Unveiling Hate Muslims aka Haman

Ripping the lies apart

by Ibn Anwar

The following is my responses to a recent visitor’s comment on this site who goes by the nick name Hate Muslims and Haman. His comment was posted under the Lord’s Prayer article by brother Mushafiq.

1)   Islam may be gods fulfilled promise but why are Muslims so arrogant of being muslims?

Response:

If Islam is God’s promise as you are ready to consider by saying “Islam may be god’s fulfilled promise” then I do not see what the problem is? Judge the religion on its teachings and not on the actions of some of its followers. If there are Muslims who are arrogant then they are wrong according to both the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The Qur’an admonishes us saying, “And the servants of the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth with humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!”. (25:63)

This theme is repeated time and again through the Qur’an!

“Turn not your cheek from people out of pride, nor walk haughtily through the land, for Allah loves no one who is conceited and boastful”(31:18)

“Assuredly, Allah loves not those who hold aloof out of pride.”(16:23)

The Prophet s.a.w. said,

“No one with the slightest particle of arrogance in his heart will enter paradise.” A man remarked, “But a man likes his clothes to be nice and his sandals good.” The Prophet s.a.w. said, “Verily, Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance is refusing to acknowledge what is right and considering others beneath one.”(Muslim)

One of the prominent doctors of theology in Islam is Hujjatul Islam Al-Ghazali r.a. who wrote on the virtues of the Prophet s.a.w.,

“In spite of the lofty position of the Holy Nabi (SAS), he was the most humble and modest. Hazrat Ibn Amer reported: “I saw the Nabi throwing stones at Jamarah riding on a camel. There was no assault in it, no driving out and no saying: Go aside. He sat on a sheet of cloth on the back of a mule and took some one behind him. He used to visit the sick, follow the biers, accept invitations of servants and slaves, repair shoes and sew garments. He used to help his family members in their household duties. His companions used not to stand up in his honour as they know his dislike for it. He used to salute the children when passing by them. One day a man was brought to the Holy Nabi (SAS) and he was afraid to see him. The Holy Nabi (SAS) said: Be quiet, I am not a king. I am the son of a humble Quraysh woman who used to eat gourd. He used to sit with his companions like an ordinary man. Whenever any stranger came to see him, he could not at first recognise him till he was introduced to him. Hazrat Aisha (RAA) said: May Allah sacrifice me to you, eat leaning as it is easier for you. The Holy Nabi (SAS) leaned towards teh ground so much that it seemed that his head would touch the ground. He used to say: I shall take meal like the eating of a slave and sit like the sitting of a slave.”

Hujjatul Islam(the Proof of Islam) Imam al-Ghazali r.a. wrote in his Deliverance from Error and the Beginning of Guidance under the section on pride and arrogance,

“Every one who considers himself better than one of the creatures of God most high is arrogant. Indeed, you ought to realize that the good man is he who is good in God’s sight in the mansion of eternity; and that is something unknown to man, postponed to the End. Your belief that you are better than others is sheer ignorance. Rather you ought not to look at anyone without considering that he is better than you and superior to you. Thus, if you see a child, you say, ‘This person has never sinned against God, but I have sinned, and so he is better than I;’ and if you see an older person, you say, ‘This man was a servant of God before me, and is certainly better than I;’ if he is a scholar you say, ‘This man has been given what I have not been given and reached what I did not reach, and knows what I am ignorant of; then how shall I be like him?’ and if he is ignorant, you say, ‘This man has sinned against God in ignorance, and I have sinned against Him knowingly, so God’s case against me is stronger, and I do not know what end He will give to me and what end to him’; if he is a disbeliever, you say, ‘I do not know; perhaps he will become a Muslim and his life will end in doing good, and because of his acceptance of Islam something of his sins will be taken away, as a hair is taken from dough; but as for me – God is our refuge (God grant that it does not happen) – perhaps God will lead me astray so that I become a disbeliever and my life ends in doing evil, and then tomorrow he will be among those brought near to God and I shall be among the punished.”

Very deep words of wisdom, wouldn’t you agree?

In short arrogance is something that people should not have in them according to Islam. Among the teachers of Islam who are humble that you may want to meet if you have the opportunity are Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti based at Oxford University, Sheikh Hamzah Yusuf who runs his Zaituna Institute in California, Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller who is based in Amman, Jordan but travels extensively, Al-Fadhil Ustadh Uthman el-muhammady who is a fellow as the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilsation, which is a post-graduate branch of the university I attend i.e. the International Islamic University of Malaysia. These and many other scholars of Islam are examples of Muslims who practice good characteristics that are in line with the teachings of Islam one of which is humility.

2)Why does in the quran god uses terror to giude his followers by using words “fear me” and hardly talks about gods love?

Response:

We have already seen some verses in the Qur’an that speaks about God not loving certain people who do certain things. Let us reiterate those verses and consider some others as well.

