets increased and decreased, this increase and decrease affected by gratitude greatly. I remember there was a year I didn’t miss a prayer, I didn’t miss sitting in the mosque till the sun-rise after Al-Fajr prayer, I remember praying at night alone, I was able to memorize 8 pages of Quran in less than one hour, I remember I used to memorize whatever lecture I listen and know who said it in which cassette or CD. I was reading 400 to 500 pages on a daily basis. Even though I didn’t even reach a fair level in knowledge I was being proud with what I have and considered most besides me as ignorant. Imagine having great physical qualities added with great mental abilities! I remember seeing many dreams about the great Prophets peace be upon them and many times I dreamed of angels, My ego got fueled and Satan boosted my pride I started boosting and telling all about it to show I am better than them, which eventually caused my downfall.

I have forgotten everything I memorized but only few chapters, I missed a lot of prayers at mosque and I can count the times I prayed at night or stayed till sunrise when they were countless. I started forgetting most information I have acquired by reading, I can’t focus very well when I am memorizing, I could barely find myself time to actually read books. I don’t remember when was the last time I did dream about the Prophets (Peace Be Upon Them) when I was seeing them quite often in my dreams. All this happened for reasons but one of the greatest reasons I am aware of is that I didn’t chain all these great blessing with gratitude. Most of people I know they say AbdulAziz it’s because of the mischief of the envious, I wouldn’t be weak and say yes it’s the reason, while it may be one reason but the real reason of what happened I know it very well.

Yes I lost them, yes I lost them all, I lost all the things that I was once so proud of. I lost all the things that caused me to think I am unusually better than others, and the main cause is that I was arrogant and far away from being grateful to what God gave me. However it’s true I lost everything I liked but this awareness, this awareness of that I must thank God and express my gratitude sincerely worth it. I deserve what happened to me but I am not going to grief for what I’ve lost because the message within what happened is far more greater than all I have. I am glad God didn’t end my life before I realize what was my mistake, for that I am honestly thankful to God. Imagine if you gave me everything I need and more than what I need and yet I was fighting you, not being grateful for what you gave me, you would eventually hate me or might kill me but it’s only God whose mercy reaches everywhere and covers everything that allowed me to still be alive after all I did with his blessings. Allah said in the Quran:

وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ، فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ بِآيَاتِنَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
سورة الأعراف الآية 156

“My mercy extendeth to all things. That (mercy) I shall ordain for those who do right, and practise regular charity, and those who believe in Our Signs“
Holy Quran (Chapter 7 Verse 156)

I am not sharing this to have your sympathy nor to show the world how much I went through, I am sharing this to express my gratitude for Allah that he made me become aware, I am trying with everything I do to be a result of my gratitude for what God has done for me. This is a message to all those who are proud of having all they have, for all who lost what they had, for all people to be grateful to Allah for what he gave us, if Allah didn’t give us those blessings even if we do whatever we have and have the best equipments we would fail to have them. We need to develop an attitude of gratitude, I am not saying to feel gratitude alone since a silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone but express your appreciation through your words and acts with other human beings. As much as day and night renew every new day, you should renew your gratitude and repeat it.  Finally, I will leave you readers with few verses from the Quran may it touches your heart:

أَلَمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُ عَيْنَيْنِ *وَلِسَاناً وَشَفَتَيْنِ *وَهَدَيْنَاهُ النَّجْدَيْنِ* فَلاَ اقْتَحَمَ العَقَبَةَ (11) وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْعَقَبَةُ (12 (فَكُّ رَقَبَةٍ (13) أَوْ إِطْعَامٌ فِي يَوْمٍ ذِي مَسْغَبَةٍ (14 ( يَتِيمًا ذَا مَقْرَبَةٍ (15) أَوْ مِسْكِينًا ذَا مَتْرَبَةٍ (16) ثُمَّ كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْمَرْحَمَةِ (17) أُوْلَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْمَيْمَنَةِ (18)
سورة البلد من الآية 11 إلى الآية 18

“Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?- And a tongue, and a pair of lips?- And shown him the two highways? But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep. And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?- (It is:) freeing the bondman; Or the giving of food in a day of privation To the orphan with claims of relationship, Or to the indigent (down) in the dust. Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion. Such are the Companions of the Right Hand. “
Holy Quran (Chapter 90 Verses 11-18)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Discussion with Non-Muslim 11

Non-Muslim: If you can't create something you do not possess and God created Evil, does that mean God has evil in him?

