Category: Book Reading Events

Know Islam, Know Paradise

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session   Word of God   It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine. I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing raveled out. And then I understood that it was all machine­sewn. —Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts, Act II Jesus is identified in the Holy Qur’an as a “Word” from Allah. Surah 3:45 reads, “Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be the Messiah, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah” (TMQ 3:45). In biblical contrast, John 1:1…
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August 22, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     To vow to other than Allah is an act of Shirk   Allah the Most Exalted said: “They (are those who) fulfill (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil will be wide- spreading.” (76:7)   Allah the Most Exalted also said: “And whatever you spend for…
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Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Jesus Christ   “But why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man…
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At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     Make no Animal Sacrifice for Allah in a place where Sacrifice is made for other than Allah   The Statement of Allah the Exalted: “Never stand you there in. Verily, the mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety is more worthy that you stand…
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August 20, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Pythagoras summarized the risk of speaking one’s mind in such a circumstance: “To tell of God among men of prejudicial opinion is not safe.” Unitarians throughout history noted that Jesus himself predicted, “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me” (John 16:2­3).   The establishment of Trinitarian doctrine by the inquisitor’s chamber, fire, sword and the headman’s axe does not threaten us today. Instead of the horrors of the past, we are now faced with a variety of emotionally provocative justifications, coupled with a systematic avoidance of relevant…
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August 19, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session       Slaughtering for other than Allah   Allah the Exalted said: “Say: Verily my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the worlds. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the…
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August 19, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Examples can be taken from the life of Arius, but with the caution that, with rare exception, few books about Arius remain, other than those written by his enemies. Consequently, most authors’ opinions betray an unkind prejudice, and the only objective course is to examine his pure teachings. Perhaps one of the earliest Arian arguments is that if Jesus was the “son of God,” then there must have been a time when he did not exist. If Jesus was created of the Father, then there must have been a time when the Eternal Father preceded the later­ created Jesus. Hence, the Creator and His creation…
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August 18, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     Whoever seeks Blessing through a tree, a Stone, or the like     Allah the Most Exalted said: “Have you then considered AI-Lat and Al-‘Uzza (the two idols of the pagan Arabs).” And Manat (another idol of the pagan Arabs), the other third? (53:19,20)   At- Tirmidhi reported…
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August 18, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     And under this new decree, the executions certainly did not slacken. Men in the highest and the humblest positions were daily and hourly dragged to the stake. Alva, in a single letter to Phillip, coolly estimated the number of executions which were to take place immediately after the expiration of holy week, at “eight hundred heads.” Many a citizen, convicted of a hundred thousand florins and of no other crime, saw himself suddenly tied to a horse’s tail, with his hands fastened behind him, and so dragged to the gallows. But although wealth was an unpardonable sin, poverty proved rarely a protection. Reasons sufficient could always be found for dooming the starveling labourer as well as the opulent burgher. To avoid the disturbances created in…
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August 17, 2017 2

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     Ruqa (incantation), Talismans and Amulets   Narrated Abu Bashir Al-Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him): He was in the company of Allah’s Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) on one of his journeys, Allah’s Messenger (May the peace and blessing of Allah…
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