“Turn not your cheek from people out of pride, nor walk haughtily through the land, for Allah loves no one who is conceited and boastful”(31:18)

”Assuredly, Allah loves not those who hold aloof out of pride.”(16:23)

“Fight for the sake of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress(the limit) for Allah loves not those who transgress.”(2:190)

In those verses and many others like them we find the expression “la yuhibbu” which means “does not love”. He does not love those who do certain things that He disapproves. What logically and reasonably follows is that anyone who stays away from those things that He disapproves will receive His love. In fact, Allah is described as “Al-Wadud” in the Qur’an(85:14) which happens to be one of 99 names. Al-Wadud is a superlative form of love. It is more superior than yuhibbu(does love). It means “The MOST loving”. The Qur’an has numerous references to Allah’s love,

“Say: “If you do love Allah, follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: for Allah is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”(3:31)

Other verses include, 5:54, 9:24, 2:195, 3:134, 3:148, 5:13, 5:93, 2:222, 9:108, 3:76, 9:4, 9:7, 3:146, 3:159, 5:42, 49:9, 60:8.

Allah is also compassionate and merciful and that is why everyday the Muslims say ‘In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful’ numerous times!

What about fearing Allah? Fearing Allah is also a necessity for the good of people. Fear stops people from doing harmful things to themselves because of the retribution that Allah promises as consequence for the wrong actions that one may commit for example, God promises hell for those who rape. In a believing person such a threat would serve as a potent reminder that will keep him away from such a vice. There are those in society that require this kind of things to act as an impediment or deterrent to potential wrongdoing. Why do you think every country has a police force with laws and punishments?

3)Tafsirs are man made explanations then why do muslims scholars uses them to protect the quran against opponents who critique them when there are no. of mistakes in the tafsirs such as jalaylan tafsir about flat earth, so that doesn’t mean that there are no mistakes in other tafsirs including his?

Response:

Tafsir simply means interpretation. No, they are not man-made in the sense that the scholars simply put their fantasies that they imagine from their own head into their writings. A tafsir is where the Qur’an is explained by using the tools readily available in ulum al-Qur’an to reach a wholesome understanding of the verses in it. Some of those tools include grammar, hadith and asbab al-nuzul(reasons for revelation). A tafsir work however, is a human endeavour and because of that it is open to error. So Muslims do not just take everything in the tafsir without first checking them, however, this act of ‘checking’ is the job of the scholars as ordinary people are not expected to comprehend the complexities in the sciences of the Qur’an (ulum al-Qur’an).  For this reason the Qur’an has remarked, “If you do not know ask the people of dhikr(remembrance) i.e. scholars.”

No, the tafsir of Jalalayn does not say that the earth is flat. That is what the English translation of Tafsir Al-Jalalayn by some people say. The word there is dahaha which means “spread out” as is rendered by Mufti Shafi’ Uthmani in his commentary. The Tafsir of Ibn ‘Abbas says,

 وَٱلأَرْضَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ دَحَاهَا } مع ذلك بسطها على الماء ويقال بعد ذلك بسطها على الماء بألفي سنة

“(And after that He spread the earth) even then He spread it on the water; it is also said: 2,000 years after that He spread it on the water,”

The Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute translates the verse as, “and after that He spread out the earth;”

Mufti Taqi Uthmani translates it as, “and, after that, He spread out the earth.”

Prof. Dr. H. Mahmud Yunus translates it into the Malay language as, “Dan sesudah itu bumi, dihamparkanNya.” Which is basically the same as the other translations that renders dahaha as “spread out”.

What does it mean that the earth is spread out? Go to the following link for further clarification. Please click here to read on the subject.

 

4) Dr Zakir naik when defending Islam stated “you should not judge a car by its driver and moreover there are always black sheep’s in the community” when the critics were opposing Islam about terrorism, so my question is , is that a coincident that the Muslim community contains most of the black sheep’s today?

Response:

Where did you get the statistics that today’s black sheep mostly come from the Muslim community? Every community has its share of blacksheep. Are the Muslims the ones invading Iraq and Afghanistan which has directly caused the deaths of close to 2 million people? Was it Muslims who were responsible for the deaths of over 100 000 children due to US proposed sanctions on Iraq after the Gulf War? Was it Muslims who were responsible for the 3 million dead in Vietnam? Was it Muslims who were responsible for the deaths of 500 000 civilians in Laos? Was it Muslims who started World War 2? Was it Muslims who started World War 1? Was it Muslims who raped and killed little children and record it on tape then sell it to rich people or was it Jews http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Alt/alt.religion.islam/2005-11/msg01495.html ? Your proposition that Muslims have the most black sheep is a downright lie.

5)Why does the critics of Islam didn’t become Muslims , I mean Islamic apologetics have already defended Islam so if the critics were honest with themselves then they would definitely become Muslims right , but they didn’t! Why?

Response:

Well, the key word to your question is “if”. “if” suggests hypothesis. It suggests uncertainty. How do you know they’re honest with themselves? Have you interviewed them and ran psychological tests on them to decide whether they’re being honest with themselves or not? Let us assume that they’re honest like Ibn Warraq, Sam Shamoun, David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi and the rest of the band…how is that a stumbling block for Islam? One can be honest and sincere in one’s arguments, but that does not necessitate truth. One can honestly and sincerely believe that 2+2=5, but that does not render the fact that it’s four as wrong. In any case there are numerous critics of Islam who have eventually embraced Islam. Neal Robinson the author of Discovering Qur’an was a critic of the Qur’an, however, after much research he embraced it and became Muslim; Yusuf Estes was a Christian minister and did not at all like the idea of Islam, yet he embraced it; Ingrid Mattson who is a Canadian scholar and the author of The Story of the Qur’an was a Catholic, but embraced Islam; Timothy Winter who is now Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad is a prominent British scholar became Muslim; Prof. Jeffry Lang who is a mathematics professor and was an atheist converted to Islam. Those are but a few of the thousands if not millions who have converted to Islam. I would recommend that you read Why Islam is Our Only Choice by Muhammad Haneed Shahid which records some 153 testimonials of converts to Islam.