AbdulAziz: You are again comparing your ability with that of God, that’s why you are always having some difficulties in understanding. Anyway, I will prove you that’s not the case. For example, I am a scientist and I have invented a knife to cut fruits…etc am I evil because I did so people can kill themselves using that knife. God can create what seems to us and perceived by us evil but he will never be evil or have evil in him as you described. Allah can take me both and you and throw us to heaven or hell but that would be against his wisdom, justice…etc because two different things can’t be the same, if you for example are denying his existence and you are insulting god while I am praising him and sacrificing my life for his sake then we both get the same result then God is not fair, being unfair is an ungodly attribute thus our God (Allah) can’t be having this quality.

Non-Muslim: You are comparing God to Mortal Kings.  You can't do that.  The power of mortal Kings to have servants is beyond the power of God.  I think it is YOU who do not understand Allah.

AbdulAziz: I am not comparing, I am giving you examples among us humans, who is considered to be better X or Y. There is a rule or base I don’t know the proper word but we use the Arabic word “قاعدة" that any draw-back in the creatures logically the God should be even more far from having it, and any perfection quality in the creature the God should have it as perfect with no draw back. To explain what I am saying I will give you an example, for example having the power, the ability to see, hear…etc those are considered positive qualities and we know if a creature does have this is more perfect than those who don’t. Meaning if you have eyes, you can see…etc and I was blind I can’t see, your body’s perfection is more than me, we are not equal. So any perfection approved among us the God have it as the perfect with no drawback, same thing goes for the non-perfect qualities. For example, being blind, not having hands, can’t talk those are drawbacks so naturally the God should be even more far from not having them. Why? Because the God we talk about in Islam (Allah) have all Perfections in everything. Another example is if you can write books and you can only write 10 beautiful books and 1000 beautiful words while I can write 10000 books and 1000000 beautiful words, my ability in words is greater than yours! However, it’s not yet perfect and not unlimited, but for God he is perfect and unlimited, Allah said in the Quran:

))قُلْ لَوْ كَانَ الْبَحْرُ مِدَادًا لِكَلِمَاتِ رَبِّي لَنَفِدَ الْبَحْرُ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَنْفَدَ كَلِمَاتُ رَبِّي وَلَوْ جِئْنَا بِمِثْلِهِ مَدَدًا((
سورة الكهف الآية 109
Say: "If the ocean were ink (wherewith to write out) the words of my Lord, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Lord, even if we added another ocean like it, for its aid.

Holy Quran (Chapter 16 Verse 109)

Non-Muslim: Oh and a King can address his people without servants.  A King has Television and mass media.  You want us to believe God has such power yet he is merciful and wise so he uses an angel to speak to a man and wait for that message to be delivered to the people of the world all the while billions of souls are lost to Hell for not hearing the word of Mohommed who claims to be speaking for Gabriel, who claims to be speaking for God?

AbdulAziz: I really mean no harm and please don’t get me wrong but it seems you are failing to understand the concept of “Perfection” or it might be I who is failing to explain it to you, sometimes I wished if I could be as great in English as I am in Arabic. Even though there are countless names and qualities for Allah, in Islam alone we can give you around 99 names of Allah. For example if your weight was 500 Kg I can’t say you are fat and thin at the same time, you are either fat or you are thin. If you are dying it doesn’t match you call yourself immortal, when you name yourself as the immortal that means you don’t die, it would be stupid to even ask you, can you die? It’s like asking a dead person, are you alive? Or asking a living person are you dead? The question itself is not suitable, same thing for god, since he is the creator he cannot be asked who created you, since he is the immortal he cannot be asked when you will die…etc Now we know God is All-Just when I say All-Just he is perfect in his justice, he is not siding with one side…etc so he doesn’t punish those who didn’t hear about Islam and Mohammed to hell, Allah may punish them if they heard about Islam, Allah and his Prophet yet they deny their existence, they don’t obey their words, it’s when they deserve to be punished, reasons for that I already explained in my post Ethic’s reward and I discussed this several times before.

