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Know Islam, Know Paradise

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session Just as Arab Christians identify God as “Allah,” and just as the Bible employs ther royalplural both in pronouns and in the proper name Elohim, Western Christians can  adopt the same practice without compromising their creed. But faith need not depend on such issues, when there remains a more relevant point to ponder: Regardless of His name, how does God command mankind to understand Him? Understanding of God Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness. —Cullen Hightower   The Jewish understanding of God is relatively concrete, despite the vast differences between Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Hasidic Judaism in other matters. Throughout Judaism, the One­ness of God remains the primary attribute of the Creator, followed by many others, including justice, love, mercy, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, sovereignty, truth, wisdom, self­existence, goodness,…
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August 9, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click​ here for previous session            God’s Name and the Royal Plural You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”—George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah No discussion of God’s name is complete without explaining the royal plural. This is a linguistic concept foreign to most native English speakers, but not to the English language. As recently as the seventeenth century, the word thou was applied to commoners while the word you, the Old English plural of respect, was reserved for royalty and the social elite. Hence “your Highness” and “your Lordship,” rather than “thou Highness” or “thou Lordship.” Hence also Queen Victoria’s “We are not amused”…
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At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session The Call to testify that there is nothing deserving of Worship in truth except Allah   Allah the Exalted said: “Say you (O Muhammad (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) : ‘This is my way; I invite unto Allah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allah –Islamic…
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At Tauhid reading continued

  Click here for previous session               Fear of Shirk (Polytheism) Allah the Almighty said: “Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases.” (4:48, 116) Prophet Ibrahim (May Allah be pleased with…
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August 7, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session   Despite the above, there are still those who have been conditioned to propose that “Allah” is the name of a pagan god! They ignore the fact that pagans generically use the word “god” in the same way that Christians, Jews, and Muslims use it, and it does not change the fact that there is only one God.   Similarly, the word elohim was used in the Septuagint to refer to pagan gods, as well as to the Greek and Roman gods, in addition to the one true God of the Old and New Testaments. 37 Encyclopaedia Judaica clarifies this point: “The plural form elohim is used not only of pagan ‘gods’ (e.g., Ex. 12:12; 18:11; 20:3) but also of an individual pagan ‘god’ (Judg. 11:24; 2…
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At-Tauhid reading continued

Important issues of the Chapter   1) In Tauhid, people are classified into various ranks. 2) What is the meaning of ‘purification of Tauhid’. 3) Ibrahim (May Allah be pleased with him) was praised by Allah for he was not of the polytheists. 4) Allah praised all those Auliya for they did not make anyone…
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August 5, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session   Who purifies Tauhid (from Shirk..etc) will enter Paradise without giving an  Account   Allah the Most Exalted said: “Verily Abraham (May Allah be pleased with him) was indeed a model, devoutly obedient to  Allah, unswervingly true in faith and he was not of those who ascribed partners to Allah.”…
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Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Unfortunately, such facts are not acknowledged by those who approach scriptural analysis more as a religious turf war than as an objective search for truth. An example of the extreme sensitivity over this issue concerns the Scofield Reference Bible, edited by the American theologian and minister, Cyrus I. Scofield, and published in 1909 by Oxford University Press. Its original publication incited Christian censure for invoking  the name “Alah” (sic).   Specifically, a footnote to Genesis 1:1 explained that the name Elohim is derived from the contraction of El and Alah. The fact that this explanation closely matches the aforementioned linguistic explanation that the origin of the…
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At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     Important issues of the Chapter   1) Abundance of Allah’s favour. 2) The abundant reward of Tauhid towards Allah. 3) Besides earning rewards, Tauhid recompenses sins. 4) Explanation of the verse 82 in Surat Al-An’am. 5) Ponder the five points mentioned in the Hadith narrated by Ubadah (bin…
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August 4, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     The superiority of Tauhid and what it removes of sins   Allah the Most Exalted said:  “It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah and worship none but Him Alone) and  confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping other besides Allah), for them…
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