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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Islam is perfect ; Muslims are not!

I have been reading in so many forums, websites, blogs, news magazines, etc about many differing views discussing religious issues especially ones that tend to focus on Islam.

I know that for many Non Muslims and even some Muslims themselves, the trend nowadays is to pick a fight, argue and quarrel over Islamic matters. Even those who don't believe in God want so very much to be in the ring!

Just pop in to Malaysia-Today.net and you will see some bloggers comment about Islam with such a venomous streak, I don't think you'll ever wanna cross paths with such persons, ever ! :P

That's how Islam is attracting all kinds, both the Good, the Bad and also unfortunately the so very Ugly!

The thing is that for all the hoo ha and hype about Islam this, Islam that, media exploitation of some individuals or groups who have their own agendas but misusing Islam as their cause , all expose the false accusations being heaped upon Islam!

Let me reiterate one point here. ISLAM IS PERFECT! MUSLIMS ARE NOT.

As humanbeings, we never will be perfect! Show me anyone who claims to be perfect and I dare say that fella is a liar! For as humanbeings, we will always have our shortcomings!

From the East to the West, there will never be a perfect humanbeing! Never has been and never ever will there be one! From our parents , the Prophet Adam Alaihisalam and our Mother, Siti Hawwa right down to the people who will be alive on this Earth when Doomsday arrives, there will never be anyone who is perfect!

Perfection belongs only to Allah the Almighty. God, Most Supreme, Most Perfect. There's nothing else save Allah and His Way of Life that He has revealed to us mankind that is Perfect.

Muslims today are facing all kinds of persecutions and challenges in our lifes. Each and every Muslim, male and female are constantly facing daily provocations, testing of their faith and the very symbol that they represent , to be those who submit to the Rules and Regulations of Islam.

Do you for a fleeting second, think it is easy to be a Muslim in these times? Only those who are patient and persevere will see some success in their lifes.

Just recently , there has been a series of bomb explosions that were set off at crowded Mumbai (Bombay) train stations in India, killing hundreds of innocent commuters.

Rohan Gunaratna, the socalled expert on terrorism points his accusing finger at Lasykar At Toiyibba, a Kashmiri separatist group who are said to be the main perpetrators of this massacre!

India has always been a land of constant upheaval and strifes sparked off quite easily due to it's billion over citizens living in a society that is a volatile potpourri of religious,racial and caste differences easily ignited into a frenzy of mob mentality that has been proven again and again to rage uncontrollably, destroying the fragile peace that usually sets in after months of sufferings and carnage.

The Muslims in India are caught in a vicious dilemna! To them, everyday could be their last day on Earth. A hundred million over Muslims trying to survive in an ocean of a billion Hindus is not an easy thing to do.The slightest commotion set off by those with an open agenda will see the Muslims dragged out to the streets, raped, viciously chopped and slaughtered by rampaging mobs of a people goaded into doing things they normally wouldn't even dream of because of one major cause-economic disparity.

Most Muslims are good in business. Just like the Jews, Muslims are very much into trade and even here in Malaysia, the local Malays envy the Indian Muslims who always thrive when carrying out their business enterprises.

From a small pushcart selling 'Mee Goreng Mamak', these industrious fellows would eventually end up setting up shop as a medium sized restaurant into the 'Mamak Bistro's' we see at Bangsar, Taman Tun, all over KL, Penang, Ipoh, Kuantan, Kota Baru, etc .and in every small town or city in Malaysia, you can see the tremendous growth of the Indian Muslims businesses.

Why is that so? A major reason could be because MOST Muslims do not indulge in the forbidden activities such as the ones usually known as the major sins.

What are they?

The Major Sins that a Muslim or a Muslimah must not do is to :

1- Associate any partner with God.
Al-Qur'an (4:48 & 116/ 31:13/ 5:72/ 18:110)

This is the one MAJOR sin above all the other sins that Allah the Almighty will not forgive unless he or she truly repents and does not repeat it.

SYIRIK is the term given to this and those who did so out of ignorance need to repent truly honestly sincerely before Allah.

This is called TAUBAT NASUHA and one doesn't have any other options but to never take any chances with it when it comes to the matter of submitting to none other except Allah!

In these times, there are many who try to be smart alecs and come up with cock and bull reasons as to why they don't believe in Allah or go and associate that this being, this entity, that person is divine , this person is a wali Allah , one who has Karamah, this and that.

Such persons commit SHIRIK when they hold someone or something other than Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala in awe and fear that if he or she didn't pay homage to that being or thing, they will be in mortal danger etc. then that person is guilty of Associating with Allah, God Almighty, whatever it is they are afraid of or in awe of!

