In my last article on Friday congregational prayer in this series, we have noticed Muhammad’s struggleto maintain influence and power over all of his followers. To achieve that he initially forced his followers to say all the five daily prayers at his mosque under his imam-ship. But as he took up arms to engage in jihad wars for subjugate the kafir communities of Arabia, the Muslim community spread far and wide. Under these circumstances, forcing all of his followers, especially those living far away from his house in Medina, to come his mosque for every prayer became impossible. He, therefore, established the once-in-a-week compulsory Friday prayer, the jumaa, to be performed in congregation at his mosque.
In continuation on the same topic, let us study the norms Muhammad set for Friday prayers with the sanctification of Allah, and the essence of Muhammad’s khutba sermon. We will also investigate how Muhammad used the weekly Friday prayer occasion to motivate his followers to wage Jihad attacks on non-Muslims in the name of Islam.
In order to keep his hold over his followers, Muhammad initially forced them to say each and every prayer at his mosque under his own Imam-ship, but when that didn't work as his community spread farther and farther from Medina, he invented the once-in-a-week Friday Congregational Prayer, the Jumaa, in order to keep his sway over all of his followers.
Hate is demeaning to human dignity – for both the hater and the hated. Yet, abhorrent as it is, hate speech is not necessarily a criminal act. Hate speech that calls for violence, murdering, terrorizing, enslaving or torturing of any individual or groups is criminal.
This is an excerpt from a letter to Ali Sina from Alan in Sweden, a victim of Muslim assault in Malmo.
In September last year (2012), Muslims demonstrated in Malmö against freedom of speech. I protested and was kicked and beaten by Muslims. And as I ran to police for safety, they arrested me, not my assailants. The assault on me as well as was my detention by police was filmed as can be seen here:
Readers may be bored that the chapter on prayers is getting too long. I’m trying my best to keep the discussion as short as possible. Prayers are the most ruinous requirement of Islam for us Muslims. There are more than 30 different kinds of prayers that were designed by Muhammad for his own benefit and advantage. So, I want to cover it as much as possible in the shortest span.
Prophet Muhammad collected a 1/40th portion of obligatory Zakat, that he imposed on Muslim, to swell his coffer. He collected it even after a Muslim’s death as a condition to lead their funeral prayer. He had received the pending Zakat for the deceased from their kin or friends. This clearly shows: How fond of wealth and greedy Muhammad was!
Muhammad invented Allah, Islamic Prayers and Zakat (Islamic Tax). Omar invented Azaan, Qibla, Hijab, Sharia, and other khalifs published the Quran and Hadis after the death of Muhammad.
Muhammad’s purpose of inventing of Allah and Islamic Prayers was to organize the Arabs against the Jew and Christians. First, Muhammad declared himself a Prophet, and initiated the prayer rituals. He claimed that angel Jibreel came to him and a spring of water gushed out of the rocks in front of him. Jibreel then showed Muhammad how to make ablution, and how to offer prayers to Allah. Muhammad began to pray two Rak’ah (units) twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. He went home and told his wife Khadijah about what he had learnt from Jibreel.
Scientists all over the world try hard to improve human knowledge. Medical researchers spend endless hours in laboratories trying to help improve treatments of disease.
The great religion of Islam is not lagging far behind. Reputable Muslim authorities are giving out unique Fatwas to solve practical societal problems. I was hoping for fatwas to limit the number of wives to one, declare illegal the beating of a wife by the husband, and declare Ham Halal meat to enjoy. I have not heard anything like that yet, but I keep hoping.
An Interview with Swiss writer and Human Rights activist, Mireille Valette (Translated by Jacob Thomas)
Introduction: On 25 January, 2012, the Algerian essayist and author, HamidZanaz interviewed Mireille Valette, the author of “Boulevard de l’islamisme: L’essor du radicalisme musulmans en Europe,illustrépar l’exemple.”An Arabic version of the interview appeared in “Al-Awan”,an online reformist Arabic journal, on Sunday, 20 January, 2013.[i] Here is my translation of the Interview.
Hamid Zanaz (HZ): Does Islam constitute a serious menace to the West?
We have traditionally been told that the first two centuries of the Spanish Emirate, supposedly founded in 756 by Abd’ er Rahman I, constituted a veritable Golden Age of Spanish history. And indeed the opulence and prosperity of Spain during these years is contrasted very favorably with the poverty and ignorance of Christian Europe in the same period. The following description of eighth-tenth century Cordoba, written by English historian H. St. L. B. Moss in 1935, may be regarded as fairly typical of the genre:
“In Spain … the foundation of Umayyad power [in 756] ushers in an era of unequalled splendour, which reaches its height in the early part of the tenth century. The great university of Cordova is thronged with students … while the city itself excites the wonder of visitors from Germany and France. The banks of the Guadalquivir are covered with luxurious villas, and born of the ruler’s caprice rises the famous Palace of the Flower, a fantastic city of delights.”
