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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Mary, Sister Of Aaron ?!

Mary, Sister Of Aaron ?!





Assalamu-alaikum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

Christian missionaries have been calling Mary addressed as Sister of Aaron(P) a contradiction.

 Below is the verse:




At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: "O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! "O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!" [Qur'an 19:27-28]

It turns out that Christians in Najran during the time of the Prophet(P) raised a similar objection and it was answered by the Prophet(P). In Sahih Muslim, the hadith related by Mughirah ibn Shu`bah [5326] says:
When I came to Najran, they (the Christians of Najran) asked me: You read "O sister of Harun" (i.e. Maryam) in the Qur'an, whereas Moses was born much before Jesus. When I came back to Allah's Messenger(P) I asked him about that, whereupon he said: The (people of the old age) used to give names (to their persons) after the names of Apostle and pious persons who had gone before them.
This claim of contradiction is apparently mistaken because it disregards both the Arabic idiom and the context of the verse. In Arabic the word akhun or ukhtun (Underlined with Red colour in the images) carries two meanings.
  1. Blood brother or sister and
  2. Brotherhood/sisterhood in clan and faith.
The above verse has used the word ukhtun in the second sense. This is not unusual as the Qur'an uses the same idiomatic expression in several earlier verses. In chapter 11 verse 78, Prophet Lot refers to the women folk of his community as my daughters.


 And his people came rushing towards him, and they had been long in the habit of practising abominations. He said: "O my people! Here are my daughters: they are purer for you (if ye marry)! Now fear Allah, and cover me not with shame about my guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?" [Qur'an 11:78]





In Chapter 7 verses 65, 73 and 85 Prophets Hud, Saleh and Shuaib(P) are referred to as "brothers" of their respective peoples.



And unto (the tribe of) A'ad (We sent) their brother, Hud. He said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other Allah save Him. Will ye not ward off (evil)? [Qur'an 7:65]



And to (the tribe of) Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other Allah save Him. A wonder from your Lord hath come unto you. Lo! this is the camel of Allah, a token unto you; so let her feed in Allah's earth, and touch her not with hurt lest painful torment seize you. [Qur'an 7:73]






And unto Midian (We sent) their brother, Shu'eyb. He said: O my people! Serve Allah. Ye have no other Allah save Him. Lo! a clear proof hath come unto you from your Lord; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not mankind in their goods, and work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering thereof. That will be better for you, if ye are believers. [Qur'an 7:85]


The people of Lot are also mentioned in chapter 50 verse 13 as the brothers of Lot except for the word "banatii" which means my daughters in 11:78, all other references have used the word "akhun" which means brother.






The 'Ad, Pharaoh, the brethren of Lut, (Qur'an 50:13)


And in another place, the Qur'an addresses the believers as brothers-in-faith.




The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy. [Qur'an 49:10]






George Sale in his translation of the Qur'an says:
From the identity of names it has been generally imagined by Christian writers that the Koran here confounds Mary the mother of Jesus with Mary of Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron; which intolerable anachronism, if it were certain, is sufficient of itself to destroy the pretended authority of this book. But though Mohammed may be supposed to have been ignorant enough in ancient history and chronology, to have committed so gross a blunder; yet I do not see how it can be made out from the words of the Koran. For it does not follow, because two persons have the same name, and have each a father and brother who bear the same names, that they must therefore necessarily be the same whereby it manifestly appears that Mohammed well knew and asserted that Moses preceded Jesus several ages. And the commentators accordingly fail not to tell us, that there had passed about one thousand eight hundred years between Amran the father of Moses and Amrean the father of the Virgin Mary: they also make them the sons of different persons; the first, they say, was the son of Yeshar, or Izhar (though he was really his brother) the son of Kahath, the son of Levi; and the other was the son of Matthan, whose genealogy they trace, but in a very corrupt and imperfect manner, up to David and thence to Adam. It must be observed that though the Virgin Mary is called in the Koran, the sister of Aaron, yet she is nowhere called the sister of Moses.[1]
In the Bible, Elizabeth was called daughters of Aaron(P). Was she literally a daughter of Aaron?
In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechari'ah, of the division of Abi'jah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. [Luke 1:5, RSV]
Or Jesus(P) was addressed as Son of David in the Bible. Was he literally Son of David(P)?
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" [Matthew 21:9 RSV]
But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; [Matthew 21:15 RSV]
If we take that literally then it is also a contradiction in the Bible.

And Allah knows best.


Reference

[1] George Sale, The Koran, IX Edition of 1923, London, p. 38.