6) Why do people critique Islam more than any other faiths from the beginning of your Prophet Muhammad’s ministry till now?

Response:

Could it be because it’s the truth? Don’t you find it odd that from the 1800s until now virtually thousands of books have been written on Islam many of which are hardly friendly towards Islam plus all the bad press that it gets over the television and the internet so much so that when Islam is mentioned the first association made is with terrorism? Yet, with all these negative imagery hoisted upon Islam it continues to surpass all other religions in its growth. The CNN describes Islam in the following words,

“The second-largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam is also the fastest-growing religion. In the United States, for example, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,200 mosques have been built in the past 12 years.”

For more quotes on Islam being the fastest growing religion proceed to http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/3016/fastest.htm

Though on one side of the spectrum we find strong opposition there is also another side of the spectrum that commends.

Thomas Carlyle in ‘Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History,’ 1840

“The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.”

“A silent great soul, one of that who cannot but be earnest. He was to kindle the world, the world’s Maker had ordered so.”

A. S. Tritton in ‘Islam,’ 1951

The picture of the Muslim soldier advancing with a sword in one hand and the Qur’an in the other is quite false.

De Lacy O’Leary in ‘Islam at the Crossroads,’ London, 1923.

History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.

Gibbon in ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ 1823

The good sense of Muhammad despised the pomp of royalty. The Apostle of God submitted to the menial offices of the family; he kindled the fire; swept the floor; milked the ewes; and mended with his own hands his shoes and garments. Disdaining the penance and merit of a hermit, he observed without effort of vanity the abstemious diet of an Arab.

Edward Gibbon and Simon Oakley in ‘History of the Saracen Empire,’ London, 1870

“The greatest success of Mohammad’s life was effected by sheer moral force.”

“It is not the propagation but the permanency of his religion that deserves our wonder, the same pure and perfect impression which he engraved at Mecca and Medina is preserved after the revolutions of twelve centuries by the Indian, the African and the Turkish proselytes of the Koran….The Mahometans have uniformly withstood the temptation of reducing the object of their faith and devotion to a level with the senses and imagination of man. ‘I believe in One God and Mahomet the Apostle of God’ is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honors of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion.”

Lane-Poole in ‘Speeches and Table Talk of the Prophet Muhammad’

He was the most faithful protector of those he protected, the sweetest and most agreeable in conversation. Those who saw him were suddenly filled with reverence; those who came near him loved him; they who described him would say, “I have never seen his like either before or after.” He was of great taciturnity, but when he spoke it was with emphasis and deliberation, and no one could forget what he said…

Annie Besant in ‘The Life and Teachings of Mohammad,’ Madras, 1932.

It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knew how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel, whenever I reread them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.

W.C. Taylor in ‘The History of Muhammadanism and its Sects’

So great was his liberality to the poor that he often left his household unprovided, nor did he content himself with relieving their wants, he entered into conversation with them, and expressed a warm sympathy for their sufferings. He was a firm friend and a faithful ally.

Reverend Bosworth Smith in ‘Muhammad and Muhammadanism,’ London, 1874.

“Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”

“In Mohammadanism every thing is different here. Instead of the shadowy and the mysterious, we have history….We know of the external history of Muhammad….while for his internal history after his mission had been proclaimed, we have a book absolutely unique in its origin, in its preservation….on the Substantial authority of which no one has ever been able to cast a serious doubt.”

Edward Montet, ‘La Propagande Chretienne et ses Adversaries Musulmans,’ Paris 1890. (Also in T.W. Arnold in ‘The Preaching of Islam,’ London 1913.)

“Islam is a religion that is essentially rationalistic in the widest sense of this term considered etymologically and historically….the teachings of the Prophet, the Qur’an has invariably kept its place as the fundamental starting point, and the dogma of unity of God has always been proclaimed therein with a grandeur a majesty, an invariable purity and with a note of sure conviction, which it is hard to find surpassed outside the pale of Islam….A creed so precise, so stripped of all theological complexities and consequently so accessible to the ordinary understanding might be expected to possess and does indeed possess a marvelous power of winning its way into the consciences of men.”

Dr. Gustav Weil in ‘History of the Islamic Peoples’

Muhammad was a shining example to his people. His character was pure and stainless. His house, his dress, his food – they were characterized by a rare simplicity. So unpretentious was he that he would receive from his companions no special mark of reverence, nor would he accept any service from his slave which he could do for himself. He was accessible to all and at all times. He visited the sick and was full of sympathy for all. Unlimited was his benevolence and generosity as also was his anxious care for the welfare of the community.

Alphonse de LaMartaine in ‘Historie de la Turquie,’ Paris, 1854.

“Never has a man set for himself, voluntarily or involuntarily, a more sublime aim, since this aim was superhuman; to subvert superstitions which had been imposed between man and his Creator, to render God unto man and man unto God; to restore the rational and sacred idea of divinity amidst the chaos of the material and disfigured gods of idolatry, then existing. Never has a man undertaken a work so far beyond human power with so feeble means, for he (Muhammad) had in the conception as well as in the execution of such a great design, no other instrument than himself and no other aid except a handful of men living in a corner of the desert. Finally, never has a man accomplished such a huge and lasting revolution in the world, because in less than two centuries after its appearance, Islam, in faith and in arms, reigned over the whole of Arabia, and conquered, in God’s name, Persia Khorasan, Transoxania, Western India, Syria, Egypt, Abyssinia, all the known continent of Northern Africa, numerous islands of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain, and part of Gaul.

