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Was Waraqah ibn Naufal a Teacher of Muhammad?

Was Waraqah ibn Naufal a Teacher of Muhammad?

Prophet Muhammad

The light of truth cannot be put out with falsehood but it will continue to enlighten the path for humanity

Lady `Aisha (the mother of the believers, may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the commencement of the Divine Inspiration to Allah’s Messenger was in the form of good dreams which came true like bright daylight, and then the love of seclusion was bestowed upon him. He used to go in seclusion in the cave of Hira’ where he used to worship (Allah alone) continuously for many days before his desire to see his family. He used to take with him the journey food for the stay and then come back to (his wife) Khadija to take his food likewise again till suddenly the Truth descended upon him while he was in the cave of Hira’. The angel came to him and asked him to read. The Prophet replied, “I do not know how to read.” The Prophet added, “The angel caught me (forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any more. He then released me and again asked me to read and I replied, ‘I do not know how to read.’ Thereupon, he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I could not bear it any more. He then released me and again asked me to read but again I replied, ‘I do not know how to read (or what shall I read)?’ Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me, and then released me and said,

Read in the name of your Lord, who has created (all that exists), created man from a clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. (Al-`Alaq 96:1-3)

Then Allah’s Messenger returned with the inspiration and with his heart beating severely. Then he went to Khadija bint Khuwailid and said, “Cover me! Cover me!” They covered him till his fear was over and after that he told her everything that had happened and said, “I fear that something may happen to me.” Khadija replied, “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.” Khadija then accompanied him to her cousin Waraqa ibn Naufal ibn Asad ibn ‘Abdul ‘Uzza, who, during the pre-Islamic Period became a Christian and used to write the writing with Hebrew letters. He would write from the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah wished him to write. He was an old man and had lost his eyesight. Khadija said to Waraqa, “Listen to the story of your nephew, O my cousin!” Waraqa asked, “O my nephew! What have you seen?” Allah’s Messenger described whatever he had seen. Waraqa said, “This is the same one who keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to Moses. I wish I were young and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out.” Allah’s Messenger asked, “Will they drive me out?” Waraqa replied in the affirmative and said, “Anyone (man) who came with something similar to what you have brought was treated with hostility; and if I should remain alive till the day when you will be turned out then I would support you strongly.” But after a few days Waraqa died and the Divine Revelation was also paused for a while.” (Al-Bukhari)

Waraqah was a pagan worshiping the idols at Mecca in the beginning of his life. He was one of four people who determined to forsake the idolatry of Quraysh and search for the right religion. This decision was at one of Quraysh’s pagan festivals. They were Waraqah ibn Naufal, `Uthman ibn Al-Huwairath, `Ubaidullah ibn Jahsh and Zayd ibn `Amr ibn Nufail. They decided to abandon the worship of idols as they deemed it contrary to every reason and sound understanding. Waraqah and `Uthman ibn Al-Huwairath professed Christianity. `Ubaidullah ibn Jahsh lived till the advent of Islam and embraced Islam. Zayd ibn Nufail kept to the remains of the religion of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham, peace be upon him) until he passed away.

Waraqah studied the Gospels and became knowledgeable of them so that he would write the Gospel. He grew old and lost his eyesight. When the revelation came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) by the angel Jibril (Gabreal, peace be upon him) the Prophet went to him upon recommendations from Khadijah, the Prophet’s wife, as Waraqah was relative of Khadijah. The Prophet related to Waraqah what happened to him and how an angel took and pressed him forcefully three times. Waraqah told him that this is the same angel that descended upon Moses (peace be upon him) with revelation. Waraqah gave the Prophet glad tidings of Prophethood, and also warned him of great harm he would receive at the hands of the disbelievers. He informed the Prophet that the people of Quraysh would expel him out of Mecca, and the Prophet found this queer.