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Monday, 29 April 2013

Answer theonlyrel Questions


Salam Alikom wa rahmit allah wa barakato

Two days ago i found a message in my inbox from theonlyrel.she wrote :-

It isn't about a few bad Muslims making all look bad; persecution against women 

(among other groups) is pervasive throughout Islamic nations. Selling young girls as brides, 

female circumcision, prosecution of rape victims, honor killings, the burqua...these are 

all widespread practices that are largely tolerated and have backing by Shariah law. 
I hope your naivete does not take you to the dark corners of the world where your rape & 

subsequent murder would not be given a second look--Muslim revert or not.

=====End of message====

she wrote that after seeing my video :-



The Answer :-

Hi theonlyrel !

Read about Women in Islam and know about

The Status of Women in Islam and in other Civilizations !

READ HERE:-

http://islamreligion1.blogspot.com/2010/02/women-in-islam.html


Islam is a religion that came to fight slavery and end it once and for all.
During Judaism and Christianity, slavery was at its highest peak in the Middle East.

People were enslaved and they and their children were inherited and passed down to

generations for ever.

This tradition came from Leviticus 25:44-46 in the Bible's Old Testament, and further

continued in the New Testament in 1 Timothy 6:1, 1 Peter 2:18, and Colossians 3:22.

READ MORE HERE :-

http://islam-qa1.blogspot.com/2010/04/why-did-slavery-exist-during-islam.html

Girl’s circumcision is good for women it's not me who say that it's Doctors

The secretions of the labia minora accumulate in uncircumcised women and turn rancid, so

they develop an unpleasant odour which may lead to infections of the vagina or urethra. I

have seen many cases of sickness caused by the lack of circumcision.

Circumcision reduces excessive sensitivity of the clitoris which may cause it to increase

in size to 3 centimeters when aroused, which is very annoying to the husband, especially

at the time of intercourse.

Another benefit of circumcision is that it prevents stimulation of the clitoris which

makes it grow large in such a manner that it causes pain.

Circumcision prevents spasms of the clitoris which are a kind of inflammation.

Circumcision reduces excessive sexual desire.

READ MORE HERE :-

http://islam-qa1.blogspot.com/2013/04/girls-circumcision-in-islam.html

prosecution of rape victims? what do you mean?!

sure you don't know the ruling on the crime of rape in Islam.Do you ?!

This is an abhorrent crime that is forbidden in all religions and in the minds of all wise

people and those who are possessed of sound human nature. All earthly systems and laws

regard this action as abhorrent and impose the strictest penalties on it, except a few

states which waive the punishment if the rapist marries his victim! This is indicative of

a distorted mind let alone a lack of religious commitment on the part of those who

challenge Allah in making laws. We do not know of any love or compassion that could exist

between the aggressor and his victim, especially since the pain of rape cannot be erased

with the passage of time – as it is said. Hence many victims of rape have attempted to

commit suicide and many of them have succeeded, The failure of these marriages is proven

and they are accompanied by nothing but humiliation and suffering for the woman.
Islam closes the door to the criminal who wants to commit this crime.

READ MORE HERE :-

http://islam-qa1.blogspot.com/2013/04/what-is-ruling-on-crime-of-rape-in-islam.html

Honor killings ?!


Sure you meant Honor Killings in the in the Bible not in the Noble Quran.

Read more here :-

http://islam-qa1.blogspot.com/2013/04/honor-killings.html

You meant burqa? so what's the wrong about burqa ?!

Muslim women observe HIJAB (covering the head and the body) because Allah has told them to

do so.

"O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer

garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that

they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed..." [Noble Quran 33:59]

Other secondary reasons include the requirement for modesty in both men and women. Both

will then be evaluated for intelligence and skills instead of looks and sexuality. An

Iranian school girl is quoted as saying, "We want to stop men from treating us like sex

objects, as they have always done. We want them to ignore our appearance and to be

attentive to our personalities and mind. We want them to take us seriously and treat us as

equals and not just chase us around for our bodies and physical looks." A Muslim woman who

covers her head is making a statement about her identity. Anyone who sees her will know

that she is a Muslim and has a good moral character.

For more read here :-

http://islamreligion1.blogspot.com/2010/02/hijab-part-1-2.html

http://islamreligion1.blogspot.com/2010/02/hijab-part-2-2.html


Finally,Islam is a religion, which guides its followers in every aspect of their lives.
It is a way of life. Islam is the modern or latest version of the message sent by God

through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, Islam was sent to mankind through Prophet

Muhammad (pbuh). Islam is "modern" in the sense that it has come to complement the

teachings, which were introduced through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Islam is a

religion, which seeks to give a meaningful purpose to our life on this earth. Islam seeks

to guide us in fulfilling that purpose by creating harmony between Creator, our fellow

human beings and ourselves.

For more read here :-

http://islamreligion1.blogspot.com/2013/04/do-teachings-of-islam-encourage.html

Take care
Sunday, 28 April 2013

Honor Killings ?!