“If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws, and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples, dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and the souls.

“On the basis of a Book, every letter which has become law, he created a spiritual nationality which blend together peoples of every tongue and race. He has left the indelible characteristic of this Muslim nationality the hatred of false gods and the passion for the One and Immaterial God. This avenging patriotism against the profanation of Heaven formed the virtue of the followers of Muhammad; the conquest of one-third the earth to the dogma was his miracle; or rather it was not the miracle of man but that of reason.

“The idea of the unity of God, proclaimed amidst the exhaustion of the fabulous theogonies, was in itself such a miracle that upon it’s utterance from his lips it destroyed all the ancient temples of idols and set on fire one-third of the world. His life, his meditations, his heroic revelings against the superstitions of his country, and his boldness in defying the furies of idolatry, his firmness in enduring them for fifteen years in Mecca, his acceptance of the role of public scorn and almost of being a victim of his fellow countrymen: all these and finally, his flight his incessant preaching, his wars against odds, his faith in his success and his superhuman security in misfortune, his forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold the unity of God and the immateriality of God: the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with words.

“Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Conqueror of Ideas, Restorer of Rational beliefs…. The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”

Mahatma Gandhi, statement published in ‘Young India,’1924.

I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind…. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.

Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.

“If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”

“I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”

“I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.”

Michael Hart in ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History,’ New York, 1978.

My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the secular and religious level. …It is probable that the relative influence of Muhammad on Islam has been larger than the combined influence of Jesus Christ and St. Paul on Christianity. …It is this unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence which I feel entitles Muhammad to be considered the most influential single figure in human history.

Dr. William Draper in ‘History of Intellectual Development of Europe

Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born in Mecca, in Arabia, the man who, of all men, has exercised the greatest influence upon the human race… To be the religious head of many empires, to guide the daily life of one-third of the human race, may perhaps justify the title of a Messenger of God.

J.W.H. Stab in ‘Islam and its Founder’

Judged by the smallness of the means at his disposal, and the extent and permanence of the work that he accomplished, his name in world’s history shines with a more specious lustre than that of the Prophet of Makkah. To the impulse which he gave numberless dynasties have owed their existence, fair cities and stately palaces and temples have arisen, and wide provinces became obedient to the Faith. And beyond all this, his words have governed the belief of generations, been accepted as their rule of life, and their certain guide to the world to come. At a thousand shrines the voices of the faithful invoke blessings on him, whom they esteem the very Prophet of God, the seal of the Apostles…. Judged by the standards to human renown, the glory of what mortal can compare with his?

Washington Irving in ‘Life of Muhammad,’ New York, 1920.

His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory as they would have done had they been effected by selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manner and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonial of respect was shown to him.

Arthur Glyn Leonard in ‘Islam, Her Moral and Spiritual Values’

It was the genius of Muhammad, the spirit that he breathed into the Arabs through the soul of Islam that exalted them. That raised them out of the lethargy and low level of tribal stagnation up to the high watermark of national unity and empire. It was in the sublimity of Muhammad’s deism, the simplicity, the sobriety and purity it inculcated the fidelity of its founder to his own tenets, that acted on their moral and intellectual fiber with all the magnetism of true inspiration.

Charles Stuart Mills in ‘History of Mohammadanism’

Deeply read in the volume of nature, though extremely ignorant of letters, his mind could expand into controversy with the wisest of his enemies or contract itself to the apprehension of meanest of his disciples. His simple eloquence was rendered impressive by a manner of mixed dignity and elegance, by the expression of a countenance where the awfulness of his majesty was so well tempered by an amiable sweetness, that it exerted emotions of veneration and love. He was gifted with that authoritative air or genius which alike influences the learned and commands the illiterate.

Philip K. Hitti in ‘History of the Arabs’

Within a brief span of mortal life, Muhammad called forth of unpromising material, a nation, never welded before; in a country that was hitherto but a geographical expression he established a religion which in vast areas suppressed Christianity and Judaism, and laid the basis of an empire that was soon to embrace within its far flung boundaries the fairest provinces the then civilized world.

Stanley Lane-Poole in ‘Studies in a Mosque’

He was one of those happy few who have attained the supreme joy of making one great truth their very life spring. He was the messenger of One God, and never to his life’s end did he forget who he was or the message which was the marrow of his being. He brought his tidings to his people with a grand dignity sprung from the consciousness of his high office, together with a most sweet humility.

Rodwell in the Preface to his translation of the Holy Qur’an

Mohammad’s career is a wonderful instance of the force and life that resides in him who possesses an intense faith in God and in the unseen world. He will always be regarded as one of those who have had that influence over the faith, morals and whole earthly life of their fellow men, which none but a really great man ever did, or can exercise; and whose efforts to propagate a great verity will prosper.