Some scholars state that Waraqah a believer as he accepted what the Prophet said and gave him glad tiding of Prophethood. There is a hadith indicating that Waraqah is not in the Hellfire as narrated by `A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her) who said: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about Waraqah by Khadijah: “He (i.e. Waraqah) believed in you and died before you commence Prophethood.” The Prophet replied, “I saw him in a dream wearing white clothes. If he was from the people of the Hellfire, I would saw him wearing other clothes.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

This is almost what is related about Waraqah in the books of Sirah in brief. Now, it is odd to read in some distrustful books that Waraqah was a teacher of the Prophet Muhammad who taught Muhammad the Qur’an and thus he was the actual composer of the Qu’an and the Islamic Message.

One wonder, where is in the historical texts stated that Waraqah was the teacher of the Prophet Muhammad? Which historians said that? What is the source of these allegations? What is the evidence? Who narrated that the Prophet would frequent Waraqah seeking knowledge from him? Where were the people of Qurashy, who fought the Prophet with every possible means and lost their greatest leaders in battling with Muhammad, from these claims? Had not they seen the Prophet Muhammad once learning something from Waraqah or repeating his words? Had not they saw him accompanying Waraqah? Yet, how many days and night did the Prophet spend with Waraqah? What is the likeness between Waraqah’s views and the Prophet’s ones? No answer comes but just groundless allegations and blatant lies brought out of concealed grudge and malice against Islam and Muslims. No evidence but real falsehood.

The war against Islam takes multiple forms. The enemies of Islam miss no ill or dishonest way but pave it to attack Islam although false and fabricated. Thus, their efforts are fruitless and nothing avails Islam, the ever fast spreading religion worldwide. The light of truth cannot be put out with falsehood but it will continue to enlighten the path for humanity. We are not to withhold or conceal a fact, because Islam orders us to be honest and faithful. But, what can be done with ill-intentioned and insincere suspicions that manifest the lie of its people and their concealed hatred and animosity against Islam.

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Is the Qur’an Muhammad’s or Allah’s Word?

Is the Qur’an Muhammad’s or Allah’s Word?

Is the Qur’an Muhammad’s or Allah’s Word?

The Prophet was not having any options; he has no right to express his own wishes because the Qur’an was revealed by Allah the Almighty

Let’s suppose –for the purpose of argument only- that the enemies of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were right in their allegations that the Noble Qur’an was written by him. In such case, the disbelievers will surely respond to our argument. Now, ask them: Do you doubt that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was an Arabic man?

Irrespective of their reply; yes or no, the Prophet (peace be upon him) – under such argument – has informed them, in very sublime manner and words, that Maryam (Mary, the mother of Jesus (peace be upon them both), who belongs to Children of Israel, is chosen above the women of the world. Why didn’t he choose his mother (i.e. the mother of the Prophet Mohammad – peace be upon him), his wife, his daughter, or any other Arabic woman? Why did he choose a woman from the Children of Israel?

Can anyone give any clarification to this? Everyone prefers his mother, wife and daughter more than other women.

So, why the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) calls Muslims to respect a woman from the opponents or contestants?! Especially from the Children of Israel?! From the people who have disregarded his people (Muhammad’s people; the Arabs) for three thousand years; exactly like their disregard to their Arab brothers nowadays.

Chapter of Maryam (Mary)

There is a chapter (Surah) in the Noble Qur’an bearing the name of “Maryam” (Mary). The referred to Surah was called “Maryam” out of respect and honor to Maryam; the mother of Jesus Christ (peace be upon them both). Maryam (peace be upon her) did not get such honor even in the Bible itself. There are 66 scriptures for the Protestant and 73 scriptures for the Roman Catholic, but no single scripture wherefrom bears the name of Maryam and her son (peace be upon them). You can find scriptures bearing the names of Mathew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul and plenty of scriptures bearing ambiguous names but no one attributed to the name Jesus or Maryam (Peace be upon them).

