Agniveer Islamic knowledge from Quran & Sunnah (Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamah, Salaf as Saalih). Islam submisssion to Allah alone & Last Prophet Mohammed Teachings http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer 2019-02-23T13:34:54+00:00 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Refutation of Muslim Wife or Concubine 2011-03-26T20:28:32+00:00 2011-03-26T20:28:32+00:00 http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/278-refutation-of-muslim-wife-or-concubine Asim ul Haq aaim_14@yahoo.com <div class="feed-description"><p> <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">Refutation of Allegations against Islam: Muslimc Wife Concubine. Deception, misquotation and false allegations against Islam by Arya Samajis or Agniveer</span></strong></p> <p> Allegations against islam can be found here: http://agniveer.com/1184/muslim-wife-concubine/</p> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">I would like to quote two hadith of Prophet peace be upon him which alone can refute the claims of agniveer, and a sane man will never see agniveer`s false research again.</span></p> <div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Miqdam bin Ma&#39;dikarib said that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">قام في الناس فحمد الله وأثنى عليه ثم قال إن الله يوصيكم بالنساء خيرا إن الله يوصيكم بالنساء خيرا ، فإنهن أمهاتكم وبناتكم وخالاتكم..</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">stood amongst the people and praised Allaah and exalted Him and saidIndeed Allah advices you in the strongest possible terms to be good to women, Indeed Allah advices you in the strongest possible terms to be good to woman, Indeed they are your mothers your daughters, your sisters, your paternal aunt and your maternal aunt... [Silsilah Ahadeeth as Saheehah no. 2871]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Miqdam bin Ma&#39;dikarib, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that:</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ عَمَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ عَيَّاشٍ، عَنْ بَحِيرِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، عَنْ خَالِدِ بْنِ مَعْدَانَ، عَنِ الْمِقْدَامِ بْنِ مَعْدِيكَرِبَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ قَالَ &rlm; &quot;&rlm; إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُوصِيكُمْ بِأُمَّهَاتِكُمْ - ثَلاَثًا - إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُوصِيكُمْ بِآبَائِكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُوصِيكُمْ بِالأَقْرَبِ فَالأَقْرَبِ &rlm;&quot;&rlm; &rlm;.&rlm;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Allah&#39;s Messenger said: &quot;Allah enjoins you to treat your mother&#39;s kindly&quot;-three times- &quot;Allah enjoins you to treat your fathers kindly, Allah enjoins you to treat the closest and the next closest kindly.&quot;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Sunan Ibn Majah 3661</span></div> </div> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">detailed refutation follows below</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <hr /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Zakir Naik and co is fooling the women by claiming equal rights for them as compared to men. However in reality, muslim women are suppressed severely under the barbaric laws of Quran and Hadith. To show, how false and stupid, the claims of equality for women (in marital life) in Islam are, we analyse Quran and authentic Hadith. Its clearly evident from the scriptures, that the founder of Islam was too busy to offer luxuries to his army-men comprised of males to have bothered to even think of women above status of animals. </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">What Dr. Zakir actually said, is here:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>a)</strong> <strong>Men and Women&#39;s Rights in Islam: Equal or Equally Balanced? </strong>By Bassam Zawadi :<a href="http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/men_and_women_s_rights_in_islam__equal_or_equally_balanced_"> http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/men_and_women_s_rights_in_islam__equal_or_equally_balanced_</a><br /> <br /> <strong>b)</strong> Also view this Article <strong>&ldquo;Women&#39;s Rights and Equality in Islam&rdquo;</strong> By an American convert to Islam, Yahya M. :<a href="http://www.islamfortoday.com/womensrights2.htm"> http://www.islamfortoday.com/womensrights2.htm</a><br /> <br /> <strong>c)</strong> <strong>&ldquo;Concubines &amp; Slavery the Islamic Position&rdquo;</strong> by Shaykh Hatem al-Haj: <a href="http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285">http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285</a><br /> <br /> <strong>d)</strong> Listen to this interview of an ex rapper Napoleon from 2 Pac Outlaws (everybody knows who was 2 Pac in rap music) &quot;Napoleon on BBC (How I got saved)&quot; : <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgp9D0-cQ4w&amp;feature=PlayList&amp;p=FD1AC9B916F93CB5&amp;index=1</a><br class="kix-line-break" /> .<br class="kix-line-break" /> <strong>Some of his words from 11 minutes 40 seconds-onward are:</strong><br class="kix-line-break" /> &quot;I was very disrespectful to women ... you know how people say Muslims oppress their women, before I became a muslim I used to oppress women and many of the rappers, we oppress the women to our song to our music and we are teaching the whole generation to grow up and have no respect for your mother anymore, have no respect for your sister anymore ... when i read the religion of Islam and the life of prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and he said those are best of all the Muslims who are best to their wives and once wife of the Prophet Ayesha(r.a) she asks the prophet Muhammad(s.a.w) who have more rights over the women, he said the husband... she say who have more right over the man, he say the mother ... So, this is the first time I see the importance of women in society and it started to change me and the more that I read the more I was able to recognize a life that was living&quot;.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">The testimony of women that the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him was the most merciful toward them.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">It was narrated that Umaimah bint Ruqaiqah said:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&quot;I came to the Prophet with some other Ansari women to give our pledge. We said: &#39;O Messenger of Allah, we give you our pledge that we will not associate anything with Allah, we will not steal, we will not have unlawful sexual relations, we will not utter slander, fabricating from between our hands and feet, and we will not disobey you in goodness.&#39; He said: &#39;As much as you can and are able.&#39; We said: <strong>&#39;Allah and His Messenger are more merciful toward us.</strong> Come, let us give you our pledge, O Messenger of Allah! The Messenger of Allah said: &#39;I do not shake hands with women. Rather my word to a hundred women is like my word to one woman.&quot;&#39; [Sunan an-Nasai 4181, As-Silsilah As-Saheehah (529)]</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer stated</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Equal rights of husband and wife</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>0. Islam allows having multiple partners for men, but the same is strictly prohibited for women. A man can marry up to 4 wives but if woman tries to go to second, this is considered adultery and its punishment is stoning to death for woman. </em></span> <hr /> </div> <br /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">Remember, It was narrated that Ibn &lsquo;Abbaas said, The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">سووا بين أولادكم في العطية , ولو كنت مؤثرا لأحد لآثرت النساء على الرجال&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">&ldquo;Treat your children fairly (equally) in giving gifts; and if I were to have given precedence to anyone, I would have given precedence to women over men.&rdquo;<br /> [Sunan al Kubra by al Bayhaqi, The book of Gifts, 6/294, Ibn Hajar al Asqalani declared the chain to be Hasan in Fath al Bari 5/214, Shaykh Mu`allami said the mursal is saheeh and marfu is weak, sh Al Albani considered the Marfu one weak. along with that this hadith mentioned is the evidence of Malakis, Shafiees and Hanafis]</span><br /> <br /> <strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">a) Polygamy</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"> by Asim ul Haq</span></div> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy</a><br /> <br /> <strong>b) Stoning to death </strong>by Asim ul Haq</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/256-stoning-to-death">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/256-stoning-to-death</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer stated</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>1. Men are in charge of, they have authority over, women, disciplining them and keeping them in check, because of that with which God has preferred the one over the other, that is, because God has given them the advantage over women, in knowledge, reason, authority and otherwise, and because of what they expend, on them [the women], of their property.&hellip;. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient&hellip;. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, and beat them. [Quran 4:34]</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Comments-</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>a. Who is the one appointed for keeping check over the man? Or is it that men don&rsquo;t do wrong?</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>b. What should a woman do if she finds her husband disloyal or ill conducive? </em></span> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">I&#39;ll provide a short reply. This is a wrong translation provided by him. The correct one is as follows:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in the husbands absence what Allah orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity, their husbands property, etc.). As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great. [004:034, Muhammad Al-Hilali &amp; Muhsin Khan]</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color:#0000cd;"> </span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><span style="color:#0000cd;">Al Qurtubi said:</span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">فَهِم العلماء من قوله تعالى: { وَبِمَآ أَنْفَقُواْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ } أنه متى عجز عن نفقتها لم يكن قوّاماً عليها، وإذا لم يكن قَوّاماً عليها كان لها فسخ العقد؛ لزوال المقصود الذي شُرع لأجله النكاح. وفيه دلالة واضحةٌ من هذا الوجه على ثبوت فسخ النكاح عند الإعسار بالنفقة والكسوة؛ وهو مذهب مالك والشافعي. وقال أبو حنيفة؛ لا يفسخ؛ لقوله تعالى:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">{ وَإِن كَانَ ذُو عُسْرَةٍ فَنَظِرَةٌ إِلَىٰ مَيْسَرَةٍ }</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">[البقرة: 280] وقد تقدّم القول في هذا في هذه السورة.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">The scholars understood from the verse &quot;and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth&quot;. If a Man who is unable to spend on her then he is not &quot;Qawwam&quot; (In charge) of her. And when he is not &quot;Qawwam&quot; on her then it is allowed for her to terminate the contract, because the aim of marriage is not fulfilled due to which Nikah is prescribed. This verse is the evidence of terminating the nikah when one is unable to spend on maintenance. This is the saying of Imam Malik and ash-Shafiee, but Imam Abu Hanifa said: Nikah should not be terminated because Allah says: &quot;And if someone is in hardship, then [let there be] postponement until [a time of] ease.&quot; (al Baqarah verse 280) The tafsir on this verse is already mentioned before . [Tafsir al Qurtubi under 4:34]</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">It is mentioned in Sahih Muslim, narrated from Jaabir that the </span><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in his Farewell Sermon:</strong></div> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&quot;Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them has been made lawful unto you by words of Allah. You too have rights over them, and that they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can chastise them but not severely (another hadith says but without causing injury or leaving a mark.). Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot; (Narrated by Muslim, 1218, Tirmidhi, 1163, and Ibn Maajah, 1851)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">We ask the author, whether any non Muslim husband would permit his wife to allow any other person whom he does not like on their bed (i.e. House)? See the beauty of Islam.Even then it says, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds (In refusing to share the bed, even the husband is deprived), (and last) beat them lightly, if it is useful. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot; Subhan&#39;Allah</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">All this is for our good because Allah says &ldquo;O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones&rdquo; [al-Tahreem 66:6]<br /> <br /> Regarding his comment </span></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">b. What should a woman do if she finds her husband disloyal or ill conducive?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">al Qurtubi said:</span></strong><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">قوله تعالى: { إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيّاً كَبِيراً } إشارة إلى الأزواج بخفض الجناح ولِين الجانب؛ أي إن كنتم تقدِرون عليهن فتذكّروا قدرة الله؛ فيَدهُ بالقدرة فوق كل يد. فلا يَستعلي أحد على ٱمرأته فالله بالمرصاد؛ فلذلك حسن الاتصاف هنا بالعلوّ والكبر.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">Allah says {For Allah is Most High, great (above you all)}, This is pointing towards the husbands that they should be soft and be humble in the behavior, That if you have (more) power then remember the Power of Allah, his hand of power is above all hands. So, no one should seek dominance over his wife, as Allah is watching everything. It is good to mention the attributes of al Uluw and Kibr here. [Tafsir al Qurtubi under 4:34]</span><br /> <br /> <div> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Ibn Katheer &nbsp;may &nbsp;Allaah &nbsp;have &nbsp;mercy &nbsp;upon &nbsp;him said, &ldquo;The saying of Allah {Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand}</span></strong></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">تهديد للرجال إذا بغوا على النساء من غير سبب، فإن الله العلي الكبير وليهن، وهو ينتقم ممن ظلمهن وبغى عليهن.</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">&nbsp;is a warning to mean that if they transgress against women without justification, then Allah, The Exalted and Grand, is their (women&#39;s) Protector, and He will exert revenge on those who transgress against women and deal with them unjustly.&rdquo; [Tafsir of an-Nisa verse 4]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Tafsir Jalalayn says:</span></strong></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">Allah is ever High Great so beware of Him lest He punish you for treating them unjustly. [Under :34]</span></div> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allah says: &quot;If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband&#39;s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best; even though men&#39;s souls are swayed by greed. But if ye do good and practice self-restraint, God is well-acquainted with all that ye do. (The Noble Quran, 4:128)&quot;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>i) It&rsquo;s an <span style="text-decoration: underline;">order</span> to the Husband that he should love his wife</strong><br /> Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;No believing man should hate a believing woman. If he dislikes one of her characteristics, he may be pleased with another.&rdquo; Narrated by Muslim (1469) from Abu Hurayrah. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>ii)</strong> According to a report narrated by Musnad Ahmad (2/524), it was said: &ldquo; من أعول يا رسول الله ؟ قال : امرأتك ممن تعول<br /> For whom am I responsible, O <strong>Messenger of Allaah?&rdquo; He said, &ldquo;Your wife is one of those for whom you are responsible.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>iii)</strong> Another hadith says Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:<br /> &ldquo;Allaah will ask everyone who has been given responsibility about whatever he was responsible for, until He asks a man about his family.&rdquo; (Authenticated by Ibn Hibaan in Al Ihsan hadeeth no: 1562, Authenticated by Shaykh Al Albani in As Saheeha hadeeth no: 1636).</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>iv)</strong> Lastly Shaykh Salih Al Munajjid said in Islamqa fatwa no: 2083 states:<br /> If it is the husband who is mistreating his wife, that does not mean that she should remain oppressed or that her hands are tied. She has the right &ndash; just as the husband has &ndash; to warn and advise him, and to remind him to fear Allaah. If that does not work, she can seek the help of wise people among his relatives and her own, and they can advise him. If this does not work, then the matter can be taken to a qaadi (Muslim judge) who can force him to do the right thing &ndash; and Allaah is above them all.(end)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">v) It is narrated that the women of the Sahaabah used to argue and debate with them, and indeed this is the way in which the Mothers of the Believers [i.e., the Prophet&#39;s wives] used to act with our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as &#39;Umar ibn al-Khattaab said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): &quot;We Quraysh used to control our women, but when we came to the Ansaar we found that they were a people who were controlled by their women. So our women started to adopt the ways of the Ansaari women. I got angry with my wife and she argued with me and I did not like her arguing with me. <strong>She said, &#39;Why do you object to me arguing with you? By Allaah, the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) argue with him...&#39;&quot;</strong> Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4895; Muslim, 1479.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said &ndash; discussing the lessons to be learned from this hadeeth &ndash;</strong><br /> &quot;This indicates that <strong>being harsh with women is something blameworthy, </strong>because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) adopted the way of the Ansaar with their women and forsook the way of his people.&quot; Fath al-Baari, 9/291</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">at-Tabrani narrated&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">خَطَبَ عَلِيٌّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَاطِمَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهَا ، فَقَالَ : &quot; هِي لَكَ عَلَى أَنْ تُحْسِنَ صُحْبَتَهَا &quot; .</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">When Ali ra asked the hand of Fatima ra from Prophet peace be upon him for marriage, He (peace be upon him) said: &quot;She is yours if you live with her in a best way&quot;. [al Mu`ajam al Kabeer Tabrani 3570, Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 166]</span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">vi)</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"> Also go through</span></div> <p> <br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">a) Refuting Muhammad recommended wife beating and beat Aysha by Asim ul Haq <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/223-muhammad-recommended-wife-beating-and-also-beat-wife-ayesha">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/223-muhammad-recommended-wife-beating-and-also-beat-wife-ayesha</a><br /> b) Does Islam allow wife beating? By Waqar Akbar Cheema <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2008/06/does-islam-allow-wife-beating.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2008/06/does-islam-allow-wife-beating.html</a><br /> c) Rebuttal to Silas&#39; Article &quot;A Rebuttal of Jamal Badawi&#39;s &quot;Wife Beating&quot; by Bassam Zawadi <a href="http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/rebuttal_to_silas__article__a_rebuttal_of_jamal_badawi_s__wife_beating_">http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/rebuttal_to_silas__article__a_rebuttal_of_jamal_badawi_s__wife_beating_</a></span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>vi)</strong> <strong>Woman beating in Hindu Scriptures</strong><br /> Brihadaranyak Upanishad says</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">6. Now, if a man sees himself (his reflection) in water, he should recite the following mantra: &quot;May the gods bestow on me vigour, manhood, fame, wealth and merit.&quot; In praise of the wife who will bear him a son: She (his wife) has put on the soiled clothes of impurity; she is, verily, loveliness among women. Therefore when she has removed the clothes of impurity and appears beautiful, he should approach her and speak to her.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">7. If she does not willingly yield her body to him, he should buy her with presents. If she is still unyielding, he should strike her with a stick or with his hand and overcome her, repeating the following mantra: &quot;With power and glory I take away your glory.&quot; Thus she becomes discredited.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">8) If she grants his desire, he should repeat the following mantra: &quot;With power and glory I give you glory.&quot; Thus they both become glorious.</span> [Brihadaranyak Upanishad Adhyay 6, Brahman 4, Mantra 6,7;Translated by Swami Nikhilananda, see following link]</p> <p> <a href="http://www.swamij.com/upanishad-brihadaranyaka.htm">http://www.swamij.com/upanishad-brihadaranyaka.htm</a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <hr /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">2. &ldquo;Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will.&rdquo; [Qur&#39;an (2:223)]</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">So vulgar to comment on. But the readers of porn literatures will understand! The tafseers make it more clear by stating that you can approach your wives from anywhere &ndash; top, bottom, front or back!</span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Why does the Quran call women a tilth for man? by Waqar Akbar Cheema: http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2008/06/why-quran-calls-women-tilth-for-men.html<br /> <br /> <strong>Examples from Hindu Scriptures</strong><br /> Mr. Agniveer if you are calling this vulgarity, I am afraid you are condemning your own books. Even Manu Smriti refers women as tilths and men as seeds in Chapter 4, Sholkas 49-56. Also read what Yajurveda has to say as per Swami Dayanand Saraswati.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/yajurved_28_32.jpg" /></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">O people, as an ox increases the livestock by impregnating the cows, similarly, men of the family impregnate their wives to increase their progeny. [Yajurved 28:32]<br /> Will the readers of porn literature understand this?</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">3. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur&rsquo;an.&rdquo; [Tabari IX:113]</span></em></div> <hr style="text-align: center;" /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> The translation is wrong. This is the arabic part: وَاسْتَوْصُوا بِالنِّسَاءِ خَيْرًا، فَإِنَّهُنَّ عِنْدَكُمْ عَوَانٍ<br /> <br /> &quot;Treat women well, for they are with you as helpers.&rdquo;</span> Tabari 3/151 Section: The LastSermon<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The word used here is عَوَانٍ It is mentioned in Al Mufradaat الْعَوْنُ: المُعَاوَنَةُ والمظاهرة one who helps and supports</span> Mufradat 1/598<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It is mentioned in Misbah al Lughat<br /> العون-مص-مدد كزنا-مدد گار-...(واحد جمع مزكر مونث سب كے ليے مستعمل ہے)ج<br /> اعوان </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Al-Awn meaning-<strong>Doing help- helper-care taker (It can be use for all Singular, plural, Male, Female) </strong>C<br /> Awaan</span> <span style="color:#0000ff;">[Misbah ul Lughat Arabic to urdu dictionary1/561 maktabah quddusiyah]</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">And this Narration is also in &ldquo;Durr Manthur&rdquo; Urdu edition vol.2 page 365 under Chapter 4 verse 19 translated by Syed Muhammad Iqbal Shah, Muhammad Bostan, Muhammad Anwar Magghalwi published by Zia ul Quran publications November 2006 Lahore</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">And the translators translated as (Roman Urdu) &ldquo;&quot;Tumhare paas tumhari auraten tumhari <strong>madadgaar </strong>hain, tum ne unhen Allah ki amaan me lia hai,&quot;</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Translation &quot;You have your women with you as <strong>helpers</strong>. you have taken them on the security of Allah&rdquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Some people translated the word as <strong>prisoners</strong>&nbsp;like innocent prisoners fear from some merciless guards as&nbsp;<strong>Ibn al-Sayyidah</strong> said: والعَواني النساءُ لأَنَّهُنَّ يُظْلَمْنَ فلا يَنْتَصِرْنَ</span></p> <div> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Alawani are the women because they get&nbsp;oppressed (by men) and they can not take their rights (from men)[Lisaan alArab Vol 10 page 315]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Like today we can see in some societies men beat their wives, They abuse her, they even throw acid on them and they take their rights and Women are not able to stand for their rights. So, in that way Islam says treat women well don&#39;t take their rights, don`t use your strength against them to oppress them. You have to be good to them. &nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Another hadith clears the meanings</span></div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Mu&rsquo;aawiyah ibn Haydah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: &ldquo;I said, &lsquo;O Messenger of Allaah, what are the rights of the wife of any one of us over us?&rsquo; He said, &lsquo;That you feed her when you feed yourself and clothe her when you clothe yourself, that you do not say to her, &ldquo;May Allaah make your face ugly!&rdquo;,<strong> and that you do not hit her</strong> or separate yourself from her except in the house..&rsquo;&rdquo;</span> (Reported by Ahmad (20025) and Abu Dawood (2137); Ibn Maajah, 1850 Al-Albaani said concerning this hadeeth in Saheeh Abi Dawood: (it is) hasan saheeh.).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer said</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>4. The Prophet&rsquo;s wives awoke late one morning. He said, &ldquo;Many women who are dressed up in this world will be raised unclothed in the Hereafter&rdquo; [Kitabul Fatan 3:718]</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Comments-</em></span></div> <ol> <li> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Is dressing up a sin for women? If yes, then why does Quran order women to wear hijab? If not, then why dressing up is connected with raising in naked hereafter? Or is it that the naked ones here will be raised with cloths hereafter? </em></span> <hr /> </div> </li> </ol> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Prophet peace be upon him said: &quot;A well-dressed (soul) in this world may be naked in the Hereafter.&quot;</span> (Bukhari Volume 9, Kitab al Fitan (Book of Afflictions and the End of the World), Number 189)</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Let us understand the above hadith with the help of another hadith<br /> <br /> AbuHuraira reported Allah&#39;s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said this: Two are the types of the denizens of Hell whom I did not see: people having flogs like the tails of the ox with them and they would be beating people, and the women who would be dressed but appear to be naked, who would be inclined (to evil) and make their husbands incline towards it.</span> [Sahih Muslim Book #024, Hadith #5310]</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Ibn &#39;Abd al-Barr said: what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) meant was women who wear clothes made of light fabric which describes and does not cover. They are clothed in name but naked in reality.</span> Transmitted by al-Suyooti in Tanweer al-Hawaalik, 3/103.</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Shaykh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz May Allah be please with him commented &quot;kaasiyat &#39;aariyaat (translated above as &quot;dressed but appear to be naked&quot; may have another meaning, which is that they are enjoying the blessings of Allaah, but they do not give thanks for them and they do not obey the commands of Allaah or heed His prohibitions, even though Allaah has bestowed upon them wealth and other blessings.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The hadeeth is also explained in a different manner, which is that they wear clothes that do not cover them, because they are too thin or too short, so they do not serve the purpose of clothes, hence they are described as naked, and because the clothes they wear do not cover their &lsquo;awrah.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Maa&rsquo;ilaat (literally &ldquo;deviant&rdquo;) means they turn away from chastity and righteousness, i.e., they commit sins and evil deeds like those who do immoral actions, or they fall short in doing the obligatory duties, prayer etc.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Mumeelaat means they turn others away, i.e., they call people to evil and corruption, so by their words and actions they lead others into immorality and sin, and they commit immoral actions because of their lack of faith or the weakness of their faith. The point of this saheeh hadeeth is to warn against oppression and all kinds of corruption from men and women.</span> Majmoo&#39; Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi&#39;ah li&#39;l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/355</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <hr /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer stated</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>5. The Messenger of Allah addressed his wife Safia as &quot;O You, bald-headed perished one!&quot; (Bukhari, Kitabut Talaq vol 3 pg 143)</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Comments-</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>a. We have given this hadith here, just to show the sense of humour of the best man ever lived!</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>b. Could any wife of Prophet mock him the way he mocked his wife?</em></span> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is the complete hadith:<br /> <br /> Narrated &#39;Aisha: We set out with the Prophet with the intention of performing Hajj only. The Prophet reached Mecca and performed Tawaf of the Ka&#39;ba and between Safa and Marwa and did not finish the Ihram, because he had the Hadi with him. His companions and his wives performed Tawaf (of the Ka&#39;ba and between Safa and Marwa), and those who had no Hadi with them finished their Ihram. I got the menses and performed all the ceremonies of Hajj. So, when the Night of Hasba (night of departure) came, I said, &quot;O Allah&#39;s Apostle! All your companions are returning with Hajj and &#39;Umra except me.&quot; He asked me, &quot;Didn&#39;t you perform Tawaf of the Ka&#39;ba (Umra) when you reached Mecca?&quot; I said, &quot;No.&quot; He said, &quot;Go to Tan&#39;im with your brother &#39;Abdur-Rahman, and assume Ihram for &#39;Umra and I will wait for you at such and such a place.&quot; So I went with &#39;Abdur-Rahman to Tan&#39;im and assumed Ihram for &#39;Umra. Then Safiya bint Huyay got menses. The Prophet said, &quot; &#39;Aqra Halqa! You will detain us! Didn&#39;t you perform Tawaf-al-Ifada on the Day of Nahr (slaughtering)?&quot; She said, &quot;Yes, I did.&quot; He said, &quot;Then there is no harm, depart.&quot; So I met the Prophet when he was ascending the heights towards Mecca and I was descending, or vice-versa</span> [Bukhari Kitab al Hajj no: 815]</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The words used by Prophet peace be upon him are Aqra Halqa, Islambasics Library: Dictionary says<br /> AQRA HALQA: It is just an exclamatory expression, the literal meaning of which is not meant always. It expresses disapproval.</span> <a href="http://www.islambasics.com/view.php?bkID=999999&amp;chapter=1">http://www.islambasics.com/view.php?bkID=999999&amp;chapter=1</a><br /> <br /> Read the commentaries here<br /> a) Fath ul Bari Commentary of Sahih Bukhari <a href="http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&amp;TOCID=1126&amp;BookID=33&amp;PID=3228">http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&amp;TOCID=1126&amp;BookID=33&amp;PID=3228</a><br /> <br /> b) Sahih Muslim with commentary of an Nawawi <a href="http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=53&amp;ID=532&amp;idfrom=3506&amp;idto=3552&amp;bookid=53&amp;startno=13">http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=53&amp;ID=532&amp;idfrom=3506&amp;idto=3552&amp;bookid=53&amp;startno=13</a><br /> <br /> c) Hashiyah as Sindee of Ibn Majah <a href="http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?flag=1&amp;bk_no=54&amp;ID=5678">http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?flag=1&amp;bk_no=54&amp;ID=5678</a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>In Summary</strong>, this is a type of statements that is said in form of duaa that Arabs uses but do not mean it to happen. It is similar when Arabs praise someone and says, &quot;May Allah fight him, how brave he is!&quot;. They do not invoke Allah against him but this is a form of language used and the phrase said by the Prophet in this hadeeth is known to be one of those types of statement.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Even if someone is not accepting the truth; let me quote a beautiful hadith</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Imam Ahmad recorded that &#39;Amr bin Abi Qurrah Al-Kindi said: &quot;Hudhayfah was in Al-Mada&#39;in and he was mentioning things that the Messenger of Allah had said. Hudhayfah came to Salman and Salman said: &#39;O Hudhayfah, the Messenger of Allah ﴿would sometimes be angry and would speak accordingly, and would sometimes be pleased and would speak accordingly. I know that the Messenger of Allah ﴾ addressed us and said: (Any man of my Ummah whom I have insulted or cursed when I was angry -- for I am a man from among the sons of Adam, and I get angry just as you do.<strong> But Allah has sent me as a Mercy to the Worlds, <span style="color: #ff0000;">so I will make that my anger﴾ into blessings for him on the Day of Resurrection.&#39;&#39;</span>) </strong>This was also recorded by Abu Dawud from Ahmad bin Yunus from Za&#39;idah.(end quote from Tafsir Ibn Katheer 21: 107)<br /> <br /> Prophet peace be upon him said &ldquo;<strong> &ldquo;I have been sent as a blessing, not a curse.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Please read about the character of the Prophet peace be upon him here: (<a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/71184/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/71184/</a>)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Prophet peace be upon him said: <strong>&quot;I eat as a slave eats and I sit as a slave sits.&quot;</strong>[Narrated by Abu Ya&#39;laa, 8/318,Silsilat al-Saheehah, 544.]</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Let us have a look at how the Vedic gods address their wives. Indra Ji is addressing Indrani ji.:<br /> Dame with the lovely hands and arms, with broad hair-plaits and huge hips, Why, O thou hero&#39;s wife, art thou angry with our Vrishākapi? Supreme is Indra over all.</span> [Atharvaved 20:126:8]</p> <p> <img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/atharvaved 20 126 8.png" /></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">6. &ldquo;And mind you, when a woman has her periods she is not allowed to pray or to fast. This is the measure of your deficiency in religion.&rdquo; [Bukhari vol 1, hadith 301]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Sukainah the daughter of Shaikh al-Albaani said,</strong> &quot;I asked my father, may Allaah have mercy on him, &#39;How does the female who has the excuse accorded to her by the Sharee&#39;ah [i.e., menses] perform worship on the Night of Decree?&#39;</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">So he answered me, saying, &#39;By supplicating, remembering Allaah [dhikr] and reciting the Quraan, and there is no problem in her doing that. And I think that you are sure about the fact that it is not disliked for the menstruating woman to recite the Quraan. So this is the way out from one angle.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">And from another, it is fitting for the Muslim in such circumstances, whether he is male or female, to emulate the Prophet عليه السلام who said, &#39;Seize the benefit of five before five: your youth before you become old, and your health before you become ill ...&#39; [Saheeh at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, no. 3355]. For what reason [did he say this?] Because in Sahih al-Bukhari it has been reported that, <strong>&#39;When a slave [a believer] falls ill or travels, then he will get written to his accounts [the reward] similar to that which he used to get for his good deeds practised at home and in good health [as if he is doing them on his journey and in illness].&#39;</strong> [Bukhaari 2996]</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">So it is upon such a woman to seize the opportunity of benefitting from her time when she is clean and is able to stand during the last ten nights, or at least the odd nights, or at the very least the day or night of the twenty-seventh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">For indeed when Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, knows that His female servant used to do that when she was able to stand in prayer then suddenly comes into a state where she is excused, <strong>He records for her what used to be written for her when she was in a state of purity.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This is a very important point. Its fruits are that the Muslim should strive as was just explained: that he should always spend his time in obedience as much as he is able to. <strong>Such that when his obedience increases and the worship then passes him by [due to him becoming ill or travelling, the reward] is still written for him even if he is not able to actually perform it.&#39;&quot;</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Source: </strong>http://shaikhalbaani.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/how-does-a-menstruating-woman-worship-during-the-night-of-decree/</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">She will be rewarded for not praying during their periods. Allah says &ldquo;Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).&rdquo; [016:097]<br /> <br /> And following command (that do not pray in periods) of Allah and his Prophet peace be upon him is righteousness and in result of Righteousness she will surely be rewarded.<br /> <br /> <strong>It is mentioned in Sharah al Muslim An-Nawawi 4/26 : </strong><br /> هَذَا الْحُكْم ـ أي عدم قضاء الصلاة ـ مُتَّفَق عَلَيْهِ أَجْمَع الْمُسْلِمُونَ عَلَى أَنَّ الْحَائِض وَالنُّفَسَاء لا تَجِب عَلَيْهِمَا الصَّلاة وَلا الصَّوْم فِي الْحَال , وَأَجْمَعُوا عَلَى أَنَّهُ لا يَجِب عَلَيْهِمَا قَضَاء الصَّلَاة , وَأَجْمَعُوا عَلَى أَنَّهُ يَجِب عَلَيْهِمَا قَضَاء الصَّوْم ، قَالَ الْعُلَمَاء : وَالْفَرْق بَيْنهمَا أَنَّ الصَّلاة كَثِيرَة مُتَكَرِّرَة فَيَشُقّ قَضَاؤُهَا بِخِلافِ الصَّوْم .<br /> &ldquo;This ruling &ndash; i.e., that prayers should not be made up) is agreed upon by all the Muslims, that menstruating women and women who bleed following childbirth do not have to pray or fast at the times when prayers or fasts are due; they are unanimously agreed that they do not have to make up the prayers, and they are unanimously agreed that they do have to make up the fasts. The scholars said, the difference between them is that the prayers are many and are repeated, so it would be difficult to make them up, unlike the fasts.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Shaykh Salman al Odha said:</strong><br /> These are matters of Islamic Law. A woman is neither sinful nor blameworthy because of the prayers and fasts that she misses. She, in fact, receives blessings by obeying Allah and abstaining from those acts while she is menstruating. Her testimony as a witness is half that of men only in matters wherein she is generally less versed than men. In other matters wherein women have particular knowledge, like fosterage and virginity, the testimony of a woman is accepted but not that of a man.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allah&#39;s Messenger (peace be upon him) attested to the perfect character of four women: Mary, &Acirc;siyah the wife of Pharaoh, F&acirc;timah, and Khad&icirc;jah. He definitely did not mean that these women did not go through menstruation. He was referring to their good character, strength of intellect, and soundness of opinion (end)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">And on the other hand Males have to pray in a mosque and if he leaves the prayer, it is one of the biggest sins. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">To understand the meaning of this hadeeth (specially deficiency) please go through this detailed reply by Scholars:</span> <a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/">http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter Question: </strong>It is mentioned in Rigved Mandal 8, Sookt 33, Mantra 17 censures women by saying, &quot;Indra himself hath said, The mind of woman brooks not discipline, Her intellect hath little weight.&quot;</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rigved Mandal 8, Sookt 33, Mantra 17.jpg" /></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Agniveer should see their own scriptures rather then copy/pasting from the internet.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">7. Muhammad said: No woman should observe fast when her spouse is present (in the house) but with his permission. And whatever she spends from his earnings without his sanction, for him is half the reward. (Book #005, Hadith #2238)</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Sharah Sahih Muslim an-Nawawi says: &ldquo;This is to be understood as referring to voluntary and recommended fasts for which there is no specific time. It is understood as meaning that this is prohibited, as our companions stated. The reason for that is that the husband has the right to intimacy with his wife on all days, and his right is to be implemented immediately, and cannot be deferred because of voluntary acts of worship or because of an obligatory deed that may be done at any time.&rdquo; Sharh Muslim, 7/115. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Islam QA Fatwa no: 66621 says</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The husband has to fear Allaah with regard to his wife, and not burden her with more than she can bear. Many men keep their womenfolk busy all day with cooking, and at night with making sweets, so the woman&rsquo;s days and nights are wasted and she cannot make the most of her fasting days or her nights by doing acts of worship. One of the wife&rsquo;s rights over her husband is that she should have a share of the worship of this month. So he should not prevent her from reading Qur&rsquo;aan, or praying qiyaam. There should be understanding between them so that there will not be any conflict between his rights and her worship of her Lord. This, of course, has to do with naafil acts of worship; with regard to obligatory acts of worship, the husband has no right to stop his wife doing them.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The way of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) with his wives was to encourage them to worship and obey Allaah, especially in the last ten days of Ramadaan.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It was narrated that &lsquo;Aa&rsquo;ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: &ldquo;When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.&rdquo; Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1920) and Muslim (1174).</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">If both, husband and wife, understand their rights and duties, they will avoid difficulties and arguments in most cases. If they understand that such occasions will only recur a few times during their lives, this should make them keener to make the most of the days and nights of Ramadaan.(end quote)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Comment: </strong>In short, this is only for voluntary (Nafal) fasts and only when the husband is staying with the wife. Obeying the husband is obligatory as far as husband is not saying something which goes against Islamic law. Women will get more rewards in obeying the husband. Secondly most husbands do not prevent their wives from fasting the nawafil fasts. When a woman gets her husband&#39;s permission for voluntary fasting she attains a lot of blessings. When a woman obeys her husband she shows the true spirit of Islamic marriage.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4153" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> <b id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4154">Also men are not allowed to do non-obligatory Ibadah &nbsp;if the rights of wives are not fulfilled, same is the case with women if the rights of husband are not fulfilled it is not allowed for her to do non obligatory ibadah.&nbsp;</b></div> <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4133" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> &nbsp;</div> <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4135" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> <b id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4134">Narrated &#39;Abdullah bin &#39;amr bin Al-&#39;As: Allah&#39;s Apostle said to me, &quot;O &#39;Abdullah! Have I not been informed that you fast during the day and offer prayers all the night.&quot; &#39;Abdullah replied, &quot;Yes, O Allah&#39;s Apostle!&quot; The Prophet said, &quot;Don&#39;t do that; fast for few days and then give it up for few days, offer prayers and also sleep at night, as your body has a right on you,<i>&nbsp;<font color="#0000ff">and your wife has a right on you</font></i><font color="#0000ff" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4156">,</font>&nbsp;and your guest has a right on you. ..(Bukhari Book #31, Hadith #196) (From the book of Abdul Hadi Abdul Khaliq Madni)</b></div> <div style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Also see:</span></div> <p> <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/why-are-women-required-to-seek-husbands.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/why-are-women-required-to-seek-husbands.html</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter question: </strong>It is written in Rig Veda: &quot;There cannot be any friendship with a woman. Her heart is like that of a hyena.&quot; [Rig Veda, 10/95/15]</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rig Veda, 10 95 15.jpg" /></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Agniveer should read the Veda before attacking Islam. One can compare the Islamic teachings and the teachings of Hinduism. According to Islam, both husband and wife have similar rights but a Husband has to be more responsible because he has to feed her, clother her, provide for her, etc, on the other hand Hinduism says her heart is like the heart of a HYENA? And hence we can not befriend them</span>?<br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">8. The Prophet said: If one of you marries a woman or buys a slave, he should say: &ldquo;O Allah, I ask Thee for the good in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her; I take refuge in Thee from the evil in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her.&rdquo; When he buys a camel, he should take hold of the top of its hump and say the same kind of thing. (Book #11, Hadith #2155)</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">So, according to Islam, marrying a woman is equivalent to buy a slave! Really, Mullahs rightly say that muslims should treat their slaves the way they treat their wives. Muhammad discovered the best way to do so by degrading wife to the level of slave!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> Reply<br /> <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/does-islam-equate-women-with-animals.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/does-islam-equate-women-with-animals.html</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">9. The Prophet said: It is not permissible for a woman to present a gift (from her husband&rsquo;s property) except with the permission of her husband. (Book #23, Hadith #3540) </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Even the husband is forbidden to take his wife&rsquo;s money without her consent. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allaah says</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;and live with them honorably&rdquo; [al-Nisa&rsquo; 4:19]</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Wise&rdquo;[al-Baqarah 2:228]</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">&nbsp;Ibn Atiya (d 546 h) mentioned:</span></strong></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">فقال ابن عباس: &quot; تلك الدرجة إشارة إلى حض الرجال على حسن العشر والتوسع للنساء في المال والخلق &quot; ، أي إن الأفضل ينبغي أن يتحامل على نفسه، وهذا قول حسن بارع،</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">Ibn Abbas said: The word &quot;Darja: is an indication to the men to do good to women and to open himself so that he may spend on them with their maal and ikhlaaq, meaning he should burden himself with that (responsibility of spending over them), this saying is the best. [Tafsir al Muharrar wal wajeez under 2:228]</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">A husband has to take care of his wife and if he does not take care, then the wife is allowed to take money from her husband even without his permission.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It was narrated that &lsquo;Aa&rsquo;ishah said: &ldquo;Hind bint &lsquo;Utbah, the wife of Abu Sufyaan, entered upon the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said, &lsquo;O Messenger of Allaah, Abu Sufyaan is a stingy man who does not spend enough on me and my children, except for what I take from his wealth without his knowledge. Is there any sin on me for doing that?&rsquo; The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, &lsquo;Take from his wealth on a reasonable basis, only what is sufficient for you and your children.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span> (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5049; Muslim, 1714)</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter question: </strong>The Krishna Yajur Veda says:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;">Women are without energy. They should not get a share in the property. Even to the wicked, they speak in a feeble manner.</span> [Krishna Yajur Veda vi. 5. 8. 2]</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;">A wife has no claim to property of her husband. The wealth that she earns is not her but her husband&#39;s. </span>[Manu Smriti Chapter 8, Sholka 416]</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment: </strong>Islam allows women to take money from their husband&#39;s wealth if he does not provide for her. If a woman is working, the money she earns is solely her&#39;s and the husband has no right on it. If she wants to give it to the husband she can and if she doesn&#39;t want to do so then it remains her&#39;s. However in Hinduism that&#39;s not the case. Even if SHE earns it by working hard, her husband gets to keep it.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">10. Quran [24:34] &ldquo;Force not your slave-girls to whoredom (prostitution) if they desire chastity, that you may seek enjoyment of this life. [And here&#39;s the freedom-to-pimp card:] But if anyone forces them, then after such compulsion, Allah is oft-forgiving.&rdquo;</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. It means that there is no harm in forcing the slave girls to whoredom if they don&rsquo;t desire chastity!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Prostitution according to this verse becomes legal if a girl has no problem. But on the other hand, Islamic scholars claim that Islam completely prohibits prostitution. If that be so, Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) will become anti Islamic for legalizing prostitution! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <br /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply </span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Let us understand why this verse was revealed</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Jabir reported that &#39;Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul used to say to his slavegirl: Go and fetch something for us by committing prostitution. </span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It was in this connection that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, revealed this verse:</span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&quot;And compel not</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"> your slave-girls to prostitution when they desire to keep chaste in order to seek the frail goods of this world&#39;s life, and whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion Allah is Forgiving, Merciful&quot; (xxiv. 33).</span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">[Sahih Muslim Book 43, Number 7180 Chapter 4: COMPEL NOT YOUR SLAVE-GIRLS TO PROSTITUTION]</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Ibn e Kathir says<br /> Among the people of the Jahiliyyah, there were some who, if he had a slave-girl, he would send her out to commit Zina and would charge money for that, which he would take from her every time. When Islam came, Allah forbade the believers to do that. The reason why this Ayah was revealed, according to the reports of a number of earlier and later scholars of Tafsir, had to do with `Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul. He had slave-girls whom he used to force into prostitution so that he could take their earnings and because he wanted them to have children which would enhance his status, or so he claimed.</span>(Commentary of Ibne Kathir 24:24)<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment: </strong>The word &#39;force&#39; is used because the slaves were forced to make money, However the ayah does not say that if they do not desire chastity then you are free to force them into prostitution.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #800080;">Prostitution is prohibited. The Prophet peace be upon him said</span>:</p> <p> &laquo;مَهْرُ الْبَغِيِّ خَبِيثٌ</p> <p> (The earnings of a prostitute are evil, (Mishkaat al Masabeeh hadeeth no: 2763,2764,2765)<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&lsquo;Abd-Allaah ibn Maghfal reported that there was a woman who had been a prostitute during the days of ignorance (before Islam). A man passed by her, or she passed by him, and he touched her. She said: &ldquo;Stop it!. Allaah has done away with shirk and had brought Islam.&rdquo; So he left her alone and went away. </span>(Reported by al-Haakim, who said this hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions of Muslim, although they did not report it).<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">Above ahadeeth clarify that prostitution is prohibited.</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter Question: </strong>A girl without a brother is called Abhratr and it is prohibited to marry such a girl.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;">The Atharva Ved says, Those maidens there, the veins, who run their course in robes of ruddy hue, must now stand quiet, reft of power, like sisters who are brotherless. [Atharva Ved Kaand 1, Sookt 17, Mantra 1]</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Atharva Ved Kaand 1, Sookt 17, Mantra 1.jpg" /></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Explaining this,</strong> Nirukt, which is the oldest Indian treatise on Etymology, Philology and Semantics, says,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;">They stand like women who have no brother, and whose path is obstructed with regard to procreation and the offering of the sacrificial cake. With these words the simile implies the prohibition of marrying a brotherless maiden.[Nirukt 3:4]</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Islam has place for a prostitute who has repented and she can marry an honourable man. However, Hinduism takes away the right of a woman to marry if she does not have a brother.</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Slave women to be gifted as per Vedas:</strong></span><span style="color: #800080;"><strong> </strong>Two wagon-teams, with damsels, twenty oxen, O Agni, Abhydvartin Cayamdna, The liberal Sovran, giveth me. This guerdon of Prthu&#39;s seed is hard to win from others.</span> [Rig Veda &ndash; 6:27:8]</p> <p> <img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rig Veda � 6 27 8.jpg" /><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rig Veda � 6 27 8.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">11. Quran [24:6] &ldquo;And for those who launch a charge against their wives, accusing them, but have no witnesses or evidence, except themselves; let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies, (swearing four times) by Allah that he is the one speaking the truth.&rdquo;</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Great, so by swearing four times, man can make woman undergo punishments starting from lashes to stoning to death.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. But what will happen if wife too swears 8 times (since testimony of one man is equal to testimonies of 2 women) that she has not committed sin? In this balanced situation, who will be accused of telling lie?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Let us go throught the context of The Noble Qur&#39;an - An-Nur 24:4-9<br class="kix-line-break" /> [024:004] And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations),- flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors;-<br /> [024:005] Unless they repent thereafter and mend (their conduct); for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.<br /> [024:006] And for those who launch a charge against their spouses, and have (in support) no evidence but their own,- their solitary evidence (can be received) if they bear witness four times (with an oath) by God that they are solemnly telling the truth;<br /> [024:007] And the fifth (oath) (should be) that they solemnly invoke the curse of God on themselves if they tell a lie.<br /> [024:008] But it would avert the punishment from the wife, if she bears witness four times (with an oath) By God, that (her husband) is telling a lie;<br /> [024:009] And the fifth (oath) should be that she solemnly invokes the wrath of God on herself if (her accuser) is telling the truth.<br /> Allah also says<br /> [024:023] Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty,-<br /> [024:024] On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions.<br /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> The Prophet said: &quot;Avoid the seven great destructive sins.&quot; They (the people) asked, &quot;O Allah&#39;s Messenger! What are they?&quot; He said,</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&quot;To join partners in worship with Allah,<br class="kix-line-break" /> to practise sorcery;<br class="kix-line-break" /> to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islamic law);<br class="kix-line-break" /> to eat up Riba&#39; (usury);<br class="kix-line-break" /> to eat up the property of an orphan;<br class="kix-line-break" /> to show one&#39;s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battle-field at the time of fighting and<br class="kix-line-break" /> to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers.&quot; </span>(Hadith Bukhari 8:840, Narrated Abu Huraira:)<br class="kix-line-break" /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Brother Bassam Zawadi rightly said<br /> According to the judgment of the Glorious Quran, if a man accuses his wife of committing adultery, the wife can nullify the accusation as her testimony is accepted, consequently, the wife will not be punished. However, if the accuser is not her husband, then he has to bring four witnesses. If not, he will receive eighty lashes and his testimony will be rejected forever. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Look at how the Quran uplifts the woman!</span><br /> Source: <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">12. Ingratitude toward her husband (i.e. disobedience) can land a woman in Hell. Muhammad explains why women comprise the bulk of Hell&rsquo;s occupants. [Bukhari (2:28)] </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> Reply</p> <p> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">13. Muhammad&rsquo;s wives are even trained to defecate on his command. [Bukhari (4:149)]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is the hadith: The Prophet said to his wives, &quot;You are allowed to go out to answer the call of nature. &quot;</span> (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 149: Narrated &#39;Aisha:)</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #800080;">Comment: I don&rsquo;t know what is the problem in this hadeeth?</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">14. Women have a deficiency of intelligence, meaning that their decisions will not be comparable to a man&rsquo;s. [Bukhari (48:826)]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. If the decisions of women are poor and of low intellect, then, why does not, their decision of obeying their husbands is poor and of low intelligence?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Islam says that everyone&rsquo;s fate has already been written in a gigantic book called Lohe Mehfooz by Allah [Please refer to our article-&ldquo;Helpless Destiny in Islam&rdquo; on this website to know more]. In this case, all the decisions, which women take, are actually dictated by Allah. So, this is Allah and not women, who should be ashamed of being poor decision maker! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> No where does the hadith say &ldquo;their decisions will not be comparable to a man&rsquo;s&rdquo; </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">If women are deficient then why did the sahaba ask help from the mother of the believers??? Not only this, but there are evidences where women correct the Sahaba including Umar bin Al Khattab (RA). Umar (RA) was amongst the most knowledgeable sahaba and he was khalifatul Muslimeen (Caliph of the muslims)</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">In fact &nbsp;the Prophet peace be upon him would take advice from his wives</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>a) Umm Salma, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him) advised the Prophet (Peace be upon him)</strong><br /> It is mentioned in Sealed Nectar: When the peace treaty had been concluded, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) ordered his Companions to slaughter their sacrificial animals, but they were too depressed to do that. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) gave instructions in this regard three times but with negative response. He told his wife Umm Salamah about this attitude of his Companions. She advised that he himself take the initiative, slaughter his animal and have his head shaved. Seeing that, the Muslims, with rended hearts, started to slaughter their animals and shave their heads. They even almost killed one another because of their distress. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) prayed three times for those who shaved their heads and once for those who cut their hair... </span> (Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur Rahman Egnlish translation page 155)</p> <p style="margin-left: -18pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment: </strong>How beautiful was the advice of Umm Salmah (RA)! The Prophet peace be upon him never said, &quot;Oh, you are a woman and you&#39;re deficient. Rather, he follower her advice!&quot;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: -18pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>b) The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself, sought his wife, Zainab (RA)&#39;s advice.</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It is mentioned in Bukhari Aisha further said: Allah&#39;s Apostle also asked Zainab bint Jahsh about my case. He said, &quot;O Zainab! What have you seen?&quot; She replied, &quot;O Allah&#39;s Apostle! I protect my hearing and my sight (by refraining from telling lies). I know nothing but good (about Aisha).&quot; Of all the wives of Allah&#39;s Apostle, it was Zainab who aspired to receive from him the same favor as I used to receive, yet, Allah saved her (from telling lies) because of her piety. </span>[Bukhari Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=60&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=274">#60</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=60&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=274#274">#274</a>] (end quote)</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>C) Prophet peace be upon him himself said:</strong> &quot;Verily women are the twin halves of men.&quot;</span> [Abu Dawood #234 , Tirmidhi #113 ]<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> So this clears the hadith provided by agniveer. It does not mean that women are deficient and IF for the sake of argument, we agree that women are deficient then (A woman is overloaded by being a mother or a babysitter or pregnancy. All these careers are round the clock) </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Check detailed replies</span></p> <p> <strong>Read articles on this issue in detail</strong><br /> a). A beautiful and detailed Article by brother Kevin Abdullah Karim (a revert): <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/women_not_deficient_in_intelligence_and_religion.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/women_not_deficient_in_intelligence_and_religion.htm</a></p> <p> b). <a href="http://islam.thetruecall.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;file=article&amp;sid=212">http://islam.thetruecall.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;file=article&amp;sid=212</a></p> <p> c) A beautiful response by brother Bassam Zawadi in his article &#39;The Testimony of Women In The Bible&#39; <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm</a></p> <p> d) &#39;The Status Of Women In Islam&#39; by Sh. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi where he discussed this issue:<a href="http://www.jannah.org/sisters/qaradawistatus.html">http://www.jannah.org/sisters/qaradawistatus.html</a></p> <p> e) An Article by a young Muslim Debater Waqar Akbar Cheema <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-hadith-says-that-women-are.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-hadith-says-that-women-are.html</a></p> <p> f) &#39;Women Scholars/Knowledgeable&#39; <a href="http://www.idealmuslimah.com/personalities/women-scholars-knowledgeable"> http://www.idealmuslimah.com/personalities/women-scholars-knowledgeable</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">15. Muhammad said, &ldquo;The prayers of a woman do not get any further than her ears if she goes to bed and her husband is indignant at her&rdquo; [The authentic of Al-Tirmidhi&#39;s collection, Al-Albani, vol. 1 p. 209].</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Needless to say that husband is an agent of Allah. Prayers of woman will be listened by Allah only when she has satisfied all the wills of her husband before going to bed, else, she will be cursed. By the way, this is Shirk as per Islam! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> Reply</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Refer the answer to point no: 22 and 23</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Wife beating in Islam</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">15. Quran [4:34] allows man to beat his wives, if man feels that his wives are disloyal to him.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. What should a woman do if her husband is not loyal to her?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Anyway, Islam allows up to three disloyalties of man towards a woman by allowing man to marry up to 4 wives. But what can a woman do if she is cheated more than the allowable limit (3)?</span></em></div> <br /> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Refer the reply to point no: 1</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">16. Quran [4:15] says- If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; if they testify, confine them to houses until death [by starvation] claims them.&rdquo;</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. This verse is an example of how shamelessly Islam gives the rights to men not only of beating the women but also of killing them.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Mullahs argue that one can kill her wife according to this verse only when he produces four witnesses in his support so that there cannot be any margin of error in the decision. But they forget that in Quran [24:6], Allah has said that even if man has no witness, if he swears 4 times, it will be sufficient proof of him to be truthful. So, a man can kill his wife just by repeating 4 times in front of Qazi (Islamic Judge) that I am right! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">These are abrogated verses, the reply to this can be read here:</span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/210-brutal-punishment-for-women">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/210-brutal-punishment-for-women</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">17. Allah permits you to shut them (wives) in separate rooms and to beat them. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. [Tabari IX:113] </span></em> <hr /> </div> <br /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> 1. The translation is wrong. This is the Arabic</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ أَذِنَ لَكُمْ أَنْ تَهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضاجِعِ</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">، وَتَضْرِبُوهُنَّ ضَرْبًا غَيْرَ مُبَرِّحٍ، فَإِنِ انْتَهَيْنَ فَلَهُنَّ رِزْقُهُنَّ وَكِسْوَتُهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">No where above does the verse in Arabic say &quot;permits you to shut them (wives) in separate rooms and to beat them&quot; but it says &quot;Allah permits you to refuse to share their beds&rdquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">2. He left the context. It says</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، فَإِنَّ لَكُمْ عَلَى نِسَائِكُمْ حَقًّا وَلَهُنَّ عَلَيْكُمْ حَقًّا، لَكُمْ عَلَيْهِنَّ أَلا يُوطِئْنَ فُرُشَكُمْ أَحَدًا تَكْرَهُونَهُ، وَعَلَيْهِنَّ أَلا يَأْتِينَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُبَيِّنَةٍ، فَإِنْ فَعَلْنَ</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The same is mentioned in Sahih Muslim and it says, narrated from Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in his Farewell Sermon:<br class="kix-line-break" /> <br /> &quot;Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them has been made lawful unto you by words of Allah. You too have rights over them, and that they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can chastise them but not severely(another hadith says but without causing injury or leaving a mark.). Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot; (Narrated by Muslim, 1218)</span><br /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">We ask the author, whether any non Muslim husband would permit his wife to allow any other person whom he does not like on their bed? Look at the beauty of Islam.Even then it says, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds (In refusing to share the bed, even the husband is deprived), (and last) beat them lightly, if it is useful. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot;</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"> and </span><span style="color: #0000ff;">even then the Islamic Scholars says that It is better not to hit. Mentioned in Sharah Muslim 15/84<br /> <br /> Subhan&#39;Allah</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Agniveer has been deceived with respect to the translation. He may have copied it from anti Islamic websites without verifying it.</span></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"> </span></em></div> <p> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">18. Aisha said: Prophet struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then Prophet said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?&hellip;[Muslim, book 4, hadith-2127]<br /> Comments-<br /> So striking the wife on her chest by Muslims is justified as per Allah and Muhammad (PBUH).