W. Montgomery Watt in ‘Muhammad at Mecca,’ Oxford, 1953.

His readiness to undergo persecution for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement – all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems that it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad…. Thus, not merely must we credit Muhammad with essential honesty and integrity of purpose, if we are to understand him at all; if we are to correct the errors we have inherited from the past, we must not forget the conclusive proof is a much stricter requirement than a show of plausibility, and in a matter such as this only to be attained with difficulty.

D. G. Hogarth in ‘Arabia

Serious or trivial, his daily behavior has instituted a canon which millions observe this day with conscious memory. No one regarded by any section of the human race as Perfect Man has ever been imitated so minutely. The conduct of the founder of Christianity has not governed the ordinary life of his followers. Moreover, no founder of a religion has left on so solitary an eminence as the Muslim apostle.

Washington Irving ‘Mahomet and His Successors’

He was sober and abstemious in his diet and a rigorous observer of fasts. He indulged in no magnificence of apparel, the ostentation of a petty mind; neither was his simplicity in dress affected but a result of real disregard for distinction from so trivial a source.

In his private dealings he was just. He treated friends and strangers, the rich and poor, the powerful and weak, with equity, and was beloved by the common people for the affability with which he received them, and listened to their complaints.

His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory, as they would have done had they been effected for selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manners and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting a regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonials of respect were shown to him. If he aimed at a universal dominion, it was the dominion of faith; as to the temporal rule which grew up in his hands, as he used it without ostentation, so he took no step to perpetuate it in his family.

James Michener in ‘Islam: The Misunderstood Religion,’ Reader’s Digest, May 1955, pp. 68-70.

“No other religion in history spread so rapidly as Islam. The West has widely believed that this surge of religion was made possible by the sword. But no modern scholar accepts this idea, and the Qur’an is explicit in the support of the freedom of conscience.”

“Muhammad, the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an Arabian tribe that worshiped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always particularly solicitous of the poor and needy, the widow and the orphan, the slave and the downtrodden. At twenty he was already a successful businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for a wealthy widow. When he reached twenty-five his employer recognizing his merit, proposed marriage. Even though she was fifteen years older, he married her and as long as she lived remained a devoted husband.”

“Like almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of God’s word sensing his own inadequacy. But the Angel commanded ‘Read’. So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would soon revolutionize a large segment of the earth: “There is one God”.”

“In all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred and rumors of God ’s personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, ‘An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human being’.”

“At Muhammad’s own death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to become his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the noblest speeches in religious history: ‘If there are any among you who worshiped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you Worshiped, He lives for ever’.”

Lawrence E. Browne in ‘The Prospects of Islam,’ 1944

Incidentally these well-established facts dispose of the idea so widely fostered in Christian writings that the Muslims, wherever they went, forced people to accept Islam at the point of the sword.

K. S. Ramakrishna Rao in ‘Mohammed: The Prophet of Islam,’ 1989

My problem to write this monograph is easier, because we are not generally fed now on that (distorted) kind of history and much time need not be spent on pointing out our misrepresentations of Islam. The theory of Islam and sword, for instance, is not heard now in any quarter worth the name. The principle of Islam that “there is no compulsion in religion” is well known.

Jules Masserman in ‘Who Were Histories Great Leaders?’ in TIME Magazine, July 15, 1974

Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammad, who combined all the three functions. To a lesser degree Moses did the same.

(source: http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/quote1.html)

Evidently, it’s not totally one sided as you may have attempted to imply.

7) Why does Muslim celebrate Eid ul Adha and sacrifice animals for their god which is extremely terrorizing in its very nature and why would a so called god allow a innocent animal to die for no reason?

Response:

No, we do not sacrifice for our God as you’re trying to suggest. The Qur’an says clearly, ““It is not their meat nor blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him…”(Surah Al-Hajj, verse 37)

Does the Islamic method “terrorise” the animal? No more than electrocution which is the standard method used in many Western countries. Do you eat chicken? If you’re in America or somewhere in Europe you are probably eating the meat of an animal that got electrocuted and then grinded whilst it’s still alive. Dr. Zakir Naik explains that the animal does not feel pain because, “the swift cutting of the vessels disconnects the flow of the blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not fell pain. While dying, the animal struggles, writhers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles deficient in blood and due to the flow of blood out of the body.” (Source: http://www.scribd.com/doc/7819941/Answers-of-Questions-of-NonMuslims-About-Islam)

8 ) Why does in Islam it states that unbelievers will go to hell! Does that mean that majority of the world people will go to hell because the Muslim population is less compared to total of all the religions population? This is not the case with Islam only but with majority of religions…very illogical!

Response:

The position of the Ahl Sunnah Wal Jama’ah is that anyone who rejects Islam when it has been soundly presented to him and dies in a state of rejection will enter hell fire. This then means that anyone who does not accept Islam because he has not had the opportunity to be taught correctly and soundly the teachings of Islam will not be judged in the same manner as the one who does receive but rejects. This is based on the Qur’anic verse, “…And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning).”(17:15)

This position is also based on a narration found in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad and also in Ibn Hibban’s compilation.

“TheProphet of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are four (who will protest) to Allaah on the Day of Resurrection: the deaf man who never heard anything, the insane man, the very old man, and the man who died during the fatrah (the interval between the time of ‘Eesaa (Jesus, upon whom be peace) and the time of Muhammad SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)). The deaf man will say, ‘O Lord, Islam came but I never heard anything.’ The insane man will say, ‘O Lord, Islam came but the children ran after me and threw stones at me.’ The very old man will say, ‘O Lord, Islam came but I did not understand anything.’ The man who died during the fatrah will say, ‘O Lord, no Messenger from You came to me.’ He will accept their promises of obedience, then word will be sent to them to enter the Fire. By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, if they enter it, it will be cool and safe for them.”