Many Christians are often fond of accusing Muslims of committing several honor killings in the name of Islam; they then use this line of argument as a reason to discredit Islam in their eyes.

we shall once again turn the table on the Christian showing that honor killings can be found in the Bible, and that the Bible is for honor killings! Hence by their own criteria, Christians will have to abandon their own book.

Let us now see the honor killings in the Bible:

Lev 21:9  And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.


So note, if the priests daughter commits a bad sexual act, she is to be burned because of her fathers reputation, because it is against his honor. What will Christian say now? This is one example of honor killing in the Bible, in fact the act is ordered by the Bible itself.

"And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. (Exodus 21:17)"
"For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. (Leviticus 20:9)"

So here the children are put to death for insulting their parents, this is another example of honor killings, the children are put to death for dis-honoring their very own parents and the punishment is death.

So we have seen 3 examples of honor killings in the Bible, so since Christians always have a problem with honor killings and say Islam is wrong because of some Muslims who commit this act, then the Bible is also wrong for allowing honor killings which also makes their own God wrong, and if God is wrong then he cant God because God is always correct. Either way the Christian is in a bad dilemma.

The crime of rape in Islam

Praise be to Allaah.

The Arabic word ightisaab refers to taking something wrongfully by force. It is now used exclusively to refer to transgression against the honour of women by force (rape). 

This is an abhorrent crime that is forbidden in all religions and in the minds of all wise people and those who are possessed of sound human nature. 

All earthly systems and laws regard this action as abhorrent and impose the strictest penalties on it, except a few states which waive the punishment if the rapist marries his victim! 

This is indicative of a distorted mind let alone a lack of religious commitment on the part of those who challenge Allaah in making laws. We do not know of any love or compassion that could exist between the aggressor and his victim, especially since the pain of rape cannot be erased with the passage of time – as it is said. 

Hence many victims of rape have attempted to commit suicide and many of them have succeeded, The failure of these marriages is proven and they are accompanied by nothing but humiliation and suffering for the woman. 

Islam has a clear stance which states that this repugnant action is haraam and imposes a deterrent punishment on the one who commits it. 

Islam closes the door to the criminal who wants to commit this crime. Western studies have shown that most rapists are already criminals who commit their crimes under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and they take advantage of the fact that their victims are walking alone in isolated places, or staying in the house alone. These studies also show that what the criminals watch on the media and the semi-naked styles of dress in which women go out, also lead to the commission of this reprehensible crime. 

The laws of Islam came to protect women's honour and modesty. Islam forbids women to wear clothes that are not modest and to travel without a mahram; it forbids a woman to shake hands with a non-mahram man. 

Islam encourages young men and women to marry early, and many other rulings which close the door to rape. Hence it comes as no surprise when we hear or read that most of these crimes occur in permissive societies which are looked up to by some Muslims as examples of civilization and refinement! 

In America – for example – International Amnesty stated in a 2004 report entitled “Stop Violence Against Women” that every 90 seconds a woman was raped during that year. What kind of life are these people living? What refinement and civilization do they want the Muslim women to take part in? 

The punishment for rape in Islam is same as the punishment for zina, which is stoning if the perpetrator is married, and one hundred lashes and banishment for one year if he is not married. 
Some scholars also say that he is required to pay a mahr to the woman. 
Imam Maalik (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

In our view the man who rapes a woman, whether she is a virgin or not, if she is a free woman he must pay a “dowry” like that of her peers, and if she is a slave he must pay whatever has been detracted from her value. The punishment is to be carried out on the rapist and there is no punishment for the woman who has been raped, whatever the case. End quote. 

Al-Muwatta’, 2/734 

Shaykh Salmaan al-Baaji (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 
In the case of a woman who is forced (raped): if she is a free woman, the one who forced her must pay her a “dowry” like that of her peers, and the hadd punishment is to be carried out on him. This is the view of al-Shaafa’i, and it is the view of al-Layth, and it was also narrated from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him). 

Abu Haneefah and al-Thawri said: the hadd punishment is to be carried out on him but he is not obliged to pay the “dowry”. 

The evidence for what we say is that the hadd punishment and the “dowry” are two rights, one of which is the right of Allaah and the other is the right of the other person. So they may be combined, as in the case of a thief whose hand is cut off and he is required to return the stolen goods. End quote. 
Al-Muntaha Sharh al-Muwatta’, 5/268, 269 

Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 
The scholars are unanimously agreed that the rapist is to be subjected to the hadd punishment if there is clear evidence against him that he deserves the hadd punishment, or if he admits to that. Otherwise, he is to be punished (i.e., if there is no proof that the hadd punishment for zina may be carried out against him because he does not confess, and there are not four witnesses, then the judge may punish him and stipulate a punishment that will deter him and others like him). There is no punishment for the woman if it is true that he forced her and overpowered her, which may be proven by her screaming and shouting for help. End quote. 
Al-Istidhkaar, 7/146 

Secondly: 

The rapist is subject to the hadd punishment for zina, even if the rape was not carried out at knife-point or gun-point. If the use of a weapon was threatened, then he is a muhaarib, and is to be subjected to the hadd punishment described in the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“The recompense of those who wage war against Allaah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter”
[al-Maaidah 5:33] 

So the judge has the choice of the four punishments mentioned in this verse, and may choose whichever he thinks is most suitable to attain the objective, which is to spread peace and security in society, and ward off evildoers and aggressors.

