A Letter to Mr.Gabriel Groisman

Ocotber 14th, 2016

To who it may concern.

RE: Re: Call to Action Regarding Libelous UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution

Dear Mr. Gabriel Groisman,

I read your letter to congress condemning UNESCO’s action on Resolution 200 EX/25, which admits as a fact that Israel (the occupying power) is planning a construction on or around what is considered as a historic site. Sure King Solomon did build a temple there (which was destroyed twice by the way being resurrected once again) and your claim that the site was the ‘location of the “foundation stone” upon which the world was created’ is far-fetched (there’s no scientific evidence to prove that).

Obviously the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque were built on what you refer to as ‘remnants of the Jewish temples’, but please be clear that these structures are not the reason the Original and the Second temple were demolished. With all due respect, I will challenge your remark that “It’s identity with the site of Solomon’s [Jewish] Temple is beyond dispute”.

While the temples’ place in history is certainly undisputed, the fact that they did not survive till now, in all honesty, is a disappointment. With all the myths and legends attached with the Original and Second Temple, I am sure it would have been a marvel to explore. But sadly it is not the case. Fact of the matter is, what you are trying to imply is, just because there stood a Jewish temple once, the site should ‘identified’ with Jews.

According to your logic, the ‘ground’ should be identified with a historical people that may or may not have built a structure there, which is completely dumb founded. This will mean that the United States of America should be identified by the indigenous people (the Native Americans) who at one point in history were the occupants of the land where the famous US government buildings exist today. Is that the case? I don’t think so. The fact that Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the rock both stand to this day is why people identify it with the Muslims.

And by the way, Jews weren’t the ‘first’ people to build a temple there as I am sure that site may have been home to some other travelers or tribes before the Jewish people came to that site. Jews were ‘not the only people’ to occupy lands in what is now known as ‘occupied Palestine’. Please have some common sense.

There is no ploy to ‘destroy Israel’ as in my humble opinion, it will have little or no impact on the current situation in the Middle East. Please calm down and think about it logically. I respect your religious views (whatever they may be) but if you invoke the debate of ‘identifying land through history’, then it will start a chain reaction of tribes, cultures, groups even countries demanding ‘identification of land because we were there at some point in history’ which may lead to more senseless conflict we can live without.

With Great respect,
Hasan

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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اوریا مقبول جان صاحب کیلیئے بصد احترام کے ساتھ

محترم اوریا مقبول جان صاحب کی سیکولرازم سے نفرت کافی جانی مانی ہے۔ جناب کی آدھی نہیں تو زندگی کا بیشتر حصہ تو سیکولرازم کی لادینیت سے مشابہت میں گزار چکے ہیں۔ کتنے ہی کالم اور تبصرے اس موضوع پر تحریر کرچکے، لیکن مجال ہے جو سادہ عوام کو گمراہ کرنے سے چوک جائیں۔ یہ تحریر اوریا صاحب کے کالم باعنوان سیکولرازم کا اصل چہرہ یہی ہے کے جواب میں تحریر کررہا ہوں، جو کہ 6 نومبر کو ایکسپریس اخبار کی زینت بنا۔