9) What about astrologers? According to Islam only god knows the future because he is all knowing , perfect etc. but astrologers tells future does that mean god is not all perfect after all and prohibited his followers from visiting them because his followers will know that their god lied to them?

Response:

Yes, Allah is the only one who knows the future, but He has the prerogative to reveal the future to whom He pleases e.g. the Prophets. As for astrologers can you please show me one astrologer who has predicted accurately future events in a sufficient amount of times as to remove ‘coincidence’ that may be given as an explanation (by applying the theory of probability)? Islam prohibits astrology not because they could “show that their god lied to them’ but rather because it amounts to the belief in a power other than God which is tantamount to shirk(association) which is the greatest of sins. Astrology and magic uses the assistance of jinns. There are plenty of astrologers and palm-readers in America and you can see how they con the people and enrich themselves with their false trade. They are no different from tele-evangelists and so-called healers.

10) Christians believe that they will keep on worshiping god in paradise! and Muslims believe that the will get whatever they wish!
What do you think god will admit Muslims to paradise when they will not worship him anymore or the Christians who will keep on worship him?

Response:

There is not a single verse in the Qur’an or the hadith that says worshipping God will end when Muslims enter paradise. First of all you have to understand what worship or ‘ibadah means in Islam. The prophet s.a.w. described worship as something that encompasses every possible thing that id done for the sake of Allah and is in line with His commandments such as removing an impediment (e.g. branches) on a road. In addition, God is not hungry for our worship. He does not need our worship, but has commanded us to worship him. We are the ones who are in need of worshipping Him because He has decided so.  God commands us to eat. That does not mean that God cannot survive if we did not eat(na’uzubillah), but rather it is we who need to obey because if we refuse we will die! If we refused to worship God we will also die, but spiritually. This then will result in problems that will arise in our lives.

11)is that a coincident sir that day by day the votes in your site “Does this blog offer good info on Christianity?” becoming no day by day?

Response:

That is just a silly comment. The website gets over 1000 hits per week and obviously not everyone takes the time to vote. Thus far, the yes continues to surpass either no or needs improvement as anyone can see.

12)according to islam when a muslim in his prayer have to concentrate and if does mistake it is said to be due to devil but science proved that human brain cannot think about one pariticular thing all the time so it means because of that they do mistakes!?

Response:

The last part of your sentence does not make much sense. Please improve on your writing so that what you type can be understood. However, I think what you’re trying to say is that according to you science says that the human brain cannot think about one particular thing all the time. First of all, I would like to see one science journal that agrees with what you’re saying here and secondly the Muslim prayer which you’re alluding to i.e. salah happens at least 5 times a day at fixed times. They don’t occur “all the time”. When I do my examinations I have no trouble concentrating on the questions at hand without thinking about other things. Whilst I have been typing these responses I have been focusing on your questions and the answers that I should give. I have not been thinking of McDonalds or what’s on tv. If science has proven that the human brain cannot think or focus about only one thing at a time or for a period of time then I must be an alien because I can do that and I’m sure many others can do the same.

As the conclusion to your table of 12 questions you posited the following,

“Actualy sir , their is no god? But i still consider quran to be miraculous but that doesn’t mean that it is from god because there are so many things that happened with miracles in this world. People follow their religion due greed of paradise , only Christians follow due to love of jesus! but i am not Christian. And moreover the quran is outdated because god said he created horse mules camels for transport but no one uses them for transportation coz we have cars , airplanes etc. Stop deceiving yourself. Support secularism because this can stop worldly problems not religion!
Can u answer all those 12 questions which I asked? One by one”

If the Qur’an is miraculous and the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. was a sincere individual who truly believed in what he preached as even the most ardent of critics like Watt Montgomery admits then it makes no sense to discredit the claims made in the book which you have agreed to be MIRACULOUS. What is a miracle? A miracle is an event or set of events/occurrences that defy the natural order of things and human reason, but is truth. Does God exist? Well, that’s really another subject. If you hadn’t noticed the website is called www.unveiling-christianity.com and not unveiling-atheism. There is an excellent discourse on whether God exists or not. The book is called God, Islam, and the Skeptic Mind by Saiyad Fareed Ahmad and Saiyad Salahuddin Ahmad. It is suffice to mention here theoretical physicist Paul Davies from Cambridge University who remarked, “…the seemingly miraculous concurrence of these numerical values must remain the most compelling evidence for cosmic deisng.”(Paul Davies. God and the New Physics(1982). New York: Simon & Schuster. P. 189). You claimed that the Qur’an is outdated because it mentions horses and camels as the mode for transportation. Yes, today we do use cars and the like instead of camels and horses. This however, is a recent development. For up to only recently in history mankind had been using animals for their main mode of transportation. Just because they are no longer in popular use does not render the Qur’an false or outdated. The Qur’an mentions those animals because they were the best way to travel. Today the best way to travel (speed wise) would be cars and airplanes, which would be implicitly enjoined by the Qur’an if you understand the message therein. However, I believe the best way to travel is still horses and camels because they do not destroy our environment as cars and airplanes do! Alhamdulillah, the Qur’an is environmental friendly!