Therefore, if Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the author of the Noble Qur’an, he may include, beside the name of Maryam; the name of his mother «Aminah», his dear wife «Khadijah», «`A’ishah» or his daughter «Fatimah», may Allah be pleased with them all. However, this is not the truth, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not do that because the Nobe Qur’an is not written by Muhammad (peace be upon him) .

The reply is as simple as the following: The Prophet was not having any options; he has no right to express his own wishes because Qur’an was revealed by Allah the Almighty who said:

It is not but a revelation revealed. (An-Najm 53:4)

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Source: Taken from the book “A Message to Those Who Do Not Believe in Prophet Muhammad” by www.rasoulallah.net Team

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Why did Prophet Muhammad Marry Aishah at a Young Age?

Why did Prophet Muhammad Marry Aishah at a Young Age?

Why did Prophet Muhammad marry Aishah at the age of 9 years? Can we use this marriage as an example for us to marry young girls?

Sheikh Khalid Yasin’s answer to the above questions can be boiled down to the following concise points:

1- God selected Aishah for Prophet Muhammad. It is God who inclined Prophet Muhammad to marry Aishah. Prophet Muhammad never married any woman except through a divine commandment through revelation (wahy).
2- This sort of marriage was very common among Arabs. This was a part of the tradition (`Urf) of Arabs at the time.
3- Aishah had a so good memory that she could memorize the Qur’an as a whole. When Prophet Muhammad passed away, she was holding at least 2600 hadiths which nobody else ever knew about. After Abu Hurairah, nobody related more hadiths than Aishah.
4- Aishah was intelligent, deep-minded and bright-minded. She became a teacher to 72 of the Companions, the Successors, and the Successors of the Successors.

Watch this video to listen to the answer of Sheikh Khalid Yasin in detail!


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Source: Islamnet

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Is the Qur’an Copied from Other Sources?

Is the Qur’an Copied from Other Sources?

Holy Quran

Muhammad was illiterate and could not copy what he could not read

Amongst those who claim that Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not write the Qur’an but got it from other sources are those who claim that he simply copied either the Apocrypha (Some of the scriptures not included in the canon from the Council of Nicea in 325CE that became known as the Bible, and later the “Catholic Version” of the Bible) and/or the Bible itself.

The first problem with this argument is that Muhammad (peace be upon him) as we mentioned earlier was illiterate and could not copy what he could not read.

Please keep in mind that Muhammad had (peace be upon him) a well-known impeccable character and that it was known that he was illiterate and that there is also no record of the pagan Arabs in Mecca accusing Muhammad (peace be upon him) of not being illiterate.

Had he not been illiterate, as the Qur’an itself stated, would this have not been easy to prove during Muhammad’s lifetime by his enemies who were eager to discredit him?

This fact alone shows that it was common knowledge during his lifetime that he was indeed illiterate and no one questioned this.

Secondly, even if one were to assume, for argument’s sake, that he could read, then the first Arabic translation of what is known as the “Old Testament” was not produced until some two hundred (200) years after Muhammad’s death and the first Arabic translation of the “New Testament” did not appear until one thousand years after his death.

Sidney Griffith, after extensive study, concludes:

“All one can say about the possibility of a pre-Islamic, Christian version of the Gospel in Arabic is that no sure sign of its actual existence has yet emerged.” (The Gospel In Arabic: An Enquiry Into Its Appearance In The First Abbasid Century)

Ernst Würthwein states in his book (The Text of the Old Testament) that:

“With the victory of Islam the use of Arabic spread widely, and for Jews and Christians in the conquered lands it became the language of daily life. This gave rise to the need of Arabic versions of the Bible, which need was met by a number of versions mainly independent and concerned primarily for interpretation.”

So it is clear that no Arabic translations of the Bible or the Apocrypha existed during the lifetime of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Thirdly, the historical evidence suggests that there was no Christian or Jewish influence in the Hijaz (Inner part of the Arabian Peninsula) and particularly in Makkah where Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born and raised.