The only way out is to study about Tawheed @ Faith in Allah SWT and repent from that major sin.

Check out the other major sins listed below and do your own research if you want to know more about why I say ' ISLAM IS PERFECT but MUSLIMS ARE NOT!

Muslims are different from other people because they submit to Almighty Allah whilst the others to whatever they choose. The present general idea to associate ISLAM to whatever some Muslims do in it's name is not fair to the faith for Islam never asks its followers to go blow themselves and others to bits as we have all seen in the present days and the decades before.

If there is any sin involved with a Muslim's act or deed, the fault lies upon the person him or herself!

They are the ones (including myself) who are responsible for our mistakes ; not the Faith of Islam itself.

When we pray 5 times a day as enjoined by Allah SWT, it is we who beseech the Almighty to forgive us our sins , committed knowingly or otherwise.

It is entirely up to Allah whether He wants to forgive us or not but it is our duty to keep ourselves redeemed from our constant mistakes as mere mortals and to try our level best not to screw up our lifes whilst being alive here on Earth.

In the meantime, we live our lives according to the fundamentals of our faith and as per our individual sense of knowledge and religious know how.

In between, we live just as any other normal beings in taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, our fellow neighbours and citizens in trying to acquire the best of this life and God willing, the life in the Hereafter.

2- Kill a human being intentionally - except in battle, or if he/she kills someone or for self-defence.
Al-Qur'an (4:93/ 25:68-70/ 5:32/ 81:8 & 9)

3- Believe in magic, witchcraft and the like.
Al-Qur'an (2:102)

4- Neglect to perform your regular prayers Salah
Al-Qur'an (19:59 & 60/107:4 &5/ 63:9/ 74:42-48)

5- Neglect to pay your regular charity Zakah
Al-Qur'an (3:160/ 41:6 & 7/ 9:34 & 35/ 63:10)

6- Break your fast during the month of Ramadan without a valid reason.
Al-Qur'an (2:183 & 184)

7- Neglect to perform pilgrimage Hajj if you can afford it financially and you are in good health
Al-Qur'an (3:97)

8- Be rude to your parents.
Al-Qur'an (17:23 & 31: 14)

9- Sever ties with relatives
Al-Qur'an (4:1/ 47:22 & 23/ 13:20 &21/ 2:26 & 27)

10- Engage in sexual relationships outside of marriage:fornication or adultery
Al-Qur'an (17:32/ 25:66-70/ 24:2)

11- Commit homosexual acts
Al-Qur'an (11:82 & 83/ 26:165-166/ 21:74)

12- Take or give interest on money @ Riba
Al-Qur'an (3:130/ 2:275)

13- Take the money of orphans or the oppressed, when you are entrusted with it.
Al-Qur'an (4:10/ 6:152/ 4:6)

14- Fabricate lies regarding God or His Prophet
and in Bukhari & Muslim:"Whoever makes up a lie on me (Muhammad) will end up in Hellfire".
(39:10)

15- Run away from the battlefield which is established for the sake of Islam.
Al-Qur'an (8:16)

16- Inflict injustice on people under your care.
Al-Qur'an (42:42/ 14:42 & 43/ 26:227/ 5:79)

17- Be arrogant and conceited.
Al-Qur'an (40:27/ 16:23/ 2:34/ 31:18)

18- Be a false witness
Al-Qur'an (25: 72/ 22:30/ 40:28)

19- Consume intoxicating beverages - beer, wine, etc., and /or take intoxicating drugs - hash,cocaine,heroin, syabu, etc.
Al-Qur'an (5:90-91)

20- Gambling - bet money, buy lottery tickets, etc.
Al-Qur'an ( 5:90-91/ 5:3)

21- Spread a lie about a Muslim woman regarding her character.
Al-Qur'an (24:23-24/ 24:4)

22- Take unlawfully from the possessions of the enemy when you are victorious.
Al-Qur'an (8:58/ 3:161)

23- Steal
Al-Qur'an (5:38)

24- Terrorize and / or rob travellers
Al-Qur'an (5:33)

25- Swear - to confirm a lie.
Al-Qur'an (3:77)

26- Support injustice
Al-Qur'an (14:42-45/ 42:42/ 26:227/ 11:102

27- Be an unjust ruler or official.
Al-Qur'an (42:42)

28- Eat the unlawful and keep what does not belong to you.
Al-Qur'an (2:188)

29- Commit suicide.
Al-Qur'an (4:29-30)

30- Lie.
Al-Qur'an (3:61/ 51:10/ 40:28/ 58:14)

31- Pass judgements on any deeds-without the guidance of the Quran & Sunna.
Al-Qur'an (5:44/ 5:45/ 5:47)

32- Take or give bribes.
Al-Qur'an (2:188)

33- Imitate your opposite sex.
in Bukhari:"God condemns the women who imitate men and the men who imitate women".