And Allaah knows best.

Girl’s circumcision in islam

Could you explain me what is the medical benefit of girl’s circumcision?

Praise be to Allaah. 

Just as Allaah has created mankind, He has also guided them that which is best suited to their interests in this world and in the Hereafter, so He sent them Messengers and revealed Books to guide mankind to what is good and urge them to follow it, and to teach them what is evil and warn them against it. 

Islam may enjoin or forbid something and the people – or most of them – may not be able to see the wisdom behind this command or prohibition. In that case we are obliged to obey the command or heed the prohibition and to have certain faith that the laws of Allaah are all good, even if we cannot see the wisdom behind them. 

Circumcision is one of the Sunnahs of the fitrah, as is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): "The fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the fitrah – circumcision, shaving the pubes, plucking the armpit hairs, cutting the nails, and trimming the moustache." narrated by al-Bukhaari (5889) and Muslim (257). 

Undoubtedly with regard to the Sunnahs of the fitrah, some of the wisdom behind them is obvious, and that includes circumcision. There are clear benefits to it which we should pay attention to and understand the wisdom behind it.

Circumcision is prescribed for both males and females. The correct view is that circumcision is obligatory for males and that it is one of the symbols of Islam, and that circumcision of women is mustahabb but not obligatory. 

There are reports in the Sunnah which indicate that circumcision for women is prescribed in Islam. In Madeenah there was a woman who circumcised women and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to her: “Do not go to the extreme in cutting; that is better for the woman and more liked by the husband.”  Narrated by Abu Dawood (5271), classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. 

Female circumcision has not been prescribed for no reason, rather there is wisdom behind it and it brings many benefits. 

Mentioning some of these benefits, Dr. Haamid al-Ghawaabi says:

The secretions of the labia minora accumulate in uncircumcised women and turn rancid, so they develop an unpleasant odour which may lead to infections of the vagina or urethra. I have seen many cases of sickness caused by the lack of circumcision. 

Circumcision reduces excessive sensitivity of the clitoris which may cause it to increase in size to 3 centimeters when aroused, which is very annoying to the husband, especially at the time of intercourse. 
Another benefit of circumcision is that it prevents stimulation of the clitoris which makes it grow large in such a manner that it causes pain. 

Circumcision prevents spasms of the clitoris which are a kind of inflammation.  
Circumcision reduces excessive sexual desire. 

Then Dr al-Ghawaabi refutes those who claim that female circumcision leads to frigidity by noting: 
Frigidity has many causes, and this claim is not based on any sound statistics comparing circumcised women with uncircumcised women, except in the case of Pharaonic circumcision which is where the clitoris is excised completely.

 This does in fact lead to frigidity but it is contrary to the kind of circumcision enjoined by the Prophet of mercy (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he said: “Do not destroy” i.e., do not uproot or excise. This alone is evidence that speaks for itself, because medicine at that time knew very little about this sensitive organ (the clitoris) and its nerves.

From Liwa’ al-Islam magazine, issue 8 and 10; article entitled Khitaan al-Banaat (circumcision of girls). 

The female gynaecologist Sitt al-Banaat Khaalid says in an article entitled Khitaan al-Banaat Ru’yah Sihhiyyah (Female circumcision from a health point of view): 

For us in the Muslim world female circumcision is, above all else, obedience to Islam, which means acting in accordance with the fitrah and following the Sunnah which encourages it. We all know the dimensions of Islam, and that everything in it must be good in all aspects, including health aspects. If the benefits are not apparent now, they will become known in the future, as has happened with regard to male circumcision – the world now knows its benefits and it has become widespread among all nations despite the opposition of some groups. 

Then she mentioned some of the health benefits of female circumcision and said: 

It takes away excessive libido from women
It prevents unpleasant odours which result from foul secretions beneath the prepuce.

It reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections
It reduces the incidence of infections of the reproductive system. 

In the book on Traditions that affect the health of women and children, which was published by the World Health Organization in 1979 it says: 

With regard to the type of female circumcision which involves removal of the prepuce of the clitoris, which is similar to male circumcision, no harmful health effects have been noted. 

And Allaah knows best.