حضرت سیکولرازم کی مختصر تاریخ بیان کرنے کے بعد فرماتے ہیں کہ سیکولرازم کے داعی اپنا نقطہ نظز نافظ کرنے کی غرض سے ناحق انسانی خون بہاتے رہے، آگے مسلم ممالک کی مثالیں دیتے ہیں کہ کس طرح سیکولرحکمران اس ضمن میں ظلم کی انتہا کو پہنچ گئے۔ چلئے مان لیجئے کے یہ سیکولر حکمران ظالم تھے، لیکن حضور یہ بھی تو فرمایئے کے ماضی بعید میں جو قدامت پسند مسلمان حکمران گزرے ہیں، انہوں نے کیسے کیسے کرشمے دیکھائے۔ خلافت امیّہ سے لیکر عثمانیہ خلافت تک مسلمانوں کی تاریخ جنگ و جدل، غداری، تشدّد اور اقرباپروری سے بھری پڑی ہے۔ دین کے نام پر کیئے جانے والے مظالم کی تاریخ اتنی ہی پرانی ہے جتنی کہ انسانی تاریخ۔ یہودی ہوں، عیسائی ہوں یا مسلمان، سب نے اس تاریخ میں اپنے اپنے ظلم کے باب نقش کئے ہیں۔ اسپین کی نامعروف انکویزیشن کو لے لیجیئے یہ پھر خلافت راشدہ کے بعد طاقت کہ حصول کی خاطر لگائے گئے کفر و ارتداد کے فتوے۔ فہرست کافی لمبی ہے، آگے بڑھیئے تو جناب عزّت معاب سیکولر مظالم کا ایک جغرافیہ کھینچتے ہوئے یہ نتیجہ اخذ کرنے کی کوشش کررہے ہیں کہ دنیا میں ہر سیکولر ملک میں گویا مظالم ہی ڈھائے جارہے ہیں۔ اوّل تو اوریا صاحب نے بات ہی بھارت سے شروع کی، سیکولرازم کی اندھی نفرت میں یہ بھول گئے کے بھارت میں حال ہی میں ہونے والے مظالم سیکولرازم کے نام پر نہیں بلکہ ہندو متھ کہ نام پر برپا کیئے گئے۔ یہ تو بھارت کی وہ چند سیکولر آوازیں ہیں جنہوں نے ان مظالم کے خلاف آواز بلند کی۔

اوریا صاحب کی سیکولرازم سے نفرت اسقدر شدید ہے کے اپنی تحریر کی روانی میں ایک انتہا پسند عیسائی کو بھی سیکولر لکھ گئے۔ جی حضور، ہٹلر کوئی عام عیسائی نہیں تھا، اپنے آپ کو خداوند کا دست بازو کہنے والا، خدا سے مدد گرداننے والا اور یہاں تک کے خداوند کے کام میں مدد کرنے والا یہ وہی ہٹلر تھا جس کی فوج کی پیٹی کے بکّل پر یہ الفاظ کندو تھے، خداوند ہمارے ساتھ ہے۔ تاریخ کو مسخ کرنے کی حضرت نے یہ پہلی کوشش نہیں کی، اپنی تحریروں میں پہلے بھی تاریخ کا جنازہ نکال چکے ہیں۔

اگر تو جناب سیکولرازم اتنا ہی برا ہے، تو خدارا کینیڈا، امریکا، یورپ، چین، جاپان جیسے ممالک کو مخاطب کیجیے اور ان ممالک کے حکمرانوں کو درخواست کیجیئے کہ ان میں بسنے والے تمام مسلمانوں کو دوسرے اور تیسرے درجے کی شہریت سے نوازیں۔ ان حکمرانوں کو بتایئے کس طرح وہ اپنے دین سے دوری اختیار کرکے جہنّم رسید ہوںگے۔

بنا سوچے سمجھے نفرت پالنا بھلا کہاں کی دانشواری ہے؟ اوریا صاحب ذرا ٹھنڈے دماغ سے سوچیئے، سیکولرازم ھر گز لادینیت نہیں۔ بلکہ دین پر کسی ریاست کے اختیار کو نہ ماننے کا نام ہے۔ دین میں جبر کی تو خود اللہ تعالی نے بھی ممانعت کی ہے۔ اسی لیئے اسلام میں چرچ جیسا کوئی اداراہ نہیں۔ اگر کسی بھی ادارے کے سپرد دین کی تشریح کا کام دے دیں تو بہت جلد یہ انتظام عیسائی چرچ سے مشابہ بن جائے گا، جس کی دین میں کوئی جگہ نہیں۔

Blasphemy

Islam and stoning: A historical perspective

Many critics of Islam allege that Islam is barbaric because it legislates the capital punishment for offenses like rape, apostasy, heresy, blasphemy etc. etc. This is not a new allegation on Islam, many critics have been using the same rhetoric for a long time now. This perception of Islam (that it condones stoning to death) is built on the historic events that occurred during the life of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), where he suggested stoning of people.

If you study the Holy Quran, you will be astonished to know that there is no mentioning of this punishment in the entire scripture. There is punishment but death (no matter in what shape or form) is not even remotely mentioned for this offense. In the hadith (sayings / biography of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him)) we find certain accounts for when the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) ordained the stoning of death for adulterers. These rare events should be viewed in the historical perspective of that time. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) had migrated from Mecca towards Yathrib (which was later to be known as Medina), He was made head of state by an agreement between the dwellers of Medina and the surrounding (Jewish) tribes. It is important to remember that the Prophet’s (Peace be upon Him) reputation as a shroud and honest judge had perpetrated throughout entire Arabian peninsula. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) served as an arbitrator towards the community and people of all cast, creed and religion brought their feuds and conflicts to him and returned satisfied.