The fastest-growing sector of Muslims in the United States is among African-Americans. African-Americans have been receptive to Islam, which they see as an anti-White and anti-Christian religion. The Nation of Islam was founded in the 1930’s by a white silk merchant Wallace Fard, who urged African-Americans to dress like Arab Muslims and buy his robes and apparel. Islam became the “lost-found nation of Islam in the wilderness of North America.” Today, many African-Americans are lured into Islam while in prison after learning that Allah’s laws reject those “man-made” laws that got them into prison in the first place. There is no clearer and sadder case in history of the exploitation of a group of uninformed people in the name of Islam than the Black Muslim movement in America.
How the Tahajjudh (midnight) prayer---compulsory in Muhammad's time, not today---was designed to keep Muslims awake through the whole night for ensuring the safety of Muhammad!
TAHAJJUDH—THE MIDNIGHT PRAYER
Tahajjud prayer (midnight prayer) was imposed on us Muslims during the time of Muhammad for some important reasons. There is no fixed time to offer this mid-night prayer. This prayer can be said at any time at our home or in mosque from midnight until pre-dawn Fajr prayer.
The following is a letter from a Muslim (Saeed) to Ali Sina:
Mr Ali Sina,
I have been following and reading your website since a year now. I honestly don’t know what to think of you. Initially just like every other born Muslim, my faith was based on blind imitation and I followed Islam moderately without much knowledge of it other than what is required to know as the basic tenets of Islam. I was brought up in Pakistan with religious grandparents who always instilled the thought that there shouldn’t be any “why” when religion is concerned. Everything should be followed to the letter as described by Prophet Muhammad through his Hadiths and the Quran and we are not supposed to question it. Thus questions such as “who created god?”, “why is God invisible?”, “what gender he has” shouldn’t even be attempted to ponder on because human logic is fallible, and god didn’t impart us with the brain to comprehend his existence. Islam as taught in school, madrassa’s, and by the society was always portrayed in one dimensional version where the “good” parts were largely emphasized and most of the eye brow raising things (polygamy, double standards, beating of wife, Aisha’s age, killing of non-believers, prophet marriages, muta, discrimination of women, keeping slaves, sex with slaves and captives of war, Prophet's wars with Jews and treatments of prisoners of war) were either totally ignored or were presented in a sugar-coated version.
In the previous article, I have discussed how Muhammad designed Islam’s daily five prayers so as to surround himself with his disciples, especially at night hours, fearing possible attacks from the victims of his aggressive violence. In this article, I will analyze how Muhammad used his Medina Mosque for training his Jihadi band of disciples for raiding and plundering the infidels of Arabia.
MEDINA MOSQUE—PROPHET MUHAMMAD’A MILITARY TRAINING CENTER
The recent Pew poll on the attitudes of Muslims worldwide is not worth the paper it is written on. Most of the questions were designed to present Islam as normal and Muslims as no different from average Americans. Indeed, the conclusion of the Pew Poll (discussed below) is: Muslims in their belief are little different from Protestants.
When you read the outcomes of Pew Polls on Islam, you need to understand that there is no multiplicity of Islam—no moderate or radical Islam, no Western version, Indonesian or Saudi Islam. Islam is an evil religious creed—one and only one—which is founded exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah. The difference between Islam practiced in different Muslims countries lies only in the degree real Islam is applied.
President Obama touched on an important idea this morning in his press conference dealing with Syria, the Boston bombing, and other political issues. Alluding to the Tsarnaev brothers, he spoke of the trouble in identifying lone terrorists who may not be part of a terror network:
"One of the dangers we now face are self-radicalized individuals, who are already here in the United States, and in some cases may not be in any kind of network, but because of whatever warped and twisted ideas they may have decided to carry out an attack."
Hello friends! You may be aware that the Spanish government had revoked my refugee status a few months ago for producing a movie on Prophet Muhammad’s life.
To continue my persecution, Muslims in Spain launched criminal law suits against me accusing me of hate crime for hurting their religious sentiments. And the court readily initiated my prosecution. There was a huge pressure on me to leave Spain or to be prepared for deportation or detention. But I decided to stay here and fight for my right to freedom of expression through legal means.
How Muhammad designed daily five prayers for ensuring his security?
NECESSITY FOR 5 DAILY PRAYERS
In the previous article, we made a sense of merciful Allah’s love toward us in comparison to that of our mothers and implication of the ‘cancerous’ five daily prayers, which we see as our sacred duty. In this article, let us analyze who invented the doctrine of five daily prayers and its real purpose.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing which resulted in five deaths and 264 people injured, the conclusion of many in the government and the media was that the perpetrators, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, had self-radicalized themselves by information on the Internet. Americans were told this was a much more onerous root cause than if the terrorists had belonged to some sort of Al Qaeda cell or if they had been sponsored by a foreign government. If terrorists were working in cells or had foreign contacts, their interactions with others could often be tracked by cell phone or internet activity. A typical article can be seen at: Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say.
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