Category Archives: Islam

Islam’s view of Jesus

In Islam, Isa ibn Maryam ( ‘Jesus, son of Mary’‎), or Jesus, is understood to be the penultimate prophet and messenger of Allah (God) and al-Masih, the Arabic term for Messiah, the “Christ”, sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl in Arabic) with a new revelation: al-Injīl (Arabic for “the Gospel”). Jesus is believed to be a prophet, who neither married nor had any children, and is reflected as a significant figure, being mentioned in the Quran in 93 ayaat (Arabic for verses) with various titles attached such as “Son of Mary”, “Spirit of God”, and the “Word of God” among other relational terms, directly and indirectly, over 180 times.  In total, Jesus is mentioned 187 times in the Quran as such the most mentioned person with the name Isa mentioned 25 times, in titles mentioned 79 times, in 3rd person  mentioned 48 times, in 1st person  mentioned 35 times.

The Quran (central religious text of Islam) and most Hadith (testimonial reports) mention Jesus to have been born a “pure boy” (without sin) to Mary as the result of virginal conception, similar to the event of the Annunciation in Christianity. In Islamic theology, Jesus is believed to have performed many miracles, several being mentioned in the Quran such as speaking as an infant, healing various ailments like blindness, raising the dead to life, making birds out of clay and breathing life into them.  Over the centuries Islamic writing has referenced other miracles like casting out demons, having borrowed from pre-Islamic sources, some heretical, and from canonical sources as legends were expanded. Like all prophets in Islamic thought, Jesus is also called a Muslim (i.e., one who submits to the will of God), as he preached that his followers should adopt the “straight path”.

In Islam, Jesus is believed to have been the precursor to Muhammad, attributing the name Ahmad to someone who would follow Jesus. Islam traditionally teaches the rejection of divinity, that Jesus was not God incarnate, nor the Son of God and, according to some interpretations of the Quran, the Islamic view of Jesus’ death and crucifixion is widely denied and not believed to have occurred.  Despite the earliest Muslim traditions and exegesis quoting somewhat conflicting reports regarding death and length of death, the mainstream Muslim belief is that Jesus didn’t suffer death but was instead raised alive to heaven.

Muslim tradition believes Jesus will return to earth near the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”, also known as the Antichrist).            Read full article

Movie Review – The Reluctant Fundamentalist

In 2011, Anse Rainier, an American professor at Lahore University, is kidnapped soon after he leaves a movie theatre. A ransom video is sent to the US embassy, demanding the release of 690 detainees from what is described as a Muslim concentration camp in Kot Lakphat and €700,000 for the children of Waziristan. Bobby Lincoln, an American journalist and undercover CIA informant in Pakistan, arranges to interview a colleague of Rainer, Changez Khan, whom he suspects is involved in the kidnapping.

Changez starts off the interview, held in a café, by declaring his admiration for the American equal playing field in economic advancement. He belongs to a class of people who, while genteel and educated, increasingly find themselves left out of economic progress. His father is an elderly poet and man of letters, who is respected by all who know him. Nevertheless, money has always been a serious problem in the family and Changez was only able to attend college when he got a scholarship to Princeton University.  After graduation, he earned a job position at a top Wall Street valuation firm, Underwood Samson. Meanwhile, he met a young American photographer, Erica, and a relationship developed.

The World Trade Center attacks takes place while Changez is in Manila on business. When he returns to the USA, he is strip-searched at the airport in New York. Later on, he is thoroughly interrogated by federal agents, after being mistakenly arrested in the street as he left the Underwood Samson building. His attitude toward the USA seems to change, as does his relationship with Erica, who has yet to come to terms with the loss of her former boyfriend, feeling responsible for his death. Changez eventually breaks up with her, after she invites him to the opening of her art show: she had used intimate details of their relationship without his knowledge, which he takes as a betrayal.

While valuating a publishing house in Istanbul, Changez discovered that the otherwise worthless firm had translated some of his father’s work into Turkish and published them. He realized that the company had preserved culture, something that cannot be measured merely in terms of money. His boss at Underwood Samson, Jim Cross, does not see it that way, viewing Changez’s attitude as unprofessional. Feeling an ever-increasing conflict between his desire of success and his sense of loyalty, between the way he saw himself and the way he was now treated, Changez finally resigns from Underwood Samson.                 Read more on the article

Clash of Civilizations

The Clash of Civilizations (COC) is a hypothesis that people’s cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world. It was proposed by political scientist Samuel P. Huntington in a 1992 lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, which was then developed in a 1993 Foreign Affairs article titled “The Clash of Civilizations?”, in response to his former student Francis Fukuyama‘s 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man. Huntington later expanded his thesis in a 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.

This is telling as it seems the world powers intend to use this thesis to reshape the world order into the New World Order.

For years it seemed obvious that religion was not the force it had once been in world history.  America seemed out of step even with its evangelical population, whereas Europe was more thoroughly secularized.

But The Clash of Civilizations thesis is being used in what is called the War on Terror but which is in effect more of a War on Islam, one of the major three Abrahamic religions.  And though the map above identifies America and Western Europe as simply “Western” we all know that it is fundamentally Christian peoples that are being called on to wage this war against Islam.

What may be missing in this equation however is the Christian Western alliance with Israel, the Jewish State, in this war against Islam.  There are three religions, not two, that are involved in this Clash of Civilizations.  And if we look at the origins behind communism and their Jewish component, even communism seems to be an arm in this war, not of secularism but instead a partly Jewish arm.