Verily, Allah commands you to make over the trusts to those entitled to them, and that, when you judge between men, you judge with justice. And surely excellent is that with which Allah admonishes you! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing. (Chapter 4, Verse 59)

Having established his reputation as an unprejudiced, wise and honest judge, the people of Medina (and those of the surrounding Jewish tribes) brought their conflicts to Him in pursuit of justice. When the cases of murders, adultery and harassment, the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) inquired from the people what was the punishment ordained amongst them for these offenses. And the same punishment (according to the religion of the parties) was ordained for the accused. In simple words, the ‘stoning to death’ did not originate in Islam. Let us briefly explore the origins of this punishment.

Stoning to death: History

While the origins of stoning may be unknown outside the Abrahamic religions, what is known that Aztecs used to stone the adulterers to death. The first account of stoning to death in Abrahamic religions come from Torah, which is a part of the Old testament.

12 Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death.

13 They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”

(Exodus 19)

Here the bible is commanding the followers to kill those who touch the Holy Mountain without touching them. In Numbers we find texts which ordain the similar punishment but for another crime.

32 While the Israelites were in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day.

33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly,

34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.

35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.”

36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses.

These are two of many examples where the bible commands for spiritual crimes be met with physical (and absolute) punishment. Even sleeping or lying with an engaged woman (who is engaged to another man and not violating the woman or abusing her) is punishable by stoning. Other crimes include: blasphemy, witchcraft, adultery, Overtime however the Jewish priests enacted some doctrines in order to prevent innocent from receiving capital punishment.

The Islamic link

As stated earlier, there is no account of stoning to death mentioned in the Quran. However, we find certain judgements during the time of Prophet (peace be upon him) that certain people were killed by stoning to death. Why? well the following Hadith sheds some light on the issue:

The Jews brought to the Prophet a man and a woman from among them who had committed illegal sexual intercourse. The Prophet said to them, “How do you usually punish the one amongst you who has committed illegal sexual intercourse?” They replied, “We blacken their faces with coal and beat them.” He said, “Don’t you find the order of Ar-Rajm (i.e. stoning to death) in the Torah?” They replied, “We do not find anything in it.” ‘Abdullah bin Salam (after hearing this conversation) said to them, “You have told a lie! Bring here the Torah and recite it if you are truthful.” (So the Jews brought the Torah). And the religious teacher who was teaching it to them, put his hand over the Verse of Ar-Rajm and started reading what was written above and below the place hidden with his hand, but he did not read the Verse of Ar-Rajm. ‘Abdullah bin Salam removed his (i.e. the teacher’s) hand from the Verse of Ar-Rajm and said, “What is this?” So when the Jews saw that Verse, they said, “This is the Verse of Ar-Rajm.” So the Prophet ordered the two adulterers to be stoned to death, and they were stoned to death near the place where biers used to be placed near the Mosque. I saw her companion (i.e. the adulterer) bowing over her so as to protect her from the stones. (Sahih Bukhari 6.79, Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar)

As you can see from the above account, the Prophet (peace be upon him) judged between the two parties on the basis of Torah (their religious scriptures). It was never sanctioned into Islam as far as history goes. This tradition spread through the Muslims, some of them spread the news without proper context, which was that the punishment was legislated within Torah and not Quran. Therefore after the death of Prophet (peace be upon Him) this false tradition was taken up by Muslims.