</span></em></p> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Here is the complete hadith </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Muhammad b. Qais said (to the people): Should I not narrate to you (a hadith of the Holy Prophet) on my authority and on the authority of my mother? We thought that he meant the mother who had given him birth. He (Muhammad b. Qais) then reported that it was &#39;A&#39;isha who had narrated this: Should I not narrate to you about myself and about the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him)? We said: Yes. She said: When it was my turn for Allah&#39;s Messenger (may peace be upon him) to spend the night with me, he turned his side, put on his mantle and took off his shoes and placed them near his feet, and spread the corner of his shawl on his bed and then lay down till he thought that I had gone to sleep. He took hold of his mantle slowly and put on the shoes slowly, and opened the door and went out and then closed it lightly. I covered my head, put on my veil and tightened my waist wrapper, and then went out following his steps till he reached Baqi&#39;. He stood there and he stood for a long time. He then lifted his hands three times, and then returned and I also returned He hastened his steps and I also hastened my steps. He ran and I too ran. He came (to the house) and I also came (to the house). I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O &#39;A&#39;isha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you? She said: Whatsoever the people conceal, Allah will know it. He said: Gabriel came to me when you saw me. He called me and he concealed it from you. I responded to his call, but I too concealed it from you (for he did not come to you), as you were not fully dressed. I thought that you had gone to sleep, and I did not like to awaken you, fearing that you may be frightened. He (Gabriel) said: Your Lord has commanded you to go to the inhabitants of Baqi&#39; (to those lying in the graves) and beg pardon for them. I said: Messenger of Allah, how should I pray for them (How should I beg forgiveness for them)? He said: Say, Peace be upon the inhabitants of this city (graveyard) from among the Believers and the Muslims, and may Allah have mercy on those who have gone ahead of us, and those who come later on, and we shall, God willing, join you</span>.(end) [MUSLIM Book 004, Number 2127]<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">My Friend and Brother Dr Asif replied; &quot;AS A DOCTOR I ANALYSED THIS HADITH. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE HOME OF AISHA R.A. &amp; JANNATUL BAQI IS QUITE LONG.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">NOW SEE THE BOLD PART OF HADITH IN BLUE,</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">AS AISHA R.A WAS AFRAID THAT PROPHET (peace be upon him) WILL COME TO KNOW SHE WAS FALLOWING HER, SO IN ORDER TO AVOID THIS SHE CAME RUNNING BACK TO HOME, IT IS A NATURAL PHYSIOLOGICAL PHENOMENON THAT WHEN A PERSON RUNS FOR A DISTANCE MORE THAN 100 meters, THE BODY RESPONDS WITH HYPERVENTILATION.</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">THE PERSON&#39;S BREATHING IS FASTER, THE HEART RATE INCREASES &amp; BLOOD PRESSURE INCREASES. IN SUCH A CONDITION IF YOU GIVE A SLIGHT PUSH ON THE CHEST, THE PERSON WILL FEEL PAIN. YOU MAY EXPERIMENT IT YOURSELF TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">IN THE ABOVE HADITH PROPHET SAAS JUST GAVE A PUSH TO AISHA R.A &amp; SHE FELT PAIN .....&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Moreover Aaishah (Radhiallahu &#39;Anha) herself said: Allaah&#39;s Messenger (Sallallahu &#39;Alaihi Wa Sallam) never hit anything with his hand ever, except when fighting in the path of Allaah. Nor did he ever hit a servant or a woman.&quot;</span> [Recorded by Musnad Ishaq bin Rahwiy no: 698, Ibn Maajah Kitab al Nikah hadeeth no: 1984 Al-Albaanee said it is Saheeh.]<br /> .<br /> Source of Musnad Ishaq: <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://www.islamweb.net/hadith/display_hbook.php?bk_no=101&amp;hid=698&amp;pid=26710</a><br /> Source of Ibne Majah:<a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&amp;TOCID=653&amp;BookID=35&amp;PID=3687</a></p> <p> Lastly, Brother Kevin Abdullah has given a beautiful explanation here: <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://www.quransearch.com/karim/mistranslations_of_hadiths.htm</a></p> <p> He has put across many points in his article, one of which is the term used in the hadith which is: Lahada.<br /> Imam Nawawi in his Sharh states that: The word &quot;lahada&quot; according to the lexicographers means, &quot;to push&quot; (dafa&#39;a).(End quote for details see his full article)</p> <p> <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">This makes it clear that the Prophet (peace be upon him) neither beat his wives nor any other woman.</span></strong></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">19. The Prophet said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife. [Abu Dawud (2142)]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This Hadith is not authentic because Abdul Rahman al Muslee is weak in the chain &amp; no one said he is trustworthy.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sayings of scholars regarding this hadith: </strong></span></p> <ul> <li> Ibne Hajar Asqalani weakened him in Tahdheeb at Tahdheeb 6/304</li> <li> Imam Ibn al Qattan said this is not authentic in &quot;Byan al Waham al abhaam (5/524</li> <li> Imam adh Dahabee said :In it Abdul Rahman muslee is not known&quot; Meezan al Aitedaal (2/602</li> <li> Shaykh Ahmad shakir said in tehqeeq of Musnad Ahmad 1/77 Chian is weak</li> <li> Shaykh Shoaib al Aranoot weakened this hadith in his tahqeeq of Musnad Ahmad</li> <li> Shaykh Al Bani Weakened in &quot;Irwa al Ghulail 7/98</li> </ul> <p> Please check the detailed reply in <a href="http://www.islamqa.com/ar/ref/146600">http://www.islamqa.com/ar/ref/146600</a><br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Authentic hadith which clears the anti-islamic claim:</strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">Ali (radiallahanhu), said:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">رَأَيْتُ امْرَأَةَ الْوَلِيدِ جَاءَتْ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ تَشْكُو إِلَيْهِ زَوْجَهَا أَنَّهُ يَضْرِبُهَا ، فَقَالَ لَهَا : &quot; اذْهَبِي فَقُولِي لَهُ : كَيْتَ وَكَيْتَ &quot; . فَذَهَبَتْ ثُمَّ رَجَعَتْ ، فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّهُ عَادَ يَضْرِبُنِي ، فَقَالَ لَهَا : &quot; اذْهَبِي فَقُولِي لَهُ : إِنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ لَكَ &quot; , فَذَهَبَتْ ثُمَّ عَادَتْ , فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّهُ يَضْرِبُنِي فَقَالَ : &quot; اذْهَبِي فَقُولِي لَهُ : كَيْتَ وَكَيْتَ &quot; ، فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّهُ يَضْرِبُنِي فَرَفَعَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَدَهُ وَقَالَ : &quot; اللَّهُمَّ عَلَيْكَ بِالْوَلِيدِ &quot;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">I saw the wife of Waleed bin Uqbah, she came to the prophet (peace be upon him), she was complaining about her husband that he beats her, so He (peace be upon him) said: go back! And tell him these things, she went, came back, and said, He is&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">beating her again, so he said: go to him, and tell him that, &ldquo;Verily the prophet is telling you (not to beat your wife) thus she went, and came back again, and said, He still beats me, so He (pbuh) said, go and tell him these things, she said, Certainly he beats me, so the messenger of Allah (pace be upon him) <strong>raised his hands and prayed (to Allah) saying, &ldquo;O Allah! Punish Al-Waleed&rdquo;</strong> [Juzz al Rafayadayn al Bukhari no. 95, Shaykh Zubair Ali Zai said: Its chain is Hasan, translation taken from english Translation of Juzz by Raza Hasan no. 79]</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Muawiyah al Qarshi said I went to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and asked him: What do you say (command) about our wives? He replied: Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them.</span> (Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2139)</div> <p> .</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"> </span></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">20. The prophet said, &ldquo;None of you should flog his wife as he flogs a slave and then have sexual intercourse with her in the last part of the day.&rdquo; [Bukhari Vol. 7, #132]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments- One can draw several conclusions from this hadith</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Keeping slaves for sexual desires is justified in Islam.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Beating slaves is permissible as per Muhammad.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. Wife should not be beaten as severely as a slave can be. (Thanks for Allah and Muhammad Ji for this mercy!)</span></em></div> <hr style="text-align: center;" /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Dr. Hatem al-Haj states in his article &#39;Concubines &amp; Slavery The Islamic Position&#39;</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">And for one who humiliates his slave by beating him or slapping him, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,<br /> &quot;من لَطَمَ مَمْلُوآَهُ أو ضَرَبَهُ فَكَفَّارَتُهُ أَنْ يُعْتِقَهُ&quot;<br /> &ldquo;He who slaps his slave or beats him, there is no expiation for this but to free him.</span>&rdquo; (reported by Muslim).</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Because of the aforementioned examples of the divine and prophetic instructions regarding slavery, no other nation or religious group in the world treated slaves better than the Muslims did, and here are the testimonies of the non-Muslim historians and leaders regarding this very fact:</span> (quotations from <a href="http://www.alislam/">http://www.alislam</a>. org/slavery/)</p> <p> <strong>i)</strong> On the attitude of Muslim master with his slaves, <strong>Will Durant says</strong>, &quot;...he handled them with a genial humanity that made their lot no worse - perhaps better, as more secure - than that of a factory worker in nineteenth-century Europe.&quot; <a href="http://www.alislam.org/slavery/3.htm#r21">http://www.alislam.org/slavery/3.htm#r21</a>, Hurgronje C., Mohammedanism,(N.Y., 1916), p.128 as quoted by W. Durant, The Story of Civilization, vol.IV (N.Y., 1950), p. 209.</p> <p> ii) At the end of the 18th century, <strong>Mouradgea d&#39;Ohsson</strong> (a main source of information for the Western writers on the Ottoman empire) declared: &quot;There is perhaps no nation where the captives, the slaves, the very toilers in the galleys are better provided for or treated with more kindness than among the Muhammedans. &quot; <a href="http://www.alislam/">http://www.alislam</a>. org/slavery/3.htm#r22, As quoted in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, vol.I, p. 35.<br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>iii) P. L Riviere writes: </strong>&quot;A master was enjoined to make his slave share the bounties he received from God. It must be recognised that, in this respect, the Islamic teaching acknowledged such a respect for human personality and showed a sense of equality which is searched for in vain in ancient civilization&quot; http://www.al-islam.org/slavery/3.htm#r23, Riviere P.L., Revue Bleaue (June 1939).<br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>iv) Napoleon Bonaparte</strong> is recorded as saying about the condition of slaves in Muslim countries: &quot;The slave inherits his master&#39;s property and marries his daughter. The majority of the Pashas had been slaves. Many of the grand viziers, all the Mamelukes, Ali Ben Mourad Beg, had been slaves. They began their lives by performing the most menial services in the houses of their masters and were subsequently raised in status for their merit or by favour. In the West, on the contrary, the slave has always been below the position of the domestic servants; he occupies the lowest rug. The Romans emancipated their slaves, but the emancipated were never considered as equal to the free-born. The ideas of the East and West are so different that it took a long time to make the Egyptians understand that all the army was not composed of slaves belonging to the Sultan al-Kabir. &quot; http://www.al-islam.org/slavery/3.htm#r25, Bonaparte et l&#39;Islam (Paris, 1914)....<br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>Dr. Hatem al-Haj further goes on</strong><br /> &bull; The families are not disrupted in the Islamic wars.<br /> &bull; The captives are usually returned as a show of kindness, exchanged for Muslim captives or money.<br /> &bull; In the case they were taken as slave women, they were taken by one man.<br /> They were considered legitimate partners with rights guaranteed for them and their offspring who were treated exactly like the man&#39;s other children.<br /> How is that like the gang raping in the battlefield by scores of soldiers?<br /> &bull; Such women were often freed and married their masters and if not, and had a child, they had a special status and became unsellable and became free upon the death of the master.<br /> &bull; Such women prospered.<br /> They bore and raised children who became khaleefas, sultans, princes, great leaders and scholars in the history of Islam.<br /> That is an indication on how they were treated.<br /> Source: <a href="http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285">http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285</a><br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Lastly A slave can be a leader:</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">a) Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah&#39;s Apostle said, &quot;You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.&quot; </span> (Bukhari Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=89&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=256">#89</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=89&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=256#256">#256</a>)</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">b) Abu Dharr reported: My friend (the Holy Prophet) bade me to hear and obey (the ruler) even if he is a slave having his feet and arms cut off, and observe prayer at its prescribed time. (And further said): It you find people having observed the prayer, you in fact saved your prayer, otherwise (if you join with them) that would be a Nafl prayer for you.</span> (Muslim, Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=004&amp;translator=2&amp;start=0&amp;number=1355">#004</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=004&amp;translator=2&amp;start=0&amp;number=1355#1355">#1355</a>)</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">c) Narrated Jabir bin &#39;Abdullah: Umar used to say, &quot;Abu Bakr is our chief, and he manumitted our chief,&quot; meaning Bilal (he was a black slave and Abu baker manumitted him)</span>. (Bukhari Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=57&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=98">#57</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=57&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=98#98">#98</a>)</p> <p> Also go through:<br /> a) <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/233-refuting-muhammad-raped-captured-woman-and-encouraged-others">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/233-refuting-muhammad-raped-captured-woman-and-encouraged-others</a><br /> b) <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/208-muslim-men-can-capture-infidel-women-as-sex-slave-booty">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/208-muslim-men-can-capture-infidel-women-as-sex-slave-booty</a></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> When beating a SLAVE is not allowed, then how can it be allowed for a wife? The Prophet (peace be upon him) was educating Muslims and prohibiting the act of beating, because it was common for people to beat their slaves. However, Islam stopped this practice. </span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">21. Muhammad said, &ldquo;Hang the whip up somewhere so that the people of the household might see it; it is discipline to them&rdquo; [The authentic of Al-Jami Al-Sagheer Wa Ziyadatuh, Al-Albani, vol. 2 p. 744]. </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This hadith is regarding raising children.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Imam Al-Minaawi said: &ldquo;For a father to discipline his child when he reaches the age of discernment means that he should raise him with the characteristics of the righteous believers and protect him from mixing with evildoers; he should teach him the Qur&rsquo;aan and good manners and the language of the Arabs, let him hear the Sunnah and the sayings of the Salaf and teach him the religious rulings that he cannot do without. He should warn him then smack him if he does not pray etc. That will be better for him than giving a saa&rsquo; in charity, because if he teaches him properly, his actions will be among his ongoing charity, whereas the reward for a saa&rsquo; of charity is limited, but that will last as long as the child lives. Discipline is the nourishment of the soul, and training it for the Hereafter.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell)&hellip;</span>&rdquo; [al-Tahreem 66:6]<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Protecting yourself and your family from it means reminding them of Hell. Discipline includes preaching, warning, threatening, smacking, detaining, giving and being kind. Disciplining one who is good and noble is different from disciplining one who is difficult and ignoble</span>.[Fayd al-Qadeer, 5/257]<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Commentary of Ibne Kathir says under 66:6<br /> There is a Hadith that confirms the meaning of this Ayah. Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi recorded that Ar-Rabi` bin Sabrah said that his father said that the Messenger of Allah said,</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; direction: rtl; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&laquo;مُرُوا الصَّبِيَّ بِالصَّلَاةِ إِذَا بَلَغَ سَبْعَ سِنِينَ، فَإِذَا بَلَغَ عَشْرَ سِنِينَ فَاضْرِبُوهُ عَلَيْهَا&raquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">(Order the children to pray when they reach the age of seven and when they reach the age of ten, discipline them for (not performing) it.) </span>This is the narration that Abu Dawud collected; At-Tirmidhi said, &quot;This Hadith is Hasan.&#39;&#39;</p> <p> Islamqa Fatwa no: 10016<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">So raising children should be a balance between encouragement and warning. The most important element of all is making the environment in which the children live a good one, by providing the means whereby they may be guided; this means that their educators should be religiously committed, including their parents. </span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Thus the context is clear and there is no problem in the hadeeth and Islamic law.</span></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Wife, a sex slave of man! </span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">22. When a woman refuses to come to her husband&rsquo;s bed, angels curse her until she returns. (Bukhari, Book of Nikah 3:96)</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> The phrase &ldquo;and he spends the night angry with her&rdquo; refers to the cause of the angels&rsquo; curse, because this confirms that she is a sinner, which is a different matter than if he accepts her excuse and is not angry with her, or lets the matter drop. Is she to blame if he keeps her away from his bed? The answer is: no, unless she is the one who started the separation and he is keeping away from her because of it, and she did not apologize but prolonged the separation. <strong>But if he is the one who started it, and is thus treating her unfairly, then she is not to blame.</strong> In one report, instead of the words &ldquo;the angels curse her until morning,&rdquo; the wording is &ldquo;&hellip; until she returns&rdquo; &ndash; and this is a useful variant.</span></p> <p> (Adapted and abbreviated from the commentary by al-Haafiz Ibn Hijr &ndash; may Allaah have mercy on him &ndash; on this hadeeth in Fath al-Baari).<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Islam makes a woman the &lsquo;Queen of the House&rsquo; and gives her the responsibility of house affairs while man is made the manager of out-of-house matters. It&rsquo;s the man who is made responsible for financial matters and thus it is he who is to stay out of the home and earn for his family. So while out, he is more likely to come around any woman and this may cause some emotional upheaval within him.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Shaykh Salih al Munajjid said while commenting the hadith provided by agniveer</strong></div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">At the same time, the husband must show consideration towards his wife if she is sick, pregnant or depressed, so as to maintain harmony and prevent discontent or hatred</span>.[Muharamat, Prohibitions that are taken too lightly, Chapter <a href="http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/books/10#19">Not allowing one&rsquo;s husband to have marital relations for no legitimate reason</a>, English Translation Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid]</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Al-Bahooti (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:</strong><span>The husband has the right to enjoy his wife at any time, so long as that does not keep her from performing obligatory duties or harm her; he does not have the right to enjoy her in that case, because that is not part of living with them honourably. But if it does not distract her from that or cause her harm, then he has the right to enjoyment. End quote from Kashshaaf al-Qinaa&#39; (5/189).</span></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> I don&rsquo;t know why Agniveer is trying to make fights between husband and wife.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">23. I swear to my lord, a woman cannot fulfil the obligation of her Lord until she has fulfilled the obligation of her husband, and even if he calls her for sex while she is on the back of a camel, she would never refuse him&ldquo;. (See: The authentic of Ibn Dawood&rsquo; collection, Al-Albani, vol. 2 p.121).</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Till now we were aware of just one agent of Allah for mankind, but now, every man is the agent of Allah for his wives. This is a Shirk as per Islamic belief of praising anyone other than Allah.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Very interesting thing regarding this hadith is that it not only teaches Shirk with respect to Allah but also with respect to Prophet Muhammad by appointing the husbands as new prophets for wives! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">What is Ibn Dawood? This is Translation and authentic reference </span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">والذي نفس محمد بيده لا تؤدي المرأة حق ربها حتى تؤدي حق زوجها ولو سألها نفسها وهي على قتب لم تمنعه</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, no woman will fulfill her duty towards her Lord unless she fulfils her duty towards her husband, and if he asks her for herself when she is sitting on a saddle, she should not refuse him</span> [Hadeeth reported by Ibn Maajah, 1843; see also Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 5239, 5295]<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Below is an extract from the fatwa by Shaykh Salih al Munajjid in IslamQa fatwa no: 4601</span></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Both husband and wife should submit themselves to the laws of Allaah, because this is where happiness lies. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allaah says &ldquo;&hellip; And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses, etc.) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect, etc.) to what is reasonable&hellip;&rdquo;</span> [al-Baqarah 2:228]</p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">So both spouses must treat the other kindly. Marriage is based on love, not on defiance or provocation, because these usually occur between enemies, and if they happen between people who love one another, they usually cause hatred and do the couple no good.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allaah says &ldquo;And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy&hellip;&rdquo; [al-Room 30:21]</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&lsquo;Abd al-Rahmaan ibn &lsquo;Awf said: &ldquo;The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &lsquo;If a woman prays her five (daily prayers), fasts her month (Ramadaan), guards her modesty and obeys her husband, it will be said to her, &ldquo;Enter Paradise through whichever gate of Paradise you wish.&rdquo;</span> (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 1573; Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 660).</p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">If the wife obeys her husband and treats him well for the sake of Allaah, she will earn a great reward with Allaah. By the same token, the man has to be patient with her, treat her well, win her over and teach her what his shar&rsquo;i rights over her are.</span>(end quote)</p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">24. When a man sends for his wife for the satisfaction of his need, she should go to him even if she may be occupied in baking bread. [Trimidhi]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Another marvel from the best man ever lived on earth!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Refer the reply to point no: 23 </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">A wife should spend good time with her husband and so should the husband.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Vedic command for wives: The son shall be devoted to his father, be of the same mind with his mother; the wife shall speak honied, sweet, words to her husband! </span>[ Atharva Veda 3:30:2)</p> <p> <img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Atharva Veda 3 30 2.jpg" /><br /> <span style="color: #993366;">I think agniveer wants us to expose the most obscene mantras of Vedas in front of the whole world. However, those mantras would make another article. So we leave them for now.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated </span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">25. Once, Muhammad saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart. [Muslim, Book #008, Hadith #3240]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. According to Islam, wife is no more than a servant, who should be ready every time to get engaged sexually with her husband, even if she is busy with her own work.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Does woman has same facility of going to her husband in the same manner if she sees a man?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. The solution to the problem of &ldquo;seeing the woman&rdquo; provided by Muhammad involves seeing the woman (wife) again. This will lead to an endless process of engagement of a man into sexual practices with his wife forever!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">d. What do muslims do when they see their mothers, sisters, or daughters? Do they still go to their wives after seeing their mothers and sisters?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">e. If mother and sisters are given respect and they do not fall under the category of those women, then why not consider every woman a mother or sister except your wife, as written in Vedas?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">f. What can be said about the character of a person, who cannot control himself from seeing a woman with lusty eyes?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Leaving a side his filthy comments see the beautiful reply by Brother Waqar Akbar Cheema reply here</span><br /> <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2010/10/are-women-called-devils-in-hadith.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2010/10/are-women-called-devils-in-hadith.html</a><br /> <span style="color: #993366;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Agniveer said<strong> &ldquo;why not consider every woman a mother or sister except your wife, as written in Vedas?&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">We don&rsquo;t consider every woman a mother or a sister because in reality they are not our mother or sisters. Yes, in religious terms, all Muslims are our brothers and Sisters, But that does not make them real sisters (Who are our mahrum i.e to whom we can not marry). If agniveer considers every girl as a mother then can we say hindus consider their wives to be their mothers before marriage? And then they wed their own mother? This is a weird concept.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">26. A Muslim with two wives offered a fellow Muslim his pick between the two. Muhammad then arranged a wedding banquet. [Bukhari (58:125)]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. I think, equality for women in Islam means their equal distribution among men!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Some scholars argue that this was the act of men, and we can&rsquo;t judge Islam through its followers, but we should judge it through Prophet. Well, Muhammad arranged the marriage banquet for this marriage and this picking process was followed under the guidance of none other than Muhammad! It shows that Muhammad was fully convinced with this act.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The name of Sahabi is Abdur-Rahman bin &#39;Auf and he was an emigrant from Makkah and he had nothing with himself, Sad bin Ar-Rabi&#39; who was a rich man provided him full support with money, food and he said &quot;The Ansar know that I am the richest of all of them, so I will divide my property into two parts between me and you, and I have two wives; see which of the two you like so that I may divorce her and you can marry her after she becomes lawful to you by her passing the prescribed period (i.e. &#39;Idda) of divorce. &#39;Abdur Rahman said, &quot;May Allah bless you your family (i.e. wives) for you.&quot; (But &#39;Abdur-Rahman went to the market) and did not return on that day except with some gain of dried yogurt and butter. He went on trading just a few days till he came to Allah&#39;s Apostle bearing the traces of yellow scent over his clothes. Allah&#39;s Apostle asked him, &quot;What is this scent?&quot; He replied, &quot;I have married a woman from the Ansar.&quot; Allah&#39;s Apostle asked, &quot;How much Mahr have you given?&quot; He said, &quot;A date-stone weight of gold or a golden date-stone.&quot; The Prophet said, &quot;Arrange a marriage banquet even with a sheep.&quot;</span>[Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 125]</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: This hadith as agniveer claimed is regarding women but in fact it is regarding the love of a rich man with a poor man who was an emigrant of makkah. Agniveer has drawn the conclusion based on his assumption that the sahaba married one of the two wives of the other sahaba.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">27. The Prophet said: &ldquo;The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women&rsquo;s) private parts. [Bukhari (62:81)]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">I don&rsquo;t want to comment on this hadith, since there is a limit to which, one can be shameless.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This hadith is regarding the stipulations of marriage. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is ordering the men not to leave one&#39;s wife but to be with them. It is the right of the husband as well as the wifes to enjoy the married life. Maybe in Hinduism there are no rules and regulations regarding the life of husband and wife, that&rsquo;s why agniveer finds this shameful.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></span></p> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">If she stipulated that he should not take another wife, does he have to adhere to that?</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">Ibn al Qayyam said:</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">أن الرجل إذا شرط لزوجته أن لا يتزوج عليها لزمه الوفاء بالشرط ومتى تزوج عليها فلها الفسخ&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">If a Man stipulate at the time of Nikah that he will not marry a second woman in the presence of the first wife then it is obligation on him to stick to that, and if he marry the second one then (first) wife have the right to annul the marriage. [Zaad al Maad (5/107)]</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">Ibn Taymiyah said:</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">&quot;نعم ، تصح هذه الشروط وما في معناها في مذهب الإمام أحمد وغيره من الصحابة والتابعين ; كعمر بن الخطاب , وعمرو بن العاص , وشريح القاضي , والأوزاعي , وإسحاق .</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">Yes, these conditions and similar ones are valid according to the madhhab of Imam Ahmad and others among the Sahaabah and Taabi&lsquo;een, such as &lsquo;Umar ibn al-Khattaab, &lsquo;Amr ibn al-&lsquo;Aas, Shurayh al-Qaadi, al-Awzaa&lsquo;i and Ishaaq. [al-Fataawa al-Kubra, 3/90.]</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">And he quoted the following hadith in his evidence,</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">&quot;the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: &ldquo;The conditions that are most deserving to be fulfilled are those by means of which intimacy becomes permissible for you.&rdquo;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">It is mentioned in Commentary of Bukhari by Shaykh Mohammad Dawud Raz that it is obligatory on men to fulfil the stipulations he made while marrying that hewill not marry another woman.(end quote)</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">He also said: &ldquo;(Husband should) fulfil Each and every stipulation because hadith is clear except those which are aginst Qur`an and Sunnah</span>) Commentary of Bukhari by Muhammad Dawud Raz Vol 4 page 193 checked by Shaykh Abdus Salam bastawi and Abdul Jabbar Salafi)<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: So generally this hadith is regarding stipulations.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Divorce and women rights</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Quran contains the word divorce almost 17 times and interestingly, not even a single time, this word has been used to command women! Everywhere in Quran, Allah only talks with men about what you should do and what you should not do while divorcing women. This phenomenon of instructing one gender and ignoring other proves that Quran has no provision for women to divorce if they wish. Quran is the biggest slap on the faces of the likes of Zakir Naik, who foolishly claim Islam to be the only fair religion in <a href="http://agniveer.com/terms/">terms</a> of women rights. Let&rsquo;s analyze few verses from Quran and explore the dirty game behind divorce.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">28. Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. [Quran, 2:228]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">All muslim scholars use this verse to prove that Islam has provision to get a couple reunited even if they have divorced. But they forget to mention that it is the husband, who has right to take wife back and not the wife with the right to take her husband back. In fact wife is not in a picture at all while taking any decision, rather she is just an object, which can be accepted or rejected as per the convenience of husband.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Leave aside Agniveer&rsquo;s bad language against Muslims let us see the hadith</span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&nbsp;عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: إِنَّ أَعْظَمَ الذُّنُوبِ عِنْدَ اللهِ رَجُلٌ تَزَوَّجَ امْرَأَةً ، فَلَمَّا قَضَى حَاجَتَهُ مِنْهَا ، طَلَّقَهَا ، وَذَهَبَ بِمَهْرِهَا ، وَرَجُلٌ اسْتَعْمَلَ رَجُلاً ، فَذَهَبَ بِأُجْرَتِهِ ، وَآخَرُ يَقْتُلُ دَابَّةً عَبَثًا.</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Narrated by Ibn Umar ra that Prophet peace be upon him said:<strong> It is one of the GREATEST SIN in the sight of Allah </strong>that a man marries a woman and when he finish his needs from her, he divorce her and do not giver her &nbsp;Mahr [Mustadrak al Haakim 2/198, alAlbani ra authenticated in Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 999]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">This answer his false claim but&nbsp;see&nbsp;<strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">commentary of Ibne Kathir</strong></span></div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This Ayah contains a command from Allah that the divorced woman, whose marriage was consummated and who still has menstruation periods, should wait for three (menstrual) periods (Quru&#39;) after the divorce and then remarry if she wishes.(he went on and said) Hence, the husband who divorces his wife can take her back, providing she is still in her `Iddah (time spent before a divorced woman or a widow can remarry) and that his aim, by taking her back, is righteous and for the purpose of bringing things back to normal. However, this ruling applies where the husband is eligible to take his divorced wife back. We should mention that (when this Ayah 2:228 was revealed), the ruling that made the divorce thrice and specified when the husband is ineligible to take his divorced wife back, had not been revealed yet. Previously, the man used to divorce his wife and then take her back even if he had divorced her a hundred separate times. Thereafter, Allah revealed the following Ayah (2:229) that made the divorce only thrice. So there was now a reversible divorce and an irreversible final divorce.</span>(end quote)<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Islam made the divorce thrice to prevent husbands to irritate their wives again and again. Secondly, little knowledge is always harmul. There is something like khula in Islam. If a Woman does not like her Husband she can leave him or if the marriage is against her will she can leave her husband.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Proof:1 </strong>Allah says: &quot;If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband&#39;s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best; even though men&#39;s souls are swayed by greed. But if ye do good and practise self-restraint, God is well-acquainted with all that ye do. </span> (The Noble Quran, 4:128)&quot;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Proof 2:</strong> Narrated Al-Qasim: A woman from the offspring of Ja&#39;far was afraid lest her guardian marry her (to somebody) against her will. So she sent for two elderly men from the Ansar, &#39;AbdurRahman and Mujammi&#39;, the two sons of Jariya, and they said to her, &quot;Don&#39;t be afraid, for Khansa&#39; bint Khidam was given by her father in marriage against her will, then the Prophet cancelled that marriage.&quot;</span> (Bukhari Book #86, Hadith #99)</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Proof 3: </strong>Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: A virgin came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and mentioned that her father had married her against her will, so the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) allowed her to exercise her choice. </span> (Abu Dawud Book #11, Hadith #2091) (It is mentioned in Awn Al Mabood Commentary of Abu Dawud &ldquo;This hadith is powerful Hasan&rdquo;)</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong>The Hanbali scholar Al-Hajjaawi &nbsp;may &nbsp;Allaah &nbsp;have &nbsp;mercy &nbsp;upon &nbsp;him wrote:</strong><br /> &ldquo;It is prohibited for the wali to marry her off against her will to an incompetent suitor, and such an act on part of the wali entails declaring him a faasiq (dissolute person). However, her right to choose whether to approve the marriage or annul it is waived by any sign from her, whether it is a word or action, that indicates her consent.&rdquo; [Islamweb &nbsp;Fatwa No : 309592]</span></div> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> The lie of agniveer is exposed when he said &ldquo;she is just an object which can be accepted and rejected&rdquo;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">29. So if a husband divorces his wife, He cannot, after that, remarry her until after she has married another husband and He has divorced her. [Quran, 2:230]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">One can see the status of woman in Islam, which is no more than a football, nothing to decide for herself, roaming around as per the directions given by men and bound to undergo such inhumane customs. Hadiths and tafseers make amply clear that mere marriage to another husband does not suffice. The wife must have sexual relation with new husband, and only then can she think of returning to original husband after giving the new husband divorce!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This is already proven that Woman can decide regarding her husband that to live with him or to leave him with valid reasons, Keeping a side his bad comments let us see the main theme of his accusation, he quoted 2:230, In Islam marriage is not the game of toys, so that you can give divorce and marry again, give divorce and marry again, i already quoted Ibne Kathir &ldquo;Previously, the man used to divorce his wife and then take her back even if he had divorced her a hundred separate times. Thereafter, Allah revealed the following Ayah (2:229) that made the divorce only thrice. So there was now a reversible divorce and an irreversible final divorce&rdquo;</span>(end quote)<br /> <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">Divorcing women three times in one sitting is Prohibited,</span></strong> <a href="fiqh/talaq/203-the-issue-of-triple-talaq">see the proof </a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Mahmood bin Lubayd (ra) narrates that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was informed that a man divorced his wife with three pronouncements all-together, at this (The Prophet) became very angry, he stood up and said: Is the book of Allah being mocked at in my presence? Until one person stood and said O Allah&rsquo;s Apostle should I not kill him?</span> [Sunnan Nasai&rsquo;i, Volume No. 2, Page No. 181]<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">2ndly There is no Divorce in intense Anger, Proof for this is Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;There is no divorce and no freeing of slaves when it is done by force or in a state of intense anger.&rdquo; </span>(Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 2046; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa&rsquo;, 2047)<br /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">and lastly Nikah at Tehleel (pre-planned/intentional Marriage that I will marry you and then I will divorce you after one or two nights is Prohibited and adultery), see the evidences here</span>: <a href="http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/109245/">http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/109245/</a><br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> In Islam the criteria is divorce is beautiful, a divorce will happen in three months, after that if she wants to marry again then with mutual consent they(husband and wife) can marry agin, if divorce happens again and after idda(prescribed period) both decide to marry again, they can marry gain but after that if they divorce third time then Qur`an says it is final you can not marry again unless woman marries other person (without making plan before marriage that I will divorce you after spending a night) and if he divorce her again by chance then she can marry previous husband again. see detail article here:</span> <a href="articles/general/203-the-issue-of-triple-talaq">http://www.systemoflife.com/articles/general/203-the-issue-of-triple-talaq</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">30. When ye divorce women, and they fulfill the term of their [&#39;Iddat], either take them back on equitable terms or set them free. [Quran, 2:231]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Who are men to take or set women free? If men and women both have been given the similar rights, why this verse only talks of man setting free the women and not vice versa?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is full ayah<br /> (231. And when you have divorced women and they have fulfilled the term of their prescribed period, either take them back on a reasonable basis or set them free on a reasonable basis. But do not take them back to hurt them, and whoever does that, then he has wronged himself. And treat not the verses (Laws) of Allah in jest, but remember Allah&#39;s favors on you (i.e., Islam), and that which He has sent down to you of the Book (i.e., the Qur&#39;an) and Al-Hikmah (the Prophet&#39;s Sunnah ـ legal ways ـ Islamic jurisprudence) whereby He instructs you. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is All-Aware of everything).<br /> <strong>Ibne Kathir Commented: </strong>This is a command from Allah to men that when one of them divorces his wife with a reversible divorce, he should treat her kindly. So when her term of `Iddah (waiting period) nears its end, he either takes her back in a way that is better, including having witnesses that he has taken her back, and he lives with her with kindness. Or, he should release her after her `Iddah finishes and then kindly asks her to depart from his house, without disputing, fighting with her or using foul words. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allah then said: (But do not take them back to hurt them,)<br /> Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, Masruq, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, Ar-Rabi` and Muqatil bin Hayyan said that a man used to divorce his wife, and when her `Iddah came near its end, he would take her back to harm her and to stop her from marrying someone else. He then divorced her and she would begin her `Iddah and when her `Iddah term neared its end, he would take her back again, so that the term of `Iddah would be prolonged for her. After that, Allah prohibited this practice. Allah has also threatened those who indulge in such practices, when He said;<br /> (...and whoever does that, then he has wronged himself.) meaning, by defying Allah&#39;s commandments</span>.(end quoted)<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: Agniveer said who are men to take them back and set her free? The answer is simple i.e. he is husband of wife. Again why agniveer creating fight between husband and wife? When Quran is at its best that do not harm women and do not take them back so that you(men) may harm them(women), live with them honourably etc. Regarding husband and wife rights see the answer to introduction of agniveer at start of this article.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">31. The mothers shall give such to their offspring for two whole years [after divorce], if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing. [Quran, 2:233]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. According to this verse, child will remain with father and not with mother after divorce.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Mother can keep her baby only for two years [after divorce], that too with the permission of his father. One should not think that this 2 year program is because of sympathy for mother. In fact, this is the period, in which, a child needs breast feeding for his/her growth. So mother is paid for this two year program and once, 2 years are over, mother is set free to go anywhere!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is the full verse [002:233] The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling, but the father of the child shall bear the cost of the mothers food and clothing on a reasonable basis. No person shall have a burden laid on him greater than he can bear. No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child, nor father on account of his child. And on the (fathers) heir is incumbent the like of that (which was incumbent on the father). If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there is no sin on them. And if you decide on a foster suckling-mother for your children, there is no sin on you, provided you pay (the mother) what you agreed (to give her) on reasonable basis. And fear Allah and know that Allah is All-Seer of what you do.)</span> Muhammad Al-Hilali &amp; Muhsin Khan<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Ibne Kathir Commented: </strong>Ad-Dahhak commented, &quot;If the husband divorces his wife, with whom he had a child, and she suckles that child, he is required to provide for the mother&#39;s expenses and clothes within reason.&#39;&#39;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Allah said:</strong> (No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child,) meaning, the mother should not decline to rear her child to harm its father. The mother does not have the right to refrain from suckling the child after giving birth, unless she suckles him/her the milk that is necessary for his/her survival. Later on, she is allowed to give up custody of the child as long as she does not do that intending to harm the father. In addition, the father is not allowed to take the child from his mother to harm the mother. This is why Allah said:<br /> (...nor father on account of his child.) meaning, by taking the child from its mother intending to harm the mother. This is the Tafsir of Mujahid, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, Az-Zuhri, As-Suddi, Ath-Thawri and Ibn Zayd, and others on this Ayah.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Allah then said: </strong>(And on the (father&#39;s) heir is incumbent the like of that (which was incumbent on the father).) meaning, by refraining from harming the relative (of the father, i.e., his infant), as Mujahid, Ash-Sha`bi and Ad-Dahhak stated.(end quote)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Ibne Kathir went on and said</strong><br /> (And if you decide on a foster suckling-mother for your children, there is no sin on you, provided you pay (the mother) what you agreed (to give her) on a reasonable basis.) meaning, if the mother and the father both agree that the father assumes custody of the child due to a circumstance that compels her or allows him to do so, then there is no sin in this case. Hence, the mother is allowed to give up the child and the father is allowed to assume custody of the child. The father should kindly give the mother her expenses for the previous period (during which she reared and suckled the child), and he should seek other women to suckle his child for monetary compensation.</span>(end quote)</p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> One can see commentary of agniveer and commentary of Qur`an by sahaba and students of sahaba. By the way he left this very famous hadith, let me quote for him<br /> A Mother has 3 times more right over her children then the father<br class="kix-line-break" /> Proof: Saheeh Muslim Book 032, Number 6180:.Abu Huraira reported that a person came to Allah, &#39;s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand? He said: Your mother. He again said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Again, it is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">32. There is no blame on you if ye divorce women before consummation or the fixation of their dower. [Quran, 2:236]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> So what is the point in quoting this verse? See translation by Muhammad Al-Hilali &amp; Muhsin Khan [002:236] There is no sin on you, if you divorce women while yet you have not touched (had sexual relation with) them, nor appointed unto them their Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage). But bestow on them ( a suitable gift), the rich according to his means, and the poor according to his means, a gift of reasonable amount is a duty on the doers of good.</span><br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment: </strong>There is nothing wrong in above ayah (or in any of the ayah)</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">33. Muhammad said: If any woman asks her husband for divorce without some strong reason, the odour of Paradise will be forbidden to her. (Book #12, Hadith #2218)</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Another hadith exposing the equal rights of women. Man can divorce a woman by saying &ldquo;Talaaq&rdquo;, three times and wife cannot do anything but to go somewhere else in that case. If she is pregnant, she can be appointed by her husband as feeding machine for the coming baby. However, if husband does not want to feed his baby by his/her mother, she will be set free whenever husband wishes!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. On the other hand, if a woman wants to divorce her husband, she has to prove in the Islamic court with all the evidences and proofs that she has genuine reasons for her desire.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. Most of the times, woman fails to get divorce as per her wish, since her testimony is considered half than that of man. And if man does not want to give divorce, there is hardly any chance of getting it. In addition to this, woman is abused by her husband, physically and mentally in reply to the attempts made by her against his will. And needless to say, the everlasting fire of hell is ready for her for not satisfying husband!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">This Rule is also for men</span></p> <div style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: إِنَّ أَعْظَمَ الذُّنُوبِ عِنْدَ اللهِ رَجُلٌ تَزَوَّجَ امْرَأَةً ، فَلَمَّا قَضَى حَاجَتَهُ مِنْهَا ، طَلَّقَهَا ، وَذَهَبَ بِمَهْرِهَا ، وَرَجُلٌ اسْتَعْمَلَ رَجُلاً ، فَذَهَبَ بِأُجْرَتِهِ ، وَآخَرُ يَقْتُلُ دَابَّةً عَبَثًا.</span></font></span> <div> <div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Narrated by Ibn Umar ra that Prophet peace be upon him said: It is one of the GREAT SIN in the sight of Allah that a man marries a woman and when he finish his needs from her, he divorce her and do not giver her &nbsp;Mahr [Mustadrak al Haakim 2/198, alAlbani ra authenticated in Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 999]</span></div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&nbsp;قال &nbsp;</span></p> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">أبو سلمة ( يعني : سليمان بن سليم ) : و حدثت بهذا الحديث العلاء بن سفيان &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">الغساني , فقال : لقد بلغني : أن من الفواحش التي حرم الله مما بطن , مما لم &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">يتبين ذكرها في القرآن : أن يتزوج الرجل المرأة , فإذا تقادم صحبتها , و طال &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">عهدها , و نفضت ما في بطنها , طلقها من غير ريبة . قلت : و هذا إسناد صحيح متصل &nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Abu Salmah said I narrated this hadeeth to al-Ala bin Sufyaan al-Ghassanee who said:</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&lsquo;Indeed it has reached me that from the evil hidden sins which Allaah has made Haraam, which are not clearly mentioned in the Qur&rsquo;aan, are that a man marries a woman and when his companion becomes old and she has &nbsp;stayed with him for a long time, and has produced all that her womb can, then he divorces her without any reason to do so.&rsquo;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Shaykh Albaani mentions:</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&lsquo;It is collected by Tabarani in &lsquo;al-Mu&rsquo;jam al-Kabeer&rsquo;, Ibn &lsquo;Aasakir in &lsquo;Tareekh Dimishq&rsquo;. And this Isnad is Saheeh.&rsquo; [Silsilah Saheehah No.2871]</span></div> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Shaykh Salih Al Munajjid said</span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Many women hasten to demand a divorce from their husbands for the least little argument, or if their husbands do not give them what they want of money. Some women may be egged on by troublemakers among their relatives or neighbours to challenge their husbands with provocative words such as: &ldquo;If you were a real man, you would divorce me!&rdquo; The dire results of divorce are well known: breakdown of the family and children roaming the streets. A person may come to regret divorce when it is too late. For all these reasons and others, the Sharee&rsquo;ah wisely prohibited such actions. Thawbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;Any woman who asks her husband for a divorce with no sound reason will be deprived of smelling the fragrance of Paradise.&rdquo; </span>(Reported by Ahmad, 5.277; see also Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 2703).<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &lsquo;<span style="color: #0000ff;">Uqbah ibn &lsquo;Aamir (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;Woman who ask for divorce and women who contend unnecessarily with their husbands are hypocrites.&rdquo;<span style="color: #000000;">(Reported by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 17/339; see also Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 1934)</span>. But if there is a sound reason, such as the husband abandoning prayer, drinking or taking drugs, or forcing his wife to do something haraam, or oppressing her and making her suffer by denying her the rights granted to her by Islaam, and he does not listen to advice to mend his ways, then in this case there is nothing wrong with a woman seeking divorce for her own sake and for the sake of her religion.</span>[Muharamat Prohibitions that are taken too lightly, Chapter Asking one&rsquo;s husband for a divorce for no legitimate reason, English Translation Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid]<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Again Husband and wife have to take care and listen to each other, In whole of the article Agniveer tried to create disputes between husband and wife.</span><br /> <br /> See also<br /> a) <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/divorce_abuse.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/divorce_abuse.htm</a><br /> b) <a href="http://www.zawaj.com/articles/divorce_laws.html">http://www.zawaj.com/articles/divorce_laws.html</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Islam and Hijab</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">As per Islamic scriptures, women should have hijab &ndash; cover their entire body except parts of face. Likes of Zakir Naik argue that this is to protect chastity of Muslim women. We have already seen how Islam prevents their chastity and dignity in last few articles. One agrees that nudity and reckless display of body to attract attention is as abhorrent as caging a woman in such clothes that deprive her of Vitamic D and make Muslim women patients of bone deficiencies. However, the reason behind such restrictions was not any concern for modesty of women from those who permit sex-slaves and polygamy. The real reason is provided in Al-Tabari and hadiths.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Muhammad once went to his (adopted!) son&rsquo;s home and saw his daughter-in-law (Zainab) in nude. This afflicted his heart and he forced Zaid, his son, to divorce Zainab and then married her. (In fact he did not even marry. He just kept her with him and claimed that their marriage happened in sky!). This opened a Pandora&rsquo;s box. He was now scared that other men may also see his wives&rsquo; in revealing clothes and may run after them. So once, after he heard some news about his wives going for toilet in open, he immediately revealed Ayats that Muslim women should cover themselves completely.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Had this Ayat been revealed before Muhammad saw Zainab in nude, it would have saved the man from such a big disgrace of getting physical with one&rsquo;s own daughter-in-law!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">And that has made matters worse for Muslim women! They cannot trust anyone as brothers or fatherly figures. They are at mercy of their husbands who can divorce them at will. Even the Qazi cannot force a husband from divorcing his wife, if he has decided so. And once the husband divorces, even father-in-law can marry the isolated woman, or keep her as a sex-slave!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Above is nothing but a blatant lie, I Challenge him to quote the chain of the hadeeth with authentications plus authentic reference, Otherwise he is already proven liar before and we will prove him liar again and again INSHA`ALLAH, see what actually happened regarding Marriage of Zainab Ra</span><br /> a) <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/220-refuting-muhammad-kept-his-daughterin-law-without-marriage">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/220-refuting-muhammad-kept-his-daughterin-law-without-marriage</a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">and regarding Vitamin argument see the reply here: </span>b) <a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/146329/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/146329/</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Any woman planning to marry a Muslim should know very clearly that -</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Now her future is in hands of her husband. He can divorce her at will and not even a Qazi or Imam can stop him from this.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> See replies in same article on the issue of &ldquo;Divorce and women rights&rdquo; from point no: 28 to 32</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. If she is raped, she will have to bring two male witnesses who have seen the actual act of rape. So if the husband decides to indulge his wife in flesh-trading, she has no escape mechanism.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span><br /> <a href="http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&amp;cid=1125407868541">http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&amp;cid=1125407868541</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">&quot;What is the punishment for rape in Christianity and in Islam?&quot; article.</a><br /> <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/que10.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/que10.htm</a><br /> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: Please tell us regarding the punishment of Rape in Veda.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. She cannot interact with any male anywhere, unless his husband is present and consents for this. So she cannot work in offices, she cannot visit doctors, she cannot move freely out of house.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> Reply<br /> <a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/286/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/286/</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">d. She can be thrashed by her husband, and she cannot oppose. She cannot even ask why she is being thrashed.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Again a lie Shaykh Waleed al-Firyaan said<br /> A woman has the right to ask for divorce when her husband mistreats her in a way that she cannot stand and cannot bear with patience, or if he falls short in his obligatory spending on her, or if he is someone who indulges in these evil actions &ndash; if she thinks that leaving him is in her best interests and will protect her commitment to Islam and her chastity. </span>Source: <a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/9481/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/9481/</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">e. She has to satisfy sexual needs of her husband whenever he demands. She simply cannot say no.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Already replied in point no: 22 and 23 of this article.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">f. She has to live in Hijaab. And in case she wears a normal dress in public, she deserves lashes.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> <strong>For Hijaab</strong> see this article </span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/212-the-tyranny-of-men-over-women">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/212-the-tyranny-of-men-over-women</a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Secondly he lied again if she wears a normal dress in public, she deserves lashes. For how many times will you lie agniveer? And secondly, Can you please tell us what is normal dress? Tight Jeans+ T-Shirts, Skirts,Shalwar Kameez, Sarhee with showing belly, sarhee without showing belly, Bikinis or what? For a Muslim Lady wearing Hijab is Normal and for a Christian Nones wearing Hijab is normal.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">g. She has to be prepared to share husband&rsquo;s bed with 3 more wives of his Shauhar and unlimited number of sex-slaves he may choose to keep.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> <strong>Polygamy in Islam</strong></span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Counter Question:</strong> In the last century, Swami Dayanand Saraswati had claimed to have written a commentary free from defects in the interpretation, of the ancient commentators on the &#39;Vedas.&#39; Dayanand had not only accepted the prevalence of &#39;Niyog&#39; but also on the basic of &#39;smritis&#39; (codes of traditional Hindu laws), discussed &#39;Niyog&#39; in great detail in the language of the &#39;Veda mantras&#39; (Vedic hymns). According to him there was a law that a woman or a man could have sexual intercourse with eleven persons. If no child was born from the one, then a woman could go to another. If even then she was unable to beget a child, then she could go to the third and so on till she had intercourse with eleven men </span>(Dayanand&#39;s commentary on Rig Veda, 10/85/45).</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">Woman was sometimes even forced to have sexual intercourse with men in the custom of &#39;Niyog&#39;. &#39;Devtas, Rishis, Munis&#39; and &#39;Brahmins&#39; used to participate in &#39;Niyog&#39;</span> (see &#39;Mahabharata Aadi Parv; chapters 64,95,103, 104).</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment: </strong>So a woman or a man could have sexual intercourse with eleven persons.</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">h. If she is marrying a Shia, she should also be prepared to Mutah &ndash; where her husband is permitted to marry any women for an hour, day, month etc, have sex with her to his satisfaction and then discontinue the marriage.</span></em></div> <hr style="text-align: center;" /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> Mutah is Prohibited</span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/222-refuting-prophet-muhammad-approved-prostitution">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/222-refuting-prophet-muhammad-approved-prostitution</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">i. She has no rights to take divorce. She can at best request, but if the husband refuses, she has simply no options.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> Reply<br /> Again see the divorce section of this article.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">And finally after all this, Muhammad claims that he hardly sees any woman from earth in Paradise and sees Hell to be full with women!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Now even the court has also come up with a ruling that a girl has to convert necessarily before marrying a Muslim. So you have no escape. If you aspire to marry a Muslim man, do only at cost of your dignity, self-respect, freedom and basic rights. Do only if you think Jehadi Love is more important than even most basic dignity of life!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Think before you leap in Hell!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> Refutation VII: Fewer seats for women in Allah&#39;s Paradise</span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Addendum:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">If one looks at the Vedic concept of marriage, amply reflected (though not fully) in Hindu Marriage laws:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. The rights are equal for husband and wife.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. If one beats her wife, and wife complains, the husband has to face jail.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. Divorce is not unilateral. Both husband and wife are on same footing. A woman has rights to reject her husband if he commits adultery or indulged in nefarious acts.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">d. Polygamy and adultery(temporary or permanent) are illegal and not acceptable.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">e. There is no dress constraint, except that one should not wear a dress that attracts immoral attention.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">f. Property rights are equal.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">g. Rape cases reply primarily on victim&rsquo;s witness and one is not expected to bring 2 live spectators.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">h. Any denigration of women is against Vedas and demand strictest punishments.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> He is talking about without evidence like an atheist who has no scripture to follow, But let us give him references of Vedas.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Dear Sister, in case, you are indeed resolved to marry a person, make sure he converts to Hinduism, rather than you converting to Islam. </span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">If indeed he loves you, he will readily agree because it is win-win situation for both partners. In case he does not, reject it. Understand that you have been a victim of love jehad. Burn the past and look ahead. It happened to you, because you ignored the tenets of our culture and were misled by fraud environment all around. But better late than never.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> His frustration is clear, Alhumdulillah more women are accepting Islam then men, The more Islamophobics are doing propaganda, the more women are accepting. So keep doing this act and invite women to Islam, Thank you agniveer.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Dear Sister, in case, you already made a blunder and became a Muslim to marry a Muslim, not all is lost.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Insist your husband that both of you convert to Hinduism. This would be win-win for both of you. In case he refuses to, again understand that you have been a victim of love-jehad. Be strong, know your roots, have faith in Ishwar, take divorce from your husband and start afresh. Do so even if you have children. This will save their future.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">In case he plans to relocate to a Muslim country, hurry up! Once you leave a non-Muslim country, the ball will no more remain in your court. You shall be doomed. In case you have already relocated, remain tactfully silent, keep him in good humor, convince him to come to India or any non-Muslim country, even for a short break. And once you are in a non-Muslim country, assert your right to dignity. Ask him to either convert or divorce. Make sure you have carried all your papers, in case you need to fight a legal battle.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Divorce may not be easy due to anti-women Islamic laws, but if you live in India or a non-Muslim country, you can still wriggle out through court-battles on pretext of your Fundamental Right to profess any religion. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but the only one to save you and your future generations from ignominy. Remember, dignity and self-respect are far above any short-term conveniences.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Welcome to Vedic dharma and live the life you aspire for &ndash; devoid of inequality and discrimination!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Above is nothing more then blah blah!</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Dear Sister, if you have been born as a Muslim woman and have married/ about to marry a Muslim:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Convince your husband/ would-be to convert and become Hindus. You will find huge number of articles on agniveer.com on why you should do so. But more importantly, as a woman, you would be able to live with head held high and with dignity. You would have equal rights and no discrimination compared to men. If your husband/ would-be indeed loves you, if would be only more than happy to gift you such pride and right to live with dignity.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">So take that bold step, and embrace the Vedic dharma. Reject the cult of the barbaric who dehumanize women!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> <br /> No comments!</span> <span style="color: #993366;">It is nothing but begging, lastly I want to quote Few verses from Veda</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">In the Vedas wherever special prayers have been made for children, they have always been for sons. Nowhere is a prayer or charm recited to be granted a daughter. For exmaple,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">1. O Bounteous Indra, make this bride blest in her sons and fortunate. Vouchsafe to her ten sons, and make her husband the eleventh man. <span style="color: #000000;">[Rigved Mandal 10, Sookt 85, Mantra 45]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rigved Mandal 10, Sookt 85, Mantra 45.