As Douglas Reed observes in Far and Wide 1951;

“The first Communist Government, according to the American Ambassador in Moscow in 1918, consisted of ninety per cent of Russian-Jewish revolutionaries returned from America, and the ban on anti-Semitism, with a death penalty, clearly identified the regime. In the following thirty years Russian-Jewish dominance in international Communism was repeatedly shown by sporadic disclosures in Canada and America, and this continues today. In Russia itself this dominance appears to have persisted up to the present time, though masked by the withdrawal of recognizably Russian-Jewish figures from the more visible places of power in the Soviet Union. In 1946 an American Jewish authority, Mr. Louis Levine, reported at Chicago after a visit to Moscow, that many of the high ranking government officials were Russian-Jewish: ‘They did not look Jewish but they spoke to me privately in Hebrew or Yiddish.’ Russian-Jews, or men of Russian-Jewish origins, predominated in the two short-lived Communist governments of 1918-19 in Hungary and Bavaria, which fell because the Red Army, on that occasion, was not present to enforce their survival; they reappeared in the Communist Government imposed on Hungary by the Red Army after 1945. The dominant Russian-Jewish influence in the Government foisted by the same means on Poland was remarked by an American Ambassador, Mr. Arthur Bliss Lane, and an English M.P., Major Tufton Beamish, in books published in 1948 and 1949 and many other observers. The same thing happened in Rumania … The first Israeli Government consisted of eight members, all but one born in Russia or Russian-Poland. The Communist and Zionist movements,therefore, appear both to be still under the paramount control of one section of Jewry, the non-Semitic Russian-Jews or Jews of Russian antecedents, which now, in fact, rules over most of Asia and a large portion of Europe and extends a powerful influence through America and England.”

Five Pillars of Islam

Shahada: Faith

Shahada is a declaration of faith and trust that professes that there is only one God  (Allah) and that Muhammad is God’s messenger. “There is no god but God (and) Muhammad is the messenger of God.” It is essential to utter it to become a Muslim and to convert to Islam.

Salat: Prayer

Salat (ṣalāh) is the Islamic prayer.  Salat consists of five daily prayers according to the Sunna; the names are according to the prayer times: dawn, noon, afternoon, evening, and night.  All of these prayers are recited while facing in the direction of the Kaaba  in Mecca and forms an important aspect of the Muslim Ummah. Muslims must wash before prayer; this washing is called “purification”. The prayer is accompanied by a series of set positions including; bowing with hands on knees, standing, prostrating and sitting in a special position (not on the heels, nor on the buttocks). A Muslim may perform their prayer anywhere, such as in offices, universities, and fields. However, the mosque is the more preferable place for prayers because the mosque allows for fellowship.

Zakāt: Charity

Zakat or alms-giving is the practice of charitable giving based on accumulated wealth. The word zakāt can be defined as purification and growth because it allows an individual to achieve balance and encourages new growth. The principle of knowing that all things belong to God is essential to purification and growth. Zakāt is obligatory for all Muslims who are able to do so. It is the personal responsibility of each Muslim to ease the economic hardship of others and to strive towards eliminating inequality.  Zakāt consists of spending a portion of one’s wealth for the benefit of the poor or needy, like debtors or travelers. A Muslim may also donate more as an act of voluntary charity, rather than to achieve additional divine reward.

There are five principles that should be followed when giving the zakāt:

  1. The giver must declare to God his intention to give the zakāt.
  2. The zakāt must be paid on the day that it is due.
  3. After the offering, the payer must not exaggerate on spending his money more than usual means.
  4. Payment must be in kind. This means if one is wealthy then he or she needs to pay a portion of their income. If a person does not have much money, then they should compensate for it in different ways, such as good deeds and good behavior toward others.
  5. The zakāt must be distributed in the community from which it was taken.                Read the full article

 

 

What is Islam?

jesus-muslim-belief1According to Wikipedia:

Islam –  is a religion articulated by the Quran, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Allāh).  It is the world’s largest second religion and the fastest growing major religion in the world, with over 1.7 billion follower or 23% of the global population, known as Muslims. Islam is an Abrahamic monothestic religion that upholds that God is one and incomparable and that the purpose of existence is to worship God.  Muslims consider Muhammad to be the last prophet of God.

Muslims also believe that Islam is the original, complete and universal of a primordial faith that was revealed many times before through prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.  As for the Quran, Muslims consider it to be the unaltered and final revelation of God.  Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are obligatory acts of worship, and following Islam law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, from banking and welfare to women and the environmentCertain religious rites and customs are observed by the Muslims in their family and social life, while social responsibilities to parents, relatives, and neighbors have also been defined. Besides, the Quran and the sunnah of Muhammad prescribe a comprehensive body of moral guidelines for Muslims to be followed in their personal, social, political, and religious life.

Most Muslims are of one of two denominations:  Sunni (75–90%) or Shia (10–20%)   Read more on Islam denominations

Islam

The Muslim refugees pouring into Europe and threatening to undermine it as well as America’s culture and future cannot be denied.  Donald Trump was elected partly or largely under the banner of putting a stop to this in the USA.

We at WakeUPchurch.org will explore the threat Isalm poses to the so called Christian West, and what we can do about it!