  Finally, you stated, “Support secularism because this can stop worldly problems not religion!” What has secularism given to the world? Both world wars(WW1 and WW2) took place during the rise of secularism. Hitler was voted in democratically based on secular principles! For the past 50 years the world’s environment has been erroding at a tremendous rate so much so that scientists have stated that we have destroyed our environment more so in the past 50 years than all the 200 000 years of human existence! This is all thanks to secularism and materialism both of which go hand in hand that foster greed and menace. Look at the sorry state of our economy today. It’s all secular financing where the rich get richer and the poor go poorer and die from starvation and hunger! It is you who need to stop fooling yourself and embrace the one and only true religion that is ISLAM! And yes, I believe I have answered every single one of your questions. Allah knows best!

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14 Responses to “Unveiling Hate Muslims aka Haman”

  1. Abdul-Qadar says:

    Me, too, agree you have sufficiently answered all 12 questions.

    The 12 questions asked are not as bright as the author made them out to be.

    I know one thing for sure, you, Ibn Anwar, have relished the reply/refutation, well done, I enjoyed the read.

    With Dua,
    A-Q.

  2. Zayed Ahmed says:

    Fan1astic article….brother ibn anwar your article was a gud 1…although it took me a long time to understand few of your answers…?

    Zayed

  3. Haman says:

    to ibn anwar

    okay i agree with you that secularism had lead to problems…but u cannot judge secularism in that way…if i judge religions(specially islam) the way u judge secularism than we will see how islam and other religions led to so many problems

    1)crusades…christians killed so many muslims and jews in the name of their god because you muslim terrorist were hurting and killing their pilgrims in jerusalem
    2)9/11…done in the name of god by muslims
    3)26/11(2008 mumbai attacks) done by the muslims again
    4)every 5minutes a bomb explodes in iraq…again muslims
    5)london attacks in 2005..again muslims

    like that there are many…these are just few…how do u answer now…????

    • Ibn Anwar says:

      Greetings,
      I must say that you are one persistent bloke even after getting so badly refuted. You said,

      “okay i agree with you that secularism had lead to problems…but u cannot judge secularism in that way…if i judge religions(specially islam) the way u judge secularism than we will see how islam and other religions led to so many problems

      1)crusades…christians killed so many muslims and jews in the name of their god because you muslim terrorist were hurting and killing their pilgrims in jerusalem
      2)9/11…done in the name of god by muslims
      3)26/11(2008 mumbai attacks) done by the muslims again
      4)every 5minutes a bomb explodes in iraq…again muslims
      5)london attacks in 2005..again muslims

      like that there are many…these are just few…how do u answer now…????”

      You have unfortunately dug a very very deep pit for yourself. In your previous comments you had tried to made it seem that people should vacate Islam and enter into secularism because you claimed that there are many problems among Muslims and implied that that is connected with the religion of Islam. It is logically consistent for you to argue that Islam is problematic provided you prove this and suggest secularism as a solution provided that secularism is better and does not create problems. Unfortunately for you, you have conceded and agreed that, “okay i agree with you that secularism had lead to problems”. The conclusion to this excercise is quite easy. You postulate that Islam has got bad things in it so we should leave it. You have now agreed that secularism has led to problems also which means we should leave it just like we leave Islam. Do you have an alternative philosophy in mind that is neither Islam nor secularism? lol

      Later, you cited some 5 points to back up your argument that we cannot judge secularism with what has happened under secularism because the same standard must be applied to religions as well in which case according to you religion(including Islam) fails. The problem with this argument is also very easily spotted. Unlike secularism Islam actually teaches that those things that you listed as wrong and not acceptable. So those who do commit such things even if they claim to do it in the name of Islam stand on very shaky ground and are certainly divorced from what islam teaches. In short, Islam cannot be blamed for the wrongdoings of some of its adherents. Secularism on the other hand do not have specific or official statements of what is right and what is wrong. Secularism is basically a philosophy that became popular among Christians and ex-Christians as a socio-political effect to the oppression of the Christian church throughout the Western civilisation. Secularism seeks the departure from religion, nothing more and nothing less. Under secularism such ideas as marxism, socialism etc. may thrive because secularism paves the way to free thought that did not exist under Church dictatorship. In short, there is no comparison between Islam and Secularism when it comes to negative things that you have cited. Further more, your first point is historically fallacious. It is a known fact that under the Caliph Umar, succeeded by Ali r.a. etc. (with the exception of one caliph) the pilgrims were given full access to the so called Holy Land. The crusades were not a response to Muslim aggression, for it was under Muslim rule that the Jews and other minority groups enjoyed the fruits of their labour which they could not have under previous Christian rule as noted by several Jewish historians themselves. I would suggest you read the British historian Lane-Poole’s account of the crusades in his ‘Saladin’. As for 9/11 there are strong indications that Muslims were not really involved in it. Let us say for the sake of argument that you’re correct and it was Muslims. I have already stated that their actions are clear contradictory to the teachings of Islam as are all the other examples you gave. For in depth explanation on this issue proceed to the page “Fatwa of “terrorism”” by Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti. I suggest you read such works as ‘Why Do People Hate America’ by Ziauddin Sardar and Meryl Wyn Davies, ‘Rogue Nation’ by Vernon Coleman, ‘Confronting the Global Gully’ by Vernon Coleman, ‘The High Priests of War’by Michael Collins Piper and numerous other such books to understand what’s going on in the world. The so called terrorist elements in Muslim lands are the direct result of the policies of certain if not all Western countries especially the United States of America and not simply because of blind fanaticism in religion. Likewise, the rise of Nazi Germany was the result of adverse socio-political disparity(garnered further by the Versailles treaty) rather than simple blind fanaticism in religion as some may claim. The origin of all these problems can be traced back to secularism which is the foundation for so called democracy and materialistic worldviews. And if you want to make comparisons more lives have been lost in the effort to promote secularism than all the so called “Muslim terrorism” put together.