Before the birth of Muhammad (peace be upon him) the Hijaz was for the most part ignored by the major empires of that time (the Persian and Roman) and left isolated with the exception of the time of when the Ethiopian King Abraha briefly tried and failed to conquer Makkah during the year Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born.

The New Catholic Encyclopedia states concerning the time of the Muhammad (peace be upon him) that:

The Hijaz [Arabian Peninsula] had not been touched by Christian preaching. Hence organization of the Christian church was neither to be expected nor found.

There is a wealth of historical evidence to show similar evidence that there was no Christian influence in the Hijaz where Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived, so we must ask ourselves who then would have taught him the Bible and/or the Apocrypha (which were not even in Arabic) for him to later take from these sources, that he would have had to memorize, to later write the Qur’an?

The Hijaz was so isolated that four men from amongst the Makkans who were searching for the true religion of Abraham had to leave Makkah in search of it. Waraqa Ibn Nawfal, was amongst them and returned as a Christian.

Fourthly, the Qur’an itself answers these claims that someone was teaching Muhammad (peace be upon him) and at the same time points to the fact that the Arabic used in the Qur’an is pure.

And We certainly know that they say, “It is only a human being who teaches the Prophet.” The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, and this Qur’an is [in] a clear Arabic language. (An-Nahl 16:103)

The Qur’an also says, referring to Muhammad (peace be upon him):

And you did not recite before it any scripture, nor did you inscribe one with your right hand. Otherwise the falsifiers would have had [cause for] doubt. (Al-`Ankabut 29:48)

This argument was answered over one thousand four hundred years ago, by the Qur’an itself, yet these critics are still unable to provide any new evidence for their erroneous claims.

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Source: Taken from the book “Who Wrote the Qur’an?”

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Is God: Jesus, Jesus and Mary, the third of three or the Clergy in Christianity according to the Qur’an?

Is God: Jesus, Jesus and Mary, the third of three or the Clergy in Christianity according to the Qur’an?

Is God: Jesus, Jesus and Mary, a third of three or the Clergy in Christianity according to the Qur’an?

Is God: Jesus, Jesus and Mary, a third of three or the Clergy in Christianity according to the Qur’an?

By Editorial Staff

Some Christians claim that there are contradictions in the Qur’an about what Christians really worship as God. The Qur’an states sometimes that Christians say that God is Jesus, sometimes that they say Jesus is the son of God, sometimes that they take Jesus and his mother, Mary, as gods, sometimes that they say that God is the third of three, and sometimes that they take the clergy as lords along with Jesus.

In fact, there are no contradictions in the Qur’an either in this regard or otherwise. The Qur’an’s enumeration of diverse Christian beliefs in God is attributable to two main reasons: the first reason is the diversity in the Christian denominations’ beliefs in God both in the past and at present. The second reason is the Islamic and Qur’anic usage of the real and correct concepts of godhood and lordship compared to the mistaken Christian concepts of godhood and lordship.

There are no contradictions in the Qur’an. But, some Christians believe that Jesus is God, others that he is the son of God, others that he is both God and the son of God, others take him and his mother, Mary, as gods, others take the clergy as lords

With this in mind, all Christian beliefs in God cited in the Qur’an are actual, factual and well-evidenced. Christians actually have and/or had such beliefs in God cited by the Qur’an in spite of their numerousness and contradictoriness.

Accordingly, it is not the Qur’an but the Christian beliefs in God themselves which are contradictory. The Qur’an has never fabricated a Christian belief. It rather spotlights actual Christian beliefs, be they old or contemporary.

Thus, Christians should blame themselves rather than the Qur’an for their contradictory beliefs in God it cites. The Qur’an just mirrors their contradictory beliefs.

Let’s review the Christian beliefs in God as cited by the Qur’an in order to conclusively evidence the Christians’ actual faith in those contradictory beliefs both in the past and at present.

Do Christians Say that Jesus Christ is God?

