It is axiomatic that to be a Muslim you must: believe in Allah by taking him as your one and only lord, accept Muhammad as Allah’s beloved messenger and take the Quran as a literal work of Allah and a perfect prescription for living.
Hard as I tried, I had a terrible time being a Muslim right at the entry level. I, therefore, decided to write this open letter in the hope of receiving some satisfactory answers to the many questions that trouble me greatly.
Islamic Scriptures, such as Quran and the six ‘Sahih Siththa’ (authentic) hadith collections are the Pandora Boxes to know all about Muhammad’s nasty character and intentions. He was the greediest founder of a religion ever lived. He was always after money, sex and power. He was well aware that achieving unholy and immoral goals would require the power of wealth. So, he sought every opportunity to grab the wealth of others by all kinds of unholy means and manners.
Though there are several hadiths on this issue, the following single hadith will suffice to get a measure of the greedy aspect of Muhammad’s character:
Most people think terrorism is a new phenomenon since the term terrorism was only recently used a lot in the media. But actually it's much older than that. The term was first used in 1795 during the French Revolution, but that's not a good way to figure out how old the phenomenon is. I mean, just because a word is 200 years old doesn't mean that the idea the word refers to is 200 years old.
Angela Merkel, while running for reelection as the German Chancellor in 2013, became the first Chancellor to visit the Dachau Nazi concentration camp. There she warned of the dangers of far-right extremism, pointing to the German lessons as an example for all of Europe.
“How could Germans go so far as to deny people human dignity and the right to live based on their race, religion, their political persuasion or their sexual orientation?” she said in a somber ceremony on the wide plaza where inmates once assembled daily for roll call.
Critics of Islam, who feel aggrieved by the hostility of Muslims toward all non-Muslims, often point to many verses of the Quran as the underlying reason. A few such verses are listed below (taken from clearquran.com):
We hear and see from time to time on television and other media outlets about the horrific punishment of ‘stoning to death’ in some Islamic countries around the globe. Those of us, who study Islam with objective mind, know that Islam is a dangerous political ideology in a religious mask. Whatever Muhammad said or did had nothing to do with religion, or spirituality for that matter, but to achieve political gains in his ambition to conquer the whole world. This article deals with one such political conspiracy of Muhammad in the name of ‘stoning to death’.
Introduction: It is a fact that Muhammad faced harassment in Mecca. There are incidents in Islamic history books testifying to this fact. Muslims take such narrative to claim that Muhammad and his followers were treated with cruelty; so they had to “flee” to Medina. The prophet was lucky to be able to escape.
Such a narrative of the Meccan's cruel persecution of Muhammad and his community does not hold up in light of the facts cited in Islamic historical documents.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 05:16
Dr. Radhasyam Brahmachari
It has been mentioned in the previous part of this essay that on the Indian New Year day in 1699 (30 March), Guru Gobind founded the Khalsa Panth in Anandpur Sahib as military movement against the Mughal oppression. Later on, a Sikh temple named Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib was erected at the birthplace of Khalsa (Pure). Guru Gobind Singh then recited a verse -- 'Wahe guru ji ka Khalsa, Wahe guru ji Ki Fateh' (Khalsa belongs to Guru; victory belongs to Guru) -- which has been the rallying-cry of the KeshgarhSahib Gurudwara at Anandpur, the birthplace of the Khalsa. The word Khalsa translates into ‘Sovereign’ or ‘Free’. Another interpretation of it is ‘Pure’ or ‘Genuine’. Then on, the temporal leadership of the Sikhs was passed on to the Khalsa with the bestowed title of "Guru Panth" and spiritual leadership was passed on to the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred Sikh Scripture. Khalsa was responsible for all the executive, military and civil authority in the Sikh society.
From the Tafseer of Ibn-Kathir (1301–1373 circa.) 700 years after Mohammed:
[Sahih] Muslim recorded from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet said, “Do not initiate the Salaam to the Jews and Christians, and if you meet any of them in a road, force them to its narrowest alley.” This is why the Leader of the faithful `Umar bin Al-Khattab [the second of the “Rightly guided Caliphs” and one of Mohammed's contemporaries], may Allah be pleased with him, demanded his well-known conditions be met by the Christians, these conditions that ensured their continued humiliation, degradation and disgrace.
Muslims claim that the Qur’an mentioned the shape of the earth to be like an egg in the 7th century, long before modern science discovered this fact. Such a scientific fact, and similar ones, Muslims claim, convince us of the divine origin of the Qur’an.
On the other hand, many non-Muslims claim that the Qur’an did not mention the above fact at all. In fact, to the contrary, the Qur’an specifies that the earth is flat, thus reiterating false scientific fact believed by the 7th century humans.
Who is correct? And who is not? This article aims at answering such a question. I will divide this article into the following sections:
The fifteenth century of hijra to become the death-knell of Islam?
After Muhammad, Muslim rulers badly needed fairy-tales about Muhammad to put a veil on their cruelties, and to have control over the subjects in their massively expanded territories captured by surprise raids. So they tried their best to superimpose a “divine label” on their mentor Muhammad. They fabricated tons of fairy-tales about him. In the process, they have created enormous amount of fables that no one can complete its reading in their lifetime even if they wished to.
Some political leaders in many countries think that banning the Quran and Islam is the only solution to rid their countries of the ever-intensifying Islamic problem. Some courageous ones like Geert Wilders have even publicly said so. There have been demands and petitions in many countries to do just that. The Calcutta Quran Petition in India is the most well known.
Well at last, one country has eventually got the ball rolling. It banned Islam and demolished all mosques. Wishful thinking? Nope, it’s a fact. Read on:
Many of you should know the name of Harun Yahya, whose real name is Adnan Oktar. He is a liar of the league as that of Zakir Naik. They just know well how to become rich and famous among Muslims, fooling them by sustaining and conforming what Muslims are eager to believe. If one wishes to see how an Islamic liar looks like, the opportunity is here. He has written a number of books refuting Darwinism, although he doesn’t have the necessary qualification for discussing the theory of Evolution. When I read his book called ‘Atlas of Creation’, I could trace no less than hundreds of fallacies and lies. His works are mostly sensationalism and stand only on the fall of other theories without validating his own proposition.
Polytheism means pluralism – diversity of thoughts and freedom to various faiths. Muhammad promoted monotheism to make a united front against Judaism and Christianity. He wanted that there should be no pluralism in thoughts and faiths in the Arab Peninsula.
While under Muhammad, Muslim remained largely uniformly united and monotheistic, after him, they became polytheistic (pluralistic) by developing various schools and thoughts and faiths, although they deny it. While they claim to believe in one God, but in facts they remain divisive like the polytheists with all kinds of divisive thoughts and sects among them. They only unite as one body against non-Muslims, but remain very divisive in its most virulent form among themselves. They cannot produce a united and peaceful front both within and among Muslim states.
Thursday, 21 November 2013 05:30
Dr. Radhasyam Brahmachari
Aurangzeb’s barbaric execution of three closest disciples of Guru Tegh Bahadur
It has been mentioned in the previous part of this article that three closest followers of the Guru Tegh Bahadur—namely Bhai Dayala, Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das—were also arrested at the time of his arrest. Emperor Aurangzeb also issued order to execute them alongside Guru Tegh Bahadur, and they were put to death with such horrific cruelty that only Muslims could contemplate and implement. Bhai Moti Das was sawed into two pieces, Bhai Sati Das was burnt alive, while Bhai Dyala was boiled alive on Nov 9, 1675. Bhai Sati Das was first was wrapped with cotton, then the cotton was soaked with oil, and set on fire.
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