34- Pretend not to know when your wife commits adultery.
Al-Qur'an (24:3)

35- Be a husband for the purpose of allowing a divorced woman to remarry her ex-husband after he has divorced her three times.
In Nasai:"Condemn the Mohalil : husband, and the Mohalal Loh:ex-husband".

36- Neglect to hygienically clean yourself thoroughly after you visit the washroom.
Al-Qur'an (74:4)

37- Try to impress people.
Al-Qur'an (4:142/ 107:4-7/ 2:264)

38- Keep religious knowledge to yourself.
Al-Qur'an (35:28/ 2:159/ 3:187)

39- Break pledges
Al-Qur'an (8:27/ 12:52)

40- Remind people of good deeds you have done for them.
Al-Qur'an (2:264)

41- Disbelieve in destiny -Qada' & Qadar
Al-Qur'an (54:47-49)

42- Spy on people.
Al-Qur'an (49:12)

43- Gossip.
Al-Qur'an (68:10-11)

44- Condemn a Muslim, in Bukhari : "Condemning a Muslim is like killing him / her".

45- Break promises, treaties or agreements.
Al-Qur'an (17:34/ 5:1)

46- Believe in astrology.
Al-Qur'an (17:36)

47- Challenge the authority of your husband - for married women - unless it is against the Quran and Sunna.
Al-Qur'an (4:34)

48- Make statues - for worship.
Al-Qur'an (33:57)

49- Act in despair when a disaster strikes - such as losing a loved one in Bukhari: "They don't belong to us, those who slap their faces and tear their clothes - to express grief - and act as the pagans do".

50- Inflict injustice upon people.
Al-Qur'an (42:42)

51- Be rude / offensive to the deprived, poor, homeless, etc.
Al-Qur'an (4:36)

52- Be rude to your neighbours. in Ahmed: "I swear by God that you are not a believer till your neighbour is secure from your mischief".

53- Be rude to your Muslim brothers and sisters.
Al-Qur'an (33:58)

54- Inflict harm on your Muslim brothers and sisters.
Al-Qur'an (33:58)

55- Dress lavishly.
Al-Qur'an (31:16)

56- Wear silk or gold - for men
in Abu Dawood: "It is unlawful for the men of my nation to wear silk and gold".

57- Desert your master -for slaves, without arranging for your freedom
in Targeeb: "If a slave runs away from his master, his prayer is not accepted".
Al-Qur'an (6:121)

58- Knowingly claim to be the son/daughter of someone other than your father/mother
in Bukhari: "Who claims to be the son or daughter of other than his father knowingly, will not enter paradise".

59- Argue in vain.
Al-Qur'an (29:46/ 40:4)

60- Deprive people of drinking your water.
Al-Qur'an (67:30)

61- Cheat people in a weight or a volume of goods for which they have paid.
Al-Qur'an (83:1-6)

62- Take for granted what God gives you - health, wealth, family, job, education,etc.
Al-Qur'an (6:44)

63- Say unkind words about the Prophet's companions,
in Bukhari: "Don't say unkind words about my companions". etcetera.

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I will try and share about each and every of the subjects highlighted above in future postings but being terribly busy at the moment with a major program I am handling , needs me to put my priorities right.

Insyaallah, when Time permits, I'll write on them in the near future.

Remember my words' Islam is perfect' Muslims are not!

That doesn't mean we can't keep on trying to better ourselves in all aspects of our lifes and be among those who submit ourselves to none but Almighty Allah, Lord, Creator and Sustainer of us all! Insyaallah!

Our five daily prayers are those special times when we are standing, bowing, and prostrating before the Supreme Master of us all, asking to be cleansed and purified from our slip ups and we attain the Peace in our hearts and souls from Subuh to Zohor, Zohor to Asar, Asar to Maghrib, Maghrib to 'Isya and from 'Isya to Subuh, day in , day out.

A continuous cycle of prayer and submission to God. 5 times a day for the rest of our lifes.

What's better than to have a constant recharging of the spirit within us , to glorify Allah and to express our gratitude to Him for all that He has given us and to cherish whatever we have ?


"O Allah, I seek forgiveness for every sin, I committed, about which, of course, You know inside and out, from the beginning to the end of my life.

Whether committed deliberately or intentionally, few or many, abstruse or manifest, old or new, secretly carried out or openly done; and for whatever wrong I have done!

I turn repentant unto You and beseech You to bless Muhammad and the children of Muhammad and forgive all my unjust acts I did to wrong the people (because they have rights which I have to recognize and fulfill) but You have full authority to forgive those wrongdoings whenever and howsoever You wish, O the most merciful."