The punishment for adultery in Islam is for the perpetrator to be lashed out (which can be changed based on the culture), not put to death. This is evident from the following Hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani: A bedouin came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s apostle! I ask you by Allah to judge My case according to Allah’s Laws.” His opponent, who was more learned than he, said, “Yes, judge between us according to Allah’s Laws, and allow me to speak.” Allah’s Apostle said, “Speak.” He (i .e. the bedouin or the other man) said, “My son was working as a laborer for this (man) and he committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people told me that it was obligatory that my son should be stoned to death, so in lieu of that I ransomed my son by paying one hundred sheep and a slave girl. Then I asked the religious scholars about it, and they informed me that my son must be lashed one hundred lashes, and be exiled for one year, and the wife of this (man) must be stoned to death.” Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, I will judge between you according to Allah’s Laws. The slave-girl and the sheep are to be returned to you, your son is to receive a hundred lashes and be exiled for one year. You, Unais, go to the wife of this (man) and if she confesses her guilt, stone her to death.” Unais went to that woman next morning and she confessed. Allah’s Apostle ordered that she be stoned to death.The stoning was done to the woman because she was a jew and according to torah punishment is stoning.The son got 100 lashes because its the punishment for zina in quran.

(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 50: Conditions, Number 885)

So it is safe to say that it is not Islamic law which dictates barbaric punishment, the fact is that these have nothing to do with Islam at all. Therefore all those out Islamophobes out there, when you talk about stoning, be prepared to criticize the Jews and the Christians for this cruelty not Islam. If you are curious to learn the status of capital punishments in Islam, please follow the link here.

Islam And Capital Punishment

Prophet Muhammad: A blessing for mankind

I am writing after a very long time, I have been busy with certain things in my personal life, I apologize to my readers. There is nothing better to resume my blog, other than the most gracious blessing of God upon mankind, Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

Not so long ago, an infamous amateur film maker (not sure if he is that or not) released a short-film, in which he depicted the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) as an inhumane personality. Which has caused ripples of protests across the Muslim world, enraging then across the globe. I haven’t seen that infamous video myself but the act of this Coptic Christian was provocative and saddening. Surely one can see the lack of research on this subject by the team who publicized this video. I will prove it, without quoting any scripture today, I will give references of other (non-Muslim) personalities who analyzed and described the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in their words.

Reverent Bosworth Smith wrote:

Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Popes 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.’

(R. Bosworth Smith ‘Muhammad and Muhammadanism’. Page 262)

Washington Irving wrote:

‘His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vainglory, 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.’

(Washington Irving, The Life of Mahomet, page 272)

Karen Armstrong writes in her book ‘Muhammad – A Biography of the Prophet’:

‘Muhammad had to start virtually from scratch and work his way towards the radical monotheistic spirituality of his own. When he began his mission, a dispassionate observer would not have given him a chance. The Arabs, he might have objected, were just not ready for monotheism: they were not sufficiently developed for this sophisticated vision. In fact, to attempt to introduce it on a large scale in this violent, terrifying society could be extremely dangerous and Muhammad would be lucky to escape with his life.

Indeed, Muhammad was frequently in deadly peril and his survival was a near-miracle. But he did succeed. By the end of his life he had laid an axe to the root of the chronic cycle tribal violence that afflicted the region and paganism was no longer a going concern. The Arabs were ready to embark on a new phase of their history.’

(Karen Armstrong, Muhammad – A Biography of the Prophet page 53-54)

She also writes:

‘Finally it was the West, not Islam, which forbade the open discussion of religious matters. At the time of the Crusades, Europe seemed obsessed by a craving for intellectual conformity and punished its deviants with a zeal that has been unique in the history of religion. The witch-hunts of the inquisitors and the persecution of Protestants by the Catholics and vice versa were inspired by abstruse theological opinions which in both Judaism and Islam were seen as private and optional matters. Neither Judaism nor Islam share the Christian conception of heresy, which raises human ideas about the divine to an unacceptably high level and almost makes them a form of idolatry.’

(Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet, page 27).

Mahatma Gandhi’s 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.’

And finally here is the famous Sir George Bernard Shaw:

‘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.’

(Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1)

James Michener writes in ‘Islam: The Misunderstood Religion,’ Reader’s Digest, May 1955:

‘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’

I recon these references will be enough for the reader to wonder why on earth, some mad men came up with such filth about a personality that has been analyzed, studied and followed by every living person on earth? It is nothing but ignorance that prevails in the minds of such people.

اللهم صل على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد، اللهم بارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما باركت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد

Bless, O Allah, Muhammad and the people of Muhammad, as Thou didst bless Abraham and the people of Abraham. Thou art indeed the Praiseworthy, the Glorious.

Prosper, O Allah, Muhammad and the people of Muhammad, as Thou didst prosper Abraham and the people of Abraham. Thou are the Praiseworthy, the Glorious.

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