      • Captain Planet says:

        Overall a good paper and your subsequent reply in the comments section is also very good. But I just wanted to say that you should not take seriously these 9/11 conspiracies. If one puts aside their a priori desire to have the Americans and the Jews to be responsible for this act of terrorism, and just follow the evidence, you will without doubt see that misguided Muslims were indeed responsible for this atrocity. As you will agree, not all Muslims are angels. Unfortunately, some bad among us, who violated Islamic law and teachings, carried out this act. All the “strong indications” are that some Muslims were responsible for this act.

        Now I know you can point out to numerous online conspiracy theory material. But bear in mind there are tonnes of responses to them as well.

  4. mushafiq says:

    Brother Ibn Anwar you gave a very good reply. May Allah reward you for the time and energy you put into it.
    I only want to address the last point of Haman about means of transport and travel. Haman has wrongly tried to prove that Quran is outdated just because it says God has created horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and we don’t use them today.
    The verse he is referring to is in fact proving that Quran is the word of God.
    Lets analyze this verse.
    And [God created] the horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and [as] adornment. And He creates that which you do not know.(16:8).

    The people at the time when this verse was revealed used only these animals for transport. God Almighty reminded them about His favours. But the last part of this verse says

    And He creates that which you do not know.

    So the Quran was predicting at that time that many more things would be created to be used for transportation but you ( the immediate audience) have no knowledge of it yet.

    Also the Quran mentions about the Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Surah Israa chapter 17 verse 1. Prophet Muhammad was travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to the seven heavens and beyond and came back in a small part of the Night.

    His opponents mocked him when he narrated to them this incident, for they said how can any 1 travel such a long distance in such short time when it took them months to reach jerusalem. But Since Prophet Muhammad is the Prophet even for today, his journey was symbolic of the high speed communication that would develop in the future.

    So Quran is not only upto date but ahead of its time.

  5. Haman says:

    Whatever u say….and whatever u do….u can’t save yourselves!And i am not saying this..it is a fact
    first of all israel is kicking you sexual perverted muslims from their place and i love that so much…coz whenever a muslim nation suffers that day becomes a memorial for me…i don’t feel like talking with u perverts coz i hate u… did u hear about the recent controversies about sarkozy the french president banning that burqa…well this is just the beginnig…this is just the trailer and the movie is still about to release…and anyway i think sarkozy is stupid because instead of banning burqa i think he should banned ISLAM…and anyway i think u r malaysian then why do u follow a religion bought by an arab!That is one of the reoson why i am not accepting islam…Islam only suits arabs…not malaysians!And how can u trust an arab prophet coz arabs are racist , terrorists , sexual perverts , liars , hypocrits and all the bad names of this world! Muslims reputation is about to get over so ENJOY

    • Jibrail says:

      “….and anyway i think u r malaysian then why do u follow a religion bought by an arab!That is one of the reoson why i am not accepting islam…Islam only suits arabs…not malaysians!” – THIS IS YOUR WORD BY WORD MY DEAR HAMAN.

      My Question is, why don’t you say the like of this statement to you Christian friends whose majority come from non-Palestinian land because Palestine was the birth place of Christianity as claimed by many Christians. So, would you say to those Christians that their Christianity has lost its credibility just because they don’t come from the same country like from where Jesus came from?

      Jesus and the Jews both came from the SAME LAND but in the end, the follower of Jesus departed from the Jewish people and as you can see today, there are more Christians in other parts of the world than in Palestine itself. Thus, based on your premise, I can conclude that only Palestine Christian are ture Christians. As an addition, I can also say, based on the your same premise, that only Jews in Israel are the true Jewish people. Also, only Buddhist in India are the only true Buddhists and also, only Hindus in India are the only true Hindus.

      Peace….

  6. Ibn Anwar says:

    Normally, I would not allow such lewdness and nonsense pass moderation. However, I have made an exception this time just to show you what kind of a person we’re dealing with here. lol

  7. Mushafiq says:

    What a loser is this Haman!!!

  8. KZ says:

    I think in the future France will become a Muslim majority country due to the rapid growth of the Muslim population. The same goes to Britain, Germany and other parts of Europe.

    If that happens, well, it will be darn good news indeed.

    Truth prevails in the end. It is inevitable. The problem is that many people just don’t want to see and/or accept it.

  9. Haman says:

    hey mr kz..

    i think i should treat you kindly because i don’t think u r impolite like other pets of yours…and u r kind…we will definetly have a more constructed discussion later!

  10. Halil says:

    Salam bro.
    I LOVE YOUR RESPONSES!!!!! MashaAllah
    this is the best web site since answering-christianety
    hehe.
    keep up the good work:)
    Salams to you and everyone you love=)

  11. Shalmo says:

    What a schmuck!

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