Ameen. Ya Rabbal Alameen!

May Peace be upon us all. InsyaAllah!

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Kactuz said...

Why don't you get rid of your dozens of rules and use just one: The Golden rule - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Is that too hard? Is it to complex?

No, Muslims must have all these stupid little rules, but that doesn't stop them from killing, persecuting and making life miserable - for them and others.

Whever Islam dominates, it oppresses others. It is a religion of hate. The Quran is full of anger and violence. The life of MOhammed is also full of vile acts. Don't Muslim's read their own writings?

May I quote:
...The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. (Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 130).

What does that mean to you? Think about the people of Banu Mustaliq. How many of your 63 rules were broken that day... And remember
Quote: "The military expeditions (Ghazawat, literally raid) in which the Messenger personally participated were twenty-six. Some say there were twenty-seven." (Tabari IX:118). So, multiply the death, enslavement, pain and suffering in one village by 26.

Here are some more quotes:"... and he had their hands and feet cut off. Then he ordered for nails which were heated and passed over their eyes, and whey were left in the Harra (ie. rocky land). They asked for water, and nobody provided them with water till they died (Bukhari, 52, 261).

A certain young wife says "He struck me on the chest which caused me pain" (Muslim 4, 2127)

Who would do these things? who?

This is for those poor, innocent people killed in India this week. Shame on Islam, shame on Muslims, again. Why must they always blame others or pretend it has nothing to do with Islam? (the 'perfect' religion) Why can't Muslims be honest?

Mahaguru58, I really don't care if you publish this or not. This is for you to think about. You will read it and you will have to think about these words. I have little hope that Muslims will change. They are either in denial or dishonest. I hope you are the first. Bad times are coming, and I blame Muslims for most of it (not all!). Take care.

John

mahaguru58 said...

Well Kactuzkid,
For someone who has so much to say about things that took place way back in the times when people were more used to wars, rampages by barbarian hordes etcetera, you sure don't have much in your blog.

Things that have happened in India recently are only known to us by way of reports from the media.

The culprits could be members of the Lasykar Toiyibba, or maybe some other anarchists out to wreak havoc in India.

If they were proven to be Muslims, then let them face the courts of justice (if they hadn't blown themselves to bits in the process)!

You and me can only come to our own conclusions based on whatever data we come across for we were not there, were we?

As for those incidents attributed to the Holy Prophet SAW, it is not for us to judge on things that are beyond our time.

Allah the Most Just will never have sent to the entire mankind someone who you try to picture as being a savage being!

I am not into denial mode here! I am just stating the obvious. We can only come to any conclusion as to what takes place right now , in our times , and even then if we were material witnesses to all that's been reported.

Faith is a matter of belief, my friend.

I believe that the Mercy to all Mankind is innocent of all these trumpeted charges made by his enemies through time.

The world is full of such kind. Those who hate someone for no rhyme or reason except that he is the Final Messenger of God.

Some are still awaiting the coming of the Messiah!

Some are awaiting the Imam Mahdi.

Only Time will tell as to who's wrong or who's right?

As for me, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is my Prophet and Saviour of those amongst Mankind who submit to Almighty Allah.

I have total belief in him not being what you and the others charge him with. Na 'uzu billah!

Let the authorities do their work in Mumbai and if it is true that Muslims were responsible for that cowardly bombings, then I have no reservations in condemning the perpetrators along with everyone else!

If they are victims of an orchestrated attempt to once again , make the Muslims as the preferred scapegoats for just whatever terrorist attack takes place, then only the Almighty can be their protector.

Do not jump to any conclusions bro for in these crazy times, black can be made into looking white and vice versa!

Whoever is responsible for the massacre in Mumbai will definitely be destined to Hellfire, no matter whether they be Muslims,Hindus, Christians or whatever!

As a Muslim, I am all for justice and fair comment. Just take some time to do a proper research before coming to any conclusions, that's all I ask.

Bad people exist in all ethnicities or faiths.

We just need to learn to differentiate between those who are sick in their minds and kill unnecessarily under a dubious cause and those who are out to wreak havoc amongst the masses with an agenda to spark off another Gujerati style massacre of the Muslims minority in India and who have a covert agenda to undermine Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.

Unless you happen to have solid proof of 'muslims' being responsible, do the right thing.

Wait till the investigations are completed before you start accusing this and that group.

Emmanuel said...

Dear Mahaguru,

Good Day :)

Could not agree more with that.I do not believe there is such a thing as bad religion, only bad people.Unfortunate that some terrorists claim to profess Islam, just as unfortunate as there are mobsters who profess Catholicsm.