Non-Muslim: If I were to say that Gabriel has given me a message from God last night to say to you, would you not doubt me?  What proof could I offer besides what you have offered?  You would question why God did not speak to you directly would you not? And so do I.

AbdulAziz: Your statement above just proves you don’t understand the perfection of God, now if you claimed that God talked to you and gave you message you deliver to human I would immediately say you are a liar or the god who gave you the message is a false god not the true one and only Mighty God Allah. Why is that? I will explain. God is perfect, God doesn’t lie…etc now if he sent someone like you who insult others, having some manner issues, liar…etc that means God didn’t know to select the right messenger, instead of sending a perfect messenger he sent someone having many mistakes. While Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him was the perfect human being example, he never lied even before he deliver the message of god, his qualities were best which were accepted by his enemies as the best…etc so if God selected someone as Prophet Mohammed as his messenger is pure logic, it just proves his wisdom, his greatness and the greatness of his messengers. It’s well known through history and accepted by all just people that the Prophets of Allah (Mohammed, Ibraheem , Eissa, (Jesus), Moosa (Moses), …etc) were the greatest humans who set their foot on earth. History can prove they had the best qualities you and me are nothing compared to their qualities.

Non-Muslim: Who are you to question God's will?  You claim that his will is unknown yet here you are, AGAIN, claiming to know what an all wise being would do.  Are you all wise?  If the all mighty throws us both into Heaven or Hell then who are you to question him?  You are NOTHING!  You are but a mere slave and his will is your bidding.  If he bid you be thrown into Hell with me then his wisdom is beyond your understanding. But you believe otherwise don't you?  You believe you are wiser than God.  You believe you know what God will do because of your definition of Justice even though you have claimed time and time again that we can not imagine what Justice is for God.

AbdulAziz: I don’t believe I am wiser than God, I don’t have the right to have such a thought and I don’t dare, I will just repeat what Prophet Moses peace be upon him said when his people were assuming he is making fun of them: “He said: "God save me from being an ignorant”. You see you are once again repeating the same thing without having knowledge on what you are talking about, Allah said in the Quran:

))هَا أَنْتُمْ هَؤُلاءِ حَاجَجْتُمْ فِيمَا لَكُمْ بِهِ عِلْمٌ فَلِمَ تُحَاجُّونَ فِيمَا لَيْسَ لَكُمْ بِهِ عِلْمٌ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتُمْ لا تَعْلَمُونَ((
سورة آل عمران الآية 66

Ah! Ye are those who fell to disputing (Even) in matters of which ye had some knowledge! but why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge? It is God Who knows, and ye who know not!

Holy Quran (Chapter 03 Verse 66)

Even though I repeated the same thing many times I will try to explain it to you again. If we both took the same test, I got 100 and you got 10 and the teacher gave us both A is that fair? It’s not fair, it’s a negative quality in the teacher, as I have explained earlier, if things we see negative among us we should push away that negative quality from God even more! since Allah is All-Justice his name and his great quality and wisdom will not allow such thing happen, I am not claiming I know the wisdom behind all Allah’s acts but I am saying things that are impossible because if it was possible it means God is not perfect.

If God explained in a book or a message or anything else and he said oh humans, if you worshipped me and had faith in me I will take you to heaven and if not I will take you to hell. Now if I worshipped and had faith in Allah then he sent me to hell this will prove that Allah is a liar (Glory to Allah he is high above all that they say!- Exalted and Great beyond measure)  it will prove he is not Justice, it proves he is contradicting himself which finally proves he is not Perfect, a God with many bad qualities and such God is a false God not worthy of Worship. Hope this clear the confusion you are having…