The Qur’an

In the Qur’an, God says:

They have certainly disbelieved who say that God is the Christ, the son of Mary. Say, “Then who could prevent God at all if He had intended to destroy the Christ, the son of Mary, or his mother or everyone on the earth?” And to God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. He creates what He wills, and God is over all things competent. (Al-Ma’idah 5:17)

He also says:

They have certainly disbelieved who say, “God is the Christ, the son of Mary” while the Christ has said, “O Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with God – God has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers. (Al-Ma’idah 5:72)

Christians

Christians actually say that Jesus Christ is God. They cite (refuted) biblical verses as evidence as follows:

“I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30) (Click here for refutation)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1) (Click here for refutation)

And Thomas answered and said unto Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) (Click here and there for refutation)

Do Christians Say that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

The Qur’an

In the Qur’an, God says:

The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of God“; and the Christians say, “The Christ is the son of God.” That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May God destroy them; how are they deluded? (At-Tawbah 9:30)

Christians

Christians actually say that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. They cite as evidence (refuted) biblical verses as follows:

But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, “I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said unto him, “Thou hast said; nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63-64) (Click here for refutation)

Do Christians Take Jesus Christ and his Mother, Mary, as Gods?

The Qur’an

In the Qur’an, God says:

And [beware the Day] when God will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides God?’” He will say, “Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen. (Al-Ma’idah 5:116)

Christians

Though Mary is not included in the contemporary Holy Trinity, Christians believe in her divinity despite the dogmatic differences among their denominations.

Mary Worship by Christians

Mary Worship by Christians

Some denominations explicitly take her as an outright deity, while others implicitly take her as a deity according to the real and correct concept of godhood despite the denial of her divinity by some of them.

As for those Christians who explicitly take Mary as deity, they include old and contemporary Christian denominations.

As far as the old denominations are concerned, they, for example, include the Collyridianism. It was an Early Christian movement in the pre-Islamic Arabia whose adherents worshipped the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, as a goddess. The main source of information about them comes from their strongest opponent, Epiphanius of Salamis, who wrote about them in his Panarion of about 375 AD. According to Epiphanius, certain women in then-largely-pagan Arabia syncretized indigenous beliefs with the worship of Mary, and offered little cakes or bread-rolls. Such a denomination still exists but has relatively limited presence.

Mary Worship by Popes

Mary Worship by Popes

As for the contemporary denominations, they include the Mormonism or the Latter Day Saint Movement. This denomination believes in the concept of “the heavenly mother” that is the mother of the human mothers and the wife of God the Father.

This denomination believes in Mary as a heavenly mother and a wife of God. Some clergymen from this church like Rudger Clawson believe in the worship of the heavenly mother as a part of the worship of the heavenly father (God the Father).

As for those who implicitly take Mary as a deity, they include all other contemporary Christian denominations. According to most Christian denominations, Mary is the “Mother of God” or “God-bearer”. She is also called the “Queen of Heaven”, “Queen Mother” since she was the mother of Jesus, who was sometimes referred to as the “King of Kings” due to his ancestral descent from King David. She is also deemed the “Heavenly Woman of Revelation”. Some Catholics believe that she is a “Mother Goddess”


Though most Christians deny Mary’s divinity, it is intuitive that a child belongs to the same kind as its mother. For example, a human female gives birth to a human baby, and an animal female gives birth to an animal baby. We have never seen a human female giving birth to a well-developed animal or an animal female giving birth to a well-developed human.

Moreover, according to the real and correct concept of godhood presented by the Qur’an, if it is possible that God has a mother, the latter must be God as well. If it is possible that God has a son, the latter must be God also. In the Qur’an, we read:

Say, [O Muhammad], “If the Most Merciful had a son, then I would be the first of [his] worshippers.” (Az-Zukhruf 43:81)

Though most contemporary Christian denominations deny Mary’s divinity, they say and do things which confirm her divinity according to the real and correct concept of divinity.