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">2. This is thy Soma draught, O bright &Acirc;ditya: take delight therein. To this mine utterance, O ye men, give credence, what good the man and wife obtain by praying: A manly son is born and gathers riches, and thrives for ever sinless in the dwelling. <span style="color: #000000;">[Yajurved Adhyay 8, Mantra 5]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Yajurved Adhyay 8, Mantra 5.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">3. Fathers, bestow on me a babe, a boy enwreathed with lotuses, so that there may be here a man. <span style="color: #000000;">[Yajurved Adhyay 2, Mantra 33]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Yajurved Adhyay 2, Mantra 33.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">All prayers are for being granted a boy and none for a girl.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">Speaking of marriage Swami Dayanad Saraswati says,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">&quot;In Sanskrit a daughter is called duhitri (from Du - distant, Hit - good), because the marriage of a girl to a man who comes from a distant country or distant part of the same country is productive of good.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">&quot;If the bride&#39;s people do not live very far from her husband&#39;s home, there is a possibility of her parents becoming poor, as whenever she visits her parents, they will have to give her something or other by the way of a present.&quot;</span> [Satyarth Prakash Chapter 4, The advantages and disadvantages of distant and near marriages, Page 85]</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> See the article by Brother Mushafiq Sultan Women and the Vedic Dharma <a href="http://www.islamhinduism.com/responses/answering-agniveer/29-women-and-the-vedic-dharma">http://www.islamhinduism.com/responses/answering-agniveer/29-women-and-the-vedic-dharma</a></p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p> <strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">Refutation of Allegations against Islam: Muslimc Wife Concubine. Deception, misquotation and false allegations against Islam by Arya Samajis or Agniveer</span></strong></p> <p> Allegations against islam can be found here: http://agniveer.com/1184/muslim-wife-concubine/</p> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">I would like to quote two hadith of Prophet peace be upon him which alone can refute the claims of agniveer, and a sane man will never see agniveer`s false research again.</span></p> <div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Miqdam bin Ma&#39;dikarib said that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">قام في الناس فحمد الله وأثنى عليه ثم قال إن الله يوصيكم بالنساء خيرا إن الله يوصيكم بالنساء خيرا ، فإنهن أمهاتكم وبناتكم وخالاتكم..</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">stood amongst the people and praised Allaah and exalted Him and saidIndeed Allah advices you in the strongest possible terms to be good to women, Indeed Allah advices you in the strongest possible terms to be good to woman, Indeed they are your mothers your daughters, your sisters, your paternal aunt and your maternal aunt... [Silsilah Ahadeeth as Saheehah no. 2871]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Miqdam bin Ma&#39;dikarib, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that:</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ عَمَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ عَيَّاشٍ، عَنْ بَحِيرِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، عَنْ خَالِدِ بْنِ مَعْدَانَ، عَنِ الْمِقْدَامِ بْنِ مَعْدِيكَرِبَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ قَالَ &rlm; &quot;&rlm; إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُوصِيكُمْ بِأُمَّهَاتِكُمْ - ثَلاَثًا - إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُوصِيكُمْ بِآبَائِكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُوصِيكُمْ بِالأَقْرَبِ فَالأَقْرَبِ &rlm;&quot;&rlm; &rlm;.&rlm;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Allah&#39;s Messenger said: &quot;Allah enjoins you to treat your mother&#39;s kindly&quot;-three times- &quot;Allah enjoins you to treat your fathers kindly, Allah enjoins you to treat the closest and the next closest kindly.&quot;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Sunan Ibn Majah 3661</span></div> </div> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">detailed refutation follows below</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <hr /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Zakir Naik and co is fooling the women by claiming equal rights for them as compared to men. However in reality, muslim women are suppressed severely under the barbaric laws of Quran and Hadith. To show, how false and stupid, the claims of equality for women (in marital life) in Islam are, we analyse Quran and authentic Hadith. Its clearly evident from the scriptures, that the founder of Islam was too busy to offer luxuries to his army-men comprised of males to have bothered to even think of women above status of animals. </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">What Dr. Zakir actually said, is here:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>a)</strong> <strong>Men and Women&#39;s Rights in Islam: Equal or Equally Balanced? </strong>By Bassam Zawadi :<a href="http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/men_and_women_s_rights_in_islam__equal_or_equally_balanced_"> http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/men_and_women_s_rights_in_islam__equal_or_equally_balanced_</a><br /> <br /> <strong>b)</strong> Also view this Article <strong>&ldquo;Women&#39;s Rights and Equality in Islam&rdquo;</strong> By an American convert to Islam, Yahya M. :<a href="http://www.islamfortoday.com/womensrights2.htm"> http://www.islamfortoday.com/womensrights2.htm</a><br /> <br /> <strong>c)</strong> <strong>&ldquo;Concubines &amp; Slavery the Islamic Position&rdquo;</strong> by Shaykh Hatem al-Haj: <a href="http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285">http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285</a><br /> <br /> <strong>d)</strong> Listen to this interview of an ex rapper Napoleon from 2 Pac Outlaws (everybody knows who was 2 Pac in rap music) &quot;Napoleon on BBC (How I got saved)&quot; : <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgp9D0-cQ4w&amp;feature=PlayList&amp;p=FD1AC9B916F93CB5&amp;index=1</a><br class="kix-line-break" /> .<br class="kix-line-break" /> <strong>Some of his words from 11 minutes 40 seconds-onward are:</strong><br class="kix-line-break" /> &quot;I was very disrespectful to women ... you know how people say Muslims oppress their women, before I became a muslim I used to oppress women and many of the rappers, we oppress the women to our song to our music and we are teaching the whole generation to grow up and have no respect for your mother anymore, have no respect for your sister anymore ... when i read the religion of Islam and the life of prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and he said those are best of all the Muslims who are best to their wives and once wife of the Prophet Ayesha(r.a) she asks the prophet Muhammad(s.a.w) who have more rights over the women, he said the husband... she say who have more right over the man, he say the mother ... So, this is the first time I see the importance of women in society and it started to change me and the more that I read the more I was able to recognize a life that was living&quot;.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">The testimony of women that the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him was the most merciful toward them.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">It was narrated that Umaimah bint Ruqaiqah said:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&quot;I came to the Prophet with some other Ansari women to give our pledge. We said: &#39;O Messenger of Allah, we give you our pledge that we will not associate anything with Allah, we will not steal, we will not have unlawful sexual relations, we will not utter slander, fabricating from between our hands and feet, and we will not disobey you in goodness.&#39; He said: &#39;As much as you can and are able.&#39; We said: <strong>&#39;Allah and His Messenger are more merciful toward us.</strong> Come, let us give you our pledge, O Messenger of Allah! The Messenger of Allah said: &#39;I do not shake hands with women. Rather my word to a hundred women is like my word to one woman.&quot;&#39; [Sunan an-Nasai 4181, As-Silsilah As-Saheehah (529)]</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer stated</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Equal rights of husband and wife</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>0. Islam allows having multiple partners for men, but the same is strictly prohibited for women. A man can marry up to 4 wives but if woman tries to go to second, this is considered adultery and its punishment is stoning to death for woman. </em></span> <hr /> </div> <br /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">Remember, It was narrated that Ibn &lsquo;Abbaas said, The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">سووا بين أولادكم في العطية , ولو كنت مؤثرا لأحد لآثرت النساء على الرجال&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">&ldquo;Treat your children fairly (equally) in giving gifts; and if I were to have given precedence to anyone, I would have given precedence to women over men.&rdquo;<br /> [Sunan al Kubra by al Bayhaqi, The book of Gifts, 6/294, Ibn Hajar al Asqalani declared the chain to be Hasan in Fath al Bari 5/214, Shaykh Mu`allami said the mursal is saheeh and marfu is weak, sh Al Albani considered the Marfu one weak. along with that this hadith mentioned is the evidence of Malakis, Shafiees and Hanafis]</span><br /> <br /> <strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">a) Polygamy</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"> by Asim ul Haq</span></div> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy</a><br /> <br /> <strong>b) Stoning to death </strong>by Asim ul Haq</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/256-stoning-to-death">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/256-stoning-to-death</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer stated</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>1. Men are in charge of, they have authority over, women, disciplining them and keeping them in check, because of that with which God has preferred the one over the other, that is, because God has given them the advantage over women, in knowledge, reason, authority and otherwise, and because of what they expend, on them [the women], of their property.&hellip;. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient&hellip;. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, and beat them. [Quran 4:34]</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Comments-</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>a. Who is the one appointed for keeping check over the man? Or is it that men don&rsquo;t do wrong?</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>b. What should a woman do if she finds her husband disloyal or ill conducive? </em></span> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">I&#39;ll provide a short reply. This is a wrong translation provided by him. The correct one is as follows:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in the husbands absence what Allah orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity, their husbands property, etc.). As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great. [004:034, Muhammad Al-Hilali &amp; Muhsin Khan]</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color:#0000cd;"> </span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><span style="color:#0000cd;">Al Qurtubi said:</span></strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">فَهِم العلماء من قوله تعالى: { وَبِمَآ أَنْفَقُواْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ } أنه متى عجز عن نفقتها لم يكن قوّاماً عليها، وإذا لم يكن قَوّاماً عليها كان لها فسخ العقد؛ لزوال المقصود الذي شُرع لأجله النكاح. وفيه دلالة واضحةٌ من هذا الوجه على ثبوت فسخ النكاح عند الإعسار بالنفقة والكسوة؛ وهو مذهب مالك والشافعي. وقال أبو حنيفة؛ لا يفسخ؛ لقوله تعالى:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">{ وَإِن كَانَ ذُو عُسْرَةٍ فَنَظِرَةٌ إِلَىٰ مَيْسَرَةٍ }</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">[البقرة: 280] وقد تقدّم القول في هذا في هذه السورة.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">The scholars understood from the verse &quot;and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth&quot;. If a Man who is unable to spend on her then he is not &quot;Qawwam&quot; (In charge) of her. And when he is not &quot;Qawwam&quot; on her then it is allowed for her to terminate the contract, because the aim of marriage is not fulfilled due to which Nikah is prescribed. This verse is the evidence of terminating the nikah when one is unable to spend on maintenance. This is the saying of Imam Malik and ash-Shafiee, but Imam Abu Hanifa said: Nikah should not be terminated because Allah says: &quot;And if someone is in hardship, then [let there be] postponement until [a time of] ease.&quot; (al Baqarah verse 280) The tafsir on this verse is already mentioned before . [Tafsir al Qurtubi under 4:34]</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">It is mentioned in Sahih Muslim, narrated from Jaabir that the </span><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in his Farewell Sermon:</strong></div> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&quot;Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them has been made lawful unto you by words of Allah. You too have rights over them, and that they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can chastise them but not severely (another hadith says but without causing injury or leaving a mark.). Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot; (Narrated by Muslim, 1218, Tirmidhi, 1163, and Ibn Maajah, 1851)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">We ask the author, whether any non Muslim husband would permit his wife to allow any other person whom he does not like on their bed (i.e. House)? See the beauty of Islam.Even then it says, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds (In refusing to share the bed, even the husband is deprived), (and last) beat them lightly, if it is useful. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot; Subhan&#39;Allah</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">All this is for our good because Allah says &ldquo;O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones&rdquo; [al-Tahreem 66:6]<br /> <br /> Regarding his comment </span></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">b. What should a woman do if she finds her husband disloyal or ill conducive?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">al Qurtubi said:</span></strong><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">قوله تعالى: { إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيّاً كَبِيراً } إشارة إلى الأزواج بخفض الجناح ولِين الجانب؛ أي إن كنتم تقدِرون عليهن فتذكّروا قدرة الله؛ فيَدهُ بالقدرة فوق كل يد. فلا يَستعلي أحد على ٱمرأته فالله بالمرصاد؛ فلذلك حسن الاتصاف هنا بالعلوّ والكبر.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">Allah says {For Allah is Most High, great (above you all)}, This is pointing towards the husbands that they should be soft and be humble in the behavior, That if you have (more) power then remember the Power of Allah, his hand of power is above all hands. So, no one should seek dominance over his wife, as Allah is watching everything. It is good to mention the attributes of al Uluw and Kibr here. [Tafsir al Qurtubi under 4:34]</span><br /> <br /> <div> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Ibn Katheer &nbsp;may &nbsp;Allaah &nbsp;have &nbsp;mercy &nbsp;upon &nbsp;him said, &ldquo;The saying of Allah {Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand}</span></strong></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">تهديد للرجال إذا بغوا على النساء من غير سبب، فإن الله العلي الكبير وليهن، وهو ينتقم ممن ظلمهن وبغى عليهن.</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">&nbsp;is a warning to mean that if they transgress against women without justification, then Allah, The Exalted and Grand, is their (women&#39;s) Protector, and He will exert revenge on those who transgress against women and deal with them unjustly.&rdquo; [Tafsir of an-Nisa verse 4]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">Tafsir Jalalayn says:</span></strong></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">Allah is ever High Great so beware of Him lest He punish you for treating them unjustly. [Under :34]</span></div> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allah says: &quot;If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband&#39;s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best; even though men&#39;s souls are swayed by greed. But if ye do good and practice self-restraint, God is well-acquainted with all that ye do. (The Noble Quran, 4:128)&quot;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>i) It&rsquo;s an <span style="text-decoration: underline;">order</span> to the Husband that he should love his wife</strong><br /> Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;No believing man should hate a believing woman. If he dislikes one of her characteristics, he may be pleased with another.&rdquo; Narrated by Muslim (1469) from Abu Hurayrah. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>ii)</strong> According to a report narrated by Musnad Ahmad (2/524), it was said: &ldquo; من أعول يا رسول الله ؟ قال : امرأتك ممن تعول<br /> For whom am I responsible, O <strong>Messenger of Allaah?&rdquo; He said, &ldquo;Your wife is one of those for whom you are responsible.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>iii)</strong> Another hadith says Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:<br /> &ldquo;Allaah will ask everyone who has been given responsibility about whatever he was responsible for, until He asks a man about his family.&rdquo; (Authenticated by Ibn Hibaan in Al Ihsan hadeeth no: 1562, Authenticated by Shaykh Al Albani in As Saheeha hadeeth no: 1636).</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>iv)</strong> Lastly Shaykh Salih Al Munajjid said in Islamqa fatwa no: 2083 states:<br /> If it is the husband who is mistreating his wife, that does not mean that she should remain oppressed or that her hands are tied. She has the right &ndash; just as the husband has &ndash; to warn and advise him, and to remind him to fear Allaah. If that does not work, she can seek the help of wise people among his relatives and her own, and they can advise him. If this does not work, then the matter can be taken to a qaadi (Muslim judge) who can force him to do the right thing &ndash; and Allaah is above them all.(end)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">v) It is narrated that the women of the Sahaabah used to argue and debate with them, and indeed this is the way in which the Mothers of the Believers [i.e., the Prophet&#39;s wives] used to act with our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as &#39;Umar ibn al-Khattaab said to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): &quot;We Quraysh used to control our women, but when we came to the Ansaar we found that they were a people who were controlled by their women. So our women started to adopt the ways of the Ansaari women. I got angry with my wife and she argued with me and I did not like her arguing with me. <strong>She said, &#39;Why do you object to me arguing with you? By Allaah, the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) argue with him...&#39;&quot;</strong> Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4895; Muslim, 1479.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said &ndash; discussing the lessons to be learned from this hadeeth &ndash;</strong><br /> &quot;This indicates that <strong>being harsh with women is something blameworthy, </strong>because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) adopted the way of the Ansaar with their women and forsook the way of his people.&quot; Fath al-Baari, 9/291</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">at-Tabrani narrated&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">خَطَبَ عَلِيٌّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَاطِمَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهَا ، فَقَالَ : &quot; هِي لَكَ عَلَى أَنْ تُحْسِنَ صُحْبَتَهَا &quot; .</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">When Ali ra asked the hand of Fatima ra from Prophet peace be upon him for marriage, He (peace be upon him) said: &quot;She is yours if you live with her in a best way&quot;. [al Mu`ajam al Kabeer Tabrani 3570, Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 166]</span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">vi)</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"> Also go through</span></div> <p> <br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">a) Refuting Muhammad recommended wife beating and beat Aysha by Asim ul Haq <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/223-muhammad-recommended-wife-beating-and-also-beat-wife-ayesha">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/223-muhammad-recommended-wife-beating-and-also-beat-wife-ayesha</a><br /> b) Does Islam allow wife beating? By Waqar Akbar Cheema <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2008/06/does-islam-allow-wife-beating.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2008/06/does-islam-allow-wife-beating.html</a><br /> c) Rebuttal to Silas&#39; Article &quot;A Rebuttal of Jamal Badawi&#39;s &quot;Wife Beating&quot; by Bassam Zawadi <a href="http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/rebuttal_to_silas__article__a_rebuttal_of_jamal_badawi_s__wife_beating_">http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/rebuttal_to_silas__article__a_rebuttal_of_jamal_badawi_s__wife_beating_</a></span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>vi)</strong> <strong>Woman beating in Hindu Scriptures</strong><br /> Brihadaranyak Upanishad says</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">6. Now, if a man sees himself (his reflection) in water, he should recite the following mantra: &quot;May the gods bestow on me vigour, manhood, fame, wealth and merit.&quot; In praise of the wife who will bear him a son: She (his wife) has put on the soiled clothes of impurity; she is, verily, loveliness among women. Therefore when she has removed the clothes of impurity and appears beautiful, he should approach her and speak to her.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">7. If she does not willingly yield her body to him, he should buy her with presents. If she is still unyielding, he should strike her with a stick or with his hand and overcome her, repeating the following mantra: &quot;With power and glory I take away your glory.&quot; Thus she becomes discredited.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">8) If she grants his desire, he should repeat the following mantra: &quot;With power and glory I give you glory.&quot; Thus they both become glorious.</span> [Brihadaranyak Upanishad Adhyay 6, Brahman 4, Mantra 6,7;Translated by Swami Nikhilananda, see following link]</p> <p> <a href="http://www.swamij.com/upanishad-brihadaranyaka.htm">http://www.swamij.com/upanishad-brihadaranyaka.htm</a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <hr /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">2. &ldquo;Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will.&rdquo; [Qur&#39;an (2:223)]</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">So vulgar to comment on. But the readers of porn literatures will understand! The tafseers make it more clear by stating that you can approach your wives from anywhere &ndash; top, bottom, front or back!</span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Why does the Quran call women a tilth for man? by Waqar Akbar Cheema: http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2008/06/why-quran-calls-women-tilth-for-men.html<br /> <br /> <strong>Examples from Hindu Scriptures</strong><br /> Mr. Agniveer if you are calling this vulgarity, I am afraid you are condemning your own books. Even Manu Smriti refers women as tilths and men as seeds in Chapter 4, Sholkas 49-56. Also read what Yajurveda has to say as per Swami Dayanand Saraswati.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/yajurved_28_32.jpg" /></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">O people, as an ox increases the livestock by impregnating the cows, similarly, men of the family impregnate their wives to increase their progeny. [Yajurved 28:32]<br /> Will the readers of porn literature understand this?</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">3. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur&rsquo;an.&rdquo; [Tabari IX:113]</span></em></div> <hr style="text-align: center;" /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> The translation is wrong. This is the arabic part: وَاسْتَوْصُوا بِالنِّسَاءِ خَيْرًا، فَإِنَّهُنَّ عِنْدَكُمْ عَوَانٍ<br /> <br /> &quot;Treat women well, for they are with you as helpers.&rdquo;</span> Tabari 3/151 Section: The LastSermon<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The word used here is عَوَانٍ It is mentioned in Al Mufradaat الْعَوْنُ: المُعَاوَنَةُ والمظاهرة one who helps and supports</span> Mufradat 1/598<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It is mentioned in Misbah al Lughat<br /> العون-مص-مدد كزنا-مدد گار-...(واحد جمع مزكر مونث سب كے ليے مستعمل ہے)ج<br /> اعوان </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Al-Awn meaning-<strong>Doing help- helper-care taker (It can be use for all Singular, plural, Male, Female) </strong>C<br /> Awaan</span> <span style="color:#0000ff;">[Misbah ul Lughat Arabic to urdu dictionary1/561 maktabah quddusiyah]</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">And this Narration is also in &ldquo;Durr Manthur&rdquo; Urdu edition vol.2 page 365 under Chapter 4 verse 19 translated by Syed Muhammad Iqbal Shah, Muhammad Bostan, Muhammad Anwar Magghalwi published by Zia ul Quran publications November 2006 Lahore</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">And the translators translated as (Roman Urdu) &ldquo;&quot;Tumhare paas tumhari auraten tumhari <strong>madadgaar </strong>hain, tum ne unhen Allah ki amaan me lia hai,&quot;</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Translation &quot;You have your women with you as <strong>helpers</strong>. you have taken them on the security of Allah&rdquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Some people translated the word as <strong>prisoners</strong>&nbsp;like innocent prisoners fear from some merciless guards as&nbsp;<strong>Ibn al-Sayyidah</strong> said: والعَواني النساءُ لأَنَّهُنَّ يُظْلَمْنَ فلا يَنْتَصِرْنَ</span></p> <div> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Alawani are the women because they get&nbsp;oppressed (by men) and they can not take their rights (from men)[Lisaan alArab Vol 10 page 315]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000ff;">Like today we can see in some societies men beat their wives, They abuse her, they even throw acid on them and they take their rights and Women are not able to stand for their rights. So, in that way Islam says treat women well don&#39;t take their rights, don`t use your strength against them to oppress them. You have to be good to them. &nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Another hadith clears the meanings</span></div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Mu&rsquo;aawiyah ibn Haydah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: &ldquo;I said, &lsquo;O Messenger of Allaah, what are the rights of the wife of any one of us over us?&rsquo; He said, &lsquo;That you feed her when you feed yourself and clothe her when you clothe yourself, that you do not say to her, &ldquo;May Allaah make your face ugly!&rdquo;,<strong> and that you do not hit her</strong> or separate yourself from her except in the house..&rsquo;&rdquo;</span> (Reported by Ahmad (20025) and Abu Dawood (2137); Ibn Maajah, 1850 Al-Albaani said concerning this hadeeth in Saheeh Abi Dawood: (it is) hasan saheeh.).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer said</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>4. The Prophet&rsquo;s wives awoke late one morning. He said, &ldquo;Many women who are dressed up in this world will be raised unclothed in the Hereafter&rdquo; [Kitabul Fatan 3:718]</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Comments-</em></span></div> <ol> <li> <div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Is dressing up a sin for women? If yes, then why does Quran order women to wear hijab? If not, then why dressing up is connected with raising in naked hereafter? Or is it that the naked ones here will be raised with cloths hereafter? </em></span> <hr /> </div> </li> </ol> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Prophet peace be upon him said: &quot;A well-dressed (soul) in this world may be naked in the Hereafter.&quot;</span> (Bukhari Volume 9, Kitab al Fitan (Book of Afflictions and the End of the World), Number 189)</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Let us understand the above hadith with the help of another hadith<br /> <br /> AbuHuraira reported Allah&#39;s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said this: Two are the types of the denizens of Hell whom I did not see: people having flogs like the tails of the ox with them and they would be beating people, and the women who would be dressed but appear to be naked, who would be inclined (to evil) and make their husbands incline towards it.</span> [Sahih Muslim Book #024, Hadith #5310]</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Ibn &#39;Abd al-Barr said: what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) meant was women who wear clothes made of light fabric which describes and does not cover. They are clothed in name but naked in reality.</span> Transmitted by al-Suyooti in Tanweer al-Hawaalik, 3/103.</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Shaykh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz May Allah be please with him commented &quot;kaasiyat &#39;aariyaat (translated above as &quot;dressed but appear to be naked&quot; may have another meaning, which is that they are enjoying the blessings of Allaah, but they do not give thanks for them and they do not obey the commands of Allaah or heed His prohibitions, even though Allaah has bestowed upon them wealth and other blessings.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The hadeeth is also explained in a different manner, which is that they wear clothes that do not cover them, because they are too thin or too short, so they do not serve the purpose of clothes, hence they are described as naked, and because the clothes they wear do not cover their &lsquo;awrah.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Maa&rsquo;ilaat (literally &ldquo;deviant&rdquo;) means they turn away from chastity and righteousness, i.e., they commit sins and evil deeds like those who do immoral actions, or they fall short in doing the obligatory duties, prayer etc.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Mumeelaat means they turn others away, i.e., they call people to evil and corruption, so by their words and actions they lead others into immorality and sin, and they commit immoral actions because of their lack of faith or the weakness of their faith. The point of this saheeh hadeeth is to warn against oppression and all kinds of corruption from men and women.</span> Majmoo&#39; Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi&#39;ah li&#39;l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 6/355</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <hr /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer stated</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>5. The Messenger of Allah addressed his wife Safia as &quot;O You, bald-headed perished one!&quot; (Bukhari, Kitabut Talaq vol 3 pg 143)</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Comments-</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>a. We have given this hadith here, just to show the sense of humour of the best man ever lived!</em></span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>b. Could any wife of Prophet mock him the way he mocked his wife?</em></span> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is the complete hadith:<br /> <br /> Narrated &#39;Aisha: We set out with the Prophet with the intention of performing Hajj only. The Prophet reached Mecca and performed Tawaf of the Ka&#39;ba and between Safa and Marwa and did not finish the Ihram, because he had the Hadi with him. His companions and his wives performed Tawaf (of the Ka&#39;ba and between Safa and Marwa), and those who had no Hadi with them finished their Ihram. I got the menses and performed all the ceremonies of Hajj. So, when the Night of Hasba (night of departure) came, I said, &quot;O Allah&#39;s Apostle! All your companions are returning with Hajj and &#39;Umra except me.&quot; He asked me, &quot;Didn&#39;t you perform Tawaf of the Ka&#39;ba (Umra) when you reached Mecca?&quot; I said, &quot;No.&quot; He said, &quot;Go to Tan&#39;im with your brother &#39;Abdur-Rahman, and assume Ihram for &#39;Umra and I will wait for you at such and such a place.&quot; So I went with &#39;Abdur-Rahman to Tan&#39;im and assumed Ihram for &#39;Umra. Then Safiya bint Huyay got menses. The Prophet said, &quot; &#39;Aqra Halqa! You will detain us! Didn&#39;t you perform Tawaf-al-Ifada on the Day of Nahr (slaughtering)?&quot; She said, &quot;Yes, I did.&quot; He said, &quot;Then there is no harm, depart.&quot; So I met the Prophet when he was ascending the heights towards Mecca and I was descending, or vice-versa</span> [Bukhari Kitab al Hajj no: 815]</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The words used by Prophet peace be upon him are Aqra Halqa, Islambasics Library: Dictionary says<br /> AQRA HALQA: It is just an exclamatory expression, the literal meaning of which is not meant always. It expresses disapproval.</span> <a href="http://www.islambasics.com/view.php?bkID=999999&amp;chapter=1">http://www.islambasics.com/view.php?bkID=999999&amp;chapter=1</a><br /> <br /> Read the commentaries here<br /> a) Fath ul Bari Commentary of Sahih Bukhari <a href="http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&amp;TOCID=1126&amp;BookID=33&amp;PID=3228">http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&amp;TOCID=1126&amp;BookID=33&amp;PID=3228</a><br /> <br /> b) Sahih Muslim with commentary of an Nawawi <a href="http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=53&amp;ID=532&amp;idfrom=3506&amp;idto=3552&amp;bookid=53&amp;startno=13">http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=53&amp;ID=532&amp;idfrom=3506&amp;idto=3552&amp;bookid=53&amp;startno=13</a><br /> <br /> c) Hashiyah as Sindee of Ibn Majah <a href="http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?flag=1&amp;bk_no=54&amp;ID=5678">http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?flag=1&amp;bk_no=54&amp;ID=5678</a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>In Summary</strong>, this is a type of statements that is said in form of duaa that Arabs uses but do not mean it to happen. It is similar when Arabs praise someone and says, &quot;May Allah fight him, how brave he is!&quot;. They do not invoke Allah against him but this is a form of language used and the phrase said by the Prophet in this hadeeth is known to be one of those types of statement.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Even if someone is not accepting the truth; let me quote a beautiful hadith</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Imam Ahmad recorded that &#39;Amr bin Abi Qurrah Al-Kindi said: &quot;Hudhayfah was in Al-Mada&#39;in and he was mentioning things that the Messenger of Allah had said. Hudhayfah came to Salman and Salman said: &#39;O Hudhayfah, the Messenger of Allah ﴿would sometimes be angry and would speak accordingly, and would sometimes be pleased and would speak accordingly. I know that the Messenger of Allah ﴾ addressed us and said: (Any man of my Ummah whom I have insulted or cursed when I was angry -- for I am a man from among the sons of Adam, and I get angry just as you do.<strong> But Allah has sent me as a Mercy to the Worlds, <span style="color: #ff0000;">so I will make that my anger﴾ into blessings for him on the Day of Resurrection.&#39;&#39;</span>) </strong>This was also recorded by Abu Dawud from Ahmad bin Yunus from Za&#39;idah.(end quote from Tafsir Ibn Katheer 21: 107)<br /> <br /> Prophet peace be upon him said &ldquo;<strong> &ldquo;I have been sent as a blessing, not a curse.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Please read about the character of the Prophet peace be upon him here: (<a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/71184/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/71184/</a>)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Prophet peace be upon him said: <strong>&quot;I eat as a slave eats and I sit as a slave sits.&quot;</strong>[Narrated by Abu Ya&#39;laa, 8/318,Silsilat al-Saheehah, 544.]</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Let us have a look at how the Vedic gods address their wives. Indra Ji is addressing Indrani ji.:<br /> Dame with the lovely hands and arms, with broad hair-plaits and huge hips, Why, O thou hero&#39;s wife, art thou angry with our Vrishākapi? Supreme is Indra over all.</span> [Atharvaved 20:126:8]</p> <p> <img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/atharvaved 20 126 8.png" /></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">6. &ldquo;And mind you, when a woman has her periods she is not allowed to pray or to fast. This is the measure of your deficiency in religion.&rdquo; [Bukhari vol 1, hadith 301]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Sukainah the daughter of Shaikh al-Albaani said,</strong> &quot;I asked my father, may Allaah have mercy on him, &#39;How does the female who has the excuse accorded to her by the Sharee&#39;ah [i.e., menses] perform worship on the Night of Decree?&#39;</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">So he answered me, saying, &#39;By supplicating, remembering Allaah [dhikr] and reciting the Quraan, and there is no problem in her doing that. And I think that you are sure about the fact that it is not disliked for the menstruating woman to recite the Quraan. So this is the way out from one angle.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">And from another, it is fitting for the Muslim in such circumstances, whether he is male or female, to emulate the Prophet عليه السلام who said, &#39;Seize the benefit of five before five: your youth before you become old, and your health before you become ill ...&#39; [Saheeh at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, no. 3355]. For what reason [did he say this?] Because in Sahih al-Bukhari it has been reported that, <strong>&#39;When a slave [a believer] falls ill or travels, then he will get written to his accounts [the reward] similar to that which he used to get for his good deeds practised at home and in good health [as if he is doing them on his journey and in illness].&#39;</strong> [Bukhaari 2996]</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">So it is upon such a woman to seize the opportunity of benefitting from her time when she is clean and is able to stand during the last ten nights, or at least the odd nights, or at the very least the day or night of the twenty-seventh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">For indeed when Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, knows that His female servant used to do that when she was able to stand in prayer then suddenly comes into a state where she is excused, <strong>He records for her what used to be written for her when she was in a state of purity.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This is a very important point. Its fruits are that the Muslim should strive as was just explained: that he should always spend his time in obedience as much as he is able to. <strong>Such that when his obedience increases and the worship then passes him by [due to him becoming ill or travelling, the reward] is still written for him even if he is not able to actually perform it.&#39;&quot;</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Source: </strong>http://shaikhalbaani.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/how-does-a-menstruating-woman-worship-during-the-night-of-decree/</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">She will be rewarded for not praying during their periods. Allah says &ldquo;Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).&rdquo; [016:097]<br /> <br /> And following command (that do not pray in periods) of Allah and his Prophet peace be upon him is righteousness and in result of Righteousness she will surely be rewarded.<br /> <br /> <strong>It is mentioned in Sharah al Muslim An-Nawawi 4/26 : </strong><br /> هَذَا الْحُكْم ـ أي عدم قضاء الصلاة ـ مُتَّفَق عَلَيْهِ أَجْمَع الْمُسْلِمُونَ عَلَى أَنَّ الْحَائِض وَالنُّفَسَاء لا تَجِب عَلَيْهِمَا الصَّلاة وَلا الصَّوْم فِي الْحَال , وَأَجْمَعُوا عَلَى أَنَّهُ لا يَجِب عَلَيْهِمَا قَضَاء الصَّلَاة , وَأَجْمَعُوا عَلَى أَنَّهُ يَجِب عَلَيْهِمَا قَضَاء الصَّوْم ، قَالَ الْعُلَمَاء : وَالْفَرْق بَيْنهمَا أَنَّ الصَّلاة كَثِيرَة مُتَكَرِّرَة فَيَشُقّ قَضَاؤُهَا بِخِلافِ الصَّوْم .<br /> &ldquo;This ruling &ndash; i.e., that prayers should not be made up) is agreed upon by all the Muslims, that menstruating women and women who bleed following childbirth do not have to pray or fast at the times when prayers or fasts are due; they are unanimously agreed that they do not have to make up the prayers, and they are unanimously agreed that they do have to make up the fasts. The scholars said, the difference between them is that the prayers are many and are repeated, so it would be difficult to make them up, unlike the fasts.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Shaykh Salman al Odha said:</strong><br /> These are matters of Islamic Law. A woman is neither sinful nor blameworthy because of the prayers and fasts that she misses. She, in fact, receives blessings by obeying Allah and abstaining from those acts while she is menstruating. Her testimony as a witness is half that of men only in matters wherein she is generally less versed than men. In other matters wherein women have particular knowledge, like fosterage and virginity, the testimony of a woman is accepted but not that of a man.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allah&#39;s Messenger (peace be upon him) attested to the perfect character of four women: Mary, &Acirc;siyah the wife of Pharaoh, F&acirc;timah, and Khad&icirc;jah. He definitely did not mean that these women did not go through menstruation. He was referring to their good character, strength of intellect, and soundness of opinion (end)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">And on the other hand Males have to pray in a mosque and if he leaves the prayer, it is one of the biggest sins. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">To understand the meaning of this hadeeth (specially deficiency) please go through this detailed reply by Scholars:</span> <a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/">http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/</a></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter Question: </strong>It is mentioned in Rigved Mandal 8, Sookt 33, Mantra 17 censures women by saying, &quot;Indra himself hath said, The mind of woman brooks not discipline, Her intellect hath little weight.&quot;</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rigved Mandal 8, Sookt 33, Mantra 17.jpg" /></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Agniveer should see their own scriptures rather then copy/pasting from the internet.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">7. Muhammad said: No woman should observe fast when her spouse is present (in the house) but with his permission. And whatever she spends from his earnings without his sanction, for him is half the reward. (Book #005, Hadith #2238)</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Sharah Sahih Muslim an-Nawawi says: &ldquo;This is to be understood as referring to voluntary and recommended fasts for which there is no specific time. It is understood as meaning that this is prohibited, as our companions stated. The reason for that is that the husband has the right to intimacy with his wife on all days, and his right is to be implemented immediately, and cannot be deferred because of voluntary acts of worship or because of an obligatory deed that may be done at any time.&rdquo; Sharh Muslim, 7/115. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Islam QA Fatwa no: 66621 says</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The husband has to fear Allaah with regard to his wife, and not burden her with more than she can bear. Many men keep their womenfolk busy all day with cooking, and at night with making sweets, so the woman&rsquo;s days and nights are wasted and she cannot make the most of her fasting days or her nights by doing acts of worship. One of the wife&rsquo;s rights over her husband is that she should have a share of the worship of this month. So he should not prevent her from reading Qur&rsquo;aan, or praying qiyaam. There should be understanding between them so that there will not be any conflict between his rights and her worship of her Lord. This, of course, has to do with naafil acts of worship; with regard to obligatory acts of worship, the husband has no right to stop his wife doing them.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The way of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) with his wives was to encourage them to worship and obey Allaah, especially in the last ten days of Ramadaan.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It was narrated that &lsquo;Aa&rsquo;ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: &ldquo;When the (last) ten nights began, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at night and wake his family.&rdquo; Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1920) and Muslim (1174).</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">If both, husband and wife, understand their rights and duties, they will avoid difficulties and arguments in most cases. If they understand that such occasions will only recur a few times during their lives, this should make them keener to make the most of the days and nights of Ramadaan.(end quote)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Comment: </strong>In short, this is only for voluntary (Nafal) fasts and only when the husband is staying with the wife. Obeying the husband is obligatory as far as husband is not saying something which goes against Islamic law. Women will get more rewards in obeying the husband. Secondly most husbands do not prevent their wives from fasting the nawafil fasts. When a woman gets her husband&#39;s permission for voluntary fasting she attains a lot of blessings. When a woman obeys her husband she shows the true spirit of Islamic marriage.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4153" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> <b id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4154">Also men are not allowed to do non-obligatory Ibadah &nbsp;if the rights of wives are not fulfilled, same is the case with women if the rights of husband are not fulfilled it is not allowed for her to do non obligatory ibadah.&nbsp;</b></div> <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4133" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> &nbsp;</div> <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4135" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> <b id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4134">Narrated &#39;Abdullah bin &#39;amr bin Al-&#39;As: Allah&#39;s Apostle said to me, &quot;O &#39;Abdullah! Have I not been informed that you fast during the day and offer prayers all the night.&quot; &#39;Abdullah replied, &quot;Yes, O Allah&#39;s Apostle!&quot; The Prophet said, &quot;Don&#39;t do that; fast for few days and then give it up for few days, offer prayers and also sleep at night, as your body has a right on you,<i>&nbsp;<font color="#0000ff">and your wife has a right on you</font></i><font color="#0000ff" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1361731899211_4156">,</font>&nbsp;and your guest has a right on you. ..(Bukhari Book #31, Hadith #196) (From the book of Abdul Hadi Abdul Khaliq Madni)</b></div> <div style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Also see:</span></div> <p> <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/why-are-women-required-to-seek-husbands.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/why-are-women-required-to-seek-husbands.html</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter question: </strong>It is written in Rig Veda: &quot;There cannot be any friendship with a woman. Her heart is like that of a hyena.&quot; [Rig Veda, 10/95/15]</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rig Veda, 10 95 15.jpg" /></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Agniveer should read the Veda before attacking Islam. One can compare the Islamic teachings and the teachings of Hinduism. According to Islam, both husband and wife have similar rights but a Husband has to be more responsible because he has to feed her, clother her, provide for her, etc, on the other hand Hinduism says her heart is like the heart of a HYENA? And hence we can not befriend them</span>?<br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">8. The Prophet said: If one of you marries a woman or buys a slave, he should say: &ldquo;O Allah, I ask Thee for the good in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her; I take refuge in Thee from the evil in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her.&rdquo; When he buys a camel, he should take hold of the top of its hump and say the same kind of thing. (Book #11, Hadith #2155)</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span></em><br /> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">So, according to Islam, marrying a woman is equivalent to buy a slave! Really, Mullahs rightly say that muslims should treat their slaves the way they treat their wives. Muhammad discovered the best way to do so by degrading wife to the level of slave!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> Reply<br /> <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/does-islam-equate-women-with-animals.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/01/does-islam-equate-women-with-animals.html</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">9. The Prophet said: It is not permissible for a woman to present a gift (from her husband&rsquo;s property) except with the permission of her husband. (Book #23, Hadith #3540) </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Even the husband is forbidden to take his wife&rsquo;s money without her consent. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allaah says</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;and live with them honorably&rdquo; [al-Nisa&rsquo; 4:19]</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Wise&rdquo;[al-Baqarah 2:228]</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <div> <strong><span style="color:#000080;">&nbsp;Ibn Atiya (d 546 h) mentioned:</span></strong></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">فقال ابن عباس: &quot; تلك الدرجة إشارة إلى حض الرجال على حسن العشر والتوسع للنساء في المال والخلق &quot; ، أي إن الأفضل ينبغي أن يتحامل على نفسه، وهذا قول حسن بارع،</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">Ibn Abbas said: The word &quot;Darja: is an indication to the men to do good to women and to open himself so that he may spend on them with their maal and ikhlaaq, meaning he should burden himself with that (responsibility of spending over them), this saying is the best. [Tafsir al Muharrar wal wajeez under 2:228]</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">A husband has to take care of his wife and if he does not take care, then the wife is allowed to take money from her husband even without his permission.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It was narrated that &lsquo;Aa&rsquo;ishah said: &ldquo;Hind bint &lsquo;Utbah, the wife of Abu Sufyaan, entered upon the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said, &lsquo;O Messenger of Allaah, Abu Sufyaan is a stingy man who does not spend enough on me and my children, except for what I take from his wealth without his knowledge. Is there any sin on me for doing that?&rsquo; The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, &lsquo;Take from his wealth on a reasonable basis, only what is sufficient for you and your children.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span> (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5049; Muslim, 1714)</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter question: </strong>The Krishna Yajur Veda says:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;">Women are without energy. They should not get a share in the property. Even to the wicked, they speak in a feeble manner.</span> [Krishna Yajur Veda vi. 5. 8. 2]</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;">A wife has no claim to property of her husband. The wealth that she earns is not her but her husband&#39;s. </span>[Manu Smriti Chapter 8, Sholka 416]</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment: </strong>Islam allows women to take money from their husband&#39;s wealth if he does not provide for her. If a woman is working, the money she earns is solely her&#39;s and the husband has no right on it. If she wants to give it to the husband she can and if she doesn&#39;t want to do so then it remains her&#39;s. However in Hinduism that&#39;s not the case. Even if SHE earns it by working hard, her husband gets to keep it.</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">10. Quran [24:34] &ldquo;Force not your slave-girls to whoredom (prostitution) if they desire chastity, that you may seek enjoyment of this life. [And here&#39;s the freedom-to-pimp card:] But if anyone forces them, then after such compulsion, Allah is oft-forgiving.&rdquo;</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. It means that there is no harm in forcing the slave girls to whoredom if they don&rsquo;t desire chastity!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Prostitution according to this verse becomes legal if a girl has no problem. But on the other hand, Islamic scholars claim that Islam completely prohibits prostitution. If that be so, Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) will become anti Islamic for legalizing prostitution! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <br /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply </span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Let us understand why this verse was revealed</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Jabir reported that &#39;Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul used to say to his slavegirl: Go and fetch something for us by committing prostitution. </span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It was in this connection that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, revealed this verse:</span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&quot;And compel not</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"> your slave-girls to prostitution when they desire to keep chaste in order to seek the frail goods of this world&#39;s life, and whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion Allah is Forgiving, Merciful&quot; (xxiv. 33).</span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">[Sahih Muslim Book 43, Number 7180 Chapter 4: COMPEL NOT YOUR SLAVE-GIRLS TO PROSTITUTION]</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Ibn e Kathir says<br /> Among the people of the Jahiliyyah, there were some who, if he had a slave-girl, he would send her out to commit Zina and would charge money for that, which he would take from her every time. When Islam came, Allah forbade the believers to do that. The reason why this Ayah was revealed, according to the reports of a number of earlier and later scholars of Tafsir, had to do with `Abdullah bin Ubayy bin Salul. He had slave-girls whom he used to force into prostitution so that he could take their earnings and because he wanted them to have children which would enhance his status, or so he claimed.</span>(Commentary of Ibne Kathir 24:24)<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment: </strong>The word &#39;force&#39; is used because the slaves were forced to make money, However the ayah does not say that if they do not desire chastity then you are free to force them into prostitution.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #800080;">Prostitution is prohibited. The Prophet peace be upon him said</span>:</p> <p> &laquo;مَهْرُ الْبَغِيِّ خَبِيثٌ</p> <p> (The earnings of a prostitute are evil, (Mishkaat al Masabeeh hadeeth no: 2763,2764,2765)<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&lsquo;Abd-Allaah ibn Maghfal reported that there was a woman who had been a prostitute during the days of ignorance (before Islam). A man passed by her, or she passed by him, and he touched her. She said: &ldquo;Stop it!. Allaah has done away with shirk and had brought Islam.&rdquo; So he left her alone and went away. </span>(Reported by al-Haakim, who said this hadeeth is saheeh according to the conditions of Muslim, although they did not report it).<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">Above ahadeeth clarify that prostitution is prohibited.</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; padding-left: 30px;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Counter Question: </strong>A girl without a brother is called Abhratr and it is prohibited to marry such a girl.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;">The Atharva Ved says, Those maidens there, the veins, who run their course in robes of ruddy hue, must now stand quiet, reft of power, like sisters who are brotherless. [Atharva Ved Kaand 1, Sookt 17, Mantra 1]</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Atharva Ved Kaand 1, Sookt 17, Mantra 1.jpg" /></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Explaining this,</strong> Nirukt, which is the oldest Indian treatise on Etymology, Philology and Semantics, says,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #800080;">They stand like women who have no brother, and whose path is obstructed with regard to procreation and the offering of the sacrificial cake. With these words the simile implies the prohibition of marrying a brotherless maiden.[Nirukt 3:4]</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Islam has place for a prostitute who has repented and she can marry an honourable man. However, Hinduism takes away the right of a woman to marry if she does not have a brother.</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Slave women to be gifted as per Vedas:</strong></span><span style="color: #800080;"><strong> </strong>Two wagon-teams, with damsels, twenty oxen, O Agni, Abhydvartin Cayamdna, The liberal Sovran, giveth me. This guerdon of Prthu&#39;s seed is hard to win from others.</span> [Rig Veda &ndash; 6:27:8]</p> <p> <img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rig Veda � 6 27 8.jpg" /><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rig Veda � 6 27 8.jpg" /></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">11. Quran [24:6] &ldquo;And for those who launch a charge against their wives, accusing them, but have no witnesses or evidence, except themselves; let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies, (swearing four times) by Allah that he is the one speaking the truth.&rdquo;</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Great, so by swearing four times, man can make woman undergo punishments starting from lashes to stoning to death.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. But what will happen if wife too swears 8 times (since testimony of one man is equal to testimonies of 2 women) that she has not committed sin? In this balanced situation, who will be accused of telling lie?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Let us go throught the context of The Noble Qur&#39;an - An-Nur 24:4-9<br class="kix-line-break" /> [024:004] And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations),- flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors;-<br /> [024:005] Unless they repent thereafter and mend (their conduct); for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.<br /> [024:006] And for those who launch a charge against their spouses, and have (in support) no evidence but their own,- their solitary evidence (can be received) if they bear witness four times (with an oath) by God that they are solemnly telling the truth;<br /> [024:007] And the fifth (oath) (should be) that they solemnly invoke the curse of God on themselves if they tell a lie.<br /> [024:008] But it would avert the punishment from the wife, if she bears witness four times (with an oath) By God, that (her husband) is telling a lie;<br /> [024:009] And the fifth (oath) should be that she solemnly invokes the wrath of God on herself if (her accuser) is telling the truth.<br /> Allah also says<br /> [024:023] Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty,-<br /> [024:024] On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions.<br /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> The Prophet said: &quot;Avoid the seven great destructive sins.&quot; They (the people) asked, &quot;O Allah&#39;s Messenger! What are they?&quot; He said,</span><br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&quot;To join partners in worship with Allah,<br class="kix-line-break" /> to practise sorcery;<br class="kix-line-break" /> to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islamic law);<br class="kix-line-break" /> to eat up Riba&#39; (usury);<br class="kix-line-break" /> to eat up the property of an orphan;<br class="kix-line-break" /> to show one&#39;s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battle-field at the time of fighting and<br class="kix-line-break" /> to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers.&quot; </span>(Hadith Bukhari 8:840, Narrated Abu Huraira:)<br class="kix-line-break" /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Brother Bassam Zawadi rightly said<br /> According to the judgment of the Glorious Quran, if a man accuses his wife of committing adultery, the wife can nullify the accusation as her testimony is accepted, consequently, the wife will not be punished. However, if the accuser is not her husband, then he has to bring four witnesses. If not, he will receive eighty lashes and his testimony will be rejected forever. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Look at how the Quran uplifts the woman!</span><br /> Source: <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">12. Ingratitude toward her husband (i.e. disobedience) can land a woman in Hell. Muhammad explains why women comprise the bulk of Hell&rsquo;s occupants. [Bukhari (2:28)] </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> Reply</p> <p> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">13. Muhammad&rsquo;s wives are even trained to defecate on his command. [Bukhari (4:149)]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is the hadith: The Prophet said to his wives, &quot;You are allowed to go out to answer the call of nature. &quot;</span> (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 149: Narrated &#39;Aisha:)</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #800080;">Comment: I don&rsquo;t know what is the problem in this hadeeth?</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">14. Women have a deficiency of intelligence, meaning that their decisions will not be comparable to a man&rsquo;s. [Bukhari (48:826)]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. If the decisions of women are poor and of low intellect, then, why does not, their decision of obeying their husbands is poor and of low intelligence?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Islam says that everyone&rsquo;s fate has already been written in a gigantic book called Lohe Mehfooz by Allah [Please refer to our article-&ldquo;Helpless Destiny in Islam&rdquo; on this website to know more]. In this case, all the decisions, which women take, are actually dictated by Allah. So, this is Allah and not women, who should be ashamed of being poor decision maker! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> No where does the hadith say &ldquo;their decisions will not be comparable to a man&rsquo;s&rdquo; </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">If women are deficient then why did the sahaba ask help from the mother of the believers??? Not only this, but there are evidences where women correct the Sahaba including Umar bin Al Khattab (RA). Umar (RA) was amongst the most knowledgeable sahaba and he was khalifatul Muslimeen (Caliph of the muslims)</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">In fact &nbsp;the Prophet peace be upon him would take advice from his wives</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>a) Umm Salma, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him) advised the Prophet (Peace be upon him)</strong><br /> It is mentioned in Sealed Nectar: When the peace treaty had been concluded, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) ordered his Companions to slaughter their sacrificial animals, but they were too depressed to do that. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) gave instructions in this regard three times but with negative response. He told his wife Umm Salamah about this attitude of his Companions. She advised that he himself take the initiative, slaughter his animal and have his head shaved. Seeing that, the Muslims, with rended hearts, started to slaughter their animals and shave their heads. They even almost killed one another because of their distress. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) prayed three times for those who shaved their heads and once for those who cut their hair... </span> (Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur Rahman Egnlish translation page 155)</p> <p style="margin-left: -18pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment: </strong>How beautiful was the advice of Umm Salmah (RA)! The Prophet peace be upon him never said, &quot;Oh, you are a woman and you&#39;re deficient. Rather, he follower her advice!&quot;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: -18pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>b) The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself, sought his wife, Zainab (RA)&#39;s advice.</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">It is mentioned in Bukhari Aisha further said: Allah&#39;s Apostle also asked Zainab bint Jahsh about my case. He said, &quot;O Zainab! What have you seen?&quot; She replied, &quot;O Allah&#39;s Apostle! I protect my hearing and my sight (by refraining from telling lies). I know nothing but good (about Aisha).&quot; Of all the wives of Allah&#39;s Apostle, it was Zainab who aspired to receive from him the same favor as I used to receive, yet, Allah saved her (from telling lies) because of her piety. </span>[Bukhari Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=60&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=274">#60</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=60&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=274#274">#274</a>] (end quote)</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>C) Prophet peace be upon him himself said:</strong> &quot;Verily women are the twin halves of men.&quot;</span> [Abu Dawood #234 , Tirmidhi #113 ]<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> So this clears the hadith provided by agniveer. It does not mean that women are deficient and IF for the sake of argument, we agree that women are deficient then (A woman is overloaded by being a mother or a babysitter or pregnancy. All these careers are round the clock) </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Check detailed replies</span></p> <p> <strong>Read articles on this issue in detail</strong><br /> a). A beautiful and detailed Article by brother Kevin Abdullah Karim (a revert): <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/women_not_deficient_in_intelligence_and_religion.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/women_not_deficient_in_intelligence_and_religion.htm</a></p> <p> b). <a href="http://islam.thetruecall.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;file=article&amp;sid=212">http://islam.thetruecall.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;file=article&amp;sid=212</a></p> <p> c) A beautiful response by brother Bassam Zawadi in his article &#39;The Testimony of Women In The Bible&#39; <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/bassam_zawadi/witnesses.htm</a></p> <p> d) &#39;The Status Of Women In Islam&#39; by Sh. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi where he discussed this issue:<a href="http://www.jannah.org/sisters/qaradawistatus.html">http://www.jannah.org/sisters/qaradawistatus.html</a></p> <p> e) An Article by a young Muslim Debater Waqar Akbar Cheema <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-hadith-says-that-women-are.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-hadith-says-that-women-are.html</a></p> <p> f) &#39;Women Scholars/Knowledgeable&#39; <a href="http://www.idealmuslimah.com/personalities/women-scholars-knowledgeable"> http://www.idealmuslimah.com/personalities/women-scholars-knowledgeable</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">15. Muhammad said, &ldquo;The prayers of a woman do not get any further than her ears if she goes to bed and her husband is indignant at her&rdquo; [The authentic of Al-Tirmidhi&#39;s collection, Al-Albani, vol. 1 p. 209].</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Needless to say that husband is an agent of Allah. Prayers of woman will be listened by Allah only when she has satisfied all the wills of her husband before going to bed, else, she will be cursed. By the way, this is Shirk as per Islam! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> Reply</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Refer the answer to point no: 22 and 23</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Wife beating in Islam</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">15. Quran [4:34] allows man to beat his wives, if man feels that his wives are disloyal to him.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. What should a woman do if her husband is not loyal to her?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Anyway, Islam allows up to three disloyalties of man towards a woman by allowing man to marry up to 4 wives. But what can a woman do if she is cheated more than the allowable limit (3)?</span></em></div> <br /> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Refer the reply to point no: 1</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">16. Quran [4:15] says- If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; if they testify, confine them to houses until death [by starvation] claims them.&rdquo;</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. This verse is an example of how shamelessly Islam gives the rights to men not only of beating the women but also of killing them.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Mullahs argue that one can kill her wife according to this verse only when he produces four witnesses in his support so that there cannot be any margin of error in the decision. But they forget that in Quran [24:6], Allah has said that even if man has no witness, if he swears 4 times, it will be sufficient proof of him to be truthful. So, a man can kill his wife just by repeating 4 times in front of Qazi (Islamic Judge) that I am right! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">These are abrogated verses, the reply to this can be read here:</span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/210-brutal-punishment-for-women">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/210-brutal-punishment-for-women</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">17. Allah permits you to shut them (wives) in separate rooms and to beat them. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. [Tabari IX:113] </span></em> <hr /> </div> <br /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> 1. The translation is wrong. This is the Arabic</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ أَذِنَ لَكُمْ أَنْ تَهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضاجِعِ</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">، وَتَضْرِبُوهُنَّ ضَرْبًا غَيْرَ مُبَرِّحٍ، فَإِنِ انْتَهَيْنَ فَلَهُنَّ رِزْقُهُنَّ وَكِسْوَتُهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">No where above does the verse in Arabic say &quot;permits you to shut them (wives) in separate rooms and to beat them&quot; but it says &quot;Allah permits you to refuse to share their beds&rdquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">2. He left the context. It says</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، فَإِنَّ لَكُمْ عَلَى نِسَائِكُمْ حَقًّا وَلَهُنَّ عَلَيْكُمْ حَقًّا، لَكُمْ عَلَيْهِنَّ أَلا يُوطِئْنَ فُرُشَكُمْ أَحَدًا تَكْرَهُونَهُ، وَعَلَيْهِنَّ أَلا يَأْتِينَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُبَيِّنَةٍ، فَإِنْ فَعَلْنَ</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The same is mentioned in Sahih Muslim and it says, narrated from Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in his Farewell Sermon:<br class="kix-line-break" /> <br /> &quot;Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them has been made lawful unto you by words of Allah. You too have rights over them, and that they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can chastise them but not severely(another hadith says but without causing injury or leaving a mark.). Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot; (Narrated by Muslim, 1218)</span><br /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">We ask the author, whether any non Muslim husband would permit his wife to allow any other person whom he does not like on their bed? Look at the beauty of Islam.Even then it says, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds (In refusing to share the bed, even the husband is deprived), (and last) beat them lightly, if it is useful. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner&quot;</span><span style="color: #0000ff;"> and </span><span style="color: #0000ff;">even then the Islamic Scholars says that It is better not to hit. Mentioned in Sharah Muslim 15/84<br /> <br /> Subhan&#39;Allah</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Agniveer has been deceived with respect to the translation. He may have copied it from anti Islamic websites without verifying it.</span></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"> </span></em></div> <p> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">18. Aisha said: Prophet struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then Prophet said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?&hellip;[Muslim, book 4, hadith-2127]<br /> Comments-<br /> So striking the wife on her chest by Muslims is justified as per Allah and Muhammad (PBUH).</span></em></p> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Here is the complete hadith </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Muhammad b. Qais said (to the people): Should I not narrate to you (a hadith of the Holy Prophet) on my authority and on the authority of my mother? We thought that he meant the mother who had given him birth. He (Muhammad b. Qais) then reported that it was &#39;A&#39;isha who had narrated this: Should I not narrate to you about myself and about the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him)? We said: Yes. She said: When it was my turn for Allah&#39;s Messenger (may peace be upon him) to spend the night with me, he turned his side, put on his mantle and took off his shoes and placed them near his feet, and spread the corner of his shawl on his bed and then lay down till he thought that I had gone to sleep. He took hold of his mantle slowly and put on the shoes slowly, and opened the door and went out and then closed it lightly. I covered my head, put on my veil and tightened my waist wrapper, and then went out following his steps till he reached Baqi&#39;. He stood there and he stood for a long time. He then lifted his hands three times, and then returned and I also returned He hastened his steps and I also hastened my steps. He ran and I too ran. He came (to the house) and I also came (to the house). I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O &#39;A&#39;isha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you? She said: Whatsoever the people conceal, Allah will know it. He said: Gabriel came to me when you saw me. He called me and he concealed it from you. I responded to his call, but I too concealed it from you (for he did not come to you), as you were not fully dressed. I thought that you had gone to sleep, and I did not like to awaken you, fearing that you may be frightened. He (Gabriel) said: Your Lord has commanded you to go to the inhabitants of Baqi&#39; (to those lying in the graves) and beg pardon for them. I said: Messenger of Allah, how should I pray for them (How should I beg forgiveness for them)? He said: Say, Peace be upon the inhabitants of this city (graveyard) from among the Believers and the Muslims, and may Allah have mercy on those who have gone ahead of us, and those who come later on, and we shall, God willing, join you</span>.(end) [MUSLIM Book 004, Number 2127]<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">My Friend and Brother Dr Asif replied; &quot;AS A DOCTOR I ANALYSED THIS HADITH. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE HOME OF AISHA R.A. &amp; JANNATUL BAQI IS QUITE LONG.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">NOW SEE THE BOLD PART OF HADITH IN BLUE,</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">AS AISHA R.A WAS AFRAID THAT PROPHET (peace be upon him) WILL COME TO KNOW SHE WAS FALLOWING HER, SO IN ORDER TO AVOID THIS SHE CAME RUNNING BACK TO HOME, IT IS A NATURAL PHYSIOLOGICAL PHENOMENON THAT WHEN A PERSON RUNS FOR A DISTANCE MORE THAN 100 meters, THE BODY RESPONDS WITH HYPERVENTILATION.</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">THE PERSON&#39;S BREATHING IS FASTER, THE HEART RATE INCREASES &amp; BLOOD PRESSURE INCREASES. IN SUCH A CONDITION IF YOU GIVE A SLIGHT PUSH ON THE CHEST, THE PERSON WILL FEEL PAIN. YOU MAY EXPERIMENT IT YOURSELF TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">IN THE ABOVE HADITH PROPHET SAAS JUST GAVE A PUSH TO AISHA R.A &amp; SHE FELT PAIN .....&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Moreover Aaishah (Radhiallahu &#39;Anha) herself said: Allaah&#39;s Messenger (Sallallahu &#39;Alaihi Wa Sallam) never hit anything with his hand ever, except when fighting in the path of Allaah. Nor did he ever hit a servant or a woman.&quot;</span> [Recorded by Musnad Ishaq bin Rahwiy no: 698, Ibn Maajah Kitab al Nikah hadeeth no: 1984 Al-Albaanee said it is Saheeh.]<br /> .<br /> Source of Musnad Ishaq: <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://www.islamweb.net/hadith/display_hbook.php?bk_no=101&amp;hid=698&amp;pid=26710</a><br /> Source of Ibne Majah:<a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://hadith.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=192&amp;TOCID=653&amp;BookID=35&amp;PID=3687</a></p> <p> Lastly, Brother Kevin Abdullah has given a beautiful explanation here: <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">http://www.quransearch.com/karim/mistranslations_of_hadiths.htm</a></p> <p> He has put across many points in his article, one of which is the term used in the hadith which is: Lahada.<br /> Imam Nawawi in his Sharh states that: The word &quot;lahada&quot; according to the lexicographers means, &quot;to push&quot; (dafa&#39;a).(End quote for details see his full article)</p> <p> <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">This makes it clear that the Prophet (peace be upon him) neither beat his wives nor any other woman.</span></strong></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">19. The Prophet said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife. [Abu Dawud (2142)]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This Hadith is not authentic because Abdul Rahman al Muslee is weak in the chain &amp; no one said he is trustworthy.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sayings of scholars regarding this hadith: </strong></span></p> <ul> <li> Ibne Hajar Asqalani weakened him in Tahdheeb at Tahdheeb 6/304</li> <li> Imam Ibn al Qattan said this is not authentic in &quot;Byan al Waham al abhaam (5/524</li> <li> Imam adh Dahabee said :In it Abdul Rahman muslee is not known&quot; Meezan al Aitedaal (2/602</li> <li> Shaykh Ahmad shakir said in tehqeeq of Musnad Ahmad 1/77 Chian is weak</li> <li> Shaykh Shoaib al Aranoot weakened this hadith in his tahqeeq of Musnad Ahmad</li> <li> Shaykh Al Bani Weakened in &quot;Irwa al Ghulail 7/98</li> </ul> <p> Please check the detailed reply in <a href="http://www.islamqa.com/ar/ref/146600">http://www.islamqa.com/ar/ref/146600</a><br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Authentic hadith which clears the anti-islamic claim:</strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">Ali (radiallahanhu), said:</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">رَأَيْتُ امْرَأَةَ الْوَلِيدِ جَاءَتْ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ تَشْكُو إِلَيْهِ زَوْجَهَا أَنَّهُ يَضْرِبُهَا ، فَقَالَ لَهَا : &quot; اذْهَبِي فَقُولِي لَهُ : كَيْتَ وَكَيْتَ &quot; . فَذَهَبَتْ ثُمَّ رَجَعَتْ ، فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّهُ عَادَ يَضْرِبُنِي ، فَقَالَ لَهَا : &quot; اذْهَبِي فَقُولِي لَهُ : إِنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ لَكَ &quot; , فَذَهَبَتْ ثُمَّ عَادَتْ , فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّهُ يَضْرِبُنِي فَقَالَ : &quot; اذْهَبِي فَقُولِي لَهُ : كَيْتَ وَكَيْتَ &quot; ، فَقَالَتْ : إِنَّهُ يَضْرِبُنِي فَرَفَعَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَدَهُ وَقَالَ : &quot; اللَّهُمَّ عَلَيْكَ بِالْوَلِيدِ &quot;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;">I saw the wife of Waleed bin Uqbah, she came to the prophet (peace be upon him), she was complaining about her husband that he beats her, so He (peace be upon him) said: go back! And tell him these things, she went, came back, and said, He is&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 128);">beating her again, so he said: go to him, and tell him that, &ldquo;Verily the prophet is telling you (not to beat your wife) thus she went, and came back again, and said, He still beats me, so He (pbuh) said, go and tell him these things, she said, Certainly he beats me, so the messenger of Allah (pace be upon him) <strong>raised his hands and prayed (to Allah) saying, &ldquo;O Allah! Punish Al-Waleed&rdquo;</strong> [Juzz al Rafayadayn al Bukhari no. 95, Shaykh Zubair Ali Zai said: Its chain is Hasan, translation taken from english Translation of Juzz by Raza Hasan no. 79]</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Muawiyah al Qarshi said I went to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and asked him: What do you say (command) about our wives? He replied: Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them.</span> (Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2139)</div> <p> .</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;"> </span></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">20. The prophet said, &ldquo;None of you should flog his wife as he flogs a slave and then have sexual intercourse with her in the last part of the day.&rdquo; [Bukhari Vol. 7, #132]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments- One can draw several conclusions from this hadith</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Keeping slaves for sexual desires is justified in Islam.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Beating slaves is permissible as per Muhammad.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. Wife should not be beaten as severely as a slave can be. (Thanks for Allah and Muhammad Ji for this mercy!)</span></em></div> <hr style="text-align: center;" /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Dr. Hatem al-Haj states in his article &#39;Concubines &amp; Slavery The Islamic Position&#39;</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">And for one who humiliates his slave by beating him or slapping him, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,<br /> &quot;من لَطَمَ مَمْلُوآَهُ أو ضَرَبَهُ فَكَفَّارَتُهُ أَنْ يُعْتِقَهُ&quot;<br /> &ldquo;He who slaps his slave or beats him, there is no expiation for this but to free him.</span>&rdquo; (reported by Muslim).</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Because of the aforementioned examples of the divine and prophetic instructions regarding slavery, no other nation or religious group in the world treated slaves better than the Muslims did, and here are the testimonies of the non-Muslim historians and leaders regarding this very fact:</span> (quotations from <a href="http://www.alislam/">http://www.alislam</a>. org/slavery/)</p> <p> <strong>i)</strong> On the attitude of Muslim master with his slaves, <strong>Will Durant says</strong>, &quot;...he handled them with a genial humanity that made their lot no worse - perhaps better, as more secure - than that of a factory worker in nineteenth-century Europe.&quot; <a href="http://www.alislam.org/slavery/3.htm#r21">http://www.alislam.org/slavery/3.htm#r21</a>, Hurgronje C., Mohammedanism,(N.Y., 1916), p.128 as quoted by W. Durant, The Story of Civilization, vol.IV (N.Y., 1950), p. 209.</p> <p> ii) At the end of the 18th century, <strong>Mouradgea d&#39;Ohsson</strong> (a main source of information for the Western writers on the Ottoman empire) declared: &quot;There is perhaps no nation where the captives, the slaves, the very toilers in the galleys are better provided for or treated with more kindness than among the Muhammedans. &quot; <a href="http://www.alislam/">http://www.alislam</a>. org/slavery/3.htm#r22, As quoted in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, vol.I, p. 35.<br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>iii) P. L Riviere writes: </strong>&quot;A master was enjoined to make his slave share the bounties he received from God. It must be recognised that, in this respect, the Islamic teaching acknowledged such a respect for human personality and showed a sense of equality which is searched for in vain in ancient civilization&quot; http://www.al-islam.org/slavery/3.htm#r23, Riviere P.L., Revue Bleaue (June 1939).<br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>iv) Napoleon Bonaparte</strong> is recorded as saying about the condition of slaves in Muslim countries: &quot;The slave inherits his master&#39;s property and marries his daughter. The majority of the Pashas had been slaves. Many of the grand viziers, all the Mamelukes, Ali Ben Mourad Beg, had been slaves. They began their lives by performing the most menial services in the houses of their masters and were subsequently raised in status for their merit or by favour. In the West, on the contrary, the slave has always been below the position of the domestic servants; he occupies the lowest rug. The Romans emancipated their slaves, but the emancipated were never considered as equal to the free-born. The ideas of the East and West are so different that it took a long time to make the Egyptians understand that all the army was not composed of slaves belonging to the Sultan al-Kabir. &quot; http://www.al-islam.org/slavery/3.htm#r25, Bonaparte et l&#39;Islam (Paris, 1914)....<br /> <strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>Dr. Hatem al-Haj further goes on</strong><br /> &bull; The families are not disrupted in the Islamic wars.<br /> &bull; The captives are usually returned as a show of kindness, exchanged for Muslim captives or money.<br /> &bull; In the case they were taken as slave women, they were taken by one man.<br /> They were considered legitimate partners with rights guaranteed for them and their offspring who were treated exactly like the man&#39;s other children.<br /> How is that like the gang raping in the battlefield by scores of soldiers?<br /> &bull; Such women were often freed and married their masters and if not, and had a child, they had a special status and became unsellable and became free upon the death of the master.<br /> &bull; Such women prospered.<br /> They bore and raised children who became khaleefas, sultans, princes, great leaders and scholars in the history of Islam.<br /> That is an indication on how they were treated.<br /> Source: <a href="http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285">http://www.amjaonline.com/en_d_details.php?id=285</a><br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Lastly A slave can be a leader:</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">a) Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah&#39;s Apostle said, &quot;You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.&quot; </span> (Bukhari Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=89&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=256">#89</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=89&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=256#256">#256</a>)</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">b) Abu Dharr reported: My friend (the Holy Prophet) bade me to hear and obey (the ruler) even if he is a slave having his feet and arms cut off, and observe prayer at its prescribed time. (And further said): It you find people having observed the prayer, you in fact saved your prayer, otherwise (if you join with them) that would be a Nafl prayer for you.</span> (Muslim, Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=004&amp;translator=2&amp;start=0&amp;number=1355">#004</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=004&amp;translator=2&amp;start=0&amp;number=1355#1355">#1355</a>)</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">c) Narrated Jabir bin &#39;Abdullah: Umar used to say, &quot;Abu Bakr is our chief, and he manumitted our chief,&quot; meaning Bilal (he was a black slave and Abu baker manumitted him)</span>. (Bukhari Book <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=57&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=98">#57</a>, Hadith <a href="http://www.searchtruth.com/book_display.php?book=57&amp;translator=1&amp;start=0&amp;number=98#98">#98</a>)</p> <p> Also go through:<br /> a) <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/233-refuting-muhammad-raped-captured-woman-and-encouraged-others">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/233-refuting-muhammad-raped-captured-woman-and-encouraged-others</a><br /> b) <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/208-muslim-men-can-capture-infidel-women-as-sex-slave-booty">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/208-muslim-men-can-capture-infidel-women-as-sex-slave-booty</a></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> When beating a SLAVE is not allowed, then how can it be allowed for a wife? The Prophet (peace be upon him) was educating Muslims and prohibiting the act of beating, because it was common for people to beat their slaves. However, Islam stopped this practice. </span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">21. Muhammad said, &ldquo;Hang the whip up somewhere so that the people of the household might see it; it is discipline to them&rdquo; [The authentic of Al-Jami Al-Sagheer Wa Ziyadatuh, Al-Albani, vol. 2 p. 744]. </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This hadith is regarding raising children.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Imam Al-Minaawi said: &ldquo;For a father to discipline his child when he reaches the age of discernment means that he should raise him with the characteristics of the righteous believers and protect him from mixing with evildoers; he should teach him the Qur&rsquo;aan and good manners and the language of the Arabs, let him hear the Sunnah and the sayings of the Salaf and teach him the religious rulings that he cannot do without. He should warn him then smack him if he does not pray etc. That will be better for him than giving a saa&rsquo; in charity, because if he teaches him properly, his actions will be among his ongoing charity, whereas the reward for a saa&rsquo; of charity is limited, but that will last as long as the child lives. Discipline is the nourishment of the soul, and training it for the Hereafter.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&ldquo;O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell)&hellip;</span>&rdquo; [al-Tahreem 66:6]<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Protecting yourself and your family from it means reminding them of Hell. Discipline includes preaching, warning, threatening, smacking, detaining, giving and being kind. Disciplining one who is good and noble is different from disciplining one who is difficult and ignoble</span>.[Fayd al-Qadeer, 5/257]<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Commentary of Ibne Kathir says under 66:6<br /> There is a Hadith that confirms the meaning of this Ayah. Ahmad, Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi recorded that Ar-Rabi` bin Sabrah said that his father said that the Messenger of Allah said,</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; direction: rtl; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&laquo;مُرُوا الصَّبِيَّ بِالصَّلَاةِ إِذَا بَلَغَ سَبْعَ سِنِينَ، فَإِذَا بَلَغَ عَشْرَ سِنِينَ فَاضْرِبُوهُ عَلَيْهَا&raquo;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">(Order the children to pray when they reach the age of seven and when they reach the age of ten, discipline them for (not performing) it.) </span>This is the narration that Abu Dawud collected; At-Tirmidhi said, &quot;This Hadith is Hasan.&#39;&#39;</p> <p> Islamqa Fatwa no: 10016<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">So raising children should be a balance between encouragement and warning. The most important element of all is making the environment in which the children live a good one, by providing the means whereby they may be guided; this means that their educators should be religiously committed, including their parents. </span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Thus the context is clear and there is no problem in the hadeeth and Islamic law.</span></p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Wife, a sex slave of man! </span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">22. When a woman refuses to come to her husband&rsquo;s bed, angels curse her until she returns. (Bukhari, Book of Nikah 3:96)</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> The phrase &ldquo;and he spends the night angry with her&rdquo; refers to the cause of the angels&rsquo; curse, because this confirms that she is a sinner, which is a different matter than if he accepts her excuse and is not angry with her, or lets the matter drop. Is she to blame if he keeps her away from his bed? The answer is: no, unless she is the one who started the separation and he is keeping away from her because of it, and she did not apologize but prolonged the separation. <strong>But if he is the one who started it, and is thus treating her unfairly, then she is not to blame.</strong> In one report, instead of the words &ldquo;the angels curse her until morning,&rdquo; the wording is &ldquo;&hellip; until she returns&rdquo; &ndash; and this is a useful variant.</span></p> <p> (Adapted and abbreviated from the commentary by al-Haafiz Ibn Hijr &ndash; may Allaah have mercy on him &ndash; on this hadeeth in Fath al-Baari).<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Islam makes a woman the &lsquo;Queen of the House&rsquo; and gives her the responsibility of house affairs while man is made the manager of out-of-house matters. It&rsquo;s the man who is made responsible for financial matters and thus it is he who is to stay out of the home and earn for his family. So while out, he is more likely to come around any woman and this may cause some emotional upheaval within him.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Shaykh Salih al Munajjid said while commenting the hadith provided by agniveer</strong></div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">At the same time, the husband must show consideration towards his wife if she is sick, pregnant or depressed, so as to maintain harmony and prevent discontent or hatred</span>.[Muharamat, Prohibitions that are taken too lightly, Chapter <a href="http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/books/10#19">Not allowing one&rsquo;s husband to have marital relations for no legitimate reason</a>, English Translation Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid]</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Al-Bahooti (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:</strong><span>The husband has the right to enjoy his wife at any time, so long as that does not keep her from performing obligatory duties or harm her; he does not have the right to enjoy her in that case, because that is not part of living with them honourably. But if it does not distract her from that or cause her harm, then he has the right to enjoyment. End quote from Kashshaaf al-Qinaa&#39; (5/189).</span></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> I don&rsquo;t know why Agniveer is trying to make fights between husband and wife.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">23. I swear to my lord, a woman cannot fulfil the obligation of her Lord until she has fulfilled the obligation of her husband, and even if he calls her for sex while she is on the back of a camel, she would never refuse him&ldquo;. (See: The authentic of Ibn Dawood&rsquo; collection, Al-Albani, vol. 2 p.121).</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Till now we were aware of just one agent of Allah for mankind, but now, every man is the agent of Allah for his wives. This is a Shirk as per Islamic belief of praising anyone other than Allah.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Very interesting thing regarding this hadith is that it not only teaches Shirk with respect to Allah but also with respect to Prophet Muhammad by appointing the husbands as new prophets for wives! </span></em> <hr /> </div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">What is Ibn Dawood? This is Translation and authentic reference </span></p> <p style="text-indent: -7.5pt; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #0000ff;">والذي نفس محمد بيده لا تؤدي المرأة حق ربها حتى تؤدي حق زوجها ولو سألها نفسها وهي على قتب لم تمنعه</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, no woman will fulfill her duty towards her Lord unless she fulfils her duty towards her husband, and if he asks her for herself when she is sitting on a saddle, she should not refuse him</span> [Hadeeth reported by Ibn Maajah, 1843; see also Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 5239, 5295]<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Below is an extract from the fatwa by Shaykh Salih al Munajjid in IslamQa fatwa no: 4601</span></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Both husband and wife should submit themselves to the laws of Allaah, because this is where happiness lies. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allaah says &ldquo;&hellip; And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses, etc.) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect, etc.) to what is reasonable&hellip;&rdquo;</span> [al-Baqarah 2:228]</p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">So both spouses must treat the other kindly. Marriage is based on love, not on defiance or provocation, because these usually occur between enemies, and if they happen between people who love one another, they usually cause hatred and do the couple no good.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allaah says &ldquo;And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy&hellip;&rdquo; [al-Room 30:21]</span></p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">&lsquo;Abd al-Rahmaan ibn &lsquo;Awf said: &ldquo;The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &lsquo;If a woman prays her five (daily prayers), fasts her month (Ramadaan), guards her modesty and obeys her husband, it will be said to her, &ldquo;Enter Paradise through whichever gate of Paradise you wish.&rdquo;</span> (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 1573; Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 660).</p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">If the wife obeys her husband and treats him well for the sake of Allaah, she will earn a great reward with Allaah. By the same token, the man has to be patient with her, treat her well, win her over and teach her what his shar&rsquo;i rights over her are.</span>(end quote)</p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">24. When a man sends for his wife for the satisfaction of his need, she should go to him even if she may be occupied in baking bread. [Trimidhi]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Another marvel from the best man ever lived on earth!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Refer the reply to point no: 23 </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">A wife should spend good time with her husband and so should the husband.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Vedic command for wives: The son shall be devoted to his father, be of the same mind with his mother; the wife shall speak honied, sweet, words to her husband! </span>[ Atharva Veda 3:30:2)</p> <p> <img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Atharva Veda 3 30 2.jpg" /><br /> <span style="color: #993366;">I think agniveer wants us to expose the most obscene mantras of Vedas in front of the whole world. However, those mantras would make another article. So we leave them for now.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated </span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">25. Once, Muhammad saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart. [Muslim, Book #008, Hadith #3240]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. According to Islam, wife is no more than a servant, who should be ready every time to get engaged sexually with her husband, even if she is busy with her own work.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Does woman has same facility of going to her husband in the same manner if she sees a man?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. The solution to the problem of &ldquo;seeing the woman&rdquo; provided by Muhammad involves seeing the woman (wife) again. This will lead to an endless process of engagement of a man into sexual practices with his wife forever!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">d. What do muslims do when they see their mothers, sisters, or daughters? Do they still go to their wives after seeing their mothers and sisters?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">e. If mother and sisters are given respect and they do not fall under the category of those women, then why not consider every woman a mother or sister except your wife, as written in Vedas?</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">f. What can be said about the character of a person, who cannot control himself from seeing a woman with lusty eyes?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Leaving a side his filthy comments see the beautiful reply by Brother Waqar Akbar Cheema reply here</span><br /> <a href="http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2010/10/are-women-called-devils-in-hadith.html">http://letmeturnthetables.blogspot.com/2010/10/are-women-called-devils-in-hadith.html</a><br /> <span style="color: #993366;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Agniveer said<strong> &ldquo;why not consider every woman a mother or sister except your wife, as written in Vedas?&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">We don&rsquo;t consider every woman a mother or a sister because in reality they are not our mother or sisters. Yes, in religious terms, all Muslims are our brothers and Sisters, But that does not make them real sisters (Who are our mahrum i.e to whom we can not marry). If agniveer considers every girl as a mother then can we say hindus consider their wives to be their mothers before marriage? And then they wed their own mother? This is a weird concept.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">26. A Muslim with two wives offered a fellow Muslim his pick between the two. Muhammad then arranged a wedding banquet. [Bukhari (58:125)]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. I think, equality for women in Islam means their equal distribution among men!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Some scholars argue that this was the act of men, and we can&rsquo;t judge Islam through its followers, but we should judge it through Prophet. Well, Muhammad arranged the marriage banquet for this marriage and this picking process was followed under the guidance of none other than Muhammad! It shows that Muhammad was fully convinced with this act.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The name of Sahabi is Abdur-Rahman bin &#39;Auf and he was an emigrant from Makkah and he had nothing with himself, Sad bin Ar-Rabi&#39; who was a rich man provided him full support with money, food and he said &quot;The Ansar know that I am the richest of all of them, so I will divide my property into two parts between me and you, and I have two wives; see which of the two you like so that I may divorce her and you can marry her after she becomes lawful to you by her passing the prescribed period (i.e. &#39;Idda) of divorce. &#39;Abdur Rahman said, &quot;May Allah bless you your family (i.e. wives) for you.&quot; (But &#39;Abdur-Rahman went to the market) and did not return on that day except with some gain of dried yogurt and butter. He went on trading just a few days till he came to Allah&#39;s Apostle bearing the traces of yellow scent over his clothes. Allah&#39;s Apostle asked him, &quot;What is this scent?&quot; He replied, &quot;I have married a woman from the Ansar.&quot; Allah&#39;s Apostle asked, &quot;How much Mahr have you given?&quot; He said, &quot;A date-stone weight of gold or a golden date-stone.&quot; The Prophet said, &quot;Arrange a marriage banquet even with a sheep.&quot;</span>[Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 125]</p> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: This hadith as agniveer claimed is regarding women but in fact it is regarding the love of a rich man with a poor man who was an emigrant of makkah. Agniveer has drawn the conclusion based on his assumption that the sahaba married one of the two wives of the other sahaba.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">27. The Prophet said: &ldquo;The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women&rsquo;s) private parts. [Bukhari (62:81)]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">I don&rsquo;t want to comment on this hadith, since there is a limit to which, one can be shameless.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This hadith is regarding the stipulations of marriage. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is ordering the men not to leave one&#39;s wife but to be with them. It is the right of the husband as well as the wifes to enjoy the married life. Maybe in Hinduism there are no rules and regulations regarding the life of husband and wife, that&rsquo;s why agniveer finds this shameful.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;"> </span></span></p> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">If she stipulated that he should not take another wife, does he have to adhere to that?</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">Ibn al Qayyam said:</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">أن الرجل إذا شرط لزوجته أن لا يتزوج عليها لزمه الوفاء بالشرط ومتى تزوج عليها فلها الفسخ&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">If a Man stipulate at the time of Nikah that he will not marry a second woman in the presence of the first wife then it is obligation on him to stick to that, and if he marry the second one then (first) wife have the right to annul the marriage. [Zaad al Maad (5/107)]</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">Ibn Taymiyah said:</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">&quot;نعم ، تصح هذه الشروط وما في معناها في مذهب الإمام أحمد وغيره من الصحابة والتابعين ; كعمر بن الخطاب , وعمرو بن العاص , وشريح القاضي , والأوزاعي , وإسحاق .</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">Yes, these conditions and similar ones are valid according to the madhhab of Imam Ahmad and others among the Sahaabah and Taabi&lsquo;een, such as &lsquo;Umar ibn al-Khattaab, &lsquo;Amr ibn al-&lsquo;Aas, Shurayh al-Qaadi, al-Awzaa&lsquo;i and Ishaaq. [al-Fataawa al-Kubra, 3/90.]</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">And he quoted the following hadith in his evidence,</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;">&quot;the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: &ldquo;The conditions that are most deserving to be fulfilled are those by means of which intimacy becomes permissible for you.&rdquo;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">It is mentioned in Commentary of Bukhari by Shaykh Mohammad Dawud Raz that it is obligatory on men to fulfil the stipulations he made while marrying that hewill not marry another woman.(end quote)</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">He also said: &ldquo;(Husband should) fulfil Each and every stipulation because hadith is clear except those which are aginst Qur`an and Sunnah</span>) Commentary of Bukhari by Muhammad Dawud Raz Vol 4 page 193 checked by Shaykh Abdus Salam bastawi and Abdul Jabbar Salafi)<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"> </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: So generally this hadith is regarding stipulations.</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Divorce and women rights</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Quran contains the word divorce almost 17 times and interestingly, not even a single time, this word has been used to command women! Everywhere in Quran, Allah only talks with men about what you should do and what you should not do while divorcing women. This phenomenon of instructing one gender and ignoring other proves that Quran has no provision for women to divorce if they wish. Quran is the biggest slap on the faces of the likes of Zakir Naik, who foolishly claim Islam to be the only fair religion in <a href="http://agniveer.com/terms/">terms</a> of women rights. Let&rsquo;s analyze few verses from Quran and explore the dirty game behind divorce.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">28. Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. [Quran, 2:228]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">All muslim scholars use this verse to prove that Islam has provision to get a couple reunited even if they have divorced. But they forget to mention that it is the husband, who has right to take wife back and not the wife with the right to take her husband back. In fact wife is not in a picture at all while taking any decision, rather she is just an object, which can be accepted or rejected as per the convenience of husband.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Leave aside Agniveer&rsquo;s bad language against Muslims let us see the hadith</span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&nbsp;عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: إِنَّ أَعْظَمَ الذُّنُوبِ عِنْدَ اللهِ رَجُلٌ تَزَوَّجَ امْرَأَةً ، فَلَمَّا قَضَى حَاجَتَهُ مِنْهَا ، طَلَّقَهَا ، وَذَهَبَ بِمَهْرِهَا ، وَرَجُلٌ اسْتَعْمَلَ رَجُلاً ، فَذَهَبَ بِأُجْرَتِهِ ، وَآخَرُ يَقْتُلُ دَابَّةً عَبَثًا.</span></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Narrated by Ibn Umar ra that Prophet peace be upon him said:<strong> It is one of the GREATEST SIN in the sight of Allah </strong>that a man marries a woman and when he finish his needs from her, he divorce her and do not giver her &nbsp;Mahr [Mustadrak al Haakim 2/198, alAlbani ra authenticated in Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 999]</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#000080;">This answer his false claim but&nbsp;see&nbsp;<strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">commentary of Ibne Kathir</strong></span></div> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This Ayah contains a command from Allah that the divorced woman, whose marriage was consummated and who still has menstruation periods, should wait for three (menstrual) periods (Quru&#39;) after the divorce and then remarry if she wishes.(he went on and said) Hence, the husband who divorces his wife can take her back, providing she is still in her `Iddah (time spent before a divorced woman or a widow can remarry) and that his aim, by taking her back, is righteous and for the purpose of bringing things back to normal. However, this ruling applies where the husband is eligible to take his divorced wife back. We should mention that (when this Ayah 2:228 was revealed), the ruling that made the divorce thrice and specified when the husband is ineligible to take his divorced wife back, had not been revealed yet. Previously, the man used to divorce his wife and then take her back even if he had divorced her a hundred separate times. Thereafter, Allah revealed the following Ayah (2:229) that made the divorce only thrice. So there was now a reversible divorce and an irreversible final divorce.</span>(end quote)<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Islam made the divorce thrice to prevent husbands to irritate their wives again and again. Secondly, little knowledge is always harmul. There is something like khula in Islam. If a Woman does not like her Husband she can leave him or if the marriage is against her will she can leave her husband.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Proof:1 </strong>Allah says: &quot;If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband&#39;s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best; even though men&#39;s souls are swayed by greed. But if ye do good and practise self-restraint, God is well-acquainted with all that ye do. </span> (The Noble Quran, 4:128)&quot;</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Proof 2:</strong> Narrated Al-Qasim: A woman from the offspring of Ja&#39;far was afraid lest her guardian marry her (to somebody) against her will. So she sent for two elderly men from the Ansar, &#39;AbdurRahman and Mujammi&#39;, the two sons of Jariya, and they said to her, &quot;Don&#39;t be afraid, for Khansa&#39; bint Khidam was given by her father in marriage against her will, then the Prophet cancelled that marriage.&quot;</span> (Bukhari Book #86, Hadith #99)</p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Proof 3: </strong>Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: A virgin came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and mentioned that her father had married her against her will, so the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) allowed her to exercise her choice. </span> (Abu Dawud Book #11, Hadith #2091) (It is mentioned in Awn Al Mabood Commentary of Abu Dawud &ldquo;This hadith is powerful Hasan&rdquo;)</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <span style="color:#000080;"><strong>The Hanbali scholar Al-Hajjaawi &nbsp;may &nbsp;Allaah &nbsp;have &nbsp;mercy &nbsp;upon &nbsp;him wrote:</strong><br /> &ldquo;It is prohibited for the wali to marry her off against her will to an incompetent suitor, and such an act on part of the wali entails declaring him a faasiq (dissolute person). However, her right to choose whether to approve the marriage or annul it is waived by any sign from her, whether it is a word or action, that indicates her consent.&rdquo; [Islamweb &nbsp;Fatwa No : 309592]</span></div> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> The lie of agniveer is exposed when he said &ldquo;she is just an object which can be accepted and rejected&rdquo;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">29. So if a husband divorces his wife, He cannot, after that, remarry her until after she has married another husband and He has divorced her. [Quran, 2:230]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">One can see the status of woman in Islam, which is no more than a football, nothing to decide for herself, roaming around as per the directions given by men and bound to undergo such inhumane customs. Hadiths and tafseers make amply clear that mere marriage to another husband does not suffice. The wife must have sexual relation with new husband, and only then can she think of returning to original husband after giving the new husband divorce!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This is already proven that Woman can decide regarding her husband that to live with him or to leave him with valid reasons, Keeping a side his bad comments let us see the main theme of his accusation, he quoted 2:230, In Islam marriage is not the game of toys, so that you can give divorce and marry again, give divorce and marry again, i already quoted Ibne Kathir &ldquo;Previously, the man used to divorce his wife and then take her back even if he had divorced her a hundred separate times. Thereafter, Allah revealed the following Ayah (2:229) that made the divorce only thrice. So there was now a reversible divorce and an irreversible final divorce&rdquo;</span>(end quote)<br /> <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">Divorcing women three times in one sitting is Prohibited,</span></strong> <a href="fiqh/talaq/203-the-issue-of-triple-talaq">see the proof </a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Mahmood bin Lubayd (ra) narrates that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was informed that a man divorced his wife with three pronouncements all-together, at this (The Prophet) became very angry, he stood up and said: Is the book of Allah being mocked at in my presence? Until one person stood and said O Allah&rsquo;s Apostle should I not kill him?</span> [Sunnan Nasai&rsquo;i, Volume No. 2, Page No. 181]<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">2ndly There is no Divorce in intense Anger, Proof for this is Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;There is no divorce and no freeing of slaves when it is done by force or in a state of intense anger.&rdquo; </span>(Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 2046; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa&rsquo;, 2047)<br /> <br class="kix-line-break" /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">and lastly Nikah at Tehleel (pre-planned/intentional Marriage that I will marry you and then I will divorce you after one or two nights is Prohibited and adultery), see the evidences here</span>: <a href="http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/109245/">http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/109245/</a><br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> In Islam the criteria is divorce is beautiful, a divorce will happen in three months, after that if she wants to marry again then with mutual consent they(husband and wife) can marry agin, if divorce happens again and after idda(prescribed period) both decide to marry again, they can marry gain but after that if they divorce third time then Qur`an says it is final you can not marry again unless woman marries other person (without making plan before marriage that I will divorce you after spending a night) and if he divorce her again by chance then she can marry previous husband again. see detail article here:</span> <a href="articles/general/203-the-issue-of-triple-talaq">http://www.systemoflife.com/articles/general/203-the-issue-of-triple-talaq</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">30. When ye divorce women, and they fulfill the term of their [&#39;Iddat], either take them back on equitable terms or set them free. [Quran, 2:231]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Who are men to take or set women free? If men and women both have been given the similar rights, why this verse only talks of man setting free the women and not vice versa?</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is full ayah<br /> (231. And when you have divorced women and they have fulfilled the term of their prescribed period, either take them back on a reasonable basis or set them free on a reasonable basis. But do not take them back to hurt them, and whoever does that, then he has wronged himself. And treat not the verses (Laws) of Allah in jest, but remember Allah&#39;s favors on you (i.e., Islam), and that which He has sent down to you of the Book (i.e., the Qur&#39;an) and Al-Hikmah (the Prophet&#39;s Sunnah ـ legal ways ـ Islamic jurisprudence) whereby He instructs you. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is All-Aware of everything).<br /> <strong>Ibne Kathir Commented: </strong>This is a command from Allah to men that when one of them divorces his wife with a reversible divorce, he should treat her kindly. So when her term of `Iddah (waiting period) nears its end, he either takes her back in a way that is better, including having witnesses that he has taken her back, and he lives with her with kindness. Or, he should release her after her `Iddah finishes and then kindly asks her to depart from his house, without disputing, fighting with her or using foul words. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Allah then said: (But do not take them back to hurt them,)<br /> Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, Masruq, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, Ar-Rabi` and Muqatil bin Hayyan said that a man used to divorce his wife, and when her `Iddah came near its end, he would take her back to harm her and to stop her from marrying someone else. He then divorced her and she would begin her `Iddah and when her `Iddah term neared its end, he would take her back again, so that the term of `Iddah would be prolonged for her. After that, Allah prohibited this practice. Allah has also threatened those who indulge in such practices, when He said;<br /> (...and whoever does that, then he has wronged himself.) meaning, by defying Allah&#39;s commandments</span>.(end quoted)<br /> <br /> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: Agniveer said who are men to take them back and set her free? The answer is simple i.e. he is husband of wife. Again why agniveer creating fight between husband and wife? When Quran is at its best that do not harm women and do not take them back so that you(men) may harm them(women), live with them honourably etc. Regarding husband and wife rights see the answer to introduction of agniveer at start of this article.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">31. The mothers shall give such to their offspring for two whole years [after divorce], if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing. [Quran, 2:233]</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. According to this verse, child will remain with father and not with mother after divorce.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. Mother can keep her baby only for two years [after divorce], that too with the permission of his father. One should not think that this 2 year program is because of sympathy for mother. In fact, this is the period, in which, a child needs breast feeding for his/her growth. So mother is paid for this two year program and once, 2 years are over, mother is set free to go anywhere!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> This is the full verse [002:233] The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling, but the father of the child shall bear the cost of the mothers food and clothing on a reasonable basis. No person shall have a burden laid on him greater than he can bear. No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child, nor father on account of his child. And on the (fathers) heir is incumbent the like of that (which was incumbent on the father). If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due consultation, there is no sin on them. And if you decide on a foster suckling-mother for your children, there is no sin on you, provided you pay (the mother) what you agreed (to give her) on reasonable basis. And fear Allah and know that Allah is All-Seer of what you do.)</span> Muhammad Al-Hilali &amp; Muhsin Khan<br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Ibne Kathir Commented: </strong>Ad-Dahhak commented, &quot;If the husband divorces his wife, with whom he had a child, and she suckles that child, he is required to provide for the mother&#39;s expenses and clothes within reason.&#39;&#39;</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Allah said:</strong> (No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child,) meaning, the mother should not decline to rear her child to harm its father. The mother does not have the right to refrain from suckling the child after giving birth, unless she suckles him/her the milk that is necessary for his/her survival. Later on, she is allowed to give up custody of the child as long as she does not do that intending to harm the father. In addition, the father is not allowed to take the child from his mother to harm the mother. This is why Allah said:<br /> (...nor father on account of his child.) meaning, by taking the child from its mother intending to harm the mother. This is the Tafsir of Mujahid, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak, Az-Zuhri, As-Suddi, Ath-Thawri and Ibn Zayd, and others on this Ayah.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Allah then said: </strong>(And on the (father&#39;s) heir is incumbent the like of that (which was incumbent on the father).) meaning, by refraining from harming the relative (of the father, i.e., his infant), as Mujahid, Ash-Sha`bi and Ad-Dahhak stated.(end quote)</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Ibne Kathir went on and said</strong><br /> (And if you decide on a foster suckling-mother for your children, there is no sin on you, provided you pay (the mother) what you agreed (to give her) on a reasonable basis.) meaning, if the mother and the father both agree that the father assumes custody of the child due to a circumstance that compels her or allows him to do so, then there is no sin in this case. Hence, the mother is allowed to give up the child and the father is allowed to assume custody of the child. The father should kindly give the mother her expenses for the previous period (during which she reared and suckled the child), and he should seek other women to suckle his child for monetary compensation.</span>(end quote)</p> <p> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> One can see commentary of agniveer and commentary of Qur`an by sahaba and students of sahaba. By the way he left this very famous hadith, let me quote for him<br /> A Mother has 3 times more right over her children then the father<br class="kix-line-break" /> Proof: Saheeh Muslim Book 032, Number 6180:.Abu Huraira reported that a person came to Allah, &#39;s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand? He said: Your mother. He again said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Again, it is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">32. There is no blame on you if ye divorce women before consummation or the fixation of their dower. [Quran, 2:236]</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> So what is the point in quoting this verse? See translation by Muhammad Al-Hilali &amp; Muhsin Khan [002:236] There is no sin on you, if you divorce women while yet you have not touched (had sexual relation with) them, nor appointed unto them their Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage). But bestow on them ( a suitable gift), the rich according to his means, and the poor according to his means, a gift of reasonable amount is a duty on the doers of good.</span><br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment: </strong>There is nothing wrong in above ayah (or in any of the ayah)</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">33. Muhammad said: If any woman asks her husband for divorce without some strong reason, the odour of Paradise will be forbidden to her. (Book #12, Hadith #2218)</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Comments-</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Another hadith exposing the equal rights of women. Man can divorce a woman by saying &ldquo;Talaaq&rdquo;, three times and wife cannot do anything but to go somewhere else in that case. If she is pregnant, she can be appointed by her husband as feeding machine for the coming baby. However, if husband does not want to feed his baby by his/her mother, she will be set free whenever husband wishes!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. On the other hand, if a woman wants to divorce her husband, she has to prove in the Islamic court with all the evidences and proofs that she has genuine reasons for her desire.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. Most of the times, woman fails to get divorce as per her wish, since her testimony is considered half than that of man. And if man does not want to give divorce, there is hardly any chance of getting it. In addition to this, woman is abused by her husband, physically and mentally in reply to the attempts made by her against his will. And needless to say, the everlasting fire of hell is ready for her for not satisfying husband!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span></p> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">This Rule is also for men</span></p> <div style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: إِنَّ أَعْظَمَ الذُّنُوبِ عِنْدَ اللهِ رَجُلٌ تَزَوَّجَ امْرَأَةً ، فَلَمَّا قَضَى حَاجَتَهُ مِنْهَا ، طَلَّقَهَا ، وَذَهَبَ بِمَهْرِهَا ، وَرَجُلٌ اسْتَعْمَلَ رَجُلاً ، فَذَهَبَ بِأُجْرَتِهِ ، وَآخَرُ يَقْتُلُ دَابَّةً عَبَثًا.</span></font></span> <div> <div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px;"> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Narrated by Ibn Umar ra that Prophet peace be upon him said: It is one of the GREAT SIN in the sight of Allah that a man marries a woman and when he finish his needs from her, he divorce her and do not giver her &nbsp;Mahr [Mustadrak al Haakim 2/198, alAlbani ra authenticated in Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 999]</span></div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&nbsp;قال &nbsp;</span></p> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">أبو سلمة ( يعني : سليمان بن سليم ) : و حدثت بهذا الحديث العلاء بن سفيان &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">الغساني , فقال : لقد بلغني : أن من الفواحش التي حرم الله مما بطن , مما لم &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">يتبين ذكرها في القرآن : أن يتزوج الرجل المرأة , فإذا تقادم صحبتها , و طال &nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">عهدها , و نفضت ما في بطنها , طلقها من غير ريبة . قلت : و هذا إسناد صحيح متصل &nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Abu Salmah said I narrated this hadeeth to al-Ala bin Sufyaan al-Ghassanee who said:</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&lsquo;Indeed it has reached me that from the evil hidden sins which Allaah has made Haraam, which are not clearly mentioned in the Qur&rsquo;aan, are that a man marries a woman and when his companion becomes old and she has &nbsp;stayed with him for a long time, and has produced all that her womb can, then he divorces her without any reason to do so.&rsquo;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">Shaykh Albaani mentions:</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="color:#0000cd;">&lsquo;It is collected by Tabarani in &lsquo;al-Mu&rsquo;jam al-Kabeer&rsquo;, Ibn &lsquo;Aasakir in &lsquo;Tareekh Dimishq&rsquo;. And this Isnad is Saheeh.&rsquo; [Silsilah Saheehah No.2871]</span></div> <p> <br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Shaykh Salih Al Munajjid said</span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Many women hasten to demand a divorce from their husbands for the least little argument, or if their husbands do not give them what they want of money. Some women may be egged on by troublemakers among their relatives or neighbours to challenge their husbands with provocative words such as: &ldquo;If you were a real man, you would divorce me!&rdquo; The dire results of divorce are well known: breakdown of the family and children roaming the streets. A person may come to regret divorce when it is too late. For all these reasons and others, the Sharee&rsquo;ah wisely prohibited such actions. Thawbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;Any woman who asks her husband for a divorce with no sound reason will be deprived of smelling the fragrance of Paradise.&rdquo; </span>(Reported by Ahmad, 5.277; see also Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 2703).<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &lsquo;<span style="color: #0000ff;">Uqbah ibn &lsquo;Aamir (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: &ldquo;Woman who ask for divorce and women who contend unnecessarily with their husbands are hypocrites.&rdquo;<span style="color: #000000;">(Reported by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 17/339; see also Saheeh al-Jaami&rsquo;, 1934)</span>. But if there is a sound reason, such as the husband abandoning prayer, drinking or taking drugs, or forcing his wife to do something haraam, or oppressing her and making her suffer by denying her the rights granted to her by Islaam, and he does not listen to advice to mend his ways, then in this case there is nothing wrong with a woman seeking divorce for her own sake and for the sake of her religion.</span>[Muharamat Prohibitions that are taken too lightly, Chapter Asking one&rsquo;s husband for a divorce for no legitimate reason, English Translation Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid]<br /> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment:</strong> Again Husband and wife have to take care and listen to each other, In whole of the article Agniveer tried to create disputes between husband and wife.</span><br /> <br /> See also<br /> a) <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/divorce_abuse.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/divorce_abuse.htm</a><br /> b) <a href="http://www.zawaj.com/articles/divorce_laws.html">http://www.zawaj.com/articles/divorce_laws.html</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Islam and Hijab</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">As per Islamic scriptures, women should have hijab &ndash; cover their entire body except parts of face. Likes of Zakir Naik argue that this is to protect chastity of Muslim women. We have already seen how Islam prevents their chastity and dignity in last few articles. One agrees that nudity and reckless display of body to attract attention is as abhorrent as caging a woman in such clothes that deprive her of Vitamic D and make Muslim women patients of bone deficiencies. However, the reason behind such restrictions was not any concern for modesty of women from those who permit sex-slaves and polygamy. The real reason is provided in Al-Tabari and hadiths.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Muhammad once went to his (adopted!) son&rsquo;s home and saw his daughter-in-law (Zainab) in nude. This afflicted his heart and he forced Zaid, his son, to divorce Zainab and then married her. (In fact he did not even marry. He just kept her with him and claimed that their marriage happened in sky!). This opened a Pandora&rsquo;s box. He was now scared that other men may also see his wives&rsquo; in revealing clothes and may run after them. So once, after he heard some news about his wives going for toilet in open, he immediately revealed Ayats that Muslim women should cover themselves completely.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Had this Ayat been revealed before Muhammad saw Zainab in nude, it would have saved the man from such a big disgrace of getting physical with one&rsquo;s own daughter-in-law!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">And that has made matters worse for Muslim women! They cannot trust anyone as brothers or fatherly figures. They are at mercy of their husbands who can divorce them at will. Even the Qazi cannot force a husband from divorcing his wife, if he has decided so. And once the husband divorces, even father-in-law can marry the isolated woman, or keep her as a sex-slave!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Above is nothing but a blatant lie, I Challenge him to quote the chain of the hadeeth with authentications plus authentic reference, Otherwise he is already proven liar before and we will prove him liar again and again INSHA`ALLAH, see what actually happened regarding Marriage of Zainab Ra</span><br /> a) <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/220-refuting-muhammad-kept-his-daughterin-law-without-marriage">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/220-refuting-muhammad-kept-his-daughterin-law-without-marriage</a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">and regarding Vitamin argument see the reply here: </span>b) <a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/146329/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/146329/</a></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Any woman planning to marry a Muslim should know very clearly that -</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. Now her future is in hands of her husband. He can divorce her at will and not even a Qazi or Imam can stop him from this.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> See replies in same article on the issue of &ldquo;Divorce and women rights&rdquo; from point no: 28 to 32</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. If she is raped, she will have to bring two male witnesses who have seen the actual act of rape. So if the husband decides to indulge his wife in flesh-trading, she has no escape mechanism.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply</span><br /> <a href="http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&amp;cid=1125407868541">http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&amp;cid=1125407868541</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MsyrGjpgeWQsrtYNaW99kbb3cSYAAE9K2UNlENO1PE0/edit">&quot;What is the punishment for rape in Christianity and in Islam?&quot; article.</a><br /> <a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/que10.htm">http://www.answering-christianity.com/que10.htm</a><br /> <span style="color: #993366;">Comment: Please tell us regarding the punishment of Rape in Veda.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. She cannot interact with any male anywhere, unless his husband is present and consents for this. So she cannot work in offices, she cannot visit doctors, she cannot move freely out of house.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> Reply<br /> <a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/286/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/286/</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">d. She can be thrashed by her husband, and she cannot oppose. She cannot even ask why she is being thrashed.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Again a lie Shaykh Waleed al-Firyaan said<br /> A woman has the right to ask for divorce when her husband mistreats her in a way that she cannot stand and cannot bear with patience, or if he falls short in his obligatory spending on her, or if he is someone who indulges in these evil actions &ndash; if she thinks that leaving him is in her best interests and will protect her commitment to Islam and her chastity. </span>Source: <a href="http://islamqa.com/en/ref/9481/">http://islamqa.com/en/ref/9481/</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">e. She has to satisfy sexual needs of her husband whenever he demands. She simply cannot say no.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Already replied in point no: 22 and 23 of this article.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">f. She has to live in Hijaab. And in case she wears a normal dress in public, she deserves lashes.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> <strong>For Hijaab</strong> see this article </span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/212-the-tyranny-of-men-over-women">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/212-the-tyranny-of-men-over-women</a><br /> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Secondly he lied again if she wears a normal dress in public, she deserves lashes. For how many times will you lie agniveer? And secondly, Can you please tell us what is normal dress? Tight Jeans+ T-Shirts, Skirts,Shalwar Kameez, Sarhee with showing belly, sarhee without showing belly, Bikinis or what? For a Muslim Lady wearing Hijab is Normal and for a Christian Nones wearing Hijab is normal.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">g. She has to be prepared to share husband&rsquo;s bed with 3 more wives of his Shauhar and unlimited number of sex-slaves he may choose to keep.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> <strong>Polygamy in Islam</strong></span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/213-polygamy</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Counter Question:</strong> In the last century, Swami Dayanand Saraswati had claimed to have written a commentary free from defects in the interpretation, of the ancient commentators on the &#39;Vedas.&#39; Dayanand had not only accepted the prevalence of &#39;Niyog&#39; but also on the basic of &#39;smritis&#39; (codes of traditional Hindu laws), discussed &#39;Niyog&#39; in great detail in the language of the &#39;Veda mantras&#39; (Vedic hymns). According to him there was a law that a woman or a man could have sexual intercourse with eleven persons. If no child was born from the one, then a woman could go to another. If even then she was unable to beget a child, then she could go to the third and so on till she had intercourse with eleven men </span>(Dayanand&#39;s commentary on Rig Veda, 10/85/45).</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">Woman was sometimes even forced to have sexual intercourse with men in the custom of &#39;Niyog&#39;. &#39;Devtas, Rishis, Munis&#39; and &#39;Brahmins&#39; used to participate in &#39;Niyog&#39;</span> (see &#39;Mahabharata Aadi Parv; chapters 64,95,103, 104).</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Comment: </strong>So a woman or a man could have sexual intercourse with eleven persons.</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">h. If she is marrying a Shia, she should also be prepared to Mutah &ndash; where her husband is permitted to marry any women for an hour, day, month etc, have sex with her to his satisfaction and then discontinue the marriage.</span></em></div> <hr style="text-align: center;" /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> Mutah is Prohibited</span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/222-refuting-prophet-muhammad-approved-prostitution">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/abul-kasem/222-refuting-prophet-muhammad-approved-prostitution</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">i. She has no rights to take divorce. She can at best request, but if the husband refuses, she has simply no options.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> Reply<br /> Again see the divorce section of this article.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">And finally after all this, Muhammad claims that he hardly sees any woman from earth in Paradise and sees Hell to be full with women!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Now even the court has also come up with a ruling that a girl has to convert necessarily before marrying a Muslim. So you have no escape. If you aspire to marry a Muslim man, do only at cost of your dignity, self-respect, freedom and basic rights. Do only if you think Jehadi Love is more important than even most basic dignity of life!</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Think before you leap in Hell!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> Refutation VII: Fewer seats for women in Allah&#39;s Paradise</span><br /> <a href="answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/answering-islam-website/211-fewer-seats-for-women-in-allahs-paradise</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Addendum:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">If one looks at the Vedic concept of marriage, amply reflected (though not fully) in Hindu Marriage laws:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">a. The rights are equal for husband and wife.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">b. If one beats her wife, and wife complains, the husband has to face jail.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">c. Divorce is not unilateral. Both husband and wife are on same footing. A woman has rights to reject her husband if he commits adultery or indulged in nefarious acts.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">d. Polygamy and adultery(temporary or permanent) are illegal and not acceptable.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">e. There is no dress constraint, except that one should not wear a dress that attracts immoral attention.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">f. Property rights are equal.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">g. Rape cases reply primarily on victim&rsquo;s witness and one is not expected to bring 2 live spectators.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">h. Any denigration of women is against Vedas and demand strictest punishments.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply:<br /> He is talking about without evidence like an atheist who has no scripture to follow, But let us give him references of Vedas.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Dear Sister, in case, you are indeed resolved to marry a person, make sure he converts to Hinduism, rather than you converting to Islam. </span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">If indeed he loves you, he will readily agree because it is win-win situation for both partners. In case he does not, reject it. Understand that you have been a victim of love jehad. Burn the past and look ahead. It happened to you, because you ignored the tenets of our culture and were misled by fraud environment all around. But better late than never.</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> His frustration is clear, Alhumdulillah more women are accepting Islam then men, The more Islamophobics are doing propaganda, the more women are accepting. So keep doing this act and invite women to Islam, Thank you agniveer.</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Dear Sister, in case, you already made a blunder and became a Muslim to marry a Muslim, not all is lost.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Insist your husband that both of you convert to Hinduism. This would be win-win for both of you. In case he refuses to, again understand that you have been a victim of love-jehad. Be strong, know your roots, have faith in Ishwar, take divorce from your husband and start afresh. Do so even if you have children. This will save their future.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">In case he plans to relocate to a Muslim country, hurry up! Once you leave a non-Muslim country, the ball will no more remain in your court. You shall be doomed. In case you have already relocated, remain tactfully silent, keep him in good humor, convince him to come to India or any non-Muslim country, even for a short break. And once you are in a non-Muslim country, assert your right to dignity. Ask him to either convert or divorce. Make sure you have carried all your papers, in case you need to fight a legal battle.