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Hadith of the Update

Narrated by Ibn 'Umar,

The Prophet decreed that one should not eat two dates together at a time unless he gets the permission from his companions (sharing the meal with him).

[Bukhari. Volume 3, Book 44, Number 669]

Quote of the Update

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

-William James

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jesus : A Muslim's View


   Peace be upon you. Yo! n_n What's up man? *bump fists* Sorry. Terpengaruh dengan sorang kawan dari Amerika. Hehe. You see, a few weeks ago, or maybe a month ago, a girl requested me for this article. Specifically she said to write about, "why Allah is the real God and not Jesus." I guess I'm just too scared to write it, it took me so long to finish it. However, I sincerely believe that I need to take care writing this sensitive issue. Tak nak menyakitkan hati kawan-kawan Kristian. They have their rights in their believe, therefore I changed the title a bit just as you can see above. Oh by the way, this post may sound a bit weird to Muslims. This is simply because I originally wrote this for a Christian friend. Layan je la eh. Hehe.

   As the title says, I would focus more on Muslims believe as I don’t want to be seen as trying to attack Christianity *I really am not trying to*. I’ll be using more Quranic verses more than I use the Bible verses simply because Quran is something very near to me and Bible is not something I should be using lightly because I never studied Bible from a Christian so I may misinterpret. I am quite sure you've never read the Quran and most probably, you don't even believe in it, but since this is a Muslim's point of view, I think it's only right to use the Islamic Holy Scripture. Harap pembaca yang beragama Kristian tak kisah. n_n

   Let me start with an introduction of Jesus Christ in Muslims’ eyes. Some Christians made mistakes by claiming Muslims hate Jesus. I can assure you that this is definitely not true. As a matter of fact, a Muslim is not a true believer until he believes in the prophethood of Jesus and his miracles. That’s where Muslims and Christians normally can’t see eye to eye. In Islam, Jesus is a prophet of God, but in Christianity, he is God himself. Kepada yang Muslim, anda perlu tahu bahawa Jesus termasuk dalam Trinity dan Trinity bukan bermaksud kepercayaan kepada tiga Tuhan tetapi satu Tuhan. You may want to read more on Athanasian Creed.
   Dear readers, I’m sure you are familiar with the name Isa, son of Maryam (Mary) *not the same person as Isaiah*. That’s the name of Jesus in Al-Quran. For your information, Jesus is one of the great prophets of God, called the Ulul Azmi together with Abraham, Moses, Noah and Muhammad. These five prophets are specials because they are very patient in everything that God tested them with and they are very patient in spreading Islamic teachings

   Yup. That’s what I said. Islamic teachings. In Islam, we Muslims believe that every prophets such as Adam, John the Baptist, David, Noah, etc, including Jesus, they all taught the same thing which is, there is only one God and He is Allah the Almighty. Praise Him and worship Him alone.
“Your God is one God; there is no one worthy of worship except Him, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” Al-Baqarah, 2;163
“Indeed! Unbelievers are those who say: ‘Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary.’ But the Messiah himself said: ‘O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord…” Al-Maidah, 5;72 
Here is what Jesus said in the Bible,
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.” Mark: 12;29 
   The same thing is said in Deuteronomy: 6;4, which I believe, to show that it is very significant. If you are being true to yourself my Christian friends, you should know and understand that these messages are the same. So basically, both Islam and Christianity is a monotheistic religion. 

   Another thing is, you need to know that Muslims have no trouble believing in Jesus miraculous birth, he speaks while he is still a baby, he can rise up the dead, heal the lepers, cure the blinds etc but still, ultimately we believe all of that is possible only through the will of Allah. If Allah does not permits it, Jesus, Muhammad and all the other prophets will be unable to perform all the miracles. All in all, for Muslims, Jesus is a great prophet, we love him, but no matter what, we understand that he is only a mortal man who serves Allah. Nothing more, nothing less.
“(Remember) when Allah said: O Jesus, son of Mary, remember the favour I have bestowed on you and your mother: how I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit (Gabriel), so that you spoke to people while (yet a child) in the cradle, and in the prime of manhood; how I gave you instruction in reading and writing (the Scripture), and in wisdom, including the Taurat (Torah) and the Injil (Gospel); and (remember) how by My leave you fashioned from clay, as it were, the shape of a bird and then you breathed into it so that, by My leave, it became a living bird; and (remember) how by My leave, you healed the blind man and the leper; and (remember) by My leave you restored the dead to life; and (remember) how I prevented the Children of Israel from killing you when you brought them clear signs (miracles); and those of them who disbelieved said: ‘This is nothing but clear magic.’” Al-Maidah, 5;110

Extras:

1. There is a chapter by the name Mary, dedicated to mother of Jesus in Al-Quran. In this chapter, you can read the stories of Zechariah and birth of his son John the Baptist, story about Mary and miraculous birth of Jesus, and many more. I seriously suggest you to read it. 
“Those who say: ‘The Compassionate (God) has begotten a son’, certainly preach such a monstrous falsehood, that the very heavens might crack, the earth might cleave asunder and the mountains might crumble to pieces at their ascribing a son to the Compassionate (God). It is not befitting to the Compassionate (God) that He should beget a son.” Mary, 19;88-92
2. The story of crucifixion of Jesus. Muslims believe that Jews hate him and tried to crucify him but Allah saved him from the evil Sadducees and Pharisess and took him to the heaven.
“They even say: ‘We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the prophet of Allah.’ Whereas in fact, neither did they kill him nor did they crucify him but they thought they did because the matter was made dubious for them. Those who differ therein are only in doubt. They have no real knowledge, they follow nothing but merely a conjecture, certainly they did not kill him (Jesus). Nay! The fact is Allah took him up to Himself. Allah is Mighty, Wise.” An-Nisa, 4;157-158
   Untuk menjawab secara ringkas soalan sahabat saya tersebut mengenai 'why Allah is the real God and not Jesus', kami orang Islam percaya yang Tuhan cuma satu. He begets not nor is He begotten. Dan tiada siapa yang menyerupai-Nya. Jesus telah dilahirkan oleh Mary dan dia juga menyerupai manusia biasa, makan, minum, tidur dan lain-lain maka, kami mengatakan dia bukanlah Tuhan kerana sebab-sebab tersebut. This is the end of my post but let me summarise the important points again.

1. Muslims do not hate Jesus, they love him.
2. A Muslim is not a true Muslim until he or she believes in the miracles of Jesus.
3. In Islam, Jesus is a prophet of God, a mortal man.
4. All prophets including Jesus taught one thing, there is only one God and He is Allah the Almighty. Praise Him and worship Him alone.
5. There are stories of Jesus in Al-Quran and Muslims favour these over the stories in the Bible.
6. Muslims believe that Jesus did not die on the cross as Allah saved him from the Jews.
7. Jesus menyerupai manusia makanya dia bukan Tuhan menurut Islam.


~Jaw~

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blessing or Plight

Amphitheatre

A speck of dust born into infinity
Hardly significant however noteworthy
Yet rushed with sensations cold and hearty
Coalitions form precipitating entity.

Extended is the red string of fate
In quest of ostensible soulmate
King of kings often forgotten in the crusade
Muse upon it lest degrade.

The king encounters queens of night
Shine they will but rather too bright
Darkness perish in the flurries of light
Howbeit one wonders a blessing or a plight?

Ultimately no more than a chick
Sovereign set the stage for the last click
Better ready for the eleventh tick 
Amphitheatre permanently erected brick by brick.


~Jaw~

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