For example, Christians pray to Mary so that she will intercede for them. Furthermore, they draw paintings, images and icons for her, erect statues, worship and prostrate themselves before those paintings, images, icons and statues.

Such are nothing but acts of worship for and deification of Mary. According to the real and correct concept of divinity, only God is prayed to, worshiped and prostrated before.

Do Christians Say that God is the Third of Three?

The Qur’an

In the Qur’an, God says:

They have certainly disbelieved who say, “God is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment. (Al-Ma’idah 5:73)

He also says:

O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of God and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in God and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, God is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is God as Disposer of affairs. (An-Nisaa’ 4:171)

Christians

Though the alleged Holy Trinity is not found in the Bible, Christians actually say that God is the third of three according to the professions of faith, especially the Nicene Creed adopted at the First Council of Nicaea.

Though Christians claim that God is one but this one God has three persons, the person called “Father” is actually God according to the real and correct concept of divinity. The other two persons can never be God. Evidence for that in the Bible is uncountable.

The Alleged Holy Trinity

The Alleged Holy Trinity

For example, human beings are attributed to the Father as children and astronomical objects like the sun and rain are also ascribed to the Father, unlike the Son and the Holy Spirit to whom the Bible has never attributed neither human beings nor astronomical objects.

For example, we read: “So that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)

Another piece of evidence is denying Jesus the basic description of “good”, whereas this and better description “perfect” are given to God called “Father”.

About the Father’s description as “perfect”, we read: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

About denying Jesus the description of “good” and giving the same description to the Father, we read: And behold, one came and said unto Him, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” And He said unto him, “Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but One, that is, God. But if thou wilt enter into Life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:16-17)

Therefore, the Qur’an considers that Christians say (believe) that God (“Father” according to them) is the third of three. Though they claim to be monotheists and do not believe in “three gods” but in “three persons of the same god”, the Qur’an does not mention that Christians say that God (Father) is the third of three gods. It rather disapproves their claim that He is the third of any three, even the third of allegedly three persons in only one god.

Do Christians Take their Clergy as Lords?

The Qur’an

In the Qur’an, God says:

They have taken their rabbis and clergy as lords besides God, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. (At-Tawbah 9:31)

Christians

Though Christians deny taking their clergy as lords, they say and do things which confirm their lordship according to the real and correct concept of lordship.

For example, Christians believe in confession as one of the seven sacraments of the church. According to this sacrament, a Christian confesses one’s sin to a priest who will, in turn, forgive this sin.

Christians offer, as evidence for the priest’s authority to forgive sins, verses pertaining to the Christ’s students and disciples rather than the clergy in general.

Pope Francis Confessing

Pope Francis Confessing

For example, Christians cite the following verse, which quotes a conversation between Jesus and his disciple, Peter. We read:

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)

They also cite the following verse which quotes a conversation between Jesus and his disciples. We read: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:23)

However, according to the real and correct concept of lordship, none can forgive sins except God alone. The belief that someone can forgive sins along with God is tantamount to taking others as lords as the Qur’an states.

The Qur’an draws attention to the fact that many priests unjustly devour the property of Christians allegedly for the forgiveness of sins and the like. In the Qur’an, God says:

O you who have believed, indeed many of the rabbis and the priests devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of God. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of God – give them tidings of a painful punishment. (At-Tawbah 9:34)

History confirms what the Qur’an says in this regard. It tells us that many popes and archbishops unjustly devoured Christians’ property and actually hoarded gold and silver. This was called simony. The abused indulgences were the best example of such simony in the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, many popes and archbishops of various churches were involved in simony and other equally corrupt practices.

The acts confirming the Christians’ deification of their priests according to the real and correct concept of lordship include some acts of worship like prostration, though prostration can be made only to God.

The stated acts also include doing what priests allow and refraining from what they prohibit though evidence for the same is sometimes not found in the Bible. God is the real legislator and taking someone else as a legislator is commensurate with taking others as lords along with Him.