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Divorce may not be easy due to anti-women Islamic laws, but if you live in India or a non-Muslim country, you can still wriggle out through court-battles on pretext of your Fundamental Right to profess any religion. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but the only one to save you and your future generations from ignominy. Remember, dignity and self-respect are far above any short-term conveniences.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Welcome to Vedic dharma and live the life you aspire for &ndash; devoid of inequality and discrimination!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> Above is nothing more then blah blah!</span></p> <br /> <hr /> <div style="text-align: center;"> <em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer stated:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Dear Sister, if you have been born as a Muslim woman and have married/ about to marry a Muslim:</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">Convince your husband/ would-be to convert and become Hindus. You will find huge number of articles on agniveer.com on why you should do so. But more importantly, as a woman, you would be able to live with head held high and with dignity. You would have equal rights and no discrimination compared to men. If your husband/ would-be indeed loves you, if would be only more than happy to gift you such pride and right to live with dignity.</span><br /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">So take that bold step, and embrace the Vedic dharma. Reject the cult of the barbaric who dehumanize women!</span></em></div> <hr /> <p> <span style="color: #0000ff;">Reply<br /> <br /> No comments!</span> <span style="color: #993366;">It is nothing but begging, lastly I want to quote Few verses from Veda</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">In the Vedas wherever special prayers have been made for children, they have always been for sons. Nowhere is a prayer or charm recited to be granted a daughter. For exmaple,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">1. O Bounteous Indra, make this bride blest in her sons and fortunate. Vouchsafe to her ten sons, and make her husband the eleventh man. <span style="color: #000000;">[Rigved Mandal 10, Sookt 85, Mantra 45]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Rigved Mandal 10, Sookt 85, Mantra 45.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">2. This is thy Soma draught, O bright &Acirc;ditya: take delight therein. To this mine utterance, O ye men, give credence, what good the man and wife obtain by praying: A manly son is born and gathers riches, and thrives for ever sinless in the dwelling. <span style="color: #000000;">[Yajurved Adhyay 8, Mantra 5]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Yajurved Adhyay 8, Mantra 5.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">3. Fathers, bestow on me a babe, a boy enwreathed with lotuses, so that there may be here a man. <span style="color: #000000;">[Yajurved Adhyay 2, Mantra 33]</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="alt" src="images/stories/concubine/Yajurved Adhyay 2, Mantra 33.jpg" /></span></span></p> <p id="internal-source-marker_0.18083522669740582" style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">All prayers are for being granted a boy and none for a girl.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">Speaking of marriage Swami Dayanad Saraswati says,</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">&quot;In Sanskrit a daughter is called duhitri (from Du - distant, Hit - good), because the marriage of a girl to a man who comes from a distant country or distant part of the same country is productive of good.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="color: #993366;">&quot;If the bride&#39;s people do not live very far from her husband&#39;s home, there is a possibility of her parents becoming poor, as whenever she visits her parents, they will have to give her something or other by the way of a present.&quot;</span> [Satyarth Prakash Chapter 4, The advantages and disadvantages of distant and near marriages, Page 85]</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> See the article by Brother Mushafiq Sultan Women and the Vedic Dharma <a href="http://www.islamhinduism.com/responses/answering-agniveer/29-women-and-the-vedic-dharma">http://www.islamhinduism.com/responses/answering-agniveer/29-women-and-the-vedic-dharma</a></p> </div> Bismillah - Clearing the Confusion 2011-01-04T11:34:17+00:00 2011-01-04T11:34:17+00:00 http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/258-bismillah-clearing-the-confusion Md. Zeeshan Akhtar islamictreasure@hotmail.com <div class="feed-description"><div><a href="http://islamictreasure.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/bism.gif"><img style="float: left;" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-227" title="bism" src="http://islamictreasure.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/bism-241x300.gif" width="241" height="300" /></a> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="http://islamictreasure.com">By Md. Zeeshan Akhtar</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #339966;">Basmalah (reciting Bismillah) which means "In the name of Allah", has been an easy target for critics of Islam and has constantly been bombarded with illogical allegations. There stands a great need to clear out the very genuine queries which many non-muslim have regarding bismillah and also the need to answer all the allegations against it in order to stitch the mouth of all those illogical boasters who try and allege the authenticity of Islam.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"<span style="color: #333399;">ANY SIGNIFICANT ACT that does not begin 'in the name of Allah' is severed.</span>" (Nasa'i)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">So said our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), to impres upon us that remembering Allah at the commencement of things is the most civilizing of all the human habits and epitomizes the peak of Adab, good manners - and, by his own account, adab is at the very heart of all he was sent into the world to teach.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To begin any intellectual or physical endeavor "in the name of Allah" is to formulate properly one's intention and, therefore, to link that act deliberately to our worship, of Allah and nothing else. Beginning all matters of concern with the name of Allah is a feature unique to Islam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bismillah is recommended before starting any halaal (permissible in the Islamic Shariah) action or deed. For instance, Basmalah is recommended before starting a Khutbah (speech).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Basmalah is also recommended before one enters the place where he wants to relieve himself, there is a Hadith concerning this practice. Further, Basmalah is recommended at the beginning of ablution, for Imam Ahmad and the Sunan compilers recorded that Abu Hurayrah, Sa`id bin Zayd and Abu Sa`id narrated from the Prophet ,</p> <p class="Arabic-Text" style="text-align: justify;">«لَا وُضُوءَ لِمَنْ لَمْ يَذْكُرِ اسْمَ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ»</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(There is no valid ablution for he who did not mention Allah's Name in it.)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This Hadith is Hasan (good). Also, the Basmalah is recommended before eating, for Muslim recorded in his Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said to `Umar bin Abi Salamah while he was a child under his care,</p> <p class="Arabic-Text" style="text-align: justify;">«قُلْ بِسْمِ اللهِ وَكُلْ بِيَمِينِكَ وَكُلْ مِمَّا يَلِيكَ»</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Say Bismillah, eat with your right hand and eat from whatever is next to you.)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Some of the scholars stated that Basmalah before eating is obligatory. Basmalah before having sexual intercourse is also recommended.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Why is it important to say Bismillah? What is the wisdom behind it?</span></p> <hr /> <p>Beginnings are, indeed, empowering divides. But most of us forget to benefit from them because we pass through them with our worldly eyes attentive but our spirit asleep.For though all that we do in life, and that is done to us, has a defined beginning and a precise end, we mostly ignore the proper start of things (where connection lives), and totally disregard the end (until it is upon us with consequence).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For us Muslims, beginnings are like miqat, waymarks along the way. They have function and meaning. They signify an understanding of specific purposes in life and make possible the intention to fulfill our obligations in it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is a sincere desire to align our wills and lives with the will of Allah expressed in his commandments and directives. One moment you recognize that you are at the beginning of a new deed. The very next, you are saying <em>bismillah</em> before you actually enter in upon it, so that you can firmly bind that deed, be it a rite of worship or any other matter, to its longed for blessings and send it up to Allah, in humble hope of His acceptance of your small remembrance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Little though our deeds may be, the impact of their proper beginning is tremendous. It moves one's consciousness from disconnection to anticipation to invocation of the Name of the Highest, Allah ! Only then comes commencement. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When we say <em>bismillah</em> before beginning any act, it means that we are seeking Allah's blessings and help in the act which we are going to do next.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If a person makes the recitation of "Bismillah ir-rahmaan ir-rahim" a practice before anything which he does, then when he comes across an act which is not permissible in Islam i.e; haraam, like consuming alcohol, then due to his habit of saying bismillah, this bismillah will surely be uttered upon this impermissible act also. It will then make him halt and think that "Am I asking Allah to give me blessings and help me over an act that is haraam in Islam?" Due to the beauty of the meaning of bismillah and the nature of the act over which you are commencing it on, you will tend to refrain from it. Bismillah reminds you whether the task you are going to do next is permissible or not and if it is not permissible, then you will stop insha'allah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saying Bismillah before any Permissible action allows the person to carry out that action or task with a logical thought, with Allah's help. Starting with Allah's name will have a profound effect on the person's psychological thought processes. He will think clear. He will understand and make sense of his task better.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah will save that person from the evil of Shaitaan and add His mercy and blessings in his actions because when we call upon Allah like when we say Bismillah, Allah gives that person his attention. He listens to you.</p> Thus, this beautiful word <em>bismillah</em> is a magnificent reminder of our relationship to our Creator and our relationship to all of creation. In one simple word <em>bismillah</em> expresses our wonder, awe and thankfulness while it also expresses our innermost prayer that we may have the blessing of another breath, another moment of life, and that we may walk on a path of truth and understanding. To say <em>bismillah</em> is to humbly offer one's self as a vehicle for the glory and majesty of The One. <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Reason why Bismillah is there at the beginning of the Surahs in the Qur'an:</span></p> <hr /> <p>For us Muslims, it is sufficient enough that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) recited the Bismillah at the beginning of the Surahs, but this might not be enough for the critics of Islam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Everyone must be well aware of the very first revelation to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It was</p> <p class="Arabic-Text" style="text-align: justify;">(اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِى خَلَقَ)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #993300;">Aqra' Biāsmi Rabbika Al-Ladhī Khalaqa</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">(Read/Proclaim/Recite in the Name of your Lord who has created)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thus the very first command which Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) via Angel Jibreel (a.s.) was to "Recite or Read or Proclaim in the name of the creator" i.e; Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the very first revelation was instructed to convey Allah's message to the people by reading/reciting/proclaiming in Allah's name.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is also prophesised in the Bible in the Book of <strong>Isaiah Chapter 29 verse 12</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #008000;">And the book will be given to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When prophet Muhammad (pbuh) conveyed this or any message from Allah to the people, he began it in the name of Allah i.e; Bismillah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thus Bismillah at the beginning of Surah Alaq Chapter 96 or any other Surah in the Qur'an, is not a contradiction, instead it is the confirmation of Allah's commandment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Islam is a pure Monotheistic religion and Allah by his divine wisdom knew of the possibilities of people allegaging the revelations, thus the very first revelation was to proclaim in the name of the creator, removing even the minutest chance of the Qur'anic revelation being from someone other than Allah - the creator of everything.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Why Bismillah is missing in Surah Taubah (Chapter 9)?</span></p> <hr /> <p>The Holy Quran must always be understood in context. It is important to keep the historical background in view when reading each passage of the Holy Quran.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All the Surahs of The Holy Quran were not written or revealed in the same time. Revelations used to be revealed upon Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in discrete fashion. Which revelation is to be added to which Surah was also revealed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The answer to the confusion or rather allegation as to why there is no Bismillah in the beginning of Surah taubah can be well cleared with the report narrated by <strong>Ahmad,Dawud :: Book 3 : Hadith 785</strong>, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Ibn Hibbaan and al-Haakim from Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;">“I said to ‘Uthmaan, ‘What made you put al-Baraa’ah [al-Tawbah], which is one of the Mi’een next to al-Anfaal which is one of the Mathaani in the category of as-sab'u at-tiwal (the first long surah or chapters of the Qur'an)? Why did you not put the line Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem in between them when you put it at the beginning of the rest of al-Sab’ al-Tiwaal [the long seven soorahs]?” ‘Uthmaan said: “<span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to receive revelation of soorahs with many aayahs. When they were revealed, he would call his scribes and tell them, ‘Put these aayahs in the soorah where such-and-such is mentioned; and when one or two aayahs were revealed, he used to say similarly (regarding them). Al-Anfaal was one of the first soorahs to be revealed in Madeenah, and Baraa’ah (al-Tawbah) was one of the last parts of the Qur’aan to be revealed. Its contents/stories were similar to those mentioned in al-Anfaal, so it was thought that it was part of it. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was taken [i.e., died] without explaining whether it was indeed part of it, so they were put next to one another, and the line Bismillaahi ir’Rahmaan ir’Raheem was not written between them, and it [al-Tawbah] was put among the Sab’ al-Tiwaal [seven long soorahs].</span>”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(Al-Haakim said: its isnaad is saheeh, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him. Al-Mustadrak, 2/330)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Therefore the noble companions in the compilation of the Glorious Quran did not prefix it. This is a further proof of the fact that utmost care has been taken to keep the Holy Quran intact so that it should remain in its complete and original form.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Logically this Surah follows up the argument of the last Surah Anfal (Chapter 8), and indeed may be considered a part of it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Surah Anfal (Chapter 8), dealt with the large questions arising at the outset of the life of a new Ummah or organized nation; question of defense under attack, distribution of war acquisitions after victory, the virtues needed for concerted action, clemency and consideration for one's own and for enemies in the hour of victory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This Surah deals with the question; what is to be done if the enemy breaks faith and is guilty of the treachery?</p> <blockquote style="text-align: justify;">No nation can go on with a treaty if the other party violates it at will; but it is laid down that a period of four months should be allowed by way of notice after denunciation of the treaty; that due protection should be accorded in the intervening period; that there should always be open the door to repentance and reunion with the people of Allah; and if all these fall, and was must be undertaken, it must be pushed with the utmost vigour.</blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is mentioned in <strong>Sahih Muslim : The Book of Commentary (Kitab Al-Tafsir) : Book 43 : Hadith 7185</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;">Sa'id b. Jubair reported: I said to Ibn 'Abbas about Sura Tauba, whereupon he said: As for Sura Tauba, it is meant to humiliate (the non-believers and the hypocrites). There is constantly revealed in it (the pronoun) minhum (of them) and minhom (of them, i. e. such is the condition of some of them) till they (the Muslims) thought that none would be left unmentioned out of them who would not be blamed (for one fault or the other). I again said: What about Sura Anfal? He said: It pertains to the Battle of Badr. I again asked him about Sura al-Hashr. He said: It was revealed in connection with (the tribe) of Banu Nadir.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In view of the above Hadith, another reason why the Bismillah is not included at the beginning (of al-Tawbah) is that it came with the sword (i.e., the command to fight the kuffaar) and it exposes the hypocrites and their foul deeds in a manner that is not unlike any other soorah, and this theme is repeated throughout Soorat al-Tawbah. Allah knows best.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One may argue that the Surah prophesising Abu Lahab’s fate (<strong>Surah Masad Chapter 111</strong>) was also very strict, then why is their Bismillah before it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Well the answer to this is the very difference in nature of the starting verses of these two Surahs. Read them once and you will understand.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The tone is very different. Surah Taubah is a direct declaration of disassociation on breaching any treaty where as, Surah Masad (Chapter 111) was a prophecy of Abu Lahab and his family’s fate, not a warning or declaration of disassociation on breaching any treaty as is the case with Surah Taubah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also, Surah Taubah, as stated earlier, has similar contents as that of Surah Anfal and hence there are high chances of it being a continuation of Surah Anfal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A point to be noted is that, Abu Lahab lived for many years after this prophecy was revealed. He could have destroyed the credibility of Islam and the Prophet simply by pretending to convert. But he didn't....Allah knows all. It is the will of God that is revealed in the chapter above and neither Abu Lahab, nor anyone in the world can go against the will of God.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Bismillah even before Haraam acts?</span></p> <hr /> <p>There is no confusion in the Quran except if you are no willing to learn. The message is perfectly systematic.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now ignorant people might question that Bismillah is pronounced before most awful and unworthy tasks as per any norms of civilized society. To take name of Allah before doing such detestable tasks is an insult to Almighty who is considered pure and kind.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Again a very wrong misunderstanding of Islam. Bismillah is to be recited at the beginning of only good and noble deed for seeking blessing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Anything that is haraam or makrooh, whether it is words or actions, it is not permissible to start it with any mention of Allaah, may He be exalted, because that is disrespectful, and is starting sin with an act of obedience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now taking few of the most misinterpreted cases into consideration:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;">Before sacrificing an animal:</span></strong> We muslims believe that all good things are directed to Allah alone and hence before slaughtering an animal we say: Bismillah (“In the name of Allah”) because we don’t want to leave any scope or chances of people considering the fact that we are sacrificing for anyone else other than Allah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now if you have any problem with Muslims eating non-veg food, then google on the internet and you will get tons of reason as to why/how the non-veg foods are healthy and recommended etc and you will also find tens of verses from your very own scriptures proving to you that even non-veg food and these sacrifices are mentioned in your religions also, whether you belong to a Hinduism, Christianity etc.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Once you are convinced that non-veg is not prohibited for humans, then you should consider the fact that even if we don’t sacrifice, on Eid ul Adha, then also everyday in the market we get non veg foods. Moreover, we don’t sacrifice only for eating because as stated we get non-veg in markets, but rather this occasion is of showing brotherhood and of helping the poor and the needy. We have been commanded to distribute maximum amount of the slaughtered food to the poor, needy and to our relatives. We can for our own eating keep only 1/3 rd of the whole. Thus we do this noble deed of feeding the poor and the needy and distributing, by beginning in the name of Allah, Our creator.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;">While beginning to have sexual intercourse:</span></strong></span> Now, having intercourse with one’s own wife is neither an offence nor a dirty act. Sexual intercourse becomes dirty and haraam with anyone else other than your wife. So, those who consider it dirty enough might have indulged in more haraam relations apart from their wife.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">So, Islam recommends saying Bismillah i.e, In the name of Allah, while beginning to have intercourse with one’s wife only, not with anyone else. This is because it is recommended to seek Allah’s blessings before any noble and good deeds as stated earlier and sexual intercourse with one’s own wife is a good deed and he will be rewarded for that, because he is doing something halaal and avoiding something haraam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As it is mentioned in <strong>Sahih Muslim :: Book 5 : Hadith 2198</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;">Abu Dharr reported: some of the people from among the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said to him: Messenger of Allah, the rich have taken away (air the) reward. They observe prayer as we do; they keep the fasts as we keep, and tray give Sadaqa out of their surplus riches. Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: Has Allah not prescribed for you (a course) by following which you can (also) do sadaqa? In every declaration of the glorification of Allah (i. e. saying Subhan Allah) there is a Sadaqa, and every Takbir (i. e. saying Allah-O-Akbar) is a sadaqa, and every praise of His (saying al-Hamdu Lillah) is a Sadaqa and every declaration that He is One (La illha ill-Allah) is a sadaqa, and enjoining of good is a sadaqa, and forbidding of that which is evil is a Sadaqa, and in man's sexual Intercourse (with his wife, ) there is a Sadaqa. They (the Companions) said: Messenger of Allah, is there reward for him who satisfies his sexual passion among us? He said: Tell me, if he were to devote it to something forbidden, would it not be a sin on his part? Similarly, if he were to devote it to something lawful, he should have a reward.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">See the beauty of Islam, which no other religion has. Islam not only forbids Haraam relationships but in turn also shows way of how to avoid Haraam relationship.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Why does Allah say: “I start with the name of Allah”?</span></p> <hr /> <p>Now all those who allege the above allegation are either trying to mislead the people or showing their utter ignorance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Qur’an is the message of God to the people through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and our beloved prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to recite the verses revealed to him to the people in the name of Allah because he was commanded to do so in the very first revelation mentioned in Surah 96. Whenever a verse was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) , it was meant to be passed on to the people. Thus if Allah would have revealed every verse in 1st person and not have had referred to Himself in 2ndor 3rd person narrative, then people would have misunderstood and would have doubted the authenticity of the revelations and hence would have blaimed Muhammad (pbuh) to be the one giving/delivering message on his own behalf, rather than from Allah. And moreover today’s people would have then cited all the verses in 1st person and alleged Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to be claiming to be God himself.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Just take any verse where Allah has referred himself as “Allah” and replace it with 1st person i.e, “Me” or “I” and the error would be quite apparent. Take for example: Bismillah which means “In the name of Allah”. If 1st person is used then it would have meant “In my name”. Just imagine Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) saying to the people “I start in my name”.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Or take any such verse and replace it and you will see it for yourself. Example the first surah Chapter 1 verse 2 which says: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Alameen (Worlds)”. Now replace it with 1st person, it would become: “All the praises and thanks be to me, the Lord of the Alameen”. Imagine if the revelations were in such patterns then everyone including you and me would have believed that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was claiming to be God and that the revelations were not divine.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But, Alhaumdulillah (Praise be to Allah), Allah is our creator and his wisdom encompasses everything and is far superior than your or mine wisdom/thinking. In order to prevent people from misunderstanding and doubting the authenticity of the revelations, Allah revealed his name in many verses in the 3rd person and in many verses in 2nd person apart from some verses in 1st person.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But whenever Allah referred to himself in the 1st or 2nd person, in the context, at least once if not many, Allah referred to himself in 3rd person.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thus the above given argument of why Allah says "In the name of Allah" is totally an illogical allegation, made by those whose only purpose is to misrepresent the beauty and authenticity of Islam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah knew the need and intentions of every people and his divine wisdom shows it all.</p> <hr /> <p>Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa verse 122</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">The promise of Allah is true, and who can be truer in his word than Allah?</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 8 Surah Anfal verse 30</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">They plot and they plan, and Allah plots and plans! And Allah is indeed the Best of Planners!</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 33</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">He is Allah, Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the Right Way so that He may make it prevail over all the other ‘deens’, even though the pagans be much opposed to it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 58 Surah Mujadalah verse 22</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">They (the believers) are of the party of Allah. Truly it is the Party of Allah which will achieve True Success.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">May Allah guide you and us all to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem (the straight Path).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. 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Zeeshan Akhtar</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #339966;">Basmalah (reciting Bismillah) which means "In the name of Allah", has been an easy target for critics of Islam and has constantly been bombarded with illogical allegations. There stands a great need to clear out the very genuine queries which many non-muslim have regarding bismillah and also the need to answer all the allegations against it in order to stitch the mouth of all those illogical boasters who try and allege the authenticity of Islam.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"<span style="color: #333399;">ANY SIGNIFICANT ACT that does not begin 'in the name of Allah' is severed.</span>" (Nasa'i)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">So said our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), to impres upon us that remembering Allah at the commencement of things is the most civilizing of all the human habits and epitomizes the peak of Adab, good manners - and, by his own account, adab is at the very heart of all he was sent into the world to teach.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To begin any intellectual or physical endeavor "in the name of Allah" is to formulate properly one's intention and, therefore, to link that act deliberately to our worship, of Allah and nothing else. Beginning all matters of concern with the name of Allah is a feature unique to Islam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bismillah is recommended before starting any halaal (permissible in the Islamic Shariah) action or deed. For instance, Basmalah is recommended before starting a Khutbah (speech).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Basmalah is also recommended before one enters the place where he wants to relieve himself, there is a Hadith concerning this practice. Further, Basmalah is recommended at the beginning of ablution, for Imam Ahmad and the Sunan compilers recorded that Abu Hurayrah, Sa`id bin Zayd and Abu Sa`id narrated from the Prophet ,</p> <p class="Arabic-Text" style="text-align: justify;">«لَا وُضُوءَ لِمَنْ لَمْ يَذْكُرِ اسْمَ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ»</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(There is no valid ablution for he who did not mention Allah's Name in it.)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This Hadith is Hasan (good). Also, the Basmalah is recommended before eating, for Muslim recorded in his Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said to `Umar bin Abi Salamah while he was a child under his care,</p> <p class="Arabic-Text" style="text-align: justify;">«قُلْ بِسْمِ اللهِ وَكُلْ بِيَمِينِكَ وَكُلْ مِمَّا يَلِيكَ»</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Say Bismillah, eat with your right hand and eat from whatever is next to you.)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Some of the scholars stated that Basmalah before eating is obligatory. Basmalah before having sexual intercourse is also recommended.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Why is it important to say Bismillah? What is the wisdom behind it?</span></p> <hr /> <p>Beginnings are, indeed, empowering divides. But most of us forget to benefit from them because we pass through them with our worldly eyes attentive but our spirit asleep.For though all that we do in life, and that is done to us, has a defined beginning and a precise end, we mostly ignore the proper start of things (where connection lives), and totally disregard the end (until it is upon us with consequence).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For us Muslims, beginnings are like miqat, waymarks along the way. They have function and meaning. They signify an understanding of specific purposes in life and make possible the intention to fulfill our obligations in it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is a sincere desire to align our wills and lives with the will of Allah expressed in his commandments and directives. One moment you recognize that you are at the beginning of a new deed. The very next, you are saying <em>bismillah</em> before you actually enter in upon it, so that you can firmly bind that deed, be it a rite of worship or any other matter, to its longed for blessings and send it up to Allah, in humble hope of His acceptance of your small remembrance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Little though our deeds may be, the impact of their proper beginning is tremendous. It moves one's consciousness from disconnection to anticipation to invocation of the Name of the Highest, Allah ! Only then comes commencement. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When we say <em>bismillah</em> before beginning any act, it means that we are seeking Allah's blessings and help in the act which we are going to do next.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If a person makes the recitation of "Bismillah ir-rahmaan ir-rahim" a practice before anything which he does, then when he comes across an act which is not permissible in Islam i.e; haraam, like consuming alcohol, then due to his habit of saying bismillah, this bismillah will surely be uttered upon this impermissible act also. It will then make him halt and think that "Am I asking Allah to give me blessings and help me over an act that is haraam in Islam?" Due to the beauty of the meaning of bismillah and the nature of the act over which you are commencing it on, you will tend to refrain from it. Bismillah reminds you whether the task you are going to do next is permissible or not and if it is not permissible, then you will stop insha'allah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saying Bismillah before any Permissible action allows the person to carry out that action or task with a logical thought, with Allah's help. Starting with Allah's name will have a profound effect on the person's psychological thought processes. He will think clear. He will understand and make sense of his task better.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah will save that person from the evil of Shaitaan and add His mercy and blessings in his actions because when we call upon Allah like when we say Bismillah, Allah gives that person his attention. He listens to you.</p> Thus, this beautiful word <em>bismillah</em> is a magnificent reminder of our relationship to our Creator and our relationship to all of creation. In one simple word <em>bismillah</em> expresses our wonder, awe and thankfulness while it also expresses our innermost prayer that we may have the blessing of another breath, another moment of life, and that we may walk on a path of truth and understanding. To say <em>bismillah</em> is to humbly offer one's self as a vehicle for the glory and majesty of The One. <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Reason why Bismillah is there at the beginning of the Surahs in the Qur'an:</span></p> <hr /> <p>For us Muslims, it is sufficient enough that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) recited the Bismillah at the beginning of the Surahs, but this might not be enough for the critics of Islam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Everyone must be well aware of the very first revelation to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It was</p> <p class="Arabic-Text" style="text-align: justify;">(اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِى خَلَقَ)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #993300;">Aqra' Biāsmi Rabbika Al-Ladhī Khalaqa</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">(Read/Proclaim/Recite in the Name of your Lord who has created)</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thus the very first command which Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) via Angel Jibreel (a.s.) was to "Recite or Read or Proclaim in the name of the creator" i.e; Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the very first revelation was instructed to convey Allah's message to the people by reading/reciting/proclaiming in Allah's name.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is also prophesised in the Bible in the Book of <strong>Isaiah Chapter 29 verse 12</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #008000;">And the book will be given to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When prophet Muhammad (pbuh) conveyed this or any message from Allah to the people, he began it in the name of Allah i.e; Bismillah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thus Bismillah at the beginning of Surah Alaq Chapter 96 or any other Surah in the Qur'an, is not a contradiction, instead it is the confirmation of Allah's commandment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Islam is a pure Monotheistic religion and Allah by his divine wisdom knew of the possibilities of people allegaging the revelations, thus the very first revelation was to proclaim in the name of the creator, removing even the minutest chance of the Qur'anic revelation being from someone other than Allah - the creator of everything.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Why Bismillah is missing in Surah Taubah (Chapter 9)?</span></p> <hr /> <p>The Holy Quran must always be understood in context. It is important to keep the historical background in view when reading each passage of the Holy Quran.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All the Surahs of The Holy Quran were not written or revealed in the same time. Revelations used to be revealed upon Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in discrete fashion. Which revelation is to be added to which Surah was also revealed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The answer to the confusion or rather allegation as to why there is no Bismillah in the beginning of Surah taubah can be well cleared with the report narrated by <strong>Ahmad,Dawud :: Book 3 : Hadith 785</strong>, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Ibn Hibbaan and al-Haakim from Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;">“I said to ‘Uthmaan, ‘What made you put al-Baraa’ah [al-Tawbah], which is one of the Mi’een next to al-Anfaal which is one of the Mathaani in the category of as-sab'u at-tiwal (the first long surah or chapters of the Qur'an)? Why did you not put the line Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem in between them when you put it at the beginning of the rest of al-Sab’ al-Tiwaal [the long seven soorahs]?” ‘Uthmaan said: “<span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to receive revelation of soorahs with many aayahs. When they were revealed, he would call his scribes and tell them, ‘Put these aayahs in the soorah where such-and-such is mentioned; and when one or two aayahs were revealed, he used to say similarly (regarding them). Al-Anfaal was one of the first soorahs to be revealed in Madeenah, and Baraa’ah (al-Tawbah) was one of the last parts of the Qur’aan to be revealed. Its contents/stories were similar to those mentioned in al-Anfaal, so it was thought that it was part of it. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was taken [i.e., died] without explaining whether it was indeed part of it, so they were put next to one another, and the line Bismillaahi ir’Rahmaan ir’Raheem was not written between them, and it [al-Tawbah] was put among the Sab’ al-Tiwaal [seven long soorahs].</span>”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(Al-Haakim said: its isnaad is saheeh, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him. Al-Mustadrak, 2/330)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Therefore the noble companions in the compilation of the Glorious Quran did not prefix it. This is a further proof of the fact that utmost care has been taken to keep the Holy Quran intact so that it should remain in its complete and original form.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Logically this Surah follows up the argument of the last Surah Anfal (Chapter 8), and indeed may be considered a part of it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Surah Anfal (Chapter 8), dealt with the large questions arising at the outset of the life of a new Ummah or organized nation; question of defense under attack, distribution of war acquisitions after victory, the virtues needed for concerted action, clemency and consideration for one's own and for enemies in the hour of victory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This Surah deals with the question; what is to be done if the enemy breaks faith and is guilty of the treachery?</p> <blockquote style="text-align: justify;">No nation can go on with a treaty if the other party violates it at will; but it is laid down that a period of four months should be allowed by way of notice after denunciation of the treaty; that due protection should be accorded in the intervening period; that there should always be open the door to repentance and reunion with the people of Allah; and if all these fall, and was must be undertaken, it must be pushed with the utmost vigour.</blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is mentioned in <strong>Sahih Muslim : The Book of Commentary (Kitab Al-Tafsir) : Book 43 : Hadith 7185</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;">Sa'id b. Jubair reported: I said to Ibn 'Abbas about Sura Tauba, whereupon he said: As for Sura Tauba, it is meant to humiliate (the non-believers and the hypocrites). There is constantly revealed in it (the pronoun) minhum (of them) and minhom (of them, i. e. such is the condition of some of them) till they (the Muslims) thought that none would be left unmentioned out of them who would not be blamed (for one fault or the other). I again said: What about Sura Anfal? He said: It pertains to the Battle of Badr. I again asked him about Sura al-Hashr. He said: It was revealed in connection with (the tribe) of Banu Nadir.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In view of the above Hadith, another reason why the Bismillah is not included at the beginning (of al-Tawbah) is that it came with the sword (i.e., the command to fight the kuffaar) and it exposes the hypocrites and their foul deeds in a manner that is not unlike any other soorah, and this theme is repeated throughout Soorat al-Tawbah. Allah knows best.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One may argue that the Surah prophesising Abu Lahab’s fate (<strong>Surah Masad Chapter 111</strong>) was also very strict, then why is their Bismillah before it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Well the answer to this is the very difference in nature of the starting verses of these two Surahs. Read them once and you will understand.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The tone is very different. Surah Taubah is a direct declaration of disassociation on breaching any treaty where as, Surah Masad (Chapter 111) was a prophecy of Abu Lahab and his family’s fate, not a warning or declaration of disassociation on breaching any treaty as is the case with Surah Taubah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also, Surah Taubah, as stated earlier, has similar contents as that of Surah Anfal and hence there are high chances of it being a continuation of Surah Anfal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A point to be noted is that, Abu Lahab lived for many years after this prophecy was revealed. He could have destroyed the credibility of Islam and the Prophet simply by pretending to convert. But he didn't....Allah knows all. It is the will of God that is revealed in the chapter above and neither Abu Lahab, nor anyone in the world can go against the will of God.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Bismillah even before Haraam acts?</span></p> <hr /> <p>There is no confusion in the Quran except if you are no willing to learn. The message is perfectly systematic.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now ignorant people might question that Bismillah is pronounced before most awful and unworthy tasks as per any norms of civilized society. To take name of Allah before doing such detestable tasks is an insult to Almighty who is considered pure and kind.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Again a very wrong misunderstanding of Islam. Bismillah is to be recited at the beginning of only good and noble deed for seeking blessing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Anything that is haraam or makrooh, whether it is words or actions, it is not permissible to start it with any mention of Allaah, may He be exalted, because that is disrespectful, and is starting sin with an act of obedience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now taking few of the most misinterpreted cases into consideration:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;">Before sacrificing an animal:</span></strong> We muslims believe that all good things are directed to Allah alone and hence before slaughtering an animal we say: Bismillah (“In the name of Allah”) because we don’t want to leave any scope or chances of people considering the fact that we are sacrificing for anyone else other than Allah.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now if you have any problem with Muslims eating non-veg food, then google on the internet and you will get tons of reason as to why/how the non-veg foods are healthy and recommended etc and you will also find tens of verses from your very own scriptures proving to you that even non-veg food and these sacrifices are mentioned in your religions also, whether you belong to a Hinduism, Christianity etc.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Once you are convinced that non-veg is not prohibited for humans, then you should consider the fact that even if we don’t sacrifice, on Eid ul Adha, then also everyday in the market we get non veg foods. Moreover, we don’t sacrifice only for eating because as stated we get non-veg in markets, but rather this occasion is of showing brotherhood and of helping the poor and the needy. We have been commanded to distribute maximum amount of the slaughtered food to the poor, needy and to our relatives. We can for our own eating keep only 1/3 rd of the whole. Thus we do this noble deed of feeding the poor and the needy and distributing, by beginning in the name of Allah, Our creator.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;">While beginning to have sexual intercourse:</span></strong></span> Now, having intercourse with one’s own wife is neither an offence nor a dirty act. Sexual intercourse becomes dirty and haraam with anyone else other than your wife. So, those who consider it dirty enough might have indulged in more haraam relations apart from their wife.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">So, Islam recommends saying Bismillah i.e, In the name of Allah, while beginning to have intercourse with one’s wife only, not with anyone else. This is because it is recommended to seek Allah’s blessings before any noble and good deeds as stated earlier and sexual intercourse with one’s own wife is a good deed and he will be rewarded for that, because he is doing something halaal and avoiding something haraam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As it is mentioned in <strong>Sahih Muslim :: Book 5 : Hadith 2198</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333399;">Abu Dharr reported: some of the people from among the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said to him: Messenger of Allah, the rich have taken away (air the) reward. They observe prayer as we do; they keep the fasts as we keep, and tray give Sadaqa out of their surplus riches. Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: Has Allah not prescribed for you (a course) by following which you can (also) do sadaqa? In every declaration of the glorification of Allah (i. e. saying Subhan Allah) there is a Sadaqa, and every Takbir (i. e. saying Allah-O-Akbar) is a sadaqa, and every praise of His (saying al-Hamdu Lillah) is a Sadaqa and every declaration that He is One (La illha ill-Allah) is a sadaqa, and enjoining of good is a sadaqa, and forbidding of that which is evil is a Sadaqa, and in man's sexual Intercourse (with his wife, ) there is a Sadaqa. They (the Companions) said: Messenger of Allah, is there reward for him who satisfies his sexual passion among us? He said: Tell me, if he were to devote it to something forbidden, would it not be a sin on his part? Similarly, if he were to devote it to something lawful, he should have a reward.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">See the beauty of Islam, which no other religion has. Islam not only forbids Haraam relationships but in turn also shows way of how to avoid Haraam relationship.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah Knows Best.</p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Why does Allah say: “I start with the name of Allah”?</span></p> <hr /> <p>Now all those who allege the above allegation are either trying to mislead the people or showing their utter ignorance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Qur’an is the message of God to the people through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and our beloved prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to recite the verses revealed to him to the people in the name of Allah because he was commanded to do so in the very first revelation mentioned in Surah 96. Whenever a verse was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) , it was meant to be passed on to the people. Thus if Allah would have revealed every verse in 1st person and not have had referred to Himself in 2ndor 3rd person narrative, then people would have misunderstood and would have doubted the authenticity of the revelations and hence would have blaimed Muhammad (pbuh) to be the one giving/delivering message on his own behalf, rather than from Allah. And moreover today’s people would have then cited all the verses in 1st person and alleged Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to be claiming to be God himself.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Just take any verse where Allah has referred himself as “Allah” and replace it with 1st person i.e, “Me” or “I” and the error would be quite apparent. Take for example: Bismillah which means “In the name of Allah”. If 1st person is used then it would have meant “In my name”. Just imagine Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) saying to the people “I start in my name”.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Or take any such verse and replace it and you will see it for yourself. Example the first surah Chapter 1 verse 2 which says: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Alameen (Worlds)”. Now replace it with 1st person, it would become: “All the praises and thanks be to me, the Lord of the Alameen”. Imagine if the revelations were in such patterns then everyone including you and me would have believed that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was claiming to be God and that the revelations were not divine.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But, Alhaumdulillah (Praise be to Allah), Allah is our creator and his wisdom encompasses everything and is far superior than your or mine wisdom/thinking. In order to prevent people from misunderstanding and doubting the authenticity of the revelations, Allah revealed his name in many verses in the 3rd person and in many verses in 2nd person apart from some verses in 1st person.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But whenever Allah referred to himself in the 1st or 2nd person, in the context, at least once if not many, Allah referred to himself in 3rd person.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thus the above given argument of why Allah says "In the name of Allah" is totally an illogical allegation, made by those whose only purpose is to misrepresent the beauty and authenticity of Islam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah knew the need and intentions of every people and his divine wisdom shows it all.</p> <hr /> <p>Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa verse 122</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">The promise of Allah is true, and who can be truer in his word than Allah?</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 8 Surah Anfal verse 30</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">They plot and they plan, and Allah plots and plans! And Allah is indeed the Best of Planners!</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 33</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">He is Allah, Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the Right Way so that He may make it prevail over all the other ‘deens’, even though the pagans be much opposed to it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allah says in the Holy Quran <strong>Chapter 58 Surah Mujadalah verse 22</strong>:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #800080;">They (the believers) are of the party of Allah. Truly it is the Party of Allah which will achieve True Success.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">May Allah guide you and us all to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem (the straight Path).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. 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The answer however remains the same – the dominant version of Islam today, as preached by likes of <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span></em>, Osama Bin Laden, Talibanis, Saudi Mullahs etc are the greatest threat for humanity today.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Answer:</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Well Islam doesn’t depend on any individual or on his ideology, the Islam as you’re portraying or understanding is wrong. Regarding Zakir Naik (as you first took his name) he himself preaches that believe what is proven from Quran and Sunnah, not his own opinion. Similarly when Qur’an has clearly stated that Surah Al Maidah Chapter 5 Verse 32 that :</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">“Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">When it is surprising a religion which prohibits killing innocent ones how can it be a threat to humanity? In spite of this people who are the followers of their desires and want to spread mischief amongst the human kind they will not agree with Islam because at the same time Islam states unequivocally about Justice that :</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">“O Ye who believe! be ye maintainers of justice, bearers of testimony for Allahs sake, though it be against yourselves or your parents or kindred. Be he rich or poor, Allah is nigher unto either wherefore follow not the passion, lest ye deviate. If ye incline or turn away, then verily of that which ye work Allah is ever Aware.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">(Surah An-Nisa Chapter 4 Verse 135)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">And at the same time regarding other Muslis Osama Bin Laden etc, we nobody can trust on Media which always show Double Standards. Neither the information comes from the Media can be authentic.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Let us have a look at here :</span><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> Mumbai based businessman arrested for ‘raping’ his own daughters for 9 years on saying of a Tantrik.</span></span><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.zorsebol.com/issues/mumbai-based-businessman-arrested-for-raping-his-own-daughters/"></a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.zorsebol.com/issues/mumbai-based-businessman-arrested-for-raping-his-own-daughters/">http://www.zorsebol.com/issues/mumbai-based-businessman-arrested-for-raping-his-own-daughters/</a></span><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-businessman-held-for-raping-daughters/88076-3.html"></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-businessman-held-for-raping-daughters/88076-3.html">http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-businessman-held-for-raping-daughters/88076-3.html</a></span></span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Now how much true it is? Do we blame the Hindus for this Tantrik? Or the Indian Government? Or the Media?</span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Now still our Qur’an says that whenever any information comes to you first verify it then propagate it.</span></p> <h2><span style="color: #000080;">Al-Qur’an (49:6)</span></h2> <p><span style="color: #000080;">A large number of articles on the site expose the fraudulent claims of witchdoctors of Islam like <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span></em> and showcase why it is utter foolishness to regard only Quran as final word of Allah and all the rest of the books on earth as redundant for seeking Him. We have explored fallacies and contradictions in Quran, status of women in Islam, fanaticism and its cause in Islam and host of other topics. The impact has been tremendous and we have now a huge number of rational Muslims seeking ways to wiggle out of clutches of fanatic Islam. Many have agreed to believe in Rebirth and Theory of Karma. Others admit that all the Sahih Hadiths (True Sayings of Muhammad) are not true, unlike claims of the clerics that those who refuse to believe in Sahih Hadiths would go to Hell.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Today we have several hundred pages of ‘summarized’ content on Islam on the site. Thus it becomes confusing for a newcomer to grasp the core essence. Hence we present here the key concerns with Islam why it is the greatest threat for humanity today.</span></p> <h2><span style="color: #000080;">Our Answer :</span></h2> <h2><span style="color: #000080;">Brother I request you to don’t use words like foolishness or etc because it will spread hatred, see the beauty of the Qur’an :</span></h2> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Call them unto the way of thy Lord with Wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them with that which is best. ( Surah An-Nahl Chapter 16 Verse 125 )</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">So if you want to bring people together on one single platform please be wise in calling towards it. Brother don’t get annoyed if you have any verse or claim from your scriptures that your Scripture is the final word of God, then it is good to spread but since we find in the Qur’an that it is the last word of God Almighty and its beauty and not corrupted since 1400 years it is a fact itself that not only Muslims but also Non-Muslims accepted this fact. Whenever we have to believe in a thing everybody first check its authenticity, but how can we trust a scripture as a whole or to be the word of God Almighty to which their own people doesn’t know when it came into existence. As for your errors or misunderstanding as I have read out your articles it is your misunderstanding of Islam, and in the very same site your articles have been replied. I just point out some Big Errors from your articles which a common Muslim child even knew.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">You’re confused in your Article Was Islam a Revelation of Allah, that whether Adam is Prophet or not, The concept of God as to which Muslims believe, whether Prophet Muhammad was the last messenger or not etc. These are very Basic Beliefs and proven directly from Quran and Sunnah and the Salaf as I stated in that article of mine.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Well Regarding your Karma theory and Rebirth, if you compare many then in fact Muslims are large in numbers than the Hindus, not only Muslims the Christians as well and they don’t believe in the theory what you propounded. But in Islam and naturally the Justice is that Majority is not a proof to accept something, as I mentioned previously the Media showed that the Tantric Influenced Man raped her own daughter, so whatever the Majority says will you accept it ?. Maybe you can brother, but a sensible person will see the truth not the majority. Brother as I advised you that Islam doesn’t depend on any sect or individual ideology but rather on Quran and Sunnah and the Understanding of Salaf, So as the Shias doesn’t believe in Qur’an similarly if someone doesn’t believe in Hadiths, then it is against the Quran and Sunnah thus rejected. Islam is simple and easy, follow the Quran and Sunnah.</span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"> <hr /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">We shall not get into analysis of scriptures here. On contrary, we would assume that scholars and major schools of Islam like <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span></em>, Darul Uloom, Barelvi, Qadiyani etc represent true Islam in their own rights. We would also assume that they know more about Islam than Agniveer or anyone else questioning Islam. So if these prominent ‘experts’ and representatives of Islam can issue the following verdicts and their stands on these topics very clearly in most unambiguous terms, there would be no reason for anyone to consider Islam to be a threat. And Agniveer would be more than glad to remove all articles on Islam. Further it would launch a pro-active campaign to urge all other so-called anti-Islamic sites to shut downs.</span> <hr /> </span></p> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #000080;">Our Answer:</span></span></h2> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #000080;">Brother we urge you to read Quran and Sunnah Under any Good Scholar, don’t look what the different sect says.</span></span></h2> <p><span style="color: #000080;">The verdicts we demand from these ‘experts’ are most reasonable and rational and have nothing offensive about it. It is the absence of clarity on following issues that causes all rational minds to be scared of Islamic terrorism and doubt even innocent fellow Muslims.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>So Islam will not be perceived as a threat if, the clerics and experts state that: </strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">1. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">It is not necessary that all non-Muslims, regardless of their good deeds, will burn in Hell forever. </span>Thus, if there is a benevolent non-Muslim who refuses to believe in Quran, despite being given an invitation to embrace Islam, because he or she did not find Quran convincing, or because he or she does know Arabic, or a host of other reasons, it does not mean he or she is disqualified from entering into Heaven and must burn in Hell forever.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">For example, the great saints, freedom fighters, soldiers and social workers who lived a pious life, knew about Quran, but remained non-Muslim because Quran did not appeal to them, would not go to Hell. (Refer following video by Islamic terrorist Zakir Naik where he gives a most stupid logic that can impress only psychopaths)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Brother suppose if someone doesn’t believe in Qur’an then why does he fear for hell? A person who has not yet joined school why does he fear to complete his homework, but when if someone is convinced with Qur’an it is his own choice to accept or reject, surely nobody will force you to accept Islam as mentioned in Qur’an Chapter 2 Verse 256 that “There is no Compulsion in Religion”. So it is for those who is already in the School means in Islam, so when they’re convinced, nobody is forcing (if anybody was forcing to accept Islam then all the people would have been Muslims in India because Muslims ruled over them) you or them who doesn’t believe, so when they doesn’t believe then why they are disturbed?. A Normal man will never be disturbed from a thing on which he doesn’t belief.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">2. It is not necessary that a criminal would go to Heaven simply because he surrenders to Quran and Islam and says a ‘sorry’!. So all those terrorists who kill, rape or loot in name of Islam would go to Hell and should be openly condemned by Muslims regardless of their religion.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">It is again, this question arises here. The Problem would have been arises if there is an Islamic Government and the Muslim ruler Punishes the sinful people for example Qur’an states punishment for robbers to chop off their hands. But when the case of any Muslim comes he would forgive him due to his sorry. But in reality that is not the case if any person commit any crime if it is proven then he will be punished as the punish is mentioned. As for the punishment after the life of death, if somebody doesn’t believe in the Quran then why he has to fear the Quranic punishment in Hell. And those who believe they don’t have problem. And those who don’t believe how can they have problem? When Qur’an clearly states to do Justice. However in several places in Quran and Sunnah the sinners are told to be punished whether they’re Muslim or Non-Muslim.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">3. A woman is not bereft of intelligence or half-intelligent compared to men as claimed in several verses of Quran/ Hadiths. Allah allows women the same social, legal and political opportunities in life that He endows to men.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Read here for reply to this allegation :</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/">http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">4. The concept of Jazia tax on non-Muslims is disgusting. Social, political and criminal regulations should be same for everyone regardless of religion.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/jizya-islam/">http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/jizya-islam/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">5. The English translations of Quran by likes of Yusuf Ali, Pickthall, Dawood; Tafseers of Sahih International, Jalalyn; Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim as published by Islamic publishers and websites suffer from discrepancies and DO NOT correctly represent Islam.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Because these are the only translations which are used for questioning Islam. The Muslim debaters would refuse to admit that these translations are wrong (because Islam forbids them to condemn other Muslims) but yet try to allege that anti-Islamic material is used to demean Islam!</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">The fact is that ONLY Islamic texts published by Islamic publishers is used to question Islam, be it by Agniveer or by Faith Freedom or by Islam Watch etc. So if there is anything objectionable in sources cited by those questioning Islam, the ‘experts’ should clearly state that they reject the authenticity of the sources even if it is an Islamic publication.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Well Quran has been revealed in Arabic, so the Translation is the work of Human being. So the chances of error arise in the Human work, and every Scholar including Zakir Naik told several times in his lectures that Translation 100 percent cannot be correct. So better is to learn and Read Arabic.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">6. The Sahih (True) Hadiths (sayings of Muhammad) which talk of rape of war victims, or killing children and other disgusting things (refer Zakir Naik claims Islam – The ONLY Practical Religion of World! and Practical Islam – Science of Hygiene ) are wrong and NOT part of Islam.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">I already stated previously that Islam is based upon Quran and Sunnah, so due to your misunderstanding we don’t anything, but brother it is you who have to understand it correctly as you yourself accepted that you’re not aware of Islam as the Scholars are.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">For Islam Hygiene.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/answering-agniveer/agniveer-islam-hygiene/">http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/answering-agniveer/agniveer-islam-hygiene/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">To Understand Concept of Jihad, rather then his own misunderstandings.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/jihad-in-islam-and-in-hinduism/">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/jihad-in-islam-and-in-hinduism/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">7. A Muslim who could not find Islam addressing his questions and converts to another religion does not require to be killed for apostasy as per Islamic laws, even if he propagates his new religion. Those who KILL apostates or justify their killing in Islamic state are greatest criminals. (Refer <a href="http://agniveer.com/2623/1804/terrorist-naik/" target="_blank" title="Zakir Naik – the mentor of terrorists">Zakir Naik – the mentor of terrorists</a>)</span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">As far Apostasy is concerned Islam is not a Religion like others, Islam deals with every aspect of life whether it be social, economical etc. And first of all killing the Apostate is only allowed to Islamic State not to every Muslim Individual otherwise no apostate would have been alive. So when there is no Islamic State and any individual killing any apostate how can this question be raised ? when the man doesn’t raised the question here that Islam doesn’t force people to accept Islam. So similarly if this question would have been asked regarding his own Country Rule ? Surely he would have defended and honored this rule or even we see there are people who love their country so much they even ready to take rules in their hands.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">8. All those Muslim rulers like Babur who admit in their own biography of indulging into pedophilia, homosexuality, cutting thousands of head, narcotics and keeping harem of women are not actually Muslims but disgrace in name of Islam. (Refer <a href="http://agniveer.com/2623/1817/babri-masjid/" target="_blank" title="Babri Masjid demolition – Symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity"><em>Babri</em> Masjid demolition – Symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity</a> )</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">9. All those clerics, organizations and countries that call for constant war against non-Muslims are against Islam and criminals. For example refer to following fatwa issued from Saudi Arabia:</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://cdn.agniveer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/hi_Is_it_Oblibatory_for_Non-Muslims_to_Accept_ISLAM.pdf">Fatwa_It is Obligatory for Non-Muslims to Accept ISLAM</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">10. Non-Muslims should have the same rights to propagate their beliefs in Islamic countries, (so far the beliefs are not criminal, immoral and violent) as Muslims have the right to propagate Islam in non-Islamic countries. But if Muslims believe that it is against Islam to allow preaching of any other religion in Islamic countries, then they should also stop propagating Islam in other countries.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">That Ruler is not Quran or Sunnah, First of all it is mentioned in the Quran clearly that There is no compulsion, they why are you running away behind a verdict ? And I can post a same question ? why don’t all hindus get together and start issuing verdict against Rapist Swamis. Islam is a complete religion which is complete from every perspective so it doesn’t need anyone other religions ideology unlike Hinduism which even doesn’t know when it came into existence ? So how can you compare Islam with other religions.