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Know Islam, Know Paradise

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session       Pope Gregory IX instituted the Papal Inquisition in 1231, but couldn’t stomach the sin of torture. It took twenty years for a pope to shoulder the responsibility and, in the height of irony, that pontiff took the name of Pope Innocent (cough­cough) IV. In 1252 he authorized torture with the papal bull Ad extirpanda. 95 However, some of the clergy must have wanted to get their hands dirty, up close and personal. To accommodate such lofty Christian sentiments, “in 1256 Pope Alexander IV gave them the right to mutually absolve one another and grant dispensations to their colleagues. With this legal and moral issue circumvented, one inquisitor could torture and his companion then absolve him.” 96 So innate understanding didn’t exactly play a major…
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October 23, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     (Love for Allah)    Allah the Most Exalted said: “And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah.” (2: 165) Allah Almighty said: “Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your…
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October 23, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     The concept that God provided revelation without clarifying His Own nature grates painfully against our innate understanding of God as all­merciful, providing clear guidance to all mankind. Standard Trinitarian response? That people would believe if only they understood. Standard Unitarian response? Nobody understands the Trinity—nobody. That’s why it’s a religious mystery. Talk with Trinitarian clergy long enough, bring up the above objections (and those that follow), and sooner or later the confirmed Trinitarian will admit, “It’s a mystery.” The you­just­have­to­have­faith defense is not far behind. The Unitarian typically points out, however, that moments earlier the Trinitarian proposed that people would believe, if only they understood. However, when a legitimate attempt is made to understand, by way of seeking answers to relevant questions, the claim transforms to one of a religious mystery (i.e., nobody understands!). A final defense is the suggestion that, “The only way a person…
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October 22, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     Seeking Rain through the Lunar Phases (Constellation) Allah the Most Exalted said: “And instead (of thanking Allah) for the provision He gives you, on the contrary, you deny Him (by disbelief) (and say that we have rained because of such and such lunar phase and such and such…
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October 22, 2017 0

COULD GENDER BE EQUAL

Any attempt to equalise the male and the female genders will be a rude denial of nature. If it is generally believed that the man is much stronger than the woman; that the husband is the head of the family from whom the wife takes orders; that the boy, not the girl-child, should rather be…
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October 22, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Arius argued that the divine Triad was composed of three separate and distinct realities, and that Jesus Christ was of created, finite nature. In other words, a man. Arius’ major work, Thalia (meaning “banquet”), was first publicized in 323 CE and created such a stir that the Council of Nicaea was convened in 325 to address the Arian challenges. For example, the Arian syllogism proposed that if Jesus was a man, then we shouldn’t say he was God, and if Jesus was God, we shouldn’t say he died. Arius proposed that the God­man concept doesn’t stand up to critical analysis, and defies explanation. Arian challenges to Trinitarian theology would swamp and sink below the surface of history if anyone could explain the God­man concept. But 1,700 years of sifting…
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October 21, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     What is said regarding Astrology (At- Tanjeem) Imam Al-Bukhari recorded in his Sahih that Qamdah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “Allah created the stars for three purposes: (1) As ornaments of the heavens; (2) As missiles against the devils; (3) As signposts for the guidance of travelers.…
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October 21, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     The objective researcher now needs to expand the list of notes as follows: 1.  Jesus is assumed to be exactly what he called himself. 2.  Jesus called himself “son of man.” 3.  Nowhere in the Bible did Jesus ever lay claim to the literal title of “son of God.” 4.  And in any case, in Jewish idiom the term “son of God” was either metaphorical or contrary to monotheism. 5.  The primary translation of the phrase pais theou is “servant of God,” and not “son of…
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October 7, 2017 0

At-Tauhid reading continued

Click here for previous session     What is said regarding Belief in Omens (At- Tataiyur)   Allah the Most Exalted said: “Verily, their evil omens are with Allah but most of them know not.” (7:131) Allah the Most Exalted said: “They (Messengers) said: Your evil omens be with you! (Do you call it “evil omen”)…
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October 7, 2017 0

Misgoded reading continued

Click here for previous session     Regarding the religious use of the word ebed, “The term serves as an expression of humility used by the righteous before God.”88 Furthermore, “After 100 B.C. pais theou more often means “servant of God,” as when applied to Moses, the prophets, or the three children (Bar. 1:20; 2:20; Dan. 9:35).”89 A person can easily get into doctrinal quicksand over this point, for out of the eight mentions of pais theou in the New Testament, only five refer to Jesus (Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13, 26; 4:27, 30)—the remaining three are divided between Israel (Lk. 1:54) and David (Lk. 1:69; Acts 4:25).…
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