Examples for misleading pontifical legislations include permitting, for example, prostration to paintings and statues, alcohol consumption, and pork eating and forbidding, for example, laic remarriage and clerical marriage.

After all, it is proven now that all what the Qur’an says about the Christian beliefs in God is actual and factual, according to their scriptures, rituals, history and even reality. The secret behind the Qur’anic enumeration of various, sometimes contradictory, Christian beliefs in God is the actual diversity and contradiction in their beliefs in God, not to mention their misconception of divinity and lordship and failure to give things the real and correct names.

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References:

  1. The Glorious Qur’an
  2. The Holy Bible
  3. st-takla.org
  4. Panarion by Epiphanius of Salamis
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Does Fasting Reduce Productivity?

Does Fasting Reduce Productivity?

By Jihan Anwar

As a matter of fact, if a Muslim practices a truly Islamic fasting, then fasting will be a completely different experience. Ramadan is the month in which the rewards for good actions have no limits, the month in which Muslims discipline themselves and thus increase their productivity!

Understanding Productivity Boosters and Drainers

Productivity & Fasting

If a Muslim practices a truly Islamic fasting, then fasting will be a completely different experience

What are your productivity boosters?

Sincere intentions, clear plans, a sense of purpose and responsibility, sustained focus, high motivation and a positive attitude help you achieve your goals.

What are your productivity drainers?

Productivity drainers include procrastination, emails and spam management, tedious office tasks, negativity, unclear aims, and interruptions.

If you analyze these elements, you’ll realize that they have nothing to do with food intake or physical energy levels!

The purpose of this article, in part, is to enlist in detail the numerous health benefits of fasting, and what is more we do want to emphasize that such a correlation between fasting and productivity exists. Fasting may just be the perfect solution to overcome your productivity drainers.

Major Factors on How Fasting Enhances Your Productivity:

1. You become more conscious of your behavior and thought patterns.

In the first three days in particular, you will realize how our minds are put on “automatic” mode. Most of the time, we don’t actually pay attention to everything we do. Reminding ourselves that we are fasting makes us more conscious of Allah, and aware of our actions and thoughts. This ‘consciousness’ we experience whilst fasting enables us to eliminate any unproductive behavior you may want to engage in.

2. Breaking habits is facilitated.

Many Muslims give up, for example, smoking during this month. Unproductive habits are nothing but actions done so often that they become part of our life. When we refrain from such a basic and innate need such as eating and drinking, we realize we also have the ability to stop those nasty habits which we thought we ‘needed’. We witness the true strength of the mind and heart during Ramadan and are reminded that we are capable and obligated to doing more good and less bad. Which habits are you willing to take up and which do you decide to let go?

3. Fasting reduces common time wasters such as coffee, cigarettes or snack breaks.

If you think about it, we do spend a lot of time preparing snacks/meals, and then eating, and then washing up, so on and so forth. The simple fact that you are not interrupting your work will help you stay on track and finish sooner and give you more free time. On average, it takes us 15 to 30 minutes to recapture the same level of concentration we had before the interruption and sometimes we feel we have just missed the necessary ‘mood’ to complete the activity.

4. Fasting improves concentration and focus.

One of the most beautiful effects that fasting has is the channeling of your energies into productive projects. We learn to say “No” to our impulses thus improving the control of the mind over the body. When we discipline ourselves, for a determined period, we are in fact reinstating control over our nafs (self) and our limbs. We start breaking the mental barriers that held us off in the past.

5. Fasting allows your body to start the healing and regenerating process.

If you suffer from health problems, fasting is often required to put your body in the right environment to start healing. When you think back to a time when you were ill, you will also remember your lack of appetite. This is necessary so that your body takes advantage of every bit of energy in the curative process. Also, you will likely feel younger and healthier (yet another great productivity booster).

In a word, Ramadan can increase your productivity.

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Source: productivemuslim.com.

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