</span></p></div> <div class="feed-description"><p><span style="color: #000080;">Islam will not be a threat if…</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">We are asked innumerable times the same question – Why Agniveer is so obsessed with questioning Islam? The answer however remains the same – the dominant version of Islam today, as preached by likes of <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span></em>, Osama Bin Laden, Talibanis, Saudi Mullahs etc are the greatest threat for humanity today.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Answer:</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Well Islam doesn’t depend on any individual or on his ideology, the Islam as you’re portraying or understanding is wrong. Regarding Zakir Naik (as you first took his name) he himself preaches that believe what is proven from Quran and Sunnah, not his own opinion. Similarly when Qur’an has clearly stated that Surah Al Maidah Chapter 5 Verse 32 that :</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">“Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">When it is surprising a religion which prohibits killing innocent ones how can it be a threat to humanity? In spite of this people who are the followers of their desires and want to spread mischief amongst the human kind they will not agree with Islam because at the same time Islam states unequivocally about Justice that :</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">“O Ye who believe! be ye maintainers of justice, bearers of testimony for Allahs sake, though it be against yourselves or your parents or kindred. Be he rich or poor, Allah is nigher unto either wherefore follow not the passion, lest ye deviate. If ye incline or turn away, then verily of that which ye work Allah is ever Aware.”</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">(Surah An-Nisa Chapter 4 Verse 135)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">And at the same time regarding other Muslis Osama Bin Laden etc, we nobody can trust on Media which always show Double Standards. Neither the information comes from the Media can be authentic.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Let us have a look at here :</span><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> Mumbai based businessman arrested for ‘raping’ his own daughters for 9 years on saying of a Tantrik.</span></span><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.zorsebol.com/issues/mumbai-based-businessman-arrested-for-raping-his-own-daughters/"></a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.zorsebol.com/issues/mumbai-based-businessman-arrested-for-raping-his-own-daughters/">http://www.zorsebol.com/issues/mumbai-based-businessman-arrested-for-raping-his-own-daughters/</a></span><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-businessman-held-for-raping-daughters/88076-3.html"></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-businessman-held-for-raping-daughters/88076-3.html">http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-businessman-held-for-raping-daughters/88076-3.html</a></span></span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Now how much true it is? Do we blame the Hindus for this Tantrik? Or the Indian Government? Or the Media?</span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Now still our Qur’an says that whenever any information comes to you first verify it then propagate it.</span></p> <h2><span style="color: #000080;">Al-Qur’an (49:6)</span></h2> <p><span style="color: #000080;">A large number of articles on the site expose the fraudulent claims of witchdoctors of Islam like <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span></em> and showcase why it is utter foolishness to regard only Quran as final word of Allah and all the rest of the books on earth as redundant for seeking Him. We have explored fallacies and contradictions in Quran, status of women in Islam, fanaticism and its cause in Islam and host of other topics. The impact has been tremendous and we have now a huge number of rational Muslims seeking ways to wiggle out of clutches of fanatic Islam. Many have agreed to believe in Rebirth and Theory of Karma. Others admit that all the Sahih Hadiths (True Sayings of Muhammad) are not true, unlike claims of the clerics that those who refuse to believe in Sahih Hadiths would go to Hell.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Today we have several hundred pages of ‘summarized’ content on Islam on the site. Thus it becomes confusing for a newcomer to grasp the core essence. Hence we present here the key concerns with Islam why it is the greatest threat for humanity today.</span></p> <h2><span style="color: #000080;">Our Answer :</span></h2> <h2><span style="color: #000080;">Brother I request you to don’t use words like foolishness or etc because it will spread hatred, see the beauty of the Qur’an :</span></h2> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Call them unto the way of thy Lord with Wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them with that which is best. ( Surah An-Nahl Chapter 16 Verse 125 )</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">So if you want to bring people together on one single platform please be wise in calling towards it. Brother don’t get annoyed if you have any verse or claim from your scriptures that your Scripture is the final word of God, then it is good to spread but since we find in the Qur’an that it is the last word of God Almighty and its beauty and not corrupted since 1400 years it is a fact itself that not only Muslims but also Non-Muslims accepted this fact. Whenever we have to believe in a thing everybody first check its authenticity, but how can we trust a scripture as a whole or to be the word of God Almighty to which their own people doesn’t know when it came into existence. As for your errors or misunderstanding as I have read out your articles it is your misunderstanding of Islam, and in the very same site your articles have been replied. I just point out some Big Errors from your articles which a common Muslim child even knew.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">You’re confused in your Article Was Islam a Revelation of Allah, that whether Adam is Prophet or not, The concept of God as to which Muslims believe, whether Prophet Muhammad was the last messenger or not etc. These are very Basic Beliefs and proven directly from Quran and Sunnah and the Salaf as I stated in that article of mine.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Well Regarding your Karma theory and Rebirth, if you compare many then in fact Muslims are large in numbers than the Hindus, not only Muslims the Christians as well and they don’t believe in the theory what you propounded. But in Islam and naturally the Justice is that Majority is not a proof to accept something, as I mentioned previously the Media showed that the Tantric Influenced Man raped her own daughter, so whatever the Majority says will you accept it ?. Maybe you can brother, but a sensible person will see the truth not the majority. Brother as I advised you that Islam doesn’t depend on any sect or individual ideology but rather on Quran and Sunnah and the Understanding of Salaf, So as the Shias doesn’t believe in Qur’an similarly if someone doesn’t believe in Hadiths, then it is against the Quran and Sunnah thus rejected. Islam is simple and easy, follow the Quran and Sunnah.</span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"> <hr /> <span style="color: #ff0000;">We shall not get into analysis of scriptures here. On contrary, we would assume that scholars and major schools of Islam like <em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span></em>, Darul Uloom, Barelvi, Qadiyani etc represent true Islam in their own rights. We would also assume that they know more about Islam than Agniveer or anyone else questioning Islam. So if these prominent ‘experts’ and representatives of Islam can issue the following verdicts and their stands on these topics very clearly in most unambiguous terms, there would be no reason for anyone to consider Islam to be a threat. And Agniveer would be more than glad to remove all articles on Islam. Further it would launch a pro-active campaign to urge all other so-called anti-Islamic sites to shut downs.</span> <hr /> </span></p> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #000080;">Our Answer:</span></span></h2> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #000080;">Brother we urge you to read Quran and Sunnah Under any Good Scholar, don’t look what the different sect says.</span></span></h2> <p><span style="color: #000080;">The verdicts we demand from these ‘experts’ are most reasonable and rational and have nothing offensive about it. It is the absence of clarity on following issues that causes all rational minds to be scared of Islamic terrorism and doubt even innocent fellow Muslims.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>So Islam will not be perceived as a threat if, the clerics and experts state that: </strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">1. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">It is not necessary that all non-Muslims, regardless of their good deeds, will burn in Hell forever. </span>Thus, if there is a benevolent non-Muslim who refuses to believe in Quran, despite being given an invitation to embrace Islam, because he or she did not find Quran convincing, or because he or she does know Arabic, or a host of other reasons, it does not mean he or she is disqualified from entering into Heaven and must burn in Hell forever.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">For example, the great saints, freedom fighters, soldiers and social workers who lived a pious life, knew about Quran, but remained non-Muslim because Quran did not appeal to them, would not go to Hell. (Refer following video by Islamic terrorist Zakir Naik where he gives a most stupid logic that can impress only psychopaths)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Brother suppose if someone doesn’t believe in Qur’an then why does he fear for hell? A person who has not yet joined school why does he fear to complete his homework, but when if someone is convinced with Qur’an it is his own choice to accept or reject, surely nobody will force you to accept Islam as mentioned in Qur’an Chapter 2 Verse 256 that “There is no Compulsion in Religion”. So it is for those who is already in the School means in Islam, so when they’re convinced, nobody is forcing (if anybody was forcing to accept Islam then all the people would have been Muslims in India because Muslims ruled over them) you or them who doesn’t believe, so when they doesn’t believe then why they are disturbed?. A Normal man will never be disturbed from a thing on which he doesn’t belief.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">2. It is not necessary that a criminal would go to Heaven simply because he surrenders to Quran and Islam and says a ‘sorry’!. So all those terrorists who kill, rape or loot in name of Islam would go to Hell and should be openly condemned by Muslims regardless of their religion.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">It is again, this question arises here. The Problem would have been arises if there is an Islamic Government and the Muslim ruler Punishes the sinful people for example Qur’an states punishment for robbers to chop off their hands. But when the case of any Muslim comes he would forgive him due to his sorry. But in reality that is not the case if any person commit any crime if it is proven then he will be punished as the punish is mentioned. As for the punishment after the life of death, if somebody doesn’t believe in the Quran then why he has to fear the Quranic punishment in Hell. And those who believe they don’t have problem. And those who don’t believe how can they have problem? When Qur’an clearly states to do Justice. However in several places in Quran and Sunnah the sinners are told to be punished whether they’re Muslim or Non-Muslim.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">3. A woman is not bereft of intelligence or half-intelligent compared to men as claimed in several verses of Quran/ Hadiths. Allah allows women the same social, legal and political opportunities in life that He endows to men.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Read here for reply to this allegation :</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/">http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/women-defficient-intelligence-religion-answer/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">4. The concept of Jazia tax on non-Muslims is disgusting. Social, political and criminal regulations should be same for everyone regardless of religion.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/jizya-islam/">http://truthofhinduism.com/islam/jizya-islam/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">5. The English translations of Quran by likes of Yusuf Ali, Pickthall, Dawood; Tafseers of Sahih International, Jalalyn; Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim as published by Islamic publishers and websites suffer from discrepancies and DO NOT correctly represent Islam.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Because these are the only translations which are used for questioning Islam. The Muslim debaters would refuse to admit that these translations are wrong (because Islam forbids them to condemn other Muslims) but yet try to allege that anti-Islamic material is used to demean Islam!</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">The fact is that ONLY Islamic texts published by Islamic publishers is used to question Islam, be it by Agniveer or by Faith Freedom or by Islam Watch etc. So if there is anything objectionable in sources cited by those questioning Islam, the ‘experts’ should clearly state that they reject the authenticity of the sources even if it is an Islamic publication.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">Well Quran has been revealed in Arabic, so the Translation is the work of Human being. So the chances of error arise in the Human work, and every Scholar including Zakir Naik told several times in his lectures that Translation 100 percent cannot be correct. So better is to learn and Read Arabic.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">6. The Sahih (True) Hadiths (sayings of Muhammad) which talk of rape of war victims, or killing children and other disgusting things (refer Zakir Naik claims Islam – The ONLY Practical Religion of World! and Practical Islam – Science of Hygiene ) are wrong and NOT part of Islam.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">I already stated previously that Islam is based upon Quran and Sunnah, so due to your misunderstanding we don’t anything, but brother it is you who have to understand it correctly as you yourself accepted that you’re not aware of Islam as the Scholars are.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">For Islam Hygiene.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/answering-agniveer/agniveer-islam-hygiene/">http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/answering-agniveer/agniveer-islam-hygiene/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">To Understand Concept of Jihad, rather then his own misunderstandings.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/jihad-in-islam-and-in-hinduism/">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/jihad-in-islam-and-in-hinduism/</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">7. A Muslim who could not find Islam addressing his questions and converts to another religion does not require to be killed for apostasy as per Islamic laws, even if he propagates his new religion. Those who KILL apostates or justify their killing in Islamic state are greatest criminals. (Refer <a href="http://agniveer.com/2623/1804/terrorist-naik/" target="_blank" title="Zakir Naik – the mentor of terrorists">Zakir Naik – the mentor of terrorists</a>)</span><span style="color: #000080;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">As far Apostasy is concerned Islam is not a Religion like others, Islam deals with every aspect of life whether it be social, economical etc. And first of all killing the Apostate is only allowed to Islamic State not to every Muslim Individual otherwise no apostate would have been alive. So when there is no Islamic State and any individual killing any apostate how can this question be raised ? when the man doesn’t raised the question here that Islam doesn’t force people to accept Islam. So similarly if this question would have been asked regarding his own Country Rule ? Surely he would have defended and honored this rule or even we see there are people who love their country so much they even ready to take rules in their hands.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">8. All those Muslim rulers like Babur who admit in their own biography of indulging into pedophilia, homosexuality, cutting thousands of head, narcotics and keeping harem of women are not actually Muslims but disgrace in name of Islam. (Refer <a href="http://agniveer.com/2623/1817/babri-masjid/" target="_blank" title="Babri Masjid demolition – Symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity"><em>Babri</em> Masjid demolition – Symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity</a> )</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">9. All those clerics, organizations and countries that call for constant war against non-Muslims are against Islam and criminals. For example refer to following fatwa issued from Saudi Arabia:</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://cdn.agniveer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/hi_Is_it_Oblibatory_for_Non-Muslims_to_Accept_ISLAM.pdf">Fatwa_It is Obligatory for Non-Muslims to Accept ISLAM</a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">10. Non-Muslims should have the same rights to propagate their beliefs in Islamic countries, (so far the beliefs are not criminal, immoral and violent) as Muslims have the right to propagate Islam in non-Islamic countries. But if Muslims believe that it is against Islam to allow preaching of any other religion in Islamic countries, then they should also stop propagating Islam in other countries.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000080;">That Ruler is not Quran or Sunnah, First of all it is mentioned in the Quran clearly that There is no compulsion, they why are you running away behind a verdict ? And I can post a same question ? why don’t all hindus get together and start issuing verdict against Rapist Swamis. Islam is a complete religion which is complete from every perspective so it doesn’t need anyone other religions ideology unlike Hinduism which even doesn’t know when it came into existence ? So how can you compare Islam with other religions.</span></p></div> No Compulsion in religion : Refuting false lies of Agniveer 2010-11-26T06:00:00+00:00 2010-11-26T06:00:00+00:00 http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/239-no-compulsion-in-religion Farhan Tahir farhan.003@gmail.com <div class="feed-description"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/stories/00.jpg" border="0" height="76" width="182" /></p> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong>This article proves that the Quran is not abrogated and also refutes the claims of the non-muslims regarding Apostasy, Jihad and compulsion in religion.</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">On the site 'Agniveer', the author has first tried to prove that the Quran has big number of verses, which are abrogated or changed with time and based on this claim; the author used the concept of Abrogation in Quran. Based on that concept, he tried to prove that the Verse, 2:256, which says that “there is no compulsion in religion”, has been Changed with a better verse, 9:5, which says “Slay the idolaters, wherever you find them”.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Let us analyze and refute this claim of the author in detail.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Here are those verses, which talk about abrogation In Quran.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[002.106] whatever a Verse (revelation) do we abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we bring a better one or similar to it. Know you not that Allah is Able to do all things?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This verse talks about the point that Allah Himself changes or causes to change some verses in Quran.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[016:101] And when We change a Verse (of the Qur’an) in place of another – and Allah knows best what He sends down – they (the disbelievers) say: "You (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'aloha wa sallam]) are but a Muftari! (Forger, liar)." Nay, but most of them know not.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The two verses above are the only verses in the Quran, which talk about the concept of abrogation in the Quran<br /></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">There are two interpretations of these verses of the Quran, which are acceptable by Scholars:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When Allah says “<strong>Whatever a Verse (revelation) do we abrogate or cause to be forgotten” </strong>it means that it is talking about the previous revelations, being abrogated by the Latest revelation Quran.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is slight level of Abrogation in Quranic verses as well, which is proved through Sahih hadith, but the wisdom behind those verses is that as the time kept changing, Allah HIMSELF brought some better verses, based on time and situation, no one else, but Allah himself brought some better verses.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Abrogation in Quran is a very sensitive and serious topic, as it is one of the major attack methods, used by non-Muslims, to prove that the Quran is no more in its pure form. We will not provide details in this article now but there is a separate article on this issue which can be found </span><a href="http://www.systemoflife.com/"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">here.</span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Coming to the allegations of the author of the article:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><br /></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer Claim:</em></span></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">As per these, new verses (Nasikh) in Quran replace old verses (Mansoukh). Out of 114 Chapters of Quran, at least 71 are supposed to have been affected by this concept of abrogation. Refer “al-Nasikh wal-Mansoukh” (The Abrogator and the Abrogated) which was authored by the revered Muslim scholar&nbsp;Abil-Kasim Hibat-Allah Ibn-Salama Abi-Nasr. The book goes through every Surah (chapter) in the Quran and cites in great detail every verse that was cancelled-out/overridden by particular verses that were written later. You can find more details on abrogation from another kafir site: </span><a href="http://www.islamreview.com/articles/quransdoctrine.shtml"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">http://www.islamreview.com/articles/quransdoctrine.shtml</span></a><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> (Note that it only summarizes findings from Islamic texts and has nothing new to offer on this weird topic)</span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Lets us analyze the claims made in this paragraph by the author:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1. </span></em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">He says that there is a scholar named “<em>Abil-Kasim Hibat-Allah Ibn-Salama Abi-Nasr”, who wrote a book on this issue. But there is NO such scholar, among the prominent or known scholars of Islam. </em></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Author said there are more than 71 surahs, which are affected by this concept of Abrogation, which is a lie. As the scholar is not among known scholars and there is no consensus among scholars that, that much number of surahs has abrogated verses, so his claims are proved to be wrong.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer Claim:</span></em></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Out of 114 chapters of Quran, maximum of 43 chapters remain which can be taken as authentic.</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Without getting into much details, let us come to the main point – Verse 2.256 that claims there is no compulsion in religion was abrogated and replaced by Verse 9:5 – The verse of sword.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">As it is proved that this verse was NOT abrogated or changed in any way, the claim of author is proved to be false.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Let us now examine the two verses, which author quoted in his article.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[002.256] there is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Tâghût and believes in Allah, and then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The author says this verse was abrogated with the verse 9:5, which is as follows:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[009:005] Then when the Sacred Months (the 1st, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism] and perform As-Salât (the prayers), and give Zakât (obligatory charity), then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Now first let us examine the two verses in detail.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 24pt;" new="New">Explanation of verse 2:256</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This is one of the verses of Quran, which is always attacked by almost all anti-Islamic sites and people.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">A Careful analysis of this verse is needed.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This verse was revealed when some of Ansar, converted to Islam, they tried to force their children, to accept Islam. At that time this verse was revealed that there is no compulsion in religion.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Scholars say that this verse applies to every individual person on earth. Islam allows an individual to practice his religion freely and tells us not to force anyone to accept Islam. Any non-Muslim can live in an Islamic state freely, but he has to pay Jizya, and cannot preach religion nor can he build new worshipping places in Islamic state.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">BUT Islam DOES NOT tolerates the GOVERNMENTAL or Political system of Kuffar. Islam came as a Deen + Madhab which Means it has given us a complete way of life. Prophet Muhammad was ordered to ONLY fight against the SYSTEM of Kuffar (Not against any individual non-Muslim).</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The wisdom behind this concept is that, if the head of state is a Kafir, and he is in power, then he will apply his Own laws, rules and regulations, which are made by him, but if the head of state is a Muslim, then all people will have to live according to Islam, in that state. And it is obvious that the Democratic system is Evil in nature. Islam does not tolerate that the people to live under any evil system, which oppresses them.</span></span></p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">So conclusion about this verse is that there is No compulsion in religion (only for individual) but there is compulsion in religion, against the System of state.</span></span></strong></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span new="New">Explanation of verse 9:5</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[009:005] Then when the Sacred Months (the 1st, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism] and perform As-Salât (the prayers), and give Zakât (obligatory charity), then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This verse was revealed towards the end of the revelation period and relates to a limited context. Hostilities were frozen for a three-month period during which the Arabs pledged not to wage war. Prophet Muhammad was inspired to use this period to encourage the combatants to join the Muslim ranks or, if they chose, to leave the area that was under Muslims rule; however, if they were to resume hostilities, then the Muslims would fight back until victorious. One is inspired to note that even in this context of war, the verse concludes by emphasizing the divine attributes of mercy and forgiveness. To minimize hostilities, the Qur’an ordered Muslims to grant asylum to anyone, even an enemy, who sought refuge. Asylum would be granted according to the customs of chivalry; the person would be told the message of the Qur’an but not coerced into accepting that message. Thereafter, he or she would be escorted to safety regardless of his or her religion. (9:6). (Hathout, Jihad vs. Terrorism; US Multimedia Vera International, 2002, pp.52-53, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, this verse once again refers to those pagans who would continue to fight after the period of peace. It clearly commands the Muslims to protect those who seek peace and are non-combatants. It is a specific verse with a specific ruling and can in no way be applied to general situations. The command of the verse was only to be applied in the event of a battle. <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">As Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes:</span></strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The emphasis is on the first clause:</span> it is only when the four months of grace are past, and the other partly shows no sign of desisting from their treacherous design by right conduct, that the state of war supervenes - between Faith and Unfaith. (Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur’an, Text, Translation and Commentary, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">If the pagans would not cease their hostilities towards the Muslims, then they were to be fought, especially since they were living in the land of an Islamic state. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Dr. </strong><strong>Zakir Naik writes concerning this verse:</strong></span> This verse is quoted during a battle. ...We know that America was once at war with Vietnam. Suppose the President of America or the General of the American Army told the American soldiers during the war: “Wherever you find the Vietnamese, kill them”. Today if I say that the American President said, “Wherever you find Vietnamese, kill them” without giving the context, I will make him sound like a butcher. But if I quote him in context, that he said it during a war, it will sound very logical, as he was trying to boost the morale of the American soldiers during the war. ...Similarly in Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 5 the Qur’an says, “Kill the Mushriqs (pagans) where ever you find them”, during a battle to boost the morale of the Muslim soldiers. What the Qur’an is telling Muslim soldiers is, don’t be afraid during battle; wherever you find the enemies kill them. Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 6 gives the answer to the allegation that Islam promotes violence, brutality and bloodshed. It says:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge.” [Al-Qur’an 9:6]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The Qur’an not only says that a Mushriq seeking asylum during the battle should be granted refuge, but also that he should be escorted to a secure place. In the present international scenario, even a kind, peace-loving army General, during a battle, may let the enemy soldiers go free, if they want peace. But which army General will ever tell his soldiers, that if the enemy soldiers want peace during a battle, don’t just let them go free, but also escort them to a place of security? This is exactly what Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur’an to promote peace in the world. (SOURCE, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Dr. Naik</strong></span> makes some very interesting observations about the verse. Indeed, it is truly amazing how Islam-haters will ignore God’s infinite mercy in their attempt to malign Islam. God has always given human beings a way out of any suffering, and has only ordained fighting as a last resort. Muslim scholars have written much commentary on these Quranic verses explaining the historical context in such great detail so that there may be no misconceptions. We have quoted extensively from various commentators on these verses and there is no need to repeat the same material again. We will provide one more commentary before moving on. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Professor Shahul Hameed writes on verse 9:5:</strong></span><strong> </strong>This is a verse taken from Surah At-Tawba. This chapter of the Qur’an was revealed in the context when the newly organized Muslim society in Medina was engaged in defending themselves against the pagan aggressors. The major question dealt with here is, as to how the Muslims should treat those who break an existing treaty at will. The first clause in the verse refers to the time-honored Arab custom of a period of warning and waiting given to the offenders, after a clear violation. That is, they will be given four months’ time to repair the damage done or make peace. But if nothing happens after the expiry of these forbidden months, what should be done? This is what the present verse says. According to this verse, fighting must be resumed until one of the two things happens: Either the enemy should be vanquished by relentless fighting. That is what is meant by {then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem [of war]}; or they should repent, establish prayers and pay zakah, etc. This is one of those verses of the Qur’an which are likely to be misunderstood, if quoted out of context. We must understand that this fighting was against a people who forced the Prophet and his companions to leave not only their own homes but all their property and even their hometown of Makkah to Medina. Once the Muslims were organized into a community in those lawless times, the rules to be followed by the Muslims were clearly laid down, even in the matter of war. Since Islam is a comprehensive system, no human activity could be ignored. And given the nature of mankind, we cannot imagine a situation where fighting is completely ruled out either. As can be seen, the above injunctions on fighting is not on an individual level, but only in the case of a society that strives to flourish and thrive as a nation. But even here the norms are clear: fighting is only in self defense or for the establishment of justice; and always fighting is the last option. And no one is allowed to transgress the limits set by God. (SOURCE, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Ibn al-`Arabi, in his commentary on the Qur’an, writes:</span></span></strong></span><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> “It is clear from this that the meaning of this verse is to kill the pagans who are waging war against you.” (Ahkam al-Qur’an: 2/456, emphasis added)<br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Shaykh Sami al-Majid </strong></span>also makes some very interesting points in his discussion on this verse:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">If we look at the verses in Sûrah al-Tawbah immediately before and after the one under discussion, the context of the verse becomes clear. A few verses before the one we are discussing, Allah says:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“There is a declaration of immunity from Allah and His Messenger to those of the pagans with whom you have contracted mutual alliances. Go then, for four months, to and fro throughout the land. But know that you cannot frustrate Allah that Allah will cover with shame those who reject Him.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 1-2]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">In these verses we see that the pagans were granted a four month amnesty with an indication that when the four months were over, fighting would resume. However, a following verse exempts some of them from the resumption of hostilities. It reads:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“Except for those pagans with whom you have entered into a covenant and who then do not break their covenant at all nor aided anyone against you. So fulfill your engagements with them until the end of their term, for Allah loves the righteous.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 4]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">So when Allah says: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them and beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)” we must know that it is not general, since the verse above has qualified it to refer to the pagan Arabs who were actually at war with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and those who broke their covenants of peace. This is further emphasized a few verses later where Allah says:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“Will you not fight people who broke their covenants and plotted to expel the Messenger and attacked you first?” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 13]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, the context of the verse within the Surah makes it clear that this refers to those who are persistent in their hostilities and attacks against Muslims, and it is applied in battle only.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Now let’s see what some prominent personalities of Islam says about this issue:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Specification involves one verse limiting or restricting a general ruling found in another verse, whereas naskh involves abrogating the first verse in to (i.e., it is not applied in any circumstances or conditions). <em>(Qadhi, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan; UK Al-Hidaayah Publishing and Distribution, 1999, p. 233)</em></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Sheikh Qadhi</strong></span> also explains that one of the conditions for naskh is that the two conflicting rulings apply to the same situation under the same circumstances, and hence there is no alternative understanding of the application of the verses. As he states: </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, if one of the rulings can apply to a specific case, and the other ruling to a different case, this cannot be considered an example of naskh<em>. (Qadhi, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan; UK Al-Hidaayah Publishing and Distribution, 1999, p. 237)</em></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1. Now, in recent times, many scholars have started arguing that 2.256 was not abrogated and it remains a valid verse of Quran. But this argument is contradictory of facts and itself:</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">a. If indeed there is no compulsion in religion, why is punishment for apostasy DEATH in Islamic Shariat? Why does no scholar like <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span> or anyone else ever proclaim that Saudi Arabia and all those countries who give death punishment for apostasy and insulting Islam/Prophet are against Islam and anti-Muslim?</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Please go through this article to know the reason and explanation behind the death penalty for apostates and CONDITIONS, in which an apostate is to be put to death.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=Islamonline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&amp;cid=1119503548996"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">Islam and Freedom of belief</span></strong></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&amp;pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout&amp;cid=1178724000686"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">Is Apostasy a Capital Crime in Islam?</span></strong></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:"><br /></span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">b. If indeed this peaceful verse is valid, why is propagation of non-Muslim religions prohibited in Muslim countries?</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The wisdom behind this point is that Islam is the only true religion, and all other religions are falsehood. So how can Islam allow falsehood to be spread?</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Take a simple example. If you are head of a school and 3 people come to you for job as mathematics teacher. You ask them the answer of 4+4, two of them reply 8, but one of them reply 10. So the question is, will you let such a teacher teach math? A teacher who does not even know the basics of math?</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">c. If indeed there is no compulsion in religion, why are there countless verses asking to have hatred against non-believers and kill them or force them to become Muslim? </span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Three claims are made here:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hatred against non-Muslims</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The reply is here: </span><a href="http://www.muslimaccess.com/articles/quraan/quraan_teach_violence.asp"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">http://www.muslimaccess.com/articles/quraan/quraan_teach_violence.asp</span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kill non-believers</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Allah says in Quran</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[5:32] if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Which proves that no one is allowed to kill any innocent human being, whether he is Muslim or non-Muslim.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Force them to become Muslim</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This point has already been explained that Islam does not allow anyone to force any individual person to forcefully accept Islam.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">2. Some other scholars say that this verse was indeed abrogated but abrogation means that in a different context of war, verse of Sword (9.5) would be valid, else in non-war situation verse of no-compulsion would be applicable. If that be so, this implies double standards. It basically means that if you are not powerful enough, let there is no compulsion. So talk peacefully, but having hatred in heart for non-Muslims as per Imran 28 and work for your agenda tactfully. But moment you attain power, verse of Sword gets applicable. Then kill the non-believers unless they ask for mercy and agree to become Muslims.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">As the verse 2:256 is NOT abrogated with verse 9:5, this claim is proved to be false.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer Claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This has been testified in history of growth of Islam. Wherever they were powerless they talked of peace and no-compulsion. And moment they got powerful, they started forcing Islam through threat of sword.</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Even in history of Quran, no-compulsion verse was revealed when Muhammad was still trying to get a set of followers for his mission. And the verse of sword was allegedly revealed after Islam had already become dominant. We suspect, by this time, Muhammad would have been imprisoned all false verse inserted in his name. Or perhaps, after his death, this verse was inserted by his followers who were killing each other on might of sword.</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">In any case, only a very few scholars have started claiming that no-compulsion verse is not abrogated, primarily after Islam has been in scrutiny in last few years after its extremist face came to fore. They represent a minority and no one dare condemn Muslim countries for having capital punishment for apostasy and ‘denigrating’ Islam.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The answer to this is that jihad in Islamic Law can be waged for a number of reasons, but compelling people to accept Islam is simply not one of them.<br /> <br /> The reason why jihad was first permitted in Islam was so the Muslims could defend themselves against persecution and expulsion from their homes.<br /> <br /> Allah, Most High says:&nbsp;<strong>“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged – and verily Allah is Most Powerful for their aid – (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right – (for no cause) except that they say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’. Did Allah not check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure? Allah will certainly aid those who aid his cause, for truly Allah is full of strength and might.”</strong> [Surah al-Hajj: 39-40]<br /> <br /> Many of the earliest scholars mention that these were the first verses of the Quran that were revealed regarding jihad. Thereafter the following verses were revealed: <br /> <br /> <strong>“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them and drive them out from whence they drove you out, for oppression is worse than killing. But fight them not at the sacred mosque unless they fight you there. But if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. But if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.”</strong><br /> [Surah al-Baqarah: 190-193]<br /> <br /> From this point on, the scope of jihad was broadened from being purely for defense against direct attack to being inclusive of resistance against those who suppress the faith and deny people the freedom to choose their religion for themselves. This came later, because it is legislated for the Muslims only when they are capable of doing so. In times of weakness, Muslims may only fight against direct attack.<br /> <br /> As for the spread of Islam, this is supposed to take place peacefully by disseminating the Message with the written and spoken word.<strong> There is no place for the use of weapons to compel people to accept Islam. </strong>Weapons can only be drawn against those who persecute and oppress others and prevent them from following their own consciences in matters of belief. The Muslims cannot just stand by while people are being denied the right to believe in Islam and their voices are being crushed.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This is the meaning of Allah’s words:&nbsp;<strong>“And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah.” </strong>[Surah al-Baqarah: 193]<br /> <br /> The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in his letter to the Roman governor Heracles:&nbsp;<strong>“I invite you to accept Islam. If you accept Islam, you will find safety. If you accept Islam, Allah will give you a double reward. However, if you turn away, upon you will be the sin of your subjects.” </strong>[<em>Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim</em>]<br /> <br /> Once people have heard the Message without obstruction or hindrance and the proof has been established upon them, then the duty of the Muslims is done. Those who wish to believe are free to do so and those who prefer to disbelieve are likewise free to do so.<br /> <br /> Even when the Muslims are compelled to fight and then subdue the land, their duty thereafter is to establish Allah’s law in the land and uphold justice for all people, Muslim and non-Muslim. It is not their right to coerce their subjects to accept Islam against their will. Non-Muslims under Muslim rule must be allowed to remain on their own faith and must be allowed to practice the rights of their faith, though they will be expected to respect the laws of the land.<br /> <br /> Had the purpose of jihad been to force the unbelievers to accept Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would never have commanded the Muslims to refrain from hostilities if the enemy relented. He would not have prohibited the killing of women and children. However, this is exactly what he did.<br /> <br /> During a battle, the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw people gathered together. He dispatched a man to find out why they were gathered. The man returned and said:&nbsp;<strong>“They are gathered around a slain woman.”</strong> So Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:<strong> “She should not have been attacked!”</strong> Khalid b. al-Walid was leading the forces, so he dispatched a man to him saying: “‘Tell Khalid not to kill women or laborers”. [<em>Sunan Abu Dawud</em>]</span></span></p> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></span></div> <ul> <li><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Note: </span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This should not be misconstrued to indicate that the prophet, peace be upon him, made the killing of women (and children, elders, clerics and other innocents) to be&nbsp;<em>haram</em> (forbidden) at this particular point and time. In fact, it was always&nbsp;<em>haram</em> (forbidden) and the prophet, peace be upon him, was only reconfirming what was already in place by the&nbsp;<em>shari'ah</em> (Islamic Law).<em> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>[Yusuf. Estes]</strong></span></em></span></span></li> </ul> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, even in the heat of battle against a hostile enemy, the only people who may be attacked are those who are actually participating in the fighting.<br /> <br /> Had the purpose of jihad been to force the unbelievers to accept Islam, the rightly guided Caliphs would not have prohibited the killing of priests and monks who refrained from fighting. However, this is exactly what they did. When the first Caliph, Abu Bakr, sent an army to Syria to fight the aggressive Roman legions, he went out to give those words of encouragement. He said:&nbsp;“You are going to find a group of people who have devoted themselves to the worship of Allah (<em>i.e. monks</em>), so leave them to what they are doing.”<br /> <br /> We have demonstrated that it is a principle in Islam that there is no compulsion in religion and we have discussed the objectives of jihad. Now, we shall turn our attentions to some texts that are often misunderstood.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer Claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">3. Please also note that Islam claims to be the only religion of world. It refuses to provide status of religion to other belief systems and puts them in forever Hell. Thus the verse on ‘no compulsion in religion’ only relates to minute differences within Islamic fold and does not refer to non-Muslims.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Islam does not considers itself the only religion, proof is here:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[003:085] and whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Islam considers that there are other religions as well, so the claim that no compulsion point is not for non-Muslims, is proved to be false.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer Claim:</em></span></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">4. Some Muslim scholars say that only religions are Islam, Christianity and Judaism and Islam is the only true one among them. So perhaps some terrorists may spare Christians and Jews as per this verse, but idolaters like Hindus are for sure not under purview of this verse. This is evident from history where Islam was spread in India, merely on force of sword after killing and rapes of crores. They say Hitler performed largest genocide. But if one looks into deeds of each of the barbaric Muslim looter from Muhammad Bin Qasim to Babur to Akbar to Aurangzeb to Tipu Sultan, each of them had been miles ahead of Hitler in brutality with added flavor of sexual perversion amounting to rape and sexual punishments.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">All of these claims are self made by the author and carry no weight.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer Claim:</em></span></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">5. As per Zakir ‘Terrorist’ Naik, if a country follows Islamic law (and Islamic law is best law as per Him, since Islam is best religion!), then it is justified to kill an apostate as per Holy Quran!</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Dr.Zakir Naik never gave any such justification to kill any Apostate. The issue of death for apostates has been defined already in the article.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Agniveer Claim:</span></strong></span></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">In fact, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span> quotes from Quran to claim that Islam alone is religion! Hence the concept of no-compulsion is valid only for Muslims!</span></span></em></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Dr.Zakir naik never made any such claim. The author is using selective words to prove his point right.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 24pt;" new="New">Conclusion</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no compulsion in religion, this point is about a single individual and it has been proved that no person should or can be forced to accept Islam. An Individual can practice his belief freely.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Quran is not Changed/Abrogated in any possible way. The Quran is still the same, as it was, at the time of its revelation.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no death penalty in Islam for apostasy except if the person, after leaving Islam, performs act of treason.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The concept of Jihad in Islam is only to fight against the Evil and killing of any innocent human being Is strictly prohibited in islam.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Article Author: Farhan Tahir<br /></span></span></p></div> <div class="feed-description"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/stories/00.jpg" border="0" height="76" width="182" /></p> </span> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong>This article proves that the Quran is not abrogated and also refutes the claims of the non-muslims regarding Apostasy, Jihad and compulsion in religion.</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">On the site 'Agniveer', the author has first tried to prove that the Quran has big number of verses, which are abrogated or changed with time and based on this claim; the author used the concept of Abrogation in Quran. Based on that concept, he tried to prove that the Verse, 2:256, which says that “there is no compulsion in religion”, has been Changed with a better verse, 9:5, which says “Slay the idolaters, wherever you find them”.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Let us analyze and refute this claim of the author in detail.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Here are those verses, which talk about abrogation In Quran.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[002.106] whatever a Verse (revelation) do we abrogate or cause to be forgotten, we bring a better one or similar to it. Know you not that Allah is Able to do all things?</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This verse talks about the point that Allah Himself changes or causes to change some verses in Quran.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[016:101] And when We change a Verse (of the Qur’an) in place of another – and Allah knows best what He sends down – they (the disbelievers) say: "You (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'aloha wa sallam]) are but a Muftari! (Forger, liar)." Nay, but most of them know not.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The two verses above are the only verses in the Quran, which talk about the concept of abrogation in the Quran<br /></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">There are two interpretations of these verses of the Quran, which are acceptable by Scholars:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When Allah says “<strong>Whatever a Verse (revelation) do we abrogate or cause to be forgotten” </strong>it means that it is talking about the previous revelations, being abrogated by the Latest revelation Quran.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is slight level of Abrogation in Quranic verses as well, which is proved through Sahih hadith, but the wisdom behind those verses is that as the time kept changing, Allah HIMSELF brought some better verses, based on time and situation, no one else, but Allah himself brought some better verses.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Abrogation in Quran is a very sensitive and serious topic, as it is one of the major attack methods, used by non-Muslims, to prove that the Quran is no more in its pure form. We will not provide details in this article now but there is a separate article on this issue which can be found </span><a href="http://www.systemoflife.com/"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">here.</span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Coming to the allegations of the author of the article:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><br /></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer Claim:</em></span></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">As per these, new verses (Nasikh) in Quran replace old verses (Mansoukh). Out of 114 Chapters of Quran, at least 71 are supposed to have been affected by this concept of abrogation. Refer “al-Nasikh wal-Mansoukh” (The Abrogator and the Abrogated) which was authored by the revered Muslim scholar&nbsp;Abil-Kasim Hibat-Allah Ibn-Salama Abi-Nasr. The book goes through every Surah (chapter) in the Quran and cites in great detail every verse that was cancelled-out/overridden by particular verses that were written later. You can find more details on abrogation from another kafir site: </span><a href="http://www.islamreview.com/articles/quransdoctrine.shtml"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">http://www.islamreview.com/articles/quransdoctrine.shtml</span></a><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> (Note that it only summarizes findings from Islamic texts and has nothing new to offer on this weird topic)</span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Lets us analyze the claims made in this paragraph by the author:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1. </span></em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">He says that there is a scholar named “<em>Abil-Kasim Hibat-Allah Ibn-Salama Abi-Nasr”, who wrote a book on this issue. But there is NO such scholar, among the prominent or known scholars of Islam. </em></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Author said there are more than 71 surahs, which are affected by this concept of Abrogation, which is a lie. As the scholar is not among known scholars and there is no consensus among scholars that, that much number of surahs has abrogated verses, so his claims are proved to be wrong.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer Claim:</span></em></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Out of 114 chapters of Quran, maximum of 43 chapters remain which can be taken as authentic.</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Without getting into much details, let us come to the main point – Verse 2.256 that claims there is no compulsion in religion was abrogated and replaced by Verse 9:5 – The verse of sword.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">As it is proved that this verse was NOT abrogated or changed in any way, the claim of author is proved to be false.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Let us now examine the two verses, which author quoted in his article.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[002.256] there is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Tâghût and believes in Allah, and then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The author says this verse was abrogated with the verse 9:5, which is as follows:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[009:005] Then when the Sacred Months (the 1st, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism] and perform As-Salât (the prayers), and give Zakât (obligatory charity), then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Now first let us examine the two verses in detail.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 24pt;" new="New">Explanation of verse 2:256</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This is one of the verses of Quran, which is always attacked by almost all anti-Islamic sites and people.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">A Careful analysis of this verse is needed.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This verse was revealed when some of Ansar, converted to Islam, they tried to force their children, to accept Islam. At that time this verse was revealed that there is no compulsion in religion.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Scholars say that this verse applies to every individual person on earth. Islam allows an individual to practice his religion freely and tells us not to force anyone to accept Islam. Any non-Muslim can live in an Islamic state freely, but he has to pay Jizya, and cannot preach religion nor can he build new worshipping places in Islamic state.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">BUT Islam DOES NOT tolerates the GOVERNMENTAL or Political system of Kuffar. Islam came as a Deen + Madhab which Means it has given us a complete way of life. Prophet Muhammad was ordered to ONLY fight against the SYSTEM of Kuffar (Not against any individual non-Muslim).</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The wisdom behind this concept is that, if the head of state is a Kafir, and he is in power, then he will apply his Own laws, rules and regulations, which are made by him, but if the head of state is a Muslim, then all people will have to live according to Islam, in that state. And it is obvious that the Democratic system is Evil in nature. Islam does not tolerate that the people to live under any evil system, which oppresses them.</span></span></p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">So conclusion about this verse is that there is No compulsion in religion (only for individual) but there is compulsion in religion, against the System of state.</span></span></strong></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span new="New">Explanation of verse 9:5</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[009:005] Then when the Sacred Months (the 1st, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and lie in wait for them in every ambush. But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism] and perform As-Salât (the prayers), and give Zakât (obligatory charity), then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This verse was revealed towards the end of the revelation period and relates to a limited context. Hostilities were frozen for a three-month period during which the Arabs pledged not to wage war. Prophet Muhammad was inspired to use this period to encourage the combatants to join the Muslim ranks or, if they chose, to leave the area that was under Muslims rule; however, if they were to resume hostilities, then the Muslims would fight back until victorious. One is inspired to note that even in this context of war, the verse concludes by emphasizing the divine attributes of mercy and forgiveness. To minimize hostilities, the Qur’an ordered Muslims to grant asylum to anyone, even an enemy, who sought refuge. Asylum would be granted according to the customs of chivalry; the person would be told the message of the Qur’an but not coerced into accepting that message. Thereafter, he or she would be escorted to safety regardless of his or her religion. (9:6). (Hathout, Jihad vs. Terrorism; US Multimedia Vera International, 2002, pp.52-53, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, this verse once again refers to those pagans who would continue to fight after the period of peace. It clearly commands the Muslims to protect those who seek peace and are non-combatants. It is a specific verse with a specific ruling and can in no way be applied to general situations. The command of the verse was only to be applied in the event of a battle. <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">As Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes:</span></strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The emphasis is on the first clause:</span> it is only when the four months of grace are past, and the other partly shows no sign of desisting from their treacherous design by right conduct, that the state of war supervenes - between Faith and Unfaith. (Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur’an, Text, Translation and Commentary, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">If the pagans would not cease their hostilities towards the Muslims, then they were to be fought, especially since they were living in the land of an Islamic state. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Dr. </strong><strong>Zakir Naik writes concerning this verse:</strong></span> This verse is quoted during a battle. ...We know that America was once at war with Vietnam. Suppose the President of America or the General of the American Army told the American soldiers during the war: “Wherever you find the Vietnamese, kill them”. Today if I say that the American President said, “Wherever you find Vietnamese, kill them” without giving the context, I will make him sound like a butcher. But if I quote him in context, that he said it during a war, it will sound very logical, as he was trying to boost the morale of the American soldiers during the war. ...Similarly in Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 5 the Qur’an says, “Kill the Mushriqs (pagans) where ever you find them”, during a battle to boost the morale of the Muslim soldiers. What the Qur’an is telling Muslim soldiers is, don’t be afraid during battle; wherever you find the enemies kill them. Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 6 gives the answer to the allegation that Islam promotes violence, brutality and bloodshed. It says:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure that is because they are men without knowledge.” [Al-Qur’an 9:6]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The Qur’an not only says that a Mushriq seeking asylum during the battle should be granted refuge, but also that he should be escorted to a secure place. In the present international scenario, even a kind, peace-loving army General, during a battle, may let the enemy soldiers go free, if they want peace. But which army General will ever tell his soldiers, that if the enemy soldiers want peace during a battle, don’t just let them go free, but also escort them to a place of security? This is exactly what Allah (swt) says in the Glorious Qur’an to promote peace in the world. (SOURCE, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Dr. Naik</strong></span> makes some very interesting observations about the verse. Indeed, it is truly amazing how Islam-haters will ignore God’s infinite mercy in their attempt to malign Islam. God has always given human beings a way out of any suffering, and has only ordained fighting as a last resort. Muslim scholars have written much commentary on these Quranic verses explaining the historical context in such great detail so that there may be no misconceptions. We have quoted extensively from various commentators on these verses and there is no need to repeat the same material again. We will provide one more commentary before moving on. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Professor Shahul Hameed writes on verse 9:5:</strong></span><strong> </strong>This is a verse taken from Surah At-Tawba. This chapter of the Qur’an was revealed in the context when the newly organized Muslim society in Medina was engaged in defending themselves against the pagan aggressors. The major question dealt with here is, as to how the Muslims should treat those who break an existing treaty at will. The first clause in the verse refers to the time-honored Arab custom of a period of warning and waiting given to the offenders, after a clear violation. That is, they will be given four months’ time to repair the damage done or make peace. But if nothing happens after the expiry of these forbidden months, what should be done? This is what the present verse says. According to this verse, fighting must be resumed until one of the two things happens: Either the enemy should be vanquished by relentless fighting. That is what is meant by {then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem [of war]}; or they should repent, establish prayers and pay zakah, etc. This is one of those verses of the Qur’an which are likely to be misunderstood, if quoted out of context. We must understand that this fighting was against a people who forced the Prophet and his companions to leave not only their own homes but all their property and even their hometown of Makkah to Medina. Once the Muslims were organized into a community in those lawless times, the rules to be followed by the Muslims were clearly laid down, even in the matter of war. Since Islam is a comprehensive system, no human activity could be ignored. And given the nature of mankind, we cannot imagine a situation where fighting is completely ruled out either. As can be seen, the above injunctions on fighting is not on an individual level, but only in the case of a society that strives to flourish and thrive as a nation. But even here the norms are clear: fighting is only in self defense or for the establishment of justice; and always fighting is the last option. And no one is allowed to transgress the limits set by God. (SOURCE, emphasis added)</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Ibn al-`Arabi, in his commentary on the Qur’an, writes:</span></span></strong></span><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> “It is clear from this that the meaning of this verse is to kill the pagans who are waging war against you.” (Ahkam al-Qur’an: 2/456, emphasis added)<br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Shaykh Sami al-Majid </strong></span>also makes some very interesting points in his discussion on this verse:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">If we look at the verses in Sûrah al-Tawbah immediately before and after the one under discussion, the context of the verse becomes clear. A few verses before the one we are discussing, Allah says:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“There is a declaration of immunity from Allah and His Messenger to those of the pagans with whom you have contracted mutual alliances. Go then, for four months, to and fro throughout the land. But know that you cannot frustrate Allah that Allah will cover with shame those who reject Him.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 1-2]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">In these verses we see that the pagans were granted a four month amnesty with an indication that when the four months were over, fighting would resume. However, a following verse exempts some of them from the resumption of hostilities. It reads:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“Except for those pagans with whom you have entered into a covenant and who then do not break their covenant at all nor aided anyone against you. So fulfill your engagements with them until the end of their term, for Allah loves the righteous.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 4]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">So when Allah says: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them and beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)” we must know that it is not general, since the verse above has qualified it to refer to the pagan Arabs who were actually at war with the Prophet (peace be upon him) and those who broke their covenants of peace. This is further emphasized a few verses later where Allah says:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">“Will you not fight people who broke their covenants and plotted to expel the Messenger and attacked you first?” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 13]</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, the context of the verse within the Surah makes it clear that this refers to those who are persistent in their hostilities and attacks against Muslims, and it is applied in battle only.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Now let’s see what some prominent personalities of Islam says about this issue:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Specification involves one verse limiting or restricting a general ruling found in another verse, whereas naskh involves abrogating the first verse in to (i.e., it is not applied in any circumstances or conditions). <em>(Qadhi, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan; UK Al-Hidaayah Publishing and Distribution, 1999, p. 233)</em></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Sheikh Qadhi</strong></span> also explains that one of the conditions for naskh is that the two conflicting rulings apply to the same situation under the same circumstances, and hence there is no alternative understanding of the application of the verses. As he states: </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, if one of the rulings can apply to a specific case, and the other ruling to a different case, this cannot be considered an example of naskh<em>. (Qadhi, An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan; UK Al-Hidaayah Publishing and Distribution, 1999, p. 237)</em></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1. Now, in recent times, many scholars have started arguing that 2.256 was not abrogated and it remains a valid verse of Quran. But this argument is contradictory of facts and itself:</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">a. If indeed there is no compulsion in religion, why is punishment for apostasy DEATH in Islamic Shariat? Why does no scholar like <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span> or anyone else ever proclaim that Saudi Arabia and all those countries who give death punishment for apostasy and insulting Islam/Prophet are against Islam and anti-Muslim?</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Please go through this article to know the reason and explanation behind the death penalty for apostates and CONDITIONS, in which an apostate is to be put to death.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=Islamonline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&amp;cid=1119503548996"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">Islam and Freedom of belief</span></strong></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><a href="http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&amp;pagename=Zone-English-Living_Shariah%2FLSELayout&amp;cid=1178724000686"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">Is Apostasy a Capital Crime in Islam?</span></strong></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:"><br /></span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">b. If indeed this peaceful verse is valid, why is propagation of non-Muslim religions prohibited in Muslim countries?</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The wisdom behind this point is that Islam is the only true religion, and all other religions are falsehood. So how can Islam allow falsehood to be spread?</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Take a simple example. If you are head of a school and 3 people come to you for job as mathematics teacher. You ask them the answer of 4+4, two of them reply 8, but one of them reply 10. So the question is, will you let such a teacher teach math? A teacher who does not even know the basics of math?</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">c. If indeed there is no compulsion in religion, why are there countless verses asking to have hatred against non-believers and kill them or force them to become Muslim? </span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Three claims are made here:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hatred against non-Muslims</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The reply is here: </span><a href="http://www.muslimaccess.com/articles/quraan/quraan_teach_violence.asp"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">http://www.muslimaccess.com/articles/quraan/quraan_teach_violence.asp</span></a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kill non-believers</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Allah says in Quran</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[5:32] if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Which proves that no one is allowed to kill any innocent human being, whether he is Muslim or non-Muslim.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Force them to become Muslim</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This point has already been explained that Islam does not allow anyone to force any individual person to forcefully accept Islam.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">2. Some other scholars say that this verse was indeed abrogated but abrogation means that in a different context of war, verse of Sword (9.5) would be valid, else in non-war situation verse of no-compulsion would be applicable. If that be so, this implies double standards. It basically means that if you are not powerful enough, let there is no compulsion. So talk peacefully, but having hatred in heart for non-Muslims as per Imran 28 and work for your agenda tactfully. But moment you attain power, verse of Sword gets applicable. Then kill the non-believers unless they ask for mercy and agree to become Muslims.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">As the verse 2:256 is NOT abrogated with verse 9:5, this claim is proved to be false.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer Claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This has been testified in history of growth of Islam. Wherever they were powerless they talked of peace and no-compulsion. And moment they got powerful, they started forcing Islam through threat of sword.</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Even in history of Quran, no-compulsion verse was revealed when Muhammad was still trying to get a set of followers for his mission. And the verse of sword was allegedly revealed after Islam had already become dominant. We suspect, by this time, Muhammad would have been imprisoned all false verse inserted in his name. Or perhaps, after his death, this verse was inserted by his followers who were killing each other on might of sword.</span></span></em></p> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">In any case, only a very few scholars have started claiming that no-compulsion verse is not abrogated, primarily after Islam has been in scrutiny in last few years after its extremist face came to fore. They represent a minority and no one dare condemn Muslim countries for having capital punishment for apostasy and ‘denigrating’ Islam.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">The answer to this is that jihad in Islamic Law can be waged for a number of reasons, but compelling people to accept Islam is simply not one of them.<br /> <br /> The reason why jihad was first permitted in Islam was so the Muslims could defend themselves against persecution and expulsion from their homes.<br /> <br /> Allah, Most High says:&nbsp;<strong>“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged – and verily Allah is Most Powerful for their aid – (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right – (for no cause) except that they say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’. Did Allah not check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure? Allah will certainly aid those who aid his cause, for truly Allah is full of strength and might.”</strong> [Surah al-Hajj: 39-40]<br /> <br /> Many of the earliest scholars mention that these were the first verses of the Quran that were revealed regarding jihad. Thereafter the following verses were revealed: <br /> <br /> <strong>“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them and drive them out from whence they drove you out, for oppression is worse than killing. But fight them not at the sacred mosque unless they fight you there. But if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. But if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.”</strong><br /> [Surah al-Baqarah: 190-193]<br /> <br /> From this point on, the scope of jihad was broadened from being purely for defense against direct attack to being inclusive of resistance against those who suppress the faith and deny people the freedom to choose their religion for themselves. This came later, because it is legislated for the Muslims only when they are capable of doing so. In times of weakness, Muslims may only fight against direct attack.<br /> <br /> As for the spread of Islam, this is supposed to take place peacefully by disseminating the Message with the written and spoken word.<strong> There is no place for the use of weapons to compel people to accept Islam. </strong>Weapons can only be drawn against those who persecute and oppress others and prevent them from following their own consciences in matters of belief. The Muslims cannot just stand by while people are being denied the right to believe in Islam and their voices are being crushed.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This is the meaning of Allah’s words:&nbsp;<strong>“And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah.” </strong>[Surah al-Baqarah: 193]<br /> <br /> The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in his letter to the Roman governor Heracles:&nbsp;<strong>“I invite you to accept Islam. If you accept Islam, you will find safety. If you accept Islam, Allah will give you a double reward. However, if you turn away, upon you will be the sin of your subjects.” </strong>[<em>Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim</em>]<br /> <br /> Once people have heard the Message without obstruction or hindrance and the proof has been established upon them, then the duty of the Muslims is done. Those who wish to believe are free to do so and those who prefer to disbelieve are likewise free to do so.<br /> <br /> Even when the Muslims are compelled to fight and then subdue the land, their duty thereafter is to establish Allah’s law in the land and uphold justice for all people, Muslim and non-Muslim. It is not their right to coerce their subjects to accept Islam against their will. Non-Muslims under Muslim rule must be allowed to remain on their own faith and must be allowed to practice the rights of their faith, though they will be expected to respect the laws of the land.<br /> <br /> Had the purpose of jihad been to force the unbelievers to accept Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would never have commanded the Muslims to refrain from hostilities if the enemy relented. He would not have prohibited the killing of women and children. However, this is exactly what he did.<br /> <br /> During a battle, the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw people gathered together. He dispatched a man to find out why they were gathered. The man returned and said:&nbsp;<strong>“They are gathered around a slain woman.”</strong> So Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:<strong> “She should not have been attacked!”</strong> Khalid b. al-Walid was leading the forces, so he dispatched a man to him saying: “‘Tell Khalid not to kill women or laborers”. [<em>Sunan Abu Dawud</em>]</span></span></p> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></span></div> <ul> <li><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Note: </span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">This should not be misconstrued to indicate that the prophet, peace be upon him, made the killing of women (and children, elders, clerics and other innocents) to be&nbsp;<em>haram</em> (forbidden) at this particular point and time. In fact, it was always&nbsp;<em>haram</em> (forbidden) and the prophet, peace be upon him, was only reconfirming what was already in place by the&nbsp;<em>shari'ah</em> (Islamic Law).<em> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>[Yusuf. Estes]</strong></span></em></span></span></li> </ul> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Therefore, even in the heat of battle against a hostile enemy, the only people who may be attacked are those who are actually participating in the fighting.<br /> <br /> Had the purpose of jihad been to force the unbelievers to accept Islam, the rightly guided Caliphs would not have prohibited the killing of priests and monks who refrained from fighting. However, this is exactly what they did. When the first Caliph, Abu Bakr, sent an army to Syria to fight the aggressive Roman legions, he went out to give those words of encouragement. He said:&nbsp;“You are going to find a group of people who have devoted themselves to the worship of Allah (<em>i.e. monks</em>), so leave them to what they are doing.”<br /> <br /> We have demonstrated that it is a principle in Islam that there is no compulsion in religion and we have discussed the objectives of jihad. Now, we shall turn our attentions to some texts that are often misunderstood.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer Claim:</span></em></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">3. Please also note that Islam claims to be the only religion of world. It refuses to provide status of religion to other belief systems and puts them in forever Hell. Thus the verse on ‘no compulsion in religion’ only relates to minute differences within Islamic fold and does not refer to non-Muslims.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Islam does not considers itself the only religion, proof is here:</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New" color:="color:">[003:085] and whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Islam considers that there are other religions as well, so the claim that no compulsion point is not for non-Muslims, is proved to be false.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer Claim:</em></span></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">4. Some Muslim scholars say that only religions are Islam, Christianity and Judaism and Islam is the only true one among them. So perhaps some terrorists may spare Christians and Jews as per this verse, but idolaters like Hindus are for sure not under purview of this verse. This is evident from history where Islam was spread in India, merely on force of sword after killing and rapes of crores. They say Hitler performed largest genocide. But if one looks into deeds of each of the barbaric Muslim looter from Muhammad Bin Qasim to Babur to Akbar to Aurangzeb to Tipu Sultan, each of them had been miles ahead of Hitler in brutality with added flavor of sexual perversion amounting to rape and sexual punishments.</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">All of these claims are self made by the author and carry no weight.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em>Agniveer Claim:</em></span></span></strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"><span style="color: #ff0000;">5. As per Zakir ‘Terrorist’ Naik, if a country follows Islamic law (and Islamic law is best law as per Him, since Islam is best religion!), then it is justified to kill an apostate as per Holy Quran!</span></span></em></span></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Dr.Zakir Naik never gave any such justification to kill any Apostate. The issue of death for apostates has been defined already in the article.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></strong></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Agniveer Claim:</span></strong></span></em></div> <div style="text-align: center;"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">In fact, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Zakir Naik</span> quotes from Quran to claim that Islam alone is religion! Hence the concept of no-compulsion is valid only for Muslims!</span></span></em></div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> <hr /> </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;" new="New">Response:</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Dr.Zakir naik never made any such claim. The author is using selective words to prove his point right.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="font-size: 24pt;" new="New">Conclusion</span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New"> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no compulsion in religion, this point is about a single individual and it has been proved that no person should or can be forced to accept Islam. An Individual can practice his belief freely.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Quran is not Changed/Abrogated in any possible way. The Quran is still the same, as it was, at the time of its revelation.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no death penalty in Islam for apostasy except if the person, after leaving Islam, performs act of treason.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">4)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The concept of Jihad in Islam is only to fight against the Evil and killing of any innocent human being Is strictly prohibited in islam.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;" new="New">Article Author: Farhan Tahir<br /></span></span></p></div> III) Religion Demystified - Response to Eastern/Other faiths 2010-11-06T21:36:11+00:00 2010-11-06T21:36:11+00:00 http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/229-religion-demystified-part-3-response-to-points-raised-about-easternmiscellaneous-religion Md. Zeeshan Akhtar islamictreasure@hotmail.com <div class="feed-description"><p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Assalamu ‘alaikum&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Rahmatullahi&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Barakatahu to our Muslim Ummah and a Warm Welcome to all Seekers of True Knowledge</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This Article is in reply to the article in Anti Islamic website agniveer.com with title,</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Religion Demystified</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Article is available here:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<a href="http://agniveer.com/2117/revelation-allah/"> http://agniveer.com/1696/religions-demystified/</a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refutation by </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Brother</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Md.</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Zeeshan Akhtar assisted by Brother Neer</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The artice is divided into 3 sections:</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 1) </span></a></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Demystifying Religion in True sense</span></a></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/225-religion-demystified-part-2-refuting-the-false-and-wrong-informations-given-by-agniveer" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 2) </span></a></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/225-religion-demystified-part-2-refuting-the-false-and-wrong-informations-given-by-agniveer" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refuting the false and wrong informations given by Agniveer about Islam in his article.</span></a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 3) </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response to points raised about Eastern religion and Miscellaneous Religions</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PART 3:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response to points raised about Eastern religion and Miscellaneous Religions.</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></em></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Eastern Religions/</span></span></em></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></em></span></strong><em><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hinduism</span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The third set of religions is the Eastern Religions. These are the oldest and foundation of almost all religious and philosophical thoughts including arabic cults. They include a variety of names like&nbsp;</span></span></em><em><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hinduism</span></span></strong></em><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Vedic Dharma, Sanatan Dharma etc. If Hindu be the term depicting region on eastern side of Indus river, then all these collectively come under the umbrella of Hinduism or Hindutva. There are a huge number of sub-sects and varieties in these broad&nbsp;terms mentioned above. For example, in Sikhs we have Namdharis, Nirankaris, Udasis etc. In Jainism we have Shwetambar, Digambars and various sub-sects. Same with other terms as well.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Despite this myriad diversity, which at times appear contradictory on surface, there are certain common binding traits in all these religions under the fold of Hinduism:</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">a. None of these religions were founded by visionaries as defined in previous section. The founders of these religions instead were supposed to be exalted souls who realized truth in their own way. Thus no follower is expected to blindly believe in anything but explore truth in their own honest ways.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam was not founded by visionaries, but is the natural religion of all of Mankind chosen for us by Our Creator.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It’s a pity to see that Agniveer finally accepts that the founders of all Easterly Religions were supposed to be exalted souls who realized truth in their own way.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">These religions were not a religion from God, but a distorted form of the religion of Islam by exalted souls who realized truth in their own way and this has been clearly explained above in the First section of this article.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">b. All these religions believe in transmigration of soul and a continuity of life and death like day and night. Thus as per one’s deeds, soul goes through appropriate births in different species and situations.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">c. All living beings are supposed to have same type of soul be it animal or human. All humans are supposed to have been in one of these species in past and also have probability to go into these species in future as well. That is why universal compassion for all living beings is a central theme of all these religions.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How faulty this notion of the cycle of birth and rebirth is can be easily understood. Refer to answer to point (f) in the above section and also point (f) of this section along with</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/</span></span></a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth</span></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">d. A ten-fold tenets of Dharma/ religion is common among almost all sects. Interestingly, the sam shloka from Manusmriti (2.215) appears in almost all leading religions. These ten tenets include:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Patience, Forgiving, Self-control, Non-Stealing, Purity, Control of sense and action organs, Intellect, Knowledge, Truth, Freedom from anger.&nbsp; Further, all these religions put non-violence as supreme tenet of human beings.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">These points are very much present in the Natural religion of Submitting to God. And since these religions are bisected parts of the True Religion, these contain these few good points.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PATIENCE: </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Imâm Ahmad said: “Allâh has mentioned patience in the Qur’ân in ninety places.” Here, we will list the different contexts in which patience appears.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Patience in enjoined upon believers: </span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“And be patient for your patience is but by Allâh…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>an-Nahl 16:127</strong>).<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Now await in patience the command of your Lord…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>at-tûr 54:48</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The rewards of those who exercise patience will be doubled: </span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Qasas 28:54</strong>).<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“…Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>az-Zumar 39:10</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Patience is the way to earn the companionship of Allâh:</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“…and be patient and persevering: for Allâh is with those who patiently persevere”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Anfâl </strong><strong>8:46</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allâh has mentioned patience alongside the pillars of Islâm and îmân, as He has mentioned it </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside sâlah:</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Nay, seek (Allâh’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Baqarah 2:45</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside right actions:</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Not so those who show patience and constancy, and do right actions; for them is forgiveness (of wrong actions) and a great reward” </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>Hûd </strong><strong>11:11</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside gratitude (shukr):</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “…Verily in this are Signs for everyone who patiently perseveres and is grateful”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>ash-Shûra 42:32-33</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside truth:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">“…and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth, and of patience and constancy”</span> (<strong>al-‘Asr 103:1-3</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside compassion:</span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “…those who believe and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Balad 90:17</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside faith:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">“…so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs”</span> (<strong>as-Sajdah 32:24</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside truth:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">“…for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant…”</span> (<strong>al-Ahzâb 33:35</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allâh has made patience the means for attaining His love, His companionship, His help and support, and His good rewards. This is sufficient honour and blessings.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">FORGIVENESS:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If I just start putting verses Just from the Qur’an on Forgiveness, it will take pages and pages. Given below are just examples:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Correct and courteous words <span style="text-decoration: underline;">accompanied by forgiveness</span> are better than sadaqa followed by insulting words. Allah is Rich Beyond Need, All-Forbearing.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>Surat</strong><strong> Al-Baqara, 263</strong>)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">those who give in times of both ease and hardship, those who control their rage and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">pardon/forgives</span> other people – Allah loves the good-doers –</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>Surat</strong><strong> Al ‘Imran, 134</strong>)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more kindly visit:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://tr1.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/17230">http://tr1.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/17230</a></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SELF CONTROL:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The best example of this is the 3<sup>rd</sup> pillar of Islam which is Fasting in the month of Ramadan.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">See</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an Chapter 2 verse 183</strong>: <span style="color: #333399;">O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may learn self – restraint.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">NON-STEALING:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 2:188 <span style="color: #333399;">-</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> And eat up not one another’s property unjustly (in any illegal way e.g. stealing, robbing, deceiving, etc.), nor give bribery to the rulers (judges before presenting your cases) that you may knowingly eat up a part of the property of others sinfully.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Punishment for stealing: </span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 5:38</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">- Cut off (from the wrist joint) the (right) hand of the thief, male or female, as a recompense for that which they committed, a punishment by way of example from Allah. And Allah is All Powerful, All Wise.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">5:39</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">- But whosoever repents after his crime and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then verily, Allah will pardon him (accept his repentance). Verily, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PURITY:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam enjoins that we offer our prayer in a state of Purity:</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">4:43</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - O you who believe! Approach not AsSalat (the prayer) when you are in a drunken state until you know (the meaning) of what you utter, nor when you are in a state of Janaba, (i.e. in a state of sexual impurity and have not yet taken a bath) except when travelling on the road (without enough water, or just passing through a mosque), till you wash your whole body. And if you are ill, or on a journey, or one of you comes after answering the call of nature, or you have been in contact with women (by sexual relations) and you find no water, perform Tayammum with clean earth and rub therewith your faces and hands (Tayammum). Truly, Allah is Ever OftPardoning, OftForgiving.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We are told not to eat Maytatah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork, etc.) for that surely is impure….</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>Qur’an 6:145</strong>)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 9:108</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure (i.e. who clean their private parts with dust (i.e. to be considered as soap) and water from urine and stools, after answering the call of nature).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">And much more. If I start quoting all references then it will unnecessarily extend the topic.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. All these religions believe that cause of life and death is the ignorance in souls. This ignorance is to be removed through constant practice of self-control and performing virtues. Blind belief is supposed to be anti-thesis of this purpose of ignorance eradication. Hence no human is expected to believe blindly in anything. Thus the guidelines of these religions are recommendatory in nature and not supposed to be recipe to reach any permanent Heaven or avoid Hell.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">From the above analogy, the Hindus undergo cycle of birth and death is because their souls are ignorant. Because had their soul not been ignorant, then they would have been like Muslims.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If we look at it in a different angle, the Hindu souls are really ignorant about the truth of God, our only creator and the purpose of life in this world. They have hindered away from the Truth.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Leave this ignorance o people. Understand the Truth! Don’t believe blindly on any thing. Explore the Truth with an unbiased mind.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">f. Human being is not expected to be able to understand complete truth in this life. Hence mutual discussions and debates are encouraged to collectively help each other move towards the truth. Thus, saints of various cults still maintain respect for each other while having differences in opinions.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Human beings have the best faculty of reasoning and understanding. How a lame claim is that ‘human being is not expected to understand the complete truth in this life’.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moreover, if a human doesn’t understand truth in this life, then according to your Birth-Rebirth Policy, he may not get another chance to understand and improve, because he doesn’t know whether he will be given a life of an animal, bird or human in the next supposedly life.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Now since a human according to you is not expected to understand the complete truth in this life, then it is obvious that he will commit sins and mistakes, and hence chances are less that he will again be born as a human.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Suppose that he is not born as a human, then he will not be able to understand the truth even more in his subsequent lives, because no other species has the sense to understand and reason more than a human.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So you see, according to this Birth-Rebirth Policy, that person who had been born in some other form in his next life will again be born in an inferior form and again and again continue being born as inferior species, because his sense of understanding will subsequently go on decreasing continuously as he is being born in inferior species and he will not be able to understand the truth as because humans (the best advanced species) is not supposed to understand the Truth completely. This means that no one will attain the so called Moksha.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So you see how this Birth-Rebirth Policy is in itself a flaw.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">g. A unique characteristic of these religions is the emphasis on meditation. Meditation is process of mind control and a variety of techniques for all levels of people are recommended by these religions. Self-realization being the focus of life, meditation is considered more important than forcing others to believe in a particular ideology through force. Interestingly, all these religions consider ‘Om’ ॐ as primary chant for achieving Supreme bliss.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We Muslims are commanded to offer Salaah (prayer) to Allah at least 5 times a day. During our Salaah we are in a state more advanced than meditation. We are in contact and communication with Our Creator. This not only purifies our soul, but also makes us realize the ultimate truth and bliss which we get by submitting our self to our creator.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Recently Tony Blair’s sister in law , Lauren booth, converted to Islam and in her statement as to what led her to accept the truth she said, that “<span style="text-decoration: underline;">She was mesmerized by the peace one gets while offering Prayer like we do and she could understand the immense amount of peace which we Muslims get by praying</span>”. This was the statement of a Non-Muslim, the sister in law of a very big critic of Islam.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">You can listen to her conversion story in her own words. Visit</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE-P7Ug5-Zk">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE-P7Ug5-Zk</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moreover, there is no compulsion in Islam as Allah said in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Chapter 2 verse 256</span></strong>,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِى الدِّينِ﴾</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, "Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam. Rather, whoever Allah directs to Islam, opens his heart for it and enlightens his mind, will embrace Islam with certainty. Whoever Allah blinds his heart and seals his hearing and sight, then he will not benefit from being forced to embrace Islam.''</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">h. A lot of malpractices did creep into Hindu society over ages, partially due to the own debilities and partially due to influence of Arabic cults. But nonetheless, since there is no binding blind truth for a Hindu, they have scope to rise above these new weaknesses without having fear of being apostate.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well there is a very well known proverb which says:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;">Ulta Chor Kotwaal Ko daante</span></span>” <span style="color: #333399;">(The one who is a thief when asked, blames the Master).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The ‘Malpractices’ of the Hindu’s of doing ‘Idol Worship’ was taken up by some so called Muslims, and the result is quite obvious that we have people calling themselves Muslims, but still visiting ‘Graves’ and ‘Shrines’ to ask for help. These&nbsp; Muslims are completely ignorant about the definition of a Muslim and also ignorant about the teachings of the Qur’an.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Like Christians ask from Jesus Christ (pbuh), similarly many so called Muslims have over exaggerated in praising Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and asks from him rather than from the only true God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All these are contrary to the teachings of Islam and contrary to the guidance taught by our last and final Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All these were effects and ‘Malpractices’ which intoxicated the Pure Religion, when Islam came to India. This was not the case from the beginning.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is quite evident that who introduced ‘Malpractices’ whether, the Arabs or the one’s trying to malign and mix in the original religion, of submitting to God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you want to see an example of who introduced malpractices then check this out: </span><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-toi/special-report/Here-in-India-welcoming-Lakshmi-with-Bismillah/articleshow/6882027.cms"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Here in India, welcoming Lakshmi with 'Bismillah'</span></a></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">i. Each religion has its own religious book. Most of them consider&nbsp;<strong>Vedas</strong> to be supreme. Jains and Buddhists have their own texts. But no one claims that blind belief in any book is necessary. The only prerequisite is that one is desirous of knowing the truth and is putting efforts in that direction. Rest is supposed to happen automatically through forces of supreme.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Wrong again! Neither Jainism, nor Buddhism nor Sikhism considers Vedas to be supreme. It is only Agniveer type Hindus of Arya Samajis who consider Vedas to be supreme.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In hindus only 4-5% arya samaji&nbsp; believe in vedas even in these 4- 5% only 6-7% read the vedas and all others&nbsp; read Satyartha Prakash(which is considered to be the key of vedas) .How pitiful it is that now Satyartha Prakash, which is full of anomilies,cheat and fraud, have higher authority then vedas. It is more ironical that even these arya samaji don’t read Satyarth Prakash with understanding otherwise they will themselves throw it over.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well, the supremecy battle in Hinduism is really interesting. Some people say ‘Puranas’ are supreme some say Vedas some say ‘Ithihas’ some say ‘Bhagvad Gita’? Aryasamaji claims that only vedas are supreme and all other sciptures are fabricated and false. But majority of Hindus don’t consider Vedas to be authentic. We are here providing work of one Acharya .In this article he Proves that Puranas and Ithihas are the part of Vedas . He called them 5th Vedas. He even put a very important point before us that, there is no use of Vedas in this age and only 6%&nbsp; Vedas are left rest 94% had been lost.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Kindly see: </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hindu scriptures: Battle of supremacy</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">See also :</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Vedas-deep analysis on the basis of Dayanand ji teaching</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/vedas-deep-analysis-on-basis-of-dayanand-ji-teaching/">http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/vedas-deep-analysis-on-basis-of-dayanand-ji-teaching/</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">And also -</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Vedas are Not Eternal</span></span><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis</span></a></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">j. Each of these religions believe in Theory of Karma. It has several variations. But in principle, our present situations are supposed to be result of our past deeds and our future situations would be result of our present deeds. After death, one takes birth in most optimal place as per his deeds of previous life. Thus good deeds and noble thoughts are supposed to be key recipe for blissful life. The religious books are attempts to explain further details of what good deeds are. These are to be understood rather than mugged up blindly.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How faulty this notion of the cycle of birth and rebirth is can be easily understood. Refer to answer to point (f) above and also answer to point (f) in the Second Section of this article and also</span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth</span></span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/science/reincarnation-karma-scientifically-debunked/"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/science/reincarnation-karma-scientifically-debunked/</span></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Miscellaneous&nbsp; Religions</span></span></span></em></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Apart from these major religions, there are a minority of religions like Bahai, Zoroastrianism and new thoughts like Deism etc. Most of these are repackaging of the beliefs discussed earlier along with some of their own unique belief systems. The key point however is that none of them has ‘Only I am right’ approach and hence most of these are not part of any major controversies.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Strange fact that Agniveer categorizes the source of the vedic religion, Zoroastrianism, under the category of ‘Miscellaneous or Minority Religion’.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Go through the following link and see how Vedas have Zoroastrianism sources:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis</span></span></a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even the True religion of Submitting to Our Only Creator does not have ‘Only I am right’ approach as clearly explained in the First section under the heading:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense" target="_blank">Can we say that My Religion is better than yours and more Superior?</a></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How people follow a religion</span></span></span></em></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. Among Christians and Muslims, a lot of inter-conversions take place because of the way their respective evangelists market their own book and highlight defects in other’s book. This is more like a Pepsi vs Coke happening. This is also true for the boutique baba religions.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Now again Agniveer exposes itself and shows his biasness against Islam. People reading this article will by now have been very well aquainted with Agniveer’s lies and the Truth of Islam, Insha’ allah.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">People revert back to Islam, because they truly understand the universatality of Islam, the religion of submitting yourself to the One and Only True God.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">i. A very rare set of people actually analyze all religious ideologies in unbiased manner, or introspect on various aspects of life and then make an informed decision. The Arya Samajis of first generation belonged to this group. Though the modern day Arya Samajis are nothing but mostly Arya Samajis by default, as described in point a above.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Arya Samajis saying this statement that they are unbiased doesn’t go down the throat of any one reading this article.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Solution to the confusion</span></span></span></em></span></strong><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This in brief is the status of religions as they exist today. Religions would continue to exist and create controversies till planet earth exists because ‘after death what?’ would remain a puzzle forever for human beings. A more pragmatic approach to living peacefully in this confusion would be to:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">d. All religious heads should start taking religion not as a personal business or ego issue, but means to discover truth, Thus everyone should have dialogues, come up with common tenets and evolve a pro forma of universal religion that is same for all human beings and for all times. Each society/ individual should be given liberty to fill in minor details as per their own needs, without transgressing the overall framework.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Only solution to the problem will be, if people go back to their natural religion, their birth religion instead of following different religions. they should follow what is pure in its essence as well as definition.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So now Agniveer plans to bring up a NEW RELIGION, having the visions and advices of each society according to their needs. It is quite obvious that the society of thieves, repists etc will want to have share in this newly erected religion and fill in their own needs, because Agniveer is giving open chance to each society/ individual to fill in minor details as per their own needs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Surely this will not be a religion from our creator. Our Creator is the one who created us and surely He didn’t forget to choose the right way/religion for us. Why do we need to erect such religions then? This is the very reason which has resulted into coming up of different religions out of the only religion of submitting to God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Every society/individual would want to follow their desire, stubbornness etc, resulting in confusion and yet a new number of religions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Rather, one option is to ‘Come upon and follow the commonalities in all religions’. A person should Research on his own religion as well as other religions and Insha’allah he will be guided to the ultimate truth of submitting to our creator.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. The 11 tenets of religion as mentioned earlier should be foundation of this universal religion. Compassion, Character and Charity should be the guiding light.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I personally believe in&nbsp;<strong>Vedas</strong> being the only performa of such a universal religion. But even thrusting of <strong>Vedas</strong> as only truth, without due study by an individual, would be against the very essence of Vedas itself.</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Sanskrit word véda "knowledge, wisdom" is derived from the root vid- "to know". This is reconstructed as being derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *ueid-, meaning "see" or "know".</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Monier-Williams 2006, p. 1015; Apte 1965, p. 856)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As a noun, the word appears only in a single instance in the</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Rigveda, in RV 8.19.5</span></strong>, <span style="color: #333399;">translated by Griffith as "ritual lore":</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">yáḥ samídhā yá âhutī / yó védena dadâśa márto agnáye / yó námasā svadhvaráḥ</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">"The mortal who hath ministered to Agni with oblation, fuel, ritual lore, and reverence, skilled in sacrifice."</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The noun is from Proto-Indo-European *ueidos, cognate to Greek (ϝ)εἶδος "aspect", "form" . Not to be confused is the homonymous 1st and 3rd person singular perfect tense véda, cognate to Greek (ϝ)οἶδα (w)oida "I know". Root cognates are Greek ἰδέα, English wit, etc., Latin video "I see", etc.[ see e.g. Pokorny's 1959 Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch s.v. u(e)id-²; Rix' Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben, ueid-. Old-slavic and old-church slavonic/old bulgarian form Template:Veda "knowledge" and verb Template:Vediti "to know"]</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The mystical notions surrounding the concept of the one "Veda" that would flower in&nbsp;<a title="Vedanta" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedanta">Vedantic</a> philosophy have their roots already in <a title="Brahmana" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmana">Brahmana</a> literature, for example in the&nbsp;Shatapatha Brahmana. The Vedas are identified with&nbsp;Brahman, the universal principle <span style="color: #000000;">(<strong>ŚBM 10.1.1.8, 10.2.4.6</strong>)</span>.&nbsp;<a title="Vāc" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C4%81c">Vāc</a> "speech" is called the "mother of the Vedas" </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>ŚBM 6.5.3.4, 10.5.5.1</strong>).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There are strong linguistic and cultural similarities between the Rigveda and the early Iranian Avesta, deriving from the Proto-Indo-Iranian times, often associated with the Andronovo culture; the earliest horse-drawn chariots were found at Andronovo sites in the Sintashta-Petrovka cultural area near the Ural Mountains and date to ca. 2000 BCE.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">[Drews, Robert (2004), Early Riders: The beginnings of mounted warfare in Asia and Europe, New York: Routledge, p. 50]</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Vedas are Not Eternal </span></span><a href="http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moreover, Arya Samajis claim that since Vedas were not written down and memorized and passed on as it is, hence there chances of being authentic are greater. You can see their claim here:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://agniveer.com/2697/why-vedas-cannot-be-changed/"><span style="color: #000000;">http://agniveer.com/2697/why-vedas-cannot-be-changed/</span></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well I need to inform the people reading this that the Holy Qur’an, not only was it written down at the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) but also memorized in seven different styles by many Huffaz and today there exist thousands of people who have the Qur’an in their hearts, the way it was revealed, even the pronunciation is saved. Bothe the memorized one and the written one matches exactly and has been the same since 1400 years ago.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an was written down as well as memorized while the Vedas as claimed by Arya Samajis were only memorized. The oldest of manuscripts of Vedas belonging to the Vajasaneyi tradition are dated from the 11th century onwards.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even some Acharya of Hindus says that only 6% Vedas has been left now and in this age there is no use of them</span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/</span></span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This proves which of the books have greater chances of been preserved.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Forcing a religion or a Book is also prohibited in Islam, as explained earlier. Allah said in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Chapter 2 verse 256</span></strong>,</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِى الدِّينِ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(There is no compulsion in religion)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer’s claim that the Vedas have been passed on till generations and is the same which their fathers and forefathers followed. They believe on it blindly even though it contains facts which go against established science. Allah answers this issue very well,</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 43:22-24</span></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">Nay! They say: "We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we guide ourselves by their footsteps."And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad SAW) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: "We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps."(The warner) said: "Even if I bring you better guidance than that which you found your fathers following?" They said: "Verily, We disbelieve in that with which you have been sent."</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an&nbsp; 2:170</span></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah has sent down." They say: "Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following." (Would they do that!) Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an&nbsp; 5:104</span></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">And when it is said to them: "Come to what Allah has revealed and unto the Messenger (Muhammad SAW for the verdict of that which you have made unlawful)." They say: "Enough for us is that which we found our fathers following," even though their fathers had no knowledge whatsoever and no guidance.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Name of book, thus is not important. But the knowledge is. Let everyone follow the universal religion and whatever be the truth, we shall be guided towards that automatically in proportion to our efforts.</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Till the intelligent among us work towards such a performa of universal religion, neither shall we be able to discover the mystery behind life, nor can there be peace in world. What shall remain is only the jungle rule of those who desire dominance in name of religion through politics, force or deceit.</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Mere declaration that all religions are good, would be a fruitless exercise as we all internally know that this cannot be the case. A more sensible approach would be to actually work towards a truly good religion – a universal religion – through consensus and deliberations and then let that be the ONLY religion sufficient for human beings. As mentioned earlier, each society/ individual should be given liberty to fill in minor details as per their own needs, without transgressing the overall framework.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Of course name of the book is not important, but the knowledge is. So how will one come to have knowledge of what is the truth and the right way? We have to be practical and assess all the religious scriptures and then ultimately we will come to the truth.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All religions are not equal, but they have some good things in them In the first section it has been proven as to why these religions are not equal and why they preach goodness.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As told earlier we humans are no one to select what is best for us. We are no one to arrive at a consensus of selecting or creating any new religion because what is good for some may not be good for others. So this theory of giving each society/individual a liberty to fill in details so that a new religion can be formed is really a faulty philosophy.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Remember truth can only be one. Search it before it is too late.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> May we be guided to the truth by the guidance of our creator. May we strive and achieve the truth without an unbiased mind.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; color: #ff6600;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Our last call is all praise is to Allah and may His Salah and Salam be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family.</span></span></p></div> <div class="feed-description"><p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Assalamu ‘alaikum&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Rahmatullahi&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Barakatahu to our Muslim Ummah and a Warm Welcome to all Seekers of True Knowledge</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This Article is in reply to the article in Anti Islamic website agniveer.com with title,</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Religion Demystified</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Article is available here:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<a href="http://agniveer.com/2117/revelation-allah/"> http://agniveer.com/1696/religions-demystified/</a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refutation by </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Brother</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Md.</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Zeeshan Akhtar assisted by Brother Neer</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The artice is divided into 3 sections:</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 1) </span></a></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Demystifying Religion in True sense</span></a></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/225-religion-demystified-part-2-refuting-the-false-and-wrong-informations-given-by-agniveer" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 2) </span></a></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/225-religion-demystified-part-2-refuting-the-false-and-wrong-informations-given-by-agniveer" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refuting the false and wrong informations given by Agniveer about Islam in his article.</span></a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 3) </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response to points raised about Eastern religion and Miscellaneous Religions</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PART 3:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response to points raised about Eastern religion and Miscellaneous Religions.</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></em></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Eastern Religions/</span></span></em></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></em></span></strong><em><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hinduism</span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The third set of religions is the Eastern Religions. These are the oldest and foundation of almost all religious and philosophical thoughts including arabic cults. They include a variety of names like&nbsp;</span></span></em><em><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hinduism</span></span></strong></em><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Vedic Dharma, Sanatan Dharma etc. If Hindu be the term depicting region on eastern side of Indus river, then all these collectively come under the umbrella of Hinduism or Hindutva. There are a huge number of sub-sects and varieties in these broad&nbsp;terms mentioned above. For example, in Sikhs we have Namdharis, Nirankaris, Udasis etc. In Jainism we have Shwetambar, Digambars and various sub-sects. Same with other terms as well.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Despite this myriad diversity, which at times appear contradictory on surface, there are certain common binding traits in all these religions under the fold of Hinduism:</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">a. None of these religions were founded by visionaries as defined in previous section. The founders of these religions instead were supposed to be exalted souls who realized truth in their own way. Thus no follower is expected to blindly believe in anything but explore truth in their own honest ways.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam was not founded by visionaries, but is the natural religion of all of Mankind chosen for us by Our Creator.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It’s a pity to see that Agniveer finally accepts that the founders of all Easterly Religions were supposed to be exalted souls who realized truth in their own way.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">These religions were not a religion from God, but a distorted form of the religion of Islam by exalted souls who realized truth in their own way and this has been clearly explained above in the First section of this article.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">b. All these religions believe in transmigration of soul and a continuity of life and death like day and night. Thus as per one’s deeds, soul goes through appropriate births in different species and situations.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">c. All living beings are supposed to have same type of soul be it animal or human. All humans are supposed to have been in one of these species in past and also have probability to go into these species in future as well. That is why universal compassion for all living beings is a central theme of all these religions.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How faulty this notion of the cycle of birth and rebirth is can be easily understood. Refer to answer to point (f) in the above section and also point (f) of this section along with</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/</span></span></a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth</span></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">d. A ten-fold tenets of Dharma/ religion is common among almost all sects. Interestingly, the sam shloka from Manusmriti (2.215) appears in almost all leading religions. These ten tenets include:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Patience, Forgiving, Self-control, Non-Stealing, Purity, Control of sense and action organs, Intellect, Knowledge, Truth, Freedom from anger.&nbsp; Further, all these religions put non-violence as supreme tenet of human beings.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">These points are very much present in the Natural religion of Submitting to God. And since these religions are bisected parts of the True Religion, these contain these few good points.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PATIENCE: </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Imâm Ahmad said: “Allâh has mentioned patience in the Qur’ân in ninety places.” Here, we will list the different contexts in which patience appears.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Patience in enjoined upon believers: </span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“And be patient for your patience is but by Allâh…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>an-Nahl 16:127</strong>).<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Now await in patience the command of your Lord…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>at-tûr 54:48</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The rewards of those who exercise patience will be doubled: </span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Qasas 28:54</strong>).<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“…Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward without measure!”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>az-Zumar 39:10</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Patience is the way to earn the companionship of Allâh:</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">“…and be patient and persevering: for Allâh is with those who patiently persevere”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Anfâl </strong><strong>8:46</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allâh has mentioned patience alongside the pillars of Islâm and îmân, as He has mentioned it </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside sâlah:</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Nay, seek (Allâh’s) help with patient perseverance and prayer…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Baqarah 2:45</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside right actions:</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “Not so those who show patience and constancy, and do right actions; for them is forgiveness (of wrong actions) and a great reward” </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>Hûd </strong><strong>11:11</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside gratitude (shukr):</span></span></strong></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “…Verily in this are Signs for everyone who patiently perseveres and is grateful”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>ash-Shûra 42:32-33</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside truth:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">“…and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth, and of patience and constancy”</span> (<strong>al-‘Asr 103:1-3</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside compassion:</span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “…those who believe and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion…”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>al-Balad 90:17</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside faith:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">“…so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs”</span> (<strong>as-Sajdah 32:24</strong>);</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">alongside truth:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">“…for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant…”</span> (<strong>al-Ahzâb 33:35</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allâh has made patience the means for attaining His love, His companionship, His help and support, and His good rewards. This is sufficient honour and blessings.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">FORGIVENESS:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If I just start putting verses Just from the Qur’an on Forgiveness, it will take pages and pages. Given below are just examples:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Correct and courteous words <span style="text-decoration: underline;">accompanied by forgiveness</span> are better than sadaqa followed by insulting words. Allah is Rich Beyond Need, All-Forbearing.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>Surat</strong><strong> Al-Baqara, 263</strong>)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">those who give in times of both ease and hardship, those who control their rage and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">pardon/forgives</span> other people – Allah loves the good-doers –</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>Surat</strong><strong> Al ‘Imran, 134</strong>)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more kindly visit:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://tr1.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/17230">http://tr1.harunyahya.com/Detail/T/EDCRFV/productId/17230</a></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">SELF CONTROL:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The best example of this is the 3<sup>rd</sup> pillar of Islam which is Fasting in the month of Ramadan.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">See</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an Chapter 2 verse 183</strong>: <span style="color: #333399;">O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may learn self – restraint.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">NON-STEALING:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 2:188 <span style="color: #333399;">-</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> And eat up not one another’s property unjustly (in any illegal way e.g. stealing, robbing, deceiving, etc.), nor give bribery to the rulers (judges before presenting your cases) that you may knowingly eat up a part of the property of others sinfully.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Punishment for stealing: </span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 5:38</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">- Cut off (from the wrist joint) the (right) hand of the thief, male or female, as a recompense for that which they committed, a punishment by way of example from Allah. And Allah is All Powerful, All Wise.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">5:39</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">- But whosoever repents after his crime and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then verily, Allah will pardon him (accept his repentance). Verily, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PURITY:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam enjoins that we offer our prayer in a state of Purity:</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">4:43</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - O you who believe! Approach not AsSalat (the prayer) when you are in a drunken state until you know (the meaning) of what you utter, nor when you are in a state of Janaba, (i.e. in a state of sexual impurity and have not yet taken a bath) except when travelling on the road (without enough water, or just passing through a mosque), till you wash your whole body. And if you are ill, or on a journey, or one of you comes after answering the call of nature, or you have been in contact with women (by sexual relations) and you find no water, perform Tayammum with clean earth and rub therewith your faces and hands (Tayammum). Truly, Allah is Ever OftPardoning, OftForgiving.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We are told not to eat Maytatah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork, etc.) for that surely is impure….</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>Qur’an 6:145</strong>)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 9:108</span></span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure (i.e. who clean their private parts with dust (i.e. to be considered as soap) and water from urine and stools, after answering the call of nature).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">And much more. If I start quoting all references then it will unnecessarily extend the topic.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. All these religions believe that cause of life and death is the ignorance in souls. This ignorance is to be removed through constant practice of self-control and performing virtues. Blind belief is supposed to be anti-thesis of this purpose of ignorance eradication. Hence no human is expected to believe blindly in anything. Thus the guidelines of these religions are recommendatory in nature and not supposed to be recipe to reach any permanent Heaven or avoid Hell.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">From the above analogy, the Hindus undergo cycle of birth and death is because their souls are ignorant. Because had their soul not been ignorant, then they would have been like Muslims.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If we look at it in a different angle, the Hindu souls are really ignorant about the truth of God, our only creator and the purpose of life in this world. They have hindered away from the Truth.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Leave this ignorance o people. Understand the Truth! Don’t believe blindly on any thing. Explore the Truth with an unbiased mind.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">f. Human being is not expected to be able to understand complete truth in this life. Hence mutual discussions and debates are encouraged to collectively help each other move towards the truth. Thus, saints of various cults still maintain respect for each other while having differences in opinions.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Human beings have the best faculty of reasoning and understanding. How a lame claim is that ‘human being is not expected to understand the complete truth in this life’.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moreover, if a human doesn’t understand truth in this life, then according to your Birth-Rebirth Policy, he may not get another chance to understand and improve, because he doesn’t know whether he will be given a life of an animal, bird or human in the next supposedly life.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Now since a human according to you is not expected to understand the complete truth in this life, then it is obvious that he will commit sins and mistakes, and hence chances are less that he will again be born as a human.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Suppose that he is not born as a human, then he will not be able to understand the truth even more in his subsequent lives, because no other species has the sense to understand and reason more than a human.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So you see, according to this Birth-Rebirth Policy, that person who had been born in some other form in his next life will again be born in an inferior form and again and again continue being born as inferior species, because his sense of understanding will subsequently go on decreasing continuously as he is being born in inferior species and he will not be able to understand the truth as because humans (the best advanced species) is not supposed to understand the Truth completely. This means that no one will attain the so called Moksha.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So you see how this Birth-Rebirth Policy is in itself a flaw.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">g. A unique characteristic of these religions is the emphasis on meditation. Meditation is process of mind control and a variety of techniques for all levels of people are recommended by these religions. Self-realization being the focus of life, meditation is considered more important than forcing others to believe in a particular ideology through force. Interestingly, all these religions consider ‘Om’ ॐ as primary chant for achieving Supreme bliss.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We Muslims are commanded to offer Salaah (prayer) to Allah at least 5 times a day. During our Salaah we are in a state more advanced than meditation. We are in contact and communication with Our Creator. This not only purifies our soul, but also makes us realize the ultimate truth and bliss which we get by submitting our self to our creator.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Recently Tony Blair’s sister in law , Lauren booth, converted to Islam and in her statement as to what led her to accept the truth she said, that “<span style="text-decoration: underline;">She was mesmerized by the peace one gets while offering Prayer like we do and she could understand the immense amount of peace which we Muslims get by praying</span>”. This was the statement of a Non-Muslim, the sister in law of a very big critic of Islam.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">You can listen to her conversion story in her own words. Visit</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE-P7Ug5-Zk">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE-P7Ug5-Zk</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moreover, there is no compulsion in Islam as Allah said in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Chapter 2 verse 256</span></strong>,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِى الدِّينِ﴾</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, "Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam. Rather, whoever Allah directs to Islam, opens his heart for it and enlightens his mind, will embrace Islam with certainty. Whoever Allah blinds his heart and seals his hearing and sight, then he will not benefit from being forced to embrace Islam.''</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">h. A lot of malpractices did creep into Hindu society over ages, partially due to the own debilities and partially due to influence of Arabic cults. But nonetheless, since there is no binding blind truth for a Hindu, they have scope to rise above these new weaknesses without having fear of being apostate.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well there is a very well known proverb which says:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;">Ulta Chor Kotwaal Ko daante</span></span>” <span style="color: #333399;">(The one who is a thief when asked, blames the Master).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The ‘Malpractices’ of the Hindu’s of doing ‘Idol Worship’ was taken up by some so called Muslims, and the result is quite obvious that we have people calling themselves Muslims, but still visiting ‘Graves’ and ‘Shrines’ to ask for help. These&nbsp; Muslims are completely ignorant about the definition of a Muslim and also ignorant about the teachings of the Qur’an.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Like Christians ask from Jesus Christ (pbuh), similarly many so called Muslims have over exaggerated in praising Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and asks from him rather than from the only true God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All these are contrary to the teachings of Islam and contrary to the guidance taught by our last and final Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All these were effects and ‘Malpractices’ which intoxicated the Pure Religion, when Islam came to India. This was not the case from the beginning.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is quite evident that who introduced ‘Malpractices’ whether, the Arabs or the one’s trying to malign and mix in the original religion, of submitting to God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If you want to see an example of who introduced malpractices then check this out: </span><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-toi/special-report/Here-in-India-welcoming-Lakshmi-with-Bismillah/articleshow/6882027.cms"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Here in India, welcoming Lakshmi with 'Bismillah'</span></a></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">i. Each religion has its own religious book. Most of them consider&nbsp;<strong>Vedas</strong> to be supreme. Jains and Buddhists have their own texts. But no one claims that blind belief in any book is necessary. The only prerequisite is that one is desirous of knowing the truth and is putting efforts in that direction. Rest is supposed to happen automatically through forces of supreme.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Wrong again! Neither Jainism, nor Buddhism nor Sikhism considers Vedas to be supreme. It is only Agniveer type Hindus of Arya Samajis who consider Vedas to be supreme.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">In hindus only 4-5% arya samaji&nbsp; believe in vedas even in these 4- 5% only 6-7% read the vedas and all others&nbsp; read Satyartha Prakash(which is considered to be the key of vedas) .How pitiful it is that now Satyartha Prakash, which is full of anomilies,cheat and fraud, have higher authority then vedas. It is more ironical that even these arya samaji don’t read Satyarth Prakash with understanding otherwise they will themselves throw it over.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well, the supremecy battle in Hinduism is really interesting. Some people say ‘Puranas’ are supreme some say Vedas some say ‘Ithihas’ some say ‘Bhagvad Gita’? Aryasamaji claims that only vedas are supreme and all other sciptures are fabricated and false. But majority of Hindus don’t consider Vedas to be authentic. We are here providing work of one Acharya .In this article he Proves that Puranas and Ithihas are the part of Vedas . He called them 5th Vedas. He even put a very important point before us that, there is no use of Vedas in this age and only 6%&nbsp; Vedas are left rest 94% had been lost.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Kindly see: </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hindu scriptures: Battle of supremacy</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">See also :</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Vedas-deep analysis on the basis of Dayanand ji teaching</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/vedas-deep-analysis-on-basis-of-dayanand-ji-teaching/">http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/vedas-deep-analysis-on-basis-of-dayanand-ji-teaching/</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">And also -</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Vedas are Not Eternal</span></span><strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis</span></a></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">j. Each of these religions believe in Theory of Karma. It has several variations. But in principle, our present situations are supposed to be result of our past deeds and our future situations would be result of our present deeds. After death, one takes birth in most optimal place as per his deeds of previous life. Thus good deeds and noble thoughts are supposed to be key recipe for blissful life. The religious books are attempts to explain further details of what good deeds are. These are to be understood rather than mugged up blindly.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How faulty this notion of the cycle of birth and rebirth is can be easily understood. Refer to answer to point (f) above and also answer to point (f) in the Second Section of this article and also</span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/reincarnationa-detailed-analysis/</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/201-islam-a-rebirth</span></span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/science/reincarnation-karma-scientifically-debunked/"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/science/reincarnation-karma-scientifically-debunked/</span></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Miscellaneous&nbsp; Religions</span></span></span></em></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Apart from these major religions, there are a minority of religions like Bahai, Zoroastrianism and new thoughts like Deism etc. Most of these are repackaging of the beliefs discussed earlier along with some of their own unique belief systems. The key point however is that none of them has ‘Only I am right’ approach and hence most of these are not part of any major controversies.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Strange fact that Agniveer categorizes the source of the vedic religion, Zoroastrianism, under the category of ‘Miscellaneous or Minority Religion’.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Go through the following link and see how Vedas have Zoroastrianism sources:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis</span></span></a></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even the True religion of Submitting to Our Only Creator does not have ‘Only I am right’ approach as clearly explained in the First section under the heading:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense" target="_blank">Can we say that My Religion is better than yours and more Superior?</a></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How people follow a religion</span></span></span></em></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. Among Christians and Muslims, a lot of inter-conversions take place because of the way their respective evangelists market their own book and highlight defects in other’s book. This is more like a Pepsi vs Coke happening. This is also true for the boutique baba religions.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Now again Agniveer exposes itself and shows his biasness against Islam. People reading this article will by now have been very well aquainted with Agniveer’s lies and the Truth of Islam, Insha’ allah.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">People revert back to Islam, because they truly understand the universatality of Islam, the religion of submitting yourself to the One and Only True God.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">i. A very rare set of people actually analyze all religious ideologies in unbiased manner, or introspect on various aspects of life and then make an informed decision. The Arya Samajis of first generation belonged to this group. Though the modern day Arya Samajis are nothing but mostly Arya Samajis by default, as described in point a above.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Arya Samajis saying this statement that they are unbiased doesn’t go down the throat of any one reading this article.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff0000;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Solution to the confusion</span></span></span></em></span></strong><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This in brief is the status of religions as they exist today. Religions would continue to exist and create controversies till planet earth exists because ‘after death what?’ would remain a puzzle forever for human beings. A more pragmatic approach to living peacefully in this confusion would be to:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">d. All religious heads should start taking religion not as a personal business or ego issue, but means to discover truth, Thus everyone should have dialogues, come up with common tenets and evolve a pro forma of universal religion that is same for all human beings and for all times. Each society/ individual should be given liberty to fill in minor details as per their own needs, without transgressing the overall framework.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Only solution to the problem will be, if people go back to their natural religion, their birth religion instead of following different religions. they should follow what is pure in its essence as well as definition.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So now Agniveer plans to bring up a NEW RELIGION, having the visions and advices of each society according to their needs. It is quite obvious that the society of thieves, repists etc will want to have share in this newly erected religion and fill in their own needs, because Agniveer is giving open chance to each society/ individual to fill in minor details as per their own needs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Surely this will not be a religion from our creator. Our Creator is the one who created us and surely He didn’t forget to choose the right way/religion for us. Why do we need to erect such religions then? This is the very reason which has resulted into coming up of different religions out of the only religion of submitting to God.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Every society/individual would want to follow their desire, stubbornness etc, resulting in confusion and yet a new number of religions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Rather, one option is to ‘Come upon and follow the commonalities in all religions’. A person should Research on his own religion as well as other religions and Insha’allah he will be guided to the ultimate truth of submitting to our creator.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. The 11 tenets of religion as mentioned earlier should be foundation of this universal religion. Compassion, Character and Charity should be the guiding light.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I personally believe in&nbsp;<strong>Vedas</strong> being the only performa of such a universal religion. But even thrusting of <strong>Vedas</strong> as only truth, without due study by an individual, would be against the very essence of Vedas itself.</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Sanskrit word véda "knowledge, wisdom" is derived from the root vid- "to know". This is reconstructed as being derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *ueid-, meaning "see" or "know".</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Monier-Williams 2006, p. 1015; Apte 1965, p. 856)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As a noun, the word appears only in a single instance in the</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Rigveda, in RV 8.19.5</span></strong>, <span style="color: #333399;">translated by Griffith as "ritual lore":</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">yáḥ samídhā yá âhutī / yó védena dadâśa márto agnáye / yó námasā svadhvaráḥ</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">"The mortal who hath ministered to Agni with oblation, fuel, ritual lore, and reverence, skilled in sacrifice."</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The noun is from Proto-Indo-European *ueidos, cognate to Greek (ϝ)εἶδος "aspect", "form" . Not to be confused is the homonymous 1st and 3rd person singular perfect tense véda, cognate to Greek (ϝ)οἶδα (w)oida "I know". Root cognates are Greek ἰδέα, English wit, etc., Latin video "I see", etc.[ see e.g. Pokorny's 1959 Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch s.v. u(e)id-²; Rix' Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben, ueid-. Old-slavic and old-church slavonic/old bulgarian form Template:Veda "knowledge" and verb Template:Vediti "to know"]</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The mystical notions surrounding the concept of the one "Veda" that would flower in&nbsp;<a title="Vedanta" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedanta">Vedantic</a> philosophy have their roots already in <a title="Brahmana" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmana">Brahmana</a> literature, for example in the&nbsp;Shatapatha Brahmana. The Vedas are identified with&nbsp;Brahman, the universal principle <span style="color: #000000;">(<strong>ŚBM 10.1.1.8, 10.2.4.6</strong>)</span>.&nbsp;<a title="Vāc" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C4%81c">Vāc</a> "speech" is called the "mother of the Vedas" </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>ŚBM 6.5.3.4, 10.5.5.1</strong>).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There are strong linguistic and cultural similarities between the Rigveda and the early Iranian Avesta, deriving from the Proto-Indo-Iranian times, often associated with the Andronovo culture; the earliest horse-drawn chariots were found at Andronovo sites in the Sintashta-Petrovka cultural area near the Ural Mountains and date to ca. 2000 BCE.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">[Drews, Robert (2004), Early Riders: The beginnings of mounted warfare in Asia and Europe, New York: Routledge, p. 50]</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Vedas are Not Eternal </span></span><a href="http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://www.theintellectual.info/religion/hinduism/281-vedas-are-not-eternal-a-detailed-analysis</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moreover, Arya Samajis claim that since Vedas were not written down and memorized and passed on as it is, hence there chances of being authentic are greater. You can see their claim here:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://agniveer.com/2697/why-vedas-cannot-be-changed/"><span style="color: #000000;">http://agniveer.com/2697/why-vedas-cannot-be-changed/</span></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well I need to inform the people reading this that the Holy Qur’an, not only was it written down at the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) but also memorized in seven different styles by many Huffaz and today there exist thousands of people who have the Qur’an in their hearts, the way it was revealed, even the pronunciation is saved. Bothe the memorized one and the written one matches exactly and has been the same since 1400 years ago.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an was written down as well as memorized while the Vedas as claimed by Arya Samajis were only memorized. The oldest of manuscripts of Vedas belonging to the Vajasaneyi tradition are dated from the 11th century onwards.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even some Acharya of Hindus says that only 6% Vedas has been left now and in this age there is no use of them</span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/general/hinduism-scipturesbattle-supremacy/</span></span></span></a></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This proves which of the books have greater chances of been preserved.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Forcing a religion or a Book is also prohibited in Islam, as explained earlier. Allah said in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Chapter 2 verse 256</span></strong>,</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِى الدِّينِ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(There is no compulsion in religion)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer’s claim that the Vedas have been passed on till generations and is the same which their fathers and forefathers followed. They believe on it blindly even though it contains facts which go against established science. Allah answers this issue very well,</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 43:22-24</span></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">Nay! They say: "We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we guide ourselves by their footsteps."And similarly, We sent not a warner before you (O Muhammad SAW) to any town (people) but the luxurious ones among them said: "We found our fathers following a certain way and religion, and we will indeed follow their footsteps."(The warner) said: "Even if I bring you better guidance than that which you found your fathers following?" They said: "Verily, We disbelieve in that with which you have been sent."</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an&nbsp; 2:170</span></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">When it is said to them: "Follow what Allah has sent down." They say: "Nay! We shall follow what we found our fathers following." (Would they do that!) Even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an&nbsp; 5:104</span></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">And when it is said to them: "Come to what Allah has revealed and unto the Messenger (Muhammad SAW for the verdict of that which you have made unlawful)." They say: "Enough for us is that which we found our fathers following," even though their fathers had no knowledge whatsoever and no guidance.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Name of book, thus is not important. But the knowledge is. Let everyone follow the universal religion and whatever be the truth, we shall be guided towards that automatically in proportion to our efforts.</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Till the intelligent among us work towards such a performa of universal religion, neither shall we be able to discover the mystery behind life, nor can there be peace in world. What shall remain is only the jungle rule of those who desire dominance in name of religion through politics, force or deceit.</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Mere declaration that all religions are good, would be a fruitless exercise as we all internally know that this cannot be the case. A more sensible approach would be to actually work towards a truly good religion – a universal religion – through consensus and deliberations and then let that be the ONLY religion sufficient for human beings. As mentioned earlier, each society/ individual should be given liberty to fill in minor details as per their own needs, without transgressing the overall framework.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Of course name of the book is not important, but the knowledge is. So how will one come to have knowledge of what is the truth and the right way? We have to be practical and assess all the religious scriptures and then ultimately we will come to the truth.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All religions are not equal, but they have some good things in them In the first section it has been proven as to why these religions are not equal and why they preach goodness.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As told earlier we humans are no one to select what is best for us. We are no one to arrive at a consensus of selecting or creating any new religion because what is good for some may not be good for others. So this theory of giving each society/individual a liberty to fill in details so that a new religion can be formed is really a faulty philosophy.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Remember truth can only be one. Search it before it is too late.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> May we be guided to the truth by the guidance of our creator. May we strive and achieve the truth without an unbiased mind.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; color: #ff6600;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Our last call is all praise is to Allah and may His Salah and Salam be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family.</span></span></p></div> II) Religion Demystified - Refuting false lies of Agniveer 2010-11-04T11:14:08+00:00 2010-11-04T11:14:08+00:00 http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/225-religion-demystified-part-2-refuting-the-false-and-wrong-informations-given-by-agniveer Md. Zeeshan Akhtar islamictreasure@hotmail.com <div class="feed-description"><p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Assalamu ‘alaikum&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Rahmatullahi&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Barakatahu to our Muslim Ummah and a Warm Welcome to all Seekers of True Knowledge</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This Article is in reply to the article in Anti Islamic website agniveer.com with title,</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Religion Demystified</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Article is available here:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<a href="http://agniveer.com/2117/revelation-allah/"> http://agniveer.com/1696/religions-demystified/</a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refutation by </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Brother</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Md.</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Zeeshan Akhtar assisted by Brother Neer</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The artice is divided into 3 sections:</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">(Part 1) </a></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">Demystifying Religion in True sense</a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 2) </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refuting the false and wrong informations given by Agniveer about Islam in his article.</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 3) </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response to points raised about Eastern religion and Miscellaneous Religions</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">PART 2:</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refuting the false and wrong informations given by Agniveer about Islam in his article.</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer states:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Introduction</span></span></span></em></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The purpose of this article is to present an unbiased layman view of religions as of today. Majority of us fail to understand the apparent confusion of so many religions, all seemingly claiming to be best. Religion has become the prime pretext for all the violence, terrorism, fights and havoc all around the world. Religion seems to be the primary theme governing the world politics and society, yet most of us do not know what exactly it is all about. Most of us simply know the names of major religions –&nbsp;<strong>Hinduism</strong>, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Bahai etc and keep hearing how basically all teach the same good things and how all religions are equal. We also keep hearing lot of irrational stuff from all religions and hence tend to believe somewhere deep inside that it should not be taken so seriously.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How much biased Agniveer is, is quite apparent if one goes completely through his articles.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This portion of Agniveer is very well answered in the First Part of this article <a href="http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">:</a></span></span></span><a href="http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense</a><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> and Insha’allah all the hypothesis written here by Agniveer will be answered.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer writes about Islam:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Religions of Visionaries</span></span></span></em></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The other extreme is the cult of the ‘visionaries’ who see bit too much for normal people like you and me to appreciate and cross-verify even a small sample set of their ‘visions’.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This is the foundation of all Arabic religions like Judaism, Christianity or Islam. They are claimed to be founded by their respective Prophet(s) who saw things we could not see and told people what they should do to enjoy life after death and save themselves from troubles after death. Arab is a desert area that is known for mirage and hence it becomes confusing at times to ascertain if the prophets of these Arabic religions were having visions or mirage.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer again shows his biasness and ignorance by claiming that Islam has been founded by a Prophet who saw things we could not see.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The religion of Islam is the Religion which our God chose for us. No prophet founded it. It existed since time immemorial as is apparent from the First Part of this article: </span></span></span><a href="http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense</a></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Also go through</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span>http://www.systemoflife.com/answering-islamophobes/agniveer</p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Well as regards to Prophets having mirage, then Agniveer should be well aware that ‘mirage is caused due to Reflection produced by bending of light rays coming from an already present object’. A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Mirage is different from illusions. Things seen in Mirage do really exist, though not at that place but somewhere near that place, the reflection of which is seen as mirage. If that thing does not exist, then it’s mirage is not possible. Mirages are not illusions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">So Agniveer wanted to prove by referring to Prophets having mirage that the Prophets description about miracles, Hell, heaven etc were ‘mirage’ which Agniveer thought were illusions and not true.&nbsp; But unfortunately, even if it was mirage (which is not the true case) then also the revelations and phenomenon and miracles were true, because mirage occurs only if that thing is present in reality.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer disagrees with:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Following are the salient beliefs of these religions:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">a. There is one God/Allah/Jehovah who created this world in 6/7/8 etc days and himself sits on some throne on 4th sky/ 7th sky/ Heaven etc.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">b. We all are created by this God</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Yes there is only One God who is our creator and the only one worthy to be thanked and worshipped.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (See the <strong>Qur’an Chapter 112 verse 1-4</strong>)</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Qur’an mentions in several places that Allah created the heavens and the earth in six</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> "ayam" (aeons) <span style="color: #333399;">and then Istawa (rose over) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). One such verse is:</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Qur’an Surah Hadid Chapter 57 verse 4</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">:</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six "ayam" (aeons) and then Istawa (rose over) the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). He knows what goes into the earth and what comes forth from it, what descends from the heaven and what ascends thereto. And He is with you (by His Knowledge) wheresoever you may be. And Allah is the All-Seer of what you do.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The correct meaning in this verse is</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> "aeons" <span style="color: #333399;">for the Arabic term</span> "ayam,"<span style="color: #333399;"> which shows that heavens where created in 6 aeons, 6 long periods of time. Science does not contradict this at all, due to the fact there Science says it COULD have been created in 6 aeons.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah is above the throne as</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Surah Hadid 57:4</strong> <span style="color: #333399;">says, and it also symbolic that he has authority and rose over the throne, the throne of authority, signifying that he is the One and only creator of everything. Allah is LITERALLY above the throne, which no-one can imagine or see and which is nothing like us.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer disagrees with Islamic concept that:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">c. We all are being tested by the God.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Kindly Note:</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">In the Article</span> ‘<a href="http://www.agniveer.com/2708/understanding-vedic-god/">Understanding Vedic God</a>’ <span style="color: #333399;">, Agniveer writes under the heading </span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">---------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small; color: #333399;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Q: Should we worship Ishwar or not? Why? After all He never forgives!</span></span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A: Ishwar should be worshipped and He alone should be worshipped.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is true that by worship of Ishwar, you will not receive any shortcut pass certificate when you have actually failed. Only lazy and cheaters desire such unscrupulous means to success.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">---------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></p> <div></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Just see and read the phrase</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> “<span style="color: #ff6600;">will not receive any shortcut pass certificate when you have actually failed</span>.” <span style="color: #333399;">Just ask yourself, will you get a pass certificate or will you fail without undergoing or giving any Test?</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 67:2</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">Allah has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 2:155</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 3:140</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> -<span style="color: #333399;"> If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allah may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 5:48</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">If Allah willed, He would have made you one nation, but that (He) may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 18:7</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">Verily! We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it, in order that We may test them (mankind) as to which of them are best in deeds.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 29:2</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: "We believe," and will not be tested.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even Agniveer knows that this life is a test for the Hereafter and according to our deeds we will be judged in the hereafter and will either be given a pass certificate or fail.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer tries hard to hide these truth which are quite apparent but still they show outwardly that they don’t believe it in order to deviate people from coming and knowing their inborn actual religion of submitting oneself to our creator.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">d. God sends his Prophet(s) to guide the less privileged people. Only by following the most latest prophet can one go to Heaven, else he or she shall go to Hell which is place for torture. Review God must be crazy! to analyze this.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">God sent Prophets to every nation, not only to guide and warn the less privileged people but also the privileged ones.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">By saying ‘Only by following the most latest prophet can one go to Heaven’ Agniveer wanted to say that the diffenet prophets preached different things.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This has been already answered in the First Part of this article under the heading: <strong><a href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">Did different Prophets/Messengers preach different things?</a></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">e. There is no way one can question these prophets. Questioning them is like insulting God and hence dispatches us to Hell.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Again a blatant misconception/misinformation showing the biasness of Agniveer. Nowhere does the Qur’an or any authentic Ahadith says that questioning the prophet is like insulting God and will make us eligible for Hell.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">On the Contrary Islam encourages questioning, questions related to faith, Qur’an etc.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam forbids useless questions which were asked to the prophet (pbuh) like <strong>`who is my father?’ `Where is my camel?</strong>'<strong> etc.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">People used to ask such useless questions to the Messenger of Allah to mock him<strong>.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah said in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Chapter 5 verse 101</strong>,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble. But if you ask about them while the Quran is being revealed, they will be made plain to you. Allah has forgiven that, and Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Forbearing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This Ayah refers to good conduct that Allah is teaching His believing servants, by forbidding them from asking about useless things. Since if they get the answers they sought, they might be troublesome for them and difficult on their ears. Al-Bukhari recorded that Anas bin Malik said, "The Messenger of Allah gave a speech unlike anything I heard before. In this speech, he said,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">«لَو تَعْلَمُونَ مَا أَعْلَمُ، لَضَحِكْتُمْ قَلِيلًا، وَلَبَكَيْتُمْ كَثِيرًا»</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(If you but know what I know, you will laugh little and cry a lot.) The companions of Allah's Messenger covered their faces and the sound of crying was coming out of their chests. A man asked, `Who is my father' The Prophet said, `So-and-so'. This Ayah was later revealed,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿لاَ تَسْأَلُواْ عَنْ أَشْيَآءَ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Ask not about things...).'' Muslim, Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa'i recorded this Hadith.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Anas bin Malik narrated that once, the people were questioning the Messenger of Allah until they made him angry. So he ascended the Minbar and said,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">«لَا تَسْأَلُونِي الْيَوْمَ عَنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا بَيَّنْتُهُ لَكُم»</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(You will not ask me about anything today but I will explain it to you.) So the Companions of the Messenger of Allah feared that it was the commencement of a momentous event, and I looked to my right and left and found only people who covered their faces, crying. An argumentative man who was said to be the son of someone other than his true father asked, "O Allah's Messenger! Who is my father The Prophet said, `Your father is Hudhafah.'' `Umar stood up (when he saw anger on the Prophet's face) and said, "We accept Allah as our Lord, Islam as our religion and Muhammad as our Messenger, I seek refuge with Allah from the evil of the Fitan (trials in life and religion).'' The Messenger of Allah said,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">«لَمْ أَرَ فِي الْخَيْرِ وَالشَّرِّ كَالْيَومِ قَطُّ، صُوِّرَتْ لِي الجَنَّةُ وَالنَّارُ حَتَّى رَأَيْتُهُمَا دُونَ الْحَائِط»</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(I have never witnessed both goodness and evil like I have today. Paradise and the Fire were shown to me and I saw them before that wall.) This Hadith was recorded in the Two Sahihs from Sa`id. Al-Bukhari recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, "Some people used to question the Messenger of Allah to mock him. One of them would ask, `Who is my father,' while another would ask, `Where is my camel,' when he lost his camel. Allah sent down this Ayah about them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">People used to question the Messenger of Allah to mock him, like `who is my father?’ `Where is my camel?' etc.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Such Useless questioning is prohibited in Islam. This verse of the Qur’an prohibits useless questions, and simultaneously encourages questioning about the verses of the Qur’an being revealed.</span></span></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">f. Heaven and Hell are eternal. This life is the only life.</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">i. These cults believe that one day world will come to an end when people would be taken out from their graves and brought to a court where God will be judge and their respective prophet would be the lawyer. He shall take variety of evidences and then decide who shall go to Hell and who shall go to Heaven. And then Heaven or Hell will be eternal.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">No big deal in that. It is quite logical. Yes this life is the only life. A person if he wants to improve, has to improve within this lifetime. If not, he will have to bear the punishment.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Now a days we find Hindu terrorists reigning supreme be it LTTE or any other group. I think this is because they think, that they have countless umber of lives and chances to improve. Let’s enjoy this life and we will improve in the next life. Let’s propagate false notions about various religions and degrade the inborn religion, Islam, hiding behind the bush, because we have many births to improve ourselves. We will not be questioned. We are not being tested.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I think that this is the reason Priests like Swami Nityananda and many much more swamis have started their business of Sex-trading.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It’s really pathetic!</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The concept of ‘this life being the only life’ and the result being ‘Hell or Heaven’ is more logical rather than the concept of the cycle of birth and rebirth as propounded by the Hindus.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If a class 10th student is told by his father that if he is doesn’t pass in the first attempt then he will be compelled to discontinue his studies. Then, how he will study? He will put all his efforts to pass exam in his first attempt itself. On contrary, those who think they have many attempts will put less effort.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hell is eternal for only disbelievers. Any believer, after being punished for his sins in the Hell, will eventually at some point of time, be made dwellers of Heaven.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Every nation lays down certain rules and regulations for it’s citizens to follow. If one follows the basic regulations, then he is eligible to enjoy all the rights of the nation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If he violates certain regulations, then he commits a crime. He has to go through the penalty for sometime and after that he is free to enjoy the rights of that nation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If he violates all the basic regulations since the beginning and even after knowing his fault that he is going against the nation’s conduct, he violates the law just to serve his vain desires, then he is eligible for strict punishment only and can never enjoy the rights of the nation.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">g. Judaism considers Moses as the final Prophet, Christians consider Jesus and Muslims consider Muhammad as final one. Each of them brought his own final edition of God’s message. The fight among them is related to this controversy. Further, each of them is divided into huge number of sects which have there own different versions/ interpretations of the final book.</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">h. Muhammad being most pragmatic put an end to this Prophet business by claiming to be the Final Prophet till the world comes to an end. But some sects of Islam, claim to have new Prophets who only add upon existing message of Muhammad. The most prominent of these cults is Qadiyanis who consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmed to be final prophet. That is why other cults call Qadiyanis as Kafirs (non-Muslims) and hate them.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Ironically,&nbsp;</span></span></span></em><em><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Zakir Naik</span></span></span></strong></em><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> has copied all his work from Qadiyani literature word by word, letter by letter, and promotes their Qadiyani specific views to claim popularity as expert of comparative religions. That is why this creates suspicion that he is actually a Qadiyani in disguise. Refer Dr&nbsp;</span></span></span></em><em><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Zakir Naik</span></span></span></strong></em><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">’s fraud exposed on this site.)</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There are several Ayat testifying to the fact that Allah alone is the One Who guides and misguides, and similarly several authentic Ahadith and verse in the Qur’an </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>Surah Ahzab Chapter 33 verse 40</strong>)<span style="color: #333399;"> that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last of all messengers and apostle, contrary to the belief of the Qadiyani sect. They rely on their unclear understanding of an Ayat, thus avoiding what is clear and contradicts their desires. Theirs is the method of the people who follow their lust, desire and wickedness. An authentic Hadith narrated,</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">«إِذَا رَأَيْتُمُ الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ فَأُولئِكَ الَّذِينَ سَمَّى اللهُ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ»</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(When you see those who follow what is not so clear in it (the Qur'an), then they are those whom Allah has mentioned</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>refer to 3:7</strong>)<span style="color: #333399;">. Hence, avoid them.)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Prophet was referring to Allah's statement,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فى قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَـبَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَآءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَآءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the truth) they follow that which is not entirely clear thereof, seeking Al-Fitnah (polytheism and trials), and seeking for its hidden meanings)</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>3:7</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Verily, no innovator in the religion could ever rely on any authentic evidence in the Qur'an that testifies to his innovation. The Qur'an came to distinguish between truth and falsehood, and guidance and misguidance. The Qur'an does not contain any discrepancies or contradictions, because it is a revelation from the Most Wise, Worthy of all praise.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:&nbsp;</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">j. The entire fight in West today is on following:</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">- Which of the cults of Islam is the true cult of God? Shia, Sunni, Qadiyani etc.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">- Which is true religion? Judaism, Christianity or Islam?</span></span></span></em></span><span style="font-size: small;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">As explained earlier, Islam is the true and pure religion, from our Only Creator. It has no divisions. Those who have divided the religion or derived any New religion out of it, is surely going against the Qur’an and is diverting from true guidance. A true Muslim is the One following the Qur’an and the authentic sayings and guidance of the Messengers. There are many who claim to follow these but their practices and beliefs clearly contradicts the Qur’an.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah says in the</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an in Chapter 6 verse 159</strong>: <span style="color: #333399;">Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad SAW) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 3: 103</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">be not divided</span> among yourselves,</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Surely those who deny the verses of the Qur’an, then whoever he might be, is not on true guidance.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah says in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>The Qur’an in</strong> <strong>Chapter 3 verse 73</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿قُلْ إِنَّ الْهُدَى هُدَى اللَّهِ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Say: (O Prophet) "Verily, right guidance is the guidance of Allah.'')</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an Chapter 3 verse 101</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">: <span style="color: #333399;">…And whoever holds firmly to Allah, (i.e. follows Islam Allahs Religion, and obeys all that Allah has ordered, practically), then he is indeed guided to a Right Path.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an Chapter 3 verse 103</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">:&nbsp; <span style="color: #333399;">And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you,…</span></span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an Chapter 3 verse 105</span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">: <span style="color: #333399;">And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is hard to see that among the options given for one in the West to select the True Religion, Agniveer didn’t mention Hinduism. I guess, he agrees that Hinduism is actually teachings of men, not of the Almighty God and the Western people knows this fact that they cannot be fooled with illogical Hinduism.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah says in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>The Qur’an</strong> <strong>Chapter 3 verse 19</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Truly, the religion with Allah is (submitting your will to Allah) Islam. Those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, then surely, Allah is Swift in calling to account.</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 12:40</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">"….Allah has commanded that you worship none but Him (i.e. His Monotheism), that is the (true) straight religion, but most men know not.</span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 30:30</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> - <span style="color: #333399;">So set you (O Muhammad SAW) your face towards the religion of pure Islamic Monotheism Hanifa (worship none but Allah Alone) Allahs Fitrah (i.e. Allahs Islamic Monotheism), with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalqillah (i.e. the Religion of Allah Islamic Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not. (Tafsir AtTabaree, Vol 21, Page 41)</span></span></span></li> <li><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an 98:5 - </span></span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him<strong> </strong>Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give<strong> </strong>Zakat: and that is the right religion.</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">k. Jews (follower of Judaism) do not fight much because they consider themselves to be privileged ones having message of God. They thus do not get into competition of expanding their population base. There fight is restricted to unfriendly neighbors 9Arab countries) whose religious books term Jews as worst of the lot. But for Islam and Christianity, one of the most important performance metric set by God to qualify for Heaven is the number of people they can bring into their respective folds.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This clearly exposes the Biasness of Agniveer and it’s hatred towards Islam. But, he needs to learn again the A,B,C,D ‘s ….. of Islam, then open up his biased mouth to comment.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We Muslims, are commanded to inform others of the Truth of Islam, their inborn religion. We have no authority to convert them or guide them, but only to convey the message. Even Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and all the previous Messengers (peace be upon them all) had no authority to convert any one.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The messenger’s duty is only to convey the message and this is mentioned in several places in the Qur’an. I am only giving examples of few,</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(your duty is only to convey and on Us is the reckoning)</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an 13:40</strong></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Messenger's duty is only to convey in a clear way)&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an 24:54</strong></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(So remind them -- you are only one who reminds. You are not a dictator over them.)</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an 88:21-22</strong></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah said in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Chapter 2 verse 256</strong>,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِى الدِّينِ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(There is no compulsion in religion), meaning, "Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam. Rather, whoever Allah directs to Islam, opens his heart for it and enlightens his mind, will embrace Islam with certainty. Whoever Allah blinds his heart and seals his hearing and sight, then he will not benefit from being forced to embrace Islam.''</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If we convey the message and the seeker of Truth realizes that Islam is the ultimate truth, then this is not called converting. It is called serving mankind by telling them the truth and every service done to any animate thing is a performance metric for us Muslims and we get rewarded for that with good deeds.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said: “There is a reward for serving any animate (living being)”</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> [<strong>Bukhari :: Volume 8 :: Book 73 :: Hadith 38</strong>]</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">l. Each of these religions claims to be religion of peace. However the only rider is that this peace is for believers only. Non-believers are not tolerated in them. The level of tolerance has reduced chronologically. Thus Jews keep to themselves, but Christians allow use of sword and deceit to convert people. Islam goes a step further ahead by claiming that those who fight in path of promoting Allah and die become the recipient of best facilities in Heaven.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam is the most tolerant of all religion which orders a believer to respect, love, and care for the unbelievers, those who have done nothing like attacking or cheating the Muslim Ummah.</span></span></span></p> <h1></h1> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Only at times of war, when the disbelievers have cheated, then only Muslims are commanded to fight the disbelievers, but if they demand peace, reconciliation, then Muslims are ordered to be tolerant to them even at times of war.</span></span></span></p> <h1></h1> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah forbids unnecessary attacking or hurting the disbelievers. Moreover, even if the unbelievers attack you, and during the course of war, demand your protection, then Muslims are commanded to give them protection and to take them to a secure place.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah says in </span></span></span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Qur’an Chapter 9 verse 5</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">And if anyone of the Mushrikoon (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) seeks your protection then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allah (the Qur’an), and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">How much more tolerant can one be?</span></span></span></p> <h1></h1> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah says in</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>The Qur’an Chapter 60 verse 8</strong>:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Imam Ahmad recorded that Asma' bint Abu Bakr said, "My mother, who was an idolatress at the time, came to me during the Treaty of Peace, the Prophet conducted with the Quraysh. I came to the Prophet and said, `O Allah's Messenger! My mother came visiting, desiring something from me, should I treat her with good relations' The Prophet said,</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" dir="RTL"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">«نَعَمْ صِلِي أُمَّك»</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Yes. Keep good relation with your mother.)'' The Two Sahihs recorded this Hadith. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Zubayr said, "Qutaylah came visiting her daughter, Asma' bint Abi Bakr, with some gifts, such as Dibab, cheese and clarified (cooking) butter, and she was an idolatress at that time. Asma' refused to accept her mother's gifts and did not let her enter her house. `A'ishah asked the Prophet about his verdict and Allah sent down the Ayah,</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>60:8</strong> <span style="color: #333399;">(Allah does not forbid you with those who fought not against you on account of religion) until the end of the Ayah. Allah's Messenger ordered Asma' to accept her mother's gifts and to let her enter her house.''</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam is Alhamdolillah the Most tolerant of all religions, because it is the Only religion (the religion of submitting yourself to Almighty God) which our Creator chose for us.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">n. Existence of miracles is supposed to be greatest proofs of validity of these religions. It is a different matter that the evidence, description and testimony of these miracles are restricted to their respective books only. Some of the miracles are Moses splitting the Red Sea, Jesus reviving back to life after crucification, Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus, Muhammad splitting the moon, Muhammad traveling to 7th sky on a girl-faced donkey (Buraq) through Miraj Travels in a night, Muhammad having revelations coming from an angel called Gabriel etc.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">One has to blindly believe in all this to escape Hell and achieve Heaven.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></em></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Response:</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Again the illiteracy of Agniveer is prominent when he claims that One has to blindly believe in all this to escape Hell and achieve Heaven.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah shows signs everywhere about the truth of Islam being the only religion of Our Creator. Among the six articles of faith there is not one which says that we have to believe in these miracles, even though these are true, to go to Heaven.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Moses (pbuh) did split the </span></span></span><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Red Sea</span></span></span><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> with Allah’s permission.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Jesus (pbuh) was born miraculously without any male intervention, but by Allah’s permission.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Jesus (pbuh) was not crucified. He has been raised up alive and will come before the Day of Judgment.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Muhammad (pbuh) did split the moon.</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Muhammad (pbuh) did go for Miraj, but not on a girl-faced donkey and neither through Miraj travels (which Agniveer falsely says without any proof. Agniveer’s lies are quite evident)</span></span></span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not only Muhammad (pbuh), every prophet of Allah received revelations.</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">All these were Signs, rather than miracles. In the description of these events, The Qur'an does not use the technical Arabic word for miracle</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>المعجزات</strong> (Muadjiza)<span style="color: #333399;"> literally meaning "that by means of which [the Prophet] confounds, overwhelms, his opponents". It rather uses the term 'Ayah' (literally meaning sign).</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Though these are Signs performed with Allah’s permission, It is not an article of faith to believe in them to attain Paradise.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">But a believer believes that Allah can show us any signs if He wills.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Qur’an itself is a miracle. Moreover, there are numerous scientific miracles also mentioned in the Qur’an.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">o. These religions are silent on status of animals and insects – whether they have soul, will they go to Heaven/hell, in what form etc.</span></span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #000000;">Response:</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Islam is never silent on any issues if it is an important matter or a matter of concern, because it is the only universal religion not bounded to any specific types of people, region etc.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">One verse from the Word of Our Creator, the</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an Chapter 6 verse 38</strong> <span style="color: #333399;">answers your queries and reminds that Allah never neglects anything:</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah's statement,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿مَّا فَرَّطْنَا فِى الكِتَـبِ مِن شَىْءٍ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(We have neglected nothing in the Book,) means, the knowledge about all things is with Allah, and He never forgets any of His creatures, nor their sustenance, nor their affairs, whether these creatures live in the sea or on land. In another Ayah, Allah said;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿وَمَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ فِي الاٌّرْضِ إِلاَّ عَلَى اللَّهِ رِزْقُهَا وَيَعْلَمُ مُسْتَقَرَّهَا وَمُسْتَوْدَعَهَا كُلٌّ فِى كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(And no moving creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allah. And He knows its dwelling place and its deposit (in the uterus, grave, etc.). All is in a Clear Book.) ﴿</span></span></span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">11:6</span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴾, there is a record of their names, numbers, movements, and lack of movement.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴾Ibn Abi Hatim reported that Ibn `Abbas said about the</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <strong>Qur’an Chapter 6 ayah 38</strong>,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿ثُمَّ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.) "Death gathers them.'' It was also said that the Day of Resurrection gathers them, for in another Ayah, Allah said;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿وَإِذَا الْوُحُوشُ حُشِرَتْ ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(And when the wild beasts shall be gathered together.) ﴿</span></span></span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">81:5</span></span></strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴾ `Abdur-Razzaq recorded that Abu Hurayrah said about Allah's statement,</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">﴿إِلاَّ أُمَمٌ أَمْثَـلُكُمْ مَّا فَرَّطْنَا فِى الكِتَـبِ مِن شَىْءٍ ثُمَّ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ﴾</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(but are Umam like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.) "All creatures will be gathered on the Day of Resurrection, the beasts, birds and all others.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Qur'an applies the word "<strong><span style="color: #000000;">Muslim</span></strong>" not only to humans but also to animals and the inanimate world. "The divine will manifests itself in the form of laws both in human society and in the world of nature." In Islamic terminology, for example, a bee is a Muslim precisely because it lives and dies obeying the sharia that God has prescribed for the community of bees, just as a person is a Muslim by virtue of the fact that he or she submits to the revealed sharia ordained for humans in the Qur'an and Sunnah.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This fact is very much clear by the verse of the </span></span></span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an Chapter 22 verse 18</span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #333399;">where Allah says,</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">See you not that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and Ad-Dawab (moving living creatures, beasts, etc.), and many of mankind? But there are many (men) on whom the punishment is justified. And whomsoever Allah disgraces, none can honour him. Verily! Allah does what He wills.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Animals and other living things were created by Allah, the Lord of the Universe. They have their own independent existences and modes of living.&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>55:10</strong>)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Allah says in</span></span></span><strong><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The Qur’an in 3:185, </span></span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">21:35</span></span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> and 29:57</span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">"Every soul shall have a taste of death in the end to us shall you be brought back."</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is quite clear from the above verse that anything which has a soul will die. We know that plants die, we know that animals die, so they all have souls. And all of them will be returned to Allah and assembled together on the day of Judgment.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Many passages from the Qur’an and Ahadith state that all animals are endowed with spirit and mind and "…there is ample evidence in the Qur’an to suggest that animals' consciousness of spirit and mind is of a degree higher than mere instinct and intuition. We are told in the Qur’an that animals have a cognizance of their Creator and, hence, they pay their obeisance to Him by adoration and worship: Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises are celebrated by all beings in the heavens and on earth, and by the birds with extended wings? Each one knows its prayer and psalm, And Allah is aware of what they do.</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> (<strong>Qur'an 24:41</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is worth noting the statement that 'each one knows its prayer and psalm'. The execution of a voluntary act, performed consciously and intentionally, requires a faculty higher than that of instinct and intuition. Lest some people should doubt that animals could have such a faculty, the following verse points out that it is human ignorance that prevents them from understanding this phenomenon: The seven heavens and the earth and all things therein declare His glory. There is not a thing but celebrates His adoration; and yet ye mankind! ye understand not how do they declare His glory…</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(<strong>Qur'an 17:44</strong>).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more visit:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://islamictreasure.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/animals-in-islam/">http://islamictreasure.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/animals-in-islam/</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There will be animals in Paradise insha’allah.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Go through this:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <a href="http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/14404/animals%20in%20paradise">http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/14404/animals%20in%20paradise</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For more details and to see all stupid claims of Agniveer about Islamic paradise being answered and his knowledge being exposed, kindly visit:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/answering-agniveer/rebuttal-to-allegationmisconception-superstitions-about-islamic-paradise/"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">http://truthofhinduism.com/rebuttals/answering-agniveer/rebuttal-to-allegationmisconception-superstitions-about-islamic-paradise/</span></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Agniveer claims:</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">q. Muslim countries are most rigid on religious beliefs. If one questions Quran in Islamic country, as per Sharia, he is liable to be killed. Muslim clerics can still tolerate questioning of Allah, but if their Prophet is questioned, they start proclaiming fatwa of death for the questioner. Thus unlike Jew or Christian people, most Muslims live in fear of adverse eventualities if they question Islam. Many other start rationalizing this and most others are brainwashed to believe that Islam alone is best, regardless of whether they know Arabic, have ever understood Quran or can critically examine Islam.</span></span></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Response:</span></span></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Wrong again !</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">No sensible Person will question against the Qur’an. If in doubt, one can surely question and ask the people and learned men who knows as is mentioned in the <strong>Qur’an 16:43</strong>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Qur’an forbids unnecessary useless questions as already discussed earlier in answer to point (e).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Again a lie that Muslim clerics can tolerate questioning of Allah, but not of Prophet. I don’t know how biased a person like Agniveer can be. He is claiming to be unbiased and on the other hand giving information about Hinduism in the disguise of Islam.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">See again answer to point (e).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">If anyone starts examining the Qur’an critically then Insha’allah he/she will accept Islam, leave aside questioning as had been the case with many reverts to Islam. This is the reason Arya Samajis like Agniveer, and all those who are biased and bent on deviating people from the truth , don’t read or critically examine the Qur’an as a whole, because if they do so, they will insha’allah accept Islam.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">But as is obvious, Agniveer’s mission in this birth life and all his supposed cycles, is to hinder people from the Truth.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></p> <div></div> <p><span style="color: #ff6600;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Insha'allah refutation continued in Part 3</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="feed-description"><p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Assalamu ‘alaikum&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Rahmatullahi&nbsp;Wa&nbsp;Barakatahu to our Muslim Ummah and a Warm Welcome to all Seekers of True Knowledge</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This Article is in reply to the article in Anti Islamic website agniveer.com with title,</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Religion Demystified</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Article is available here:</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;<a href="http://agniveer.com/2117/revelation-allah/"> http://agniveer.com/1696/religions-demystified/</a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refutation by </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Brother</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Md.</span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Zeeshan Akhtar assisted by Brother Neer</span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span></span></span> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</span></span></span></strong></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The artice is divided into 3 sections:</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">(Part 1) </a></span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a target="_blank" title="(Religion Demystified) - [Part 1] - Demystifying Religion in True sense." href="answering-islamophobes/agniveer/224-religion-demystified-part-1-demystifying-religion-in-true-sense">Demystifying Religion in True sense</a></span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></span></span> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Part 2) </span></span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Refuting the false and wrong informations given by Agniveer about Islam in his article.</span></span></span></p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="fo